After making his way into the movie industry via an uncredited role in the 1961 movie, Mad Dog Coll, Gene Hackman built up a reputation as one of the most popular actors in Hollywood. Before his retirement in the mid-’00s, his career saw him take on various roles, in some of the most interesting films produced, with the actor working with a collection of great directors too.

His pictures ranged from the detective thriller, The French Connection, to the superhero epic, Superman II. The actor crossed genres multiple times, and built up a very loyal fan base in the process.

But do you know the name of every Gene Hackman film? No? Then you had best keep reading.

In this post I am taking a look back at the film career of Gene Hackman, with a rundown of all his movies. I will be going through his films, decade-by-decade, to showcase all of the pictures in his back catalogue.




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Gene Hackman’s movie career started in the 1961, when he took a small uncredited role as a cop in the film, Mad Dog Coll. He followed this up with a part in the television movie Ride with Terror in 1963, before popping up in films such as Lilith and Hawaii.

Hackman’s roles during this decade were few to begin, but as the years progressed his star began to rise. His movies in the 1960s included:

  • Mad Dog Coll (1961)
  • Ride with Terror (1963)
  • Lilith (1964)
  • Hawaii (1966)
  • First to Fight (1967)
  • A Covenant with Death (1967)
  • Banning Tommy Del Gabbo (1967)
  • Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  • The Split (1968)
  • Shadow on the Land (1968)
  • Riot (1969)
  • The Gypsy Moths (1969)
  • Downhill Racer (1969)
  • Marooned (1969)



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Onto the 1970s now, and this is a decade in which Hackman really started to make some traction. The 1970s is where the actor appeared in some of his most notable films, including The French ConnectionThe Poseidon Adventure and Superman: The Movie.

Other films during the ’70s included Cisco PikePrime CutBite the Bullet and A Bridge Too Far. Hackman’s movies during the 1970s included:

  • I Never Sang for My Father (1970)
  • Doctors’ Wives (1971)
  • The Hunting Party (1971)
  • The French Connection (1971)
  • Cisco Pike (1971)
  • Prime Cut (1972)
  • The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
  • Scarecrow (1973)
  • The Conversation (1974)
  • Zandy’s Bride (1974)
  • Young Frankenstein (1974)
  • Night Moves (1975)
  • Bite the Bullet (1975)
  • French Connection II (1975)
  • Lucky Lady (1975)
  • The Domino Killings (1977)
  • A Bridge Too Far (1977)
  • March or Die (1977)
  • Superman (1978)



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Moving into the 1980s, and with Hackman’s star status at its peak, he continued to star in a string of pictures. He kicked the decade off reprising the role of Lex Luthor in comic book sequel Superman II, before moving on to movies such as TargetBest Shot, and No Way Out.

Hackman’s films throughout the 1980s included:

  • Superman II (1980)
  • All Night Long (1981)
  • Reds (1981)
  • Eureka (1983)
  • Under Fire (1983)
  • Two of a Kind (1983)*
  • Uncommon Valour (1983)
  • Misunderstood (1984)
  • Twice in a Lifetime (1985)
  • Target (1985)
  • Power (1986)
  • Best Shot (1986)
  • Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
  • No Way Out (1987)
  • Split Decisions (1988)
  • Bat*21 (1988)
  • Full Moon in Blue Water (1988)
  • Another Woman (1988)
  • Mississippi Burning (1988)
  • The Package (1989)

*Uncredited role




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Sliding into the 1990s, and Hackman continued to remain at the top of his game, featuring in a number of pictures including Postcards from the Edge and Class Action. In 1992, he played the role of Little Bill Daggett in Unforgiven, before appearing as Nicholas Earp in Wyatt Earp.

Notable movies in this decade included The Quick and the DeadCrimson Tide, and The Birdcage. In 1996, Hackman appeared in Extreme Measures, and in 1997 he played President Richmond Absolute Power.

Hackman’s films throughout the 1990s included:

  • Loose Cannons (1990)
  • Postcards from the Edge (1990)
  • Narrow Margin (1990)
  • Class Action (1991)
  • Company Business (1991)
  • Unforgiven (1992)
  • The Firm (1993)
  • Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)
  • Wyatt Earp (1994)
  • The Quick and the Dead (1995)
  • Crimson Tide (1995)
  • Get Shorty (1995)
  • The Birdcage (1996)
  • Extreme Measures (1996)
  • The Chamber (1996)
  • Absolute Power (1997)
  • Twilight (1998)
  • Antz (1998)**
  • Enemy of the State (1998)

**Voice role




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And finally, heading into the 2000s, and with the actor deciding to retire from acting, his film output was greatly reduced. He kick-started the decade with the film Under Suspicion, before appearing in movies such as The Replacements and Heartbreakers, before concluding his career with Welcome to Mooseport.

Hackman’s films throughout the 2000s included:

  • Under Suspicion (2000)
  • The Replacements (2000)
  • The Mexican (2001)
  • Heartbreakers (2001)
  • Heist (2001)
  • The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
  • Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
  • Runaway Jury (2003)
  • Welcome to Mooseport (2004)


So, those are all of the Gene Hackman movies, but what are your favourites? Are you a fan of Superman: The Movie or is The French Connection your top film? Perhaps Enemy of the State is the picture for you, or possibly Absolute Power?

Whatever your favourite Gene Hackman movie, be sure to drop a comment below.


And if you are a fan of Gene Hackman you might like to know that many of his hit movies are available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray, including Extreme Measures.

If you’ve not watched Extreme Measures before, Hackman takes on the role of Dr. Lawrence Myrick in this tense thriller co-starring Hugh Grant.

The Extreme Measures DVD is available from all good entertainment stockists, including Amazon US and Amazon UK.



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