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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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The Night of the Hunter Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish 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, Telly Savalas 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 ...more

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Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr 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 ...more

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Out of the Past Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, Rhonda Fleming 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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River of No Return Marilyn Monroe, Robert Mitchum, Rory Calhoun River of No Return is a 1954 American Western film directed by Otto Preminger and starring Robert Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe. The screenplay by Frank Fenton is based on a story by Louis Lantz, ...more

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Ryan's Daughter Robert Mitchum, John Mills, Trevor Howard 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 World ...more

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The Enemy Below Clint Eastwood, Robert Mitchum, Doug McClure 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 ...more

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The Sundowners Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr, Peter Ustinov 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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El Dorado John Wayne, James Caan, Robert Mitchum 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 ...more

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The Friends of Eddie Coyle Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle, Alex Rocco The Friends of Eddie Coyle is a 1973 crime 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 ...more

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The Longest Day Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton The Longest Day is a 1962 war film based on the 1959 history book The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan, about D-Day, the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, during World War II. The film was ...more

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Thunder Road Robert Mitchum, Gene Barry, James Mitchum 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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Crossfire Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, Robert Young 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 ...more

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Midway Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda Midway, released in the United Kingdom as Battle of Midway and in the US on video as The Battle of Midway, is a 1976 Technicolor war film directed by Jack Smight and produced by Walter Mirisch ...more

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The Story of G.I. Joe Robert Mitchum, Burgess Meredith, Wally Cassell The Story of G.I. Joe, also credited in prints as Ernie Pyle's Story of G.I. Joe, is a 1945 American war film directed by William Wellman, starring Burgess Meredith and Robert Mitchum. The film ...more

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His Kind of Woman Vincent Price, Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell His Kind of Woman is a 1951 black-and-white film noir starring Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell. The film features supporting roles by Vincent Price, Raymond Burr, and Charles McGraw. The movie ...more

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Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Robert Mitchum, Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo is a 1944 American war film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It is based on the true story of the Doolittle Raid, America's first retaliatory air strike against Japan ...more

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Farewell, My Lovely Sylvester Stallone, Robert Mitchum, Charlotte Rampling Farewell, My Lovely is a 1975 American neo noir film, directed by Dick Richards and featuring Robert Mitchum as private detective Phillip Marlowe. The picture is based on Raymond Chandler's ...more

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Home from the Hill Robert Mitchum, George Peppard, Eleanor Parker 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 Big Sleep James Stewart, Joan Collins, Robert Mitchum The Big Sleep is a 1978 film, the second film version of Raymond Chandler's 1939 novel of the same name. The picture was directed by Michael Winner and stars Robert Mitchum in his second feature ...more

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The Grass Is Greener Cary Grant, Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr The Grass Is Greener is a 1960 comedy film directed by Stanley Donen and starring Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum, and Jean Simmons. The film was adapted by Hugh Williams and Margaret ...more

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The Lusty Men Robert Mitchum, Susan Hayward, Arthur Kennedy The Lusty Men is a 1952 western film made by Wald-Krasna productions and RKO Radio Pictures. The film stars Susan Hayward, Robert Mitchum, Arthur Kennedy, and Arthur Hunnicutt. It was directed ...more

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Angel Face Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Jim Backus 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.

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Pursued Robert Mitchum, Teresa Wright, Judith Anderson Pursued is a 1947 film that combines western film noir and psychological melodrama. The picture was directed by Raoul Walsh and features Teresa Wright, Robert Mitchum, Judith Anderson and Dean

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Cape Fear Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange 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 ...more

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Holiday Affair Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Harry Morgan Holiday Affair is a black-and-white 1949 light romantic comedy film starring Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh. In this modest film, directed and produced by Don Hartman, Mitchum expanded from his ...more

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The Big Steal Robert Mitchum, Edward G. Robinson, DeForest Kelley The Big Steal is a 1949 American black-and-white film noir/comedy reteaming Out of the Past stars Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer. The film was directed by Don Siegel, based on the short story ...more

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Rachel and the Stranger Robert Mitchum, William Holden, Loretta Young Rachel and the Stranger is a black-and-white 1948 western film starring Loretta Young, William Holden, and Robert Mitchum. The Norman Foster-directed film was one of the few to address the role ...more

