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List of Jean Arthur Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
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2
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
17
2

An Idealized, young Jefferson Smith is selected to be a U.S. Senator and is being mentored by the socially revered Senator Joseph Paine. But, Paine is secretly crooked and is somewhat forced by political boss Jim Taylor to destroy Smith politically. Smith must survive the political onslaught. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Saunders
Director:
Frank Capra
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
James Stewart, Claude Rains, Guy Kibbee, Edward Arnold
2. You Can't Take It with You (1938)
16
2
You Can't Take It with You
16
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Alice Sycamore
Director:
Frank Capra
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart, Edward Arnold, Mischa Auer
3. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
16
2
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
TV-G
16
2

This romantic comedy drama film tells the story of a small-town poet who inherits a large fortune, after which he is forced to deal with the corruption of city life.  He finds himself constantly hounded by people who wish to take advantage of him.

 

As:
Cast
Role:
Babe Bennett
Director:
Frank Capra
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Gary Cooper, Lionel Stander, Douglass Dumbrille, George Bancroft
4. The More the Merrier (1943)
18
2
The More the Merrier
TV-G
18
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Connie Milligan
Director:
George Stevens
Genres:
Romance, War, Comedy
Star Cast:
Joel McCrea, Bruce Bennett, Charles Coburn, Richard Gaines
5. The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)
17
2
The Devil and Miss Jones
17
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mary Jones
Director:
Sam Wood
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Edmund Gwenn, Robert Cummings, Spring Byington, Charles Coburn
6. Shane (1953)
17
2
Shane
17
2

A skilled gunfighter named Shane, having a mysterious past, rides into an isolated valley, sometime after the American Civil War. He is eventually hired as a farmhand by a local rancher Joe. Shane soon learns that the settlers of the valley are being harassed by rogues and henchmen of a ruthless cattle baron. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Marian Starrett
Director:
George Stevens
Genres:
Western, Drama
Star Cast:
Jack Palance, Alan Ladd, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde
7. Seven Chances (1925)
12
3
Seven Chances
12
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Buster Keaton, T. Roy Barnes, Snitz Edwards, Ruth Dwyer, Frances Raymond
8. Easy Living (1937)
15
2
Easy Living
15
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mary Smith
Director:
Mitchell Leisen
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Ray Milland, Luis Alberni, Edward Arnold, Mary Nash
9. The Virtuous Husband (1931)
12
2
The Virtuous Husband
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Barbara Olwell
Director:
Vin Moore
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Betty Compson, Alison Skipworth, Elliott Nugent, J.C. Nugent
10. Wine of Youth (1924)
12
3
Wine of Youth
12
3

Wine of Youth is a 1924 American silent comedy drama film which tells the story of a young girl Mary who is wooed by two suitors. One is a quiet and polite man named Lynn and the other is an aggressive man named Hal. However, due to the constant quarreling of her parents, she becomes disillusioned with marriage.       

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Creighton Hale, Niles Welch, James Morrison, Johnnie Walker, Eleanor Boardman
11. Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
15
2
Only Angels Have Wings
15
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Bonnie Lee
Director:
Howard Hawks
Genres:
Romance, Adventure, Drama
Star Cast:
Cary Grant, Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell, Richard Barthelmess, Cary Grant
12. The Talk of the Town (1942)
13
2
The Talk of the Town
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Nora Shelley
Director:
George Stevens
Genres:
Romance, Thriller, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Lloyd Bridges, Cary Grant, Edgar Buchanan, Glenda Farrell, Ronald Colman
13. A Foreign Affair (1948)
15
2
A Foreign Affair
15
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Congresswoman Phoebe Frost
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Marlene Dietrich, John Lund, Millard Mitchell, Peter von Zerneck
14. Cameo Kirby (1923)
12
2
Cameo Kirby
12
2

