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List of James Arness Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. In a Lonely Place (1950)
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In a Lonely Place
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6

Screenwriter Dixon is not having much success in his career. He soon finds himself suspected of murder, but his beautiful neighbor, who is an aspiring actress, helps him clear his name. But soon she starts having doubts herself, and feels that there is a chance that Dixon actually may be a killer.

Starring:
Humphrey Bogart, Carl Benton Reid, Art Smith, Frank Lovejoy, Gloria Grahame
Directed By:
Nicholas Ray
2. The Thing from Another World (1951)
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4
The Thing from Another World
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4

The Thing from Another World is a science fiction horror film which tells the story of a US Air Force crew and scientists who find a flying saucer and a humanoid body in the Arctic ice. However, things take an ugly turn when the alien creature is accidentally defrosted and they have no other option but to defend themselves from it.   

Starring:
James Young, Paul Frees, Margaret Sheridan, Kenneth Tobey
Directed By:
Howard Hawks, Christian Nyby
3. Stars in My Crown (1950)
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2
Stars in My Crown
TV-PG
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2
Starring:
Amanda Blake, Alan Hale, Lewis Stone, Joel McCrea
Directed By:
Jacques Tourneur
4. Them! (1954)
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5
Them!
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5

Them! is a sci-fi horror film which revolves around common ants who mutate into giant man-eating monsters after the atomic tests in New Mexico. Meanwhile, General O’Brien, along with few others, attempts to take them down, and rescue any survivors.

Role:
Robert Graham
Starring:
James Whitmore, Leonard Nimoy, Edmund Gwenn, Sean McClory
Directed By:
Gordon Douglas
5. Battleground (1949)
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3
Battleground
TV-PG
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3

Battleground is an action war drama film which takes us to the time of the Second World War. The film revolves around a squad of the 101st Airborne Division, who are trapped in the besieged city of Bastogne, in Belgium, while while  against the German forces in the Battle of Bulge.

Starring:
James Whitmore, George Murphy, Van Johnson, Ricardo Montalban, Marshall Thompson
Directed By:
William A. Wellman
6. Island in the Sky (1953)
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2
Island in the Sky
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2
Role:
Mac McMullen
Starring:
John Wayne, Carl Switzer, Walter Abel, Andy Devine, Lloyd Nolan
Directed By:
William A. Wellman
7. The Farmer's Daughter (1947)
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The Farmer's Daughter
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4
Starring:
Loretta Young, Ethel Barrymore, Charles Bickford, Rose Hobart
Directed By:
H.C. Potter
8. Hondo (1953)
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Hondo
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4

This romantic war drama western film tells the story of a US Army scout named Hondo Lane, who discovers a woman and her son living in the midst of warring Apaches. He develops sympathy for the duo, and feels that he needs to protect them.

Role:
Lennie
Starring:
Geraldine Page, John Wayne, Ward Bond, Michael Pate
Directed By:
9. Wagon Master (1950)
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Wagon Master
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5
Starring:
Ward Bond, Joanne Dru, Harry Carey Jr., Charles Kemper
Directed By:
10. Carbine Williams (1952)
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Carbine Williams
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3
Starring:
James Stewart, Paul Stewart, Jean Hagen, Carl Benton Reid, Wendell Corey
Directed By:
Richard Thorpe
11. The People Against O'Hara (1951)
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The People Against O'Hara
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3

Retired recovering alcoholic lawyer, James Curtayne, is persuaded into taking the case of young boy Johnny O'Hara who is falsely accused of murder. Because of his bad handling of the case, Johnny ends up being found guilty. James takes matters into his own hands to prove Johnny’s innocence with fatal consequences. 

Starring:
Spencer Tracy, Charles Bronson, Pat O'Brien, John Hodiak, Diana Lynn
Directed By:
John Sturges
12. Sierra (1950)
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Sierra
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3

Jeff Hassard is wrongly accused of murder, so he, with son Ring, leads reclusive life as wild horse-breakers in high mountains. They meet a lost girl, Riley Martin, who is a lawyer. When Jeff gets injured, Ring interacts with townsfolk for the first time. Also, Ring gets charged with horse rustling, but Riley helps clear the names of both, son and father. 

