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The Best Karl Malden Movies 

Updated September 23, 2019 881 votes 121 voters 11.8k views

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List of the best Karl Malden movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Karl Malden'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 Karl Malden movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Karl Malden movies will be at the top of the list. Karl Malden has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Karl Malden movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Karl Malden films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

List ranges from Meteor to Where the Sidewalk Ends and more.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Karl Malden movies?" and "What are the greatest Karl Malden roles of all time?"

Alfred Hitchcock and John Ford both worked with Karl Malden over the years, as have plenty of other well-known directors. If Karl Malden movies are your thing, then check out the greatest movies by Richard Widmark and Stewart Granger too.

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On the Waterfront is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Karl Malden Movies
Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Steiger

Released: 1954

Directed by: Elia Kazan

On the Waterfront is a 1954 American drama film about union violence and corruption amongst longshoremen. The film was directed by Elia Kazan and written by Budd Schulberg. It stars Marlon ...more

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Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Karl Malden

Released: 1951

Directed by: Elia Kazan

A Streetcar Named Desire is a 1951 American drama film adaptation of Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 play of the same name. It is the story of a southern lady, Blanche Dubois, ...more

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George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees

Released: 1970

Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner

Patton is a 1970 American epic biographical film about U.S. General George S. Patton during WWII. It stars George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates and Karl Michael Vogler. It was directed by ...more

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Eli Wallach, Rip Torn, Karl Malden

Released: 1956

Directed by: Elia Kazan

Baby Doll is a 1956 American black comedy and drama film directed by Elia Kazan, and starring Carroll Baker, Karl Malden and Eli Wallach. The film also features Mildred Dunnock and Rip Torn. It ...more
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One-Eyed Jacks Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Katy Jurado

Released: 1961

Directed by: Marlon Brando

One-Eyed Jacks, a 1961 Western, is the only film directed by actor Marlon Brando. The picture was originally planned to be directed by Stanley Kubrick from a screenplay by Sam Peckinpah, but ...more

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Burt Lancaster, Telly Savalas, Karl Malden

Released: 1962

Directed by: John Frankenheimer

Birdman of Alcatraz is a 1962 film starring Burt Lancaster and directed by John Frankenheimer. It is a largely fictionalized version of the life of Robert Stroud, a federal prison inmate known ...more

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Ann-Margret, Steve McQueen, Tuesday Weld

Released: 1965

Directed by: Norman Jewison

The Cincinnati Kid is a 1965 American drama film. It tells the story of Eric "The Kid" Stoner, a young Depression-era poker player, as he seeks to establish his reputation as the best. ...more

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Steve McQueen, Loni Anderson, Suzanne Pleshette

Released: 1966

Directed by: Henry Hathaway

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John Wayne, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds

Released: 1962

Directed by: Henry Hathaway, George Marshall, John Ford, Richard Thorpe

How the West Was Won is a 1962 western film written by James R. Webb and John Gay and directed by John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall and Richard Thorpe.

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Alfred Hitchcock, Montgomery Clift, Anne Baxter

Released: 1953

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

I Confess is a 1953 drama film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and starring Montgomery Clift as Fr. Michael William Logan, a Catholic priest, Anne Baxter as Ruth Grandfort, and Karl Malden as ...more
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Natalie Wood, Rosalind Russell, Karl Malden

Released: 1962

Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy

Gypsy is a 1962 musical comedy-drama film produced and directed by Mervyn LeRoy. The screenplay by Leonard Spigelgass is based on the book of the 1959 stage musical Gypsy: A Musical Fable by ...more

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Angela Lansbury, Warren Beatty, Eva Marie Saint

Released: 1962

Directed by: John Frankenheimer

All Fall Down is a 1962 American drama film, adapted from the novel All Fall Down by James Leo Herlihy, the author of Midnight Cowboy. It was directed by John Frankenheimer and produced by John ...more
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Gary Cooper, George C. Scott, Karl Malden

Released: 1959

Directed by: Delmer Daves

The Hanging Tree is a 1959 movie directed by Delmer Daves. Karl Malden took over directing duties for several days when Daves fell ill. The film stars Gary Cooper, Maria Schell, George C. Scott ...more
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Gregory Peck, Karl Malden, Richard Jaeckel

Released: 1950

Directed by: Henry King

The Gunfighter is a 1950 western film starring Gregory Peck, Helen Westcott, Millard Mitchell and Karl Malden. This film was directed by Henry King. It was written by screenwriters William ...more
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Richard Widmark, Karl Malden, Coleen Gray

Released: 1947

Directed by: Henry Hathaway

Kiss of Death is a 1947 film noir movie directed by Henry Hathaway and written by Ben Hecht and Charles Lederer from a story by Eleazar Lipsky. The story revolves around a former robber played ...more
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James Stewart, Edward G. Robinson, Ricardo Montalbán

Released: 1964

Directed by: John Ford

Cheyenne Autumn is a 1964 Western movie starring Richard Widmark, Carroll Baker, James Stewart, and Edward G. Robinson. Regarded as an epic film, it tells the story of a factual event, the ...more

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Gene Tierney, Karl Malden, Dana Andrews

Released: 1950

Directed by: Otto Preminger

Where the Sidewalk Ends is a 1950 American film noir directed and produced by Otto Preminger. The screenplay for the film was written by Ben Hecht, and adapted by Robert E. Kent, Frank P. ...more
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Hayley Mills, Jane Wyman, Karl Malden

Released: 1960

Directed by: David Swift

Pollyanna is a 1960 American drama film directed by David Swift, and based on the novel by Eleanor H. Porter of the same title. A cheerful orphan (Hayley Mills) learns to adapt to her new ...more

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Bette Davis, Karl Malden, Peter Lawford

Released: 1964

Directed by: Paul Henreid

Dead Ringer, also known as Who is Buried in my Grave? is a 1964 thriller film made by Warner Bros. It was directed by Paul Henreid from a screenplay by Oscar Millard and Albert Beich from the ...more
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Charlton Heston, Jennifer Jones, Karl Malden

Released: 1952

Directed by: King Vidor

Ruby Gentry is a 1952 film, directed by King Vidor and starring Jennifer Jones, Charlton Heston and Karl Malden. The movie and the name Gentry was the inspiration for the Professional name of ...more
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Twilight Time Karl Malden, Pavle Vuisić, Petar Božović

Released: 1982

Directed by: Goran Paskaljević

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Back to the Streets of San Francisco Karl Malden, Darleen Carr

Released: 1992

Directed by: Mel Damski

Back to the Streets of San Francisco is a 1992 TV movie based on the 1972-1977 series The Streets of San Francisco. Karl Malden plays a police detective and Darleen Carr portrays his daughter; ...more
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Anthony Perkins, Karl Malden, Adam Williams

Released: 1957

Directed by: Robert Mulligan

Fear Strikes Out is a dramatic feature film depicting the life and career of American baseball player Jimmy Piersall. It is based on Piersall's biography Fear Strikes Out: The Jim Piersall ...more
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Arthur Miller, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb

Released: 1947

Directed by: Elia Kazan

Boomerang! is a 1947 film based on the true story of a vagrant who was accused of murder, only to be found innocent through the efforts of the prosecutor. It stars Dana Andrews, Lee J. Cobb, ...more
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Robert Wagner, Jack Palance, Richard Widmark

Released: 1950

Directed by: Lewis Milestone

Halls of Montezuma is a 1951 World War II war film starring Richard Widmark, Richard Boone, Jack Palance, and Karl Malden. The film, which is about U.S. Marines fighting on a Japanese-held ...more

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