Cameo Kirby is wrongly blamed for the death of Col. John Randall, whose daughter he is in love with. Now, he must clear his name and find the real culprit before it is too late.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Alan Hale, W.E. Lawrence, John Gilbert, Gertrude Olmstead, Eric Mayne
15. History Is Made at Night (1937)
12
2
History Is Made at Night
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Irene Vail
Director:
Frank Borzage
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Charles Boyer, Ivan Lebedeff, Colin Clive, Leo Carrillo
16. The Whole Town's Talking (1935)
11
2
The Whole Town's Talking
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Miss Wilhelmina Clark
Director:
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Lucille Ball, Edward G. Robinson, Arthur Byron, Wallace Ford
17. The Iron Horse (1924)
12
2
The Iron Horse
12
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
History, Western, Romance
Star Cast:
Will Walling, Madge Bellamy, Cyril Chadwick, George O'Brien, Charles Edward Bull
18. Half Way to Heaven (1929)
11
2
Half Way to Heaven
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Greta Nelson
Director:
George Abbott
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Oscar Apfel, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Paul Lukas, Helen Ware
19. The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936)
12
2
The Ex-Mrs. Bradford
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Paula Bradford
Director:
Stephen Roberts
Genres:
Mystery, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
William Powell, Robert Armstrong, James Gleason, Eric Blore
20. If You Could Only Cook (1935)
13
2
If You Could Only Cook
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Joan Hawthorne
Director:
William A. Seiter
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Herbert Marshall, Leo Carrillo, Alan Edwards, Lionel Stander
21. Diamond Jim (1935)
11
2
Diamond Jim
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Jane Matthews / Emma
Director:
A. Edward Sutherland
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Edward Arnold, Binnie Barnes, Cesar Romero, Eric Blore
22. Arizona (1940)
14
2
Arizona
14
2

In early 1862, Phoebe Titus is the only American woman in the Arizona Territory to run her own freight company. She and a young Peter Muncie fall in love but Peter leaves to explore California. In the meantime, a dandy named Jefferson Carteret teams up with Phoebe’s competitor Ward to bring down Phoebe by any means necessary. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Phoebe Titus
Director:
Wesley Ruggles
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
William Holden, Warren William, Porter Hall, Edgar Buchanan
23. The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu (1929)
10
2
The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu
10
2

During the Boxer Rebellion in China, during the early 20th century, a Chinese secret society began attacking all westerners and anyone associated with them. Retaliation follows in which Dr Fu Manchu loses his family, and vows revenge on the British army officers whom he regards as the ones who are responsible for the murders.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Lia Eltham
Director:
Rowland V. Lee
Genres:
Thriller
Star Cast:
Warner Oland, Neil Hamilton, William Austin, O.P. Heggie
24. The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu (1930)
10
2
The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Lia Eltham
Director:
Rowland V. Lee
Genres:
Mystery, Romance
Star Cast:
Warner Oland, Neil Hamilton, O.P. Heggie, Evelyn Hall
25. The Gang Buster (1931)
10
2
The Gang Buster
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Sylvia Martine
Director:
A. Edward Sutherland
Genres:
Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jack Oakie, William 'Stage' Boyd, Wynne Gibson, William Morris
26. The Lawyer's Secret (1931)
11
2
The Lawyer's Secret
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Beatrice Stevens
Director:
Louis J. Gasnier, Max Marcin
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Clive Brook, Richard Arlen, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Fay Wray
27. The Plainsman (1936)
13
2
The Plainsman
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Calamity Jane
Director:
Genres:
History, War, Western, Biography, Romance
Star Cast:
Gary Cooper, Charles Bickford, James Ellison, Helen Burgess
28. Party Wire (1935)
10
2
Party Wire
10
2

Party Wire is a drama film which tells the story of a small-town girl who is victimized by her townsfolk who like gossiping.

As:
Cast
Role:
Marge Oliver
Director:
Erle C. Kenton
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Walter Brennan, Helen Lowell, Victor Jory, Charley Grapewin
29. Street of Chance (1930)
11
2
Street of Chance
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Judith Marsden
Director:
John Cromwell
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
William Powell, Kay Francis, Regis Toomey, Stanley Fields
30. A Lady Takes a Chance (1943)
13
2
A Lady Takes a Chance
13
2

