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

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The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different films, including Backfire! and Christopher Lee: Darkness Tolls.

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Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles Kelly's Heroes is a 1970 war comedy film directed by Brian G. Hutton, about a group of World War II soldiers who go AWOL to rob a bank behind enemy lines. The film stars Clint Eastwood, Telly ...more

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The Dirty Dozen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Telly Savalas Movies
Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson The Dirty Dozen is a 1967 war film directed by Robert Aldrich, released by MGM, and starring Lee Marvin. The picture was filmed in England and features an ensemble supporting cast including ...more

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John Wayne, Charlton Heston, Angela Lansbury The Greatest Story Ever Told is a 1965 American epic film produced and directed by George Stevens. It is a retelling of the story of Jesus Christ, from the Nativity through the Resurrection. ...more

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Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn The Guns of Navarone is a 1961 British-American action/adventure war film directed by J. Lee Thompson. The screenplay by producer Carl Foreman was based on Alistair MacLean's 1957 novel The Guns ...more

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Burt Lancaster, Telly Savalas, Karl Malden Birdman of Alcatraz is a 1962 film starring Burt Lancaster and directed by John Frankenheimer. It is a largely fictionalized version of the life of Robert Stroud, a federal prison inmate known ...more

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Elke Sommer, Telly Savalas, Sylva Koscina Lisa and the Devil is a 1973 Italian horror film directed by Mario Bava. The film was released in Spain as El diablo se lleva a los muertos. It had an ill-fated release in the US, where a ...more

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Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Telly Savalas Cape Fear is a 1962 American psychological thriller film starring Robert Mitchum, Gregory Peck, Martin Balsam and Polly Bergen. It was adapted by James R. Webb from the novel The Executioners by ...more

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Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Robert Shaw Battle of the Bulge is an American widescreen epic war film produced in Spain that was released in 1965. It was directed by Ken Annakin. It starred Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Telly Savalas, ...more

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Diana Rigg, Joanna Lumley, Telly Savalas On Her Majesty's Secret Service is the sixth spy film in the James Bond series, based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. Following the decision of Sean Connery to retire from the ...more

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Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Telly Savalas Horror Express, also known as Pánico en el Transiberiano/Panic on the Trans-Siberian Express, is a 1972 Spanish/British horror film directed by Eugenio Martín and starring ...more

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Ernest Borgnine, Telly Savalas, Randall "Tex" Cobb The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission is a 1987 made-for-TV film and is the second sequel to the original The Dirty Dozen. It features an all-new 'dirty dozen,' this time under the leadership of ...more

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Burt Lancaster, Shelley Winters, Telly Savalas The Scalphunters is a 1968 American Western film starring Burt Lancaster, Ossie Davis and Telly Savalas. The film was directed by Sydney Pollack, with the score written by Elmer Bernstein. Davis ...more

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Gina Lollobrigida, Shelley Winters, Telly Savalas Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell is a 1968 American comedy film starring Gina Lollobrigida and directed by Melvin Frank, who co-wrote the original screenplay with Denis Norden and Sheldon Keller. The ...more

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Omar Sharif, Gregory Peck, Julie Newmar Mackenna's Gold is a 1969 western film directed by J. Lee Thompson, starring Gregory Peck, Omar Sharif, Telly Savalas, Ted Cassidy, Camilla Sparv, and Julie Newmar. It was photographed in Super ...more

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Leslie Nielsen, Telly Savalas, Doug McClure Beau Geste is a 1966 film based on the novel by P. C. Wren filmed by Universal Pictures in Technicolor and Techniscope near Yuma, Arizona and directed by Douglas Heyes. This is the least ...more

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Rock Hudson, Angie Dickinson, Telly Savalas Pretty Maids All in a Row is an American mystery film that is part dark comedy, part murder mystery. It starred Rock Hudson alongside Angie Dickinson, and was released on April 28, 1971. Roger ...more

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Sally Field, Michael Caine, Mark Harmon Beyond the Poseidon Adventure is a 1979 American disaster film, a sequel to the 1972 film The Poseidon Adventure. It was directed by Irwin Allen and starred Michael Caine and Sally Field. The ...more

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Roger Moore, Claudia Cardinale, David Niven Escape to Athena is a British adventure war film released in 1979, directed and co-authored by George Pan Cosmatos and produced by Lew Grade's ITC Entertainment. The international cast included ...more

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O. J. Simpson, James Brolin, Elliott Gould Capricorn One is a 1978 government conspiracy thriller film about a Mars landing hoax. It was written and directed by Peter Hyams and produced by Lew Grade's ITC Entertainment. It stars Elliott ...more

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Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Yul Brynner His Majesty O'Keefe is a 1954 adventure film starring Burt Lancaster. The film was directed by Byron Haskin and Otto Heller and included choreography by Daniel Nagrin. The cast also included ...more

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Diana Rigg, Oliver Reed, Telly Savalas The Assassination Bureau Limited is a black comedy film made in 1969 based on an unfinished novel, The Assassination Bureau, Ltd by Jack London. It stars Oliver Reed, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas, ...more

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Telly Savalas, Eddie Albert, Michael V. Gazzo Border Cop is a 1979 action film starring Telly Savalas. Savalas plays a United States Border Patrol agent who has a close run-in with a dangerous organized crime boss. The film is distributed ...more

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David Hasselhoff, Joan Collins, Telly Savalas The Cartier Affair is a 1984 NBC TV movie that starred Knight Rider '​s David Hasselhoff and Dynasty '​s Joan Collins, which also featured Kojak '​s Telly Savalas.The Movie was completed during ...more

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Anne Francis, Telly Savalas, Chuck Connors Pancho Villa is a 1972 American, British and Spanish spaghetti western film directed by Eugenio Martín. The film features Telly Savalas, Clint Walker, Chuck Connors and Anne Francis. Shot ...more

