Most Popular Feature Films Released 1938-01-01 to 1938-12-31


1. The Lady Vanishes (1938)

Approved | 96 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.9
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While traveling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas, May Whitty

Votes: 38,255

2. If I Were King (1938)

Approved | 101 min | Adventure, History

7.3
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Vagabond poet François Villon rises to high office in 1463 Paris.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Ronald Colman, Basil Rathbone, Frances Dee, Ellen Drew

Votes: 561

3. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

PG | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

8.0
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97 Metascore

When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army.

Directors: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains

Votes: 40,542

4. Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

8.0
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While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard, Baby.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Charles Ruggles, Walter Catlett

Votes: 47,083

5. Unashamed: A Romance (1938)

66 min | Drama, Romance

6.3
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Rae Lane entices her workaholic boss to come to a nudist camp in the hopes of winning his heart. Things go swimmingly, until attractive and pert blond Barbara captures his attention.

Director: Allen Stuart | Stars: Rae Kidd, Robert Stanley, Lucille Shearer, Emily Todd

Votes: 45

6. Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)

Approved | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.0
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A priest tries to stop a gangster from corrupting a group of street kids.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan

Votes: 16,771

7. You Can't Take It with You (1938)

Approved | 126 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.0
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A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Jean Arthur, James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore, Edward Arnold

Votes: 18,948

8. Jezebel (1938)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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In 1850s Louisiana, a free-spirited Southern belle loses her fiancé due to her stubborn vanity and pride, and vows to win him back.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, George Brent, Margaret Lindsay

Votes: 9,522

9. Pygmalion (1938)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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A Victorian dialect expert makes a bet that he can teach a cockney flower girl to speak proper English and pass as a lady in high society.

Directors: Anthony Asquith, Leslie Howard | Stars: Leslie Howard, Wendy Hiller, Wilfrid Lawson, Marie Lohr

Votes: 6,337

10. Holiday (1938)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

7.9
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A young man falls in love with a girl from a rich family. His unorthodox plan to go on holiday for the early years of his life is met with skepticism by everyone except for his fiancée's eccentric sister and long-suffering brother.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Doris Nolan, Lew Ayres

Votes: 11,458

11. Alexander Nevsky (1938)

Not Rated | 112 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.7
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The story of how a great Russian prince led a ragtag army to battle an invading force of Teutonic Knights.

Directors: Sergei M. Eisenstein, Dmitriy Vasilev | Stars: Nikolay Cherkasov, Nikolai Okhlopkov, Andrei Abrikosov, Dmitriy Orlov

Votes: 8,678

12. Boys Town (1938)

Passed | 96 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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Against all odds Father Flanagan starts "Boys' Town" after hearing a convict's story. Whitey Marsh comes there. He runs away but, hungry, returns. He runs away again but, when friend Pee ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, Henry Hull, Leslie Fenton

Votes: 4,257

13. Marie Antoinette (1938)

Passed | 149 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.6
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The tragic life of Marie Antoinette, who became queen of France in her late teens.

Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, Julien Duvivier | Stars: Norma Shearer, Tyrone Power, John Barrymore, Robert Morley

Votes: 2,216

14. Port of Shadows (1938)

Approved | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.7
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A military deserter finds love and trouble (and a small dog) in a smoky French port city.

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Jean Gabin, Michel Simon, Michèle Morgan, Pierre Brasseur

Votes: 6,598 | Gross: $0.03M

15. Algiers (1938)

Unrated | 96 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.9
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Beautiful Gaby meets a romantic jewel thief in the mysterious Casbah.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Charles Boyer, Hedy Lamarr, Sigrid Gurie, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 1,867

16. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938)

Approved | 91 min | Family, Adventure

7.3
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Misadventures of a mischievous boy in 1850 Missouri.

Directors: Norman Taurog, George Cukor, H.C. Potter, William A. Wellman | Stars: Tommy Kelly, Ann Gillis, May Robson, Walter Brennan

Votes: 1,317

17. The Dawn Patrol (1938)

Not Rated | 103 min | War, Drama

7.6
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British flying aces in World War I contend with the harsh realities of war.

Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone, David Niven, Donald Crisp

Votes: 2,160

18. Child Bride (1938)

62 min | Drama

4.7
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Schoolteacher in a rural community campaigns to stop the practice of older men marrying young, underage girls.

