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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.


  • 1

    The Dirty Dozen

    Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland


    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    The Dirty Dozen is a 1967 film directed by Robert Aldrich, released by MGM, and starring Lee Marvin. The picture was filmed in England and features an ensemble supporting cast including Ernest...  more

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  • 2

    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    John Wayne, James Stewart


    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a 1962 American Western film directed by John Ford starring James Stewart and John Wayne. The black-and-white film was released by Paramount Pictures. The...  more

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  • 3

    Cat Ballou

    Jane Fonda, Nat King Cole


    Directed byElliot Silverstein

    Cat Ballou is a 1965 comedy Western film, the story of a woman who hires a notorious gunman to protect her father's ranch, but finds that the gunman is not what she expected. The movie stars Jane...  more

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  • 4

    The Professionals

    Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster


    Directed byRichard Brooks

    The Professionals is a 1966 American western starring Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Claudia Cardinale, Robert Ryan, and Woody Strode. The supporting cast includes Jack Palance and Ralph Bellamy and the...  more

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  • 5

    Emperor of the North

    Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin


    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    Emperor of the North Pole is a 1973 American film directed by Robert Aldrich and starring Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, and Keith Carradine. It was re-released under the shorter title Emperor of the...  more
  • 6

    Point Blank

    Lauren Bacall, Angie Dickinson


    Directed byJohn Boorman

    Point Blank is a 1967 American neo noir film directed by John Boorman, starring Lee Marvin and featuring Angie Dickinson, adapted from the noir pulp novel The Hunter by Donald E. Westlake, writing as...  more

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  • 7

    The Big Red One

    Mark Hamill, Lee Marvin


    Directed bySamuel Fuller

    The Big Red One is a WWII film starring Lee Marvin and Mark Hamill, released in 1980. It was written and directed by Samuel Fuller. It was heavily cut on its original release, but a restored version,...  more

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  • 8

    Hell in the Pacific

    Lee Marvin, Toshiro Mifune


    Directed byJohn Boorman

    Hell in the Pacific is a 1968 World War II film starring Lee Marvin and Toshirō Mifune, the only two actors in the entire film. It was directed by John Boorman....  more
  • 9

    Paint Your Wagon

    Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin


    Directed byJoshua Logan

    Paint Your Wagon is a 1969 Western musical film starring Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, and Jean Seberg. The film was adapted by Paddy Chayefsky from the 1951 musical Paint Your Wagon by Lerner and...  more

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  • 10

    Donovan's Reef

    John Wayne, Lee Marvin


    Directed byJohn Ford

    Donovan's Reef is a 1963 American film starring John Wayne. It was directed by John Ford and filmed on location on Kauai, Hawaii. The cast included Elizabeth Allen, Lee Marvin, Jack Warden, Dorothy...  more
  • 11

    Bad Day at Black Rock

    Spencer Tracy, Ernest Borgnine


    Directed byJohn Sturges

    Bad Day at Black Rock is a 1955 thriller film directed by John Sturges and starring Spencer Tracy and Robert Ryan that combines elements of Westerns and film noir. The supporting cast includes Anne...  more

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  • 12

    The Killers

    Ronald Reagan, Angie Dickinson


    Directed byDon Siegel

    The Killers, released in the UK as Ernest Hemingway's "The Killers", is a 1964 crime film directed by Don Siegel, starring Lee Marvin, John Cassavetes, Angie Dickinson and Ronald Reagan, and released...  more

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  • 13

    The Caine Mutiny

    Humphrey Bogart, Lee Marvin


    Directed byEdward Dmytryk

    The Caine Mutiny is a 1954 American drama film set during World War II, directed by Edward Dmytryk and produced by Stanley Kramer. It stars Humphrey Bogart, José Ferrer, Van Johnson and Fred...  more

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  • 14

    The Big Heat

    Lee Marvin, Glenn Ford


    Directed byFritz Lang

    The Big Heat is a 1953 film noir directed by Fritz Lang, starring Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame and Lee Marvin. The film was written by former reporter Sydney Boehm, based on a serial by William P....  more

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  • 15

    Death Hunt

    Charles Bronson, Angie Dickinson


    Directed byPeter R. Hunt

    Death Hunt is a 1981 action film directed by Peter R. Hunt. The film stars Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, Carl Weathers, Maury Chaykin, Ed Lauter and Andrew Stevens. Death Hunt was a...  more
  • 16

    Monte Walsh

    Lee Marvin, Jack Palance


    Directed byWilliam A. Fraker

    Monte Walsh is taken from the title of a 1963 western novel by Jack Schaefer. The movie has little to do with the plot of Schaefer's book. It was directed in 1970 by cinematographer William A. Fraker...  more
  • 17

    Prime Cut

    Gene Hackman, Sissy Spacek


    Directed byMichael Ritchie

    Prime Cut is a 1972 American film produced by Joe Wizan and directed by Michael Ritchie, with a screenplay written by Robert Dillon. The movie stars Lee Marvin as a mob enforcer from Chicago sent to...  more
  • 18

    Gorky Park

    William Hurt, Lee Marvin


    Directed byMichael Apted

    Gorky Park is a 1983 film based on the novel Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith. It was directed by Michael Apted from a screenplay by Dennis Potter. The main stars of the film are William Hurt as...  more
  • 19

    The Comancheros

    John Wayne, Lee Marvin


    Directed byJohn Wayne, Michael Curtiz

    The Comancheros is a 1961 Western Deluxe CinemaScope color film directed by Michael Curtiz, based on a 1952 novel of the same name by Paul Wellman, and starring John Wayne and Stuart Whitman. The...  more

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  • 20

    Ship of Fools

    Vivien Leigh, Lee Marvin


    Directed byStanley Kramer

    Ship of Fools is a 1965 drama directed by Stanley Kramer, which recounts the overlapping stories of several passengers aboard an ocean liner bound to Germany from Mexico in 1933. It stars Vivien...  more
  • 21

    The Iceman Cometh

    Jeff Bridges, Lee Marvin


    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

    The Iceman Cometh is a 1973 film directed by John Frankenheimer. The screenplay was written by Thomas Quinn Curtiss, based on Eugene O'Neill's 1939 play of the same name. The film was screened at the...  more
  • 22

    Sergeant Ryker

    Lee Marvin, Vera Miles


    Directed byBuzz Kulik

    Sergeant Ryker is a 1968 film directed by Buzz Kulik....  more
  • 23


    Directed byDon Taylor

    The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday is a 1976 Comedy film directed by Don Taylor starring Lee Marvin, Oliver Reed, Sylvia Miles and Kay Lenz....  more
  • 24

    Seven Men from Now

    Lee Marvin, Gail Russell


    Directed byBudd Boetticher

    Seven Men from Now is a 1956 Western film directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Randolph Scott, Gail Russell, and Lee Marvin. The film was written by Burt Kennedy and produced by John Wayne's...  more
  • 25

    Raintree County

    Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift


    Directed byEdward Dmytryk

    Raintree County is a 1957 American Technicolor melodramatic film set during the American Civil War, directed by Edward Dmytryk. It stars Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Eva Marie Saint, and Lee...  more