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List of the best Barbara Stanwyck movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Barbara Stanwyck's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Barbara Stanwyck movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Barbara Stanwyck movies will be at the top of the list. Barbara Stanwyck has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Barbara Stanwyck movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Barbara Stanwyck films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Barbara Stanwyck role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Barbara Stanwyck performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

List features films like Ten Cents a Dance, The Maverick Queen and more!

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Barbara Stanwyck movies?" and "What are the greatest Barbara Stanwyck roles of all time?"

Notable directors that worked with Barbara Stanwyck include names like Fritz Lang, John Ford and Cecil B. DeMille. Barbara Stanwyck was in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Lillian Gish and Claude Rains in terms of fame and success.

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Double Indemnity is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Barbara Stanwyck Movies
Double Indemnity Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Fred MacMurray Double Indemnity is a 1944 American film noir, directed by Billy Wilder, co-written by Wilder and Raymond Chandler, and produced by Buddy DeSylva and Joseph Sistrom. The screenplay was based on ...more

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The Lady Eve Henry Fonda, Barbara Stanwyck, Charles Coburn The Lady Eve is a 1941 American screwball comedy film written and directed by Preston Sturges which stars Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda. The film is based on a story by Monckton Hoffe about a ...more

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Ball of Fire Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper, Dana Andrews Ball of Fire is a 1941 American screwball comedy film directed by Howard Hawks and starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck. This Samuel Goldwyn Productions film concerns a group of professors ...more

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Stella Dallas Barbara Stanwyck, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Stella Dallas is a 1937 American film based on the Olive Higgins Prouty novel of the same name. It was directed by King Vidor, and stars Barbara Stanwyck, John Boles, and Anne Shirley. Stanwyck ...more

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Sorry, Wrong Number Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, William Conrad Sorry, Wrong Number is a 1948 American suspense film noir directed by Anatole Litvak and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Burt Lancaster. It tells the story of a woman who overhears a murder plot. ...more

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Remember the Night Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Sterling Holloway Remember the Night is a 1940 American romantic comedy/drama Christmas film directed by Mitchell Leisen, and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray. The film was written by Preston ...more

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Meet John Doe Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan Meet John Doe is a 1941 American comedy drama film directed and produced by Frank Capra, and starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck. The film is about a "grassroots" political ...more

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Baby Face John Wayne, Barbara Stanwyck, Margaret Lindsay Baby Face is a 1933 American dramatic film directed by Alfred E. Green, and starring Barbara Stanwyck and George Brent. Based on a story by Darryl F. Zanuck, this sexually charged, Pre-Code ...more

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Christmas in Connecticut Barbara Stanwyck, Sydney Greenstreet, Dick Elliott Christmas in Connecticut is a 1945 American Christmas film and romantic comedy directed by Peter Godfrey, and starring Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, and Sydney Greenstreet.

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The Strange Love of Martha Ivers Kirk Douglas, Barbara Stanwyck, Judith Anderson The Strange Love of Martha Ivers is a black-and-white film noir released in the United States in 1946, starring Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott and featuring Kirk Douglas in his ...more

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Clash by Night Marilyn Monroe, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Ryan Clash by Night is a 1952 American drama film with some film noir aspects, directed by Fritz Lang and starring Barbara Stanwyck, Paul Douglas, Robert Ryan, Marilyn Monroe and Keith Andes. The ...more

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The Furies Barbara Stanwyck, Walter Huston, Judith Anderson The Furies is a 1950 American Western film directed by Anthony Mann and starring Barbara Stanwyck, Wendell Corey, and Walter Huston in his last film performance. In 2008, the film was released ...more

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Titanic Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Wagner, Thelma Ritter Titanic is a 1953 American drama film directed by Jean Negulesco. Its plot centers on an estranged couple sailing on the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic, which took place in April 1912.

