Film The Best Tom Courtenay Movies  

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

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

Examples of films on this list: King Rat, Operation Crossbow and many more.

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Michael Redgrave, Tom Courtenay, John Thaw
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner is a 1962 film, based on the short story of the same name. The screenplay, like the short story, was written by Alan Sillitoe. The film was directed by ...more

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Julie Christie, Tom Courtenay, Leonard Rossiter
Billy Liar is a 1963 black and white CinemaScope film based on the novel by Keith Waterhouse. It was directed by John Schlesinger and stars Tom Courtenay as Billy and Julie Christie as Liz, one ...more

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Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Alec Guinness
Doctor Zhivago is a British-American 1965 epic drama–romance film directed by David Lean, starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie. It is set in Russia between the years prior to WWI, and is ...more

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Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Christopher Plummer
The Night of the Generals is a 1967 Franco-British WWII mystery film directed by Anatole Litvak and produced by Sam Spiegel. It stars Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Tom Courtenay, Donald Pleasence, ...more

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Dirk Bogarde, Tom Courtenay, Barry Foster
King and Country is a 1964 British film, directed by Joseph Losey, shot in black and white, and starring Dirk Bogarde and Tom Courtenay. The film was adapted for the screen by British ...more

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Albert Finney, Michael Gough, Eileen Atkins
The Dresser is a successful 1980 West End and Broadway play by Ronald Harwood, which tells the story of an aging actor's personal assistant, who struggles to keep his charge's life together. It ...more

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Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly
Quartet is a 2012 British comedy-drama film based on the play Quartet by Ronald Harwood, which ran in London's West End from September 1999 until January 2000. It was filmed late in 2011 at ...more

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Tom Courtenay, Alfred Burke, Eric Thompson
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is a joint Norwegian-British film, based on the novel by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with the same name and released in 1970. The Norwegian title is En dag i ...more

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Mia Farrow, Peter Cook, Laurence Harvey
A Dandy in Aspic is a 1968 Technicolor and Panavision British spy film, directed by Anthony Mann, based on the novel of the same name by Derek Marlowe and starring Laurence Harvey, Tom Courtenay ...more

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George Segal, John Mills, Denholm Elliott
King Rat is a 1965 WWII film adapted from the James Clavell novel King Rat. The film was directed by Bryan Forbes and starred George Segal as Corporal King and James Fox as Marlowe, two WWII ...more

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Sophia Loren, George Peppard, John Mills
Operation Crossbow, later re-released as The Great Spy Mission, is a 1965 British spy thriller and WWII film, directed by Michael Anderson and written by Emeric Pressburger, under the pseudonym ...more

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Helen Mirren, Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins
Last Orders is a 2001 British/German drama film written and directed by Fred Schepisi. The screenplay is based on the 1996 Booker Prize-winning novel Last Orders by Graham Swift.

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Anne Hathaway, Charlie Hunnam, Christopher Plummer
Nicholas Nickleby is a 2002 drama film written and directed by Douglas McGrath. The screenplay is based on The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens, which originally was ...more

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Nicole Kidman, Eva Green, Ian McKellen
The Golden Compass is a 2007 2007 fantasy-adventure film written by Chris Weitz and directed by Chris Weitz.

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Rosamund Pike, Albert Finney, Joanna Lumley
A Rather English Marriage is a television episode.

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Charlie Hunnam, Stephen Fry, Lulu
Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? is a film written by Ben Steiner, directed by Peter Hewitt and released in 1999. The British movie was filmed in Sheffield. The film is a love story set in the ...more

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Tom Courtenay, Freddie Jones, Milan Kňažko
The Last Butterfly is a 1991 war drama film written by Ota Hofman, Michael Jacot, Karel Kachyna and Marc Princi and directed by Karel Kachyna.

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Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman, Colin Firth
Gambit is a 2012 film directed by Michael Hoffman, starring Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman and Stanley Tucci. It is a remake of the 1966 film of the same name starring Shirley MacLaine ...more

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Christopher Eccleston, Eileen Atkins, Tom Courtenay
Let Him Have It is a 1991 British film, which was based on the true story of the case against Derek Bentley, who was hanged for murder under controversial circumstances on 28 January 1953. While ...more

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Kirk Douglas, Trevor Howard, Tom Courtenay
To Catch a Spy is a 1971 comedy spy film directed by Dick Clement and starring Kirk Douglas, Marlène Jobert, Trevor Howard, Richard Pearson, Garfield Morgan, Angharad Rees and Robert ...more

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Ready When You Are Mr. McGill Amanda Holden, Bill Nighy, Ben Whishaw
Ready When You are Mr. McGill is a 2003 TV film directed by Paul Seed. It is a remake of a 1976 TV film of the same name.

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Peter Falk, Charles Durning, Tom Courtenay
Happy New Year is a 1987 film starring Peter Falk, directed by John G. Avildsen. The screenplay was written by Warren Lane, based on the French film La bonne année. The director of the ...more

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Private Potter Tom Courtenay, Frank Finlay, Ronald Fraser
Private Potter is a 1962 British drama film directed by Caspar Wrede and starring Tom Courtenay, Mogens Wieth, Ronald Fraser, and James Maxwell.

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Tom Courtenay, Ian McElhinney, Rita Tushingham
The Boy from Mercury is a nostalgiac Irish Film, the first from writer and director Martin Duffy. The film concerns the science-fiction daydreams of a young boy in 1960 Dublin. Upon release, the ...more

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Jane Fonda, Bill Cosby, Tom Courtenay
Leonard Part 6 is a 1987 comedy film that parodies spy movies. It was directed by Paul Weiland and starred Bill Cosby, who also produced the film and wrote its story. The movie also starred Joe ...more