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List of Janet Gaynor Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. High Society Blues (1930)
12
2
High Society Blues
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Eleanor Divine
Director:
David Butler
Genres:
Romance, Musical
Star Cast:
Hedda Hopper, Charles Farrell, William Collier Sr., Joyce Compton
2. Sunrise (1927)
14
2
Sunrise
14
2
As:
Cast
Role:
The Wife
Director:
F.W. Murnau
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
J. Farrell MacDonald, Margaret Livingston, George O'Brien, Bodil Rosing
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
4. Lucky Star (1929)
14
2
Lucky Star
14
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mary Tucker
Director:
Frank Borzage
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Charles Farrell, Paul Fix, Hedwiga Reicher
5. 7th Heaven (1927)
13
2
7th Heaven
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Diane
Director:
Frank Borzage
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
David Butler, Marie Mosquini, Charles Farrell, Albert Gran
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
6. A Star Is Born (1937)
13
2
A Star Is Born
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Esther Victoria Blodgett - aka Vicki Lester
Director:
Jack Conway, William A. Wellman
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Fredric March, Adolphe Menjou, May Robson, Andy Devine
7. Street Angel (1928)
13
2
Street Angel
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Angela
Director:
Frank Borzage
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Henry Armetta, Natalie Kingston, Charles Farrell, Guido Trento
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
8. Skinner's Dress Suit (1926)
11
2
Skinner's Dress Suit
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
William A. Seiter
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
E.J. Ratcliffe, Ben Hendricks Jr., Laura La Plante, Arthur Lake
9. Servants' Entrance (1934)
11
2
Servants' Entrance
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Hedda Nilsson aka Helga Brand
Director:
Frank Lloyd
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Louise Dresser, Ned Sparks, Lew Ayres, Walter Connolly
10. The Young in Heart (1938)
12
2
The Young in Heart
12
2

A penniless family of con-artists including Colonel Anthony ‘Sahib’ Carleton, his wife Marmy, his daughter George-Anne, and son Richard, befriend the rich spinster, Miss Ellen Fortune, on their way back to London. While initially intending to swindle her, Ellen’s kindness changes their lives forever.  

As:
Cast
Role:
George-Anne Carleton
Director:
Lewis Milestone, Gilbert Pratt, Richard Wallace
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Paulette Goddard, Richard Carlson, Billie Burke, Roland Young, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
11. 4 Devils (1928)
10
2
4 Devils
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Marion
Director:
F.W. Murnau
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Mary Duncan, Charles Morton, Barry Norton, Nancy Drexel
12. Happy Days (1929)
10
2
Happy Days
10
2

Happy Days is a musical film which revolves around Margie, a singer who sings on a showboat. When she comes to know that the showboat is in financial trouble, she decides to travel to New York City. She tries to persuade the former stars of the boat to perform in a show, to collect funds and rescue the showboat from financial ruin.

As:
Cast
Director:
Benjamin Stoloff
Genres:
Musical
Star Cast:
Betty Grable, Will Rogers, Victor McLaglen, Charles E. Evans
13. All Wet (1924)
10
2
All Wet
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Leo McCarey
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Charley Chase, William Gillespie, Olive Borden, Jack Gavin
14. State Fair (1933)
10
2
State Fair
10
2

Based on the eponymous novel by Phil Stong, the film is the first of three released versions. The story follows four members of a farmer family preparing for a visit to the State Fair; the parents hoping to win prizes for their boar and pickles and the children looking for romance. While they all have a grand time at the fir site, something they did not plan also takes place.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Margy Frake
Director:
Henry King
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Will Rogers, Sally Eilers, Lew Ayres, Norman Foster
15. One More Spring (1935)
10
2
One More Spring
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Elizabeth Cheney
Director:
Henry King
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Stepin Fetchit, Jane Darwell, Warner Baxter, Walter Woolf King
17. Daddy Long Legs (1931)
10
2
Daddy Long Legs
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Judy Abbott
Director:
Alfred Santell
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Claude Gillingwater, Warner Baxter, Una Merkel, John Arledge
18. Tess of the Storm Country (1932)
10
2
Tess of the Storm Country
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Tess Howland
Director:
Alfred Santell
Genres:
Mystery, Crime, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Claude Gillingwater, Charles Farrell, June Clyde, Dudley Digges
19. Small Town Girl (1936)
10
2
Small Town Girl
10
2

