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The Best Roddy McDowall Movies 

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

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

List ranges from Angel, Angel, Down We Go to Earth Angel and more.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Roddy McDowall movies?" and "What are the greatest Roddy McDowall roles of all time?"

Notable directors that worked with Roddy McDowall include names like Orson Welles, Garry Marshall and Fritz Lang.

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Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, James Whitmore

Released: 1968

Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner

Planet of the Apes is a 1968 American science fiction film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and starring Charlton Heston. Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore, and James ...more

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#231 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #90 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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Maureen O'Hara, Roddy McDowall, Walter Pidgeon

Released: 1941

Directed by: John Ford

How Green Was My Valley is a 1941 drama film directed by John Ford. The film, based on the 1939 Richard Llewellyn novel, was produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and scripted by Philip Dunne. The film ...more

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#183 of 243 Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck #80 of 151 The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine

Released: 1972

Directed by: Irwin Allen, Ronald Neame

The Poseidon Adventure is a 1972 American action-adventure disaster film, directed by Ronald Neame, produced by Irwin Allen, and based on Paul Gallico's novel of the same name. The film features ...more

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#312 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #4 of 568 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon

Released: 1985

Directed by: Tom Holland

Fright Night is a 1985 American horror comedy film written and directed by Tom Holland and produced by Herb Jaffe. It stars William Ragsdale, Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowall and Amanda Bearse. ...more

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#329 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #39 of 113 The Best Intelligent Horror Movies

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Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Martin Landau

Released: 1963

Directed by: Darryl F. Zanuck, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Rouben Mamoulian

Cleopatra is a 1963 epic historical drama film chronicling the struggles of Cleopatra VII, the young Queen of Egypt, to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome. It was directed by Joseph L. ...more

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#77 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #115 of 265 The Best Ensemble Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

Released: 1998

Directed by: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton

A Bug's Life is a 1998 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter and co-directed by ...more

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#32 of 590 The Best Animated Films Ever #548 of 1,196 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Timelisted on The Highest Grossing 90s Movies

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John Wayne, Charlton Heston, Angela Lansbury

Released: 1965

Directed by: George Stevens, Jean Negulesco, David Lean

The Greatest Story Ever Told is a 1965 American epic film produced and directed by George Stevens. It is a retelling of the story of Jesus Christ, from the Nativity through the Resurrection. ...more

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#132 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #144 of 218 The Best G-Rated Family Movies

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Ricardo Montalbán, Roddy McDowall, Sal Mineo

Released: 1971

Directed by: Don Taylor

Escape from the Planet of the Apes is a 1971 science fiction film directed by Don Taylor and written by Paul Dehn. It stars Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Bradford Dillman and Ricardo ...more

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#754 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #294 of 565 The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

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Roddy McDowall, Michael Gough, Pamela Franklin

Released: 1973

Directed by: John Hough

The Legend of Hell House is a 1973 British horror film directed by John Hough and based on the American novel Hell House by Richard Matheson, who also wrote the screenplay. The film stars Pamela ...more
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John Huston, John Landis, Roddy McDowall

Released: 1973

Directed by: J. Lee Thompson

Battle for the Planet of the Apes is a 1973 science fiction film directed by J. Lee Thompson. It is the fifth and final entry in the original Planet of the Apes series produced by Arthur P. ...more

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#749 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #27 of 52 The Best '70s Sci-Fi Movies

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Ricardo Montalbán, Roddy McDowall, Don Murray

Released: 1972

Directed by: J. Lee Thompson

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes is a 1972 science fiction film directed by J. Lee Thompson. It is the fourth of five films in the original Planet of the Apes series produced by Arthur P. ...more
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Roddy McDowall, James Bell, Jeff Corey

Released: 1943

Directed by: Harold D. Schuster

My Friend Flicka is a 1943 coming-of-age film about a young boy, played by Roddy McDowall, who is given a young horse to raise. It is based on the popular children's novel by Mary O'Hara.
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Elizabeth Taylor, Roddy McDowall, Elsa Lanchester

