The Best Basil Rathbone Movies

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List of the best Basil Rathbone movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Basil Rathbone'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 Basil Rathbone movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Basil Rathbone movies will be at the top of the list. Basil Rathbone has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Basil Rathbone movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Basil Rathbone films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

Items include everything from The Hound of the Baskervilles to A Lady Surrenders.

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  • The Hound of the Baskervilles
    1
    Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Richard Greene
    48 votes
    • Released: 1939
    • Directed by: Sidney Lanfield
    Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) is intrigued by a centuries-old legend in which every generation of the wealthy Baskerville family is eventually killed by a monstrous hound. Suspecting there is more ...more

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  • The Adventures of Robin Hood
    2
    Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone
    39 votes
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley
    When King Richard the Lionheart is captured, his scheming brother Prince John (Claude Rains) plots to reach the throne, to the outrage of Sir Robin of Locksley (Errol Flynn), the bandit king of ...more

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  • Son of Frankenstein
    3
    Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi
    29 votes
    • Released: 1939
    • Directed by: Rowland V. Lee
    Baron Wolf von Frankenstein (Basil Rathbone) is determined to prove the legitimacy of his father's scientific work, thus rescuing the family name from disgrace. With the help of Ygor (Bela Lugosi), a ...more

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  • The Scarlet Claw
    4
    Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Gerald Hamer
    32 votes
    • Released: 1944
    • Directed by: Roy William Neill
    Detective Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and his trusty partner Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) travel to Quebec, Canada, where a small village has been terrorized by a series of grisly murders. Members ...more
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
    5
    Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Ida Lupino
    41 votes
    • Released: 1939
    • Directed by: Alfred L. Werker
    Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) square off against their archenemy, Professor Moriarty (George Zucco), who has designs on the Tower of London's Crown Jewels. As a ...more

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  • The Mark of Zorro
    6
    Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Basil Rathbone
    36 votes
    • Released: 1940
    • Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian
    Tired of Governor Quintero's (J. Edward Bromberg) exploitation of poor Californians, Don Diego (Tyrone Power) decides to fight back and assumes the identity of Zorro. A masked hero with a sword, ...more

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