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The American Film Institute published their 50 Greatest Screen Legends in 1999. To qualify the performer had to have made their screen debut before 1950. The list presented the Top 25 actors and the Top 25 actresses of all time. One of my goals here on this website is to write a page on the 50 Greatest Screen Legends. With the publication of this page I am now exactly half way to my goal…..as I have done a page on 17 of the Greatest Actors and 8 of the Greatest Actresses. Which gets us to the subject of this page …..coming in at #23 on the Greatest Screen Legend Actors poll is Robert Mitchum.
Robert Mitchum (1917-1997) was an Oscar® nominated actor who appeared in 135 acting roles in movies and television between 1942 and 1997. He first gained fame appearing in the World War II movies, 1944’s Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo and 1945’s The Story of G.I. Joe. In the late 1940s, early 1950s he appeared in some of the greatest film noir movies ever produced….1947’s Out of the Past, 1950’s Undercurrent and 1952’s Angel Face. Other high watermarks in his career included…1954’s River of No Return(Marilyn Monroe), 1955’s The Night of the Hunter, 1962’s Cape Fear, 1967’s El Dorado and 1973’s The Friends of Eddie Coyle.
His IMDb page shows 135 acting credits from 1942-1997. This page will rank 82 Robert Mitchum movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television shows, shorts, cameos and movies that were not released in theaters were not included in the rankings.
Robert Mitchum Movies Can Be Ranked 6 Ways In This Table
The really cool thing about this table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.
- Sort Robert Mitchum movies by co-stars of his movies.
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- Sort Robert Mitchum movies how they were received by critics and audiences. 60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie.
- Sort by how many Oscar® nominations and how many Oscar® wins each Robert Mitchum movie received.
- Sort Robert Mitchum movies by Ultimate Movie Ranking (UMR) Score. UMR Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.
- Use the search and sort buttons to make this a very interactive page.
|Rank||Movie (Year)||Co-Stars with UMR Link||Adjusted B.O. Domestic (mils.)||Yearly Domestic B.O. Rank or Trivia||Critic Audience Rating||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score|
|The Longest Day (1962)||John Wayne & Richard Burton||$419.10||3rd of 1963||82.5%||05 / 02||75.86|
|The Story of G.I. Joe (1945)||Burgess Meredith||$206.60||30th of 1945||74.0%||04 / 00||71.88|
|Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)||Spencer Tracy||$380.00||3rd of 1944||78.5%||02 / 01||69.29|
|Heaven Knows Mr. Allison (1957)||Deborah Kerr & Directed by John Huston||$180.60||13th of 1957||80.0%||02 / 00||66.39|
|Pursued (1947)||Teresa Wright||$178.60||36th of 1947||80.5%||00 / 00||65.52|
|Crossfire (1947)||Robert Ryan||$153.90||50th of 1947||76.5%||05 / 00||64.06|
|Ryan's Daughter (1970)||John Mills & Directed by David Lean||$241.30||4th of 1971||62.0%||04 / 02||62.94|
|Undercurrent (1946)||Katharine Hepburn||$208.30||34th of 1946||63.5%||00 / 00||60.84|
|Cape Fear (1991)||Robert DeNiro & Directed by Martin Scorsese||$158.40||12th of 1991||74.5%||02 / 00||60.58|
|The Sundowners (1960)||Deborah Kerr & Directed by Fred Zinnemann||$132.60||23rd of 1961||75.5%||05 / 00||60.28|
|River of No Return (1954)||Marilyn Monroe||$199.00||19th of 1954||62.0%||00 / 00||59.98|
