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The Best James Mason Movies

Updated September 23, 2019 4.8k votes 440 voters 30.9k views97 items

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

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

This list below has a variety of films, like Hatter's Castle and A Dangerous Summer, in it.

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

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    Cross of Iron

    James Coburn, David Warner

    Released1977

    Released1977

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    Cross of Iron is a British-German 1977 film directed by Sam Peckinpah, featuring James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason and David Warner. The film is set on the Eastern Front in World War II...  more

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    Murder by Decree

    Donald Sutherland, Christopher Plummer

    Released1979

    Released1979

    Directed byBob Clark

    Directed byBob Clark

    This film is a 1979 British-Canadian mystery thriller film directed by Bob Clark. It features the Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who are embroiled...  more
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    Evil Under the Sun

    Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg

    Released1982

    Released1982

    Directed byGuy Hamilton

    Directed byGuy Hamilton

    Evil Under the Sun is a 1982 British mystery film based on the 1941 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie....  more
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    The Desert Rats

    Richard Burton, Robert Newton

    Released1953

    Released1953

    Directed byRobert Wise

    Directed byRobert Wise

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    The Reckless Moment

    Joan Bennett, Shepperd Strudwick

    Released1949

    Released1949

    Directed byMax Ophüls

    Directed byMax Ophüls

    The Reckless Moment is a 1949 American film noir melodrama directed by Max Ophüls, produced by Walter Wanger, and released by Columbia Pictures with Burnett Guffey as cinematographer. Starring Joan...  more
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    The Blue Max

    Ursula Andress, George Peppard

    Released1966

    Released1966

    Directed byJohn Guillermin

    Directed byJohn Guillermin

    The Blue Max is a 1966 British war film in DeLuxe Color and filmed in CinemaScope, about a German fighter pilot on the Western Front during World War I. It was directed by John Guillermin, stars...  more

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    Age of Consent

    Helen Mirren, Frank Thring

    Released1969

    Released1969

    Directed byMichael Powell

    Directed byMichael Powell

    Age of Consent is a 1969 Australian film which was the penultimate feature film directed by British director Michael Powell. The romantic comedy-drama stars James Mason, Helen Mirren in her first...  more
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    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre

    Released1954

    Released1954

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a 1954 American Technicolor adventure film starring Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas and Peter Lorre. It was the first CinemaScope science fiction film and was...  more

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    Odd Man Out

    William Hartnell, Cyril Cusack

    Released1947

    Released1947

    Directed byCarol Reed

    Directed byCarol Reed

    Odd Man Out is a 1947 British film noir set in an unnamed Northern Irish city. Directed by Carol Reed, it is based on the novel by F. L. Green and stars James Mason....  more
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    Hotel Reserve

    Herbert Lom, Patricia Medina

    Released1944

    Released1944

    Directed byLance Comfort, Mutz Greenbaum, Victor Hanbury

    Directed byLance Comfort, Mutz Greenbaum, Victor Hanbury

    Hotel Reserve is a 1944 spy film starring James Mason as an innocent man caught up in pre-Second World War espionage. It was based on Eric Ambler's novel Epitaph for a Spy. Unusually, it was both...  more
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    Island in the Sun

    Joan Collins, Dorothy Dandridge

    Released1957

    Released1957

    Directed byRobert Rossen

    Directed byRobert Rossen

    Island in the Sun is a 1957 drama film produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and directed by Robert Rossen. It features an ensemble cast including James Mason, Harry Belafonte, Joan Fontaine, Joan Collins,...  more
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    The Boys from Brazil

    Laurence Olivier, Gregory Peck

    Released1978

    Released1978

    Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner

    Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner

    The Boys from Brazil is a 1978 British-American thriller film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. It stars Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier and features James Mason, Lilli Palmer, Uta Hagen and Steve...  more

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    East Side, West Side

    Ava Gardner, Barbara Stanwyck

    Released1949

    Released1949

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy

    East Side, West Side is a 1949 melodramatic crime film, starring Barbara Stanwyck as a wronged wife and Ava Gardner in one of her earliest roles, along with James Mason and Van Heflin. Based on a...  more
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    5 Fingers

