James Stewart filmography

1934 portrait

James Stewart was a prolific American actor who appeared in a plethora of film roles. From the beginning of his career in 1935 through his final theatrical project in 1991, Stewart appeared in more than 92 films, television programs, and shorts.

Stewart received several awards and nominations for his work. Eleven of his films have been preserved in the United States National Film Registry. His roles in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Philadelphia Story, It's a Wonderful Life, Harvey and Anatomy of a Murder earned him Academy Award nominations (he won for The Philadelphia Story). He also won a Golden Globe Award for his role in the television series Hawkins.

Stewart made his mark in screwball comedies, suspense thrillers, westerns and family comedies.[1] While he worked multiple times with directors such as Anthony Mann (Winchester '73, Bend of the River, Thunder Bay, The Naked Spur, The Glenn Miller Story, The Far Country, The Man from Laramie, and Strategic Air Command), Alfred Hitchcock (Rope, Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too Much and Vertigo), Henry Hathaway (Call Northside 777 and How the West Was Won), and John Ford (Two Rode Together, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and Cheyenne Autumn), he also worked with Frank Borzage (The Mortal Storm), Ernst Lubitsch (The Shop around the Corner), Frank Capra (It's a Wonderful Life, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and You Can't Take it With You), Billy Wilder (The Spirit of St. Louis), and Otto Preminger (Anatomy of a Murder).

Actors with whom Stewart worked include Henry Fonda, Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, John Wayne, Rock Hudson, Lionel Barrymore, William Powell, Edward G. Robinson, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Oliver Reed, Richard Widmark, Robert Mitchum, and Harry Morgan. His leading ladies include Margaret Sullavan, Katharine Hepburn, Paulette Goddard, Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow, Joan Fontaine, Jean Arthur, Bette Davis, Hedy Lamarr, Marlene Dietrich, Grace Kelly, Kim Novak, Maureen O'Hara, Donna Reed, Ginger Rogers, Natalie Wood, Eleanor Powell, Doris Day, June Allyson, Janet Leigh, Claudette Colbert and Rosalind Russell.

