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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  • Jack Reacher
    26
    Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall
    172 votes
    • Released: 2012
    • Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
    One morning in an ordinary town, five people are shot dead in a seemingly random attack. All evidence points to a single suspect: an ex-military sniper who is quickly brought into custody. The man's ...more

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  • The Judge
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    Robert Downey, Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga
    112 votes
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: David Dobkin
    Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.), a brilliant but shady attorney, returns to his Indiana hometown after learning that his mother has passed away. His arrival triggers renewed tension between himself ...more

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  • Network
    28
    Faye Dunaway, Peter Finch, William Holden
    195 votes
    • Released: 1976
    • Directed by: Sidney Lumet
    In this lauded satire, veteran news anchorman Howard Beale (Peter Finch) discovers that he's being put out to pasture, and he's none too happy about it. After threatening to shoot himself on live ...more

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  • A Civil Action
    29
    John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Tony Shalhoub
    158 votes
    • Released: 1998
    • Directed by: Steven Zaillian
    In this legal thriller based on a true story, John Travolta stars as Jan Schlichtmann, a tenacious personal-injury attorney whose fierce determination entangles him in a case that threatens to ...more

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  • The Eagle Has Landed
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    Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, Robert Duvall
    143 votes
    • Released: 1976
    • Directed by: John Sturges
    During World War II, Nazi officer Max Radl (Robert Duvall) devises a plan to kidnap or kill the British prime minister. Approved by German Cmdr. Heinrich Himmler (Donald Pleasence), the scheme moves ...more
  • John Q
    31
    Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, James Woods
    170 votes
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: Nick Cassavetes
    Story centers on a man whose nine-year-old son is in desperate need of a life-saving transplant. When he discovers that his medical insurance won't cover the costs of the surgery and alternative ...more

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  • The Conversation
    32
    Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Frederic Forrest
    169 votes
    • Released: 1974
    • Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
    Surveillance expert Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) is hired by a mysterious client's brusque aide (Harrison Ford) to tail a young couple, Mark (Frederic Forrest) and Ann (Cindy Williams). Tracking the ...more

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  • Gods and Generals
    33
    Jeff Daniels, Stephen Lang, Robert Duvall
    131 votes
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Ronald F. Maxwell
    A sweeping epic charting the early years of the Civil War and how the campaigns unfolded from Manassas I to the Battle of Fredericksburg, this prequel to the film "Gettysburg" explores the ...more

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  • 12 Mighty Orphans
    34
    Luke Wilson, Vinessa Shaw, Wayne Knight
    209 votes
    • Released: 2021
    • Directed by: Ty Roberts
    During the Great Depression, Rusty Russell gives up a privileged position to coach football at an orphanage in Fort Worth, Texas. Whipping his young players into shape, they soon become an ...more
  • The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid
    35
    Cliff Robertson, Robert Duvall, Luke Askew
    76 votes
    • Released: 1972
    • Directed by: Philip Kaufman
    In 1877, Frank (John Pearce) and Jesse James (Robert Duvall) are expecting to receive amnesty from the state of Missouri for all their previous crimes. But the railroad owners whom the brothers have ...more

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  • A Family Thing
    36
    Robert Duvall, James Earl Jones, Paula Marshall
    137 votes
    • 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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  • True Confessions
    37
    Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Charles Durning
    119 votes
    • Released: 1981
    • Directed by: Ulu Grosbard
    In 1940s Los Angeles, Detective Tom Spellacy (Robert Duvall) probes into the savage murder of a woman found dumped in an empty lot. At the same time, he investigates a priest found dead in a ...more

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  • The Road
    38
    Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron
    111 votes
    • Released: 2009
    • Directed by: John Hillcoat
    America is a grim, gray shadow of itself after a catastrophe. A man (Viggo Mortensen) and his young son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) wander through this post-apocalyptic world, trying to keep the dream of ...more

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  • Something to Talk About
    39
    Julia Roberts, Dennis Quaid, Robert Duvall
    118 votes
    • Released: 1995
    • Directed by: Lasse Hallström
    Grace Bichon, who is managing her father's riding-stable, discovers that her husband Eddie is deceiving her with another woman. After confronting him in the middle of the night on the streets of ...more

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  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers
    40
    Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy
    98 votes
    • Released: 1978
    • Directed by: Philip Kaufman
    This remake of the classic horror film is set in San Francisco. Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland) assumes that when a friend (Brooke Adams) complains of her husband's strange mood, it's a marital ...more

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  • The Scarlet Letter
    41
    Demi Moore, Gary Oldman, Robert Duvall
    108 votes
    • 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 Duvall. This ...more
  • Seven Days in Utopia
    42
    Robert Duvall, Lucas Black, Melissa Leo
    118 votes
    • Released: 2011
    • Directed by: Matthew Dean Russell
    Luke Chisholm (Lucas Black) is a young golfer who's about to take a swing at the big time. Luke, however, has a big blowup that makes national news, drives away his father/coach, and seemingly ...more

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  • Rambling Rose
    43
    Laura Dern, Robert Duvall, Diane Ladd
    84 votes
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: Martha Coolidge
    During the Great Depression, a Southern family hires the domestic services of Rose (Laura Dern), a damaged woman who hopes to avoid prostitution as a way of life. While in the employ of the ...more

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  • Convicts
    44
    Robert Duvall, Lukas Haas, James Earl Jones
    73 votes
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: Peter Masterson
    In 1902, Soll (Robert Duvall), a Texas plantation owner who depends on convict labor to keep his farm running, takes a liking to Horace (Lukas Haas), a young boy who works the fields to raise money ...more

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  • The Killer Elite
    45
    James Caan, Robert Duvall, Gig Young
    89 votes
    • Released: 1975
    • Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
    Friends George Hansen (Robert Duvall) and Mike Locken (James Caan) are hit men who do contract jobs for a company called Com-Teg, associated with the CIA. Bu, when George gets a better offer from the ...more

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  • Lawman
    46
    Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Lee J. Cobb
    86 votes
    • Released: 1971
    • Directed by: Michael Winner
    During a drunken spree in the small Wild West town of Bannock, one of a half-dozen workers from a nearby ranch accidentally shoots an innocent man. Bannock's marshal, a righteous man named Jered ...more

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  • THX 1138
    47
    Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Sid Haig
    57 votes
    • Released: 1971
    • Directed by: George Lucas
    THX 1138 is a 1971 science fiction film directed by George Lucas in his feature directorial debut. The film was produced by Francis Ford Coppola and written by Lucas and Walter Murch. It stars Robert ...more
  • Wild Horses
    48
    Robert Duvall, James Franco, Josh Hartnett
    40 votes
    • Released: 2015
    • Directed by: Robert Duvall
    Wild Horses is a 2015 American Western crime film directed by Robert Duvall. A detective (Robert Duvall) opens up a fifteen-year-old missing persons case and begins to suspect that the missing boy ...more
  • Assassination Tango
    49
    Robert Duvall, Rubén Blades, Kathy Baker
    84 votes
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: Robert Duvall
    John J. (Robert Duvall) is a seasoned hit man sent on a job to Argentina. When the general he's sent to kill delays his return to the country, John passes the time with Manuela (Luciana Pedraza), a ...more

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  • We Own the Night
    50
    Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes
    93 votes
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: James Gray
    In 1988, New York's police wage an all-out war on drugs, and guilty and innocent alike become casualties. Bobby Green (Joaquin Phoenix), manager of a nightclub that is often frequented by gangsters, ...more

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