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The Best Margaret Rutherford Movies

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

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

List is made up of many different films, including Murder at the Gallop and The Importance of Being Earnest.

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  • 1
    Dennis Price, James Bolam
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    4

    Released1964

    Directed byGeorge Pollock

    Murder Most Foul is the third of four Miss Marple films made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Loosely based on the novel "Mrs McGinty's Dead" by Agatha Christie, it stars Margaret Rutherford as Miss Jane...  more
  • 2
    Peter Sellers, Richard Attenborough
    39
    4

    Released1959

    Directed byJohn Boulting, Roy Boulting

    I'm All Right Jack is a 1959 British comedy film directed and produced by John and Roy Boulting from a script by Frank Harvey, John Boulting and Alan Hackney based on the novel Private Life by...  more
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    Michael Redgrave, Margaret Rutherford
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    7

    Released1952

    Directed byAnthony Asquith

    The Importance of Being Earnest is a British film adaptation of the play by Oscar Wilde. It was directed by Anthony Asquith, who also adapted the screenplay, and was produced by Teddy Baird....  more
  • 4
    Elizabeth Taylor, Maggie Smith
    35
    7

    Released1963

    Directed byAnthony Asquith

    The V.I.P.s, also known as Hotel International, is a 1963 British drama film in Metrocolor and Panavision. It was directed by Anthony Asquith, produced by Anatole de Grunwald and distributed by...  more
  • 5
    Robert Morley, Margaret Rutherford
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    14

    Released1963

    Directed byGeorge Pollock

    Murder at the Gallop is the second of four Miss Marple films made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was based on the novel After the Funeral by Agatha Christie, and starred Margaret Rutherford as Miss Jane...  more
  • 6
    Orson Welles, John Gielgud
    27
    4

    Released1965

    Directed byOrson Welles

    Chimes at Midnight, is a 1966 English language Spanish-Swiss co-produced film directed by and starring Orson Welles. The film's plot centers on William Shakespeare's recurring character Sir John...  more
  • 7
    Arthur Kennedy, Joan Hickson
    35
    13

    Released1961

    Directed byGeorge Pollock

    Murder, She Said is a murder mystery film directed by George Pollock, based on the novel 4.50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie. The production starred Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple along with...  more
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    Rex Harrison, Noël Coward
    26
    9

    Released1945

    Directed byDavid Lean

    Blithe Spirit is a 1945 English fantasy-comedy film directed by David Lean. The screenplay by Lean, cinematographer Ronald Neame and associate producer Anthony Havelock-Allan is based on producer...  more
  • 9
    Margaret Rutherford, Glynis Johns
    21
    4

    Released1948

    Directed byKen Annakin

    Miranda is a 1948 British comedy film, directed by Ken Annakin and written by Peter Blackmore, who also wrote the play of the same name from which the film was adapted. Denis Waldock provided...  more
  • 10
    Laurence Olivier, Robert Donat
    20
    4

    Released1951

    Directed byJohn Boulting, Roy Boulting

    The Magic Box is a 1951 British, Technicolor, biographical drama film, directed by John Boulting. The film stars Robert Donat as William Friese-Greene, with a host of cameo appearances by such actors...  more
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    Margaret Rutherford, Lionel Jeffries
    23
    9

    Released1964

    Directed byGeorge Pollock

    Murder Ahoy! is the last of four Miss Marple films made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer that starred Margaret Rutherford. As in the previous three, the actress plays Agatha Christie's amateur sleuth Miss Jane...  more
  • 12
    Norman Wisdom, Margaret Rutherford
    19
    4

    Released1953

    Directed byJohn Paddy Carstairs

    Trouble in Store is a 1953 British comedy film starring Norman Wisdom as a department store clerk in his screen debut. For his performance, Wisdom won a BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer. The...  more
  • 13
    Margaret Rutherford, Hermione Baddeley
    21
    9

