Films About China and Chinese People

by lora-31 | created - 10 Jan 2011 | updated - 29 Jun 2014 | Public

My list of films about China which I have watched.

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1. The Shanghai Gesture (1941)

Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.8
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A young woman, Poppy, out for excitement in Shanghai, enters a gambling house owned by "Mother" Gin Sling, a dragon-lady who worked herself up from poverty to buy the casino. Sir Guy ... See full summary »

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Gene Tierney, Walter Huston, Victor Mature, Ona Munson

Votes: 2,150

2. 55 Days at Peking (1963)

Unrated | 154 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.8
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During the 1900 Boxer Rebellion against foreigners in China, U.S. Marine Major Matt Lewis, aided by British Consul Sir Arthur Robertson, devises a strategy to keep the rebels at bay until an international military relief force arrives.

Directors: Nicholas Ray, Guy Green | Stars: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, David Niven, Flora Robson

Votes: 4,987

3. The Keys of the Kingdom (1944)

Approved | 137 min | Drama

7.3
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A young priest, Father Chisholm is sent to China to establish a Catholic parish among the non-Christian Chinese. While his boyhood friend, also a priest, flourishes in his calling as a ... See full summary »

Director: John M. Stahl | Stars: Gregory Peck, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price, Rose Stradner

Votes: 2,002

4. Blood Alley (1955)

Approved | 110 min | Action, Adventure

6.3
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His ship seized by the Chinese Communists, American Merchant Captain Tom Wilder languishes in prison but Chinese villagers help him escape to sail them to Hong-Kong.

Directors: William A. Wellman, John Wayne | Stars: John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Paul Fix, Joy Kim

Votes: 2,327

5. Shanghai Express (1932)

Passed | 82 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.4
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A loose woman rediscovers a former lover during a dangerous train ride to Shanghai.

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Anna May Wong, Warner Oland

Votes: 5,489 | Gross: $3.70M

6. The General Died at Dawn (1936)

98 min | Adventure, Crime, Film-Noir

6.7
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Amid the anarchy of China, an American mercenary tangles with a ruthless warlord.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll, Akim Tamiroff, Dudley Digges

Votes: 871

7. The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1932)

Approved | 88 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.1
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A Chinese warlord and an engaged Christian missionary fall in love.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Nils Asther, Toshia Mori, Walter Connolly

Votes: 2,856

8. Dragon Seed (1944)

Passed | 148 min | Drama, History, War

6.2
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The lives of a small Chinese village are turned Upside down when the Japanese invade it. And heroic young Chinese woman leads her fellow villagers in an uprising against Japanese Invaders.

Directors: Harold S. Bucquet, Jack Conway | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Walter Huston, Aline MacMahon, Akim Tamiroff

Votes: 936

9. Satan Never Sleeps (1962)

125 min | Drama, History, War

6.1
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During the Chinese Civil War of 1949, the Communists constantly harass the two priests of a remote Catholic mission outpost.

Directors: Leo McCarey, David W. Orton | Stars: William Holden, Clifton Webb, France Nuyen, Athene Seyler

Votes: 518

10. Shanghai (2010)

R | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.4
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36 Metascore

A '40s period piece which revolves around an American expat who returns to Shanghai in the months before Pearl Harbor due to the death of his friend.

Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: John Cusack, Li Gong, Yun-Fat Chow, David Morse

Votes: 8,231 | Gross: $0.04M

11. The World of Suzie Wong (1960)

Approved | 126 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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A businessman moves to Hong Kong to pursue a career as an artist and falls in love with a prostitute he hires as a model.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: William Holden, Nancy Kwan, Sylvia Syms, Michael Wilding

Votes: 1,719 | Gross: $7.30M

12. Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)

Unrated | 102 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.6
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A widowed doctor of both Chinese and European descent falls in love with a married American correspondent in Hong Kong during China's Communist revolution.

Directors: Henry King, Otto Lang | Stars: William Holden, Jennifer Jones, Torin Thatcher, Isobel Elsom

Votes: 3,662

13. The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)

Approved | 158 min | Biography, Drama, War

7.3
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All her life Englishwoman Gladys Aylward knew that China was the place where she belonged. Not qualified to be sent there as a missionary, Gladys works as a domestic to earn the money to ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Robert Donat, Curd Jürgens, Michael David

Votes: 3,767

14. The Left Hand of God (1955)

Approved | 87 min | Drama

6.5
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At a Catholic mission in China, long-awaited "Father O'Shea" proves to be a tough guy, disturbingly attractive to mission nurse Anne.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Gene Tierney, Lee J. Cobb, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 1,831

15. The Painted Veil (1934)

Passed | 85 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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A wife neglected by her husband, a medical researcher in China, falls in love with a dashing diplomatic attaché.

