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


1. The Lady Vanishes (1938)

Not Rated | 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: 41,111

2. 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: 42,752 | Gross: $3.98M

3. College Swing (1938)

Passed | 86 min | Comedy, Musical

6.4
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Gracie Alden tries to graduate on college to get an inheritance.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: George Burns, Gracie Allen, Martha Raye, Bob Hope

Votes: 374

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: 49,691

5. Pygmalion (1938)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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A phonetics and diction 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: 6,869 | Gross: $3.05M

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

Passed | 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: 20,383

7. Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)

Passed | 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: 17,859

8. Holiday (1938)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

7.8
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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

9. 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: 10,291

10. The Mad Miss Manton (1938)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

6.9
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When the murdered body discovered by beautiful, vivacious socialite Melsa Manton disappears, police and press label her a prankster until she proves them wrong.

Director: Leigh Jason | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Sam Levene, Frances Mercer

Votes: 1,682

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: 9,257

12. 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: 2,387

13. 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: 5,176

14. Boys Town (1938)

Passed | 96 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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When a death row prisoner tells him he wouldn't have led a life of crime if only he had had one friend as a child, Father Edward Flanagan decides to do something about. An advocate of child... See full summary »

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

Votes: 4,578

15. Bank Holiday (1938)

86 min | Drama

6.6
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A 1930s British summer Bank Holiday starts at midday on Saturday with a rush for the trains to the sea-side. Doreen Richards under the name Miss Fulham is off with friend Milly to a beauty ... See full summary »

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: John Lodge, Margaret Lockwood, Hugh Williams, Rene Ray

Votes: 283

16. Convict 99 (1938)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy

7.1
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A disgraced school master, Benjamin Twist, is mistaken for a tough prison governor and assigned the charge of a prison for particularly hardened criminals. Believing he is being sent to a ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Varnel | Stars: Will Hay, Moore Marriott, Graham Moffatt, Googie Withers

Votes: 386

17. Blondie (1938)

Approved | 70 min | Comedy, Family

7.0
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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: 503

18. Algiers (1938)

Unrated | 96 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.8
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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: 2,037

19. 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: 2,348

20. Port of Shadows (1938)

Not Rated | 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: 7,125 | Gross: $0.03M

21. 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: 5,777

22. 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: 2,722

23. Of Human Hearts (1938)

Passed | 103 min | Drama, Western

6.9
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This is a story about family relationships, set in the time before and during the American Civil War. Ethan Wilkins is a poor and honest man who ministers to the human soul, while his son ... See full summary »

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Walter Huston, James Stewart, Beulah Bondi, Guy Kibbee

Votes: 867

24. Unashamed: A Romance (1938)

66 min | Drama, Romance

5.9
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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: 67

25. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938)

Approved | 91 min | Adventure, Family

7.3
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Tom Sawyer and his pal Huckleberry Finn have great adventures on the Mississippi River, pretending to be pirates, attending their own funeral and witnessing a murder.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Tommy Kelly, Jackie Moran, Ann Gillis, May Robson

Votes: 1,458

26. Sidewalks of London (1938)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy

7.0
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On the sidewalks of the London theater district the buskers (street performers) earn enough coins for a cheap room. Charles, who recites dramatic monologues, sees that a young pickpocket, ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Whelan | Stars: Charles Laughton, Vivien Leigh, Rex Harrison, Larry Adler

Votes: 981

27. 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: 1,031

28. Block-Heads (1938)

Approved | 57 min | Comedy, War

7.7
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Stan, who has remained faithfully at his World War I post for twenty years, finally comes home where his best friend, Ollie, takes him in, thus allowing him to discover the many conveniences of the modern world.

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

Votes: 2,828

29. 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: 2,860

30. The Sisters (1938)

Approved | 99 min | Drama

7.1
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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: 1,516

31. In Old Chicago (1938)

Approved | 95 min | Action, Drama, Musical

6.9
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The O'Leary brothers -- honest Jack and roguish Dion -- become powerful figures, and eventually rivals, in Chicago on the eve of its Great Fire.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Alice Brady

Votes: 1,819

32. The Saint in New York (1938)

Approved | 69 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.4
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Simon Templar, the Saint, is brought to New York. His search for the identity of "the Big Fellow" takes him through many dangerous situations.

Director: Ben Holmes | Stars: Louis Hayward, Kay Sutton, Sig Ruman, Jonathan Hale

Votes: 703

33. 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: 1,639

34. Child Bride (1938)

62 min | Drama

4.6
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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: 788

35. The Drum (1938)

Not Rated | 104 min | Adventure, War

6.5
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During the British Raj, Captain Carruthers works under cover to track smuggled shipments of arms on the restless Northwest Frontier of India. He fears a full-scale rebellion is brewing. To ... See full summary »

Director: Zoltan Korda | Stars: Sabu, Raymond Massey, Roger Livesey, Valerie Hobson

Votes: 699

36. Too Much Johnson (1938)

Not Rated | 67 min | Comedy

6.1
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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: 413

37. 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: 928

38. 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: 744

39. Sex Madness (1938)

Not Rated | 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: 598

40. Room Service (1938)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy

6.7
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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: 4,230

41. 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: 1,219

42. 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: 1,202

43. 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: 1,340

44. 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: 1,260

45. 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, Cecilia Parker

Votes: 1,418

46. The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938)

Passed | 91 min | Animation, Comedy, Musical

6.5
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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: 774

47. 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: 1,509

48. Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy, Romance

7.3
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After learning her multi-millionaire fiancé has already been married seven times, the daughter of a penniless marquis decides to tame him.

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

Votes: 2,594

49. The Baker's Wife (1938)

Not Rated | 133 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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A small village rejoices at the arrival of a new baker. But when his young wife runs off with another man, he is unable to keep baking and the village is thrown into disarray.

Director: Marcel Pagnol | Stars: Raimu, Ginette Leclerc, Fernand Charpin, Robert Vattier

Votes: 1,343

50. The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938)

Approved | 104 min | Adventure, Biography, Romance

5.7
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Adventurer Marco Polo travels to China, where he finds the Emperor Kublai Khan, court intrigue, danger, and unexpected love.

Directors: Archie Mayo, John Cromwell | Stars: Gary Cooper, Sigrid Gurie, Basil Rathbone, George Barbier

Votes: 828



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