Film The Best David Niven Movies  

Reference
1.8k votes 409 voters 64.1k views 73 items

List Rules Vote for your favorite movies, regardless of critic reviews or how big the role was.

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.

1
92 11
Ranker Video
Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn The Guns of Navarone is a 1961 British-American action/adventure war film directed by J. Lee Thompson. The screenplay by producer Carl Foreman was based on Alistair MacLean's 1957 novel The Guns ...more

2
100 13
Ranker Video
David Niven, Richard Attenborough, Raymond Massey A Matter of Life and Death 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 Second World ...more

3
50 5
Ranker Video
David Niven, Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone The Dawn Patrol is a 1938 American war film, a remake of the pre-Code 1930 film of the same name. Both were based on the short story "The Flight Commander" by John Monk Saunders, an ...more

4
75 12
Ranker Video
Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Marlene Dietrich Around the World in 80 Days is a 1956 Technicolor epic action adventure comedy film starring David Niven and Cantinflas, produced by the Michael Todd Company and released by United Artists. The ...more

5
68 10
Ranker Video
Cary Grant, David Niven, Loretta Young The Bishop's Wife, also known as Cary and the Bishop's Wife, is a Samuel Goldwyn romantic comedy feature film from 1947, starring Cary Grant, Loretta Young, and David Niven in a story about an ...more

6
28 2
Ranker Video
Olivia de Havilland, David Niven, Errol Flynn The Charge of the Light Brigade is a 1936 American historical adventure film made by Warner Bros. It was directed by Michael Curtiz and produced by Samuel Bischoff, with Hal B. Wallis as ...more

7
61 11
Ranker Video
Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale, David Niven The Pink Panther is a 1963 Technicolor American comedy film filmed in 70mm Super Technirama directed by Blake Edwards and co-written by Edwards and Maurice Richlin, starring David Niven, Peter ...more

8
49 8
Ranker Video
Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, David Niven 55 Days at Peking is a 1963 historical epic film starring Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, and David Niven, made by Samuel Bronston Productions, and released by Allied Artists. The movie was ...more

9
45 7
Ranker Video
Maggie Smith, Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness Murder by Death is a 1976 American mystery comedy film with a cast featuring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, ...more

10
54 12
Ranker Video
Bette Davis, Maggie Smith, Angela Lansbury Death on the Nile is a 1978 British film based on the Agatha Christie mystery novel of the same name, directed by John Guillermin and adapted by Anthony Shaffer. The film features the Belgian ...more

11
50 12
Ranker Video
Laurence Olivier, David Niven, Merle Oberon Wuthering Heights is a 1939 American black-and-white film directed by William Wyler and produced by Samuel Goldwyn. It is based on the novel, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. The film ...more

12
40 8
Ranker Video
Rita Hayworth, David Niven, Burt Lancaster Separate Tables is a 1958 film adaptation of Terence Rattigan's play of the same name, directed by Delbert Mann.

13
53 20
Ranker Video
Woody Allen, Ursula Andress, Peter O'Toole Casino Royale is a 1967 spy comedy film originally produced by Columbia Pictures starring an ensemble cast of directors and actors. It is loosely based on Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel. ...more

14
29 7
Ranker Video
David Niven, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. The Prisoner of Zenda is a 1937 black-and-white adventure film based on the Anthony Hope 1894 novel of the same name and the 1896 play. Of the many film adaptations, this is considered by many ...more

15
30 8
Ranker Video
Ginger Rogers, David Niven, Charles Coburn Bachelor Mother is an American comedy film directed by Garson Kanin, and starring Ginger Rogers, David Niven, and Charles Coburn. The screenplay was written by Norman Krasna based on an Academy ...more

16
32 10
Ranker Video
Julie Andrews, Peter Sellers, David Niven Trail of the Pink Panther is a 1982 comedy film starring Peter Sellers. It was the seventh film in The Pink Panther series, and the last in which Sellers appeared as Inspector Clouseau. Sellers ...more

