Best Robert Redford Movies, Ranked

Robert Redford is a Hollywood icon, starring in critically acclaimed films such as The bite, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and The way we were, to name a few. Not only is he a phenomenal actor, but he’s also an accomplished director and producer, and he’s the founder of the Sundance Institute and creator of the Sundance Film Festival, the largest independent film festival in the United States. Redford was born in Santa Monica, California in 1936 to parents Martha and Charles Redford. Redford moved to Van Nuys, Los Angeles in his youth and attended Van Nuys High School, where he was a self-proclaimed “bad” student, showing more interest in art and sports than in his studies. After graduating from high school, he worked and traveled across Europe before finally enrolling at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York in 1959.

The talented actor found success on stage with Broadway productions Tall story, The tallest tree, Sunday in New York, and, his greatest success, Bare feet in the park. In the early ’60s, Redford guest-starred on several popular TV shows of the day, including The Incorruptibles, Perry Mason, Alfred Hitchcock presents, and The twilight zone, among others. Throughout the 1960s, Redford made a name for himself as an actor starring in movies Inside Daisy Clover and This property is condemned, both opposite Natalie Wood. In 1969, Redford landed the role that made him a star opposite the legendary Paul Newman in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The role would cement Redford’s on-screen persona as a sarcastic yet affable “villain” with a heart of gold. Here are the best Robert Redford movies, ranked.


11 Indecent Proposal

Indecent Proposal is based on Jack Engelhardt’s novel of the same name. The film follows married couple David (Woody Harrelson) and Diana Murphy (Demi Moore) as they try to win big in Vegas to improve their financial situation. Things don’t go exactly as planned and the young couple end up losing everything until high roller beau John Gage (Redford) offers David $1 million for one night with his wife. According to Forbes, Erin Cressida Wilson has been hired to script a remake of the popular ’90s film.

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ten A river crosses it

A river crosses it is based on a semi-autobiographical short story by author Norman Maclean. Directed by Redford, the film chronicles the lives of two Presbyterian brothers with opposite personalities as they grow up in the era of World War I, the Great Depression and Prohibition. The touching story was well received by critics and earned Redford a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director.

9 The old man and the gun

The old man and the gun is based on the real life exploits of career criminal and escape artist Forrest Trucker (Redford), who by his own account has successfully escaped from prison 18 times. The film recounts his most famous prison break from San Quentin State Prison, after which he would go free for four years, committing a series of bank robberies that captivated audiences. The film would also mark Redford’s final film before his retirement from acting in 2018.

8 Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Redford stars in Captain America: The Winter Soldier as the villainous Alexander Pierce. Playing against type in previously uncharted territory, Redford told Entertainment Weekly, “The Avengers series is a high-tech product playing a major role in the new order of cinema, so I wanted to experience that – I wanted just knowing what it was like and I had that opportunity, so for me it was like stepping into new ground just to find out what it was.

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seven Sneakers

Sneakers is a 1992 crime thriller about a group of hackers who use their skills to perform simulated cyber attacks for corporations as a form of penetration testing. The team – consisting of former CIA agent Donald Crease, electronics technician Darren Roskow, computer hacking prodigy Carl Arbogast, blind telecommunications genius Whistler and fugitive Martin Bishop – are enlisted by the NSA to fly a mysterious “black box” believed to be able to decode the encryption of any computer system known to man. Things go awry when Bishop’s past comes back to haunt him.

6 The way we were

The way we were is a romantic drama that spans decades and follows the dynamics of relationships through opposite couple Katie Morosky and Hubbell Gardiner. Throughout the film, the couple runs the gamut from strangers to friends to lovers and everything in between. The film was a box office hit and was nominated for a host of awards. To date he is still considered one of the greatest romance films in cinematic history.

5 Natural

Natural is based on the novel of the same name by Bernard Malamud, which examines fictional baseball player Roy Hobbs (Redford) who was gifted with a natural talent for the sport. The character of Roy Hobbs is said to be loosely based on real-life major leaguer Eddie Waitkus. Natural is considered one of the greatest baseball movies of all time.

4 The bite

The bite is a Hollywood classic written by David S. Ward and inspired by real crooks Fred and Charley Gondorff as written in David Maurer’s book The Big Con: The Confidence Man’s Story. The film follows a revenge plot between two friends Johnny Hooker (Redford), an aspiring con man, and Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman), a hidden professional FBI con man, following the murder of mutual friend Luther Coleman (Robert Earl Jones). The couple devise a complicated scheme to avenge their friend against the mob boss who had him killed.

3 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Redford’s breakthrough role came as The Sundance Kid opposite Paul Newman in the classic western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, which follows a duo of bank robbers through their crimes and exploits, until their final showdown. Redford and Newman’s chemistry throughout the film cemented its status as a feel-good movie and one of the best Western films of all time.

2 Three days of the Condor

Three days of the Condor is based on the 1974 novel Six Days of the Condor by James Grady. It’s a stylish, suspenseful political thriller that follows bookish CIA agent Joseph Turner (Redford) who returns one day from lunch to find all of his colleagues murdered. Turner must then avoid his own assassination while trying to thwart those responsible for the macabre crime. Although it was filmed in the 70s, Three days of the Condor stands up to today’s times and is a must-have for spy fans.

1 All the President’s Men

All the President’s Men is a political drama centered on the famous Watergate scandal and the fall of the presidency of Richard Nixon. It’s based on a book written by Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) and Bob Woodard (Redford) who investigated the scandal for The Washington Post. The film is undeniably one of the best films about politics in the history of cinema.

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