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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

Spencer Tracy as "Matt Drayton"

When Joanna Drayton (Katharine Houghton), a free-thinking white woman, and black doctor John Prentice (Sidney Poitier) become engaged, they travel to San Francisco to meet her parents. Matt Drayton (Spencer Tracy) and his wife Christina (Katharine Hepburn) are wealthy liberals who must confront the latent racism the coming marriage arouses. Also attending the Draytons' dinner are Prentice's parents (Roy E. Glenn Sr., Beah Richards), who vehemently disapprove of the relationship.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1968) Won Actor
Academy Award (1967) Nominated Best Actor
Golden Globe (1967) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

Spencer Tracy as "Chief Judge Dan Haywood"

In 1947, four German judges who served on the bench during the Nazi regime face a military tribunal to answer charges of crimes against humanity. Chief Justice Haywood (Spencer Tracy) hears evidence and testimony not only from lead defendant Ernst Janning (Burt Lancaster) and his defense attorney Hans Rolfe (Maximilian Schell), but also from the widow of a Nazi general (Marlene Dietrich), an idealistic U.S. Army captain (William Shatner) and reluctant witness Irene Wallner (Judy Garland).

Academy Award (1961) Nominated Best Actor

Inherit the Wind (1960)

Spencer Tracy as "Henry Drummond"

In the 1920s, Tennessee schoolteacher Bertram Cates (Dick York) is put on trial for violating the Butler Act, a state law that prohibits public school teachers from teaching evolution instead of creationism. Drawing intense national attention in the media with writer E. K. Hornbeck (Gene Kelly) reporting, two of the nation's leading lawyers go head to head: Matthew Harrison Brady (Fredric March) for the prosecution, and Henry Drummond (Spencer Tracy) for the defense.

Academy Award (1960) Nominated Best Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1960) Nominated Foreign Actor
Golden Globe (1960) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

The Last Hurrah (1958)

Spencer Tracy as "Mayor Frank Skeffington"

Based on the novel by Edwin O'Connor, this political drama focuses on Frank Skeffington (Spencer Tracy), an aging mayor who is embarking on his final campaign for reelection. Aided by his nephew, Adam Caulfield (Jeffrey Hunter), and savvy strategist John Gorman (Pat O'Brien), Skeffington faces considerable challenges as the political landscape that he knows slowly crumbles away, but, undaunted, he remains determined to stay in the game a bit longer.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1958) Nominated Foreign Actor

The Old Man and the Sea (1958)

Spencer Tracy as "The Old Man"

An old Cuban fisherman (Spencer Tracy) has not caught anything in 84 days. Despite the devotion of the young boy (Felipe Pazos) who brings him coffee and food, the fisherman fears he has become perpetually unlucky. On his 85th day of fishing, the old man catches a small fish and decides to keep fishing. When one of his multiple fishing lines hooks a large marlin, he decides to not return to shore until he reels in the fish. For two days and nights, the man sits alone, waiting to redeem himself.

Academy Award (1958) Nominated Best Actor
Golden Globe (1958) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

The Mountain (1956)

Spencer Tracy as "Zachary Teller"

Two brothers (Spencer Tracy, Robert Wagner) climb to a plane crash in the Alps: one to help, the other to loot.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1956) Nominated Foreign Actor

Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

Spencer Tracy as "John J. Macreedy"

When John J. Macreedy (Spencer Tracy), a one-armed war veteran, arrives in the small desert town of Black Rock, he's not greeted warmly. Searching for a man named Komoko, Macreedy is met with disdain by virtually every local, including the resident thug, Hector David (Lee Marvin), and the imposing Reno Smith (Robert Ryan). As Macreedy's investigation deepens, hostility turns to violence -- and to imminent danger for the mysterious and inquisitive stranger.

Academy Award (1955) Nominated Best Actor

The Actress (1953)

Spencer Tracy as "Clinton Jones"

In 1913 Boston, teenager Ruth Gordon Jones (Jean Simmons) wants nothing more than to be a famous actress. Her father, Clinton (Spencer Tracy), who recently lost his job as a sailor and became a factory worker, however expresses his desire that Ruth train to be a teacher. Between managing a blossoming romance with a Harvard student (Anthony Perkins) and trying to get a foothold in the theatrical world, Ruth must convince her family to support her dreams.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1953) Nominated Foreign Actor
Golden Globe (1953) Won Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Father of the Bride (1950)

Spencer Tracy as "Stanley T. Banks"

When beautiful Kay Banks (Elizabeth Taylor) announces her engagement to Buckley Dunstan (Don Taylor), her doting middle-class father, Stan (Spencer Tracy), must contend with a variety of problems, ranging from money issues to wedding planning difficulties. As things get hectic, Stan's wife, Ellie (Joan Bennett), tries to be the calm in the center of the storm. At the heart of the comedy, though, is Stan's emotional tie to his little girl, and his realization that she has indeed grown up.

Academy Award (1950) Nominated Best Actor

Boys Town (1938)

Spencer Tracy as "Father Edward J. Flanagan"

The devout but iron-willed Father Flanagan (Spencer Tracy) leads a community called Boys Town, a different sort of juvenile detention facility where, instead of being treated as underage criminals, the boys are shepherded into making themselves better people. But hard-nosed petty thief and pool shark Whitey Marsh (Mickey Rooney), the impulsive and violent younger brother of an imprisoned murderer, might be too much for the good father's tough-love system.

Academy Award (1938) Won Best Actor

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