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The Best Gary Cooper Movies

Updated September 24, 2019 6.6k votes 1.1k voters 59.8k views

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

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

Items include everything from Sergeant York to Fighting Caravans.

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    Morocco

    Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper
    Morocco is a 1930 American romance drama film directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring...  more
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    The Virginian

    Gary Cooper, Walter Huston
    The Virginian is a 1929 Western film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Gary Cooper,...  more

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    High Noon

    Grace Kelly, Gary Cooper
    High Noon is a 1952 American Western film directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Gary Cooper....  more

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    Sergeant York

    Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan
    Sergeant York is a 1941 biographical film about the life of Alvin York, one of the...  more

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    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

    Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur
    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town is a 1936 American screwball comedy film directed by Frank Capra,...  more
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    Friendly Persuasion

    Gary Cooper, Anthony Perkins
    Friendly Persuasion is a 1956 Civil War film starring Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, Anthony...  more

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    The Pride of the Yankees

    Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper
    The Pride of the Yankees is a 1942 American film directed by Sam Wood and starring Gary...  more
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    Wings

    Gary Cooper, Clara Bow
    Wings is a 1927 American silent war film set during the First World War produced by Lucien...  more

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    The Westerner

    Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan
    The Westerner is a 1940 American film directed by William Wyler and starring Gary Cooper,...  more

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    #1480 of 1,506 The Most Rewatchable Movies#3 of 49 The Best 1940s Western Movies

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    Beau Geste

    Gary Cooper, Susan Hayward
    Beau Geste is a 1939 Paramount Pictures action/adventure motion picture starring Gary Cooper,...  more
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    Ball of Fire

    Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper
    This film is a 1941 American screwball comedy film directed by Howard Hawks and starring Gary...  more
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    The Plainsman

    Gary Cooper, Anthony Quinn
    The Plainsman is a 1936 American Western film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Gary...  more
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    Man of the West

    Gary Cooper, Lee J. Cobb
    Man of the West is a 1958 western film starring Gary Cooper and directed by Anthony Mann. The...  more
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    Vera Cruz

    Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster
    Vera Cruz is a 1954 American Western theatrical film starring Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster,...  more

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    The Hanging Tree

    Gary Cooper, George C. Scott
    The Hanging Tree is a 1959 movie directed by Delmer Daves. Karl Malden took over directing...  more
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    Meet John Doe

    Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper
    Meet John Doe is a 1941 American comedy drama film directed and produced by Frank Capra, and...  more

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    They Came to Cordura

    Rita Hayworth, Gary Cooper
    They Came to Cordura is a 1959 Western film co-written and directed by Robert Rossen, starring...  more
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    Unconquered

    Gary Cooper, Boris Karloff
    Unconquered is a 1947 adventure film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille, released by...  more
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    The Lives of a Bengal Lancer

    Gary Cooper, J. Carrol Naish
    The Lives of a Bengal Lancer is a 1935 American adventure-romantic-comedy film loosely adapted...  more

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    The Cowboy and the Lady

    Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan
    The Cowboy and the Lady is a 1938 American western romantic comedy film directed by H.C....  more
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    Garden of Evil

    Gary Cooper, Susan Hayward
    Garden of Evil is a Western film about three somewhat disreputable 19th-century soldiers of...  more
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    Nevada

    Gary Cooper, Thelma Todd
    Nevada is a 1927 American Western silent film directed by John Waters and starring Gary...  more
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    Along Came Jones

    Gary Cooper, Loretta Young
    Along Came Jones is a 1945 Western comedy film starring Gary Cooper, Loretta Young, William...  more
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    Desire

    Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper
    Desire is an American romantic drama film released in 1936 and directed by Frank Borzage. It...  more
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    The Spoilers

    Gary Cooper, Slim Summerville
    The Spoilers is a 1930 American Western film directed by Edwin Carewe and starring Gary...  more