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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 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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Claudette Colbert, Mary Astor, Joel McCrea 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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Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, Charles Coburn 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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Warren Oates, Edgar Buchanan, Randolph Scott 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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Alfred Hitchcock, George Sanders, Joel McCrea 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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Barbara Stanwyck, Anthony Quinn, Joel McCrea 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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Humphrey Bogart, Sylvia Sidney, Claire Trevor 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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Fay Wray, Joel McCrea, Buster Crabbe 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 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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Vera Miles, Peter Graves, Edgar Buchanan 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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James Arness, Dean Stockwell, Joel McCrea 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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Joel McCrea, Brian Donlevy, Minor Watson 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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Joel McCrea, William Conrad, Charles Bickford 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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Veronica Lake, Joel McCrea 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 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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John Carradine, Joel McCrea, Kevin McCarthy Stranger on Horseback is a 1955 film directed by Jacques Tourneur.

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Walter Brennan, Joel McCrea, Edward Arnold 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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Cattle Empire Joel McCrea, Gloria Talbott Cattle Empire is a 1958 film directed by Charles Marquis Warren.

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Saddle Tramp Joel McCrea, Ed Begley, John McIntire Saddle Tramp is a 1950 film directed by Hugo Fregonese.

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The First Texan Joel McCrea, Wallace Ford, William Hopper The First Texan is a 1956 film directed by Byron Haskin. It stars Joel McCrea and Felicia Farr.

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Black Horse Canyon Joel McCrea, Irving Bacon, Henry Wills Black Horse Canyon is a 1954 film directed by Jesse Hibbs.

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Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Pat O'Brien Gambling Lady is a 1934 American drama film directed by Archie Mayo, and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Joel McCrea.

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Walter Brennan, Merle Oberon, Joel McCrea 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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Maureen O'Hara, Anthony Quinn, Linda Darnell 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

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The San Francisco Story Yvonne De Carlo, Joel McCrea, Sidney Blackmer The San Francisco Story is a film directed by Robert Parrish released on May 17, 1952.

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Joel McCrea, Robert Cummings 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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Yvonne De Carlo, Joel McCrea, George Wallace 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 ...more

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

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Claudette Colbert, Joan Bennett, Charles Boyer 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 ...more

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Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Lloyd Nolan 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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Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, Blanche Sweet The Silver Horde is a 1930 romantic drama film starring Joel McCrea, in his second leading role, as a fisherman torn between two women, played by Evelyn Brent and Jean Arthur. Directed by George ...more

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Shelley Winters, Elsa Lanchester, Joel McCrea 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

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Edward G. Robinson, Walter Brennan, Joel McCrea 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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Ginger Rogers, Joel McCrea 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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Gail Russell, Joel McCrea, Herbert Marshall The Unseen is a 1945 drama film directed by Lewis Allen.

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Joel McCrea, Miriam Hopkins The Richest Girl in the World is a 1934 romantic comedy film directed by William A. Seiter and starring Miriam Hopkins and Joel McCrea. Norman Krasna was nominated for the Academy Award for Best ...more

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Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Brian Donlevy The Great Man's Lady is a 1942 American western film directed by William A. Wellman, and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Joel McCrea. The film is based on the short story "The Human ...more

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Barbara Stanwyck, Walter Brennan, Buddy Ebsen 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.

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Forrest Tucker, Joel McCrea, Denver Pyle 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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Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea Adventure in Manhattan is a 1936 American comedy thriller film made by Columbia Pictures, and was directed by Edward Ludwig. The screenplay was written by Sidney Buchman, Harry Sauber, Jack ...more

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Lone Hand James Arness, Barbara Hale, Joel McCrea Lone Hand is a 1953 western film directed by George Sherman.

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Lou Costello, Marion Davies, Joel McCrea The Fair Co-Ed is a 1927 silent film comedy starring Marion Davies and released through MGM. The film was produced by William Randolph Hearst, through Cosmopolitan Procuctions and directed by ...more

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Joel McCrea, William Demarest, Franklin Pangborn The Great Moment is a 1944 biographical film written and directed by Preston Sturges. Based on the book Triumph Over Pain by René Fülöp-Miller, it tells the story of Dr. William ...more

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Joan Bennett, Joel McCrea, Reginald Denny Two in a Crowd is a romantic comedy film directed by Alfred E. Green, starring Joan Bennett and Joel McCrea, and released by Universal Pictures. The screenplay was written by Lewis R. Foster, ...more

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Lon Chaney, Jr., Dolores del Río Bird of Paradise is a 1932 American romantic adventure drama film directed by King Vidor, starring Dolores del Río and Joel McCrea. It was released by RKO Radio Pictures. In 1960, the ...more

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Maureen O'Sullivan, Joel McCrea, nm0129894 Woman Wanted is a 1935 crime drama film written by Wilson Collison, Leonard Fields, David Silverstein, Otis Garrett, Kubec Glasmon, Leon Gordon, George Hanneman, and Kathryn Scola and directed ...more

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Shirley Temple, Joel McCrea, Lyle Talbot Our Little Girl is a 1935 Drama directed by John S. Robertson, starring Shirley Temple and Joel McCrea. Molly Middleton, daughter of Dr. Donald Middleton and his neglected wife Elsa, who becomes ...more

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Joel McCrea, Constance Bennett, Pert Kelton Bed of Roses is a Pre-Code comedy film directed by Gregory La Cava and starring Constance Bennett. The picture was released by RKO Radio Pictures.

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Mustang Country Joel McCrea Mustang Country is a 1976 Western film directed by John C. Champion. It stars American actor Joel McCrea. It co-stars Robert Fuller, Patrick Wayne, and Nika Mina.

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Joel McCrea, Brenda Marshall, George Bancroft Espionage Agent is a pre–World War II spy melodrama produced by Hal B. Wallis in 1939. Directed by Lloyd Bacon, Espionage Agent, like many Warner Bros. movies, clearly identifies the Germans as ...more