New Yorker Molly J. Truesdale boards a bus to find out about life in the American West. During a rodeo, she falls in love with cowboy Dude Hudkins. But when Dude exhibits more love for his horse than her, a dejected Molly leaves for New York, only for Dude to follow and carry her away. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Molly J. Truesdale
Director:
William A. Seiter
Genres:
Comedy, Western, Romance
Star Cast:
John Wayne, Phil Silvers, Charles Winninger, Mary Field
31. Whirlpool (1934)
11
2
Whirlpool
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Sandra Rankin Morrison
Director:
Roy William Neill
Genres:
Crime, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Jack Holt, Lila Lee, Donald Cook, Allen Jenkins
32. Flying Luck (1927)
11
2
Flying Luck
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
The Girl
Director:
Herman C. Raymaker
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Jack W. Johnston, Kewpie Morgan, Monty Banks, Eddy Chandler
33. Public Hero Number 1 (1935)
10
2
Public Hero Number 1
10
2

In order to infiltrate a gang, a FBI agent helps the leader of the group to escape from prison in order to gain his trust.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Maria Theresa O'Reilly
Director:
J. Walter Ruben
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Lionel Barrymore, Paul Kelly, Chester Morris, Joseph Calleia
34. More Than a Secretary (1936)
13
2
More Than a Secretary
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Carol Baldwin
Director:
Alfred E. Green
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Reginald Denny, George Brent, Ruth Donnelly, Lionel Stander
35. The Public Menace (1935)
11
2
The Public Menace
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Cassie Nicholls
Director:
Erle C. Kenton
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Douglass Dumbrille, George Murphy, Robert Middlemass, George McKay
36. The Impatient Years (1944)
12
2
The Impatient Years
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Janie Anderson
Director:
Irving Cummings
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Charley Grapewin, Lee Bowman, Charles Coburn, Edgar Buchanan
37. The Greene Murder Case (1929)
9
2
The Greene Murder Case
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Ada Greene
Director:
Frank Tuttle
Genres:
Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Eugene Pallette, William Powell, Ullrich Haupt, Florence Eldridge
38. The Defense Rests (1934)
10
2
The Defense Rests
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Joan Hayes
Director:
Lambert Hillyer
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jack Holt, Arthur Hohl, Raymond Walburn, Nat Pendleton
39. The Drug Store Cowboy (1925)
9
2
The Drug Store Cowboy
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Jean
Director:
Park Frame
Genres:
Western, Action, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Gary Cooper, Robert Walker, Franklyn Farnum, Malcolm Denny
40. Adventure in Manhattan (1936)
11
2
Adventure in Manhattan
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Claire Peyton
Director:
Edward Ludwig
Genres:
Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Drama
Star Cast:
Joel McCrea, Reginald Owen, Victor Kilian, Thomas Mitchell
41. The Past of Mary Holmes (1933)
9
2
The Past of Mary Holmes
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Joan Hoyt
Director:
Harlan Thompson, Slavko Vorkapich
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Ivan F. Simpson, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher, Eric Linden, Helen MacKellar
42. Too Many Husbands (1940)
11
2
Too Many Husbands
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Vicky Lowndes
Director:
Wesley Ruggles
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Fred MacMurray, Harry Davenport, Dorothy Peterson, Melvyn Douglas
43. Most Precious Thing in Life (1934)
10
2
Most Precious Thing in Life
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Ellen Holmes, aka Biddy, Babe
Director:
Lambert Hillyer
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Richard Cromwell, Donald Cook, Anita Louise, Mary Forbes
44. The Block Signal (1926)
9
2
The Block Signal
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Grace Ryan
Director:
Frank O'Connor
Genres:
Action, Western
Star Cast:
Ralph Lewis, Hugh Allan, George Chesebro, Sidney Franklin
45. Young Eagles (1930)
10
2
Young Eagles
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mary Gordon
Director:
William A. Wellman
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Paul Lukas, Stuart Erwin, Virginia Bruce
46. The Saturday Night Kid (1929)
10
2
The Saturday Night Kid
10
2

The Saturday Night is a romantic comedy film which tells the story of two sisters Mayme and Janie, who work as salesgirls in a Departmental Store. Although Mayme is attracted to Bill, the clerk of the store, Janie tries to steal him.

