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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. The order of these top Robert Duvall movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Robert Duvall movies 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?" The greatest Robert Duvall performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand. Famous films like The Godfather starring a young Robert Duvall as well as the more recent The Judge can be found on this Robert Duvall filmography, but it's up to fans like you to decide upon 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. 

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
Lonesome Dove Anjelica Huston, Timothy Scott, Robert Duvall 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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The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
The Godfather Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy from a screenplay by Mario Puzo and Coppola. Starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as ...more

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Open Range is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Open Range Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening 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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Secondhand Lions is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Secondhand Lions Robert Duvall, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Caine 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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Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall 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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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
The Godfather Part II Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall 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
To Kill a Mockingbird Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom 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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Tender Mercies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Tender Mercies Robert Duvall, Ellen Barkin, Wilford Brimley 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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True Grit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
True Grit John Wayne, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper 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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The Great Santini is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
The Great Santini Robert Duvall, Blythe Danner, Stan Shaw 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
The Apostle Farrah Fawcett, Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton 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
Sling Blade Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, John Ritter 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
MASH Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould 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
The Natural Kim Basinger, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall 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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Falling Down is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Falling Down Robert Duvall, Michael Douglas, Tuesday Weld 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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Days of Thunder is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Days of Thunder Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall 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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Bullitt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Bullitt Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bissett Bullitt is a 1968 American crime action police procedural film directed by Peter Yates and produced by Philip D'Antoni. It stars Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn and Jacqueline Bisset. The ...more

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Colors is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Colors Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Don Cheadle Colors is a 1988 American police procedural action crime 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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Gone in 60 Seconds is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Gone in 60 Seconds Angelina Jolie, Nicolas Cage, Robert Duvall Gone in 60 Seconds is a 2000 American action/Heist 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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Phenomenon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Phenomenon John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kyra Sedgwick 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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Network is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Network Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway, William Holden 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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Deep Impact is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Deep Impact Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood 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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Geronimo: An American Legend is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Geronimo: An American Legend Matt Damon, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman 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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The Conversation is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
The Conversation Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman The Conversation is a 1974 American psychological thriller film written, produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Gene Hackman with supporting roles by John Cazale, Allen ...more

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Crazy Heart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Crazy Heart Colin Farrell, Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal "Crazy Heart stars Jeff Bridges as an aging country music legend wrestling with his loss of fame at the hands of younger protégé. Struggling to make ends meet playing one ...more

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Joe Kidd is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Joe Kidd Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall, John Saxon 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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Get Low is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Get Low Bill Murray, Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek "Taking a leading role for the first time in several years, American legend Robert Duvall gives a performance of wisdom and nuance in Get Low. Complemented by a first-rate cast that ...more

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The Judge is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
The Judge Robert Downey Jr., Leighton Meester, Robert Duvall The Judge is a 2014 drama film written by Bill Dubuque, Nick Schenk and David Seidler; and directed by David Dobkin.

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John Q is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
John Q Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, Bill Maher 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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Jack Reacher is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Jack Reacher Tom Cruise, Robert Duvall, Rosamund Pike Jack Reacher is a 2012 American thriller film. It is an adaptation of Lee Child's 2005 novel One Shot. Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, the film stars Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. ...more

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The Eagle Has Landed is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
The Eagle Has Landed Robert Duvall, Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland The Eagle Has Landed is a 1976 British film directed by John Sturges and starring Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland and Robert Duvall. Based on the novel The Eagle Has Landed by Jack Higgins, the ...more

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A Civil Action is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
A Civil Action John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kathy Bates A Civil Action is a 1998 American drama film that was directed by Steven Zaillian, that stars John Travolta and Robert Duvall, and that is based on the book of the same name by Jonathan Harr. ...more

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True Confessions is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
True Confessions Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Burgess Meredith True Confessions is a 1981 crime film directed by Ulu Grosbard, loosely based on the Black Dahlia murder case of 1947. The film stars Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall as the brothers Spellacy, ...more

