Best Movies of 1937

1.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

6.0

A beautiful girl, Snow White, takes refuge in the forest in the house of seven dwarfs to hide from her stepmother, the wicked Queen. The Queen is jealous because she wants to be known as "the fairest in the land," and Snow White's beauty surpasses her own.

Starring: Adriana Caselotti, Lucille La Verne, Harry Stockwell, Roy Atwell, Pinto Colvig
Directed by: David Hand
Release date: 1937-12-20
2.

The Awful Truth

4.8

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

Starring: Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy, Alexander D'Arcy, Cecil Cunningham
Directed by: Leo McCarey
Release date: 1937-10-21
3.

A Day at the Races

4.7

Doctor Hugo Hackenbush, Tony, and Stuffy try and save Judy's farm by winning a big race with her horse. There are a few problems. Hackenbush runs a high priced clinic for the wealthy who don't know he has his degree in Veterinary Medicine.

Starring: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Allan Jones, Maureen O'Sullivan
Directed by: Sam Wood
Release date: 1937-06-11
4.

Lost Horizon

4.7

British diplomat Robert Conway and a small group of civilians crash land in the Himalayas, and are rescued by the people of the mysterious, Eden-like valley of Shangri-la. Protected by the mountains from the world outside, where the clouds of World War II are gathering, Shangri-la provides a seductive escape for the world-weary Conway.

Starring: Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton, John Howard, Thomas Mitchell
Directed by: Frank Capra
Release date: 1937-08-31
5.

Make Way for Tomorrow

4.2

At a family reunion, the Cooper clan find that their parents' home is being foreclosed. "Temporarily," Ma moves in with son George's family, Pa with daughter Cora. But the parents are like sand in the gears of their middle-aged children's well regulated households. Can the old folks take matters into their own hands?

Starring: Victor Moore, Beulah Bondi, Fay Bainter, Thomas Mitchell, Porter Hall
Directed by: Leo McCarey
Release date: 1937-05-09
6.

The Prisoner of Zenda

4.1
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An Englishman on a Ruritarian holiday must impersonate the king when the rightful monarch, a distant cousin, is drugged and kidnapped.
Starring: Ronald Colman, Madeleine Carroll, C. Aubrey Smith, Raymond Massey, Mary Astor
Directed by: John Cromwell, W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1937-09-03
7.

Night Must Fall

4.0

Wealthy widow Mrs. Bramson notices that her maid is distracted, and when she learns the girl's fiancé is the reason, summons him in. When Danny arrives, he ingratiates himself with Mrs. Bramson, playing on her sympathies to earn himself a job as her assistant. Mrs. Bramson's niece Olivia takes a liking to Danny, however comes to believe that he may have been involved in the disappearance of a local woman.

Starring: Robert Montgomery, Rosalind Russell, Dame May Whitty, Alan Marshal, Merle Tottenham
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1937-04-30
8.

The Old Mill

4.0
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We see the various birds, mice, and bats that have moved into an old windmill, followed by the frogs, crickets, and fireflies making their music in an adjacent pond. Then a storm comes, shaking loose parts in mill and threatening everything we've seen.
Starring: Louise Myers, Jean MacMurray, Jerry Philips, Marie Arbuckle, Marta Nelson
Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Graham Heid
Release date: 1937-11-05
9.

Shall We Dance

4.0

Ballet star Pete 'Petrov' Peters arranges to cross the Atlantic aboard the same ship as the dancer and musical star he's fallen for but barely knows. By the time the ocean liner reaches New York, a little white lie has churned through the rumour mill and turned into a hot gossip item—that the two celebrities are secretly married.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton, Eric Blore, Jerome Cowan
Directed by: Mark Sandrich
Release date: 1937-05-07
10.

Captains Courageous

4.0

Harvey, the arrogant and spoiled son of an indulgent absentee-father, falls overboard from a transatlantic steamship and is rescued by a fishing vessel on the Grand Banks. Harvey fails to persuade them to take him ashore, nor convince the crew of his wealth. The captain offers him a low-paid job, until they return to port, as part of the crew that turns him into a mature, considerate young man.

Starring: Freddie Bartholomew, Spencer Tracy, Lionel Barrymore, Melvyn Douglas, Charley Grapewin
Directed by: Victor Fleming
Release date: 1937-06-25
11.

