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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 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 ...more

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Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Ernest Borgnine 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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Donna Reed, Harry Morgan, Broderick Crawford 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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Donna Reed, Steve Allen, Hy Averback 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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Angela Lansbury, Donna Reed, George Sanders 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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Leslie Nielsen, Donna Reed, Glenn Ford 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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Mickey Rooney, Donna Reed, Ann Rutherford The Courtship of Andy Hardy is a 1942 film, part of the Andy Hardy series. It gave an early role to Donna Reed although Mickey Rooney had lobbied for then-wife Ava Gardner to have her part. ...more

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The Man from Down Under is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Donna Reed Movies
The Man from Down Under Donna Reed, Charles Laughton, Richard Carlson The Man from Down Under is a 1943 film directed by Robert Z. Leonard.

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Donna Reed, Keenan Wynn, Chill Wills 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.

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Donna Reed, Edward Arnold, Reginald Denny 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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Lana Turner, Donna Reed, Frank Morgan 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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Ava Gardner, Myrna Loy, Donna Reed 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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Calling Dr. Gillespie Ava Gardner, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore Calling Dr. Gillespie is a 1942 drama-thriller film written by Willis Goldbeck and Harry Ruskin, and directed by Harold S. Bucquet.

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Charlton Heston, Donna Reed, Fred MacMurray 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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Deadly Lessons is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Donna Reed Movies
Bill Paxton, Ally Sheedy, Donna Reed Deadly Lessons is a 1983 made-for-TV movie starring Larry Wilcox, Academy Award winner Donna Reed, David Ackroyd, Diane Franklin, future Brat Packer Ally Sheedy and Nancy Cartwright, later the ...more

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Donna Reed, Claudette Colbert, Frank Capra

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John Wayne, Donna Reed, Robert Montgomery They Were Expendable is a 1945 American war 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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Elizabeth Taylor, Roger Moore, Eva Gabor 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, ...more

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John Wayne, James Dean, Donna Reed 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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Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Donna Reed 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 ...more

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Donna Reed, Wallace Beery, Lewis Stone 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, ...more

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Rock Hudson, Lee Marvin, Donna Reed 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 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 ...more

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

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Donna Reed, Alan Ladd, Arthur Kennedy Chicago Deadline is a 1949 film directed by Lewis Allen.

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Donna Reed, Chill Wills, William Lundigan Apache Trail is a 1942 American Western film directed by Richard Thorpe and written by Maurice Geraghty. The film stars Lloyd Nolan, Donna Reed, William Lundigan, Ann Ayars, Connie Gilchrist and ...more

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Raiders of the Seven Seas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Donna Reed Movies
Donna Reed, Lon Chaney, Jr. Raiders of the Seven Seas is a 1953 swashbuckler film.

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Donna Reed, Margaret Hamilton, Edward Everett Horton Faithful in My Fashion is a 1946 romantic comedy film written by Lionel Houser and directed by Sidney Salkow.

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They Rode West Donna Reed, Jack Kelly, Roy Roberts They Rode West is a 1954 Technicolor Western film directed by Phil Karlson. It reunites the stars of The Caine Mutiny, Robert Francis and May Wynn. Based on the story Wood Hawk by Leo Katcher, ...more

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Donna Reed, Robert Blake, Dan Dailey 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.

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Elizabeth Taylor, Roger Moore, Spencer Tracy

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Lee Marvin, Donna Reed, Randolph Scott 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