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The Best Henry Fonda Movies

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

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

A list made up of films like Spawn of the North and Bernice Bobs Her Hair.

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


  • 1

    12 Angry Men

    Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman
    12 Angry Men is a 1957 American drama film adapted from a teleplay of the same name by...  more

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    The Grapes of Wrath

    Henry Fonda, John Carradine
    The Grapes of Wrath is a 1940 drama film directed by John Ford. It was based on John...  more

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  • 3

    You Only Live Once

    Henry Fonda, Margaret Hamilton
    You Only Live Once is a 1937 crime drama film starring Sylvia Sidney and Henry Fonda....  more
  • 4

    Once Upon a Time in the West

    Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale
    Once Upon a Time in the West is a 1968 Italian/American epic Spaghetti Western film directed...  more

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  • 5

    Mister Roberts

    Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon
    Mister Roberts is a 1955 American Warnercolor in CinemaScope comedy-drama film directed by...  more

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    The Ox-Bow Incident

    Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn
    The Ox-Bow Incident is a 1943 American western film directed by William A. Wellman and...  more
  • 7

    The Fugitive

    Henry Fonda, Dolores del Río
    The Fugitive is a 1947 drama film starring Henry Fonda and directed by John Ford, based on the...  more
  • 8

    The Best Man

    Henry Fonda, Cliff Robertson
    The Best Man is a 1964 political drama film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner with a...  more
  • 9

    My Darling Clementine

    Henry Fonda, Walter Brennan
    My Darling Clementine, a 1946 film, regarded as one of the best Western movies made by...  more

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    On Golden Pond

    Jane Fonda, Katharine Hepburn
    On Golden Pond is a 1981 American drama film directed by Mark Rydell. The screenplay by Ernest...  more

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    How the West Was Won

    John Wayne, James Stewart
    How the West Was Won is a 1962 western film written by James R. Webb and John Gay and directed...  more

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  • 12

    The Tin Star

    Henry Fonda, Anthony Perkins
    The Tin Star was first a short story then a 1957 American western film directed by Anthony...  more
  • 13

    Fail Safe

    Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau
    Fail-Safe is a 1964 Cold thriller film directed by Sidney Lumet, based on the 1962 novel of...  more

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  • 14

    The Lady Eve

    Henry Fonda, Barbara Stanwyck
    The Lady Eve is a 1941 American screwball comedy film written and directed by Preston Sturges...  more
  • 15

    Battle of the Bulge

    Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson
    Battle of the Bulge is an American widescreen epic film produced in Spain that was released in...  more

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  • 16

    The Cheyenne Social Club

    James Stewart, Henry Fonda
    The Cheyenne Social Club is a 1970 Western comedy, written by James Lee Barrett, directed and...  more

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  • 17


    Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston
    Midway, released in the United Kingdom as Battle of Midway and in the US on video as The...  more

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  • 18

    Yours, Mine and Ours

    Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda
    Yours, Mine and Ours is a 1968 film, directed by Melville Shavelson and starring Lucille Ball,...  more
  • 19

    Daisy Kenyon

    Henry Fonda, Joan Crawford
    Daisy Kenyon is a 20th Century Fox feature film starring Joan Crawford, Henry Fonda, and Dana...  more
  • 20

    The Boston Strangler

    Henry Fonda, Tony Curtis
    The Boston Strangler is a 1968 American film based on the true story of the Boston Strangler...  more

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    In Harm's Way

    John Wayne, Kirk Douglas
    In Harm's Way is a 1965 American epic film produced and directed by Otto Preminger and...  more

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  • 22

    The Male Animal

    Henry Fonda, Olivia de Havilland
    The Male Animal is a Warner Brothers film starring Henry Fonda, Olivia de Havilland and Joan...  more
  • 23

    Sometimes a Great Notion

    Paul Newman, Henry Fonda
    Sometimes A Great Notion is a 1971 American drama film directed by Paul Newman and starring...  more
  • 24

    The Swarm

    Michael Caine, Henry Fonda
    The Swarm is a 1978 science fiction monster horror film about a killer bee invasion of Texas....  more

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  • 25

    The Wrong Man

    Henry Fonda, Alfred Hitchcock
    The Wrong Man is a 1956 docu-drama by Alfred Hitchcock which stars Henry Fonda and Vera Miles....  more