Robert Mitchum Movies

The American Film Institute ranked Robert Mitchum as the 23rd greatest male actor of all-time.

The American Film Institute ranked Robert Mitchum as the 23rd greatest male actor of all-time.

Want to know the best Robert Mitchum movies?  How about the worst Robert Mitchum movies?  Curious about Robert Mitchum’s box office grosses or which Robert Mitchum movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Robert Mitchum movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.

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 in 1955's The Night of the Hunter

Robert Mitchum in 1955’s The Night of the Hunter

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.
  • Sort Robert Mitchum movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
  • Sort Robert Mitchum movies by yearly box office rank or trivia
  • 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.
RankMovie (Year)Co-Stars with UMR LinkAdjusted B.O. Domestic (mils.)Yearly Domestic B.O. Rank or TriviaCritic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
The Longest Day (1962)John Wayne & Richard Burton$419.103rd of 196382.5%05 / 0275.86
The Story of G.I. Joe (1945)Burgess Meredith$206.6030th of 194574.0%04 / 0071.88
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)Spencer Tracy$380.003rd of 194478.5%02 / 0169.29
Heaven Knows Mr. Allison (1957)Deborah Kerr & Directed by John Huston$180.6013th of 195780.0%02 / 0066.39
Pursued (1947)Teresa Wright$178.6036th of 194780.5%00 / 0065.52
Crossfire (1947)Robert Ryan$153.9050th of 194776.5%05 / 0064.06
Ryan's Daughter (1970)John Mills & Directed by David Lean$241.304th of 197162.0%04 / 0262.94
Undercurrent (1946)Katharine Hepburn$208.3034th of 194663.5%00 / 0060.84
Cape Fear (1991)Robert DeNiro & Directed by Martin Scorsese$158.4012th of 199174.5%02 / 0060.58
The Sundowners (1960)Deborah Kerr & Directed by Fred Zinnemann$132.6023rd of 196175.5%05 / 0060.28
River of No Return (1954)Marilyn Monroe$199.0019th of 195462.0%00 / 0059.98
Midway (1976)Charlton Heston & Henry Fonda$259.206th of 197660.5%00 / 0059.44
Not as a Stranger (1955)Frank Sinatra & Olivia de Havilland$328.905th of 195556.0%01 / 0057.72
Home from the Hill (1960)George Peppard$114.3020th of 196082.5%00 / 0056.50
Out of the Past (1947)Kirk Douglas$92.10Humphey Bogart wanted Mitchum role88.5%00 / 0055.88
El Dorado (1967)John Wayne & Directed by Howard Hawks$104.5013th of 196782.0%00 / 0054.74
Tombstone (1993)Kurt Russell & Michael Biehn$115.1021st of 199377.0%00 / 0053.78
Rachael and the Stranger (1948)William Holden$133.1044th of 194869.5%00 / 0053.29
The Grass is Greener (1960)Cary Grant & Deborah Kerr$104.7035th of 196177.3%00 / 0053.20
Scrooged (1988)Bill Murray$123.7013th of 198867.5%01 / 0051.68
Till the End of Time (1946)Dorothy McGuire$167.0053rd of 194650.5%00 / 0049.62
The Locket (1946)Laraine Day$99.6075th of 194671.5%00 / 0049.04
What A Way To Go! (1964)Shirley MacLaine & Paul Newman$156.308th of 196451.0%02 / 0049.00
Cape Fear (1962)Gregory Peck & Martin Balsam$56.2048th of 196285.0%00 / 0048.66
Lusty Men (1952)Susan Hayward$63.9076th of 195282.0%00 / 0048.44
'Gung Ho!': The Story of Carlson's Makin Island Raiders (1943)Randolph Scott$134.5060th of 194358.5%00 / 0048.34
His Kind of Woman (1951)Vincent Price$96.3041st of 195169.5%00 / 0047.59
Blood on the Moon (1948)Walter Brennan$135.9040th of 194853.0%00 / 0045.97
White Witch Doctor (1953)Susan Hayward$106.4034th of 195362.5%00 / 0045.87
Holiday Affair (1949)Janet Leigh$68.10$88.10 million in worldwide box office72.5%00 / 0044.63
The Night of the Hunter (1955)Lillian Gish & Directed by Charles Laughton$13.90Flop that became a classic90.0%00 / 0044.45
Track of the Cat (1954)Teresa Wright$104.7062nd of 195559.0%00 / 0043.96
The Big Steal (1949)Jane Greer$77.60Mitchum replaced George Raft65.5%00 / 0042.81
Angel Face (1952)Jean Simmons$42.60Film noir classic76.5%00 / 0042.56
