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The Best Ava Gardner Movies

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

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

List is made up of a variety of films, including Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid and Singapore.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Ava Gardner movies?" and "What are the greatest Ava Gardner roles of all time?"
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  • Lusty defrocked minister Lawrence Shannon (Richard Burton) is a tour guide in Mexico. Leading a tourist group from a Baptist women's college, he finds it difficult to avoid acting on his attraction ...more
  • Mogambo
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    Victor Marswell (Clark Gable) is a big-game hunter in Kenya. After Eloise Kelly (Ava Gardner) is stood up by a friend there, she falls in with Marswell. Shortly thereafter, the Nordleys (Grace Kelly, ...more
  • Fishermen in 1930s Spain find the bodies of a 17th-century Dutch sea captain (James Mason) and a woman (Ava Gardner) willing to die for him.
  • After World War III, Australia is the only remaining haven for mankind. However, wind currents carrying lingering radiation all but condemn those on the continent to the same fate suffered by the ...more
  • Washed-up film director Harry Dawes (Humphrey Bogart) gets a second chance at stardom when he discovers stunning peasant Maria Vargas (Ava Gardner) dancing in a nightclub in Madrid, Spain. Goaded by ...more
  • Two hit men walk into a diner asking for a man called "the Swede" (Burt Lancaster). When the killers find the Swede, he's expecting them and doesn't put up a fight. Since the Swede had a life ...more
  • When accomplished novelist Fedja (Gregory Peck) becomes enamored of the stunningly beautiful and mysterious Pauline (Ava Gardner) on a train to Paris, he abandons his plans and instead goes with her ...more
  • When it comes to music on the Mississippi river, the Cotton Blossom show boat is the place to go. When musical main attraction Julie Laverne (Ava Gardner) and her husband are suddenly forced to leave ...more
  • The life of celebrated American writer Harry Street (Gregory Peck) flashes back before his eyes as he lies dying from a wound suffered at the foot of Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro. As he is tended to ...more
  • Seven Days in May is a 1964 drama-romance film written by Fletcher Knebel, Charles W. Bailey II and Rod Serling and directed by John Frankenheimer.
  • Wealthy New York City investment broker Brandon Bourne is a compulsive philanderer, much to the consternation of his wife, Jessie (Barbara Stanwyck). When Brandon reignites an affair with his old ...more
  • One Touch of Venus is a 1948 black-and-white American romantic musical comedy film directed by William A. Seiter, starring Robert Walker and Ava Gardner, released by Universal-International, and ...more
  • Jake Barnes (Tyrone Power), a journalist from the United States, comes out of World War I injured and disillusioned. Rather than return home, he chooses to leave his past behind and move to Paris, ...more
  • Victoria Jones (Ava Gardner) is a half-Indian, half-British woman living in India on the verge of its independence. She is torn between her Indian and her British heritage, just as she is torn ...more
  • The Bribe
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    Federal agent Rigby (Robert Taylor) travels to a Central American island to investigate stolen war surplus. Suspicion falls on veteran Tugwell Hintten (John Hodiak) and his alluring singer wife, ...more
  • Tam-Lin
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    Tam-Lin, also known as The Ballad of Tam-Lin, The Devil's Widow and The Devil's Woman, is a 1970 British film made by Commonwealth United Entertainment, Winkast Film Productions Ltd. and distributed ...more
  • Medieval tales of love and war as the gallant Sir Lancelot rides into battle beside King Arthur while harboring a secret love for his Queen. After successfully defending his beloved country, Arthur ...more
  • This historical epic dramatizes the Battle of Peking, a turning point of the Boxer Rebellion in China in 1900. When Dowager Empress Tzu-Hsi (Flora Robson) orders the Boxers, a group of Chinese secret ...more
  • Arturo (Dirk Bogarde), a priest on the run from the Loyalists during the Spanish Civil War, meets up with cabaret dancer Soledad (Ava Gardner), who hides him in her apartment. Already struggling with ...more
  • Terrorists have planted a deadly virus on a transcontinental train. On board are the glamorous Jennifer Chamberlain (Sophia Loren) and her ex-husband, Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain (Richard Harris), as ...more
  • When Barbara Beaurevel (Ava Gardner) inherits a large amount of money from her grandmother, the community is curious about its suspicious origins. But Barbara is focused on her love for Mark Lucas ...more
  • Eager to reestablish his advertising career after the war, Vic Norman (Clark Gable) convinces an executive (Adolphe Menjou) that he can secure the challenging Evans Beauty Soap account. Despite the ...more
  • Saved from near death by a young Mexican girl, a former outlaw sets himself up as sole arbiter of the law in a small town. The town prospers as Judge Bean robs and hangs anyone with money that comes ...more
  • When a major earthquake hits Los Angeles, the various residents of the city cope with the chaos and destruction. Successful architect Stewart Graff (Charlton Heston) argues with his demanding wife, ...more
  • The Bible: In the Beginning... is a 1966 American-Italian religious epic film produced by Dino De Laurentiis and directed by John Huston. It recounts the first 22 chapters of the biblical Book of ...more