Best Drama Movies of 1938

1.

You Can't Take It with You

5.6
7.8/10 IMDB

Alice, the only relatively normal member of the eccentric Sycamore family, falls in love with Tony Kirby, but his wealthy banker father and snobbish mother strongly disapprove of the match. When the Kirbys are invited to dinner to become better acquainted with their future in-laws, things don't turn out the way Alice had hoped.

Starring: Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart, Edward Arnold, Mischa Auer, Ann Miller, Spring Byington, Samuel S. Hinds, Donald Meek, H.B. Warner ..
Directed by: Frank Capra
Release date: 1938-09-01
2.

Angels with Dirty Faces

5.6
7.9/10 IMDB

In New York, the boys Rocky Sullivan and Jerry Connelly are best friends and small time thieves. After a robbery, Rocky is arrested and sent to a reformatory school, where he begins his criminal career. Jerry escapes and later becomes a priest. After three years in prison, Rocky is released and demands the return of $100,000 deposited with his solicitor - prior to his jail term.

Starring: James Cagney, Pat O’Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, George Bancroft, The 'Dead End' Kids, Billy Halop, Bobby Jordan, Leo Gorcey, Gabriel Dell ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1938-11-26
3.

Jezebel

5.2
7.4/10 IMDB

In 1850s Louisiana, the willfulness of a tempestuous Southern belle threatens to destroy all who care for her.

Starring: Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, George Brent, Margaret Lindsay, Donald Crisp, Fay Bainter, Richard Cromwell, Henry O'Neill, Spring Byington, John Litel ..
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1938-03-26
4.

A Christmas Carol

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

Classic Charles Dickens holiday tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the miser's miser who has a huge change of heart after spirits whisk him into the past, present, and future.

Starring: Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart, Terry Kilburn, Barry MacKay, Lynne Carver, Leo G. Carroll, Ann Rutherford, Lionel Braham, D'Arcy Corrigan ..
Directed by: Edwin L. Marin
Release date: 1938-12-16
5.

Three Comrades

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

A love story centered on 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 is dying of tuberculosis.

Starring: Robert Taylor, Margaret Sullavan, Franchot Tone, Robert Young, Guy Kibbee, Lionel Atwill, Henry Hull, Charley Grapewin, Monty Woolley ..
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1938-06-02
6.

Alexander's Ragtime Band

3.8
6.9/10 IMDB

Classical violinist, Roger Grant disappoints his family and teacher when he organizes a jazz band, but he and the band become successful. Roger falls in love with the band's singer, Stella, but his reluctance to lose her leads him to thwart her efforts to become a solo star. When the World War separates them in 1917, Stella marries Roger's best friend and, when Roger returns home after the war, an important concert at Carnegie Hall brings the corners of the romantic triangle together.

Starring: Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Ethel Merman, Jack Haley, Jean Hersholt, Helen Westley, John Carradine, Paul Hurst, Wally Vernon ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1938-05-24
7.

The Shopworn Angel

3.8
6.9/10 IMDB

During WWI Bill Pettigrew, a naive young Texan soldier is sent to New York for basic training. He meets worldly wise actress Daisy Heath when her car nearly runs him over.

Starring: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Walter Pidgeon, Hattie McDaniel, Nat Pendleton, Alan Curtis, Sam Levene, Eleanor Lynn, Charles D. Brown, Virginia Grey ..
Directed by: H. C. Potter
Release date: 1938-07-15
8.

The Dawn Patrol

3.7
7.5/10 IMDB

In 1915 France, Major Brand commands the 39th Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps. The young airmen go up in bullet-riddled "crates" and the casualty rate is appalling, but Brand can't make the "brass hats" at headquarters see reason. Insubordinate air ace Captain Courtney is another thorn in Brand's side...but finds the smile wiped from his face when he rises to command the squadron himself. Everyone keeps a stiff upper lip.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone, David Niven, Donald Crisp, Melville Cooper, Barry Fitzgerald, Carl Esmond, Peter Willes, Morton Lowry, James Burke ..
Directed by: Edmund Goulding
Release date: 1938-12-24
9.

The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

A wealthy society doctor decides to research the medical aspects of criminal behaviour by becoming one himself. He joins a gang of thieves and proceeds to wrest leadership of the gang away from it's extremely resentful leader.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Claire Trevor, Humphrey Bogart, Allen Jenkins, Donald Crisp, Gale Page, Henry O'Neill, John Litel, Thurston Hall, Ward Bond ..
Directed by: Anatole Litvak
Release date: 1938-07-20
10.

