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List of Robert Donat Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The 39 Steps (1935)
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The 39 Steps
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This mystery thriller film tells the story of Richard Hannay, who while vacationing in London, gets involved with a counter-espionage Agent and tries to help him. However, when the agent is killed, and the man is accused, he must not only save himself from the police, but also stop a spy ring from stealing top secret information. 

Role:
Hannay
Starring:
Alfred Hitchcock, John Laurie, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim
Directed By:
2. Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
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Goodbye, Mr. Chips
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After missing the morning assembly for the first time in decades, an aging teacher and former headmaster of a boarding school recalls his life and his career at the school over the decades.

Role:
Mr. Chips
Starring:
Greer Garson, Sir John Mills, John Mills, Terry Kilburn, Paul Henreid
Directed By:
Sidney Franklin, Sam Wood
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
3. The Winslow Boy (1948)
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The Winslow Boy
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Role:
Sir Robert Morton
Starring:
Cedric Hardwicke, Margaret Leighton, Basil Radford, Kathleen Harrison
Directed By:
Anthony Asquith
4. The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)
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The Count of Monte Cristo
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Role:
Edmond Dantes
Starring:
Sidney Blackmer, Louis Calhern, Elissa Landi, Raymond Walburn
Directed By:
Rowland V. Lee
5. The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)
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The Inn of the Sixth Happiness
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Role:
The Mandarin of Yang Cheng
Starring:
Ingrid Bergman, Curd Jürgens, Athene Seyler, Michael David
Directed By:
Mark Robson
6. The Cure for Love (1949)
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The Cure for Love
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Role:
Sergeant Jack Hardacre
Starring:
Renée Asherson, Thora Hird, Charles Victor, Marjorie Rhodes
Directed By:
Robert Donat, Alexander Shaw
9. The Magic Box (1951)
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The Magic Box
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This biographical drama captures the life of British inventor, William Friese-Greene, as he tirelessly works to successfully project moving images to create the world's first motion picture camera. His obsession with his work bankrupts him, damages his health, and ruins his personal relationships, while greedy businessmen of the film industry fail to recognize the novelty of his creation.

Starring:
Richard Attenborough, Laurence Olivier, Edward Chapman, Renée Asherson, Robert Beatty
Directed By:
John Boulting
10. Perfect Strangers (1945)
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Perfect Strangers
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Married couple Robert and Catherine lead a staid, somewhat indifferent marital life. During WWII, Robert enlists in British Navy while Catherine joins WRENs, and are separated for over three years. As their personalities evolve following various experiences; both realize how drab their life was. Now they are afraid to re-unite and face the earlier life. What does the future hold for them?

Role:
Robert Wilson
Starring:
Deborah Kerr, Roger Moore, Glynis Johns, Ann Todd
Directed By:
Alexander Korda
11. The Adventures of Tartu (1943)
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The Adventures of Tartu
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Role:
Captain Terence Stevenson
Starring:
Walter Rilla, Valerie Hobson, Glynis Johns, Phyllis Morris
Directed By:
Harold S. Bucquet
12. Knight Without Armour (1937)
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Knight Without Armour
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British agent, A.J. Fothergill, disguises himself as a Russian to keep an eye on the Russian revolutionaries. Later, he is imprisoned in Siberia. He is set free post the 1917 revolution and is assigned to take Alexandra, daughter of a Russian nobleman, for trial in Petrograd. However, civil war has broken out between the Red Army and White Army.

Role:
A.J. Fothergill
Starring:
Marlene Dietrich, Irene Vanbrugh, Herbert Lomas, Austin Trevor
Directed By:
Jacques Feyder
13. Lease of Life (1954)
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Lease of Life
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Role:
William Thorne
Starring:
Kay Walsh, Walter Fitzgerald, Denholm Elliott, Adrienne Corri
Directed By:
Charles Frend
14. The New Lot (1943)
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The New Lot
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Role:
Actor (uncredited)
Starring:
Ian Fleming, Eric Ambler, Ivor Barnard, Philip Godfrey
Directed By:
Carol Reed
15. The Ghost Goes West (1935)
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The Ghost Goes West
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Role:
Murdoch Glourie / Donald Glourie
Starring:
Elsa Lanchester, Eugene Pallette, Jean Parker, Ralph Bunker
Directed By:
René Clair
16. Captain Boycott (1947)
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Captain Boycott
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Based on true events of the 19th century Irish history. British landlord Captain Boycott of County Mayo extorts exorbitant high rents from his tenant farmers and enforces eviction on any lapse. Farmer Hugh Davin, inspired by President of Irish Land League Charles Parnell, organizes the oppressed farmers into a non-violent rebellion against the landowner by refusing to cooperate with him in any way. 

Starring:
Stewart Granger, Alastair Sim, Cecil Parker, Mervyn Johns
Directed By:
Frank Launder
17. The Young Mr. Pitt (1942)
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The Young Mr. Pitt
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This biopic revolves around William Pitt who was appointed as the Prime Minister of England by King George III, at just the age of 24. However, members of the Parliament refuses to take him seriously, and therefore an election is conducted, in which he wins. He works on reforming the country, at the same time when Napoleon begins his conquest of Europe.

Role:
William Pitt / The Earl of Chatham
Starring:
Sir John Mills, John Mills, Robert Morley, Herbert Lom, Phyllis Calvert
Directed By:
Carol Reed
18. For Love or Money (1933)
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For Love or Money
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Role:
Paul Martin
Starring:
Edmund Gwenn, Wendy Barrie, Lawrence Grossmith, Morris Harvey
Directed By:
Zoltan Korda
19. Men of Tomorrow (1932)
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Men of Tomorrow
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Role:
Julian Angell
Starring:
Merle Oberon, Emlyn Williams, Joan Gardner, Maurice Braddell
Directed By:
Zoltan Korda, Leontine Sagan

TV Shows and Videos

Kraft Television Theatre (1947)
Kraft Television Theatre
Starring:
Inger Stevens, Cloris Leachman, Ed Asner, Ossie Davis, George Reeves, Rod Steiger, Sal Mineo
Directed By:
William A. Graham, Stanley Quinn, Paul Bogart, Harry Herrmann, Richard Dunlap

Robert Donat Awards

Academy Awards
Goodbye, Mr. Chips Best Actor in a Leading Role 1940