Director: Richard Boleslawski | Stars: Greta Garbo, Herbert Marshall, George Brent, Warner Oland

Votes: 1,024 | Gross: $0.54M

16. The Good Earth (1937)

Passed | 138 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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The story of a farmer in China: a story of humility and bravery. His father gives Wang Lung a freed slave as wife. By diligence and frugality the two manage to enlarge their property. But ... See full summary »

Directors: Sidney Franklin, Victor Fleming, Gustav Machatý, Sam Wood | Stars: Paul Muni, Luise Rainer, Walter Connolly, Tilly Losch

Votes: 3,824

17. The Son-Daughter (1932)

Passed | 79 min | Drama

5.8
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A large group of Chinese immigrants in San Francisco is clandestinely donating whatever money they earn to smuggle arms into China for the rebels in their fight against the centuries old ... See full summary »

Directors: Clarence Brown, Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Helen Hayes, Ramon Novarro, Lewis Stone, Warner Oland

Votes: 110

18. China (1943)

79 min | Drama, War

6.8
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During the Japanese invasion of China, a cynical, macho profiteer meets a compassionate, beautiful schoolteacher.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Loretta Young, Alan Ladd, William Bendix, Philip Ahn

Votes: 251

19. China Doll (1958)

Approved | 99 min | Drama, War, Romance

6.0
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American pilot Cliff Brandon, fighting the Japanese in China, finds himself the unintentional "owner" of a Chinese housekeeper, Shu-Jen. The unlikely couple falls in love and marries, but not without tragedy brought on by the war.

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Victor Mature, Li Hua Li, Ward Bond, Bob Mathias

Votes: 319

20. 7 Women (1966)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

6.9
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In China in 1935, seven dedicated missionary women try to protect themselves from the advances of a barbaric Mongolian warlord and his cut-throat gang of warriors.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Sue Lyon, Margaret Leighton, Flora Robson

Votes: 1,693

21. Destination Unknown (1942)

Passed | 63 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.8
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A beautiful Dutch girl finds herself in Peking being pursued by agents of the Japanese government.

Director: Ray Taylor | Stars: William Gargan, Irene Hervey, Sam Levene, Turhan Bey

Votes: 17

22. Night Plane from Chungking (1943)

Approved | 69 min | Action, Drama, Romance

6.3
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Without lights and in a driving rain, a bus is lumbering along the muddy Assam Road en route from Chunking to the Indian border. Passengers include Albert Pasavy (Otto Kruger), a European ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Murphy | Stars: Robert Preston, Ellen Drew, Otto Kruger, Steven Geray

Votes: 23

23. Peking Express (1951)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Drama, Film-Noir

5.8
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A group of refugees fleeing Chinese Communist rule via train are beset by a gang of terrifying outlaws.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Joseph Cotten, Corinne Calvet, Edmund Gwenn, Marvin Miller

Votes: 52

24. Think Fast, Mr. Moto (1937)

Not Rated | 70 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

6.9
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On a freighter going from San Francisco to Shanghai Mr. Moto solves mysteries caused by a gang of smugglers. First of the series.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Peter Lorre, Virginia Field, Thomas Beck, Sig Ruman

Votes: 772

25. Shadows Over Shanghai (1938)

Approved | 65 min | Drama

5.6
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A pilot carrying a valuable amulet is shot down over China by a ruthless Russian agent, who also wants the amulet.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: James Dunn, Ralph Morgan, Robert Barrat, Lynda Grey

Votes: 57

26. Soldier of Fortune (1955)

Approved | 96 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

6.3
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When Jane Hoyt's journalist husband disappears in the 1950s China she arrives in Hong Kong determined to find him but meets shady shipping magnate Hank Lee.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Clark Gable, Susan Hayward, Michael Rennie, Gene Barry

Votes: 868

27. China Sky (1945)

Approved | 78 min | Adventure, Drama, War

6.1
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The conflicts of war-torn China are reflected in miniature within an American mission hospital.

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Randolph Scott, Ruth Warrick, Ellen Drew, Anthony Quinn

Votes: 285

28. God Is My Co-Pilot (1945)

Approved | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

6.5
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Robert L. Scott has dreamed his whole life of being a fighter pilot, but when war comes he finds himself flying transport planes over The Hump into China. In China, he persuades General ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Dennis Morgan, Raymond Massey, Dane Clark, Alan Hale

Votes: 476

29. China Venture (1953)

Approved | 83 min | Adventure, Drama, War

5.1
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An American patrol was sent during World War II to the south of China which was occupied by Japanese troops with the order to rescue a prisoner of the Chinese guerilla.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Barry Sullivan, Jocelyn Brando, Leo Gordon

Votes: 67

30. Wife of General Ling (1937)

Approved | 72 min | Adventure, Drama

6.8
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John Fenton, a British secret-service agent in China, is given the assignment of learning how smugglers go undetected while delivering guns into the interior for General Ling, a ruthless ... See full summary »

Director: Ladislao Vajda | Stars: Griffith Jones, Valéry Inkijinoff, Adrianne Renn, Alan Napier

Votes: 16

31. The Shanghai Story (1954)

Approved | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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Too many years in the Orient have made a bitter man of Dr. Dan Maynard (Edmond O'Brien), an American surgeon, and too little emotional stability has tarnished the Tangier-born Rita King (... See full summary »

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Ruth Roman, Edmond O'Brien, Richard Jaeckel, Barry Kelley

Votes: 72

32. Flower Drum Song (1961)

Approved | 133 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.0
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A young woman arrives in San Francisco's Chinatown from Hong Kong with the intention of marrying a rakish nightclub owner, unaware he is involved with one of his singers.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Nancy Kwan, James Shigeta, Benson Fong, Jack Soo

Votes: 2,034 | Gross: $10.90M

33. Lady from Chungking (1942)

Approved | 66 min | War

5.5
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After the Japanese invade China in WW 2, a young woman leads a band of partisans against the occupying troops.

