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The Best Joseph Cotten Movies

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List of the best Joseph Cotten movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Joseph Cotten's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Joseph Cotten movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Joseph Cotten movies will be at the top of the list. Joseph Cotten has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Joseph Cotten movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Joseph Cotten films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Joseph Cotten role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Joseph Cotten performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

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    Shadow of a Doubt

    Alfred Hitchcock, Teresa Wright

    Released1943

    Released1943

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    Shadow of a Doubt is a 1943 American psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and starring Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten. Written by Thornton Wilder, Sally Benson, and Alma Reville, the...  more

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    The Third Man

    Orson Welles, Trevor Howard

    Released1949

    Released1949

    Directed byCarol Reed

    Directed byCarol Reed

    The Third Man is a 1949 British film noir, directed by Carol Reed and starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, and Trevor Howard. It is considered one of the greatest films of all time,...  more
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    Gaslight

    Ingrid Bergman, Angela Lansbury

    Released1944

    Released1944

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    Gaslight is an American 1944 mystery-thriller film adapted from Patrick Hamilton's 1938 play Gas Light. It was the second version to be filmed, following the British film Gaslight, directed by...  more

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    Othello

    Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten

    Released1952

    Released1952

    Directed byOrson Welles

    Directed byOrson Welles

    Othello is a 1952 drama film based on the Shakespearean play, made by Mercury Productions Inc. and Les Films Marceau and distributed by United Artists when released in the United States in 1955. It...  more
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    A Blueprint for Murder

    Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters

    Released1953

    Released1953

    Directed byAndrew L. Stone

    Directed byAndrew L. Stone

    A Blueprint for Murder is a 1953 thriller film noir starring Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, and Gary Merrill. Andrew L. Stone wrote and directed the film....  more
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    Citizen Kane

    Orson Welles, Alan Ladd

    Released1941

    Released1941

    Directed byOrson Welles

    Directed byOrson Welles

    Citizen Kane is a 1941 American drama film produced by, co-written by, directed by and starring Orson Welles. The picture was Welles's first feature film. The film was nominated for Academy Awards in...  more

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    Soylent Green

    Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson

    Released1973

    Released1973

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    Soylent Green is a 1973 American science fiction film directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Charlton Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young, and, in his final film, Edward G. Robinson. The film combines the...  more

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    Portrait of Jennie

    Nancy Reagan, Anne Francis

    Released1948

    Released1948

    Directed byWilliam Dieterle

    Directed byWilliam Dieterle

    Portrait of Jennie is a 1948 fantasy film based on the novella by Robert Nathan. The film was directed by William Dieterle and produced by David O. Selznick. It stars Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotten....  more
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    The Magnificent Ambersons

    Orson Welles, Anne Baxter

    Released1942

    Released1942

    Directed byOrson Welles

    Directed byOrson Welles

    The Magnificent Ambersons is a 1942 American period drama, the second feature film produced and directed by Orson Welles. Welles adapted Booth Tarkington's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1918 novel, about...  more

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    Niagara

    Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten

    Released1953

    Released1953

    Directed byHenry Hathaway

    Directed byHenry Hathaway

    Niagara is an American 1953 thriller-film noir, released by Twentieth Century-Fox, directed by Henry Hathaway, and starring Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Casey Adams, and Marilyn Monroe. Unlike other...  more
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    The Steel Trap

    Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten

    Directed byAndrew L. Stone

    Directed byAndrew L. Stone

    The Steel Trap is a 1952 thriller film noir written and directed by Andrew L. Stone, and starring Joseph Cotten and Teresa Wright....  more
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    Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte

    Bette Davis, Joan Crawford

    Released1964

    Released1964

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte is a 1964 American thriller film directed and produced by Robert Aldrich, and starring Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, and Agnes Moorehead, as well as...  more
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    The Killer Is Loose

    Rhonda Fleming, Alan Hale

    Released1956

    Released1956

    Directed byBudd Boetticher

    Directed byBudd Boetticher

    The Killer Is Loose is a 1956 American crime film noir directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Joseph Cotten, Rhonda Fleming and Wendell Corey....  more
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    Touch of Evil

