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.

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Alfred Hitchcock, Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten

Released: 1943

Directed by: Alfred 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 ...more

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Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Joseph Cotten

Released: 1949

Directed by: Carol 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 ...more

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Orson Welles, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead

Released: 1941

Directed by: Orson 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 ...more

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Nancy Reagan, Anne Francis, Jennifer Jones

Released: 1948

Directed by: William 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
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Ingrid Bergman, Angela Lansbury, Charles Boyer

Released: 1944

Directed by: George 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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Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters

Released: 1953

Directed by: Henry 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 ...more
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Orson Welles, Anne Baxter, Agnes Moorehead

Released: 1942

Directed by: Orson 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, ...more

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Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Olivia de Havilland

Released: 1964

Directed by: Robert 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 ...more
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Shirley Temple, Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Jones

Released: 1944

Directed by: John 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 ...more

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James Arness, Loretta Young, Ethel Barrymore

Released: 1947

Directed by: H. 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 ...more
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Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Marlene Dietrich

Released: 1958

Directed by: Orson 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 ...more

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Orson Welles, Gregory Peck, Jennifer Jones

Released: 1946

Directed by: Josef von Sternberg, William Dieterle, William Cameron Menzies, King Vidor, Sidney Franklin, + more

Duel in the Sun is a Technicolor 1946 Western film directed by King Vidor, produced and written by David O. Selznick, which tells the story of a Mestiza girl who goes to live with her caucasian ...more

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Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten

Released: 1970

Directed by: Richard Fleischer, Toshio Masuda, Kinji Fukasaku

Tora! Tora! Tora! is a 1970 American–Japanese film directed by Richard Fleischer and stars an ensemble cast, including Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten, Sō Yamamura, E. G. Marshall, James Whitmore ...more

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Ingrid Bergman, Alfred Hitchcock, Joseph Cotten

Released: 1949

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Under Capricorn is a 1949 British historical thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film was based on the novel Under Capricorn by Helen Simpson, with a screenplay by James Bridie. It ...more
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Orson Welles, Dolores del Río, Joseph Cotten

Released: 1943

Directed by: Orson 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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Ginger Rogers, Shirley Temple, Joseph Cotten

Released: 1944

Directed by: William 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 ...more
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Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Mae Marsh

Released: 1953

Directed by: Andrew 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.
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Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Hilton Edwards

Released: 1952

Directed by: Orson 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. ...more
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Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten, Frances Charles

Released: 1949

Directed by: King 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 ...more
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Vincent Price, Caroline Munro, Joanna Lumley

Released: 1971

Directed by: Robert 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 ...more
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Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, Dick Van Patten

Released: 1973

Directed by: Richard 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 ...more

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Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Anita Louise

Released: 1945

Directed by: William Dieterle

Love Letters is a 1945 film adapted by Ayn Rand from the novel Pity My Simplicity by Christopher Massie. It was directed by William Dieterle and stars Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Ann ...more
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Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten

Directed by: Andrew 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.
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Linda Darnell, Joseph Cotten, Jeff Chandler

Released: 1950

Directed by: Robert Wise

Two Flags West is a 1950 Western drama set during the American Civil War, directed by Robert Wise and starring Joseph Cotten, Jeff Chandler, Linda Darnell, and Cornell Wilde. The opening credits ...more
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Peter Bogdanovich, Joseph Cotten, Elmyr de Hory

Released: 1973

Directed by: Orson Welles

F for Fake is the last major film completed by Orson Welles, who directed, co-wrote, and starred in the film. Initially released in 1974, it focuses on Elmyr de Hory's recounting of his career ...more

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