Desire Me (1947)Greer Garson$89.3070th of 194759.5%00 / 0041.80
The Enemy Below (1957)Curd Jürgens$32.30$1,910,000 budget75.5%01 / 0141.49
The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)Richard Jordan$14.40109th of 197383.5%00 / 0041.47
5 Card Stud (1968)Dean Martin$78.1034th of 196859.5%00 / 0040.07
The Hunters (1958)Robert Wagner$84.3041st of 195856.5%00 / 0039.63
The List of Adrian Messenger (1963)Kirk Douglas & Directed by John Huston$44.8061st of 196369.5%00 / 0039.60
The Racket (1951)Robert Ryan$84.3062nd of 195155.5%00 / 0039.15
Man With A Gun (1955)Jan Sterling$83.4068th of 195555.0%00 / 0038.78
Two For The Seesaw (1962)Shirley MacLaine$52.2059th of 196363.0%02 / 0038.50
Farewell My Lovely (1975)Sylvester Stallone$24.9073rd of 197573.3%00 / 0038.33
Thunder Road (1958)Gene Barry$40.1076th of 195866.5%00 / 0037.48
Second Chance (1953)Jack Palance$85.2057th of 1953 - 3D movie51.0%00 / 0037.18
The Yakuza (1974)Directed by Sydney Pollack$49.2060th of 197561.0%00 / 0036.30
One Minute To Zero (1952)Ann Blyth$68.1067th of 195254.0%00 / 0035.94
Where Danger Lives (1950)Claude Rains$42.20$65.20 million in worldwide box office62.5%00 / 0035.92
The Wonderful Country (1959)Jane Russell$40.1082nd of 195962.5%00 / 0035.60
Last Time That I Saw Archie (1961)Jack Webb$41.5067th of 196161.5%00 / 0035.33
Secret Ceremony (1968)Elizabeth Taylor$55.2031st of 196956.5%00 / 0035.12
Dead Man (1996)Johnny Depp$2.00199th of 199672.7%00 / 0034.48
Bandido (1956)Ursula Thiess$72.3060th of 195648.0%00 / 0033.77
Anzio (1968)Peter Falk$25.7070th of 196863.0%00 / 0033.59
Macao (1952)Jane Russell$46.80108th of 195255.5%00 / 0033.33
The Red Pony (1949)Myrna Loy$65.30$2,000,000 budget48.0%00 / 0032.68
The Night Fighters (1960)Richard Harris$19.10Also known as A Terrible Beauty61.5%00 / 0031.86
Fire Down Below (1957)Jack Lemmon & Rita Hayworth$88.2047th of 195738.0%00 / 0031.53
The Angry Hills (1959)Stanley Baker$20.50$51.50 million in worldwide box office60.0%00 / 0031.38
My Forbidden Past (1951)Ava Gardner$55.40113th of 195148.0%00 / 0031.15
The Way West (1967)Kirk Douglas & Richard Widmark$29.1059th of 196755.0%00 / 0030.36
Villa Rides (1968)Charles Bronson$22.1075th of 196856.5%00 / 0029.99
That Championship Season (1982)Martin Sheen & Bruce Dern$7.40Written by Exorcist priest Jason Miller60.5%00 / 0029.59
Foreign Intrigue (1956)Geneviève Page$43.80104th of 195647.0%00 / 0028.88
Man in the Middle (1964)Trevor Howard$22.40Also known as The Winston Affair52.5%00 / 0028.14
West of the Pecos (1945)Barbara Hale$24.10$151,000 in profits51.5%00 / 0027.94
The Last Tycoon (1976)Robert DeNiro & Directed by Elia Kazan$13.80Last movie Kazan directed53.5%01 / 0027.68
Nevada (1944)Anne Jeffreys$33.00Remake of Gary Cooper movie47.0%00 / 0027.21
Mister Moses (1965)Carroll Baker$25.9068th of 196548.0%00 / 0026.57
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969)George Kennedy$14.40Mitchum took over for John Wayne49.5%00 / 0025.49
Breakthrough (1979)Richard Burton$3.70Sequel to Cross of Iron52.5%00 / 0025.24
The Wrath of God (1972)Rita Hayworth$10.90Hayworth's last movie50.0%00 / 0025.19
Rampage (1963)Jack Hawkins$22.40Based on Alan Caillou novel46.0%00 / 0025.09
Young Billy Young (1969)Angie Dickinson$15.30Mitchum earned $200,00 for role48.0%00 / 0024.93
The Big Sleep (1978)James Stewart$8.00Mitchum as Phillip Marlowe50.0%00 / 0024.74
Mr. North (1988)Lauren Bacall$2.50171st of 198851.0%00 / 0024.36
She Couldn't Say No (1954)Jean Simmons$32.20Terrible terrible comedy40.0%00 / 0023.79
The Amsterdam Kill (1977)Leslie Nielsen$6.40Cheaply made thriller45.0%00 / 0022.14
Going Home (1971)Jan-Michael Vincent$8.10Vincent got Golden Globe nom. for role44.0%00 / 0021.94
Agency (1980)Lee Majors$5.10Mitchum earned $200,00 for role42.0%00 / 0020.53
Matilda (1978)Elliott Gould$5.00Boxing kangaroo movie39.0%00 / 0019.11