Boys Town

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

The devout but iron-willed Father Flanagan leads a community called Boys Town, a different sort of juvenile detention facility where, instead of being treated as underage criminals, the boys are shepherded into making themselves better people. But hard-nosed petty thief and pool shark Whitey Marsh, the impulsive and violent younger brother of an imprisoned murderer, might be too much for the good father's tough-love system.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, Henry Hull, Leslie Fenton, Gene Reynolds, Edward Norris, Addison Richards, Minor Watson, Jonathan Hale, Bobs Watson ..
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1938-09-08
11.

Sidewalks of London

3.7
6.9/10 IMDB

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, Libby, also has a talent for dancing and adds her to his act. Harley, the theater patron who never knew Libby took his gold cigarette case, is impressed by Libby's dancing and invites her to bring Charles and the other buskers in his group to an after-the-play party. Libby comes alone. A theatrical career is launched.

Starring: Charles Laughton, Vivien Leigh, Rex Harrison, Larry Adler, Tyrone Guthrie, Maire O'Neill, Gus McNaughton, Polly Ward, Basil Gill, Helen Haye ..
Directed by: Tim Whelan
Release date: 1938-10-18
12.

A Yank at Oxford

3.7
6.6/10 IMDB

A brash young American aristocrat attending Oxford University gets a chance to prove himself and win the heart of his antagonist's sister.

Starring: Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O'Sullivan, Vivien Leigh, Edmund Gwenn, Griffith Jones, C. V. France, Edward Rigby, Morton Selten, Claude Gillingwater ..
Directed by: Jack Conway
Release date: 1938-02-18
13.

Algiers

3.7
6.7/10 IMDB

Pepe Le Moko is a notorious thief, who escaped from France. Since his escape, Moko became a resident and leader of the immense Casbah of Algiers. French officials arrive insisting on Pepe's capture are met with unfazed local detectives, led by Inspector Slimane, who are biding their time. Meanwhile, Pepe meets the beautiful Gaby , which arouses the jealousy of Ines

Starring: Charles Boyer, Sigrid Gurie, Hedy Lamarr, Joseph Calleia, Alan Hale, Gene Lockhart, Walter Kingsford, Paul Harvey, Stanley Fields, Johnny Downs ..
Directed by: John Cromwell
Release date: 1938-01-16
Best Drama Movies of 1938 : You and Me
14.

You and Me

3.7
6.9/10 IMDB

Mr. Morris, the owner of a large metropolitan department store, gives jobs to paroled ex-convicts in an effort to help them reform and go straight. Among his 'employed-prison-graduates' are Helen Roberts and Joe Dennis, working as sales clerks. Joe is in love with Helen and asks her to marry him, but she is forbidden to marry as she is still on parole, but she says yes and they are married. In spite of their poverty-level life, their marriage is a happy one until Joe discovers she has lied about her past, in order to marry him. Disillusioned, he leaves, goes back to his old gang and plans to rob the department store.

Starring: Sylvia Sidney, George Raft, Robert Cummings, Barton MacLane, Roscoe Karns, Harry Carey, George E. Stone, Warren Hymer, Guinn Williams, Carol Paige ..
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Release date: 1938-06-01
15.

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Shirley Temple, Randolph Scott, Jack Haley, Gloria Stuart, Phyllis Brooks, Helen Westley, Slim Summerville, Bill Robinson, Raymond Scott, Alan Dinehart ..
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1938-03-18
16.

Marie Antoinette

3.6
7.3/10 IMDB

The young Austrian princess Marie Antoinette is arranged to marry Louis XVI, future king of France, in a politically advantageous marriage for the rival countries. The opulent Marie indulges in various whims and flirtations. When Louis XV passes and Louis XVI ascends the French throne, his queen's extravagant lifestyle earns the hatred of the French people, who despise her Austrian heritage.

Starring: Norma Shearer, Tyrone Power, John Barrymore, Robert Morley, Anita Louise, Joseph Schildkraut, Gladys George, Henry Daniell, Henry Stephenson, Scotty Beckett ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke, Julien Duvivier
Release date: 1938-08-26
17.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Tommy Kelly, Jackie Moran, Ann Gillis, May Robson, Victor Jory, Walter Brennan, David Holt, Victor Kilian, Nana Bryant, Olin Howland ..
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1938-02-11
18.

