10 Greatest Films of Jimmy Stewart

  1. 10.
    The Man From Laramie (1955) - Director Anthony Mann and Jimmy Stewart made four westerns together. I had heartache not putting this film on my 10 Greatest Westerns list. It's a wonderful film in Cinemascope. Jimmy Stewart is excellent as a unsure cowboy that takes a lot of physical abuse while on a quest to avenge the death of his brother.
  2. 9.
    Anatomy of a Murder (1959) - Otto Preminger's courtroom drama is long - it could do with 10 minutes of editing - but fascinating, as Jimmy Stewart and George C. Scott go head to head as lawyers in a murder trial.
  3. 8.
    The Shop Around the Corner (1940) - Ernst Lubitsch directs Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan in a comedy about two bickering coworkers that don't realize they are actually secret pen pals falling in love. If it sounds slightly familiar, it was the inspiration for the film You've Got Mail.
  4. 7.
    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) - Legendary western director John Ford and legendary western star John Wayne team up with Jimmy Stewart for a humorous and yet somber story of people trying to live with the sacrifice of another.
  5. 6.
    Harvey (1950) - An absolutely charming movie. Jimmy Stewart plays a drunk whose best friend happens to be a rather tall and invisible rabbit.
  6. 5.
    The Philadelphia Story (1940) - Katherine Hepburn so wanted to make this film that she bought the rights to the play and recruited the director (George Cukor) and co-stars Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant.
  7. 4.
    Vertigo (1958) - The critics poll of Sight & Sound magazine declares Vertigo to be the greatest film of all time. It recently took that honor away from Citizen Kane. It isn't my favorite, but it is a great film
  8. 3.
    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) - Before they teamed up for It's a Wonderful Life, director Frank Capra and Jimmy Stewart brought us the story of a naive and idealistic man that goes to Washington and even under assault will not be corrupted. If Jimmy Stewart can't make you feel patriotic, no-one can.
  9. 2.
    Rear Window (1954) - In one of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest films, Jimmy Stewart plays a man temporarily confined to a wheelchair and his apartment. Out of boredom he begins to spy on his neighbors. He thinks he saw a murder, but no one will believe him. He becomes so obsessed he doesn't even seem to notice that Grace Kelly is in his apartment.
  10. 1.
    It's a Wonderful Life (1946) - Director Frank Capra and Jimmy team up again in what would turn out to be Stewart's favorite of his films. It didn't do particularly well at the box office, but has become a perennial Christmas classic.