For decades, Sean Connery’s gruff charisma and dashing looks ruled the silver screen, whether he was playing a character you could trust or not. In a career filled with sly capers, scene-stealing performances in ensemble movies, Bond appearances, at least one role opposite leprechauns, and numerous quotable moments, Connery proved how one iconic role could lead to the next … and the next and the next. To celebrate some of the unforgettable work by the late Scot, who died on Saturday at the age of 90, here are 25 films featuring Connery that are available to stream on Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Prime Video, Hulu, Peacock Premium, Sundance Now, and more.
Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959)
Connery has a supporting role in this chipper Disney story about an old caretaker (Albert Sharpe) who fraternizes with a group of leprechauns. A young Connery plays the love interest who has become smitten with Darby O’Gill’s daughter (Janet Munro), and who is set to take the old man’s job.
Dr. No (1962)
Connery established the acting template for James Bond in his first movie based on the Ian Fleming character. Set in Jamaica, this film has the suave British secret agent investigating the sabotage of the American space program, while evading assassins known as the Three Blind Mice.
The Longest Day (1962)
With the help of a massive cast, this World War II epic depicts the grueling events of D-Day and the invasion of Normandy from both the perspectives of the Allies and the Germans. Connery appears in this movie with the likes of John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Richard Burton, Henry Fonda, and many more.
Connery stars opposite Tippi Hedren in this psychological drama about a thieving woman and the shady husband who tries to understand her criminal behavior. This film about dangerous repressions was directed by none other than Alfred Hitchcock, who harnesses Connery’s good and bad sides to disturbing effect.
Connery’s third time in the tuxedo of MI6 agent James Bond might be his most thrilling, as he tries to stop a wild scheme to rob Fort Knox that would destroy America’s economy. The theme song from Shirley Bassey talks of a villain with a Midas touch, but with this being the peak of Connery’s time as Bond, she might as well have been talking about Connery.
The Hill (1965)
Set during World War II, this gritty black-and-white drama portrays life in a North African military prison, in which sweat-drenched inmates (including a demoted trooper played by Connery) endure the brutality of their captors. Connery stars in the claustrophobic movie alongside Harry Andrews, Alfred Lynch, Ossie Davis, and Sir Michael Redgrave.
The Anderson Tapes (1971)
Known for picking a script with a twist, Connery starred in this ensemble caper from director Sidney Lumet, this time playing a thief who enacts a plan to rob a posh apartment building. But he needs help, and he gets it from kooky characters played by the likes of Christopher Walken, Garrett Morris, and Val Avery.
The Offence (1973)
Connery gives a ruthless performance in this character study about police brutality, portraying a detective who loses control of himself while interrogating a suspected child molester. The intense film was another collaboration with Lumet, and recalls the theater-like intensity of the director’s earlier classic, 12 Angry Men.
Bad Movie cult status was bestowed upon Connery thanks to this bizarre post-apocalyptic sci-fi film from John Boorman, which depicts a savage who worships a spirit who speaks through a floating, giant head named Zardoz. Connery’s cod-piece-adorned hero, Zed, tries to understand this being, and crosses over into a world of immortal thinkers called the Vortex.
Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
In another noteworthy collaboration with Lumet, Connery played one of many suspicious characters in a whole cast of heavy hitters, sharing this ensemble whodunit with Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, and Vanessa Redgrave. They’re all questioned by the legendary investigator Hercule Poirot, played here by a spunky Albert Finney in this murder mystery based on the novel by Agatha Christie.
The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
Connery stars in this buddy pic opposite Michael Caine, about two soldiers of fortune who enact a bizarre plan to take over the land of Kafiristan, despite being complete outsiders. This epic from director and co-writer John Huston is based on the short story by Rudyard Kipling.
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
A dramatization of Operation Market Garden, this epic from Richard Attenborough presents a failed attempt by the Allies to thwart the Germans in late 1944, by capturing specific bridges. Connery appears in the film’s nearly three-hour runtime alongside actors like Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, Gene Hackman, Robert Redford, Liv Ullman, and Edward Fox, the latter who received a BAFTA for his performance.
The Great Train Robbery (1978)
Michael Crichton wrote and directed this caper (based on his own novel), which has Connery playing a mastermind in 1855 England who sets out to rob a moving train that’s transporting gold. To do so, Connery’s Edward Pierce enlists the help of skilled accomplices played by the likes of Donald Sutherland and Lesley-Anne Down.