17
27 10
Ranker Video
David Niven, Mary Astor, Walter Huston Dodsworth is a 1936 American drama film directed by William Wyler and starring Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton and Mary Astor. Sidney Howard based the screenplay on his 1934 stage adaptation of ...more

18
20 5
Ranker Video
David Niven, William Holden, Hardy Kr├╝ger The Moon Is Blue is a 1953 American romantic comedy film produced and directed by Otto Preminger and starring William Holden, David Niven, and Maggie McNamara. Written by F. Hugh Herbert and ...more

19
21 6
Ranker Video
David Niven, William Hartnell, Trevor Howard The Way Ahead is a British Second World War drama released in 1944. It stars David Niven and Stanley Holloway and follows a group of civilians who are conscripted into the British Army to fight ...more

20
21 9
Ranker Video
Clark Gable, David Niven, James Cagney Mutiny on the Bounty is an American 1935 drama film starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable, and directed by Frank Lloyd based on the Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall novel Mutiny on the ...more

21
22 10
Ranker Video
Doris Day, David Niven, Margaret Lindsay Please Don't Eat the Daisies is a Metrocolor comedy film in CinemaScope starring Doris Day and David Niven, made by Euterpe Inc., and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The movie was directed ...more

22
17 6
Ranker Video
David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Jean Seberg Bonjour Tristesse is a 1958 British-American film, directed and produced by Otto Preminger from a screenplay by Arthur Laurents based on the novel of the same title by Françoise Sagan. ...more

23
26 15
Ranker Video
Roger Moore, Gregory Peck, David Niven The Sea Wolves is a 1980 war film starring Gregory Peck, Roger Moore and David Niven. The film is based on the book Boarding Party by James Leasor, which itself is based on a real incident which ...more

24
18 8
Ranker Video
David Niven, Leslie Howard, Rosamund John The First of the Few, known as Spitfire in the United States, is a 1942 British film directed by and starring Leslie Howard as R.J. Mitchell, the designer of the Supermarine Spitfire, alongside ...more

25
24 15
Ranker Video
David Niven, Teresa Wright, Farley Granger Enchantment is a romantic film starring David Niven and Teresa Wright. It was directed by Irving Reis and produced by Samuel Goldwyn. It was based on the novel Take Three Tenses by Rumer

26
13 5
Ranker Video
David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Douglas Fairbanks The Prisoner of Zenda is a 1952 film version of the classic novel of the same name by Anthony Hope and a remake of the famous 1937 film version. This version was made by Loew's and ...more

27
22 14
Ranker Video
David Niven, Eva Gabor, June Allyson My Man Godfrey is a 1957 comedy film starring June Allyson and David Niven. It is a color remake of Gregory La Cava's 1936 screwball comedy of the same name. Allyson played the role created by ...more

28
12 6
Ranker Video
Ronald Colman, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. The Prisoner of Zenda is a play by Edward E. Rose and Anthony Hope.

29
9 4
Ranker Video
David Niven, Stewart Granger, Walter Pidgeon Soldiers Three is a 1951 film written Rudyard Kipling, Malcolm Stuart Boylan, Tom Reed, and Marguerite Roberts and directed by Tay Garnett.

30
11 6
Ranker Video
Alfred Molina, David Niven, Elke Sommer A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square is a 1979 British heist film directed by Ralph Thomas, written by Guy Elmes and starring Richard Jordan, Oliver Tobias, and David Niven. The film takes its ...more

31
13 8
Ranker Video
David Niven, Gary Cooper, Claudette Colbert Bluebeard's Eighth Wife is a 1938 American romantic comedy film made by Paramount Pictures, directed by Ernst Lubitsch, and starring Claudette Colbert and Gary Cooper. The film is based on the ...more

32
11 6
Ranker Video
David Niven, Sharon Tate, Deborah Kerr 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 ...more

