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The Best Warren Oates Movies

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

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

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    Two-Lane Blacktop

    James Taylor, Dennis Wilson

    Released1971

    Directed byMonte Hellman

    Two-Lane Blacktop is a 1971 road movie directed by Monte Hellman, starring singer-songwriter James Taylor, the Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson, Warren Oates, and Laurie Bird. Esquire magazine...  more
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    Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

    Kris Kristofferson, Gig Young

    Released1974

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia is a 1974 American cult action film directed by Sam Peckinpah and featuring Warren Oates. Made in Mexico on a low budget after the commercial failure of Pat...  more
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    Stripes

    Bill Murray, John Candy

    Released1981

    Directed byIvan Reitman

    Stripes is a 1981 American comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P. J. Soles, and John Candy. It also featured several actors in their first...  more

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    In the Heat of the Night

    Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger

    Released1967

    Directed byNorman Jewison

    In the Heat of the Night is a 1967 American mystery drama film directed by Norman Jewison. It is based on John Ball's 1965 novel of the same name which tells the story of Virgil Tibbs, a black police...  more

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    1941

    Mickey Rourke, Christopher Lee

    Released1979

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    1941 is a 1979 period comedy film directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, and featuring an ensemble cast including Dan Aykroyd, Ned Beatty, John Belushi, John Candy,...  more

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    Major Dundee

    Charlton Heston, Richard Harris

    Released1965

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    Major Dundee is a 1965 Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, Jim Hutton, and James Coburn. Written by Harry Julian Fink, the film is about a Union...  more

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    There Was a Crooked Man...

    Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda

    Released1970

    Directed byJoseph L. Mankiewicz

    This film is a 1970 western starring Kirk Douglas and Henry Fonda and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. It was written by David Newman and Robert Benton, their first script to be produced after...  more
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    Badlands

    Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen

    Released1973

    Directed byTerrence Malick

    Badlands is a 1973 American film written and directed by Terrence Malick, starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek. Warren Oates and Ramon Bieri are also featured. Malick has a small speaking part,...  more

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    The Border

    Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel

    Released1982

    Directed byTony Richardson

    The Border is a 1982 American drama film directed by Tony Richardson and starring Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Valerie Perrine and Warren Oates....  more
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    Welcome to Hard Times

    Henry Fonda, Keenan Wynn

    Released1967

    Directed byBurt Kennedy

    Welcome to Hard Times is a 1967 Western film based upon a novel by E. L. Doctorow. The movie was directed by Burt Kennedy. It stars Henry Fonda as the leader of a town who is too weak to stand up to...  more
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    Cockfighter

    Ed Begley, Jr.

    Released1974

    Directed byMonte Hellman

    Cockfighter is a 1974 film by director Monte Hellman, starring Warren Oates, Harry Dean Stanton and featuring Laurie Bird and Ed Begley, Jr. The screenplay is based on the novel of the same name by...  more
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    The Wild Bunch

    William Holden, Ernest Borgnine

    Released1969

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    The Wild Bunch is a 1969 American epic Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah about an aging outlaw gang on the Texas–Mexico border, trying to exist in the changing "modern" world of 1913. The...  more

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    Blue Thunder

    Malcolm McDowell, Roy Scheider

    Released1983

    Directed byJohn Badham

    Blue Thunder is a 1983 action thriller film that features a high-tech helicopter of the same name. The movie was directed by John Badham and stars Roy Scheider. A spin-off television series also...  more

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    Race with the Devil

    Peter Fonda, Warren Oates

    Released1975

    Directed byJack Starrett

    Race with the Devil is a 1975 occult thriller and action film starring Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit and Lara Parker. This was the second of three films Fonda and Oates would star in...  more

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    Rancho Deluxe

    Jeff Bridges, Jimmy Buffett

    Released1975

    Directed byFrank Perry

    Rancho Deluxe is a contemporary western film that was directed by Frank Perry and released in 1975. Jeff Bridges and Sam Waterston star as two cattle rustlers in modern-day Livingston, Montana who...  more
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    Ride the High Country

    Warren Oates, Edgar Buchanan

    Released1962

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    Ride the High Country is a 1962 American Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, and Mariette Hartley. The supporting cast includes Edgar Buchanan, James...  more

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    Kid Blue

    Dennis Hopper, Peter Boyle

    Released1973

    Directed byJames Frawley

    A naive young man comes to Dime, Texas from the Old West and experiences the new urban capitialism of turn of the century America....  more
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    Return of the Seven

    Yul Brynner, Warren Oates

    Released1966

    Directed byBurt Kennedy

    Return of the Seven is the first sequel to the western, The Magnificent Seven. Yul Brynner is the sole returning cast member from the first film, portraying Chris Adams. Robert Fuller assumes the...  more
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    My Old Man

    Kristy McNichol, Eileen Brennan

    Released1979

    Directed byJohn Erman

    My Old Man is a 1979 television film directed by John Erman. The film is based on an Ernest Hemingway story that had previously been adapted for the 1950 film Under My Skin....  more
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    Dixie Dynamite

    Steve McQueen, Warren Oates

    Released1976

    Directed byLee Frost

    Dixie Dynamite is a 1977 American film directed by Lee Frost. Steve McQueen appears uncredited in a scene as a motorbike driver....  more
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    The White Dawn

    Warren Oates, Timothy Bottoms

    Released1974

    Directed byPhilip Kaufman

    The White Dawn is a Canadian film, released in 1974, directed by Philip Kaufman and starring Warren Oates, Timothy Bottoms, and Louis Gossett, Jr. It portrays the conflict between aboriginal peoples'...  more
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    China 9 Liberty 37

    Jenny Agutter, Warren Oates

    Released1978

    Directed byMonte Hellman, Tony Brandt

    China 9, Liberty 37 is an Italian-Spanish 1978 western film directed by Monte Hellman, starring Warren Oates, Jenny Agutter, and Fabio Testi. The film was shot in locations in Spain and Italy by...  more
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    Drum

    Pam Grier, Ken Norton

    Released1976

    Directed bySteve Carver

    Drum is a 1976 American film based on the Kyle Onstott novel of the same name. It was released by United Artists and is a sequel to the film Mandingo, released in 1975. The film stars Warren Oates,...  more
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    Dillinger

    Richard Dreyfuss, Cloris Leachman

    Released1973

    Directed byJohn Milius

    Dillinger is a 1973 gangster film about the life and criminal exploits of notorious bank robber John Dillinger. It stars Warren Oates as Dillinger and Ben Johnson as his pursuer, FBI Agent Melvin...  more
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    Lanton Mills

    Terrence Malick, Harry Dean Stanton

    Released1969

    Directed byTerrence Malick

    Lanton Mills is an American comedy short film written and directed by Terrence Malick and starring Malick, Warren Oates, Harry Dean Stanton, and Paula Mandel. His thesis project for the American Film...  more