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List of James Dean Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. East of Eden (1955)
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East of Eden
TV-PG
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4

East of Eden is a drama film, which tells the story of two brothers who compete for the approval of their strict father, as well as for the affection of the woman whom they both are attracted to. 

Role:
Cal Trask
Starring:
Julie Harris, Burl Ives, Raymond Massey, Richard Davalos
Directed By:
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for
2. Forgotten Children (1952)
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2
Forgotten Children
8
2
Role:
Bradford
Starring:
Cloris Leachman, Nancy Malone, Barbara Bolton, Lee Lindsey
Directed By:
William Corrigan
3. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
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Rebel Without a Cause
TV-PG
22
6

This 1955 American drama revolves around a troubled but sensitive teenager named Jim, who rejected his elder’s values, and also wanted to have a purpose in life. The film is known as a groundbreaking attempt to portray the moral decay of the American youth of the time, as well as to explore the conflicts between generations. 

Role:
Jim Stark
Starring:
Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Dennis Hopper, Jim Backus, Ann Doran
Directed By:
Nicholas Ray
5. Deadline - U.S.A. (1952)
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3
Deadline - U.S.A.
7
3
Starring:
Humphrey Bogart, Ethel Barrymore, Ed Begley, Kim Hunter, Warren Stevens, Humphrey Bogart
Directed By:
Richard Brooks
6. The James Dean Story (1957)
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3
The James Dean Story
5
3

This documentary film narrates the life of late American actor James Dean. It looks at his life through the use of still photos as well as narration. The documentary also involves several interviews taken with many of the people involved in his life. 

Role:
Himself
Starring:
Martin Gabel, Lew Bracker, Marvin Carter, Patsy D'Amore
Directed By:

