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The Best Joan Fontaine Movies  

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

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A factual list, featuring films like Until They Sail and September Affair.

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Laurence Olivier, Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Fontaine
Rebecca is a 1940 American psychological thriller-drama film. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, it was his first American project, and his first film produced under contract with David O. Selznick. ...more
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Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan, Art Smith
Letter from an Unknown Woman is a 1948 film directed by Max Ophüls. It was based on the novella of the same name by Stefan Zweig. The film stars Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan, Mady ...more
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Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Fontaine
Suspicion is a romantic psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and starring Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine as a married couple. It also stars Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Nigel Bruce, Dame ...more
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Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine, Margaret O'Brien
Jane Eyre is an American film adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel of the same name, released by 20th Century Fox. It was directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by William Goetz, ...more
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Joan Fontaine, Ida Lupino, Edmond O'Brien
The Bigamist is a 1953 film noir directed by and starring Ida Lupino. The film's other leads are Edmund O'Brien, Joan Fontaine and Edmund Gwenn. It was written by Collier Young from a story by ...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 Fontaine, Charles Boyer, Charles Coburn
The Constant Nymph is a 1943 romantic drama film starring Charles Boyer, Joan Fontaine, Alexis Smith, Brenda Marshall, Charles Coburn, May Whitty, and Peter Lorre. It was adapted by Kathryn ...more
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Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Douglas Fairbanks
Gunga Din is a 1939 RKO adventure film directed by George Stevens and starring Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., loosely based on the poem of the same name by Rudyard ...more
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Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders
Ivanhoe is a 1952 American cinema film in color, directed by Richard Thorpe and produced by Pandro S. Berman for MGM. The cast features Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine, George ...more
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Joan Fontaine, Jessica Tandy, Joseph Cotten
September Affair is a 1950 film, directed by William Dieterle, starring Joan Fontaine, Joseph Cotten and Jessica Tandy. It was produced by Hal B. Wallis.
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Joan Fontaine, Dana Andrews, Joyce Taylor
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt is a 1956 film noir directed by Fritz Lang and written by Douglas Morrow. The film stars Dana Andrews, Joan Fontaine, Sidney Blackmer, and Arthur Franz, and was the ...more
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Joan Fontaine, Cedric Hardwicke, Herbert Marshall
Ivy is a 1947 American crime film noir directed by Sam Wood and written by Charles Bennett, based on The Story of Ivy, the novel written by Marie Belloc Lowndes. The drama features Joan ...more
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Joan Fontaine, Tyrone Power, Thomas Mitchell
This Above All is a 1942 American romance film set in World War II adapted from the Eric Knight novel of the same name, directed by Anatole Litvak, and starring Tyrone Power and Joan Fontaine as ...more
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Joan Fontaine, Basil Rathbone, Arturo de Córdova
Frenchman's Creek is a 1944 adaptation of the Daphne du Maurier novel, released by Paramount Pictures. The film starred Joan Fontaine, Arturo de Córdova, Basil Rathbone, Cecil Kellaway, ...more
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Joan Fontaine, Jennifer Jones, Jason Robards Jr.
Tender Is the Night is a 1962 film directed by Henry King, based on the novel of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It stars Jennifer Jones and Jason Robards. The soundtrack featured a song, ...more
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Paul Newman, Joan Fontaine, Jean Simmons
Until They Sail is a 1957 American black and white CinemaScope drama film directed by Robert Wise. The screenplay by Robert Anderson, based on a story by James A. Michener included in his 1951 ...more
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Joan Fontaine, Joan Leslie, Robert Ryan
Born to Be Bad is a 1950 melodrama film noir directed by Nicholas Ray, starring Joan Fontaine as a manipulative young woman who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. It is based on the ...more
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Joan Fontaine, Leonard Rossiter, Alec McCowen
The Witches is a 1966 British horror film made by Hammer Films. It was adapted by Nigel Kneale from the novel The Devil's Own by Norah Lofts, under the pseudonym Peter Curtis. It was directed by ...more
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Burt Lancaster, Joan Fontaine, Robert Newton
Kiss the Blood Off My Hands is a 1948 film noir, directed by Norman Foster. It stars Burt Lancaster, Joan Fontaine and Robert Newton.
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Joan Collins, Dorothy Dandridge, Joan Fontaine
Island in the Sun is a 1957 drama film produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and directed by Robert Rossen. It features an ensemble cast including James Mason, Harry Belafonte, Joan Fontaine, Joan ...more
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James Stewart, Joan Fontaine
You Gotta Stay Happy is a 1948 romantic comedy film directed by H.C. Potter.
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Joan Fontaine, Ray Milland, Teresa Wright
Something to Live For is a 1952 American drama film starring Joan Fontaine, Ray Milland, and Teresa Wright, directed by George Stevens, and released by Paramount Pictures. The screenplay by ...more
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Bob Hope, Vincent Price, Joan Fontaine
Casanova's Big Night is a comedy film starring Bob Hope and Joan Fontaine, which is a spoof of swashbuckling historical adventure films. It was directed by Norman Z. McLeod. Hope plays a tailor ...more
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Fred Astaire, Joan Fontaine, George Burns
A Damsel in Distress is a 1937 English-themed Hollywood musical comedy film starring Fred Astaire, Joan Fontaine, George Burns, and Gracie Allen. With a screenplay by P. G. Wodehouse, loosely ...more
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Darling, How Could You! Joan Fontaine, Dave Willock, Peter Hansen
Darling, How Could You! is a 1951 comedy film directed by Mitchell Leisen.