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The Very Best Robert Redford Movies 

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This list of the best Robert Redford movies is ranked best to worst and includes movie trailers when available. Robert Redford has appeared in some of the best films of all time, but in 1978, he took his love of movies to the next level by becoming the chairman to the newly founded Sundance Film Festival. Robert Redford'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 Redford movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Robert Redford movies will be at the top of the list. 

This list answers the questions, "What are the best Robert Redford movies?" and "What are the greatest Robert Redford roles of all time?"  Do you prefer movies with a young Robert Redford, in which his undeniable good looks light up the silver screen, or the gracefully aging old Robert Redford (he's still one of the most handsome Hollywood stars around!)?  The greatest Robert Redford performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand. Famous movies like The StingOut of Africa, and The Last Castle appear on this Robert Redford filmography, but it's up to fans like you to decide upon the very best.  If you think the best Robert Redford role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. 

If you are a fan of Reford's buddy movies, you might also enjoy our list of best Paul Newman movies and best Dustin Hoffman movies.

Notable directors that have worked with Robert Redford include names like Tony Scott, Phil Alden Robinson and Sidney Lumet. Is Robert Redford your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best Peter Fonda and Paul Newman films lists too.

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Butch Cassidy and the Su... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Robert Redford Movies
Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Cloris Leachman

Released: 1969

Directed by: George Roy Hill

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a 1969 American Western film directed by George Roy Hill and written by William Goldman. Based loosely on fact, the film tells the story of Wild West ...more

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The Sting is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Robert Redford Movies
Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw

Released: 1973

Directed by: George Roy Hill

The Sting is a 1973 American caper film set in September 1936, involving a complicated plot by two professional grifters to con a mob boss. The film was directed by George Roy Hill, who had ...more

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Jeremiah Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Robert Redford Movies
Robert Redford, Tanya Tucker, Will Geer

Released: 1972

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

Jeremiah Johnson is a 1972 western film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford as the title character and Will Geer as "Bear Claw" Chris Lapp. The film has been said to ...more

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Three Days of the Condor... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Robert Redford Movies
Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Max von Sydow

Released: 1975

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

Three Days of the Condor is a 1975 American political thriller film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, and Max von Sydow. The screenplay by ...more

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All the President's Men ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Robert Redford Movies
Richard Nixon, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford

Released: 1976

Directed by: Alan J. Pakula

All the President's Men is a 1976 American political thriller film directed by Alan J. Pakula. The screenplay by William Goldman is based on the 1974 non-fiction book of the same name by Carl ...more

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The Natural is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Robert Redford Movies
Kim Basinger, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall

Released: 1984

Directed by: Barry Levinson

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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The Way We Were is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Robert Redford Movies
Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, James Woods

Released: 1973

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

The Way We Were is a 1973 American romantic drama film, starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford, and directed by Sydney Pollack. The screenplay by Arthur Laurents was based on his college ...more

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Barefoot in the Park is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Robert Redford Movies
Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Doris Roberts

Released: 1967

Directed by: Gene Saks

Barefoot in the Park is a 1967 American comedy film. The film stars Jane Fonda as Corie and Robert Redford as Paul. Based on Neil Simon's 1963 play of the same title, it focuses on newlyweds ...more

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The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Robert Redford Movies
Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern

Released: 1974

Directed by: Jack Clayton

The Great Gatsby is a 1974 American romantic drama film distributed by Newdon Productions and Paramount Pictures. It was directed by Jack Clayton and produced by David Merrick, from a screenplay ...more
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The Horse Whisperer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Robert Redford Movies
Scarlett Johansson, Kate Bosworth, Robert Redford

Released: 1998

Directed by: Robert Redford

The Horse Whisperer is a 1998 American drama film directed by and starring Robert Redford, based on the 1995 novel The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans. Redford plays the title role, a talented ...more

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A River Runs Through It ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Robert Redford Movies
Brad Pitt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Robert Redford

Released: 1992

Directed by: Robert Redford

A River Runs Through It is a 1992 American film directed by Robert Redford and starring Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt, Brenda Blethyn, and Emily Lloyd. It is a period drama based on the ...more

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Out of Africa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Robert Redford Movies
Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Iman Abdulmajid

