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The Best Ann Sothern Movies

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List of the best Ann Sothern movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Ann Sothern's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Ann Sothern movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Ann Sothern movies will be at the top of the list. Ann Sothern has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Ann Sothern movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Ann Sothern films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Ann Sothern role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Ann Sothern performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

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    Footlight Parade

    James Cagney, Joan Blondell

    Released1933

    Directed byBusby Berkeley, Lloyd Bacon

    Footlight Parade is a 1933 American musical film starring James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell and featuring Frank McHugh, Guy Kibbee, Hugh Herbert and Ruth Donnelly. The movie...  more
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    Cry "Havoc"

    Joan Blondell, Ann Sothern

    Released1943

    Directed byRichard Thorpe

    Cry 'Havoc' is a 1943 American war drama film, produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and directed by Richard Thorpe. The cast is primarily female, with the main roles played by Margaret Sullavan, Ann...  more
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    Thousands Cheer

    Judy Garland, Gene Kelly

    Released1943

    Directed byGeorge Sidney

    Thousands Cheer is a 1943 American comedy musical film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Produced at the height of the Second World War, the film was intended as a morale booster for American troops...  more
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    Lady Be Good

    Doris Day, Red Skelton

    Released1941

    Directed byNorman Z. McLeod

    Lady Be Good is the title of an MGM musical film which was released in 1941. The film starred dancer Eleanor Powell, along with Ann Sothern, Robert Young, Lionel Barrymore, and Red Skelton. It was...  more
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    Nancy Goes to Rio

    Carmen Miranda, Jane Powell

    Released1950

    Directed byRobert Z. Leonard

    Nancy Goes to Rio is a musical comedy film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1950. It was directed by Robert Z. Leonard and produced by Joe Pasternak from a screenplay by Sidney Sheldon, based on a...  more
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    The Manitou

    Stella Stevens, Burgess Meredith

    Released1978

    Directed byWilliam Girdler

    The Manitou is an American horror movie from 1978 with Tony Curtis and Susan Strasberg, based on a 1975 book by Graham Masterton. The movie is based on an old legend about the American Indian...  more

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    The Best Man

    Henry Fonda, Cliff Robertson

    Released1964

    Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner

    The Best Man is a 1964 political drama film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner with a screenplay by Gore Vidal based on his play of the same title. Starring Henry Fonda, Cliff Robertson, and Lee...  more
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    Brother Orchid

    Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson

    Released1940

    Directed byLloyd Bacon

    Brother Orchid is a 1940 American crime/comedy film directed by Lloyd Bacon and starring Edward G. Robinson, Ann Sothern and Humphrey Bogart, with featured performances by Donald Crisp, Ralph Bellamy...  more
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    Words and Music

    Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney

    Released1948

    Directed byNorman Taurog

    Words and Music is a 1948 film loosely based on the creative partnership of the composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz Hart. The film stars Mickey Rooney as Hart and Tom Drake as Rodgers, along...  more
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    17
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    The Blue Gardenia

    Nat King Cole, Anne Baxter

    Released1953

    Directed byFritz Lang

    The Blue Gardenia is a 1953 black-and-white film noir directed by Fritz Lang and based on a story by Vera Caspary. It stars Anne Baxter, Richard Conte, Ann Sothern and Raymond Burr. The first...  more
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    Song of the West

    Ann Sothern, Joe E. Brown

    Released1930

    Directed byRay Enright

    Song of the West is a musical operetta film produced by Warner Brothers, and photographed entirely in Technicolor. It was based on the 1928 Broadway musical Rainbow by Vincent Youmans, Oscar...  more
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    14
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    The Show of Shows

    John Barrymore, Loretta Young

    Released1929

    Directed byJohn G. Adolfi

    The Show of Shows is a 1929 American musical revue film directed by John G. Adolfi and distributed by Warner Bros. The all talking Vitaphone production cost $850,000 and was shot almost entirely in...  more
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    14
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    Maisie Goes to Reno

