The Best James Garner Movies Films

The Best James Garner Movies

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List of the best James Garner movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. James Garner may be best known for his roles in great TV series like Maverick and The Rockford Files, but his filmography is equally as impressive. James Garner's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top James Garner movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated James Garner movies will be at the top of the list. James Garner has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest James Garner movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining James Garner films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best James Garner role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest James Garner performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

List films range from The Great Escape to The Notebook.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best James Garner movies?" and "What are the greatest James Garner roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Garner's early work, you might also enjoy our list of best Steve McQueen movies and best Bruce Dern movies.


Robert Altman and Clint Eastwood are among those who have directed James Garner at one point or another during their careers in the film industry. If you're a fan of James Garner, then check out our lists of the best Rod Steiger and Brian Dennehy movies as well.



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    Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner

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    Support Your Local Sheriff!

    James Garner, Bruce Dern, Walter Brennan

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    Maverick

    Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Corey Feldman

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    Murphy's Romance

    Sally Field, Corey Haim, James Garner

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    Support Your Local Gunfighter

    James Garner, Suzanne Pleshette, Joan Blondell

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    The Notebook

    Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner

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    Bret Maverick: The Lazy Ace
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    The Americanization of Emily

    Julie Andrews, James Garner, James Coburn

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    Space Cowboys

    Clint Eastwood, Jon Hamm, Jay Leno

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    My Fellow Americans

    Lauren Bacall, Dan Aykroyd, Jack Lemmon

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    Move Over, Darling

    Doris Day, James Garner, Don Knotts

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    Duel at Diablo

    Sidney Poitier, James Garner, Bibi Andersson

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    Victor Victoria

    Julie Andrews, James Garner, Alex Karras

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    Grand Prix

    James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Toshiro Mifune

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    Up Periscope

    James Garner, Frank Gifford, Alan Hale

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    The Thrill of It All

    Doris Day, James Garner, ZaSu Pitts

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    Tank

    James Garner, James Cromwell, Shirley Jones

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    The Ultimate Gift

    Abigail Breslin, James Garner, Brian Dennehy

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    Cash McCall

    Natalie Wood, James Garner, Dean Jagger

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    Marlowe

    Bruce Lee, James Garner, Rita Moreno

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    36 Hours

    James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Taylor

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    Darby's Rangers

    James Garner, Jack Warden, Stuart Whitman

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    Skin Game

    James Garner, Ed Asner, Louis Gossett

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    Hour of the Gun

    Jon Voight, James Garner, Jason Robards Jr.

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    Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

    Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd, Maggie Smith

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    Sayonara

    Marlon Brando, James Garner, Red Buttons

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    A Man Called Sledge

    James Garner, Dennis Weaver, Laura Antonelli

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    The New Maverick

    James Garner, Susan Sullivan, Eugene Roche

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    A Man Could Get Killed

    James Garner, Sandra Dee, Melina Mercouri

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    They Only Kill Their Masters

    James Garner, Katharine Ross, Hal Holbrook

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    Barbarians at the Gate

    James Garner, Rita Wilson, Jonathan Pryce

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    Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend

    James Garner, Angie Dickinson, Randolph Scott

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    My Name Is Bill W.

    James Woods, Gary Sinise, James Garner

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    Sunset

    Bruce Willis, Malcolm McDowell, James Garner

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    Alias Jesse James

    Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Gary Cooper

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    Boys' Night Out

    Kim Novak, James Garner, Zsa Zsa Gábor

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    The Wheeler Dealers

    James Garner, Lee Remick, John Astin

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    The Castaway Cowboy

    James Garner, Vera Miles, Robert Culp

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    Twilight

    Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick

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    The Children's Hour

    Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner

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    The Distinguished Gentleman

    Eddie Murphy, James Garner, Charles S. Dutton

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    Decoration Day

    Laurence Fishburne, James Garner, Ruby Dee

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    Fire in the Sky

    James Garner, Robert Patrick, Peter Berg

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    Atlantis: The Lost Empire

    Michael J. Fox, Leonard Nimoy, James Garner

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    Heartsounds

    Mary Tyler Moore, James Garner, Wendy Crewson

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    The Fan

    Lauren Bacall, Dana Delany, James Garner

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    The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration

    Olivia Newton-John, Kiefer Sutherland, Bernadette Peters

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    One Little Indian

    Jodie Foster, James Garner, Vera Miles

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    Promise

    James Woods, James Garner, Piper Laurie

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    The Art of Love

    Dick Van Dyke, James Garner, Carl Reiner

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