Oscar Nominated Movies from 1938

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Feature films nominated for the 11th Academy Awards

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1. You Can't Take It with You (1938)

Passed | 126 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Jean Arthur, James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore, Edward Arnold

Votes: 21,958 | Gross: $4.66M

2. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

PG | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

97 Metascore

When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army.

Directors: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains

Votes: 45,102 | Gross: $3.98M

3. Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938)

Approved | 106 min | Drama, Music, Musical

This send-up of ragtime song and dance begins in 1915 San Francisco when society boy Roger Grant decides to pursue popular rather than serious music.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Ethel Merman

Votes: 1,799

4. Boys Town (1938)

Passed | 96 min | Biography, Drama

When a death row prisoner tells him he wouldn't have led a life of crime if only he had had one friend as a child, Father Edward Flanagan decides to do something about. An advocate of child... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, Henry Hull, Leslie Fenton

Votes: 4,883

5. The Citadel (1938)

Passed | 110 min | Drama

Andrew Manson (Robert Donat), a young, enthusiastic doctor takes his first job in a Welsh mining town, and begins to wonder at the persistent cough many of the miners have. When his ... See full summary »

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Robert Donat, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Richardson, Rex Harrison

Votes: 1,736

6. Four Daughters (1938)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, Music, Romance

Adam Lemp, the Dean of the Briarwood Music Foundation, has passed on his love of music to his four early adult daughters - Thea, Emma, Kay and Ann - who live with him and his sister, the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Claude Rains, John Garfield, Jeffrey Lynn, Frank McHugh

Votes: 1,606

7. La Grande Illusion (1937)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, War

During WWI, two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German P.O.W. camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are eventually sent to a seemingly inescapable fortress.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Jean Gabin, Dita Parlo, Pierre Fresnay, Erich von Stroheim

Votes: 32,030 | Gross: $0.17M

8. Jezebel (1938)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Romance

In 1850s Louisiana, a free-spirited Southern belle loses her fiancé due to her stubborn vanity and pride, and vows to win him back.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, George Brent, Margaret Lindsay

Votes: 11,214

9. Pygmalion (1938)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A phonetics and diction expert makes a bet that he can teach a cockney flower girl to speak proper English and pass as a lady in high society.

Directors: Anthony Asquith, Leslie Howard | Stars: Leslie Howard, Wendy Hiller, Wilfrid Lawson, Marie Lohr

Votes: 7,390 | Gross: $3.05M

10. Test Pilot (1938)

Passed | 119 min | Drama, Romance

Jim is a test pilot. His wife Ann and best friend Gunner try their best to keep him sober. But the life of a test pilot is anything but safe.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy, Lionel Barrymore

Votes: 1,986

11. Algiers (1938)

Passed | 96 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

Beautiful Gaby meets a romantic jewel thief in the mysterious Casbah.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Charles Boyer, Hedy Lamarr, Sigrid Gurie, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 2,302

12. Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)

Passed | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A priest tries to stop a gangster from corrupting a group of street kids.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan

Votes: 18,897

13. White Banners (1938)

Approved | 92 min | Drama

A homeless woman named Hannah drifts into the lives of the kindly Ward family, in a small Indiana town in 1919. Hannah makes herself useful as a cook and housekeeper and stays with the ... See full summary »

Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Claude Rains, Fay Bainter, Jackie Cooper, Bonita Granville

Votes: 354

14. Marie Antoinette (1938)

Passed | 149 min | Biography, Drama, History

The tragic life of Marie Antoinette, who became queen of France in her late teens.

Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, Julien Duvivier | Stars: Norma Shearer, Tyrone Power, John Barrymore, Robert Morley

Votes: 2,541

15. Three Comrades (1938)

Passed | 98 min | Drama, Romance

The close friendship of three German soldiers is strengthened by their shared love for the same woman, who is dying of tuberculosis.

