The Sand Pebbles
McQueen earned his only Oscar nomination for lead actor for this 1966 Robert Wise-directed epic in which he plays a sweet, but rebellious
machinist mate Jake Holman toiling aboard a gunboat in the Yangtze River in China in 1926.
The Great Escape
McQueen gained superstar status in this iconic 1963
adventure set in a German POW camp as the baseball obsessed "Cooler King" who makes a daring escape on a motorcycle.
The Thomas Crown Affair
McQueen traded in his customary jeans and bomber jacket for a suit in this 1968 romantic caper film as a millionaire businessman who pulls off the perfect crime.