    Charlton Heston, Orson Welles

    Released1958

    Released1958

    Directed byOrson Welles

    Directed byOrson Welles

    Touch of Evil is a 1958 American thriller film, written, directed by, and co-starring Orson Welles. The screenplay was loosely based on the novel Badge of Evil by Whit Masterson. Along with Welles,...  more

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    Twilight's Last Gleaming

    Burt Lancaster, Charles Durning

    Released1977

    Released1977

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    Twilight's Last Gleaming is a 1977 film directed by Robert Aldrich and starring Burt Lancaster and Richard Widmark. The film was a West German/US co-production, shot mainly at the Bavaria...  more
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    From the Earth to the Moon

    George Sanders, Joseph Cotten

    Released1958

    Released1958

    Directed byByron Haskin

    Directed byByron Haskin

    From the Earth to the Moon is a Technicolor science fiction film adaptation of the Jules Verne novel From the Earth to the Moon. It stars Joseph Cotten, George Sanders, Debra Paget, and Don Dubbins....  more
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    Journey into Fear

    Orson Welles, Dolores del Río

    Released1943

    Released1943

    Directed byOrson Welles, Norman Foster

    Directed byOrson Welles, Norman Foster

    Journey into Fear is a 1943 American spy film based on the Eric Ambler novel of the same name. The film broadly follows the plot of the book, but the protagonist was changed to an American...  more
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    The Last Sunset

    Kirk Douglas, Rock Hudson

    Released1961

    Released1961

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    The Last Sunset is a 1961 western movie starring Rock Hudson, Kirk Douglas, and Dorothy Malone, and was directed by Robert Aldrich. The film was released by Universal Studios, shot in Eastman color....  more
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    Since You Went Away

    Shirley Temple, Claudette Colbert

    Released1944

    Released1944

    Directed byJohn Cromwell

    Directed byJohn Cromwell

    Since You Went Away is a 1944 American film directed by John Cromwell for Selznick International Pictures and distributed by United Artists. It is an epic about the American home front during WWII...  more

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    Beyond the Forest

    Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten

    Released1949

    Released1949

    Directed byKing Vidor

    Directed byKing Vidor

    Beyond the Forest is a 1949 American film noir directed by King Vidor and featuring Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten, David Brian and Ruth Roman. The screenplay is written by Lenore J. Coffee based on a...  more
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    The Devil's Daughter

    Shelley Winters, Diane Ladd

    Released1973

    Released1973

    Directed byJeannot Szwarc

    Directed byJeannot Szwarc

    The Devil's Daughter is a TV horror movie that originally aired on ABC on January 9, 1973. It was an early screenwriting credit for Colin Higgins....  more
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    The Abominable Dr. Phibes

    Vincent Price, Caroline Munro

    Released1971

    Released1971

    Directed byRobert Fuest

    Directed byRobert Fuest

    The Abominable Dr. Phibes is a 1971 British horror film starring Vincent Price and American actor Joseph Cotten. Its art deco sets, dark humour and performance by Price have made the film and its...  more

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    The Farmer's Daughter

    James Arness, Loretta Young

    Released1947

    Released1947

    Directed byH. C. Potter

    Directed byH. C. Potter

    The Farmer's Daughter is a 1947 movie that tells the story of a farmgirl who ends up working as a maid for a Congressman and his politically powerful mother. It stars Loretta Young, Joseph Cotten,...  more
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    I'll Be Seeing You

    Ginger Rogers, Shirley Temple

    Released1944

    Released1944

    Directed byWilliam Dieterle, George Cukor

    Directed byWilliam Dieterle, George Cukor

    I'll Be Seeing You is a 1944 drama film made by Selznick International Pictures, Dore Schary Productions, and Vanguard Pictures, and distributed by United Artists. It was directed by William Dieterle...  more
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    The Tramplers

    Franco Nero, Joseph Cotten

    Released1965

    Released1965

    Directed byAlbert Band, Mario Sequi

    Directed byAlbert Band, Mario Sequi

    The Tramplers is a 1965 Italian Spaghetti Western film directed by Albert Band and Mario Sequi based on the novel Guns of North Texas by Will Cook....  more