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The Best Movies With River in the Title 

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Updated June 14, 2019 470 votes 128 voters 15.7k views

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Have you ever noticed how many movies there are with river in the name? This list ranks the best movies with river in the title, regardless of genre or rating. What is your favorite movie with river in the name? This is kind of an odd way to categorize movies, but that's also why it's so fun! There are probably one or two movies with river in the title that you instantly think of, but you might be surprised how many others there are too as you scroll through this list.

This ranked poll of films with river in the title includes movies like The Bridge on the River Kwai, Mystic River, and A River Runs Through It. Don't forget that this list is interactive, meaning you can vote the film names up or down depending on much you liked each movie that has the word river in it.
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The Bridge on the River ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies With River in the Title
Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins

Released: 1957

Directed by: David Lean

The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 WWII epic film directed by David Lean, based on the novel Le Pont de la Rivière Kwai by Pierre Boulle. The film is a work of fiction but borrows the ...more

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The River Wild is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies With River in the Title
Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, John C. Reilly

Released: 1994

Directed by: Curtis Hanson

The River Wild is a 1994 adventure thriller film directed by Curtis Hanson and starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, David Strathairn, John C. Reilly, Benjamin Bratt and Joseph Mazzello as Roarke. ...more

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River of No Return is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies With River in the Title
Marilyn Monroe, Robert Mitchum, Rory Calhoun

Released: 1954

Directed by: Jean Negulesco, Otto Preminger

River of No Return is a 1954 American Western film directed by Otto Preminger and starring Robert Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe. The screenplay by Frank Fenton is based on a story by Louis Lantz.

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The Man from Snowy River... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies With River in the Title
Kirk Douglas, Jack Thompson, Gus Mercurio

Released: 1982

Directed by: George T. Miller

The Man from Snowy River is a 1982 Australian drama film based on the Banjo Paterson poem The Man from Snowy River. The film had a cast including Kirk Douglas in a dual role as the brothers ...more

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Mystic River is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies With River in the Title
Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon

Released: 2003

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Mystic River is a 2003 American mystery drama film directed and scored by Clint Eastwood. It stars Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, and Laura Linney. ...more

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A River Runs Through It ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies With River in the Title
Brad Pitt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Robert Redford

Released: 1992

Directed by: Robert Redford

A River Runs Through It is a 1992 American film directed by Robert Redford and starring Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt, Brenda Blethyn, and Emily Lloyd. It is a period drama based on the ...more

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Red River is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies With River in the Title
John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters

Released: 1948

Directed by: Howard Hawks, Arthur Rosson

Red River is a 1948 Western film directed and produced by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift, giving a fictional account of the first cattle drive from Texas to Kansas ...more

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Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies With River in the Title
Akiji Kobayashi, Tomisaburo Wakayama, Shin Kishida

Released: 1972

Directed by: Kenji Misumi

Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx is the second in a series of six Japanese martial arts films based on the long-running Lone Wolf and Cub manga series about Ogami Ittō, a wandering ...more

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Red River Range is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies With River in the Title
John Wayne, Lorna Gray, Ray "Crash" Corrigan

Released: 1938

Directed by: George Sherman

Red River Range is a 1938 "Three Mesquiteers" Western film starring John Wayne, Ray Corrigan, Max Terhune, and Polly Moran. Wayne played the lead in eight of the fifty-one movies in ...more
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Wild River is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies With River in the Title
Bruce Dern, Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick

Released: 1960

Directed by: Elia Kazan

Wild River is a 1960 film directed by Elia Kazan starring Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick, Jo Van Fleet, Albert Salmi and Jay C. Flippen filmed on location in the Tennessee Valley. It was adapted ...more
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The Battle of the River ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies With River in the Title
Christopher Lee, Patrick Macnee, Peter Finch

Released: 1956

Directed by: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

The Battle of the River Plate is a 1956 British war film by director-writer team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, starring John Gregson, Anthony Quayle and Peter Finch. In the United ...more

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Davy Crockett: The River... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies With River in the Title
Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Mike Mazurki

