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The Best Joan Crawford Movies

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

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

This list is made up of films like Our Modern Maidens and The Best of Everything.

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

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  • 1

    I Live My Life

    Joan Crawford, Frank Morgan
    1,987
    25

    Released1935

    Directed byW. S. Van Dyke

    I Live My Life is a 1935 American comedy-drama film, starring Joan Crawford, Brian Aherne, and Frank Morgan, and is based on the story "Claustrophobia" by A. Carter Goodloe....  more
  • 2

    The Circle

    Joan Crawford, Eugenie Besserer
    1,939
    22

    Released1925

    Directed byFrank Borzage

    The Circle is a 1925 silent film directed by Frank Borzage. The film stars Eleanor Boardman, Malcolm McGregor, Alec B. Francis and Joan Crawford on an early role. It is written by Kenneth B. Clarke...  more
  • 3

    Our Blushing Brides

    Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery
    1,943
    22

    Released1930

    Directed byHarry Beaumont

    Our Blushing Brides is a 1930 American Pre-Code society comedy/romantic melodrama directed and produced by Harry Beaumont, and starring Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery, Anita Page, and Dorothy...  more
  • 4

    West Point

    Joan Crawford, William Haines
    1,951
    23

    Released1928

    Directed byEdward Sedgwick

    West Point is a 1927 American silent romantic drama film starring William Haines and Joan Crawford in a story about an arrogant cadet who finds love right before the all-important Army–Navy Game. The...  more
  • 5

    The Understanding Heart

    Joan Crawford, Carmel Myers
    1,948
    23

    Released1927

    Directed byJack Conway

    The Understanding Heart is a 1927 American silent adventure drama film directed by Jack Conway and stars Joan Crawford in an early leading role. The film was adapted for the screen by Edward T. Lowe,...  more
  • 6

    Our Modern Maidens

    Joan Crawford, Douglas Fairbanks
    1,949
    23

    Released1929

    Directed byJack Conway

    Our Modern Maidens is a 1929 American silent drama film directed by Jack Conway. Starring Joan Crawford in her last silent film role, the film also stars Rod La Rocque, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and...  more
  • 7

    Winners of the Wilderness

    Joan Crawford, Tim McCoy
    1,928
    22

    Released1927

    Directed byW. S. Van Dyke

    Winners of the Wilderness is a MGM silent film, directed by W.S. Van Dyke, and starring Tim McCoy and Joan Crawford. In this costume drama, set during the French-Indian War, Rene Contrecouer, the...  more
  • 8

    Rose-Marie

    Joan Crawford, James Murray
    1,921
    22

    Released1928

    Directed byLucien Hubbard

    Rose-Marie was a 1928 American drama film directed by Lucien Hubbard. It is the first of three MGM adaptations of the 1924 operetta Broadway musical Rose-Marie. The best-known film adaptation...  more
  • 9

    Untamed

    Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery
    1,923
    22

    Released1929

    Directed byJack Conway

    Untamed is a 1929 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer drama/comedy/romance motion picture starring Joan Crawford and Robert Montgomery. Others in the cast include Ernest Torrence, Holmes Herbert, Gwen Lee, and Lloyd...  more
  • 10

    Dream of Love

    Joan Crawford, Nils Asther
    1,927
    23

    Released1928

    Directed byFred Niblo

    Dream of Love was a 1928 American silent biographical drama film directed by Fred Niblo, and starring Joan Crawford and Nils Asther. The film is based on the 1849 French tragedy Adrienne Lecouvreur...  more
  • 11

    The Law of the Range

    Joan Crawford, Tim McCoy
    1,921
    22

    Released1928

    Directed byWilliam Nigh

    The Law of the Range is a 1928 American silent Western film starring Tim McCoy and Joan Crawford and Rex Lease....  more
  • 12

    The Duke Steps Out

    Joan Crawford, William Haines
    1,918
    22

    Released1929

    Directed byJames Cruze

    The Duke Steps Out is a 1929 silent film starring William Haines and Joan Crawford. The film is lost, but the Vitaphone sound discs track survive at UCLA Film and TV Archives....  more
  • 13

