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The Best Bette Davis Movies

Updated September 19, 2020 30.5k votes 3.4k voters 87.8k views88 items

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List of the best Bette Davis movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. In classic films like All About Eve and The Letter, Bette Davis used her famous eyes to say everything she needed to without every opening her lips. Bette Davis'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 Bette Davis movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Bette Davis movies will be at the top of the list. Bette Davis has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Bette Davis movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Bette Davis films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

Use every item on this list for yours, from What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? to Now, Voyager.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Bette Davis movies?" and "What are the greatest Bette Davis' roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Davis' classic beauty, you might also enjoy our list of best Marilyn Monroe movies and best Joan Crawford movies.

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    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

    Bette Davis, Joan Crawford

    Released1962

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is a 1962 American psychological thriller film produced and directed by Robert Aldrich, starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford about an actress who holds her crippled...  more

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    All About Eve

    Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis

    Released1950

    Directed byJoseph L. Mankiewicz

    All About Eve is a 1950 American drama film written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck. It was based on the 1946 short story "The Wisdom of Eve" by Mary Orr,...  more

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    Death on the Nile

    Bette Davis, Maggie Smith

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Guillermin

    This film is a 1978 British film based on the Agatha Christie mystery novel of the same name, directed by John Guillermin and adapted by Anthony Shaffer. The film features the Belgian detective...  more

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    Mr. Skeffington

    Bette Davis, Claude Rains

    Released1944

    Directed byVincent Sherman

    Mr. Skeffington is a 1944 American drama film directed by Vincent Sherman, based on the novel of the same name by Elizabeth von Arnim. The film stars Bette Davis as a beautiful woman whose many...  more
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    The Letter

    Bette Davis, Gale Sondergaard

    Released1940

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    The Letter is a 1940 American film noir directed by William Wyler, and starring Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall and James Stephenson. The screenplay by Howard E. Koch is based on the 1927 play of the...  more
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    The Little Foxes

    Bette Davis, Teresa Wright

    Released1941

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    The Little Foxes is an American drama film directed by William Wyler. The screenplay by Lillian Hellman is based on her 1939 play of the same name. Hellman's ex-husband Arthur Kober, Dorothy Parker...  more
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    Hollywood Canteen

    Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck

    Released1944

    Directed byDelmer Daves

    Hollywood Canteen is a 1944 American musical romantic comedy film starring Joan Leslie, Robert Hutton, and Dane Clark and distributed by Warner Bros. The film was written and directed by Delmer...  more
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    Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte

    Bette Davis, Joan Crawford

    Released1964

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte is a 1964 American thriller film directed and produced by Robert Aldrich, and starring Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, and Agnes Moorehead, as well as...  more

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    Burnt Offerings

    Bette Davis, Burgess Meredith

    Released1976

    Directed byDan Curtis

    Burnt Offerings is a 1976 mystery horror film based on the 1973 novel of the same name by Robert Marasco. Directed by Dan Curtis, the film stars Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Bette Davis, Lee H....  more

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    Now, Voyager

    Bette Davis, Claude Rains

    Released1942

    Directed byIrving Rapper

    Now, Voyager is a 1942 American drama film starring Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, and Claude Rains, and directed by Irving Rapper. The screenplay by Casey Robinson is based on the 1941 novel of the same...  more

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    The Old Maid

    Bette Davis, Donald Crisp

    Released1939

    Directed byEdmund Goulding

    The Old Maid is a 1939 American drama film directed by Edmund Goulding. The screenplay by Casey Robinson is based on the 1935 Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name by Zoë Akins, which was...  more
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    Of Human Bondage

    Bette Davis, Leslie Howard

    Released1934

    Directed byJohn Cromwell

    Of Human Bondage is a 1934 American drama film directed by John Cromwell and is widely regarded by critics as the film that made Bette Davis a star. The screenplay by Lester Cohen is based on the...  more
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    The Great Lie

