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The Best Donna Reed Movies

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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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    They Were Expendable

    John Wayne, Donna Reed

    Released1945

    Released1945

    Directed byRobert Montgomery, John Ford

    Directed byRobert Montgomery, John Ford

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    The Benny Goodman Story

    Donna Reed, Steve Allen

    Released1956

    Released1956

    Directed byValentine Davies

    Directed byValentine 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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    It's a Wonderful Life

    James Stewart, Donna Reed

    Released1946

    Released1946

    Directed byFrank Capra

    Directed byFrank Capra

    It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy comedy-drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, based on the short story "The Greatest Gift", which Philip Van Doren Stern wrote in...  more

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    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    Angela Lansbury, Donna Reed

    Released1945

    Released1945

    Directed byAlbert Lewin

    Directed byAlbert 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 Lewin...  more

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    Green Dolphin Street

    Lana Turner, Donna Reed

    Released1947

    Released1947

    Directed byVictor Saville

    Directed byVictor Saville

    Green Dolphin Street is a 1947 historic drama film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and based on the novel by Elizabeth Goudge....  more
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    Scandal Sheet

    Donna Reed, Harry Morgan

    Released1952

    Released1952

    Directed byPhil Karlson

    Directed byPhil 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 in...  more
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    Ransom!

    Leslie Nielsen, Donna Reed

    Released1956

    Released1956

    Directed byAlex Segal

    Directed byAlex 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 "The...  more
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    Trouble Along the Way

    John Wayne, James Dean

    Released1953

    Released1953

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

    Directed byMichael 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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    Shadow of the Thin Man

    Ava Gardner, Myrna Loy

    Released1941

    Released1941

    Directed byW. S. Van Dyke

    Directed byW. 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. Also,...  more
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    48
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    Eyes in the Night

    Donna Reed, Edward Arnold

    Released1942

    Released1942

    Directed byFred Zinnemann

    Directed byFred 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. The...  more
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    The Caddy

    Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin

    Released1953

    Released1953

    Directed byNorman Taurog

    Directed byNorman Taurog

    The Caddy is a 1953 American film starring the comedy team of Martin and Lewis. It was filmed from November 24, 1952 through February 23, 1953 and was released by Paramount Pictures on August 10,...  more
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    Chicago Deadline

    Donna Reed, Alan Ladd

    Released1949

    Released1949

    Directed byLewis Allen

    Directed byLewis Allen

    Chicago Deadline is a 1949 film directed by Lewis Allen....  more
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    The Man from Down Under

    Donna Reed, Charles Laughton

    Released1943

    Released1943

    Directed byRobert Z. Leonard

    Directed byRobert Z. Leonard

    The Man from Down Under is a 1943 film directed by Robert Z. Leonard....  more
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    43
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    The Courtship of Andy Hardy

    Mickey Rooney, Donna Reed

    Released1942

    Released1942

    Directed byGeorge B. Seitz

    Directed byGeorge B. Seitz

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    See Here, Private Hargrove

    Donna Reed, Keenan Wynn

    Released1944

    Released1944

    Directed byTay Garnett, Wesley Ruggles

    Directed byTay Garnett, Wesley Ruggles

    See Here, Private Hargrove is a 1944 comedy romance war film based on the story by Marion Hargrove, written by Harry Kurnitz and directed by Wesley Ruggles....  more
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    The Last Time I Saw Paris

    Elizabeth Taylor, Roger Moore

    Released1954

    Released1954

    Directed byRichard Brooks

    Directed byRichard Brooks

    The Last Time I Saw Paris is a 1954 romantic drama made by MGM. It is loosely based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story "Babylon Revisited." It was directed by Richard Brooks, produced by Jack...  more
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    42
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    The Far Horizons

    Charlton Heston, Donna Reed

    Released1955

    Released1955

    Directed byRudolph Maté

    Directed byRudolph 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 and Clark is...  more
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    42
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    Calling Dr. Gillespie

    Ava Gardner, Donna Reed

    Released1942

    Released1942

    Directed byHarold S. Bucquet

    Directed byHarold S. Bucquet

    Calling Dr. Gillespie is a 1942 drama-thriller film written by Willis Goldbeck and Harry Ruskin, and directed by Harold S. Bucquet....  more
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    44
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    Gun Fury

    Rock Hudson, Lee Marvin

    Released1953

    Released1953

    Directed byRaoul Walsh

    Directed byRaoul 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 Ten...  more
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    44
    4

    Backlash

    Donna Reed, Richard Widmark

    Released1956

    Released1956

    Directed byJohn Sturges

    Directed byJohn Sturges

    Backlash is a 1956 Technicolor film starring Richard Widmark, released by Universal-International. It was directed by John Sturges, and unfolds in the vein of the psychological Western. It delivers...  more
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    Released1982

    Released1982

    Directed byMarty Pasetta

    Directed byMarty Pasetta

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    Hangman's Knot

    Lee Marvin, Donna Reed

    Released1952

    Released1952

    Directed byRoy Huggins

    Directed byRoy 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 soldiers,...  more
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    Mokey

    Donna Reed, Robert Blake

    Released1942

    Released1942

    Directed byWells Root

    Directed byWells Root

    Mokey is a 1942 drama film based on the story by Jennie Harris Oliver, written by Wells Root and Jan Fortune, and directed by Wells Root....  more
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    The Bugle Sounds

    Donna Reed, Wallace Beery

    Released1942

    Released1942

    Directed byS. Sylvan Simon

    Directed byS. Sylvan Simon

    The Bugle Sounds is a 1942 World War II movie starring Wallace Beery as a cavalry sergeant resistant to replacing horses with tanks. The supporting cast includes Marjorie Main, Lewis Stone, George...  more
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    From Here to Eternity

    Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster

    Released1953

    Released1953

    Directed byFred Zinnemann

    Directed byFred 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 Burt...  more

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