Feature filmsEdit

Year Film Role Director Notes
1935 The Murder Man Shorty Tim Whelan
1936 Next Time We Love Christopher Tyler Edward H. Griffith First significant role (first time second-billed)
Rose Marie John Flower W. S. Van Dyke
Wife vs. Secretary Dave Clarence Brown
Small Town Girl Elmer Clampett William A. Wellman
Speed Terry Martin Edwin L. Marin First starring role (first time top-billed)
The Gorgeous Hussy Roderick "Rowdy" Dow Clarence Brown
Born to Dance Ted Barker Roy Del Ruth
After the Thin Man David Graham W. S. Van Dyke
1937 Seventh Heaven Chico Henry King
The Last Gangster Paul North Sr. Edward Ludwig Alternative title: Another Public Enemy
Navy Blue and Gold John "Truck" Cross/John Cross Carter Sam Wood
1938 Of Human Hearts Jason Wilkins Clarence Brown
Vivacious Lady Prof. Peter Morgan Jr. George Stevens
The Shopworn Angel Pvt. William "Texas" Pettigrew H. C. Potter
You Can't Take It with You Tony Kirby Frank Capra
1939 Made for Each Other John Horace "Johnny" Mason John Cromwell
The Ice Follies of 1939 Larry Hall Reinhold Schünzel
It's a Wonderful World Guy Johnson W. S. Van Dyke
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington[I] Jefferson Smith Frank Capra New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
Destry Rides Again[I] Thomas Jefferson Destry Jr. George Marshall
1940 The Shop Around the Corner[I] Alfred Kralik Ernst Lubitsch
The Mortal Storm Martin Breitner Frank Borzage
No Time for Comedy Gaylord "Gay" Esterbrook William Keighley
The Philadelphia Story[I] Macaulay "Mike" Connor George Cukor Academy Award for Best Actor
1941 Come Live with Me Bill Smith Clarence Brown
Pot o' Gold James Hamilton "Jimmy" Haskel George Marshall
Ziegfeld Girl Gilbert "Gil" Young Robert Z. Leonard Final film before World War II service
1946 It's a Wonderful Life[I] George Bailey Frank Capra Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
1947 Magic Town Lawrence "Rip" Smith William A. Wellman
1948 Call Northside 777 P.J. McNeal Henry Hathaway
On Our Merry Way Slim King Vidor
Leslie Fenton
John Huston
George Stevens
Rope Rupert Cadell Alfred Hitchcock
You Gotta Stay Happy Marvin Payne H.C. Potter
1949 The Stratton Story Monty Stratton Sam Wood
Malaya John Royer Richard Thorpe
1950 Winchester '73[I] Lin McAdam Anthony Mann
Broken Arrow Tom Jeffords Delmer Daves
Harvey Elwood P. Dowd Henry Koster Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
The Jackpot William J. 'Bill' Lawrence Walter Lang
1951 No Highway in the Sky Theodore Honey Henry Koster
1952 The Greatest Show on Earth Buttons Cecil B. DeMille
Bend of the River Glyn McLyntock Anthony Mann
Carbine Williams David Marshall "Marsh" Williams Richard Thorpe
1953 The Naked Spur[I] Howard Kemp Anthony Mann
Thunder Bay Steve Martin Anthony Mann
1954 The Glenn Miller Story Glenn Miller Anthony Mann Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor
The Far Country Jeff Webster Anthony Mann
Rear Window[I] L.B. "Jeff" Jefferies Alfred Hitchcock
1955 The Man from Laramie Will Lockhart Anthony Mann
Strategic Air Command Lt. Col. Robert "Dutch" Holland Anthony Mann
1956 The Man Who Knew Too Much Dr. Benjamin "Ben" McKenna Alfred Hitchcock
1957 The Spirit of St. Louis Charles Lindbergh Billy Wilder
Night Passage Grant McLaine James Neilson
1958 Vertigo[I] Det. John "Scottie" Ferguson Alfred Hitchcock San Sebastián International Film Festival Award for Best Actor
Bell, Book and Candle Shepherd "Shep" Henderson Richard Quine
1959 Anatomy of a Murder[I] Paul Biegler Otto Preminger Laurel Award for Top Male Dramatic Performance
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Venice Film FestivalVolpi Cup
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor
The FBI Story John Michael "Chip" Hardesty Mervyn LeRoy
1960 The Mountain Road Major Baldwin Daniel Mann
1961 Two Rode Together Marshal Guthrie McCabe John Ford Nominated—Laurel Award for Top Action Performance (3rd place)
1962 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance[I] Ransom Stoddard John Ford Bronze Wrangler for Theatrical Motion Picture
Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation Roger Hobbs Henry Koster Silver Bear for Best Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Laurel Award for Top Male Comedy Performance (3rd place)
How the West Was Won[I] Linus Rawlings Henry Hathaway
1963 Take Her, She's Mine Frank Michaelson Henry Koster Nominated—Laurel Award for Top Male Comedy Performance (4th place)
1964 Cheyenne Autumn Wyatt Earp John Ford
1965 Dear Brigitte Prof. Robert Leaf Henry Koster
Shenandoah Charlie Anderson Andrew McLaglen
The Flight of the Phoenix Capt. Frank Towns Robert Aldrich
1966 The Rare Breed Sam Burnett Andrew McLaglen
1968 Firecreek Johnny Cobb Vincent McEveety
Bandolero! Mace Bishop Andrew McLaglen
1970 The Cheyenne Social Club John O'Hanlan Gene Kelly
1971 Fools' Parade Mattie Appleyard Andrew McLaglen Alternative title: Dynamite Man from Glory Jail
1976 The Shootist Dr. E.W. Hostetler Don Siegel
1977 Airport '77 Philip Stevens Jerry Jameson
1978 The Big Sleep General Sternwood Michael Winner
The Magic of Lassie Clovis Mitchell Don Chaffey
1980 The Green Horizon The Old Man Susumu Hani Alternative title: A Tale of Africa
1991 An American Tail: Fievel Goes West Wylie Burp Phil Nibbelink
Simon Wells
Voice (final film role)
^ I denotes film preservation in the National Film Registry.

