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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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Lonesome Dove is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Anjelica Huston, Timothy Scott, Robert Duvall

Released: 1989

Directed by: Simon Wincer

Lonesome Dove is a 1989 American epic Western adventure television miniseries directed by Simon Wincer. It is a four part adaptation of the 1985 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by ...more

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Open Range is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening

Released: 2003

Directed by: Kevin Costner

Open Range is a 2003 American western film directed and co-produced by Kevin Costner, starring Robert Duvall and Costner, with Annette Bening and Michael Gambon appearing in supporting roles. ...more

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The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

Released: 1972

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel by Mario Puzo. The aging patriarch (Marlon Brando) of an organized crime dynasty transfers ...more

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Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

Released: 1979

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic adventure war film set during the Vietnam War. Produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, and Robert Duvall. ...more

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Secondhand Lions is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Robert Duvall, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Caine

Released: 2003

Directed by: Tim McCanlies

Secondhand Lions, a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Tim McCanlies, tells the story of an introverted young boy who is sent to live with his eccentric great-uncles on a ...more

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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

Released: 1974

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

The Godfather Part II is a 1974 American epic crime film produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a screenplay co-written with Mario Puzo, starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. ...more

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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom

Released: 1962

Directed by: Robert Mulligan

To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1962 American drama film directed by Robert Mulligan. The screenplay by Horton Foote was based on the 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Harper Lee. ...more

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True Grit is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
John Wayne, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper

Released: 1969

Directed by: Henry Hathaway

True Grit is a 1969 American western Technicolor film written by Marguerite Roberts, directed by Henry Hathaway, and starring John Wayne as U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn; Wayne won his only ...more

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Tender Mercies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Robert Duvall, Ellen Barkin, Wilford Brimley

Released: 1983

Directed by: Bruce Beresford

Tender Mercies is a 1983 American drama film directed by Bruce Beresford. The screenplay by Horton Foote focuses on Mac Sledge, a recovering alcoholic country music singer who seeks to turn his ...more

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The Great Santini is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Robert Duvall, Blythe Danner, Stan Shaw

Released: 1979

Directed by: Lewis John Carlino

The Great Santini is a 1979 film directed by Lewis John Carlino, written by Lewis John Carlino and Herman Raucher, and based on the 1976 novel of the same name by Pat Conroy. The film stars ...more
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The Apostle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Farrah Fawcett, Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton

Released: 1997

Directed by: Robert Duvall

The Apostle is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by Robert Duvall, who stars in the title role. John Beasley, Farrah Fawcett, Billy Bob Thornton, June Carter Cash, Miranda ...more

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Sling Blade is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, John Ritter

Released: 1996

Directed by: Billy Bob Thornton

Sling Blade is a 1996 American drama film set in rural Arkansas, written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton, who also stars in the lead role. It tells the story of a man named Karl Childers with ...more

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MASH is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould

Released: 1970

Directed by: Robert Altman

MASH is a 1970 American satirical black comedy film directed by Robert Altman and written by Ring Lardner, Jr., based on Richard Hooker's novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors. The ...more

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The Natural is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Kim Basinger, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall

Released: 1984

Directed by: Barry Levinson

The Natural is a 1984 sports drama. It is a film adaptation of Bernard Malamud's 1952 baseball novel of the same name, directed by Barry Levinson and starring Robert Redford, Glenn Close, and ...more

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#178 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #149 of 172 The Greatest Date Movies of All Time

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Colors is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Don Cheadle

Released: 1988

Directed by: Dennis Hopper

Colors is a 1988 American police procedural action film starring Sean Penn and Robert Duvall, and directed by Dennis Hopper. The film takes place in the gang ridden neighborhoods of South ...more
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Falling Down is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Robert Duvall, Michael Douglas, Tuesday Weld

Released: 1993

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

Falling Down is a 1993 drama film directed by Joel Schumacher and written by Ebbe Roe Smith. The film stars Michael Douglas in the lead role of William Foster, a divorcé and unemployed ...more

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Bullitt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bissett

Released: 1968

Directed by: Peter Yates

Bullitt is a 1968 American action police procedural film directed by Peter Yates and produced by Philip D'Antoni. It stars Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn and Jacqueline Bisset. The screenplay by ...more

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Days of Thunder is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall

Released: 1990

Directed by: Tony Scott

Days of Thunder is a 1990 American auto racing film released by Paramount Pictures, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Tony Scott. The cast includes Tom Cruise, Nicole ...more

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Phenomenon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kyra Sedgwick

Released: 1996

Directed by: Jon Turteltaub

Phenomenon is a 1996 American romantic fantasy drama film directed by Jon Turteltaub, written by Gerald Di Pego, and starring John Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker, Robert Duvall, and ...more

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Joe Kidd is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Joe Kidd Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall, John Saxon

Released: 1972

Directed by: John Sturges

Joe Kidd is a 1972 American western film starring Clint Eastwood and Robert Duvall, written by Elmore Leonard and directed by John Sturges. The film is about an ex-bounty hunter hired by a ...more

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Geronimo: An American Le... is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Deep Impact is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood

Released: 1998

Directed by: Mimi Leder

Deep Impact is a 1998 American science fiction disaster film directed by Mimi Leder, written by Bruce Joel Rubin and Michael Tolkin, and starring Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, Elijah Wood, ...more

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Network is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway, William Holden

Released: 1976

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

Network is a 1976 American satirical film written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney Lumet, about a fictional television network, UBS, and its struggle with poor ratings. The film stars ...more

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Gone in 60 Seconds is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Angelina Jolie, Nicolas Cage, Robert Duvall

Released: 2000

Directed by: Dominic Sena

Gone in 60 Seconds is a 2000 American action film, starring Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, Christopher Eccleston, Robert Duvall, Vinnie Jones, and Will Patton. The film was ...more

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John Q is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, Bill Maher

Released: 2002

Directed by: Nick Cassavetes

John Q is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Nick Cassavetes. The film follows John Quincy Archibald, a father and husband whose son is diagnosed with an enlarged heart and then finds out ...more

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