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The Best Lee Marvin Movies

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List of the best Lee Marvin movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Lee Marvin may best be known for playing Detective Lt. Frank Ballinger on the TV series M Squad, but he also has an impressive filmography under his belt. Lee Marvin'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 Lee Marvin movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Lee Marvin movies will be at the top of the list. Lee Marvin has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Lee Marvin movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Lee Marvin films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

The list you're viewing is made up of different films like The Dirty Dozen and Point Blank.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Lee Marvin movies?" and "What are the greatest Lee Marvin roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Marvin's no-nonsense characters, you might also enjoy our list of best Charles Bronson movies and best John Wayne movies.

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    The Dirty Dozen

    Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland
    The Dirty Dozen is a 1967 film directed by Robert Aldrich, released by MGM, and starring Lee...  more

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    #732 of 1,195 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#587 of 1,506 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    John Wayne, James Stewart
    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a 1962 American Western film directed by John Ford...  more

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    Cat Ballou

    Jane Fonda, Nat King Cole
    Cat Ballou is a 1965 comedy Western film, the story of a woman who hires a notorious gunman to...  more

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    #135 of 923 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films#276 of 1,139 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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    The Professionals

    Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster
    The Professionals is a 1966 American western starring Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Claudia...  more

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    #14 of 46 The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s#68 of 75 Which Ensemble Films Should Be Remade With All-Female Casts?

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    Point Blank

    Lauren Bacall, Angie Dickinson
    Point Blank is a 1967 American neo noir film directed by John Boorman, starring Lee Marvin and...  more
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    Hell in the Pacific

    Lee Marvin, Toshiro Mifune
    Hell in the Pacific is a 1968 World War II film starring Lee Marvin and Toshirō Mifune, the...  more

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    Paint Your Wagon

    Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin
    Paint Your Wagon is a 1969 Western musical film starring Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, and Jean...  more

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    #246 of 357 The Best Musical Movies Of All Time#62 of 76 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way

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    The Big Red One

    Mark Hamill, Lee Marvin
    The Big Red One is a WWII film starring Lee Marvin and Mark Hamill, released in 1980. It was...  more

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    Donovan's Reef

    John Wayne, Lee Marvin
    Donovan's Reef is a 1963 American film starring John Wayne. It was directed by John Ford and...  more
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    Bad Day at Black Rock

    Spencer Tracy, Ernest Borgnine
    Bad Day at Black Rock is a 1955 thriller film directed by John Sturges and starring Spencer...  more

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    Emperor of the North

    Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin
    Emperor of the North Pole is a 1973 American film directed by Robert Aldrich and starring Lee...  more
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    The Killers

    Ronald Reagan, Angie Dickinson
    The Killers, released in the UK as Ernest Hemingway's "The Killers", is a 1964 crime film...  more

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    The Caine Mutiny

    Humphrey Bogart, Lee Marvin
    The Caine Mutiny is a 1954 American drama film set during World War II, directed by Edward...  more

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    Monte Walsh

    Lee Marvin, Jack Palance
    Monte Walsh is taken from the title of a 1963 western novel by Jack Schaefer. The movie has...  more
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    Death Hunt

    Charles Bronson, Angie Dickinson
    Death Hunt is a 1981 action film directed by Peter R. Hunt. The film stars Charles Bronson,...  more
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    Prime Cut

    Gene Hackman, Sissy Spacek
    Prime Cut is a 1972 American film produced by Joe Wizan and directed by Michael Ritchie, with...  more
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    Gorky Park

    William Hurt, Lee Marvin
    Gorky Park is a 1983 film based on the novel Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith. It was directed...  more
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    The Comancheros

    John Wayne, Lee Marvin
    The Comancheros is a 1961 Western Deluxe CinemaScope color film directed by Michael Curtiz,...  more

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    Ship of Fools

    Vivien Leigh, Lee Marvin
    Ship of Fools is a 1965 drama directed by Stanley Kramer, which recounts the overlapping...  more
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    The Big Heat

    Lee Marvin, Glenn Ford
    The Big Heat is a 1953 film noir directed by Fritz Lang, starring Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame...  more

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    The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday is a 1976 Comedy film directed by Don Taylor starring Lee...  more
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    Raintree County

    Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift
    Raintree County is a 1957 American Technicolor melodramatic film set during the American Civil...  more
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    The Wild One

    Marlon Brando, Lee Marvin
    The Wild One is a 1953 American film directed by László Benedek and produced by Stanley...  more
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    Seven Men from Now

    Lee Marvin, Gail Russell
    Seven Men from Now is a 1956 Western film directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Randolph...  more
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    Shout at the Devil

    Roger Moore, Ian Holm
    Shout at the Devil is a 1976 British war adventure film directed by Peter R. Hunt and starring...  more