20 the Best Robert Ryan Movies

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Robert Ryan, (born Nov. 11, 1909, Chicago, Ill., U.S.—died July 11, 1973, New York, N.Y.), U.S. film actor. He trained for the stage at Max Reinhardt’s workshop in Hollywood, and after World War II he became a successful character actor. Often playing tough guys and bullies, he earned acclaim for his roles in The Woman on the Beach (1947), Crossfire (1947), The Set-Up (1949), and Act of Violence (1949). His later films include Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), Men in War (1957), Odds Against Tomorrow (1959), Billy Budd (1962), and The Wild Bunch (1969).

20.Billy Budd

Terence Stamp, Peter Ustinov

Released: 1962

Directed by: Peter Ustinov

Billy Budd is a 1962 CinemaScope film produced, directed, and co-written by Peter Ustinov. Adapted from the stage play version of Herman Melville’s short novel Billy Budd, it starred..

19.House of Bamboo

DeForest Kelley, Robert Ryan

Released: 1955

Directed by: Samuel Fuller

House of Bamboo is a 1955 American film noir shot in CinemaScope and DeLuxe Color. It was directed and co-written by Samuel Fuller. The film is a loose remake of The Street with No..

18.Lonelyhearts

Myrna Loy, Montgomery Clift

Released: 1958

Directed by: Vincent J. Donehue

Lonelyhearts is a 1958 drama film directed by Vincent J. Donehue. It is based on the 1957 play by Howard Teichmann, which in turn is based on the 1933 novel Miss Lonelyhearts by..

17.The Boy with Green Hair

Dean Stockwell, Robert Ryan

Released: 1948

Directed by: Joseph Losey

The Boy with Green Hair is a 1948 American comedy-drama film directed by Joseph Losey. It stars Dean Stockwell as Peter, a young war orphan who is subject to ridicule after he awakens..

16.Beware, My Lovely

Robert Ryan, Ida Lupino

Released: 1952

Directed by: Harry Horner

Beware, My Lovely is a 1952 American suspense film starring Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan and Taylor Holmes. Directed by Harry Horner, the film is based on the 1950 play The Man by Mel..

15.The Dirty Dozen

Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland

Released: 1967

Directed by: Robert Aldrich

The Dirty Dozen is a 1967 film directed by Robert Aldrich, released by MGM, and starring Lee Marvin. The picture was filmed in England and features an ensemble supporting cast including Ernest..

14.The Iceman Cometh

Jeff Bridges, Lee Marvin

Released: 1973

Directed by: John Frankenheimer

The Iceman Cometh is a 1973 film directed by John Frankenheimer. The screenplay was written by Thomas Quinn Curtiss, based on Eugene O’Neill’s 1939 play of the same name. The film was..

13.Odds Against Tomorrow

Shelley Winters, Harry Belafonte

Released: 1959

Directed by: Robert Wise

Odds Against Tomorrow is a 1959 film noir produced and directed by Robert Wise for HarBel Productions, a company founded by the film’s star, Harry Belafonte. Belafonte selected Abraham..

12.The Wild Bunch

William Holden, Ernest Borgnine

Released: 1969

Directed by: Sam Peckinpah

The Wild Bunch is a 1969 American epic Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah about an aging outlaw gang on the Texas–Mexico border, trying to exist in the changing “modern” world..

11.On Dangerous Ground

Robert Ryan, Ida Lupino

Released: 1952

Directed by: Nicholas Ray

On Dangerous Ground is a 1951 film noir directed by Nicholas Ray and produced by John Houseman. The screenplay was written by A. I. Bezzerides based on the novel Mad with Much..

10.The Professionals

Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster

Released: 1966

Directed by: Richard Brooks

The Professionals is a 1966 American western starring Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Claudia Cardinale, Robert Ryan, and Woody Strode. The supporting cast includes Jack Palance and..

9.Crossfire

Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan

Released: 1947

Directed by: Edward Dmytryk

Crossfire is a 1947 film noir drama film which deals with the theme of anti-Semitism, as did that year’s Academy Award for Best Picture winner, Gentleman’s Agreement. The film was directed

8.Clash by Night

Marilyn Monroe, Barbara Stanwyck

Released: 1952

Directed by: Fritz Lang

Clash by Night is a 1952 American drama film with some film noir aspects, directed by Fritz Lang and starring Barbara Stanwyck, Paul Douglas, Robert Ryan, Marilyn Monroe and Keith..

7.The Tall Men

Clark Gable, Jane Russell

Released: 1955

Directed by: Raoul Walsh

The Tall Men is a 1955 American western film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Clark Gable, Jane Russell, and Robert Ryan. The 20th Century Fox film was produced by William A. Bacher..

6.Bad Day at Black Rock

Spencer Tracy, Ernest Borgnine

Released: 1955

Directed by: John Sturges

Bad Day at Black Rock is a 1955 thriller film directed by John Sturges and starring Spencer Tracy and Robert Ryan that combines elements of Westerns and film noir. The supporting cast..

5.The Naked Spur

James Stewart, Janet Leigh

Released: 1953

Directed by: Anthony Mann

The Naked Spur is a 1953 Technicolor American western film directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart, Janet Leigh, and Robert Ryan. Written by Sam Rolfe and Harold Jack..

4.Caught

Robert Ryan, Barbara Bel Geddes

Released: 1949

Directed by: Max Ophüls

Caught is a 1949 American film noir directed by Max Ophüls, and starring James Mason, Barbara Bel Geddes and Robert Ryan. Caught was based on a novel by Libbie Block. Child actor..

3.Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral is a 1957 American Western film starring Burt Lancaster as Wyatt Earp and Kirk Douglas as Doc Holliday, loosely based on the actual event in 1881. The picture was directed by John Sturges from a screenplay written by novelist Leon Uris.

2.The Set-Up

Robert Ryan, Wallace Ford

Released: 1949

Directed by: Robert Wise

The Set-Up is a 1949 American film noir boxing drama directed by Robert Wise and featuring Robert Ryan and Audrey Totter. The screenplay was adapted by Art Cohn from a 1928 poem..

1.The Longest Day

Sean Connery, John Wayne

Released: 1962

Directed by: Darryl F. Zanuck, Ken Annakin, Bernhard Wicki, Andrew Marton, Gerd Oswald

The Longest Day is a 1962 film based on the 1959 history book The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan, about D-Day, the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, during WWII. The film was…
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