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Robert Taylor, Margaret Sullavan, Franchot Tone, Robert Young

Votes: 1,584

16. Kentucky (1938)

Passed | 96 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Romeo and Juliet story set amidst horse racing in Kentucky. The family feud of lovers Jack and Sally goes back to the Civil War and is kept alive by her Uncle Peter.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Loretta Young, Richard Greene, Walter Brennan, Douglass Dumbrille

Votes: 445

17. If I Were King (1938)

Passed | 101 min | Adventure, History

Vagabond poet François Villon rises to high office in 1463 Paris.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Ronald Colman, Basil Rathbone, Frances Dee, Ellen Drew

Votes: 724

18. Of Human Hearts (1938)

Passed | 103 min | Drama, Western

Ethan Wilkins is a poor and honest man who ministers to the human soul, while his son Jason yearns to be a doctor, helping people in the earthly realm.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Walter Huston, James Stewart, Beulah Bondi, Guy Kibbee

Votes: 934

19. Merrily We Live (1938)

Passed | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

Dizzy society matron Emily Kilbourne has a habit of hiring ex-cons and hobos as servants. Her latest find is a handsome "tramp" who shows up at her doorstep and soon ends up in a ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Constance Bennett, Brian Aherne, Alan Mowbray, Billie Burke

Votes: 1,467

20. The Great Waltz (1938)

Passed | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Music

In 1845 Vienna, Johann Strauss II - Schani to his friends - would rather write and perform waltzes than anything else, this at a time when a waltz is not considered proper society music. ... See full summary »

Directors: Julien Duvivier, Victor Fleming, Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Luise Rainer, Fernand Gravey, Miliza Korjus, Hugh Herbert

Votes: 979

21. Blockade (1938)

Passed | 85 min | Drama, Romance, War

A simple peasant is forced to take up arms to defend his farm during the Spanish Civil War. Along the way he falls in love with Russian whose father is involved in espionage.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Madeleine Carroll, Henry Fonda, Leo Carrillo, John Halliday

Votes: 412

22. Mad About Music (1938)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A young woman at a girl's school in Switzerland makes up stories about and writes herself letters from an imaginary explorer-adventurer father; and is eventually put in a position where she... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Deanna Durbin, Herbert Marshall, Gail Patrick, Arthur Treacher

Votes: 381

23. Army Girl (1938)

Approved | 80 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

A fight to keep cavalry horses from being replaced by tanks culminates in a great race between machine and beast.

Director: George Nichols Jr. | Stars: Madge Evans, Preston Foster, James Gleason, H.B. Warner

Votes: 59

24. The Buccaneer (1938)

Approved | 126 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

Semi-fictional account of pirate Jean Lafitte's involvement in the War of 1812.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Fredric March, Franciska Gaal, Akim Tamiroff, Margot Grahame

Votes: 587

25. Suez (1938)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, History, Romance

Ferdinand de Lesseps, disappointed in love, is sent as a junior diplomat to the Isthmus of Suez, and realizes it's just the place for a canal.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Tyrone Power, Loretta Young, Annabella, J. Edward Bromberg

Votes: 674

26. Vivacious Lady (1938)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Romance

A professor marries a nightclub singer, much to the consternation of his family and friends back home.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Ginger Rogers, James Stewart, James Ellison, Beulah Bondi

Votes: 2,947

27. The Young in Heart (1938)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

Thrown out of the Riviera, a family of grifters meets a lonely, vulnerable rich old woman and insinuate themselves into her life while they sponge off her.

Directors: Richard Wallace, Lewis Milestone, Gilbert Pratt, Richard Thorpe | Stars: Janet Gaynor, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Roland Young, Billie Burke

Votes: 1,173

28. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938)

Passed | 91 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Tom Sawyer and his pal Huckleberry Finn have great adventures on the Mississippi River, pretending to be pirates, attending their own funeral and witnessing a murder.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Tommy Kelly, Jackie Moran, Ann Gillis, May Robson

Votes: 1,637

29. Carefree (1938)

Passed | 83 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A psychiatrist agrees to hypnotize his friend's girlfriend in order to convince her to accept his proposals of marriage, but she ends up falling for the psychiatrist instead.

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Ralph Bellamy, Luella Gear

Votes: 3,093

30. The Goldwyn Follies (1938)

Passed | 122 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Movie producer chooses a simple girl to be "Miss Humanity" and to critically evalute his movies from the point of view of the ordinary person. Hit song: "Love Walked In."

Directors: George Marshall, H.C. Potter | Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Andrea Leeds, The Ritz Brothers, Vera Zorina

Votes: 336

31. Holiday (1938)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

A young man in love with a girl from a rich family finds his unorthodox plan to go on holiday for the early years of his life met with skepticism by everyone except for his fiancée's eccentric sister and long-suffering brother.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Doris Nolan, Lew Ayres

Votes: 13,440

32. The Cowboy and the Lady (1938)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A lonely socialite masquerades as a maid and meets an unpretentious, plain-spoken cowboy who is unaware of her true identity.