    Ava Gardner, Ann Sothern

    Released1944

    Directed byHarry Beaumont

    "In this eighth film in MGM's "Maisie" series, Ann Sothern is back as ever-stranded chorus girl Maisie Revier. As the story opens, Maisie has a steady non-showbiz job as a defense plant riveter (it's...  more
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    17
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    Maisie

    Robert Young, Ann Sothern

    Released1939

    Directed byEdwin L. Marin

    Maisie is a comedy film property MGM originally purchased for Jean Harlow, but before a shooting script could be completed Harlow died in 1937. It was put on hold until 1939, when Ann Sothern was...  more
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    14
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    Swing Shift Maisie

    Ann Sothern, Jean Rogers

    Released1943

    Directed byNorman Z. McLeod

    "In her seventh outing as irrepressible vaudeville entertainer Maisie Revere, Ann Sothern aided the war effort by working the swing shift in an airplane factory. Taking in a seemingly suicidal...  more
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    Lady in a Cage

    James Caan, Olivia de Havilland

    Released1964

    Directed byWalter Grauman

    Lady in a Cage is a 1964 American psychological thriller film directed by Walter Grauman, written and produced by Luther Davis, and released by Paramount Pictures. It stars Olivia de Havilland and...  more
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    Sylvia

    Carroll Baker, Edmond O'Brien

    Released1965

    Directed byGordon Douglas

    Sylvia is a 1965 drama film directed by Gordon Douglas, written by Sydney Boehm and starring George Maharis, Carroll Baker and Peter Lawford. Released by Paramount Pictures, it was filmed in...  more
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    The Whales of August

    Bette Davis, Vincent Price

    Released1987

    Directed byLindsay Anderson

    The Whales of August is a 1987 film based on a play by David Berry and stars Bette Davis and Lillian Gish as elderly sisters. Also in the cast were Ann Sothern as one of their friends, and Vincent...  more

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    A Letter to Three Wives

    Kirk Douglas, Jeanne Crain

    Released1949

    Directed byJoseph L. Mankiewicz

    A Letter to Three Wives is a 1949 American romantic drama film which tells the story of a woman who mails a letter to three women, telling them she has left town with the husband of one of them. It...  more
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    Golden Needles

    Burgess Meredith, Jim Kelly

    Released1974

    Directed byRobert Clouse

    Golden Needles is a 1974 American action/adventure film starring Joe Don Baker, Elizabeth Ashley, Ann Sothern, Jim Kelly, Burgess Meredith, and Roy Chiao. The film was directed by Robert Clouse and...  more
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    Kid Millions

    Lucille Ball, Ethel Merman

    Released1934

    Directed byRoy Del Ruth

    Kid Millions is an American film directed by Roy Del Ruth, produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions, and starring Eddie Cantor....  more
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    You, John Jones!

    James Cagney, Margaret O'Brien

    Released1943

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy

    You, John Jones! is a short film directed by Mervyn LeRoy, written by Carey Wilson, and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and starring James Cagney, Ann Sothern, and Margaret O'Brien. The film credits...  more
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    Shadow on the Wall

    Nancy Reagan, Ann Sothern

    Released1950

    Directed byPat Jackson

    Shadow on the Wall is a 1950 psychological thriller film starring Ann Sothern, Zachary Scott, Gigi Perreau and Nancy Davis. It is based on the novel Death in the Doll's House by Lawrence P. Bachmann...  more
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    She's Got Everything

    Ann Sothern, Gene Raymond

    Released1937

    Directed byJoseph Santley

    She's Got Everything is a 1937 romantic comedy film story by Joseph Hoffman and Maxwell Shane, screenplay by Harry Segall, Monroe Shaff and Maxwell Shane and directed by Joseph Santley....  more
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    Fast and Furious

    Ann Sothern, Ruth Hussey

    Released1939

    Directed byBusby Berkeley

    Fast and Furious is a 1939 mystery comedy film directed by Busby Berkeley. The film stars Franchot Tone and Ann Sothern as Joel and Garda Sloane, a crime-solving married couple who are also rare book...  more