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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.

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    Hobson's Choice

    Charles Laughton, John Mills

    Released1954

    Directed byPercy 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 Henry...  more
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    Spartacus

    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier

    Released1960

    Directed byStanley 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 story...  more

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    The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    Maureen O'Hara, Charles Laughton

    Released1939

    Directed byWilliam 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 film was...  more
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    Les Misérables

    Charles Laughton, Fredric March

    Released1935

    Directed byRichard 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 and directed...  more
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    Jamaica Inn

    Maureen O'Hara, Charles Laughton

    Released1939

    Directed byAlfred 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 Charles...  more
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    Rembrandt

    Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester

    Released1936

    Directed byAlexander 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 from...  more
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    This Land Is Mine

    Maureen O'Hara, Charles Laughton

    Released1943

    Directed byJean 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 European...  more
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    The Old Dark House

    Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton

    Released1932

    Directed byJames 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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    The Canterville Ghost

    Charles Laughton, Margaret O'Brien

    Released1944

    Directed byJules 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 haunt...  more
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    The Sign of the Cross

    Charles Laughton, Claudette Colbert

    Released1932

    Directed byCecil 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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    Island of Lost Souls

    Bela Lugosi, Charles Laughton

    Released1932

    Directed byErle 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 directed...  more
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    Mutiny on the Bounty

    Clark Gable, David Niven

    Released1935

    Directed byFrank 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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    Witness for the Prosecution

    Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton

    Released1957

    Directed byBilly 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. The...  more
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    The Barretts of Wimpole Street

    Charles Laughton, Norma Shearer

    Released1934

    Directed bySidney 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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    The Paradine Case

    Gregory Peck, Alfred Hitchcock

    Released1947

    Directed byAlfred 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 uncredited Ben...  more
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    The Suspect

    Charles Laughton, Maude Eburne

    Released1944

    Directed byRobert 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 Pictures....  more
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    O. Henry's Full House

    Marilyn Monroe, Charles Laughton

    Released1952

    Directed byJean Negulesco, Henry Koster, Howard Hawks, Henry Hathaway, Henry King

    Full House is a 1952 film directed by Henry Hathaway....  more
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    Tales of Manhattan

    Rita Hayworth, Henry Fonda

    Released1942

    Directed byJulien 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 Stewart...  more
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    Captain Kidd

    Charles Laughton, John Carradine

    Released1945

    Directed byRowland 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, music...  more
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    Advise & Consent

    Frank Sinatra, Betty White

    Released1962

    Directed byOtto 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 Wendell Mayes...  more

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    The Private Life of Henry VIII

    Charles Laughton, Merle Oberon

    Released1933

    Directed byAlexander 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. The...  more
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    The Blue Veil

    Natalie Wood, Charles Laughton

    Released1951

    Directed byCurtis Bernhardt

    The Blue Veil is a 1951 American drama film directed by Curtis Bernhardt. The screenplay by Norman Corwin is based on a story by François Campaux, which was adapted for the French language film The...  more
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    If I Had a Million

    Gary Cooper, Charles Laughton

    Released1932

    Directed byNorman Taurog, Ernst Lubitsch, Stephen Roberts, Lothar Mendes, William A. Seiter

    If I Had a Million is a 1932 American pre-Code Paramount Studios anthology film. There were seven directors: Ernst Lubitsch, Norman Taurog, Stephen Roberts, Norman Z. McLeod, James Cruze, William A....  more
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    Wolves

    Charles Laughton, Dorothy Gish

    Released1930

    Directed byAlbert de Courville

    Wolves is a 1930 British crime film directed by Albert de Courville and starring Charles Laughton, Dorothy Gish and Malcolm Keen. A woman is captured by a gang of criminals operating in the Arctic...  more
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    The Man on the Eiffel Tower

    Burgess Meredith, Charles Laughton

    Released1949

    Directed byBurgess Meredith, Charles Laughton, Irving Allen

    The Man on the Eiffel Tower is a 1950 American mystery film directed by Burgess Meredith and starring Charles Laughton, Franchot Tone, Meredith, and Robert Hutton. It is based on the 1931 novel La...  more