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Robert Mitchum Table

  1. 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.
  2. An average Robert Mitchum movie grosses $83.90 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. 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.
  4. Fourteen Robert Mitchum movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 17.07% of his movies.
  5. Four Robert Mitchum movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 4.87% of his movies.
  6. 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.
Robert Mitchum appeared in 135 acting roles....he received only one acting nomination in his ENTIRE career....a Best Supporting Actor Oscar® nomination for The Story of G.I. Joe.

Robert Mitchum appeared in 135 acting roles….he received only one acting nomination in his ENTIRE career….a Best Supporting Actor Oscar® nomination for The Story of G.I. Joe.

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.

Academy Award® and Oscar® are the registered trademarks of the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences.

Check out Robert Mitchum’s career compared to current and classic actors.  Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.

afi top 25 actorsAFI’s Top 25 Screen Legend Actors….with links to our movie pages on the Screen Legend

1.   Humphrey Bogart  58 Movies Ranked….from Casablanca (1942) to Swing Your Lady (1938)
2.   Cary Grant 58 Movies Ranked… from North by Northwest (1959) to Born To Be Bad (1934)
3.   James Stewart 73 Movies Ranked Mr. Smith Goes to Washington(1939) to Big Sleep(1978)
4.   Marlon Brando 37 Movies Ranked….from The Godfather (1972) to Christopher Columbus (1992)
5.   Fred Astaire 39 Movies Ranked The Towering Inferno (1974) to The Amazing Dobermans (1976)
6.   Henry Fonda 81 Movies Ranked… On Golden Pond (1981) to City on Fire (1979)
7.   Clark Gable 63 Movies Ranked….from Gone With The Wind (1939) to Parnell (1937)
8.   James Cagney 61 Movies Ranked….from Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) to Boy Meets Girl (1938)
9.   Spencer Tracy 53 Movies Ranked….from Boy’s Town (1938) to Up the River (1930)
10. Charles Chaplin 12 Movies Ranked….from The Kid (1921) to A Countess from Hong Kong (1967)
11. Gary Cooper 67 Movies Ranked….from Sergeant York (1941) to Fighting Caravans (1931)
12. Gregory Peck 53 Movies Ranked To Kill a Mockingbird(1962) to Amazing Grace & Chuck(1987)
13. John Wayne 83 Movies Ranked….from True Grit (1969) to Brannigan (1975)
14. Laurence Olivier 48 Movies Ranked….from Rebecca (1940) to Inchon (1982)
15. Gene Kelly 40 Movies Ranked….from Anchors Aweigh (1945) to Viva Knievel! (1977)
16. Orson Welles 75 Movies Ranked….from Citizen Kane (1941) to Treasure Island (1972)
17. Kirk Douglas 71 Movies Ranked….from Spartacus (1960) to Diamonds (1999)
18. James Dean 3 Movies Ranked….from East of Eden (1955) to Giant (1956)
19. Burt Lancaster 67 Movies Ranked From Here to Eternity (1953) to Executive Action (1973)
20. Marx Brothers 18 Movies Ranked….from Horse Feathers (1932) to The Story of Mankind (1957)
21. Buster Keaton 28 Movies Ranked….from The Cameraman (1928) to The Intruder (1936)
22. Sidney Poitier 46 Movies Ranked….from In the Heat of the Night (1967) to Fast Forward (1985)
23. Robert Mitchum 83 Movies Ranked….from The Longest Day (1962) to Matilda (1978)
24. Edward G. Robinson 67 Movies Ranked 10 Commandments(1956) to BiggestBundleofAll(1968)
25. William Holden 66 Movies Ranked….from The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) to Ashanti (1979)

 

[hits] Page Views

For comments….all you need is a name and a comment….please ignore the rest.

