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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.

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William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan 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 ...more

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James Taylor, Dennis Wilson, Harry Dean Stanton 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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Kris Kristofferson, Gig Young, Warren Oates 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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Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant 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 ...more

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Richard Dreyfuss, Cloris Leachman, Michelle Phillips 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 ...more

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Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit 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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Warren Oates, Edgar Buchanan, Randolph Scott 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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Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek Badlands is a 1973 American crime 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 ...more

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Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda, Burgess Meredith There Was a Crooked Man... 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 ...more

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Bill Murray, John Candy, Dennis Quaid Stripes is a 1981 American war-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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Jodie Foster, Celeste Holm, Warren Oates Tom Sawyer is a 1973 American musical film adaptation of the Mark Twain boyhood adventure story, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, starring Johnny Whitaker as Tom, Jodie Foster as Becky Thatcher, ...more

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Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Severn Darden The Hired Hand is a 1971 American western film directed by Peter Fonda, with a screenplay by Alan Sharp. The film stars Fonda, Warren Oates, and Verna Bloom. The cinematography was by Vilmos ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Warren Oates, Millie Perkins The Shooting is a 1966 western film directed by Monte Hellman, with a screenplay by Carole Eastman. It stars Warren Oates, Millie Perkins, Will Hutchins, and Jack Nicholson, and was produced by ...more

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Yul Brynner, Warren Oates, Fernando Rey 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 ...more

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Ed Begley, Jr., Harry Dean Stanton 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 ...more

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Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, James Coburn 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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Mickey Rourke, Christopher Lee, Dan Aykroyd 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 ...more

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

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Henry Fonda, Keenan Wynn, Lon Chaney 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 dying town who is too weak to ...more

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Jacqueline Bissett, Ryan O'Neal, Ned Beatty The Thief Who Came to Dinner is a 1973 comedy film directed by Bud Yorkin and based on the novel by Terrence Lore Smith. The film stars Ryan O'Neal and Jacqueline Bisset, with Charles Cioffi, ...more

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Jeff Bridges, Jimmy Buffett, Sam Waterston 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 ...more

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Malcolm McDowell, Roy Scheider, Warren Oates 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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Jenny Agutter, Warren Oates, Sam Peckinpah 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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Dennis Hopper, Peter Boyle, Ben Johnson A naive young man comes to Dime, Texas from the Old West and experiences the new urban capitialism of turn of the century America.

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Harry Shearer, Warren Oates, Joanna Cassidy American Raspberry is a 1977 parody film that lampoons various films of the 1970s, much like The Groove Tube, Tunnel Vision, The Kentucky Fried Movie and Amazon Women on the Moon. It was filmed ...more

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Dixie Dynamite Steve McQueen, Warren Oates, Christopher George Dixie Dynamite is a 1977 American film directed by Lee Frost. Steve McQueen appears uncredited in a scene as a motorbike driver.

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Dennis Quaid, Pam Grier, Wilford Brimley Tough Enough is a 1983 film directed by Richard Fleischer, starring Dennis Quaid, Pam Grier, Warren Oates and Stan Shaw. This was the final film role for Warren Oates. Filmed in late 1981, it ...more

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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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Warren Oates, Clint Walker, Ray Danton Yellowstone Kelly is a 1959 Western Technicolor movie based upon a novel by Heck Allen, with a screenplay by Burt Kennedy starring Clint Walker as Yellowstone Luther Kelly, and directed by ...more

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Warren Oates True Grit: A Further Adventure is a 1978 television film sequel to the movies True Grit and Rooster Cogburn. While John Wayne portrays Rooster Cogburn in the first two films, Warren Oates takes ...more

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92 in the Shade Burgess Meredith, Peter Fonda, Margot Kidder 92 in the Shade is a 1975 film written and directed by Thomas McGuane, based on his 1973 novel of the same name. It stars Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Elizabeth Ashley and Margot Kidder.

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Peter Falk, Gena Rowlands, Paul Sorvino The Brink's Job is a 1978 film directed by William Friedkin and starring Peter Falk, Peter Boyle, Allen Garfield, Warren Oates, Gena Rowlands, and Paul Sorvino. It is based on the Brink's ...more

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Dyan Cannon, Warren Oates, Elaine Stewart The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond is a 1960 film directed by Budd Boetticher. The picture marked the film debut of Dyan Cannon and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Costume Design for ...more

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Kristy McNichol, Eileen Brennan, Warren Oates 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.

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Sam Neill, Warren Oates, Ian Mune Sleeping Dogs is a 1977 film based on the book Smith's Dream by C. K. Stead, and is the first feature film by director Roger Donaldson. Featuring Sam Neill, Clyde Scott and Warren Oates it is ...more

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Terrence Malick, Harry Dean Stanton, Warren Oates 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 ...more

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Pam Grier, Ken Norton, Yaphet Kotto 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 ...more

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Louis Gossett, Jr., Warren Oates 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 ...more