William Holden Movies List: Ranked Best To Worst

Sunset Blvd.

Sunset Blvd.

(1950)
2
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Joe Gillis
Director:
Billy Wilder
Genres:
Film-Noir, Drama
Star Cast:
Buster Keaton, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson
Plot:

Norma Desmond, a faded silent film star living a reclusive life, is desperate to make a comeback and hires small-time screenwriter Joe to improve the script she is preparing. She convinces him to move into her Sunset Boulevard mansion, but erupts into a violent rage after he falls for young script reader Betty.

2
0
The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge on the River Kwai

(1957)
2
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Cmdr. Shears
Director:
David Lean
Genres:
Drama, Adventure, War
Star Cast:
Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa, James Donald
Plot:

After Japanese commandant Colonel Saito orders British POWs to build a railway bridge over the River Kwai, senior British officer Colonel Nicholson initially opposes illegal use of prisoners but later convinces fellow soldiers against delay-tactics in order to prove British superiority. Meanwhile, escaped US commander Shears is forced to join a four-man commando mission to destroy the bridge.

2
0
Network
R

Network

(1976)
3
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Max Schumacher
Director:
Sidney Lumet
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway, Wesley Addy, Peter Finch
Plot:

Aging Howard Beale, the longtime anchor of UBS Evening News, learns that he will be fired in two weeks due to declining ratings and decides to go on a rant about his feelings on live television. Noticing the spike in viewership and ratings, network executives decide to exploit his emotional outbursts by taking the show to a new extreme.

3
0

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The Wild Bunch
R

The Wild Bunch

(1969)
5
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Pike Bishop
Director:
Sam Peckinpah
Genres:
Adventure, Action, Western
Star Cast:
Ernest Borgnine, Edmond O'Brien, Robert Ryan, Warren Oates
Plot:

A gang of aging outlaws led by Pike Bishop escapes to Mexico after they are ambushed by Pike’s former partner Deke Thornton who is leading a group of bounty hunters. There they encounter the tyrannical General Mapache. A violent end awaits all as they are forced to work with Mapache and Thornton catches up to them. 

5
0
Stalag 17

Stalag 17

(1953)
4
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Sgt. J.J. Sefton
Director:
Billy Wilder
Genres:
Comedy, War, Drama
Star Cast:
Otto Preminger, Don Taylor, Robert Strauss, Harvey Lembeck
4
0
Sabrina

Sabrina

(1954)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
David Larrabee
Director:
Billy Wilder
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Hampden, John Williams
1
0
Reconnaissance Pilot

Reconnaissance Pilot

(1943)
0
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Lt. Packard A. Cummings (uncredited)
Genres:
Documentary, Short
Star Cast:
Ralph Byrd, Kim Hunter, Walter Baldwin, Selmer Jackson
0
1
The Counterfeit Traitor

The Counterfeit Traitor

(1962)
2
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Eric Erickson
Director:
George Seaton
Genres:
Thriller, War, Drama
Star Cast:
Lilli Palmer, Hugh Griffith, Klaus Kinski, Carl Raddatz
2
0
Born Yesterday

Born Yesterday

(1950)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Paul Verrall
Director:
George Cukor
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Broderick Crawford, Judy Holliday, Howard St. John, Frank Otto
0
0
Executive Suite

Executive Suite

(1954)
2
0
As:
Cast
Role:
McDonald Walling
Director:
Robert Wise
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Shelley Winters, Barbara Stanwyck, June Allyson, Walter Pidgeon
2
0
Apartment for Peggy

Apartment for Peggy

(1948)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Jason Taylor
Director:
George Seaton
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Edmund Gwenn, Gene Lockhart, Jeanne Crain, Griff Barnett
0
0
The Country Girl

The Country Girl

(1954)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Bernie Dodd
Director:
George Seaton
Genres:
Drama, Music
Star Cast:
Gene Reynolds, Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Anthony Ross
1
0

