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The Best Bette Davis Movies

Updated September 19, 2020 30.9k votes 3.3k voters 87.0k 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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    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...  more
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  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?2
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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...  more
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  • Death on the Nile3
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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,...  more
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  • The Letter4
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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,...  more
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  • The Little Foxes5
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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...  more
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  • Mr. Skeffington6
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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...  more
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  • Dark Victory7
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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...  more
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  • Jezebel8
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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...  more
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  • Burnt Offerings9
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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...  more
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  • Now, Voyager10
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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...  more
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  • Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte11
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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...  more
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  • The Old Maid12
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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...  more
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  • Of Human Bondage13
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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...  more
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  • The Great Lie14
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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...  more
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  • The Petrified Forest15
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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,...  more
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  • Marked Woman16
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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...  more
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  • Dead Ringer17
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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...  more
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  • Deception18
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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...  more
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  • In This Our Life19
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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...  more
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  • Old Acquaintance20
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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...  more
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  • A Stolen Life21
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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...  more
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  • Hollywood Canteen22
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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...  more
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  • The Man Who Came to Dinner23
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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...  more
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  • The Nanny24
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    The Nanny

    Bette Davis, Wendy Craig

    Released1965

    Directed bySeth Holt

    The Nanny is a 1965 British suspense film directed by Seth Holt and starring Bette Davis,...  more
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  • The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex25
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    The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex

    Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland

    Released1939

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

    The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex is a 1939 American historical romantic drama film...  more
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