    Released1949

    Directed byHenry Cornelius

    Passport to Pimlico is a 1949 British comedy film made by Ealing Studios and starring Stanley Holloway, Margaret Rutherford and Hermione Baddeley. It was directed by Henry Cornelius. The script was...  more
  • 14
    Frankie Howerd, John Le Mesurier
    13
    4

    Released1963

    Directed byRichard Lester

    The Mouse on the Moon is a 1963 British comedy film, an adaptation of the novel The Mouse on the Moon by Irish author Leonard Wibberley. It was directed by Richard Lester and served as the sequel to...  more
  • 15
    Danny Kaye, Diana Dors
    14
    6

    Released1961

    Directed byMelville Shavelson

    On The Double is a 1961 film, directed by Melville Shavelson, who also wrote the screenplay with Jack Rose. It stars Danny Kaye who plays, as in many of his films, two roles — in this case, an...  more
  • 16
    Laurence Olivier, Margaret Rutherford
    6
    2

    Released1943

    Directed byAnthony Asquith

    The Demi-Paradise is a 1943 British comedy film made by Two Cities Films. It stars Laurence Olivier as a Soviet inventor who travels to England to have his revolutionary propeller manufactured, and...  more
  • 17
    Michael Wilding, Margaret Rutherford
    4
    2

    Released1944

    Directed byHarold French

    English Without Tears is a 1944 British comedy film directed by Harold French and starring Michael Wilding, Penelope Dudley-Ward and Lilli Palmer. It was also released under the title Her Man Gilbey....  more
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  • 18
    Margaret Rutherford, Fay Compton
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    2

    Released1954

    Directed byAnthony Kimmins

    Aunt Clara is a 1954 British comedy film starring Margaret Rutherford as a woman who inherits a number of shady businesses from a relative. Ronald Shiner, A. E. Matthews, and Fay Compton are also...  more
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  • 19
    Donald Sinden, Margaret Rutherford
    2
    2

    Released1954

    Directed byRalph Thomas

    Mad About Men is a British comedy film, made in 1954 in Technicolor. It was directed by Ralph Thomas and written by Peter Blackmore, who also wrote the 1948 film Miranda which preceded Mad About Men....  more
  • 20
    Virna Lisi, Giancarlo Giannini
    8
    2

    Released1967

    Directed byMauro Bolognini

    Arabella is an Italian film comedy in the English language, starring Virna Lisi, Terry-Thomas and James Fox. It was directed by Mauro Bolognini. The film is a comic farce set in Italy in the 1960s,...  more
  • 21
    8
    2

    Released1967

    Directed byJules Bass

    The Wacky World of Mother Goose is an animated feature film made by Rankin/Bass, written by Romeo Muller and directed by Jules Bass based on Charles Perrault's stories and nursery rhymes. It features...  more
  • 22
    Leslie Phillips, Norman Wisdom
    2
    2

    Released1957

    Directed byJohn Paddy Carstairs

    Just My Luck is a 1957 British sports comedy film directed by John Paddy Carstairs and starring Norman Wisdom as a worker in a jewellery shop....  more
  • 23
    Peter Sellers, Leslie Phillips
    13
    8

    Released1957

    Directed byBasil Dearden

    The Smallest Show on Earth is a 1957 British comedy film, directed by Basil Dearden, and starring Bill Travers, Virginia McKenna, Peter Sellers and Margaret Rutherford. The supporting cast included...  more
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    Michael Wilding, Margaret Rutherford
    8
    2

    Released1942

    Directed byWalter C. Mycroft

    Spring Meeting is a 1941 British comedy film directed by Walter C. Mycroft and starring Enid Stamp-Taylor, Michael Wilding, Basil Sydney and Sarah Churchill. Instead of marrying the woman his parents...  more
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  • 25
    Margaret Rutherford, Hazel Court
    8
    2

    Released1947

    Directed byThornton Freeland, Peter Creswell

    Meet Me at Dawn is a 1947 British romantic comedy film directed by Peter Creswell and Thornton Freeland and starring William Eythe, Stanley Holloway and Hazel Court. A very skilled pistol shot hires...  more
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