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The Two Mrs. Carrolls Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck, Alexis Smith The Two Mrs. Carrolls is a 1947 mystery film starring Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck, and Alexis Smith, directed by Peter Godfrey, and produced by Mark Hellinger from a screenplay by Thomas ...more

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No Man of Her Own Barbara Stanwyck, Richard Denning, Phyllis Thaxter No Man of Her Own is a 1950 drama directed by Mitchell Leisen and featuring Barbara Stanwyck, John Lund, Phyllis Thaxter, Jane Cowl and Lyle Bettger. It was the second film she made with ...more

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Golden Boy Barbara Stanwyck, William Holden, Lee J. Cobb Golden Boy is a 1939 black-and-white Columbia Pictures drama film based on the Clifford Odets play of the same name. It features William Holden in his film debut, the role that made him a star: ...more

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Lady of Burlesque Barbara Stanwyck, Iris Adrian, Marion Martin Lady of Burlesque is a 1943 American musical comedy-mystery film starring Barbara Stanwyck and Michael O'Shea, based on the novel The G-String Murders written by strip tease queen Gypsy Rose ...more

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Night Nurse Clark Gable, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Blondell Night Nurse is a 1931 American pre-code crime drama and mystery film produced and distributed by Warner Bros. and directed by William A. Wellman. The film stars Barbara Stanwyck, Ben Lyon, Joan ...more

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There's Always Tomorrow Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Joan Bennett There's Always Tomorrow is an American romantic melodrama which premiered in New York City on January 20, 1956. Produced by Universal-International, it is directed by Douglas Sirk with stars ...more

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Walk on the Wild Side Jane Fonda, Barbara Stanwyck, Anne Baxter Walk on the Wild Side is a1962 drama film directed by Edward Dmytryk.

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Crime of Passion Barbara Stanwyck, Raymond Burr, Fay Wray Crime of Passion is a 1957 American crime film noir directed by Gerd Oswald and written by Jo Eisinger. The drama features Barbara Stanwyck, Sterling Hayden and Raymond Burr.

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The Bitter Tea of General Yen Barbara Stanwyck, Nils Asther, Lucien Littlefield The Bitter Tea of General Yen is a 1933 American drama film directed by Frank Capra, starring Barbara Stanwyck and featurung Nils Asther and Walter Connolly. Based on the 1930 novel The Bitter ...more

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The Miracle Woman Barbara Stanwyck, David Manners, Sam Hardy The Miracle Woman is a 1931 American drama film directed by Frank Capra and starring Barbara Stanwyck, David Manners, and Sam Hardy. Based on the play Bless You Sister by John Meehan and Robert ...more

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Executive Suite Barbara Stanwyck, William Holden, Shelley Winters Executive Suite is a 1954 MGM drama film depicting the internal struggle for control of a furniture manufacturing company after the unexpected death of the company's CEO. The film stars William ...more

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Ladies They Talk About Barbara Stanwyck, Lillian Roth, Preston Foster Ladies They Talk About is a 1933 Pre-Code American crime drama directed by Howard Bretherton and William Keighley, and starring Barbara Stanwyck, Preston Foster, and Lyle Talbot. Based on the ...more

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My Reputation Barbara Stanwyck, Eve Arden, Scotty Beckett My Reputation is a 1946 wartime love story, directed by Curtis Bernhardt. Barbara Stanwyck portrayed Jessica Drummond, an upper-class widow from Chicago who innocently falls in love with an army ...more

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Union Pacific Barbara Stanwyck, Anthony Quinn, Joel McCrea Union Pacific is a 1939 American dramatic western film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Joel McCrea. Based on the novel Trouble Shooter by Western fiction author ...more

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Forty Guns Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Barry, Dean Jagger Forty Guns is a 1957 gothic western film written and directed by Samuel Fuller, filmed in black-and-white CinemaScope and released by the 20th Century Fox studio. The film stars Barbara ...more

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East Side, West Side Ava Gardner, Barbara Stanwyck, Cyd Charisse East Side, West Side is a 1949 melodramatic crime film, starring Barbara Stanwyck as a wronged wife and Ava Gardner in one of her earliest roles, along with James Mason and Van Heflin. Based on ...more

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The File on Thelma Jordon Barbara Stanwyck, Wendell Corey, Paul Kelly The File on Thelma Jordon is a 1950 film noir directed by Robert Siodmak from a screenplay by Ketti Frings. It stars Barbara Stanwyck and Wendell Corey.

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All I Desire Barbara Stanwyck, Richard Carlson All I Desire is a 1953 drama film directed by Douglas Sirk.