The Citadel

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Andrew Manson, a young, idealistic, newly qualified Scottish doctor arrives in Wales takes his first job in a mining town, and begins to wonder at the persistent cough many of the miners have. When his attempts to prove its cause are thwarted, he moves to London. His new practice does badly. But when a friend shows him how to make a lucrative practice from rich hypochondriacs, it will take a great shock to show him what the truth of being a doctor really is.

Starring: Robert Donat, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Richardson, Rex Harrison, Emlyn Williams, Penelope Dudley-Ward, Francis L. Sullivan, Mary Clare, Cecil Parker, Nora Swinburne ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1938-10-29
19.

Four Daughters

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Musician Adam Lemp and his four equally musical daughters, Emma, Ann, Kay, and Thea, live happily together. Each daughter has an upstanding young man for whom she cares. However, the arrival of a cynical, slovenly young composer named Mickey Borden turns the household upside-down, and romantic and tragic complications ensue.

Starring: Claude Rains, Jeffrey Lynn, John Garfield, Frank McHugh, May Robson, Gale Page, Dick Foran, Vera Lewis, Tom Dugan, Eddie Acuff ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1938-08-09
20.

In Old Chicago

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

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

Starring: Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Alice Brady, Andy Devine, Brian Donlevy, Phyllis Brooks, Tom Brown, Sidney Blackmer, Berton Churchill ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1938-04-15
21.

Test Pilot

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy, Lionel Barrymore, Gloria Holden, Samuel S. Hinds, Marjorie Main, Ted Pearson, Louis Jean Heydt, Virginia Grey ..
Directed by: Victor Fleming
Release date: 1938-04-16
Best Drama Movies of 1938 : Charlie Chan in Honolulu
22.

Charlie Chan in Honolulu

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Sidney Toler, Phyllis Brooks, Victor Sen Yung, Eddie Collins, John 'Dusty' King, Claire Dodd, George Zucco, Robert Barrat, Marc Lawrence, Richard Lane ..
Directed by: H. Bruce Humberstone
Release date: 1938-12-30
Best Drama Movies of 1938 : The Sisters
23.

The Sisters

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

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

Starring: Errol Flynn, Bette Davis, Anita Louise, Ian Hunter, Donald Crisp, Beulah Bondi, Jane Bryan, Alan Hale, Dick Foran, Henry Travers ..
Directed by: Anatole Litvak
Release date: 1938-10-14
Best Drama Movies of 1938 : Of Human Hearts
24.

Of Human Hearts

3.4
6.8/10 IMDB

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 Jason yearns to be a doctor, helping people in the earthly realm. It is a rich story about striving for excellence, the tension of father-son rebellion, and the love of a mother that can never die.

Starring: Walter Huston, James Stewart, Beulah Bondi, Gene Reynolds, Guy Kibbee, Charles Coburn, John Carradine, Ann Rutherford, Leatrice Joy Gilbert, Charley Grapewin ..
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1938-02-11
Best Drama Movies of 1938 : The Divorce of Lady X
25.

The Divorce of Lady X

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

The morning after a London barrister lets a mystery woman stay in his suite, a friend files for divorce.

Starring: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, Binnie Barnes, Ralph Richardson, Morton Selten, J.H. Roberts, Gertrude Musgrove, Gus McNaughton, H.B. Hallam, Eileen Peel ..
Directed by: Tim Whelan
Release date: 1938-01-15
26.

The Shining Hour

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

A nightclub dancer shakes the foundations of a wealthy farming family after she marries into it.

Starring: Joan Crawford, Margaret Sullavan, Robert Young, Melvyn Douglas, Fay Bainter, Allyn Joslyn, Hattie McDaniel, Oscar O'Shea, Frank Albertson, Harry Barris ..
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1938-11-18
27.

Crime School

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

In the slums, teenager Frankie Warren hangs out with a rowdy gang who one day knock him out in a fight. In court, the boys refuse to reveal who struck the knockout blow, and all are subsequently sentenced to a reformatory, cruelly run by two corrupt guards. New deputy commissioner Mark Braden arrives determined to change things, but despite the help of Frankie's sister, Mark's reform plans -- and Frankie's future -- may be sabotaged from within.

Starring: The 'Dead End' Kids, Humphrey Bogart, Gale Page, Billy Halop, Bobby Jordan, Huntz Hall, Leo Gorcey, Bernard Punsly, Gabriel Dell, George Offerman, Jr. ..
Directed by: Lewis Seiler, William Clemens
Release date: 1938-05-10
28.

The Great Waltz

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

Composer Johann Strauss risks his marriage over his infatuation with a beautiful singer.

Starring: Luise Rainer, Fernand Gravey, Miliza Korjus, Hugh Herbert, Lionel Atwill, Curt Bois, Leonid Kinskey, Al Shean, Minna Gombell, George Houston ..
Directed by: Julien Duvivier, Victor Fleming, Josef von Sternberg
Release date: 1938-11-04
29.

Too Hot to Handle

3.3
6.6/10 IMDB

While in Shanghai reporting on the Sino-Japanese war, Chris Hunter, a shrewd news reporter, meets pilot Alma Harding. She does not trust him, but he manages to hire her as his assistant. During an adventurous expedition through the jungles of South America, her opinion of him begins to change.

Starring: Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Walter Pidgeon, Walter Connolly, Leo Carrillo, Johnny Hines, Virginia Weidler, Betty Ross Clarke, Henry Kolker, Marjorie Main ..
Directed by: Jack Conway
Release date: 1938-09-16
Best Drama Movies of 1938 : Mannequin
30.

Mannequin

3.3
6.6/10 IMDB

Jessie, a young working class woman who seeks to improve her life by marrying her boyfriend, only to find out that he is no better than what she left behind.

Starring: Joan Crawford, Spencer Tracy, Alan Curtis, Ralph Morgan, Mary Philips, Oscar O'Shea, Elisabeth Risdon, Leo Gorcey, Wade Boteler, George Chandler ..
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1938-01-21
Best Drama Movies of 1938 : Mad About Music
31.

Mad About Music

3.1
7.1/10 IMDB

A young woman at a girl's school in Switzerland makes up stories about and writes herself letters from an imaginary explorer-adventurer father; and is eventually put in a position where she has to produce him. Interesting things happen as she talks a visiting Englishman into helping her out.

Starring: Deanna Durbin, Herbert Marshall, Gail Patrick, Arthur Treacher, William Frawley, Marcia Mae Jones, Helen Parrish, Jackie Moran, Elisabeth Risdon, Nana Bryant ..
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1938-02-27
Best Drama Movies of 1938 : Mr. Wong, Detective
32.

Mr. Wong, Detective

3.1
6.0/10 IMDB

A chemical manufacturer is killed just after asking detective James Wong to help him. So Detective Wong decides to investigate this as well as two subsequent murders.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Grant Withers, Maxine Jennings, Evelyn Brent, George Lloyd, Lucien Prival, John St. Polis, William Gould, Hooper Atchley, John Hamilton ..
Directed by: William Nigh
Release date: 1938-10-05
Best Drama Movies of 1938 : Trade Winds
33.

Trade Winds

3.0
6.3/10 IMDB

After committing a murder, Kay assumes a new identity and boards a ship. But, Kay is unaware that Sam, a skirt chasing detective, is following her and must outwit him to escape imprisonment.

Starring: Fredric March, Joan Bennett, Ralph Bellamy, Ann Sothern, Sidney Blackmer, Thomas Mitchell, Robert Elliott, Joyce Compton, Richard Tucker, Dorothy Comingore ..
Directed by: Tay Garnett
Release date: 1938-12-28
Best Drama Movies of 1938 : The Beachcomber
34.

The Beachcomber

3.0
6.7/10 IMDB

Ginger Ted, AKA Edward Claude Wilson, a drunkard and womanizer, and Miss Jones, a missionary, live in the Alas Islands. During a cholera epidemic, Ginger Ted and Miss Jones are sent to an outlying part of the islands to run a hospital; on their return, their motorboat breaks down, and they are marooned overnight on a small island.

Starring: Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, Robert Newton, Tyrone Guthrie, Eliot Makeham, Dolly Mollinger, D.A. Ward, J. Solomon ..
Directed by: Erich Pommer
Release date: 1938-03-04
Best Drama Movies of 1938 : Always Goodbye
35.

Always Goodbye

3.0
6.8/10 IMDB

Following the death of her fiancé, Margot Weston is left pregnant and unmarried. Former doctor Jim Howard helps the desperate Margot. When her son is born, Jim helps her find a home for the baby with Phil Marshall and his wife. Margot insists that neither the Marshalls nor the child can ever know that she is his mother.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Herbert Marshall, Ian Hunter, Cesar Romero, Lynn Bari, Binnie Barnes, Johnny Russell, Mary Forbes, Albert Conti, Marcelle Corday ..
Directed by: Sidney Lanfield
Release date: 1938-06-24
Best Drama Movies of 1938 : Double Danger
36.

