The Best Lillian Gish Movies  

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

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Hearts of the World and Man's Enemy are included in this list.

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Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish
The Night of the Hunter is an American thriller film directed by Charles Laughton and starring Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters and Lillian Gish. Based on the 1953 novel of the same name by Davis ...more
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Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Lowell Sherman
Way Down West is a 1920 film directed by D. W. Griffith.
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Lillian Gish, John Ford, Raoul Walsh
The Birth of a Nation is a 1915 American silent epic drama film directed by D. W. Griffith and based on the novel and play The Clansman, both by Thomas Dixon, Jr. Griffith co-wrote the ...more
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Lillian Gish, Montagu Love, Edward Earle
The Wind is a 1928 American silent romantic drama film directed by Victor Sjöström. The movie was adapted by Frances Marion from the novel of the same name written by Dorothy ...more
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Lillian Gish, Douglas Fairbanks, Erich von Stroheim
Intolerance is a 1916 epic silent film directed by D. W. Griffith and considered one of the great masterpieces of the Silent Era. The three-and-a-half hour epic intercuts four parallel ...more
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Lillian Gish, Joseph Schildkraut, Dorothy Gish
Orphans of the Storm is a 1921 drama film by D. W. Griffith set in late-18th-century France, before and during the French Revolution. The last Griffith film to feature Lillian and Dorothy Gish, ...more
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Lillian Gish, Kid McCoy, Donald Crisp
Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl is a 1919 American silent drama film directed by D.W. Griffith. It was distributed by United Artists and premiered on May 13, 1919. It stars ...more
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Lillian Gish, George Fawcett
The Great Love is a 1918 American silent war drama film directed by written and D. W. Griffith who, along with scenario writer Stanner E.V. Taylor, is credited as "Captain Victor ...more
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Lillian Gish, Noël Coward, Erich von Stroheim
Hearts of the World is a 1918 American silent World War I propaganda film written, produced and directed by D. W. Griffith. In an effort to change the neutral mindset of the American public ...more
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Nancy Reagan, Anne Francis, Jennifer Jones
Portrait of Jennie is a 1948 fantasy film based on the novella by Robert Nathan. The film was directed by William Dieterle and produced by David O. Selznick. It stars Jennifer Jones and Joseph
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Carol Burnett, Mia Farrow, Lauren Hutton
A Wedding is a 1978 comedy film directed by Robert Altman, starring Desi Arnaz, Jr., Carol Burnett, Paul Dooley, Vittorio Gassman, Mia Farrow, Lillian Gish, Geraldine Chaplin, Howard Duff, Nina ...more
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Lillian Gish, Edward Everett Horton, Karl Dane
La Bohème is a 1926 American silent drama film directed by King Vidor, based on the opera La bohème by Giacomo Puccini. Lillian Gish and John Gilbert star as ill-fated lovers.
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Lillian Gish, Lionel Barrymore, Harry Carey
The Musketeers of Pig Alley is a 1912 American short drama film credited as the first gangster film in history. It is directed by D. W. Griffith and written by Griffith and Anita Loos. It is ...more
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Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Robert Harron
True Heart Susie is a 1919 American drama film directed by D. W. Griffith and starring Lillian Gish. A print of the film survives in the film archive of the British Film Institute. The film has ...more
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Bette Davis, Vincent Price, Mary Steenburgen
The Whales of August is a 1987 film based on a play by David Berry and stars Bette Davis and Lillian Gish as elderly sisters. Also in the cast were Ann Sothern as one of their friends, and ...more
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Lillian Gish, Karl Dane, Henry B. Walthall
The Scarlet Letter is a 1926 American drama film, based on the book by the same name, and directed by Victor Sjöström. Louis B. Mayer was reluctant on using Miss Gish, fearing ...more
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Elizabeth Taylor, James Earl Jones, Richard Burton
The Comedians is a 1967 film directed and produced by Peter Glenville, based on the novel of the same name by Graham Greene, who also wrote the screenplay. The stars were Richard Burton, ...more
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Lillian Gish, Harry Carey, Dorothy Gish
An Unseen Enemy is a 1912 Biograph Company short silent film directed by D. W. Griffith, and was the first film to be made starring the actresses Lillian Gish and Dorothy Gish. A critic of the ...more
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Orson Welles, Gregory Peck, Jennifer Jones
Duel in the Sun is a Technicolor 1946 Western film directed by King Vidor, produced and written by David O. Selznick, which tells the story of a Mestiza girl who goes to live with her caucasian ...more
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The Unforgiven Audrey Hepburn, Burt Lancaster, Lillian Gish
The Unforgiven is a 1960 American western film filmed in Durango, Mexico. It was directed by John Huston and stars Burt Lancaster, Audrey Hepburn, Audie Murphy, Charles Bickford and Lillian ...more
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John Wayne, Lillian Gish, Norman Kerry
Annie Laurie is a 1927 silent film directed by John S. Robertson, released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and starring Lillian Gish and Norman Kerry. This was the third film of Lillian Gish at MGM, and ...more
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Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish, Lionel Barrymore
The New York Hat is a short silent film directed by D. W. Griffith from a screenplay by Anita Loos, and starring Mary Pickford, Lionel Barrymore, and Lillian Gish.
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Lillian Gish, Henry B. Walthall, Mae Marsh
The Battle at Elderbush Gulch is a 1913 American silent Western film directed by D. W. Griffith and featuring Mae Marsh, Lillian Gish, and Lionel Barrymore.
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Kurt Russell, Lillian Gish, Vera Miles
Follow Me, Boys! is a 1966 family film produced by Walt Disney Productions, based on the book God and My Country by MacKinlay Kantor. The film starred Fred MacMurray, Vera Miles, Lillian Gish, ...more
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The Enemy Lillian Gish
The Enemy is a 1927 American drama film directed by Fred Niblo, and starring Lillian Gish. The film has been thought to be lost. The MGM library, now controlled by Turner Classic Movies, has a ...more