|Midway (1976)||Charlton Heston & Henry Fonda||$259.20||6th of 1976||60.5%||00 / 00||59.44|
|Not as a Stranger (1955)||Frank Sinatra & Olivia de Havilland||$328.90||5th of 1955||56.0%||01 / 00||57.72|
|Home from the Hill (1960)||George Peppard||$114.30||20th of 1960||82.5%||00 / 00||56.50|
|Out of the Past (1947)||Kirk Douglas||$92.10||Humphey Bogart wanted Mitchum role||88.5%||00 / 00||55.88|
|El Dorado (1967)||John Wayne & Directed by Howard Hawks||$104.50||13th of 1967||82.0%||00 / 00||54.74|
|Tombstone (1993) Voice Role||Kurt Russell & Michael Biehn||$115.10||21st of 1993||77.0%||00 / 00||53.78|
|Rachael and the Stranger (1948)||William Holden||$133.10||44th of 1948||69.5%||00 / 00||53.29|
|The Grass is Greener (1960)||Cary Grant & Deborah Kerr||$104.70||35th of 1961||77.3%||00 / 00||53.20|
|Scrooged (1988)||Bill Murray||$123.70||13th of 1988||67.5%||01 / 00||51.68|
|Till the End of Time (1946)||Dorothy McGuire||$167.00||53rd of 1946||50.5%||00 / 00||49.62|
|The Locket (1946)||Laraine Day||$99.60||75th of 1946||71.5%||00 / 00||49.04|
|What A Way To Go! (1964)||Shirley MacLaine & Paul Newman||$156.30||8th of 1964||51.0%||02 / 00||49.00|
|Cape Fear (1962)||Gregory Peck & Martin Balsam||$56.20||48th of 1962||85.0%||00 / 00||48.66|
|Lusty Men (1952)||Susan Hayward||$63.90||76th of 1952||82.0%||00 / 00||48.44|
|'Gung Ho!': The Story of Carlson's Makin Island Raiders (1943)||Randolph Scott||$134.50||60th of 1943||58.5%||00 / 00||48.34|
|His Kind of Woman (1951)||Vincent Price||$96.30||41st of 1951||69.5%||00 / 00||47.59|
|Blood on the Moon (1948)||Walter Brennan||$135.90||40th of 1948||53.0%||00 / 00||45.97|
|White Witch Doctor (1953)||Susan Hayward||$106.40||34th of 1953||62.5%||00 / 00||45.87|
|Holiday Affair (1949)||Janet Leigh||$68.10||$88.10 million in worldwide box office||72.5%||00 / 00||44.63|
|The Night of the Hunter (1955)||Lillian Gish & Directed by Charles Laughton||$13.90||Flop that became a classic||90.0%||00 / 00||44.45|
|Track of the Cat (1954)||Teresa Wright||$104.70||62nd of 1955||59.0%||00 / 00||43.96|
|The Big Steal (1949)||Jane Greer||$77.60||Mitchum replaced George Raft||65.5%||00 / 00||42.81|
|Angel Face (1952)||Jean Simmons||$42.60||Film noir classic||76.5%||00 / 00||42.56|
|Desire Me (1947)||Greer Garson||$89.30||70th of 1947||59.5%||00 / 00||41.80|
|The Enemy Below (1957)||Curd Jürgens||$32.30||$1,910,000 budget||75.5%||01 / 01||41.49|
|The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)||Richard Jordan||$14.40||109th of 1973||83.5%||00 / 00||41.47|
|5 Card Stud (1968)||Dean Martin||$78.10||34th of 1968||59.5%||00 / 00||40.07|
|The Hunters (1958)||Robert Wagner||$84.30||41st of 1958||56.5%||00 / 00||39.63|
|The List of Adrian Messenger (1963)||Kirk Douglas & Directed by John Huston||$44.80||61st of 1963||69.5%||00 / 00||39.60|
|The Racket (1951)||Robert Ryan||$84.30||62nd of 1951||55.5%||00 / 00||39.15|
|Man With A Gun (1955)||Jan Sterling||$83.40||68th of 1955||55.0%||00 / 00||38.78|
|Two For The Seesaw (1962)||Shirley MacLaine||$52.20||59th of 1963||63.0%||02 / 00||38.50|
|Farewell My Lovely (1975)||Sylvester Stallone||$24.90||73rd of 1975||73.3%||00 / 00||38.33|
|Thunder Road (1958)||Gene Barry||$40.10||76th of 1958||66.5%||00 / 00||37.48|
|Second Chance (1953)||Jack Palance||$85.20||57th of 1953 - 3D movie||51.0%||00 / 00||37.18|
|The Yakuza (1974)||Directed by Sydney Pollack||$49.20||60th of 1975||61.0%||00 / 00||36.30|
|One Minute To Zero (1952)||Ann Blyth||$68.10||67th of 1952||54.0%||00 / 00||35.94|
