Lillian Gish filmography

These are the films of Lillian Gish.

Silent: 191219131914191519161917191819191920s
Post Silent: 1930s1940s1950s1960s1970s1980sReferences



Year Title Role Note
1912 An Unseen Enemy The Sister
Two Daughters of Eve In Theatre Crowd
So Near, yet So Far A Friend
In the Aisles of the Wild The Young Daughter
The One She Loved
The Painted Lady Belle at Ice Cream Festival Uncredited
The Musketeers of Pig Alley The Little Lady
Gold and Glitter The Young Woman
My Baby
The Informer Undetermined Secondary Role
Brutality At Theatre
The New York Hat Customer in Shop / Outside Church
The Burglar's Dilemma Birthday Wellwisher
A Cry for Help The Maid


Year Title Role Note
1913 Oil and Water In First Audience Uncredited
The Unwelcome Guest At Auction Uncredited
A Misunderstood Boy The Daughter
The Left-Handed Man The Old Soldier's Daughter
The Lady and the Mouse The First Sister WomanThe
The House of Darkness The Nurse
Just Gold The Sweetheart
A Timely Interception The Farmer's Daughter
The Mothering Heart The Young Wife
An Indian's Loyalty The Ranchero's Daughter
During the Round-Up The Ranchero's Daughter
A Woman in the Ultimate Verda
A Modest Hero The Wife
So Runs the Way Fred's Wife
Madonna of the Storm The Mother
The Battle at Elderbush Gulch Melissa Harlow
The Conscience of Hassan Bey The Rugmaker's Daughter
The Little Tease Girl in bandanna


Year Title Role Note
1914 The Green-Eyed Devil Mary Miller
Judith of Bethulia The Young Mother
The Battle of the Sexes Jane Andrews Incomplete/lost film
The Hunchback The Orphan - as an Adult
The Quicksands
Home, Sweet Home Payne's Sweetheart
Lord Chumley Eleanor Butterworth
The Rebellion of Kitty Belle Kitty Belle
The Angel of Contention Nettie - the Angel
Man's Enemy Grace Lisle
The Tear That Burned Anita - the Truant
The Folly of Anne Anne
The Sisters May


Year Title Role Note
1915 The Birth of a Nation Elsie
The Lost House Dosia Dale Lost film
Enoch Arden Annie Lee
Captain Macklin Beatrice Lost film
The Lily and the Rose Mary Randolph


Year Title Role Note
1916 Pathways of Life
Daphne and the Pirate Daphne La Tour
Sold for Marriage Marfa
An Innocent Magdalene Dorothy Raleigh Lost film
Intolerance The Woman Who Rocks the Cradle / Eternal Mother
Diane of the Follies Diane Lost film
The Children Pay Millicent
The House Built Upon Sand Evelyn Dare Lost film


Year Title Role Note
1917 Souls Triumphant Lillian Vale Lost film


Year Title Role Note
1918 Hearts of the World Marie Stephenson
The Great Love Susie Broadplains Lost film
Lillian Gish in a Liberty Loan Appeal Lost film
The Greatest Thing in Life Jeannette Peret Lost film


Year Title Role Note
1919 A Romance of Happy Valley Jennie Timberlake
Broken Blossoms Lucy Barrows
True Heart Susie True Heart Susie
The Greatest Question Nellie Jarvis


Year Title Role Note
1920 Remodeling Her Husband N/A Director only/Lost film
Way Down East Anna Moore
1921 Orphans of the Storm Henriette Girard
1923 The White Sister Angela Chiaromonte
1924 Romola Romola
1925 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ Chariot Race Spectator Cameo (Uncredited)
1926 La Bohème Mimi
The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynne
1927 Annie Laurie Annie Laurie
The Enemy Pauli Arndt Partially extant
1928 The Wind Letty Her final silent film role

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Year Title Role Note
1930 One Romantic Night Princess Alexandra Her first talkie film role
1933 His Double Life Alice Chalice


Year Title Role Note
1942 Commandos Strike at Dawn Mrs. Bergesen
1943 Top Man Beth Warren Alternate title: Man of the Family
1946 Miss Susie Slagle's Miss Susie Slagle
Duel in the Sun Laura Belle Nominated - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
1948 Portrait of Jennie Mother Mary of Mercy
1949 The Ford Theatre Hour Mrs. Midget Episode: "Outward Bound"
The Philco Television Playhouse Abby Episode: "The Late Christopher Bean"


Year Title Role Note
1951 Celanese Theatre Sister Christina Episode: "The Joyous Season"
Robert Montgomery Presents Episode: "Ladies in Retirement"
1952 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Grandma Moses Episode: "The Autobiography of Grandma Moses"
1953 The Philco Television Playhouse Carrie Watts Episode: "The Trip to Bountiful"
1954 Robert Montgomery Presents Episode: "The Quality of Mercy"
The Campbell Playhouse Miss Harrington Episode: "The Corner Druggist"
1955 The Cobweb Victoria Inch
The Night of the Hunter Rachel Cooper
Kraft Television Theatre Mrs. Bibb Episode: "I, Mrs. Bibb"
Playwrights '56 Mrs. Compson Episode: "The Sound and the Fury"
1956 Ford Star Jubilee Mary Todd Lincoln Episode: "The Day Lincoln Was Shot"
The Alcoa Hour Esther Crampton Episode: "Morning's At Seven"
1958 Orders to Kill Mrs. Summers


Year Title Role Note
1960 The Play of the Week Dolly Talbo Episode: "The Glass Harp"
The Unforgiven Mattilda Zachary
1962 The Defenders Laura Clarendon Episode: "Grandma TNT"
1963 Mr. Novak Miss Maude Phipps Episode: "Hello, Miss Phipps"
Breaking Point Stella Manville Episode: The Gnu, Now Almost Extinct"
1964 The Defenders Mrs. Cooper Episode: "Stowaway"
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Bessie Carnby Episode: "Body in the Barn"
1966 Follow Me, Boys! Hetty Seibert
1967 Warning Shot Alice Willows
The Comedians Mrs. Smith
1969 Arsenic and Old Lace Martha Brewster TV movie


Year Title Role Note
1976 Twin Detectives Billy Jo Haskins TV movie
1978 Sparrow Widow TV movie
A Wedding Nettie Sloan


Year Title Role Note
1981 The Love Boat Mrs. Williams Episode: "The Successor"
Thin Ice Grandmother TV movie
1983 Hobson's Choice Miss Molly Winkle TV movie
Hambone and Hillie Hillie Radcliffe
1985 American Playhouse Mrs. Loftus Episode: "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"
1986 Sweet Liberty Cecelia Burgess
1987 The Whales of August Sarah Webber Final film role