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The Best Gary Cooper Movies

Updated September 24, 2019 7.8k votes 1.1k voters 59.5k 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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  • High Noon1
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    High Noon

    Grace Kelly, Gary Cooper

    Released1952

    Directed byFred Zinnemann

    High Noon is a 1952 American Western film directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Gary Cooper.... more on Wikipedia
  • Sergeant York2
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    Sergeant York

    Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan

    Released1941

    Directed byHoward Hawks

    Sergeant York is a 1941 biographical film about the life of Alvin York, one of the... more on Wikipedia

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  • Mr. Deeds Goes to Town3
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    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

    Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur

    Released1936

    Directed byFrank Capra

    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town is a 1936 American screwball comedy film directed by Frank Capra,... more on Wikipedia
  • Friendly Persuasion4
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    Friendly Persuasion

    Gary Cooper, Anthony Perkins

    Released1956

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    Friendly Persuasion is a 1956 Civil War film starring Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, Anthony... more on Wikipedia
  • The Pride of the Yankees5
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    The Pride of the Yankees

    Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper

    Released1942

    Directed bySam Wood

    The Pride of the Yankees is a 1942 American film directed by Sam Wood and starring Gary... more on Wikipedia
  • Meet John Doe6
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    Meet John Doe

    Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper

    Released1941

    Directed byFrank Capra

    Meet John Doe is a 1941 American comedy drama film directed and produced by Frank Capra, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Westerner7
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    The Westerner

    Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan

    Released1940

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

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

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  • Beau Geste8
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    Beau Geste

    Gary Cooper, Susan Hayward

    Released1939

    Directed byWilliam A. Wellman

    Beau Geste is a 1939 Paramount Pictures action/adventure motion picture starring Gary Cooper,... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Ball of Fire9
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    Ball of Fire

    Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper

    Released1941

    Directed byHoward Hawks

    This film is a 1941 American screwball comedy film directed by Howard Hawks and starring Gary... more on Wikipedia
  • The Plainsman10
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    The Plainsman

    Gary Cooper, Anthony Quinn

    Released1936

    Directed byCecil B. DeMille

    The Plainsman is a 1936 American Western film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Gary... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls11
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    For Whom the Bell Tolls

    Ingrid Bergman, Gary Cooper

    Released1943

    Directed bySam Wood

    For Whom the Bell Tolls is a 1943 American film produced and directed by Sam Wood and starring... more on Wikipedia

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  • Man of the West12
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    Man of the West

    Gary Cooper, Lee J. Cobb

    Released1958

    Directed byAnthony Mann

    Man of the West is a 1958 western film starring Gary Cooper and directed by Anthony Mann. The... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Vera Cruz13
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    Vera Cruz

    Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster

    Released1954

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

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

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  • The Hanging Tree14
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    The Hanging Tree

    Gary Cooper, George C. Scott

    Released1959

    Directed byDelmer Daves

    The Hanging Tree is a 1959 movie directed by Delmer Daves. Karl Malden took over directing... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Lives of a Bengal Lancer15
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    The Lives of a Bengal Lancer

    Gary Cooper, J. Carrol Naish

    Released1935

    Directed byHenry Hathaway

    The Lives of a Bengal Lancer is a 1935 American adventure-romantic-comedy film loosely adapted... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • They Came to Cordura16
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    They Came to Cordura

    Rita Hayworth, Gary Cooper

    Released1959

    Directed byRobert Rossen

    They Came to Cordura is a 1959 Western film co-written and directed by Robert Rossen, starring... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Morocco17
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    Morocco

    Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper

    Released1930

    Directed byJosef von Sternberg

    Morocco is a 1930 American romance drama film directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring... more on Wikipedia
  • Garden of Evil18
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    Garden of Evil

    Gary Cooper, Susan Hayward

    Released1954

    Directed byHenry Hathaway

    Garden of Evil is a Western film about three somewhat disreputable 19th-century soldiers of... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Desire19
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    Desire

    Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper

    Released1936

    Directed byFrank Borzage

    Desire is an American romantic drama film released in 1936 and directed by Frank Borzage. It... more on Wikipedia
  • A Farewell to Arms20
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    A Farewell to Arms

    Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes

    Released1932

    Directed byFrank Borzage

    A Farewell to Arms is a 1932 American romance drama film directed by Frank Borzage and... more on Wikipedia

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  • North West Mounted Police21
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    North West Mounted Police

    Gary Cooper, Paulette Goddard

    Released1940

    Directed byCecil B. DeMille

    "Set in the historical Riel rebellion, a Texas Ranger helps the Mounties so he can capture a... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Fountainhead22
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    The Fountainhead

    Gary Cooper, Raymond Massey

    Released1949

    Directed byKing Vidor

    The Fountainhead is a 1949 American film directed by King Vidor, based on the best-selling... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Wreck of the Mary Deare23
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    The Wreck of the Mary Deare

    Charlton Heston, Richard Harris

    Released1959

    Directed byMichael Anderson

    The Wreck of the Mary Deare is a 1959 Metrocolor British-American thriller film directed by... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Saratoga Trunk24
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    Saratoga Trunk

    Ingrid Bergman, Gary Cooper

    Released1945

    Directed bySam Wood

    Saratoga Trunk is a 1945 American romantic drama film directed by Sam Wood and starring Gary... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Nevada25
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    Nevada

    Gary Cooper, Thelma Todd

    Released1927

    Directed byJohn Waters

    Nevada is a 1927 American Western silent film directed by John Waters and starring Gary... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button