The magnetoresistance of grain boundaries in the perovskite manganites is being studied, both in polycrystalline materials, and thin films grown on bicrystal substrates, because of interest in low-field applications. In this article we show that epitaxial films grown on SrTiO3 bicrystal substrates of 45° misorientation show magnetoresistance behavior which is strongly dependent on the thickness of the film. Thin films, e.g., 40 nm, can show a large low-field magnetoresistance at low temperatures, with very sharp switching between distinct high and low resistance states for fields applied in plane and parallel to the boundary. Thicker films show a more complex behavior of resistance as a function of field, and the dependence on the angle between the applied field and the grain boundary is altered. These changes in magnetoresistance behavior are linked to the variation in morphology of the films. Thin films are coherently strained, due to the mismatch with the substrate, and very smooth. Thicker films relax, with the formation of defects, and hence different micromagnetic behavior. © 2001 American Institute of Physics.