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List of Gloria Swanson Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
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Sunset Blvd.
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Norma Desmond, a faded silent film star living a reclusive life, is desperate to make a comeback and hires small-time screenwriter Joe to improve the script she is preparing. She convinces him to move into her Sunset Boulevard mansion, but erupts into a violent rage after he falls for young script reader Betty.

Role:
Norma Desmond
Directed By:
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Drama
2. The Humming Bird (1924)
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2
The Humming Bird
11
2
Role:
Toinette
Starring:
Mario Majeroni, Edmund Burns, William Ricciardi, Cesare Gravina
Directed By:
Sidney Olcott
3. Stage Struck (1925)
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2
Stage Struck
11
2
Role:
Jenny Hagen
Starring:
Ford Sterling, Gertrude Astor, Lawrence Gray, Oliver Sandys
Directed By:
Allan Dwan
4. Fine Manners (1926)
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2
Fine Manners
11
2
Role:
Orchid Murphy
Starring:
Eugene O'Brien, John Miltern, Roland Drew, Helen Dunbar
Directed By:
Lewis Milestone, Richard Rosson
5. Something to Think About (1920)
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2
Something to Think About
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2

This is a silent drama film, highlighting David Markely’s unselfish love for Ruth, a blacksmith daughter.  Rich, but cripple, he has always loved her and has financed her education. Later, howeve,r she runs away with a city worker and when he dies in a subway accident returns home pregnant with his child. Will David now come to her rescue? 

Role:
Ruth Anderson
Starring:
Claire McDowell, Theodore Roberts, Monte Blue, Elliott Dexter
Directed By:
6. Manhandled (1924)
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2
Manhandled
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2
Role:
Tessie McGuire
Starring:
Tom Moore, Ian Keith, Lilyan Tashman, Arthur Housman
Directed By:
Allan Dwan
7. Music in the Air (1934)
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Music in the Air
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2

When opera star Frieda and lyrist Bruno are not making love they are quarreling. To solve the problem, they separately decide to try the jealousy angle. While Bruno pair up with the music teacher’s young daughter Sieglinde, Frieda latches onto Karl, an aspiring songwriter and also Sieglinde’s fiancée. The plan succeeds until the young couple realizes that they are being used. 

Role:
Frieda Hotzfelt
Starring:
John Boles, Douglass Montgomery, June Lang, Al Shean
Directed By:
Joe May
8. Zaza (1923)
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2
Zaza
11
2
Role:
Zaza
Starring:
H.B. Warner, Mary Thurman, Lucille La Verne, Ferdinand Gottschalk
Directed By:
Allan Dwan
9. The Love of Sunya (1927)
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The Love of Sunya
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2

As known as The Loves of Sunya, the movie finds a young woman Sunya Ashling at crossroads in her life. She is suddenly given the gift of visions by a mystic and is able to envision her life choices and her future with each of her three suitors. 

Role:
Sunya Ashling
Starring:
Pauline Garon, Ian Keith, John Boles, Andrés de Segurola
Directed By:
Albert Parker
10. Sadie Thompson (1928)
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Sadie Thompson
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2
Starring:
Lionel Barrymore, James A. Marcus, Charles Lane, Blanche Friderici
Directed By:
Raoul Walsh
11. Male and Female (1919)
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Male and Female
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2
Role:
Lady Mary Lasenby
Starring:
Theodore Roberts, Raymond Hatton, Robert Cain, Thomas Meighan
Directed By:
12. Queen Kelly (1929)
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Queen Kelly
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2
Role:
Kitty Kelly / Queen Kelly
Starring:
Seena Owen, Sylvia Ashton, Wilson Benge, Walter Byron
Directed By:
13. Tonight or Never (1931)
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Tonight or Never
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2

Tonight or Never is a romantic comedy film which tells the story of Nella Vargo, an opera singer. Although she used to be one of the best singers, she starts receiving criticism for not putting her soul into her work.  She soon meets a mysterious man, whom she believes to be a gigolo. He tells her that she will never be able to revive her career, until she can experience true love. 

