The Best 38 films of Henry Fonda.

Maybe the most underrated of all actors of the golden era, quiet, shy and ernest, Henry Fonda, was, in retrospect, one of the best actors of all time, and belongs in the discussion of the best of the Hollywood film stars. Here are 38 of his best films.
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1.
12 Angry Men (1957)
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A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. (96 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
2.
Mister Roberts (1955)
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Comedy-drama about life on a not particularly important ship of the US Navy during WW2. (123 mins.)
 
3.
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
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A poor Midwest family is forced off of their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression. (129 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
4.
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
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When a posse catches up three men suspected of killing a local farmer, some of them become strongly divided on whether or not to lynch the men. (75 mins.)
 
5.
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
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A fictionalized account of the early life of the American president as a young lawyer facing his greatest court case. (100 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
6.
My Darling Clementine (1946)
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A Western retelling the tale of the Shoot-out at the OK Corral. (97 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
7.
On Golden Pond (1981)
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Norman is a curmudgeon with an estranged relationship with his daughter Chelsea. At Golden Pond, he and his wife nevertheless agree to care for Billy, the son of Chelsea's new boyfriend, and a most unexpected relationship blooms. (109 mins.)
Director: Mark Rydell
 
8.
Fort Apache (1948)
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At Fort Apache, an honorable and veteran war captain finds conflict when his regime is placed under the command of a young, glory hungry lieutenant colonel with no respect for the local Indian tribe. (125 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
9.
Fail-Safe (1964)
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American planes are sent to deliver a nuclear attack on Moscow, but it's a mistake due to an electrical malfunction. Can all-out war be averted? (112 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
10.
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
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Epic story of a mysterious stranger with a harmonica who joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad. (175 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
 
11.
The Best Man (1964)
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The two front runners for their party's Presidential nomination, one principled and the other ruthless, vie for the ex-President's endorsement. (102 mins.)
 
12.
Advise & Consent (1962)
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Senate investigation into the President's newly nominated Secretary of State, gives light to a secret from the past, which may not only ruin the candidate, but the President's character as well. (139 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
13.
Welcome to Hard Times (1967)
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A sociopathic stranger all but destroys a small hardscrabble town but the 'mayor' convinces its survivors to stay and rebuild. (103 mins.)
Director: Burt Kennedy
 
14.
The Lady Eve (1941)
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A trio of classy card sharps targets the socially awkward heir to brewery millions for his money, till one of them falls in love with him. (94 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
15.
Jesse James (1939)
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After railroad agents forcibly evict the James family from their family farm, Jesse and Frank turn to banditry for revenge. (106 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
16.
The Boston Strangler (1968)
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A series of brutal murders in Boston sparks a seemingly endless and increasingly complex manhunt. (116 mins.)
 
17.
Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
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Newlyweds Gil and Lana Martin try to establish a farm in the Mohawk Valley but are menaced by Indians and Tories as the Revolutinary War begins. (104 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
18.
Warlock (1959)
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A famous gunman becomes the marshal of Warlock to end a gang's rampages, but is met with some opposition by a former gang member turned deputy sheriff who wants to follow only legal methods. (122 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
 
19.
Madigan (1968)
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In New York City's Spanish Harlem, detectives Madigan and Bonaro are given 72 hours by their superior to capture a hoodlum wanted for homicide in Brooklyn. (101 mins.)
Director: Donald Siegel
 
20.
The Male Animal (1942)
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The trustees of Midwestern University have forced three teachers out of their jobs for being suspected communists... (101 mins.)
Director: Elliott Nugent
 
21.
The Return of Frank James (1940)
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Frank James continues to avoid arrest in order to take revenge on the Ford brothers for their murder of his brother Jesse. (92 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
22.
How the West Was Won (1962)
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A family saga covering several decades of Westward expansion in the nineteenth century--including the Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the building of the railroads. (164 mins.)
 
23.
The Longest Day (1962)
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The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view. (178 mins.)
 
24.
The Fugitive (1947)
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Anti--Catholic and anti-cleric policies in the Mexican state of Tabasco lead the revolutionary government to persecute the state's last remaining priest. (104 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
25.
Jezebel (1938)
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A haughty headstrong Southern Belle in Antebellum Louisiana loses her fiance due to her stubborn vanity and pride and vows to get him back. (104 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
26.
There Was a Crooked Man... (1970)
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A charming but totally ruthless criminal is sent to a remote Arizona prison. He enlists the help of his cellmates in an escape attempt with the promise of sharing his hidden loot. (126 mins.)
 
27.
Midway (1976)
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A dramatization of the battle that was heralded as the turning point of the Pacific Theatre of World War II. (132 mins.)
Director: Jack Smight
 
28.
Firecreek (1968)
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A peace-loving, part-time sheriff in the small town of Firecreek must take a stand when a gang of vicious outlaws takes over his town. (104 mins.)
 
29.
The Cheyenne Social Club (1970)
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An aging cowboy finds to his embarrassment that the successful business he has inherited from his brother is actually a house of prostitution. (103 mins.)
Director: Gene Kelly
 
30.
The Mad Miss Manton (1938)
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When the murdered body discovered by beautiful, vivacious socialite Melsa Manton disappears, police and press label her a prankster until she proves them wrong. (80 mins.)
Director: Leigh Jason
 
31.
Gideon's Trumpet (1980 TV Movie)
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The story of Clarence Earl Gideon and his fight for the right to have publicly funded legal counsel for the needy. (104 mins.)
 
32.
Clarence Darrow (1974 TV Movie)
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The taped performance of Henry Fonda's one-man show was aired as "IBM Presents Clarence Darrow" on September 4, 1974, on NBC. (81 mins.)
Director: John Rich
 
33.
Sometimes a Great Notion (1970)
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A family of fiercely independent Oregon loggers struggle to keep the family business alive amidst changing times. (114 mins.)
Director: Paul Newman
 
34.
A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966)
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Comedy western in which a traveler bets more money than he can afford in a poker game, and unusual events follow. (95 mins.)
Director: Fielder Cook
 
35.
War and Peace (1956)
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Napoleon's tumultuous relations with Russia including his disastrous 1812 invasion serve as the backdrop for the tangled personal lives of two aristocratic families. (208 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
36.
Slim (1937)
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A veteran lineman takes an awe-struck young farmer under his wing, but problems arise when he introduces him to his occasional girlfriend, a pretty nurse. (85 mins.)
Director: Ray Enright
 
37.
The Tin Star (1957)
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A cynical former sheriff turned bounty hunter helps a young, recently appointed acting sheriff with his advice, his experience and his gun. (93 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
38.
Sex and the Single Girl (1964)
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A womanizing reporter for a sleazy tabloid magazine impersonates his hen-pecked neighbor in order to get an expose on renowned psychologist Helen Gurley Brown. (110 mins.)
Director: Richard Quine