The Best David Niven Movies

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

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

List features films like The Pink Panther, Bluebeard's Eighth Wife and more!

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best David Niven movies?" and "What are the greatest David Niven roles of all time?"

Blake Edwards and Ernst Lubitsch both worked with David Niven over the years, as have plenty of other well-known directors. Is David Niven your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best Rod Steiger and Rex Harrison films lists too.

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  • Dejected by his efforts to raise money to build a cathedral, Bishop Henry Brougham (David Niven) beseeches heaven for guidance, and is visited immediately by Dudley (Cary Grant), who claims to be an ...more
  • This film is a romantic fantasy film created by the British writing-directing-producing team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, and set in England during the WWII. It stars David Niven, Roger ...more
  • Separate Tables is a 1958 film adaptation of Terence Rattigan's play of the same name, directed by Delbert Mann.
  • In 1943, a small commando team is sent to destroy huge German guns on the Greek Island of Navarone in order to rescue Allied troops trapped on Kheros. Led by British Major Franklin (Anthony Quayle), ...more
  • Anne (Deborah Kerr) travels to the French Riviera to visit Raymond (David Niven), the wealthy husband of her recently deceased friend. His pampered daughter, Cecile (Jean Seberg), afraid that the ...more
  • While stationed in India during the Crimean War, Major Geoffrey Vickers (Errol Flynn) is twice betrayed. His brother, Captain Perry Vickers (Patric Knowles), has swept his fiancée, Elsa (Olivia De ...more
  • On a luxurious cruise on the Nile River, a wealthy heiress, Linnet Ridgeway (Lois Chiles), is murdered. Fortunately, among the passengers are famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Peter Ustinov) ...more
  • Victorian-era Englishman Phileas Fogg (David Niven) proclaims before his fellow members of a London gentleman's club that he can circumnavigate the globe in a mere 80 days, further boasting that he ...more
  • Major Brand (Basil Rathbone), the commander of the 59th division of the British Royal Flying Corps in 1915 France, is frantic over the many casualties his squadron has suffered. When Captain Courtney ...more
  • Five diverse, infamous private eyes, including Sam Diamond (Peter Falk), Sidney Wang (Peter Sellers) and Jessica Marbles (Elsa Lanchester), are invited to the mysterious Lionel Twain's castle for a ...more
  • Eric (David Niven) is a successful but high-strung pianist. His managers have forced him to focus all his attention on practicing and touring, and as a result he has few personal relationships. All ...more
  • In this adaptation of the classic Emily Bronte novel set in 19th-century England, wealthy young Cathy Earnshaw (Merle Oberon) shares a loving bond with Heathcliff (Laurence Olivier), a poor childhood ...more
  • Appointment with Venus is a 1951 film adaptation of the Jerrard Tickell novel of the same name. It was directed by Ralph Thomas, produced by Betty E. Box and its screenplay was written by the ...more
  • This adventure-filled drama finds Englishman Rudolf Rassendyll (Ronald Colman) on vacation in a small European country, where he discovers his resemblance to the nation's royal heir-apparent, Rudolf ...more
  • Carrington V.C. is a 1955 legal drama released by Kingsley-International Pictures starring David Niven and Margaret Leighton. Others in the cast include Noelle Middleton, Allan Cuthbertson, Victor ...more
  • Put in charge of a group of disgruntled British soldiers in the midst of World War II, Lt. Jim Perry (David Niven) tries to find a way to both train and unite the men. While Sgt. Fletcher (Billy ...more
  • Eye of the Devil is a 1966 British crime/horror film with occult and supernatural themes directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Deborah Kerr and David Niven. The film is set in rural France and was ...more
  • When Sam Dodsworth (Walter Huston), the head of a car company, embarks on a vacation in Europe with his youth-obsessed wife, Fran (Ruth Chatterton), the couple find themselves growing apart. Soon ...more
  • This historical epic dramatizes the Battle of Peking, a turning point of the Boxer Rebellion in China in 1900. When Dowager Empress Tzu-Hsi (Flora Robson) orders the Boxers, a group of Chinese secret ...more
  • Lawrence Mackay (David Niven), a professor at Columbia University, lives happily with his wife, Kate (Doris Day), and their three children. But when he leaves his career in education to become a ...more
  • In this first film of the beloved comic series, dashing European thief Sir Charles Lytton (David Niven) plans to steal a diamond, but he's not the only one with his eyes on the famous jewel known as ...more
  • Polly Paris (Ginger Rogers) accidentally stumbles into motherhood after discovering an abandoned baby on the steps of an orphanage. Believing the baby is Polly's, department store owner J.B. Merlin ...more
  • Raffles is a film starring David Niven and Olivia de Havilland, and is one of several film adaptations of an 1899 novel by E. W. Hornung, Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman. Sidney Howard wrote the ...more
  • Archibald Ackroyd (Stewart Granger), Bill Sykes (Robert Newton) and Dennis Malloy (Cyril Cusack) are three mischievous but talented English soldiers stationed in India during the 19th century. The ...more
  • In New York City, prim and proper would-be actress Patty O'Neill (Maggie McNamara) meets charming architect Donald Gresham (William Holden) and, despite learning he has a girlfriend and being wary of ...more