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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.

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Movie fans who love Alan Ladd have also been known to enjoy films starring Rod Steiger and Lee Remick.

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  • Enigmatic gunslinger Shane (Alan Ladd) rides into a small Wyoming town with hopes of quietly settling down as a farmhand. Taking a job on homesteader Joe Starrett's (Van Heflin) farm, Shane is drawn ...more
  • Sadistic killer-for-hire Raven (Alan Ladd) becomes enraged when his latest job is paid off in marked bills. Vowing to track down his double-crossing boss, nightclub executive Gates (Laird Cregar), ...more
  • Calcutta is a 1947 film directed by John Farrow.
  • The Blue Dahlia is a 1946 film noir, directed by George Marshall and written by Raymond Chandler. The film marks the third pairing of stars Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake.
  • Wild Harvest is a 1947 film directed by Tay Garnett. It stars Alan Ladd and Dorothy Lamour.
  • Luke "Whispering" Smith (Alan Ladd) is a mild-mannered policeman tasked with stopping a gang of train robbers, led by Barney Rebstock (Donald Crisp). Luke is faced with a conflict of interest when ...more
  • Branded is a 1950 western film starring Alan Ladd, Mona Freeman, Charles Bickford, and Robert Keith. It was adapted from the novel Montana Rides Again by Max Brand. A gunfighter on the run from the ...more
  • Saigon is a 1948 film starring Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake in their fourth and final film together. It was distributed by Paramount Pictures and was one of the last films Veronica Lake made under her ...more
  • In 1872, Modoc Indians ambush a stagecoach headed north to Oregon. The passengers include Johnny MacKay (Alan Ladd), who has been assigned by President Ulysses S. Grant to negotiate the surrender of ...more
  • In an attempt at reform, crime boss Paul Madvig (Edward Arnold) closes down a gang member's gambling den, then offers support to Senator John Henry's re-election, hoping to marry Henry's daughter ...more
  • In this slick updating of Dashiell Hammet's crime novel, political boss Paul Madvig (Brian Donlevy) falls for reform politician Ralph Henry's attractive daughter Janet (Veronica Lake), despite the ...more
  • While traveling to South Africa, former American Navy officer Duncan Craig (Alan Ladd) meets Judie Nordahl (Joan Tetzel), a woman investigating her father's mysterious death aboard a whaling ship in ...more
  • In this biopic, Jim Bowie (Alan Ladd) goes to New Orleans, where he falls for Judalon (Virginia Mayo) and befriends her brother, Narcisse (Douglas Dick). Soon, Jim is forced to avenge Narcisse's ...more
  • Desert Legion is a 1953 American action film directed by Joseph Pevney and starring Alan Ladd, Arlene Dahl, Richard Conte and Akim Tamiroff.
  • A sponge diver on a Greek island discovers a sunken ship filled with artifacts, including a priceless ancient gold statue of a boy on a dolphin. She and her boyfriend enlist the help of an American ...more
  • Spurred by love for the beautiful Lady Linet (Patricia Medina), humble sword-maker John (Alan Ladd) begins training to become a knight. When a raid on the castle leads to the death of Linet's mother ...more
  • Saskatchewan is a 1954 fictional American Northern/ western Technicolor film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Alan Ladd and Shelley Winters. The film was shot in Banff National Park, Alberta, ...more
  • Guns of the Timberland is a 1960 feature film starring Alan Ladd and Jeanne Crain. It was made by Ladd's Jaguar Productions and released through Warner Bros..
  • Botany Bay is a 1953 American drama film directed by John Farrow and starring Alan Ladd, James Mason and Patricia Medina. It was based on a novel of the same name by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman ...more
  • Two Years Before the Mast is a 1946 adventure film based on Richard Henry Dana Jr.'s travel book of the same name.
  • Al Goddard (Alan Ladd) is a detective employed by the U.S. Postal Service to investigate a murder of another detective. Once Goddard arrives in Indiana, he locates the key witness, Sister Augustine ...more
  • Hell on Frisco Bay is a 1955 American crime film directed by Frank Tuttle, starring Alan Ladd, Edward G. Robinson and Joanne Dru. It was made for Ladd's own production company, Jaguar. The film ...more
  • Big city advertising artist John Hamilton (Alan Ladd) abandons his career and relocates to a sleepy Connecticut community to paint for himself instead of for a paycheck. But his erratic spouse, Linda ...more
  • Lucky Jordan (Alan Ladd) is gangster living in New York City. When he's drafted into the army, he tries to escape duty by using an old con woman named Annie (Mabel Paige) to convince the draft board ...more
  • Nick Carraway (Macdonald Carey) resides among Long Island's elite during the 1920s. His enigmatic neighbor, Jay Gatsby (Alan Ladd), invites him to a party at his mansion, where they become ...more