Released: 1985

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

Out of Africa is a 1985 American epic romantic drama film directed and produced by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. The film is based loosely on the autobiographical ...more

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Brubaker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Robert Redford Movies
Nicolas Cage, Morgan Freeman, Robert Redford

Released: 1980

Directed by: Stuart Rosenberg

Brubaker is a 1980 American prison drama film starring Robert Redford, Yaphet Kotto and David Keith. The film, which was directed by Stuart Rosenberg, is a fictionalized account of a 1967 prison ...more

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An Unfinished Life is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Robert Redford Movies
Jennifer Lopez, Morgan Freeman, Robert Redford

Released: 2005

Directed by: Lasse Hallström

An Unfinished Life is a 2005 drama film directed by Swedish director Lasse Hallström, and based on the Mark Spragg novel of the same name. The film stars Robert Redford, Jennifer Lopez, and ...more

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The Electric Horseman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Robert Redford Movies
Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Willie Nelson

Released: 1979

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

The Electric Horseman is a 1979 adventure-romance film starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda and directed by Sydney Pollack. The film is about a former rodeo champion who is hired by a cereal ...more

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The Candidate is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Robert Redford Movies
Robert Redford, Natalie Wood, Peter Boyle

Released: 1972

Directed by: Michael Ritchie

The Candidate is a 1972 American satirical comedy-drama film starring Robert Redford and Peter Boyle, and directed by Michael Ritchie. The screenplay, which examines the various facets and ...more

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All Is Lost is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Robert Redford Movies
Robert Redford

Released: 2013

Directed by: J. C. Chandor

All Is Lost is a 2013 survival drama film written and directed by J. C. Chandor. The film stars Robert Redford as a man lost at sea. Redford is the only cast member, and the film has very few ...more

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This Property Is Condemn... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Robert Redford Movies
Robert Redford, Natalie Wood, Charles Bronson

Released: 1966

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

This Property Is Condemned is a 1966 American drama film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Natalie Wood, Robert Redford, Kate Reid, Charles Bronson, Robert Blake, and Mary Badham. The ...more
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Spy Game is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Robert Redford Movies
Brad Pitt, Robert Redford, Charlotte Rampling

Released: 2001

Directed by: Tony Scott

Spy Game is a 2001 American spy film directed by Tony Scott and starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. The film grossed $62 million in the United States and $143 million worldwide and received ...more

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Sneakers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Robert Redford Movies
Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley

Released: 1992

Directed by: Phil Alden Robinson

Sneakers is a 1992 caper film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, written by Robinson, Walter Parkes, and Lawrence Lasker and starring Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley, Mary McDonnell, ...more

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The Last Castle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Robert Redford Movies
Robert Redford, Mark Ruffalo, Robin Wright

Released: 2001

Directed by: Rod Lurie

The Last Castle is a 2001 American action drama film directed by Rod Lurie, starring Robert Redford, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo and Delroy Lindo. The film portrays a struggle between inmates ...more
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Up Close & Personal ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Robert Redford Movies
Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert Redford, Stockard Channing

Released: 1996

Directed by: Jon Avnet

Up Close & Personal is a 1996 American romantic drama film directed by Jon Avnet, and starring Robert Redford as a news director and Michelle Pfeiffer as his protegée, with Stockard ...more

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The Great Waldo Pepper ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Robert Redford Movies
Susan Sarandon, Robert Redford, Margot Kidder

Released: 1975

Directed by: George Roy Hill

The Great Waldo Pepper is a 1975 drama film directed, produced, and co-written by George Roy Hill. Set during 1926–1931, the film stars Robert Redford as a disaffected World War I veteran pilot ...more
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A Bridge Too Far is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Robert Redford Movies
Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Robert Redford

Released: 1977

Directed by: Richard Attenborough

A Bridge Too Far is a 1977 epic film based on the 1974 book of the same name by Cornelius Ryan, adapted by William Goldman. It was produced by Joseph E. Levine and Richard P. Levine and directed ...more

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Downhill Racer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Robert Redford Movies
Robert Redford, Gene Hackman, Dabney Coleman

Released: 1969

Directed by: Michael Ritchie

Downhill Racer is a 1969 American drama film the directorial debut of Michael Ritchie and starring Robert Redford, Gene Hackman and Camilla Sparv. Written by James Salter, based on the 1963 ...more