Cary Grant Films From Favourite to Least Favourite

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1. North by Northwest (1959)

Not Rated | 136 min | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

98 Metascore

A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis

Votes: 260,890 | Gross: $13.28M

It was very difficult to choose my favourite one, but I guess North by Northwest deserves it.

2. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey, Jack Carson

Votes: 60,040

Definite 2nd place. Cary Grant and Peter Lorre were both absolutely brilliant. I'm so glad that two of my most favourite actors played together in this fantastic film by Frank Capra.

3. Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

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: 49,695

K Hepburn & Grant - always good! Extremely funny!

4. The Bishop's Wife (1947)

Not Rated | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

An angel in human form enters the life of a bishop in order to help him build a new cathedral and repair his fractured marriage.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven, Monty Woolley

Votes: 11,727

Perheps not a obvious choice for 4th place, but I watch this film every Christmas Eve. It's so good and touching. Grant proved that he can be a very good drama actor.

5. Charade (1963)

Not Rated | 113 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance

Romance and suspense ensue in Paris as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Whom can she trust?

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn

Votes: 57,532 | Gross: $13.47M

Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant with Henry Mancini's wonderful music...

6. Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)

Approved | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

A man and his wife decide they can afford to have a house in the country built to their specifications. It's a lot more trouble than they think.

Director: H.C. Potter | Stars: Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Melvyn Douglas, Reginald Denny

Votes: 9,067

I don't know why, but I love this film so much. It's very funny and I like Grant's character very much.

7. Suspicion (1941)

Not Rated | 99 min | Mystery, Thriller

83 Metascore

A shy young heiress marries a charming gentleman, and soon begins to suspect he is planning to murder her.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Cedric Hardwicke, Nigel Bruce

Votes: 27,816 | Gross: $4.50M

So brilliant, so dramatic! Too bad that studio ruined the ending.

8. Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

Not Rated | 121 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

86 Metascore

At a remote South American trading port, the manager of an air freight company is forced to risk his pilots' lives in order to win an important contract.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Rita Hayworth, Richard Barthelmess

Votes: 10,504

Very touching indeed.

9. The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Romance

96 Metascore

When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey

Votes: 56,628

Funny and brilliant. Stewart, Grant and K. Hepburn together in one film - unbelieveable!

10. Notorious (1946)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

100 Metascore

A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them?

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Louis Calhern

Votes: 82,680 | Gross: $10.46M

Grant & Hitchcock - always good. Very exciting and mystic.

11. His Girl Friday (1940)

Passed | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 46,876 | Gross: $0.30M

12. An Affair to Remember (1957)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Romance

A couple falls in love and agrees to meet in six months at the Empire State Building - but will it happen?

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Richard Denning, Neva Patterson

Votes: 24,860

13. Holiday (1938)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

A young man in love with a girl from a rich family finds his unorthodox plan to go on holiday for the early years of his life 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: 12,396

14. Monkey Business (1952)

Approved | 97 min | Comedy

A chemist finds his personal and professional life turned upside down when one of his chimpanzees finds the fountain of youth.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn

Votes: 11,303

Very funny and Monroe was of course absolutely beautiful.

15. The Eagle and the Hawk (1933)

TV-PG | 73 min | Action, Drama, War

The pilots of a Royal Air Force squadron in World War I face not only physical but mental dangers in their struggle to survive while fighting the enemy.

Director: Stuart Walker | Stars: Fredric March, Cary Grant, Jack Oakie, Carole Lombard

Votes: 789

16. Destination Tokyo (1943)

Approved | 135 min | Adventure, History, War

In order to provide information for the first air raid over Tokyo, a U.S. submarine sneaks into Tokyo Bay and places a spy team ashore.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Cary Grant, John Garfield, Alan Hale, John Ridgely

Votes: 4,124

Very exciting. I've always liked submarine films.

17. The Talk of the Town (1942)

Passed | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

An escaped prisoner and a stuffy law professor vie for the hand of a spirited schoolteacher.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Ronald Colman, Edgar Buchanan

Votes: 6,137

18. Topper (1937)

Passed | 97 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

A fun-loving couple, finding that they died and are now ghosts, decide to shake up the stuffy lifestyle of a friend of theirs.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Cary Grant, Constance Bennett, Roland Young, Billie Burke

Votes: 5,831

Very good. K. Hepburn would've been wonderful in this one.

