The 9 Most Iconic Kurt Russell Movie Roles Of All Time

The actor is one of the greats with a bounty of amazing films...

The man himself, Kurt Russell. Image (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Kurt Russell is a pretty exemplary actor and has made some revolutionary choices with the movies he’s starred in down the years.

He started acting at the tender age of 11 and hasn’t stopped since. Kurt’s versatility as an actor is evident in his seamless jump from a Western romp like Tombstone to an eye-patch wearing Snake Plissken in Escape From New York.

In the 80’s he solidified his reputation as an action star after his frequent collaborations with director John Carpenter who made him a household name. Since then he’s worked with scores of legendary maestros like Ron Howard, Quentin Tarantino and Garry Marshall. There are so many fantastic films to choose from, but we’ve narrowed down the best Kurt Russell roles ever – plus his most most iconic quote from each movie. Enjoy.


 

1

ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK

Snake Plissken: ‘You wanna see him sprayed all over that map, baby? Now where’s the President?’

 

 

2

THE THING

[Thing roars and screams]

MacReady: ‘Yeah, fuck you too!’

 

3

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA

Jack Burton: ‘May the Wings of Liberty never lose a feather’

 

4

BACKDRAFT

Lt. Steven McCaffrey: ‘Brian… its not about being a hero. I went in because there was a kid up there. You know, I just, I do what I do because that’s my way. And it was Dad’s way. Maybe it’s not everybody’s way.’

 

5

TOMBSTONE

Wyatt Earp: ‘From now on I see a red sash, I kill the man wearing it. So run you cur. And tell the other curs the law is coming. You tell ’em I’m coming! And Hell’s coming with me you hear! Hell’s coming with me!’

6

STARGATE

Colonel Jonathan “Jack” O’Neil: ‘Give my regards to King Tut, asshole.’

 

7

TANGO AND CASH

Gabriel Cash: ‘Lucky for me this place is soundproof. That way nobody gets to hear me beating the truth out of you.’

8

BONE TOMAHAWK

Sheriff Franklin Hunt: ‘Say goodbye to my wife. I’ll say hello to yours.’

 

9

THE HATEFUL EIGHT

John ‘The Hangman’ Ruth: ‘Keeping you at a disadvantage is an advantage I intend to keep.’


 

Here’s to Kurt continuing his glorious legacy of epic characters with his upcoming appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. We can’t wait. 

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Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.