Watchworthy

The Best Movies Directed by Charlie Chaplin 

Reference
Updated June 16, 2020 826 votes 92 voters 9.5k views 76 items

List of all movies directed by Charlie Chaplin ranked from best to worst with photos. Films directed by Charlie Chaplin are listed here and include movie posters and Charlie Chaplin movie trailers whenever possible. This is a collection of the best movies directed by Charlie Chaplin as voted on by film buffs. If you think the greatest Charlie Chaplin movie isn't as high as it should be on this list, then make sure to vote so that your opinion of what the top Charlie Chaplin film is can be factored into this list.

From Charlie Chaplin's studio films to Charlie Chaplin's independent films, this Charlie Chaplin filmography keeps tabs on all Charlie Chaplin movies, and lets the cream of the crop rise to the top.

List includes City Lights, Modern Times and more.

If you’re wondering “what movies did Charlie Chaplin direct?” or “who is Charlie Chaplin?” then this list will explain how most people know this director. This list also answers questions like “what are the all-time best movies directed by Charlie Chaplin?” and “what's a good selection of good Charlie Chaplin movies?”

If you're wanting to get into Charlie Chaplin films, then this list is a great starting point for at least starting with the most decent Charlie Chaplin works.

All Charlie Chaplin director credits are included. This list of every movie that Charlie Chaplin has directed can be sorted for specific information such as what genre the Charlie Chaplin movie is and which actors starred in the Charlie Chaplin film.

Re-rank this list to fit your opinions, the share it with your friends, to find out how they would rank it via votes. (76 items)

Robert Downey Jr. and James Stewart both worked on a Charlie Chaplin directed movie, as have many other great actors. Did you have fun voting on this list of Charlie Chaplin movies? You might also want to vote on our lists of the best Fritz Lang and Billy Wilder movies as well.

Data-driven recommendations based on voting from over 40 million monthly visits to Ranker. Try the free app
list ordered by
1
Ranker Video
Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Edward LeSaint

Released: 1936

Directed by: Charlie Chaplin

Modern Times is a 1936 comedy film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin in which his iconic Little Tramp character struggles to survive in the modern, industrialized world. The film is a ...more

More Modern Times 

#411 of 1,138 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #255 of 923 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #314 of 363 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

2
Ranker Video
Charlie Chaplin, Jean Harlow, Virginia Cherrill

Released: 1931

Directed by: Charlie Chaplin

City Lights is a 1931 American romantic comedy film written by, directed by, and starring Charlie Chaplin. The story follows the misadventures of Chaplin's Tramp as he falls in love with a blind ...more

More City Lights 

#457 of 1,138 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #273 of 923 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Filmslisted on List of Silent Movies

3
Ranker Video
Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Billy Gilbert

Released: 1940

Directed by: Charlie Chaplin

The Great Dictator is a 1940 American satirical political comedy-drama film starring, written, produced, scored, and directed by Charlie Chaplin, following the tradition of many of his other ...more

More The Great Dictator 

#127 of 214 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time #250 of 1,138 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #148 of 923 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

4
Ranker Video
Charlie Chaplin, Lita Grey, Jackie Coogan

Released: 1921

Directed by: Charlie Chaplin

The Kid is a 1921 American silent comedy-drama film written by, produced by, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin, and features Jackie Coogan as his adopted son and sidekick. This was ...more
5
The Gold Rush is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin, Mack Swain, Georgia Hale

Released: 1925

Directed by: Charlie Chaplin

The Gold Rush is a 1925 American silent comedy film written, produced, and directed by Charlie Chaplin. The film also stars Chaplin in his Little Tramp persona, Georgia Hale, Mack Swain, Tom ...more

More The Gold Rush 

#472 of 1,138 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #1,394 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on List of Silent Movies

6
Ranker Video
Charlie Chaplin, Albert Austin, Stanley Blystone

Released: 1928

Directed by: Charlie Chaplin

The Circus is a 1928 silent film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin with Joseph Plunkett as an uncredited writer. The film stars Chaplin, Al Ernest Garcia, Merna Kennedy, Harry Crocker, ...more
7
Ranker Video
Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Claire Bloom

Released: 1952

Directed by: Charlie Chaplin

Limelight is a 1952 comedy-drama film written, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin, co-starring Claire Bloom, with an appearance by Buster Keaton. In dance scenes, Bloom is doubled by ...more
8
Ranker Video
Charlie Chaplin, Martha Raye, William Frawley

Released: 1947

Directed by: Charlie Chaplin

Monsieur Verdoux is a 1947 black comedy film directed by and starring Charles Chaplin, who plays a bigamist wife killer inspired by serial killer Henri Désiré Landru. The ...more
9
Ranker Video
Charlie Chaplin, William Gillespie, Eric Campbell

