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The Best Robert Ryan Movies

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List of the best Robert Ryan movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Robert Ryan'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 Ryan movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Robert Ryan movies will be at the top of the list. Robert Ryan has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Robert Ryan movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Robert Ryan films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Robert Ryan role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Robert Ryan performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

This list contains films like Anzio and The Professionals.

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  • 1

    The Set-Up

    Robert Ryan, Wallace Ford


    Directed byRobert Wise

    The Set-Up is a 1949 American film noir boxing drama directed by Robert Wise and featuring Robert Ryan and Audrey Totter. The screenplay was adapted by Art Cohn from a 1928 poem written by Joseph...  more
  • 2

    Bad Day at Black Rock

    Spencer Tracy, Ernest Borgnine


    Directed byJohn Sturges

    Bad Day at Black Rock is a 1955 thriller film directed by John Sturges and starring Spencer Tracy and Robert Ryan that combines elements of Westerns and film noir. The supporting cast includes Anne...  more

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  • 3

    The Naked Spur

    James Stewart, Janet Leigh


    Directed byAnthony Mann

    The Naked Spur is a 1953 Technicolor American western film directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart, Janet Leigh, and Robert Ryan. Written by Sam Rolfe and Harold Jack Bloom, the film is...  more
  • 4

    Clash by Night

    Marilyn Monroe, Barbara Stanwyck


    Directed byFritz Lang

    Clash by Night is a 1952 American drama film with some film noir aspects, directed by Fritz Lang and starring Barbara Stanwyck, Paul Douglas, Robert Ryan, Marilyn Monroe and Keith Andes. The movie...  more
  • 5


    Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan


    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
  • 6

    The Wild Bunch

    William Holden, Ernest Borgnine


    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    The Wild Bunch is a 1969 American epic Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah about an aging outlaw gang on the Texas–Mexico border, trying to exist in the changing "modern" world of 1913. The...  more

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  • 7

    The Professionals

    Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster


    Directed byRichard Brooks

    The Professionals is a 1966 American western starring Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Claudia Cardinale, Robert Ryan, and Woody Strode. The supporting cast includes Jack Palance and Ralph Bellamy and the...  more

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  • 8

    On Dangerous Ground

    Robert Ryan, Ida Lupino


    Directed byNicholas Ray

    On Dangerous Ground is a 1951 film noir directed by Nicholas Ray and produced by John Houseman. The screenplay was written by A. I. Bezzerides based on the novel Mad with Much Heart, by Gerald...  more
  • 9

    The Dirty Dozen

    Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland


    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    The Dirty Dozen is a 1967 film directed by Robert Aldrich, released by MGM, and starring Lee Marvin. The picture was filmed in England and features an ensemble supporting cast including Ernest...  more

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  • 10

    Act of Violence

    Janet Leigh, Ricardo Montalbán


    Directed byFred Zinnemann, John Sturges

    Act of Violence is a 1948 American film noir directed by Fred Zinnemann and adapted for the screen by Robert L. Richards from a story by Collier Young, featuring performances by Van Heflin, Robert...  more
  • 11

    Battle of the Bulge

    Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson


    Directed byKen Annakin

    Battle of the Bulge is an American widescreen epic film produced in Spain that was released in 1965. It was directed by Ken Annakin. It starred Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Telly Savalas, Robert Ryan,...  more

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  • 12

    The Iceman Cometh

    Jeff Bridges, Lee Marvin


    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

    The Iceman Cometh is a 1973 film directed by John Frankenheimer. The screenplay was written by Thomas Quinn Curtiss, based on Eugene O'Neill's 1939 play of the same name. The film was screened at the...  more
  • 13

    Billy Budd

    Terence Stamp, Peter Ustinov


    Directed byPeter Ustinov

    Billy Budd is a 1962 CinemaScope film produced, directed, and co-written by Peter Ustinov. Adapted from the stage play version of Herman Melville's short novel Billy Budd, it starred Terence Stamp as...  more
  • 14


    Robert Ryan, Barbara Bel Geddes


    Directed byMax Ophüls

    Caught is a 1949 American film noir directed by Max Ophüls, and starring James Mason, Barbara Bel Geddes and Robert Ryan. Caught was based on a novel by Libbie Block. Child actor Jimmy Hawkins had a...  more
  • 15

    King of Kings

    Orson Welles, Rip Torn


    Directed byNicholas Ray

    King of Kings is a 1961 American biblical epic film made by Samuel Bronston Productions and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Directed by Nicholas Ray, the film is a dramatization of the story of...  more

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  • 16

    House of Bamboo

    DeForest Kelley, Robert Ryan


    Directed bySamuel Fuller

    House of Bamboo is a 1955 American film noir shot in CinemaScope and DeLuxe Color. It was directed and co-written by Samuel Fuller. The film is a loose remake of The Street with No Name, using the...  more
  • 17

    The Tall Men

    Clark Gable, Jane Russell


    Directed byRaoul Walsh

    The Tall Men is a 1955 American western film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Clark Gable, Jane Russell, and Robert Ryan. The 20th Century Fox film was produced by William A. Bacher and William...  more
  • 18

    God's Little Acre

    Tina Louise, Michael Landon


    Directed byAnthony Mann

    God's Little Acre is a 1958 American film of Erskine Caldwell's 1933 novel of the same name. It was directed by Anthony Mann and shot in black and white by master cinematographer Ernest Haller. The...  more
  • 19

    Executive Action

    Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan


    Directed byDavid Miller

    Executive Action is a 1973 film about the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, written by Dalton Trumbo, Donald Freed and Mark Lane, and directed by David Miller. Miller had previously...  more
  • 20

    The Racket

    Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan


    Directed byJohn Cromwell, Tay Garnett, Mel Ferrer, Nicholas Ray

    The Racket is a 1951 is a black-and-white film noir drama directed by John Cromwell with uncredited directing help from Nicholas Ray, Tay Garnett, Sherman Todd and Mel Ferrer. The production features...  more

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  • 21

    Odds Against Tomorrow

    Shelley Winters, Harry Belafonte


    Directed byRobert Wise

    Odds Against Tomorrow is a 1959 film noir produced and directed by Robert Wise for HarBel Productions, a company founded by the film's star, Harry Belafonte. Belafonte selected Abraham Polonsky to...  more
  • 22

    Beware, My Lovely

    Robert Ryan, Ida Lupino


    Directed byHarry Horner

    Beware, My Lovely is a 1952 American suspense film starring Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan and Taylor Holmes. Directed by Harry Horner, the film is based on the 1950 play The Man by Mel Dinelli who also...  more
  • 23

    Berlin Express

    Merle Oberon, Robert Ryan


    Directed byJacques Tourneur

    Berlin Express is a 1948 American drama film directed by Jacques Tourneur and starring Robert Ryan, Merle Oberon and Paul Lukas. Thrown together by chance, a group of people search a city for a...  more
  • 24


    Myrna Loy, Montgomery Clift


    Directed byVincent J. Donehue

    Lonelyhearts is a 1958 drama film directed by Vincent J. Donehue. It is based on the 1957 play by Howard Teichmann, which in turn is based on the 1933 novel Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West, but...  more
  • 25


    Robert Mitchum, Peter Falk


    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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