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The Best Charles Laughton Movies 

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List of the best Charles Laughton movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Charles Laughton'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 Charles Laughton movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Charles Laughton movies will be at the top of the list. Charles Laughton has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Charles Laughton movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Charles Laughton films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

List ranges from O. Henry's Full House to This Land Is Mine, plus much more.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Charles Laughton movies?" and "What are the greatest Charles Laughton roles of all time?"

Charles Laughton worked with many famous directors, including big names like Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick. Movie fans who love Charles Laughton have also been known to enjoy films starring Fredric March and Peter Lorre.

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Maureen O'Hara, Charles Laughton, Edmond O'Brien

Released: 1939

Directed by: William Dieterle

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a 1939 American film starring Charles Laughton as Quasimodo and Maureen O'Hara as Esmeralda. Directed by William Dieterle and produced by Pandro S. Berman, the ...more
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Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Tyrone Power

Released: 1957

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Witness for the Prosecution is a 1957 American courtroom drama film set in the Old Bailey in London. The film, based on a short story by Agatha Christie, deals with the trial of a man accused. ...more
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Charles Laughton, John Mills, John Laurie

Released: 1954

Directed by: Percy Nash, David Lean

Hobson's Choice is a 1954 romantic comedy film directed by David Lean. It is based on the play of the same name by Harold Brighouse. It stars Charles Laughton in the role of Victorian bootmaker ...more
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Clark Gable, David Niven, James Cagney

Released: 1935

Directed by: Frank Lloyd

Mutiny on the Bounty is an American 1935 drama film starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable, and directed by Frank Lloyd based on the Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall novel Mutiny on the ...more

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Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

Released: 1960

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Spartacus is a 1960 American epic historical drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay by Dalton Trumbo was based on the novel Spartacus by Howard Fast. It was inspired by the life ...more

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Charles Laughton, Sam Lufkin, Roland Young

Released: 1935

Directed by: Leo McCarey

Ruggles of Red Gap is a 1935 comedy film directed by Leo McCarey and starring Charles Laughton, Mary Boland, Charlie Ruggles and ZaSu Pitts, and featuring Roland Young and Leila Hyams. It was ...more
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Charles Laughton, Merle Oberon, Elsa Lanchester

Released: 1933

Directed by: Alexander Korda

The Private Life of Henry VIII is a 1933 United Kingdom historical film directed and co-produced by Alexander Korda and starring Charles Laughton, Robert Donat, Merle Oberon and Elsa Lanchester. ...more
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Charles Laughton, Fredric March, Cedric Hardwicke

Released: 1935

Directed by: Richard Boleslawski

Les Misérables is a 1935 American drama film starring Fredric March and Charles Laughton based upon the famous Victor Hugo novel of the same name. The movie was adapted by W. P. Lipscomb ...more
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Frank Sinatra, Betty White, Henry Fonda

Released: 1962

Directed by: Otto Preminger

Advise & Consent is a 1962 American motion picture based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Allen Drury, published in 1959. The movie was adapted for the screen by ...more

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Maureen O'Hara, Charles Laughton, Robert Newton

Released: 1939

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Jamaica Inn is a 1939 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock adapted from Daphne du Maurier's 1936 novel of the same name, the first of three of du Maurier's works that Hitchcock adapted. It stars ...more
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Charles Laughton, Ray Milland, Maureen O'Sullivan

Released: 1948

Directed by: John Farrow

The Big Clock is a 1948 film noir thriller directed by John Farrow, and adapted by renowned novelist-screenwriter Jonathan Latimer from the novel of the same name by Kenneth Fearing. The ...more
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Maureen O'Hara, Charles Laughton, George Sanders

Released: 1943

Directed by: Jean Renoir

This Land Is Mine is a 1943 American war drama film directed by Jean Renoir and starring Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara and George Sanders. The film is set in an unspecified Nazi-occupied ...more
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Bela Lugosi, Charles Laughton, Randolph Scott

Released: 1932

Directed by: Erle C. Kenton

Island of Lost Souls is a 1932 American science fiction horror film starring Charles Laughton, Richard Arlen, Leila Hyams, Bela Lugosi and Kathleen Burke as the Panther Woman. The film was ...more

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Gregory Peck, Alfred Hitchcock, Charles Laughton

Released: 1947

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

The Paradine Case is a 1947 American courtroom drama film, set in England, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and produced by David O. Selznick. The screenplay was written by Selznick and an ...more
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Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart

Released: 1932

Directed by: James Whale

The Old Dark House is a 1932 American pre-Code comedy horror film directed by James Whale. It is based on the novel Benighted (1927) by J.B. Priestley. The ensemble cast includes Boris Karloff, ...more

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Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, Edward Chapman

Released: 1936

Directed by: Alexander Korda

Rembrandt is a 1936 British biographical film made by London Film Productions of the life of 17th-century Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn. The film was produced and directed by Alexander Korda ...more
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Charles Laughton, Margaret O'Brien, Robert Young

Released: 1944

Directed by: Jules Dassin, Norman Z. McLeod

The Canterville Ghost is a 1944 fantasy/comedy film directed by Jules Dassin, loosely based on the short story of the same title by Oscar Wilde. It starred Charles Laughton as a ghost doomed to ...more
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Charles Laughton, Claudette Colbert, Fredric March

Released: 1932

Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille

The Sign of the Cross is a pre-Code epic film released by Paramount Pictures, produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille from a screenplay by Waldemar Young and Sidney Buchman, and based on the ...more

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Charles Laughton, Norma Shearer, Fredric March

Released: 1934

Directed by: Sidney Franklin

The Barretts of Wimpole Street is a 1934 American film depicting the real-life romance between poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning, despite the opposition of her father Edward ...more
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Marilyn Monroe, Charles Laughton, Anne Baxter

Released: 1952

Directed by: Jean Negulesco, Henry Koster, Howard Hawks, Henry Hathaway, Henry King

Full House is a 1952 film directed by Henry Hathaway.

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Charles Laughton, Maude Eburne, Ella Raines

Released: 1944

Directed by: Robert Siodmak

The Suspect is a 1944 film noir directed by Robert Siodmak, set in London in 1902, in Edwardian times. It is based on the novel This Way Out, by James Ronald, and was released by Universal ...more
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Ava Gardner, Vincent Price, Charles Laughton

Released: 1949

Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard

The Bribe is a 1949 American crime film noir directed by Robert Z. Leonard and written by Marguerite Roberts, based on a story written by Frederick Nebel. The drama features Robert Taylor, Ava ...more
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Rita Hayworth, Henry Fonda, Ginger Rogers

Released: 1942

Directed by: Julien Duvivier

Tales of Manhattan is a 1942 American anthology film directed by Julien Duvivier. Thirteen writers, including Ben Hecht, Alan Campbell, Ferenc Molnár, Samuel Hoffenstein, and Donald Ogden ...more
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The Girl from Manhattan Charles Laughton, Dorothy Lamour, William Frawley

Released: 1948

Directed by: Alfred E. Green

The Girl from Manhattan is a 1948 film directed by Alfred Green.
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Charles Laughton, John Carradine, Randolph Scott

Released: 1945

Directed by: Rowland V. Lee

Captain Kidd is a 1945 adventure film starring Charles Laughton, Randolph Scott, Barbara Britton, and John Carradine, directed by Rowland V. Lee, produced by Benedict Bogeaus and James Nasser, ...more