Entertainment The Best Movies of 1938  

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List of the best movies of 1938, with movie trailers when available. These top movies of 1938 are listed by popularity, so the movies with the most votes are at the top. This list consists of all different movie genres, but each film was released in 1938. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1938 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1938 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

The list you're viewing has a variety of movies, like The Adventures of Robin Hood and Bringing up Baby, in it.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1938?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1938?"

1938 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1938. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1938 aren't just one persons opinion.
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Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, Margaret Lindsay
Jezebel is a 1938 American romantic drama film released and directed by William Wyler. It stars Bette Davis and Henry Fonda, supported by George Brent, Margaret Lindsay, Donald Crisp, Richard ...more
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Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flynn, Claude Rains
The Adventures of Robin Hood is a 1938 American swashbuckler film directed by Michael Curtiz and William Keighley, and starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, and Claude ...more
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James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Ann Miller
You Can't Take It With You is a 1938 American romantic comedy film directed by Frank Capra and starring Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart, and Edward Arnold. Adapted from the Pulitzer ...more
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Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Barry Fitzgerald
Bringing Up Baby is a 1938 American screwball comedy film directed by Howard Hawks, starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, and released by RKO Radio Pictures. The film tells the story of a ...more
25 9
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Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Ann Sheridan
Angels with Dirty Faces is a 1938 American gangster film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring James Cagney, the Dead End Kids and Humphrey Bogart, along with Ann Sheridan and George Bancroft. ...more
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Alfred Hitchcock, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas
The Lady Vanishes is a 1938 British comic thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas and Dame May Whitty. Written by Sidney Gilliat ...more
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Tyrone Power, Norma Shearer, John Barrymore
Marie Antoinette is a 1938 film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was directed by W. S. Van Dyke and starred Norma Shearer as Marie Antoinette. Based upon the 1932 biography of the ill-fated ...more
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Paulette Goddard, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
The Young in Heart is a 1938 American comedy film produced by David O. Selznick, directed by Richard Wallace, and starring Janet Gaynor, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Paulette Goddard, Roland Young, ...more
14 3
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Hedy Lamarr, Charles Boyer, Gene Lockhart
Algiers is a 1938 American drama film directed by John Cromwell and starring Charles Boyer, Sigrid Gurie, and Hedy Lamarr. Written by John Howard Lawson, the film is about a notorious French ...more
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Ann Rutherford, Gene Lockhart, Leo G. Carroll
A Christmas Carol is a 1938 American film adaptation of Charles Dickens's 1843 novelette A Christmas Carol, about Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser, who learns the error of his ways on ...more
13 3
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Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Lew Ayres
Holiday is a 1938 film directed by George Cukor, a remake of the 1930 film of the same name. The film is a romantic comedy which tells the story of a man who has risen from humble beginnings ...more
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David Niven, Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone
The Dawn Patrol is a 1938 American war film, a remake of the pre-Code 1930 film of the same name. Both were based on the short story "The Flight Commander" by John Monk Saunders, an ...more
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Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Merle Oberon
The Cowboy and the Lady is a 1938 American western romantic comedy film directed by H.C. Potter, and starring Gary Cooper and Merle Oberon. Written by S.N. Behrman and Sonya Levien, based on a ...more
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Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Gene Reynolds
Boys Town is a 1938 biographical drama film based on Father Edward J. Flanagan's work with a group of underprivileged and delinquent boys in a home that he founded and named "Boys ...more
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Wendy Hiller, Leslie Howard, Wilfrid Lawson
Pygmalion is a 1938 British film based on the George Bernard Shaw play of the same title, and adapted by him for the screen. It stars Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller. The film was a financial and ...more
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Walter Pidgeon, Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy
The Girl of the Golden West is a 1938 musical western film. It was adapted from the play of the same name by David Belasco, better known for providing the plot of the opera La fanciulla del West ...more
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Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette
The Old Barn Dance is a 1938 American Western film directed by Joseph Kane and starring Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, and Joan Valerie. Written by Bernard McConville and Charles F. Royal, the ...more
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Clayton Moore, Jay Silverheels, Michael Ansara
The Lone Ranger is a Warnercolor Western film based on The Lone Ranger television series, starring Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels. The Lone Ranger was the first of two theatrical features ...more
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Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Myrna Loy
Test Pilot is a 1938 film directed by Victor Fleming, starring Clark Gable, Myrna Loy and Spencer Tracy, and featuring Lionel Barrymore. The film tells the story of a daredevil test pilot, his ...more
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Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Hattie McDaniel
Carefree is a 1938 musical film starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. With a plot similar to screwball comedies of the period, Carefree is the shortest of the Astaire-Rogers films, featuring ...more
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Tyrone Power, Loretta Young, Annabella
Suez is an American film released on October 28, 1938 by 20th Century Fox, with Darryl F. Zanuck in charge of production, directed by Allan Dwan and starring Tyrone Power, Loretta Young and ...more
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Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner
Brave Little Tailor is a 1938 American animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures. The cartoon is an adaptation of the fairy tale The Valiant ...more
10 3
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Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Frank Morgan
Sweethearts is a 1938 Technicolor musical romance directed by W.S. Van Dyke, starring Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. The screenplay, by Dorothy Parker and Alan Campbell, uses the “play ...more
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Ronald Reagan, Ann Sheridan, Dick Powell
Cowboy from Brooklyn is a 1938 American musical comedy film starring Pat O'Brien, Dick Powell, Priscilla Lane, Ann Sheridan and the future US President Ronald Reagan.
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Robert Taylor, Robert Young, Margaret Sullavan
Three Comrades 1938 is a drama film directed by Frank Borzage and produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz for MGM. The screenplay is by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Edward E. Paramore Jr., and was adapted ...more