The Best Van Johnson Movies 

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

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

Items include everything from Too Young to Kiss to In the Good Old Summertime.

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

Notable directors that worked with Van Johnson include names like Woody Allen, Cecil B. DeMille and Richard Brooks.

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Humphrey Bogart, Lee Marvin, José Ferrer

Released: 1954

Directed by: Edward Dmytryk

The Caine Mutiny is a 1954 American drama film set during World War II, directed by Edward Dmytryk and produced by Stanley Kramer. It stars Humphrey Bogart, José Ferrer, Van Johnson and ...more

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Ricardo Montalbán, James Arness, James Whitmore

Released: 1949

Directed by: William A. Wellman

Battleground is a 1949 American war film that follows a company in the 327th Glider Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division as they cope with the Siege of Bastogne during the Battle of the ...more

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Robert Mitchum, Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson

Released: 1944

Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo is a 1944 American war film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It is based on the true story of the Doolittle Raid, America's first retaliatory air strike against Japan ...more

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Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Buster Keaton

Released: 1949

Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard, Buster Keaton

In the Good Old Summertime is a 1949 Technicolor musical film directed by Robert Z. Leonard. It starred Judy Garland, Van Johnson and S.Z. Sakall. The film is a musical adaptation of the 1940 ...more

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Jane Wyman, Alan King, Arte Johnson

Released: 1956

Directed by: Rudolph Maté

Miracle in the Rain is a 1956 film directed by Rudolph Maté.
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Elizabeth Taylor, Roger Moore, Eva Gabor

Released: 1954

Directed by: Richard Brooks

The Last Time I Saw Paris is a 1954 romantic drama made by MGM. It is loosely based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story "Babylon Revisited." It was directed by Richard Brooks, ...more

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Esther Williams, Van Johnson, Spring Byington

Released: 1945

Directed by: Richard Thorpe

Thrill of a Romance was an American romance film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1945, starring Van Johnson, Esther Williams and Carleton G. Young, with musical performances by opera singer ...more
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Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Van Johnson

Released: 1954

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli

Brigadoon is a 1954 MGM musical feature film made in CinemaScope and Ansco Color based on the Broadway musical of the same name by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. The film was directed by ...more

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Spencer Tracy, Irene Dunne, Esther Williams

Released: 1943

Directed by: Victor Fleming

A Guy Named Joe is a 1943 film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, directed by Victor Fleming, produced by Everett Riskin, from a screenplay by Dalton Trumbo, adapted by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan ...more
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Vera Miles, Van Johnson, Cecil Parker

Released: 1956

Directed by: Henry Hathaway

23 Paces to Baker Street is a 1956 American drama film released by 20th Century Fox. It stars Van Johnson and Vera Miles. The Hitchcockian mystery thriller, filmed in Cinemascope on location in ...more
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Loretta Young, Debra Paget, Van Johnson

Released: 1949

Directed by: Lloyd Bacon

Mother Is a Freshman is a 1949 comedy motion picture directed by Lloyd Bacon and starring Loretta Young and Van Johnson. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Costume Design by Kay
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Van Johnson, Dorothy McGuire, Ruth Roman

Released: 1952

Directed by: Gottfried Reinhardt

Invitation is a 1952 melodrama starring Van Johnson and Dorothy McGuire as a happily married couple, until the wife learns a secret about her husband. The film was based on the short story ...more
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Janet Leigh, Van Johnson, Thomas Mitchell

Released: 1947

Directed by: Roy Rowland

The Romance of Rosy Ridge is a 1947 drama film about a rural community still bitterly divided in the aftermath of the American Civil War. It stars Van Johnson, Thomas Mitchell, and Janet Leigh ...more
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Elizabeth Taylor, Van Johnson

Released: 1950

Directed by: Norman Krasna

The Big Hangover is a 1950 film directed by Norman Krasna.
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Lucille Ball, Fidel Castro, Esther Williams

Released: 1946

Directed by: Buster Keaton, Edward Buzzell, Edward Sedgwick

Easy to Wed is a 1946 film directed by Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton, and Edward Buzzell.
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Keenan Wynn, Walter Pidgeon, Van Johnson

Released: 1954

Directed by: Andrew Marton

Men of the Fighting Lady is a 1954 Korean War drama film starring Van Johnson, Walter Pidgeon, Keenan Wynn, and directed by Andrew Marton. The screenplay was written by U.S. Navy Commander Harry ...more
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Clark Gable, Walter Pidgeon, Van Johnson

Released: 1948

Directed by: Sam Wood

Command Decision is a 1948 war film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer starring Clark Gable, Walter Pidgeon, Van Johnson and Brian Donlevy and directed by Sam Wood, based on a stage play of the ...more
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Gig Young, June Allyson, Van Johnson

Released: 1951

Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard

Too Young to Kiss is a 1951 American romantic comedy film directed by Robert Z. Leonard and starring June Allyson. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction. For her ...more
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Van Johnson, Don Haggerty, Warner Anderson

Released: 1951

Directed by: Robert Pirosh

Go for Broke! is a 1951 war film directed by Robert Pirosh, produced by Dore Schary and featured Van Johnson in the starring role, as well as several veterans of the 442nd Regimental Combat ...more

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Sean Connery, Herbert Lom, Van Johnson

Released: 1957

Directed by: Terence Young

Action of the Tiger is a 1957 British-American CinemaScope action film distributed by MGM, directed by Terence Young, and starring Van Johnson and Martine Carol. The plot is about the rescue of ...more
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Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Angela Lansbury

Released: 1946

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli, Richard Whorf

Till The Clouds Roll By is a 1946 American musical film made by MGM. The film is a fictionalized biography of composer Jerome Kern who was originally involved with the production of the film. ...more
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Ginger Rogers, Lana Turner, Keenan Wynn

Released: 1945

Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard

Week-End at the Waldorf, an American comedy drama film directed by Robert Z. Leonard premiered in Los Angeles on 17 October 1945. The screenplay by Samuel and Bella Spewack is based on Guy ...more
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Janet Leigh, Shelley Winters, Van Johnson

Released: 1963

Directed by: John Rich

Wives and Lovers is a 1963 comedy film directed by John Rich.
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Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda, Morgan Brittany

Released: 1968

Directed by: Melville Shavelson

Yours, Mine and Ours is a 1968 film, directed by Melville Shavelson and starring Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda and Van Johnson. Before its release, it had three other working titles: The Beardsley ...more
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Esther Williams, Red Skelton, Van Johnson

Released: 1950

Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard

Duchess of Idaho is a musical romantic comedy produced in 1950 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Directed by Robert Z. Leonard, it was the fourth film pairing Esther Williams and Van Johnson. It was shot ...more