    Bette Davis, Hattie McDaniel

    Released1941

    Directed byEdmund Goulding

    The Great Lie is a 1941 American drama film directed by Edmund Goulding and starring Bette Davis, George Brent, and Mary Astor. The screenplay by Lenore J. Coffee is based on the novel January...  more
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    Marked Woman

    Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart

    Released1937

    Directed byMichael Curtiz, Lloyd Bacon

    Marked Woman is a dramatic crime film released by Warner Bros. in 1937. It was directed by Lloyd Bacon, and stars Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart, with featured performances by Lola Lane, Isabel...  more
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    The Petrified Forest

    Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart

    Released1936

    Directed byArchie Mayo

    The Petrified Forest is a 1936 American film, directed by Archie Mayo starring Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, and Humphrey Bogart. A precursor of film noir, it was adapted from Robert E. Sherwood's...  more
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    Dead Ringer

    Bette Davis, Karl Malden

    Released1964

    Directed byPaul Henreid

    Dead Ringer, also known as Who is Buried in my Grave? is a 1964 thriller film made by Warner Bros. It was directed by Paul Henreid from a screenplay by Oscar Millard and Albert Beich from the story...  more
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    Dark Victory

    Ronald Reagan, Bette Davis

    Released1939

    Directed byEdmund Goulding

    Dark Victory is a 1939 American drama film directed by Edmund Goulding, starring Bette Davis and featuring George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ronald Reagan, Henry Travers and Cora...  more

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    In This Our Life

    Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland

    Released1942

    Directed byJohn Huston

    In This Our Life is a 1942 American drama film, the second to be directed by John Huston. The screenplay by Howard Koch is based on the 1941 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same title by Ellen...  more
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    Deception

    Bette Davis, Claude Rains

    Released1946

    Directed byIrving Rapper

    Deception is a 1946 film noir released by Warner Brothers, and directed by Irving Rapper. The film is based on the play Monsieur Lamberthier by Louis Verneuil. The screenplay was written by John...  more
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    Jezebel

    Bette Davis, Henry Fonda

    Released1938

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    Jezebel is a 1938 American romantic drama film released and directed by William Wyler. It stars Bette Davis and Henry Fonda, supported by George Brent, Margaret Lindsay, Donald Crisp, Richard...  more
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    Old Acquaintance

    Bette Davis, Gig Young

    Released1943

    Directed byVincent Sherman

    Old Acquaintance is a 1943 comedy-drama film made by Warner Bros. It was directed by Vincent Sherman and produced by Henry Blanke with Jack L. Warner as executive producer from a screenplay by John...  more
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    A Stolen Life

    Bette Davis, Glenn Ford

    Released1946

    Directed byJack Gage, Curtis Bernhardt

    A Stolen Life is a 1946 drama film starring Bette Davis, who also produced, and directed by Curtis Bernhardt. The supporting cast includes Glenn Ford, Dane Clark, Walter Brennan, Charles Ruggles, and...  more
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    Dangerous

    Bette Davis, Margaret Lindsay

    Released1935

    Directed byAlfred E. Green

    Dangerous is a 1935 American drama film directed by Alfred E. Green and starring Bette Davis in her first Oscar-winning role. The screenplay by Laird Doyle is based on his story Hard Luck Dame....  more
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    The Man Who Came to Dinner

    Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan

    Released1942

    Directed byWilliam Keighley

    The Man Who Came to Dinner is a 1942 American comedy film directed by William Keighley, and starring Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan and Monty Woolley as the title character. The screenplay by Julius and...  more
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    All This, and Heaven Too

    Bette Davis, Charles Boyer

    Released1940

    Directed byAnatole Litvak

    All This, and Heaven Too is a 1940 American drama film made by Warner Bros.-First National Pictures, produced and directed by Anatole Litvak with Hal B. Wallis as executive producer. The screenplay...  more