TV Shows

Kraft Television Theatre
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Kraft Television Theatre
15
3
Starring:
Cliff Robertson, Rod Steiger, Steve Allen, Art Carney, Sessue Hayakawa, Ben Gazzara, Jack Lemmon
Directed By:
The United States Steel Hour
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3
The United States Steel Hour
14
3
Starring:
Betty White, Carol Burnett, Gene Hackman, Andy Griffith, Telly Savalas, George C. Scott, Eddie Albert
Directed By:
Alex Segal, Paul Bogart, Tom Donovan, Daniel Petrie, Bruce Minnix
Armstrong Circle Theatre
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3
Armstrong Circle Theatre
12
3
Starring:
Charles Durning, Anthony Perkins, Jack Klugman, Inger Stevens, Jason Robards, Peter Falk, Julie London
Directed By:
William Corrigan, Paul Bogart, Ted Post, Garry Simpson, James Sheldon
The Philco Television Playhouse
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3
The Philco Television Playhouse
12
3
Starring:
John Carradine, Vivian Vance, Audra Lindley, James Whitmore, Eli Wallach, Jackie Cooper, Walter Matthau
Directed By:
Delbert Mann, Fred Coe, Gordon Duff, Vincent J. Donehue, Arthur Penn
Crossroads
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3
Crossroads
11
3
Starring:
Barbara Eden, Michael Landon, Edd Byrnes, Lloyd Bridges, Vincent Price, Denver Pyle, Elinor Donahue
Directed By:
Paul Landres, Jus Addiss, Erle C. Kenton, Ralph Murphy, Nathan Juran
Danger
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3
Danger
11
3
Starring:
John Forsythe, Eva Gabor, Jack Palance, Lee Grant, Broderick Crawford, Jack Lord, Anthony Quinn
Directed By:
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars
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5
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars
18
5
Starring:
Janet Leigh, Charles Bronson, Mary Tyler Moore, Vincent Price, James Stewart, Burt Reynolds, Lee Marvin
Directed By:
Lux Video Theatre
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4
Lux Video Theatre
12
4
Starring:
Jayne Mansfield, Alfred Hitchcock, Bing Crosby, Buster Keaton, Jean Stapleton, Elinor Donahue, Jerry Mathers
Directed By:
Richard Goode, Fielder Cook, Buzz Kulik, Earl Eby, Norman Morgan
The Big Story
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The Big Story
10
2
Starring:
Steven McQueen, Martin Landau, Sydney Pollack, Diane Ladd, Jack Klugman, Leslie Nielsen, Jason Robards
Directed By:
Lawrence Doheny, Robert Gordon, David Lowell Rich, Stuart Rosenberg, Leonard Valenta
Studio One
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Studio One
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5
Starring:
Jerry Stiller, Anne Bancroft, Warren Beatty, Abe Vigoda, Frances Farmer, Gena Rowlands, Jane Wyatt
Directed By:
Treasury Men in Action
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Treasury Men in Action
9
3
Starring:
Claude Akins, Carolyn Jones, Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson, Ben Gazzara, Jack Klugman, Walter Greaza
Directed By:
Gerald Mayer, Daniel Petrie, Leigh Jason, William Beaudine, Robert Sloane
The Kate Smith Hour
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2
The Kate Smith Hour
9
2
Starring:
John Carradine, Kate Smith
Directed By:
Greg Garrison
Campbell Playhouse
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3
Campbell Playhouse
8
3
Role:
Hank Bradon / ...
Starring:
Barbara Bel Geddes, Carl Reiner, Lillian Gish, Walter Matthau, Art Carney, Jack Lemmon, Parker Fennelly
Directed By:
Garry Simpson, Alex Segal, Don Appell, Marc Daniels
Tales of Tomorrow
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Tales of Tomorrow
18
7
Starring:
Raymond Burr, James Doohan, Leslie Nielsen, Paul Newman, Cloris Leachman, Rod Steiger, Eva Gabor
Directed By:
Charles S. Dubin, Franklin J. Schaffner, Don Medford, Leonard Valenta
Family Theatre
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3
Family Theatre
9
3
Starring:
Don Ameche, Loretta Young, Raymond Burr, Ethel Barrymore, Nelson Leigh, Regis Toomey, Loretta Young
Directed By:
Arthur Pierson
General Electric Theater
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General Electric Theater
18
8
Starring:
Claudette Colbert, Amanda Blake, Teresa Wright, Ryan O'Neal, Marion Ross, Mel Blanc, Elsa Lanchester
Directed By:
The Stu Erwin Show
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4
The Stu Erwin Show
10
4
Starring:
Stuart Erwin, June Collyer, Ann E. Todd
Directed By:
Charles Barton, Howard Bretherton, James Tinling, Frank R. Strayer
CBS Television Workshop
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CBS Television Workshop
8
3
Starring:
Sidney Poitier, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Baines, John Baragrey, Harry Bellaver
Directed By:
Sidney Lumet, Curt Conway, Richard Franchot

Special Appearance/Cameo

Has Anybody Seen My Gal (1952)
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4
Has Anybody Seen My Gal
12
4

Samuel Fulton, an aging millionaire without an heir, decides to leave his fortune to the family of the late Millicent Blaisdell, who had once dumped him for his lack of money, thereby inspiring him to pursue wealth. However, he also wants to test the family beforehand, in order to ensure that the money would not be misused.

Role:
Youth at Soda Fountain (uncredited)
Starring:
Rock Hudson, Charles Coburn, Piper Laurie, William Reynolds
Directed By:
Douglas Sirk
Fixed Bayonets! (1951)
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5
Fixed Bayonets!
12
5
Role:
Doggie (uncredited)
Starring:
Skip Homeier, Richard Basehart, Gene Evans, Michael O'Shea
Directed By:
Samuel Fuller
Trouble Along the Way (1953)
12
5
Trouble Along the Way
12
5
Role:
Football Spectator (uncredited)
Starring:
Donna Reed, John Wayne, Sherry Jackson, Charles Coburn, Tom Tully, Donna Reed
Directed By:
Sailor Beware (1952)
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Sailor Beware
9
5

Melvin Jones, who is allergic to cosmetics, applies for the Navy to travel in the ocean as prescribed by a doctor and befriends Al Crowthers, who has a bad knee. After they are accepted, his friends make a bet prompting Melvin to kiss the star Corinne Calvet, enraging his new girlfriend Hilda and Al, who is courting Corinne.

Role:
Boxing Opponent's Second (uncredited)
Starring:
Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Corinne Calvet, Leif Erickson
Directed By:
Hal Walker

James Dean Awards

Golden Globe Awards
Winner World Film Favorite - Male 1957