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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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William Holden, Peter Graves, Otto Preminger
Stalag 17 is a 1953 film which tells the story of a group of American airmen held in a German WWII prisoner camp, who come to suspect that one of their number is an informant. It was adapted ...more
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Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins
The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 WWII epic film directed by David Lean, based on the novel Le Pont de la Rivière Kwai by Pierre Boulle. The film is a work of fiction but borrows the ...more
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William Holden, Buster Keaton, Gloria Swanson
Sunset Boulevard—stylized onscreen as SUNSET BLVD.—is a 1950 American film noir directed and co-written by Billy Wilder, and produced and co-written by Charles Brackett. It was named after the ...more
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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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Kim Novak, William Holden, Rosalind Russell
Picnic is a 1955 American Technicolor romantic comedy-drama film in Cinemascope, which was adapted for the screen by Daniel Taradash from William Inge's 1953 Pulitzer Prize winning play. Joshua ...more
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Grace Kelly, Mickey Rooney, William Holden
The Bridges at Toko-Ri is a film from 1954 that was directed by Mark Robson and was based on the novel by James Michener about a U.S. Navy pilot assigned to bomb a group of heavily defended ...more
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William Holden, Jennifer Jones, James Hong
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing is a 1955 American drama-romance film. Set in 1949–50 in Hong Kong, it tells the story of a married, but separated, American reporter Mark Elliot, who falls in ...more
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Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway, William Holden
Network is a 1976 American satirical film written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney Lumet, about a fictional television network, UBS, and its struggle with poor ratings. The film stars ...more
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Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, William Holden
Sabrina is a 1954 American romantic comedy film directed by Billy Wilder, adapted for the screen by Wilder, Samuel A. Taylor, and Ernest Lehman from Taylor's play Sabrina Fair. It stars Humphrey ...more
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William Holden, Judy Holliday, Broderick Crawford
Born Yesterday is a 1950 comedy-drama film based on the play of the same name by Garson Kanin and directed by George Cukor. The screenplay was credited to Albert Mannheimer based on the stage ...more
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John Wayne, William Holden, Althea Gibson
The Horse Soldiers is a 1959 film that was directed by John Ford and starred John Wayne, William Holden and Constance Towers. John Lee Mahin and Martin Rackin produced the movie and wrote its ...more
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Barbara Stanwyck, William Holden, Shelley Winters
Executive Suite is a 1954 MGM drama film depicting the internal struggle for control of a furniture manufacturing company after the unexpected death of the company's CEO. The film stars William ...more
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Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby, William Holden
The Country Girl is a 1954 American drama film directed by George Seaton and starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and William Holden. Adapted by George Seaton from Clifford Odets' 1950 play of the ...more
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William Holden, Klaus Kinski, Hugh Griffith
The Counterfeit Traitor is a 1962 war film starring William Holden, Hugh Griffith, and Lilli Palmer. Holden plays an American-born Swedish citizen who agrees to spy on the Nazis in World War II. ...more
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William Holden, Richard Dawson, Richard Jaeckel
The Devil's Brigade is a 1968 American war film based on the 1966 book of the same name co-written by American novelist and historian Robert H. Adleman and Col. George Walton, a member of the ...more
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William Holden, Eleanor Parker, John Forsythe
Escape from Fort Bravo is a 1953 Anscocolor western film set during the American Civil War. It stars William Holden, Eleanor Parker, and John Forsythe.
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Barbara Stanwyck, William Holden, Lee J. Cobb
Golden Boy is a 1939 black-and-white Columbia Pictures drama film based on the Clifford Odets play of the same name. It features William Holden in his film debut, the role that made him a star: ...more
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William Holden, Nancy Kwan, Michael Wilding
The World of Suzie Wong is a 1960 British-American romantic drama film directed by Richard Quine. The screenplay by John Patrick was adapted from the stage play by Paul Osborn, which was based ...more
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O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway
The Towering Inferno is a 1974 American action drama disaster film produced by Irwin Allen featuring an all-star cast led by Steve McQueen and Paul Newman. The picture was directed by John ...more
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William Holden, Richard Widmark, Scatman Crothers
Alvarez Kelly is a 1966 war film set in the American Civil War starring William Holden and Richard Widmark. The film was based on the historic Beefsteak Raid of September 1864 led by Confederate ...more
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William Holden, Glenn Ford, Edgar Buchanan
Texas is a 1941 Western film directed by George Marshall and starring Glenn Ford and William Holden.
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William Holden, Barry Fitzgerald, Jan Sterling
Union Station is a 1950 crime drama, directed by Rudolph Maté. The drama features William Holden, Barry Fitzgerald, and Nancy Olson, among others.
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William Holden, Glenn Ford, Edgar Buchanan
The Man from Colorado is a 1948 American western-psychological drama film directed by Henry Levin and produced by Jules Schermer for Columbia Pictures. It stars Glenn Ford as a Union officer who ...more
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William Holden, Thomas Mitchell, Fay Bainter
Our Town is a 1940 film adaptation of a play of the same name by Thornton Wilder starring Martha Scott as Emily Webb, and William Holden as George Gibbs. The cast also included Fay Bainter, ...more
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William Holden, Jean Arthur, Edgar Buchanan
Arizona is a 1940 American Western film starring Jean Arthur, William Holden and Warren William. It was directed by Wesley Ruggles. Victor Young was nominated for the Academy Award for Original ...more