Best James Garner movies

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Best James Garner movies
If you love cinema, you will share this ranking of the best James Garner movies, although you may have ordered them differently. In any case, we hope you love it and with a little luck discovering a movie that you still don't know about James Garner.

TOP 25:
My Fellow Americans
My Fellow Americans
James Garner as: President Matt Douglas
Genre: Comedy
Release: 1996
They used to run the country. Now they're running for their lives! Two on-the-lam former Presidents of the United States. Framed in a scandal by the current President and pursued by armed agents, the two squabbling political foes plunge into a desperately frantic search for the evidence that will establish their innocence.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Wilford Brimley movies?

TOP 24:
Battle for Terra
Battle for Terra
James Garner as: Doron (voice)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation, Science Fiction
Release: 2007
A peaceful alien planet faces annihilation, as the homeless remainder of the human race sets its eyes on Terra. Mala, a rebellious Terrian teenager, will do everything she can to stop it.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Beverly D'Angelo movies?


TOP 23:
Marlowe
Marlowe
James Garner as: Philip Marlowe
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Drama
Release: 1969
Los Angeles private-eye Philip Marlowe is trying to locate the brother of his new client, a woman named Orfamay Quest. The trail leads to two men who deny any knowledge of the brother's existence. Both are soon killed by an ice pick, so Marlowe deduces that there's much more to this than a simple missing-person case. Marlowe's path crosses that of a blackmailed movie star, Mavis Wald, and her friend, exotic dancer Delores. A mobster sends karate expert Winslow Wong to bust up Marlowe's office and warn him off the case, while Lieutenant French also cautions the detective to stay out of the police's way.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Bruce Lee movies?

TOP 22:
The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration
The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration
James Garner as: Pat (voice)
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Family
Release: 2003
A bedtime story leads Littlefoot and his grandparents on a journey to a new land, where Littlefoot discovers someone who vanished before he was born: his father! Now Littlefoot must decide between two worlds. Will he leave to be with his friends in the Great Valley, or stay behind and start a new life with his father?
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Kiefer Sutherland movies?

TOP 21:
Duel at Diablo
Duel at Diablo
James Garner as: Jess Remsberg
Genre: Action, Western
Release: 1966
While crossing the desert, a frontier scout, Jess Remsberg, rescues Ellen Grange from a pursuing band of Apaches, and returns her to her husband, Willard Grange. He is contracted to act as a scout for an Army cavalry unit. Willard, Ellen, and her infant son are along for the ride, as is horse trader Toller, a veteran of the 10th Cavalry. The party is trapped in a canyon by Chata, an Apache chief and grandfather of Ellen's baby. Willard is captured and tortured. Jess sneaks away and brings reinforcements just in time to save the day. Jess learns that the man he has been hunting is none other than Willard Grange.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Bibi Andersson movies?


TOP 20:
Space Cowboys
Space Cowboys
James Garner as: Tank Sullivan
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Release: 2000
Frank Corvin, ‘Hawk’ Hawkins, Jerry O'Neill and ‘Tank’ Sullivan were hotdog members of Project Daedalus, the Air Force's test program for space travel, but their hopes were dashed in 1958 with the formation of NASA and the use of trained chimps. They blackmail their way into orbit when Russia's mysterious ‘Ikon’ communications satellite's orbit begins to degrade and threatens to crash to Earth.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Loren Dean movies?

TOP 19:
Murphy's Romance
Murphy's Romance
James Garner as: Murphy Jones
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Release: 1985
Emma is a divorced woman with a teen aged boy who moves into a small town and tries to make a go of a horse ranch. Murphy is the town druggist who steers business her way. Things are going along predictably until her ex husband shows up, needing a place to stay. The three of them form an intricate circle, Emma's son liking Murphy, but desperately wanting his father back.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Sally Field movies?

TOP 18:
Fire in the Sky
Fire in the Sky
James Garner as: Frank Watters
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Science Fiction
Release: 1993
A group of men who were clearing bush for the government arrive back in town, claiming that their friend was abducted by aliens. Nobody believes them, and despite a lack of motive and no evidence of foul play, their friends' disappearance is treated as murder.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Henry Thomas movies?


TOP 17:
Support Your Local Gunfighter
Support Your Local Gunfighter
James Garner as: Latigo
Genre: Action, Comedy, Western
Release: 1971
A con artist arrives in a mining town controlled by two competing companies. Both companies think he's a famous gunfighter and try to hire him to drive the other out of town.

TOP 16:
Hour of the Gun
Hour of the Gun
James Garner as: Wyatt Earp
Genre: Western
Release: 1967
Marshal Wyatt Earp kills a couple of men of the Clanton-gang in a fight. In revenge Clanton's thugs kill the marshal's brother. Thus, Wyatt Earp starts to chase the killers together with his friend Doc Holliday.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best William Schallert movies?

TOP 15:

Sayonara

Sayonara
James Garner as: Capt. Mike Bailey
Genre: Drama, Romance
Release: 1957
Air Force Major Lloyd Gruver (Marlon Brando) is reassigned to a Japanese air base, and is confronted with US racial prejudice against the Japanese people. The issue is compounded because a number of the soldiers become romantically involved with Japanese women, in defiance of US military policy. Ordinarily an officer who is by-the-book, Gruver must take a position when a buddy of his, an enlisted man Joe Kelly (Red Buttons) falls in love with a Japanese woman Katsumi (Miyoshi Umeki) and marries her. Gruver risks his position by serving as best man at the wedding ceremony.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Dennis Hopper movies?


