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List of Claudette Colbert Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. It Happened One Night (1934)
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It Happened One Night
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Ellie Andrews, a spoiled heiress elopes with the scheming fortune hunter King Westley, much against the wishes of her father. After jumping ship in Florida, Ellie meets Peter Warne, a journalist who agrees to reunite her with Westley in exchange for an exclusive story. But Peter and Ellie end up falling in love with each other. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Ellie
Director:
Frank Capra
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Clark Gable, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns, Jameson Thomas
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
2. Midnight (1939)
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2
Midnight
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Eve Peabody
Director:
Mitchell Leisen
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Don Ameche, John Barrymore, Mary Astor, Francis Lederer
3. The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)
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2
The Smiling Lieutenant
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Franzi
Director:
Ernst Lubitsch
Genres:
Comedy, Musical, Romance
Star Cast:
Maurice Chevalier, Miriam Hopkins, Charles Ruggles, George Barbier
4. Imitation of Life (1934)
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2
Imitation of Life
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Beatrice Pullman
Director:
John M. Stahl
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Hattie McDaniel, Ned Sparks, Warren William, Rochelle Hudson
5. The Palm Beach Story (1942)
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The Palm Beach Story
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As:
Cast
Role:
Gerry Jeffers
Director:
Preston Sturges
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Mary Astor, Rudy Vallee, Joel McCrea, Sig Arno
7. So Proudly We Hail! (1943)
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2
So Proudly We Hail!
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson
Director:
Mark Sandrich
Genres:
War, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
George Reeves, Paulette Goddard, Veronica Lake, Barbara Britton
8. Manslaughter (1930)
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2
Manslaughter
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2

A spoiled young rich girl is sent to prison after she runs down a pedestrian by accident. Her life takes a turn and she learns more about life and people, whom she never thought to exist. After her release, she starts falling for the District Attorney who had prosecuted her case.

As:
Cast
Role:
Lydia Thorne
Director:
George Abbott
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Fredric March, Richard Tucker, Natalie Moorhead, Emma Dunn
9. Tomorrow Is Forever (1946)
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2
Tomorrow Is Forever
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Elizabeth Hamilton
Director:
Irving Pichel
Genres:
War, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Orson Welles, Natalie Wood, Richard Long, Lucile Watson, George Brent
10. Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)
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2
Bluebeard's Eighth Wife
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Nicole De Loiselle
Director:
Ernst Lubitsch
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Gary Cooper, David Niven, Edward Everett Horton, Elizabeth Patterson
11. Three Came Home (1950)
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2
Three Came Home
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Agnes Newton Keith
Director:
Jean Negulesco
Genres:
Drama, War
Star Cast:
Sessue Hayakawa, Florence Desmond, Patric Knowles, Sylvia Andrew
12. Tovarich (1937)
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2
Tovarich
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2

Based on a French play of the same name, the film tells the story of Russian Prince Mikhail and his wife Tatiana, who flee from the Russian Revolution to Paris with the Czar’s fortune. They keep the money in a bank and take up jobs under false identities as butler and maid in the household of a wealthy man. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Grand Duchess Tatiana Petrovna Romanov
Director:
Anatole Litvak
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Charles Boyer, Anita Louise, Basil Rathbone, Melville Cooper
13. Remember the Day (1941)
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2
Remember the Day
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Nora Trinell
Director:
Henry King
Genres:
Drama, Romance, War
Star Cast:
John Payne, Shepperd Strudwick, Ann E. Todd, Douglas Croft
14. Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
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2
Drums Along the Mohawk
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Lana (Magdelana)
Director:
Genres:
War, Drama, Romance, History, Western
Star Cast:
John Carradine, Henry Fonda, Edna May Oliver, Eddie Collins
15. The Gilded Lily (1935)
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2
The Gilded Lily
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2

Stenographer Marilyn David falls for Charles, unaware that he is British aristocrat Charles Gray. Her close friend, reporter Peter Dawes who loves her, is disappointed. When Charles returns home, Peter assumes that he has hurt Marilyn, and publishes a story citing her as ‘No Girl’ who rejected nobility. Marilyn becomes a celebrity, which draws Charles back to her, placing her in quandary.

