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List of Ethel Barrymore Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. National Red Cross Pageant (1917)
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2
National Red Cross Pageant
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Flanders / Belgium - Flemish & Final episodes
Director:
Christy Cabanne
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Lionel Barrymore, John Barrymore, Edith Wynne Matthison, Douglas Wood
2. Portrait of Jennie (1948)
12
2
Portrait of Jennie
TV-PG
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Miss Spinney
Director:
William Dieterle
Genres:
Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
Star Cast:
Lillian Gish, Cecil Kellaway, Joseph Cotten, Jennifer Jones
3. The Spiral Staircase (1946)
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2
The Spiral Staircase
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mrs. Warren
Director:
Robert Siodmak
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Star Cast:
Dorothy McGuire, Elsa Lanchester, George Brent, Rhonda Fleming
4. The Farmer's Daughter (1947)
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2
The Farmer's Daughter
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Agatha Morley
Director:
H.C. Potter
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Loretta Young, James Arness, Charles Bickford, Rose Hobart
5. Deadline - U.S.A. (1952)
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2
Deadline - U.S.A.
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Margaret Garrison
Director:
Richard Brooks
Genres:
Crime, Film-Noir, Drama
Star Cast:
Humphrey Bogart, James Dean, Ed Begley, Kim Hunter, Warren Stevens
6. Pinky (1949)
10
2
Pinky
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Miss Em
Director:
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jeanne Crain, Ethel Waters, William Lundigan, Basil Ruysdael
7. Moonrise (1948)
10
2
Moonrise
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Grandma
Director:
Frank Borzage
Genres:
Romance, Film-Noir, Thriller, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Lloyd Bridges, Allyn Joslyn, Rex Ingram, Dane Clark
8. The Story of Three Loves (1953)
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2
The Story of Three Loves
11
2

This technicolour anthology film presents three stories narrated by three passengers on board a cruiser. The relationship between a ballet choreographer and a ballerina with a heart condition is featured in the first. In the second, a boy miraculously converts into a young man and charms his governess. In the third, a failed trapeze artist along with a suicidal woman perform a daring circus act. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Mrs. Hazel Pennicott (segment "Mademoiselle")
Genres:
Romance, Fantasy, Music, Drama
9. Kind Lady (1951)
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2
Kind Lady
11
2

Wealthy and aged, Mary Herries, lives in her London home with her housemaid Rose. Having a passion for art and fine furniture, she meets Henry, a young and struggling painter, who talks her into letting him live in her home with his wife and child. Mary realizes her folly when he holds them captive in their bedroom, and announces that he is her nephew and that she has a mental breakdown.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Mary Herries
Director:
John Sturges
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Keenan Wynn, Angela Lansbury, Maurice Evans, Betsy Blair
10. The Secret of Convict Lake (1951)
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2
The Secret of Convict Lake
TV-PG
11
2

In 1871, Jim Canfield, an innocent wrongly sentenced for murder, escapes Nevada Prison with a group of toughened criminals and leads them to a farming settlement, to avenge the man who framed him. With only women at the settlement while men are off prospecting, Canfield is drawn towards Marcia, fiancée of the man who trapped him. What happens when the man returns? 

As:
Cast
Role:
Granny
Director:
Michael Gordon
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Glenn Ford, Gene Tierney, Ann Dvorak, Zachary Scott
11. Young at Heart (1954)
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2
Young at Heart
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Aunt Jessie Tuttle
Director:
Gordon Douglas
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Musical
Star Cast:
Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, Gig Young, Dorothy Malone
12. Moss Rose (1947)
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2
Moss Rose
10
2

A woman is trying to solve the mystery behind her friend’s murder, but soon it seems that she might be the next victim.

As:
Cast
Role:
Lady Margaret Drego
Director:
Gregory Ratoff
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery
Star Cast:
Victor Mature, Vincent Price, Peggy Cummins, Margo Woode
13. The Great Sinner (1949)
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2
The Great Sinner
10
2

While traveling from Moscow, writer Fedya becomes fascinated with gambling addict, the stunning Pauline Ostrovsky. When he abandons his own journey and follows her, he also decides to write a character study on gambling addicts. Unfortunately, his love for Pauline leads him down a path of gambling and crime from which he never recovers. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Grandmother Ostrovsky
Director:
Robert Siodmak
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Agnes Moorehead, Walter Huston, Melvyn Douglas
14. Rasputin and the Empress (1932)
10
2
Rasputin and the Empress
10
2

Desperate to cure her hemophilic son Prince Alexei, Czarina Alexandra, resorts to the healer and mystic Rasputin to save him. Although it seems that Rasputin is initially curing the Prince, he conspires to bring about the downfall of the Russian Empire under Czar Nicholas II. Only Prince Paul Chegodieff stands in his way. 