    Montana Moon

    Joan Crawford, Johnny Mack Brown
    1,951
    24

    Released1930

    Directed byMalcolm St. Clair

    Montana Moon is a 1930 Pre-Code comedy, drama, musical, western film starring Joan Crawford, Johnny Mack Brown, and Ricardo Cortez. The film focuses on the budding relationship between a city girl...  more
  • 14

    The Ice Follies of 1939

    James Stewart, Joan Crawford
    1,992
    27

    Released1939

    Directed byReinhold Schünzel

    The Ice Follies of 1939 is a 1939 American musical drama film directed by Reinhold Schünzel, and starring Joan Crawford, James Stewart, Lew Ayres and Lewis Stone. Using a show business backdrop, and...  more
  • 15

    Today We Live

    Joan Crawford, Gary Cooper
    1,980
    27

    Released1933

    Directed byHoward Hawks, Richard Rosson

    Today We Live is a 1933 American romance drama film produced and directed by Howard Hawks and starring Joan Crawford, Gary Cooper, Robert Young and Franchot Tone. Based on the story Turnabout by...  more
  • 16

    The Gorgeous Hussy

    James Stewart, Joan Crawford
    2,016
    30

    Released1936

    Directed byClarence Brown

    The Gorgeous Hussy is a 1936 period film directed by Clarence Brown, and starring Joan Crawford and Robert Taylor. The screenplay was written by Stephen Morehouse Avery and Ainsworth Morgan, which...  more
  • 17

    Love on the Run

    Clark Gable, Joan Crawford
    1,865
    22

    Released1936

    Directed byW. S. Van Dyke

    Love on the Run is a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer feature film starring Joan Crawford, Franchot Tone, and Clark Gable in a story about rival newspaper correspondents assigned to cover the marriage of a...  more
  • 18

    Chained

    Clark Gable, Joan Crawford
    1,794
    21

    Released1934

    Directed byClarence Brown

    Chained is a 1934 motion picture directed by Clarence Brown, starring Joan Crawford and Clark Gable, with supporting performances by Otto Kruger and Stuart Erwin. The screenplay was written by John...  more
  • 19

    Berserk!

    Joan Crawford, Diana Dors
    1,828
    26

    Released1967

    Directed byJim O'Connolly

    Berserk! is a 1967 British Technicolor thriller film starring Joan Crawford, Ty Hardin, and Judy Geeson in a macabre mother-daughter tale about a circus plagued with murders. The screenplay was...  more
  • 20

    The Stolen Jools

    Joan Crawford, Barbara Stanwyck
    1,797
    25

    Released1931

    Directed byWilliam C. McGann

    The Stolen Jools is a short comedy film produced by the Masquers Club of Hollywood, featuring many cameo appearances by the film stars of the day. The stars appeared in the film, distributed by...  more
  • 21

    No More Ladies

    Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery
    1,766
    24

    Released1935

    Directed byGeorge Cukor, Edward H. Griffith

    No More Ladies is a 1935 film directed by Edward H. Griffith. The film stars Joan Crawford and Robert Montgomery, and co-stars Charlie Ruggles, Franchot Tone, and Edna May Oliver. The screenplay...  more
  • 22

    The Taxi Dancer

    Joan Crawford, Owen Moore
    1,740
    23

    Released1927

    Directed byHarry F. Millarde

    The Taxi Dancer is a 1927 silent comedy film starring Joan Crawford and Douglas Gilmore. Crawford plays Joselyn Poe, a southern girl who tries her luck as dancer in New York. When she is unable to...  more
  • 23

    Old Clothes

    Joan Crawford, Jackie Coogan
    1,740
    23

    Released1925

    Directed byEdward F. Cline

    Old Clothes is a 1925 American silent drama film, starring Jackie Coogan and Joan Crawford. This was the first film in which Crawford was credited with her new name — Joan Crawford. She had been...  more
  • 24

    Sally, Irene and Mary

    Joan Crawford, Constance Bennett
    1,764
    25

    Released1925

    Directed byEdmund Goulding

    Sally, Irene, and Mary is a 1925 American silent comedy-drama film starring Constance Bennett, Sally O'Neil, and Joan Crawford....  more
  • 25

    Harry Langdon: The Forgotten Clown

    Joan Crawford, Harry Langdon
    1,751
    25

    Released1926

    Directed byFrank Capra, Harry Edwards