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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?"

Movie fans who love Ava Gardner have also been known to enjoy films starring Rita Hayworth and Lauren Bacall.

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Ava Gardner, Richard Burton, Deborah Kerr
The Night of the Iguana is a 1964 film based on the 1961 play of the same name written by Tennessee Williams. Directed by John Huston, it featured Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, and Deborah Kerr. ...more

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Ava Gardner, Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire
On the Beach is a 1959 American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama film from United Artists, produced and directed by Stanley Kramer, starring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire and ...more

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Grace Kelly, Clark Gable, Ava Gardner
Mogambo is a 1953 American adventure/romantic drama film directed by John Ford and starring Clark Gable, Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly and featuring Donald Sinden. The film was adapted by John Lee ...more

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Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien
The Barefoot Contessa is a 1954 drama film written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz about the life and loves of fictional Spanish sex symbol Maria Vargas. It stars Humphrey Bogart, Ava ...more

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Ava Gardner, Burt Lancaster, Edmond O'Brien
The Killers is a 1946 American film noir directed by Robert Siodmak and based in part on the short story of the same name by Ernest Hemingway. It stars Burt Lancaster in his film debut, Ava ...more

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Ava Gardner, John Laurie, Nigel Patrick
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman is a 1951 British drama film made by Romulus Films and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the United States. The film was directed by Albert Lewin and produced by ...more

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Ava Gardner, Kathryn Grayson, Agnes Moorehead
Show Boat is a 1951 American musical romantic drama film based on the stage musical of the same name by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, and the 1926 novel by Edna Ferber. This 1951 film ...more

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Ava Gardner, Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward
The Snows of Kilimanjaro is a 1952 American Technicolor film based on the short story of the same name by Ernest Hemingway. The film version of the short story was directed by Henry King, ...more

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Ava Gardner, Eve Arden, Sara Allgood
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

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Ava Gardner, Gregory Peck, Ethel Barrymore
The Great Sinner is a 1949 drama film directed by Robert Siodmak.

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Kirk Douglas, Ava Gardner, Burt Lancaster
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.

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Ava Gardner, Ian McShane, Stephanie Beacham
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 ...more

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Ava Gardner, Stewart Granger, George Cukor
Bhowani Junction is a 1956 film adaptation of the 1954 novel Bhowani Junction by John Masters made by MGM. The film was directed by George Cukor and produced by Pandro S. Berman from a ...more

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Ava Gardner, Errol Flynn, Tyrone Power
The Sun Also Rises is a 1957 film adaptation of the Ernest Hemingway novel of the same name directed by Henry King. The screenplay was written by Peter Viertel and it starred Tyrone Power, Ava ...more

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Ava Gardner, Barbara Stanwyck, Cyd Charisse
East Side, West Side is a 1949 melodramatic crime film, starring Barbara Stanwyck as a wronged wife and Ava Gardner in one of her earliest roles, along with James Mason and Van Heflin. Based on ...more

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Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr
The Hucksters is a 1947 MGM film directed by Jack Conway and starring Clark Gable that marked the debut of Deborah Kerr in an American film. The supporting cast includes Sydney Greenstreet, ...more

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Ava Gardner, Vincent Price, Charles Laughton
The Bribe is a 1949 American crime film noir directed by Robert Z. Leonard and written by Marguerite Roberts, based on a story written by Frederick Nebel. The drama features Robert Taylor, Ava ...more

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Sophia Loren, O. J. Simpson, Martin Sheen
The Cassandra Crossing is a 1976 British disaster/thriller film directed by George Pan Cosmatos and starring Richard Harris, Sophia Loren, Martin Sheen, Burt Lancaster, Lee Strasberg, Ava ...more

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Paul Newman, Ava Gardner, Jacqueline Bissett
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean is a 1972 American western film written by John Milius, directed by John Huston, and starring Paul Newman. It was loosely based on the real-life, ...more

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Ava Gardner, George Raft, Victor McLaglen
Whistle Stop is a 1946 black and white crime film noir directed by Léonide Moguy and featuring starring George Raft and Ava Gardner. The screenplay is written by Philip Yordan, and based ...more

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Ava Gardner, Robert Mitchum, Melvyn Douglas
My Forbidden Past is a 1951 film directed by Robert Stevenson. It stars Robert Mitchum and Ava Gardner. Adapted from Polan Banks novel Carriage Entrance by Leopold Atlas.

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Ava Gardner, Myrna Loy, Donna Reed
Shadow of the Thin Man is the fourth of the six The Thin Man films. It was released in 1941 and was directed by W. S. Van Dyke. It stars William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles. ...more

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Ava Gardner, Robert Taylor, Stanley Baker
Knights of the Round Table is a 1953 British historical film made by MGM. Directed by Richard Thorpe and produced by Pandro S. Berman, it was the first film in Cinemascope made by that studio. ...more

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Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, David Niven
55 Days at Peking is a 1963 historical epic film starring Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, and David Niven, made by Samuel Bronston Productions, and released by Allied Artists. The movie was ...more

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Omar Sharif, Catherine Deneuve, Ava Gardner
Mayerling is a 1968 romantic tragedy film starring Omar Sharif, Catherine Deneuve, James Mason, Ava Gardner, Geneviève Page, James Robertson Justice and Andréa Parisy. It was ...more