As:
Cast
Role:
The Czarina - Alexandra
Director:
Charles Brabin, Richard Boleslawski
Genres:
Drama, History, Biography
Star Cast:
Lionel Barrymore, John Barrymore, Tad Alexander, Ralph Morgan
15. That Midnight Kiss (1949)
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2
That Midnight Kiss
TV-PG
10
2

This romantic musical film tells the story of vocalist Prudence Budell, who returns from Europe after finishing her training in music. While looking for a male lead for the opera, she meets a truck driver and decides to give him a chance. However, she eventually ends up falling in love with him. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Abigail Trent Budell
Director:
Norman Taurog
Genres:
Romance, Musical
Star Cast:
Keenan Wynn, Kathryn Grayson, José Iturbi, Mario Lanza
16. None But the Lonely Heart (1944)
10
2
None But the Lonely Heart
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Ma Mott (as Miss Ethel Barrymore)
Director:
Clifford Odets
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Jane Wyatt, Cary Grant, Barry Fitzgerald, June Duprez
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
18. The Red Danube (1949)
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2
The Red Danube
9
2

Based on the 1947 novel Vespers in Vienna, this American drama film, tells the story of British Colonel Michael Nicobar, who is assigned to a unit in the British Zone of Vienna. His duty is aiding the Soviet authorities repatriate their citizens, though many of them prefer not to return.

As:
Cast
Role:
Mother Superior ('Mother Auxilia')
Director:
George Sidney
Genres:
Romance, Drama, War
Star Cast:
Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury, Peter Lawford, Walter Pidgeon
19. Night Song (1947)
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2
Night Song
9
2

Cathy Mallory is a beautiful socialite who falls in love with a blind pianist after being entranced by his music. However due to the fact that she is rich, she discards him. Therefore, in order to win his heart, she starts acting as a poor blind lady. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Miss Willey
Director:
John Cromwell
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Music
Star Cast:
Merle Oberon, Dana Andrews, Hoagy Carmichael, Artur Rubinstein
20. It's a Big Country: An American Anthology (1951)
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2
It's a Big Country: An American Anthology
9
2

Told in eight episodes, the film covers different facets of American culture and spirit. It all begins with a professor being asked by a fellow passenger during a train journey if he loves America, to which he responds by counter-asking, “Which America”. The simple question leads to the unfolding of diverse layers of American ethos.   

As:
Cast
Role:
Mrs. Brian Patrick Riordan
Director:
Don Weis, William A. Wellman, Clarence Brown, John Sturges, Charles Vidor
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
21. Just for You (1952)
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2
Just for You
9
2

Renowned Broadway producer Jordan Blake, a widower and father of two teenaged children, is courting his heroine Carolina. When he finds that his daughter Barbara had an argument with police and son Jerry has a crush on Carolina, he realizes he had been neglecting his children. On Carolina’s suggestion, he spends time with them, trying to help them grow into better adults.

As:
Cast
Role:
Alida De Bronkhart
Director:
Elliott Nugent
Genres:
Comedy, Musical, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
22. Johnny Trouble (1957)
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2
Johnny Trouble
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Katherine Chandler AKA Nana
Director:
John H. Auer
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Edd Byrnes, Carolyn Jones, Cecil Kellaway, Jesse White, Stuart Whitman
24. Camille (1926)
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2
Camille
8
2

Camille is a 1926 short silent film which was loosely based on a French novel named La Dame aux Camélias. The film revolves around a group of people drinking real alcohol during prohibition.

As:
Cast
Director:
Ralph Barton
Genres:
Short, Drama
Star Cast:
Charlie Chaplin, Charles Chaplin, Paul Robeson, Sinclair Lewis, Anita Loos, George Jean Nathan
25. The Nightingale (1914)
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2
The Nightingale
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Isola Franti - 'The Nightingale'
Director:
Augustus E. Thomas
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Conway Tearle, Charles A. Stevenson, William Courtleigh, Frank Andrews

TV Shows and Videos

NBC Television Opera Theatre (1950)
NBC Television Opera Theatre
As:
Cast
Genres:
Music, Family
Star Cast:
Charlotte Rae, Rosemary Kuhlmann, Leontyne Price, Paul Ukena

Ethel Barrymore Awards

Academy Awards
None But the Lonely Heart Best Actress in a Supporting Role 1945