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The Best James Garner Movies

Updated December 23, 2019 5.5k votes 1.3k voters 130.9k views67 items

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List of the best James Garner movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. James Garner may be best known for his roles in great TV series like Maverick and The Rockford Files, but his filmography is equally as impressive. James Garner'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 Garner movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated James Garner movies will be at the top of the list. James Garner has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest James Garner movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining James Garner films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

List films range from The Great Escape to The Notebook.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best James Garner movies?" and "What are the greatest James Garner roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Garner's early work, you might also enjoy our list of best Steve McQueen movies and best Bruce Dern movies, as well as our list on incredibly macho facts about the man himself.

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    The Great Escape is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best James Garner Movies
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    The Great Escape

    Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough

    Released1963

    Directed byJohn Sturges

    The Great Escape is a 1963 American WWII epic film based on an escape by British and... more on Wikipedia

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    Support Your Local Sheriff! is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best James Garner Movies
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    Support Your Local Sheriff!

    James Garner, Bruce Dern

    Released1969

    Directed byBurt Kennedy

    Support Your Local Sheriff! is a 1969 American Technicolor comedic western film distributed by... more on Wikipedia

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    Murphy's Romance is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best James Garner Movies
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    Murphy's Romance

    Sally Field, Corey Haim

    Released1985

    Directed byMartin Ritt

    Murphy's Romance is a 1985 romantic comedy film adapted by Harriet Frank Jr. and Irving... more on Wikipedia

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    Support Your Local Gunfighter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best James Garner Movies
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    Support Your Local Gunfighter

    James Garner, Suzanne Pleshette

    Released1971

    Directed byBurt Kennedy

    Support Your Local Gunfighter is a 1971 comic western film starring James Garner, directed by... more on Wikipedia

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    The Americanization of Emily is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best James Garner Movies
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    The Americanization of Emily

    Julie Andrews, James Garner

    Released1964

    Directed byArthur Hiller, Al Shenberg

    The Americanization of Emily is an American comedy-drama war film written by Paddy Chayefsky,... more on Wikipedia
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    The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best James Garner Movies
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    The Notebook

    Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

    Released2004

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

    The Notebook is a 2004 American romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and based on... more on Wikipedia

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    Victor Victoria is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best James Garner Movies
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    Victor Victoria

    Julie Andrews, James Garner

    Released1982

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    Victor Victoria is a 1982 film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and starring Julie Andrews,... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Move Over, Darling is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best James Garner Movies
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    Move Over, Darling

    Doris Day, James Garner

    Released1963

    Directed byMichael Gordon

    Move Over, Darling is a 1963 comedy film starring Doris Day, James Garner, and Polly Bergen... more on Wikipedia
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    Space Cowboys is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best James Garner Movies
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    Space Cowboys

    Clint Eastwood, Jon Hamm

    Released2000

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Space Cowboys is a 2000 American space adventure film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood.... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Maverick is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best James Garner Movies
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    Maverick

    Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster

    Released1994

    Directed byRichard Donner

    Maverick is a 1994 Western comedy film directed by Richard Donner and written by William... more on Wikipedia
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    36 Hours is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best James Garner Movies
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    36 Hours

    James Garner, Eva Marie Saint

    Released1965

    Directed byGeorge Seaton

    36 Hours is an American suspense film, based on the short story "Beware of the Dog" by Roald... more on Wikipedia
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    Grand Prix is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best James Garner Movies
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    Grand Prix

    James Garner, Eva Marie Saint

    Released1966

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

    Grand Prix is a 1966 American action film with an international cast. The picture was directed... more on Wikipedia

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    My Fellow Americans is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best James Garner Movies
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    My Fellow Americans

    Lauren Bacall, Dan Aykroyd

    Released1996

    Directed byPeter Segal

    My Fellow Americans is a 1996 American comedy film starring Jack Lemmon and James Garner as... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Up Periscope is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best James Garner Movies
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    Up Periscope

    James Garner, Frank Gifford

    Released1959

    Directed byGordon Douglas

    Up Periscope is a 1959 World War II drama starring James Garner as a U.S. Navy Frogman... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 15
    Skin Game is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best James Garner Movies
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    Skin Game

    James Garner, Ed Asner

    Released1971

    Directed byPaul Bogart, Gordon Douglas

    Skin Game is a 1971 American independent comedy western starring James Garner and Louis... more on Wikipedia
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    The Ultimate Gift is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best James Garner Movies
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    The Ultimate Gift

    Abigail Breslin, James Garner

    Released2006

    Directed byMichael O. Sajbel

    The Ultimate Gift is a 2006 American drama film directed by Michael O. Sajbel from a... more on Wikipedia
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    Twilight is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best James Garner Movies
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    Twilight

    Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene

    Released2008

    Directed byCatherine Hardwicke

    Twilight is a 2008 American vampire romance film based on Stephenie Meyer's popular novel of... more on Wikipedia

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    Darby's Rangers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best James Garner Movies
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    Darby's Rangers

    James Garner, Jack Warden

    Released1958

    Directed byWilliam A. Wellman

    Darby's Rangers is a 1958 war film starring James Garner as William Orlando Darby, who... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Tank is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best James Garner Movies
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    Tank

    James Garner, James Cromwell

    Released1984

    Directed byMarvin J. Chomsky

    Tank is a 1984 comedy, drama, and action movie starring James Garner, Jenilee Harrison, and C.... more on Wikipedia
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    Duel at Diablo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best James Garner Movies
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    Duel at Diablo

    Sidney Poitier, James Garner

    Released1966

    Directed byRalph Nelson

    Duel at Diablo is a 1966 western film starring James Garner in his first Western since leaving... more on Wikipedia
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    The Thrill of It All is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best James Garner Movies
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    The Thrill of It All

    Doris Day, James Garner

    Released1963

    Directed byNorman Jewison

    The Thrill of It All is a romantic comedy film directed by Norman Jewison starring Doris Day,... more on Wikipedia
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    Marlowe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best James Garner Movies
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    Marlowe

    Bruce Lee, James Garner

    Released1969

    Directed byPaul Bogart

    Marlowe is a neo-noir movie starring James Garner as Raymond Chandler's private detective... more on Wikipedia
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    Barbarians at the Gate is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best James Garner Movies
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    Barbarians at the Gate

    James Garner, Rita Wilson

    Released1993

    Directed byGlenn Jordan

    Barbarians at the Gate is a television movie based upon the book by Bryan Burrough and John... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Sayonara is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best James Garner Movies
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    Sayonara

    Marlon Brando, James Garner

    Released1957

    Directed byJoshua Logan

    Sayonara is a 1957 color American film starring Marlon Brando. The picture tells the story of... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Bret Maverick: The Lazy Ace is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best James Garner Movies

    Released1981

    Directed byStuart Margolin

    Bret Maverick: The Lazy Ace is the 1981 2-hour pilot episode of the television series Bret... more on Wikipedia
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