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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?"

If you're a fan of Joan Crawford, then check out our lists of the best Mae West and Jean Harlow movies as well.

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Joan Crawford, Eve Arden, Butterfly McQueen

Released: 1945

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

Mildred Pierce is a 1945 American drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Joan Crawford, Jack Carson and Zachary Scott and featuring Eve Arden, Ann Blyth and Bruce Bennett, in a film ...more
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Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Robert Aldrich

Released: 1962

Directed by: Robert Aldrich

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is a 1962 American psychological thriller film produced and directed by Robert Aldrich, starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford about an actress who holds her ...more

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Joan Crawford, John Garfield, Craig Stevens

Released: 1946

Directed by: Jean Negulesco

Humoresque is a 1946 Warner Bros. feature film starring Joan Crawford and John Garfield in an older woman/younger man tale about a violinist and his patroness. The screenplay by Clifford Odets ...more
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Joan Crawford, Vera Miles, Cliff Robertson

Released: 1956

Directed by: Robert Aldrich

Autumn Leaves is a 1956 Columbia Pictures drama film starring Joan Crawford and Cliff Robertson in an older woman/younger man tale of mental illness. The screenplay was written by Jean Rouverol ...more
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Joan Crawford, Fay Wray, John Ireland

Released: 1955

Directed by: Ranald MacDougall

Queen Bee is a 1955 American drama film starring Joan Crawford, John Ireland, Betsy Palmer, and Barry Sullivan. The film was directed by Ranald MacDougall and produced by Jerry Wald, and the ...more
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Joan Crawford, Walter Huston, Beulah Bondi

Released: 1932

Directed by: Lewis Milestone

Rain is a 1932 South Seas drama film directed by Lewis Milestone with portions filmed at Santa Catalina Island, California. The film stars Joan Crawford as prostitute Sadie Thompson and features ...more
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Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Royal Dano

Released: 1954

Directed by: Nicholas Ray

Johnny Guitar is a 1954 American Republic Pictures western drama film starring Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, and Scott Brady. The screenplay was based upon a novel by Roy ...more

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Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas, Conrad Veidt

Released: 1941

Directed by: George Cukor

A Woman's Face is a 1941 film noir drama directed by George Cukor, starring Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas and Conrad Veidt. It tells the story of Anna Holm, a facially disfigured blackmailer, ...more
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Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Mike Connors

Released: 1952

Directed by: David Miller

Sudden Fear is a 1952 American thriller film noir directed by David Miller, and starring Joan Crawford and Jack Palance in a tale about a successful woman who marries a murderous man. The ...more
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Joan Crawford, Alice White, Sydney Greenstreet

Released: 1949

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

Flamingo Road is a 1949 film noir directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Joan Crawford, Zachary Scott, Sydney Greenstreet and David Brian. The screenplay by Robert Wilder was based on a 1946 ...more
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Joan Crawford, Raymond Massey, Van Heflin

Released: 1947

Directed by: Curtis Bernhardt

Possessed is a 1947 film noir directed by Curtis Bernhardt, starring Joan Crawford, Van Heflin, and Raymond Massey in a tale about an unstable woman's obsession with her ex-lover. The screenplay ...more
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Joan Crawford, Joan Fontaine, Rosalind Russell

Released: 1939

Directed by: George Cukor

The Women is a 1939 American comedy-drama film directed by George Cukor. The film is based on Clare Boothe Luce's play of the same name, and was adapted for the screen by Anita Loos and Jane ...more
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Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Wallace Ford

Released: 1931

Directed by: Clarence Brown

Possessed is a Pre-Code 1931 drama film directed by Clarence Brown, starring Joan Crawford and Clark Gable, and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film is the story of Marian Martin, a factory ...more

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Joan Crawford, Rossano Brazzi, Lee Patterson

Released: 1957

Directed by: David Miller

The Story of Esther Costello is a 1957 British drama film starring Joan Crawford, Rossano Brazzi, and Heather Sears. The film is an exposé of large-scale fundraising. The Story of Esther ...more
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Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, John Barrymore

Released: 1932

Directed by: Edmund 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 ...more
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Joan Crawford, Basil Rathbone, Fred MacMurray

Released: 1943

Directed by: Richard Thorpe

Above Suspicion is an American spy film distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer starring Joan Crawford and Fred MacMurray, and directed by Richard Thorpe. The screenplay was adapted from the novel ...more
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Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Fred Astaire

Released: 1933

Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard

Dancing Lady is a 1933 musical film starring Joan Crawford and Clark Gable, and featuring Franchot Tone, Fred Astaire, Robert Benchley and the Three Stooges. The picture was directed by Robert ...more
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Rita Hayworth, Joan Crawford, Fredric March

Released: 1940

Directed by: George Cukor

Susan and God is a 1940 comedy-drama film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer starring Joan Crawford and Fredric March and directed by George Cukor. The screenplay was written by Anita Loos and was ...more
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Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Peter Lorre

Released: 1940

Directed by: Frank Borzage

Strange Cargo is a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer feature film starring Joan Crawford and Clark Gable in a story about a group of fugitive prisoners from a French penal colony. The screenplay by Lawrence ...more
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Joan Crawford, Suzy Parker, Louis Jourdan

Released: 1959

Directed by: Jean Negulesco

The Best of Everything is a 1959 romantic drama film released by 20th Century-Fox, and starring Hope Lange, Diane Baker, Suzy Parker, Stephen Boyd, Louis Jourdan, Robert Evans, and Joan ...more
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Joan Crawford, Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry

Released: 1927

Directed by: Tod Browning

The Unknown is a 1927 American silent horror film directed by Tod Browning and featuring Lon Chaney as carnival knife thrower Alonzo the Armless and Joan Crawford as the scantily clad carnival ...more
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Joan Crawford, Jeff Chandler, Jan Sterling

Released: 1955

Directed by: Joseph Pevney

Female on the Beach is a 1955 feature film starring Joan Crawford and Jeff Chandler in a story about a widow and her beach bum lover. The screenplay by Robert Hill and Richard Alan Simmons was ...more
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Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas, Roland Young

Released: 1942

Directed by: Alexander Hall

They All Kissed the Bride is a Columbia Pictures screwball film starring Joan Crawford and Melvyn Douglas. The film was directed by Alexander Hall and produced by Edward Kaufman. The screenplay ...more
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Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell

Released: 1934

Directed by: W. S. Van Dyke

Forsaking All Others is a 1934 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by W.S. Van Dyke, and starring Joan Crawford, Clark Gable and Robert Montgomery. The screenplay was written by Joseph ...more
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Joan Crawford, Wendell Corey, Allyn Joslyn

Released: 1950

Directed by: Vincent Sherman

Harriet Craig is a 1950 American drama film starring Joan Crawford. The screenplay by Anne Froelick and James Gunn was based upon the 1925 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Craig's Wife, by George ...more