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The Road is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
The Road Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Viggo Mortensen The Road is a 2009 American post-apocalyptic drama film directed by John Hillcoat from a screenplay written by Joe Penhall, which is in return based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 2006 novel of ...more

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Gods and Generals is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Gods and Generals Robert Duvall, Mira Sorvino, Jeff Daniels Gods and Generals is a 2003 American film based on the novel Gods and Generals by Jeffrey Shaara. It depicts events that take place prior to those shown in the 1993 film Gettysburg, which was ...more

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A Family Thing is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
A Family Thing Robert Duvall, James Earl Jones, Paula Marshall 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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Lawman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Lawman Robert Duvall, Burt Lancaster, Lee J. Cobb Lawman is a 1971 American Western film starring Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Lee J. Cobb, and Robert Duvall. The film is about the quest of a lone peace officer, Marshal Jared Maddox, to bring ...more

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Thank You for Smoking is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Thank You for Smoking Katie Holmes, Robert Duvall, Maria Bello Thank You for Smoking is a 2005 comedy-drama film written and directed by Jason Reitman and starring Aaron Eckhart, based on the 1994 satirical novel of the same name by Christopher Buckley. It ...more

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Seven Days in Utopia is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Seven Days in Utopia Robert Duvall, Deborah Ann Woll, Melissa Leo Seven Days in Utopia is a religious drama sport film directed by Matt Russell, starring Robert Duvall, Lucas Black, and Melissa Leo. The film is based on the book Golf's Sacred Journey: Seven ...more

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Something to Talk About is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Something to Talk About Julia Roberts, Robert Duvall, Dennis Quaid Something to Talk About is a 1995 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Lasse Hallström, from a screenplay written by Callie Khouri. It stars Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid as an ...more

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Four Christmases is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Four Christmases Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall, Vince Vaughn Four Christmases is a Christmas-themed romantic comedy film about a couple visiting all four of their divorced parents' homes on Christmas Day. The film is produced by Spyglass Entertainment ...more

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We Own the Night is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
We Own the Night Eva Mendes, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall We Own the Night is a 2007 American crime drama film written and directed by James Gray and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes and Robert Duvall. It is the third film directed ...more

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The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
The Scarlet Letter Demi Moore, Gary Oldman, Robert Duvall 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 ...more

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1978 science fiction thriller directed by Philip Kaufman, and starring Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Veronica Cartwright, Jeff Goldblum and Leonard Nimoy. ...more

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Rambling Rose is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Rambling Rose Robert Duvall, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd Rambling Rose is a 1991 American drama film set in Georgia during the Great Depression starring Laura Dern and Robert Duvall in leading roles with Lukas Haas, John Heard and Diane Ladd in ...more

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Convicts is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Convicts Robert Duvall, James Earl Jones, Lukas Haas Convicts is a 1991 drama film directed by Peter Masterson.

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The Killer Elite is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
The Killer Elite Robert Duvall, James Caan, Gig Young The Killer Elite is a 1975 American action thriller film starring James Caan and Robert Duvall and directed by Sam Peckinpah. The screenplay was written by Marc Norman and Stirling Silliphant ...more

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Assassination Tango is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Assassination Tango Robert Duvall, Kathy Baker, Rubén Blades Assassination Tango is a 2002 crime thriller about an assassin's discovery of Argentine tango, written, produced, directed by, and starring Robert Duvall, a self-confessed tango addict. Other ...more

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Kicking & Screaming is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
Kicking & Screaming Will Ferrell, Robert Duvall, Mike Ditka Kicking & Screaming is a 2005 American comedy film directed by Jesse Dylan starring Will Ferrell and Robert Duvall. It focuses on the exploits of a boys' soccer team and their new coach.

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The Paper is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Robert Duvall Movies
The Paper Marisa Tomei, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close The Paper is a 1994 American comedy-drama film directed by Ron Howard and starring Michael Keaton, Glenn Close, Marisa Tomei, Randy Quaid and Robert Duvall. It received an Academy Award ...more