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Annie Oakley Barbara Stanwyck, Melvyn Douglas, Andy Clyde Annie Oakley is a 1935 American biographical film directed by George Stevens and starring Barbara Stanwyck, Preston Foster, Melvyn Douglas, and Moroni Olsen. The film is based on the life of ...more

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Ten Cents a Dance Barbara Stanwyck, Ricardo Cortez, Sally Blane Ten Cents a Dance is a 1931 American romance-drama film directed by Lionel Barrymore and starring Barbara Stanwyck as a married taxi dancer who falls in love with one of her customers. The film ...more

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The Violent Men Barbara Stanwyck, Glenn Ford, Edward G. Robinson The Violent Men is a 1955 CinemaScope Western film drama directed by Rudolph Maté, based on the novel Smoky Valley by Donald Hamilton, and starring Glenn Ford, Barbara Stanwyck and Edward ...more

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Ladies of Leisure Barbara Stanwyck, Marie Prevost, Ralph Graves Ladies of Leisure is a 1930 American romantic drama film directed by Frank Capra and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Ralph Graves. The film is based on the 1924 play Ladies of the Evening by ...more

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The Mad Miss Manton Henry Fonda, Barbara Stanwyck, Sam Levene The Mad Miss Manton is a 1938 American screwball comedy and mystery film directed by Leigh Jason and starring Barbara Stanwyck as fun-loving socialite Melsa Manton and Henry Fonda as newspaper ...more

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Jeopardy Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan Jeopardy is a 1953 suspense film noir directed by John Sturges. The black-and-white film stars Barbara Stanwyck and Barry Sullivan as a married couple and Ralph Meeker as an escaped killer. The ...more

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Cry Wolf Barbara Stanwyck, Errol Flynn Cry Wolf is a 1947 mystery film directed by Peter Godfrey and featuring Errol Flynn and Barbara Stanwyck, based on the novel of the same name by Marjorie Carleton.

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So Big Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent So Big! is a 1932 American drama film directed by William A. Wellman and starring Barbara Stanwyck. The screenplay by J. Grubb Alexander and Robert Lord is based on the 1924 Pulitzer ...more

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Banjo on My Knee Barbara Stanwyck, Walter Brennan, Buddy Ebsen Banjo on My Knee is a 1936 American musical comedy-drama film directed by John Cromwell. The film was nominated for an Academy Award in the category Sound Recording.

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The Gay Sisters Barbara Stanwyck, Gig Young, Geraldine Fitzgerald The Gay Sisters is a 1942 American drama film directed by Irving Rapper, and starring Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Donald Crisp, Gig Young and Nancy Coleman. The Warner ...more

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The Purchase Price Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Lyle Talbot The Purchase Price is a 1932 Pre-Code American film, which was directed by William Wellman and starring Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, and Lyle Talbot. Adapted from the novel by Arthur ...more

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A Taste of Evil Barbara Stanwyck, Roddy McDowall, Barbara Parkins A Taste of Evil is a 1971 American television film. Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey, it stars Barbara Stanwyck, Barbara Parkins and Roddy McDowall.

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Witness to Murder Barbara Stanwyck, George Sanders, Harry Shannon Witness to Murder is a 1954 suspense film starring Barbara Stanwyck. While the film received moderately positive reviews, it ended up as an also-ran to Alfred Hitchcock's somewhat similar Rear ...more

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The Bride Wore Boots Natalie Wood, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Cummings The Bride Wore Boots is a 1946 romantic comedy film with Barbara Stanwyck in the title role, playing opposite Robert Cummings. A very young Natalie Wood is seen in the film, directed by Irving ...more

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The Man with a Cloak Barbara Stanwyck, Leslie Caron, Joseph Cotten The Man with a Cloak is a drama film directed by Fletcher Markle and starring Joseph Cotten, Barbara Stanwyck, Louis Calhern, and Leslie Caron, and based on "The Gentleman from Paris", ...more

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Flesh and Fantasy Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Charles Boyer Flesh and Fantasy is a 1943 American anthology film directed by Julien Duvivier, starring Edward G. Robinson, Charles Boyer and Barbara Stanwyck. The making of this film was inspired by the ...more

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Roustabout Elvis Presley, Raquel Welch, Barbara Stanwyck Roustabout is a 1964 American musical feature film starring Elvis Presley as a singer who takes a job working with a struggling carnival. The film was produced by Hal Wallis and directed by John ...more

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The Great Man's Lady Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Brian Donlevy The Great Man's Lady is a 1942 American western film directed by William A. Wellman, and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Joel McCrea. The film is based on the short story "The Human ...more

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Always Goodbye Barbara Stanwyck, Ian Hunter, Herbert Marshall Always Goodbye is a 1938 film directed by Sidney Lanfield.