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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bette Davis Movies
Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Anne Baxter

Released: 1950

Directed by: Joseph 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 ...more

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What Ever Happened to Ba... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bette Davis Movies
Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Robert Aldrich

Released: 1962

Directed by: Robert 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 ...more

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Now, Voyager is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bette Davis Movies
Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid

Released: 1942

Directed by: Irving 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 ...more

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Death on the Nile is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bette Davis Movies
Bette Davis, Maggie Smith, Angela Lansbury

Released: 1978

Directed by: John 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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Jezebel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bette Davis Movies
Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, Margaret Lindsay

Released: 1938

Directed by: William 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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The Letter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bette Davis Movies
Bette Davis, Gale Sondergaard, Herbert Marshall

Released: 1940

Directed by: William 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 ...more
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Dark Victory is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bette Davis Movies
Ronald Reagan, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart

Released: 1939

Directed by: Edmund 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 ...more

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Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlo... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bette Davis Movies
Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Olivia de Havilland

Released: 1964

Directed by: Robert 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 ...more
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Burnt Offerings is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bette Davis Movies
Bette Davis, Burgess Meredith, Oliver Reed

Released: 1976

Directed by: Dan 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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The Little Foxes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bette Davis Movies
Bette Davis, Teresa Wright, Dan Duryea

Released: 1941

Directed by: William 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 ...more
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Mr. Skeffington is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bette Davis Movies
Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Bess Flowers

Released: 1944

Directed by: Vincent 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 Old Maid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bette Davis Movies
Bette Davis, Donald Crisp, William Lundigan

Released: 1939

Directed by: Edmund 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, ...more
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Of Human Bondage is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bette Davis Movies
Bette Davis, Leslie Howard, Reginald Denny

Released: 1934

Directed by: John 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 ...more
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The Great Lie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bette Davis Movies
Bette Davis, Hattie McDaniel, Mary Astor

Released: 1941

Directed by: Edmund 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 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bette Davis Movies
Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Eduardo Ciannelli

Released: 1937

Directed by: Michael 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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Deception is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bette Davis Movies
Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid

Released: 1946

Directed by: Irving 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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The Petrified Forest is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bette Davis Movies
Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Leslie Howard

Released: 1936

Directed by: Archie 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 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bette Davis Movies
Bette Davis, Karl Malden, Peter Lawford

Released: 1964

Directed by: Paul 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 ...more
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In This Our Life is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bette Davis Movies
Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Hattie McDaniel

Released: 1942

Directed by: John 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 ...more
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A Stolen Life is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bette Davis Movies
Bette Davis, Glenn Ford, Walter Brennan

Released: 1946

Directed by: Jack 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 ...more
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Old Acquaintance is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bette Davis Movies
Bette Davis, Gig Young, Dolores Moran

Released: 1943

Directed by: Vincent 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 ...more
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The Private Lives of Eli... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bette Davis Movies
Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Vincent Price

Released: 1939

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex is a 1939 American historical romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, and Olivia de Havilland. Based on the ...more

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Dangerous is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bette Davis Movies
Bette Davis, Margaret Lindsay, Franchot Tone

Released: 1935

Directed by: Alfred 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.
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The Bad Sister is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bette Davis Movies
Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Conrad Nagel

Released: 1931

Directed by: Hobart Henley

The Bad Sister is a 1931 American drama film directed by Hobart Henley. The screenplay by Edwin H. Knopf, Tom Reed, and Raymond L. Schrock is based on the 1913 novel The Flirt by Booth ...more
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The Man Who Came to Dinn... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bette Davis Movies
Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, Mary Wickes

Released: 1942

Directed by: William 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 ...more