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The Best Robert Duvall Movies

Updated October 16, 2019 13.7k votes 2.5k voters 153.4k 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
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    Lonesome Dove

    Anjelica Huston, Timothy Scott

    Released1989

    Directed bySimon Wincer

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    The Godfather
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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 on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Open Range
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    Open Range

    Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall

    Released2003

    Directed byKevin Costner

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    Apocalypse Now
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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 on Wikipedia

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    The Godfather Part II
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 6
    To Kill a Mockingbird
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Secondhand Lions
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    Secondhand Lions

    Robert Duvall, Haley Joel Osment

    Released2003

    Directed byTim McCanlies

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  • 8
    Sling Blade
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    Sling Blade

    Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton

    Released1996

    Directed byBilly Bob Thornton

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  • 9
    The Apostle
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    The Apostle

    Farrah Fawcett, Robert Duvall

    Released1997

    Directed byRobert Duvall

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  • 10
    The Natural
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    The Natural

    Kim Basinger, Robert Redford

    Released1984

    Directed byBarry Levinson

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  • 11
    Tender Mercies
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    Tender Mercies

    Robert Duvall, Ellen Barkin

    Released1983

    Directed byBruce Beresford

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  • 12
    The Great Santini
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    The Great Santini

    Robert Duvall, Blythe Danner

    Released1979

    Directed byLewis John Carlino

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  • 13
    Falling Down
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    Falling Down

    Robert Duvall, Michael Douglas

    Released1993

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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  • 14
    Colors
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 15
    True Grit
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 16
    MASH
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    MASH

    Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland

    Released1970

    Directed byRobert Altman

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  • 17
    Joe Kidd
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    Joe Kidd

    Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall

    Released1972

    Directed byJohn Sturges

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

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  • 18
    Bullitt
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    Bullitt

    Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen

    Released1968

    Directed byPeter Yates

    Bullitt is a 1968 American action police procedural film directed by Peter Yates and produced... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Days of Thunder
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    Days of Thunder

    Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman

    Released1990

    Directed byTony Scott

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  • 20
    Deep Impact
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    Deep Impact

    Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall

    Released1998

    Directed byMimi Leder

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  • 21
    Network
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    Network

    Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway

    Released1976

    Directed bySidney Lumet

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  • 22
    Four Christmases
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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 on Wikipedia

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  • 23
    Thank You for Smoking
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    Thank You for Smoking

    Katie Holmes, Robert Duvall

    Released2006

    Directed byJason Reitman

    Thank You for Smoking is a 2006 comedy-drama film written and directed by Jason Reitman and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 24
    Phenomenon
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Geronimo: An American Legend
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    Geronimo: An American Legend

    Matt Damon, Robert Duvall

    Released1993

    Directed byWalter Hill

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