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The Best John Payne Movies

Updated November 5, 2019 642 votes 128 voters 6.4k views46 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.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best John Payne movies?" and "What are the greatest John Payne roles of all time?"
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    Tripoli

    Maureen O'Hara, Alan Napier

    Released1950

    Directed byWill Price

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    The Dolly Sisters

    Betty Grable, June Haver

    Released1945

    Directed byIrving 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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    Miracle on 34th Street

    Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara

    Released1947

    Directed byGeorge 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 Gwenn. The...  more

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    Sun Valley Serenade

    Milton Berle, Sonja Henie

    Released1941

    Directed byH. 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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    Hello, Frisco, Hello

    Alice Faye, Ward Bond

    Released1943

    Directed byH. 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 made by...  more
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    Springtime in the Rockies

    Betty Grable, Cesar Romero

    Released1942

    Directed byIrving 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 Romero,...  more
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    Week-End in Havana

    Cesar Romero, Carmen Miranda

    Released1941

    Directed byWalter 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 and...  more
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    Caribbean

    Arlene Dahl, Cedric Hardwicke

    Released1952

    Directed byEdward Ludwig

    Caribbean is a 1952 action adventure film directed by Edward Ludwig....  more
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    Tennessee's Partner

    Ronald Reagan, Angie Dickinson

    Released1955

    Directed byAllan 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 Allan Dwan,...  more
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    The Razor's Edge

    Gene Tierney, Tyrone Power

    Released1946

    Directed byEdmund 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 Marshall,...  more
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    The Great American Broadcast

    Cesar Romero, Alice Faye

    Released1941

    Directed byArchie Mayo

    The Great American Broadcast is a film directed by Archie Mayo released on May 9, 1941....  more
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    Sentimental Journey

    Maureen O'Hara, Cedric Hardwicke

    Released1946

    Directed byWalter Lang

    Sentimental Journey is a 1946 film directed by Walter Lang. It stars John Payne and Maureen O'Hara....  more
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    Tin Pan Alley

    Betty Grable, Alice Faye

    Released1940

    Directed byWalter 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 Newman...  more

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    Iceland

    Sonja Henie, Jack Oakie

    Released1942

    Directed byH. 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 film...  more
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    Maryland

    Hattie McDaniel, Walter Brennan

    Released1940

    Directed byHenry King

    Maryland is a 1940 film directed by Henry King....  more
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    99 River Street

    Peggie Castle, Evelyn Keyes

    Released1953

    Directed byPhil 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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    Kansas City Confidential

    Lee Van Cleef, Jack Elam

    Released1952

    Directed byPhil 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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    The Great Profile

    Anne Baxter, John Barrymore

    Released1940

    Directed byWalter Lang

    The Great Profile is a 1940 film directed by Walter Lang....  more
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    Slightly Scarlet

    Rhonda Fleming, Arlene Dahl

    Released1956

    Directed byAllan 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 by...  more
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    The Boss

    Joe Flynn, Roy Roberts

    Released1956

    Directed byByron Haskin

    The Boss is a 1956 film directed by Byron Haskin. It stars John Payne, Gloria McGhee and Doe Avedon....  more
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    College Swing

    Bob Hope, George Burns

    Released1938

    Directed byRaoul Walsh

    College Swing, also known as Swing, Teacher, Swing in the U.K., is a 1938 comedy film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring George Burns, Gracie Allen, Martha Raye, and Bob Hope. The movie features...  more
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    Crosswinds

    Rhonda Fleming, Forrest Tucker

    Released1951

    Directed byLewis R. Foster

    Crosswinds is a 1951 adventure film starring Rhonda Fleming and John Payne....  more
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    Hidden Fear

    Conrad Nagel, Alexander Knox

    Released1957

    Directed byAndré 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....  more
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    Silver Lode

    Alan Hale, Jr.

    Released1954

    Directed byAllan Dwan

    Silver Lode is a color 1954 western film directed by Allan Dwan. It was filmed in Technicolor and released by RKO....  more
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    The Vanquished

    Jan Sterling, Coleen Gray

    Released1953

    Directed byEdward Ludwig

    The Vanquished is a 1953 western film directed by Edward Ludwig....