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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
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, 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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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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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, 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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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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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, 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, Joan Fontaine, Rosalind Russell
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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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, 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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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, 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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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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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, 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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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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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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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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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, 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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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, 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, 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, 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