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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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    Lust in the Dust

    Cesar Romero, Noah Wyle

    Released1985

    Directed byPaul 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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    They Came to Cordura

    Rita Hayworth, Gary Cooper

    Released1959

    Directed byRobert 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, and...  more
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    Polyester

    Jay Leno, Divine

    Released1981

    Directed byJohn 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 "Odorama", whereby...  more
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    Track of the Cat

    Robert Mitchum, Teresa Wright

    Released1954

    Directed byWilliam 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 Clark....  more
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    The Burning Hills

    Natalie Wood, Tab Hunter

    Released1956

    Directed byStuart 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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    Lafayette Escadrille

    Clint Eastwood, Tab Hunter

    Released1958

    Directed byWilliam 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 Loved One

    James Coburn, Milton Berle

    Released1965

    Directed byTony 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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    Battle Cry

    Anne Francis, Fess Parker

    Released1955

    Directed byRaoul 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 by...  more
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    While We're Young

    Claudette Colbert, Tab Hunter

    Released1955

    Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner, Marc Daniels, Robert Stevenson, Fletcher Markle

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    Cameron's Closet

    Tab Hunter, Leigh McCloskey

    Released1988

    Directed byArmand 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
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    City Under the Sea

    Vincent Price, Tab Hunter

    Released1965

    Directed byJacques 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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    Damn Yankees

    Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle

    Released1958

    Directed byStanley 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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    Grease 2

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Sid Caesar

    Released1982

    Directed byPatricia 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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    The Sea Chase

    John Wayne, Lana Turner

    Released1955

    Directed byJohn 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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    Troubled Waters

    Tab Hunter, Michael Goodliffe

    Released1964

    Directed byStanley 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 escapes...  more
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    The Timber Tramps

    Cesar Romero, Rosey Grier

    Released1975

    Directed byTay 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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    The Fickle Finger of Fate

    Tab Hunter, Antonio Molino Rojo

    Released1967

    Directed byRichard 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 up in...  more
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    Dark Horse

    Mimi Rogers, Ed Begley

    Released1992

    Directed byDavid 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....  more
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    The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

    Paul Newman, Ava Gardner

    Released1972

    Directed byJohn 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, self-appointed...  more

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    The Girl He Left Behind

    Natalie Wood, James Garner

    Released1956

    Directed byDavid 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 written...  more
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    Rita

    Kim Basinger, Tab Hunter

    Released2003

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    Ride the Wild Surf

    Barbara Eden, Shelley Fabares

    Released1964

    Directed byDon 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 footage –...  more
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    Sweet Kill

    Tab Hunter, Isabel Jewell

    Released1973

    Directed byCurtis 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 hearthrob...  more
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    Island of Desire

    Linda Darnell, Tab Hunter

    Released1952

    Directed byStuart Heisler

    Saturday Island is a 1952 British romantic war film directed by Stuart Heisler and starring Linda Darnell, Tab Hunter, Donald Gray and John Laurie, Lloyd Lamble and Peter Butterworth....  more
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    Hostile Guns

    Yvonne De Carlo, Tab Hunter

    Released1967

    Directed byRobert G. Springsteen

    Hostile Guns is a 1967 western film directed by R.G. Springsteen....  more