Time Bandits (1981)
Terry Gilliam’s winking attempt at a family-ready fairytale includes a band of time-hopping dwarves and a boy named Kevin (Craig Warnock), who encounter historical figures in various periods like Connery’s take on King Agamemnon.
Never Say Never Again (1983)
This movie has Connery returning to the role of James Bond, but for legal reasons, it’s not an official entry in the 007 canon (it is, however, essentially a remake of Thunderball). As Bond tries to track down two nuclear weapons after they’ve been stolen by the evil S.P.E.C.T.R.E. organization, it’s an unexpectedly thrilling reunion between Connery and the role he helped launch.
Connery gives this action movie about warring immortals its famous line, “There can only be one!” He stars in this time-jumping adventure as a swordsman named Ramirez, who teaches a fellow immortal (Christopher Lambert) about how to battle those who cannot die.
The Untouchables (1987)
Connery won an Oscar for his supporting role as an Irish-American cop who teamed up with Elliot Ness (Kevin Costner) and other lawmen to try and take down king gangster Al Capone (Robert De Niro). The Brian De Palma movie has become an action-movie classic, in part for Connery’s monologue early in the film in which he tells of the “Chicago way” of justice.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Connery joined Steven Spielberg’s adventure hero Indiana Jones in this wildly entertaining third installment to the franchise, playing the archaeologist father to Harrison Ford’s character as they both seek to find the Holy Grail before the Nazis do. It’s one of the best buddy movies ever made, especially with its inspired casting that uses a potent mix of brawn and brains, hinging its action on a father and son reunion.
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
This submarine-set thriller from Die Hard director John McTiernan was the first cinematic mission for Tom Clancy’s American answer to James Bond, CIA agent Jack Ryan (Alec Baldwin). But Connery virtually steals the movie as its enigmatic villain, a Soviet Union naval captain who defects with a silent nuclear submarine and is heading toward American soil.
First Knight (1995)
In this epic film by Ghost director Jerry Zucker, Connery plays a battle-weary King Arthur who enters into a type of love triangle between Julia Ormond’s Guinevere and a Lancelot played by Richard Gere. At the same time, Camelot is under attack by another Knight of the Round Table who wants to depose the king and take over the land.
The Rock (1996)
In this classic piece of ‘90s blockbuster filmmaking from director Michael Bay, Connery plays John Mason, the only inmate ever able to escape from Alcatraz. He’s an unlikely ally for the FBI and chemist Stanley Goodspeed (Nicolas Cage), who use Mason’s knowledge to break into the prison when it is captured by rogue Marines (led by Ed Harris) who threaten to launch biochemical weapons at San Francisco. Connery and Cage won the MTV Award for “Best On-Screen Duo” for their work.
Connery stars in this steamy caper as a master thief who mentors a new recruit (Catherine Zeta-Jones), initially unaware that she’s working undercover against him. The film quickly earned an action-romance reputation for its sexy laser-dodging and Connery’s performance that recalls his past thieves and heartbreakers. By no coincidence, in the same year of Entrapment’s release, Connery was voted People’s Sexiest Man of the Century.
Finding Forrester (2000)
Connery plays a character inspired by Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger in this Gus Van Sant-directed drama, about a budding young writer and high school basketball player (Rob Morgan) who befriends a legendary and reclusive author in New York City. Not for nothing, the crowd-pleasing film has one of Connery’s most famous line-readings: “You’re the man now, dog!”
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
In his last on-screen feature film role, Connery leads this kooky adaptation of the comic books by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill. When the world is under attack by a megalomaniac known as The Fantom, Connery’s adventurer Allan Quatermain assembles an unlikely group of superheroes who are inspired by a library’s greatest hits, including Dorian Grey, Captain Nemo, Mina Harker, Tom Sawyer, and more.
Sir Billi (2013)
Die-hard Connery fans need only apply for this slightly unhinged animated adventure that brought Connery out of retirement, and was the last film he ever worked on. The movie has a proud history of being the first CGI animated film made entirely in Scotland, but its tale of a skateboarding veterinarian saving his friend Bessie Boo the Beaver is best appreciated for all of its cutesy references to James Bond and Connery’s better days as a megawatt star.
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