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List of Charles Laughton Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
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Witness for the Prosecution
22
2

Barrister Sir Wilfrid Robarts has decided to defend Leonard Vole, accused of murdering his benefactor, believing him to be innocent although strong circumstantial evidences point towards his client. He is surprised when Leonard’s wife, who has earlier provided an alibi, testifies against him. Robarts does not know that this is the first in the series of many surprises that is awaiting him. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Sir Wilfrid Roberts
Director:
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Elsa Lanchester, Marlene Dietrich, John Williams, Tyrone Power
2. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
15
2
The Night of the Hunter
15
2

Reverend Harry Powell is a misogynistic serial killer. When he is arrested for a stolen car, he ends up serving time with murderer Ben Harper who has hidden US $10k in his daughter’s doll. When Powell is released after Harper’s execution he reaches the Harpers home with murderous intentions and to recover the money. 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Charles Laughton
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Thriller, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, Peter Graves, Evelyn Varden, James Gleason
3. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
17
2
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
17
2
As:
Cast
Role:
The Hunchback Quasimodo
Director:
William Dieterle
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Cedric Hardwicke, Thomas Mitchell, Maureen O'Hara, Edmond O'Brien
4. Hobson's Choice (1954)
20
2
Hobson's Choice
20
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Henry Hobson
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Sir John Mills, John Mills, Brenda de Banzie, Daphne Anderson, Prunella Scales
5. Spartacus (1960)
14
2
Spartacus
PG-13
14
2

Arrogant Thracian slave Spartacus, who is trained in a gladiatorial school, rises in arms against his captors following repeated humiliations and incites a violent revolt involving thousands of slaves. As the group travels south to board ships to other lands, two opposing senators attempt to use the slave revolt to seize control of the decadent Roman Republic.

As:
Cast
Role:
Gracchus
Director:
Genres:
Adventure, War, Biography, History, Drama
6. Day-Dreams (1928)
12
2
Day-Dreams
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Lecherous Boarder / Ram Das in Dream Sequence
Director:
Ivor Montagu
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Elsa Lanchester, Harold Warrender, Dorice Fordred, Marie Wright
7. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
14
2
Mutiny on the Bounty
14
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Bligh
Director:
Frank Lloyd
Genres:
Romance, Biography, Drama, History, Adventure
Star Cast:
Clark Gable, David Niven, James Cagney, Franchot Tone, Herbert Mundin, Eddie Quillan
8. The Big Clock (1948)
16
2
The Big Clock
16
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Earl Janoth
Director:
Genres:
Film-Noir, Thriller, Mystery, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Ray Milland, Elsa Lanchester, Maureen O'Sullivan, Rita Johnson
9. Advise & Consent (1962)
13
2
Advise & Consent
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Senator Seabright Cooley
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Betty White, Gene Tierney, Henry Fonda, Franchot Tone, Walter Pidgeon
10. Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
14
2
Ruggles of Red Gap
14
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Ruggles
Director:
Leo McCarey
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Zasu Pitts, Roland Young, Charles Ruggles, Mary Boland
11. It Started with Eve (1941)
11
2
It Started with Eve
11
2

When a very ill wealthy man expresses his wish to meet his son’s fiancée, the son hastily requests a hatcheck girl to pose as his betrothed, as his real fiancée is unavailable. The father takes a liking to the girl, his health improves tremendously, and he plans their actual engagement. By then, the real fiancée is also back, complicating the matters further. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Jonathan Reynolds
Director:
Henry Koster
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Musical
Star Cast:
John Banner, Guy Kibbee, Robert Cummings, Deanna Durbin
12. Les Misérables (1935)
13
2
Les Misérables
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Inspector Emile Javert
Director:
Richard Boleslawski
Genres:
Romance, Drama, History
Star Cast:
John Carradine, Fredric March, Rochelle Hudson, Frances Drake, Cedric Hardwicke
13. This Land Is Mine (1943)
13
2
This Land Is Mine
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Albert Lory
Director:
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
John Banner, George Sanders, Maureen O'Hara, Walter Slezak, Kent Smith
14. The Suspect (1944)
14
2
The Suspect
14
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Philip
Director:
Robert Siodmak
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Stanley Ridges, Henry Daniell, Ella Raines, Dean Harens
15. The Blue Veil (1951)
11
2
The Blue Veil
11
2

The Blue Veil is a historical drama film, which tells the story of a widow who loses her only child during the First World War. Therefore, she decides to spend the rest of her life working as a nurse for little children in order to fill the emptiness within her.