Director: Harry Revier | Stars: Shirley Mills, Bob Bollinger, Warner Richmond, Diana Durrell

Votes: 739

19. A Christmas Carol (1938)

Not Rated | 69 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

7.5
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On Christmas Eve, an old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirit of his former partner, Jacob Marley. The deceased partner was in his lifetime as mean and miserly as Scrooge ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart, Terry Kilburn

Votes: 4,701

20. La bête humaine (1938)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama

7.7
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In this classic adaptation of Emile Zola's novel, a tortured train engineer falls in love with a troubled married woman who has helped her husband commit a murder.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Jean Gabin, Julien Carette, Simone Simon, Fernand Ledoux

Votes: 5,371

21. Hôtel du Nord (1938)

83 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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A young couple, Renee and Pierre, take one night a room at the Hotel du Nord, in Paris, near the canal Saint-Martin. They want to die together, but after having shooted at Renee, Pierre ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Annabella, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Louis Jouvet, Arletty

Votes: 1,654

22. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938)

Approved | 81 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.1
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Rebecca's Uncle Harry leaves her with Aunt Miranda who forbids her to associate with show people. But neighbor Anthony Kent is a talent scout who secretly set it up for her to broadcast.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Shirley Temple, Randolph Scott, Jack Haley, Gloria Stuart

Votes: 1,086

23. Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy, Romance

7.4
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The daughter of a penniless marquis teaches her multi-millionaire fiancé a lesson, after learning he has had seven previous wives.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Gary Cooper, Edward Everett Horton, David Niven

Votes: 2,304

24. Blondie (1938)

Approved | 70 min | Comedy, Family

7.1
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In this first of the Blondie series, Dagwood loses his job on the eve of his and Blondie's fifth wedding anniversary.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Daisy

Votes: 373

25. Vivacious Lady (1938)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Romance

7.3
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A professor marries a nightclub singer, much to the consternation of his family and friends back home.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Ginger Rogers, James Stewart, James Ellison, Beulah Bondi

Votes: 2,417

26. Four Daughters (1938)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.0
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Adam Lemp, the Dean of the Briarwood Music Foundation, has passed on his love of music to his four early adult daughters - Thea, Emma, Kay and Ann - who live with him and his sister, the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Claude Rains, John Garfield, Jeffrey Lynn, Frank McHugh

Votes: 1,366

27. The Terror of Tiny Town (1938)

Approved | 62 min | Western

3.5
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An evil gunslinging midget comes to terrorize the good little people of Tiny Town. The townspeople organize to defeat him, and zany antics ensue

Director: Sam Newfield | Stars: Billy Curtis, Yvonne Moray, 'Little Billy' Rhodes, Billy Platt

Votes: 1,308

28. The Citadel (1938)

Passed | 110 min | Drama

7.2
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Andrew Manson, a young, enthusiastic doctor takes his first job in a Welsh mining town, and begins to wonder at the persistent cough many of the miners have. When his attempts to prove its ... See full summary »

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Robert Donat, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Richardson, Rex Harrison

Votes: 1,534

29. Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938)

Approved | 67 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

7.3
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While Charlie is distracted with the birth of his first grandchild, son Jimmy impersonates his father in order to investigate a murder aboard a freighter in the harbor.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Sidney Toler, Phyllis Brooks, Victor Sen Yung, Eddie Collins

Votes: 1,257

30. Service de Luxe (1938)

85 min | Comedy

6.9
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The manager of a service agency for the wealthy clashes with - and falls for - an inventor who is seeking funding for a new kind of tractor.

Director: Rowland V. Lee | Stars: Constance Bennett, Vincent Price, Charles Ruggles, Helen Broderick

Votes: 93

31. Carefree (1938)

Passed | 83 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.1
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A psychiatrist agrees to hypnotize his friend's girlfriend in order to convince her to accept his proposals of marriage, but she ends up falling for the psychiatrist instead.

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Ralph Bellamy, Luella Gear

Votes: 2,640

32. The Lone Ranger (1938)

Approved | 264 min | Western

7.1
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CHAP. 1, HI YO SILVER: An outlaw leader planning to take control of Texas after the Civil War kills Colonel Jeffries, a man empowered to levy taxes, and assumes his identity. His men then ... See full summary »

Directors: John English, William Witney | Stars: Silver King the Horse, Chief Thundercloud, Lynne Roberts, Stanley Andrews

Votes: 139

33. Merrily We Live (1938)

Passed | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

7.4
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Dizzy society matron Emily Kilbourne has a habit of hiring ex-cons and hobos as servants. Her latest find is a handsome "tramp" who shows up at her doorstep and soon ends up in a ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Constance Bennett, Brian Aherne, Alan Mowbray, Billie Burke

Votes: 1,141

34. The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938)

Approved | 87 min | Crime, Drama

7.0
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Black comedy about a brilliant Park Avenue doctor who becomes a criminal in order to do research into the criminal mind.