19. People Will Talk (1951)

Approved | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Dr. Noah Praetorius falls in love with Debra, a student who finds out that she is pregnant by her old boyfriend.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Cary Grant, Jeanne Crain, Finlay Currie, Hume Cronyn

Votes: 4,950

20. The Awful Truth (1937)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Romance

Unfounded suspicions lead a married couple to begin divorce proceedings, whereupon they start undermining each other's attempts to find new romance.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy, Alexander D'Arcy

Votes: 15,402

21. To Catch a Thief (1955)

PG | 106 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

When a reformed jewel thief is suspected of returning to his former occupation, he must ferret out the real thief in order to prove his innocence.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams

Votes: 53,985 | Gross: $8.75M

Expected more.

22. Hot Saturday (1932)

Approved | 73 min | Drama, Romance

A pretty but virtuous small-town bank clerk is the victim of a vicious rumor from an unsuccessful suitor that she spent the night with a notorious womanizer.

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Cary Grant, Nancy Carroll, Randolph Scott, Edward Woods

Votes: 823

Grant's earlier films weren't very good, but this one is quite brilliant.

23. Gunga Din (1939)

Approved | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

In 19th century India, three British soldiers and a native waterbearer must stop a secret mass revival of the murderous Thuggee cult before it can rampage across the land.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Victor McLaglen, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Votes: 9,797

Very funny!

24. Mr. Lucky (1943)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Romance

A gambler has plans to swindle money from a charity program, but starts to have second thoughts when he falls for a rich society girl.

Director: H.C. Potter | Stars: Cary Grant, Laraine Day, Charles Bickford, Gladys Cooper

Votes: 2,489

25. Wings in the Dark (1935)

Approved | 75 min | Adventure, Romance

In his dedicated pursuit of technology that will aid pilots to safely "fly blind" during adverse conditions, aerial innovator Ken Gordon is literally blinded in an accident, but this setback doesn't deter him from his goal.

Director: James Flood | Stars: Myrna Loy, Cary Grant, Roscoe Karns, Hobart Cavanaugh

Votes: 445

26. Indiscreet (1958)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Romance

An actress who has given up on love meets a suave banker and begins a flirtation with him...even though he's already married.

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Cecil Parker, Phyllis Calvert

Votes: 6,585

27. The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

A high school girl falls for a playboy artist, with screwball results.

Director: Irving Reis | Stars: Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Shirley Temple, Rudy Vallee

Votes: 6,872

28. My Favorite Wife (1940)

Approved | 88 min | Comedy, Romance

Missing for seven years and presumed dead, a woman returns home on the day of her husband's second marriage.

Director: Garson Kanin | Stars: Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott, Gail Patrick

Votes: 8,019

29. Father Goose (1964)

Approved | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

During World War II, a man persuaded to live on an isolated island and spot aircraft finds himself responsible for a teacher and several students, all female.

Director: Ralph Nelson | Stars: Cary Grant, Leslie Caron, Trevor Howard, Jack Good

Votes: 8,439 | Gross: $12.50M

Cary Grant himself liked this role very much, but I've always imagined him as wealthy bachelor.

30. The Grass Is Greener (1960)

Approved | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Victor and Hillary are down on their luck to the point that they allow tourists to take guided tours of their castle. But Charles Delacro, a millionaire oil tycoon, visits, and takes a ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons

Votes: 3,894 | Gross: $6.00M

31. That Touch of Mink (1962)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Romance

A rich businessman and a young woman are attracted to each other, but he only wants an affair while she wants to save herself for marriage.

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Cary Grant, Doris Day, Gig Young, Audrey Meadows

Votes: 7,471 | Gross: $14.63M

32. Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942)

Approved | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

In Europe at the start of World War II, a woman notices that wherever her husband goes, the Nazis seem to follow. Meanwhile, a charming reporter is following them.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Cary Grant, Walter Slezak, Albert Dekker

Votes: 2,253 | Gross: $0.86M

33. Crisis (1950)

Passed | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

While on vacation in a Latin American country, an American neurosurgeon and his wife become tangled in a revolutionary uprising against a tyrannical dictator.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Cary Grant, José Ferrer, Paula Raymond, Signe Hasso

Votes: 1,322

34. In Name Only (1939)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, Romance

After a wealthy man finds out his wife is a gold digger, he meets and falls for a widowed mother, and complications ensue.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Cary Grant, Carole Lombard, Kay Francis, Charles Coburn

Votes: 2,186

35. Blonde Venus (1932)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

A cabaret singer takes up with a millionaire to pay for her gravely ill husband's operation.

