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The Best James Mason Movies 

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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?"

James Mason was no stranger to working with popular directors, including Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick and Michael Powell. If you're a fan of James Mason, then check out our lists of the best Richard Attenborough and George C. Scott movies as well.

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Christopher Lee, Peter Sellers, Shelley Winters

Released: 1962

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, Eva Marie Saint

Released: 1959

Directed by: Alfred 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 ...more

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Pat Boone, Bernard Herrmann, Arlene Dahl

Released: 1959

Directed by: Henry Levin

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Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre, Paul Lukas

Released: 1954

Directed by: Richard 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 ...more

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Judy Garland, Amanda Blake, Laurindo Almeida

Released: 1954

Directed by: George 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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Jessica Tandy, Cedric Hardwicke, Leo G. Carroll

Released: 1951

Directed by: Henry 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 ...more

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William Hartnell, Cyril Cusack, Robert Newton

Released: 1947

Directed by: Carol 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.
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Laurence Olivier, Gregory Peck, Steve Guttenberg

Released: 1978

Directed by: Franklin 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 ...more
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Bruce Willis, Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling

Released: 1982

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

The Verdict is a 1982 courtroom drama film that tells the story of a down-on-his-luck alcoholic lawyer who takes a medical malpractice case to improve his own situation, but discovers along the ...more

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Michael Rennie, Danielle Darrieux, Walter Hampden

Released: 1952

Directed by: Joseph 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 ...more
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James Coburn, David Warner, Senta Berger

Released: 1977

Directed by: Sam 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 ...more

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Sophia Loren, Omar Sharif, Christopher Plummer

Released: 1964

Directed by: Anthony 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 ...more

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Richard Burton, Robert Newton, Robert Douglas

Released: 1953

Directed by: Robert Wise

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Herbert Lom

Released: 1945

Directed by: Compton Bennett

The Seventh Veil is a 1945 British melodrama film made by Ortus Films and released through General Film Distributors in the UK and Universal Pictures in the United States.
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Marlon Brando, Deborah Kerr, John Gielgud

Released: 1953

Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

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Charlotte Rampling, Lynn Redgrave, Alan Bates

Released: 1966

Directed by: Silvio 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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Walter Matthau, Barbara Rush, Kipp Hamilton

Released: 1956

Directed by: Nicholas 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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Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg, Peter Ustinov

Released: 1982

Directed by: Guy Hamilton

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Ava Gardner, John Laurie, Nigel Patrick

Released: 1951

Directed by: Albert Lewin

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Donald Sutherland, Christopher Plummer, John Gielgud

Released: 1979

Directed by: Bob Clark

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Deacon Jones, Warren Beatty, Julie Christie

Released: 1978

Directed by: Buck Henry, Warren Beatty

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John Gielgud, Edward Fox, Robert Hardy

Released: 1985

Directed by: Alan Bridges

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Joan Bennett, Shepperd Strudwick, Geraldine Brooks

Released: 1949

Directed by: Max Ophüls

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Ursula Andress, George Peppard, Peter Woodthorpe

Released: 1966

Directed by: John Guillermin

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Lynn Redgrave, Simone Signoret, David Warner

Released: 1966

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

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