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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
    The Most Dangerous Game is a 1932 Pre-Code adaptation of the 1924 short story of the same name...  more

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    The More the Merrier

    Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea
    The More the Merrier is a 1943 American comedy film made by Columbia Pictures which makes fun...  more
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    Sullivan's Travels

    Veronica Lake, Preston Sturges
    Sullivan's Travels is a 1942 American comedy film written and directed by Preston Sturges. It...  more

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    Buffalo Bill

    Maureen O'Hara, Anthony Quinn
    Buffalo Bill Technicolor is a biographical Western about the life of the legendary...  more
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    Come and Get It

    Walter Brennan, Joel McCrea
    Come and Get It is a 1936 American drama film directed by Howard Hawks and William Wyler. The...  more
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    Foreign Correspondent

    Alfred Hitchcock, George Sanders
    Foreign Correspondent is a 1940 American spy thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It...  more
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    These Three

    Walter Brennan, Merle Oberon
    These Three is a 1936 American drama film directed by William Wyler. The screenplay by Lillian...  more
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    Primrose Path

    Ginger Rogers, Joel McCrea
    Primrose Path is a 1940 film about a young woman determined not to follow the profession of...  more
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    The Palm Beach Story

    Claudette Colbert, Mary Astor
    The Palm Beach Story is a 1942 romantic screwball comedy film written and directed by Preston...  more

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    Stars in My Crown

    James Arness, Dean Stockwell
    Stars In My Crown is a 1950 western film starring Joel McCrea as a preacher who tames an...  more
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    Ride the High Country

    Warren Oates, Edgar Buchanan
    Ride the High Country is a 1962 American Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring...  more

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    Saddle Tramp

    Joel McCrea, Ed Begley
    Saddle Tramp is a 1950 film directed by Hugo Fregonese....  more
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    Gambling Lady

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

    Yvonne De Carlo, Joel McCrea
    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
    Banjo on My Knee is a 1936 American musical comedy-drama film directed by John Cromwell. The...  more
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    The First Texan

    Joel McCrea, Wallace Ford
    The First Texan is a 1956 film directed by Byron Haskin. It stars Joel McCrea and Felicia Farr....  more
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    Internes Can't Take Money

    Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea
    Internes Can't Take Money is a 1937 American drama film directed by Alfred Santell and...  more
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    Border River

    Yvonne De Carlo, Joel McCrea
    Border River is a 1954 American western film directed by George Sherman and released by...  more
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    Barbary Coast

    Edward G. Robinson, Walter Brennan
    Barbary Coast is a 1935 American historical drama film directed by Howard Hawks. Shot in...  more
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    Union Pacific

    Barbara Stanwyck, Anthony Quinn
    Union Pacific is a 1939 American dramatic western film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, and...  more
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    Dead End

    Humphrey Bogart, Sylvia Sidney
    Dead End is a 1937 crime drama film. It is an adaptation of the Sidney Kingsley 1935 Broadway...  more

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    The Virginian

    Joel McCrea, Brian Donlevy
    The Virginian is a 1946 American Western film directed by Stuart Gilmore and starring Joel...  more
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    Private Worlds

    Claudette Colbert, Joan Bennett
    Private Worlds is a drama film which tells the story of the staff and patients at a mental...  more
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    The Gunfight at Dodge City

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

    Shelley Winters, Elsa Lanchester
    Frenchie is a 1950 American film of the western genre, directed by Louis King and starring...  more