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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.

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  • 12 Angry Men1
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    12 Angry Men

    Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman

    Released1957

    Directed bySidney Lumet

    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 Wrath2
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    The Grapes of Wrath

    Henry Fonda, John Carradine

    Released1940

    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Grapes of Wrath is a 1940 drama film directed by John Ford. It was based on John...  more
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  • Once Upon a Time in the West3
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    Once Upon a Time in the West

    Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale

    Released1968

    Directed bySergio Leone

    Once Upon a Time in the West is a 1968 Italian/American epic Spaghetti Western film directed...  more
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  • Mister Roberts4
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    Mister Roberts

    Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon

    Released1955

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy, John Ford, Joshua Logan

    Mister Roberts is a 1955 American Warnercolor in CinemaScope comedy-drama film directed by...  more
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  • The Ox-Bow Incident5
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    The Ox-Bow Incident

    Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn

    Released1943

    Directed byWilliam A. Wellman

    The Ox-Bow Incident is a 1943 American western film directed by William A. Wellman and...  more
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  • My Darling Clementine6
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    My Darling Clementine

    Henry Fonda, Walter Brennan

    Released1946

    Directed byJohn Ford

    My Darling Clementine, a 1946 film, regarded as one of the best Western movies made by...  more
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  • On Golden Pond7
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    On Golden Pond

    Jane Fonda, Katharine Hepburn

    Released1981

    Directed byMark Rydell

    On Golden Pond is a 1981 American drama film directed by Mark Rydell. The screenplay by Ernest...  more
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  • Young Mr. Lincoln8
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    Young Mr. Lincoln

    Henry Fonda, Ward Bond

    Released1939

    Directed byJohn Ford

    Young Mr. Lincoln is a 1939 partly fictionalized biopic about the early life of President...  more
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  • The Wrong Man9
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    The Wrong Man

    Henry Fonda, Alfred Hitchcock

    Released1956

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    The Wrong Man is a 1956 docu-drama by Alfred Hitchcock which stars Henry Fonda and Vera Miles....  more
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  • Fort Apache10
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    Fort Apache

    Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple

    Released1948

    Directed byJohn Ford

    Fort Apache is a 1948 American Western film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and...  more
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  • Drums Along the Mohawk11
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    Drums Along the Mohawk

    Henry Fonda, Claudette Colbert

    Released1939

    Directed byJohn Ford

    Drums Along the Mohawk is a 1939 historical Technicolor film based upon a 1936 novel of the...  more
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  • The Longest Day12
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    The Longest Day

    Sean Connery, John Wayne

    Released1962

    Directed byDarryl F. Zanuck, Ken Annakin, Bernhard Wicki, Andrew Marton, Gerd Oswald

    The Longest Day is a 1962 film based on the 1959 history book The Longest Day by Cornelius...  more
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  • How the West Was Won13
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    How the West Was Won

    John Wayne, James Stewart

    Released1962

    Directed byHenry Hathaway, George Marshall, John Ford, Richard Thorpe

    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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  • Fail Safe14
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    Fail Safe

    Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau

    Released1964

    Directed bySidney Lumet

    Fail-Safe is a 1964 Cold thriller film directed by Sidney Lumet, based on the 1962 novel of...  more
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  • The Lady Eve15
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    The Lady Eve

    Henry Fonda, Barbara Stanwyck

    Released1941

    Directed byPreston Sturges

    The Lady Eve is a 1941 American screwball comedy film written and directed by Preston Sturges...  more
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  • Jezebel16
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    Jezebel

    Bette Davis, Henry Fonda

    Released1938

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    Jezebel is a 1938 American romantic drama film released and directed by William Wyler. It...  more
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  • Midway17
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    Midway

    Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston

    Released1976

    Directed byJack Smight

    Midway, released in the United Kingdom as Battle of Midway and in the US on video as The...  more
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  • War and Peace18
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    War and Peace

    Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda

    Released1956

    Directed byKing Vidor

    This film is the first English-language film version of the novel by Leo Tolstoy. It is an...  more
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  • Daisy Kenyon19
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    Daisy Kenyon

    Henry Fonda, Joan Crawford

    Released1947

    Directed byOtto Preminger

    Daisy Kenyon is a 20th Century Fox feature film starring Joan Crawford, Henry Fonda, and Dana...  more
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  • The Boston Strangler20
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    The Boston Strangler

    Henry Fonda, Tony Curtis

    Released1968

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    The Boston Strangler is a 1968 American film based on the true story of the Boston Strangler...  more
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  • The Tin Star21
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    The Tin Star

    Henry Fonda, Anthony Perkins

    Released1957

    Directed byAnthony Mann

    The Tin Star was first a short story then a 1957 American western film directed by Anthony...  more
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  • Advise & Consent22
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    Advise & Consent

    Frank Sinatra, Betty White

    Released1962

    Directed byOtto Preminger

    Advise & Consent is a 1962 American motion picture based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel...  more
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  • You Only Live Once23
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    You Only Live Once

    Henry Fonda, Margaret Hamilton

    Released1937

    Directed byFritz Lang

    You Only Live Once is a 1937 crime drama film starring Sylvia Sidney and Henry Fonda....  more
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  • In Harm's Way24
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    In Harm's Way

    John Wayne, Kirk Douglas

    Released1965

    Directed byOtto Preminger

    In Harm's Way is a 1965 American epic film produced and directed by Otto Preminger and...  more
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  • Too Late the Hero25
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    Too Late the Hero

    Michael Caine, Henry Fonda

    Released1970

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    Too Late the Hero is a 1970 Anglo-American war film directed by Robert Aldrich, and starring...  more
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