Best Movies of 1938

1.

The Adventures of Robin Hood

5.7

Robin Hood fights nobly for justice against the evil Sir Guy of Gisbourne while striving to win the hand of the beautiful Maid Marian.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, Patric Knowles
Directed by: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley
Release date: 1938-05-13
2.

You Can't Take It with You

5.7
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Alice, the only relatively normal member of the eccentric Sycamore family, falls in love with Tony Kirby. His wealthy banker father, Anthony P. Kirby, and his snobbish mother, strongly disapprove of the match. When the Kirbys are invited to dinner to become better acquainted with their future in-laws, things do not turn out the way Alice had hoped.
Starring: Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart, Edward Arnold, Mischa Auer
Directed by: Frank Capra
Release date: 1938-08-23
3.

Angels with Dirty Faces

5.6

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
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1938-11-26
4.

Bringing Up Baby

5.6

David Huxley is waiting to get a bone he needs for his museum collection. Through a series of strange circumstances, he meets Susan Vance, and the duo have a series of misadventures which include a leopard called Baby.

Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Charles Ruggles, Walter Catlett, Barry Fitzgerald
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1938-02-18
5.

The Lady Vanishes

5.5

On a train headed for England a group of travelers is delayed by an avalanche. Holed up in a hotel in a fictional European country, young Iris befriends elderly Miss Froy. When the train resumes, Iris suffers a bout of unconsciousness and wakes to find the old woman has disappeared. The other passengers ominously deny Miss Froy ever existed, so Iris begins to investigate with another traveler and, as the pair sleuth, romantic sparks fly.

Starring: Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Dame May Whitty, Paul Lukas, Basil Radford
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1938-07-26
6.

Holiday

4.7
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Johnny Case, a freethinking financier, has finally found the girl of his dreams — Julia Seton, the spoiled daughter of a socially prominent millionaire — and she's agreed to marry him. But when Johnny plans a holiday for the two to enjoy life while they are still young, his fiancée has other plans & that is for Johnny to work in her father's bank!
Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Doris Nolan, Henry Kolker, Lew Ayres
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1938-06-15
7.

Jezebel

4.7

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
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1938-03-19
8.

Pygmalion

4.1
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When linguistics professor Henry Higgins boasts that he can pass off Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle as a princess with only six months' training, Colonel George Pickering takes him up on the bet. Eliza moves into Higgins's home and begins her rigorous training after the professor comes to a financial agreement with her dustman father, Alfred. But the plucky young woman is not the only one undergoing a transformation.
Starring: Leslie Howard, Wendy Hiller, Wilfrid Lawson, Marie Lohr, Scott Sunderland
Directed by: Leslie Howard, Anthony Asquith
Release date: 1938-10-06
9.

Block-Heads

4.0
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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 visit Stan who has now been returned to the States and invites him back to his home.
Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Patricia Ellis, Minna Gombell, Billy Gilbert
Directed by: John G. Blystone
Release date: 1938-08-18
10.

Mickey's Trailer

3.9
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Goofy's in the driver's seat, Mickey's in the kitchen, and Donald's in bed in Mickey's high-tech house trailer. When Goofy comes back to eat breakfast, leaving the car on autopilot, it takes them onto a dangerous closed mountain road. When Goofy realizes this, he accidentally unhooks the trailer, sending it on a perilous route. They come very close to disaster several times, while the oblivious Goofy drives on and hooks back up to them.
Starring: Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney, Clarence Nash
Directed by: Ben Sharpsteen
Release date: 1938-05-06
11.

A Christmas Carol

3.8

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, Terry Kilburn, Barry MacKay, Lynne Carver
Directed by: Edwin L. Marin
Release date: 1938-12-16
12.

The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse

3.8

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
Directed by: Anatole Litvak
Release date: 1938-07-30
13.

Merrily We Live

3.8
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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 chauffeur's uniform. He also catches the eye of her pretty Geraldine.
Starring: Constance Bennett, Brian Aherne, Alan Mowbray, Billie Burke, Patsy Kelly
Directed by: Norman Z. McLeod
Release date: 1938-03-04
14.

Three Comrades

3.8

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
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1938-06-03
15.

Bluebeard's Eighth Wife

3.8

US multi-millionaire Michael Barndon marries his eight wife, Nicole, the daughter of a broken French Marquis. But she doesn't want to be only a number in the row of his ex-wives and starts her own strategy to "tame" him.

Starring: Claudette Colbert, Gary Cooper, Edward Everett Horton, David Niven, Elizabeth Patterson
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Release date: 1938-03-18
16.

The Dawn Patrol

3.8

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
Directed by: Edmund Goulding
Release date: 1938-12-24
17.

Alexander's Ragtime Band

3.8

Roger Grant, a classical violinist, disappoints his family and teacher when he organizes a jazz band, but he and the band become successful. Roger falls in love with his 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 Charlie. Roger comes home after the war and 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
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1938-05-24
18.

Boys Town

3.7

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
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1938-09-09
19.

Vivacious Lady

3.7
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College town life gets turned upside down after a button-down botany professor secretly weds a sizzling night-club singer.
Starring: Ginger Rogers, James Stewart, James Ellison, Beulah Bondi, Charles Coburn
Directed by: George Stevens
Release date: 1938-08-31
20.

Carefree

3.7
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Dr. Tony Flagg's friend, Steven, has problems in the relationship with his fiancee, Amanda, so he persuades her to visit Dr. Flagg. After some minor misunderstandings, she falls in love with Dr. Flagg. When he tries to use hypnosis to strengthen her feelings for Steven, things get complicated.
Starring: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Ralph Bellamy, Luella Gear, Jack Carson
Directed by: Mark Sandrich
Release date: 1938-09-02

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