The Best Walter Brennan Movies

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

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

Everything from A Ticket to Tomahawk to Tammy and the Bachelor is included on this list.

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

Fritz Lang and John Ford both worked with Walter Brennan over the years, as have plenty of other well-known directors. Walter Brennan was in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Jack Elam and Lee J. Cobb in terms of fame and success.

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  • Rio Bravo
    John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson
    74 votes
    • Released: 1959
    • Directed by: Howard Hawks
    When gunslinger Joe Burdette (Claude Akins) kills a man in a saloon, Sheriff John T. Chance (John Wayne) arrests him with the aid of the town drunk, Dude (Dean Martin). Before long, Burdette's ...more

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  • Sergeant York
    Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie
    65 votes
    • Released: 1941
    • Directed by: Howard Hawks
    Prize-winning Tennessee marksman Alvin York (Gary Cooper), a recent convert to Christianity, finds himself torn between his non-violent beliefs and his desire to serve his country when recruited to ...more

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  • My Darling Clementine
    Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor Mature
    53 votes
    • Released: 1946
    • Directed by: John Ford
    In the middle of a long cattle drive, Wyatt Earp (Henry Fonda) and his brothers stop off for a night in the town of Tombstone. The next morning they find their cattle stolen, and one of the brothers ...more

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  • Red River
    John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Walter Brennan
    61 votes
    • Released: 1948
    • Directed by: Howard Hawks
    Headstrong Thomas Dunson (John Wayne) starts a thriving Texas cattle ranch with the help of his faithful trail hand, Groot (Walter Brennan), and his protégé, Matt Garth (Montgomery Clift), an orphan ...more

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  • The Westerner
    Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Doris Davenport
    53 votes
    • Released: 1940
    • Directed by: William Wyler
    Accused of stealing horses, drifter Cole Harden (Gary Cooper) finds himself before the infamous Judge Roy Bean (Walter Brennan). Aware of the judge's affection for actress Lily Langtree (Lilian ...more
  • Northwest Passage
    Spencer Tracy, Robert Young, Walter Brennan
    42 votes
    • Released: 1940
    • Directed by: King Vidor
    An epic Western, about Major Robert Rogers, the tough frontiersman who led a grueling expedition to Canada in 1759 to punish a fearsome Indian tribe and seek a northwest passage to the Pacific. ...more

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