The Best 31 Films of Sean Connery

The wonderful Sean Connery has created many indelible screen characterizations over his very long career, having made his debut in 1958. Mr. Connery has spent a career proving that he was more than just the consummate James Bond, and succeeded marvelously. But, to most film lovers, including myself, Connery was the only Bond; there was Connery and then everyone else. Nevetheless, whether as the cool and Steely Bond, or in nearly all of his performances, Connery was consistently excellent. Here are 31 of his very best acting performances.
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1.
Marnie (1964)
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Mark marries Marnie although she is a habitual thief and has serious psychological problems, and tries to help her confront and resolve them. (130 mins.)
 
2.
Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
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In 1935, when his train is stopped by deep snow, detective Hercule Poirot is called on to solve a murder that occurred in his car the night before. (128 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
3.
The Untouchables (1987)
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Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team. (119 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
4.
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
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In November 1984, the Soviet Union's best submarine captain in their newest sub violates orders and heads for the USA. Is he trying to defect or to start a war? (135 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
 
5.
Goldfinger (1964)
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Investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve. (110 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
 
6.
The Hill (1965)
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In a North African military prison during World War II, five new prisoners struggle to survive in the face of brutal punishment and sadistic guards. (123 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
7.
From Russia with Love (1963)
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James Bond willingly falls into an assassination ploy involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by SPECTRE. (115 mins.)
Director: Terence Young
 
8.
The Anderson Tapes (1971)
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After Duke Anderson is released from prison after ten years for taking the rap for a scion of a Mafia family, he cashes in a debt of honor with the mob to bankroll a caper. (99 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
9.
The Molly Maguires (1970)
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Life is rough in the coal mines of 1876 Pennsylvania. A secret group of Irish immigrant miners, known as the Molly Maguires... (124 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
10.
The Longest Day (1962)
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The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view. (178 mins.)
 
11.
The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
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Two British soldiers in India decide to resign from the Army and set themselves up as deities in Kafiristan--a land where no white man has set foot since Alexander. (129 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
12.
The Offence (1973)
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A burned-out British police detective finally snaps while interrogating a suspected child molester. (112 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
13.
Finding Forrester (2000)
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A young writing prodigy finds a mentor in a reclusive author. (136 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
 
14.
Dr. No (1962)
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A resourceful British government agent seeks answers in a case involving the disappearance of a colleague and the disruption of the American space program. (110 mins.)
Director: Terence Young
 
15.
The Russia House (1990)
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An expatriate British publisher unexpectedly finds himself working for British intelligence to investigate people in Russia. (123 mins.)
Director: Fred Schepisi
 
16.
Entrapment (1999)
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An insurance agent is sent by her employer to track down and help capture an art thief. (113 mins.)
Director: Jon Amiel
 
17.
The Wind and the Lion (1975)
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At the beginning of the 20th century an American woman is abducted in Morocco by Berbers. The attempts... (119 mins.)
Director: John Milius
 
18.
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
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A diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an evil plot involving a rich business tycoon. (120 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
 
19.
The Name of the Rose (1986)
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An intellectually nonconformist friar investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey. (130 mins.)
 
20.
Thunderball (1965)
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James Bond heads to The Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by SPECTRE agent Emilio Largo in an international extortion scheme. (130 mins.)
Director: Terence Young
 
21.
The Presidio (1988)
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Jay Austin is now a civilian police detective. Colonel Caldwell was his commanding officer years before... (97 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams
 
22.
Robin and Marian (1976)
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Robin Hood, aging none too gracefully, returns exhausted from the Crusades to woo and win Maid Marian one last time. (106 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
 
23.
The Rock (1996)
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A mild-mannered chemist and an ex-con must lead the counterstrike when a rogue group of military men, led by a renegade general, threaten a nerve gas attack from Alcatraz against San Francisco. (136 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
 
24.
Outland (1981)
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In the distant future, a police marshal stationed at a remote mining colony on the Jupiter moon of Io uncovers a drug-smuggling conspiracy, and gets no help from the populace when he later finds himself marked for murder. (112 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams
 
25.
A Fine Madness (1966)
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Samson Shillitoe, mad genius of a poet irresistible to women but plagued by writer's block, agrees to see a psychiatrist... and his beautiful wife. (104 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
 
26.
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
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Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines. However, mismanagement and poor planning result in its failure. (175 mins.)
 
27.
The Great Train Robbery (1979)
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In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train. (110 mins.)
 
28.
Never Say Never Again (1983)
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A SPECTRE agent has stolen two American nuclear warheads, and James Bond must find their targets before they are detonated. (134 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
 
29.
Highlander (1986)
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An immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his immortal opponent, a murderously brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled "Prize". (116 mins.)
Director: Russell Mulcahy
 
30.
Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959)
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A wily old codger matches wits with the king of the leprechauns and helps play matchmaker for his daughter and the strapping lad who has replaced him as caretaker. (93 mins.)
 
31.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
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In an alternate Victorian Age world, a group of famous contemporary fantasy, SF and adventure characters team up on a secret mission. (110 mins.)