The Best Bette Davis Movies

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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.

If you're a fan of Bette Davis, then check out our lists of the best Ingrid Bergman and Spencer Tracy movies as well.

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  • All About Eve
    Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, Celeste Holm
    • Released: 1950
    • Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
    Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono
    • Released: 1962
    • Directed by: Robert Aldrich
  • Now, Voyager
    Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid
    • Released: 1942
    • Directed by: Irving Rapper
  • Jezebel
    Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, George Brent
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: William Wyler
  • The Letter
    Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson
    • Released: 1940
    • Directed by: William Wyler
  • Dark Victory
    Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart
    • Released: 1939
    • Directed by: Edmund Goulding
  • The Little Foxes
    Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, Dan Duryea
    • Released: 1941
    • Directed by: William Wyler
  • Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte
    Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Olivia de Havilland
    • Released: 1964
    • Directed by: Robert Aldrich
  • Mr. Skeffington
    Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Walter Abel
    • Released: 1944
    • Directed by: Vincent Sherman
  • Of Human Bondage
    Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, Frances Dee
    • Released: 1934
    • Directed by: John Cromwell
  • Death on the Nile
    Peter Ustinov, Bette Davis, David Niven
    • Released: 1978
    • Directed by: John Guillermin
  • The Old Maid
    Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins, George Brent
    • Released: 1939
    • Directed by: Edmund Goulding
  • Old Acquaintance
    Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins, Gig Young
    • Released: 1943
    • Directed by: Vincent Sherman
  • Hollywood Canteen
    Robert Hutton, Joan Leslie, Dane Clark
    • Released: 1944
    • Directed by: Delmer Daves
  • Dead Ringer
    Bette Davis, Karl Malden, Peter Lawford
    • Released: 1964
    • Directed by: Paul Henreid
  • The Great Lie
    Bette Davis, George Brent, Mary Astor
    • Released: 1941
    • Directed by: Edmund Goulding
  • Burnt Offerings
    Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Bette Davis
    • Released: 1976
    • Directed by: Dan Curtis
  • The Petrified Forest
    Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: Archie Mayo
  • In This Our Life
    Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, George Brent
    • Released: 1942
    • Directed by: John Huston
  • Marked Woman
    Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Lola Lane
    • Released: 1937
    • Directed by: Lloyd Bacon
  • All This, and Heaven Too
    Bette Davis, Charles Boyer, Barbara O'Neil
    • Released: 1940
    • Directed by: Anatole Litvak
  • Deception
    Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid
    • Released: 1946
    • Directed by: Irving Rapper
  • A Stolen Life
    Bette Davis, Glenn Ford, Dane Clark
    • Released: 1946
    • Directed by: Curtis Bernhardt
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner
    Monty Woolley, Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan
    • Released: 1941
    • Directed by: William Keighley
  • Dangerous
    Bette Davis, Franchot Tone, Margaret Lindsay
    • Released: 1935
    • Directed by: Alfred E. Green