The Man, The Myth, The Snake: Top 10 Kurt Russell Films The Man, The Myth, The Snake: Top 10 Kurt Russell Films
One of my all time beloved actors is Kurt Russell, who has starred in several of my favorite films. My question to you all:... The Man, The Myth, The Snake: Top 10 Kurt Russell Films

One of my all time beloved actors is Kurt Russell, who has starred in several of my favorite films. My question to you all: What are your favorite Russell films? Below I have listed mine:

10. Dark Blue (2002)

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Above average Ron Shelton film (Bull Durham, White Men Can’t Jump, Tin Cup). Russell is great as a conflicted cop during the Rodney King trial and subsequent LA Riots.

Stars – Russell, Brendan Gleeson, Scott Speedman, and Ving Rhames

9. Executive Decision (1996)

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Directoral debut of Stuart Baird (US Marshals, Star Trek: Nemesis). Even though the movie itself is a mess, it’s high octane action and Russell’s, as usual, top notch acting makes this a favorite.

Stars – Russell, Halle Berry, John Leguizamo, Oliver Platt, and Steven Segal

8. 3000 Miles To Graceland (2001)

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Even though the film got mostly negative reviews from the critics and it did terrible here in the States, any time you get Russell and Costner together in one film, both impersonating Elvis, with lots of violence and such, what is there not to like?

Stars – Russell, Costner, Courtney Cox, Christian Slater, Jon Lovitz, and Kevin Pollak

7. Miracle (2004)

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Directed by Gavin O’Connor (Warrior, Tumbleweeds). I usually don’t like sports docudramas, but since Russell is in this one, well, you know the rest. Nothing earth shattering but a nice telling of the 1980 USA hockey team winning Gold.

Stars – Russell, Patricia Clarkson, and Noah Emmerich

6. Tango and Cash (1989)

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Who doesn’t love buddy cop action comedy films? Throw in that this one stars Russell and Stallone, what can go wrong? Critical consensus at the time for this film stated that it was brutally violent and dull, but I found myself having a blast with it.

Stars – Russell, Stallone, and Jack Palance

5. Stargate (1994)

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Directed by Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, White House Down, The Patriot). The concepts for this film were awesome, even though the execution wasn’t. This started the franchise that spawned several TV series. Enjoyable, above average film.

Stars – Russell, James Spader, Jaye Davidson, and Viveca Lindfors

4. Big Trouble In Little China (1986)

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Director John Carpenter’s (Halloween, The Fog, Prince of Darkness) cult hit that made a legend out of the Russell played Jack Burton. If you don’t love this film, then may Asi have mercy on your soul! Russell is outstanding in this campy, Kung Fu flick!

Stars – Russell, Kim Cattrell, Dennis Dun, and James Hong

3. Escape From New York (1981)

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Another of the tri-fecta Carpenter-Russell films that made both of them very “cool”. Russell creates another legend out of Snake Plissken and makes a name for himself as an action star. Carpenter and Russell were cinematic gold!

Stars – Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, and Adrienne Barbeau

2. Tombstone (1993)

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One of the all time great westerns, directed by George P Cosmatos (Rambo: First Blood Part 2, Cobra). Russell is superb as Wyatt Earp, and leads the all-star cast to cinematic perfection. Val Kilmers best role and performance to date!

Stars – Russell, Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Michael Biehn, Charlton Heston, Billy Bob Thorton, Billy Zane, Michael Rooker, and Jason Priestly

1. The Thing (1982)

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For me, this is both Carpenter’s and Russell’s best film, hands down! This one is in my top 5 all-time! Believe that! They definitely don’t make ’em like this anymore.

Stars – Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Donald, and Moffat

I have always felt that Russell is one of the most underrated actors of his time and is, for whatever reason, never mentioned in the same breathe as some of his contemporaries, which I feel is a shame. Part of it is that his choice of roles didn’t set him up for ultimate success, as far as the film industry goes, and most of his iconic roles are in smaller, cultish type films. What are your thoughts on the mighty Snake Plissken, R.J. MacReady, Jack Burton, and Wyatt Earp? Are you looking forward to his two new features Bone Tomahawk and The Hateful Eight?

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  • CoolHandJuke

    Tombstone is the best movie ever, and my fat wife will smother you with her ass, unless you get off on that sort of thing, if you disagree…

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    Love Tombstone. Watched it again the other day, on cable, and helping to clean the house turned into a two hour “cleaning” of the couch!

  • Tarmac492.1

    Skin that smokewagon and see what happens.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Great article. Why no love for the ultimate cable classic, Overboard? No Captain Ron??

  • Stalkeye

    *Scrolled all the way down to see if EFNY was no.1* WTF?!?
    Bitchin article, FF, I’m Jelly that I didnt do a Top 10 Russell piece myself.

    Escape from New York is my #1 Kurt Russell film while The thing is a close second.

  • CoolHandJuke

    You gonna say something or just stand there and bleed?

