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The Best John Barrymore Movies

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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.

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  • When down-on-his-luck Broadway impresario Oscar Jaffe (John Barrymore) meets his discovery and former flame, Lily Garland (Carole Lombard), on the glamorous 20th Century Limited train between Chicago ...more
  • At a luxurious Berlin hotel between the wars, the once-wealthy Baron Felix von Gaigern (John Barrymore) supports himself as a thief and gambler. In this lavish adaptation of the successful Broadway ...more
  • In this comedic drama, an ambitious New York socialite plans an extravagant dinner party as her businessman husband, Oliver (Lionel Barrymore), contends with financial woes, causing a lot of tension ...more
  • When out-of-work showgirl Eve (Claudette Colbert) arrives in Paris with no work in sight, she asks taxi driver Tibor (Don Ameche) to drive her from club to club. But the more time she spends with ...more
  • French 15th-century poet François Villon (John Barrymore) loses his father at a young age, a martyr to the French cause. Villon follows in his father's footsteps, fighting ardently for his country ...more
  • Scientist Dr. Henry Jekyll (John Barrymore) is intelligent and diligent, but also uptight and extremely serious about his work. When his friend, Sir George Carew (Brandon Hurst), takes him to a show ...more
  • 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.
  • With his powers of hypnosis, the cruel music teacher Svengali (John Barrymore) is able to control women. When he sets his sights on the beautiful Trilby O'Farrell (Marian Marsh), she falls under his ...more
  • The famous playboy Don Juan (John Barrymore) grows up believing women only lead a man to ruin, and therefore spends his days treating them as conquests. When the duplicitous Lucrezia Borgia (Estelle ...more
  • Desperate to cure her hemophiliac son, Czarina Alexandra (Ethel Barrymore) resorts to seeking out the services of mystic healer Grigori Rasputin (Lionel Barrymore). Despite his unconventional ...more
  • Respected scholar Gregory Vance (John Barrymore) falls to pieces upon the death of his wife, descending into drunken irresponsibility. Despite his being reduced to working as a night watchman, his ...more
  • Arsène Lupin is a 1932 mystery romance film directed by Jack Conway.
  • Fired from a movie for persistent drunkenness, actor Evans Garrick (John Barrymore) is abandoned by his frustrated wife, Sylvia (Mary Beth Hughes), and weary agent, Boris (Gregory Ratoff). Novice ...more
  • Sherlock Holmes (John Barrymore) is a master at solving the most impenetrable mysteries, but he has his work cut out for him on his latest case. Prince Alexis (Reginald Denny) is accused of a theft ...more
  • Topaze
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    Professor Auguste A. Topaze (John Barrymore) is a simple, naïve schoolteacher with a good name and an impeccable reputation. When the wealthy and corrupt Baron Philippe de La Tour-La Tour (Reginald ...more
  • Despite his peasant upbringing, proud Ivan Markov (John Barrymore) rises to the officer ranks of the Russian Army during the waning years of the czarist era, regardless of the class-based resentments ...more
  • British Army officer George Bryan Brummel (John Barrymore) is left brokenhearted when the love of his life, Lady Margery (Mary Astor), is forced to wed Lord Alvanley (William Humphrey). Winning the ...more
  • 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, Charles ...more
  • Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman is a 1917 silent film starring John Barrymore and Evelyn Brent. The movie also co-stars Frank Morgan and Mike Donlin, and was directed by George Irving.
  • Eternal Love is a 1929 American silent romantic drama film directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring John Barrymore and Camilla Horn. Based on the novel Der Koenig der Bernina by Jacob Christopher ...more
  • Chevalier Fabien des Grieux (John Barrymore) is a divinity student living in France. He breaks from the church when he meets the beautiful Manon Lescaut (Dolores Costello). They spend only one ...more
  • 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 in ...more
  • 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.
  • 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 Queen ...more
  • In this classic Hollywood take on Shakespeare's tragic romance, dashing young Romeo (Leslie Howard), a Montague, falls in love with the radiant Juliet (Norma Shearer), a member of the Capulet family, ...more