The Best John Payne Movies

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

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?"
list ordered by
  • In this Christmas classic, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Kringle proves to be such a hit that ...more
  • From the late 19th century into the 20th century, an area of New York City nicknamed Tin Pan Alley was the heart of the American popular music scene. In this hotbed of creativity, singing sisters ...more
  • A mysterious fellow (Preston Foster) contacts a trio of criminals (Jack Elam, Neville Brand, Lee Van Cleef) to help with a bank heist. The four wear masks and remain strangers to each other, planning ...more
  • In this fact-based film, siblings Jenny (Betty Grable) and Rosie Dolly (June Haver) are born in Hungary but, at an early age, emigrate to the United States with their family. Before long, the girls ...more
  • An American fighter pilot, Larry Darrell (Tyrone Power), returns from World War I sickened by the violence and fighting he has witnessed. In search of meaning, he travels to Paris, where he tries to ...more
  • Julie Beck (Maureen O'Hara) doesn't tell her husband, theatrical director William Weatherly (John Payne), about her heart condition, but yearns for the child she always wanted while she has time. ...more
  • Cab driver and ex-boxer Ernie (John Payne) discovers his wife Pauline (Peggie Castle) has been cheating on him. Ernie is approached by actress friend Linda (Evelyn Keyes), who says that she needs his ...more
  • As a surefire way to receive good press, bandleader Phil Corey (Glenn Miller) and his ensemble decide to adopt a war refugee. When it turns out that their adoptee isn't a child, but a pretty ...more
  • 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
  • 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
  • Tripoli
  • Johnny Cornell (John Payne) is a saloon owner with dreams of hitting it big with his vaudeville troupe. Trudy Evans (Alice Faye), the quartet's star singer, loves Johnny, and together they make their ...more
  • A fierce pirate, Barbarossa (John Payne) captures a Spanish ship with bravado. Discovering the beautiful Contessa Alida (Donna Reed) on board, Barbarossa falls for the elegant aristocrat, but she is ...more
  • Bill Mayhew (John Payne) has been rescuing his wayward brother, Sam (Skip Homeier), for years. After one too many saves, Mayhew decides it's high time to strike out on his own and let Sam fix his own ...more
  • Santa Fe Passage is a United States-produced Western movie directed by William Witney, released in 1955. It stars John Payne and Faith Domergue.
  • When Sam Dodsworth (Walter Huston), the head of a car company, embarks on a vacation in Europe with his youth-obsessed wife, Fran (Ruth Chatterton), the couple find themselves growing apart. Soon ...more
  • Las Vegas bouncer Mike Cormack (John Payne), a onetime attorney whose career was ruined by alcoholism, is given a proposal by a mysterious man named Barzland (Francis L. Sullivan). Mike is to visit ...more
  • El Paso is a 1949 American Western film directed by Lewis R. Foster.
  • 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
  • A debonair gambler, Tennessee (John Payne), gets into some trouble in the rough-and-tumble mining town of Sandy Bar, Calif., and it takes the bold action of Cowpoke (Ronald Reagan) to get him out of ...more
  • Crosswinds is a 1951 adventure film starring Rhonda Fleming and John Payne.
  • Lovebirds Vicky Lane (Betty Grable) and Dan Christy (John Payne) make a marvelous Broadway musical team, but Dan's offstage flirtations prompt the duo to split up. Vicky reunites with her old lover ...more
  • Coming home at the end of World War I, Matt Brady (John Payne), the black-sheep brother of big-city political boss Tim Brady (Roy Roberts), is a loose cannon who gets into drunken fights and ...more
  • Hidden Fear is a 1957 American crime film directed by André de Toth starring John Payne. It was filmed on location in Copenhagen.
  • A nature photographer and his crew film the wild land just below the Arctic Circle. The photographer then begins rasing timber wold cubs from infancy, intending to set them free after gaining their ...more