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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 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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George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees 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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Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Karl Malden 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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Burt Lancaster, Telly Savalas, Karl Malden 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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Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Katy Jurado 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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Ann-Margret, Steve McQueen, Tuesday Weld 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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John Wayne, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds 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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Eli Wallach, Rip Torn, Karl Malden 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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Natalie Wood, Rosalind Russell, Karl Malden 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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Steve McQueen, Loni Anderson, Suzanne Pleshette Nevada Smith is a 1966 American Western film in Eastmancolor and Panavision directed by Henry Hathaway and starring Steve McQueen, made by Embassy Pictures and Solar Productions in association ...more

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Gregory Peck, Karl Malden, Richard Jaeckel 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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Alfred Hitchcock, Montgomery Clift, Anne Baxter 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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James Stewart, Edward G. Robinson, Ricardo Montalbán 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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Richard Widmark, Karl Malden, Coleen Gray 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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Gary Cooper, George C. Scott, Karl Malden 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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Gene Tierney, Karl Malden, Dana Andrews 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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Arthur Miller, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb 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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Angela Lansbury, Warren Beatty, Eva Marie Saint 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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James Cagney, Karl Malden, E. G. Marshall 13 Rue Madeleine is a 1947 World War II spy film starring James Cagney, Annabella and Richard Conte. The title refers to the Le Havre address where a Gestapo headquarters is located.

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Bette Davis, Karl Malden, Peter Lawford 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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Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Efrem Zimbalist Bombers B-52 is a 1957 Warner Bros. CinemaScope film starring Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Marsha Hunt and Efrem Zimbalist Jr., and directed by Gordon Douglas, It was adapted from a Sam Rolfe ...more

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Back to the Streets of San Francisco Karl Malden, Darleen Carr 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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Charlton Heston, Jennifer Jones, Karl Malden 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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Karl Malden, Merv Griffin, Steve Forrest Phantom of the Rue Morgue is a feature film directed by Roy Del Ruth and starring Karl Malden and Claude Dauphin. The film is an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's short story The Murders in the ...more

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Jane Wyman, Karl Malden, Hayley Mills Pollyanna is a Walt Disney Productions feature film starring child actress Hayley Mills, Jane Wyman, Karl Malden and Richard Egan in a story about a cheerful orphan changing the outlook of a ...more