As:
Cast
Role:
Fred K. Begley
Director:
Curtis Bernhardt, Busby Berkeley
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Natalie Wood, Jane Wyman, Agnes Moorehead, Vivian Vance, Don Taylor, Richard Carlson, Joan Blondell
16. Island of Lost Souls (1932)
12
2
Island of Lost Souls
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Moreau
Director:
Erle C. Kenton
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Horror
Star Cast:
Bela Lugosi, Alan Ladd, Leila Hyams, Richard Arlen
18. Leben des Galilei (1947)
10
2
Leben des Galilei
10
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Galileo Galilei
Director:
Joseph Losey, Ruth Berlau
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Hugo Haas, Peter Brocco, Stephen Brown, Frances Heflin
20. Forever and a Day (1943)
11
2
Forever and a Day
11
2

During the Second World War, an American travels all the way to Britain, to sell an old house near London, belonging to his family. However, he gets involved in much more than a simple real estate transaction. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Edmund Goulding, Cedric Hardwicke, Frank Lloyd, Victor Saville, Robert Stevenson
Genres:
Drama, History
Star Cast:
Merle Oberon, Buster Keaton, Elsa Lanchester, Ray Milland, George Kirby, Doreen Munroe, May Beatty
21. The Old Dark House (1932)
10
2
The Old Dark House
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Sir William Porterhouse
Director:
James Whale
Genres:
Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Star Cast:
Gloria Stuart, Ernest Thesiger, Melvyn Douglas, Lilian Bond
22. Piccadilly (1929)
10
2
Piccadilly
TV-PG
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Ewald André Dupont
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Anna May Wong, Ray Milland, Gilda Gray, Jameson Thomas, Cyril Ritchard, King Hou Chang
23. The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933)
12
2
The Private Life of Henry VIII.
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Henry VIII
Director:
Alexander Korda
Genres:
Romance, Biography, Drama, History, Comedy
Star Cast:
Robert Donat, Merle Oberon, Elsa Lanchester, Miles Mander, Franklin Dyall
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
24. Rembrandt (1936)
10
2
Rembrandt
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Rembrandt
Director:
Alexander Korda
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Elsa Lanchester, Edward Chapman, Gertrude Lawrence, Walter Hudd
25. If I Had a Million (1932)
10
2
If I Had a Million
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Phineas V. Lambert
Director:
Norman Taurog, William A. Seiter, Ernst Lubitsch, Norman Z. McLeod, H. Bruce Humberstone
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Gary Cooper, W. C. Fields, Jack Oakie, George Raft, Richard Bennett
26. St. Martin's Lane (1938)
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2
St. Martin's Lane
10
2

In this black and white comedy drama, Charles Staggers, a busker in London, comes across a pickpocket Libby. He spots her potential as a dancer and takes her under his wings. Later, he falls in love with her. Libby soon bags an opportunity to work with a famous theatre composer, Harley Prentiss, and thereafter climbs the ladder of success quickly. Meanwhile, Charles is heartbroken.

As:
Cast, Producer, Writer
Role:
Charles Staggers
Director:
Tim Whelan
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Vivien Leigh, Rex Harrison, Larry Adler, Tyrone Guthrie
27. Payment Deferred (1932)
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2
Payment Deferred
10
2

A bank clerk William Marble, is desperate for money, in order to clear his family bills. When his rich nephew visits him, William asks him for a loan. When the latter refuses, William murders him, out of desperation. 

As:
Cast
Role:
William Marble
Director:
Lothar Mendes
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Ray Milland, Maureen O'Sullivan, Dorothy Peterson, Verree Teasdale
28. Because of Him (1946)
10
2
Because of Him
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
John Sheridan
Director:
Richard Wallace
Genres:
Comedy, Musical, Romance
Star Cast:
Helen Broderick, Franchot Tone, Stanley Ridges, Deanna Durbin
29. Blue Bottles (1928)
10
2
Blue Bottles
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Burglar
Director:
Ivor Montagu
Genres:
Short, Comedy, Crime
Star Cast:
Elsa Lanchester, Joe Beckett, Dorice Fordred, Marie Wright
30. The Canterville Ghost (1944)
11
2
The Canterville Ghost
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Sir Simon de Canterville / The Ghost
Director:
Norman Z. McLeod, Jules Dassin
Genres:
Comedy, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Reginald Owen, Robert Young, William Gargan, Margaret O'Brien
31. The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)
10
2
The Barretts of Wimpole Street
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Edward Moulton-Barrett
Director:
Sidney Franklin
Genres:
Romance, Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Norma Shearer, Fredric March, Katharine Alexander, Maureen O'Sullivan
32. The Beachcomber (1938)
11
2
The Beachcomber
11
2

Ginger Ted leads a dissolute life on a Dutch colonial island.  However, the sister of a pious missionary tries to reform him and bring stability to his life.  

As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Ginger Ted' Wilson
Director:
Erich Pommer
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Elsa Lanchester, Tyrone Guthrie, Robert Newton, Eliot Makeham
34. Galileo (1975)
10
2
Galileo
PG
10
2

The film depicts life of 17th century Italian scientist Galileo Galilei. Using the new scientific instrument, telescope, he confirms the Copernican theory that Sun is at the center of the universe, not the Earth. When he moves to Florence for a teaching position, Galileo faces conflicts with Roman Catholic Church; he is called before Inquisition, and is made to retract his views.

As:
Writer
Director:
Joseph Losey
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
John Gielgud, Tom Conti, Chaim Topol, Colin Blakely, Clive Revill, Georgia Brown, Topol
36. Young Bess (1953)
10
3
Young Bess
10
3
As:
Cast
Role:
King Henry VIII
Director:
George Sidney
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Biography, History
Star Cast:
Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, Jean Simmons, Kay Walsh, Cecil Kellaway
37. Stand by for Action (1942)
9
2
Stand by for Action
9
2

During the Second World War, two Navy officers take command of an obsolete World War I vintage destroyer, assigned to convoy-escort duty in the Japanese-controlled waters in the South Pacific. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Rear Adm. Stephen Thomas
Director:
Robert Z. Leonard
Genres:
Drama, War, Action
Star Cast:
Walter Brennan, Robert Taylor, Brian Donlevy, Marilyn Maxwell
38. Under Ten Flags (1960)
9
2
Under Ten Flags
9
2

Told from a German point of view, this war drama film is based on events of the Second World War. The film revolves around a German raider who uses various disguises and forces British ships to surrender. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Admiral Russell
Director:
Duilio Coletti
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
Cecil Parker, Van Heflin, John Ericson, Mylène Demongeot
40. Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952)
9
2
Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Capt. William Kidd
Director:
Charles Lamont
Genres:
Musical, Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Hillary Brooke, Bill Shirley
41. The Strange Door (1951)
9
2
The Strange Door
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Sire Alain de Maletroit
Director:
Joseph Pevney
Genres:
Horror, Thriller, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Boris Karloff, Sally Forrest, Richard Wyler, William Cottrell
42. Devil and the Deep (1932)
9
2
Devil and the Deep
9
2

The Devil and the Deep is a drama film, which tells the story of a British submarine officer who goes crazy after learning that his wife is having an affair. Therefore, he thinks of a way to kill her and her lover. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Cmdr. Charles Sturm
Director:
Marion Gering
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, Tallulah Bankhead, Paul Porcasi
43. They Knew What They Wanted (1940)
9
2
They Knew What They Wanted
9
2

Tony Patucci is the successful owner of a vineyard in California, but he is self-conscious about his poor English and lack of social grace. When he starts courting a young woman by mail, he sends as photograph of his foreman instead of his own. However, this eventually leads to complications after she accepts his marriage proposal.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Tony Patucci
Director:
Garson Kanin
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Carole Lombard, Harry Carey, Frank Fay, William Gargan
44. Captain Kidd (1945)
9
2
Captain Kidd
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Capt. William Kidd
Director:
Rowland V. Lee
Genres:
Drama, History, Biography, Adventure
Star Cast:
John Carradine, Reginald Owen, Randolph Scott, Barbara Britton
45. Arch of Triumph (1948)
9
2
Arch of Triumph
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Ivon Haake
Director:
Lewis Milestone
Genres:
Drama, Romance, War
Star Cast:
Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Louis Calhern, Ruth Warrick
46. Passport to Destiny (1944)
9
2
Passport to Destiny
9
2

This comedy drama film tells the story of a cleaning lady, who travels from London to Berlin and start working in Hitler’s headquarters, planning to assassinate him. However, her plan fails, and she has no option but to escape back to London.