Directors: H.C. Potter, Stuart Heisler, William Wyler | Stars: Gary Cooper, Merle Oberon, Patsy Kelly, Walter Brennan

Votes: 1,125

33. Sweethearts (1938)

Passed | 114 min | Musical

The team behind a successful Broadway production tries to stop the married stars from transitioning to Hollywood.

Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger

Votes: 528

34. That Certain Age (1938)

95 min | Comedy, Musical

A teenage girl clashes with her newspaper publisher father's star reporter while he stays in their country guest house, but soon finds herself falling in love with him.

Director: Edward Ludwig | Stars: Deanna Durbin, Melvyn Douglas, Jackie Cooper, Irene Rich

Votes: 264

35. The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938)

Passed | 91 min | Animation, Comedy, Musical

The Bellows family causes comic confusion on an ocean liner, with time out for radio-style musical acts.

Directors: Mitchell Leisen, James P. Hogan | Stars: W.C. Fields, Martha Raye, Dorothy Lamour, Shirley Ross

Votes: 824

36. Mannequin (1937)

Passed | 95 min | Drama

Rags-to-riches Hennessey meets newlyweds Jessie and Eddie from his old neighborhood. Eddie plots to have Jessie divorce him, marry Hennessey, divorce Hennessey, then bring Hennessey's money... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Joan Crawford, Spencer Tracy, Alan Curtis, Ralph Morgan

Votes: 957

37. Under Western Stars (1938)

Passed | 65 min | Action, Adventure, Music

Roy is elected to Congress to bring the misery of the "dustbowl" of the 1930s to the attention of Washington politicians.

Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: Roy Rogers, Smiley Burnette, Carol Hughes, Maple City Four

Votes: 223

38. Going Places (1938)

Approved | 84 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A sports store clerk poses as a famous jockey as an advertising stunt, but gets more than he bargained for.

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Dick Powell, Anita Louise, Allen Jenkins, Ronald Reagan

Votes: 257

39. The Lady Objects (1938)

Approved | 66 min | Drama, Music, Romance

Ann Adams and William Hayward get married and she has a secretary's job in a law office, while finishing her schooling, and she soon makes junior partner and is just a brilliant lawyer. ... See full summary »

Director: Erle C. Kenton | Stars: Gloria Stuart, Lanny Ross, Joan Marsh, Roy Benson

Votes: 60

40. Block-Heads (1938)

Approved | 57 min | Comedy, War

Stan, who has remained faithfully at his World War I post for twenty years, finally comes home where his best friend, Ollie, takes him in, thus allowing him to discover the many conveniences of the modern world.

Director: John G. Blystone | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Patricia Ellis, Minna Gombell

Votes: 3,249

41. Breaking the Ice (1938)

Approved | 81 min | Drama

Tommy Martin lives with mother Martha in a conservative religious community but dreams of a singing career. He leaves to join a traveling show where he befriends skating sensation Irene and performs lively tunes to make a living.

Director: Edward F. Cline | Stars: Bobby Breen, Charles Ruggles, Dolores Costello, Irene Dare

Votes: 84

42. Pacific Liner (1939)

Approved | 76 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The S. S. Arcturus sails from Shanghai to San Francisco, and Dr. Jim Craig takes the post of ship's physician in order to be near Ann Grayson, the ship's nurse. Chief Engineer 'Crusher" ... See full summary »

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Victor McLaglen, Chester Morris, Wendy Barrie, Alan Hale

Votes: 189

43. Girls' School (1938)

Approved | 72 min | Comedy

A student monitor at a girls' school reports one of the popular girls for staying out late and faces the scorn of her fellow pupils.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Anne Shirley, Nan Grey, Ralph Bellamy, Dorothy Moore

Votes: 161

44. Storm Over Bengal (1938)

Passed | 65 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

In British India a local rajah, a British ally, is dying and his subordinates plan to drive out the British once he's gone. A newly married British officer is dispatched to ensure that doesn't happen.

Director: Sidney Salkow | Stars: Patric Knowles, Richard Cromwell, Rochelle Hudson, Douglass Dumbrille

Votes: 60

45. There Goes My Heart (1938)

Passed | 83 min | Comedy, Romance

A young heiress runs away from her overprotective grandfather. Penniless on the streets of New York, she manages to find employment, but a reporter knows her true identity.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Fredric March, Virginia Bruce, Patsy Kelly, Alan Mowbray

Votes: 520

46. Tropic Holiday (1938)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Music