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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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Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Dana Andrews
The Westerner is a 1940 American film directed by William Wyler and starring Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, and Doris Davenport. Written by Niven Busch, Stuart N. Lake, and Jo Swerling, the film ...more
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Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie
Sergeant York is a 1941 biographical film about the life of Alvin York, one of the most-decorated American soldiers of WWI. It was directed by Howard Hawks and was the highest-grossing film of ...more
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Henry Fonda, Walter Brennan, Linda Darnell
My Darling Clementine, a 1946 film, regarded as one of the best Western movies made by Director John Ford, stars Henry Fonda as Wyatt Earp during the period leading up to Gunfight at the OK ...more
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John Wayne, Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson
Rio Bravo is a 1959 American Western film produced and directed by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan, and Ward Bond. Written by ...more
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John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters
Red River is a 1948 Western film directed and produced by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift, giving a fictional account of the first cattle drive from Texas to Kansas ...more
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Spencer Tracy, Walter Brennan, Robert Young
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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James Garner, Bruce Dern, Walter Brennan
Support Your Local Sheriff! is a 1969 American Technicolor comedic western film distributed by United Artists, directed by Burt Kennedy, written by William Bowers, and starring James Garner, ...more
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Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan
Meet John Doe is a 1941 American comedy drama film directed and produced by Frank Capra, and starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck. The film is about a "grassroots" political ...more
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Spencer Tracy, Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin
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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James Stewart, Walter Brennan, Harry Morgan
The Far Country is a 1954 American Western Technicolor romance film directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart, Ruth Roman, and Walter Brennan. Written by Borden Chase, the film is ...more
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Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan
To Have and Have Not is a 1944 American romance-adventure film directed by Howard Hawks, and starring Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan and Lauren Bacall in her film debut. Although it is ...more
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The Pride of the Yankees is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Walter Brennan Movies
Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper, Bill Dickey
The Pride of the Yankees is a 1942 American film directed by Sam Wood and starring Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, and Walter Brennan. It is a tribute to the legendary New York Yankees first baseman ...more
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John Wayne, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds
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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Walter Brennan, Jack Elam, Edgar Buchanan
The Over-the-Hill Gang is a 1969 TV-movie Western comedy about aging Texas Rangers starring Walter Brennan and Pat O'Brien. Chill Wills, Edgar Buchanan, Andy Devine, and Jack Elam play ...more
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Spencer Tracy, Walter Brennan, Sylvia Sidney
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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Kirk Douglas, Walter Brennan, Virginia Mayo
Along the Great Divide is a 1951 American western film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Kirk Douglas, Virginia Mayo, John Agar, and Walter Brennan.
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Walter Brennan, Lewis Stone, Irene Hervey
Three Godfathers is a 1936 western film, adapted from the novel of the same name by Peter B. Kyne. Three bank robbers find a newborn baby and his dying mother in the desert. Director John Ford ...more
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Anne Baxter, Walter Brennan, Walter Huston
Swamp Water is a 1941 film directed by Jean Renoir, starring Walter Brennan and Walter Huston, produced at 20th Century Fox, and based on the novel by Vereen Bell. The film was shot on location ...more
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Boris Karloff, Walter Brennan, Billy Barty
Bride of Frankenstein is a 1935 American horror film, the first sequel to Frankenstein. Bride of Frankenstein was directed by James Whale and stars Boris Karloff as The Monster, Elsa Lanchester ...more
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Walter Brennan, Ed Wynn, Richard Deacon
The Gnome-Mobile is a 1967 Disney film, directed by Robert Stevenson. It was one of the last films personally produced by Walt Disney. It was based on a 1936 book by Upton Sinclair titled The ...more
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Walter Brennan, Gene Lockhart, Brian Donlevy
Hangmen Also Die! is a 1943 noir war film directed by the Austrian director Fritz Lang and written by John Wexley from a story by Bertolt Brecht and Lang. The film stars Hans Heinrich von ...more
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Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Merle Oberon
The Cowboy and the Lady is a 1938 American western romantic comedy film directed by H.C. Potter, and starring Gary Cooper and Merle Oberon. Written by S.N. Behrman and Sonya Levien, based on a ...more
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John Wayne, Walter Brennan, Ward Bond
Dakota is a 1945 American Western film directed by Joseph Kane and starring John Wayne and Walter Brennan. The supporting cast features Ward Bond and Mike Mazurki. Wayne stars as John Devlin, ...more
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Marilyn Monroe, Anne Baxter, Walter Brennan
A Ticket to Tomahawk is a 1950 American western musical comedy film, released by 20th Century Fox, directed by Richard Sale and starring Dan Dailey and Anne Baxter.
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Loretta Young, Walter Brennan, Douglass Dumbrille
Kentucky is a 1938 Technicolor film with Loretta Young, Richard Greene, and Walter Brennan. It was directed by David Butler. It is a Romeo and Juliet story of lovers Jack and Sally, set amidst ...more