The Best Dean Martin Movies

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

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

Examples include 5 Card Stud and Kiss Me, Stupid.

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

If you're a fan of Dean Martin, then check out our lists of the best Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin movies as well.

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  • Rio Bravo
    John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson
    231 votes
    • Released: 1959
    • Directed by: Howard Hawks

    In this classic Western, directed by Howard Hawks, the audience witnesses the undeniable chemistry between Sheriff John T. Chance, portrayed by John Wayne, and Dude, a recovering alcoholic deputy played by Dean Martin. Together, they defend a small town from a ruthless cattle baron and his gang of hired guns. The film not only showcases Martin's acting talents, but also features his iconic singing voice, making it a definitive entry in his filmography.

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  • The Sons of Katie Elder
    John Wayne, Dean Martin, Martha Hyer
    164 votes
    • Released: 1965
    • Directed by: Henry Hathaway

    This Western drama revolves around four brothers, including Dean Martin as Tom Elder, who come together to avenge their mother's death and investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding their father's demise. Directed by Henry Hathaway, the film highlights the bond among the siblings as they bravely take on injustices in their hometown. Audiences will find Martin's portrayal of the loyal and courageous Tom Elder both captivating and unforgettable.

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  • The Young Lions
    Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, Dean Martin
    88 votes
    • Released: 1958
    • Directed by: Edward Dmytryk

    Adapted from Irwin Shaw's novel, this World War II drama features Dean Martin as Michael Whiteacre, an aspiring Broadway star who must grapple with the realities of war alongside fellow American soldier, portrayed by Montgomery Clift. Meanwhile, Marlon Brando delivers a chilling performance as a conflicted Nazi officer. This film, directed by Edward Dmytryk, is lauded for its ensemble cast and intense exploration of the individual's experience of war.

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  • Airport
    Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jacqueline Bisset
    99 votes
    • Released: 1970
    • Directed by: George Seaton

    In this disaster film, based on Arthur Hailey's bestselling novel, Dean Martin stars as captain Vernon Demerest, a pilot dealing with a bomb threat onboard his transatlantic flight. Directed by George Seaton, the film expertly weaves together multiple storylines, set against the backdrop of a blizzard-stricken airport. Martin's portrayal of a man facing tremendous pressure adds gripping tension to this tale of human resilience.

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  • Some Came Running
    Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine
    83 votes
    • Released: 1958
    • Directed by: Vincente Minnelli

    Directed by Vincente Minnelli and based on James Jones' novel, this drama features Dean Martin as Bama Dillert, a gambler and war veteran who forms a complex friendship with Frank Sinatra's character, Dave Hirsh. Set in post-World War II America, the film delves into themes of love, loyalty, and the struggle for redemption. Martin's compelling performance as the charismatic Bama earned him critical acclaim and cemented his status as a serious actor.

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  • Ocean's 11
    Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis
    115 votes
    • Released: 1960
    • Directed by: Lewis Milestone

    This iconic heist film, directed by Lewis Milestone, stars Dean Martin as Sam Harmon, a member of the "Rat Pack," alongside Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Peter Lawford. The group plans to rob several Las Vegas casinos in one night, and the film follows their intricate plot and its dramatic unraveling. With its star-studded cast and memorable soundtrack, it remains a beloved classic among fans of heist movies.

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