I have done a list like this for Vincent Price, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. I am working my way through all of the legends of classic horror.
However, Basil Rathbone isn’t just a legend of classic horror, he is an icon of swashbuckling movies – another one of my favorite film genres.
Rathbone could be heroic but he was mostly the foil to the hero whether it was in a horror picture or playing an equally sinister character while holding a cutlass on a pirate ship.
He has always been one of my favorite actors. It probably has to do with the fact that my mum always thought that he was an evil jerk while we watched these old movies together. And, I always pulled for the villain, even as a kid. Although, my mum thought he was the best Sherlock Holmes, so she did like him in that role.
But anyway, these are his twenty-five best roles.
1. Captain Blood
2. The Adventures of Robin Hood
3. The Mark of Zorro
4. Tales of Terror
5. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
6. The Dawn Patrol
7. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
8. The Comedy of Terrors
9. Son of Frankenstein
10. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (as narrator)
11. Terror by Night
12. The Adventures of Marco Polo
13. A Night of Terror
14. Dressed to Kill
15. The Woman In Green
16. Tower of London (1939)
17. The Scarlet Claw
18. The Mad Doctor
19. The Black Cat (1941)
20. The Spider Woman
21. The Black Sleep
22. Pursuit to Algiers
23. The Court Jester
24. Sherlock Holmes Faces Death
25. Queen of Blood