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, Claire Trevor, Allen Jenkins

Votes: 1,789

35. Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)

Passed | 91 min | Comedy, Romance

6.9
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Andy's girlfriend Polly is planning to spend Christmas at her grandmother's, which puts a kink in his plans to take her to the country club Christmas party. He agrees (for a fee) to pretend... See full summary »

Director: George B. Seitz | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden

Votes: 1,273

36. Three Comrades (1938)

Passed | 98 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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A love story centered around the lives of three young German soldiers in the years following World War I. Their close friendship is strengthened by their shared love for the same woman who ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Robert Taylor, Margaret Sullavan, Franchot Tone, Robert Young

Votes: 1,353

37. Room Service (1938)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy

6.8
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A penniless theatrical producer must outwit the hotel efficiency expert trying to evict him from his room, while securing a backer for his new play.

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Lucille Ball

Votes: 3,910

38. The Great Waltz (1938)

Passed | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.7
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In 1845 Vienna, Johann Strauss II - Schani to his friends - would rather write and perform waltzes than anything else, this at a time when a waltz is not considered proper society music. ... See full summary »

Directors: Julien Duvivier, Victor Fleming, Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Luise Rainer, Fernand Gravey, Miliza Korjus, Hugh Herbert

Votes: 827

39. The Sisters (1938)

Approved | 99 min | Drama

7.2
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Three daughters of a small town pharmacist undergo trials and tribulations in their problematic marriages between 1904 and 1908.

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Errol Flynn, Bette Davis, Anita Louise, Ian Hunter

Votes: 1,324

40. The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938)

Passed | 91 min | Animation, Comedy, Musical

6.6
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The Bellows family causes comic confusion on an ocean liner, with time out for radio-style musical acts.

Directors: Mitchell Leisen, James P. Hogan | Stars: W.C. Fields, Martha Raye, Dorothy Lamour, Shirley Ross

Votes: 708

41. The Divorce of Lady X (1938)

91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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Divorce lawyer Everard Logan thinks the woman who spent the night in his hotel room is the erring wife of his new client.

Director: Tim Whelan | Stars: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, Binnie Barnes, Ralph Richardson

Votes: 978

42. La Marseillaise (1938)

130 min | Drama, History, Music

7.2
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A news-reel like movie about early part of the French Revolution, shown from the eyes of individual people, citizens of Marseille, counts in German exile and, of course the king Louis XVI, ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Lise Delamare, Louis Jouvet, Pierre Renoir, Léon Larive

Votes: 803

43. Sex Madness (1938)

57 min | Drama

2.5
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Philanthropist Paul Lorenz is one of the more public faces in the fight against behavior that spreads the many "social diseases", such as syphilis and gonorrhea. An example of such behavior... See full summary »

Director: Dwain Esper | Stars: Vivian McGill, Rose Tapley, Al Rigali, Mark Daniels

Votes: 562

44. The Cowboy and the Lady (1938)

Passed | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.7
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A lonely socialite masquerades as a maid and meets an unpretentious, plain-spoken cowboy who is unaware of her true identity.

Directors: H.C. Potter, Stuart Heisler, William Wyler | Stars: Gary Cooper, Merle Oberon, Patsy Kelly, Walter Brennan

Votes: 926

45. Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938)

Approved | 299 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.4
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When a deadly Nitron ray strikes Earth, Flash Gordon and his friends travel to Mars to battle Ming the Merciless and his new ally Queen Azura.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Robert F. Hill, Frederick Stephani | Stars: Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton, Frank Shannon

Votes: 677

46. The Young in Heart (1938)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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Thrown out of the Riviera, a family of grifters meets a lonely, vulnerable rich old woman and insinuate themselves into her life while they sponge off her.

Directors: Richard Wallace, Lewis Milestone, Gilbert Pratt, Richard Thorpe | Stars: Janet Gaynor, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Roland Young, Billie Burke

Votes: 916

47. Block-Heads (1938)

Passed | 57 min | Comedy, War

7.7
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It's 1938, but Stan doesn't know the war is over; he's still patrolling the trenches in France, and shoots down a French aviator. Oliver sees his old chum's picture in the paper and goes to... See full summary »

Director: John G. Blystone | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Patricia Ellis, Minna Gombell

Votes: 2,561

48. Too Much Johnson (1938)

67 min | Comedy

6.2
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A woman has two lovers. When one man finds out about the other, he acts as a villain and chases after the protagonist.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Joseph Cotten, Virginia Nicolson, Edgar Barrier, Arlene Francis

Votes: 352

49. Too Hot to Handle (1938)

Passed | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.8
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Two rival newsreel photographers join forces to find the an aviatrix's missing brother, who has disappeared in the Amazon rainforest.

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Walter Pidgeon, Walter Connolly

Votes: 1,117

50. Test Pilot (1938)

Passed | 119 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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Jim is a test pilot. His wife Ann and best friend Gunner try their best to keep him sober. But the life of a test pilot is anything but safe.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy, Lionel Barrymore

Votes: 1,681