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

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City Lights Charlie Chaplin, Jean Harlow, Virginia Cherrill City Lights is a 1931 American romantic comedy film written by, directed by, and starring Charlie Chaplin. The story follows the misadventures of Chaplin's Tramp as he falls in love with a blind ...more

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Modern Times Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Edward LeSaint Modern Times is a 1936 comedy film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin in which his iconic Little Tramp character struggles to survive in the modern, industrialized world. The film is a ...more

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The Gold Rush Charlie Chaplin, Mack Swain, Georgia Hale The Gold Rush is a 1925 American silent comedy film written, produced, and directed by Charlie Chaplin. The film also stars Chaplin in his Little Tramp persona, Georgia Hale, Mack Swain, Tom ...more

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The Great Dictator Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Billy Gilbert The Great Dictator is a 1940 American satirical political comedy-drama film starring, written, produced, scored, and directed by Charlie Chaplin, following the tradition of many of his other ...more

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The Kid Charlie Chaplin, Lita Grey, Jackie Coogan The Kid is a 1921 American silent comedy-drama film written by, produced by, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin, and features Jackie Coogan as his adopted son and sidekick. This was ...more

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The Circus Charlie Chaplin, Albert Austin, Stanley Blystone The Circus is a 1928 silent film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin with Joseph Plunkett as an uncredited writer. The film stars Chaplin, Al Ernest Garcia, Merna Kennedy, Harry Crocker, ...more

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The Immigrant Charlie Chaplin, William Gillespie, Eric Campbell The Immigrant is a 1917 American silent romantic comedy short film. The film stars the Charlie Chaplin Tramp character as an immigrant coming to the United States who is accused of theft on the ...more

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A Dog's Life Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Albert Austin A Dog's Life is a silent film written, produced and directed by Charlie Chaplin. This was Chaplin's first film for First National Films. Chaplin plays opposite an animal as "co-star". ...more

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Easy Street Charlie Chaplin, Eric Campbell, Edna Purviance Easy Street is a 1917 short action-comedy film by Charlie Chaplin.

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Monsieur Verdoux Charlie Chaplin, Martha Raye, William Frawley Monsieur Verdoux is a 1947 black comedy film directed by and starring Charles Chaplin, who plays a bigamist wife killer inspired by serial killer Henri Désiré Landru. The ...more

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Limelight Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Claire Bloom Limelight is a 1952 comedy-drama film written, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin, co-starring Claire Bloom, with an appearance by Buster Keaton. In dance scenes, Bloom is doubled by ...more

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The Cure Charlie Chaplin, Eric Campbell, Edna Purviance The Cure is a 1917 short comedy film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin.

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The Tramp Charlie Chaplin, Lloyd Bacon, Bud Jamison The Tramp is Chaplin's sixth film for Essanay Studios in 1915. Directed by Chaplin, it was the fifth and last film made at Essanay's Niles, California studio. The Tramp marked the beginning of ...more

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The Adventurer Charlie Chaplin, Eric Campbell, Edna Purviance The Adventurer is a short comedy film made in 1917 written and directed by Charlie Chaplin, and is the last of the twelve films made under contract for the Mutual Film Corporation.

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The Rink Charlie Chaplin, Eric Campbell, Edna Purviance After amusements working in a restaurant, Charlie uses his lunch break to go roller skating. Mr. Stout makes advances toward the unwilling Edna (whose father and Mrs. Stout had earlier carried ...more

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The Vagabond Charlie Chaplin, Eric Campbell, Edna Purviance After passing the hat and taking the donations intended for German street musicians Charlie heads for the country. Here he finds and rescues a girl from a band of gypsies. The girl falls in love ...more

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The Pawnshop Charlie Chaplin, Wesley Ruggles, Eric Campbell The Pawnshop was Charlie Chaplin's sixth film for Mutual Film Corporation. Released on October 2, 1916, it stars Chaplin in the role of assistant to the pawnshop owner, played by Henry Bergman. ...more

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The Champion Charlie Chaplin, Ben Turpin, Lloyd Bacon The Champion is a comedy film released in 1915 by Essanay Studios, starring Charles Chaplin alongside Edna Purviance and Leo White. Essanay co-owner and star, Broncho Billy Anderson can be seen ...more

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Behind the Screen Charlie Chaplin, Eric Campbell, Edna Purviance Behind the Screen is a 1916 short silent film written by, directed by, and starring Charlie Chaplin, and also starring Eric Campbell and Edna Purviance.

