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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Lee Marvin Movies
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    The Dirty Dozen

    Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland

    Released1967

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    The Dirty Dozen is a 1967 film directed by Robert Aldrich, released by MGM, and starring Lee... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Lee Marvin Movies
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    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    John Wayne, James Stewart

    Released1962

    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a 1962 American Western film directed by John Ford... more on Wikipedia

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    Cat Ballou is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Lee Marvin Movies
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    Cat Ballou

    Jane Fonda, Nat King Cole

    Released1965

    Directed byElliot Silverstein

    Cat Ballou is a 1965 comedy Western film, the story of a woman who hires a notorious gunman to... more on Wikipedia
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    The Professionals is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Lee Marvin Movies
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    The Professionals

    Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster

    Released1966

    Directed byRichard Brooks

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

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    Point Blank is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Lee Marvin Movies
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    Point Blank

    Lauren Bacall, Angie Dickinson

    Released1967

    Directed byJohn Boorman

    Point Blank is a 1967 American neo noir film directed by John Boorman, starring Lee Marvin and... more on Wikipedia

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    Hell in the Pacific is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Lee Marvin Movies
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    Hell in the Pacific

    Lee Marvin, Toshiro Mifune

    Released1968

    Directed byJohn Boorman

    Hell in the Pacific is a 1968 World War II film starring Lee Marvin and Toshirō Mifune, the... more on Wikipedia
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    Paint Your Wagon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Lee Marvin Movies
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    Paint Your Wagon

    Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin

    Released1969

    Directed byJoshua Logan

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

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    #141 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songs#248 of 372 The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

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    Donovan's Reef is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Lee Marvin Movies
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    Donovan's Reef

    John Wayne, Lee Marvin

    Released1963

    Directed byJohn Ford

    Donovan's Reef is a 1963 American film starring John Wayne. It was directed by John Ford and... more on Wikipedia
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    The Big Red One is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Lee Marvin Movies
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    The Big Red One

    Mark Hamill, Lee Marvin

    Released1980

    Directed bySamuel Fuller

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

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    Seven Men from Now is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Lee Marvin Movies
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    Seven Men from Now

    Lee Marvin, Gail Russell

    Released1956

    Directed byBudd Boetticher

    Seven Men from Now is a 1956 Western film directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Randolph... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Bad Day at Black Rock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Lee Marvin Movies
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    Bad Day at Black Rock

    Spencer Tracy, Ernest Borgnine

    Released1955

    Directed byJohn Sturges

    Bad Day at Black Rock is a 1955 thriller film directed by John Sturges and starring Spencer... more on Wikipedia

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    The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Lee Marvin Movies
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    The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission

    Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin

    Released1985

    Directed byAndrew V. McLaglen

    The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission is a made-for-TV film and sequel to the original Dirty Dozen,... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Monte Walsh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Lee Marvin Movies
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    Monte Walsh

    Lee Marvin, Jack Palance

    Released1970

    Directed byWilliam A. Fraker

    Monte Walsh is taken from the title of a 1963 western novel by Jack Schaefer. The movie has... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 14
    Emperor of the North is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Lee Marvin Movies
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    Emperor of the North

    Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin

    Released1973

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    Emperor of the North Pole is a 1973 American film directed by Robert Aldrich and starring Lee... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 15
    Death Hunt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Lee Marvin Movies
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    Death Hunt

    Charles Bronson, Angie Dickinson

    Released1981

    Directed byPeter R. Hunt

    Death Hunt is a 1981 action film directed by Peter R. Hunt. The film stars Charles Bronson,... more on Wikipedia
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    Pete Kelly's Blues is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Lee Marvin Movies
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    Pete Kelly's Blues

    Jayne Mansfield, Ella Fitzgerald

    Released1955

    Directed byJack Webb

    Pete Kelly's Blues is a 1955 film based on the 1951 original radio series. It was directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 17
    The Killers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Lee Marvin Movies
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    The Killers

    Ronald Reagan, Angie Dickinson

    Released1964

    Directed byDon Siegel

    The Killers, released in the UK as Ernest Hemingway's "The Killers", is a 1964 crime film... more on Wikipedia

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    The Comancheros is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Lee Marvin Movies
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    The Comancheros

    John Wayne, Lee Marvin

    Released1961

    Directed byJohn Wayne, Michael Curtiz

    The Comancheros is a 1961 Western Deluxe CinemaScope color film directed by Michael Curtiz,... more on Wikipedia

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    Ship of Fools is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Lee Marvin Movies
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    Ship of Fools

    Vivien Leigh, Lee Marvin

    Released1965

    Directed byStanley Kramer

    Ship of Fools is a 1965 drama directed by Stanley Kramer, which recounts the overlapping... more on Wikipedia
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    The Spikes Gang is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Lee Marvin Movies
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    The Spikes Gang

    Ron Howard, Lee Marvin

    Released1974

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    The Spikes Gang is a 1974 Mirisch Company motion picture adaptation of the Giles Tippette... more on Wikipedia
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    The Caine Mutiny is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Lee Marvin Movies
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    The Caine Mutiny

    Humphrey Bogart, Lee Marvin

    Released1954

    Directed byEdward Dmytryk

    The Caine Mutiny is a 1954 American drama film set during World War II, directed by Edward... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Hangman's Knot is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Lee Marvin Movies
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    Hangman's Knot

    Lee Marvin, Donna Reed

    Released1952

    Directed byRoy Huggins

    Hangman's Knot is a 1952 American Western film written and directed by Roy Huggins and... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Big Heat is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Lee Marvin Movies
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    The Big Heat

    Lee Marvin, Glenn Ford

    Released1953

    Directed byFritz Lang

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

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    Shout at the Devil is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Lee Marvin Movies
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    Shout at the Devil

    Roger Moore, Ian Holm

    Released1976

    Directed byPeter R. Hunt

    Shout at the Devil is a 1976 British war adventure film directed by Peter R. Hunt and starring... more on Wikipedia
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    Raintree County is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Lee Marvin Movies
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    Raintree County

    Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift

    Released1957

    Directed byEdward Dmytryk

    Raintree County is a 1957 American Technicolor melodramatic film set during the American Civil... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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