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List of James Arness Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. In a Lonely Place (1950)
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4
In a Lonely Place
14
4

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.

As:
Cast
Director:
Nicholas Ray
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller, Romance
Star Cast:
Humphrey Bogart, Carl Benton Reid, Art Smith, Frank Lovejoy, Gloria Grahame
2. The Thing from Another World (1951)
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2
The Thing from Another World
20
2

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.   

As:
Cast
Director:
Howard Hawks, Christian Nyby
Genres:
Horror, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
James Young, Paul Frees, Margaret Sheridan, Kenneth Tobey
3. Stars in My Crown (1950)
10
2
Stars in My Crown
TV-PG
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Jacques Tourneur
Genres:
Drama, Family, Western
Star Cast:
Amanda Blake, Alan Hale, Lewis Stone, Joel McCrea
4. Them! (1954)
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4
Them!
16
4

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.

As:
Cast
Role:
Robert Graham
Director:
Gordon Douglas
Genres:
Horror, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
James Whitmore, Leonard Nimoy, Edmund Gwenn, Sean McClory
5. Battleground (1949)
11
3
Battleground
TV-PG
11
3
As:
Cast
Director:
William A. Wellman
Genres:
Action, War, Drama
Star Cast:
James Whitmore, George Murphy, Van Johnson, Ricardo Montalban, Marshall Thompson
6. The Farmer's Daughter (1947)
9
3
The Farmer's Daughter
9
3
As:
Cast
Director:
H.C. Potter
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Loretta Young, Ethel Barrymore, Charles Bickford, Rose Hobart
8. Wagon Master (1950)
10
4
Wagon Master
10
4
As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Western, Adventure
Star Cast:
Ward Bond, Joanne Dru, Harry Carey Jr., Charles Kemper
9. Island in the Sky (1953)
11
2
Island in the Sky
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mac McMullen
Director:
William A. Wellman
Genres:
Drama, Adventure
Star Cast:
Carl Switzer, John Wayne, Walter Abel, Andy Devine, Lloyd Nolan
10. Carbine Williams (1952)
10
3
Carbine Williams
10
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Richard Thorpe
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Biography
Star Cast:
James Stewart, Paul Stewart, Jean Hagen, Carl Benton Reid, Wendell Corey
11. Sierra (1950)
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3
Sierra
11
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. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Alfred E. Green
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Tony Curtis, Burl Ives, Dean Jagger, Richard Rober, Wanda Hendrix
12. The Lone Hand (1953)
14
3
The Lone Hand
14
3

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.

As:
Cast
Director:
George Sherman
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Denver Pyle, Joel McCrea, Charles Drake, Barbara Hale, Alex Nicol
13. The People Against O'Hara (1951)
10
3
The People Against O'Hara
10
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. 

As:
Cast
Director:
John Sturges
Genres:
Film-Noir, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Spencer Tracy, Charles Bronson, Pat O'Brien, John Hodiak, Diana Lynn
14. The Girl in White (1952)
11
1
The Girl in White
11
1
As:
Cast
Director:
John Sturges
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Arthur Kennedy, June Allyson, Mildred Dunnock, Gary Merrill
15. Alias Jesse James (1959)
10
2
Alias Jesse James
10
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. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Norman Z. McLeod
Genres:
Western, Comedy, Romance
16. Roses Are Red (1947)
11
1
Roses Are Red
11
1
As:
Cast
Director:
James Tinling
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Joe Sawyer, Edward Keane, Don Castle, Peggy Knudsen
17. Gun the Man Down (1956)
15
1
Gun the Man Down
15
1

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. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Rem Anderson
Director:
Andrew V. McLaglen
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Angie Dickinson, Don Megowan, Harry Carey Jr., Robert J. Wilke, Emile Meyer
18. Iron Man (1951)
9
1
Iron Man
9
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.

As:
Cast
Director:
Joseph Pevney
Genres:
Sport, Film-Noir, Drama
Star Cast:
Rock Hudson, Evelyn Keyes, Jeff Chandler, Stephen McNally, Joyce Holden
19. Hellgate (1952)
8
2
Hellgate
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
George Redfield
Director:
Charles Marquis Warren
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Ward Bond, Joan Leslie, Sterling Hayden, Peter Coe
21. Many Rivers to Cross (1955)
8
1
Many Rivers to Cross
8
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.

As:
Cast
Director:
Roy Rowland
Genres:
Romance, Western, Comedy
Star Cast:
Eleanor Parker, Victor McLaglen, Robert Taylor, Russ Tamblyn
22. Her Twelve Men (1954)
8
1
Her Twelve Men
8
1

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. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Robert Z. Leonard
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Greer Garson, Robert Ryan, Barry Sullivan, Richard Haydn
23. Flame of the Islands (1956)
7
2
Flame of the Islands
7
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Edward Ludwig
Genres:
Film-Noir, Drama, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Barbara O'Neil, Zachary Scott, Yvonne De Carlo, Howard Duff
24. Horizons West (1952)
9
1
Horizons West
9
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? 

