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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

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

Joel McCrea was in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Gary Cooper and James Arness in terms of fame and success.

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Veronica Lake, Preston Sturges, Elsa Lanchester

Released: 1941

Directed by: Preston 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 ...more
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Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, Charles Coburn

Released: 1943

Directed by: George 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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Ride the High Country Warren Oates, Edgar Buchanan, Randolph Scott

Released: 1962

Directed by: Sam 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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Claudette Colbert, Mary Astor, Joel McCrea

Released: 1942

Directed by: Preston 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 ...more

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Alfred Hitchcock, George Sanders, Joel McCrea

Released: 1940

Directed by: Alfred 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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James Arness, Dean Stockwell, Joel McCrea

Released: 1950

Directed by: Jacques 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.
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Barbara Stanwyck, Anthony Quinn, Joel McCrea

Released: 1939

Directed by: Cecil 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 ...more
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Fay Wray, Joel McCrea, Buster Crabbe

Released: 1932

Directed by: Irving 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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Dorothy Malone, Virginia Mayo, Joel McCrea

Released: 1949

Directed by: Raoul Walsh

Colorado Territory is a 1949 American Western film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Joel McCrea, Virginia Mayo, and Dorothy Malone. Written by Edmund H. North and John Twist, and based on ...more
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Humphrey Bogart, Sylvia Sidney, Claire Trevor

Released: 1937

Directed by: William 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 ...more

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Saddle Tramp Joel McCrea, Ed Begley, John McIntire

Released: 1950

Directed by: Hugo Fregonese

Saddle Tramp is a 1950 film directed by Hugo Fregonese.
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Joel McCrea, Brian Donlevy, Minor Watson

Released: 1946

Directed by: Stuart 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 ...more
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Veronica Lake, Joel McCrea

Released: 1947

Directed by: André de Toth

Ramrod is a 1947 Western film directed by André De Toth. This cowboy drama from Hungarian director De Toth was the first of several films based on the stories of Western author Luke ...more
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Dean Stockwell, Joel McCrea, Chill Wills

Released: 1951

Directed by: Kurt Neumann

Cattle Drive is a 1951 American western film directed by Kurt Neumann and starring Joel McCrea. Much of the film was shot in the Death Valley National Park, California and Paria, Utah.
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Vera Miles, Peter Graves, Edgar Buchanan

Released: 1955

Directed by: Jacques Tourneur

Wichita is a 1955 CinemaScope Technicolor Western movie directed by Jacques Tourneur. The film won a Golden Globe Award for Best Outdoor Drama.
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Joel McCrea, William Conrad, Charles Bickford

Released: 1948

Directed by: Alfred 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. ...more
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Black Horse Canyon Joel McCrea, Irving Bacon, Henry Wills

Released: 1954

Directed by: Jesse Hibbs

Black Horse Canyon is a 1954 film directed by Jesse Hibbs.
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Walter Brennan, Joel McCrea, Edward Arnold

Released: 1936

Directed by: Howard 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
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John Carradine, Joel McCrea, Kevin McCarthy

Released: 1955

Directed by: Jacques Tourneur

Stranger on Horseback is a 1955 film directed by Jacques Tourneur.
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Joel McCrea, Robert Cummings

Released: 1937

Directed by: Frank 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 ...more
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Ginger Rogers, Joel McCrea

Released: 1940

Directed by: Gregory 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 ...more
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Walter Brennan, Merle Oberon, Joel McCrea

Released: 1936

Directed by: William Wyler

These Three is a 1936 American drama film directed by William Wyler. The screenplay by Lillian Hellman is based on her 1934 play The Children's Hour. A 1961 remake of the film directed by Wyler ...more
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Forrest Tucker, Joel McCrea, Denver Pyle

Released: 1958

Directed by: Joseph M. Newman

Fort Massacre is a 1958 Western directed by Joseph M. Newman, starring Joel McCrea, Forrest Tucker and Susan Cabot. A possibly mad cavalry commander leads his troops through dangerous Indian ...more
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Cattle Empire Joel McCrea, Gloria Talbott

Released: 1958

Directed by: Charles Marquis Warren

Cattle Empire is a 1958 film directed by Charles Marquis Warren.
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Maureen O'Hara, Anthony Quinn, Linda Darnell

Released: 1944

Directed by: William A. Wellman

Buffalo Bill Technicolor is a biographical Western about the life of the legendary frontiersman, starring Joel McCrea and Maureen O'Hara with Linda Darnell and Anthony Quinn in supporting