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Every James Stewart Movie, Ranked Best to Worst  

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The best James Stewart movies of all time prove that he was one of the top actors of his generation. Active from the 1930s up to the ‘90s, Stewart has appeared in plenty of blockbusters and critically-acclaimed movies, earning awards and accolades along the way. His highest grossing movies have been well-received at the box office as well, as he was voted as one of the most popular stars for a number of years.

Born in 1908, James Stewart was the oldest of three children. While he wanted to attend the United States Naval Academy, his father was able to persuade him into enrolling in Princeton University. At Princeton, he became attracted to drama and eventually joined a troupe.

During World War II, he enlisted in the Army and went on to serve in the Army Air Force. While he did not see combat for several years—much to his chagrin—he eventually had the opportunity to lead air combat missions over Europe. After the war, he returned to acting and became a leading man. Some of his best work, such as It’s a Wonderful Life and Vertigo, were from this period.

So what are the best James Stewart movies of all time? Is it Rear Window or Mr. Smith Goes to Washington? See what fans have ranked as their favorite James Stewart movies below. Movie trailers have been included below if you want a preview of the film. If you think the best James Stewart role isn't at the top, then vote it up. Don’t see it listed? Add it so that others may vote for it. After all, this list of the best James Stewart movies should be as comprehensive as possible. 

James Stewart worked with many famous directors, including big names like Alfred Hitchcock and John Ford. Is Stewart your favorite person to watch on the big screen? If so, you might also want to vote on our best Gregory Peck and Henry Fonda films lists too.

James Stewart worked with many famous directors, including big names like Alfred Hitchcock and John Ford. Is James Stewart your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best Gregory Peck and Henry Fonda films lists too.

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James Stewart, Walter Brennan, Harry Morgan
The Far Country is a 1954 American Western Technicolor romance film directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart, Ruth Roman, and Walter Brennan. Written by Borden Chase, the film is ...more

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#104 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #32 of 63 The Best Western Movies of the 1950s

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James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon
Bell, Book and Candle is a 1958 American romantic comedy Technicolor film directed by Richard Quine, based on the successful Broadway play by John Van Druten, which stars James Stewart and Kim ...more

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James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, John Saxon
Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation is a 1962 American comedy film directed by Henry Koster and starring James Stewart and Maureen O'Hara. The film is based on a novel by Edward Streeter and features a ...more
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James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Shirley Jones
The Cheyenne Social Club is a 1970 Western comedy, written by James Lee Barrett, directed and produced by Gene Kelly, and starring James Stewart, Henry Fonda and Shirley Jones. It's the story ...more

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#102 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #970 of 1,204 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #105 of 202 The Best Comedy Movies of the 1970s

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James Stewart, Adam West, Vera Miles
The FBI Story is a 1959 American drama film starring James Stewart, and produced and directed by Mervyn LeRoy. The screenplay by Richard L. Breen and John Twist is based on a book by Don
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James Stewart, June Allyson, Harry Morgan
Strategic Air Command is a 1955 American film starring James Stewart and June Allyson, and directed by Anthony Mann. Released by Paramount Pictures, it was the first of four films that depicted ...more
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James Stewart, June Allyson, Agnes Moorehead
The Stratton Story is a 1949 film directed by Sam Wood which tells the true story of Monty Stratton, a Major League Baseball pitcher who pitched for the Chicago White Sox from 1934-1938. This is ...more
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James Stewart, Audie Murphy, Jack Elam
Night Passage is a 1957 Western film starring James Stewart and Audie Murphy.
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James Stewart, Edward G. Robinson, Ricardo Montalbán
Cheyenne Autumn is a 1964 Western movie starring Richard Widmark, Carroll Baker, James Stewart, and Edward G. Robinson. Regarded as an epic film, it tells the story of a factual event, the ...more

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#123 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #42 of 116 The Best Native American Movies

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James Stewart, Shirley Jones, Richard Widmark
Two Rode Together is a western film directed by John Ford, and starring James Stewart, Richard Widmark, and Shirley Jones. The supporting cast includes Linda Cristal, Andy Devine, and John ...more
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James Stewart, Myrna Loy, William Powell
After the Thin Man is a 1936 American film, starring William Powell, Myrna Loy, and James Stewart, that is the sequel to the film The Thin Man. The movie presents Powell and Loy as Dashiell ...more
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James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Bob Hope
The Greatest Show on Earth is a 1952 American drama film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille, shot in Technicolor, and released by Paramount Pictures. Set in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum ...more

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#85 of 93 The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies #153 of 241 Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Sucklisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, Jack Hawkins
No Highway in the Sky is a 1951 British disaster film directed by Henry Koster and starring James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich. The film is based on the novel No Highway by Nevil Shute, and was ...more
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James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith
The Rare Breed is a 1966 American western film starring James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Juliet Mills and Ben Johnson and directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. Loosely based on the life of ...more
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James Stewart, Carole Lombard, Charles Coburn
Made for Each Other is a 1939 drama film directed by John Cromwell, produced by David O. Selznick, and starring Carole Lombard, James Stewart and Charles Coburn. Lombard and Stewart portray a ...more
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James Stewart, James Arness, Jean Hagen
Carbine Williams is a 1952 American drama film directed by Richard Thorpe and starring James Stewart. The film follows the life of its namesake, David Marshall Williams, who invented the ...more
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James Stewart, Robert Young, Robert Stack
The Mortal Storm is a drama film from MGM directed by Frank Borzage and starring Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart.
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James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Inger Stevens
Firecreek is a 1968 western movie directed by Vincent McEveety and starring James Stewart and Henry Fonda in his second role as an antagonist that year. The film is similar to High Noon in that ...more

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#154 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #38 of 47 The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s

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James Stewart, Gary Cooper, Hattie McDaniel
The Shopworn Angel is a 1938 American drama film directed by H. C. Potter and starring James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan, and Walter Pidgeon. The MGM release featured the second screen pairing of ...more
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Raquel Welch, James Stewart, Dean Martin
Bandolero! is a 1968 western directed by Andrew V. McLaglen starring James Stewart, Dean Martin, Raquel Welch and George Kennedy. The story centers on two brothers on a run from the posse, led ...more

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#150 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #14 of 39 The Best Raquel Welch Movies

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James Stewart, Robert Young, Lionel Barrymore
Navy Blue and Gold is a 1937 American Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film starring Robert Young, James Stewart and Lionel Barrymore.
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Brigitte Bardot, James Stewart, Fabian
Dear Brigitte is a 1965 American DeLuxe Color family-comedy in CinemaScope starring James Stewart and directed by Henry Koster.
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James Stewart
Mr. Krueger's Christmas is a 1980 made-for-television film starring James Stewart and directed by Kieth Merrill. It was created by Brigham Young University for The Church of Jesus Christ of ...more
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James Stewart, Joan Collins, Robert Mitchum
The Big Sleep is a 1978 film, the second film version of Raymond Chandler's 1939 novel of the same name. The picture was directed by Michael Winner and stars Robert Mitchum in his second feature ...more
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Christopher Lee, James Stewart, Olivia de Havilland
Airport '77 is a 1977 disaster film and third movie in the Airport franchise. The film stars a number of veteran actors, including Jack Lemmon, James Stewart, Joseph Cotten, Christopher Lee and ...more

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#183 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #263 of 265 The Best Ensemble Movies #74 of 569 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time