James Arness Movies List: Ranked Best To Worst

In a Lonely Place

In a Lonely Place

(1950)
1
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Nicholas Ray
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller, Romance
Star Cast:
Carl Benton Reid, Humphrey Bogart, Art Smith, Frank Lovejoy, Gloria Grahame
1
2
The Thing from Another World

The Thing from Another World

(1951)
7
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Howard Hawks, Christian Nyby
Genres:
Horror, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
James Young, Paul Frees, Margaret Sheridan, Kenneth Tobey
7
0
Battleground
TV-PG

Battleground

(1949)
1
0
As:
Cast
Director:
William A. Wellman
Genres:
Action, War, Drama
Star Cast:
George Murphy, Van Johnson, Ricardo Montalban, Marshall Thompson
1
0

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Stars in My Crown
TV-PG

Stars in My Crown

(1950)
1
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Jacques Tourneur
Genres:
Drama, Family, Western
Star Cast:
Amanda Blake, Alan Hale, Lewis Stone, Joel McCrea
1
0
Them!

Them!

(1954)
5
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Robert Graham
Director:
Gordon Douglas
Genres:
Horror, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Edmund Gwenn, James Whitmore, Leonard Nimoy, Sean McClory
5
1
The Farmer's Daughter

The Farmer's Daughter

(1947)
0
1
As:
Cast
Director:
H.C. Potter
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Loretta Young, Ethel Barrymore, Charles Bickford, Rose Hobart
0
1
Wagon Master

Wagon Master

(1950)
1
1
As:
Cast
Director:
John Ford
Genres:
Western, Adventure
Star Cast:
Ward Bond, Joanne Dru, Harry Carey Jr., Charles Kemper
1
1
Hondo

Hondo

(1953)
1
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Lennie
Director:
John Farrow
Genres:
Western, Drama, War, Romance
Star Cast:
Ward Bond, Geraldine Page, John Wayne, Michael Pate
1
2
Island in the Sky

Island in the Sky

(1953)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Mac McMullen
Director:
William A. Wellman
Genres:
Drama, Adventure
Star Cast:
Walter Abel, Andy Devine, John Wayne, Lloyd Nolan
1
0
Carbine Williams

Carbine Williams

(1952)
1
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Richard Thorpe
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Biography
Star Cast:
Paul Stewart, James Stewart, Jean Hagen, Carl Benton Reid, Wendell Corey
1
0
The People Against O'Hara

The People Against O'Hara

(1951)
1
1
As:
Cast
Director:
John Sturges
Genres:
Film-Noir, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Pat O'Brien, Spencer Tracy, John Hodiak, Charles Bronson, Diana Lynn
Plot:

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. 

1
1
Sierra

Sierra

(1950)
1
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Alfred E. Green
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Tony Curtis, Burl Ives, Dean Jagger, Richard Rober, Wanda Hendrix
1
1

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The Lone Hand

The Lone Hand

(1953)
3
1
As:
Cast
Director:
George Sherman
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Joel McCrea, Charles Drake, Barbara Hale, Alex Nicol
3
1
The Girl in White

The Girl in White

(1952)
3
0
As:
Cast
Director:
John Sturges
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Arthur Kennedy, June Allyson, Mildred Dunnock, Gary Merrill
3
0
Alias Jesse James

Alias Jesse James

(1959)
2
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Norman Z. McLeod
Genres:
Western, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
James Garner, Bob Hope, Jim Davis, Bing Crosby, Wendell Corey
Plot:

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. 

2
1
Roses Are Red

Roses Are Red

(1947)
3
0
As:
Cast
Director:
James Tinling
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Joe Sawyer, Edward Keane, Don Castle, Peggy Knudsen
3
0
Gun the Man Down

Gun the Man Down

(1956)
5
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Rem Anderson
Director:
Andrew V. McLaglen
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Don Megowan, Harry Carey Jr., Robert J. Wilke, Emile Meyer
5
0
Iron Man

Iron Man

(1951)
1
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Joseph Pevney
Genres:
Sport, Film-Noir, Drama
Star Cast:
Evelyn Keyes, Jeff Chandler, Rock Hudson, Stephen McNally, Joyce Holden
1
0
Hellgate

Hellgate

(1952)
0
1
As:
Cast
Role:
George Redfield
Director:
Charles Marquis Warren
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Ward Bond, Joan Leslie, Sterling Hayden, Peter Coe
0
1
Flame of the Islands

Flame of the Islands

(1956)
0
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Edward Ludwig
Genres:
Film-Noir, Drama, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Barbara O'Neil, Zachary Scott, Yvonne De Carlo, Howard Duff
0
1

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The Sea Chase

The Sea Chase

(1955)
0
1
As:
Cast
Director:
John Farrow
Genres:
Action, Drama, War
Star Cast:
Lyle Bettger, Lana Turner, Tab Hunter, John Wayne, David Farrar
0
1
Many Rivers to Cross

Many Rivers to Cross

(1955)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Roy Rowland
Genres:
Romance, Western, Comedy
Star Cast:
Victor McLaglen, Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker, Russ Tamblyn
Plot:

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.

0
0
Her Twelve Men

Her Twelve Men

(1954)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Robert Z. Leonard
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Greer Garson, Robert Ryan, Barry Sullivan, Richard Haydn
0
0
Horizons West

Horizons West

(1952)
1
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Budd Boetticher
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Robert Ryan, Julie Adams, John McIntire, Rock Hudson, Judith Braun
Plot:

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? 

