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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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    Midway

    Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston

    Released1976

    Directed byJack Smight

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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 Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters and Lillian Gish. Based on the 1953 novel of the same name by Davis...  more

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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 Peck, Martin Balsam and Polly Bergen. It was adapted by James R. Webb from the novel The Executioners by John...  more

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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 stranded on a Japanese-occupied island in the Pacific Ocean during World War II. The movie was adapted by John...  more
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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, Jane Greer and Kirk Douglas. The film was adapted by Daniel Mainwaring, with uncredited revisions by...  more
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    Anzio

    Robert Mitchum, Peter Falk

    Released1968

    Directed byEdward Dmytryk, Duilio Coletti

    Anzio, also known as Lo sbarco di Anzio or The Battle for Anzio, is a 1968 war film, an Italian and American co-production, about Operation Shingle, the 1944 Allied seaborne assault on the Italian...  more
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    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 1916, tells the story of a married Irish woman who has an affair with a British officer during WWI, despite...  more

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    Cape Fear

    Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte

    Released1991

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Cape Fear is a 1991 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and a remake of the 1962 film of the same name. It stars Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange and Juliette...  more

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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 between the father's desires to continue his nomadic sheep-herding ways and the wife's and son's desire to...  more
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    Man with the Gun

    Robert Mitchum, Jan Sterling

    Released1955

    Directed byRichard Wilson

    Man with the Gun is a 1955 Western film starring Robert Mitchum. The film was released in the United Kingdom as The Trouble Shooter and is also sometimes entitled Deadly Peacemaker. The supporting...  more
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    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 and Peter Boyle. The screenplay by Paul Monash was adapted from the novel of the same name by George V....  more
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    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 an American destroyer escort and the commander of a German U-boat during World War II. The movie stars...  more

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    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 Ryan, about D-Day, the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, during WWII. The film was produced by Darryl F....  more

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    Gung Ho!

    Robert Mitchum, Randolph Scott

    Released1943

    Directed byRay Enright

    Gung Ho! is a 1943 war film starring Randolph Scott. The story is based on the real-life World War II Makin Island raid led by Lieutenant Colonel Evans Carlson's 2nd Marine Raider Battalion....  more

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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 John Wayne and Robert Mitchum. Written by Leigh Brackett and loosely based on the novel The Stars in Their...  more

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    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 mountains of Kentucky and Tennessee in the late 1950s. It was directed by Arthur Ripley and starred Robert...  more
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    Bandido

    Robert Mitchum, Gilbert Roland

    Released1956

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    Bandido is a 1956 Western movie starring Robert Mitchum. The supporting cast includes Ursula Thiess, Gilbert Roland, and Zachary Scott. The film, set in the Mexican Revolution and filmed on location...  more
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    Villa Rides

    Robert Mitchum, Charles Bronson

    Released1968

    Directed byBuzz Kulik

    Villa Rides is a 1968 film starring Yul Brynner in toupee in the title role and Robert Mitchum as an American adventurer and pilot of fortune. The supporting cast includes Charles Bronson as Fierro,...  more
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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 Mitchum, with Anne Jeffreys, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, and Richard Martin in supporting roles. The film was...  more
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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 that year's Academy Award for Best Picture winner, Gentleman's Agreement. The film was directed by Edward...  more
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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 on location in Beverly Hills, California, features Robert Mitchum and Jean Simmons....  more
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    Scrooged

    Bill Murray, Robert Mitchum

    Released1988

    Directed byRichard Donner

    Scrooged is a 1988 American Christmas comedy film, a modernization of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The film was produced and directed by Richard Donner, and the cinematography was by Michael...  more

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    Where Danger Lives

    Robert Mitchum, Claude Rains

    Released1950

    Directed byJohn Farrow

    Where Danger Lives is a 1950 film noir thriller directed by John Farrow. The film stars Robert Mitchum, Faith Domergue, and Claude Rains. At the time, Domergue was the latest of Howard Hughes'...  more
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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 starring Robert Mitchum, Eleanor Parker, George Peppard, George Hamilton, Everett Sloane, and Luana...  more
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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 A. B. Guthrie, Jr.. The film stars Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, and Richard Widmark, and features Sally...  more

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