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Pay Day Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Mack Swain Pay Day is an American short film made by First National Pictures. Charlie Chaplin wrote, directed, and starred in the film. It is Chaplin's final two-reel short film.

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One A.M. Charlie Chaplin One A.M. was a unique Charlie Chaplin silent film created for Mutual Film in 1916. It was the first film he starred in alone, except for a brief scene of Albert Austin playing a cab driver.

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The Floorwalker Charlie Chaplin, Lloyd Bacon, Bud Jamison The Floorwalker is a 1916 American silent comedy film, Charlie Chaplin's first Mutual Film Corporation film. The film stars Chaplin, in his traditional Tramp persona, as a customer who creates ...more

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Sunnyside Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Henry Bergman Sunnyside is a 1919 American short silent film written, directed and starring Charlie Chaplin. It was his third film for First National Pictures.

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The Idle Class Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Mack Swain The Idle Class is a 1921 American silent film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin for First National Pictures.

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A Day's Pleasure Charlie Chaplin, Jackie Coogan, Edna Purviance A Day's Pleasure is Charlie Chaplin's fourth film for First National Films. It was created at the Chaplin Studio. It was a quickly made two-reeler to help fill a gap while working on his first ...more

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The Count Charlie Chaplin, Eric Campbell, Edna Purviance The Count is Charlie Chaplin's fifth film for Mutual Film Corporation in 1916. Released on September 4, it co-starred Eric Campbell and Edna Purviance.

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Dough and Dynamite Charlie Chaplin, Edgar Kennedy, Slim Summerville The story involves Chaplin and Chester Conklin working as waiters at a restaurant where the cooks go on strike. When the two are forced to work as bakers, the striking cooks put dynamite in the ...more

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A Night Out Charlie Chaplin, Ben Turpin, Bud Jamison A Night Out is a 1915 Charlie Chaplin comedy short. It was Chaplin's first film with Edna Purviance, who would continue as his leading lady for the following eight years. It was also Chaplin's ...more

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Tillie's Punctured Romance Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand, Marie Dressler Tillie's Punctured Romance is a 1914 American silent comedy film directed by Mack Sennett and starring Marie Dressler, Mabel Normand, Charlie Chaplin, and the Keystone Cops. The picture was the ...more

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A Woman of Paris Charlie Chaplin, Adolphe Menjou, Edna Purviance A Woman of Paris is a feature-length American silent film that debuted in 1923. The film, an atypical drama film for its creator, was written, directed, produced and later scored by Charlie ...more

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The Bank Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Leo White The Bank was Charlie Chaplin's tenth film for Essanay Films. Released in 1915, it is a departure from the tramp character, as Charlie Chaplin plays a janitor at a bank. Edna Purviance plays the ...more

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A Countess from Hong Kong Marlon Brando, Sophia Loren, Charlie Chaplin A Countess from Hong Kong is a 1967 British comedy film and the last film directed, written, produced and scored by Charlie Chaplin. It was one of two films Chaplin directed in which he did not ...more

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His New Profession Charlie Chaplin, Roscoe Arbuckle, Charley Chase Charlie meets a couple and agrees to care for the man's crippled uncle. After the couple breaks up the man's new girl drops some eggs which Charlie slips on while trying to control the ...more

