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.

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

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

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  • Way Down East
    Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Lowell Sherman
    21 votes
    • Released: 1920
    • Directed by: D. W. Griffith
    Way Down West is a 1920 film directed by D. W. Griffith.
  • The Scarlet Letter
    Lillian Gish, Karl Dane, Henry B. Walthall
    5 votes
    • Released: 1926
    • Directed by: Victor Sjöström
    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 opposition from church ...more
  • The Night of the Hunter
    Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish
    22 votes
    • Released: 1955
    • Directed by: Charles Laughton
    The Rev. Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum) is a religious fanatic and serial killer who targets women who use their sexuality to attract men. Serving time in prison for car theft, he meets condemned ...more

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  • Intolerance
    Lillian Gish, Robert Harron, Bessie Love
    16 votes
    • Released: 1916
    • Directed by: D.W. Griffith
    D.W. Griffith's epic intercuts between four separate stories about man's inhumanity to man. In Babylon, pacifist Prince Belshazzar is brought down by warring religious factions. In Judea, the last ...more

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  • Orphans of the Storm
    Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Joseph Schildkraut
    12 votes
    • Released: 1922
    • Directed by: D.W. Griffith
    When the plague kills their parents, Henriette (Lillian Gish) and her blind adopted sister, Louise (Dorothy Gish), go to Paris in hopes of finding a doctor to restore Louise's sight. As soon as they ...more
  • The Great Love
    Lillian Gish, George Fawcett
    4 votes
    • Released: 1918
    • Directed by: D. W. Griffith
    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 Marier". The film ...more