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5 Card Stud Dean Martin, Robert Mitchum, Roddy McDowall 5 Card Stud is a 1968 Western directed by Henry Hathaway and starring Dean Martin and Robert Mitchum, The script, based on a novel by Ray Gaulden, was written by Marguerite Roberts, who also ...more

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Macao Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Gloria Grahame Macao is a 1952 black-and-white film noir adventure film directed by Josef von Sternberg and Nicholas Ray. Producer Howard Hughes fired director von Sternberg during filming and hired Nicholas ...more

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Fire Down Below Rita Hayworth, Jack Lemmon, Robert Mitchum Fire Down Below is a 1957 British-American adventure drama film, starring Rita Hayworth, Jack Lemmon and Robert Mitchum and directed by Robert Parrish. Based on Max Catto's 1954 novel with the ...more

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Anzio Robert Mitchum, Peter Falk, Robert Ryan 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 ...more

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The Yakuza Robert Mitchum, Brian Keith, Herb Edelman The Yakuza is a 1974 neo-noir gangster film directed by Sydney Pollack, written by Leonard Schrader, Paul Schrader, and Robert Towne. The film is about a man who returns to Japan after several ...more

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The Hunters Robert Mitchum, Robert Wagner, Robert Reed The Hunters is a 1958 feature film adapted from the novel The Hunters by James Salter. Produced by Dick Powell, it stars Robert Mitchum and Robert Wagner as two very different United States Air ...more

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Man with the Gun Robert Mitchum, Jan Sterling, Leo Gordon 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 ...more

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Gung Ho! Robert Mitchum, Randolph Scott, J. Carrol Naish 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.

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One Minute to Zero Robert Mitchum, Ann Blyth, Charles McGraw One Minute to Zero is a romantic war film starring Robert Mitchum and Ann Blyth, set during the Korean War, and produced by Howard Hughes as the last film he fronted. The film showcases the ...more

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Not as a Stranger Frank Sinatra, Olivia de Havilland, Robert Mitchum Not as a Stranger is a film by Stanley Kramer.

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Nevada Robert Mitchum, Anne Jeffreys, Nancy Gates 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 ...more

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Villa Rides Robert Mitchum, Charles Bronson, Yul Brynner 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 ...more

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The Wonderful Country Robert Mitchum, Julie London, Albert Dekker The Wonderful Country is a 1959 Technicolor Western film based on Tom Lea's novel of the same name that was produced by Robert Mitchum's DRM Production company in Mexico. Tom Lea has a cameo as ...more

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Till the End of Time Robert Mitchum, Dorothy McGuire, Guy Madison Till the End of Time is a 1946 drama film directed by Edward Dmytryk and starring Dorothy McGuire, Guy Madison, Robert Mitchum, and Bill Williams. Released the same year as but preceding the ...more

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Track of the Cat Robert Mitchum, Teresa Wright, Tab Hunter Track of the Cat is a 1954 film directed by William A. Wellman and starring Robert Mitchum and Teresa Wright. The film is based on a 1949 adventure novel of the same name by Walter Van Tilburg ...more

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Blood on the Moon Robert Mitchum, Barbara Bel Geddes, Robert Preston Blood on the Moon is a 1948 RKO black-and-white "psychological" western directed by Robert Wise with cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca. The film, starring Robert Mitchum, Barbara Bel ...more

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The Way West Sally Field, Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum 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 ...more

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Scrooged Bill Murray, Robert Mitchum, Miles Davis 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 ...more

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The Wrath of God Rita Hayworth, Robert Mitchum, Frank Langella The Wrath of God is an offbeat Western genre film released in 1972 and filmed in Mexico. It starred Robert Mitchum, Frank Langella, Rita Hayworth and Victor Buono and was directed by Ralph ...more

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Young Billy Young Robert Mitchum, Angie Dickinson, David Carradine Young Billy Young is a 1969 western movie starring Robert Mitchum and featuring Angie Dickinson, Robert Walker, Jr., David Carradine, Jack Kelly, Deana Martin and Paul Fix. The film was written ...more

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Bandido Robert Mitchum, Gilbert Roland, Zachary Scott 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 ...more

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Two for the Seesaw Shirley MacLaine, Robert Mitchum, Billy Gray Two for the Seesaw is a 1962 romance-drama film directed by Robert Wise and starring Robert Mitchum and Shirley MacLaine. It was adapted from the Broadway play written by William Gibson.