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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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Robert Ryan, Wallace Ford, Darryl Hickman

Released: 1949

Directed by: Robert 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 ...more

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Spencer Tracy, Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin

Released: 1955

Directed by: John 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 ...more

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James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan

Released: 1953

Directed by: Anthony 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 ...more

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William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan

Released: 1969

Directed by: Sam 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 ...more

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Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin

Released: 1966

Directed by: Richard 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 ...more

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Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, Robert Young

Released: 1947

Directed by: Edward 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 ...more

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Marilyn Monroe, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Ryan

Released: 1952

Directed by: Fritz 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 ...more
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Robert Ryan, Ida Lupino, Ward Bond

Released: 1952

Directed by: Nicholas 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
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Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson

Released: 1967

Directed by: Robert 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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Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton

Released: 1962

Directed by: Darryl 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 ...more

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Shelley Winters, Harry Belafonte, Robert Ryan

Released: 1959

Directed by: Robert 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 ...more
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Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Robert Shaw

Released: 1965

Directed by: Ken 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 ...more

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Janet Leigh, Ricardo Montalbán, Robert Ryan

Released: 1948

Directed by: Fred 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, ...more
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Robert Ryan, Barbara Bel Geddes, Natalie Schafer

Released: 1949

Directed by: Max 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 ...more
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Terence Stamp, Peter Ustinov, David McCallum

Released: 1962

Directed by: Peter 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 ...more
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Orson Welles, Rip Torn, Robert Ryan

Released: 1961

Directed by: Nicholas 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 ...more

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Jeff Bridges, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan

Released: 1973

Directed by: John 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 ...more

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Myrna Loy, Montgomery Clift, Robert Ryan

Released: 1958

Directed by: Vincent 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, ...more
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Clark Gable, Jane Russell, Robert Ryan

Released: 1955

Directed by: Raoul 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 ...more
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DeForest Kelley, Robert Ryan, Robert Stack

Released: 1955

Directed by: Samuel 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 ...more

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Tina Louise, Michael Landon, Buddy Hackett

Released: 1958

Directed by: Anthony 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. ...more
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Robert Ryan, Vic Morrow, Nehemiah Persoff

Released: 1957

Directed by: Anthony Mann

Men in War is a war film about the Korean War directed by Anthony Mann. It stars Robert Ryan and Aldo Ray as the leaders of a small detachment of American soldiers cut off and desperately trying ...more
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Robert Ryan, Ida Lupino, Taylor Holmes

Released: 1952

Directed by: Harry 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 ...more
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Merle Oberon, Robert Ryan, Charles Korvin

Released: 1948

Directed by: Jacques 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
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Executive Action Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Will Geer

Released: 1973

Directed by: David 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 ...more