Entertainment 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.

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The Dirty Dozen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Telly Savalas Movies
Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson
The Dirty Dozen is a 1967 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 Ernest ...more
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Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles
Kelly's Heroes is a 1970 comedy film directed by Brian G. Hutton, about a group of WWII soldiers who go AWOL to rob a bank behind enemy lines. The film stars Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don ...more
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Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn
The Guns of Navarone is a 1961 British-American action/adventure film directed by J. Lee Thompson. The screenplay by producer Carl Foreman was based on Alistair MacLean's 1957 novel The Guns of ...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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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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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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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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Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Robert Shaw
Battle of the Bulge is an American widescreen epic film produced in Spain that was released in 1965. It was directed by Ken Annakin. It starred Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Telly Savalas, Robert ...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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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