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The Earthling
PG

The Earthling

(1980)
3
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Patrick Foley
Director:
Peter Collinson
Genres:
Drama, Adventure
Star Cast:
Jack Thompson, Alwyn Kurts, Ricky Schroder, Olivia Hamnett
3
0
Dear Ruth

Dear Ruth

(1947)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Lt. William Seacroft
Director:
William D. Russell
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Edward Arnold, Billy De Wolfe, Mona Freeman, Joan Caulfield
0
0
The Horse Soldiers

The Horse Soldiers

(1959)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Maj. Henry Kendall
Director:
John Ford
Genres:
Romance, Western, Adventure, War
Star Cast:
John Wayne, Constance Towers, Judson Pratt, Hoot Gibson
1
0
Picnic
TV-PG

Picnic

(1956)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Hal Carter
Director:
Joshua Logan
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Rosalind Russell, Betty Field, Susan Strasberg, Kim Novak
1
0
The World of Suzie Wong

The World of Suzie Wong

(1960)
2
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Robert Lomax
Director:
Richard Quine
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Michael Wilding, Sylvia Syms, Nancy Kwan, Jacqueline Chan
2
1
Breezy
R

Breezy

(1973)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Frank Harmon
Director:
Clint Eastwood
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Clint Eastwood, Kay Lenz, Roger C. Carmel, Marj Dusay
1
0
The Bridges at Toko-Ri

The Bridges at Toko-Ri

(1954)
3
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Lt. Harry Brubaker
Director:
Mark Robson
Genres:
Drama, Romance, War
Star Cast:
Mickey Rooney, Grace Kelly, Fredric March, Robert Strauss
3
0
Fedora
PG

Fedora

(1978)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Barry Detweiler
Director:
Billy Wilder
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
José Ferrer, Henry Fonda, Frances Sternhagen, Marthe Keller
1
0

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Rachel and the Stranger

Rachel and the Stranger

(1948)
0
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Big Davey
Director:
Norman Foster
Genres:
Western, Adventure
Star Cast:
Tom Tully, Loretta Young, Gary Gray, Robert Mitchum
0
1
Arizona

Arizona

(1940)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Peter Muncie
Director:
Wesley Ruggles
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Jean Arthur, Warren William, Porter Hall, Edgar Buchanan
Plot:

In early 1862, Phoebe Titus is the only American woman in the Arizona Territory to run her own freight company. She and a young Peter Muncie fall in love but Peter leaves to explore California. In the meantime, a dandy named Jefferson Carteret teams up with Phoebe’s competitor Ward to bring down Phoebe by any means necessary. 

0
0
Prison Farm

Prison Farm

(1938)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Louis King
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Adventure
Star Cast:
J. Carrol Naish, Lloyd Nolan, John Howard, Porter Hall
0
0
Golden Boy

Golden Boy

(1939)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Joe Bonaparte
Director:
Rouben Mamoulian
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Barbara Stanwyck, Lee J. Cobb, Adolphe Menjou, Joseph Calleia
0
0
Streets of Laredo
TV-PG

Streets of Laredo

(1949)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Jim Dawkins
Director:
Leslie Fenton
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Stanley Ridges, William Bendix, Macdonald Carey, Mona Freeman
1
0
The Towering Inferno
PG

The Towering Inferno

(1974)
0
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Jim Duncan
Director:
John Guillermin
Genres:
Thriller, Action, Drama
Star Cast:
Fred Astaire, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway
0
1
Father Is a Bachelor

Father Is a Bachelor

(1950)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Johnny Rutledge
Director:
Norman Foster, Abby Berlin
Genres:
Family, Comedy
Star Cast:
Charles Winninger, Stuart Erwin, Coleen Gray, Mary Jane Saunders
1
0
Boots Malone

Boots Malone

(1952)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Boots Malone
Director:
William Dieterle
Genres:
Drama, Sport
Star Cast:
Stanley Clements, Basil Ruysdael, Ralph Dumke, Carl Benton Reid
1
0
The Devil's Brigade