Role:
Nella Vago
Starring:
Ferdinand Gottschalk, Alison Skipworth, Melvyn Douglas, Robert Greig
Directed By:
Mervyn LeRoy
14. Indiscreet (1931)
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Indiscreet
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2
Role:
Geraldine 'Gerry' Trent
Starring:
Ben Lyon, Barbara Kent, Arthur Lake, Monroe Owsley
Directed By:
Leo McCarey
15. The Affairs of Anatol (1921)
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The Affairs of Anatol
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2
Role:
Vivian Spencer - Anatol's Wife
Starring:
Wallace Reid, Theodore Roberts, Elliott Dexter, Wanda Hawley
Directed By:
16. The Trespasser (1929)
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2
The Trespasser
11
2
Role:
Marion Donnell
Starring:
Henry B. Walthall, Robert Ames, Purnell Pratt, Wally Albright
Directed By:
Edmund Goulding
17. Why Change Your Wife? (1920)
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Why Change Your Wife?
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Role:
Beth Gordon
Starring:
Bebe Daniels, Thomas Meighan, Sylvia Ashton, Theodore Kosloff
Directed By:
18. Beyond the Rocks (1922)
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2
Beyond the Rocks
TV-PG
10
2
Role:
Theodora Fitzgerald
Starring:
Alec B. Francis, Edythe Chapman, Robert Bolder, Rudolph Valentino
Directed By:
Sam Wood
19. Don't Change Your Husband (1919)
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Don't Change Your Husband
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2
Role:
Leila Porter
Starring:
Theodore Roberts, Elliott Dexter, Sylvia Ashton, Lew Cody
Directed By:
20. For Better, for Worse (1919)
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For Better, for Worse
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2

Dr. Edward Meade and his friend Richard Burton are both suitors for the hand of Sylvia Norcross. Richard leaves to join World War I, but Edward stays behind to take care of orphans. Sylvia marries Richard just before he leaves. When Richard is presumed dead in the war, she and Edward reconcile, but then Richard returns. 

Role:
Sylvia Norcross
Starring:
Raymond Hatton, Tom Forman, Elliott Dexter, Sylvia Ashton
Directed By:
21. Teddy at the Throttle (1917)
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Teddy at the Throttle
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2
Role:
Gloria Dawn - Bobby's Sweetheart
Starring:
Wallace Beery, Bobby Vernon, May Emory, Blanche Phillips
Directed By:
Clarence G. Badger
22. Shifting Sands (1918)
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Shifting Sands
10
2
Role:
Marcia Grey
Starring:
Lillian Langdon, Harvey Clark, Joe King, Leone Carton
Directed By:
Albert Parker
23. Father Takes a Wife (1941)
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Father Takes a Wife
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Role:
Leslie Collier
Starring:
Adolphe Menjou, Helen Broderick, John Howard, Desi Arnaz
Directed By:
Jack Hively
24. A Society Scandal (1924)
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A Society Scandal
10
2
Role:
Marjorie Colbert
Starring:
Ida Waterman, Rod La Rocque, Ricardo Cortez, Allan Simpson
Directed By:
Allan Dwan
25. Perfect Understanding (1933)
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Perfect Understanding
11
2

Judy and Nicholas have got married under the condition that they will have perfect understanding. But their agreement is soon put to test when alone and drunk in Cannes, Nicholas ends up sleeping with his former mistress and quickly returns home to confess his transgression to Judy. 

