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The Best Robert Duvall Movies

Updated October 16, 2019 15.4k votes 2.5k voters 154.5k views95 items

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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.

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    Lonesome Dove

    Anjelica Huston, Timothy Scott
    Lonesome Dove is a 1989 American epic Western adventure television miniseries directed by...  more

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    Apocalypse Now

    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford
    Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic adventure war film set during the Vietnam War. Produced...  more

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    Open Range

    Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall
    Open Range is a 2003 American western film directed and co-produced by Kevin Costner, starring...  more

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    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck
    To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1962 American drama film directed by Robert Mulligan. The...  more

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    The Godfather

    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando
    The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the...  more

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    Secondhand Lions

    Robert Duvall, Haley Joel Osment
    Secondhand Lions, a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Tim McCanlies,...  more

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    Tender Mercies

    Robert Duvall, Ellen Barkin
    Tender Mercies is a 1983 American drama film directed by Bruce Beresford. The screenplay by...  more

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    The Apostle

    Farrah Fawcett, Robert Duvall
    The Apostle is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by Robert Duvall, who stars in...  more

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    The Eagle Has Landed

    Robert Duvall, Michael Caine
    The Eagle Has Landed is a 1976 British film directed by John Sturges and starring Michael...  more

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    The Great Santini

    Robert Duvall, Blythe Danner
    The Great Santini is a 1979 film directed by Lewis John Carlino, written by Lewis John Carlino...  more
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    The Godfather Part II

    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro
    The Godfather Part II is a 1974 American epic crime film produced and directed by Francis Ford...  more

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    MASH

    Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland
    MASH is a 1970 American satirical black comedy film directed by Robert Altman and written by...  more

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    True Grit

    John Wayne, Robert Duvall
    True Grit is a 1969 American western Technicolor film written by Marguerite Roberts, directed...  more

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    Four Christmases

    Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall
    Four Christmases is a Christmas-themed romantic comedy film about a couple visiting all four...  more
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    Joe Kidd

    Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall
    Joe Kidd is a 1972 American western film starring Clint Eastwood and Robert Duvall, written by...  more

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    Days of Thunder

    Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman
    Days of Thunder is a 1990 American auto racing film released by Paramount Pictures, produced...  more

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    Bullitt

    Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen
    Bullitt is a 1968 American action police procedural film directed by Peter Yates and produced...  more

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    The Killer Elite

    Robert Duvall, James Caan
    The Killer Elite is a 1975 American action thriller film starring James Caan and Robert Duvall...  more
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    We Own the Night

    Eva Mendes, Mark Wahlberg
    We Own the Night is a 2007 American drama film written and directed by James Gray and starring...  more
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    Thank You for Smoking

    Katie Holmes, Robert Duvall
    Thank You for Smoking is a 2006 comedy-drama film written and directed by Jason Reitman and...  more

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    Deep Impact

    Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall
    Deep Impact is a 1998 American science fiction disaster film directed by Mimi Leder, written...  more

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    The Paper

    Marisa Tomei, Robert Duvall
    The Paper is a 1994 American comedy-drama film directed by Ron Howard and starring Michael...  more
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    Sling Blade

    Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton
    Sling Blade is a 1996 American drama film set in rural Arkansas, written and directed by Billy...  more

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    Phenomenon

    John Travolta, Robert Duvall
    Phenomenon is a 1996 American romantic fantasy drama film directed by Jon Turteltaub, written...  more
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    Geronimo: An American Legend

    Matt Damon, Robert Duvall
    Geronimo: An American Legend is a 1993 film, directed by Walter Hill from a screenplay by John...  more

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