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The Best Telly Savalas Movies

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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.

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

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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  • 1
    The Guns of Navarone
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    The Guns of Navarone

    Gregory Peck, David Niven

    Released1961

    Directed byJ. Lee Thompson, Alexander Mackendrick

    The Guns of Navarone is a 1961 British-American action/adventure film directed by J. Lee... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    The Greatest Story Ever Told
    55
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    The Greatest Story Ever Told

    John Wayne, Charlton Heston

    Released1965

    Directed byGeorge Stevens, Jean Negulesco, David Lean

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  • 3
    Birdman of Alcatraz
    52
    14

    Birdman of Alcatraz

    Burt Lancaster, Telly Savalas

    Released1962

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

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  • 4
    Lisa and the Devil
    44
    12

    Lisa and the Devil

    Elke Sommer, Telly Savalas

    Released1973

    Directed byMario Bava, Alfredo Leone

    Lisa and the Devil is a 1973 Italian horror film directed by Mario Bava. The film was released... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Cape Fear
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    Cape Fear

    Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum

    Released1962

    Directed byJ. Lee Thompson

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  • 6
    Horror Express
    37
    12

    Horror Express

    Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing

    Released1972

    Directed byEugenio Martín

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  • 7
    On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    37
    14

    On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    Diana Rigg, Joanna Lumley

    Released1969

    Directed byPeter R. Hunt

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  • 8
    Battle of the Bulge
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    Battle of the Bulge

    Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson

    Released1965

    Directed byKen Annakin

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  • 9
    The Dirty Dozen
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    The Dirty Dozen

    Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland

    Released1967

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

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  • 10
    Mackenna's Gold
    36
    14

    Mackenna's Gold

    Omar Sharif, Gregory Peck

    Released1969

    Directed byJ. Lee Thompson

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  • 11
    The Scalphunters
    28
    9

    The Scalphunters

    Burt Lancaster, Shelley Winters

    Released1968

    Directed bySydney Pollack

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  • 12
    Kelly's Heroes
    30
    12

    Kelly's Heroes

    Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland

    Released1970

    Directed byBrian G. Hutton

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  • 13
    The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission
    22
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    The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission

    Ernest Borgnine, Telly Savalas

    Released1987

    Directed byLee H. Katzin

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  • 14
    Good Evening, Ms Campbell
    23
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    Good Evening, Ms Campbell

    Gina Lollobrigida, Shelley Winters

    Released1968

    Directed byMelvin Frank

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  • 15
    Beyond the Poseidon Adventure
    26
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    Beyond the Poseidon Adventure

    Sally Field, Michael Caine

    Released1979

    Directed byIrwin Allen

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  • 16
    Escape to Athena
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    Escape to Athena

    Roger Moore, Claudia Cardinale

    Released1979

    Directed byGeorge P. Cosmatos

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  • 17
    Pretty Maids All in a Row
    20
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    Pretty Maids All in a Row

    Rock Hudson, Angie Dickinson

    Released1971

    Directed byRoger Vadim

    Pretty Maids All in a Row is an American mystery film that is part dark comedy, part murder... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Beau Geste
    19
    9

    Beau Geste

    Leslie Nielsen, Telly Savalas

    Released1966

    Directed byDouglas Heyes

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  • 19
    Capricorn One
    23
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    Capricorn One

    O. J. Simpson, James Brolin

    Released1977

    Directed byPeter Hyams

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  • 20
    Pancho Villa
    14
    5

    Pancho Villa

    Anne Francis, Telly Savalas

    Released1972

    Directed byEugenio Martín

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  • 21
    The Young Savages
    11
    5

    The Young Savages

    Burt Lancaster, Shelley Winters

    Released1961

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

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  • 22
    The Muppet Movie
    17
    13

    The Muppet Movie

    Steve Martin, Mel Brooks

    Released1979

    Directed byJames Frawley

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  • 23
    9
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    Christopher Lee: Darkness Tolls

    Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing

    Released1960

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  • 24
    The Cartier Affair
    10
    7

    The Cartier Affair

    David Hasselhoff, Joan Collins

    Released1984

    Directed byRod Holcomb

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  • 25
    His Majesty O'Keefe
    10
    7

    His Majesty O'Keefe

    Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster

    Released1954

    Directed byByron Haskin

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