Bored with her life, Katherine Brannan decides to marry prominent surgeon Robert Dakin after a drunken night out. But Robert is engaged to socialite Priscilla Kelly. To avoid a scandal, Robert and Katherine decide to pretend to be married for six months and then divorce quietly. They end up falling in love but Priscilla complicates matters. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Katherine 'Kay' Brannan
Director:
William A. Wellman, Robert Z. Leonard
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
James Stewart, Robert Taylor, Lewis Stone, Andy Devine, Elizabeth Patterson
20. Sunnyside Up (1929)
10
2
Sunnyside Up
10
2

Socialite Jack Cromwell has second thoughts regarding his coming marriage, when he sees his fiancée flirting. He runs off to New York, where he meets Molly, daughter of a grocer, who lives in a poor neighborhood. He persuades Molly to return to Southampton with him to make his fiancée jealous. But the two develop a liking for each other in the process. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Molly Carr
Director:
David Butler
Genres:
Comedy, Musical
Star Cast:
Jackie Cooper, Charles Farrell, El Brendel, Marjorie White
21. The First Year (1932)
10
2
The First Year
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Grace Livingston
Director:
William K. Howard
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Charles Farrell, Dudley Digges, Leila Bennett, Minna Gombell
22. Three Loves Has Nancy (1938)
10
2
Three Loves Has Nancy
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Nancy Briggs
Director:
Richard Thorpe
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Robert Montgomery, Guy Kibbee, Franchot Tone, Claire Dodd
23. Ladies in Love (1936)
10
2
Ladies in Love
10
2

Ladies in Love is a romantic comedy drama film which tells the love stories of three working girls living together in a shared apartment, as they look for ways to impress their dates. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Martha Kerenye
Director:
Edward H. Griffith
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Loretta Young, Don Ameche, Constance Bennett, Simone Simon
24. The Return of Peter Grimm (1926)
10
2
The Return of Peter Grimm
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Catherine
Director:
Victor Schertzinger
Genres:
Fantasy
Star Cast:
Alec B. Francis, Lionel Belmore, John Roche, Richard Walling
25. With Love and Hisses (1927)
9
2
With Love and Hisses
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Extra
Director:
Fred Guiol
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Stan Laurel, James Finlayson, Oliver Hardy, Anita Garvin,
26. The Farmer Takes a Wife (1935)
9
2
The Farmer Takes a Wife
9
2

Jotham Klore is a leading canal boater on the Erie Canal. His cook, Molly, who is also his girlfriend likes to work on the canal and sail with him. However, things take an interesting turn, when Molly starts falling for Dan, an aspiring farmer.

As:
Cast
Role:
Molly Larkins
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Henry Fonda, Andy Devine, Charles Bickford, Slim Summerville
27. The Plastic Age (1925)
9
2
The Plastic Age
9
2

Hugh Carver is a football star studying at Prescott College, who falls for a popular party girl named Cynthia Day. Soon, he finds it impossible to keep her happy as well as keep up with his studies and sports training, and therefore their relationship goes through difficulties.