As:
Cast
Director:
Budd Boetticher
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Raymond Burr, Frances Bavier, Rock Hudson, Robert Ryan, Julie Adams, John McIntire, Judith Braun
25. Wyoming Mail (1950)
8
1
Wyoming Mail
TV-PG
8
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.

As:
Cast
Director:
Reginald Le Borg
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Alexis Smith, Stephen McNally, Howard Da Silva, Ed Begley
26. The Veils of Bagdad (1953)
7
1
The Veils of Bagdad
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Targut (as Jim Arness)
Director:
George Sherman
Genres:
Drama, Action, Adventure
Star Cast:
Victor Mature, Virginia Field, Guy Rolfe, Mari Blanchard
27. Cavalry Scout (1951)
8
1
Cavalry Scout
8
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Barth
Director:
Lesley Selander
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Rod Cameron, Audrey Long, Jim Davis, James Millican
28. Belle Le Grand (1951)
7
1
Belle Le Grand
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Allan Dwan
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Carl Switzer, Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer, Grant Withers, John Carroll, Vera Ralston
29. Double Crossbones (1951)
7
1
Double Crossbones
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Charles Barton
Genres:
Adventure, History, Romance, Musical, Comedy
Star Cast:
Donald O'Connor, John Emery, Helena Carter, Will Geer
30. The First Traveling Saleslady (1956)
8
1
The First Traveling Saleslady
8
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. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Joel Kingdom
Director:
Arthur Lubin
Genres:
Western, Comedy
Star Cast:
Ginger Rogers, Clint Eastwood, Barry Nelson, Carol Channing, David Brian
31. The Man from Texas (1948)
6
1
The Man from Texas
6
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Leigh Jason
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Wallace Ford, Una Merkel, Lynn Bari, James Craig
32. Big Jim McLain (1952)
9
1
Big Jim McLain
9
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Mal Baxter
Director:
Edward Ludwig
Genres:
Thriller, History, Romance, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
John Wayne, Alan Napier, Nancy Olson, Veda Ann Borg
33. Two Lost Worlds (1951)
7
1
Two Lost Worlds
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Kirk Hamilton (as Jim Aurness)
Director:
Norman Dawn
Genres:
Adventure, Sci-Fi, Romance
Star Cast:
Pierre Watkin, Kasey Rogers, Bill Kennedy, Gloria Petroff
34. The Red Skelton Chevy Special (1959)
7
1
The Red Skelton Chevy Special
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself
Director:
Seymour Berns
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Red Skelton, Rhonda Fleming, David Rose and His Orchestra, Art Gilmore

TV Movie(s)

1. The Macahans (1976)
14
3
The Macahans
14
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Zeb Macahan
Director:
Bernard McEveety
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Jonathan Banks, Eva Marie Saint, Bruce Boxleitner, Kathryn Holcomb
2. Gunsmoke: The Long Ride (1993)
13
2
Gunsmoke: The Long Ride
13
2
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Matt Dillon
Director:
Jerry Jameson
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
James Brolin, Amy Stoch, Christopher Bradley, Patrick Dollaghan
3. Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice (1994)
14
2
Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice
14
2
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Matt Dillon
Director:
Jerry Jameson
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Bruce Boxleitner, Alan Scarfe, Amy Stoch, Christopher Bradley
4. Gunsmoke: To the Last Man (1992)
13
2
Gunsmoke: To the Last Man
R
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Matt Dillon
Director:
Jerry Jameson
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Pat Hingle, Jason Lively, Matt Mulhern, Amy Stoch
5. Gunsmoke: The Last Apache (1990)
13
3
Gunsmoke: The Last Apache
PG-13
13
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Matt Dillon
Director:
Charles Correll
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Richard Kiley, Geoffrey Lewis, Michael Learned, Joe Lara
6. Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (1987)
14
1
Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge
R
14
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Matt Dillon
Director:
Vincent McEveety
Genres:
Adventure, Western
Star Cast:
Amanda Blake, Earl Holliman, Buck Taylor, Fran Ryan
7. Red River (1988)
10
1
Red River
TV-14
10
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Thomas Dunson
Director:
Richard Michaels
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Ray Walston, Bruce Boxleitner, Gregory Harrison, Stan Shaw
8. The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory (1987)
9
3
The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory
9
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Jim Bowie
Director:
Burt Kennedy
Genres:
Western, Action, War, History, Drama, Adventure
Star Cast:
Alec Baldwin, Lorne Greene, Brian Keith, David Ogden Stiers, Jim Metzler

TV Shows and Videos

McClain's Law (1981)
McClain's Law
As:
Cast
Role:
Det. Jim McClain (15 episodes, 1981-1982)
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Bill Paxton, Richard Lynch, George DiCenzo, Carl Franklin