What are Sean Connery’s biggest movies (apart from James Bond)?

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What are Sean Connery’s biggest movies (apart from James Bond)?

Outside his James Bond work, Sean appeared in a variety of films. He was known for playing Jimmy Malone in The Untouchables (1987), for which he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, along with his roles of Mark Rutland in Marnie (1964), Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez in Highlander (1986), Henry Jones Sr in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Captain Marko Aleksandrovich Ramius in The Hunt for Red October (1990), and Allan Quatermain in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003).

Sean Connery

British actor
Sean Connery, in full Sir Sean Connery, original name Thomas Connery, (born August 25, 1930, Edinburgh, Scotland—died October 30/31, 2020, Nassau, Bahamas), Scottish-born actor whose popularity in James Bond spy thrillers led to a successful decades-long film career.

Connery grew up in a working-class family. After a three-year stint in the Royal Navy and a series of odd jobs, he began practicing bodybuilding and became a model for student artists and men’s fashion catalogs. He competed in the 1953 Mr. Universe contest, which in turn led to work as an extra in stage productions. In 1954 he landed a small part in a touring production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific and eventually took the leading role. More stage and television work followed, including a much-praised performance as washed-up boxer Mountain Rivera in the BBC television production of Rod Serling’s Requiem for a Heavyweight in 1957. Connery made his film debut in Lilacs in the Spring (1954; U.S. title Let’s Make Up) and received top billing for the first time in the comedy On the Fiddle (1961; also released as Operation Snafu). His other notable films of the period included the Disney fantasy Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959) and the World War II epic The Longest Day (1962).

In 1962 Connery was cast in the role of James Bond, Agent 007 of the British Secret Intelligence Service, in the screen adaptation of Ian Fleming’s spy thriller Dr. No. The immense success of the film and its immediate sequels, From Russia with Love (1963) and Goldfinger (1964), established the James Bond films as a worldwide phenomenon and Connery as an international celebrity. Not wanting to be typecast as the superspy, Connery continued to take other acting roles, notably in Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological thriller Marnie (1964). After completing the next two James Bond films, Thunderball (1965) and You Only Live Twice (1967), Connery renounced the role of Bond. Four years later, however, he was persuaded to return to the role for Diamonds Are Forever (1971), which he declared was his last movie as Bond.

Two films in the mid-1980s reestablished him as a major star. He won a British Academy Film Award for his portrayal of a monk turned detective in the film adaptation of Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose (1986) and followed this with a best supporting actor Academy Award for his role as a veteran Chicago cop in pursuit of Al Capone in The Untouchables (1987).

In Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) Connery played the title figure’s father, and in The Hunt for Red October (1990) he played a defecting Soviet submarine captain. Connery’s memorable films of the 1990s included Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), First Knight (1995), The Rock (1996), Dragonheart (1996), and Entrapment (1999). Connery officially retired from acting following his appearance in the film adaptation (2003) of the comic-book series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, though he went on to perform various voice roles.

Connery received a Kennedy Center Honor for lifetime achievement in 1999 and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000. In addition to his film work, Connery was an outspoken advocate of Scottish independence, strongly supporting the Scottish National Party.

 

20 BEST FILM

20.Diamonds Are Forever

Sean Connery, Sammy Davis

Released: 1971

Directed by: Guy Hamilton

Diamonds Are Forever is the seventh spy film in the James Bond series by Eon Productions, and the sixth and final Eon film to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The..

19.Medicine Man

Sean Connery, Lorraine Bracco

Released: 1992

Directed by: John McTiernan

Medicine Man is a 1992 film directed by American action director John McTiernan. The film stars Sean Connery and Lorraine Bracco, and features an acclaimed score by veteran composer..

18.Marnie

Sean Connery, Alfred Hitchcock

Released: 1964

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Marnie is a 1964 psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The screenplay by Jay Presson Allen was based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Winston Graham. The film..

