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The Best John Payne Movies 

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Updated November 5, 2019 385 votes 122 voters 6.1k views 46 items

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List of the best John Payne movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. John Payne'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 John Payne movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated John Payne movies will be at the top of the list. John Payne has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest John Payne movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining John Payne films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best John Payne role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest John Payne performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

List features films like Tripoli and The Razor's Edge.

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Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, Thelma Ritter

Released: 1947

Directed by: George Seaton

Miracle on 34th Street is a 1947 Christmas film written and directed by George Seaton and based on a story by Valentine Davies. It stars Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood and Edmund ...more

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Sentimental Journey Maureen O'Hara, Cedric Hardwicke, William Bendix

Released: 1946

Directed by: Walter Lang

Sentimental Journey is a 1946 film directed by Walter Lang. It stars John Payne and Maureen O'Hara.
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Betty Grable, Alice Faye, Billy Gilbert

Released: 1940

Directed by: Walter Lang

Tin Pan Alley is a 1940 musical film starring Alice Faye and Betty Grable as vaudeville singers/sisters and John Payne and Jack Oakie as songwriters in the years before World War I. Alfred ...more

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Gene Tierney, Tyrone Power, Anne Baxter

Released: 1946

Directed by: Edmund Goulding

The Razor's Edge is the first film version of W. Somerset Maugham's 1944 novel. It was released in 1946 and stars Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, John Payne, Anne Baxter, Clifton Webb, Herbert ...more
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Tripoli Maureen O'Hara, Alan Napier, Howard Da Silva

Released: 1950

Directed by: Will Price

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Betty Grable, June Haver, Sig Ruman

Released: 1945

Directed by: Irving Cummings

The Dolly Sisters is a 1945 American Technicolor biographical film about the Dolly Sisters, identical twins who became famous as entertainers on Broadway and in Europe in the early years of the ...more
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Peggie Castle, Evelyn Keyes, Frank Faylen

Released: 1953

Directed by: Phil Karlson

99 River Street is a 1953 film noir, starring John Payne, Evelyn Keyes, Brad Dexter, Frank Faylen, and Peggie Castle. The film was directed by Phil Karlson, produced by Edward Small, with ...more
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Milton Berle, Sonja Henie, Lynn Bari

Released: 1941

Directed by: H. Bruce Humberstone

Sun Valley Serenade is a 1941 musical film starring Sonja Henie, John Payne, Glenn Miller, Milton Berle, and Lynn Bari. It features the Glenn Miller Orchestra as well as dancing by the Nicholas ...more
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Lee Van Cleef, Jack Elam, Coleen Gray

Released: 1952

Directed by: Phil Karlson

Kansas City Confidential is a 1952 film noir crime film directed by Phil Karlson and starring John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster, Neville Brand, Lee Van Cleef and Jack Elam. The film was ...more
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Alice Faye, Ward Bond, June Havoc

Released: 1943

Directed by: H. Bruce Humberstone

Hello, Frisco, Hello is a film starring Alice Faye, John Payne, Lynn Bari, and Jack Oakie. The film was made in Technicolor and released by 20th Century-Fox. This was one of the last musicals ...more
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Betty Grable, Cesar Romero, Carmen Miranda

Released: 1942

Directed by: Irving Cummings

Springtime in the Rockies is an American Technicolor musical comedy film released by Twentieth Century Fox in 1942. A Betty Grable vehicle, with support from John Payne, Carmen Miranda, Cesar ...more
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Cesar Romero, Carmen Miranda, Alice Faye

Released: 1941

Directed by: Walter Lang

Week-End in Havana is a 1941 Fox Technicolor musical film directed by Walter Lang. The movie stars Alice Faye and Carmen Miranda. It was the second of three pictures the two stars made together ...more
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Rhonda Fleming, Arlene Dahl, Buddy Baer

Released: 1956

Directed by: Allan Dwan

Slightly Scarlet is a 1956 American film noir based on James M. Cain's novel Love's Lovely Counterfeit. The movie was directed by Allan Dwan, and the film's cinematography was shot in widescreen ...more
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Olivia de Havilland, George Brent, John Payne

Released: 1939

Directed by: Lloyd Bacon

Wings of the Navy is a 1939 Warner Bros. drama directed by Lloyd Bacon, starring Olivia de Havilland and John Payne. Like many of the Warner Bros. features in the pre-World War II era, it was ...more
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Caribbean Arlene Dahl, Cedric Hardwicke, Clarence Muse

Released: 1952

Directed by: Edward Ludwig

Caribbean is a 1952 action adventure film directed by Edward Ludwig.
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David Niven, Mary Astor, Walter Huston

Released: 1936

Directed by: William Wyler

Dodsworth is a 1936 American drama film directed by William Wyler and starring Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton and Mary Astor. Sidney Howard based the screenplay on his 1934 stage adaptation of ...more
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Crosswinds Rhonda Fleming, Forrest Tucker, Alan Mowbray

Released: 1951

Directed by: Lewis R. Foster

Crosswinds is a 1951 adventure film starring Rhonda Fleming and John Payne.
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Ronald Reagan, Angie Dickinson, Rhonda Fleming

Released: 1955

Directed by: Allan Dwan

Tennessee's Partner is a Western film starring Ronald Reagan in what Peter Bogdanovich called his "most likeable performance." It co-starred John Payne as Tennessee. It was directed by ...more
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Sonja Henie, Jack Oakie, John Payne

Released: 1942

Directed by: H. Bruce Humberstone

Iceland is a 20th Century Fox musical film directed by H. Bruce Humberstone set in Iceland, starring skater Sonja Henie and John Payne as a U.S. Marine posted in Iceland during World War II. The ...more
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The Great American Broadcast Cesar Romero, Alice Faye, Jack Oakie

Released: 1941

Directed by: Archie Mayo

The Great American Broadcast is a film directed by Archie Mayo released on May 9, 1941.
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Lee Van Cleef, Lee J. Cobb, Andy Clyde

Released: 1955

Directed by: Joseph Kane

The Road to Denver is a film directed by Joseph Kane that was released in 1955.
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Maryland Hattie McDaniel, Walter Brennan, Fay Bainter

Released: 1940

Directed by: Henry King

Maryland is a 1940 film directed by Henry King.
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Hidden Fear Conrad Nagel, Alexander Knox, John Payne

Released: 1957

Directed by: André de Toth

Hidden Fear is a 1957 American crime film directed by André de Toth starring John Payne. It was filmed on location in Copenhagen.
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The Vanquished Jan Sterling, Coleen Gray, John Payne

Released: 1953

Directed by: Edward Ludwig

The Vanquished is a 1953 western film directed by Edward Ludwig.
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Ellen Drew, John Payne, Sonny Tufts

Released: 1949

Directed by: Robert Florey

The Crooked Way is a 1949 black-and-white film noir directed by Robert Florey. The film was based on a radio play No Blade Too Sharp and features John Payne, Sonny Tufts, Ellen Drew, and others. ...more