1
0
Wyoming Mail
TV-PG

Wyoming Mail

(1950)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Reginald Le Borg
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Alexis Smith, Stephen McNally, Howard Da Silva, Ed Begley
0
0
The Veils of Bagdad

The Veils of Bagdad

(1953)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Targut (as Jim Arness)
Director:
George Sherman
Genres:
Drama, Action, Adventure
Star Cast:
Virginia Field, Victor Mature, Guy Rolfe, Mari Blanchard
0
0
Belle Le Grand

Belle Le Grand

(1951)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Allan Dwan
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer, Grant Withers, John Carroll, Vera Ralston
0
0
Cavalry Scout

Cavalry Scout

(1951)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Barth
Director:
Lesley Selander
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Rod Cameron, Audrey Long, Jim Davis, James Millican
0
0
Double Crossbones

Double Crossbones

(1951)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Charles Barton
Genres:
Adventure, History, Romance, Musical, Comedy
Star Cast:
Donald O'Connor, John Emery, Helena Carter, Will Geer
0
0
The Man from Texas

The Man from Texas

(1948)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Leigh Jason
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Wallace Ford, Una Merkel, Lynn Bari, James Craig
0
0

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The First Traveling Saleslady

The First Traveling Saleslady

(1956)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Joel Kingdom
Director:
Arthur Lubin
Genres:
Western, Comedy
Star Cast:
Clint Eastwood, Ginger Rogers, Barry Nelson, Carol Channing, David Brian
1
0
Big Jim McLain

Big Jim McLain

(1952)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Mal Baxter
Director:
Edward Ludwig
Genres:
Thriller, History, Romance, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Alan Napier, Nancy Olson, Veda Ann Borg, John Wayne
1
0
Two Lost Worlds

Two Lost Worlds

(1951)
1
0
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
1
0
The Red Skelton Chevy Special

The Red Skelton Chevy Special

(1959)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself
Director:
Seymour Berns
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Red Skelton, Rhonda Fleming, David Rose and His Orchestra, Art Gilmore
0
0
18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

(2012)
0
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself - In Memoriam (archiveFootage)
Star Cast:
Alec Baldwin, Kevin Bacon, Christine Baranski, Dianna Agron, James Arness
0
1

TV Movie(s)

The Macahans

The Macahans

(1976)
3
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Zeb Macahan
Director:
Bernard McEveety
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Jonathan Banks, Eva Marie Saint, Bruce Boxleitner, Kathryn Holcomb
3
0
Gunsmoke: The Long Ride

Gunsmoke: The Long Ride

(1993)
3
0
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Matt Dillon
Director:
Jerry Jameson
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
James Brolin, Amy Stoch, Christopher Bradley, Patrick Dollaghan
3
0
Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice

Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice

(1994)
4
0
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Matt Dillon
Director:
Jerry Jameson
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Bruce Boxleitner, Alan Scarfe, Amy Stoch, Christopher Bradley
4
0
Gunsmoke: To the Last Man
R

Gunsmoke: To the Last Man

(1992)
3
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Matt Dillon
Director:
Jerry Jameson
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Pat Hingle, Jason Lively, Matt Mulhern, Amy Stoch
3
0
Gunsmoke: The Last Apache
PG-13

Gunsmoke: The Last Apache

(1990)
3
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Matt Dillon
Director:
Charles Correll
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Richard Kiley, Geoffrey Lewis, Michael Learned, Joe Lara
3
1
Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge
R

Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge

(1987)
4
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Matt Dillon
Director:
Vincent McEveety
Genres:
Adventure, Western
Star Cast:
Amanda Blake, Earl Holliman, Buck Taylor, Fran Ryan
4
0
Red River
TV-14

Red River

(1988)
2
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Thomas Dunson
Director:
Richard Michaels
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Ray Walston, Bruce Boxleitner, Gregory Harrison, Stan Shaw
2
0
The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory

The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory

(1987)
1
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Jim Bowie
Director:
Burt Kennedy
Genres:
Western, Action, War, History, Drama, Adventure
Star Cast:
Alec Baldwin, Brian Keith, David Ogden Stiers, Jim Metzler
1
2

TV Shows and Videos

Front Row Center

Front Row Center (1955)

As:
Cast
Director:
Ralph Nelson, Fletcher Markle, Russell Stoneham
Genres:
Drama, Biography, Romance
Star Cast:
Lloyd Bridges, Fletcher Markle, John Carradine, Robert Sterling, Lee Marvin
How the West Was Won

How the West Was Won (1976)

As:
Cast
Role:
Zeb Macahan (25 episodes, 1976-1979)
Director:
Vincent McEveety, Bernard McEveety, Burt Kennedy, Daniel Mann, Barry Crane
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
William Shatner, Christopher Lee, Kim Cattrall, Bruce Boxleitner
Gunsmoke
TV-PG

Gunsmoke (1955)

As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Matt Dillon (635 episodes, 1955-1975)
Director:
Andrew V. McLaglen, Harry Harris, Ted Post, Bernard McEveety, Vincent McEveety
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Adam West, Bette Davis, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake
The Lone Ranger
TV-G

The Lone Ranger (1949)

As:
Cast
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Lee Van Cleef, Clayton Moore, Jay Silverheels, John Hart
Lux Video Theatre

Lux Video Theatre (1950)

As:
Cast
Director:
Richard Goode, Fielder Cook, Buzz Kulik, Earl Eby, Norman Morgan
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Buster Keaton, Ken Carpenter, Jay Jackson, Alfred Hitchcock, James Dean
McClain's Law

McClain's Law (1981)

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