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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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William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan

Released: 1969

Directed by: Sam 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 ...more

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James Taylor, Dennis Wilson, Harry Dean Stanton

Released: 1971

Directed by: Monte 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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Kris Kristofferson, Gig Young, Warren Oates

Released: 1974

Directed by: Sam 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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Dillinger Richard Dreyfuss, Cloris Leachman, Michelle Phillips

Released: 1973

Directed by: John 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 ...more
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Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant

Released: 1967

Directed by: Norman 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 ...more

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Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit

Released: 1975

Directed by: Jack 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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Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek

Released: 1973

Directed by: Terrence 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 ...more

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Bill Murray, John Candy, Dennis Quaid

Released: 1981

Directed by: Ivan 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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Ride the High Country Warren Oates, Edgar Buchanan, Randolph Scott

Released: 1962

Directed by: Sam 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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Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Severn Darden

Released: 1971

Directed by: Peter Fonda

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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Ed Begley, Jr., Harry Dean Stanton

Released: 1974

Directed by: Monte 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 ...more
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Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda, Burgess Meredith

Released: 1970

Directed by: Joseph 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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Yul Brynner, Warren Oates, Fernando Rey

Released: 1966

Directed by: Burt 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 ...more
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Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, James Coburn

Released: 1965

Directed by: Sam 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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Mickey Rourke, Christopher Lee, Dan Aykroyd

Released: 1979

Directed by: Steven 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 ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Valerie Perrine

Released: 1982

Directed by: Tony Richardson

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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Jacqueline Bissett, Ryan O'Neal, Ned Beatty

Released: 1973

Directed by: Bud Yorkin

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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Jodie Foster, Celeste Holm, Warren Oates

Released: 1973

Directed by: Don Taylor

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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Henry Fonda, Keenan Wynn, Lon Chaney

Released: 1967

Directed by: Burt 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 ...more
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Dennis Hopper, Peter Boyle, Ben Johnson

Released: 1973

Directed by: James 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.
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Dennis Quaid, Pam Grier, Wilford Brimley

Released: 1983

Directed by: Richard Fleischer

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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Harry Shearer, Warren Oates, Joanna Cassidy

Released: 1977

Directed by: Bradley R. Swirnoff

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

Released: 1976

Directed by: Lee Frost

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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Warren Oates, Clint Walker, Ray Danton

Released: 1959

Directed by: Gordon Douglas

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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Cesar Romero, Telly Savalas, Warren Oates

Released: 1969

Directed by: Jim O'Connolly

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