The Best James Brown Movies  

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

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

The list you're viewing is made up of many different films, including Young and Willing and Targets.

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Gig Young, Arthur Kennedy, John Garfield
Air Force is a 1943 American black-and-white war film from Warner Bros., produced by Hal B. Wallis and Jack Warner, directed by Howard Hawks, and starring John Garfield, John Ridgely, Harry ...more
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Randy Quaid, Boris Karloff, Peter Bogdanovich
Targets is a 1968 American thriller, written, produced and directed by Peter Bogdanovich and filmed in color by László Kovács.
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Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg
The Blues Brothers is a 1980 American musical comedy film directed by John Landis and starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as "Joliet" Jake and Elwood Blues, characters developed from ...more
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John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Richard Jaeckel
Sands of Iwo Jima is a 1949 film starring John Wayne that follows a group of United States Marines from training to the Battle of Iwo Jima during WWII. The movie also features John Agar, Adele ...more
Rin Tin Tin: The Test is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best James Brown Movies
Rin Tin Tin: The Test Monte Blue, James Brown, Joe Sawyer
The Test is a 1935 American adventure film directed by Bernard B. Ray and produced by Ray and Harry S. Webb for Reliable Pictures. It features as its hero the dog Rin Tin Tin Jr.
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James Brown, Annette Funicello, Yvonne Craig
Ski Party is a 1965 American comedy film directed by Alan Rafkin, and released by American International Pictures, starring Frankie Avalon and Dwayne Hickman. Ski Party is part of the 1960s ...more
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William Holden, Susan Hayward, Robert Benchley
Young and Willing is a 1943 American comedy film produced and directed by Edward H. Griffith and starring William Holden, Eddie Bracken, Robert Benchley, and Susan Hayward. With a screenplay by ...more
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Vera Miles, Guy Madison, James Brown
The Charge at Feather River is a 1953 Western film directed by Gordon Douglas, was originally released in 3D with lots of arrows, lances, and other weapons flying directly at the audience in ...more
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Stellan Skarsgård, James Brown, Kathryn Morris
The BMW film series The Hire was a series of eight short films produced for the Internet in 2001 and 2002. A form of branded content, the shorts were directed by popular filmmakers from around ...more
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Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, William Smith
Going My Way is a 1944 American musical comedy-drama film directed by Leo McCarey and starring Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald. Based on a story by Leo McCarey, the film is about a new young ...more
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Richard Pryor, Fred Williamson, Mike Henry
Adiós Amigo is an American comedy-Western starring Fred Williamson and Richard Pryor. The film was also written, produced and directed by Williamson.
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Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, John Goodman
Blues Brothers 2000 is a 1998 American musical comedy film that is a sequel to 1980's The Blues Brothers, written and produced by John Landis and Dan Aykroyd. Directed by Landis, the film stars ...more
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Joan Staley, James Brown, Gregg Palmer
Gun Fight is a 1961 western film written by Gerald Drayson Adams and Richard Schayer and directed by Edward L. Cahn.
Rocky IV is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best James Brown Movies
Sylvester Stallone, James Brown, Mr. T
Rocky IV is a 1985 American sports film written and directed by Sylvester Stallone, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Dolph Lundgren, Burt Young, Talia Shire, Carl Weathers, Tony ...more
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Elliott Gould, Roddy McDowall, Fred Williamson
Mean Johnny Barrows is a 1976 film. It stars Fred Williamson, who also directed the film; Elliott Gould; Stuart Whitman; James Brown; and Roddy McDowall also star.
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Elroy Hirsch, Joseph Crehan, James Brown
Crazylegs is a 1953 film about Elroy Hirsch's football career. In college his unconventional dynamic running style allowed him to change directions in a multitude of ways. The media dubbed him ...more
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Montana Errol Flynn, Alexis Smith, James Brown
Montana is a 1950 film directed by Ray Enright.
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Walter Brennan, Forrest Tucker, Jim Davis
Brimstone is a film directed by Joseph Kane released on Aug 15, 1949.
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Paper Chasers
Paper Chasers is an American independent documentary film produced by Holly Becker and Yvette Plummer, and directed by Maxie Collier.
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The Man Who Met Himself Tom Wontner, Silas Hawkins, Siubhan Harrison
The Man Who Met Himself is a 2005 short thriller film written by Ben Crowe and Preti Taneja and directed by Ben Crowe.
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Black Spurs DeForest Kelley, Linda Darnell, Lon Chaney
Black Spurs is a 1965 western film written by Steve Fisher and directed by R.G. Springsteen.
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Errol Flynn, James Brown, William Prince
Objective, Burma! is a 1945 war film which was loosely based on the six-month raid by Merrill's Marauders in the Burma Campaign during the Second World War. The film, made by Warner Brothers ...more
Gun Street is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best James Brown Movies
Gun Street James Brown, John Clarke, Peggy Stewart
Gun Street is a 1961 Western film.