  • Tarmac492.1

    It has been said before, by props to Russell for allowing himself to basically be the comic relief in BTILC.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Fat Billy Bob. That guy left with 1997.

  • CoolHandJuke

    Tango and Cash should be top 5, cause Rambo is a pussy…

  • CoolHandJuke

    He didn’t know Doc was back in town…

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    It had to be said………..

  • Stalkeye

    Dark Blue was almost as good as Training Day. Kurt killed in that film and need less to say, gave a very human portrayal of the notorious Eldon Perry especially toward the end. He should’ve won an Oscar for that Film.

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    Don’t mess with these boys…

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    My favorite line in the movie! Nailed It!

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    I liked both those flicks, but not my favorites. I do catch myself watching them when the come on….

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    The top 4 could easily be rearranged. Love all four of those flicks

  • Tarmac492.1

    Overboard was just on two nights ago. “Hey Trav, don’t knock her up!!” Love that flick.

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    What’s so funny…….

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    Dark Blue should have been in my top 5. The more I look at my list, the more I want to rearrange it. Dark Blue was great, especially Russell’s performance

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    Whoever does the editing job for these articles, nice lead in picture! Much better than the lame one I had. Great job too on making some formatting changes. Looks good. Thx

  • Stalkeye

    This article was a damn good surprise that came out the fuck of nowhere! As a fellow KR Fan, color me impressed!!

    Honorable mention goes to Stuntman Mike from Deathproof.

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    I loved Russell in this, but the actual segment pissed me off! Had so much potential, and could have been sooooo much more kick ass!

  • Stalkeye

    Best part of Executive Decision, Steven Seagal Dies!! (0:<

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    Need to watch again, I bet I would enjoy more than the first time. I bet I just expected too much….

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    Agreed

  • Zed

    Nice, but BTiLC should be #1.

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    That’s what we said…..

  • Zed

    “You know what ol’ Jack Burton always says at a time like this…”
    “Who?”
    “Jack Burton! Me!”

  • Zed

    The movie is basically a pulp adventure from the bungling sidekick’s point of view. It’s postmodernism done right.

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    Sound’s like someone was recently influenced by this:
    “Who?”
    “Starlord………”

  • Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Top 4 are fine, but Deep Blue should be next. Such a damn good performance. And you should probably have the Evis biopic in there. That’s real acting heavy lifting in there, where as something like Stargate (great film) is an easy lifting film.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Kurt was good in Unlawful Entry and Breakdown, when he goes head to head with the late, great JT Walsh and Co.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Also Bone Tomahawk and Hateful 8 sound like perfect vehicles for KR.

  • Tarmac492.1

    I think Puck usually does mine. He is a master.

  • CoolHandJuke

    Sam Elliot was also tits in that flick…

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    You are correct. Dark Blue should have definitely been at #5. The Elvis biopic I just totally missed/forgot about that one.

  • Tarmac492.1

    A classic

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    I am really looking forward to both of these.

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    Elliott is damn near perfection in everything!

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    Speaking of Tombstone, I love cowgirls….

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    ………attach picture please…….

  • Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Best thing Val ever did too.

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    Looks like Jack Burton…..Da Handiman!

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    No argument on that one!

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    No Captain Ron?

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Who’s that?

  • Abe

    Man I’ve only seen 7/10 on this list. Clearly I’m not living my life very well.

  • ErnestRister

    Tequila Sunrise
    Used Cars

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    I like Captain Ron, but not in my Top 10

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    Not sure……just say the picture and said Hell Yeah

  • KilliK

    goldie was very hot in that movie.

  • Tarmac492.1

    So, I got this cute Asian girl on my floor–best legs on the planet. You think she would be offended if I just offered her $250 so I can skip the hassle of logging onto the escort website?

  • Used Cars FTW!!!

  • Tarmac492.1

    Best of Times

  • Zed

    No, but the guy who runs the website might.

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    Used Cars is da shiite

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    Yes she was……..

  • CoolHandJuke

    if she’s already on the floor, why bother offering her money? yuk yuk yuk…

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    What did you guys think of 3000 Miles To Graceland? Don’t know why, but it was always a cool flick to me…..

  • Can’t remember much about in honestly but I know I didn’t hate it at least.

  • I had to use it for the Featured Image. =)

  • Breakdown is great.

  • No problemo. I figured a Captain Ron pick would be funny/cool and not ruin the surprise potential of any of the choices.

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    I like it! Much better than the one I used!

  • Sagamanus

    Will read this later. But just wanted to say love the new look for the site Abe.

  • Might have to revisit that one.

  • S_D_M_F

    Jungle boy.

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    Quano – Lost In Space

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    Gilligan

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    Elvis

  • Phillyflopper

    And in the most awkward way possible. I think it’s simply because he was such a diva on set.

  • S_D_M_F

    Hell yeah!

  • Dr. Geiszler, Kaijuologist

    Executive Decision is DA BOMB YO.