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Omar Sharif, Eli Wallach, Telly Savalas Genghis Khan is a 1965 film depicting the life and conquests of the Mongol emperor Genghis Khan. It was released in the United Kingdom and the United States in 1965 by Columbia Pictures, it was ...more

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Frank Sinatra, Burt Reynolds, Jackie Chan Cannonball Run II is a 1984 American comedy film featuring Burt Reynolds and an all-star cast, released by Warner Bros. and Golden Harvest. Like the original Cannonball Run, it is a set around ...more

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Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor The Muppet Movie is a 1979 American-British musical road comedy film and the first of a series of live-action feature films starring Jim Henson's Muppets. Directed by James Frawley, the film's ...more

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Ringo Starr, John Stamos, Sammy Davis Alice in Wonderland is a two-part film adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice books. An Irwin Allen production, it was a special made for television and used a huge all-star cast of notable actors ...more

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Anne Bancroft, Sidney Poitier, Ed Asner The Slender Thread is a 1965 film starring Anne Bancroft and Sidney Poitier. It was the first feature length film directed by Academy Award-winning director, producer and actor Sydney Pollack. ...more

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Burt Lancaster, Shelley Winters, Telly Savalas The Young Savages is a 1961 crime drama film directed by John Frankenheimer, starring Burt Lancaster, and written by Edward Anhalt from a novel by Evan Hunter. The supporting cast includes Dina ...more

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Christopher Lee: Darkness Toll... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Telly Savalas Movies
Christopher Lee: Darkness Tolls Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Telly Savalas

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Mongo's Back in Town Martin Sheen, Telly Savalas, Joe Don Baker Mongo's Back in Town is a crime TV movie, directed by Marvin J. Chomsky, with Telly Savalas, Joe Don Baker and Martin Sheen.

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Telly Savalas, Tomas Milian, Susan George Sonny and Jed is a 1972 Italian Spaghetti Western about a sheriff's relentless effort to stop a robber and his girlfriend. The film was directed by Sergio Corbucci and is noted for its music, ...more

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Ernest Borgnine, Heather Thomas, Telly Savalas The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission is 1988 made-for-TV film and is the third sequel to the original The Dirty Dozen. It features an all-new 'dirty dozen,' with the exception of the returning Joe ...more

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Fanfare for a Death Scene is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Telly Savalas Movies
Fanfare for a Death Scene Burgess Meredith, Ed Asner, Tina Louise

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Stefanie Powers, Telly Savalas, Cliff Robertson The Interns is a 1962 drama film that starred Michael Callan and Cliff Robertson. This film is a medical melodrama that presages many similar TV programs to follow. It centers on the personal ...more

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Joan Crawford, Robert Vaughn, David McCallum The Karate Killers is a 1967 feature length film version of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’s third season two-part episode "The Five Daughters Affair." The episodes were originally broadcast ...more

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Margot Kidder, Frank Welker, Roddy McDowall GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords is an American animated film based on the Gobots toy and TV franchise. This movie was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and released to theaters in 1986 by ...more

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Caroline Munro, Telly Savalas, Helmut Berger Faceless is a 1988 French slasher film directed by Jesús Franco. The film is about Dr. Flamand and his assistant Nathalie who lure unsuspecting victims to use their skin to perform ...more

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Danny Kaye, Telly Savalas, Martha Hyer The Man from the Diners' Club is a 1963 comedy film starring Danny Kaye, directed by Frank Tashlin. It was made by Ampersand and Dena Productions and released by Columbia Pictures.

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Charles Bronson, Telly Savalas, Jill Ireland Città violenta is a 1970 Italian film directed by Sergio Sollima and starring Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland and Telly Savalas. Set and shot in the city of New Orleans, the film is an ...more

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James Coburn, Telly Savalas, Bud Spencer A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die is a 1972 Technicolor Italian spaghetti western movie starring James Coburn. Many exterior scenes were filmed at the Fort Bowie set built in the Province of ...more

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John Lydon, Telly Savalas, Sven Nordin Sons of Norway is a 2011 Norwegian drama film directed by Jens Lien.

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Glenn Ford, Ricardo Montalbán, Telly Savalas Love Is a Ball is a 1963 romantic comedy film starring Glenn Ford and Hope Lange. It is based on the book The Grand Duke and Mr. Pimm by Lindsay Hardy.

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Telly Savalas, Pia Zadora, Larry Storch Nevada Heat is a 1982 action, comedy, thriller film written by Matt Cimber and John F. Goff and directed by Matt Cimber.

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Telly Savalas, Arlene Dahl, Fernando Rey Land Raiders is a 1969 American Western film directed by Nathan Juran. It stars Telly Savalas and George Maharis and was filmed in Spain and Hungary.

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Telly Savalas, Antonio Sabàto, Sr. Crime Boss is a 1972 crime fiction drama film written by Lucio Battistrada and Alberto De Martino, and directed by Alberto De Martino.

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Cesar Romero, Telly Savalas, Warren Oates Crooks and Coronets is a 1969 British crime comedy film and/or heist movie written and directed by Jim O'Connolly. It starred Telly Savalas, Edith Evans, Warren Oates, Cesar Romero and Harry H. ...more

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Elizabeth Montgomery, Sammy Davis, Jr. Johnny Cool is a darkly violent 1963 crime film directed by William Asher based on the novel The Kingdom of Johnny Cool by John McPartland and starring Henry Silva and Elizabeth Montgomery. ...more

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Inside Out Telly Savalas, Robert Culp, Aldo Ray Inside Out is a 1975 British action thriller film directed by Peter Duffell and starring James Mason, Robert Culp and Telly Savalas. The movie aired on television in the United States on NBC on ...more