17.Murder on the Orient Express

Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman

Released: 1974

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

This film is a 1974 British Technicolor mystery film directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot, and based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie.

16.The Longest Day

Sean Connery, John Wayne

Released: 1962

Directed by: Darryl F. Zanuck, Ken Annakin, Bernhard Wicki, Andrew Marton, Gerd Oswald

The Longest Day is a 1962 film based on the 1959 history book The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan, about D-Day, the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, during WWII. The film was..

15.Highlander

Sean Connery, Clancy Brown

Released: 1986

Directed by: Russell Mulcahy

Highlander is a 1986 British-American cult fantasy film directed by Russell Mulcahy and based on a story by Gregory Widen. It stars Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown, and…

14.Finding Forrester

Anna Paquin, Matt Damon

Released: 2000

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Finding Forrester is a 2000 American drama film written by Mike Rich and directed by Gus Van Sant. An African-American teenager, Jamal Wallace, is invited to attend a prestigious private…

13.Entrapment

Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sean Connery

Released: 1999

Directed by: Jon Amiel

Entrapment is a 1999 American caper film directed by Jon Amiel and starring Sean Connery and..

12.You Only Live Twice

Sean Connery, Donald Pleasence

Released: 1967

Directed by: Lewis Gilbert

You Only Live Twice is the fifth spy film in the James Bond series, and the fifth to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The film’s screenplay was written by Roald..

11.A Bridge Too Far

Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins

Released: 1977

Directed by: Richard Attenborough

A Bridge Too Far is a 1977 epic film based on the 1974 book of the same name by Cornelius Ryan, adapted by William Goldman. It was produced by Joseph E. Levine and Richard P. Levine..

10.The Name of the Rose

Sean Connery, Christian Slater

Released: 1986

Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud

 

The Name of the Rose is a 1986 film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, based on the book of the same name by Umberto Eco. Sean Connery is the Franciscan friar William of Baskerville and..

9.The Rock

Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery

Released: 1996

Directed by: Michael Bay

The Rock is a 1996 action film that primarily takes place on Alcatraz Island and in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was directed by Michael Bay, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry..

8.The Man Who Would Be King

Sean Connery, Michael Caine

Released: 1975

Directed by: John Huston

The Man Who Would Be King is a 1975 film adapted from the Rudyard Kipling short story of the same title. It was adapted and directed by John Huston and starred Sean Connery, Michael..

7.Thunderball

Sean Connery, Luciana Paluzzi

Released: 1965

Directed by: Terence Young

Thunderball is the fourth spy film in the James Bond series starring Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Ian..

6.Dr. No

Sean Connery, Ursula Andress

Released: 1962

Directed by: Terence Young

Dr. No is a 1962 British spy film, starring Sean Connery; it is the first James Bond film. Based on the 1958 novel of the same name by Ian Fleming, it was adapted by Richard Maibaum, Johanna…

5.The Hunt for Red October

Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery

Released: 1990

Directed by: John McTiernan

The Hunt for Red October is a 1990 American submarine spy-thriller film directed by John McTiernan, based on the 1984 novel by Tom Clancy. In November 1984, the Soviet Union’s best..

4.Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Harrison Ford, Sean Connery

Released: 1989

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a 1989 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, from a story co-written by executive producer George Lucas. It is the third installment..

3.Goldfinger

Sean Connery, Honor Blackman

Released: 1964

Directed by: Guy Hamilton

Goldfinger is the third film in the James Bond series and the third to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It is based on the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming…

2.The Untouchables

Robert De Niro, Sean Connery

Released: 1987

Directed by: Brian De Palma

The Untouchables is a 1987 American drama film directed by Brian De Palma and written by David Mamet. Based on the book The Untouchables, the film stars Kevin Costner as..

1.From Russia with Love

Sean Connery, Robert Shaw

Released: 1963

Directed by: Terence Young

From Russia with Love is the second James Bond film made by Eon Productions and the second to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Released in 1963, the film..
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