As:
Cast
Director:
Ray McCarey
Genres:
War, Comedy
Star Cast:
Elsa Lanchester, Fritz Feld, Lionel Royce, Lenore Aubert
47. White Woman (1933)
9
2
White Woman
9
2

White Woman is a drama film which tells the story of a young woman who gets married to the rich owner of a rubber plantation. However, when she returns with him to Malaysia, she finds out about his insanely possessive and cruel nature. She soon finds herself being attracted to the supervisor of the plantation.

As:
Cast
Role:
Horace H. Prin
Director:
Stuart Walker
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Carole Lombard, Charles Bickford, Kent Taylor, Percy Kilbride
48. Jamaica Inn (1939)
9
2
Jamaica Inn
9
2
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Sir Humphrey Pengallan
Director:
Genres:
Crime, Adventure
Star Cast:
Emlyn Williams, Maureen O'Hara, Horace Hodges, Hay Petrie
49. The Man from Down Under (1943)
9
2
The Man from Down Under
9
2

An Australian soldier fighting in the First World War befriends a small Belgian orphaned boy and his sister on the night he is about to return home. He decides to take them home with him, and soon starts raising them himself.

As:
Cast
Role:
Jocko Wilson
Director:
Robert Z. Leonard
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
Donna Reed, Richard Carlson, Binnie Barnes, Christopher Severn
50. The Tuttles of Tahiti (1942)
9
2
The Tuttles of Tahiti
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Jonas
Director:
Charles Vidor
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Adventure
Star Cast:
Jon Hall, Gene Reynolds, Victor Francen, Peggy Drake
51. The Girl from Manhattan (1948)
9
2
The Girl from Manhattan
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
The Bishop
Director:
Alfred E. Green
Genres:
Sport, Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
William Frawley, Ernest Truex, Hugh Herbert, Dorothy Lamour
53. The Man on the Eiffel Tower (1950)
9
2
The Man on the Eiffel Tower
9
2

After the murder of a rich widow, Inspector Jules Maigret is called in to investigate. His investigations lead him to Johann Radek who has been paid by the widow’s nephew Bill Kirby to commit the murder. As Radek steps up his psychological game against Maigret, the chase for the murderer ends on top of the Eiffel Tower.  

As:
Cast, Director
Role:
Inspector Jules Maigret
Director:
Charles Laughton, Burgess Meredith, Irving Allen
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery
Star Cast:
Franchot Tone, Burgess Meredith, Robert Hutton, Jean Wallace
54. Salome (1953)
8
2
Salome
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
King Herod
Director:
William Dieterle
Genres:
History, Drama
Star Cast:
Stewart Granger, Rita Hayworth, Cedric Hardwicke, Judith Anderson
55. The Tonic (1928)
10
2
The Tonic
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Father of the Family
Director:
Ivor Montagu
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Elsa Lanchester, Renee De Vaux
56. Down River (1931)
10
2
Down River
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Captain Grossman
Director:
Peter Godfrey
Genres:
Crime
Star Cast:
Harold Huth, Hartley Power, Jane Baxter, Kenneth Kove

TV Movie(s)

1. A Midsummer Night's Dream (1959)
13
3
A Midsummer Night's Dream
13
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Peter Hall
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Vanessa Redgrave, Ian Holm, Albert Finney, Michael Blakemore, Zoe Caldwell, David Buck

TV Shows and Videos

Charles Laughton Awards

Academy Awards
The Private Life of Henry VIII Best Actor in a Leading Role 1934
Grammy Awards
Winner Best Documentary Or Spoken Word Recording (Other Than Comedy) 1963
Winner Best Documentary, Spoken Word, or Drama Recording (Other Than Comedy) 1963