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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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Sunset Boulevard 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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Stalag 17 William Holden, Peter Graves, Otto Preminger Stalag 17 is a 1953 war film which tells the story of a group of American airmen held in a German World War II prisoner of war camp, who come to suspect that one of their number is an informant. ...more

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The Bridge on the River Kwai Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 World War II 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 ...more

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The Bridges at Toko-Ri 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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The Wild Bunch 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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Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing 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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Picnic 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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Network 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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Sabrina 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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Born Yesterday 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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The Horse Soldiers John Wayne, William Holden, Althea Gibson The Horse Soldiers is a 1959 film set during the American Civil War. It was directed by John Ford and starred John Wayne, William Holden and Constance Towers. John Lee Mahin and Martin Rackin ...more

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The Devil's Brigade 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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The Country Girl 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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The Towering Inferno 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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Alvarez Kelly 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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Executive Suite 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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Golden Boy 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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Escape from Fort Bravo 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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The Counterfeit Traitor 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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The World of Suzie Wong 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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Texas 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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The Man from Colorado 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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Union Station 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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Our Town 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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The Earthling William Holden, Ricky Schroder, Jack Thompson The Earthling is a drama film starring William Holden and Ricky Schroder. It was filmed in 1979 in Australia, and released there in 1980. Peter Collinson directed this film and died of cancer ...more

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Arizona 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

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The Moon Is Blue David Niven, William Holden, Hardy Krüger The Moon Is Blue is a 1953 American romantic comedy film produced and directed by Otto Preminger and starring William Holden, David Niven, and Maggie McNamara. Written by F. Hugh Herbert and ...more

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Paris When It Sizzles Audrey Hepburn, Frank Sinatra, Marlene Dietrich Paris When It Sizzles is a 1964 romantic comedy film directed by Richard Quine and produced by Quine and George Axelrod. The screenplay is by George Axelrod based on the story and film Holiday ...more

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The Key Sophia Loren, Michael Caine, William Holden The Key is a 1958 war film set in 1940 during the World War II Battle of the Atlantic. It was based on the novel Stella by Jan de Hartog, was directed by Carol Reed and starred William Holden, ...more

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Breezy Clint Eastwood, William Holden, Kay Lenz Breezy is a 1973 American romantic drama film, starring William Holden and Kay Lenz. It was written by Jo Heims, and was the third film directed by Clint Eastwood, who can be briefly seen in an ...more

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Rachel and the Stranger Robert Mitchum, William Holden, Loretta Young Rachel and the Stranger is a black-and-white 1948 western film starring Loretta Young, William Holden, and Robert Mitchum. The Norman Foster-directed film was one of the few to address the role ...more

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Casino Royale Woody Allen, Ursula Andress, Peter O'Toole Casino Royale is a 1967 spy comedy film originally produced by Columbia Pictures starring an ensemble cast of directors and actors. It is loosely based on Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel. ...more

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Streets of Laredo William Holden, William Bendix, Macdonald Carey Streets of Laredo is a 1949 western film starring William Holden, Macdonald Carey and William Bendix as three outlaws who rescue a young girl, played by Mona Freeman. When they become separated, ...more

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I Wanted Wings William Holden, Veronica Lake, Ray Milland I Wanted Wings is a 1941 American drama film directed by Mitchell Leisen and based on a book by Lieutenant Beirne Lay, Jr. The film stars Ray Milland and William Holden. The supporting cast ...more

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Force of Arms William Holden, Nancy Olson Force of Arms is a 1951 romantic drama film set in the Italian theater of World War II. It reteamed William Holden and Nancy Olson in the third of their four movies together, all released in ...more

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S.O.B. Julie Andrews, William Holden, Rosanna Arquette S.O.B. is a 1981 American film comedy written and directed by Blake Edwards. It stars Julie Andrews and Richard Mulligan. Also appearing are Robert Preston, Larry Hagman, Robert Vaughn, Robert ...more

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Apartment for Peggy William Holden, Jeanne Crain, Edmund Gwenn Apartment for Peggy is a 1948 film about a depressed professor whose spirits are lifted when he rents part of his home to a young couple. It was based on the novelette An Apartment for Jenny by ...more

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The 7th Dawn William Holden, Susannah York, Capucine The 7th Dawn is a 1964 drama film starring William Holden, Capucine and Tetsuro Tamba. The film set in the Malayan Emergency was based on the novel The Durian Tree by Michael Keon and filmed on ...more

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Satan Never Sleeps William Holden, Clifton Webb, France Nuyen Satan Never Sleeps is a 1962 film directed by Leo McCarey, his final film, in which he returns to the religious themes of his classics Going My Way and The Bells of St. Mary's. It also is the ...more

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Fedora William Holden, José Ferrer, Stephen Collins Fedora is a 1978 West German-French drama film directed by Billy Wilder. The screenplay by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond is based on a novella by Tom Tryon included in his collection Crowned Heads, ...more

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The Proud and Profane William Holden, Deborah Kerr, Marion Ross The Proud and Profane is a 1956 dramatic war romance made by William Perlberg-George Seaton Productions for Paramount Pictures. It was directed by George Seaton and produced by William Perlberg, ...more

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The Revengers William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Susan Hayward The Revengers is a 1972 Western film written by Wendell Mayes based upon a story by Steven W. Carabatsos. The film was directed by Daniel Mann and stars William Holden and Ernest Borgnine.

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Boots Malone William Holden, Harry Morgan Boots Malone is a 1952 drama film starring William Holden as a down-on-his-luck sports agent and Johnny Stewart as a rich runaway who wants to become a jockey.

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Father Is a Bachelor William Holden, Coleen Gray Father Is a Bachelor is a 1950 romantic comedy film starring William Holden and Coleen Gray.

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Toward the Unknown William Holden, James Garner, Lloyd Nolan Toward the Unknown is a 1956 movie about the dawn of supersonic flight filmed on location at Edwards Air Force Base. Starring William Holden, Lloyd Nolan and Virginia Leith, the film features ...more

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21 Hours at Munich William Holden, Franco Nero, Shirley Knight 21 Hours at Munich is a 1976 American TV movie directed by William A. Graham. It is based on the book The Blood of Israel by Serge Groussard and it deals with real events concerning the Munich ...more

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Castle Keep Burt Lancaster, Bruce Dern, Peter Falk Castle Keep is a "firmly pro- and anti-war" 1969 American war film combining surrealism with tragic realism. It was directed by Sydney Pollack and starred Burt Lancaster, Patrick ...more

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Submarine Command William Holden, William Bendix, Don Taylor Submarine Command is a 1951 film starring William Holden, Don Taylor, Nancy Olson, William Bendix, and Darryl Hickman, directed by John Farrow. The movie is notable for being one of the first to ...more

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Miss Grant Takes Richmond Lucille Ball, William Holden Miss Grant Takes Richmond is a 1949 comedy film starring Lucille Ball and William Holden, directed by Lloyd Bacon and released by Columbia Pictures. It was released under the title Innocence is ...more