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

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Jack Palance, Jean Arthur, Alan Ladd

Released: 1953

Directed by: George 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 ...more

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Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd, Robert Preston

Released: 1942

Directed by: Frank 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
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Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd, William Bendix

Released: 1946

Directed by: George 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.
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Alan Ladd, Robert Preston, William Demarest

Released: 1948

Directed by: Leslie 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 ...more
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Alan Ladd, Milburn Stone, Charles Bickford

Released: 1950

Directed by: Rudolph 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 ...more
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Veronica Lake, Ray Milland, Alan Ladd

Released: 1935

Directed by: Frank 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 ...more
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Deborah Kerr, Charles Boyer, Alan Ladd

Released: 1952

Directed by: Charles 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.
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Alan Ladd, Harry Morgan, Jack Webb

Released: 1951

Directed by: Lewis 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
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Alan Ladd, Geraldine Fitzgerald

Released: 1946

Directed by: Irving Pichel

O.S.S. is a 1946 war film starring Alan Ladd and Geraldine Fitzgerald about the Office of Strategic Services.
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Alan Ladd, Virginia Mayo, Alf Kjellin

Released: 1952

Directed by: Gordon Douglas

The Iron Mistress is a 1952 film directed by Gordon Douglas.
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Alan Ladd, Arlene Dahl, Akim Tamiroff

Released: 1953

Directed by: Joseph Pevney

Desert Legion is a 1953 American action film directed by Joseph Pevney and starring Alan Ladd, Arlene Dahl, Richard Conte and Akim Tamiroff.
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Peter Cushing, Alan Ladd, Harry Andrews

Released: 1954

Directed by: Tay Garnett

The Black Knight is a 1954 film starring Alan Ladd as the title character and Peter Cushing and Patrick Troughton as two conspirators attempting to overthrow King Arthur. It is the last of ...more

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Alan Ladd, Stanley Baker, Edward Hardwicke

Released: 1954

Directed by: Mark 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 ...more
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Alan Ladd, Gail Russell, William Bendix

Released: 1947

Directed by: John Farrow

Calcutta is a 1947 film directed by John Farrow.
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Sophia Loren, Alan Ladd, Clifton Webb

Released: 1957

Directed by: Jean Negulesco

Boy on a Dolphin is a 1957 20th Century Fox romantic film set in Greece and shot in CinemaScope. It was directed by Jean Negulesco and produced by Samuel G. Engel from a screenplay by Ivan ...more
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Wild Harvest Dorothy Lamour, Alan Ladd, Lloyd Nolan

Released: 1947

Directed by: Tay Garnett

Wild Harvest is a 1947 film directed by Tay Garnett. It stars Alan Ladd and Dorothy Lamour.
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Shelley Winters, Alan Ladd, Hugh O'Brian

Released: 1954

Directed by: Raoul Walsh

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, ...more
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Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd, Luther Adler

Released: 1948

Directed by: Leslie Fenton

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 ...more
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Jayne Mansfield, Edward G. Robinson, Alan Ladd

Released: 1955

Directed by: Frank Tuttle

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
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Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd, William Bendix

Released: 1942

Directed by: Stuart Heisler

The Glass Key is a 1942 film noir, directed by Stuart Heisler and based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett. An earlier film version had been released in 1935.
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Orson Welles, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead

Released: 1941

Directed by: Orson Welles

Citizen Kane is a 1941 American drama film produced by, co-written by, directed by and starring Orson Welles. The picture was Welles's first feature film. The film was nominated for Academy ...more

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Shelley Winters, Alan Ladd, Ed Begley

Released: 1949

Directed by: Elliott Nugent

The Great Gatsby is a feature film released by Paramount Pictures, directed by Elliott Nugent, and produced by Richard Maibaum, from a screenplay by Richard Maibaum and Cyril Hume. It is based ...more
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Alan Ladd, Cedric Hardwicke, Jonathan Harris

Released: 1953

Directed by: John 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 ...more
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Ernest Borgnine, Alan Ladd, Katy Jurado

Released: 1958

Directed by: Delmer 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.
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George Peppard, Archie Moore, Alan Ladd

Released: 1964

Directed by: Edward 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 ...more