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The Best Karl Malden Movies

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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.

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    Baby Doll

    Eli Wallach, Rip Torn

    Released1956

    Directed byElia 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 was...  more
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    Patton

    George C. Scott, Karl Malden

    Released1970

    Directed byFranklin 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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    One-Eyed Jacks

    Marlon Brando, Karl Malden

    Released1961

    Directed byMarlon 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 studio...  more

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    Birdman of Alcatraz

    Burt Lancaster, Telly Savalas

    Released1962

    Directed byJohn 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 as the...  more

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    The Cincinnati Kid

    Ann-Margret, Steve McQueen

    Released1965

    Directed byNorman 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. This quest...  more

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    How the West Was Won

    John Wayne, James Stewart

    Released1962

    Directed byHenry 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....  more

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    I Confess

    Alfred Hitchcock, Montgomery Clift

    Released1953

    Directed byAlfred 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 Inspector...  more
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    All Fall Down

    Angela Lansbury, Warren Beatty

    Released1962

    Directed byJohn 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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    Gypsy

    Natalie Wood, Rosalind Russell

    Released1962

    Directed byMervyn 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 Arthur...  more

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    The Hanging Tree

    Gary Cooper, George C. Scott

    Released1959

    Directed byDelmer 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 and...  more
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    Pollyanna

    Hayley Mills, Jane Wyman

    Released1960

    Directed byDavid 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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    Ruby Gentry

    Charlton Heston, Jennifer Jones

    Released1952

    Directed byKing 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 one...  more
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    On the Waterfront

    Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint

    Released1954

    Directed byElia 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 Brando and...  more

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    A Streetcar Named Desire

    Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh

    Released1951

    Directed byElia 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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    Dead Ringer

    Bette Davis, Karl Malden

    Released1964

    Directed byPaul 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 story...  more
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    Where the Sidewalk Ends

    Gene Tierney, Karl Malden

    Released1950

    Directed byOtto 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. Rosenberg,...  more
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    The Gunfighter

    Gregory Peck, Karl Malden

    Released1950

    Directed byHenry 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 Bowers and...  more
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    Cheyenne Autumn

    James Stewart, Edward G. Robinson

    Released1964

    Directed byJohn 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 Northern...  more

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    Kiss of Death

    Richard Widmark, Karl Malden

    Released1947

    Directed byHenry 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 by...  more
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    Twilight Time

    Karl Malden, Pavle Vuisić

    Released1982

    Directed byGoran Paskaljević

    Twilight Time is a 1982 film directed by Goran Paskaljevic....  more
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    Back to the Streets of San Francisco

    Karl Malden, Darleen Carr

    Released1992

    Directed byMel 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; both...  more
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    Fear Strikes Out

    Anthony Perkins, Karl Malden

    Released1957

    Directed byRobert 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 Story,...  more
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    Billion Dollar Brain

    Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland

    Released1967

    Directed byKen Russell

    Billion Dollar Brain is a 1967 British espionage film directed by Ken Russell and based on the novel of the same name by Len Deighton. The film features Michael Caine as secret agent Harry Palmer,...  more
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    Hotel

    Karl Malden, Merle Oberon

    Released1967

    Directed byRichard Quine

    Hotel is a 1967 Technicolor film adaptation of the novel of the same name written by Arthur Hailey. The film stars Rod Taylor, Catherine Spaak, Karl Malden, Kevin McCarthy, Michael Rennie, and Melvyn...  more
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    Halls of Montezuma

    Robert Wagner, Jack Palance

    Released1950

    Directed byLewis 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 island,...  more

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