As:
Cast
Role:
Marilyn David
Director:
Wesley Ruggles
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Ray Milland, Fred MacMurray, C. Aubrey Smith, Luis Alberni
16. Tonight Is Ours (1933)
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2
Tonight Is Ours
10
2

Tonight is Ours is a romantic drama film which tells the story of a princess whose life is turns upside down after she falls for a handsome and young French man.

As:
Cast
Role:
Princess Nadya
Director:
Stuart Walker
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Fredric March, Alison Skipworth, Paul Cavanagh, Arthur Byron
17. Boom Town (1940)
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2
Boom Town
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Betsy Bartlett
Director:
Jack Conway
Genres:
Adventure, Drama, Western, Romance
Star Cast:
18. It's a Wonderful World (1939)
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2
It's a Wonderful World
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Edwina Corday
Director:
W.S. Van Dyke
Genres:
Romance, Mystery, Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
James Stewart, Guy Kibbee, Nat Pendleton, Frances Drake
19. No Time for Love (1943)
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2
No Time for Love
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2

After endangering blue-collar worker Jim Ryan, while photographing a tunnel project, photographer, Katherine Grant, saves him but also photographs him during a fistfight. The pictures lead to Ryan getting fired and Katherine hires him as her assistant out of guilt. As the two start falling in love, their differences threaten to crush the blossoming romance. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Katherine Grant
Director:
Mitchell Leisen
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Fred MacMurray, Richard Haydn, Ilka Chase, Paul McGrath
20. Arise, My Love (1940)
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Arise, My Love
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2

Arise, My Love is a 1940 romantic comedy that tells the story of a dashing pilot and a vivacious reporter who begin to have romantic and dramatic adventures in Europe during the beginning of the Second World War. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Augusta Nash
Director:
Mitchell Leisen
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Ray Milland, Walter Abel, Dennis O'Keefe, Dick Purcell
21. Thunder on the Hill (1951)
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2
Thunder on the Hill
TV-PG
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Sister Mary Bonaventure
Director:
Douglas Sirk
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Film-Noir, Crime
Star Cast:
Robert Douglas, Anne Crawford, Philip Friend, Ann Blyth
22. Secrets of a Secretary (1931)
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2
Secrets of a Secretary
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Helen Blake
Director:
George Abbott
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Herbert Marshall, Mary Boland, Betty Lawford, Georges Metaxa
23. The Wiser Sex (1932)
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2
The Wiser Sex
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Margaret Hughes
Director:
Berthold Viertel, Victor Viertel
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Lilyan Tashman, William 'Stage' Boyd, Melvyn Douglas, Ross Alexander
24. The Secret Fury (1950)
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The Secret Fury
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2

A wealthy classical pianist is accused of bigamy during her wedding ceremony, leading to temporary cancellation of the event. Undeterred, she along with her fiancé starts an investigation, meeting the man to whom she is supposed to be married and while they are there, a gunshot is fired in the backroom, resulting in her being held guilty of his murder. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Ellen R. Ewing
Director:
Genres:
Mystery, Film-Noir, Crime, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Vivian Vance, Paul Kelly, Jane Cowl, Robert Ryan
25. Si Versailles m'était conté (1954)
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Si Versailles m'était conté
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This French-Italian historical drama film, shows the history of the Palace of the Versailles from its founding to the present. It also portrays some of the personalities who lived in the Palace throughout the years. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Sacha Guitry
Genres:
History, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Brigitte Bardot, Orson Welles, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Michel Auclair, Jean-Louis Barrault
28. Torch Singer (1933)
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2
Torch Singer
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Sally Trent, aka Mimi Benton
Director:
Alexander Hall, George Somnes
Genres:
Romance, Musical, Drama
Star Cast:
Ricardo Cortez, David Manners, Lyda Roberti, Baby LeRoy
29. Three Cornered Moon (1933)
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2
Three Cornered Moon
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Elizabeth Rimplegar
Director:
Elliott Nugent
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Richard Arlen, Wallace Ford, Lyda Roberti, Mary Boland
30. Private Worlds (1935)
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2
Private Worlds
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2

Two psychiatrists, Jane and Alex, work at the Brentwood Asylum for the mentally ill. Their work is threatened by the arrival of a new conservative superintendent, who doesn’t approve of Jane’s methods, and also disregards her since she is a woman.