Released: 1943

Directed by: Fred M. Wilcox

Lassie Come Home is a 1943 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Technicolor feature film starring Roddy McDowall and canine actor, Pal, in a story about the profound bond between Yorkshire boy Joe Carraclough ...more

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#43 of 82 The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids #106 of 180 The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made #111 of 199 The Very Best Children's Movies

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Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Linda Harrison

Released: 1970

Directed by: Ted Post

Beneath the Planet of the Apes is a 1970 American science fiction film directed by Ted Post and written by Paul Dehn. It is the second of five films in the original Planet of the Apes series ...more

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#742 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #133 of 180 The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made #104 of 157 The Best Science Fiction Action Movies

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Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall, Bruce Forsyth

Released: 1971

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

This film is a 1971 American musical film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by Buena Vista Distribution Company in North America on December 13, 1971. It is based upon the books ...more

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#115 of 351 The Best Movies Based On Books #113 of 376 The Best Musical Movies of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Roddy McDowall

Released: 1987

Directed by: Garry Marshall

Overboard is a 1987 American romantic comedy film starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. It was directed by Garry Marshall, produced by Roddy McDowall, and loosely inspired by the 1974 Italian ...more

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#220 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #221 of 1,009 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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Orson Welles, Roddy McDowall, Alan Napier

Released: 1948

Directed by: Orson Welles

Macbeth is a 1948 American film adaptation by Orson Welles of William Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth.
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Tuesday Weld, Harvey Korman, Roddy McDowall

Released: 1966

Directed by: George Axelrod

Lord Love a Duck is a 1966 black comedy starring Roddy McDowall and Tuesday Weld. The film was a satire of popular culture at the time, its targets ranging from progressive education to Beach ...more
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Ernest Borgnine, Anthony Perkins, Yvette Mimieux

Released: 1979

Directed by: Gary Nelson

The Black Hole is a 1979 American science fiction film directed by Gary Nelson and produced by Walt Disney Productions. The film stars Maximilian Schell, Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms, Yvette ...more

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#201 of 568 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time #200 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #141 of 165 Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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Roddy McDowall, Harry Morgan, Sandy Duncan

Released: 1978

Directed by: Norman Tokar

The Cat from Outer Space is a 1978 American comic science fiction film, starring Ronnie Schell, Ken Berry, Sandy Duncan, Harry Morgan, Roddy McDowall and McLean Stevenson. Produced by Walt ...more

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#518 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #165 of 191 The Best Alien Movies Ever Made #222 of 317 The Best Movies for Kids

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Roddy McDowall, Paul Maxwell, Jill Haworth

Released: 1966

Directed by: Herbert J. Leder

It! is a 1967 British/American horror film made by Seven Arts Productions and Gold Star Productions, Ltd. that features the Golem of Prague as its main subject. The film was made in the style of ...more

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#48 of 69 The Best '60s Horror Movies #67 of 115 The Best Old Horror Movies

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That Darn Cat! Roddy McDowall, Hayley Mills, Elsa Lanchester

Released: 1965

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

That Darn Cat! is a 1965 American Walt Disney Productions thriller comedy film starring Hayley Mills and Dean Jones. The film was based on the book Undercover Cat by Gordon and Mildred Gordon ...more

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#27 of 140 The Best Disney Live-Action Movies #216 of 317 The Best Movies for Kids

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Roddy McDowall, Jon Gries, Traci Lind

Released: 1988

Directed by: Tommy Lee Wallace

Fright Night Part 2 is a 1988 American horror comedy film directed by Tommy Lee Wallace and starring William Ragsdale, Roddy McDowall, Traci Lind, and Julie Carmen. It is the first and only ...more

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#147 of 180 The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made #94 of 161 The Best '80s Horror Movies

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Suzanne Pleshette, Roddy McDowall, Karl Malden

Released: 1967

Directed by: James Neilson

The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin is a theatrical feature film produced by Walt Disney Company.
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Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg, Peter Ustinov

Released: 1982

Directed by: Guy Hamilton

Evil Under the Sun is a 1982 British mystery film based on the 1941 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie.