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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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    Twentieth Century

    Carole Lombard, John Barrymore

    Released1934

    Directed byHoward 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 Hawks,...  more
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    Dinner at Eight

    Jean Harlow, John Barrymore

    Released1933

    Directed byGeorge 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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    Svengali

    John Barrymore, Donald Crisp

    Released1931

    Directed byArchie 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 Mayo...  more
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    Rasputin and the Empress

    John Barrymore, Ethel Barrymore

    Released1932

    Directed byCharles 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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    Midnight

    Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche

    Released1939

    Directed byMitchell 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 by...  more
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    Don Juan

    John Barrymore, Mary Astor

    Released1926

    Directed byAlan 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 it...  more
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    Arsène Lupin

    John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore

    Released1932

    Directed byJack Conway

    Arsène Lupin is a 1932 mystery romance film directed by Jack Conway....  more
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    Grand Hotel

    Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford

    Released1932

    Directed byEdmund 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 novel...  more

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    Counsellor at Law

    John Barrymore, Thelma Todd

    Released1933

    Directed byWilliam 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....  more
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    The Beloved Rogue

    John Barrymore, Conrad Veidt

    Released1927

    Directed byAlan 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. François...  more
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    23
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    Tempest

    John Barrymore, Michael Visaroff

    Released1928

    Directed byLewis 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 the...  more
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    23
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    Topaze

    Myrna Loy, John Barrymore

    Released1933

    Directed byHarry 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, was...  more
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    19
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    The Great Man Votes

    John Barrymore, Katharine Alexander

    Released1939

    Directed byGarson 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 story of...  more
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    19
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    The Mad Genius

    Boris Karloff, John Barrymore

    Released1931

    Directed byMichael 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, Charles...  more
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    Beau Brummel

    John Barrymore, Mary Astor

    Released1924

    Directed byHarry 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 had...  more
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    The Great Profile

    Anne Baxter, John Barrymore

    Released1940

    Directed byWalter Lang

    The Great Profile is a 1940 film directed by Walter Lang....  more
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    Maytime

    John Barrymore, Jeanette MacDonald

    Released1937

    Directed byRobert 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 the...  more
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    True Confession

    Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray

    Released1937

    Directed byWesley 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 Berr...  more
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    Romeo and Juliet

    Norma Shearer, Basil Rathbone

    Released1936

    Directed byGeorge 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 Shearer...  more

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    15
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    The Show of Shows

    John Barrymore, Loretta Young

    Released1929

    Directed byJohn 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 in...  more
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    15
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    Long Lost Father

    John Barrymore, Helen Chandler

    Released1934

    Directed byErnest 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....  more
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    State's Attorney

    John Barrymore, Paul Hurst

    Released1932

    Directed byGeorge Archainbaud

    State's Attorney is a 1932 talking drama film made at RKO and starring John Barrymore. George Archainbaud directed and the film could more or less be considered a warm up for Barrymore when he later...  more
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    Eternal Love

    John Barrymore, Mona Rico

    Released1929

    Directed byErnst Lubitsch

    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
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    Reunion in Vienna

    John Barrymore, Frank Morgan

    Released1933

    Directed bySidney 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 Vienna, by...  more
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    When a Man Loves

    John Barrymore, Dolores Costello

    Released1927

    Directed byAlan Crosland

    When a Man Loves is a 1927 American silent historical drama film directed by Alan Crosland and produced and distributed by Warner Bros.. The picture stars John Barrymore and Dolores Costello in the...  more