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The Best Lionel Barrymore Movies

Updated September 24, 2019 1.9k votes 178 voters 15.1k views100 items

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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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    On Borrowed Time is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Lionel Barrymore Movies
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    On Borrowed Time

    Lionel Barrymore, Cedric Hardwicke

    Released1939

    Directed byHarold S. Bucquet

    On Borrowed Time is a 1939 film about the role death plays in life, and how humanity cannot... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Since You Went Away is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Lionel Barrymore Movies
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    Since You Went Away

    Shirley Temple, Claudette Colbert

    Released1944

    Directed byJohn Cromwell

    Since You Went Away is a 1944 American film directed by John Cromwell for Selznick... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    David Copperfield is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Lionel Barrymore Movies
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    David Copperfield

    Basil Rathbone, W. C. Fields

    Released1935

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    David Copperfield is a 1935 American film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer based upon the... more on Wikipedia
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    Duel in the Sun is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Lionel Barrymore Movies
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    Duel in the Sun

    Orson Welles, Gregory Peck

    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... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    A Free Soul is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Lionel Barrymore Movies
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    A Free Soul

    Clark Gable, Norma Shearer

    Released1931

    Directed byClarence Brown

    A Free Soul is a 1931 Pre-Code film which tells the story of an alcoholic defense attorney who... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Test Pilot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Lionel Barrymore Movies
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    Test Pilot

    Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy

    Released1938

    Directed byVictor Fleming

    Test Pilot is a 1938 film directed by Victor Fleming, starring Clark Gable, Myrna Loy and... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Lionel Barrymore Movies
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    It's a Wonderful Life

    James Stewart, Donna Reed

    Released1946

    Directed byFrank Capra

    It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy comedy-drama film produced and... more on Wikipedia

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    A Yank at Oxford is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Lionel Barrymore Movies
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    A Yank at Oxford

    Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor

    Released1938

    Directed byJack Conway

    A Yank at Oxford is a British film directed by Jack Conway from a screenplay by John Monk... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Camille is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Lionel Barrymore Movies
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    Camille

    Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor

    Released1936

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    Camille is an American romantic drama film directed by George Cukor and produced by Irving... more on Wikipedia
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    You Can't Take It With You is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Lionel Barrymore Movies
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    You Can't Take It With You

    James Stewart, Jean Arthur

    Released1938

    Directed byFrank Capra

    You Can't Take It With You is a 1938 American romantic comedy film directed by Frank Capra and... more on Wikipedia

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    Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Lionel Barrymore Movies
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    Treasure Island

    Lionel Barrymore, Jackie Cooper

    Released1934

    Directed byVictor Fleming

    Treasure Island is a 1934 film adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous 1883 novel... more on Wikipedia
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    The Valley of Decision is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Lionel Barrymore Movies
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    The Valley of Decision

    Gregory Peck, Greer Garson

    Released1945

    Directed byTay Garnett

    The Valley of Decision is a film set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA in the late 19th... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Key Largo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Lionel Barrymore Movies
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    Key Largo

    Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart

    Released1948

    Directed byJohn Huston

    Key Largo is a 1948 film noir directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, Edward G.... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    The Devil-Doll is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Lionel Barrymore Movies
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    The Devil-Doll

    Maureen O'Sullivan, Lionel Barrymore

    Released1936

    Directed byTod Browning

    The Devil-Doll is a horror film directed by Tod Browning and starring a cross-dressing Lionel... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Grand Hotel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Lionel Barrymore Movies
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    Grand Hotel

    Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford

    Released1932

    Directed byEdmund Goulding

    Grand Hotel is a 1932 American drama film directed by Edmund Goulding. The screenplay by... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Mata Hari is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Lionel Barrymore Movies
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    Mata Hari

    Greta Garbo, Lionel Barrymore

    Released1931

    Directed byGeorge Fitzmaurice

    Mata Hari is a 1931 American Pre-Code film loosely based on the life of Mata Hari, an exotic... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Captains Courageous is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Lionel Barrymore Movies
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    Captains Courageous

    Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy

    Released1937

    Directed byVictor Fleming

    Captains Courageous is a 1937 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer adventure film. Based on the novel by... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Mark of the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Lionel Barrymore Movies
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    Mark of the Vampire

    Bela Lugosi, Lionel Barrymore

    Released1935

    Directed byTod Browning

    Mark of the Vampire is a 1935 horror film, starring Lionel Barrymore, Elizabeth Allan, Bela... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Tennessee Johnson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Lionel Barrymore Movies
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    Tennessee Johnson

    Lionel Barrymore, Van Heflin

    Released1942

    Directed byWilliam Dieterle

    Tennessee Johnson is a 1942 American film about Andrew Johnson, the 17th president of the... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Young Dr. Kildare is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Lionel Barrymore Movies
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    Young Dr. Kildare

    Lionel Barrymore, Lew Ayres

    Released1938

    Directed byHarold S. Bucquet

    Young Dr. Kildare is a 1938 film starring Lew Ayres as Dr. James Kildare, an idealistic,... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Three Wise Fools is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Lionel Barrymore Movies
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    Three Wise Fools

    Cyd Charisse, Margaret O'Brien

    Released1946

    Directed byEdward Buzzell

    Three Wise Fools is a 1946 comedy drama film directed by Edward Buzzell.amazon_watch buy button
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    The Voice of Bugle Ann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Lionel Barrymore Movies
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    The Voice of Bugle Ann

    Maureen O'Sullivan, Lionel Barrymore

    Released1936

    Directed byRichard Thorpe

    The Voice of Bugle Ann is a 1936 film directed by Richard Thorpe, based on a novel of the same... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Broken Lullaby is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Lionel Barrymore Movies
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    Broken Lullaby

    Lionel Barrymore, ZaSu Pitts

    Released1932

    Directed byErnst Lubitsch

    Broken Lullaby is an American drama film directed by Ernst Lubitsch and released by Paramount... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Sadie Thompson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Lionel Barrymore Movies
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    Sadie Thompson

    Gloria Swanson, Lionel Barrymore

    Released1928

    Directed byRaoul Walsh

    Sadie Thompson is a 1928 American silent drama film that tells the story of a "fallen woman"... more on Wikipedia
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    The Girl from Missouri is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Lionel Barrymore Movies
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    The Girl from Missouri

    Jean Harlow, Lionel Barrymore

    Released1934

    Directed byJack Conway

    The Girl from Missouri is a 1934 American romantic comedy-drama film starring Jean Harlow and... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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