Role:
Judy Rogers
Starring:
Laurence Olivier, John Halliday, Nigel Playfair, Michael Farmer
Directed By:
Cyril Gardner
26. Three for Bedroom C (1952)
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2
Three for Bedroom C
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2
Role:
Ann Haven
Starring:
James Warren, Steve Brodie, Fred Clark, Hans Conried
Directed By:
Milton H. Bren
27. The Sultan's Wife (1917)
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The Sultan's Wife
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Role:
Gloria
Starring:
Bobby Vernon, Joseph Callahan, Frank Bond, Blanche Payson
Directed By:
Clarence G. Badger
28. Station Content (1918)
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Station Content
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2
Role:
Kitty Manning
Starring:
Lee Hill, Arthur Millett, Nellie Allen, Ward Caulfield
Directed By:
Arthur Hoyt
29. The Danger Girl (1916)
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The Danger Girl
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2
Role:
The Danger Girl - Reggie's Madcap Sister
Starring:
Bobby Vernon, Helen Bray, Reggie Morris, Myrtle Lind
Directed By:
Clarence G. Badger
30. His New Job (1915)
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His New Job
TV-G
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2
Starring:
Charlie Chaplin, Charles Chaplin, Billy Armstrong, Agnes Ayres, Arthur W. Bates, Robert Bolder
Directed By:
31. What a Widow! (1930)
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What a Widow!
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Role:
Tamarind Brook
Starring:
Owen Moore, Lew Cody, Margaret Livingston, William Holden
Directed By:
Allan Dwan, Dudley Murphy, James Seymour
32. Mio figlio Nerone (1956)
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Mio figlio Nerone
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Mio figlio Nerone is a historical comedy film which tells the story of Nero, a young and childish emperor who is holidaying at the seaside, and preparing for a show where he will be the star. However, his mother arrives and tells him to prepare for war against Britain.

Role:
Agrippina
Starring:
Brigitte Bardot, Vittorio De Sica, Alberto Sordi, Ciccio Barbi
Directed By:
Steno
33. Airport 1975 (1974)
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Airport 1975
PG
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2

Airport is an action drama thriller film which tells the story of Nancy, an air hostess serving in a Boeing 747 aircraft. Things take an ugly turn when the pilot suffers a heart attack shortly after a takeoff and the flight slams into another plane. When the other pilot loses consciousness as well, it is up to Nancy alone to save the lives of the passengers.  

Starring:
Charlton Heston, George Harris Kennedy, Jr, Erik Estrada, Sid Caesar, Jerry Stiller, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Susan Clark
Directed By:
Jack Smight
34. Madame Sans-Gêne (1925)
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2
Madame Sans-Gêne
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2
Role:
Catherine Hubscher
Starring:
Charles de Rochefort, Émile Drain, Madeleine Guitty, Warwick Ward
Directed By:
Léonce Perret
35. The Untamed Lady (1926)
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2
The Untamed Lady
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2
Role:
St. Clair Van Tassel
Starring:
Joseph W. Smiley, Thomas Holding, Charles E. Graham, Lawrence Gray
Directed By:
Frank Tuttle
36. The Great Moment (1921)
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2
The Great Moment
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2
Role:
Nada Pelham / Nadine Pelham
Starring:
Alec B. Francis, Milton Sills, Frank Butler, Raymond Blathwayt
Directed By:
Sam Wood
37. Society for Sale (1918)
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2
Society for Sale
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2
Role:
Phylis Clyne
Starring:
Herbert Prior, Lillian West, William Desmond, Charles Dorian
Directed By:
Frank Borzage
38. Prodigal Daughters (1923)
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2
Prodigal Daughters
12
2
Role:
Swifty Forbes
Starring:
Theodore Roberts, Ralph Graves, Vera Reynolds, Louise Dresser
Directed By:
Sam Wood
39. Bluebeard's 8th Wife (1923)
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2
Bluebeard's 8th Wife
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2
Role:
Mona deBriac
Starring:
Huntley Gordon, Paul Weigel, Charles Greene, Lianne Salvor
Directed By:
Sam Wood
40. Wages of Virtue (1924)
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2
Wages of Virtue
10
2
Role:
Carmelita
Starring:
Armand Cortes, Norman Trevor, Ben Lyon, Ivan Linow
Directed By:
Allan Dwan
41. Her Husband's Trademark (1922)
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2
Her Husband's Trademark
10
2
Role:
Lois Miller
Starring:
Charles Ogle, Lucien Littlefield, Stuart Holmes, Richard Wayne
Directed By:
Sam Wood
42. Her Love Story (1924)
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2
Her Love Story
10
2
Role:
Princess Marie
Starring:
Mario Majeroni, George Fawcett, Ian Keith, Echlin Gayer
Directed By:
Allan Dwan
43. Don't Tell Everything (1921)
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2
Don't Tell Everything
8
2
Role:
Marian Westover
Starring:
Wallace Reid, Elliott Dexter, Genevieve Blinn, Dorothy Cumming
Directed By:
Sam Wood

