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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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    Patton

    George C. Scott, Karl Malden
    Patton is a 1970 American epic biographical film about U.S. General George S. Patton during...  more

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    Birdman of Alcatraz

    Burt Lancaster, Telly Savalas
    Birdman of Alcatraz is a 1962 film starring Burt Lancaster and directed by John Frankenheimer....  more

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    One-Eyed Jacks

    Marlon Brando, Karl Malden
    One-Eyed Jacks, a 1961 Western, is the only film directed by actor Marlon Brando. The picture...  more

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    The Cincinnati Kid

    Ann-Margret, Steve McQueen
    The Cincinnati Kid is a 1965 American drama film. It tells the story of Eric "The Kid" Stoner,...  more

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    How the West Was Won

    John Wayne, James Stewart
    How the West Was Won is a 1962 western film written by James R. Webb and John Gay and directed...  more

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    I Confess

    Alfred Hitchcock, Montgomery Clift
    I Confess is a 1953 drama film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and starring Montgomery Clift as...  more
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    The Gunfighter

    Gregory Peck, Karl Malden
    The Gunfighter is a 1950 western film starring Gregory Peck, Helen Westcott, Millard Mitchell...  more
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    All Fall Down

    Angela Lansbury, Warren Beatty
    All Fall Down is a 1962 American drama film, adapted from the novel All Fall Down by James Leo...  more
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    Kiss of Death

    Richard Widmark, Karl Malden
    Kiss of Death is a 1947 film noir movie directed by Henry Hathaway and written by Ben Hecht...  more
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    The Hanging Tree

    Gary Cooper, George C. Scott
    The Hanging Tree is a 1959 movie directed by Delmer Daves. Karl Malden took over directing...  more
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    Gypsy

    Natalie Wood, Rosalind Russell
    Gypsy is a 1962 musical comedy-drama film produced and directed by Mervyn LeRoy. The...  more

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    Dead Ringer

    Bette Davis, Karl Malden
    Dead Ringer, also known as Who is Buried in my Grave? is a 1964 thriller film made by Warner...  more
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    Where the Sidewalk Ends

    Gene Tierney, Karl Malden
    Where the Sidewalk Ends is a 1950 American film noir directed and produced by Otto Preminger....  more
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    Baby Doll

    Eli Wallach, Rip Torn
    Baby Doll is a 1956 American black comedy and drama film directed by Elia Kazan, and starring...  more
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    Nuts

    Barbra Streisand, Richard Dreyfuss
    Nuts is a 1987 American drama film directed by Martin Ritt and starring Barbra Streisand and...  more
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    Cheyenne Autumn

    James Stewart, Edward G. Robinson
    Cheyenne Autumn is a 1964 Western movie starring Richard Widmark, Carroll Baker, James...  more

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    On the Waterfront

    Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint
    On the Waterfront is a 1954 American drama film about union violence and corruption amongst...  more

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    A Streetcar Named Desire

    Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh
    A Streetcar Named Desire is a 1951 American drama film adaptation of Tennessee Williams's...  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...  more
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    Fear Strikes Out

    Anthony Perkins, Karl Malden
    Fear Strikes Out is a dramatic feature film depicting the life and career of American baseball...  more
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    Billion Dollar Brain

    Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland
    Billion Dollar Brain is a 1967 British espionage film directed by Ken Russell and based on the...  more
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    Hotel

    Karl Malden, Merle Oberon
    Hotel is a 1967 Technicolor film adaptation of the novel of the same name written by Arthur...  more
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    Halls of Montezuma

    Robert Wagner, Jack Palance
    Halls of Montezuma is a 1951 World War II war film starring Richard Widmark, Richard Boone,...  more

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    Nevada Smith

    Steve McQueen, Loni Anderson
    Nevada Smith is a 1966 American Western film in Eastmancolor and Panavision directed by Henry...  more

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    #1411 of 1,506 The Most Rewatchable Movies#27 of 47 The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s

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    Meteor

    Sean Connery, Natalie Wood
    Meteor is a 1979 science fiction Technicolor disaster film in which scientists detect an...  more

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