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.

"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
    • Released: 1946
    • Directed by: Frank Capra
  • Tennessee Johnson
    Van Heflin, Lionel Barrymore, Ruth Hussey
    • Released: 1942
    • Directed by: William Dieterle
  • Key Largo
    Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall
    • Released: 1948
    • Directed by: John Huston
  • Captains Courageous
    Spencer Tracy, Freddie Bartholomew, Lionel Barrymore
    • Released: 1937
    • Directed by: Victor Fleming
  • David Copperfield
    W.C. Fields, Freddie Bartholomew, Basil Rathbone
    • Released: 1935
    • Directed by: George Cukor
  • You Can't Take It With You
    Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: Frank Capra
  • Grand Hotel
    Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, John Barrymore
    • Released: 1932
    • Directed by: Edmund Goulding
  • Since You Went Away
    Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten
    • Released: 1944
    • Directed by: John Cromwell
  • A Free Soul
    Norma Shearer, Lionel Barrymore, Clark Gable
    • Released: 1931
    • Directed by: Clarence Brown
  • Duel in the Sun
    Jennifer Jones, Gregory Peck, Joseph Cotten
    • Released: 1946
    • Directed by: King Vidor
  • Dinner at Eight
    Marie Dressler, Jean Harlow, John Barrymore
    • Released: 1933
    • Directed by: George Cukor
  • On Borrowed Time
    Lionel Barrymore, Cedric Hardwicke, Beulah Bondi
    • Released: 1939
    • Directed by: Harold S. Bucquet
  • Test Pilot
    Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: Victor Fleming
  • The Devil-Doll
    Maureen O'Sullivan, Lionel Barrymore, Rafaela Ottiano
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: Tod Browning
  • A Yank at Oxford
    Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O'Sullivan
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: Jack Conway
  • Camille
    Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: George Cukor
  • Treasure Island
    Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Lionel Barrymore
    • Released: 1934
    • Directed by: Victor Fleming
  • Mata Hari
    Greta Garbo, Ramon Novarro, Lionel Barrymore
    • Released: 1931
    • Directed by: George Fitzmaurice
  • Mark of the Vampire
    Lionel Barrymore, Bela Lugosi, Elizabeth Allan
    • Released: 1935
    • Directed by: Tod Browning
  • The Valley of Decision
    Greer Garson, Gregory Peck, Donald Crisp
    • Released: 1945
    • Directed by: Tay Garnett
  • A Family Affair
    Lionel Barrymore, Mickey Rooney, Cecilia Parker
    • Released: 1937
    • Directed by: George B. Seitz
  • One Man's Journey
    Lionel Barrymore, May Robson, Dorothy Jordan
    • Released: 1933
    • Directed by: John S. Robertson
  • West of Zanzibar
    Lon Chaney, Lionel Barrymore, Mary Nolan
    • Released: 1928
    • Directed by: Tod Browning
  • Rasputin and the Empress
    John Barrymore, Ethel Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore
    • Released: 1932
    • Directed by: Richard Boleslawski
  • Sadie Thompson
    Gloria Swanson, Lionel Barrymore, Raoul Walsh
    • Released: 1928
    • Directed by: Raoul Walsh