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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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  • 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
  • Way Down West is a 1920 film directed by D. W. Griffith.
  • 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
  • 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 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 screenplay, ...more
  • Young American man Douglas Gordon Hamilton (Robert Harron) lives in a rural French community where he is successfully wooing local beauty Marie Stephenson (Lillian Gish). But their romance is ...more
  • Friends and family of the bride (Amy Stryker) and groom (Desi Arnaz Jr.) carry on at a mansion before, during and after the ceremony.
  • 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 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 Scarborough. It features ...more
  • 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 Lillian ...more
  • 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.
  • 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 also ...more
  • 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
  • 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 its ...more
  • 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, Elizabeth ...more
  • In Depression-era New York, painter Eben Adams (Joseph Cotten) despairs at his lack of success. One cold winter evening in Central Park, he meets an enigmatic, old-fashioned little girl, Jennie ...more
  • Two elderly sisters, Libby Strong (Bette Davis) and Sarah Webber (Lillian Gish), travel to their summer house in Maine. The pair couldn't be less similar: Libby is blind, cynical and mean-spirited; ...more
  • 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 time ...more
  • In a country town, Susie (Lillian Gish), innocent and big-hearted, quietly gives money to William Jenkins (Robert Harron), a man she secretly yearns for, so he can attend college. After he graduates, ...more
  • 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.
  • Tragedy seems to follow Pearl Chavez (Jennifer Jones) everywhere she goes. After a domestic dispute results in the death of both of her parents, Pearl moves in with her aunt, Laura Belle (Lillian ...more
  • The Zachary family live quietly on a cattle ranch in post-Civil War Texas. A stranger (Joseph Wiseman) appears and disturbs their bucolic existence by spreading a malicious rumor that their adopted ...more
  • After her father, Prince Chiaromonte (Charles Lane), dies in a freak accident, Angela Chiaromonte (Lillian Gish) finds out that her jealous half-sister, the Marchesa di Mola (Gail Kane), has ...more
  • Romola
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    Romola is a 1924 American drama film directed by Henry King and shot on location in Italy. The film stars Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, William Powell and Ronald Colman, and is based on the George ...more
  • The Greatest Question is a 1919 American drama film directed by D. W. Griffith.