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List of Joan Fontaine Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Rebecca (1940)
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3
Rebecca
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3

A naive young woman falls in love with and marries the aristocratic widower Maxim de Winter, and upon reaching his estate, Manderley, realizes that he still loves his first wife, Rebecca, while the domineering housekeeper Mrs. Danvers is also obsessed with her. Just as she becomes consumed by inferiority complex, a sudden crisis changes the dynamics between the characters.

As:
Cast
Role:
Mrs. de Winter
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Star Cast:
Alfred Hitchcock, Laurence Olivier, George Sanders, Nigel Bruce, Reginald Denny
2. Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)
13
2
Letter from an Unknown Woman
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Lisa Berndle
Director:
Max Ophüls
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Mady Christians, Louis Jourdan, Art Smith, Marcel Journet
5. The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice (1951)
11
3
The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice
11
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Romance, History, Drama
Star Cast:
Orson Welles, Robert Coote, Micheál MacLiammóir, Hilton Edwards
6. Suspicion (1941)
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2
Suspicion
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2

Suspicion is a 1941 romantic psychological thriller film, which revolves around a shy young heiress who gets married to a charming young gentleman. However, as time passes, she feels suspicious of him, and begins to worry that he may be trying to murder her.

As:
Cast
Role:
Lina McLaidlaw Aysgarth
Director:
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery
Star Cast:
Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, Nigel Bruce, Cedric Hardwicke, Cary Grant
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
7. Gunga Din (1939)
12
2
Gunga Din
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2
As:
Cast
Director:
George Stevens
Genres:
Adventure, Comedy, War
Star Cast:
Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Sam Jaffe, Victor McLaglen, Cary Grant
8. Ivy (1947)
12
2
Ivy
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Ivy Lexton
Director:
Sam Wood
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Crime, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Herbert Marshall, Cedric Hardwicke, Patric Knowles, Richard Ney
9. September Affair (1950)
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2
September Affair
11
2

A prominent concert pianist and an unhappily married businessman meet on their flight from Rome to New York City. On the way, their plane is diverted to Naples for engine repair. There they go sightseeing and fall in love. Eventually they miss the plane, which they later hear has crashed in the sea and all passengers included themselves are declared dead. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Marianne 'Manina' Stuart
Director:
William Dieterle
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Jessica Tandy, Françoise Rosay, Joseph Cotten, Robert Arthur
10. The Affairs of Susan (1945)
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2
The Affairs of Susan
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Susan Darell
Director:
William A. Seiter
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
George Brent, Walter Abel, Dennis O'Keefe, Don DeFore
11. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
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3
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
11
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Susan Spencer
Director:
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Sidney Blackmer, Dana Andrews, Arthur Franz, Philip Bourneuf
12. This Above All (1942)
10
2
This Above All
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Prudence Cathaway
Director:
Anatole Litvak
Genres:
Drama, War, Romance
Star Cast:
Henry Stephenson, Nigel Bruce, Tyrone Power, Thomas Mitchell
13. Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (1948)
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2
Kiss the Blood Off My Hands
10
2

Bill, a former prisoner of war, is prone to violence. One day, he gets involved in a bar fight and kills a man. Fleeing from the scene, he finds shelter in the home of a nurse, gradually developing a relationship with her.  Shortly, he is arrested for getting involved in another fight. Jane continues to love him and on his release finds him a job before his past catches up with him.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Jane Wharton
Director:
Norman Foster
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Crime, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Burt Lancaster, Robert Newton, Lewis L. Russell, Aminta Dyne
14. A Damsel in Distress (1937)
10
2
A Damsel in Distress
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Lady Alyce
Director:
George Stevens
Genres:
Romance, Musical, Comedy
Star Cast:
George Burns, Fred Astaire, Reginald Gardiner, Gracie Allen
15. The Constant Nymph (1943)
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3
The Constant Nymph
10
3

