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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Looking Forward Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone
Looking Forward is a 1933 American drama film starring Lionel Barrymore and Lewis Stone. Based on the Dodie Smith play Service, it depicts the desperate struggle of a London department store ...more
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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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Clara Bow, Lionel Barrymore, Alma Rubens
Enemies of Women is a 1923 silent romantic drama film directed by Alan Crosland and starring Lionel Barrymore, Alma Rubens, Gladys Hulette, Pedro de Cordoba, and Paul Panzer. The film was ...more
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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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Cyd Charisse, Margaret O'Brien, Lionel Barrymore
Three Wise Fools is a 1946 comedy drama film directed by Edward Buzzell.
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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