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.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Black Horse Canyon Joel McCrea, Irving Bacon, Henry Wills
Black Horse Canyon is a 1954 film directed by Jesse Hibbs.
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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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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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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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Saddle Tramp Joel McCrea, Ed Begley, John McIntire
Saddle Tramp is a 1950 film directed by Hugo Fregonese.
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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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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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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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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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John Carradine, Joel McCrea, Kevin McCarthy
Stranger on Horseback is a 1955 film directed by Jacques Tourneur.
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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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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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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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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.