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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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  • Citizen Kane1
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    Citizen Kane

    Orson Welles, Alan Ladd

    Released1941

    Directed byOrson Welles

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  • Gaslight2
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    Gaslight

    Ingrid Bergman, Angela Lansbury

    Released1944

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    Gaslight is an American 1944 mystery-thriller film adapted from Patrick Hamilton's 1938 play...  more

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  • Niagara3
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    Niagara

    Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten

    Released1953

    Directed byHenry Hathaway

    Niagara is an American 1953 thriller-film noir, released by Twentieth Century-Fox, directed by...  more
  • Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte4
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    Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte

    Bette Davis, Joan Crawford

    Released1964

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte is a 1964 American thriller film directed and produced by Robert...  more
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  • The Magnificent Ambersons5
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    The Magnificent Ambersons

    Orson Welles, Anne Baxter

    Released1942

    Directed byOrson Welles

    The Magnificent Ambersons is a 1942 American period drama, the second feature film produced...  more
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  • Shadow of a Doubt6
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    Shadow of a Doubt

    Alfred Hitchcock, Teresa Wright

    Released1943

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    Shadow of a Doubt is a 1943 American psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and...  more

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  • The Farmer's Daughter7
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    The Farmer's Daughter

    James Arness, Loretta Young

    Released1947

    Directed byH. C. Potter

    The Farmer's Daughter is a 1947 movie that tells the story of a farmgirl who ends up working...  more
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  • Since You Went Away8
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    Since You Went Away

    Shirley Temple, Claudette Colbert

    Released1944

    Directed byJohn Cromwell

    Since You Went Away is a 1944 American film directed by John Cromwell for Selznick...  more
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  • The Third Man9
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    The Third Man

    Orson Welles, Trevor Howard

    Released1949

    Directed byCarol Reed

    The Third Man is a 1949 British film noir, directed by Carol Reed and starring Joseph Cotten,...  more
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  • I'll Be Seeing You10
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    I'll Be Seeing You

    Ginger Rogers, Shirley Temple

    Released1944

    Directed byWilliam Dieterle, George Cukor

    I'll Be Seeing You is a 1944 drama film made by Selznick International Pictures, Dore Schary...  more
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  • Touch of Evil11
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    Touch of Evil

    Charlton Heston, Orson Welles

    Released1958

    Directed byOrson Welles

    Touch of Evil is a 1958 American thriller film, written, directed by, and co-starring Orson...  more
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  • Tora! Tora! Tora!12
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    Tora! Tora! Tora!

    Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam

    Released1970

    Directed byRichard Fleischer, Toshio Masuda, Kinji Fukasaku

    Tora! Tora! Tora! is a 1970 American–Japanese film directed by Richard Fleischer and stars an...  more

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  • Duel in the Sun13
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    Duel in the Sun

    Orson Welles, Gregory Peck

    Released1946

    Directed byJosef von Sternberg, William Dieterle, William Cameron Menzies, King Vidor, Sidney Franklin

    Duel in the Sun is a Technicolor 1946 Western film directed by King Vidor, produced and...  more
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  • Journey into Fear14
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    Journey into Fear

    Orson Welles, Dolores del Río

    Released1943

    Directed byOrson Welles, Norman Foster

    Journey into Fear is a 1943 American spy film based on the Eric Ambler novel of the same name....  more
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  • A Blueprint for Murder15
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    A Blueprint for Murder

    Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters

    Released1953

    Directed byAndrew L. Stone

    A Blueprint for Murder is a 1953 thriller film noir starring Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, and...  more
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  • Othello16
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    Othello

    Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten

    Released1952

    Directed byOrson Welles

    Othello is a 1952 drama film based on the Shakespearean play, made by Mercury Productions Inc....  more

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  • Beyond the Forest17
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    Beyond the Forest

    Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten

    Released1949

    Directed byKing Vidor

    Beyond the Forest is a 1949 American film noir directed by King Vidor and featuring Bette...  more
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  • Portrait of Jennie18
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    Portrait of Jennie

    Nancy Reagan, Anne Francis

    Released1948

    Directed byWilliam Dieterle

    Portrait of Jennie is a 1948 fantasy film based on the novella by Robert Nathan. The film was...  more
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  • Love Letters19
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    Love Letters

    Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten

    Released1945

    Directed byWilliam Dieterle

    Love Letters is a 1945 film adapted by Ayn Rand from the novel Pity My Simplicity by...  more
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  • Soylent Green20
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    Soylent Green

    Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson

    Released1973

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    Soylent Green is a 1973 American science fiction film directed by Richard Fleischer and...  more

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  • The Steel Trap21
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    The Steel Trap

    Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten

    Directed byAndrew L. Stone

    The Steel Trap is a 1952 thriller film noir written and directed by Andrew L. Stone, and...  more
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  • Two Flags West22
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    Two Flags West

    Linda Darnell, Joseph Cotten

    Released1950

    Directed byRobert Wise

    Two Flags West is a 1950 Western drama set during the American Civil War, directed by Robert...  more
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  • F for Fake23
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    F for Fake

    Peter Bogdanovich, Joseph Cotten

    Released1973

    Directed byOrson Welles

    F for Fake is the last major film completed by Orson Welles, who directed, co-wrote, and...  more

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  • The Killer Is Loose24
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    The Killer Is Loose

    Rhonda Fleming, Alan Hale

    Released1956

    Directed byBudd Boetticher

    The Killer Is Loose is a 1956 American crime film noir directed by Budd Boetticher and...  more
  • Airport '7725
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    Airport '77

    Christopher Lee, James Stewart

    Released1977

    Directed byJerry Jameson

    Airport '77 is a 1977 disaster film and third movie in the Airport franchise. The film stars a...  more

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