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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.

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  • 1
    The Night of the Hunter
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    The Night of the Hunter

    Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters

    Released1955

    Directed byCharles Laughton, Terry Sanders, Robert Mitchum

    The Night of the Hunter is an American thriller film directed by Charles Laughton and starring... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 2
    Cape Fear
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    Cape Fear

    Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum

    Released1962

    Directed byJ. Lee Thompson

    Cape Fear is a 1962 American psychological thriller film starring Robert Mitchum, Gregory... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 3
    His Kind of Woman
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    His Kind of Woman

    Vincent Price, Robert Mitchum

    Released1951

    Directed byRichard Fleischer, John Farrow

    His Kind of Woman is a 1951 black-and-white film noir starring Robert Mitchum and Jane... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 4
    Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
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    Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

    Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr

    Released1957

    Directed byJohn Huston

    Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison is a 1957 CinemaScope film which tells the story of two people... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    Out of the Past
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    Out of the Past

    Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum

    Released1947

    Directed byJacques Tourneur

    Out of the Past is a 1947 film noir directed by Jacques Tourneur and starring Robert Mitchum,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 6
    The Friends of Eddie Coyle
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    13

    The Friends of Eddie Coyle

    Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle

    Released1973

    Directed byPeter Yates

    The Friends of Eddie Coyle is a 1973 film directed by Peter Yates and starring Robert Mitchum... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 7
    El Dorado
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    El Dorado

    John Wayne, James Caan

    Released1966

    Directed byHoward Hawks

    El Dorado is a 1966 American Western film produced and directed by Howard Hawks and starring... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 8
    The Sundowners
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    The Sundowners

    Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr

    Released1960

    Directed byFred Zinnemann

    The Sundowners is a 1960 film that tells the story of an Australian outback family torn... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    The Enemy Below
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    51

    The Enemy Below

    Clint Eastwood, Robert Mitchum

    Released1957

    Directed byDick Powell

    The Enemy Below is a 1957 war film which tells the story of the battle between the captain of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 10
    River of No Return
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    41

    River of No Return

    Marilyn Monroe, Robert Mitchum

    Released1954

    Directed byJean Negulesco, Otto Preminger

    River of No Return is a 1954 American Western film directed by Otto Preminger and starring... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    The Longest Day
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    34

    The Longest Day

    Sean Connery, John Wayne

    Released1962

    Directed byDarryl F. Zanuck, Ken Annakin, Bernhard Wicki, Andrew Marton, Gerd Oswald

    The Longest Day is a 1962 film based on the 1959 history book The Longest Day by Cornelius... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 12
    Thunder Road
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    43

    Thunder Road

    Robert Mitchum, Gene Barry

    Released1958

    Directed byArthur Ripley

    Thunder Road is a black and white 1958 drama–crime film about running moonshine in the... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 13
    Nevada
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    Nevada

    Robert Mitchum, Anne Jeffreys

    Released1944

    Directed byEdward Killy

    Nevada is a 1944 western movie based on a Zane Grey novel and starring a 27-year-old Robert... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 14
    Ryan's Daughter
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    37

    Ryan's Daughter

    Robert Mitchum, John Mills

    Released1970

    Directed byDavid Lean

    Ryan's Daughter is a 1970 epic romantic drama film directed by David Lean. The film, set in... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 15
    Crossfire
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    Crossfire

    Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan

    Released1947

    Directed byEdward Dmytryk

    Crossfire is a 1947 film noir drama film which deals with the theme of anti-Semitism, as did... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 16
    The Way West
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    The Way West

    Sally Field, Kirk Douglas

    Released1967

    Directed byAndrew V. McLaglen

    The Way West is a 1967 American epic western film based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 17
    Farewell, My Lovely
    95
    25

    Farewell, My Lovely

    Sylvester Stallone, Robert Mitchum

    Released1975

    Directed byDick Richards

    Farewell, My Lovely is a 1975 American neo noir film, directed by Dick Richards and featuring... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    Angel Face
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    Angel Face

    Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons

    Released1952

    Directed byOtto Preminger

    Angel Face is a 1953 black-and-white film noir directed by Otto Preminger. The drama, filmed... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 19
    The Story of G.I. Joe
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    The Story of G.I. Joe

    Robert Mitchum, Burgess Meredith

    Released1945

    Directed byWilliam A. Wellman

    The Story of G.I. Joe, also credited in prints as Ernie Pyle's Story of G.I. Joe, is a 1945... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 20
    Home from the Hill
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    Home from the Hill

    Robert Mitchum, George Peppard

    Released1960

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

    Home from the Hill is a 1960 Metrocolor film in CinemaScope directed by Vincente Minnelli and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 21
    Midway
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    Midway

    Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston

    Released1976

    Directed byJack Smight

    Midway, released in the United Kingdom as Battle of Midway and in the US on video as The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 22
    Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
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    Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo

    Robert Mitchum, Spencer Tracy

    Released1944

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy

    Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo is a 1944 American war film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It is... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 23
    Holiday Affair
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    23

    Holiday Affair

    Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh

    Released1949

    Directed byDon Hartman

    Holiday Affair is a black-and-white 1949 light romantic comedy film starring Robert Mitchum... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 24
    The Big Sleep
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    34

    The Big Sleep

    James Stewart, Joan Collins

    Released1978

    Directed byMichael Winner

    The Big Sleep is a 1978 film, the second film version of Raymond Chandler's 1939 novel of the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 25
    The Yakuza
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    The Yakuza

    Robert Mitchum, Brian Keith

    Released1975

    Directed bySydney Pollack

    The Yakuza is a 1974 neo-noir gangster film directed by Sydney Pollack, written by Leonard... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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