Adapted from the Margaret Kennedy novel of the same name, the film The Constant Nymph tells the story of a poor Belgian composer who is struggling in his professional life and the unrequited love his friend’s young daughter has for him. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Tessa Sanger
Director:
Edmund Goulding
Genres:
Music, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
16. Casanova's Big Night (1954)
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2
Casanova's Big Night
10
2

An 18th century Italian tailor, Pippo Popolino, pretends to be the legendary Casanova to impress the beautiful Widow Francesca Bruni. The real Casanova’s mother asks him to test the commitment of her would-be daughter-in-law. As Pippo reaches Venice to meet the lady, he gets embroiled into uninvited complications, a threat of war and also finds that his life is at risk. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Francesca Bruni
Director:
Norman Z. McLeod
Genres:
Comedy, Adventure, Musical
Star Cast:
John Carradine, Raymond Burr, Vincent Price, Bob Hope, Basil Rathbone, Hugh Marlowe
17. You Gotta Stay Happy (1948)
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2
You Gotta Stay Happy
10
2

A New York heiress known for breaking several engagements develops cold feet on her wedding day; but is finally persuaded to tie the knot. However, she panics at night and runs away from her honeymoon suit, taking refuge in the adjoining room, occupied by a World War II veteran running a startup air-freight business on shoe string budget.

As:
Cast
Role:
Dee Dee Dillwood
Director:
H.C. Potter
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Eddie Albert, James Stewart, Roland Young, Willard Parker
18. The Duke of West Point (1938)
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2
The Duke of West Point
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Ann Porter
Director:
Alfred E. Green
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Richard Carlson, Tom Brown, Louis Hayward, Alan Curtis
19. Ivanhoe (1952)
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2
Ivanhoe
TV-G
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Rowena
Director:
Richard Thorpe
Genres:
Adventure, Romance, History, Drama
Star Cast:
Elizabeth Taylor, Emlyn Williams, Robert Taylor, George Sanders
20. The Bigamist (1953)
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2
The Bigamist
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Eve Graham
Director:
Ida Lupino
Genres:
Film-Noir, Drama
Star Cast:
Edmund Gwenn, Ida Lupino, Edmond O'Brien, Kenneth Tobey
21. Born to Be Bad (1950)
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2
Born to Be Bad
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Christabel
Director:
Nicholas Ray
Genres:
Drama, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Mel Ferrer, Joan Leslie, Robert Ryan, Zachary Scott
22. From This Day Forward (1946)
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2
From This Day Forward
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2

Discharged after the First World War, a soldier Bill Cummings narrates the sympathetic story of his married life before he joined the army.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Susan
Director:
John Berry
Genres:
Drama, Romance, War
Star Cast:
Blake Edwards, Harry Morgan, Wally Brown, Rosemary DeCamp
23. Something to Live For (1952)
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2
Something to Live For
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2

A Broadway actress develops a drinking problem, and soon joins Alcoholics Anonymous after she becomes an alcoholic. She soon starts having an affair with one of the members, but things get complicated as it turns out that he is married.

As:
Cast
Role:
Jenny Carey
Director:
George Stevens
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Ray Milland, Teresa Wright, Richard Derr, Douglas Dick
24. Until They Sail (1957)
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2
Until They Sail
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2

Set during the WWII in New Zealand, the movie is inspired by a story authored by James A. Michener for Return to Paradise. The movie follows four sisters – Anne, Barbara, Delia and Evelyn – and their romance with US soldiers. Meanwhile Jack Harding, a marine, is assigned to find out the genuineness of the potential matrimonial alliances between the American soldiers and New Zealand women.

