The Best Movies of 1938

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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  • The Adventures of Robin Hood
    1
    Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley
  • Bringing Up Baby
    2
    Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Charlie Ruggles
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: Howard Hawks
  • A Christmas Carol
    3
    Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: Edwin L. Marin
  • Boys Town
    4
    Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, Henry Hull
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: Norman Taurog
  • Just Around the Corner
    5
    Shirley Temple, Joan Davis, Charles Farrell
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: Irving Cummings
  • The Lone Ranger
    6
    Clayton Moore, Jay Silverheels, Michael Ansara
    • Released: 1956
    • Directed by: William Witney, Stuart Heisler, John English, Lesley Selander
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
    7
    Tommy Kelly, Jackie Moran, Ann Gillis
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: Norman Taurog
  • You Can't Take It With You
    8
    Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: Frank Capra
  • Angels with Dirty Faces
    9
    James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: Michael Curtiz
  • The Lady Vanishes
    10
    Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Dame May Whitty
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
    11
    Shirley Temple, Randolph Scott, Jack Haley
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: Allan Dwan
  • Jezebel
    12
    Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, George Brent
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: William Wyler
  • A Yank at Oxford
    13
    Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O'Sullivan
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: Jack Conway
  • The Cowboy and the Lady
    14
    Gary Cooper, Merle Oberon, Walter Brennan
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: H. C. Potter
  • Sidewalks of London
    15
    Charles Laughton, Vivien Leigh, Rex Harrison
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: Tim Whelan
  • Red River Range
    16
    John Wayne, Lorna Gray, Ray "Crash" Corrigan
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: George Sherman
  • The Old Barn Dance
    17
    Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Joan Valerie
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: Joseph Kane
  • Love Finds Andy Hardy
    18
    Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: George B. Seitz
  • Marie Antoinette
    19
    Tyrone Power, Norma Shearer, John Barrymore
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: W. S. Van Dyke, Julien Duvivier
  • The Brave Little Tailor
    20
    Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: Bill Roberts
  • Tassels in the Air
    21
    Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: Charley Chase
  • Three Comrades
    22
    Robert Taylor, Margaret Sullavan, Franchot Tone
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: Frank Borzage
  • The Young in Heart
    23
    Janet Gaynor, Douglas Fairbanks, Paulette Goddard
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: Richard Wallace
  • The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse
    24
    Edward G. Robinson, Claire Trevor, Humphrey Bogart
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: Anatole Litvak
  • Under Western Stars
    25
    Roy Rogers, Smiley Burnette, Kenneth Harlan
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: Joseph Kane