The Devil's Brigade

(1968)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Lt. Col. Robert T. Frederick
Director:
Andrew V. McLaglen
Genres:
Action, War, Drama
Star Cast:
Richard Dawson, Vince Edwards, Cliff Robertson, Claude Akins
1
0
Texas

Texas

(1941)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Dan Thomas
Director:
George Marshall
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
George Bancroft, Claire Trevor, Edgar Buchanan, Glenn Ford
Plot:

While traveling to Texas, ex-confederates Tod and Dan stumble upon a stagecoach robbery, and after snatching the loot from the robbers the two go separate ways. When they meet later, Tod is an honest ranch-helper, while Dan, now a rustler, is trying to steal Tod’s cattle. Also, both are vying for the same girl. Can they continue to be the friends they were?

 

0
0

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The Turning Point

The Turning Point

(1952)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Jerry McKibbon
Director:
William Dieterle
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Crime, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Alexis Smith, Edmond O'Brien, Tom Tully, Ed Begley
Plot:

District attorney, John Conroy, is tasked to bring down a crime syndicate but the mob has connections in high places, making his task difficult. He gets help in the form of journalist Jerry McKibbon, who also finds himself being hindered by political corruption. Will the two succeed especially after an assassin is hired to kill McKibbon?

0
0
The Fleet's In

The Fleet's In

(1942)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Casey Kirby
Director:
Victor Schertzinger
Genres:
Romance, Musical
Star Cast:
Leif Erickson, Dorothy Lamour, Eddie Bracken, Betty Hutton
0
0
The Remarkable Andrew

The Remarkable Andrew

(1942)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Andrew Long
Director:
Stuart Heisler
Genres:
Comedy, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Montagu Love, Gilbert Emery, Brian Donlevy, Ellen Drew
0
0
Our Town

Our Town

(1940)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
George Gibbs
Director:
Sam Wood
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Beulah Bondi, Fay Bainter, Thomas Mitchell, Martha Scott
0
0
Union Station

Union Station

(1950)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Lt. William Calhoun
Director:
Rudolph Maté
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Thriller, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Barry Fitzgerald, Lyle Bettger, Nancy Olson, Jan Sterling
0
0
The Moon Is Blue
TV-PG

The Moon Is Blue

(1953)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Donald Gresham
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
David Niven, Tom Tully, Dawn Addams, Maggie McNamara
0
0
Invisible Stripes

Invisible Stripes

(1939)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Tim Taylor
Director:
Lloyd Bacon
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Humphrey Bogart, Jane Bryan, George Raft, Flora Robson
0
0
Escape from Fort Bravo

Escape from Fort Bravo

(1953)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Capt. Roper
Director:
John Sturges
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
William Demarest, Eleanor Parker, William Campbell, John Forsythe
1
0
The Key

The Key

(1958)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Capt. David Ross
Director:
Carol Reed
Genres:
War, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Sophia Loren, Oskar Homolka
Plot:

A war film set in 1941 during the Battle of the Atlantic, the film The Key is based on the 1951 novel Stella written by Jan de Hartog. The movie, which tells the love story of a former tugboat captain, was one of the most popular films in Britain in 1958. 

0
0
Miss Grant Takes Richmond

Miss Grant Takes Richmond

(1949)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Dick Richmond
Director:
Lloyd Bacon
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Lucille Ball, James Gleason, Janis Carter, Gloria Henry
0
0

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Forever Female

Forever Female

(1953)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Stanley Krown
Director:
Irving Rapper
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Ginger Rogers, George Reeves, James Gleason, Paul Douglas
0
0
Those Were the Days!

Those Were the Days!

