Sean Connery: 5 best non-Bond movies

Sean Connery on set of 'The Untouchables'
Posted at 4:46 PM, Oct 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-31 16:50:05-04

In honor of the life and distinguished career of Scottish actor James Bond, here's a look at his five best movies that didn't involve his acclaimed portrayal of British secret agent 007.

"Highlander" (1986)

Sean Connery and Christopher Lambert in 'Highlander'
Sean Connery and Christopher Lambert star as a pair of immortal swordsmen in "Highlander."

Connery plays an immortal swordsman who teams with Christopher Lambert to help defeat a murderous rival. Spoiler alert: Connery's Ramirez meets his demise midway through the time-jumping fantasy film, but Connery still managed to return for the 1991 sequel.

"The Untouchables" (1987)

'The Untouchables'
Charles Martin Smith, Kevin Costner, Sean Connery and Andy Garcia pose for a photograph in a scene from "The Untouchables."

Connery won a best supporting actor Oscar for his role as gritty Chicago street cop Jim Malone, who makes the ultimate sacrifice to bring down Robert De Niro's Al Capone.

"Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989)

Sean Connery and Harrison Ford in 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade'
Sean Connery and Harrison Ford in a scene from "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade."

Arguably one of the greatest father-and-son screen pairings in all of cinema history, Connery was the perfect patriarch to Harrison Ford's Indiana Jones in the third installment of the action-adventure series.

"Family Business" (1989)

Matthew Broderick, Sean Connery and Dustin Hoffman in 'Family Business'
Matthew Broderick, Sean Connery and Dustin Hoffman in a scene from "Family Business."

Connery plays the eldest of three generations of the McMullen family, opposite Dustin Hoffman and Matthew Broderick. Hoffman's Vito is a reformed a criminal trying to stay on the straight and narrow, but he's reluctantly roped back into his old ways when Connery's Jessie lures Broderick's Adam into the family business.

"Rising Sun" (1993)

Wesley Snipes and Sean Connery in 'Rising Sun'
Wesley Snipes and Sean Connery in a scene from "Rising Sun."

Based on the character from Michael Crichton's book, Connery plays a Los Angeles police captain investigating the death of a prostitute at the headquarters of a Japanese keiretsu. Connery's John Connor, who is an expert on Japanese affairs, is the cool but tough cop to Snipes' Lt. Web Smith, who isn't as concerned about keeping appearances as their investigation draws them deeper into the Japanese culture.