TV Movie(s)

1. Killer Bees (1974)
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1
Killer Bees
7
1
Role:
Madame Maria von Bohlen
Starring:
Roger Davis, Kate Jackson, Edward Albert, Don McGovern
Directed By:
Curtis Harrington

TV Shows and Videos

The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962)
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
Starring:
Angie Dickinson, Telly Savalas, Peter Falk, David Carradine, John Carradine, Edd Byrnes, John Forsythe
Directed By:
Alfred Hitchcock, Alf Kjellin, Joseph M. Newman, Bernard Girard, John Brahm
Straightaway (1961)
Straightaway
Starring:
Mary Tyler Moore, Gavin MacLeod, Jack Klugman, John Ashley, Brian Kelly
Directed By:
William D. Faralla
The Steve Allen Show (1956)
The Steve Allen Show
Starring:
Andy Griffith, Don Knotts, Lou Costello, Larry Fine, Keenan Wynn, Alan Young, Steve Allen
Directed By:
Dwight Hemion
Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963)
Kraft Suspense Theatre
Starring:
Mary Wickes, Jack Lord, John Banner, Leonard Nimoy, Louis Jourdan, Claudine Longet, James Whitmore
Directed By:
Walter Grauman, Don Weis, Alex March, Ralph Senensky, Buzz Kulik
Burke's Law (1963)
Burke's Law
Starring:
Eddie Albert, Luciana Paluzzi, Elsa Lanchester, Don Rickles, Eva Gabor, Frankie Avalon, Mako Iwamatsu
Directed By:
Don Weis, Jerry Hopper, Don Taylor, Richard Kinon, Murray Golden
Ben Casey (1961)
Ben Casey
Starring:
Lee Marvin, Jerry Lewis, Leslie Nielsen, Rod Steiger, Tom Bosley, Cliff Robertson, George C. Scott
Directed By:
Leo Penn, Allen Reisner, Alex March, Charles R. Rondeau, Vince Edwards
Dr. Kildare (1961)
Dr. Kildare
Starring:
Barbara Eden, Charles Bronson, James Earl Jones, Fred Astaire, Lauren Bacall, William Shatner, Jack Nicholson
Directed By:
Leo Penn, Corey Allen, John Newland, Jack Arnold, Paul Stanley
My Three Sons (1960)
My Three Sons
TV-G
Starring:
Martin Sheen, Jodie Foster, Anne Baxter, Jerry Mathers, Joyce Bulifant, Micky Dolenz, George Takei
Directed By:
Gene Reynolds, Earl Bellamy, James Sheldon, James V. Kern, Richard Whorf
Hollywood Opening Night (1951)
Hollywood Opening Night
Starring:
Raymond Burr, Ethel Barrymore, Ann Sothern, Buddy Ebsen, Celeste Holm, Teresa Wright, David Niven
Directed By:
Richard Irving, William Corrigan
Crown Theatre with Gloria Swanson (1952)
Crown Theatre with Gloria Swanson
Role:
Herself - Hostess (26 episodes, 1952-1955)
Starring:
Denver Pyle, William Boyett, Jim Hayward, Barbara Woodell

Gloria Swanson Awards

Golden Globe Awards
Sunset Blvd. Best Actress - Drama 1951