33
13 8
Ranker Video
Jodie Foster, David Niven, Helen Hayes Candleshoe is a 1977 Walt Disney Productions live action family film and heist film based on the Michael Innes novel Christmas at Candleshoe and starring Jodie Foster, Helen Hayes in her last ...more

34
18 13
Ranker Video
David Niven, Jack Hawkins, Cyril Cusack The Elusive Pimpernel is a 1950 British period adventure film by the British-based director-writer team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, based on the novel The Scarlet Pimpernel by ...more

35
15 11
Ranker Video
Roger Moore, Claudia Cardinale, David Niven Escape to Athena is a British adventure war film released in 1979, directed and co-authored by George Pan Cosmatos and produced by Lew Grade's ITC Entertainment. The international cast included ...more

36
13 9
Ranker Video
David Niven, Loretta Young, Eve Arden Eternally Yours is a 1939 American United Artists film produced and directed by Tay Garnett with Walter Wanger as executive producer, from a screenplay by C. Graham Baker and Gene Towne. It ...more

37
10 6
Ranker Video
Olivia de Havilland, David Niven 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

38
9 5
Ranker Video
Ava Gardner, David Niven, Stewart Granger The Little Hut is a 1957 British-American romantic comedy film made by MGM. It was directed by Mark Robson, produced by Mark Robson and F. Hugh Herbert, from a screenplay by F. Hugh Herbert, ...more

39
8 4
Ranker Video
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

40
8 4
Ranker Video
David Niven, Mitzi Gaynor, George Gobel The Birds and the Bees is a 1956 screwball comedy film with songs, starring George Gobel, Mitzi Gaynor and David Niven. A remake of Preston Sturges' 1941 film The Lady Eve, which was based on a ...more

41
18 15
Ranker Video
Roger Moore, David Niven, Bill Nighy Curse of the Pink Panther is a 1983 comedy film, the eighth instalment of the The Pink Panther series of films started by Blake Edwards in the early 1960s. The film was one of two produced ...more

42
9 6
Ranker Video
David Niven, Eli Wallach, Jean-Paul Belmondo The Brain is a 1969 French comedy film directed by Gérard Oury, about a second train robbery by the brains of the Great Train Robbery.

43
8 5
Ranker Video
David Niven, Margaret Leighton, Noelle Middleton 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, ...more

44
8 5
Ranker Video
David Niven, Rita Moreno, Kathryn Grayson The Toast of New Orleans is a 1950 MGM musical film directed by Norman Taurog and choreographed by Eugene Loring. It starred Mario Lanza, Kathryn Grayson, David Niven, J. Carrol Naish, James ...more

45
6 3
Ranker Video
David Niven, Gary Cooper, Broderick Crawford The Real Glory is a 1939 Samuel Goldwyn Productions action film starring Gary Cooper, David Niven, and Broderick Crawford released by United Artists in the weeks immediately following Nazi ...more

46
6 3
Ranker Video
David Niven, Glynis Johns, George Coulouris 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

47
11 9
Ranker Video
David Niven, Toshiro Mifune Paper Tiger is a 1975 British film starring David Niven and child actor Ando.

48
10 8
Ranker Video
Burt Reynolds, David Niven, Lesley-Anne Down Rough Cut is a 1980 American heist film directed by Don Siegel. The screenplay was written by Larry Gelbart, based upon the novel "Touch the Lion's Paw" by Derek Lambert.

49
8 6
Ranker Video
Marlon Brando, David Niven, Shirley Jones Bedtime Story is a 1964 comedy film made by Pennebaker Productions. It was directed by Ralph Levy and produced by Stanley Shapiro with Robert Arthur as executive producer from a screenplay by ...more

50
6 4
Ranker Video
Shirley MacLaine, David Niven, Gig Young Ask Any Girl is a 1959 comedy film directed by Charles Walters.