As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Jane Everest
Director:
Gregory La Cava
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Charles Boyer, Joan Bennett, Joel McCrea, Helen Vinson
31. Practically Yours (1944)
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2
Practically Yours
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2

After being presumed dead, a World War II soldier’s last words for his dog are misinterpreted as a declaration of love for his co-worker. When he eventually returns home alive, things get hilarious due to this misunderstanding.

As:
Cast
Role:
Peggy Martin
Director:
Mitchell Leisen
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Fred MacMurray, Robert Benchley, Cecil Kellaway, Yvonne De Carlo
32. Sleep, My Love (1948)
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3
Sleep, My Love
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3
As:
Cast
Role:
Alison Courtland
Director:
Douglas Sirk
Genres:
Mystery, Thriller, Drama, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Raymond Burr, Don Ameche, Robert Cummings, Rita Johnson
33. Guest Wife (1945)
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2
Guest Wife
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2

A newspaper correspondent has convinced his publisher that he is married. He asks his friend’s wife, Mary, to play the part, and she agrees. But things get complicated, and soon they are forced to be inseparable.

As:
Cast
Role:
Mary Price
Director:
Sam Wood
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Don Ameche, Grant Mitchell, Dick Foran, Charles Dingle
34. Honor Among Lovers (1931)
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2
Honor Among Lovers
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2

Honor among Lovers is a romantic drama film which tells the story of Julia, a personal secretary working for Jerry Stafford, a Wall Street trader. She manages nearly everything for her boss.  Jerry starts falling for her, but she falls for another man named Philip, and therefore Jerry fires her from her job.

As:
Cast
Role:
Julia Traynor
Director:
Dorothy Arzner
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Ginger Rogers, Fredric March, Charles Ruggles, Monroe Owsley
35. The Lady Lies (1929)
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2
The Lady Lies
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Joyce Roamer
Director:
Hobart Henley
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Walter Huston, Charles Ruggles, Tom Brown, Patricia Deering
36. Young Man of Manhattan (1930)
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2
Young Man of Manhattan
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2

When his wife becomes more successful than him, a journalist gets quite jealous and also finds himself addicted to alcohol.

As:
Cast
Role:
Ann Vaughn
Director:
Monta Bell
Genres:
Romance, Sport, Comedy, Musical
Star Cast:
Ginger Rogers, Leslie Austin, Charles Ruggles, Norman Foster
38. Parrish (1961)
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2
Parrish
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2

Parrish McLean and his mother Ellen lives on Sala Post’s tobacco plantation in Connecticut. When Ellen marries Post’s rival Judd Raike—a ruthless tobacco tycoon, who wants to destroy Post—it brings him in direct conflict with Parrish. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Ellen McLean
Director:
Delmer Daves
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Connie Stevens, Dean Jagger, Karl Malden, Troy Donahue
39. She Married Her Boss (1935)
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2
She Married Her Boss
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Julia Scott
Director:
Gregory La Cava
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Melvyn Douglas, Raymond Walburn, Jean Dixon, Michael Bartlett
40. The Secret Heart (1946)
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2
The Secret Heart
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2

The Secret Heart is a 1946 drama film, which tells the story of Larry Adams, a brilliant pianist, who commits suicide burdened by his unpaid debts. His wife devotes her life to paying off his debts as well as raising his two children. However, Penny, who is unable to get over her father’s death, starts questioning everything concerning him. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Lee Addams
Director:
Robert Z. Leonard
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Hume Cronyn, Lionel Barrymore, Walter Pidgeon, Robert Sterling, June Allyson
41. Under Two Flags (1936)
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2
Under Two Flags
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2

In order to escape his past, Sergeant Victor joins the French Foreign Legion. He is sent to Africa and placed under the charge of a cruel officer named Major Doyle. When the woman Doyle loves, falls for Victor, Doyle decides to send the Victor on a dangerous mission in order to get him killed. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Cigarette
Director:
Frank Lloyd
Genres:
Romance, Adventure
Star Cast:
Rosalind Russell, John Carradine, Victor McLaglen, Ronald Colman, Gregory Ratoff
42. Maid of Salem (1937)
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2
Maid of Salem
10
2