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Mabel's Busy Day Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand, Mack Sennett Mabel tries to sell hot dogs at a car race, but isn't doing a very good job at it. She sets down the box of hot dogs and leaves them for a moment. Charlie finds them and gives them away to the ...more

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The Fireman Charlie Chaplin, Lloyd Bacon, Eric Campbell The Fireman is the second film Charlie Chaplin created for Mutual Film Corporation in 1916. Released on June 12, it starred Chaplin as the fireman and Edna Purviance as the daughter to Lloyd

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The Rounders Charlie Chaplin, Roscoe Arbuckle, Charley Chase The Rounders is a 1914 comedy short starring Charles Chaplin and Roscoe Arbuckle. The film involves two drunks fighting with their wives who then go out to get even drunker, and was written and ...more

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Gentlemen of Nerve Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand, Edgar Kennedy Gentlemen of Nerve is a 1914 American comedy silent film directed by Charles Chaplin, starring Chaplin and Mabel Normand, and produced by Mack Sennett at Keystone Studios.

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Mabel's Strange Predicament Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand, Chester Conklin In a hotel lobby a heavily drunk Charlie runs into an elegant lady, Mabel, gets tied up in her dog's leash, and falls down. He later runs into her in the hotel corridor, locked out of her room. ...more

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Work Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Leo White Work is a 1915 silent film starring Charlie Chaplin, and co-starring Edna Purviance, Marta Golden and Charles Inslee. It was filmed at the Majestic Studio in Los Angeles.

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Caught in a Cabaret Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand, Edgar Kennedy Caught in a Cabaret is a 1914 short comedy film written and directed by Mabel Normand and starring Normand and Charles Chaplin.

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A King in New York Charlie Chaplin, Sid James, Phil Brown A King in New York is a 1957 British comedy film directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin in his last leading role, which co-stars, among others, his young son Michael. The film presents a ...more

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Getting Acquainted Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand, Edgar Kennedy Charlie and his wife are walking in the park when they encounter Ambrose and his wife where they become attracted to each other's wife and start chasing them around the park. The policeman is ...more

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Making a Living Charlie Chaplin, Billy Gilbert, Edgar Kennedy Making a Living is the first film starring Charlie Chaplin. It premiered on February 2, 1914. Chaplin plays Edgar English, a lady-charming swindler who runs afoul of the Keystone Kops. It was ...more

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Souls for Sale Charlie Chaplin, Erich von Stroheim, Barbara La Marr Souls for Sale is a 1923 American silent comedy-drama romance film written, directed, and produced by Rupert Hughes. Based on the novel of the same name also by Rupert Hughes, the film stars ...more

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The Knockout Charlie Chaplin, Roscoe Arbuckle, Edgar Kennedy The Knockout was Charlie Chaplin's seventeenth film for Keystone Studios. Chaplin only has a small role, and Fatty Arbuckle takes up the main role. It also stars Arbuckle's wife, Minta Durfee, ...more

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His Musical Career Charlie Chaplin, Charley Chase, Mack Swain His Musical Career is a 1914 American comedy silent film made by Keystone Studios starring Charlie Chaplin.

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By the Sea Charlie Chaplin, Bud Jamison, Edna Purviance It is windy at a bathing resort. After fighting with one of the two husbands, Charlie approaches Edna while the two husbands themselves fight over ice cream. Driven away by her husband, Charlie ...more

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Her Friend the Bandit Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand, Charles Murray Chaplin's only lost film.

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The Masquerader Charlie Chaplin, Roscoe Arbuckle, Mabel Normand The Masquerader is a 1914 film written and directed by Charles Chaplin during his time at The Keystone Company. This film stars Chaplin and Roscoe Arbuckle and has a running time of 9 minutes. ...more

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Twenty Minutes of Love Charlie Chaplin, Edgar Kennedy, Chester Conklin Twenty Minutes of Love is a 1914 American comedy silent film made by Keystone Studios. The film is widely reported as Charlie Chaplin's directorial debut; some sources name Joseph Maddern as the ...more