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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?"

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  • The Far Country1
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    The Far Country

    James Stewart, Walter Brennan

    Released1955

    Directed byAnthony Mann

    The Far Country is a 1954 American Western Technicolor romance film directed by Anthony Mann... more on Wikipedia
  • Northwest Passage2
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    Northwest Passage

    Spencer Tracy, Walter Brennan

    Released1940

    Directed byKing Vidor

    Northwest Passage is a 1940 film in Technicolor, starring Spencer Tracy, Robert Young, Walter... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Pride of the Yankees3
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    The Pride of the Yankees

    Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper

    Released1942

    Directed bySam Wood

    The Pride of the Yankees is a 1942 American film directed by Sam Wood and starring Gary... more on Wikipedia
  • Bad Day at Black Rock4
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    Bad Day at Black Rock

    Spencer Tracy, Ernest Borgnine

    Released1955

    Directed byJohn Sturges

    Bad Day at Black Rock is a 1955 thriller film directed by John Sturges and starring Spencer... more on Wikipedia

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  • To Have and Have Not5
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    To Have and Have Not

    Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart

    Released1944

    Directed byHoward Hawks

    To Have and Have Not is a 1944 American romance-adventure film directed by Howard Hawks, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • How the West Was Won6
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    How the West Was Won

    John Wayne, James Stewart

    Released1962

    Directed byHenry 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... more on Wikipedia

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    #142 of 1,189 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#130 of 553 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

  • Rio Bravo7
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    Rio Bravo

    John Wayne, Dean Martin

    Released1959

    Directed byHoward Hawks

    Rio Bravo is a 1959 American Western film produced and directed by Howard Hawks and starring... more on Wikipedia

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    #34 of 480 The Greatest Movies For Guys#125 of 152 Movies That Should Never Be Remade

  • Sergeant York8
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    Sergeant York

    Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan

    Released1941

    Directed byHoward Hawks

    Sergeant York is a 1941 biographical film about the life of Alvin York, one of the... more on Wikipedia

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  • My Darling Clementine9
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    My Darling Clementine

    Henry Fonda, Walter Brennan

    Released1946

    Directed byJohn Ford

    My Darling Clementine, a 1946 film, regarded as one of the best Western movies made by... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Red River10
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    Red River

    John Wayne, Montgomery Clift

    Released1948

    Directed byHoward Hawks, Arthur Rosson

    Red River is a 1948 Western film directed and produced by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne... more on Wikipedia

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    #1 of 49 The Best 1940s Western Movies#4 of 98 The Best John Wayne Movies of All Time, Ranked

  • The Westerner11
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    The Westerner

    Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan

    Released1940

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    The Westerner is a 1940 American film directed by William Wyler and starring Gary Cooper,... more on Wikipedia
  • Fury12
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    Fury

    Spencer Tracy, Walter Brennan

    Released1936

    Directed byFritz Lang

    Fury is a 1936 American drama film directed by Fritz Lang which tells the story of an innocent... more on Wikipedia
  • Along the Great Divide13
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    Along the Great Divide

    Kirk Douglas, Walter Brennan

    Released1951

    Directed byRaoul Walsh

    Along the Great Divide is a 1951 American western film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Gnome-Mobile14
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    The Gnome-Mobile

    Walter Brennan, Ed Wynn

    Released1967

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

    The Gnome-Mobile is a 1967 Disney film, directed by Robert Stevenson. It was one of the last... more on Wikipedia
  • Support Your Local Sheriff!15
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    Support Your Local Sheriff!

    James Garner, Bruce Dern

    Released1969

    Directed byBurt Kennedy

    Support Your Local Sheriff! is a 1969 American Technicolor comedic western film distributed by... more on Wikipedia

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    #307 of 925 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films#1229 of 1,540 The Most Rewatchable Movies

  • Three Godfathers16
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    Three Godfathers

    Walter Brennan, Lewis Stone

    Released1936

    Directed byRichard Boleslawski

    Three Godfathers is a 1936 western film, adapted from the novel of the same name by Peter B.... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Swamp Water17
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    Swamp Water

    Anne Baxter, Walter Brennan

    Released1941

    Directed byIrving Pichel, Jean Renoir

    Swamp Water is a 1941 film directed by Jean Renoir, starring Walter Brennan and Walter Huston,... more on Wikipedia
  • Bride of Frankenstein18
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    Bride of Frankenstein

    Boris Karloff, Walter Brennan

    Released1935

    Directed byJames Whale

    Bride of Frankenstein is a 1935 American horror film, the first sequel to Frankenstein. Bride... more on Wikipedia

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  • Meet John Doe19
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    Meet John Doe

    Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper

    Released1941

    Directed byFrank Capra

    Meet John Doe is a 1941 American comedy drama film directed and produced by Frank Capra, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • A Ticket to Tomahawk20
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    A Ticket to Tomahawk

    Marilyn Monroe, Anne Baxter

    Released1950

    Directed byRichard Sale

    A Ticket to Tomahawk is a 1950 American western musical comedy film, released by 20th Century... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Come and Get It21
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    Come and Get It

    Walter Brennan, Joel McCrea

    Released1936

    Directed byHoward Hawks, William Wyler

    Come and Get It is a 1936 American drama film directed by Howard Hawks and William Wyler. The... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Hangmen Also Die!22
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    Hangmen Also Die!

    Walter Brennan, Gene Lockhart

    Released1943

    Directed byFritz Lang

    Hangmen Also Die! is a 1943 noir war film directed by the Austrian director Fritz Lang and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again23
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    The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again

    Fred Astaire, Walter Brennan

    Released1970

    Directed byGeorge McCowan

    The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again starring Walter Brennan and Fred Astaire is a 1970 ABC... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Cowboy and the Lady24
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    The Cowboy and the Lady

    Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan

    Released1938

    Directed byH. C. Potter

    The Cowboy and the Lady is a 1938 American western romantic comedy film directed by H.C.... more on Wikipedia
  • The Buccaneer25
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    The Buccaneer

    Anthony Quinn, Walter Brennan

    Released1938

    Directed byCecil B. DeMille

    The Buccaneer is a 1938 American adventure film made by Paramount Pictures based on Jean... more on Wikipedia