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The Best Alan Ladd Movies

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List of the best Alan Ladd movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Alan Ladd'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 Alan Ladd movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Alan Ladd movies will be at the top of the list. Alan Ladd has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Alan Ladd movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Alan Ladd films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

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    Shane

    Jack Palance, Jean Arthur
    Shane is a 1953 American Technicolor Western film from Paramount. It was produced and directed...  more

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    This Gun for Hire

    Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd
    This Gun for Hire is a 1942 film noir, directed by Frank Tuttle and based on the novel A Gun...  more
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    Appointment with Danger

    Alan Ladd, Harry Morgan
    Appointment with Danger is an American crime film noir directed by Lewis Allen and written by...  more
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    Thunder in the East

    Deborah Kerr, Charles Boyer
    Thunder in the East is a 1952 war drama film released by Paramount Pictures, and directed by...  more
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    Citizen Kane

    Orson Welles, Alan Ladd
    Citizen Kane is a 1941 American drama film produced by, co-written by, directed by and...  more

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    O.S.S.

    Alan Ladd, Geraldine Fitzgerald
    O.S.S. is a 1946 war film starring Alan Ladd and Geraldine Fitzgerald about the Office of...  more
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    Desert Legion

    Alan Ladd, Arlene Dahl
    Desert Legion is a 1953 American action film directed by Joseph Pevney and starring Alan Ladd,...  more
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    The Blue Dahlia

    Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd
    The Blue Dahlia is a 1946 film noir, directed by George Marshall and written by Raymond...  more

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    The Carpetbaggers

    George Peppard, Archie Moore
    The Carpetbaggers is a 1964 American film directed by Edward Dmytryk, based upon the...  more
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    Hell on Frisco Bay

    Jayne Mansfield, Edward G. Robinson
    Hell on Frisco Bay is a 1955 American crime film directed by Frank Tuttle, starring Alan Ladd,...  more
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    Botany Bay

    Alan Ladd, Cedric Hardwicke
    Botany Bay is a 1953 American drama film directed by John Farrow and starring Alan Ladd, James...  more
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    Whispering Smith

    Alan Ladd, Robert Preston
    Whispering Smith is a Western film starring Alan Ladd as a railroad detective assigned to stop...  more
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    Captain Carey, U.S.A.

    Alan Ladd, Russ Tamblyn
    Captain Carey, U.S.A. is a 1950 drama film starring Alan Ladd, Wanda Hendrix, and Francis...  more
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    The McConnell Story

    June Allyson, Alan Ladd
    The McConnell Story is a 1955 dramatization of the life and career of U.S. Air Force pilot...  more
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    Branded

    Alan Ladd, Milburn Stone
    Branded is a 1950 western film starring Alan Ladd, Mona Freeman, Charles Bickford, and Robert...  more
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    The Black Cat

    Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathbone
    The Black Cat is a 1941 film loosely based on the short story by Edgar Allan Poe. The...  more
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    The Red Beret

    Alan Ladd, Leo Genn
    The Red Beret is a 1953 British war film directed by Terence Young and starring Alan Ladd, Leo...  more
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    The Black Knight

    Peter Cushing, Alan Ladd
    The Black Knight is a 1954 film starring Alan Ladd as the title character and Peter Cushing...  more

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    Salty O'Rourke

    Alan Ladd
    Salty O'Rourke is a 1945 film directed by Raoul Walsh. It stars Alan Ladd and Gail Russell. It...  more
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    All the Young Men

    Sidney Poitier, Alan Ladd
    All the Young Men is a 1960 Korean War feature film starring Alan Ladd and Sidney Poitier...  more
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    The Man in the Net

    Alan Ladd, Carolyn Jones
    The Man in the Net is a 1959 American film noir starring Alan Ladd and Carolyn Jones. The taut...  more
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    The Iron Mistress

    Alan Ladd, Virginia Mayo
    The Iron Mistress is a 1952 film directed by Gordon Douglas....  more
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    Alan Ladd
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    Guns of the Timberland

    Jeanne Crain, Frankie Avalon
    Guns of the Timberland is a 1960 feature film starring Alan Ladd and Jeanne Crain. It was made...  more