The Best Donna Reed Movies 

Updated September 21, 2019 869 votes 108 voters 8.7k views 32 items

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

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

List films include Shadow of the Thin Man, See Here, Private Hargrove and many additional films as well.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Donna Reed movies?" and "What are the greatest Donna Reed roles of all time?"
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James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

Released: 1946

Directed by: Frank Capra

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Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Ernest Borgnine

Released: 1953

Directed by: Fred Zinnemann

From Here to Eternity is a 1953 drama film directed by Fred Zinnemann and based on the novel of the same name by James Jones. The picture deals with the tribulations of three soldiers, played by ...more

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John Wayne, Donna Reed, Robert Montgomery

Released: 1945

Directed by: Robert Montgomery, John Ford

They Were Expendable is a 1945 American film directed by John Ford and starring Robert Montgomery and John Wayne and featuring Donna Reed. The film is based on the book by William L. White, ...more

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Angela Lansbury, Donna Reed, George Sanders

Released: 1945

Directed by: Albert Lewin

The Picture of Dorian Gray is a 1945 American horror-drama film based on Oscar Wilde's 1890 novel of the same name. Released in March 1945 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the film is directed by Albert ...more

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Donna Reed, Steve Allen, Hy Averback

Released: 1956

Directed by: Valentine Davies

The Benny Goodman Story is a biographical film starring Steve Allen and Donna Reed, directed by Valentine Davies and released by Universal-International in 1956. The film is based on the life of ...more
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Lana Turner, Donna Reed, Frank Morgan

Released: 1947

Directed by: Victor Saville

Green Dolphin Street is a 1947 historic drama film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and based on the novel by Elizabeth Goudge.
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Donna Reed, Harry Morgan, Broderick Crawford

Released: 1952

Directed by: Phil Karlson

Scandal Sheet is a 1952 black-and-white film noir directed by Phil Karlson. The film is based on the novel The Dark Page by Samuel Fuller, who himself was a newspaper reporter before his career ...more
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Ava Gardner, Myrna Loy, Donna Reed

Released: 1941

Directed by: W. S. Van Dyke

Shadow of the Thin Man is the fourth of the six The Thin Man films. It was released in 1941 and was directed by W. S. Van Dyke. It stars William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles. ...more
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Leslie Nielsen, Donna Reed, Glenn Ford

Released: 1956

Directed by: Alex Segal

Ransom! is a 1956 crime drama examining the reactions of parents, police, and the public to a kidnapping. Written by Richard Maibaum and Cyril Hume, the film was based on a popular episode of ...more
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John Wayne, James Dean, Donna Reed

Released: 1953

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

Trouble Along the Way is a 1953 film starring John Wayne and Donna Reed, with a supporting cast including Charles Coburn and Marie Windsor. The movie was directed by Michael Curtiz, director of ...more
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Donna Reed, Alan Ladd, Arthur Kennedy

Released: 1949

Directed by: Lewis Allen

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Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Donna Reed

Released: 1953

Directed by: Norman Taurog

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Donna Reed, Edward Arnold, Reginald Denny

Released: 1942

Directed by: Fred Zinnemann

Eyes in the Night is a 1942 American mystery film directed by Fred Zinnemann, based on Baynard Kendrick's 1941 novel The Odor of Violets and starring Edward Arnold, Ann Harding and Donna Reed. ...more
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Elizabeth Taylor, Roger Moore, Eva Gabor

Released: 1954

Directed by: Richard Brooks

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Donna Reed, Keenan Wynn, Chill Wills

Released: 1944

Directed by: Tay Garnett, Wesley Ruggles

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Mickey Rooney, Donna Reed, Ann Rutherford

Released: 1942

Directed by: George B. Seitz

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Released: 1943

Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard

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Rock Hudson, Lee Marvin, Donna Reed

Released: 1953

Directed by: Raoul Walsh

Gun Fury is a 1953 3-D western film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Rock Hudson and Donna Reed, with major supporting roles for Philip Carey and Leo Gordon. The film is based on the novel ...more
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Donna Reed, Richard Widmark, Harry Morgan

Released: 1956

Directed by: John Sturges

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Donna Reed, Wallace Beery, Lewis Stone

Released: 1942

Directed by: S. Sylvan Simon

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Lee Marvin, Donna Reed, Randolph Scott

Released: 1952

Directed by: Roy Huggins

Hangman's Knot is a 1952 American Western film written and directed by Roy Huggins and starring Randolph Scott, Donna Reed, and Claude Jarman, Jr. The film is about a group of Confederate ...more
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Charlton Heston, Donna Reed, Fred MacMurray

Released: 1955

Directed by: Rudolph Maté

The Far Horizons is a 1955 American western film directed by Rudolph Maté, starring Fred MacMurray, Charlton Heston, Donna Reed and Barbara Hale. It is about an expedition led by Lewis ...more

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Calling Dr. Gillespie Ava Gardner, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

Released: 1942

Directed by: Harold S. Bucquet

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Donna Reed, Robert Blake, Dan Dailey

Released: 1942

Directed by: Wells Root

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Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case Donna Reed, Margaret O'Brien, Lionel Barrymore

Released: 1943

Directed by: Willis Goldbeck

Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case is a 1943 mystery drama film written by Lawrence P. Bachmann, Martin Berkeley, Harry Ruskin and directed by Willis Goldbeck.