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List of all movies directed by Frank Capra ranked from best to worst with photos. Films directed by Frank Capra are listed here and include movie posters and Frank Capra movie trailers whenever possible. This is a collection of the best movies directed by Frank Capra as voted on by film buffs. If you think the greatest Frank Capra movie isn't as high as it should be on this list, then make sure to vote so that your opinion of what the top Frank Capra film is can be factored into this list.

From Frank Capra's studio films to Frank Capra's independent films, this Frank Capra filmography keeps tabs on all Frank Capra movies, and lets the cream of the crop rise to the top.

List movies include It's a Wonderful Life, Arsenic and Old Lace and many additional movies as well.

If you’re wondering “what movies did Frank Capra direct?” or “who is Frank Capra?” then this list will explain how most people know this director. This list also answers questions like “what are the all-time best movies directed by Frank Capra?” and “what's a good selection of good Frank Capra movies?”

If you're wanting to get into Frank Capra films, then this list is a great starting point for at least starting with the most decent Frank Capra works.

All Frank Capra director credits are included. This list of every movie that Frank Capra has directed can be sorted for specific information such as what genre the Frank Capra movie is and which actors starred in the Frank Capra film.

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Who did Frank Capra work with as a director? Talent includes the likes of James Stewart, Orson Welles, and Cary Grant. Do you love films directed by Frank Capra? Check out our lists of the best movies by John Huston and David Lean as well.

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It's a Wonderful Life James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy comedy-drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, based on the short story "The Greatest Gift", which Philip Van Doren ...more

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington James Stewart, Claude Rains, Jean Arthur Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is a 1939 American political comedy-drama film, starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur, about one man's effect on American politics. It was directed by Frank Capra ...more

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Arsenic and Old Lace Cary Grant, Peter Lorre, Raymond Massey Arsenic and Old Lace is a 1944 American dark comedy film directed by Frank Capra, starring Cary Grant, and based on Joseph Kesselring's play Arsenic and Old Lace. The script adaptation was by ...more

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It Happened One Night Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Ward Bond It Happened One Night is a 1934 American romantic comedy film with elements of screwball comedy directed by Frank Capra, in which a pampered socialite tries to get out from under her father's ...more

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Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, Lionel Stander Mr. Deeds Goes to Town is a 1936 American screwball comedy film directed by Frank Capra, starring Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur in her first featured role. Based on the 1935 short story Opera Hat ...more

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You Can't Take It With You 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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Meet John Doe Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan Meet John Doe is a 1941 American comedy drama film directed and produced by Frank Capra, and starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck. The film is about a "grassroots" political ...more

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Pocketful of Miracles Ann-Margret, Bette Davis, Peter Falk Pocketful of Miracles is a 1961 American comedy film starring Bette Davis and Glenn Ford, and directed by Frank Capra. The screenplay by Hal Kanter and Harry Tugend is based on the screenplay ...more

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You Can't Take It with You You Can't Take It With You is a comedic play in three acts by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. The original production of the play premiered on Broadway in 1936, and played for 838 performances. ...more

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Lost Horizon Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Thomas Mitchell Lost Horizon is a 1937 American drama-fantasy film directed by Frank Capra. The screenplay by Robert Riskin is based on the 1933 novel of the same title by James Hilton. The film exceeded its ...more

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Platinum Blonde Jean Harlow, Loretta Young, Halliwell Hobbes Platinum Blonde is a 1931 American romantic comedy motion picture starring Jean Harlow, Robert Williams, and Loretta Young. The film was written by Jo Swerling and directed by Frank Capra. ...more

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Lady for a Day Ward Bond, Marc Lawrence, Glenda Farrell Lady for a Day is a 1933 American comedy-drama film directed by Frank Capra. The screenplay by Robert Riskin is based on the short story Madame La Gimp by Damon Runyon. It was the first film for ...more

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Know Your Enemy: Japan Walter Huston, Howard Duff, John Beal Know Your Enemy: Japan is an American propaganda film directed by Frank Capra, commissioned by the U.S. War Department. Completion was delayed by disputes between the Hollywood producers and ...more

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The Bitter Tea of General Yen Barbara Stanwyck, Nils Asther, Lucien Littlefield The Bitter Tea of General Yen is a 1933 American drama film directed by Frank Capra, starring Barbara Stanwyck and featurung Nils Asther and Walter Connolly. Based on the 1930 novel The Bitter ...more

