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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 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
  • After several high-profile newspapers fire him for his difficult attitude, investigative journalist Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin) finds a job following the police beat for a small Las Vegas ...more
  • Based on the humorous writings of author Jean Shepherd, this beloved holiday movie follows the wintry exploits of youngster Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), who spends most of his time dodging a ...more
  • Mischievous youngsters Tracy (Kim Richards) and Jay (Brad Savage) quickly grow tired of staying with their dull but wealthy grandpa, J.W. Osborne (David Niven). So they devise a brilliant scheme in ...more
  • Iron-willed drill instructor Drake (Darren McGavin) is faced with a difficult task: breaking hardened hippie Adrian (Jan-Michael Vincent). The outspoken draftee wants nothing to do with the war in ...more
  • After New York City firefighter Terry Lynch (Robert Urich) is unable to receive any compensation for an injury incurred during the off-duty rescue of a young girl, he grows suicidal. Furious, his ...more
  • On the way to a tryout with the Chicago Cubs, young baseball phenom Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford) is shot by the unstable Harriet Bird (Barbara Hershey). After 16 years, Hobbs returns to pro baseball as ...more
  • Rookie policeman Pete Harris (Darren McGavin) goes undercover to infiltrate a gambling ring in Brooklyn, N.Y. He encounters problems, however, since many of the officers are on the take and accepting ...more
  • 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
  • Man-child Billy Madison (Adam Sandler) has been a spoiled rich kid all his life, and spends his days drinking and partying. When his father, hotel magnate Brian (Darren McGavin), becomes fed up with ...more
  • When illegal card dealer and recovering heroin addict Frankie Machine (Frank Sinatra) gets out of prison, he decides to straighten up. Armed with nothing but an old drum set, Frankie tries to get ...more
  • When Jasper (Jim Dale), founder of the western town of Bloodshy, dies, his twin sons face off to decide who will inherit his legacy. Billy (also Dale) is a wild gunslinger, while Eli (also Dale) is a ...more
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • When efforts to prosecute mob boss Luigi Patrovita (Sam Wanamaker) are repeatedly derailed thanks to a mole in the FBI, the only choice is to bring in an outsider -- specifically, Mark Kaminsky ...more
  • A nuclear warhead launched by Soviet insurgents protesting the waning Cold War destroys the Ukrainian city of Donetsk. The destruction sets off a race between American and Soviet politicians to ...more
  • When a dutiful Los Angeles police officer named Roger Mortis (Treat Williams) tries to apprehend robbers that happen to be zombies, he ends up as one of the undead himself. Since Mortis has managed ...more
  • 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
  • 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
  • Attorney Robin "Stormy" Weathers (Judd Nelson) engages in some outrageous courtroom antics in order to get a bank president acquitted of assault charges. Stormy's performance is so impressive that ...more
  • 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.
  • Happy Hell Night is a 1992 horror thriller film directed by Brian Owens.
  • Danielle Steel's A Perfect Stranger, also known as A Perfect Stranger is a 1994 American romantic-drama film directed by Michael Miller, whose most important element is the love triangle which ...more
  • Middle-aged Ohio secretary Jane Hudson (Katharine Hepburn) has never found love and has nearly resigned herself to spending the rest of her life alone. But before she does, she uses her savings to ...more