Starring:
Tony Curtis, Burl Ives, Dean Jagger, Richard Rober, Wanda Hendrix
Directed By:
Alfred E. Green
13. The Lone Hand (1953)
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The Lone Hand
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This Western film revolves around Zachary Hallock, a widowed farmer who lives with his son in the town of Timberline. He works hard farming, but doesn’t find much success. Eventually, he comes to know about the Regulators, a group of outlaws who try to maintain law and order in the area since the sheriff is dead. Since Zachary is broke, he decides to join them.

Starring:
Denver Pyle, Joel McCrea, Charles Drake, Barbara Hale, Alex Nicol
Directed By:
George Sherman
14. Gun the Man Down (1956)
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Gun the Man Down
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When an outlaw gets wounded during a heist, his two accomplices leave him behind, taking his share of loot and also his girlfriend with them. On coming out of the prison, he track down his old accomplices to a deserted town; but Instead of killing them forthwith, he now decides to play a cat and mouse game with them. 

Role:
Rem Anderson
Starring:
Angie Dickinson, Don Megowan, Harry Carey Jr., Robert J. Wilke, Emile Meyer
Directed By:
Andrew V. McLaglen
15. The Girl in White (1952)
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The Girl in White
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1
Starring:
Arthur Kennedy, June Allyson, Mildred Dunnock, Gary Merrill
Directed By:
John Sturges
16. Alias Jesse James (1959)
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2
Alias Jesse James
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2

Foolish insurance agent Milford Farnsworth unwittingly sells life insurance worth US $100000 to notorious outlaw Jesse James. Farnsworth is then sent to the West to protect James, to protect the investment. But Jesse plans on killing Farnsworth and he must survive while falling in love with the beautiful Cora Lee Collins. 

Starring:
Gary Cooper, Roy Rogers, Bob Hope, James Garner, Gene Autry, Scatman Crothers, Bing Crosby
Directed By:
Norman Z. McLeod
17. Iron Man (1951)
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Iron Man
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1

Coke Mason is a coal miner whose gambler brother encourages him to take up a boxing career. Depressed by his impoverished lifestyle, Mason agrees. However, the problem is that during boxing, when he grows angered, he is consumed by a murderous rage. But despite this, he refuses to train professionally.

Starring:
Rock Hudson, Evelyn Keyes, Jeff Chandler, Stephen McNally, Joyce Holden
Directed By:
Joseph Pevney
18. Roses Are Red (1947)
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Roses Are Red
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Starring:
Joe Sawyer, Edward Keane, Don Castle, Peggy Knudsen
Directed By:
James Tinling
19. The Sea Chase (1955)
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The Sea Chase
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2
Starring:
Claude Akins, Lana Turner, John Wayne, Lyle Bettger, Tab Hunter, David Farrar
Directed By:
20. Many Rivers to Cross (1955)
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Many Rivers to Cross
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1

A Kentucky trapper, Bushrod Gentry, travels all the time with absolutely no plan to settle down and start a family. One day, he gets injured and is rescued by a fearless girl, Mary Stuart Cherne. As he recuperates at her house, Mary falls for him and proposes marriage. As before, Bushrod refuses, but Mary is too adamant to back out so easily.

Starring:
Eleanor Parker, Victor McLaglen, Robert Taylor, Russ Tamblyn
Directed By:
Roy Rowland
21. Hellgate (1952)
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Hellgate
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2
Role:
George Redfield
Starring:
Ward Bond, Joan Leslie, Sterling Hayden, Peter Coe
Directed By:
Charles Marquis Warren
22. Flame of the Islands (1956)
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Flame of the Islands
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3
Starring:
Barbara O'Neil, Zachary Scott, Yvonne De Carlo, Howard Duff
Directed By:
Edward Ludwig
23. Horizons West (1952)
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Horizons West
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1

The Hammond brothers, Neil and Dan, return to their parents’ Austin ranch after the Civil War. Neil takes over the ranch-work as he woos the country damsel, Sally. Dan gets drawn to the local baron Hardin’s wife Lorna, while grossing money through rustling horses and other corrupt dealings. Will the new Marshal, Neil, confront his brother whose goons are harassing the ranchers? 

