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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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  • Jezebel1
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    Jezebel

    Bette Davis, Henry Fonda

    Released1938

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    Jezebel is a 1938 American romantic drama film released and directed by William Wyler. It...  more

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  • Carefree2
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    Carefree

    Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire

    Released1938

    Directed byMark Sandrich

    Carefree is a 1938 musical film starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. With a plot similar...  more
  • Bringing Up Baby3
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    Bringing Up Baby

    Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant

    Released1938

    Directed byHoward Hawks

    Bringing Up Baby is a 1938 American screwball comedy film directed by Howard Hawks, starring...  more

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  • Angels with Dirty Faces4
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    Angels with Dirty Faces

    Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney

    Released1938

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

    Angels with Dirty Faces is a 1938 American gangster film directed by Michael Curtiz and...  more
  • Sing You Sinners5
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    Sing You Sinners

    Bing Crosby, Fred MacMurray

    Released1938

    Directed byWesley Ruggles

    Sing You Sinners is a 1938 American musical comedy film directed by Wesley Ruggles and...  more
  • The Girl of the Golden West6
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    The Girl of the Golden West

    Walter Pidgeon, Jeanette MacDonald

    Released1938

    Directed byRobert Z. Leonard

    The Girl of the Golden West is a 1938 musical western film. It was adapted from the play of...  more
  • Boys Town7
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    Boys Town

    Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy

    Released1938

    Directed byNorman Taurog

    Boys Town is a 1938 biographical drama film based on Father Edward J. Flanagan's work with a...  more

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  • You Can't Take It With You8
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    You Can't Take It With You

    James Stewart, Jean Arthur

    Released1938

    Directed byFrank Capra

    You Can't Take It With You is a 1938 American romantic comedy film directed by Frank Capra and...  more

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  • Gold Diggers in Paris9
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    Gold Diggers in Paris

    Rudy Vallée, Eddie Anderson

    Released1938

    Directed byRay Enright

    Gold Diggers in Paris is a 1938 Warner Bros. movie musical directed by Ray Enright with...  more
  • The Divorce of Lady X10
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    The Divorce of Lady X

    Laurence Olivier, Merle Oberon

    Released1938

    Directed byTim Whelan

    The Divorce of Lady X is a 1938 British colour romantic comedy film made by London Films; it...  more
  • The Sisters11
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    The Sisters

    Bette Davis, Errol Flynn

    Released1938

    Directed byAnatole Litvak

    The Sisters is a 1938 American drama film produced and directed by Anatole Litvak. The...  more
  • The Adventures of Marco Polo12
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    The Adventures of Marco Polo

    Lana Turner, Gary Cooper

    Released1938

    Directed byJohn Ford, Archie Mayo

    The Adventures of Marco Polo is a 1938 drama-adventure genre film, and one of the most...  more
  • Kidnapped13
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    Kidnapped

    Billy Wilder, Reginald Owen

    Released1938

    Directed byAlfred L. Werker, Otto Preminger

    Kidnapped is an adventure film directed by Alfred L. Werker, starring Warner Baxter and...  more
  • Mr. Moto's Gamble14
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    Mr. Moto's Gamble

    Peter Lorre, Ward Bond

    Released1938

    Directed byJames Tinling

    Mr. Moto's Gamble is the third film in the Mr. Moto series starring Peter Lorre as the title...  more
  • Submarine Patrol15
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    Submarine Patrol

    George Bancroft, Preston Foster

    Released1938

    Directed byJohn Ford

    Submarine Patrol is a 1938 film starring Richard Greene and Nancy Kelly. The supporting cast...  more
  • A Christmas Carol16
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    A Christmas Carol

    Ann Rutherford, Gene Lockhart

    Released1938

    Directed byEdwin L. Marin

    A Christmas Carol is a 1938 American film adaptation of Charles Dickens's 1843 novelette A...  more

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  • Merrily We Live17
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    Merrily We Live

    Constance Bennett, Billie Burke

    Released1938

    Directed byNorman Z. McLeod

    Merrily We Live is a comedy film directed by Norman Z. McLeod, starring Constance Bennett and...  more
  • Mad About Music18
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    Mad About Music

    Deanna Durbin, Herbert Marshall

    Released1938

    Directed byNorman Taurog

    Mad About Music is a 1938 American musical film directed by Norman Taurog and starring Deanna...  more
  • Crime School19
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    Crime School

    Humphrey Bogart, David Carradine

    Released1938

    Directed byLewis Seiler

    Crime School is a 1938 Warner Bros. film directed by Lewis Seiler and starring the Dead End...  more
  • Wives Under Suspicion20
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    Wives Under Suspicion

    Frank Morgan, Milburn Stone

    Released1938

    Directed byJames Whale

    Wives Under Suspicion is a film directed by James Whale, starring Warren William, Gail...  more
  • Kentucky21
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    Kentucky

    Loretta Young, Walter Brennan

    Released1938

    Directed byDavid Butler

    Kentucky is a 1938 Technicolor film with Loretta Young, Richard Greene, and Walter Brennan. It...  more
  • Four's a Crowd22
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    Four's a Crowd

    Olivia de Havilland, Lana Turner

    Released1938

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

    Four's a Crowd is a romantic comedy directed by Michael Curtiz, starring Errol Flynn, Olivia...  more
  • Sweethearts23
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    Sweethearts

    Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy

    Released1938

    Directed byRobert Z. Leonard, W. S. Van Dyke

    Sweethearts is a 1938 Technicolor musical romance directed by W.S. Van Dyke, starring Jeanette...  more
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood24
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    The Adventures of Robin Hood

    Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flynn

    Released1938

    Directed byMichael Curtiz, William Keighley

    The Adventures of Robin Hood is a 1938 American swashbuckler film directed by Michael Curtiz...  more

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  • Of Human Hearts25
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    Of Human Hearts

    James Stewart, Walter Huston

    Released1938

    Directed byClarence Brown

    Of Human Hearts is a 1938 American drama film directed by Clarence Brown and starring Walter...  more