The 20 Greatest movies of Robert Ryan

Best and Greatest, same thing. 100 years from now, you've got to figure these are the films Ryan will be noted for, whether he was top billing or not
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1.
King of Kings (1961)
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The temporary physical life of everyone's Savior, Jesus Christ. (168 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
“ So he's a bit white to play John the Baptist. This is still one of the top 40 films ever made on any serious list. ” - drystyx
 
2.
The Naked Spur (1953)
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A bounty hunter trying to bring a murderer to justice is forced to accept the help of two less-than-trustworthy strangers. (91 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
“ The story here is the girl's story really. Like many movies it pits the stable hard working man against the charismatic one. In this case, Mr. Charisma shows his disturbing side late in the movie. ” - drystyx
 
3.
God's Little Acre (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In the 1950s, a poor Georgia cotton farmer and his sons search for the gold presumably buried on the farm by their grandfather but problems related to poverty, marital infidelity, unemployment and booze threaten to destroy their family. (118 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
“ This is a drama, stage play format, so it doesn't get a lot of attention right now. It is a top drama, though. ” - drystyx
 
4.
Anzio (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
One of WWII's bloodiest battles as the Allies smash through the German lines which have enclosed the Anzio beachhead. Four months and 30,000 casualties before the Allies finally march to Rome. (117 mins.)
“ A war movie that really has about three plots instead of one plot and two subplots. It is brutal and emotional, but hurt by a theme song that just doesn't match the film at all. ” - drystyx
 
5.
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
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During World War II, a rebellious U.S. Army Major is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of German officers. (150 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
“ Knocked for it's lack of realism, this is still exciting war action. ” - drystyx
 
6.
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A one-handed stranger comes to a tiny town possessing a terrible past they want to keep secret, by violent means if necessary. (81 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
“ This isn't one of my favorites, but it is a great movie. Mayb the one armed hero from the war, maybe the story on racism, maybe a lot of things added together make it a film that will always be big. ” - drystyx
 
7.
Battle of the Bulge (1965)
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A dramatization of Nazi Germany's final Western Front counterattack of World War II. (167 mins.)
Director: Ken Annakin
“ The head man who arbitrates between Fonda and Kennedy (do I have to tell you which of the two is in the right?), in a war film that has a lot of great subplots. ” - drystyx
 
8.
On Dangerous Ground (1951)
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Rough city cop Jim Wilson is disciplined by his captain and is sent upstate, to a snowy mountain town, to help the local sheriff solve a murder case. (82 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
“ This is both action and drama, with a lot going for it. Ryan's character is much like Dirty Harry. Could be the role model for Callahan. ” - drystyx
 
9.
Day of the Outlaw (1959)
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Blaise Starrett is a rancher at odds with homesteaders when outlaws hold up the small town. The outlaws are held in check only by their notorious leader, but he is diagnosed with a fatal wound and the town is a powder keg waiting to blow. (92 mins.)
Director: Andre De Toth
“ Very good Western. Snow Westerns tend to add extra drama, too. ” - drystyx
 
10.
Lawman (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A lawman from Bannock arrives in Sabbath to arrest all the cattlemen whose wild celebration the year before resulted in the accidental death of an old man. (99 mins.)
Director: Michael Winner
“ Ryan's role is fairly small, about sixth billing, but like many of his later films, he is a "moderate" force. This Western is pretty well summed up in the final scene. ” - drystyx
 
11.
The Tall Men (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Two brothers, Ben and Clint, join a cattle drive from Texas to Montana. While heading for Texas they save Nella from the Indians... (122 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
“ There's something about the natural drama of action stories which begin with two mn against one man that makes for a classic style. Here, the three change roles throughout, with a woman in the middle. ” - drystyx
 
12.
The Boy with Green Hair (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
This parable looks at public reaction when the hair of an American war orphan mysteriously turns green. (82 mins.)
Director: Joseph Losey
“ This slightly sci fi drama will always have a "cult" appeal, a movie more noted for "moments" and "scenes" than its entirity. ” - drystyx
 
13.
The Proud Ones (1956)
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Marshal Cass Silver has to deal with his old nemesis, a corrupt gambler, and his hired guns come to town as well as recurring bouts of blindness. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert D. Webb
“ You don't get many action films where the macho man has eye problems, especially Westerns. That is an iconoclastic as you can get. Good action Western, too. ” - drystyx
 
14.
Billy Budd (1962)
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Billy is an innocent, naive seaman in the British Navy in 1797. When the ship's sadistic master-at-arms is murdered, Billy is accused and tried. (123 mins.)
Director: Peter Ustinov
“ Classic sea poem made into a movie. A bit slow for me, but it's memorable, with great performances. ” - drystyx
 
15.
The Professionals (1966)
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An arrogant Texas millionaire hires four adventurers to rescue his kidnapped wife from a notorious Mexican bandit. (117 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
“ I'm certainly not a fan of this movie, but the twist ending and the famous line at the end by Marvin makes this an iconic movie that will be remembered, if only for the line that will be quoted for centuries. ” - drystyx
 
16.
North West Mounted Police (1940)
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In 1885, a Texas Ranger travels to Canada to arrest a trapper who's wanted for murder and who's stirring up the Natives in a rebellion against the Canadian government. (126 mins.)
“ Super classic sprawlin Western, only ranks this low on the list because of Ryan's small part, but this is how to make a film. ” - drystyx
 
17.
Custer of the West (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
George Armstrong Custer's love of the heroic traditions of the Calvary and his distaste with the coming of industrialization leads him to his destiny at the Little Big Horn. (140 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
“ One of the better Custer films ” - drystyx
 
18.
Flying Leathernecks (1951)
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Major Kirby leads The Wildcats squadron into the historic WWII battle of Guadalcanal. (102 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
“ Could have been formula war film with the big stars, but it turns into a good character study, too. ” - drystyx
 
19.
Ice Palace (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
After WW1, Zeb and Thor start a cannery business in Alaska but eventually they drift apart with Zeb becoming unscrupulous and Thor becoming involved in Alaskan politics. (143 mins.)
Director: Vincent Sherman
“ Meant to be a bit epic in covering a feud between two men, the film will endure because of the epic nature of the drama. ” - drystyx
 
20.
The Wild Bunch (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them. (135 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
“ Obviously one of Peckinpah's lesser works, but it has cult status, and mostly with imdb posters, so it has a good chance of being remembered. ” - drystyx