The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked Films

The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked

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The best James Stewart movies of all time prove that he was one of the top actors of his generation. Active from the 1930s up to the ‘90s, Stewart has appeared in plenty of blockbusters and critically-acclaimed movies, earning awards and accolades along the way. His highest grossing movies have been well-received at the box office as well, as he was voted as one of the most popular stars for a number of years.

Born in 1908, James Stewart was the oldest of three children. While he wanted to attend the United States Naval Academy, his father was able to persuade him into enrolling in Princeton University. At Princeton, he became attracted to drama and eventually joined a troupe.

During World War II, he enlisted in the Army and went on to serve in the Army Air Force. While he did not see combat for several years—much to his chagrin—he eventually had the opportunity to lead air combat missions over Europe. After the war, he returned to acting and became a leading man. Some of his best work, such as It’s a Wonderful Life and Vertigo, were from this period.

So what are the best James Stewart movies of all time? Is it Rear Window or Mr. Smith Goes to Washington? See what fans have ranked as their favorite James Stewart movies below. Movie trailers have been included below if you want a preview of the film. If you think the best James Stewart role isn't at the top, then vote it up. Don’t see it listed? Add it so that others may vote for it. After all, this list of the best James Stewart movies should be as comprehensive as possible. 

James Stewart worked with many famous directors, including big names like Alfred Hitchcock and John Ford. Is Stewart your favorite person to watch on the big screen? If so, you might also want to vote on our best Gregory Peck and Henry Fonda films lists too.

James Stewart worked with many famous directors, including big names like Alfred Hitchcock and John Ford. Is James Stewart your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best Gregory Peck and Henry Fonda films lists too.

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    It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

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    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Claude Rains, Jean Arthur

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    Rear Window is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock

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    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valan... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    John Wayne, James Stewart, Lee Marvin

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    Harvey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked

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    James Stewart, Fess Parker, Cecil Kellaway

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    James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

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    The Philadelphia Story is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart

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    The Shop Around the Corner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Margaret Sullavan

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    Winchester '73 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis

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    The Man Who Knew Too Much is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Doris Day, Alfred Hitchcock

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    The Glenn Miller Story is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Louis Armstrong, Marion Ross

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    Anatomy of a Murder is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, George C. Scott, Lee Remick

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    Shenandoah is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Katharine Ross, George Kennedy

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    The Flight of the Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Ernest Borgnine

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    The Spirit of St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Murray Hamilton, Marc Connelly

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    The Naked Spur is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan

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    Rope is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock, Cedric Hardwicke

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    Call Northside 777 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Thelma Ritter, Lee J. Cobb

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    Destry Rides Again is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, Billy Gilbert

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    You Can't Take It With You is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Ann Miller

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    The Shootist is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, James Stewart

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    The Man from Laramie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Jack Elam, Arthur Kennedy

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    How the West Was Won is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    John Wayne, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds

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    Broken Arrow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Debra Paget, Will Geer

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    The Far Country is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Walter Brennan, Harry Morgan

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    Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, John Saxon

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    Bend of the River is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Harry Morgan

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    The Cheyenne Social Club is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Shirley Jones

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    Bell, Book and Candle is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon

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    The FBI Story is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Adam West, Vera Miles

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    The Stratton Story is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, June Allyson, Agnes Moorehead

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    After the Thin Man is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Myrna Loy, William Powell

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    The Rare Breed is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith

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    Strategic Air Command is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, June Allyson, Harry Morgan

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    The Greatest Show on Earth is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Bob Hope

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    Night Passage is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Audie Murphy, Jack Elam

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    No Highway in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, Jack Hawkins

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    Cheyenne Autumn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Edward G. Robinson, Ricardo Montalbán

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    The Mortal Storm is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Robert Young, Robert Stack

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    Carbine Williams is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, James Arness, Jean Hagen

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    Made for Each Other is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Carole Lombard, Charles Coburn

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    Two Rode Together is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Shirley Jones, Richard Widmark

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    Navy Blue and Gold is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Robert Young, Lionel Barrymore

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    Mr. Krueger's Christmas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart

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    Firecreek is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Inger Stevens

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    Seventh Heaven is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Gale Sondergaard, Simone Simon

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    Dear Brigitte is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Brigitte Bardot, James Stewart, Fabian

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    Thunder Bay is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Harry Morgan, Dan Duryea

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    Magic Town is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Jane Wyman, Regis Toomey

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    Vivacious Lady is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The 25+ Best James Stewart Movies of All Time, Ranked


    James Stewart, Ginger Rogers, Hattie McDaniel

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