Entertainment 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.

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

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Movie fans who love Norma Shearer have also been known to enjoy films starring Joan Fontaine and Carole Lombard.

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Tyrone Power, Norma Shearer, John Barrymore
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 ...more

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Joan Crawford, Joan Fontaine, Rosalind Russell
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 ...more

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Norma Shearer, Ethel Barrymore, Robert Montgomery
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. ...more

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Charles Laughton, Norma Shearer, Fredric March
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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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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Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery
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.

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Clark Gable, Burgess Meredith, Norma Shearer
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 ...more

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Norma Shearer, Basil Rathbone, John Barrymore
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 ...more

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Norma Shearer, Robert Taylor, Alla Nazimova
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, ...more

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Clark Gable, Norma Shearer
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 ...more

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Norma Shearer
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.

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Norma Shearer, Fredric March, Leslie Howard
Smilin' Through is a 1932 MGM Romance-Drama film based on the play by Jane Cowl and Jane Murfin, also named Smilin' Through. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture for ...more

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Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Neil Hamilton
Strangers May Kiss is a 1931 romantic drama film written by John Meehan and directed by George Fitzmaurice.

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Bela Lugosi, Norma Shearer, Lon Chaney
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 ...more

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Norma Shearer, Ramon Novarro, Otis Harlan
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 ...more

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Norma Shearer, Hedda Hopper, Marie Dressler
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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Norma Shearer, George Sanders, Robert Taylor
Her Cardboard Lover is a 1942 American comedy film directed by George Cukor. The screenplay by Jacques Deval, John Collier, Anthony Veiller, and William H. Wright is based on the English ...more

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Norma Shearer, Melvyn Douglas, Reginald Owen
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.

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Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Herbert Marshall
Riptide is a 1934 romantic drama film directed by Edmund Goulding.

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Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Lewis Stone
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 ...more

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Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, Conrad Nagel
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 ...more

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A Lady of Chance Norma Shearer
A Lady of Chance is a 1928 silent film directed by Robert Z. Leonard. The film is based upon the story "Little Angel" by Leroy Scott and is Norma Shearer's last silent film. Although ...more

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Norma Shearer, Basil Rathbone
The Last of Mrs. Cheyney is a 1929 American comedy-drama film directed by Sidney Franklin. The screenplay by Hanns Kräly is based on the 1925 play of the same name by Frederick Lonsdale ...more

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Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, William Haines
A Slave of Fashion was a 1925 American silent romantic comedy film directed by Hobart Henley. The film stars Norma Shearer and features Joan Crawford had an early uncredited role as a mannequin. ...more

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Norma Shearer, Lewis Stone, H.B. Warner
The Trial of Mary Dugan is a 1929 drama film written by Becky Gardiner and Bayard Veiller and directed by Bayard Veiller.