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The Best Rip Torn Movies of All Time, Ranked 

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Are looking for the best Rip Torn movies? Then you’ve come to the right place. This list has every movie on Rip Torn’s filmography ordered from best to worst. Fans have voted on every Rip Torn movie, from Men In Black to his first movie, Baby Doll. Rip Torn films span across all genres including comedies, dramas, and action.

He was born Elmore Rual "Rip" Torn Jr. in Temple, Texas on February 26, 1931, and died on July 9, 2019. He won several accolades for acting and is also known for being a comedian and voice actor. One of his most celebrated roles is Zed in the Men in Black films. With over 100 credits to his name, he has had a very successful Hollywood career, both in movies and TV shows. There are several Rip Torn movies that are worth watching such as Dodgeball, Canadian Bacon, and Heartland. Look at the complete list below because you may have seen a Rip Torn movie and not even realized he was in it. 

Now you get to help determine the best Rip Torn movies with your votes. Vote up the best Rip Torn roles regardless of how good the film is as a whole. 

Francis Ford Coppola and Raja Gosnell are among those who have directed Rip Torn at one point or another during their careers in the film industry.

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Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rip Torn Movies of All Time, Ranked
Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg
Men in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. ...more

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Heartland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rip Torn Movies of All Time, Ranked
Rip Torn, Conchata Ferrell, Barry Primus
Heartland is a 1979 American film, directed by Richard Pearce, starring Rip Torn and Conchata Ferrell. The film is a stark depiction of early homestead life in the American West. It is based on ...more
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Defending Your Life is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rip Torn Movies of All Time, Ranked
Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Albert Brooks
Defending Your Life is a 1991 romantic comedy-fantasy film about a man who arrives in the afterlife only to find that he must stand trial and justify his lifelong fears in order to advance to ...more

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DodgeBall: A True Underd... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rip Torn Movies of All Time, Ranked
Ben Stiller, Chuck Norris, Vince Vaughn
DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, commonly referred to as DodgeBall, is a 2004 American sports comedy film produced by 20th Century Fox and Red Hour Productions, written and directed by Rawson ...more

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Where the Rivers Flow No... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rip Torn Movies of All Time, Ranked
Michael J. Fox, Rip Torn, Treat Williams
Where the Rivers Flow North is a 1993 drama film written by Don Bredes and Jay Craven and directed by Jay Craven.
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Summer Rental is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rip Torn Movies of All Time, Ranked
John Candy, Joey Lawrence, Rip Torn
Summer Rental is a 1985 comedy film, directed by Carl Reiner and starring John Candy. The film's screenplay was written by Mark Reisman and Jeremy Stevens. An original music score was composed ...more

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Down Periscope is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rip Torn Movies of All Time, Ranked
Kelsey Grammer, Rob Schneider, William H. Macy
Down Periscope is a 1996 20th Century Fox comedy film produced by Robert Lawrence and directed by David S. Ward, starring Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Holly and Rob Schneider and co-starring Bruce ...more

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Dolly Dearest is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rip Torn Movies of All Time, Ranked
Rip Torn, Denise Crosby, Lupe Ontiveros
Dolly Dearest is an American 1991 horror film starring Denise Crosby and Rip Torn. The movie was initially supposed to be direct-to-video, but did get a limited theatrical release in the
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Men in Black 3 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rip Torn Movies of All Time, Ranked
Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith
Men in Black 3 is a 2012 American 3D comic science fiction-action film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, and Josh Brolin. It is the third installment in the ...more

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Men in Black II is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rip Torn Movies of All Time, Ranked
Michael Jackson, Will Smith, Rosario Dawson
Men in Black II is a 2002 American science fiction action spy comedy film starring both Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. The film also stars Lara Flynn Boyle, Johnny Knoxville, Rosario Dawson, ...more

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Canadian Bacon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rip Torn Movies of All Time, Ranked
Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Michael Moore
Canadian Bacon is a 1995 comedy film which satirizes Canada–United States relations along the Canada–United States border written, directed, and produced by Michael Moore. It was screened in the ...more
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Hercules is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rip Torn Movies of All Time, Ranked
Danny DeVito, James Woods, Charlton Heston
Hercules is a 1997 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 35th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated ...more

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Cross Creek is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rip Torn Movies of All Time, Ranked
Malcolm McDowell, Mary Steenburgen, Alfre Woodard
Cross Creek is a 1983 film starring Mary Steenburgen as The Yearling author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. The film is directed by Martin Ritt and is based, in part, on Rawlings' 1942 memoir, Cross
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How to Make an American ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rip Torn Movies of All Time, Ranked
Claire Danes, Winona Ryder, Jared Leto
How to Make an American Quilt is a 1995 movie which was directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse and stars Winona Ryder, Maya Angelou, Ellen Burstyn and Anne Bancroft. It is based on a novel of the same ...more
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Wonder Boys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rip Torn Movies of All Time, Ranked
Robert Downey Jr., Katie Holmes, Michael Douglas
Wonder Boys is a 2000 Romantic comedy film directed by Curtis Hanson and written by Steve Kloves. An international co-production between the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and ...more

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A Face in the Crowd is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rip Torn Movies of All Time, Ranked
Andy Griffith, Walter Matthau, Lee Remick
A Face in the Crowd is a 1957 film starring Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal and Walter Matthau, directed by Elia Kazan. The screenplay was written by Budd Schulberg, based on his short story ...more
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The Cincinnati Kid is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rip Torn Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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Sweet Bird of Youth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rip Torn Movies of All Time, Ranked
Paul Newman, Rip Torn, Shirley Knight
A 1962 film adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play featuring many actors from of the play's original 1959 New York production.
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King of Kings is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rip Torn Movies of All Time, Ranked
Orson Welles, Rip Torn, Robert Ryan
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Baby Doll is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rip Torn Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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Senseless is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rip Torn Movies of All Time, Ranked
David Spade, Marlon Wayans, Kenya Moore
Senseless is a 1998 American comedy film directed by Penelope Spheeris and written by Greg Erb and Craig Mazin. The film stars Marlon Wayans, David Spade, and Matthew Lillard as college
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Marie Antoinette is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rip Torn Movies of All Time, Ranked
Kirsten Dunst, Tom Hardy, Rose Byrne
Marie Antoinette is a 2006 historical drama film, written and directed by Sofia Coppola. It is based on the life of the Queen in the years leading up to the French Revolution. It won the Academy ...more

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The Insider is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rip Torn Movies of All Time, Ranked
Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer
The Insider is a 1999 American drama film directed by Michael Mann, based on the true story of a 60 Minutes segment about Jeffrey Wigand, a whistleblower in the tobacco industry. The 60 Minutes ...more
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Coma is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rip Torn Movies of All Time, Ranked
Tom Selleck, Michael Douglas, Ed Harris
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Yours, Mine and Ours is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rip Torn Movies of All Time, Ranked
Miranda Cosgrove, Dennis Quaid, Rene Russo
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