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The Best Spencer Tracy Movies 

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

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

List is made up of films like Tortilla Flat and How the West Was Won.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Spencer Tracy movies?" and "What are the greatest Spencer Tracy roles of all time?"

Spencer Tracy worked with many famous directors, including big names like Fritz Lang and D. W. Griffith. Spencer Tracy was in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Rod Steiger and Gary Cooper in terms of fame and success.

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Spencer Tracy, Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin

Released: 1955

Directed by: John Sturges

Bad Day at Black Rock is a 1955 thriller film directed by John Sturges and starring Spencer Tracy and Robert Ryan that combines elements of Westerns and film noir. The supporting cast includes ...more

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Spencer Tracy, Gene Kelly, Harry Morgan

Released: 1960

Directed by: Stanley Kramer

Inherit the Wind is a 1960 Hollywood film adaptation of the 1955 play of the same name, written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee, directed by Stanley Kramer. It stars Spencer Tracy as ...more

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Judy Garland, William Shatner, Marlene Dietrich

Released: 1961

Directed by: Stanley Kramer

Judgment at Nuremberg is a 1961 American drama film dealing with the Holocaust and with the post-WWII geo-political complexity of the Nuremberg Trials. The picture was written by Abby Mann and ...more

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Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Lionel Barrymore

Released: 1937

Directed by: Victor Fleming

Captains Courageous is a 1937 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer adventure film. Based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling, it had its world premiere at the Carthay Circle Theatre in Los Angeles. The movie was ...more

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Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier, Spencer Tracy

Released: 1967

Directed by: Stanley Kramer

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is a 1967 American comedy-drama film produced and directed by Stanley Kramer and written by William Rose. It stars Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and Katharine ...more

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Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Gene Reynolds

Released: 1938

Directed by: Norman Taurog

Boys Town is a 1938 biographical drama film based on Father Edward J. Flanagan's work with a group of underprivileged and delinquent boys in a home that he founded and named "Boys ...more

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Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Judy Holliday

Released: 1949

Directed by: George Cukor

Adam's Rib is a 1949 American romantic comedy film directed by George Cukor. Domestic and professional tensions mount when a husband (Spencer Tracy) and wife (Katharine Hepburn) work as opposing ...more

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Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner, Spencer Tracy

Released: 1941

Directed by: Victor Fleming

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1941 horror film starring Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman and Lana Turner. Rather than being a new film version of the novel, it is a direct remake of the 1931 film of ...more

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Spencer Tracy, Tony Rosato, Mauritz Hugo

Released: 1958

Directed by: Henry King, Fred Zinnemann, John Sturges

The Old Man and the Sea is a Warnercolor 1958 film starring Spencer Tracy, in a portrayal for which he was nominated for a best actor Oscar. The screenplay was adapted by Peter Viertel from the ...more
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Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

Released: 1950

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli

Father of the Bride is a 1950 American comedy film about a man trying to cope with preparations for his daughter's upcoming wedding. The movie stars Spencer Tracy in the titular role, Joan ...more

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Spencer Tracy, Walter Brennan, Robert Young

Released: 1940

Directed by: King Vidor

Northwest Passage is a 1940 film in Technicolor, starring Spencer Tracy, Robert Young, Walter Brennan, Ruth Hussey, and others. The picture is based on a novel by Kenneth Roberts titled ...more
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Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, William Bendix

Released: 1942

Directed by: George Stevens

Woman of the Year is an American romantic comedy-drama film starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, written by Ring Lardner, Jr., Michael Kanin and John Lee Mahin, directed by George ...more

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Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Buster Keaton

Released: 1963

Directed by: Stanley Kramer

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a 1963 American epic comedy film produced and directed by Stanley Kramer and starring Spencer Tracy with an all-star cast, about the madcap pursuit of $350,000 ...more

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Spencer Tracy, Walter Brennan, Sylvia Sidney

Released: 1936

Directed by: Fritz Lang

Fury is a 1936 American drama film directed by Fritz Lang which tells the story of an innocent man who narrowly escapes being lynched and the revenge he seeks. The picture was released by ...more

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Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Charles Bronson

Released: 1952

Directed by: George Cukor

Pat and Mike is a 1952 American romantic comedy film starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. The movie was written by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin, and directed by George Cukor, who also ...more

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Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Joan Blondell

Released: 1957

Directed by: Walter Lang

Desk Set is a 1957 American romantic comedy film directed by Walter Lang and starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. The screenplay was written by Phoebe Ephron and Henry Ephron from the ...more

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Clark Gable, Hedy Lamarr, Spencer Tracy

Released: 1940

Directed by: Jack Conway

Boom Town is a 1940 American adventure film starring Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Claudette Colbert, and Hedy Lamarr, and directed by Jack Conway. The supporting cast features Frank Morgan, ...more
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Frank Sinatra, Spencer Tracy, Jean-Pierre Aumont

Released: 1961

Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy

The Devil at 4 O'Clock is a 1961 American disaster film, starring Spencer Tracy and Frank Sinatra and directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Based on a 1959 novel with the same title by British writer Max ...more

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Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Lee J. Cobb

Released: 1941

Directed by: Norman Taurog

Men of Boys Town is a 1941 drama film written by James Kevin McGuinness and directed by Norman Taurog.
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Spencer Tracy, Basil Rathbone, Jeffrey Hunter

Released: 1958

Directed by: John Ford

The Last Hurrah is a 1958 film adaptation of the novel The Last Hurrah by Edwin O'Connor. The picture was directed by John Ford and stars Spencer Tracy as a veteran mayor preparing for yet ...more
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Spencer Tracy, Robert Wagner, Richard Widmark

Released: 1954

Directed by: Edward Dmytryk

Broken Lance is a 1954 Western film made by Twentieth Century-Fox, directed by Edward Dmytryk and produced by Sol C. Siegel. The movie stars Spencer Tracy and features Robert Wagner, Jean Peters ...more

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Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Jeanette MacDonald

Released: 1936

Directed by: D. W. Griffith, W. S. Van Dyke

San Francisco is a 1936 musical-drama directed by Woody Van Dyke, based on the April 18, 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The film, which was the top grossing movie of that year, stars Clark ...more

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State of the Union Katharine Hepburn, Angela Lansbury, Spencer Tracy

Released: 1948

Directed by: Frank Capra

State of the Union is a 1948 drama film written by Myles Connolly and Anthony Veiller of the Russel Crouse, Howard Lindsay play of the same name. Directed by Frank Capra and starring Spencer ...more
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Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy, Myrna Loy

Released: 1936

Directed by: Jack Conway

Libeled Lady is a 1936 screwball comedy film starring Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy, and Spencer Tracy, written by George Oppenheimer, Howard Emmett Rogers, Wallace Sullivan, and ...more
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John Wayne, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds

Released: 1962

Directed by: Henry Hathaway, George Marshall, John Ford, Richard Thorpe

How the West Was Won is a 1962 western film written by James R. Webb and John Gay and directed by John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall and Richard Thorpe.

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