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The Battle of Britain Walter Huston, Frieda Inescort, Anthony Veiller The Battle of Britain was the fourth of Frank Capra's Why We Fight series of seven propaganda films, which made the case for fighting and winning the Second World War. It was released in 1943 ...more

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A Hole in the Head Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker A Hole in the Head is a comedy film directed by Frank Capra, featuring Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker, Keenan Wynn, Carolyn Jones, Thelma Ritter, Dub Taylor, Ruby Dandridge, ...more

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The Nazis Strike The Nazis Strike was the second film of Frank Capra's Why We Fight propaganda film series. It introduces Germany as a nation whose aggressive ambitions began in 1863 with Otto von Bismarck and ...more

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Rendezvous in Space Mel Blanc, Jim Backus, Danny Thomas Rendezvous in Space is a 1964 short documentary film written by Frank Capra and Jonathan Latimer and directed by Frank Capra.

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Broadway Bill Lucille Ball, Myrna Loy, Margaret Hamilton Broadway Bill is a 1934 American comedy drama film directed by Frank Capra and starring Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Walter Connolly, and Helen Vinson. Written by Robert Riskin and based on the ...more

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Here Comes the Groom Bing Crosby, Jane Wyman, Dorothy Lamour Here Comes the Groom is a 1951 musical romantic comedy film produced and directed by Frank Capra and starring Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman. Based on a story by Robert Riskin and Liam O'Brien, the ...more

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The Miracle Woman Barbara Stanwyck, David Manners, Sam Hardy The Miracle Woman is a 1931 American drama film directed by Frank Capra and starring Barbara Stanwyck, David Manners, and Sam Hardy. Based on the play Bless You Sister by John Meehan and Robert ...more

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The Battle of Russia Walter Huston The Battle of Russia is the fifth film of Frank Capra's Why We Fight documentary series, and the longest film of the series, consisting of two parts. The film was made in collaboration with ...more

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The Battle of China The Battle of China was the sixth film of Frank Capra's Why We Fight propaganda film series.

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Flight Walter Brennan, Jack Holt, Lila Lee Flight is a 1929 adventure and aviation film directed by Frank Capra. The film stars Jack Holt, Lila Lee and Ralph Graves, who also came up with the story, for which Capra wrote the dialogue. ...more

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The Strong Man Gertrude Astor, Harry Langdon, Robert McKim The Strong Man is a 1926 American comedy silent film starring Harry Langdon and directed by Frank Capra in his feature-length directorial debut. Along with Tramp, Tramp, Tramp, The Strong Man is ...more

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State of the Union Katharine Hepburn, Angela Lansbury, Spencer Tracy Members of Congress may not come to the floor armed with pistols as they did in the days leading up to the Civil War, but their words are as toxic as any time since then. And we are - in many ...more

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So This Is Love? William Collier Jr., Ernie Adams, Shirley Mason So This is Love? is a 1928 silent film directed by Frank Capra. It was produced by Harry Cohn for Columbia Pictures.

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The Younger Generation Ricardo Cortez, Lina Basquette, Rex Lease The Younger Generation is a 1929 drama film directed by Frank Capra. It was produced by Jack Cohn for Columbia Pictures. This was Capra's first sound film. It was actually a silent movie with ...more

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Your Job in Germany Your Job In Germany is a short film made for the United States War Department in 1945 just before Victory in Europe Day. It was shown to US soldiers about to go on occupation duty in Germany. ...more

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Long Pants Harry Langdon, Alan Roscoe, Ruth Hiatt Long Pants is a 1927 American comedy silent film starring Harry Langdon and directed by Frank Capra. Additional cast members include Gladys Brockwell, Alan Roscoe, Priscilla Bonner, and others.

