My Top 30 Gary Cooper Movies

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1.
High Noon (1952)
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A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him. (85 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
2.
Sergeant York (1941)
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A hillbilly sharpshooter drafted in WW1 despite his claim to be a pacifist, who ends up becoming a war hero. (134 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
3.
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
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Longfellow Deeds, a simple-hearted Vermont tuba player, inherits a fortune and has to contend with opportunist city slickers. (115 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
4.
The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
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The story of the life and career of the famed baseball player, Lou Gehrig. (128 mins.)
Director: Sam Wood
 
5.
Meet John Doe (1941)
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A man needing money agrees to impersonate a nonexistent person who said he'd be committing suicide as a protest, and a political movement begins. (122 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
6.
Friendly Persuasion (1956)
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The pacifist attitude of a Quaker family is tested as a result of the American Civil War. (137 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
7.
The Hanging Tree (1959)
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Character study of a Doctor who saves a local criminal from a mob who are trying to hang him, but then tries to control the life of the young man, realizing that he can exploit his secret. (107 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
 
8.
Ball of Fire (1941)
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A group of ivory-tower lexicographers realize they need to hear how real people talk, and end up helping a beautiful singer avoid police and escape from the Mob. (111 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
9.
Beau Geste (1939)
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Three adopted English brothers join the French Foreign Legion in North Africa, after one of them steals their adoptive family's famous heirloom sapphire. (112 mins.)
 
10.
The Westerner (1940)
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Judge Roy Bean, a self-appointed hanging judge in Vinergaroon, Texas, befriends saddle tramp Cole Harden, who opposes Bean's policy against homesteaders. (100 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
11.
Design for Living (1933)
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A woman cannot decide between two men who love her, and the trio agree to try living together in a platonic friendly relationship. (91 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
12.
Operator 13 (1934)
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Union spy Gail Loveless impersonates a black maid in the early days of the Civil War, but complications arise when she falls in love with a Confederate officer. (85 mins.)
 
13.
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)
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Three British soldiers on the Northwest Frontier of India struggle against the enemy - and themselves. (109 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
14.
Man of the West (1958)
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A reformed outlaw becomes stranded after an aborted train robbery with two other passengers and is forced to rejoin his old outlaw band. (100 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
15.
Love in the Afternoon (1957)
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A middle-aged playboy becomes fascinated by the daughter of a private detective who has been hired to entrap him with the wife of a client. (130 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
16.
City Streets (1931)
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Man joins a gang to free his girlfriend from prison. (83 mins.)
 
17.
Morocco (1930)
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A cabaret singer and a Legionnaire fall in love, but their relationship is complicated by the results of his womanizing and due to the appearance of a rich man who wants her for himself. (92 mins.)
 
18.
If I Had a Million (1932)
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A dying tycoon gives million-dollar windfalls to eight people picked from the city directory. (88 mins.)
 
19.
Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)
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The daughter of a penniless marquis teaches her multi-millionaire fiancé a lesson, after learning he has had 7 previous wives. (85 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
20.
Vera Cruz (1954)
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During the Mexican Rebellion of 1866, an unsavory group of American adventurers are hired by the forces of Emporer Maximilian to escort a countess to Vera Cruz. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
21.
Desire (1936)
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An automotive engineer bound for a holiday in Spain meets a sultry jewel thief. (89 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
 
22.
Peter Ibbetson (1935)
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Architect Peter Ibbetson is hired by the Duke of Towers to design a building for him. Ibbetson discovers that the Duchess of Towers... (88 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
23.
The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926)
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While building an irrigation system for a Southwestern desert community, an engineer vies with a local cowboy for the affections of a rancher's daughter. (89 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
24.
For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)
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During the Spanish Civil War, an American allied with the Republicans finds romance during a desperate mission to blow up a strategically important bridge. (170 mins.)
Director: Sam Wood
 
25.
They Came to Cordura (1959)
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An army major, himself guilty of cowardice, is asked to recommended soldiers for the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Mexican Border Incursion of 1916. (123 mins.)
Director: Robert Rossen
 
26.
The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944)
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As the Japanese sweep through the East Indies during World War II, Dr. Wassell is determined to escape... (140 mins.)
 
27.
The Fountainhead (1949)
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An uncompromising, visionary architect struggles to maintain his integrity and individualism despite personal, professional and economic pressures to conform to popular standards. (114 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
28.
Unconquered (1947)
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Intrepid frontiersman Chris Holden foils the political and personal ambitions of renegade Martin Garth in the Ohio Valley following the French and Indian War. (146 mins.)
 
29.
The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955)
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A dramatization of the American general and his court martial for publically complaining about High Command's dismissal and neglect of the aerial fighting forces. (100 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
30.
The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938)
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Marco Polo travels from Venice to Peking, where he quickly discovers spaghetti and gunpowder and falls in love with the Emperor's daughter... (104 mins.)
Director: Archie Mayo