Released: 1917

Directed by: Charlie Chaplin

The Immigrant is a 1917 American silent romantic comedy short film. The film stars the Charlie Chaplin Tramp character as an immigrant coming to the United States who is accused of theft on the ...more
10
Ranker Video
Charlie Chaplin, Lloyd Bacon, Bud Jamison

Released: 1915

Directed by: Charlie Chaplin

The Tramp is Chaplin's sixth film for Essanay Studios in 1915. Directed by Chaplin, it was the fifth and last film made at Essanay's Niles, California studio. The Tramp marked the beginning of ...more
11
Ranker Video
Charlie Chaplin, Billy Gilbert, Mack Sennett

Released: 1914

Directed by: Mack Sennett

A Busy Day is a 1914 short film starring Charlie Chaplin and Mack Swain.
12
Ranker Video
Charlie Chaplin, Eric Campbell, Edna Purviance

Released: 1917

Directed by: Charlie Chaplin

The Adventurer is a short comedy film made in 1917 written and directed by Charlie Chaplin, and is the last of the twelve films made under contract for the Mutual Film Corporation.
13
Ranker Video
Charlie Chaplin, Wesley Ruggles, Eric Campbell

Released: 1916

Directed by: Charlie Chaplin

The Pawnshop was Charlie Chaplin's sixth film for Mutual Film Corporation. Released on October 2, 1916, it stars Chaplin in the role of assistant to the pawnshop owner, played by Henry Bergman. ...more
14
Ranker Video
Charlie Chaplin, Eric Campbell, Edna Purviance

Released: 1916

Directed by: Charlie Chaplin, Edward Brewer

Behind the Screen is a 1916 short silent film written by, directed by, and starring Charlie Chaplin, and also starring Eric Campbell and Edna Purviance.
15
Ranker Video
Charlie Chaplin, Eric Campbell, Edna Purviance

Released: 1917

Directed by: Charlie Chaplin, Edward Brewer

Easy Street is a 1917 short action-comedy film by Charlie Chaplin.
16
Ranker Video
Charlie Chaplin, Sid James, Phil Brown

Released: 1957

Directed by: Charlie Chaplin

A King in New York is a 1957 British comedy film directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin in his last leading role, which co-stars, among others, his young son Michael. The film presents a ...more
17
Ranker Video
Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Mack Swain

Released: 1923

Directed by: Charlie Chaplin

The Pilgrim is a 1923 American silent film made by Charlie Chaplin for the First National Film Company, starring Chaplin and Edna Purviance. The film marks the last time Edna Purviance would ...more
18
Ranker Video
Charlie Chaplin, Ben Turpin, Lloyd Bacon

Released: 1915

Directed by: Charlie Chaplin

The Champion is a comedy film released in 1915 by Essanay Studios, starring Charles Chaplin alongside Edna Purviance and Leo White. Essanay co-owner and star, Broncho Billy Anderson can be seen ...more
19
Ranker Video
Charlie Chaplin, Eric Campbell, Edna Purviance

Released: 1916

Directed by: Charlie Chaplin, Edward Brewer

The Count is Charlie Chaplin's fifth film for Mutual Film Corporation in 1916. Released on September 4, it co-starred Eric Campbell and Edna Purviance.
20
Ranker Video
Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Albert Austin

Released: 1918

Directed by: Charlie Chaplin

A Dog's Life is a silent film written, produced and directed by Charlie Chaplin. This was Chaplin's first film for First National Films. Chaplin plays opposite an animal as "co-star". ...more
21
Ranker Video
Charlie Chaplin, Eric Campbell, Edna Purviance

Released: 1917

Directed by: Charlie Chaplin, Edward Brewer

The Cure is a 1917 short comedy film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin.
22
Ranker Video
Charlie Chaplin, Lloyd Bacon, Eric Campbell

Released: 1916

Directed by: Charlie Chaplin, Edward Brewer

The Fireman is the second film Charlie Chaplin created for Mutual Film Corporation in 1916. Released on June 12, it starred Chaplin as the fireman and Edna Purviance as the daughter to Lloyd
23
Ranker Video
Marlon Brando, Sophia Loren, Charlie Chaplin

Released: 1967

Directed by: Charlie Chaplin

A Countess from Hong Kong is a 1967 British comedy film and the last film directed, written, produced and scored by Charlie Chaplin. It was one of two films Chaplin directed in which he did not ...more
24
Ranker Video
Charlie Chaplin

Released: 1917

Directed by: Charlie Chaplin, Edward Brewer

One A.M. was a unique Charlie Chaplin silent film created for Mutual Film in 1916. It was the first film he starred in alone, except for a brief scene of Albert Austin playing a cab driver.
25
Ranker Video
Charlie Chaplin, Eric Campbell, Edna Purviance

Released: 1916

Directed by: Charlie Chaplin, Edward Brewer

After amusements working in a restaurant, Charlie uses his lunch break to go roller skating. Mr. Stout makes advances toward the unwilling Edna (whose father and Mrs. Stout had earlier carried ...more