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The Best William Holden Movies

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

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

Examples of films on this list: The Devil's Brigade, The Revengers and many more.

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  • Stalag 171
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    Stalag 17

    William Holden, Peter Graves

    Released1953

    Directed byBilly Wilder

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  • Sunset Boulevard2
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    Sunset Boulevard

    William Holden, Buster Keaton

    Released1950

    Directed byBilly Wilder

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  • Golden Boy3
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    Golden Boy

    Barbara Stanwyck, William Holden

    Released1939

    Directed byRouben Mamoulian

    Golden Boy is a 1939 black-and-white Columbia Pictures drama film based on the Clifford Odets... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai4
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    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    Alec Guinness, William Holden

    Released1957

    Directed byDavid Lean

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  • Escape from Fort Bravo5
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    Escape from Fort Bravo

    William Holden, Eleanor Parker

    Released1953

    Directed byJohn Sturges

    Escape from Fort Bravo is a 1953 Anscocolor western film set during the American Civil War. It... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Wild Bunch6
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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... more on Wikipedia

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  • Sabrina7
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    Sabrina

    Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart

    Released1954

    Directed byBilly Wilder

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  • The Towering Inferno8
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    The Towering Inferno

    O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman

    Released1974

    Directed byIrwin Allen, John Guillermin

    The Towering Inferno is a 1974 American action drama disaster film produced by Irwin Allen... more on Wikipedia

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  • Picnic9
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    Picnic

    Kim Novak, William Holden

    Released1955

    Directed byJoshua Logan

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  • Alvarez Kelly10
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    Alvarez Kelly

    William Holden, Richard Widmark

    Released1966

    Directed byEdward Dmytryk

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  • Network11
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    Network

    Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway

    Released1976

    Directed bySidney Lumet

    Network is a 1976 American satirical film written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney... more on Wikipedia
  • Texas12
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    Texas

    William Holden, Glenn Ford

    Released1941

    Directed byGeorge Marshall

    Texas is a 1941 Western film directed by George Marshall and starring Glenn Ford and William... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing13
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    Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing

    William Holden, Jennifer Jones

    Released1955

    Directed byOtto Lang, Henry King

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  • The Bridges at Toko-Ri14
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    The Bridges at Toko-Ri

    Grace Kelly, Mickey Rooney

    Released1954

    Directed byMark Robson

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  • Born Yesterday15
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    Born Yesterday

    William Holden, Judy Holliday

    Released1950

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

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  • The Man from Colorado16
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    The Man from Colorado

    William Holden, Glenn Ford

    Released1948

    Directed byHenry Levin

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  • Union Station17
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    Union Station

    William Holden, Barry Fitzgerald

    Released1950

    Directed byRudolph Maté

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  • Paris When It Sizzles18
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    Paris When It Sizzles

    Audrey Hepburn, Frank Sinatra

    Released1964

    Directed byRichard Quine

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  • The Horse Soldiers19
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    The Horse Soldiers

    John Wayne, William Holden

    Released1959

    Directed byJohn Ford

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  • Our Town20
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    Our Town

    William Holden, Thomas Mitchell

    Released1940

    Directed bySam Wood

    Our Town is a 1940 film adaptation of a play of the same name by Thornton Wilder starring... more on Wikipedia
  • Arizona21
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    Arizona

    William Holden, Jean Arthur

    Released1940

    Directed byWesley Ruggles

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  • The Key22
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    The Key

    Sophia Loren, Michael Caine

    Released1958

    Directed byCarol Reed

    The Key is a 1958 war film set in 1940 during the World War II Battle of the Atlantic. It was... more on Wikipedia
  • The Earthling23
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    The Earthling

    William Holden, Ricky Schroder

    Released1980

    Directed byPeter Collinson

    The Earthling is a drama film starring William Holden and Ricky Schroder. It was filmed in... more on Wikipedia
  • The Country Girl24
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    The Country Girl

    Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby

    Released1954

    Directed byGeorge Seaton

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  • Apartment for Peggy25
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    Apartment for Peggy

    William Holden, Jeanne Crain

    Released1948

    Directed byGeorge Seaton

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