film The Best Joel McCrea Movies  

Reference
725 votes 152 voters 13.1k views 63 items Embed

List Rules Vote for your favorite movies, regardless of critic reviews or how big the role was.

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.

list ordered by

1
29 3
Ranker Video
Foreign Correspondent 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

2
31 4
Ranker Video
The Palm Beach Story 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

3
34 5
Ranker Video
Sullivan's Travels 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

4
32 5
Ranker Video
Ride the High Country 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

5
31 7
Ranker Video
The More the Merrier 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

6
17 2
Ranker Video
Dead End 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

7
7 0
Ranker Video
Black Horse Canyon Joel McCrea, Irving Bacon, Henry Wills Black Horse Canyon is a 1954 film directed by Jesse Hibbs.

8
18 4
Ranker Video
Union Pacific 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

9
18 5
Ranker Video
Wichita 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.

10
18 5
Ranker Video
The Most Dangerous Game 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

11
25 12
Ranker Video
Colorado Territory 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

12
10 2
Ranker Video
Four Faces West 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

Celebrities With Heterochromia Iridis

13
17 9
Ranker Video
Stars in My Crown 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.

14
11 4
Ranker Video
Come and Get It 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

15
13 6
Ranker Video
Ramrod 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

16
16 9
Ranker Video
Cattle Drive 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.

17
9 3
Ranker Video
Stranger on Horseback John Carradine, Joel McCrea, Kevin McCarthy Stranger on Horseback is a 1955 film directed by Jacques Tourneur.

The Best Gary Cooper Movies

18
9 3
Ranker Video
Internes Can't Take Money 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

19
10 4
Ranker Video
Frenchie 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

20
12 6
Ranker Video
The Virginian 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

21
7 2
Ranker Video
Primrose Path 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

22
7 2
Ranker Video
Cattle Empire Joel McCrea, Gloria Talbott Cattle Empire is a 1958 film directed by Charles Marquis Warren.

The Best R-Rated Musical Drama Movies

23
14 9
Ranker Video
Saddle Tramp Joel McCrea, Ed Begley, John McIntire Saddle Tramp is a 1950 film directed by Hugo Fregonese.

24
10 5
Ranker Video
The Silver Horde 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

25
10 6
Ranker Video
Buffalo Bill 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

26
8 4
Ranker Video
Private Worlds 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

27
7 3
Ranker Video
These Three 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

Hottest Bérénice Marlohe Photos

28
6 2
Ranker Video
Gambling Lady 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.

29
5 1
Ranker Video
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.

30
5 1
Ranker Video
Lone Hand James Arness, Barbara Hale, Joel McCrea Lone Hand is a 1953 western film directed by George Sherman.

31
5 1
Ranker Video
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.

32
4 0
Ranker Video
Border River 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

34 Hilarious Custom License Plates

33
4 0
Ranker Video
Banjo on My Knee 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.

34
4 0
Ranker Video
Barbary Coast 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

35
7 4
Ranker Video
The Gunfight at Dodge City 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.

36
5 2
Ranker Video
The Richest Girl in the World 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

37
5 2
Ranker Video
The Great Man's Lady 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

The 10 Lamest Superhero Costume Designs Ever

38
5 2
Ranker Video
The Unseen Gail Russell, Joel McCrea, Herbert Marshall The Unseen is a 1945 drama film directed by Lewis Allen.

39
3 0
Ranker Video
Fort Massacre 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

40
5 3
Ranker Video
Bird of Paradise 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

41
5 3
Ranker Video
The Great Moment 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

42
5 3
Ranker Video
Adventure in Manhattan 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

The Best New Kids Movies Since 2015

43
2 0
Ranker Video
The Fair Co-Ed 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

44
2 0
Ranker Video
Wells Fargo 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

45
3 2
Ranker Video
Two in a Crowd 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

46
3 2
Ranker Video
Bed of Roses 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.

47
2 1
Kept Husbands is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Joel McCrea Movies
Kept Husbands Joel McCrea, Clara Kimball Young, Mary Carr Kept Husbands is a 1931 Pre Code American drama film directed by Lloyd Bacon, starring Dorothy Mackaill and Joel McCrea, with major supporting roles filled by Robert McWade, Florence Roberts and ...more

48
2 1
Ranker Video
The Sport Parade Joel McCrea, Robert Benchley, Marian Marsh The Sport Parade is a 1932 film directed by Dudley Murphy.

49
2 1
Ranker Video
They Shall Have Music Joel McCrea, Jascha Heifetz, Gene Reynolds They Shall Have Music is a 1939 musical film starring famed violinist Jascha Heifetz, Joel McCrea, Andrea Leeds, and Gene Reynolds. A young runaway finds his purpose in life after hearing ...more

50
2 1
Ranker Video
Splendor Joel McCrea, Miriam Hopkins Splendor is a 1935 film directed by Elliott Nugent.