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The Best Joel McCrea Movies

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

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

List features films like Primrose Path, They Shall Have Music, and many more

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    The Most Dangerous Game

    Fay Wray, Joel McCrea

    Released1932

    Directed byIrving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack

    The Most Dangerous Game is a 1932 Pre-Code adaptation of the 1924 short story of the same name by Richard Connell, the first film version of that story. The plot concerns a big game hunter on an...  more
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    The More the Merrier

    Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea

    Released1943

    Directed byGeorge Stevens

    The More the Merrier is a 1943 American comedy film made by Columbia Pictures which makes fun of the housing shortage during World War II, especially in Washington, D.C. The picture stars Jean...  more
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    Sullivan's Travels

    Veronica Lake, Preston Sturges

    Released1941

    Directed byPreston Sturges

    Sullivan's Travels is a 1942 American comedy film written and directed by Preston Sturges. It is a satire about a movie director, played by Joel McCrea, who longs to make a socially relevant drama,...  more

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    The Palm Beach Story

    Claudette Colbert, Mary Astor

    Released1942

    Directed byPreston Sturges

    The Palm Beach Story is a 1942 romantic screwball comedy film written and directed by Preston Sturges, and starring Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea, Mary Astor and Rudy Vallée. Victor Young...  more

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    Foreign Correspondent

    Alfred Hitchcock, George Sanders

    Released1940

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    Foreign Correspondent is a 1940 American spy thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It tells the story of an American reporter who tries to expose enemy spies in Britain, a series of events...  more
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    Primrose Path

    Ginger Rogers, Joel McCrea

    Released1940

    Directed byGregory La Cava

    Primrose Path is a 1940 film about a young woman determined not to follow the profession of her mother and grandmother, prostitution. It stars Ginger Rogers and Joel McCrea. The film was based on the...  more
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    Come and Get It

    Walter Brennan, Joel McCrea

    Released1936

    Directed byHoward Hawks, William Wyler

    Come and Get It is a 1936 American drama film directed by Howard Hawks and William Wyler. The screenplay by Jane Murfin and Jules Furthman is based on the 1935 novel of the same title by Edna Ferber....  more
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    Ride the High Country

    Warren Oates, Edgar Buchanan

    Released1962

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    Ride the High Country is a 1962 American Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, and Mariette Hartley. The supporting cast includes Edgar Buchanan, James...  more

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    Stars in My Crown

    James Arness, Dean Stockwell

    Released1950

    Directed byJacques Tourneur

    Stars In My Crown is a 1950 western film starring Joel McCrea as a preacher who tames an unruly town. It was based on the novel of the same name by Joe David Brown....  more
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    Saddle Tramp

    Joel McCrea, Ed Begley

    Released1950

    Directed byHugo Fregonese

    Saddle Tramp is a 1950 film directed by Hugo Fregonese....  more
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    Gambling Lady

    Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea

    Released1934

    Directed byArchie Mayo

    Gambling Lady is a 1934 American drama film directed by Archie Mayo, and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Joel McCrea....  more
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    The San Francisco Story

    Yvonne De Carlo, Joel McCrea

    Released1952

    Directed byRobert Parrish

    The San Francisco Story is a film directed by Robert Parrish released on May 17, 1952....  more
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    Banjo on My Knee

    Barbara Stanwyck, Walter Brennan

    Released1936

    Directed byJohn Cromwell

    Banjo on My Knee is a 1936 American musical comedy-drama film directed by John Cromwell. The film was nominated for an Academy Award in the category Sound Recording....  more
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    The First Texan

    Joel McCrea, Wallace Ford

    Released1956

    Directed byByron Haskin

    The First Texan is a 1956 film directed by Byron Haskin. It stars Joel McCrea and Felicia Farr....  more
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    Union Pacific

    Barbara Stanwyck, Anthony Quinn

    Released1939

    Directed byCecil B. DeMille

    Union Pacific is a 1939 American dramatic western film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Joel McCrea. Based on the novel Trouble Shooter by Western fiction author Ernest...  more
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    Internes Can't Take Money

    Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea

    Released1937

    Directed byAlfred Santell

    Internes Can't Take Money is a 1937 American drama film directed by Alfred Santell and starring Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Lloyd Nolan, and Stanley Ridges. McCrea portrays Dr. Kildare in the...  more
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    Border River

    Yvonne De Carlo, Joel McCrea

    Released1954

    Directed byGeorge Sherman

    Border River is a 1954 American western film directed by George Sherman and released by Universal-International. It stars Joel McCrea, Yvonne De Carlo, and Pedro Armendáriz. It was filmed on location...  more
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    Barbary Coast

    Edward G. Robinson, Walter Brennan

    Released1935

    Directed byHoward Hawks

    Barbary Coast is a 1935 American historical drama film directed by Howard Hawks. Shot in black-and-white and set in San Francisco during the Gold Rush era, the film combines elements of crime,...  more
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    Dead End

    Humphrey Bogart, Sylvia Sidney

    Released1937

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    Dead End is a 1937 crime drama film. It is an adaptation of the Sidney Kingsley 1935 Broadway play of the same name. It stars Humphrey Bogart, Joel McCrea, and Sylvia Sidney. It is notable as being...  more

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    The Virginian

    Joel McCrea, Brian Donlevy

    Released1946

    Directed byStuart Gilmore

    The Virginian is a 1946 American Western film directed by Stuart Gilmore and starring Joel McCrea, Brian Donlevy, Sonny Tufts, and Barbara Britton. Based on the Owen Wister novel of the same name,...  more
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    Private Worlds

    Claudette Colbert, Joan Bennett

    Released1935

    Directed byGregory La Cava

    Private Worlds is a drama film which tells the story of the staff and patients at a mental hospital, and the chief of the hospital who has problems dealing with a female psychiatrist. The film stars...  more
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    The Gunfight at Dodge City

    Joel McCrea, Richard Anderson

    Released1959

    Directed byMartin Goldsmith, Joseph M. Newman

    The Gunfight at Dodge City is a 1959 color western film, set in the Kansas cattle town of Hays City....  more
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    Frenchie

    Shelley Winters, Elsa Lanchester

    Released1950

    Directed byLouis Eugene King, Louis King

    Frenchie is a 1950 American film of the western genre, directed by Louis King and starring Shelley Winters, Joel McCrea and Marie Windsor. The plot is loosely based on the western Destry Rides Again....  more
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    Four Faces West

    Joel McCrea, William Conrad

    Released1948

    Directed byAlfred E. Green

    Four Faces West is a 1948 Western film starring Joel McCrea, his real-life wife Frances Dee, and Charles Bickford. It is based on the novel Pasó por aquí by Eugene Manlove Rhodes. Its plot concerns a...  more
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    Wells Fargo

    Joel McCrea, Robert Cummings

    Released1937

    Directed byFrank Lloyd

    Wells Fargo is an American Western film directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Joel McCrea, Bob Burns and Frances Dee. This is the third of four movies in which real life husband and wife McCrea and...  more