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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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    The Lotus Eater

    John Barrymore, Colleen Moore

    Released1921

    Directed byMarshall Neilan

    The Lotus Eater was a 1921 American silent romantic drama film produced and directed by Marshall Neilan and released through Associated First National. The Lotus Eater starred John Barrymore with...  more
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    Night Flight

    Clark Gable, Myrna Loy

    Released1933

    Directed byClarence Brown

    Night Flight is a 1933 aviation drama film produced by David O. Selznick and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and directed by Clarence Brown. The film stars Lionel Barrymore, John Barrymore, Clark...  more
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    Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman

    John Barrymore, Frank Morgan

    Released1917

    Directed byGeorge Irving

    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....  more
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    The Test of Honor

    John Barrymore, Constance Binney

    Released1919

    Directed byJohn S. Robertson

    The Test of Honor is an American silent film drama produced by Famous Players-Lasky, released by Paramount, directed by John S. Robertson, and starring John Barrymore. Considered the actor's first...  more
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    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    John Barrymore, Edgard Varèse

    Released1920

    Directed byJohn 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 Strange...  more
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    The Lost Bridegroom

    John Barrymore

    Released1916

    Directed byJames Kirkwood, Sr.

    The Lost Bridegroom a 1916 silent comedy film produced by Adolph Zukor starring John Barrymore. Appearing alongside Barrymore in this film is his first wife Katherine Corri Harris. The short story...  more
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    A Bill of Divorcement

    Katharine Hepburn, John Barrymore

    Released1932

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    A Bill of Divorcement is a 1932 drama film written by Clemence Dane, Howard Estabrook and Harry Wagstaff Gribble and directed by George Cukor....  more
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    Here Comes the Bride

    John Barrymore, Harry Semels

    Released1919

    Directed byJohn S. Robertson

    Here Comes the Bride is a lost 1919 American silent comedy film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and released by Paramount Pictures. This film is based on the 1917 Broadway play Here Comes the Bride...  more
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    Unspeakable Horror

    Lon Chaney, John Barrymore

    Released1920

    Directed byJohn S. Robertson

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    Released1915

    The Incorrigible Dukane is a 1915 silent dramedy produced by Daniel Frohman and released by Famous Players-Lasky and starred John Barrymore in his fifth feature film. The film was directed by James...  more
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    An American Citizen

    John Barrymore

    Released1914

    Directed byJ. Searle Dawley

    An American Citizen was a 1914 American silent romantic comedy film directed by J. Searle Dawley. The film is noteworthy as the debut of John Barrymore. Distributed by Famous Players Film Company,...  more
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    The Man from Blankley's

    Loretta Young, John Barrymore

    Released1930

    Directed byAlfred E. Green

    The Man from Blankley's is a lost 1930 American pre-Code comedy film, directed by Alfred E. Green. It starred John Barrymore and Loretta Young. The film was based on the 1903 play by Thomas Anstey...  more
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    On the Quiet

    John Barrymore

    Released1918

    Directed byChester Withey

    On the Quiet is a lost 1918 silent film comedy produced by Famous Players-Lasky and released by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by Chester Withey and starred John Barrymore. The film, based on an...  more
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    The Red Widow

    John Barrymore

    Released1916

    The Red Widow is a lost 1916 silent comedy film produced by Famous Players-Lasky, distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film was based on a 1911 Broadway musical play The Red Widow by Channing...  more
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    Nearly a King

    John Barrymore

    Released1916

    Nearly a King is a 1916 silent film romantic comedy produced by Famous Players Film Company and distributed by Paramount Pictures. John Barrymore stars in a story written for the screen. Barrymore's...  more
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    Spawn of the North

    Henry Fonda, Dorothy Lamour

    Released1938

    Directed byHenry Hathaway

    Spawn of the North is a 1938 film about rival fishermen in Alaska starring George Raft and featuring Henry Fonda, Dorothy Lamour, and John Barrymore. The movie was directed by Henry Hathaway....  more
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    The Man from Mexico

    John Barrymore, Harold Lockwood

    Released1914

    Directed byThomas N. Heffron

    The Man from Mexico is a 1914 silent film produced by the Famous Players Film Company and Daniel Frohman. It starred John Barrymore in his second feature film and was remade in 1926 as Let's Get...  more
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    General Crack

    John Barrymore, Armida

    Released1930

    Directed byAlan Crosland

    General Crack is a part-talkie historical costume drama film with Technicolor sequences which was produced by Warner Bros., filmed in 1929 and released early in 1930. The film was directed by Alan...  more
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    The Sea Beast

    John Barrymore, Dolores Costello

    Released1926

    Directed byMillard Webb

    The Sea Beast is a 1926 silent film directed by Millard Webb, starring John Barrymore and Dolores Costello. The film was a major commercial success and one of the biggest pictures of 1926. The Sea...  more
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    Moby Dick

    John Barrymore, Joan Bennett

    Released1930

    Directed byLloyd Bacon

    Moby Dick is a 1930 all-talking film made by Warner Bros., directed by Lloyd Bacon, and starring John Barrymore and Joan Bennett. The film is a sound remake of the 1926 silent movie, The Sea Beast,...  more
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    The Invisible Woman

    John Barrymore, Margaret Hamilton

    Released1940

    Directed byJoe May, A. Edward Sutherland

    The Invisible Woman is an American science fiction comedy film that was released near the end of 1940 by Universal. It is the third 'Invisible' film following The Invisible Man and The Invisible Man...  more
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    Sherlock Holmes

    John Barrymore, William Powell

    Released1922

    Directed byAlbert 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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    Marie Antoinette

    Tyrone Power, Norma Shearer

    Released1938

    Directed byW. 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 Queen...  more
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    Bulldog Drummond's Revenge

    John Barrymore, Reginald Denny

    Released1937

    Directed byLouis Eugene King, Louis King

    Bulldog Drummond's Revenge is a 1937 black-and-white detective film directed by Louis King, produced by Stuart Walker, written by Edward T. Lowe Jr. and Herman C. McNeile, and featuring John...  more
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    Playmates

    John Barrymore

    Released1941

    Directed byDavid Butler

    Playmates is a 1941 American comedy film directed by David Butler, and starring Kay Kyser and John Barrymore. This was Barrymore's final film....  more