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Cary Grant, Herbert Marshall, Dickie Moore

Votes: 3,641

36. Operation Petticoat (1959)

Approved | 124 min | Comedy, Romance, War

During World War II, a commander finds himself stuck with a decrepit (and pink) submarine, a con man executive officer, and a group of army nurses.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Joan O'Brien, Dina Merrill

Votes: 10,757 | Gross: $23.30M

37. She Done Him Wrong (1933)

Passed | 66 min | Comedy, Drama, History

In the Gay Nineties, a seductive nightclub singer contends with several suitors, including a jealous escaped convict and a handsome temperance league member.

Director: Lowell Sherman | Stars: Mae West, Cary Grant, Owen Moore, Gilbert Roland

Votes: 4,736 | Gross: $2.00M

38. Night and Day (1946)

Approved | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

A fictionalized biopic of composer Cole Porter from his days at Yale in the 1910s through the height of his success to the 1940s.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Cary Grant, Alexis Smith, Monty Woolley, Ginny Simms

Votes: 2,375

39. Walk Don't Run (1966)

Approved | 114 min | Comedy, Romance

During the housing shortage of the Summer Olympic Games in 1964, two men and a woman share a small apartment in Tokyo, and the older man soon starts playing Cupid to the younger pair.

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: Cary Grant, Samantha Eggar, Jim Hutton, John Standing

Votes: 3,350

40. I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

Approved | 105 min | Comedy, Romance, War

After marrying an American lieutenant with whom he was assigned to work in post-war Germany, a French captain attempts to find a way to accompany her back to the States under the terms of the War Bride Act.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Cary Grant, Ann Sheridan, Marion Marshall, Randy Stuart

Votes: 6,639

41. Kiss Them for Me (1957)

Approved | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

In 1944, three Navy pilots stationed in Hawaii and a P.R. officer go on a 4-day leave to San Francisco where they party with a good crowd in the executive suite of a busy hotel.

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Cary Grant, Jayne Mansfield, Leif Erickson, Suzy Parker

Votes: 1,716

42. The Woman Accused (1933)

Passed | 73 min | Drama

During a three-day pleasure cruise, a murder victim's friend (John Halliday) tries to trick a new bride (Nancy Carroll) into admitting her guilt.

Director: Paul Sloane | Stars: Nancy Carroll, Cary Grant, John Halliday, Irving Pichel

Votes: 151

43. Houseboat (1958)

Unrated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A widower, his three young children, and a bombshell nanny get to know each other better when circumstances have them living together aboard a badly neglected houseboat.

Director: Melville Shavelson | Stars: Cary Grant, Sophia Loren, Martha Hyer, Harry Guardino

Votes: 6,560

Expected much more. But of course their break-up during the filming affected the whole thing.

44. Merrily We Go to Hell (1932)

78 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A drunken newspaperman is rescued from his alcoholic haze by an heiress whose love sobers him up and encourages him to write a play, but he lapses back into dipsomania.

Director: Dorothy Arzner | Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Fredric March, Adrianne Allen, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher

Votes: 633

45. Wedding Present (1936)

PG-13 | 81 min | Comedy, Romance

When Charlie Mason is promoted from irresponsible reporter to hard-nosed city editor, it costs him his girlfriend, ace reporter Rusty Fleming. After he hears she's engaged to another, he quits and tries to win her back.

Director: Richard Wallace | Stars: Joan Bennett, Cary Grant, George Bancroft, Conrad Nagel

Votes: 414

46. Big Brown Eyes (1936)

Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Mystery

Sassy manicurist Eve Fallon is recruited as an even more brassy reporter and she helps police detective boyfriend Danny Barr break a jewel theft ring and solve the murder of a baby.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Cary Grant, Joan Bennett, Walter Pidgeon, Lloyd Nolan

Votes: 614

47. Born to Be Bad (1934)

Approved | 62 min | Drama, Romance

Letty, a young woman who ended up pregnant, unmarried and on the streets at fifteen is bitter and determined that her child will not grow up to be taken advantage of. Letty teaches her ... See full summary »

Directors: Lowell Sherman, Jack Conway | Stars: Loretta Young, Cary Grant, Jackie Kelk, Marion Burns

Votes: 903

48. Thirty Day Princess (1934)

Approved | 74 min | Comedy, Romance

A European princess arrives in New York City to secure a much-needed loan for her country. She contracts the mumps, and an actress who looks exactly like her is hired to impersonate her.

Director: Marion Gering | Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Cary Grant, Edward Arnold, Henry Stephenson

Votes: 573

49. Dream Wife (1953)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Romance

A business tycoon decides to wed a Middle Eastern princess whose customs dictate the pair must live apart for several months before marrying; even more complications settle in when the tycoon's ex-fiancée is assigned to chaperone the pair.

Director: Sidney Sheldon | Stars: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Walter Pidgeon, Betta St. John

Votes: 1,448