As:
Cast
Role:
Anne Leslie
Director:
Robert Wise
Genres:
Romance, Drama, War
Star Cast:
Paul Newman, Jean Simmons, Sandra Dee, Charles Drake, Piper Laurie
25. Sky Giant (1938)
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2
Sky Giant
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Meg Lawrence
Director:
Lew Landers
Genres:
Drama, Action, Adventure, Romance
Star Cast:
Harry Carey, Richard Dix, Chester Morris, Paul Guilfoyle
26. Man of Conquest (1939)
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2
Man of Conquest
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Eliza Allen
Director:
George Nichols Jr.
Genres:
History, Romance, Western, Biography, War
Star Cast:
Richard Dix, Victor Jory, Gail Patrick, Edward Ellis
27. Quality Street (1937)
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2
Quality Street
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2

In this adaptation of J.M. Barrie play Quality Street, Phoebe’s dull life takes a turn when her former beau Valentine returns after a decade of service in the British army. However, Valentine is disappointed by her worn out look. Angered, Phoebe puts on a beautiful dress and works on her looks to appear beautiful. Her new looks deceive even Valentine who thinks that she is Phoebe's niece Livvy.

As:
Cast
Director:
George Stevens
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Katharine Hepburn, Fay Bainter, Eric Blore, Franchot Tone
28. A Certain Smile (1958)
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2
A Certain Smile
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Françoise Ferrand
Director:
Jean Negulesco
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Rossano Brazzi, Eduard Franz, Christine Carère, Bradford Dillman
29. Darling, How Could You! (1951)
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2
Darling, How Could You!
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Alice Grey
Director:
Mitchell Leisen
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Mona Freeman, John Lund, Peter Hansen, David Stollery
30. Frenchman's Creek (1944)
9
2
Frenchman's Creek
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Dona St. Columb
Director:
Mitchell Leisen
Genres:
Drama, Adventure, Romance
Star Cast:
Nigel Bruce, Basil Rathbone, Cecil Kellaway, Arturo de Córdova
31. Island in the Sun (1957)
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2
Island in the Sun
9
2

In this adaptation of Alec Waugh's 1955 novel, Island in the Sun, a political battle for the legislative office of Santa Marta rages on between an affluent white candidate, Maxwell Fleury and strong black union leader, David Boyeur. As the candidates compete against one another, interracial affairs happen, long kept family secrets are revealed, jealousy rocks a marriage and then a murder takes place.

As:
Cast
Role:
Mavis Norman
Director:
Robert Rossen
Genres:
Romance, Drama
32. Music for Madame (1937)
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2
Music for Madame
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Jean Clemens
Director:
John G. Blystone
Genres:
Musical, Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Alan Hale, Alan Mowbray, Billy Gilbert, Nino Martini
33. A Million to One (1937)
9
2
A Million to One
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Joan Stevens
Director:
Lynn Shores
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Sport, Action
Star Cast:
Monte Blue, Kenneth Harlan, Reed Howes, Bruce Bennett
34. The Man Who Found Himself (1937)
10
2
The Man Who Found Himself
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Nurse Doris King
Director:
Lew Landers
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
George Irving, John Beal, Phillip Huston, Jane Walsh
35. Maid's Night Out (1938)
9
2
Maid's Night Out
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Sheila Harrison
Director:
Ben Holmes
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Hedda Hopper, Billy Gilbert, Cecil Kellaway, Allan Lane
36. You Can't Beat Love (1937)
9
2
You Can't Beat Love
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Trudy Olson
Director:
Christy Cabanne
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Herbert Mundin, Preston Foster, Alan Bruce, William Brisbane
37. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)
9
2
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Susan Hiller
Director:
Irwin Allen
Genres:
Adventure, Action, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Barbara Eden, Frankie Avalon, Peter Lorre, Walter Pidgeon, Robert Sterling
38. The Emperor Waltz (1948)
9
2
The Emperor Waltz
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Johanna Augusta Franziska
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Musical, Romance
Star Cast:
Bing Crosby, Richard Haydn, Lucile Watson, Roland Culver
39. Tender Is the Night (1962)
9
2
Tender Is the Night
9
2

Based on an eponymous novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the film focuses on the relation between a distinguished psychiatrist and his wife, who is suffering from many emotional issues.  She was his patient and he married her against the advice of his mentor and spends the next couple of years indulging in her whims.  But that does not make them happy. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Baby Warren
Director:
Henry King
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jason Robards, Bea Benaderet, Jennifer Jones, Tom Ewell
40. Serenade (1956)
9
2
Serenade
9
2

A gifted vineyard worker, Damon VIncenti, who aspires to be an opera singer, starts singing in San Francisco’s Italian restaurant. Wealthy socialite Kendall Hale helps him become a star opera tenor. Falling in love with his benefactor, Damon suffers a breakdown when Kendall ditches him. Miserable, he runs away to Mexico where Juana, a farm girl, brings joy back in his life.

