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The Best Van Johnson Movies

Updated September 21, 2019 2.0k votes 251 voters 25.3k views68 items

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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?"

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  • 1
    A Guy Named Joe
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    A Guy Named Joe

    Spencer Tracy, Irene Dunne

    Released1943

    Directed byVictor Fleming

    A Guy Named Joe is a 1943 film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, directed by Victor Fleming,... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 2
    Brigadoon
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    Brigadoon

    Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse

    Released1954

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

    Brigadoon is a 1954 MGM musical feature film made in CinemaScope and Ansco Color based on the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    23 Paces to Baker Street
    59
    9

    23 Paces to Baker Street

    Vera Miles, Van Johnson

    Released1956

    Directed byHenry Hathaway

    23 Paces to Baker Street is a 1956 American drama film released by 20th Century Fox. It stars... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 4
    Invitation
    50
    6

    Invitation

    Van Johnson, Dorothy McGuire

    Released1952

    Directed byGottfried Reinhardt

    Invitation is a 1952 melodrama starring Van Johnson and Dorothy McGuire as a happily married... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    The Romance of Rosy Ridge
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    The Romance of Rosy Ridge

    Janet Leigh, Van Johnson

    Released1947

    Directed byRoy Rowland

    The Romance of Rosy Ridge is a 1947 drama film about a rural community still bitterly divided... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 6
    Men of the Fighting Lady
    45
    5

    Men of the Fighting Lady

    Keenan Wynn, Walter Pidgeon

    Released1954

    Directed byAndrew Marton

    Men of the Fighting Lady is a 1954 Korean War drama film starring Van Johnson, Walter Pidgeon,... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 7
    The Big Hangover
    46
    7

    The Big Hangover

    Elizabeth Taylor, Van Johnson

    Released1950

    Directed byNorman Krasna

    The Big Hangover is a 1950 film directed by Norman Krasna.Amazon_watch buy button
  • 8
    Command Decision
    41
    4

    Command Decision

    Clark Gable, Walter Pidgeon

    Released1948

    Directed bySam Wood

    Command Decision is a 1948 war film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer starring Clark Gable,... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 9
    Easy to Wed
    50
    14

    Easy to Wed

    Lucille Ball, Fidel Castro

    Released1946

    Directed byBuster Keaton, Edward Buzzell, Edward Sedgwick

    Easy to Wed is a 1946 film directed by Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton, and Edward Buzzell.Amazon_watch buy button
  • 10
    Go for Broke!
    39
    4

    Go for Broke!

    Van Johnson, Don Haggerty

    Released1951

    Directed byRobert Pirosh

    Go for Broke! is a 1951 war film directed by Robert Pirosh, produced by Dore Schary and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    The Caine Mutiny
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    The Caine Mutiny

    Humphrey Bogart, Lee Marvin

    Released1954

    Directed byEdward Dmytryk

    The Caine Mutiny is a 1954 American drama film set during World War II, directed by Edward... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 12
    Too Young to Kiss
    41
    7

    Too Young to Kiss

    Gig Young, June Allyson

    Released1951

    Directed byRobert Z. Leonard

    Too Young to Kiss is a 1951 American romantic comedy film directed by Robert Z. Leonard and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 13
    Till the Clouds Roll By
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    Till the Clouds Roll By

    Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland

    Released1946

    Directed byVincente Minnelli, Richard Whorf

    Till The Clouds Roll By is a 1946 American musical film made by MGM. The film is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Week-End at the Waldorf
    37
    6

    Week-End at the Waldorf

    Ginger Rogers, Lana Turner

    Released1945

    Directed byRobert Z. Leonard

    Week-End at the Waldorf, an American comedy drama film directed by Robert Z. Leonard premiered... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 15
    Action of the Tiger
    37
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    Action of the Tiger

    Sean Connery, Herbert Lom

    Released1957

    Directed byTerence Young

    Action of the Tiger is a 1957 British-American CinemaScope action film distributed by MGM,... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 16
    Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
    36
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    Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo

    Robert Mitchum, Spencer Tracy

    Released1944

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy

    Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo is a 1944 American war film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It is... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 17
    Wives and Lovers
    35
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    Wives and Lovers

    Janet Leigh, Shelley Winters

    Released1963

    Directed byJohn Rich

    Wives and Lovers is a 1963 comedy film directed by John Rich.
  • 18
    Battleground
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    13

    Battleground

    Ricardo Montalbán, James Arness

    Released1949

    Directed byWilliam A. Wellman

    Battleground is a 1949 American war film that follows a company in the 327th Glider Infantry... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Yours, Mine and Ours
    36
    9

    Yours, Mine and Ours

    Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda

    Released1968

    Directed byMelville Shavelson

    Yours, Mine and Ours is a 1968 film, directed by Melville Shavelson and starring Lucille Ball,... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Plymouth Adventure
    32
    5

    Plymouth Adventure

    Gene Tierney, Spencer Tracy

    Released1952

    Directed byClarence Brown

    Plymouth Adventure is a 1952 drama film with an ensemble cast starring Spencer Tracy, Gene... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 21
    Grounds for Marriage
    33
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    Grounds for Marriage

    Kathryn Grayson, Van Johnson

    Released1951

    Directed byRobert Z. Leonard

    Grounds for Marriage is a 1951 film directed by Robert Z. Leonard.Amazon_watch buy button
  • 22
    Duchess of Idaho
    33
    7

    Duchess of Idaho

    Esther Williams, Red Skelton

    Released1950

    Directed byRobert Z. Leonard

    Duchess of Idaho is a musical romantic comedy produced in 1950 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 23
    Three Guys Named Mike
    26
    2

    Three Guys Named Mike

    Jane Wyman, Van Johnson

    Released1951

    Directed byCharles Walters

    Three Guys Named Mike is a 1951 American black-and-white film by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, directed... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    3 Men in White
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    3 Men in White

    Ava Gardner, Lionel Barrymore

    Released1944

    Directed byWillis Goldbeck

    3 Men in White is a 1944 film written by Harry Ruskin, Max Brand & Martin Berkeley and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 25
    State of the Union
    28
    5

    State of the Union

    Katharine Hepburn, Angela Lansbury

    Released1948

    Directed byFrank Capra

    State of the Union is a 1948 drama film written by Myles Connolly and Anthony Veiller of the... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button