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The Best Vivien Leigh Movies

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

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

List features films like The War Wagon and Anna Karenina.

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  • 1

    Gone with the Wind

    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh


    Directed bySam Wood, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

    Gone with the Wind is a 1939 American epic historical romance film adapted from Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel. It was produced by David O. Selznick of Selznick International...  more

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  • 2

    A Streetcar Named Desire

    Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh


    Directed byElia Kazan

    A Streetcar Named Desire is a 1951 American drama film adaptation of Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 play of the same name. It is the story of a southern lady, Blanche Dubois,...  more

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  • 3

    Waterloo Bridge

    Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor


    Directed byMervyn LeRoy

    Waterloo Bridge is a 1940 remake of the 1931 American drama film also called Waterloo Bridge, adapted from the 1930 play Waterloo Bridge. In an extended flashback narration, it recounts the story of...  more

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  • 4

    That Hamilton Woman

    Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier


    Directed byAlexander Korda

    That Hamilton Woman, is a 1941 black-and-white historical film drama, produced and directed by Alexander Korda for his American company during his exile in the United States. Set during the...  more

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  • 5

    Anna Karenina

    Vivien Leigh, Ralph Richardson


    Directed byJulien Duvivier

    Anna Karenina [p] is a 1948 British film based on the 19th-century novel, Anna Karenina, by the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy. The film was directed by Julien Duvivier, and starred Vivien Leigh in the...  more
  • 6

    Ship of Fools

    Vivien Leigh, Lee Marvin


    Directed byStanley Kramer

    Ship of Fools is a 1965 drama directed by Stanley Kramer, which recounts the overlapping stories of several passengers aboard an ocean liner bound to Germany from Mexico in 1933. It stars Vivien...  more
  • 7

    The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

    Vivien Leigh, Warren Beatty


    Directed byJosé Quintero

    The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone is a 1961 British film made by Seven Arts-Warner Bros. It was directed by José Quintero and produced by Louis De Rochemont with Lothar Wolff as associate producer. The...  more
  • 8

    Caesar and Cleopatra

    Vivien Leigh, Roger Moore


    Directed byGabriel Pascal

    Caesar and Cleopatra is a 1945 British Technicolor film directed by Gabriel Pascal and starring Claude Rains and Vivien Leigh. It was adapted from the play Caesar and Cleopatra by George Bernard...  more

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  • 9

    Fire Over England

    Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier


    Directed byWilliam K. Howard

    Fire Over England is a 1937 London Film Productions film drama, notable for providing the first pairing of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. It was directed by William K. Howard and written by...  more
  • 10

    Dark Journey

    Vivien Leigh, Conrad Veidt


    Directed byVictor Saville

    A beautiful, lonely American girl arrives in London ostensibly to join a band. But the band have disappeared leaving her stranded and alone in a strange city, with no-one to turn to....  more
  • 11

    A Yank at Oxford

    Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor


    Directed byJack Conway

    A Yank at Oxford is a British film directed by Jack Conway from a screenplay by John Monk Saunders and Leon Gordon. It was produced by MGM-British at Denham Studios and stars Robert Taylor, Lionel...  more
  • 12

    The Deep Blue Sea

    Vivien Leigh, Kenneth More


    Directed byAnatole Litvak

    The Deep Blue Sea is a 1955 British drama film directed by Anatole Litvak, starring Vivien Leigh and Kenneth More and released by Twentieth Century Fox. The picture was based on the play of the same...  more
  • 13

    Sidewalks of London

    Vivien Leigh, Charles Laughton


    Directed byTim Whelan

    Sidewalks of London, also known as St. Martin's Lane, London After Dark, and Partners of the Night, is a 1938 British, black-and-white, comedy drama starring Charles Laughton as a busker or street...  more
  • 14

    21 Days

    Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier


    Directed byBasil Dean

    21 Days is a 1940 British drama film based on the short play The First and the Last by John Galsworthy. It was directed by Basil Dean and stars Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier and Leslie Banks. The...  more
  • 15

    Storm in a Teacup

    Vivien Leigh, Rex Harrison


    Directed byIan Dalrymple, Victor Saville

    Storm in a Teacup is a 1937 British romantic comedy film starring Vivien Leigh, Rex Harrison in his first starring role, Cecil Parker and Sara Allgood. It is based on the German play Sturm im...  more
  • 16

    Look Up and Laugh

    Vivien Leigh, Gracie Fields


    Directed byBasil Dean

    Look Up and Laugh is a 1935 British comedy film directed by Basil Dean and starring Gracie Fields, Alfred Drayton and Douglas Wakefield. The film is notable for featuring an appearance by Vivien...  more