TOP 14:

Maverick

Maverick
James Garner as: Marshal Zane Cooper
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Western
Release: 1994
Maverick is a gambler who would rather con someone than fight them, and needs an additional three thousand dollars in order to enter a winner-takes-all poker game that begins in a few days, so he joins forces with a woman gambler with a marvellous southern accent, and the two try and enter the game.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Michael Paul Chan movies?

TOP 13:

Move Over, Darling

Move Over, Darling
James Garner as: Nicholas Arden
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Release: 1963
Three years into their loving marriage, with two infant daughters at home in Los Angeles, Nicholas Arden and Ellen Wagstaff Arden are on a plane that goes down in the South Pacific. Although most passengers manage to survive the incident, Ellen presumably perishes when swept off her lifeboat, her body never recovered. Fast forward five years. Nicky, wanting to move on with his life, has Ellen declared legally dead. Part of that moving on includes getting remarried, this time to a young woman named Bianca Steele, who, for their honeymoon, he plans to take to the same Monterrey resort where he and Ellen spent their honeymoon. On that very same day, Ellen is dropped off in Los Angeles by the Navy, who rescued her from the South Pacific island where she was stranded for the past five years. She asks the Navy not to publicize her rescue nor notify Nicky as she wants to do so herself.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Doris Day movies?

TOP 12:

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Atlantis: The Lost Empire
James Garner as: Commander Lyle Tiberius Rourke (voice)
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Science Fiction, Family
Release: 2001
The world's most highly qualified crew of archaeologists and explorers is led by historian Milo Thatch as they board the incredible 1,000-foot submarine Ulysses and head deep into the mysteries of the sea. The underwater expedition takes an unexpected turn when the team's mission must switch from exploring Atlantis to protecting it.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Cree Summer movies?

TOP 11:

Grand Prix

Grand Prix
James Garner as: Pete Aron
Genre: Action, Drama
Release: 1966
The story tells about the confrontation of four first-class racers of Formula 1. Each of the competitors had their own additional motivation to become a champion. Their world is a risk and extreme, fast driving on the highway. The taste of adrenaline is what race lovers live. Outside of competition, they all experience personal dramas and upheavals, and the more important the desired title becomes for them.


TOP 10:

The Americanization of Emily

The Americanization of Emily
James Garner as: Lt. Cmdr. Charles Edward Madison
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, War
Release: 1964
During the build-up to D-Day in 1944, the British found their island hosting many thousands of American soldiers who were "oversexed, overpaid, and over here". That's Charlie Madison exactly; he knows all the angles to make life as smooth and risk-free as possible for himself. But things become complicated when he falls for an English woman, and his commanding officer's nervous breakdown leads to Charlie being sent on a senseless and dangerous mission.

TOP 9:

Support Your Local Sheriff!

Support Your Local Sheriff!
James Garner as: Jason McCullough
Genre: Comedy, Western
Release: 1969
A quick-witted drifter wanders into a lawless town in the midst of a gold rush. Shocked by the prices of food and meals he reluctantly takes the job of sheriff by amazing the Mayor with his lightning quick, dead eye pistol accuracy. He makes the town council know that he is really just passing through on his way to Australia and he will pull up and leave anytime he chooses (including at the first sign of real trouble). His first day on the job he takes on the biggest, meanest ranching family and meets his klutzy love interest.

TOP 8:

36 Hours

36 Hours
James Garner as: Major Jefferson F. Pike
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Release: 1964
Germans kidnap an American major and try to convince him that World War II is over, so that they can get details about the Allied invasion of Europe out of him.

TOP 7:

Victor/Victoria

Victor/Victoria
James Garner as: King Marchand
Genre: Comedy, Music, Romance
Release: 1982
A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life.

TOP 6:

The Thrill of It All

The Thrill of It All
James Garner as: Dr. Gerald R. Boyer
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Release: 1963
The story of the film centres around urban housewife Beverly Boyer (Doris Day) and her husband, a successful gynaecologist and devoted family man, Gerald (James Garner). Beverly is offered the opportunity to star for a television commercial advertising soap. After a shaky start, she gets a contract for $80,000 per year to appear on the weekly TV commercials.


TOP 5:

Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam

Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam
James Garner as: Shazam (voice)
Genre: Action, Animation, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Release: 2010
Chosen the world’s protector against the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man – pride, envy, greed, hatred, selfishness, laziness and injustice – young Billy Batson accepts his destiny as Captain Marvel. Battling alongside Superman against nefarious Black Adam, Billy soon discovers the challenge super heroes ultimately face: is it revenge or justice?

TOP 4:

The Ultimate Gift

The Ultimate Gift
James Garner as: Howard 'Red' Stevens
Genre: Drama, Romance, Family
Release: 2006
When his wealthy grandfather finally dies, Jason Stevens fully expects to benefit when it comes to the reading of the will. But instead of a sizable inheritance, Jason receives a test, a series of tasks he must complete before he can get any money.

TOP 3:

The Children's Hour

The Children's Hour
James Garner as: Joe Cardin
Genre: Drama, Romance
Release: 1961
A private school for young girls is scandalized when one spiteful student, Mary Tilford, accuses the two young women who run the school of having a lesbian relationship.

TOP 2:

The Notebook

The Notebook
James Garner as: Duke
Genre: Drama, Romance
Release: 2004
An epic love story centered around an older man who reads aloud to a woman with Alzheimer's. From a faded notebook, the old man's words bring to life the story about a couple who is separated by World War II, and is then passionately reunited, seven years later, after they have taken different paths.

TOP 1:

The Great Escape

The Great Escape
James Garner as: Flight Lt. Hendley
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Release: 1963
The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocate them to a high-security 'escape-proof' camp to sit out the remainder of the war. Undaunted, the prisoners plan one of the most ambitious escape attempts of World War II. Based on a true story.



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