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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.

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

D. W. Griffith and Chris Columbus are among those who directed Lionel Barrymore at one point or another during their careers in the film industry.

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It's a Wonderful Life James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore 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 ...more

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Grand Hotel Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, John Barrymore 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 ...more

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Captains Courageous Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Lionel Barrymore 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 ...more

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Key Largo Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson 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 ...more

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You Can't Take It With You James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Ann Miller 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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On Borrowed Time Lionel Barrymore, Cedric Hardwicke, Beulah Bondi 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 ...more

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Since You Went Away Shirley Temple, Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Jones 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 ...more

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A Free Soul Clark Gable, Norma Shearer, Lionel Barrymore 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

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Dinner at Eight Jean Harlow, John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore Dinner at Eight is a Pre-Code 1933 comedy of manners / drama starring Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, Jean Harlow, Lionel Barrymore, Lee Tracy, Edmund Lowe, and Billie Burke, and ...more

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Test Pilot Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Myrna Loy 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 ...more

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Duel in the Sun 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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David Copperfield Basil Rathbone, W. C. Fields, Maureen O'Sullivan 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 ...more

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Tennessee Johnson Lionel Barrymore, Van Heflin, Ruth Hussey 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 ...more

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A Yank at Oxford Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor, Maureen O'Sullivan 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, ...more

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Mata Hari Greta Garbo, Lionel Barrymore, Ramon Novarro Mata Hari is a 1931 American Pre-Code film loosely based on the life of Mata Hari, an exotic dancer/courtesan executed for espionage during World War I. The film stars Greta Garbo in the title ...more

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Camille Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor, Joan Leslie 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. ...more

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The Valley of Decision Gregory Peck, Greer Garson, Jessica Tandy 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 ...more

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Treasure Island Lionel Barrymore, Jackie Cooper, Lionel Stander Treasure Island is a 1934 film adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous 1883 novel Treasure Island. Jim Hawkins discovers a treasure map and travels on a sailing ship to a remote island, ...more

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Broken Lullaby Lionel Barrymore, ZaSu Pitts, Phillips Holmes 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 ...more

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Three Wise Fools Cyd Charisse, Margaret O'Brien, Lionel Barrymore Three Wise Fools is a 1946 comedy drama film directed by Edward Buzzell.

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The Devil-Doll Maureen O'Sullivan, Lionel Barrymore, Rafaela Ottiano The Devil-Doll is a horror film directed by Tod Browning and starring a cross-dressing Lionel Barrymore and Maureen O'Sullivan as his daughter, Lorraine Lavond. The movie was adapted from the ...more

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Young Dr. Kildare Lionel Barrymore, Lew Ayres, Monty Woolley 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, ...more

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Sadie Thompson Gloria Swanson, Lionel Barrymore, Raoul Walsh Sadie Thompson is a 1928 American silent drama film that tells the story of a "fallen woman" who comes to Pago Pago on the island of Tutuila to start a new life, but encounters a ...more

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One Man's Journey Lionel Barrymore, Joel McCrea, Frances Dee 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 ...more

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The Girl from Missouri Jean Harlow, Lionel Barrymore, Franchot Tone 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.

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Rasputin and the Empress John Barrymore, Ethel Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore Rasputin and the Empress is a 1932 film about Imperial Russia starring the Barrymore siblings. It is the only film in which all three siblings appear together. The film's inaccurate portrayal of ...more

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The Ranchero's Revenge Lionel Barrymore The Ranchero's Revenge is a 1913 American film directed by D. W. Griffith.

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The Gorgeous Hussy James Stewart, Joan Crawford, Robert Taylor The Gorgeous Hussy is a 1936 period film directed by Clarence Brown, and starring Joan Crawford and Robert Taylor. The screenplay was written by Stephen Morehouse Avery and Ainsworth Morgan, ...more

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The Voice of Bugle Ann Maureen O'Sullivan, Lionel Barrymore, Spring Byington The Voice of Bugle Ann is a 1936 film directed by Richard Thorpe, based on a novel of the same title by MacKinlay Kantor.