As:
Cast
Director:
Wesley Ruggles
Genres:
Comedy, Sport, Romance
Star Cast:
Clara Bow, Carole Lombard, Clark Gable, Donald Keith, Mary Alden, Henry B. Walthall, Gilbert Roland
28. Paddy the Next Best Thing (1933)
9
2
Paddy the Next Best Thing
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Paddy Adair
Director:
Harry Lachman
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Warner Baxter, Walter Connolly, Margaret Lindsay, Harvey Stephens
29. Change of Heart (1934)
10
2
Change of Heart
10
2

After completing their graduation, four college graduates relocate to New York City, looking for employment. However, they soon realize that jobs are scarce and finding employment wouldn’t be as easy as they thought. Although they are great friends, their relationships are strained by their romantic entanglements.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Catherine Furness
Director:
John G. Blystone
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Ginger Rogers, Shirley Temple, Charles Farrell, James Dunn
30. Adorable (1933)
9
2
Adorable
9
2

Although her parents want her to get married to an old prince, a rebellious princess decides to take a stand for herself because she is in love with a common man. But she is unsure if the man will accept her once he learns about her identity.

As:
Cast
Role:
Princess Marie Christine, aka Mitzi
Director:
William Dieterle
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Musical
Star Cast:
Sterling Holloway, C. Aubrey Smith, Blanche Friderici, Herbert Mundin, Henri Garat
31. The Stolen Ranch (1926)
9
2
The Stolen Ranch
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Western
Star Cast:
William Bailey, Louise Lorraine, Fred Humes, Ralph McCullough
32. Delicious (1931)
10
2
Delicious
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Heather Gordon
Director:
David Butler
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Musical
Star Cast:
Charles Farrell, El Brendel, Raul Roulien, Lawrence O'Sullivan
33. The Shamrock Handicap (1926)
9
2
The Shamrock Handicap
9
2

This silent drama film revolves around Sir Miles O’Hara, and his daughter, who rent out living quarters to a poor family. The problem is that due to their financial condition, they can never pay the rent on time.

As:
Cast
Role:
Lady Sheila O'Hara
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Claire McDowell, J. Farrell MacDonald, Willard Louis, Leslie Fenton,
34. The Man Who Came Back (1931)
9
2
The Man Who Came Back
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Angie Randolph
Director:
Raoul Walsh
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Charles Farrell, William Holden, Kenneth MacKenna, Mary Forbes
35. Bernardine (1957)
9
2
Bernardine
9
2

Bernardine is a musical comedy film which revolves around Sanford and Beau, two high school students who like to play pranks on others. They enter a fictional woman’s name in a contest, and things get complicated when the contestant wins.

As:
Cast
Role:
Mrs. Ruth Wilson
Director:
Henry Levin
Genres:
Comedy, Musical
Star Cast:
Pat Boone, Dean Jagger, Terry Moore, Dick Sargent
36. Lazy Lightning (1926)
8
2
Lazy Lightning
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Arthur Morrison, Fay Wray, Robert Gordon, Art Acord
37. The Blue Eagle (1926)
8
2
The Blue Eagle
8
2

The Blue Eagle is an action drama film which tells the story of George and Big Jim, who are comrades in the Navy, but in the outside world, they are rivals since they both are attracted to the same woman, i.e. Rose, daughter the local policeman. Eventually, it is decided that they will settle their differences through a boxing fight.

As:
Cast
Role:
Rose Kelly
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Action
Star Cast:
William Russell, Robert Edeson, Margaret Livingston, George O'Brien,
38. 45 Minutes from Hollywood (1926)
8
2
45 Minutes from Hollywood
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Fred Guiol
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Stan Laurel, Charlotte Mineau, Oliver Hardy, Sally O'Neil, Glenn Tryon
39. The Johnstown Flood (1926)
7
1
The Johnstown Flood
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Anna Burger
Director:
Irving Cummings
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Carole Lombard, Gary Cooper, Clark Gable, George O'Brien, Florence Gilbert, Anders Randolf
40. Christina (1929)
8
2
Christina
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Christina
Director:
William K. Howard
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Charles Morton, Harry Cording, Lucy Doraine, Rudolph Schildkraut

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Janet Gaynor Awards

Academy Awards
7th Heaven Best Actress in a Leading Role 1929
Street Angel Best Actress in a Leading Role 1929
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans Best Actress in a Leading Role 1929