The Best John Barrymore Movies 

Updated June 11, 2019 520 votes 94 voters 7.9k views 51 items

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

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

The list you're viewing is made up of films like Night Flight and Reunion in Vienna.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best John Barrymore movies?" and "What are the greatest John Barrymore roles of all time?"

If you're a fan of John Barrymore, then check out our lists of the best Charles Boyer and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. movies as well.

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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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Carole Lombard, John Barrymore, Charles Lane

Released: 1934

Directed by: Howard Hawks

Twentieth Century is a 1934 American screwball comedy film. Much of the film is set on the 20th Century Limited train as it travels from Chicago to New York. The film was directed by Howard ...more
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Jean Harlow, John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore

Released: 1933

Directed by: George Cukor

Dinner at Eight is a Pre-Code 1933 comedy of manners / drama starring Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, Jean Harlow, Lionel Barrymore, Lee Tracy, Edmund Lowe, and Billie Burke, and ...more
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John Barrymore, Edgard Varèse, Charles Lane

Released: 1920

Directed by: John S. Robertson

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1920 horror silent film, produced by Famous Players-Lasky and released through Paramount/Artcraft. The film is based upon Robert Louis Stevenson's novella The ...more
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John Barrymore, Donald Crisp, Carmel Myers

Released: 1931

Directed by: Archie Mayo

Svengali is an all-talking pre-code drama/horror film produced and distributed by Warner Brothers. The film stars John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, and Bramwell Fletcher. It was directed by Archie ...more
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John Barrymore, Mary Astor, Warner Oland

Released: 1926

Directed by: Alan Crosland

Don Juan is a 1926 American romantic adventure/drama film directed by Alan Crosland. It is the first feature-length film with synchronized Vitaphone sound effects and musical soundtrack, though ...more
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Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, John Barrymore

Released: 1939

Directed by: Mitchell Leisen

Midnight is a 1939 American screwball comedy film directed by Mitchell Leisen and starring Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, John Barrymore, Francis Lederer, Mary Astor, and Elaine Barrie. Written ...more
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John Barrymore, Ethel Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore

Released: 1932

Directed by: Charles Brabin, Richard Boleslawski

Rasputin and the Empress is a 1932 film about Imperial Russia starring the Barrymore siblings. It is the only film in which all three siblings appear together. The film's inaccurate portrayal of ...more
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John Barrymore, Thelma Todd, Melvyn Douglas

Released: 1933

Directed by: William Wyler

Counsellor at Law is a 1933 American drama film directed by William Wyler. The screenplay by Elmer Rice is based on his 1931 Broadway play of the same title.
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John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Tully Marshall

Released: 1932

Directed by: Jack Conway

Arsène Lupin is a 1932 mystery romance film directed by Jack Conway.
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John Barrymore, Conrad Veidt, Slim Summerville

Released: 1927

Directed by: Alan Crosland

The Beloved Rogue is a 1927 American silent film, loosely based on the life of the 15th century French poet, François Villon. The film was directed by Alan Crosland for United Artists. ...more
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John Barrymore, Michael Visaroff, Louis Wolheim

Released: 1928

Directed by: Lewis Milestone, Sam Taylor, Victor Tourjansky

Tempest is a feature silent film directed by Sam Taylor. V. I. Nemirovich-Dantchenko wrote the screenplay and William Cameron Menzies won an Academy Award for Best Art Direction for his work in ...more
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Myrna Loy, John Barrymore

Released: 1933

Directed by: Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast

Topaze is a 1933 American film based on the French play of the same name by Marcel Pagnol. Another film version of Topaze, this one made in the original French, and directed by Pagnol himself, ...more
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John Barrymore, Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy

Released: 1937

Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard

Maytime is a 1937 American musical romantic drama film distributed by MGM. It was directed by Robert Z. Leonard and stars Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. The screenplay was rewritten from ...more
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Boris Karloff, John Barrymore, Carmel Myers

Released: 1931

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

The Mad Genius is an all-talking pre-code horror drama film produced and distributed by Warner Bros. and directed by Michael Curtiz. The film stars John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Donald Cook, ...more
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John Barrymore, Katharine Alexander, Virginia Weidler

Released: 1939

Directed by: Garson Kanin

The Great Man Votes is a 1939 American drama film starring John Barrymore as a widowed professor turned drunkard who has the deciding vote in an election for mayor. It was based on the short ...more
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Norma Shearer, Basil Rathbone, John Barrymore

Released: 1936

Directed by: George Cukor

Romeo and Juliet is a 1936 American film adapted from the play by Shakespeare, directed by George Cukor from a screenplay by Talbot Jennings. The film stars Leslie Howard as Romeo and Norma ...more
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Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, John Barrymore

Released: 1937

Directed by: Wesley Ruggles

True Confession is a 1937 screwball comedy film starring Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, and John Barrymore. It was directed by Wesley Ruggles and based on the play Mon Crime, written by Georges ...more
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John Barrymore, William Powell, Hedda Hopper

Released: 1922

Directed by: Albert Parker

Sherlock Holmes is a 1922 American silent mystery drama film starring John Barrymore as Sherlock Holmes and Roland Young as Dr. John Watson. The movie, which features the screen debuts of both ...more
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John Barrymore, Mary Astor, Carmel Myers

Released: 1924

Directed by: Harry Beaumont

Beau Brummel is a 1924 American silent film historical drama starring John Barrymore and Mary Astor. The film was directed by Harry Beaumont and based upon Clyde Fitch's historical play which ...more
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Anne Baxter, John Barrymore, Mary Beth Hughes

Released: 1940

Directed by: Walter Lang

The Great Profile is a 1940 film directed by Walter Lang.
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Tyrone Power, Norma Shearer, John Barrymore

Released: 1938

Directed by: W. S. Van Dyke, Julien Duvivier

Marie Antoinette is a 1938 film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was directed by W. S. Van Dyke and starred Norma Shearer as Marie Antoinette. Based upon the 1932 biography of the ill-fated ...more
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John Barrymore, Loretta Young, Douglas Fairbanks

Released: 1929

Directed by: John G. Adolfi

The Show of Shows is a 1929 American musical revue film directed by John G. Adolfi and distributed by Warner Bros. The all talking Vitaphone production cost $850,000 and was shot almost entirely ...more
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John Barrymore, Helen Chandler

Released: 1934

Directed by: Ernest B. Schoedsack

Long Lost Father is a 1934 drama film starring John Barrymore, Helen Chandler, Donald Cook, Alan Mowbray, and Doris Lloyd. It was directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack.
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John Barrymore, Frank Morgan, Eduardo Ciannelli

Released: 1933

Directed by: Sidney Franklin

Reunion in Vienna is a 1933 romantic drama produced and distributed by MGM. Sidney Franklin served as director. The film stars John Barrymore in a story taken from a stage play, Reunion in ...more