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The Best Norma Shearer Movies

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

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

Everything from We Were Dancing to The Waning Sex is included on this list.

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  • 1
    Clark Gable, Norma Shearer
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    6

    Released1931

    Directed byClarence Brown

    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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    Norma Shearer, Robert Taylor
    33
    8

    Released1940

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy

    Escape is a 1940 drama film about an American in pre-World War II Nazi Germany who discovers his mother is in a concentration camp and tries desperately to free her. It starred Norma Shearer, Robert...  more
  • 3
    Clark Gable, Norma Shearer
    29
    6

    Released1932

    Directed byRobert Z. Leonard

    Strange Interlude is an American drama film directed by Robert Z. Leonard and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film stars Norma Shearer and Clark Gable, and is based on the play Strange Interlude...  more
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    Joan Crawford, Joan Fontaine
    31
    9

    Released1939

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    The Women is a 1939 American comedy-drama film directed by George Cukor. The film is based on Clare Boothe Luce's play of the same name, and was adapted for the screen by Anita Loos and Jane Murfin,...  more
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  • 5
    Norma Shearer
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    2

    Released1925

    Directed byMonta Bell

    Lady of the Night is a 1925 American silent romantic drama film directed by Monta Bell. The film stars Norma Shearer in a dual role....  more
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  • 6
    Tyrone Power, Norma Shearer
    24
    5

    Released1938

    Directed byW. S. Van Dyke, Julien Duvivier

    Marie Antoinette is a 1938 film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was directed by W. S. Van Dyke and starred Norma Shearer as Marie Antoinette. Based upon the 1932 biography of the ill-fated Queen...  more
  • 7
    Norma Shearer, Hedda Hopper
    20
    4

    Released1930

    Directed byRobert Z. Leonard

    Let Us Be Gay is a 1930 American comedy-drama film produced and distributed by MGM. It was directed by Robert Z. Leonard and stars Norma Shearer. It is based on a 1929 Broadway play by Rachel...  more
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  • 8
    Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery
    19
    4

    Released1929

    Directed byE. Mason Hopper

    Their Own Desire is a 1929 American romantic drama film starring Norma Shearer, Belle Bennett, Lewis Stone, Robert Montgomery, and Helene Millard. The film was adapted by James Forbes and Frances...  more
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  • 9
    Bela Lugosi, Norma Shearer
    19
    4

    Released1924

    Directed byVictor Sjöström

    He Who Gets Slapped is a 1924 American silent drama film starring Lon Chaney, Norma Shearer, and John Gilbert, and directed by Victor Sjöström. The film is based on the Russian play Тот, кто получает...  more
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  • 10
    Norma Shearer, Ramon Novarro
    18
    3

    Released1927

    Directed byJohn M. Stahl, Ernst Lubitsch

    The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg, also known as The Student Prince and Old Heidelberg, is a 1927 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer silent film based on the 1901 play Old Heidelberg by Wilhelm Meyer-Förster....  more
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  • 11
    Norma Shearer, Ethel Barrymore
    23
    9

    Released1930

    Directed byRobert Z. Leonard

    The Divorcee is a 1930 American Pre-Code drama film written by Nick Grindé, John Meehan and Zelda Sears, based on the novel Ex-Wife by Ursula Parrott. It was directed by Robert Z. Leonard, who was...  more
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  • 12
    Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery
    17
    4

    Released1934

    Directed byEdmund Goulding

    Riptide is a 1934 romantic drama film directed by Edmund Goulding....  more
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  • 13
    Norma Shearer, Melvyn Douglas
    15
    2

    Released1942

    Directed byRobert Z. Leonard

    We Were Dancing is a 1942 comedy romance film based on the story by Noel Coward, written by Claudine West, Hans Rameau, George Froeschel and Lenore J. Coffee, and directed by Robert Z. Leonard....  more
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  • 14
    Charles Laughton, Norma Shearer
    19
    7

    Released1934

    Directed bySidney Franklin

    The Barretts of Wimpole Street is a 1934 American film depicting the real-life romance between poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning, despite the opposition of her father Edward...  more
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  • 15
    Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer
    10
    2

    Released1925

    Directed byMonta Bell

    Pretty Ladies is a 1925 American silent comedy-drama film starring ZaSu Pitts and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film is a fictional recreation of the famed Ziegfeld Follies. Directed by Monta...  more
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    Clark Gable, Burgess Meredith
    16
    10

    Released1939

    Directed byClarence Brown

    Idiot's Delight is a 1939 MGM comedy-drama with a screenplay adapted by Robert E. Sherwood from his 1936 Pulitzer-Prize-winning play of the same name. The movie showcases Clark Gable, in the same...  more
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  • 17
    Joan Crawford, Barbara Stanwyck
    10
    4

    Released1931

    Directed byWilliam C. McGann

    The Stolen Jools is a short comedy film produced by the Masquers Club of Hollywood, featuring many cameo appearances by the film stars of the day. The stars appeared in the film, distributed by...  more
  • 18
    Norma Shearer, Lon Chaney
    8
    2

    Released1925

    Directed byVictor Sjöström

    The Tower of Lies was an American silent drama film directed by Victor Sjöström based upon Selma Lagerlöf's novel The Emperor of Portugallia. Released one year after He Who Gets Slapped, the film...  more
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  • 19
    Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery
    13
    10

    Released1931

    Directed bySidney Franklin

    Private Lives is a 1931 American comedy film directed by Sidney Franklin. The screenplay by Hanns Kräly and Richard Schayer is based on the 1930 play Private Lives by Noël Coward....  more
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  • 20
    Norma Shearer, Basil Rathbone
    13
    11

    Released1936

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    Romeo and Juliet is a 1936 American film adapted from the play by Shakespeare, directed by George Cukor from a screenplay by Talbot Jennings. The film stars Leslie Howard as Romeo and Norma Shearer...  more
  • 21
    Norma Shearer, Adolphe Menjou
    6
    2

    Released1925

    Directed byAlfred J. Goulding

    Excuse Me is a 1925 American silent comedy film starring Norma Shearer, and Conrad Nagel. It was directed by Alfred J. Goulding, and based on the play of the same name written by best-selling...  more
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  • 22
    Norma Shearer, Jack Holt
    6
    2

    Released1924

    Directed byVictor Fleming

    Empty Hands is a lost 1924 American silent romantic drama film directed by Victor Fleming, and starring Jack Holt and Norma Shearer. The film was produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by...  more
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  • 23
    Norma Shearer, Gwen Lee
    4
    0

    Released1927

    Directed byMonta Bell

    After Midnight is a 1927 American silent drama film written and directed by Monta Bell. The film stars Norma Shearer and Gwen Lee....  more
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  • 24
    Norma Shearer, George Sidney
    4
    0

    Released1928

    Directed bySam Wood

    The Latest from Paris is a 1928 American drama silent film directed by Sam Wood and written by Joseph Farnham and A. P. Younger. The film stars Norma Shearer, George Sidney, Ralph Forbes, Tenen Holtz...  more
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  • 25
    Norma Shearer, John Gilbert
    2
    0

    Released1924

    Directed byEdmund Mortimer

    The Wolf Man is a 1924 American silent drama film that starred John Gilbert and Norma Shearer, before they signed with the newly formed MGM. Directed by Edmund Mortimer, the film's story was written...  more
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