Released: 1956

Directed by: Norman Foster

Davy Crockett and the River Pirates is a 1956 live-action Walt Disney adventure film starring Fess Parker as Davy Crockett. It was shot in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois. This film acts as a prequel to ...more

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Blue River is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies With River in the Title
Sam Elliott, Susan Dey, Jerry O'Connell

Released: 1995

Directed by: Larry Elikann

Blue River is a 1995 drama film written by Maria Nation and directed by Larry Elikann.
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Red River Valley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies With River in the Title
Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Charles King

Released: 1936

Directed by: B. Reeves Eason

Red River Valley, later retitled Man of the Frontier for American television screening is a 1936 American Western film directed by B. Reeves Eason and starring Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, and ...more
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Bend of the River is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies With River in the Title
James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Harry Morgan

Released: 1952

Directed by: Anthony Mann

Bend of the River is a 1952 American Western film directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Julie Adams, and Rock Hudson. Based on the 1952 novel Bend of the Snake by ...more

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The River is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies With River in the Title
Mel Gibson, Sissy Spacek, Scott Glenn

Released: 1984

Directed by: Mark Rydell

The River is a 1984 film, directed by Mark Rydell, which tells the story of a struggling farm family in the Tennessee valley trying to keep its farm from going in the face of bank foreclosures, ...more
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Follow the River is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies With River in the Title
Ellen Burstyn, Gabriel Macht, Renee O'Connor

Released: 1995

Directed by: Martin Davidson

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Old Bones of the River ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies With River in the Title
Moore Marriott, Will Hay, Graham Moffatt

Released: 1938

Directed by: Marcel Varnel

Old Bones of the River is a comedy film released in 1938 starring British actor Will Hay with Moore Marriott and Graham Moffatt and directed by Marcel Varnel. The film is a spoof of the 1935 ...more
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The River Rat is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies With River in the Title
Tommy Lee Jones, Brian Dennehy, Martha Plimpton

Released: 1984

Directed by: Tom Rickman

The River Rat is a 1984 independent family film starring Tommy Lee Jones and Martha Plimpton. Filmed on location in Kentucky, on the banks of the Mississippi River. Plimpton portrays a teenager ...more
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Last Stand at Saber Rive... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies With River in the Title
Tom Selleck, Haley Joel Osment, David Carradine

Released: 1997

Directed by: Dick Lowry

Last Stand at Saber River is a 1997 American Western television film directed by Dick Lowry and starring Tom Selleck, Suzy Amis, Haley Joel Osment, and Rachel Duncan. The film also features ...more
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Life Is a Long Quiet Riv... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies With River in the Title
Benoît Magimel, Daniel Gélin, André Wilms

Released: 1988

Directed by: Étienne Chatiliez

Life Is a Long Quiet River is a French comedy by Étienne Chatiliez of 1988.
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Red River Valley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies With River in the Title
Roy Rogers, George "Gabby" Hayes, Gale Storm

Released: 1941

Directed by: Joseph Kane

Red River Valley is a 1941 western film about ranchers struggling to build a reservoir. It stars Roy Rogers, Gabby Hayes, and Gale Storm, and the director was Joseph Kane.
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The Charge at Feather Ri... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies With River in the Title
Vera Miles, Guy Madison, James Brown

Released: 1953

Directed by: Gordon Douglas

The Charge at Feather River is a 1953 Western film directed by Gordon Douglas, was originally released in 3D with lots of arrows, lances, and other weapons flying directly at the audience in ...more
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Muddy River is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies With River in the Title
Taiji Tonoyama, Takahiro Tamura, Keizo Kanie

Released: 1981

Directed by: Kōhei Oguri

Muddy River is a 1981 Japanese drama film directed by Kōhei Oguri. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It was also entered into the 12th Moscow International ...more
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Silver River is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies With River in the Title
Errol Flynn, Ann Sheridan, Thomas Mitchell

Released: 1948

Directed by: Raoul Walsh

Silver River is a 1948 western film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Errol Flynn and Ann Sheridan. The film is based on a Stephen Longstreet novel.