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The Best Troy Donahue Movies 

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Updated September 23, 2019 339 votes 136 voters 14.5k views 37 items

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

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

Everything from A Dirty Little Business to A Summer Place is included on this list.

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Sandra Dee, Troy Donahue, Arthur Kennedy

Released: 1959

Directed by: Delmer Daves

A Summer Place is a 1959 romantic drama film based on the novel of the same name by Sloan Wilson. Delmer Daves directed the movie, which stars Richard Egan, Dorothy McGuire, Troy Donahue, and ...more
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Angie Dickinson, Suzanne Pleshette, Troy Donahue

Released: 1962

Directed by: Delmer Daves

Rome Adventure, also known as Lovers Must Learn, is a 1962 romantic drama film, based on the 1932 novel Lovers Must Learn by Irving Fineman. It was directed by Delmer Daves and stars Troy ...more
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Claudette Colbert, Connie Stevens, Karl Malden

Released: 1961

Directed by: Delmer Daves

Parrish is a 1961 drama film made by Warner Bros.. It was written, produced and directed by Delmer Daves, based on the novel by Mildred Savage. The music score was by Max Steiner, the ...more
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John Wayne, Lana Turner, Sandra Dee

Released: 1959

Directed by: Douglas Sirk

Imitation of Life is a 1959 American romantic drama film directed by Douglas Sirk, produced by Ross Hunter and released by Universal International, starring Lana Turner and John Gavin. It was ...more

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Connie Stevens, Troy Donahue, Natalie Schafer

Released: 1961

Directed by: Delmer Daves

Susan Slade is a 1961 American Technicolor drama film released by Warner Bros. The film was directed by Delmer Daves and stars Troy Donahue, Connie Stevens. The screenplay was based upon the ...more
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Stefanie Powers, Connie Stevens, Troy Donahue

Released: 1963

Directed by: Norman Taurog

Palm Springs Weekend is a 1963 Warner Bros. bedroom comedy film directed by Norman Taurog. It has elements of the beach party genre and has been called “a sort of Westernized version of Where ...more
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Suzanne Pleshette, Troy Donahue, William Reynolds

Released: 1964

Directed by: Raoul Walsh

A Distant Trumpet is a 1964 American Western film, the last directed by Raoul Walsh. It stars Troy Donahue, Suzanne Pleshette and Diane McBain. The screenplay by John Twist, Albert Beich, and ...more
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Rock Hudson, Troy Donahue, Robert Stack

Released: 1958

Directed by: Douglas Sirk

The Tarnished Angels is a 1957 American drama film directed by Douglas Sirk. The screenplay by George Zuckerman is based on the 1935 novel Pylon by William Faulkner.
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Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe, Iggy Pop

Released: 1990

Directed by: John Waters

Cry-Baby is a 1990 American teen musical romantic comedy film written and directed by John Waters. It stars Johnny Depp as 1950s teen rebel "Cry-Baby" Wade Walker, and also features a ...more

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Jamie Lee Curtis, John Cusack, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Released: 1984

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

Grandview, U.S.A. is a 1984 American comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser. It stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Carole Cook, Ramon Bieri, ...more

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Ed Begley, Jr., Harry Dean Stanton

Released: 1974

Directed by: Monte Hellman

Cockfighter is a 1974 film by director Monte Hellman, starring Warren Oates, Harry Dean Stanton and featuring Laurie Bird and Ed Begley, Jr. The screenplay is based on the novel of the same name ...more
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Troy Donahue, Elizabeth Kaitan, Ian Abercrombie

Released: 1997

Directed by: Dave Parker, Mike Mendez

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Troy Donahue, Peter Finch, Albert Dekker

Released: 1967

Directed by: Marshall Stone

Come Spy with Me is a 1967 American spy film produced by Arnold Kaiser, directed by Marshall Stone, and released by 20th Century Fox.
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Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis, Elaine Stritch

Released: 1958

Directed by: Blake Edwards

The Perfect Furlough is a 1958 romantic service comedy directed by Blake Edwards and written by Stanley Shapiro. Edwards and Shapiro would re-team the following year for another Tony Curtis ...more
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Troy Donahue

Released: 1989

Directed by: David DeCoteau

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Beverly DAngelo, Troy Donahue, Andy Bell

Released: 1998

Directed by: Len Richmond

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The Legend of Frank Woods Troy Donahue, Jim Davis, Rance Howard

Released: 1977

Directed by: Deno Paoli, Hagen Smith

The Legend of Frank Woods is a 1977 western film directed by Deno Paoli and Hagen Smith, written by Hagen Smith.
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Heather Thomas, Martin Landau, Troy Donahue

Released: 1987

Directed by: Fred Olen Ray

Cyclone is a 1987 science fiction action film about a woman who must keep the ultimate motorcycle from falling into the wrong hands. The film was directed by Fred Olen Ray, and stars Heather ...more
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Burl Ives, Troy Donahue, Dennis Price

Released: 1967

Directed by: Don Sharp

Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon is a 1967 British science fiction comedy film directed by Don Sharp and starring Burl Ives, Troy Donahue, Gert Fröbe and Terry-Thomas. It was released in ...more
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Troy Donahue, Whit Bissell, Ross Elliott

Released: 1958

Directed by: Jack Arnold

Monster on the Campus is a 1958 American science fiction/horror film, released by Universal-International. It was directed by Jack Arnold, from a script by David Duncan. The film was the last of ...more
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Troy Donahue, Martine Beswick, Mary Woronov

Released: 1974

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Seizure is a 1974 horror-thriller film. It is the directorial début of Oliver Stone, who also co-wrote the screenplay.
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The Love-Thrill Murders Troy Donahue, Talie Cochrane, Perry Gewirtz

Released: 1971

Directed by: Robert L. Roberts

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Adam West, Troy Donahue, Stuart Whitman

Released: 1990

Directed by: Paul Kyriazi

Omega Cop is a 1990 film starring Adam West, Ronald L. Marchini, Stuart Whitman, and Troy Donahue. It was also released under the title John Travis: Solar Survivor. This film was also written ...more
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Kim Novak, James Coburn, Susan Dey

Released: 1983

Directed by: E.W. Swackhamer

Malibu is a 1983 television film, based on a novel by William Murray. Featuring Kim Novak, Susan Dey, Troy Donahue and James Coburn, the all star miniseries involves a young couple from ...more
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Troy Donahue, Cameron Mitchell, Ted Prior

Released: 1987

Directed by: David A. Prior

Deadly Prey is a 1986 film that was first screened in the United States in March 1987 at that year's American Film Market. After The Winters Group helped finance David A. Prior's previous film, ...more