Starring:
Raymond Burr, Frances Bavier, Rock Hudson, Robert Ryan, Julie Adams, John McIntire, Judith Braun
Directed By:
Budd Boetticher
24. Her Twelve Men (1954)
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Her Twelve Men
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2

Despite having no prior teaching experience, a widow Jan Stewart is hired by the headmaster as the first female teacher at the Oaks boarding school. However, due to the fact that she is the only female teacher, she gets a lot of unwanted attention from the other teachers. 

Starring:
Greer Garson, Robert Ryan, Barry Sullivan, Richard Haydn
Directed By:
Robert Z. Leonard
25. Wyoming Mail (1950)
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Wyoming Mail
TV-PG
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1

1n 1869, the railroad mail service is threatened by bandit attacks quite frequently. To put an end to this, the government hires Steve Davis, to infiltrate the gang of bandits and destroy it from within.

Starring:
Alexis Smith, Stephen McNally, Howard Da Silva, Ed Begley
Directed By:
Reginald Le Borg
26. Cavalry Scout (1951)
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Cavalry Scout
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Role:
Barth
Starring:
Rod Cameron, Audrey Long, Jim Davis, James Millican
Directed By:
Lesley Selander
27. The Veils of Bagdad (1953)
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The Veils of Bagdad
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Hammam, Pasha of Bagdad, tries to purchase the services of a local leader named Mustapha to unite the hill tribes in order to overthrow the emperor. Therefore, Suleiman, the emperor sends his man Antar, to stop them. Antar eventually falls for a dancer Selima, who wants to avenge her father’s death against Kasseim, Hammam’s right hand man.

Role:
Targut (as Jim Arness)
Starring:
Victor Mature, Leon Askin, Virginia Field, Guy Rolfe, Mari Blanchard
Directed By:
George Sherman
28. Belle Le Grand (1951)
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Belle Le Grand
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A woman is wrongly convicted and loses all her family ties thereafter. When she is released from prison, she takes the name of Belle Le Grand and leaves for San Francisco where she becomes an affluent gambler. However, chaos ensues when her sister, Nan, coincidentally shows up, along with Belle's estranged husband.

Starring:
Carl Switzer, Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer, Grant Withers, John Carroll, Vera Ralston
Directed By:
Allan Dwan
29. Double Crossbones (1951)
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Double Crossbones
10
1

After the governor falsely accuses him of dishonesty, a young man and his friend decides to set out on an adventure on a ship. However, they are mistaken for actual pirates, after a lucky canon shot hits a mast on a British ship.

Starring:
Donald O'Connor, John Emery, Helena Carter, Will Geer
Directed By:
Charles Barton
30. The First Traveling Saleslady (1956)
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The First Traveling Saleslady
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1

This Western comedy film takes us back to the late 1800s. It tells the story of two salesladies who decide to stop selling corsets and head to the West, to sell barbed wire to cowboys in Texas. However, they face opposition from big ranchers as they fear that the cattle may be hurt by the steel wires. 

Role:
Joel Kingdom
Starring:
Ginger Rogers, Clint Eastwood, Barry Nelson, Carol Channing, David Brian
Directed By:
Arthur Lubin
31. The Man from Texas (1948)
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The Man from Texas
10
1

Although his wife Zoe wants him to leave his criminal career behind, Tobias Simms finds it extremely difficult to stop. He tries his best to leave behind his life as a notorious masked bandit, and live a life as a law abiding citizen.  

