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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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  • 1
    Jack Palance, Jean Arthur
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    Released1953

    Directed byGeorge Stevens

    Shane is a 1953 American Technicolor Western film from Paramount. It was produced and directed by George Stevens from a screenplay by A. B. Guthrie, Jr., based on the 1949 novel of the same name by...  more

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    Deborah Kerr, Charles Boyer
    79
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    Released1952

    Directed byCharles Vidor

    Thunder in the East is a 1952 war drama film released by Paramount Pictures, and directed by Charles Vidor, based on novel Rage of the Vulture by Alan Moorehead....  more
  • 3
    Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd
    80
    14

    Released1942

    Directed byFrank Tuttle

    This Gun for Hire is a 1942 film noir, directed by Frank Tuttle and based on the novel A Gun for Sale by Graham Greene. The film stars Veronica Lake, Robert Preston, Laird Cregar, and Alan Ladd....  more
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    George Peppard, Archie Moore
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    17

    Released1964

    Directed byEdward Dmytryk

    The Carpetbaggers is a 1964 American film directed by Edward Dmytryk, based upon the best-selling novel The Carpetbaggers by Harold Robbins, and starring George Peppard as Jonas Cord, a character...  more
  • 5
    Alan Ladd, Geraldine Fitzgerald
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    12

    Released1946

    Directed byIrving Pichel

    O.S.S. is a 1946 war film starring Alan Ladd and Geraldine Fitzgerald about the Office of Strategic Services....  more
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    Alan Ladd, Arlene Dahl
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    6

    Released1953

    Directed byJoseph Pevney

    Desert Legion is a 1953 American action film directed by Joseph Pevney and starring Alan Ladd, Arlene Dahl, Richard Conte and Akim Tamiroff....  more
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  • 7
    Alan Ladd, Stanley Baker
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    15

    Released1954

    Directed byMark Robson

    Hell Below Zero is a murder mystery film, starring Alan Ladd in the second of his films for Warwick Films. The film was directed by Mark Robson, and was written by Alec Coppel and Max Trell. The film...  more
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  • 8
    Alan Ladd, Leo Genn
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    13

    Released1953

    Directed byTerence Young

    The Red Beret is a 1953 British war film directed by Terence Young and starring Alan Ladd, Leo Genn and Susan Stephen. It is the fictitious story about an American who enlists in the British...  more
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  • 9
    Alan Ladd, Cedric Hardwicke
    42
    5

    Released1953

    Directed byJohn Farrow

    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
  • 10
    Alan Ladd, Robert Preston
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    Released1948

    Directed byLeslie Fenton

    Whispering Smith is a Western film starring Alan Ladd as a railroad detective assigned to stop a gang of train robbers. The supporting cast includes Robert Preston and Brenda Marshall. The picture is...  more
  • 11
    Alan Ladd, Milburn Stone
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    17

    Released1950

    Directed byRudolph Maté

    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
  • 12
    Sidney Poitier, Alan Ladd
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    Released1960

    Directed byHall Bartlett

    All the Young Men is a 1960 Korean War feature film starring Alan Ladd and Sidney Poitier dealing with desegregation in the United States Marine Corps....  more
  • 13
    Donna Reed, Alan Ladd
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    4

    Released1949

    Directed byLewis Allen

    Chicago Deadline is a 1949 film directed by Lewis Allen....  more
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  • 14
    Alan Ladd, Virginia Mayo
    35
    13

    Released1952

    Directed byGordon Douglas

    The Iron Mistress is a 1952 film directed by Gordon Douglas....  more
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  • 15
    26
    4

    Released1944

    Directed byIrving Pichel

    And Now Tomorrow is a 1944 film directed by Irving Pichel....  more
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    Alan Ladd, Harry Morgan
    27
    9

    Released1951

    Directed byLewis Allen

    Appointment with Danger is an American crime film noir directed by Lewis Allen and written by Richard L. Breen and Warren Duff. The drama features Alan Ladd, Phyllis Calvert, Paul Stewart, among...  more
  • 17
    Alan Ladd, Joey Bishop
    22
    4

    Released1958

    Directed byRudolph Maté

    The Deep Six is a 1958 Warner Bros. World War II drama film directed by Rudolph Maté, loosely based on a novel of the same name by Martin Dibner. The story depicts the conflicts of a naval officer in...  more
  • 18
    Alan Ladd, Jack La Rue
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    3

    Released1941

    Directed byPhil Rosen

    Paper Bullets is a 1941 American film directed by Phil Rosen and produced by the King Brothers....  more
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  • 19
    Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd
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    46

    Released1946

    Directed byGeorge Marshall

    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....  more
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  • 20
    Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney
    17
    2

    Released1941

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  • 21
    Alan Ladd, Gail Russell
    24
    11

    Released1947

    Directed byJohn Farrow

    Calcutta is a 1947 film directed by John Farrow....  more
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  • 22
    Dorothy Lamour, Alan Ladd
    18
    4

    Released1947

    Directed byTay Garnett

    Wild Harvest is a 1947 film directed by Tay Garnett. It stars Alan Ladd and Dorothy Lamour....  more
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  • 23
    Ernest Borgnine, Alan Ladd
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    10

    Released1958

    Directed byDelmer Daves

    The Badlanders is a western caper film directed by Delmer Daves and starring Alan Ladd and Ernest Borgnine. It was written by Richard Collins, based upon the novel The Asphalt Jungle by W. R. Burnett....  more
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  • 24
    Alan Ladd, William Bendix
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    5

    Released1946

    Directed byJohn Farrow

    Two Years Before the Mast is a 1946 adventure film based on Richard Henry Dana Jr.'s travel book of the same name....  more
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    Veronica Lake, Ray Milland
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    Released1935

    Directed byFrank Tuttle

    The Glass Key, released in 1935, is the first of two film adaptations of the suspense novel The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett. The film stars George Raft, featuring Edward Arnold and Claire Dodd, and...  more
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