(Visited 1,882 times)

58 thoughts on “Robert Mitchum Movies

    1. Hey Jane….no problem….your site is without a doubt one of the best Mitchum websites out there….hope my link gets you some traffic. Job well done.

  1. 1 I don’t see any ‘conflict of interest’ in placing on Cogerson my comments about Steve’s videos (and certainly meant no disrespect to anyone) because as I have explained previously the videos plus Bruce’s updates are giving me the opportunity to compensate for my past missed opportunities to make comments on Cogerson.

    2 Accordingly if I placed the video comments on another site I would want to copy to, or duplicate on, Cogerson a lot of what I am saying to Steve which does anyway often draw on Bruce’s stats to illustrate certain points.

    3 Also since Bruce and Steve operate from different concepts I do not see them as competitors but rather as complimenting each other and even where they have varying views on a movie’s rating or a star’s impact I regard that as giving their readers/viewers a choice of informed opinion which makes everything more interesting and is very healthy It would be a dull old world if everybody liked Chuck Heston and nobody liked Willis or Widmark !!

    1. Well said Bob. And replying to your comments here gives me even more excuses to criticize Bruce’s rankings… it’s a sort of hobby of mine… I’m kidding Bruce!! I love your charts, especially when they mesh with mine. 😉

      p.s. now there’s a word you don’t see very often these days – ‘mesh’. I want to revive that word in everyday usage.

  2. 1 “Robert Mitchum crept up on us,” said Katharine Hepburn meaning that initially they were not impressed by Bob’s acting but gradually revised their opinion upward.

    2 I consider that in his prime Mitchum’s career had 3 stages. The first was in the forties when as often as not he was really a supporting actor, and the third was from about 1954 when he was the star of big budget pictures like Heaven Knows Mr Allison, River of No Return and The Sundowners.

    3 The middle phase was from 1949 until 1953 and was the one I personally prefer when he was at his better best and well suited to the series of modest black and white Film Noir/crime dramas that he made for Howard Hughes’ RKO: The Big Steal, My Forbidden Past, His Kind of Woman, Macao, Where Danger Lives and The Racket. I think that in those days Big Bob was at his most iconic.

    4 Your main selections are from the 1954 onward period and most moviegoers would probably agree with you, but I’m pleased that you have included 5 of the movies from my own preferred period.

    5 The surprise inclusion is the 1991 Cape Fear as I always thought that having him and Greg reprise their roles in that remake was a gimmick and they didn’t have much to do in what were cameos. However you redeemed yourself by including the marvellous Peck/Mitchum 1962 version which along with Not as a Stranger was my fave Mitch film outside Bob’s Film Noir pics – and the latter film is the surprise OMISSION.

    6. “In 1966 Howard Hawks invited me onto the set of his filming of El Dorado and as Duke
    Wayne and my brother Bob walked side by side down the street and towards the cameras I had the impression that 3 men and not just 2 were coming towards me.” – John Mitchum. What massive screen presence the camera always captured in those two Greats ! and of course the Mitchum powerhouse further heightened the iconic impact of your usual fine range of poster reproductions.

    1. I was watching El Dorado just a few days ago, one of my favorites. A reviewer at IMDB says about the film “….it is one of the most emotionally satisfying films I can remember. I weep in the closing moments every time I see it because I realise that I am about to lose these wonderful, wonderful characters who have transported me into a kind of heaven for the past two hours.”

      Thanks for checking out my Mitchum video, I can’t even remember doing a Mitchum video that’s how bad my memory is. Sorry I omitted a favorite of yours I had to select 30 out of about 80 and some good films have fallen by the wayside. Bruce lists all the noteworthy movies from the filmography on his page, I have to be more selective. Btw Not as a Stranger is 51st on the critics chart on this page.

      1. ps. I wasn’t going to include the remake of Cape Fear but since the original was up there I thought why not compare the ratings on the two films.

          1. I hope you don’t mind Bob posting his comments here Bruce. Posting comments on my video channel can be hit and miss as you know. And we can always compare our ratings here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.