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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!

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    The Dawn Patrol

    David Niven, Errol Flynn
    The Dawn Patrol is a 1938 American war film, a remake of the pre-Code 1930 film of the same...  more
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    Separate Tables

    Rita Hayworth, David Niven
    Separate Tables is a 1958 film adaptation of Terence Rattigan's play of the same name,...  more

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    Casino Royale

    Woody Allen, Ursula Andress
    Casino Royale is a 1967 spy comedy film originally produced by Columbia Pictures starring an...  more

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    The Guns of Navarone

    Gregory Peck, David Niven
    The Guns of Navarone is a 1961 British-American action/adventure film directed by J. Lee...  more

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    Please Don't Eat the Daisies

    Doris Day, David Niven
    Please Don't Eat the Daisies is a Metrocolor comedy film in CinemaScope starring Doris Day and...  more
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    A Matter of Life and Death

    David Niven, Richard Attenborough
    This film is a romantic fantasy film created by the British writing-directing-producing team...  more

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    Trail of the Pink Panther

    Julie Andrews, Peter Sellers
    Trail of the Pink Panther is a 1982 comedy film starring Peter Sellers. It was the seventh...  more

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    My Man Godfrey

    David Niven, Eva Gabor
    My Man Godfrey is a 1957 comedy film starring June Allyson and David Niven. It is a color...  more
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    The Moon Is Blue

    David Niven, William Holden
    The Moon Is Blue is a 1953 American romantic comedy film produced and directed by Otto...  more
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    Dodsworth

    David Niven, Mary Astor
    Dodsworth is a 1936 American drama film directed by William Wyler and starring Walter Huston,...  more
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    The Bishop's Wife

    Cary Grant, David Niven
    The Bishop's Wife, also known as Cary and the Bishop's Wife, is a Samuel Goldwyn romantic...  more

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    55 Days at Peking

    Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner
    55 Days at Peking is a 1963 historical epic film starring Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, and...  more
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    Mutiny on the Bounty

    Clark Gable, David Niven
    Mutiny on the Bounty is an American 1935 drama film starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable,...  more

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    Around the World in 80 Days

    Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine
    Around the World in 80 Days is a 1956 Technicolor epic action adventure comedy film starring...  more

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    Bonjour Tristesse

    David Niven, Deborah Kerr
    Bonjour Tristesse is a 1958 British-American film, directed and produced by Otto Preminger...  more
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    Wuthering Heights

    Laurence Olivier, David Niven
    Wuthering Heights is a 1939 American black-and-white film directed by William Wyler and...  more

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    The Sea Wolves

    Roger Moore, Gregory Peck
    The Sea Wolves is a 1980 war film starring Gregory Peck, Roger Moore and David Niven. The film...  more
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    The Prisoner of Zenda

    David Niven, Deborah Kerr
    The Prisoner of Zenda is a 1952 film version of the classic novel of the same name by Anthony...  more
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    Enchantment

    David Niven, Teresa Wright
    Enchantment is a romantic film starring David Niven and Teresa Wright. It was directed by...  more
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    The First of the Few

    David Niven, Leslie Howard
    The First of the Few, known as Spitfire in the United States, is a 1942 British film directed...  more
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    Eternally Yours

    David Niven, Loretta Young
    Eternally Yours is a 1939 American United Artists film produced and directed by Tay Garnett...  more
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    The Pink Panther

    Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale
    The Pink Panther is a 1963 Technicolor American comedy film filmed in 70mm Super Technirama...  more

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    The Charge of the Light Brigade

    Olivia de Havilland, David Niven
    The Charge of the Light Brigade is a 1936 American historical adventure film made by Warner...  more

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    The Prisoner of Zenda

    Ronald Colman, Douglas Fairbanks
    The Prisoner of Zenda (1894), by Anthony Hope, is an adventure novel in which the King of...  more
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    Murder by Death

    Maggie Smith, Peter Sellers
    This film is a 1976 American mystery comedy film with a cast featuring Eileen Brennan, Truman...  more

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