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Anna May Wong, Harold Huber, Mae Clarke, Rick Vallin

Votes: 106

34. Hong Kong (1952)

Not Rated | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

5.1
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The theft of a jeweled treasure is within an adventurer's grasp; he is restrained by his love for a good woman. Now he must help her and the kid he was hired to rob escape as the Chinese Civil War nears Hong Kong.

Director: Lewis R. Foster | Stars: Ronald Reagan, Rhonda Fleming, Nigel Bruce, Marvin Miller

Votes: 150

35. Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl (1919)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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A frail waif, abused by her brutal boxer father in London's seedy Limehouse District, is befriended by a sensitive Chinese immigrant with tragic consequences.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp, Arthur Howard

Votes: 7,817

36. Charlie Chan in Shanghai (1935)

Approved | 71 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.5
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When a prominent official is murdered at a banquet honoring Charle Chan, the detective and son Lee team up to expose an opium-smuggling ring.

Director: James Tinling | Stars: Warner Oland, Irene Hervey, Jon Hall, Russell Hicks

Votes: 1,101

37. The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak (1984)

R | 87 min | Adventure, Fantasy

5.2
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Gwendoline arrives in China in a box, and is helped out of her immediate predicament by a female contact and a devil-may-care adventurer. She's on a mission to find her father, who was last... See full summary »

Director: Just Jaeckin | Stars: Tawny Kitaen, Brent Huff, Zabou Breitman, Bernadette Lafont

Votes: 2,075 | Gross: $1.34M

38. Red Corner (1997)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.3
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An American attorney on business in China is wrongfully arrested and put on trial for murder, with a female defense lawyer from the country the only key to proving his innocence.

Director: Jon Avnet | Stars: Richard Gere, Bai Ling, Bradley Whitford, Byron Mann

Votes: 14,008 | Gross: $22.42M

39. Shadows of the Orient (1935)

Passed | 69 min | Action, Drama, Romance

4.8
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A classic "B" featurette about "smugglin' in Chinamen for $300 a load"

Director: Burt P. Lynwood | Stars: Esther Ralston, Regis Toomey, J. Farrell MacDonald, Oscar Apfel

Votes: 56

40. Bombs Over Burma (1942)

Not Rated | 65 min | Drama, Thriller, War

5.3
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Chinese girl risks her life on espionage mission against Japanese in World War 2.

Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: Anna May Wong, Noel Madison, Leslie Denison, Nedrick Young

Votes: 133

41. Bombs Over Burma (1942)

Not Rated | 65 min | Drama, Thriller, War

5.3
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Chinese girl risks her life on espionage mission against Japanese in World War 2.

Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: Anna May Wong, Noel Madison, Leslie Denison, Nedrick Young

Votes: 133

42. Stowaway (1936)

Approved | 87 min | Musical, Adventure, Family

7.2
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Ching-Ching gets lost in Shanghai and is befriended by American playboy Tommy Randall. She falls asleep in his car which winds up on a ship headed for America. Susan Parker, also on the ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Shirley Temple, Robert Young, Alice Faye, Eugene Pallette

Votes: 991

43. Jin ling shi san chai (2011)

R | 146 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.6
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46 Metascore

An American finds refuge during the 1937 Japanese invasion of Nanking in a church with a group of women. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Xinyi Zhang, Tianyuan Huang

Votes: 42,328 | Gross: $0.01M

44. The Hatchet Man (1932)

74 min | Crime, Drama

6.4
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Hatchet man is ordered to kill his close friend for the sake of Tong.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Dudley Digges, Leslie Fenton

Votes: 565

45. Macao (1952)

Passed | 81 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

6.7
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Nick Cochran, an American in exile in Macao, has a chance to restore his name by helping capture an international crime lord. Undercover, can he mislead the bad guys and still woo the handsome singer/petty crook, Julie Benson?

Directors: Josef von Sternberg, Nicholas Ray | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, William Bendix, Thomas Gomez

Votes: 2,231

46. West of Shanghai (1937)

Not Rated | 64 min | Adventure, Drama, War

6.1
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Karloff is the Chinese warlord Fang, who holds a group of oilmen and missionaries hostage in a remote Chinese outpost.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Boris Karloff, Beverly Roberts, Ricardo Cortez, Gordon Oliver

Votes: 284