Old Hollywood 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 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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Joan Crawford, John Garfield, Craig Stevens 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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Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, 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, Melvyn Douglas, Conrad Veidt 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, Alice White, Sydney Greenstreet 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 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, Vera Miles, Cliff Robertson 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, Jack Palance, Mike Connors 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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Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Peter Lorre 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, Basil Rathbone, Fred MacMurray 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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Joan Crawford, Wendell Corey, Allyn Joslyn 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

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Joan Crawford, Fay Wray, John Ireland 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, Sterling Hayden, Royal Dano 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, Suzy Parker, Louis Jourdan 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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Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Fred Astaire 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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Joan Crawford, Jeff Chandler, Jan Sterling 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, George Kennedy, Lee Majors Strait-Jacket is a 1964 American thriller film starring Joan Crawford and Diane Baker in a macabre mother and daughter tale about a series of axe-murders. Released by Columbia Pictures, the film ...more

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Joan Crawford, Spencer Tracy, Ralph Morgan Mannequin is 1937 film directed by Frank Borzage, and starring Joan Crawford, Spencer Tracy and Alan Curtis. In the film, Crawford plays Jessie, a young working class woman who seeks to improve ...more

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Joan Crawford, Marie Prevost, Robert Armstrong Paid is a 1930 American drama film starring Joan Crawford, Robert Armstrong, and Kent Douglass in a story about a wrongly accused ex-convict who seeks revenge on those who sent her to prison ...more

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Joan Crawford, Rossano Brazzi, Lee Patterson 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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Joan Crawford, Ernest Torrence, John Gilbert Twelve Miles Out is a 1927 silent drama film starring John Gilbert and Joan Crawford.

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Joan Crawford, David Brian, Richard Webb This Woman is Dangerous is a Warner Bros. feature film starring Joan Crawford, David Brian, and Dennis Morgan in a story about a gun moll's romances with two different men. The screenplay by ...more

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Joan Crawford, Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry 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, Melvyn Douglas, Roland Young 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, Wallace Ford 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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Doris Day, Joan Crawford, Errol Flynn It's a Great Feeling is a 1949 American musical comedy film starring Doris Day, Jack Carson, and Dennis Morgan in a spoof of what goes on behind the scenes in Hollywood movie making. The ...more

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Henry Fonda, Joan Crawford, Dana Andrews Daisy Kenyon is a 20th Century Fox feature film starring Joan Crawford, Henry Fonda, and Dana Andrews in a story about a post-World War II romantic triangle. The screenplay by David Hertz was ...more

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Joan Crawford, Johnny Mack Brown, Dorothy Sebastian 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 ...more

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Joan Crawford, William Haines Spring Fever is a 1927 America silent comedy film starring William Haines and Joan Crawford, and directed by Edward Sedgwick. Based on the 1925 play of the same name by Vincent Lawrence, this ...more

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Great Day Joan Crawford, Johnny Mack Brown, Anita Page Great Day is an unreleased 1930 musical film which was to star Joan Crawford, Anita Page, and Johnny Mack Brown, and is an unusual example of a production that was started and shut down before ...more

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Joan Crawford, Carmel Myers, Rockliffe Fellowes 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. ...more

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Joan Crawford, William Haines, William Bakewell 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 ...more

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Joan Crawford, Walter Huston, Beulah Bondi 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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Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell 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, Gig Young, Harry Morgan Torch Song is a 1953 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Technicolor romantic musical drama film starring Joan Crawford and Michael Wilding in a story about a Broadway star and her rehearsal pianist. The ...more

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Joan Crawford, Robert Young, Melvyn Douglas The Shining Hour is a 1938 MGM film, based on the 1934 play The Shining Hour by Keith Winter. The film starred Joan Crawford, Margaret Sullavan, Robert Young, Melvyn Douglas, and Fay Bainter.

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Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, Conrad Nagel Pretty Ladies is a 1925 American silent comedy-drama film starring ZaSu Pitts and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film is a fictional recreation of the famed Ziegfeld Follies. Directed by ...more

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Joan Crawford, Frank Morgan, Brian Aherne 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.

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Rita Hayworth, Joan Crawford, Fredric March 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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Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, John Barrymore 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, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. 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., ...more

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Joan Crawford, Eugenie Besserer, Eleanor Boardman 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. ...more

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Joan Crawford, Johnny Mack Brown, Nils Asther Our Dancing Daughters is a 1928 American silent drama film starring Joan Crawford and John Mack Brown, about the "loosening of youth morals" that took place during the 1920s. The film ...more

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Joan Crawford, Edward Arnold, Gene Raymond Sadie McKee is a 1934 American romantic drama film directed by Clarence Brown, starring Joan Crawford, and featuring Gene Raymond, Franchot Tone, Edward Arnold and Esther Ralston. The film is ...more

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Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery, Dorothy Sebastian 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

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Joan Crawford, Nils Asther, Warner Oland 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 ...more

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Joan Crawford, Tim McCoy, Edward Connelly 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, ...more

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Joan Crawford, Carmel Myers, John Gilbert Four Walls is a 1928 American silent drama film directed by William Nigh and starred John Gilbert, Joan Crawford, and Carmel Myers. The film is based on the play of the same name by George ...more

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Rose-Marie Joan Crawford, James Murray 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

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Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery, Ernest Torrence 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 ...more