Born August 6, 1917, Robert Mitchum was considered one of the best-known actors of his generation. He was incredibly versatile, starring in noirs, action, Westerns, comedies, drama, and war films. He also served at various times as a screenwriter, musician, singer, as well as a producer before his passing on July 1, 1997. It is difficult to narrow down his best movies, but I did my best. Here are My Top 10 Robert Mitchum Films:
10. Out of the Past:
Mitchum stars with Kirk Douglas and Jane Greer in this 1947 film noir directed by Jacques Tourneur. In 1991, it was added to the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
09. The Longest Day
The ensemble cast of this 1962 World War 2 does nothing to dim the shine of Mitchum playing Brigadier General Norman Cota preparing for the Normandy Invasion.
08. River Of No Return
Directed by Otto Preminger, Marilyn Monroe works with Mitchum in this 1954 Western film written by Frank Fenton.
07. Cape Fear
Max Cady is one of the most terrifying villains to walk onto the screen and Mitchum played him with terrifying excellence.
Another ensemble cast, Mitchum stands out in this 1976 film about the World War 2 “Battle of Midway” where he plays Vice Admiral William F. “Bull” Halsey Jr.
05. The Big Steal
A 1949 film noir, this is the second time Mitchum partners with leading lady Jane Greer.
05. Thunder Road
Released in 1958, Arthur Ripley directs this crime drama about a moonshiner played by Mitchum.
03. Ryan’s Love
This Academy Award-winning film tells the story of a married Irish woman who has a forbidden affair with an English officer played by Mitchum.
02. El Dorado
Mitchum joins another screen legend John Wayne in this 1966 Western film about a drunk sheriff who seeks redemption by restoring peace to a town overrun by a greedy land baron. I’ll admit, my respect for Wayne have pushed this film higher on the list.
01. The Story of G.I. Joe
A tribute to American infantrymen, this 1945 film led to Mitchum’s only Academy Award nomination which he sadly lost out.
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