Entertainment 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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Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Zack Ward
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 ...more
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Carol Lynley, Darren McGavin, Larry Linville
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
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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Kim Basinger, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall
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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Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Eleanor Parker
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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David Niven, Don Knotts, Kim Richards
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 Cattrall, Timothy Hutton, Peter Boyle
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.
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Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi, Chris Farley
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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Don Knotts, Darren McGavin, Jack Elam
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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Jan-Michael Vincent, Darren McGavin, Earl Holliman
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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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Darren McGavin, Robert Davi
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
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 ...more
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Kirk Douglas, Jean Simmons, Jason Robards Jr.
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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The Case Against Brooklyn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Darren McGavin Movies
The Case Against Brooklyn Darren McGavin
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
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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Richie Havens, Darren McGavin, Cleavon Little
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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Ned Beatty, Darren McGavin, Francesca Neri
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
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
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Jerry Lewis, Rocky Marciano, Darren McGavin
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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The Challenge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Darren McGavin Movies
The Challenge Sam Elliott, Darren McGavin, James Whitmore
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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Audie Murphy, Alan Hale, Jr.
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.
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Sam Rockwell, Jorja Fox, Darren McGavin
Happy Hell Night is a 1992 horror thriller film directed by Brian Owens.
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John Hurt, Judd Nelson, Elizabeth Perkins
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
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Holly Marie Combs, Marion Ross, Susan Sullivan
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
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Katharine Hepburn, David Lean, Darren McGavin
Summertime is a 1955 American/British Technicolor romance film directed by David Lean. The screenplay by Lean and H. E. Bates is based on the play The Time of the Cuckoo by Arthur Laurents.