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The Best John Carradine Movies

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

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

This list below has a variety of films in it, from The Wizard of Mars to Blood of Dracula's Castle.

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


  • 1

    Bride of Frankenstein

    Boris Karloff, Walter Brennan


    Directed byJames Whale

    Bride of Frankenstein is a 1935 American horror film, the first sequel to Frankenstein. Bride of Frankenstein was directed by James Whale and stars Boris Karloff as The Monster, Elsa Lanchester in...  more

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  • 2

    The Ten Commandments

    Charlton Heston, Vincent Price


    Directed byCecil B. DeMille

    The Ten Commandments is a 1956 American religious epic film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille, shot in VistaVision, and released by Paramount Pictures. It dramatizes the biblical story of the...  more

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  • 3

    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    John Wayne, James Stewart


    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a 1962 American Western film directed by John Ford starring James Stewart and John Wayne. The black-and-white film was released by Paramount Pictures. The...  more

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  • 4

    The Grapes of Wrath

    Henry Fonda, John Carradine


    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Grapes of Wrath is a 1940 drama film directed by John Ford. It was based on John Steinbeck's 1939 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. The screenplay was written by Nunnally Johnson and...  more

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  • 5


    John Wayne, John Carradine


    Directed byJohn Ford

    Stagecoach is a 1939 American Western film directed by John Ford, starring Claire Trevor and John Wayne in his breakthrough role. The screenplay, written by Dudley Nichols, is an adaptation of "The...  more

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  • 6

    Captains Courageous

    Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy


    Directed byVictor Fleming

    Captains Courageous is a 1937 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer adventure film. Based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling, it had its world premiere at the Carthay Circle Theatre in Los Angeles. The movie was produced...  more

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  • 7

    The Hound of the Baskervilles

    Basil Rathbone, John Carradine


    Directed bySidney Lanfield

    The Hound of the Baskervilles is a 1939 mystery film based on the novel The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It was directed by Sidney Lanfield and produced by 20th Century...  more
  • 8

    House of Frankenstein

    Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney


    Directed byErle C. Kenton

    House of Frankenstein is an American monster horror film starring Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney, Jr., directed by Erle C. Kenton, written by Curt Siodmak, and produced in 1944 by Universal Studios as...  more
  • 9

    Jesse James

    Henry Fonda, Tyrone Power


    Directed byHenry King

    Jesse James is a western film directed by Henry King and starring Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Nancy Kelly and Randolph Scott. Written by Nunnally Johnson, the film is loosely based on the life of the...  more

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  • 10

    The Secret of NIMH

    Shannen Doherty, Wil Wheaton


    Directed byDon Bluth

    The Secret of NIMH is a 1982 American animated fantasy adventure drama film directed by Don Bluth in his directorial debut. It is an adaptation of Robert C. O'Brien's 1971 children's novel Mrs....  more

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  • 11

    Son of Dracula

    Lon Chaney, Jr.


    Directed byRobert Siodmak, Erle C. Kenton

    Son of Dracula is a 1943 American horror film directed by Robert Siodmak – his first film for Universal studios – with a screenplay based on an original story by his brother Curt. The film stars Lon...  more

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  • 12

    The Night Strangler

    Darren McGavin, Margaret Hamilton


    Directed byDan Curtis

    The Night Strangler is a made for television movie which first aired on ABC on January 16, 1973 as a sequel to The Night Stalker. The Night Strangler proved almost as popular as its predecessor...  more
  • 13

    Cheyenne Autumn

    James Stewart, Edward G. Robinson


    Directed byJohn Ford

    Cheyenne Autumn is a 1964 Western movie starring Richard Widmark, Carroll Baker, James Stewart, and Edward G. Robinson. Regarded as an epic film, it tells the story of a factual event, the Northern...  more

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  • 14

    The Howling

    Dee Wallace, John Sayles


    Directed byJoe Dante

    The Howling is a 1981 werewolf-themed horror film directed by Joe Dante. Based on the novel of the same name by Gary Brandner, the screenplay is written by John Sayles and Terence H. Winkless. The...  more

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  • 15

    House of Dracula

    Lon Chaney, Jr.


    Directed byErle C. Kenton

    House of Dracula is an American horror film released by Universal Pictures Company in 1945. It was a direct sequel to House of Frankenstein and continued the theme of combining Universal's three most...  more
  • 16

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Buster Keaton, Archie Moore


    Directed byMichael Curtiz

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a 1960 American film directed by Michael Curtiz. Based on the famous Mark Twain novel of the same name, it was the third sound film version of the story and the...  more
  • 17

    Captain Kidd

    Charles Laughton, John Carradine


    Directed byRowland V. Lee

    Captain Kidd is a 1945 adventure film starring Charles Laughton, Randolph Scott, Barbara Britton, and John Carradine, directed by Rowland V. Lee, produced by Benedict Bogeaus and James Nasser, music...  more
  • 18

    Drums Along the Mohawk

    Henry Fonda, Claudette Colbert


    Directed byJohn Ford

    Drums Along the Mohawk is a 1939 historical Technicolor film based upon a 1936 novel of the same name by American author, Walter D. Edmonds. The film was produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and directed by...  more

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  • 19

    Blood and Sand

    Rita Hayworth, Anthony Quinn


    Directed byRouben Mamoulian

    Blood and Sand is a Technicolor film produced by 20th Century Fox, directed by Rouben Mamoulian and starring Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Rita Hayworth, and Alla Nazimova. It is based on the critical...  more
  • 20

    The Return of Frank James

    Henry Fonda, Gene Tierney


    Directed byFritz Lang

    The Return of Frank James is a 1940 western film directed by Fritz Lang and starring Henry Fonda and Gene Tierney. It is a sequel to Henry King's 1939 film Jesse James. Written by Sam Hellman, the...  more
  • 21

    Casanova's Big Night

    Bob Hope, Vincent Price


    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
  • 22

    The Last Tycoon

    Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro


    Directed byElia Kazan

    The Last Tycoon is a 1976 American dramatic film directed by Elia Kazan and produced by Sam Spiegel, based upon Harold Pinter's screenplay adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon,...  more
  • 23

    The Hurricane

    Dorothy Lamour, Mary Astor


    Directed byStuart Heisler, John Ford

    The Hurricane is a 1937 film set in the South Seas, directed by John Ford and produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions, about a Polynesian who is unjustly imprisoned. The climax features a special...  more
  • 24

    Female Jungle

    Jayne Mansfield, John Carradine


    Directed byBruno Vesota

    Female Jungle is a 1955 black-and-white film noir directed by Bruno VeSota, featuring Lawrence Tierney, Kathleen Crowley, John Carradine, Jayne Mansfield, and Burt Kaiser. The production is notable...  more
  • 25

    The Monster Club

    Vincent Price, Britt Ekland


    Directed byRoy Ward Baker

    The Monster Club is a 1980 British horror film directed by Roy Ward Baker and starring Vincent Price and John Carradine. An anthology film, it is based on the works of the British horror author R....  more