(1940)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
P.J. 'Petey' Simmons
Director:
Theodore Reed
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Alan Ladd, William Frawley, Judith Barrett, Bonita Granville
0
0
The Man from Colorado

The Man from Colorado

(1948)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Del Stewart
Director:
Henry Levin
Genres:
Western, Romance
Star Cast:
Ellen Drew, Edgar Buchanan, Glenn Ford, Ray Collins
0
0
Wild Rovers
GP

Wild Rovers

(1971)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Ross Bodine
Director:
Blake Edwards
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Ryan O'Neal, Tom Skerritt, Karl Malden, Lynn Carlin
1
0
The Christmas Tree
G

The Christmas Tree

(1969)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Laurent Ségur
Director:
Terence Young
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Bourvil, Mario Feliciani, Virna Lisi, Madeleine Damien
0
0
Toward the Unknown

Toward the Unknown

(1956)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Maj. Lincoln Bond
Director:
Mervyn LeRoy
Genres:
Drama, War, Romance, History
Star Cast:
James Garner, Paul Fix, Murray Hamilton, Charles McGraw
0
0
Blaze of Noon

Blaze of Noon

(1947)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Colin McDonald
Director:
John Farrow
Genres:
Action, Drama
Star Cast:
Anne Baxter, William Bendix, Sonny Tufts, Sterling Hayden
0
0
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing

Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing

(1955)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Mark Elliott
Director:
Henry King, Otto Lang
Genres:
War, Drama, Romance, Biography
Star Cast:
Jennifer Jones, Isobel Elsom, Torin Thatcher, Murray Matheson
0
0
The 7th Dawn

The 7th Dawn

(1964)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Major Ferris
Director:
Lewis Gilbert
Genres:
War, Drama, Adventure
Star Cast:
Michael Goodliffe, Capucine, Susannah York, Tetsurô Tanba
0
0
Force of Arms

Force of Arms

(1951)
1
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Sgt. John 'Pete' Peterson
Director:
Michael Curtiz
Genres:
Drama, War, Romance
Star Cast:
Frank Lovejoy, Dick Wesson, Nancy Olson, Gene Evans
1
1

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The Lion

The Lion

(1962)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Robert Hayward
Director:
Jack Cardiff
Genres:
Drama, Action, Adventure
Star Cast:
Trevor Howard, Capucine, Pamela Franklin, Zamba
0
0
Dear Wife

Dear Wife

(1949)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Bill Seacroft
Director:
Richard Haydn
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Edward Arnold, Billy De Wolfe, Mona Freeman, Joan Caulfield
0
0
Million Dollar Legs

Million Dollar Legs

(1939)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Nick Grinde, Edward Dmytryk
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Betty Grable, Jackie Coogan, Buster Crabbe, Donald O'Connor
0
0
Alvarez Kelly

Alvarez Kelly

(1966)
2
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Alvarez Kelly
Director:
Edward Dmytryk
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Richard Widmark, Janice Rule, Scatman Crothers, Patrick O'Neal
2
0
Submarine Command

Submarine Command

(1951)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Lt. Cmdr. Ken White
Director:
John Farrow
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
William Bendix, Don Taylor, Nancy Olson, Arthur Franz
1
0
The Dark Past

The Dark Past

(1948)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Al Walker
Director:
Rudolph Maté
Genres:
Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
Star Cast:
Lois Maxwell, Lee J. Cobb, Nina Foch, Adele Jergens
0
0
Paris - When It Sizzles

Paris - When It Sizzles

(1964)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Richard Benson / Rick
Director:
Richard Quine
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn, Grégoire Aslan, Raymond Bussières
0
0
S.O.B.
R

S.O.B.

