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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 James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

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Rear Window Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington James Stewart, Claude Rains, Jean Arthur

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance John Wayne, James Stewart, Lee Marvin

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Vertigo James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

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Harvey James Stewart, Fess Parker, Cecil Kellaway

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The Philadelphia Story Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart

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The Shop Around the Corner James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Margaret Sullavan

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The Glenn Miller Story James Stewart, Louis Armstrong, Marion Ross

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The Man Who Knew Too Much James Stewart, Doris Day, Alfred Hitchcock

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Shenandoah James Stewart, Katharine Ross, George Kennedy

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Winchester '73 James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis

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Anatomy of a Murder James Stewart, George C. Scott, Lee Remick

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The Spirit of St. Louis James Stewart, Murray Hamilton, Marc Connelly

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The Flight of the Phoenix James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Ernest Borgnine

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Rope James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock, Cedric Hardwicke

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You Can't Take It With You James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Ann Miller

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The Naked Spur James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan

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The Shootist John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, James Stewart

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Call Northside 777 James Stewart, Thelma Ritter, Lee J. Cobb

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Destry Rides Again James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, Billy Gilbert

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How the West Was Won John Wayne, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds

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The Man from Laramie James Stewart, Jack Elam, Arthur Kennedy

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The Far Country James Stewart, Walter Brennan, Harry Morgan

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Broken Arrow James Stewart, Debra Paget, Will Geer

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Bend of the River James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Harry Morgan

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Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, John Saxon

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The Cheyenne Social Club James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Shirley Jones

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Bell, Book and Candle James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon

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The FBI Story James Stewart, Adam West, Vera Miles

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The Stratton Story James Stewart, June Allyson, Agnes Moorehead

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Strategic Air Command James Stewart, June Allyson, Harry Morgan

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After the Thin Man James Stewart, Myrna Loy, William Powell

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Night Passage James Stewart, Audie Murphy, Jack Elam

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The Rare Breed James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith

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Cheyenne Autumn James Stewart, Edward G. Robinson, Ricardo Montalbán

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The Greatest Show on Earth James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Bob Hope

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Two Rode Together James Stewart, Shirley Jones, Richard Widmark

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No Highway in the Sky James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, Jack Hawkins

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Made for Each Other James Stewart, Carole Lombard, Charles Coburn

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The Mortal Storm James Stewart, Robert Young, Robert Stack

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Carbine Williams James Stewart, James Arness, Jean Hagen

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Mr. Krueger's Christmas James Stewart

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Navy Blue and Gold James Stewart, Robert Young, Lionel Barrymore

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The Big Sleep James Stewart, Joan Collins, Robert Mitchum

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Firecreek James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Inger Stevens

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Seventh Heaven James Stewart, Gale Sondergaard, Simone Simon

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The Shopworn Angel James Stewart, Gary Cooper, Hattie McDaniel

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Dear Brigitte Brigitte Bardot, James Stewart, Fabian

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Magic Town James Stewart, Jane Wyman, Regis Toomey