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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?"

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    The Seventh Veil
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    The Seventh Veil

    Herbert Lom

    Released1945

    Directed byCompton Bennett

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  • 2
    Evil Under the Sun
    105
    9

    Evil Under the Sun

    Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg

    Released1982

    Directed byGuy Hamilton

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  • 3
    Murder by Decree
    110
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    Murder by Decree

    Donald Sutherland, Christopher Plummer

    Released1979

    Directed byBob Clark

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  • 4
    5 Fingers
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    5 Fingers

    Michael Rennie, Danielle Darrieux

    Released1952

    Directed byJoseph L. Mankiewicz

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  • 5
    The Deadly Affair
    81
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    The Deadly Affair

    Lynn Redgrave, Simone Signoret

    Released1966

    Directed bySidney Lumet

    The Deadly Affair is a 1966 British espionage–thriller film, based on John le Carré's first... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    The Reckless Moment
    83
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    The Reckless Moment

    Joan Bennett, Shepperd Strudwick

    Released1949

    Directed byMax Ophüls

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  • 7
    The Last of Sheila
    68
    12

    The Last of Sheila

    Raquel Welch, James Coburn

    Released1973

    Directed byHerbert Ross

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  • 8
    Lolita
    78
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    Lolita

    Christopher Lee, Peter Sellers

    Released1962

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • 9
    Journey to the Center of the Earth
    71
    17

    Journey to the Center of the Earth

    Pat Boone, Bernard Herrmann

    Released1959

    Directed byHenry Levin

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  • 10
    North by Northwest
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    North by Northwest

    Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock

    Released1959

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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  • 11
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
    70
    19

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre

    Released1954

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

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  • 12
    The Man Between
    54
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    The Man Between

    Claire Bloom, Hildegard Knef

    Released1953

    Directed byCarol Reed

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  • 13
    The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel
    67
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    The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel

    Jessica Tandy, Cedric Hardwicke

    Released1951

    Directed byHenry Hathaway

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  • 14
    The Man in Grey
    65
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    The Man in Grey

    Stewart Granger, Margaret Lockwood

    Released1943

    Directed byLeslie Arliss

    The Man in Grey is a 1943 British film melodrama made by Gainsborough Pictures, and is... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 15
    The Verdict
    47
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    The Verdict

    Bruce Willis, Paul Newman

    Released1982

    Directed bySidney Lumet

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    The Desert Rats
    45
    11

    The Desert Rats

    Richard Burton, Robert Newton

    Released1953

    Directed byRobert Wise

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  • 17
    Candlelight in Algeria
    40
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    Candlelight in Algeria

    Walter Rilla, Raymond Lovell

    Released1944

    Directed byGeorge King

    Candlelight in Algeria is a 1944 British war film directed by George King and starring James... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 18
    Cross of Iron
    43
    12

    Cross of Iron

    James Coburn, David Warner

    Released1977

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

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  • 19
    Julius Caesar
    41
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    Julius Caesar

    Marlon Brando, Deborah Kerr

    Released1953

    Directed byJoseph L. Mankiewicz

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    Odd Man Out
    55
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    Odd Man Out

    William Hartnell, Cyril Cusack

    Released1947

    Directed byCarol Reed

    Odd Man Out is a 1947 British film noir set in an unnamed Northern Irish city. Directed by... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    A Star Is Born
    62
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    A Star Is Born

    Judy Garland, Amanda Blake

    Released1954

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

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  • 22
    Heaven Can Wait
    38
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    Heaven Can Wait

    Deacon Jones, Warren Beatty

    Released1978

    Directed byBuck Henry, Warren Beatty

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  • 23
    The Boys from Brazil
    49
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    The Boys from Brazil

    Laurence Olivier, Gregory Peck

    Released1978

    Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner

    The Boys from Brazil is a 1978 British-American thriller film directed by Franklin J.... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
    40
    14

    Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

    Ava Gardner, John Laurie

    Released1951

    Directed byAlbert Lewin

    Pandora and the Flying Dutchman is a 1951 British drama film made by Romulus Films and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 25
    The Fall of the Roman Empire
    44
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    The Fall of the Roman Empire

    Sophia Loren, Omar Sharif

    Released1964

    Directed byAnthony Mann

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