A Star Is Born

4.0

Esther Blodgett is just another starry-eyed farm kid trying to break into the movies. Waitressing at a Hollywood party, she catches the eye of alcoholic star Norman Maine, is given a test, and is caught up in the Hollywood glamor machine (ruthlessly satirized). She and her idol Norman marry; but his career abruptly dwindles to nothing. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning the award for Best Story. This also became the first color film to be nominated for best picture.

Starring: Janet Gaynor, Fredric March, Adolphe Menjou, May Robson, Andy Devine
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1937-04-27
12.

Way Out West

4.0

Stan and Ollie try to deliver the deed to a valuable gold mine to the daughter of a dead prospector. Unfortunately, the daughter's evil guardian is determined to have the gold mine for himself and his saloon-singer wife.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Rosina Lawrence, James Finlayson, Sharon Lynn
Directed by: James W. Horne
Release date: 1937-04-16
13.

Stage Door

3.9

The ups and downs in the lives and careers of a group of ambitious young actresses and show girls from disparate backgrounds brought together in a theatrical hostel. Centres particularly on the conflict and growing friendship between Terry Randall, a rich girl confident in her talent and ability to make it to the top on the stage, and Jean Maitland, a world weary and cynical trouper who has taken the hard knocks of the ruthless and over-populated world of the Broadway apprentice.

Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, Lucille Ball, Ann Miller
Directed by: Gregory La Cava
Release date: 1937-10-08
14.

The Edge of the World

3.9
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A way of life is dying on a Shetland island fishing port, but some of the inhabitants resist evacuating to the mainland.
Starring: John Laurie, Belle Chrystall, Eric Berry, Kitty Kirwan, Finlay Currie
Directed by: Michael Powell
Release date: 1937-09-10
15.

Dead End

3.9

Mobster "Baby Face" Martin returns home to visit to the New York neighborhood where he grew up, dropping in on his mother, who rejects him because of his gangster lifestyle, and his old girlfriend, Francey, now a syphilitic prostitute. Martin also crosses paths with Dave, a childhood friend struggling to make it as an architect, and the Dead End Kids, a gang of young boys roaming the streets of the city's East Side slums.

Starring: Sylvia Sidney, Joel McCrea, Humphrey Bogart, Wendy Barrie, Claire Trevor
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1937-08-27
16.

You Only Live Once

3.9

Based partially on the story of Bonnie and Clyde, Eddie Taylor (Henry Fonda) is an ex-convict who cannot get a break after being released from prison. When he is framed for murder, Taylor is forced to flee with his wife Joan Graham (Sylvia Sidney) and baby. While escaping prison after being sentenced to death, Taylor becomes a real murderer, condemning himself and Joan to a life of crime and death on the road.

Starring: Henry Fonda, Sylvia Sidney, Barton MacLane, Jean Dixon, William Gargan
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Release date: 1937-01-29
17.

Clock Cleaners

3.8
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Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are cleaning a large clock. Among the complications: Mickey fights a sleeping stork that doesn't want to leave, Donald gets tangled up in the main-spring, and Goofy is inside the bell when the clock strikes four.
Starring: Walt Disney, Pinto Colvig, Clarence Nash
Directed by: Ben Sharpsteen
Release date: 1937-10-15
18.

Oh, Mr. Porter!

3.8
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Comedy in which a bungling railway worker is given the job of stationmaster at a rundown station in rural Ireland, where his sidekicks are a toothless old gaffer and a portly young loudmouth. Hilarious adventures ensue, including a locomotive chase after gunrunners make off with a train.
Starring: Will Hay, Moore Marriott, Graham Moffatt, Percy Walsh, Dave O'Toole
Directed by: Marcel Varnel
Release date: 1937-10-05
19.

Lonesome Ghosts

3.8

Four bored ghosts in a haunted house who've scared everyone away call up Ghost Hunters Mickey, Donald, and Goofy in hopes to have a little fun scaring them off.

Starring: Walt Disney, Pinto Colvig, Clarence Nash, Billy Bletcher
Directed by: Burt Gillett
Release date: 1937-12-24
20.

Marked Woman

3.8

Set in the underworld of Manhattan, Marked Woman tells the story of a woman who dares to stand up to one of the city's most powerful gangsters. The women of the story are "hostesses". What is implied, but not stated clearly is that they are prostitutes, who work in a gambling den in the city.

Starring: Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Lola Lane, Isabel Jewell, Mayo Methot
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon, Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1937-04-10

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