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Two Down and One to Go Anthony Veiller Two Down and One to Go was a short propaganda film produced in 1945; as its title might suggest, its overall message was that the first two Axis powers, Italy and Germany, had been defeated, but ...more

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The Matinee Idol Bessie Love, Lionel Belmore, Sidney D'Albrook The Matinee Idol is a 1928 silent romantic comedy film directed by Frank Capra, and starring Bessie Love and Johnnie Walker. A Broadway star falls in love with a woman who does not know his real ...more

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War Comes to America Walter Huston, Lloyd Nolan War Comes to America is the seventh and final film of Frank Capra's Why We Fight World War II propaganda film series. The early part of the film is an idealized version of American history which ...more

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Tunisian Victory Burgess Meredith, Bernard Miles, Leo Genn Tunisian Victory is an Anglo-American propaganda film about the victories in the North Africa Campaign. The film follows both armies from the planning of Operation Torch / Operation Acrobat to ...more

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American Madness Walter Huston, Sterling Holloway, Constance Cummings American Madness is a 1932 American film directed by Frank Capra and starring Walter Huston as a New York banker embroiled in scandal. The story thematically anticipates Capra's 1946 classic ...more

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The Ballad of Fisher's Boarding House Fultah Fisher's Boarding House is a 1922 American silent film short and the first film directed by Frank Capra. Based on a poem by Rudyard Kipling, the film is about prostitute living at a ...more

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Prelude to War Prelude to War was the first film of Frank Capra’s Why We Fight propaganda film series, commissioned by the Office of War Information and George C. Marshall. It was made to convince American ...more

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Harry Langdon: The Forgotten C... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Frank Capra
Harry Langdon: The Forgotten Clown Joan Crawford, Harry Langdon

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Dirigible Fay Wray, George "Gabby" Hayes, Bess Flowers Dirigible is a 1931 American adventure film directed by Frank Capra for Columbia Pictures and starring Jack Holt, Ralph Graves and Fay Wray. The picture focuses on the competition between naval ...more

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Say It with Sables Francis X. Bushman, Margaret Livingston, Helene Chadwick Say It with Sables is a silent drama film directed by Frank Capra, and produced by Harry Cohn for Columbia Pictures. Columbia no longer has a negative or print of this film, so the film is now ...more

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Ladies of Leisure Barbara Stanwyck, Marie Prevost, Ralph Graves Ladies of Leisure is a 1930 American romantic drama film directed by Frank Capra and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Ralph Graves. The film is based on the 1924 play Ladies of the Evening by ...more

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The Way of the Strong William Bailey, Mitchell Lewis, Alice Day The Way of the Strong is a 1928 American silent crime drama film directed by Frank Capra. It was produced by Harry Cohn for Columbia Pictures. The film survives through a print held in the ...more

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The Donovan Affair Agnes Ayres, Jack Holt, William Collier Jr. The Donovan Affair is a 1929 comedic murder-mystery film directed by Frank Capra. It was produced by Harry Cohn for Columbia Pictures. Its original soundtrack, recorded on transcription discs, ...more

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Tramp, Tramp, Tramp Joan Crawford, Harry Langdon Tramp, Tramp, Tramp is an American comedy silent film directed by Harry Edwards. It features Harry Langdon and Joan Crawford.

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Divide and Conquer Monte Blue, Murray Alper, Knox Manning Divide and Conquer is the third film of Frank Capra's Why We Fight propaganda film series, dealing with the Nazi conquest of Western Europe in 1940. The film begins immediately after the fall of ...more

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Forbidden Barbara Stanwyck, Ralph Bellamy, Adolphe Menjou Forbidden is a 1932 American melodrama film directed by Frank Capra and starring Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou, and Ralph Bellamy. Based on the novel Back Street by Fannie Hurst, with a ...more

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That Certain Thing Viola Dana, Ralph Graves, Syd Crossley That Certain Thing is a 1928 silent film comedy directed by Frank Capra. It was Capra's first film for Harry Cohn's Columbia Pictures.

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For the Love of Mike Claudette Colbert, Richard Basehart, Ben Lyon For the Love of Mike is a 1927 American silent romantic drama film. Directed by Frank Capra, it starred Claudette Colbert and Ben Lyon. It is now considered to be a lost film.

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The Burglar Raymond McKee, Alma Bennett, Mary Ann Jackson The Burglar is a 1928 short comedy film written by Nicholas T. Barrows, Frank Capra, Earle Rodney, Vernon Smith and directed by Frank Capra and Phil Whitman.

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Here Is Germany Here is Germany is a 1945 propaganda documentary film directed by Frank Capra. Like its companion film, Know Your Enemy: Japan, the film is a full-length exploration of why one of the two major ...more