|Where Danger Lives (1950)||Claude Rains||$42.20||$65.20 million in worldwide box office||62.5%||00 / 00||35.92|
|The Wonderful Country (1959)||Jane Russell||$40.10||82nd of 1959||62.5%||00 / 00||35.60|
|Last Time That I Saw Archie (1961)||Jack Webb||$41.50||67th of 1961||61.5%||00 / 00||35.33|
|Secret Ceremony (1968)||Elizabeth Taylor||$55.20||31st of 1969||56.5%||00 / 00||35.12|
|Dead Man (1996)||Johnny Depp||$2.00||199th of 1996||72.7%||00 / 00||34.48|
|Bandido (1956)||Ursula Thiess||$72.30||60th of 1956||48.0%||00 / 00||33.77|
|Anzio (1968)||Peter Falk||$25.70||70th of 1968||63.0%||00 / 00||33.59|
|Macao (1952)||Jane Russell||$46.80||108th of 1952||55.5%||00 / 00||33.33|
|The Red Pony (1949)||Myrna Loy||$65.30||$2,000,000 budget||48.0%||00 / 00||32.68|
|The Night Fighters (1960)||Richard Harris||$19.10||Also known as A Terrible Beauty||61.5%||00 / 00||31.86|
|Fire Down Below (1957)||Jack Lemmon & Rita Hayworth||$88.20||47th of 1957||38.0%||00 / 00||31.53|
|The Angry Hills (1959)||Stanley Baker||$20.50||$51.50 million in worldwide box office||60.0%||00 / 00||31.38|
|My Forbidden Past (1951)||Ava Gardner||$55.40||113th of 1951||48.0%||00 / 00||31.15|
|The Way West (1967)||Kirk Douglas & Richard Widmark||$29.10||59th of 1967||55.0%||00 / 00||30.36|
|Villa Rides (1968)||Charles Bronson||$22.10||75th of 1968||56.5%||00 / 00||29.99|
|That Championship Season (1982)||Martin Sheen & Bruce Dern||$7.40||Written by Exorcist priest Jason Miller||60.5%||00 / 00||29.59|
|Foreign Intrigue (1956)||Geneviève Page||$43.80||104th of 1956||47.0%||00 / 00||28.88|
|Man in the Middle (1964)||Trevor Howard||$22.40||Also known as The Winston Affair||52.5%||00 / 00||28.14|
|West of the Pecos (1945)||Barbara Hale||$24.10||$151,000 in profits||51.5%||00 / 00||27.94|
|The Last Tycoon (1976)||Robert DeNiro & Directed by Elia Kazan||$13.80||Last movie Kazan directed||53.5%||01 / 00||27.68|
|Nevada (1944)||Anne Jeffreys||$33.00||Remake of Gary Cooper movie||47.0%||00 / 00||27.21|
|Mister Moses (1965)||Carroll Baker||$25.90||68th of 1965||48.0%||00 / 00||26.57|
|The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969)||George Kennedy||$14.40||Mitchum took over for John Wayne||49.5%||00 / 00||25.49|
|Breakthrough (1979)||Richard Burton||$3.70||Sequel to Cross of Iron||52.5%||00 / 00||25.24|
|The Wrath of God (1972)||Rita Hayworth||$10.90||Hayworth's last movie||50.0%||00 / 00||25.19|
|Rampage (1963)||Jack Hawkins||$22.40||Based on Alan Caillou novel||46.0%||00 / 00||25.09|
|Young Billy Young (1969)||Angie Dickinson||$15.30||Mitchum earned $200,00 for role||48.0%||00 / 00||24.93|
|The Big Sleep (1978)||James Stewart||$8.00||Mitchum as Phillip Marlowe||50.0%||00 / 00||24.74|
|Mr. North (1988)||Lauren Bacall||$2.50||171st of 1988||51.0%||00 / 00||24.36|
|She Couldn't Say No (1954)||Jean Simmons||$32.20||Terrible terrible comedy||40.0%||00 / 00||23.79|
|The Amsterdam Kill (1977)||Leslie Nielsen||$6.40||Cheaply made thriller||45.0%||00 / 00||22.14|
|Going Home (1971)||Jan-Michael Vincent||$8.10||Vincent got Golden Globe nom. for role||44.0%||00 / 00||21.94|
|Agency (1980)||Lee Majors||$5.10||Mitchum earned $200,00 for role||42.0%||00 / 00||20.53|
|Matilda (1978)||Elliott Gould||$5.00||Boxing kangaroo movie||39.0%||00 / 00||19.11|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Robert Mitchum Table
- Twenty-five Robert Mitchum movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark. That is a percentage of 30.49% of his movies listed. The Longest Day (1962) is his biggest box office ht when looking at adjusted domestic box office gross.
