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The Best Robert Mitchum Movies

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This is a list of the best Robert Mitchum movies, ranked best to worst - with movie trailers when available. Robert Mitchum's haunting performance in the original Cape Fear gave fans a chance to see a darker side to this typically heroic actor. Robert Mitchum'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 Mitchum movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Robert Mitchum movies will be at the top of the list. 

This list answers the questions, "What are the best Robert Mitchum movies?" and "What are the greatest Robert Mitchum roles of all time?" The greatest Robert Mitchum performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand. Famous movies like Out of the Past and Angel Face appear on this Robert Mitchum filmography, but it's up to fans like you to decide upon the best. If you think the best Robert Mitchum role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. 

If you are a fan of Mitchum's legendary performances, you might also enjoy our list of best Gregory Peck movies and best John Wayne movies.

Robert Mitchum was no stranger to working with popular directors, including Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese and Otto Preminger. If Robert Mitchum movies are your thing, then check out the greatest movies by Burt Lancaster and Lee Marvin too.

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  • Out of the Past
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    Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas
    • Released: 1947
    • Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
  • Cape Fear
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    Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen
    • Released: 1962
    • Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
  • Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
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    Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum
    • Released: 1957
    • Directed by: John Huston
  • The Night of the Hunter
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    Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish
    • Released: 1955
    • Directed by: Charles Laughton
  • River of No Return
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    Robert Mitchum, Marilyn Monroe, Rory Calhoun
    • Released: 1954
    • Directed by: Otto Preminger
  • The Sundowners
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    Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum, Peter Ustinov
    • Released: 1960
    • Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
  • The Longest Day
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    John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Henry Fonda
    • Released: 1962
    • Directed by: Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki
  • Ryan's Daughter
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    Robert Mitchum, John Mills, Trevor Howard
    • Released: 1970
    • Directed by: David Lean
  • The Enemy Below
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    Robert Mitchum, Curd Jürgens, Theodore Bikel
    • Released: 1957
    • Directed by: Dick Powell
  • El Dorado
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    John Wayne, James Caan, Robert Mitchum
    • Released: 1966
    • Directed by: Howard Hawks
  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle
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    Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle, Richard Jordan
    • Released: 1973
    • Directed by: Peter Yates
  • Thunder Road
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    Robert Mitchum, Gene Barry, Jacques Aubuchon
    • Released: 1958
    • Directed by: Arthur Ripley
  • Crossfire
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    Robert Young, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan
    • Released: 1947
    • Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
  • Angel Face
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    Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Mona Freeman
    • Released: 1952
    • Directed by: Otto Preminger
  • The Lusty Men
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    Susan Hayward, Robert Mitchum, Arthur Kennedy
    • Released: 1952
    • Directed by: Nicholas Ray
  • Fire Down Below
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    Rita Hayworth, Robert Mitchum, Jack Lemmon
    • Released: 1957
    • Directed by: Robert Parrish
  • Till the End of Time
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    Dorothy McGuire, Guy Madison, Robert Mitchum
    • Released: 1946
    • Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
  • Farewell, My Lovely
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    Robert Mitchum, Charlotte Rampling, Sylvia Miles
    • Released: 1975
    • Directed by: R.M. Richards
  • Home from the Hill
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    Robert Mitchum, Eleanor Parker, George Peppard
    • Released: 1960
    • Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
  • Macao
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    Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, William Bendix
    • Released: 1952
    • Directed by: Josef von Sternberg
  • The Big Sleep
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    Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles, Richard Boone
    • Released: 1978
    • Directed by: Michael Winner
  • The Yakuza
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    Robert Mitchum, Ken Takakura, Brian Keith
    • Released: 1975
    • Directed by: Sydney Pollack
  • The Wrath of God
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    Rita Hayworth, Robert Mitchum, Frank Langella
    • Released: 1972
    • Directed by: Ralph Nelson
  • Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
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    Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson, Robert Walker
    • Released: 1944
    • Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
  • Not as a Stranger
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    Frank Sinatra, Olivia de Havilland, Robert Mitchum
    • Released: 1955
    • Directed by: Stanley Kramer