As:
Cast
Role:
Kendall Hale
Director:
Anthony Mann
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Music
Star Cast:
Vincent Price, Joseph Calleia, Sara Montiel, Mario Lanza
41. Blond Cheat (1938)
9
2
Blond Cheat
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Julie Evans
Director:
Joseph Santley
Genres:
Romance, Music, Comedy
Star Cast:
Lilian Bond, Derrick De Marney, Cecil Cunningham, Cecil Kellaway
42. The Witches (1966)
9
3
The Witches
9
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Gwen Mayfield
Director:
Cyril Frankel
Genres:
Horror
Star Cast:
Kay Walsh, Alec McCowen, Ann Bell, Ingrid Boulting
43. Decameron Nights (1953)
8
2
Decameron Nights
8
2

Giovanni Boccaccio is a well-known writer who returns to Florence, Italy, to woo a beautiful noblewoman, Fiametta, who has been widowed recently. However, Fiametta doesn’t show interest in him. Giovanni therefore offers to tell her a few stories.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Fiammetta / Bartolomea / Ginevra / Isabella
Director:
Hugo Fregonese
Genres:
Adventure, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Joan Collins, Louis Jourdan, Godfrey Tearle, Binnie Barnes
44. No More Ladies (1935)
8
2
No More Ladies
8
2

Marcia Townsend completely believes in loyalty towards one’s partner, which Jim agrees with; but Marcia is interested in womanizing playboy Sheridan Warren. Even after their marriage, Sherry continues with his philandering and is unrepentant about it. Marcia turns tables on him by throwing a society party where she invites Sherry’s girlfriends and declares her intentions of being unfaithful, which finally cures Sherry.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery, Charles Ruggles, Franchot Tone, Edna May Oliver
45. Flight to Tangier (1953)
8
2
Flight to Tangier
8
2

A private plane passes over an airport, and then crashes and bursts into flames. Various interested parties soon begin a search for the $ 3 million which the plane was carrying.

As:
Cast
Role:
Susan Lane
Director:
Charles Marquis Warren
Genres:
Crime, Action, Romance, Drama, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Jack Palance, Marcel Dalio, Robert Douglas, Corinne Calvet

TV Movie(s)

2. The Light That Failed (1961)
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3
The Light That Failed
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3
As:
Cast
Role:
Hostess
Director:
Marc Daniels
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Richard Basehart, Edward Atienza, Susan Harrison, Eric Berry
3. Dark Mansions (1986)
9
2
Dark Mansions
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Margaret Drake
Director:
Jerry London
Genres:
Thriller
Star Cast:
Lois Chiles, Melissa Sue Anderson, Michael York, Paul Shenar
4. Good King Wenceslas (1994)
9
2
Good King Wenceslas
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Queen Ludmilla
Director:
Michael Tuchner
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jonathan Brandis, Leo McKern, Stefanie Powers, Perry King

TV Shows and Videos

Bare Essence (1983)
Bare Essence
As:
Cast
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Ian McShane, Jessica Walter, Jennifer O'Neill, Genie Francis
The Bing Crosby Show (1964)
The Bing Crosby Show
As:
Cast
Director:
James Sheldon
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Frankie Avalon, Bing Crosby, Beverly Garland, Frank McHugh, Carol Faylen

Joan Fontaine Awards

Academy Awards
Suspicion Best Actress in a Leading Role 1942