The Best Steve McQueen Movies 

Updated September 21, 2019 5.9k votes 1.2k voters 67.5k views 31 items

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List of the best Steve McQueen movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Believe it or not, one of Steve McQueen's first credited film roles with in the 1958 horror film The Blob. Steve McQueen's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Steve McQueen movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Steve McQueen movies will be at the top of the list. Steve McQueen has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Steve McQueen movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Steve McQueen films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Steve McQueen role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Steve McQueen performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

List features films like The Great Escape, Papillon and more!

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Steve McQueen movies?" and "What are the greatest Steve McQueen roles of all time?" If you are a fan of McQueen's action-filled filmography, you might also enjoy our list of best Charles Bronson movies and best Paul Newman movies.

Movie fans who love Steve McQueen have also been known to enjoy films starring Paul Newman and Audrey Hepburn.

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Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bissett

Released: 1968

Directed by: Peter Yates

Bullitt is a 1968 American action police procedural film directed by Peter Yates and produced by Philip D'Antoni. It stars Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn and Jacqueline Bisset. The screenplay by ...more

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The Great Escape is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Steve McQueen Movies
Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner

Released: 1963

Directed by: John Sturges

The Great Escape is a 1963 American WWII epic film based on an escape by British and Commonwealth POW from a German POW camp during WWII, starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, and Richard ...more

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Dustin Hoffman, Steve McQueen, Vic Tayback

Released: 1973

Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner

Papillon is a 1973 prison film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, based on the best-selling autobiography by the French convict Henri Charrière. The film stars Steve McQueen as Henri ...more

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Steve McQueen, Candice Bergen, Richard Attenborough

Released: 1966

Directed by: Robert Wise

The Sand Pebbles is a 1966 American period film directed by Robert Wise. It tells the story of an independent, rebellious U.S. Navy Machinist's Mate, First Class aboard the fictional gunboat USS ...more

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Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn

Released: 1960

Directed by: John Sturges

The Magnificent Seven is an American western film directed by John Sturges and starring Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach and Steve McQueen. The picture is an Old West-style remake of Akira Kurosawa's ...more

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Faye Dunaway, Steve McQueen, Yaphet Kotto

Released: 1968

Directed by: Norman Jewison

The Thomas Crown Affair is a DeLuxe Color 1968 film directed and produced by Norman Jewison starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. It was nominated for two Academy Awards, winning Best ...more
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Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Sally Struthers

Released: 1972

Directed by: Sam Peckinpah

The Getaway is a 1972 American action film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw. The film is based on the Jim Thompson novel of the same name, with the screenplay ...more

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Ann-Margret, Steve McQueen, Tuesday Weld

Released: 1965

Directed by: Norman Jewison

The Cincinnati Kid is a 1965 American drama film. It tells the story of Eric "The Kid" Stoner, a young Depression-era poker player, as he seeks to establish his reputation as the best. ...more

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Steve McQueen, Loni Anderson, Suzanne Pleshette

Released: 1966

Directed by: Henry Hathaway

Nevada Smith is a 1966 American Western film in Eastmancolor and Panavision directed by Henry Hathaway and starring Steve McQueen, made by Embassy Pictures and Solar Productions in association ...more

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O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway

Released: 1974

Directed by: Irwin Allen, John Guillermin

The Towering Inferno is a 1974 American action drama disaster film produced by Irwin Allen featuring an all-star cast led by Steve McQueen and Paul Newman. The picture was directed by John ...more

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Steve McQueen, Linda Evans, Slim Pickens

Released: 1980

Directed by: William Wiard

Tom Horn is a 1980 Western film about the legendary lawman, outlaw, and gunfighter. It starred Steve McQueen as the title character and was based on Horn's own writings.

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Natalie Wood, Steve McQueen, Richard Mulligan

Released: 1963

Directed by: Robert Mulligan

Love with the Proper Stranger is a 1963 romantic comedy drama film made by Pakula-Mulligan Productions and Boardwalk Productions and released by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by Robert ...more
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Steve McQueen, Burgess Meredith, Diane Ladd

Released: 1969

Directed by: Mark Rydell

The Reivers is a 1969 film starring Steve McQueen and directed by Mark Rydell based on the William Faulkner novel of the same name. The supporting cast includes Sharon Farrell, Rupert Crosse, ...more
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Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Bob Newhart

Released: 1962

Directed by: Don Siegel

Hell Is for Heroes is a 1962 American war film directed by Don Siegel and starring Steve McQueen. It tells the story of a squad of U.S. soldiers from the 95th Infantry Division who, in the fall ...more

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Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Lee Payton

Released: 1958

Directed by: Irvin Yeaworth

The Blob is an independently made 1958 American horror/science fiction film directed by Irvin Yeaworth. In the style of American International Pictures, Paramount Pictures released the film as a ...more

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Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach, LeVar Burton

Released: 1980

Directed by: Buzz Kulik

The Hunter is a 1980 American thriller film based on the exploits of real-life bounty hunter Ralph "Papa" Thorson. The film is notable for being Steve McQueen's final acting role ...more
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Steve McQueen, Luc Merenda, Carlo Cecchi

Released: 1971

Directed by: Lee H. Katzin

Le Mans is a 1971 action film directed by Lee H. Katzin, starring Steve McQueen. It features footage from the actual 24 Hours of Le Mans auto race in June 1970. Released in June 1971 and given a ...more

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Steve McQueen, Ida Lupino, Ben Johnson

Released: 1972

Directed by: Sam Peckinpah

Junior Bonner is a 1972 film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Steve McQueen, Joe Don Baker, Robert Preston and Ida Lupino. The film focuses on a veteran rodeo rider as he returns to his ...more
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Steve McQueen, Charles Durning, Bibi Andersson

Released: 1978

Directed by: George Schaefer

An Enemy of the People is a 1978 American drama film directed by George Schaefer based on Arthur Miller's 1950 adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's 1882 play. The film stars Steve McQueen in the lead ...more
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Steve McQueen, Glen Campbell, Lee Remick

Released: 1965

Directed by: Robert Mulligan

Baby the Rain Must Fall is a 1965 American drama film starring Lee Remick and Steve McQueen, directed by Robert Mulligan. Dramatist Horton Foote, who wrote the screenplay, based it on his play ...more
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Steve McQueen, Bob Holt, David Clarke

Released: 1959

Directed by: Charles Guggenheim, John Stix

The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery is a 1959 heist film shot in black and white. The film stars Steve McQueen as a college dropout hired to be the getaway driver in a bank robbery. The film is ...more
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Steve McQueen, Robert Wagner, Michael Crawford

Released: 1962

Directed by: Philip Leacock

The War Lover is a 1962 British black-and-white war film directed by Philip Leacock and written by Howard Koch loosely based on the 1959 novel, The War Lover by John Hersey, altering the names ...more

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Steve McQueen, Bruce Brown, Malcolm Smith

Released: 1971

Directed by: Bruce Brown

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Steve McQueen, Tuesday Weld, Jackie Gleason

Released: 1963

Directed by: Ralph Nelson

Soldier in the Rain is a 1963 American comedy-drama film starring Jackie Gleason and Steve McQueen. Produced and co-written by Blake Edwards, the screenplay is based on a 1960 novel by William ...more
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Frank Sinatra, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson

Released: 1959

Directed by: John Sturges

Never So Few is a 1959 CinemaScope war film, directed by John Sturges and starring Frank Sinatra, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lawford, Steve McQueen, Richard Johnson, Paul Henreid, Brian Donlevy, ...more