Double Danger

3.0
5.8/10 IMDB

A crime novelist devises a scheme to catch the thief who has stolen the valuable "Konjer Diamonds". Director Lew Landers' 1938 B-film stars Preston Foster, Whitney Bourne, Cecil Kellaway, Donald Meek, Samuel S. Hinds, Arthur Lake, Paul Guilfoyle and June Johnson.

Starring: Preston Foster, Whitney Bourne, Samuel S. Hinds, Cecil Kellaway, Paul Guilfoyle, Donald Meek, June Johnson, Arthur Lake, Edythe Elliott, Cyril Thornton ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1938-01-28
Best Drama Movies of 1938 : Think It Over
37.

Think It Over

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

A gang of 'professional torches' burn down stores for the insurance money.

Starring: Lester Matthews, Dwight Frye, Don Barry, Robert Emmett Keane, Frank Orth, Charles D. Brown, King Baggot, Margaret Bert, Francis X. Bushman Jr., Jack Rube Clifford ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1938-07-24
38.

Gold Is Where You Find It

2.9
6.1/10 IMDB

Colonel Ferris, a wealthy farmer in northern California, is strongly opposed to hydraulic mining, a new method developed during the gold rush of the 1870's, which is flooding the area's prosperous farmlands. Despite Ferris' political stance, Jared Whitney, a mining engineer from the East, becomes friends with the colonel's son Lance and falls in love with his daughter Serena. Family tensions deepen when the colonel's brother Ralph gives up farming to go to San Francisco to work for his wife Rosanna's father, Harrison McCooey, a leader in the mining venture. When Lance follows Ralph, the colonel, focusing his anger on Jared, forbids him to see Serena.

Starring: George Brent, Olivia de Havilland, Claude Rains, Margaret Lindsay, John Litel, Marcia Ralston, Barton MacLane, Tim Holt, Sidney Toler, Henry O'Neill ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1938-02-12
39.

Listen, Darling

2.9
6.5/10 IMDB

To stop Pinkie's widowed, struggling mother Dottie from marrying a well-off older man they know she doesn't love, teenager Pinkie and her best friend Buzz kidnap her in the family travel trailer to live a carefree life on the open road. They then get the idea to find Dottie a financially secure husband whom both she and Pinkie would like.

Starring: Judy Garland, Freddie Bartholomew, Mary Astor, Walter Pidgeon, Alan Hale, Scotty Beckett, Gene Lockhart, Charley Grapewin, Barnett Parker, Edgar Dearing ..
Directed by: Edwin L. Marin
Release date: 1938-10-21
Best Drama Movies of 1938 : Little Miss Broadway
40.

Little Miss Broadway

2.9
6.5/10 IMDB

An orphan is provisionally adopted by the manager of a hotel populated by show business people. The hotel's owner doesn't like the entertainers and wants the girl returned to the orphanage.

Starring: Shirley Temple, George Murphy, Jimmy Durante, Phyllis Brooks, Edna May Oliver, George Barbier, Edward Ellis, Jane Darwell, El Brendel, Donald Meek ..
Directed by: Irving Cummings
Release date: 1938-07-29
Best Drama Movies of 1938 : What Do You Think? Tupapaoo
41.

What Do You Think? Tupapaoo

2.9
5.9/10 IMDB

An American trader disrupts life on a Polynesian island.

Starring: Carey Wilson, Moroni Olsen, John Ince, E. Alyn Warren, Eric Wilton ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1938-06-11
Best Drama Movies of 1938 : Young Dr. Kildare
42.

Young Dr. Kildare

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

A medical school graduate takes an internship at a big city hospital, only to be subjected to a rigorous (and sometimes embarrassing) testing of his knowledge by the hospital's top dog, Dr. Leonard Gillespie.

Starring: Lionel Barrymore, Lew Ayres, Lynne Carver, Nat Pendleton, Jo Ann Sayers, Samuel S. Hinds, Emma Dunn, Walter Kingsford, Truman Bradley, Monty Woolley ..
Directed by: Harold S. Bucquet
Release date: 1938-10-14
Best Drama Movies of 1938 : The Crowd Roars
43.

The Crowd Roars

2.9
6.7/10 IMDB

A young boxer gets caught between a no-good father and a crime boss when he starts dating the boss's daughter, although she doesn't know what daddy does for a living.

