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The Best Robert Duvall Movies

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This list of the best Robert Duvall movies is ranked best to worst and includes movie trailers when available. With roles in To Kill a Mockingbird and an Oscar-winning performance in Tender Mercies, Robert Duvall has become known as one of the best actors of his generation. Robert Duvall's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world, but the order of this Robert Duvall movies list is decided by how many votes they receive, so only his most highly rated films will be at the top of the list. 

This list answers the questions, "What are the best Robert Duvall movies?" and "What are the greatest Robert Duvall roles of all time?" And features some of his most famous films like The Godfather starring a young Robert Duvall as well as the more recent The Judge. He certainly has animpressive filmography, but it's up to fans like you to decide whether his classic flicks or latest films best showcase his talent. If you think the best Robert Duvall role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. 

And if you are a fan of good ol' Bob Duvall's Coppola collaborations, you might also enjoy our list of best Al Pacino movies and best Marlon Brando movies.


  • 1

    Lonesome Dove

    Anjelica Huston, Timothy Scott


    Directed bySimon Wincer

    Lonesome Dove is a 1989 American epic Western adventure television miniseries directed by Simon Wincer. It is a four part adaptation of the 1985 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Larry...  more

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  • 2

    Apocalypse Now

    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford


    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic adventure war film set during the Vietnam War. Produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, and Robert Duvall. The...  more

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  • 3

    Open Range

    Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall


    Directed byKevin Costner

    Open Range is a 2003 American western film directed and co-produced by Kevin Costner, starring Robert Duvall and Costner, with Annette Bening and Michael Gambon appearing in supporting roles. The...  more

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  • 4

    The Godfather Part II

    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro


    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    The Godfather Part II is a 1974 American epic crime film produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a screenplay co-written with Mario Puzo, starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Partially...  more

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  • 5

    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck


    Directed byRobert Mulligan

    To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1962 American drama film directed by Robert Mulligan. The screenplay by Horton Foote was based on the 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Harper Lee. It...  more

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  • 6

    The Godfather

    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando


    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel by Mario Puzo. The aging patriarch (Marlon Brando) of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of...  more

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  • 7

    Secondhand Lions

    Robert Duvall, Haley Joel Osment


    Directed byTim McCanlies

    Secondhand Lions, a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Tim McCanlies, tells the story of an introverted young boy who is sent to live with his eccentric great-uncles on a farm in...  more

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  • 8

    The Natural

    Kim Basinger, Robert Redford


    Directed byBarry Levinson

    The Natural is a 1984 sports drama. It is a film adaptation of Bernard Malamud's 1952 baseball novel of the same name, directed by Barry Levinson and starring Robert Redford, Glenn Close, and Robert...  more

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  • 9

    Sling Blade

    Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton


    Directed byBilly Bob Thornton

    Sling Blade is a 1996 American drama film set in rural Arkansas, written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton, who also stars in the lead role. It tells the story of a man named Karl Childers with a...  more

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  • 10

    Tender Mercies

    Robert Duvall, Ellen Barkin


    Directed byBruce Beresford

    Tender Mercies is a 1983 American drama film directed by Bruce Beresford. The screenplay by Horton Foote focuses on Mac Sledge, a recovering alcoholic country music singer who seeks to turn his life...  more

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  • 11

    The Eagle Has Landed

    Robert Duvall, Michael Caine


    Directed byJohn Sturges

    The Eagle Has Landed is a 1976 British film directed by John Sturges and starring Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland and Robert Duvall. Based on the novel The Eagle Has Landed by Jack Higgins, the film...  more

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  • 12

    The Great Santini

    Robert Duvall, Blythe Danner


    Directed byLewis John Carlino

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  • 13

    The Apostle

    Farrah Fawcett, Robert Duvall


    Directed byRobert Duvall

    The Apostle is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by Robert Duvall, who stars in the title role. John Beasley, Farrah Fawcett, Billy Bob Thornton, June Carter Cash, Miranda Richardson...  more

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  • 14

    True Grit

    John Wayne, Robert Duvall


    Directed byHenry Hathaway

    True Grit is a 1969 American western Technicolor film written by Marguerite Roberts, directed by Henry Hathaway, and starring John Wayne as U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn; Wayne won his only Academy...  more

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  • 15


    Sean Penn, Robert Duvall


    Directed byDennis Hopper

    Colors is a 1988 American police procedural action film starring Sean Penn and Robert Duvall, and directed by Dennis Hopper. The film takes place in the gang ridden neighborhoods of South Central Los...  more

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  • 16

    Falling Down

    Robert Duvall, Michael Douglas


    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    Falling Down is a 1993 drama film directed by Joel Schumacher and written by Ebbe Roe Smith. The film stars Michael Douglas in the lead role of William Foster, a divorcé and unemployed former defense...  more

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  • 17


    Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland


    Directed byRobert Altman

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  • 18

    Four Christmases

    Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall


    Directed bySeth Gordon

    Four Christmases is a Christmas-themed romantic comedy film about a couple visiting all four of their divorced parents' homes on Christmas Day. The film is produced by Spyglass Entertainment released...  more

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  • 19

    Days of Thunder

    Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman


    Directed byTony Scott

    Days of Thunder is a 1990 American auto racing film released by Paramount Pictures, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Tony Scott. The cast includes Tom Cruise, Nicole...  more

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  • 20

    Joe Kidd

    Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall


    Directed byJohn Sturges

    Joe Kidd is a 1972 American western film starring Clint Eastwood and Robert Duvall, written by Elmore Leonard and directed by John Sturges. The film is about an ex-bounty hunter hired by a wealthy...  more


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  • 21


    Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen


    Directed byPeter Yates

    Bullitt is a 1968 American action police procedural film directed by Peter Yates and produced by Philip D'Antoni. It stars Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn and Jacqueline Bisset. The screenplay by Alan...  more

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  • 22

    Thank You for Smoking

    Katie Holmes, Robert Duvall


    Directed byJason Reitman

    Thank You for Smoking is a 2006 comedy-drama film written and directed by Jason Reitman and starring Aaron Eckhart, based on the 1994 satirical novel of the same name by Christopher Buckley. It...  more

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  • 23

    The Killer Elite

    Robert Duvall, James Caan


    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    The Killer Elite is a 1975 American action thriller film starring James Caan and Robert Duvall and directed by Sam Peckinpah. The screenplay was written by Marc Norman and Stirling Silliphant adapted...  more
  • 24

    We Own the Night

    Eva Mendes, Mark Wahlberg


    Directed byJames Gray

    We Own the Night is a 2007 American drama film written and directed by James Gray and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes and Robert Duvall. It is the third film directed by Gray, and...  more
  • 25

    Deep Impact

    Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall


    Directed byMimi Leder

    Deep Impact is a 1998 American science fiction disaster film directed by Mimi Leder, written by Bruce Joel Rubin and Michael Tolkin, and starring Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, Elijah Wood, Vanessa...  more

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