- An average Robert Mitchum movie grosses $83.90 million in adjusted box office gross.
- Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter. 43 of Robert Mitchum’s movies are rated as good movies…or 52.43% of his movies. The Night of the Hunter (1955) is his highest rated movie while Fire Down Below (1957) was his lowest rated movie.
- Fourteen Robert Mitchum movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 17.07% of his movies.
- Four Robert Mitchum movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 4.87% of his movies.
- An average Ultimate Movie Ranking (UMR) Score is 39.86. 38 Robert Mitchum movies scored higher than that average….or 46.34% of his movies. The Longest Day (1962) got the the highest UMR Score while Matilda (1978) got the lowest UMR Score.
Possibly Interesting Facts About Robert Mitchum
1. How he got to Hollywood. Robert Mitchum was born in Connecticut in 1917, moved to California in 1936, got a job working as a machine operator and was pushed by his sister to join the local theater guild.
2. As a machine operator he suffered a nervous breakdown that resulted in temporary blindness. To avoid stress he decided to try and become an extra in the movies. It was a decision that worked out very well indeed.
3. One producer did numerous screen tests on Robert Mitchum….and even after numerous tests the producer could not decide if Mitchum was the worst actor ever or one of the most natural actors ever. The screen tests and the extra work eventually led him to the low budget Hopalong Cassidy movie serials.
4. His first real break was getting a supporting part in a big budget high profile movie….. 1944’s Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo. The next year he got an Oscar® nomination for The Story Of G.I. Joe as Best Supporting Actor. This would turn out to be his only role that got him a nomination for acting (that includes Emmy®, Tony® and Golden Globes®)….135 roles and 1 nomination.
5. Robert Mitchum was married one time in his life and that was to Dorothy Mitchum for 57 years. They had two sons….Christopher and James and one daughter Petrina.
6. In 1948 Robert Mitchum was arrested, convicted and served jail time on charges for possession of marijuana. At the time of his arrest it was assumed this would destroy his promising career…instead it seemed to back up his tough guy anti-hero persona…. his career only lasted another 49 years.
7. Roles Robert Mitchum turned down over his career…..George C. Scott’s role in Patton, Gene Hackman’s role in The French Connection, a role in The Wild Bunch, and the Tony Curtis part in The Defiant Ones.
8. Later in his career, he became the King of the mini-series as he starred in not one not two but three of the most popular mini-series ever….1983’s The Winds of War, 1985’s North and South and 1988’s War and Remembrance.
9. Robert Mitchum’s voice is considered to one of the most distinctive voices to ever be heard on movie screens. This very deep singing voice was recorded on numerous records over the years and has been heard in many of his movies.
10. Probably the best Robert Mitchum tribute site is The Ultimate Robert Mitchum Headquarters. Every Mitchum fan should be checking out this website….as it is filled with many many awesome Mitchum links.
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