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The Best Wallace Beery Movies

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

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

List ranges from Beggars of Life to Hollywood Party, plus much more.

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    20 Mule Team

    Anne Baxter, Wallace Beery

    Released1940

    Directed byRichard Thorpe

    20 Mule Team is a 1940 American Western film about Death Valley, and Daggett, California borax miners starring Wallace Beery and Anne Baxter, and remains an extremely rare opportunity to watch Beery...  more
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    Grand Hotel

    Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford

    Released1932

    Directed byEdmund Goulding

    Grand Hotel is a 1932 American drama film directed by Edmund Goulding. The screenplay by William A. Drake is based on the 1930 play of the same title by Drake, who had adapted it from the 1929 novel...  more

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    Dinner at Eight

    Jean Harlow, John Barrymore

    Released1933

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    Dinner at Eight is a Pre-Code 1933 comedy of manners / drama starring Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, Jean Harlow, Lionel Barrymore, Lee Tracy, Edmund Lowe, and Billie Burke, and...  more
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    The Secret Six

    Clark Gable, Jean Harlow

    Released1931

    Directed byGeorge King, George W. Hill

    The Secret Six is a fast-paced 1931 American Pre-Code crime film starring Wallace Beery as "Slaughterhouse Scorpio", a character very loosely based on Al Capone, and featuring Lewis Stone, John Mack...  more
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    Robin Hood

    Douglas Fairbanks, Wallace Beery

    Released1922

    Directed byAllan Dwan

    Robin Hood, starring Douglas Fairbanks and Wallace Beery, is the first motion picture ever to have a Hollywood premiere, held at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre on October 18, 1922. The movie's full...  more
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    Hollywood Party

    Lucille Ball, Mickey Rooney

    Released1934

    Directed byRoy Rowland

    Hollywood Party is a musical film starring Jimmy Durante and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film is notable for several disconnected sequences that have little connection with each other....  more
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    The Bad Man

    Ronald Reagan, Lionel Barrymore

    Released1941

    Directed byRichard Thorpe

    The Bad Man is a 1941 American Western film starring Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Laraine Day, and Ronald Reagan. The movie was written by Wells Root from the Porter Emerson Browne play, and...  more
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    Min and Bill

    Wallace Beery, Marie Dressler

    Released1930

    Directed byGeorge W. Hill

    Min and Bill is a 1930 American comedy-drama film starring Marie Dressler and Wallace Beery and based on Lorna Moon's novel Dark Star, adapted by Frances Marion and Marion Jackson. The movie tells...  more
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    The Last of the Mohicans

    Boris Karloff, Wallace Beery

    Released1920

    Directed byMaurice Tourneur, Clarence Brown

    The Last of the Mohicans is a 1920 American film adapted from James Fenimore Cooper's novel of the same name. Clarence Brown and Maurice Tourneur directed an adaption by Robert Dillon — a story of...  more
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    China Seas

    Clark Gable, Jean Harlow

    Released1935

    Directed byTay Garnett

    China Seas is a 1935 adventure film starring Clark Gable as a brave sea captain, Jean Harlow as his brassy paramour, and Wallace Beery as an extremely suspicious-looking character. The oceangoing...  more
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    Treasure Island

    Lionel Barrymore, Jackie Cooper

    Released1934

    Directed byVictor Fleming

    Treasure Island is a 1934 film adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous 1883 novel Treasure Island. Jim Hawkins discovers a treasure map and travels on a sailing ship to a remote island, but...  more
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    Hell Divers

    Clark Gable, Wallace Beery

    Released1931

    Directed byGeorge W. Hill

    Hell Divers is a 1932 film starring Wallace Beery and Clark Gable as a pair of competing chief petty officers in early naval aviation. The film, made with the cooperation of the United States Navy,...  more
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    Sergeant Madden

    Wallace Beery, Laraine Day

    Released1939

    Directed byJosef von Sternberg

    Sergeant Madden is a 1939 film noir forerunner directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring Wallace Beery. The supporting cast in this dark police movie, noted for its imaginative and evocative...  more
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    The Sea Hawk

    Wallace Beery, Milton Sills

    Released1924

    Directed byFrank Lloyd

    The Sea Hawk is a 1924 American silent film about an English noble sold into slavery who escapes and turns himself into a pirate king. Directed by Frank Lloyd, the screen adaptation was written by J....  more
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    The Lost World

    Arthur Conan Doyle, Bessie Love

    Released1925

    Directed byHarry O. Hoyt

    The Lost World is a 1925 silent fantasy adventure film and an adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's 1912 novel of the same name. The movie was produced by First National Pictures, a large Hollywood...  more
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    The Bowery

    Lucille Ball, Fay Wray

    Released1933

    Directed byRaoul Walsh

    The Bowery is a 1933 historical film about the Lower East Side of Manhattan around the start of the 20th century directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Wallace Beery and George Raft....  more
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    Jackass Mail

    Wallace Beery, Marjorie Main

    Released1942

    Directed byNorman Z. McLeod

    Jackass Mail is a 1942 Western comedy film directed by Norman Z. McLeod and starring Wallace Beery and Marjorie Main....  more
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    Port of Seven Seas

    Maureen O'Sullivan, Frank Morgan

    Released1938

    Directed byJames Whale

    Port of Seven Seas is a 1938 drama film starring Wallace Beery and featuring Frank Morgan and Maureen O'Sullivan. The movie was written by Preston Sturges based on the plays of Marcel Pagnol and the...  more
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    West Point of the Air

    Rosalind Russell, Robert Taylor

    Released1935

    Directed byRichard Rosson

    West Point of the Air is a film starring Wallace Beery about pilot training in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the early 1930s. The supporting cast includes Robert Young, Lewis Stone, Maureen O'Sullivan,...  more
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    Salute to the Marines

    Wallace Beery, Fay Bainter

    Released1943

    Directed byS. Sylvan Simon

    Salute to the Marines is a 1943 World War II film starring Wallace Beery. The movie is set in the Philippines and shot in Technicolor, and was directed by S. Sylvan Simon. The picture features Beery...  more
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    The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

    Rudolph Valentino, Ramon Novarro

    Released1921

    Directed byRex Ingram

    The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is a 1921 American silent epic war film produced by Metro Pictures Corporation and directed by Rex Ingram. Based on the Spanish novel The Four Horsemen of the...  more
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    The Good Old Soak

    Wallace Beery, Una Merkel

    Released1937

    Directed byJ. Walter Ruben

    The Good Old Soak is a 1937 drama film directed by J. Walter Ruben, with a screenplay by A. E. Thomas based upon the stage play of the same name by Don Marquis. The film stars Wallace Beery with a...  more
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    Bad Bascomb

    Margaret O'Brien, Wallace Beery

    Released1946

    Directed byS. Sylvan Simon

    Bad Bascomb is a 1946 western film starring Wallace Beery and Margaret O'Brien. The movie was directed by S. Sylvan Simon....  more
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    Tugboat Annie

    Maureen O'Sullivan, Robert Young

    Released1933

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy

    Tugboat Annie is a 1933 movie starring Marie Dressler and Wallace Beery as a comically quarrelsome middle-aged couple who operate a tugboat. Dressler and Beery were MGM's most popular screen team at...  more
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    Beggars of Life

    Louise Brooks, Wallace Beery

    Released1928

    Directed byWilliam A. Wellman

    Beggars of Life is an early sound film with talking sequences starring Wallace Beery as a rail-riding hobo and Louise Brooks as a girl on the run. Based on a novel called Beggars of Life by Jim...  more