Starring: Robert Taylor, Edward Arnold, Frank Morgan, Maureen O'Sullivan, William Gargan, Lionel Stander, Jane Wyman, Nat Pendleton, Charles D. Brown, Gene Reynolds ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1938-08-06
Best Drama Movies of 1938 : The Buccaneer
44.

The Buccaneer

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

French pirate Jean Lafitte rescues a girl and joins the War of 1812.

Starring: Fredric March, Franziska Gaal, Akim Tamiroff, Margot Grahame, Walter Brennan, Ian Keith, Anthony Quinn, Douglass Dumbrille, Beulah Bondi, Robert Barrat ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1938-02-04
Best Drama Movies of 1938 : Sing, You Sinners
45.

Sing, You Sinners

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Of the singing Beebe brothers, young Mike just wants to be a kid; responsible Dave wants to work in his garage and marry Martha; but feckless Joe thinks his only road to success is through swapping and gambling. It seems the only thing all three can join in is their singing act, which Mike and Dave hate. Finally, all Joe's hopes are pinned on a race horse he's acquired swapping, but it's a bigger gamble than his family knows.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Fred MacMurray, Donald O'Connor, Elizabeth Patterson, Ellen Drew, John Gallaudet, William Haade, Paul White, Irving Bacon, Tom Dugan ..
Directed by: Wesley Ruggles
Release date: 1938-09-02
Best Drama Movies of 1938 : Blondes at Work
46.

Blondes at Work

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

When a rival newspaper publisher complains to his captain about possible collusion between himself and reporter Torchy Blane on scooping her rivals in crime news reporting, Det. Lt. Steve McBride determines to thwart her efforts to get inside information - and she determines to go on getting it, by whatever means necessary.

Starring: Glenda Farrell, Barton MacLane, Tom Kennedy, Rosella Towne, Donald Briggs, John Ridgely, Betty Compson, Thomas E. Jackson, Frank Shannon, Jeanne Benedict ..
Directed by: Frank McDonald
Release date: 1938-02-05
47.

Mr. Moto's Gamble

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Celebrated as supersleuth, Mr. Moto comes out fighting when a brutal boxing match turns into cold-blooded murder! Assisted by detective-in-training Lee Chan, Moto sets out to track down the killer based on a single ominous clue: a poisoned boxing glove! But when Moto's hunch points to a corrupt gambling syndicate, he's forced to wager his very life to unmask the culprit—or go down for the count...permanently!

Starring: Peter Lorre, Keye Luke, Dick Baldwin, Lynn Bari, Douglas Fowley, Jayne Regan, Harold Huber, Maxie Rosenbloom, John Hamilton, George E. Stone ..
Directed by: James Tinling
Release date: 1938-04-07
Best Drama Movies of 1938 : My Bill
48.

My Bill

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

An impoverished widow fights scandal for the sake of her four children.

Starring: Kay Francis, Bonita Granville, John Litel, Anita Louise, Bobby Jordan, Dickie Moore, Maurice Murphy, Elisabeth Risdon, Helena Phillips Evans, John Ridgely ..
Directed by: John Farrow
Release date: 1938-07-08
49.

I Am the Law

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

With the aid of his former law students, a professor-turned-prosecutor battles corruption and organized crime.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Barbara O'Neil, John Beal, Wendy Barrie, Otto Kruger, Arthur Loft, Marc Lawrence, Douglas Wood, Robert Middlemass, Ivan Miller ..
Directed by: Alexander Hall
Release date: 1938-08-25
Best Drama Movies of 1938 : South Riding
50.

South Riding

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

Winifred Holtby realised that Local Government is not a dry affair of meetings and memoranda:- but 'the front-line defence thrown up by humanity against its common enemies of sickness, poverty and ignorance.' She built her story around six people working for a typical County Council:- Beneath the lives of the public servants runs the thread of their personal drama. Our story tells how a public life affects the private life; and how a man's personal sufferings make him what he is in public. " Corruption, intrigue and romance in a Yorkshire setting. A country squire whose wife is in a mental hospital becomes attracted to a crusading local schoolmistress.

Starring: Edna Best, Ralph Richardson, Edmund Gwenn, Ann Todd, Marie Lohr, Milton Rosmer, John Clements, Edward Lexy, Joan Ellum, Glynis Johns ..
Directed by: Victor Saville
Release date: 1938-08-01

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