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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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  • Sherlock Holmes and the House of Fear1
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    Sherlock Holmes and the House of Fear

    Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce

    Released1945

    Directed byRoy William Neill

    Sherlock Holmes and the House of Fear is a 1945 crime film directed by Roy William Neill. It... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Pearl of Death2
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    The Pearl of Death

    Basil Rathbone, Rondo Hatton

    Released1944

    Directed byRoy William Neill

    The Pearl of Death is a 1944 Sherlock Holmes film starring Basil Rathbone as Holmes and Nigel... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Spider Woman3
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    The Spider Woman

    Basil Rathbone, Gale Sondergaard

    Released1944

    Directed byRoy William Neill, Victor Fleming

    The Spider Woman is a 1944 mystery film starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Terror by Night4
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    Terror by Night

    Basil Rathbone, Billy Bevan

    Released1946

    Directed byRoy William Neill

    Terror by Night is a 1946 Sherlock Holmes film, the thirteenth to star Basil Rathbone and... more on Wikipedia
  • Sherlock Holmes Faces Death5
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    Sherlock Holmes Faces Death

    Basil Rathbone, Milburn Stone

    Released1943

    Directed byRoy William Neill

    Sherlock Holmes Faces Death is the sixth film in the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce series of... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • A Tale of Two Cities6
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    A Tale of Two Cities

    Basil Rathbone, Ronald Colman

    Released1935

    Directed byRobert Z. Leonard, Jack Conway

    A Tale of Two Cities is a 1935 film based upon Charles Dickens' 1859 historical novel, A Tale... more on Wikipedia
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror7
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    Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror

    Basil Rathbone, Reginald Denny

    Released1942

    Directed byJohn Rawlins

    Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror is the third film in the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Dressed to Kill8
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    Dressed to Kill

    Basil Rathbone, Patricia Morison

    Released1946

    Directed byRoy William Neill

    Dressed to Kill, also known as Prelude to Murder and Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Code, is... more on Wikipedia

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  • Sherlock Holmes in Washington9
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    Sherlock Holmes in Washington

    Basil Rathbone, Marjorie Lord

    Released1943

    Directed byRoy William Neill

    Sherlock Holmes in Washington is the fifth film in the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce series of... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • David Copperfield10
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    David Copperfield

    Basil Rathbone, W. C. Fields

    Released1935

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    David Copperfield is a 1935 American film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer based upon the... more on Wikipedia
  • Pursuit to Algiers11
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    Pursuit to Algiers

    Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce

    Released1945

    Directed byRoy William Neill

    Pursuit to Algiers is the twelfth entry in the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce Sherlock Holmes film... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes12
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    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

    Basil Rathbone, Ida Lupino

    Released1939

    Directed byAlfred L. Werker

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a 1939 mystery-adventure film. It is a pastiche featuring... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • The Adventures of Robin Hood13
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    The Adventures of Robin Hood

    Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flynn

    Released1938

    Directed byMichael Curtiz, William Keighley

    The Adventures of Robin Hood is a 1938 American swashbuckler film directed by Michael Curtiz... more on Wikipedia

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  • Captain Blood14
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    Captain Blood

    Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flynn

    Released1935

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

    Captain Blood is a 1935 American swashbuckling film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Hound of the Baskervilles15
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    The Hound of the Baskervilles

    Basil Rathbone, John Carradine

    Released1939

    Directed bySidney Lanfield

    The Hound of the Baskervilles is a 1939 mystery film based on the novel The Hound of the... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Last Hurrah16
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    The Last Hurrah

    Spencer Tracy, Basil Rathbone

    Released1958

    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Last Hurrah is a 1958 film adaptation of the novel The Last Hurrah by Edwin O'Connor. The... more on Wikipedia
  • Son of Frankenstein17
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    Son of Frankenstein

    Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi

    Released1939

    Directed byRowland V. Lee

    Son of Frankenstein is a horror monster film and is the third film in Universal Studios'... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • If I Were King18
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    If I Were King

    Basil Rathbone, Ronald Colman

    Released1938

    Directed byFrank Lloyd

    If I Were King is a 1938 American biographical historical drama film starring Ronald Colman as... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Scarlet Claw19
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    The Scarlet Claw

    Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce

    Released1944

    Directed byRoy William Neill

    The Scarlet Claw is a 1944 Sherlock Holmes movie directed by Roy William Neill, starring Basil... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Mark of Zorro20
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    The Mark of Zorro

    Tyrone Power, Basil Rathbone

    Released1940

    Directed byRouben Mamoulian

    The Mark of Zorro is a 1940 American adventure film directed by Rouben Mamoulian and produced... more on Wikipedia
  • Casanova's Big Night21
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    Casanova's Big Night

    Bob Hope, Vincent Price

    Released1954

    Directed byNorman Z. McLeod

    Casanova's Big Night is a comedy film starring Bob Hope and Joan Fontaine, which is a spoof of... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Love from a Stranger22
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    Love from a Stranger

    Basil Rathbone, Joan Hickson

    Released1937

    Directed byRowland V. Lee

    Love from a Stranger is a 1937 British drama film film directed by Rowland V. Lee and starring... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Above Suspicion23
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    Above Suspicion

    Joan Crawford, Basil Rathbone

    Released1943

    Directed byRichard Thorpe

    Above Suspicion is an American spy film distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer starring Joan... more on Wikipedia
  • The Bishop Murder Case24
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    The Bishop Murder Case

    Basil Rathbone, Roland Young

    Released1930

    Directed byNick Grinde, David Burton

    The Bishop Murder Case is a 1930 mystery film directed by Nick Grinde, starring Basil... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Magic Sword25
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    The Magic Sword

    Basil Rathbone, Marlene Callahan

    Released1962

    Directed byBert I. Gordon

    The Magic Sword is a 1962 live action fantasy film, mainly aimed at children, based loosely on... more on Wikipedia