The Best Darren McGavin Movies 

Updated September 22, 2019 335 votes 61 voters 7.6k views 36 items

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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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Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Zack Ward

Released: 1983

Directed by: Bob Clark

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Carol Lynley, Darren McGavin, Larry Linville

Released: 1972

Directed by: John 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 ...more
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Darren McGavin, Margaret Hamilton, John Carradine

Released: 1973

Directed by: Dan 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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David Niven, Don Knotts, Kim Richards

Released: 1976

Directed by: Norman Tokar

No Deposit, No Return is a 1976 comedy film directed by Norman Tokar. It was written by Arthur Alsberg and Don Nelson. It is the story of two children who hold themselves for ransom, reluctantly ...more

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Kim Basinger, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall

Released: 1984

Directed by: Barry 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 ...more

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Kim Cattrall, Timothy Hutton, Peter Boyle

Released: 1985

Directed by: Bob Clark

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Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi, Chris Farley

Released: 1995

Directed by: Tamra 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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Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Eleanor Parker

Released: 1955

Directed by: Otto 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 ...more
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Jan-Michael Vincent, Darren McGavin, Earl Holliman

Released: 1970

Directed by: Joseph 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 ...more
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Don Knotts, Darren McGavin, Jack Elam

Released: 1978

Directed by: Robert 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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Kirk Douglas, Jean Simmons, Jason Robards Jr.

Released: 1988

Directed by: David 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 ...more
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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Darren McGavin, Robert Davi

Released: 1986

Directed by: John 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 ...more

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James Earl Jones, Rebecca De Mornay, Martin Landau

Released: 1990

Directed by: Jack Sholder

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The Case Against Brooklyn Darren McGavin

Released: 1958

Directed by: Paul 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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Robert Vaughn, Darren McGavin, Gary Collins

Released: 1980

Directed by: James L. Conway

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Ned Beatty, Darren McGavin, Francesca Neri

Released: 1990

Directed by: Albert 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 ...more

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Vincent Price, Joe Piscopo, Darren McGavin

Released: 1988

Directed by: Mark Goldblatt

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Richie Havens, Darren McGavin, Cleavon Little

Released: 1991

Directed by: Will 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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Jerry Lewis, Rocky Marciano, Darren McGavin

Released: 1957

Directed by: Don 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 ...more
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Audie Murphy, Alan Hale, Jr.

Released: 1964

Directed by: Robert G. Springsteen

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Sam Rockwell, Jorja Fox, Darren McGavin

Released: 1992

Directed by: Brian Owens

Happy Hell Night is a 1992 horror thriller film directed by Brian Owens.
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Still Waters Burn Darren McGavin, Ian Hart, Claudia Wells

Released: 2008

Directed by: Halfdan Hussey

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The Challenge Sam Elliott, Darren McGavin, James Whitmore

Released: 1970

Directed by: George 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 ...more
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Elijah Wood, JoBeth Williams, Darren McGavin

Released: 1990

Directed by: Mike Robe

Child In The Night is a motion picture made for television broadcast during the 1990 May Sweeps. It aired on the CBS Network before a subsequent release to home video and syndication. The ...more
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John Hurt, Judd Nelson, Elizabeth Perkins

Released: 1987

Directed by: Bob Clark

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