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The Best Darren McGavin Movies

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

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

Examples of films on this list include Summertime and Captain America.

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    The Natural

    Kim Basinger, Robert Redford

    Released1984

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    The Natural is a 1984 sports drama. It is a film adaptation of Bernard Malamud's 1952 baseball novel of the same name, directed by Barry Levinson and starring Robert Redford, Glenn Close, and Robert...  more

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    Billy Madison

    Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi

    Released1995

    Directed byTamra Davis

    Billy Madison is a 1995 American family comedy film directed by Tamra Davis. It stars Adam Sandler in the title role, along with Bradley Whitford, Bridgette Wilson, Norm Macdonald, and Darren...  more

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    The Man with the Golden Arm

    Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak

    Released1955

    Directed byOtto Preminger

    The Man with the Golden Arm is a 1955 American drama film, based on the novel of the same name by Nelson Algren, which tells the story of a heroin addict who gets clean while in prison, but struggles...  more
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    Raw Deal

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Darren McGavin

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Irvin

    Raw Deal is 1986 American action film directed by John Irvin, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kathryn Harrold, Darren McGavin and Sam Wanamaker. The film was released in the United States on June 6,...  more
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    Hot Lead and Cold Feet

    Don Knotts, Darren McGavin

    Released1978

    Directed byRobert Butler

    Hot Lead and Cold Feet is a comedy western film produced by Walt Disney Productions and distributed by Buena Vista Distribution Company, starring Jim Dale, Don Knotts, Karen Valentine, Darren...  more

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    Turk 182!

    Kim Cattrall, Timothy Hutton

    Released1985

    Directed byBob Clark

    Turk 182! is a 1985 film starring Timothy Hutton, Robert Urich, Kim Cattrall, Robert Culp and Peter Boyle. It is also one of the first movies to receive a PG-13 rating....  more
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    By Dawn's Early Light

    James Earl Jones, Rebecca De Mornay

    Released1990

    Directed byJack Sholder

    By Dawn’s Early Light is an HBO Original Movie, aired in 1990 and set in 1991. It is based on the 1983 novel Trinity's Child, written by William Prochnau. The film is one of the last to depict the...  more

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    A Christmas Story

    Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon

    Released1983

    Directed byBob Clark

    A Christmas Story is a 1983 American Christmas comedy film based on the short stories and semi-fictional anecdotes of author and raconteur Jean Shepherd, based on his book In God We Trust: All Others...  more

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    Inherit the Wind

    Kirk Douglas, Jean Simmons

    Released1988

    Directed byDavid Greene

    Inherit the Wind is a 1988 television film adaptation of the play of the same name. The original 1955 play was written as a parable which fictionalized the 1925 Scopes "Monkey" Trial as a means of...  more
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    The Case Against Brooklyn

    Darren McGavin

    Released1958

    Directed byPaul Wendkos

    The Case Against Brooklyn is a 1958 film directed by Paul Wendkos. It stars Darren McGavin and Margaret Hayes. It was based on a True Magazine article I Broke the Brooklyn Graft Scandal by crime...  more
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    Hangar 18

    Robert Vaughn, Darren McGavin

    Released1980

    Directed byJames L. Conway

    Hangar 18 is a 1980 science fiction film that was released to capitalize on the UFO interest of the era. The film itself carries ties to Area 51, as well as ufology. Although it flopped, it...  more
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    The Night Strangler

    Darren McGavin, Margaret Hamilton

    Released1973

    Directed byDan Curtis

    The Night Strangler is a made for television movie which first aired on ABC on January 16, 1973 as a sequel to The Night Stalker. The Night Strangler proved almost as popular as its predecessor...  more
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    The Night Stalker

    Carol Lynley, Darren McGavin

    Released1972

    Directed byJohn Llewellyn Moxey

    The Night Stalker is a made for television movie which aired on ABC on January 11, 1972. In it an investigative reporter, played by Darren McGavin, comes to suspect that a serial killer in the Las...  more
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    Captain America

    Ned Beatty, Darren McGavin

    Released1990

    Directed byAlbert Pyun

    Captain America is a 1990 direct-to-video American-Yugoslavian superhero film directed by Albert Pyun. The film is based on the Marvel Comics superhero of the same name. While the film takes several...  more

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    Dead Heat

    Vincent Price, Joe Piscopo

    Released1988

    Directed byMark Goldblatt

    This film is a 1988 movie about an LAPD police officer, Roger Mortis, life ended while attempting to arrest zombies who have been reanimated by the head of Dante Laboratories. Joe Piscopo co-stars. ...  more

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    The Delicate Delinquent

    Jerry Lewis, Rocky Marciano

    Released1957

    Directed byDon McGuire

    The Delicate Delinquent is a 1957 American comedy film starring Jerry Lewis. Shot in black-and-white and VistaVision in 1956 and released on June 6, 1957 by Paramount Pictures, it is notable as the...  more
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    Perfect Harmony

    Richie Havens, Darren McGavin

    Released1991

    Directed byWill Mackenzie

    Perfect Harmony is a Disney movie that is set in the US Civil Rights era. The story highlights the racial tensions of the Black and White populations within a South Carolina town and its private...  more
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    Tribes

    Jan-Michael Vincent, Darren McGavin

    Released1970

    Directed byJoseph Sargent

    Tribes, also known as The Soldier Who Declared Peace, is a 1970 television film, broadcast as an ABC Movie of the Week directed by Joseph Sargent. A big ratings success when it first aired November...  more
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    The Challenge

    Sam Elliott, Darren McGavin

    Released1970

    Directed byGeorge McGowan

    The Challenge is a 1970 made-for-television movie starring Darren McGavin and Mako. Director George McGowan chose to hide his involvement by using the pseudonym Alan Smithee. This was the last film...  more
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    Bullet for a Badman

    Audie Murphy, Alan Hale

    Released1964

    Directed byRobert G. Springsteen

    Bullet for a Badman is a 1964 western film based on the story by Marvin H. Albert, written by Mary Willingham and Willard W. Willingham, and directed by R. G. Springsteen....  more
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    Happy Hell Night

    Sam Rockwell, Jorja Fox

    Released1992

    Directed byBrian Owens

    Happy Hell Night is a 1992 horror thriller film directed by Brian Owens....  more
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    Zero to Sixty

    Joan Collins, Darren McGavin

    Released1978

    Directed byDon Weis

    Zero to Sixty is a 1978 American comedy film directed by Don Weis. The film never received a theatrical release, but it was later reviewed by TV Guide, which called McGavin "fun to watch" in the film...  more
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    Crackle of Death

    Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland

    Released1974

    Directed byDon Weis, Alex Grasshoff

    Crackle of Death is a 1976 film, the third produced in the Night Stalker film series. It combined the Kolchak: The Night Stalker episodes "Firefall" and "The Energy Eater" with additional narration...  more
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    From the Hip

    John Hurt, Judd Nelson

    Released1987

    Directed byBob Clark

    From the Hip, is a 1987 courtroom dramedy film directed by Bob Clark from a screenplay by Bob Clark and David E. Kelley. The film stars Judd Nelson, Elizabeth Perkins, John Hurt and Beatrice Winde....  more
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    Still Waters Burn

    Darren McGavin, Ian Hart

    Released2008

    Directed byHalfdan Hussey

    Still Waters Burn is a 2008 drama romance film written by Halfdan Hussey and Tom McEnery and directed by Halfdan Hussey....