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The Best Greta Garbo Movies

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

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

List features Anna Karenina, Grand Hotel, and more films.

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

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  • 1
    Greta Garbo, Bela Lugosi
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    Released1939

    Directed byErnst Lubitsch

    Ninotchka is a 1939 American film made for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer by producer and director Ernst Lubitsch that stars Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas. It was written by Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett, and...  more
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  • 2
    Greta Garbo, Lewis Stone
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    15

    Released1933

    Directed byRouben Mamoulian

    Queen Christina is a pre-Code Hollywood biographical film, produced in 1933 and directed by Rouben Mamoulian. It starred Swedish-born actress Greta Garbo and John Gilbert....  more
  • 3
    Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford
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    17

    Released1932

    Directed byEdmund Goulding

    Grand Hotel is a 1932 American drama film directed by Edmund Goulding. The screenplay by William A. Drake is based on the 1930 play of the same title by Drake, who had adapted it from the 1929 novel...  more
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    Greta Garbo, Herbert Marshall
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    14

    Released1934

    Directed byRichard Boleslawski

    The Painted Veil is a 1934 American drama film directed by Ryszard Bolesławski and starring Greta Garbo. The film was produced by Hunt Stromberg for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Based on the 1925 novel The...  more
  • 5
    Greta Garbo, Ruth Gordon
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    17

    Released1948

    Directed byKeisuke Kinoshita, George Cukor

    Two-Faced Woman is a romantic comedy starring Greta Garbo and produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer....  more
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    Clark Gable, Greta Garbo
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    Released1931

    Directed byRobert Z. Leonard

    Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise) is a 1931 film starring Greta Garbo and Clark Gable, based on the novel by David Graham Phillips. The film was made by MGM and was directed and produced by Robert Z....  more
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  • 7
    Greta Garbo, Erich von Stroheim
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    8

    Released1932

    Directed byGeorge Fitzmaurice

    As You Desire Me is a 1932 film adaptation of the play by Luigi Pirandello released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was produced and directed by George Fitzmaurice with Irving Thalberg as co-producer. The...  more
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  • 8
    Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor
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    45

    Released1936

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    Camille is an American romantic drama film directed by George Cukor and produced by Irving Thalberg and Bernard H. Hyman, from a screenplay by James Hilton, Zoë Akins and Frances Marion. The picture...  more
  • 9
    Greta Garbo, Basil Rathbone
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    17

    Released1935

    Directed byClarence Brown

    Anna Karenina is a 1935 film adaptation of the novel Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and directed by Clarence Brown. The film stars Greta Garbo, Fredric March, Basil Rathbone and Maureen O'Sullivan....  more
  • 10
    Greta Garbo, Lewis Stone
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    Released1930

    Directed byClarence Brown

    Romance is a 1930 film directed by Clarence Brown starring Greta Garbo, Lewis Stone, and Gavin Gordon. The movie was adapted by Edwin Justus Mayer and Bess Meredyth from the 1913 play by Edward...  more
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  • 11
    Greta Garbo, Robert Montgomery
    31
    11

    Released1931

    Directed byClarence Brown

    Inspiration is a 1931 English language film adapted from the Alphonse Daudet short novel Sappho. It was adapted by Gene Markey, directed by Clarence Brown and produced by Irving Thalberg. The...  more
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  • 12
    Greta Garbo, Charles Bickford
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    39

    Released1930

    Directed byClarence Brown

    Anna Christie is a 1930 MGM Pre-Code drama film adaptation of the 1922 play of the same name by Eugene O'Neill. It was adapted by Frances Marion, produced and directed by Clarence Brown with Paul...  more
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  • 13
    Greta Garbo, Lionel Barrymore
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    6

    Released1926

    Directed byFred Niblo

    The Temptress is an American silent romantic drama film directed by Fred Niblo. Starring Greta Garbo, Antonio Moreno, Lionel Barrymore and Roy D'Arcy it premiered on October 10, 1926. The film...  more
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  • 14
    Greta Garbo, Ricardo Cortez
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    6

    Released1926

    Directed byMonta Bell

    Torrent is an American silent romantic drama film directed by an uncredited Monta Bell, based on a novel by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, and released on February 21, 1926. Torrent was the first American...  more
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  • 15
    Greta Garbo, Asta Nielsen
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    5

    Released1925

    Directed byG. W. Pabst

    Joyless Street, a film based on the novel by Hugo Bettauer and directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst in Germany, is one of the first films of the "New Objectivity“ movement. Greta Garbo stars in her second...  more
  • 16
    Greta Garbo, Conrad Nagel
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    Released1928

    Directed byFred Niblo

    The Mysterious Lady is an MGM silent film starring Greta Garbo, Conrad Nagel, and Gustav von Seyffertitz, directed by Fred Niblo, and based on the novel War in the Dark by Ludwig Wolff....  more
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  • 17
    Greta Garbo, Herman Bing
    17
    11

    Released1930

    Directed byJacques Feyder

    Anna Christie is a 1930 German-language film adapted from the Eugene O'Neill play of the same title and filmed following the release of the English-language original version of the same adaptation...  more
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  • 18
    Greta Garbo, Conrad Nagel
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    9

    Released1929

    Directed byJacques Feyder

    The Kiss is a 1929 American drama film directed by Jacques Feyder and starring Greta Garbo, Conrad Nagel and Lew Ayres in his first feature film. The film is known for being both MGM and Greta...  more
  • 19
    Greta Garbo, Nils Asther
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    9

    Released1929

    Directed bySidney Franklin

    Wild Orchids is a 1929 drama film directed by Sidney Franklin and starring Greta Garbo, Lewis Stone and Nils Asther. Only these three stars received cast credit....  more
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  • 20
    Greta Garbo, Johnny Mack Brown
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    4

    Released1929

    Directed byJohn S. Robertson

    The Single Standard is a 1929 romantic drama film directed by veteran John S. Robertson and starring Greta Garbo, Nils Asther, and Johnny Mack Brown. This was Greta Garbo's fifteenth film and her...  more
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  • 21
    Greta Garbo, Lionel Barrymore
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    Released1931

    Directed byGeorge Fitzmaurice

    Mata Hari is a 1931 American Pre-Code film loosely based on the life of Mata Hari, an exotic dancer/courtesan executed for espionage during World War I. The film stars Greta Garbo in the title role....  more
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  • 22
    Greta Garbo, Douglas Fairbanks
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    Released1928

    Directed byClarence Brown

    A Woman of Affairs is a 1928 drama film directed by Clarence Brown and starring Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Lewis Stone. The film, released with a synchronized score and...  more
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  • 23
    Greta Garbo, John Gilbert
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    Released1926

    Directed byClarence Brown

    Flesh and the Devil is an MGM romantic drama silent film. It stars Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Lars Hanson, and Barbara Kent, directed by Clarence Brown, and based on the play The Undying Past by...  more
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  • 24
    Greta Garbo, Lars Hanson
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    10

    Released1924

    Directed byMauritz Stiller

    The Saga of Gosta Berling is a 1924 Swedish romantic drama film directed by Mauritz Stiller and released by AB Svensk Filmindustri, starring Lars Hanson, Gerda Lundequist and Greta Garbo in her...  more
  • 25
    Greta Garbo, John Gilbert
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    15

    Released1928

    Directed byEdmund Goulding, John Gilbert

    Love is a silent film directed by Edmund Goulding and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. MGM made the film in order to capitalize on its winning romantic team of Greta Garbo and John Gilbert who had...  more