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List of Katharine Hepburn Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
42
7
The Philadelphia Story
42
7

This 1940 romantic comedy revolves around a socialite named Tracy, who has split from her husband Dexter, due to his drinking and her overly demanding nature. Just before she is about to wed George Kittredge, she crosses path again with Dexter as well as a reporter Macaulay, which makes her confused regarding her feelings for all three men. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Tracy Lord
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
James Stewart, Cary Grant, Ruth Hussey, John Howard
2. The African Queen (1951)
42
6
The African Queen
PG
42
6

Rose and her brother are missionaries serving in German East Africa. Although they are warned by steamer captain, rough and ready Charlie that the WWI has broken up, they refuse to leave. But after her brother’s death, Rose accepts Charlie’s offer of safe passage; but while planning their escape Rose persuades Charlie to use the steamer to destroy a German gunboat.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Rose Sayer
Director:
Genres:
Adventure, War, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Humphrey Bogart, Robert Morley, Theodore Bikel, Peter Bull
3. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
29
3
Bringing Up Baby
TV-G
29
3

Bringing up Baby is a romantic comedy film, which revolves around a paleontologist, who is trying to secure one million dollars for his museum, as a donation. However, he is being pursued by a flighty and irritating heiress along with her pet leopard, Baby. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Susan
Director:
Howard Hawks
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Family
Star Cast:
Cary Grant, Barry Fitzgerald, Charles Ruggles, Walter Catlett
4. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
34
7
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
34
7

Joanna is a young woman who was raised with liberal values. One day, when she brings home her fiance, who is an African-American widowed physician, her parent’s attitudes are challenged. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Christina Drayton
Director:
Stanley Kramer
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Sidney Poitier, Spencer Tracy, Cecil Kellaway, Katharine Houghton
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, BAFTA Award for Best Actress
5. The Lion in Winter (1968)
25
6
The Lion in Winter
PG
25
6

The Academy Awards-winning film set in 12th century France features King Henry II, who summons his sons and family at Christmas, to name his successor. Though he favors his youngest son, John, his estranged, imprisoned wife, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, released for the holidays, wants the eldest son, Richard, to ascend the throne. The gathered sovereigns conspire to manipulate Henry and have their own way.

As:
Cast
Role:
Eleanor of Aquitaine
Director:
Anthony Harvey
Genres:
History, Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Anthony Hopkins, Peter O'Toole, Timothy Dalton, John Castle, Nigel Terry
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, BAFTA Award for Best Actress
6. On Golden Pond (1981)
30
5
On Golden Pond
PG
30
5

A young woman Chelsea visits her aging father Norman Thayer, and attempts to repair their long-strained relationship before it’s too late.

As:
Cast
Role:
Ethel Thayer
Director:
Mark Rydell
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jane Fonda, Henry Fonda, Troy Garity, Doug McKeon, Dabney Coleman
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, BAFTA Award for Best Actress
7. Adam's Rib (1949)
26
1
Adam's Rib
26
1

Adam and his wife Amanda who are both lawyers find themselves on the same case, on opposite sides. The case which involves a woman, who shot her cheating husband, turns their domestic life upside down.

As:
Cast
Role:
Amanda Bonner
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Judy Holliday, Spencer Tracy, Tom Ewell, David Wayne
8. Holiday (1938)
19
3
Holiday
19
3

This romantic comedy film tells the story of a man who has risen from humble beginnings, but his life takes a turn when he has to choose between his free-thinking lifestyle and the tradition of his wealthy fiancée’s family.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Linda Seton
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Cary Grant, Edward Everett Horton, Lew Ayres, Doris Nolan
9. Stage Door (1937)
16
2
Stage Door
16
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Terry Randall
Director:
Gregory La Cava
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers, Gail Patrick, Adolphe Menjou
10. Desk Set (1957)
25
2
Desk Set
25
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Bunny Watson
Director:
Walter Lang
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Dina Merrill, Spencer Tracy, Gig Young, Joan Blondell
11. Summertime (1955)
22
3
Summertime
22
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Jane Hudson
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
David Lean, Isa Miranda, Darren McGavin, Rossano Brazzi, Mari Aldon
12. Little Women (1933)
21
3
Little Women
21
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Jo
Director:
Genres:
Family, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Joan Bennett, Paul Lukas, Edna May Oliver, Jean Parker
13. Woman of the Year (1942)
20
3
Woman of the Year
20
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Tess Harding
Director:
George Stevens
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Star Cast:
Spencer Tracy, Reginald Owen, Minor Watson, Fay Bainter
14. Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)
10
4
Suddenly, Last Summer
10
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Mrs. Violet Venable
Genres:
Mystery, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift, Albert Dekker, Mercedes McCambridge
16. Rooster Cogburn (1975)
24
4
Rooster Cogburn
PG
24
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Eula Goodnight
Director:
Stuart Millar
Genres:
Drama, Adventure, Western
Star Cast:
John Wayne, Richard Jordan, John McIntire, Anthony Zerbe
17. Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
6
4
Long Day's Journey Into Night
6
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Mary Tyrone
Director:
Sidney Lumet
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jason Robards, Ralph Richardson, Dean Stockwell, Jeanne Barr
19. The Rainmaker (1956)
10
3
The Rainmaker
10
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Lizzie Curry
Director:
Joseph Anthony
Genres:
Romance, Western
Star Cast:
Lloyd Bridges, Burt Lancaster, Earl Holliman, Wendell Corey
20. The Trojan Women (1971)
8
4
The Trojan Women
GP
8
4