Starring:
Wallace Ford, Una Merkel, Lynn Bari, James Craig
Directed By:
Leigh Jason
32. Big Jim McLain (1952)
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1
Big Jim McLain
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1
Role:
Mal Baxter
Starring:
John Wayne, Alan Napier, Nancy Olson, Veda Ann Borg
Directed By:
Edward Ludwig
33. Two Lost Worlds (1951)
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1
Two Lost Worlds
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1
Role:
Kirk Hamilton (as Jim Aurness)
Starring:
Pierre Watkin, Kasey Rogers, Bill Kennedy, Gloria Petroff
Directed By:
Norman Dawn
34. The Red Skelton Chevy Special (1959)
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1
The Red Skelton Chevy Special
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1
Role:
Himself
Starring:
Red Skelton, Rhonda Fleming, David Rose and His Orchestra, Art Gilmore
Directed By:
Seymour Berns

TV Movie(s)

1. The Macahans (1976)
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The Macahans
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3
Role:
Zeb Macahan
Starring:
Jonathan Banks, Eva Marie Saint, Bruce Boxleitner, Kathryn Holcomb
Directed By:
Bernard McEveety
2. Gunsmoke: The Long Ride (1993)
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2
Gunsmoke: The Long Ride
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2
Role:
Matt Dillon
Starring:
James Brolin, Amy Stoch, Christopher Bradley, Patrick Dollaghan
Directed By:
Jerry Jameson
3. Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice (1994)
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2
Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice
22
2
Role:
Matt Dillon
Starring:
Bruce Boxleitner, Alan Scarfe, Amy Stoch, Christopher Bradley
Directed By:
Jerry Jameson
4. Gunsmoke: The Last Apache (1990)
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3
Gunsmoke: The Last Apache
PG-13
22
3
Role:
Matt Dillon
Starring:
Richard Kiley, Geoffrey Lewis, Michael Learned, Joe Lara
Directed By:
Charles Correll
5. Gunsmoke: To the Last Man (1992)
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2
Gunsmoke: To the Last Man
R
19
2
Role:
Matt Dillon
Starring:
Pat Hingle, Jason Lively, Matt Mulhern, Amy Stoch
Directed By:
Jerry Jameson
6. Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (1987)
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Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge
R
22
3
Role:
Matt Dillon
Starring:
Amanda Blake, Earl Holliman, Buck Taylor, Fran Ryan
Directed By:
Vincent McEveety
7. Red River (1988)
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Red River
TV-14
18
1
Role:
Thomas Dunson
Starring:
Ray Walston, Bruce Boxleitner, Gregory Harrison, Stan Shaw
Directed By:
Richard Michaels
8. The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory (1987)
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The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory
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4
Role:
Jim Bowie
Starring:
Alec Baldwin, Brian Keith, Lorne Greene, David Ogden Stiers, Jim Metzler
Directed By:
Burt Kennedy

TV Shows and Videos

Front Row Center (1955)
Front Row Center
Starring:
Lee Marvin, Eddie Albert, John Carradine, Harry Belafonte, Lloyd Bridges, Marion Ross, Anthony Perkins
Directed By:
Ralph Nelson, Fletcher Markle, Russell Stoneham
How the West Was Won (1976)
How the West Was Won
Role:
Zeb Macahan (25 episodes, 1976-1979)
Starring:
Mel Ferrer, Craig T. Nelson, Christopher Lee, Slim Pickens, William Shatner, Eric Braeden, Kim Cattrall
Directed By:
Vincent McEveety, Bernard McEveety, Burt Kennedy, Daniel Mann, Barry Crane
Gunsmoke (1955)
Gunsmoke
TV-PG
Role:
Matt Dillon (635 episodes, 1955-1975)
Starring:
William Devane, Burt Reynolds, Nick Nolte, Leslie Nielsen, Bruce Dern, David Carradine, Dennis Hopper
Directed By:
Andrew V. McLaglen, Harry Harris, Ted Post, Bernard McEveety, Vincent McEveety
The Lone Ranger (1949)
The Lone Ranger
TV-G
Starring:
John Banner, Clayton Moore, Frances Bavier, Slim Pickens, Denver Pyle, Marion Ross, Lee Van Cleef
Lux Video Theatre (1950)
Lux Video Theatre
Starring:
Roger Moore, Charlton Heston, Buster Keaton, Jayne Mansfield, James Dean, Vincent Price, Grace Kelly
Directed By:
Richard Goode, Fielder Cook, Buzz Kulik, Earl Eby, Norman Morgan
McClain's Law (1981)
McClain's Law
Role:
Det. Jim McClain (15 episodes, 1981-1982)
Starring:
Bill Paxton, Richard Lynch, George DiCenzo, Carl Franklin