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The Temptress Greta Garbo, Lionel Barrymore, Antonio Moreno The Temptress is an American silent romantic drama film directed by Fred Niblo. Starring Greta Garbo, Antonio Moreno, Lionel Barrymore and Roy D'Arcy it premiered on October 10, 1926. The film ...more

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Lone Star Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Lionel Barrymore Lone Star is a 1952 Western film starring Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Broderick Crawford, Ed Begley, and Lionel Barrymore as President Andrew Jackson. The film also marks the first screen ...more

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The Secret of Dr. Kildare Lionel Barrymore, Lew Ayres, Laraine Day The Secret of Dr. Kildare is a 1939 American film directed by Harold S. Bucquet. This was the fourth of a total of ten Dr. Kildare pictures, Lew Ayres starred in the last nine.

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The Stranger's Return Lionel Barrymore, Franchot Tone, Miriam Hopkins The Stranger's Return is a 1933 drama film released by MGM and starring Miriam Hopkins, Lionel Barrymore and Franchot Tone. Miriam Hopkins was loaned out to MGM for this picture while under ...more

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Mark of the Vampire Bela Lugosi, Lionel Barrymore, Lionel Atwill Mark of the Vampire is a 1935 horror film, starring Lionel Barrymore, Elizabeth Allan, Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, and Jean Hersholt, and directed by Tod Browning. It is a talkie remake of ...more

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The Little Colonel Shirley Temple, Hattie McDaniel, Lionel Barrymore 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

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Lady Be Good Doris Day, Red Skelton, Robert Young 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 ...more

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The New York Hat 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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West of Zanzibar Lon Chaney, Lionel Barrymore, Mary Nolan West of Zanzibar is a 1928 American silent film directed by Tod Browning about the vengefulness of a cuckolded magician paralyzed in a brawl with his rival. The supporting cast includes Mary ...more

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The Mysterious Island Lionel Barrymore, Montagu Love, Lloyd Hughes The Mysterious Island is a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film directed by Lucien Hubbard, a film adaptation of Jules Verne's novel L'Île mystérieuse, published in 1874. The film was released ...more

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Carolina Shirley Temple, Janet Gaynor, Robert Young 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 ...more

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Body and Soul Lionel Barrymore, Norman Kerry, Aileen Pringle Body and Soul is a 1927 silent film starring Aileen Pringle, Norman Kerry, and Lionel Barrymore. The film was directed by Reginald Barker. The film has been preserved by MGM and George Eastman

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The Chief's Blanket Lionel Barrymore, Blanche Sweet The Chief's Blanket is a 1912 American short silent Western film directed by D. W. Griffith, starring Blanche Sweet and Lionel Barrymore.

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A Family Affair Lionel Barrymore, Spring Byington, Eric Linden 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 ...more

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Friends Mary Pickford, Lionel Barrymore, Harry Carey Friends is a 1912 film written and directed by D. W. Griffith and starring Mary Pickford, Henry B. Walthall, Lionel Barrymore, and Harry Carey. Walthall and Barrymore portray two old friends who ...more

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Oil and Water Lionel Barrymore, Blanche Sweet, Harry Carey Oil and Water is a 1913 film directed by D. W. Griffith and starring Blanche Sweet. The supporting cast includes Henry B. Walthall, Lionel Barrymore, and Harry Carey. A stage dancer and a ...more

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Navy Blue and Gold James Stewart, Robert Young, Lionel Barrymore Navy Blue and Gold is a 1937 American Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film starring Robert Young, James Stewart and Lionel Barrymore.

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Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant Lionel Barrymore, Van Johnson, Keye Luke Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant is a 1942 feature film from MGM in their long-running Dr. Kildare series. It introduced two new doctors, Dr. Randall Adams and Dr. Lee Wong How.

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The Lion and the Mouse Lionel Barrymore, May McAvoy The Lion and the Mouse is a part-silent/part-sound drama film produced by Warner Brothers, directed by Lloyd Bacon, and based on the 1905 play by Charles Klein. The picture marks the first time ...more

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Down To the Sea in Ships Richard Widmark, Dean Stockwell, Lionel Barrymore Down to the Sea in Ships is a 1949 seafaring drama directed by Henry Hathaway, starring Richard Widmark and Lionel Barrymore. The supporting cast includes Dean Stockwell, Cecil Kellaway, Gene ...more

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Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case Donna Reed, Margaret O'Brien, Lionel Barrymore Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case is a 1943 mystery drama film written by Lawrence P. Bachmann, Martin Berkeley, Harry Ruskin and directed by Willis Goldbeck.