As:
Cast
Role:
Janie Barry
Director:
A. Edward Sutherland
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jean Harlow, Clara Bow, Edna May Oliver, James Hall
47. Danger Lights (1930)
9
2
Danger Lights
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mary Ryan
Director:
George B. Seitz
Genres:
Drama, Adventure
Star Cast:
Louis Wolheim, Robert Armstrong, Frank Sheridan, Hugh Herbert
48. The Canary Murder Case (1929)
10
2
The Canary Murder Case
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Alice LaFosse
Director:
Malcolm St. Clair, Frank Tuttle
Genres:
Drama, Mystery, Crime
Star Cast:
Louise Brooks, Charles Lane, William Powell, James Hall
49. Paramount on Parade (1930)
9
2
Paramount on Parade
9
2

This musical film involves several stars such as Maurice Chevalier, Clara Bow, Skeets Gallagher, William Powell, and multiple stars, who appear in musical numbers.

As:
Cast
Director:
Frank Tuttle, Edmund Goulding, Edwin H. Knopf, Victor Heerman, A. Edward Sutherland
Genres:
Musical
Star Cast:
Maurice Chevalier, Fredric March, Clara Bow, Gary Cooper, George Bancroft, Rosita Moreno
50. The Silver Horde (1930)
9
2
The Silver Horde
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mildred Wayland
Director:
George Archainbaud
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Raymond Hatton, Evelyn Brent, Louis Wolheim, Joel McCrea
51. Ex-Bad Boy (1931)
6
1
Ex-Bad Boy
6
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Ethel Simmons
Director:
Vin Moore
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Robert Armstrong, Jason Robards Sr., Spencer Charters, Grayce Hampton
52. Winners of the Wilderness (1927)
5
1
Winners of the Wilderness
5
1
As:
Cast
Director:
W.S. Van Dyke
Genres:
History, Drama, War
Star Cast:
Joan Crawford, Edward Connelly, Roy D'Arcy, Tim McCoy
53. Bigger and Better Blondes (1927)
12
2
Bigger and Better Blondes
12
2
As:
Cast
Director:
James Parrott
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Charley Chase, Frank Brownlee, Mario Carillo, Gale Henry
54. Get That Venus (1933)
11
2
Get That Venus
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Margaret Rendleby
Director:
Arthur Varney
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Herbert Rawlinson, Ernest Truex, Harry Davenport, Tom Howard
55. Sins of the Fathers (1928)
11
2
Sins of the Fathers
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mary Spengler
Director:
Ludwig Berger
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Emil Jannings, Jack Luden, Barry Norton, Ruth Chatterton
56. The Cowboy Cop (1926)
10
2
The Cowboy Cop
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Virginia Selby
Director:
Robert De Lacey
Genres:
Drama, Action, Western
Star Cast:
Pat Harmon, Frankie Darro, Tom Tyler, Ervin Renard
57. The Fighting Smile (1925)
10
2
The Fighting Smile
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Rose Craddock
Director:
Jay Marchant
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Billie Bennett, George Magrill, Charles Brinley, Bill Cody
58. The Fighting Cheat (1926)
10
2
The Fighting Cheat
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Ruth Wells
Director:
Richard Thorpe
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Fanny Midgley, Hal Taliaferro, Slim Whitaker, Ted Rackerby
59. Horse Shoes (1927)
10
2
Horse Shoes
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Miss Baker
Director:
Clyde Bruckman
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Monty Banks, Henry A. Barrows, Ernest Wood, John Elliott
60. Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 12 (1938)
10
2
Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 12
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Jean Arthur
Director:
Ralph Staub
Genres:
Short, Documentary
Star Cast:
Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart, Frank Capra, Charles Ruggles, James Gleason
61. The Poor Nut (1927)
9
2
The Poor Nut
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Margie Blake
Director:
Richard Wallace
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Charles Murray, Jack Mulhall, Glenn Tryon, Jane Winton
62. The Temple of Venus (1923)
9
2
The Temple of Venus
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Henry Otto
Genres:
Fantasy
Star Cast:
David Butler, Will Walling, Alice Day, Mary Philbin

TV Shows and Videos

The Jean Arthur Show (1966)
The Jean Arthur Show
As:
Cast
Role:
Patricia Marshall (12 episodes, 1966)
Director:
Mickey Rooney, Alan Rafkin, Sidney Miller, Richard Quine
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Mickey Rooney, Ron Harper