My Favorite Don Siegel Films

* * * * (Out of * * * *)

1.   Charley Varrick (1973)

2.   Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954)

3.   The Beguiled (1971)

4.   The Lineup (1958)

5.   Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

6.   The Shootist (1976)

7.   Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

8.   Dirty Harry (1971)

9.   Madigan (1968)

10. Coogan’s Bluff (1968)

11. The Killers (1964)

* * * 1/2 (Out of * * * *)

1.   Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)

2.   Private Hell 36 (1954)

3.   Flaming Star (1960)

4.   The Duel at Silver Creek (1952)  

16 thoughts on “My Favorite Don Siegel Films

  1. Even though it’s not my #1 Siegel film, I like that The Beguiled is your favorite. It really is a fantastic movie. Yes, it reveals Siegel and Eastwood’s paranoia about the women’s liberation movement, but, then, that was a pervasive male viewpoint at the time.
    My list goes like this: 1. Dirty Harry 2. The Beguiled 3. Charley Varrick 4. Two Mules for Sister Sara 5. Escape from Alcatraz 6. The Shootist 7. The Big Steal 8. The Killers
    9.Invasion of the Body Snatchers 10.The Lineup

  2. As for The Beguiled serving as male paranoia about the women’s liberation movement, that sounds like one of many valid ways of viewing it. Your list is pretty interesting as well. Amazed to see The Big Steal ranked on here cause even though, it received praise on release, it is an overlooked film by comparison to some of his more celebrated films. Anyway, thanks for dropping by and keep those comments coming 🙂

  3. My top 3 would be
    1) The Killers
    2) Charley Varrick. (So underrated)
    3) The Shootist. (My favourite John Wayne performance after True Grit)
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. I agree with Pete, Charley Varrick is so underrated, a film with what seems like, the perfect cast of actors. Joe Don Baker, as Molly, was never better. Jacqueline Scott was Charley’s wife and a good driver, as well as a lovely lady. Andrew Robinson could play an edgy out of control nutcase, as well as anyone. Sheree North the seen it all, been around the block a few times, photographer. She’s one of my old man’s favourites. I could keep going on and on about this great cast.
    I do like a lot of the films from your list. The Shootist was a fitting farewell for John Wayne, Duel at Silver Creek and Edge of Eternity often pop up in the afternoon schedules on British television and they are always watchable, and I can’t leave without mentioning Escape from Alcatraz, another favourite from my Moviedrome days.

  5. Quite an interesting ranking there. I do not think I ever met or know anybody who has ever placed his 1964 version of The Killers as their number one favorite, so your choice of that title makes your list unique. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  6. Totally agree with you on Charley Varrick. As for Walter Matthau, Joe Don Baker, Jacqueline Scott and Sheree North, you could not have asked for a better dream cast 🙂 The Shootist is indeed a “fitting farewell” as you so eloquently put it. Duel at Silver Creek and Edge of Eternity are also efficient displays of Siegel’s direction. And yes, Escape from Alcatraz was another classic shown on Moviedrome back in the day 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  7. I would go with 1) Invasion of the Body Snatchers 2) The Beguiled 3) The Shootist 4) Dirty Harry 5) Coogan’s Bluff It’s been many, many years since I saw Baby Face Nelson. Tough film to find.

  8. Interesting ranking there. Baby Face Nelson is indeed a tough film to find and I was lucky that I found the full movie on youtube. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  9. I too love Shirley MacLaine. Speaking of whom, did you ever see her in Vincente Minnelli’s Some Came Running? Fantastic film. She also guessed starred on Downton Abbey a few times earlier in the decade. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

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