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The Best Robert Duvall Movies

Updated October 16, 2019 16.8k votes 2.5k voters 153.9k 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 Dove1
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    Lonesome Dove

    Anjelica Huston, Timothy Scott

    Released1989

    Directed bySimon Wincer

    Lonesome Dove is a 1989 American epic Western adventure television miniseries directed by...  more

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  • The Godfather2
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    The Godfather

    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando

    Released1972

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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

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  • Open Range3
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    Open Range

    Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall

    Released2003

    Directed byKevin Costner

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

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    #14 of 399 The Best Western Movies Ever Made#3 of 76 The 30+ Best Modern Western Movies

  • Apocalypse Now4
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    Apocalypse Now

    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford

    Released1979

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic adventure war film set during the Vietnam War. Produced...  more

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  • To Kill a Mockingbird5
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    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck

    Released1962

    Directed byRobert Mulligan

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

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  • Sling Blade6
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    Sling Blade

    Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton

    Released1996

    Directed byBilly Bob Thornton

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

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  • Secondhand Lions7
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    Secondhand Lions

    Robert Duvall, Haley Joel Osment

    Released2003

    Directed byTim McCanlies

    Secondhand Lions, a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Tim McCanlies,...  more

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  • Tender Mercies8
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    Tender Mercies

    Robert Duvall, Ellen Barkin

    Released1983

    Directed byBruce Beresford

    Tender Mercies is a 1983 American drama film directed by Bruce Beresford. The screenplay by...  more

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  • The Apostle9
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    The Apostle

    Farrah Fawcett, Robert Duvall

    Released1997

    Directed byRobert Duvall

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

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  • The Godfather Part II10
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    The Godfather Part II

    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

    Released1974

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    The Godfather Part II is a 1974 American epic crime film produced and directed by Francis Ford...  more

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  • The Great Santini11
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    The Great Santini

    Robert Duvall, Blythe Danner

    Released1979

    Directed byLewis John Carlino

    The Great Santini is a 1979 film directed by Lewis John Carlino, written by Lewis John Carlino...  more
  • MASH12
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    MASH

    Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland

    Released1970

    Directed byRobert Altman

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

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  • True Grit13
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    True Grit

    John Wayne, Robert Duvall

    Released1969

    Directed byHenry Hathaway

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

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  • Network14
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    Network

    Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway

    Released1976

    Directed bySidney Lumet

    Network is a 1976 American satirical film written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney...  more

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  • Deep Impact15
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    Deep Impact

    Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall

    Released1998

    Directed byMimi Leder

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

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  • The Natural16
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    The Natural

    Kim Basinger, Robert Redford

    Released1984

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    The Natural is a 1984 sports drama. It is a film adaptation of Bernard Malamud's 1952 baseball...  more

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  • Days of Thunder17
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    Days of Thunder

    Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman

    Released1990

    Directed byTony Scott

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

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  • John Q18
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    John Q

    Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall

    Released2002

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

    John Q is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Nick Cassavetes. The film follows John...  more

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  • Four Christmases19
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    Four Christmases

    Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall

    Released2008

    Directed bySeth Gordon

    Four Christmases is a Christmas-themed romantic comedy film about a couple visiting all four...  more

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    #625 of 782 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made#47 of 127 The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

  • The Eagle Has Landed20
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    The Eagle Has Landed

    Robert Duvall, Michael Caine

    Released1976

    Directed byJohn Sturges

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

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  • Phenomenon21
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    Phenomenon

    John Travolta, Robert Duvall

    Released1996

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

    Phenomenon is a 1996 American romantic fantasy drama film directed by Jon Turteltaub, written...  more

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  • Colors22
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    Colors

    Sean Penn, Robert Duvall

    Released1988

    Directed byDennis Hopper

    Colors is a 1988 American police procedural action film starring Sean Penn and Robert Duvall,...  more

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  • The Conversation23
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    The Conversation

    Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

    Released1974

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    The Conversation is a 1974 American psychological thriller film written, produced and directed...  more

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  • Falling Down24
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    Falling Down

    Robert Duvall, Michael Douglas

    Released1993

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    Falling Down is a 1993 drama film directed by Joel Schumacher and written by Ebbe Roe Smith....  more

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  • A Civil Action25
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    A Civil Action

    John Travolta, Robert Duvall

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Zaillian

    A Civil Action is a 1998 American drama film that was directed by Steven Zaillian, that stars...  more