Maid of Salem revolves around the story of a young girl in Salem, Massachusetts, who is having an affair with an adventurer. A witch hunt is going on, and the girl is sentenced as well. However, her lover comes to her rescue.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Barbara Clarke
Director:
Frank Lloyd
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Sterling Holloway, Fred MacMurray, Louise Dresser, Harvey Stephens
43. Zaza (1938)
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2
Zaza
10
2

This drama film revolves around an affair between a married man and a glamorous singer named Zaza.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Zaza
Director:
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Constance Collier, Herbert Marshall, Bert Lahr, Helen Westley
44. The Man from Yesterday (1932)
10
2
The Man from Yesterday
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Sylvia Suffolk
Director:
Berthold Viertel
Genres:
War, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Charles Boyer, Clive Brook, Alan Mowbray, Andy Devine
45. Make Me a Star (1932)
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2
Make Me a Star
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2

Make me a Star is a romantic comedy film, which revolves around Merton Gill, who longs to become a cowboy actor, and therefore, he leaves his hometown to try his luck in Hollywood. However, when his acting abilities are not appreciated, an actress starts to think that he might be a good comedian instead. 

As:
Cast
Director:
William Beaudine
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Maurice Chevalier, Fredric March, Gary Cooper, Stuart Erwin, Joan Blondell, Florence Roberts
46. The Bride Comes Home (1935)
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2
The Bride Comes Home
10
2

The Bride Comes Home is a romantic comedy film which revolves around a penniless socialite, who is hired by two young men, who are planning to start a magazine. Over time, they find themselves more interested in her than their publishing venture.

As:
Cast
Role:
Jeannette Desmereau
Director:
Wesley Ruggles
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Fred MacMurray, William Collier Sr., Donald Meek, Robert Young
47. Bride for Sale (1949)
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2
Bride for Sale
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Nora Shelley
Director:
William D. Russell
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Robert Young, George Brent, Gus Schilling, Max Baer
48. Skylark (1941)
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2
Skylark
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2

Skylark is a 1941 comedy film, which revolves around Lydia, who realizes on her fifth wedding anniversary that she is neglected and treated poorly by her husband, Tony. She meets a handsome attorney, and soon, their innocent flirtation turns into something serious.

As:
Cast
Role:
Lydia Kenyon
Director:
Mark Sandrich
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Ray Milland, Brian Aherne, Binnie Barnes, Walter Abel
49. Family Honeymoon (1948)
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2
Family Honeymoon
9
2

A botany professor Grant gets married to a young woman Katie, who has three children from her previous marriage. However, they are forced to bring the kids with them on their honeymoon, as Jo, Katie’s sister who had promised to take care of the kids, suffers an accident.  However, this turns their life upside down.

As:
Cast
Role:
Katie Armstrong Jordan
Director:
Claude Binyon
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Hattie McDaniel, Fred MacMurray, Rita Johnson, Gigi Perreau
50. Let's Make It Legal (1951)
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2
Let's Make It Legal
9
2

Miriam Halsworth is divorcing Hugh because of his addiction to gambling. Things get comically complicated when self-made millionaire, Victor Macfarland, Hugh’s rival for Miriam’s hand twenty years ago tries to win her back. As secrets are revealed, lovers are reconciled and Hugh earns Miriam’s forgiveness. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Miriam Halsworth
Director:
Richard Sale
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Marilyn Monroe, Robert Wagner, Macdonald Carey, Barbara Bates
51. Four Frightened People (1934)
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2
Four Frightened People
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2

Two men and two women escape from a plague-infested ship to land at the edge of a Malayan jungle. To reach safety, they now need to trek through the tropical forested, inhabited by a native tribe. As they start experiencing the different natural phenomena and begin to interact with the natives their personalities too begin to change. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Judy Jones
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Adventure
Star Cast:
Herbert Marshall, William Gargan, Leo Carrillo, Mary Boland
52. I Cover the Waterfront (1933)
9
2
I Cover the Waterfront
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Julie Kirk
Director:
James Cruze
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Ben Lyon, Ernest Torrence, Hobart Cavanaugh, Maurice Black
53. I Met Him in Paris (1937)
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2
I Met Him in Paris
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Kay Denham
Director:
Wesley Ruggles
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Melvyn Douglas, Robert Young, Mona Barrie, Lee Bowman
54. The Phantom President (1932)
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2
The Phantom President
9
2

A presidential candidate has a stiff, dull personality. A charismatic medicine show pitchman, his look-alike,  replaces the presidential candidate as a frontman for the campaign.

