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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.

Notable directors that have worked with Robert Duvall include names like Ron Howard, George Lucas and Joel Schumacher. If you're a fan of Robert Duvall, then check out our lists of the best Gene Hackman and Ed Harris movies as well.

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Geronimo: An American Le... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Matt Damon, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman

Released: 1993

Directed by: Walter Hill

Geronimo: An American Legend is a 1993 film, directed by Walter Hill from a screenplay by John Milius and starring Wes Studi, Jason Patric, Gene Hackman, Robert Duvall and Matt Damon. It was ...more

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A Civil Action is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kathy Bates

Released: 1998

Directed by: Steven Zaillian

A Civil Action is a 1998 American drama film that was directed by Steven Zaillian, that stars John Travolta and Robert Duvall, and that is based on the book of the same name by Jonathan Harr. ...more
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Jack Reacher is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Tom Cruise, Robert Duvall, Rosamund Pike

Released: 2012

Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie

Jack Reacher is a 2012 American thriller film. It is an adaptation of Lee Child's 2005 novel One Shot. Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, the film stars Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. ...more

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The Eagle Has Landed is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Robert Duvall, Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland

Released: 1976

Directed by: John 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 ...more

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Get Low is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Bill Murray, Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek

Released: 2009

Directed by: Aaron Schneider

"Taking a leading role for the first time in several years, American legend Robert Duvall gives a performance of wisdom and nuance in Get Low. Complemented by a first-rate cast that ...more
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The Road is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Viggo Mortensen

Released: 2009

Directed by: John Hillcoat

The Road is a 2009 American post-apocalyptic drama film directed by John Hillcoat from a screenplay written by Joe Penhall, which is in return based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 2006 novel of ...more

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Crazy Heart is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Colin Farrell, Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Released: 2009

Directed by: Scott Cooper

"Crazy Heart stars Jeff Bridges as an aging country music legend wrestling with his loss of fame at the hands of younger protégé. Struggling to make ends meet playing one ...more

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A Family Thing is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Robert Duvall, James Earl Jones, Paula Marshall

Released: 1996

Directed by: Richard Pearce

A Family Thing is a 1996 film starring Robert Duvall, James Earl Jones and Irma P. Hall. It was written by Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson and directed by Richard Pearce.
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The Judge is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Leighton Meester, Robert Duvall

Released: 2014

Directed by: David Dobkin

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Seven Days in Utopia is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Robert Duvall, Deborah Ann Woll, Melissa Leo

Released: 2011

Directed by: Matt Russell

Seven Days in Utopia is a religious drama sport film directed by Matt Russell, starring Robert Duvall, Lucas Black, and Melissa Leo. The film is based on the book Golf's Sacred Journey: Seven ...more

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True Confessions is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Burgess Meredith

Released: 1981

Directed by: Ulu Grosbard

True Confessions is a 1981 crime film directed by Ulu Grosbard, loosely based on the Black Dahlia murder case of 1947. The film stars Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall as the brothers Spellacy, ...more
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Something to Talk About ... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Julia Roberts, Robert Duvall, Dennis Quaid

Released: 1995

Directed by: Lasse Hallström

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The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Demi Moore, Gary Oldman, Robert Duvall

Released: 1995

Directed by: Roland Joffé

The Scarlet Letter is a 1995 American film adaptation of the Nathaniel Hawthorne novel of the same name. It was directed by Roland Joffé and stars Demi Moore, Gary Oldman, and Robert ...more

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Invasion of the Body Sna... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy

Released: 1978

Directed by: Philip Kaufman

Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1978 science fiction thriller directed by Philip Kaufman, and starring Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Veronica Cartwright, Jeff Goldblum and Leonard Nimoy. ...more

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Four Christmases is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall, Vince Vaughn

Released: 2008

Directed by: Seth 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 ...more

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Thank You for Smoking is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Katie Holmes, Robert Duvall, Maria Bello

Released: 2005

Directed by: Jason Reitman

Thank You for Smoking is a 2005 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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The Killer Elite is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Robert Duvall, James Caan, Gig Young

Released: 1975

Directed by: Sam 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 ...more

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The Paper is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Marisa Tomei, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close

Released: 1994

Directed by: Ron Howard

The Paper is a 1994 American comedy-drama film directed by Ron Howard and starring Michael Keaton, Glenn Close, Marisa Tomei, Randy Quaid and Robert Duvall. It received an Academy Award ...more
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We Own the Night is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Eva Mendes, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall

Released: 2007

Directed by: James 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 ...more

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Gods and Generals is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Robert Duvall, Mira Sorvino, Jeff Daniels

Released: 2003

Directed by: Ronald F. Maxwell

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Kicking & Screaming ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Will Ferrell, Robert Duvall, Mike Ditka

Released: 2005

Directed by: Jesse Dylan

Kicking & Screaming is a 2005 American comedy film directed by Jesse Dylan starring Will Ferrell and Robert Duvall. It focuses on the exploits of a boys' soccer team and their new coach.
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The Great Northfield Min... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Robert Duvall, Cliff Robertson, Donald Moffat

Released: 1972

Directed by: Philip Kaufman

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Rambling Rose is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Robert Duvall, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd

Released: 1991

Directed by: Martha Coolidge

Rambling Rose is a 1991 American drama film set in Georgia during the Great Depression starring Laura Dern and Robert Duvall in leading roles with Lukas Haas, John Heard and Diane Ladd in ...more
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Lawman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Robert Duvall, Burt Lancaster, Lee J. Cobb

Released: 1971

Directed by: Michael Winner

Lawman is a 1971 American Western film starring Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Lee J. Cobb, and Robert Duvall. The film is about the quest of a lone peace officer, Marshal Jared Maddox, to bring ...more

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Breakout is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid, Charles Bronson

Released: 1975

Directed by: Tom Gries

Breakout is a 1975 action film starring Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Robert Duvall, John Huston, Sheree North and Randy Quaid.