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The Best Tab Hunter Movies 

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List of the best Tab Hunter movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Tab Hunter'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 Tab Hunter movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Tab Hunter movies will be at the top of the list. Tab Hunter has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Tab Hunter movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Tab Hunter films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

This list contains films like Hostile Guns and City Under the Sea.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Tab Hunter movies?" and "What are the greatest Tab Hunter roles of all time?"
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Natalie Wood, Tab Hunter, Earl Holliman

Released: 1956

Directed by: Stuart Heisler

The Burning Hills is a 1956 Warner Bros. CinemaScope Western based on a 1956 novel by Louis L'Amour. The film features young stars popular with the teenagers of the time such as Tab Hunter and ...more
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Lust in the Dust Cesar Romero, Noah Wyle, Divine

Released: 1985

Directed by: Paul Bartel

Lust in the Dust is a 1985 Western comedy film starring Divine, Tab Hunter, Cesar Romero, and Lainie Kazan, and directed by Paul Bartel. The title comes from the production nickname of the 1946 ...more
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Anne Francis, Fess Parker, Tab Hunter

Released: 1955

Directed by: Raoul Walsh

Battle Cry is a 1955 CinemaScope film, starring Van Heflin, Aldo Ray, James Whitmore, Tab Hunter, Anne Francis, Dorothy Malone, Raymond Massey, and Mona Freeman. The movie is based on the novel ...more
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Rita Hayworth, Gary Cooper, Tab Hunter

Released: 1959

Directed by: Robert Rossen

They Came to Cordura is a 1959 Western film co-written and directed by Robert Rossen, starring Gary Cooper and Rita Hayworth, and featuring Van Heflin, Tab Hunter, Richard Conte, Michael Callan, ...more
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Paul Newman, Ava Gardner, Jacqueline Bissett

Released: 1972

Directed by: John Huston

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean is a 1972 American western film written by John Milius, directed by John Huston, and starring Paul Newman. It was loosely based on the real-life, ...more

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Michelle Pfeiffer, Sid Caesar, Connie Stevens

Released: 1982

Directed by: Patricia Birch

Grease 2 is a 1982 American musical film and sequel to Grease, which is based upon the musical of the same name by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. Grease 2 was produced by Allan Carr and Robert ...more

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Barbara Eden, Shelley Fabares, Tab Hunter

Released: 1964

Directed by: Don Taylor, William Castle

Ride the Wild Surf is a romantic drama in the beach party style. It was filmed in 1963 and distributed in 1964. Unlike most films in the genre, it is known for its exceptional big wave surf ...more
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Jay Leno, Divine, Tab Hunter

Released: 1981

Directed by: John Waters

Polyester is a 1981 American black comedy film directed, produced, and written by John Waters. It was filmed in Waters' native Baltimore, Maryland, and features a gimmick called ...more
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Clint Eastwood, Tab Hunter, Tom Laughlin

Released: 1958

Directed by: William A. Wellman

Lafayette Escadrille, also known as C'est la Guerre, Hell Bent for Glory and With You in My Arms, is an American war film produced by Warner Brothers Pictures. It stars Tab Hunter and Etchika ...more
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The Girl He Left Behind Natalie Wood, James Garner, Jim Backus

Released: 1956

Directed by: David Butler

The Girl He Left Behind is a 1956 romantic comedy film starring Tab Hunter and Natalie Wood. The supporting cast includes Jim Backus, Alan King, James Garner, and David Janssen. The film was ...more
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Vincent Price, Tab Hunter, John Le Mesurier

Released: 1965

Directed by: Jacques Tourneur

City Under the Sea is a 1965 science fiction film. It was directed by Jacques Tourneur and starred Vincent Price, Tab Hunter and David Tomlinson. The plot concerns the discovery of a lost city ...more
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Claudette Colbert, Tab Hunter

Released: 1955

Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner, Marc Daniels, Robert Stevenson, Fletcher Markle

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Robert Mitchum, Teresa Wright, Tab Hunter

Released: 1954

Directed by: William A. Wellman

Track of the Cat is a 1954 film directed by William A. Wellman and starring Robert Mitchum and Teresa Wright. The film is based on a 1949 adventure novel of the same name by Walter Van Tilburg ...more
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John Wayne, Lana Turner, James Arness

Released: 1955

Directed by: John Farrow

The Sea Chase is a 1955 World War II drama film starring John Wayne and Lana Turner, David Farrar, Lyle Bettger, and Tab Hunter. It was directed by John Farrow from a screenplay by James Warner ...more
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Tab Hunter, Isabel Jewell, John Aprea

Released: 1973

Directed by: Curtis Hanson

Sweet Kill is a 1973 B-movie written and directed by future Academy Award winner Curtis Hanson. The film was Hanson's directorial debut and was produced by Roger Corman. It starred 1950s ...more
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Troubled Waters Tab Hunter, Michael Goodliffe, Zena Walker

Released: 1964

Directed by: Stanley Goulder

Troubled Waters is a 1964 British crime film directed by Stanley Goulder and starring Tab Hunter, Zena Walker and Andy Myers. It was also released as Man with Two Faces. A violent criminal ...more
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Cesar Romero, Rosey Grier, Joseph Cotten

Released: 1975

Directed by: Tay Garnett

Timber Tramps is a 1975 film directed by Tay Garnett and starring Claude Akins and Leon Ames. This was the final film by Garnett, director of such notable ones as 1946's The Postman Always Rings ...more
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Tab Hunter, Antonio Molino Rojo, Luis Prendes

Released: 1967

Directed by: Richard Rush

The Fickle Finger of Fate is a 1967 comedy film directed by Richard Rush, produced by Sidney W. Pink, and starring Tab Hunter. Hunter stars as a clumsy businessman who accidentally gets wrapped ...more
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Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Jean Stapleton

Released: 1958

Directed by: Stanley Donen, George Abbott

Damn Yankees is a 1958 musical film made by Warner Bros., a modern version of the Faust story involving the New York Yankees and Washington Senators baseball teams. The film is based on the 1955 ...more
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Mimi Rogers, Ed Begley, Jr.

Released: 1992

Directed by: David Hemmings

Dark Horse is a 1992 American drama film directed by David Hemmings. The screenplay by Janet Maclean was adapted from an original story by Tab Hunter.
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Debbie Reynolds, Fred Astaire, Tab Hunter

Released: 1961

Directed by: George Seaton

The Pleasure of His Company is a comedy film starring Fred Astaire and Debbie Reynolds, directed by George Seaton and released by Paramount Pictures. It is based on the 1958 play of the same ...more
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Rita Kim Basinger, Tab Hunter, Juanita Moore

Released: 2003

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James Coburn, Milton Berle, John Gielgud

Released: 1965

Directed by: Tony Richardson

The Loved One is a 1965 black and white comedy film about a business in Los Angeles, which is based on The Loved One: An Anglo-American Tragedy, a short satirical novel by Evelyn Waugh. It was ...more
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William Shatner, Frankie Avalon, Jim Backus

Released: 1963

Directed by: Anthony Carras

Operation Bikini also released as The Seafighter is a film released in 1963 by American International Pictures. It was directed by Anthony Carras and starred Tab Hunter, Frankie Avalon, and ...more
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Tab Hunter, Leigh McCloskey, Mel Harris

Released: 1988

Directed by: Armand Mastroianni

Cameron's Closet, also known as Cameron's Terror, is a 1988 American horror film. The film was directed by Armand Mastroianni and stars Scott Curtis, Cotter Smith, Mel Harris, Tab Hunter, Kim ...more