Box office rankingEdit

For a number of years exhibitors voted James Stewart as among the most popular stars in the country:

  • 1940 - 11th (US)
  • 1941 - 13th (US)
  • 1948 - 25th (US)
  • 1949 – 11th (US)[2]
  • 1950 – 5th (US), 7th (UK)
  • 1951 – 16th (US), 2nd (UK)
  • 1952 – 6th (US), 8th (UK)
  • 1953 – 7th (US)
  • 1954 – 4th (US), 2nd (UK)
  • 1955 – 1st (US), 2nd (UK)
  • 1956 – 3rd (US), 2nd (UK)
  • 1957 – 7th (US)
  • 1958 – 9th (US)
  • 1959 – 3rd (US)
  • 1960 – 18th (US)
  • 1961 – 22nd (US)
  • 1962 – 13th (US)
  • 1963 - 14th (US)
  • 1964 - 23rd (US)
  • 1965 - 8th (US)
  • 1966 - 16th (US)
  • 1970 - 17th (US)

Television appearancesEdit

Stewart had made guest appearances on television, The Jack Benny Program, in the 1950s, but first starred in Flashing Spikes, an hour-long episode of Alcoa Premiere directed by John Ford. In the early 1970s, he transitioned his career from cinema to television. For the series Hawkins, Stewart received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama. In 1972, Stewart reprised his role from the film Harvey in a television film of the same name.

Year Show Role Run Notes
1959 Lux Playhouse Narrator single episode Narrator for the episode Cowboy Five Seven, which documented a Strategic Air Command crew at Westover Air Force Base
1962 Flashing Spikes Slim Conway single episode Part of the Alcoa Premiere anthology series, directed by John Ford and featuring John Wayne
1971 The Jimmy Stewart Show Prof. James K. Howard 1971–1972 NBC Television series
1972 Harvey Elwood P. Dowd PBS Television film
1973 Hawkins Billy Jim Hawkins 1973–1974 CBS Television series
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
1978 The Carol Burnett Show Himself single episode CBS Television series
Series finale ("A Special Evening with Carol Burnett")
1980 Mr. Krueger's Christmas Mr. Krueger NBC Television film
1982 The American Film Institute Salute to Frank Capra Himself – Host American Film Institute Television film
1983 Right of Way Teddy Dwyer HBO Television film
Nominated—CableACE Award for Actor in a Dramatic or Theatrical Program
1986 North and South, Book II Miles Colbert ABC Miniseries

Documentaries and short subjectEdit

Incomplete listing.

Year Movie Role Director Notes
1934 Art Trouble Mr. Burton Ralph Staub Uncredited; Shemp Howard short
1935 Important News Cornelius "Corn" Stevens Edwin Lawrence
1938 Hollywood Goes to Town Himself
1939 Hollywood Hobbies Himself
1942 Fellow Americans Narrator for the USAAF
Winning Your Wings Narrator John Huston for the USAAF
1943 Screen Snapshots: Hollywood in Uniform Himself
1946 American Creed Himself
1947 Thunderbolt! Narrator John Sturges
William Wyler
for the USAF
1948 10,000 Kids and a Cop Narrator Charles Barton
1954 Tomorrow's Drivers Narrator
1956 Screen Snapshots: Hollywood, City of Stars Himself
1957 The Heart of Show Business Narrator
1961 X-15 Narrator for the United States Air Force USAF
1962 "The Convair B-58 Hustler Supersonic Bomber - Champion of Champions" Narrator and USAF Reserve Brig. General
1971 Directed by John Ford Himself Peter Bogdanovich
1971 The American West of John Ford Himself Denis Sanders
1974 The World at War Himself Thames Television ITV series
Just One More Time Himself
That's Entertainment! Himself and Archive Footage Jack Haley, Jr.
1976 An All-Star Tribute to John Wayne Himself N/A
1983 James Bond: The First 21 Years Himself N/A
1987 James Stewart: A Wonderful Life Himself and Archive Footage David Heeley
1993 John Ford Himself N/A
1994 A Century of Cinema Himself and Archive Footage Caroline Thomas

See alsoEdit


  • "James Stewart Filmography". Allmovie. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
  • "James Stewart Filmography". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
  • "James Stewart Filmography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "James Stewart Biography". Allmovie. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
  2. ^ Hope Tops Crosby At the Boxoffice By Richard L. Coe. The Washington Post (1923–1954) [Washington, D.C] 30 Dec 1949: 19.

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