As:
Cast
Role:
Felicia Hammond
Director:
Norman Taurog
Genres:
Musical, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jimmy Durante, George Barbier, Sidney Toler, George M. Cohan
55. The Hole in the Wall (1929)
9
2
The Hole in the Wall
9
2

Jean Oliver is planning revenge against Mrs Ramsey, for which she is posing as a medium. However, things get complicated when a journalist and another man who is a gangster falls in love with her.

As:
Cast
Role:
Jean Oliver
Director:
Robert Florey
Genres:
Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Edward G. Robinson, David Newell, Donald Meek, Nellie Savage
56. His Woman (1931)
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2
His Woman
9
2

Sally, a young woman masquerades as the daughter of a missionary in order to get on a ship bound for America. But things get ugly when she is assaulted by a man named Gatson. However, Captain Sam comes to her rescue, and knocks Gatson overboard. Soon, Captain Sam develops feelings for the girl, but it is put to the test when he discovers her questionable past.

As:
Cast
Role:
Sally Clark
Director:
Edward Sloman
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Gary Cooper, Joseph Calleia, Averell Harris, Hamtree Harrington
57. The Big Pond (1930)
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2
The Big Pond
9
2

Pierre Mirande, a Venice tour-guide with singing talent, and American tourist Barbara, the daughter of chewing gum tycoon Mr. Billings, fall in love, but Mr. Billings, who perceives him as an opportunist, gives him a very tough job in his New York factory. Though his innovations impress Mr. Billings, Barbara feels neglected, but he wins her over. The film includes popular hits of the era. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Barbara Billings
Director:
Hobart Henley
Genres:
Comedy, Musical, Romance
Star Cast:
Maurice Chevalier, George Barbier, Marion Ballou, Andrée Corday
58. Outpost in Malaya (1952)
9
2
Outpost in Malaya
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Liz Frazer
Director:
Ken Annakin
Genres:
Adventure, Drama
Star Cast:
Jack Hawkins, Jeremy Spenser, Anthony Steel, Ram Gopal
59. The Misleading Lady (1932)
9
2
The Misleading Lady
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Helen Steele
Director:
Stuart Walker
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Edmund Lowe, George Meeker, Stuart Erwin, Robert Strange
60. Daughters of Destiny (1954)
8
1
Daughters of Destiny
8
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Elizabeth Whitefield (segment "Elisabeth")
Director:
Jean Delannoy, Marcello Pagliero, Christian-Jaque
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Michèle Morgan, Eleonora Rossi Drago, Mirko Ellis, Daniel Ivernel
61. Texas Lady (1955)
8
1
Texas Lady
8
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Prudence Webb
Director:
Tim Whelan
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Ray Collins, James Bell, Barry Sullivan, Horace McMahon
62. For the Love of Mike (1927)
8
1
For the Love of Mike
8
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Mary
Director:
Frank Capra
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Ford Sterling, Ben Lyon, George Sidney, Hugh Cameron
63. La grande mare (1930)
9
2
La grande mare
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Barbara Billings
Director:
Hobart Henley
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Maurice Chevalier, Andrée Corday, Henry Mortimer, Maude Allen

TV Movie(s)

1. Blithe Spirit (1956)
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2
Blithe Spirit
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Ruth Condomine
Director:
Frederick De Cordova, Noël Coward
Genres:
Fantasy, Comedy
Star Cast:
Lauren Bacall, Marion Ross, Noël Coward, Mildred Natwick, Brenda Forbes
2. The Bells of St. Mary's (1959)
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2
The Bells of St. Mary's
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Sister Benedict
Director:
Tom Donovan
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Glenda Farrell, Marc Connelly, Nancy Marchand, Barbara Myers

Animation(s)

The Egg and I (1947)
The Egg and I
As:
Cast
Role:
Betty MacDonald
Director:
Chester Erskine
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Animation
Star Cast:
Fred MacMurray, Percy Kilbride, Marjorie Main, Louise Allbritton

TV Shows and Videos

Claudette Colbert Awards

Academy Awards
It Happened One Night Best Actress in a Leading Role 1935
Golden Globe Awards
The Two Mrs. Grenvilles Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television 1988