10 Top Jimmy Stewart Movies

Jimmy Stewart is one of my favorite classic movie actors. Every one of these Jimmy Stewart movies is one of my favorite all time movies.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Director: Frank Capra

Year: 1938

Stewart plays Jefferson Smith

Also stars Jean Arthur and Claude Rains

This is my favorite Jimmy Stewart movie where Stewart plays a David who goes up against the Goliath of corrupt politics in Washington D.C.

It’s a Wonderful Life

Director: Frank Capra

Year: 1946

Stewart plays George Baily

Also stars Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore

This isn’t just a Christmas favorite. In this movie, Stewart shows that we have a great influence on others without knowing it.


Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Year: 1948

Stewart plays Rupert Cadell

Also stars Brandon Shaw and Phillip Morgan

This is my favorite Alfred Hitchcock movie and the first Hitchcock movie that stars Jimmy Stewart. It is a chilling reminder of the philosophy that allowed Hitler to rise to power.

The Man Who Knew Too Much

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Year: 1956

Stewart plays Dr. Benjamin McKenna

Also stars Doris Day

This is my next to favorite Alfred Hitchcock movie. Stewart has the choice of saving his son by allowing another man to die or saving the man and risking his son’s life. Every time I watch this movie, I still am on the edge of my seat.

Rear Window

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Year: 1954

Stewart plays LB Jeffries

Also stars Grace Kelly

Another Alfred Hitchcock favorite that explores the question of what would you do if you witnessed a murder outside your window and nobody believed you.


Director: Henry Koster

Year: 1950

Stewart plays Elwood P. Dodd

Also stars Josephine Hull

I love this movie about a giant invisible rabbit.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence

Director: John Ford

Year: 1962

Stewart plays Ransom Stoddard

Also stars John Wayne, Vera Mills, and Lee Marvin

This is one of the best westerns ever made and the best western Jimmy Stewart was in.


Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Year: 1958

Stewart plays John “Scottie” Ferguson

Also stars Kim Novack

I love Alfred Hitchcock movies, and when Alfred Hitchcock and Jimmy Stewart get together, it’s always good. This isn’t my favorite because, at times, the pace is too slow, but it’s a good one.


Director: Andrew V. McLaglen

Year: 1965

Stewart plays Charlie Anderson

Also stars Doug McClure

A great western. When Charlie Anderson tries to keep his family out of the Civil War, it comes to him.

Take Her, She’s Mine

Director: Henry Koster

Year: 1963

Stewart plays Frank Michaelson

Also stars Sandra Dee, Audrey Meadows

Jimmy Stewart is hilarious as a father raising a teenage daughter who is in over his head.

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About Tamera Kraft

Tamera Kraft has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She is also a writer and has curriculum published including Kid Konnection 5: Kids Entering the Presence of God published by Pathway Press. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

6 thoughts on “10 Top Jimmy Stewart Movies

  1. Seen all of them except the last two (have to agree on your assessment of Hitchcock/Stewart films, though.) I’ll have to pick up the last two–the 10th especially sounds terrific!

  2. You left out the classic Christmas film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” But I’m with you. If Jimmy Stewart (or James Stewart in his early career) is in the movie, it’s a good movie!!!

  3. OOPS! You didn’t leave it out! I just zoomed right past it as I was reading through the titles. You’re tough, girl! You know all my favorite Stewart movies!!!

  4. You got some of my favorites. I made my son sit and watch the advice Stewart gives his future son-in-law in Shenandoah. I told my son that if he remembers that when he marries, he will be a happy man.

    “Just love her.”

    Wise advice.

  5. I also cracked up at Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation, Jeff and I laughed out our nose at the end of Come Live With Me, The Shop Around the Corner is one of my favorite Christmas movies, and You Can’t Take it With You is superb characterization… Oh so many!!!

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