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The Best Gary Cooper Movies 

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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.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Gary Cooper movies?" and "What are the greatest Gary Cooper roles of all time?"

Fritz Lang and John Ford are among those who directed Gary Cooper at one point or another during their careers in the film industry. Is Gary Cooper your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy films lists too.

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Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie

Released: 1941

Directed by: Howard Hawks

Sergeant York is a 1941 biographical film about the life of Alvin York, one of the most-decorated American soldiers of WWI. It was directed by Howard Hawks and was the highest-grossing film of ...more

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Grace Kelly, Gary Cooper, Lee Van Cleef

Released: 1952

Directed by: Fred Zinnemann

High Noon is a 1952 American Western film directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Gary Cooper. In nearly real time, the film tells the story of a town marshal forced to face a gang of killers by ...more

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Gary Cooper, Anthony Perkins, Dorothy McGuire

Released: 1956

Directed by: William Wyler

Friendly Persuasion is a 1956 Civil War film starring Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, Anthony Perkins, Richard Eyer, Robert Middleton and Phyllis Love. The screenplay was adapted by Michael Wilson ...more
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Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, Lionel Stander

Released: 1936

Directed by: Frank Capra

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town is a 1936 American screwball comedy film directed by Frank Capra, starring Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur in her first featured role. Based on the 1935 short story Opera Hat ...more
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Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper, Bill Dickey

Released: 1942

Directed by: Sam Wood

The Pride of the Yankees is a 1942 American film directed by Sam Wood and starring Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, and Walter Brennan. It is a tribute to the legendary New York Yankees first baseman ...more
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Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan

Released: 1941

Directed by: Frank Capra

Meet John Doe is a 1941 American comedy drama film directed and produced by Frank Capra, and starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck. The film is about a "grassroots" political ...more

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Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Dana Andrews

Released: 1940

Directed by: William Wyler

The Westerner is a 1940 American film directed by William Wyler and starring Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, and Doris Davenport. Written by Niven Busch, Stuart N. Lake, and Jo Swerling, the film ...more

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Gary Cooper, Susan Hayward, Ray Milland

Released: 1939

Directed by: William A. Wellman

Beau Geste is a 1939 Paramount Pictures action/adventure motion picture starring Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston, Brian Donlevy, and Susan Hayward. Directed and produced by William A. ...more
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Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper, Dana Andrews

Released: 1941

Directed by: Howard Hawks

This film is a 1941 American screwball comedy film directed by Howard Hawks and starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck. This Samuel Goldwyn Productions film concerns a group of professors ...more
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Ingrid Bergman, Gary Cooper, Yvonne De Carlo

Released: 1943

Directed by: Sam Wood

For Whom the Bell Tolls is a 1943 American film produced and directed by Sam Wood and starring Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Akim Tamiroff, and Joseph Calleia. Written by Dudley Nichols and based ...more

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Gary Cooper, Lee J. Cobb, Julie London

Released: 1958

Directed by: Anthony Mann

Man of the West is a 1958 western film starring Gary Cooper and directed by Anthony Mann. The screenplay, written by Reginald Rose, is based on the novel The Border Jumpers by Will C. Brown.
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Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Charles Bronson

Released: 1954

Directed by: Robert Aldrich

Vera Cruz is a 1954 American Western theatrical film starring Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster, and featuring Denise Darcel, Sara Montiel, Cesar Romero, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson and Jack ...more

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Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper, Maurice Chevalier

Released: 1957

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Love in the Afternoon is a 1957 American romantic comedy film produced and directed by Billy Wilder which stars Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper. The screenplay by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond is ...more
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Gary Cooper, Anthony Quinn, Jean Arthur

Released: 1936

Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille

The Plainsman is a 1936 American Western film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur. The film presents a highly fictionalized account of the adventures and ...more
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Gary Cooper, George C. Scott, Karl Malden

Released: 1959

Directed by: Delmer Daves

The Hanging Tree is a 1959 movie directed by Delmer Daves. Karl Malden took over directing duties for several days when Daves fell ill. The film stars Gary Cooper, Maria Schell, George C. Scott ...more
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Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, Adolphe Menjou

Released: 1932

Directed by: Frank Borzage

A Farewell to Arms is a 1932 American romance drama film directed by Frank Borzage and starring Helen Hayes, Gary Cooper, and Adolphe Menjou. Based on the 1929 semi-autobiographical novel A ...more

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Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper, Adolphe Menjou

Released: 1930

Directed by: Josef von Sternberg

Morocco is a 1930 American romance drama film directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich, and Adolphe Menjou. Based on the novel Amy Jolly by Benno Vigny and ...more
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Gary Cooper, J. Carrol Naish, Monte Blue

Released: 1935

Directed by: Henry Hathaway

The Lives of a Bengal Lancer is a 1935 American adventure-romantic-comedy film loosely adapted from the 1930 book of the same name by British-Indian author Francis Yeats-Brown. The film is a ...more

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Rita Hayworth, Gary Cooper, Tab Hunter

Released: 1959

Directed by: Robert Rossen

They Came to Cordura is a 1959 Western film co-written and directed by Robert Rossen, starring Gary Cooper and Rita Hayworth, and featuring Van Heflin, Tab Hunter, Richard Conte, Michael Callan, ...more
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Gary Cooper, Paulette Goddard, Lon Chaney

Released: 1940

Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille

"Set in the historical Riel rebellion, a Texas Ranger helps the Mounties so he can capture a murderer; but the Mountie gets the woman. In 1885 Dan Duroc (Akim Tamiroff) and Jacques Corbeau ...more

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Gary Cooper, Walter Huston, Randolph Scott

Released: 1929

Directed by: Victor Fleming

The Virginian is a 1929 Western film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Gary Cooper, Walter Huston, and Richard Arlen. The film was based on the 1902 novel The Virginian by Owen Wister and ...more

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Gary Cooper, Ray Teal, Richard Webb

Released: 1951

Directed by: Raoul Walsh

Distant Drums is a 1951 "Florida Western" film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Gary Cooper. It is set during the Second Seminole War in the 1840s, with Cooper playing an Army ...more
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Gary Cooper, Susan Hayward, Rita Moreno

Released: 1954

Directed by: Henry Hathaway

Garden of Evil is a Western film about three somewhat disreputable 19th-century soldiers of fortune, played by Gary Cooper, Richard Widmark, and Cameron Mitchell, who are hired by a woman, ...more

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Gary Cooper, Loretta Young, Dan Duryea

Released: 1945

Directed by: Stuart Heisler

Along Came Jones is a 1945 Western comedy film starring Gary Cooper, Loretta Young, William Demarest, and Dan Duryea, in which Cooper mercilessly spoofs his own slow-talking cowboy persona. The ...more
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Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Merle Oberon

Released: 1938

Directed by: H. C. Potter

The Cowboy and the Lady is a 1938 American western romantic comedy film directed by H.C. Potter, and starring Gary Cooper and Merle Oberon. Written by S.N. Behrman and Sonya Levien, based on a ...more