    Michael Rennie, Danielle Darrieux

    Released1952

    Released1952

    Directed byJoseph L. Mankiewicz

    Directed byJoseph L. Mankiewicz

    5 Fingers, known also as Five Fingers, is a 1952 American spy film directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and produced by Otto Lang. The screenplay by Michael Wilson was based on the book Operation Cicero...  more
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    The Fall of the Roman Empire

    Sophia Loren, Omar Sharif

    Released1964

    Released1964

    Directed byAnthony Mann

    Directed byAnthony Mann

    The Fall of the Roman Empire is a 1964 epic film starring Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd, Alec Guinness, James Mason, Christopher Plummer, Mel Ferrer and Omar Sharif. It was directed by Anthony Mann and...  more

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    Madame Bovary

    Jennifer Jones, Louis Jourdan

    Released1949

    Released1949

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

    Madame Bovary is a 1949 film adaptation of the classic novel of the same name by Gustave Flaubert. It stars Jennifer Jones, James Mason, Van Heflin, Louis Jourdan, Alf Kjellin, Gene Lockhart, Frank...  more
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    Bigger Than Life

    Walter Matthau, Barbara Rush

    Released1956

    Released1956

    Directed byNicholas Ray

    Directed byNicholas Ray

    Bigger Than Life is an American DeLuxe Color CinemaScope film made in 1956 directed by Nicholas Ray and starring James Mason, who also co-wrote and produced the film, about a school teacher and...  more
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    A Star Is Born

    Judy Garland, Amanda Blake

    Released1954

    Released1954

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    A Star Is Born is a 1954 American musical film written by Moss Hart, starring Judy Garland and James Mason, and directed by George Cukor. Hart's screenplay was an adaptation of the original 1937...  more
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    Journey to the Center of the Earth

    Pat Boone, Bernard Herrmann

    Released1959

    Released1959

    Directed byHenry Levin

    Directed byHenry Levin

    Journey to the Center of the Earth is a 1959 adventure film adapted by Charles Brackett from the novel of the same name by Jules Verne. Journey to the Center of the Earth was directed by Henry Levin....  more

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    Lolita

    Christopher Lee, Peter Sellers

    Released1962

    Released1962

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    Lolita is a 1962 comedy-drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick based on the novel of the same title by Vladimir Nabokov, about a middle-aged man who becomes obsessed with a teenage girl. The film...  more

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    Heaven Can Wait

    Deacon Jones, Warren Beatty

    Released1978

    Released1978

    Directed byBuck Henry, Warren Beatty

    Directed byBuck Henry, Warren Beatty

    Heaven Can Wait is a 1978 American comedy film co-directed by Warren Beatty and Buck Henry. It is the second film adaptation of Harry Segall's stageplay of the same name, preceded by Here Comes Mr....  more

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    Georgy Girl

    Charlotte Rampling, Lynn Redgrave

    Released1966

    Released1966

    Directed bySilvio Narizzano

    Directed bySilvio Narizzano

    Georgy Girl is a 1966 British film based on a novel by Margaret Forster. The film was directed by Silvio Narizzano and starred Lynn Redgrave as Georgy, Charlotte Rampling, Alan Bates, and James...  more
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    North by Northwest

    Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock

    Released1959

    Released1959

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    North by Northwest is a 1959 American spy thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason. The screenplay was written by Ernest Lehman, who wanted...  more

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    Tiara Tahiti

    John Mills, Herbert Lom

    Released1962

    Released1962

    Directed byTed Kotcheff

    Directed byTed Kotcheff

    Tiara Tahiti is a 1962 comedy-drama film starring James Mason and John Mills and the directorial debut of Ted Kotcheff; it is based on the novel by Geoffrey Cotterell, who also adapted it for the...  more
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    The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel

    Jessica Tandy, Cedric Hardwicke

    Released1951

    Released1951

    Directed byHenry Hathaway

    Directed byHenry Hathaway

    The Desert Fox is a 1951 biographical film about Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in the later stages of World War II. It stars James Mason in the title role, was directed by Henry Hathaway, and was based...  more

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