film The Best James Dean Movies  

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

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

This list includes The Dark, Dark Hours, Trouble Along the Way and more.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best James Dean movies?" and "What are the greatest James Dean roles of all time?"

Is James Dean your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best Paul Newman and Grace Kelly films lists too.

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Rebel Without a Cause Natalie Wood, James Dean, Dennis Hopper Rebel Without a Cause is a 1955 American drama film about emotionally confused suburban, middle-class teenagers. The film stars James Dean, Sal Mineo and Natalie Wood. Directed by Nicholas Ray, ...more

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East of Eden James Dean, Burl Ives, Raymond Massey East of Eden is a 1955 film, directed by Elia Kazan, and loosely based on the second half of the 1952 novel of the same name by John Steinbeck. It is about a wayward young man who, while seeking ...more

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Giant Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, Dennis Hopper Giant is a 1956 American drama film, directed by George Stevens from a screenplay adapted by Fred Guiol and Ivan Moffat from the novel by Edna Ferber. The film stars Elizabeth Taylor, Rock ...more

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Trouble Along the Way John Wayne, James Dean, Donna Reed Trouble Along the Way is a 1953 film starring John Wayne and Donna Reed, with a supporting cast including Charles Coburn and Marie Windsor. The movie was directed by Michael Curtiz, director of ...more

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Sailor Beware James Dean, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin Sailor Beware is a 1952 comedy film starring the comedy team of Martin and Lewis and is an adaption of a 1933 Kenyon Nicholson play of the same name. It was released on February 9, 1952 by ...more

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Has Anybody Seen My Gal? James Dean, Rock Hudson, Piper Laurie Has Anybody Seen My Gal? 1952 film comedy film directed by Douglas Sirk, and starring Piper Laurie, Rock Hudson, Charles Coburn, and Gigi Perreau. Set in the 1920s, the film is named after The ...more

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Fixed Bayonets! James Dean, Richard Basehart, John Doucette Fixed Bayonets! is a war film written and directed by Samuel Fuller and produced by Twentieth Century-Fox during the Korean War. It is Fuller's second film about the Korean War. In his motion ...more

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Deadline – U.S.A. James Dean, Humphrey Bogart, Ethel Barrymore Deadline – U.S.A. is a 1952 crime film starring Humphrey Bogart, Ethel Barrymore and Kim Hunter, written and directed by Richard Brooks. It is the story of a crusading newspaper editor who ...more

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The Dark, Dark Hours Ronald Reagan, James Dean, Claudette Colbert

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Super Hero Party Clown James Dean, Robbie Benson, Randy J. Blair Super Hero Party Clown is a 2010 comedy film directed and written by Jeremy M. Inman.