(1981)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Tim Culley
Director:
Blake Edwards
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Shelley Winters, Robert Loggia, Julie Andrews, Larry Hagman
0
0
Die Jungfrau auf dem Dach

Die Jungfrau auf dem Dach

(1953)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Otto Preminger, Tom Tully, Dawn Addams, Johanna Matz
0
0
Damien: Omen II
R

Damien: Omen II

(1978)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Richard Thorn
Director:
Don Taylor, Mike Hodges
Genres:
Horror
Star Cast:
Lee Grant, Leo McKern, Robert Foxworth, Jonathan Scott-Taylor
1
0

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Open Season
R

Open Season

(1974)
2
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Peter Collinson
Genres:
Drama, Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
Peter Fonda, John Phillip Law, Alberto de Mendoza, Richard Lynch
2
0
I Wanted Wings

I Wanted Wings

(1941)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Al Ludlow
Director:
Mitchell Leisen
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Ray Milland, Brian Donlevy, Wayne Morris, Constance Moore
0
0
The Proud and Profane

The Proud and Profane

(1956)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Lt. Col. Colin Black
Director:
George Seaton
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
Deborah Kerr, Thelma Ritter, Dewey Martin, William Redfield
0
0
Meet the Stewarts

Meet the Stewarts

(1942)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Michael Stewart
Director:
Alfred E. Green
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Grant Mitchell, Frances Dee, Marjorie Gateson, Anne Revere
0
0
Satan Never Sleeps

Satan Never Sleeps

(1962)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Father O'Banion
Director:
Leo McCarey, David W. Orton
Genres:
War, History, Drama
Star Cast:
Clifton Webb, Athene Seyler, Martin Benson, France Nuyen
0
0
The Revengers
PG

The Revengers

(1972)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
John Benedict
Director:
Daniel Mann
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Ernest Borgnine, Susan Hayward, Roger Hanin, Woody Strode
Plot:

After a rancher’s family is massacred by a gang of outlaws, he decides to pay a team of convicts in order to take revenge against them. 

1
0
Young and Willing

Young and Willing

(1943)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Norman Reese
Director:
Edward H. Griffith
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Robert Benchley, Susan Hayward, Martha O'Driscoll, Eddie Bracken
0
0
Escape to Athena
PG

Escape to Athena

(1979)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
George P. Cosmatos
Genres:
Action, Comedy, Adventure, War
Star Cast:
Telly Savalas, Stefanie Powers, David Niven, Roger Moore
0
0
Ashanti
R

Ashanti

(1979)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Richard Fleischer
Genres:
Mystery, Adventure, Thriller, Drama, Action
Star Cast:
Michael Caine, Omar Sharif, Peter Ustinov, Beverly Johnson
0
0
Casino Royale
TV-14

Casino Royale

(1967)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
John Huston, Robert Parrish, Joseph McGrath, Ken Hughes, Richard Talmadge
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
David Niven, Woody Allen, John Huston, Deborah Kerr
0
0

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When Time Ran Out...
PG

When Time Ran Out...

(1980)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Shelby Gilmore
Director:
James Goldstone
Genres:
Drama, Action, Thriller, Adventure
Star Cast:
Paul Newman, Jacqueline Bisset, Ernest Borgnine, Edward Albert
0
0

TV Movie(s)

The Blue Knight

The Blue Knight

(1973)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Bumper Morgan
Director:
Robert Butler
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Action, Crime
Star Cast:
Sam Elliott, Joe Santos, Eileen Brennan, Lee Remick, William Holden
0
0
21 Hours at Munich

21 Hours at Munich

(1976)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Chief of Police Manfred Schreiber
Director:
William A. Graham
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Sport, History
Star Cast:
Franco Nero, Richard Basehart, Anthony Quayle, Shirley Knight
0
0

TV Shows and Videos

I Love Lucy
TV-G

I Love Lucy (1951)

As:
Cast
Director:
William Asher, Marc Daniels, James V. Kern
Genres:
Comedy, Family
Star Cast:
Barbara Eden, Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball, Orson Welles
Lux Video Theatre

Lux Video Theatre (1950)

As:
Cast
Director:
Richard Goode, Fielder Cook, Buzz Kulik, Earl Eby, Norman Morgan
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Buster Keaton, Ken Carpenter, Jay Jackson, Alfred Hitchcock, James Dean

William Holden Awards

Academy Awards
Stalag 17 Best Actor in a Leading Role 1954
Primetime Emmy Awards
The Blue Knight Best Lead Actor in a Limited Series 1974