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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.

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

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

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  • 1

    Rebecca

    Laurence Olivier, Alfred Hitchcock
    53
    15

    Released1940

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    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. The...  more

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  • 2

    Suspicion

    Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock
    41
    7

    Released1941

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    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 May...  more

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  • 3

    Gunga Din

    Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine
    45
    17

    Released1939

    Directed byGeorge Stevens

    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 Kipling...  more
  • 4

    Letter from an Unknown Woman

    Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan
    33
    8

    Released1948

    Directed byMax Ophüls

    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 Christians and...  more

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  • 5

    Jane Eyre

    Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine
    35
    10

    Released1944

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

    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, Kenneth...  more

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  • 6

    The Bigamist

    Joan Fontaine, Ida Lupino
    19
    2

    Released1953

    Directed byIda Lupino

    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 Larry...  more
  • 7

    The Constant Nymph

    Joan Fontaine, Charles Boyer
    23
    7

    Released1943

    Directed byEdmund Goulding

    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 Scola...  more
  • 8

    The Women

    Joan Crawford, Joan Fontaine
    22
    7

    Released1939

    Directed byGeorge 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 Murfin,...  more
  • 9

    September Affair

    Joan Fontaine, Jessica Tandy
    22
    10

    Released1950

    Directed byWilliam Dieterle

    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....  more
  • 10

    Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

    Joan Fontaine, Dana Andrews
    16
    3

    Released1956

    Directed byFritz Lang

    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 last...  more
  • 11

    Tender Is the Night

    Joan Fontaine, Jennifer Jones
    19
    8

    Released1962

    Directed byHenry King

    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, also...  more
  • 12

    Frenchman's Creek

    Joan Fontaine, Basil Rathbone
    15
    3

    Released1944

    Directed byMitchell Leisen

    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, and Nigel...  more
  • 13

    Something to Live For

    Joan Fontaine, Ray Milland
    15
    4

    Released1952

    Directed byGeorge Stevens, Fred Guiol

    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 Dwight...  more
  • 14

    This Above All

    Joan Fontaine, Tyrone Power
    16
    6

    Released1942

    Directed byAnatole Litvak

    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 a...  more
  • 15

    Ivanhoe

    Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine
    21
    14

    Released1952

    Directed byRichard Thorpe

    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 Sanders,...  more

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  • 16

    The Witches

    Joan Fontaine, Leonard Rossiter
    14
    6

    Released1966

    Directed byCyril Frankel

    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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  • 17

    Casanova's Big Night

    Bob Hope, Vincent Price
    18
    12

    Released1954

    Directed byNorman Z. McLeod

    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 who...  more
  • 18

    Ivy

    Joan Fontaine, Cedric Hardwicke
    12
    5

    Released1947

    Directed bySam Wood

    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 Fontaine,...  more
  • 19

    Until They Sail

    Paul Newman, Joan Fontaine
    14
    7

    Released1957

    Directed byRobert Wise

    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
  • 20

    Island in the Sun

    Joan Collins, Dorothy Dandridge
    19
    14

    Released1957

    Directed byRobert Rossen

    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 Collins,...  more
  • 21

    Music for Madame

    Joan Fontaine, Ward Bond
    12
    7

    Released1937

    Directed byJohn G. Blystone

    Music for Madame is a 1937 American comedy film directed by John G. Blystone and written by Gertrude Purcell and Robert Harari. The film stars Nino Martini, Joan Fontaine, Alan Mowbray, Billy...  more
  • 22

    A Damsel in Distress

    Fred Astaire, Joan Fontaine
    14
    11

    Released1937

    Directed byGeorge Stevens

    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 based...  more
  • 23

    The Emperor Waltz

    Bing Crosby, Joan Fontaine
    12
    9

    Released1948

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    The Emperor Waltz (German: Ich küsse Ihre Hand, Madame) is a 1948 American musical film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Bing Crosby and Joan Fontaine. Written by Wilder and Charles Brackett,...  more
  • 24

    The Man Who Found Himself

    Joan Fontaine, Frank M. Thomas
    8
    3

    Released1937

    Directed byLew Landers

    The Man Who Found Himself, also known as Wings of Mercy, is an American aviation film based on the unpublished story "Wings of Mercy" by Alice F. Curtis. The film marked the first starring role for...  more
  • 25

    Flight to Tangier

    Joan Fontaine, Jack Palance
    12
    9

    Released1953

    Directed byCharles Marquis Warren

    Flight to Tangier is a 1953 American action film, directed by Charles Marquis Warren. It was released by Paramount Pictures in Technicolor and 3-D....  more