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The Best Lionel Barrymore Movies

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

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

This list includes The Return of Peter Grimm, Oil and Water and more films.

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  • 1

    Grand Hotel

    Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford
    95
    18

    Released1932

    Directed byEdmund Goulding

    Grand Hotel is a 1932 American drama film directed by Edmund Goulding. The screenplay by William A. Drake is based on the 1930 play of the same title by Drake, who had adapted it from the 1929 novel...  more
  • 2

    Since You Went Away

    Shirley Temple, Claudette Colbert
    61
    4

    Released1944

    Directed byJohn Cromwell

    Since You Went Away is a 1944 American film directed by John Cromwell for Selznick International Pictures and distributed by United Artists. It is an epic about the American home front during WWII...  more
  • 3

    Test Pilot

    Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy
    53
    6

    Released1938

    Directed byVictor Fleming

    Test Pilot is a 1938 film directed by Victor Fleming, starring Clark Gable, Myrna Loy and Spencer Tracy, and featuring Lionel Barrymore. The film tells the story of a daredevil test pilot, his wife,...  more
  • 4

    It's a Wonderful Life

    James Stewart, Donna Reed
    45
    15

    Released1946

    Directed byFrank Capra

    It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy comedy-drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, based on the short story "The Greatest Gift", which Philip Van Doren Stern wrote in...  more

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  • 5

    A Yank at Oxford

    Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor
    31
    3

    Released1938

    Directed byJack Conway

    A Yank at Oxford is a British film directed by Jack Conway from a screenplay by John Monk Saunders and Leon Gordon. It was produced by MGM-British at Denham Studios and stars Robert Taylor, Lionel...  more
  • 6

    Camille

    Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor
    31
    3

    Released1936

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    Camille is an American romantic drama film directed by George Cukor and produced by Irving Thalberg and Bernard H. Hyman, from a screenplay by James Hilton, Zoë Akins and Frances Marion. The picture...  more
  • 7

    You Can't Take It With You

    James Stewart, Jean Arthur
    36
    12

    Released1938

    Directed byFrank Capra

    You Can't Take It With You is a 1938 American romantic comedy film directed by Frank Capra and starring Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart, and Edward Arnold. Adapted from the Pulitzer...  more

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  • 8

    Captains Courageous

    Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy
    28
    5

    Released1937

    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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  • 9

    The Valley of Decision

    Gregory Peck, Greer Garson
    28
    8

    Released1945

    Directed byTay Garnett

    The Valley of Decision is a film set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA in the late 19th century. It tells the story of a young Irish house maid who falls in love with the son of her employer, a local...  more
  • 10

    On Borrowed Time

    Lionel Barrymore, Cedric Hardwicke
    38
    18

    Released1939

    Directed byHarold S. Bucquet

    On Borrowed Time is a 1939 film about the role death plays in life, and how humanity cannot live without it. It is adapted from Paul Osborn's 1938 Broadway hit play. The play, based on a novel by...  more
  • 11

    Key Largo

    Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart
    34
    15

    Released1948

    Directed byJohn Huston

    Key Largo is a 1948 film noir directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson and Lauren Bacall and featuring Lionel Barrymore and Claire Trevor. The movie was adapted by...  more

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  • 12

    Tennessee Johnson

    Lionel Barrymore, Van Heflin
    16
    0

    Released1942

    Directed byWilliam Dieterle

    Tennessee Johnson is a 1942 American film about Andrew Johnson, the 17th president of the United States, released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was directed by William Dieterle and written by Milton...  more
  • 13

    Young Dr. Kildare

    Lionel Barrymore, Lew Ayres
    24
    12

    Released1938

    Directed byHarold S. Bucquet

    Young Dr. Kildare is a 1938 film starring Lew Ayres as Dr. James Kildare, an idealistic, freshly graduated medical intern, who benefits greatly from the wise counsel of his experienced mentor, Dr....  more
  • 14

    A Family Affair

    Lionel Barrymore, Spring Byington
    17
    4

    Released1937

    Directed byGeorge B. Seitz

    A Family Affair is the first entry in the sixteen Andy Hardy film series, though Mickey Rooney has a secondary role as the son of Judge Hardy, played by Lionel Barrymore. Lewis Stone and Fay Holden...  more
  • 15

    The Little Colonel

    Shirley Temple, Hattie McDaniel
    22
    10

    Released1935

    Directed byDavid Butler

    The Little Colonel is a 1935 American comedy drama film directed by David Butler. The screenplay by William M. Conselman was adapted from the children's novel of the same name by Annie Fellows...  more
  • 16

    Duel in the Sun

    Orson Welles, Gregory Peck
    17
    4

    Released1946

    Directed byJosef von Sternberg, William Dieterle, William Cameron Menzies, King Vidor, Sidney Franklin

    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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  • 17

    Three Wise Fools

    Cyd Charisse, Margaret O'Brien
    14
    2

    Released1946

    Directed byEdward Buzzell

    Three Wise Fools is a 1946 comedy drama film directed by Edward Buzzell....  more
  • 18

    David Copperfield

    Basil Rathbone, W. C. Fields
    19
    8

    Released1935

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    David Copperfield is a 1935 American film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer based upon the Charles Dickens novel The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation of David Copperfield the...  more
  • 19

    One Man's Journey

    Lionel Barrymore, Joel McCrea
    18
    8

    Released1933

    Directed byJohn S. Robertson, Charles Kerr

    One Man's Journey is an American drama film, starring Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Eli Watt. The picture was based on the novel The Failure, written by Katharine Haviland-Taylor. It was remade by RKO as A...  more
  • 20

    The Voice of Bugle Ann

    Maureen O'Sullivan, Lionel Barrymore
    14
    4

    Released1936

    Directed byRichard Thorpe

    The Voice of Bugle Ann is a 1936 film directed by Richard Thorpe, based on a novel of the same title by MacKinlay Kantor....  more
  • 21

    A Free Soul

    Clark Gable, Norma Shearer
    17
    7

    Released1931

    Directed byClarence Brown

    A Free Soul is a 1931 Pre-Code film which tells the story of an alcoholic defense attorney who must defend his daughter's ex-boyfriend on a charge of murdering the mobster she had started a...  more
  • 22

    Broken Lullaby

    Lionel Barrymore, ZaSu Pitts
    12
    2

    Released1932

    Directed byErnst Lubitsch

    Broken Lullaby is an American drama film directed by Ernst Lubitsch and released by Paramount Pictures. The screenplay by Samson Raphaelson and Ernest Vajda is based on the 1930 play L'homme que j'ai...  more
  • 23

    Lady Be Good

    Doris Day, Red Skelton
    18
    10

    Released1941

    Directed byNorman Z. McLeod

    Lady Be Good is the title of an MGM musical film which was released in 1941. The film starred dancer Eleanor Powell, along with Ann Sothern, Robert Young, Lionel Barrymore, and Red Skelton. It was...  more
  • 24

    Carolina

    Shirley Temple, Janet Gaynor
    15
    6

    Released1934

    Directed byHenry King

    Carolina is a 1934 American romantic comedy film directed by Henry King. The screenplay by Reginald Berkley is based on the play, The House of Connelly by Paul Green. The film stars Janet Gaynor,...  more
  • 25

    The Girl from Missouri

    Jean Harlow, Lionel Barrymore
    16
    8

    Released1934

    Directed byJack Conway

    The Girl from Missouri is a 1934 American romantic comedy-drama film starring Jean Harlow and Franchot Tone. The movie was written by Anita Loos and directed by Jack Conway....  more