After the defeat of Troy in Trojan War, Hecuba, Queen of Trojans, who has lost her son Hector, is left with ruins of her city and family. Hector’s widow, Andromache, dreads for her son Astyanax’s life, because the Greeks have ordered extermination of royal linage. Hecuba’s daughter, Cassandra suspects that she would be enslaved; whereas Helen of Troy fears possibility of execution.

As:
Cast
Role:
Hecuba
Director:
Mihalis Kakogiannis
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Brian Blessed, Vanessa Redgrave, Irene Papas, Geneviève Bujold, Patrick Magee
21. Alice Adams (1935)
9
3
Alice Adams
9
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Alice Adams
Director:
George Stevens
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Hattie McDaniel, Fred MacMurray, Walter Brennan, Frank Albertson, Fred Stone, Evelyn Venable
22. Keeper of the Flame (1943)
11
1
Keeper of the Flame
11
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Christine Forrest
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Spencer Tracy, Richard Whorf, Forrest Tucker, Margaret Wycherly
23. Song of Love (1947)
9
2
Song of Love
9
2

The film presents a dramatized association between three renowned 19th century musicians. Clara Wieck Schumann, an accomplished concert pianist, staunchly supports her husband, composer Robert Schumann. Johannes Brahms, Schumann’s student, who lives with them, is drawn towards Clara. Disheartened with failure, Schumann suffers a breakdown, and later, dies. Brahms proposes to Clara, but she prefers to devote her life to Robert’s memory.

As:
Cast
Role:
Clara Wieck Schumann
Director:
Clarence Brown
Genres:
Drama, Music, Romance
Star Cast:
George Chakiris, Paul Henreid, Leo G. Carroll, Henry Daniell, Robert Walker
24. A Delicate Balance (1973)
6
4
A Delicate Balance
PG
6
4

An uneasy yet peaceful relationship is preserved by the well-to-do couple Agnes and Tobias as they share house with Agnes’s alcoholic sister Claire. Then their 36-year-old daughter Julia returns home after her 4th divorce, and their friends Harry and Edna turn up unexpectedly with an intention to stay on. The presence of new arrivals prompts each one to discover their inner selves. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Agnes
Director:
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Lee Remick, Joseph Cotten, Paul Scofield, Kate Reid
25. Morning Glory (1933)
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0
Morning Glory
10
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Eva Lovelace
Director:
Lowell Sherman
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
John Carradine, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Adolphe Menjou, C. Aubrey Smith, Mary Duncan
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
27. Undercurrent (1946)
11
2
Undercurrent
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Ann Hamilton
Genres:
Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
Star Cast:
Robert Mitchum, Robert Taylor, Edmund Gwenn, Marjorie Main
29. A Woman Rebels (1936)
8
0
A Woman Rebels
8
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Pamela Thistlewaite
Director:
Mark Sandrich
Genres:
Romance, Drama, History
Star Cast:
Herbert Marshall, Donald Crisp, Elizabeth Allan, Doris Dudley
30. A Bill of Divorcement (1932)
8
0
A Bill of Divorcement
8
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Sidney
Director:
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
John Barrymore, Billie Burke, David Manners, Paul Cavanagh
31. Quality Street (1937)
7
0
Quality Street
7
0

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
Role:
Phoebe Throssel
Director:
George Stevens
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Joan Fontaine, Fay Bainter, Eric Blore, Franchot Tone
32. The Sea of Grass (1947)
9
2
The Sea of Grass
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Lutie Cameron Brewton
Director:
Genres:
Western, Drama
Star Cast:
Spencer Tracy, Melvyn Douglas, Robert Walker, Phyllis Thaxter
33. Christopher Strong (1933)
8
2
Christopher Strong
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Lady Cynthia Darrington
Director:
Dorothy Arzner
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Billie Burke, Colin Clive, Helen Chandler, Ralph Forbes
34. Mary of Scotland (1936)
8
2
Mary of Scotland
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mary Stuart
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Biography, History
Star Cast:
Fredric March, John Carradine, Douglas Walton, Florence Eldridge
35. The Little Minister (1934)
5
1
The Little Minister
5
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Babbie
Director:
Richard Wallace
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Donald Crisp, Alan Hale, John Beal, Lumsden Hare
36. Sylvia Scarlett (1935)
9
3
Sylvia Scarlett
TV-PG
9
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Sylvia Scarlett a.k.a. Sylvester
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Cary Grant, Brian Aherne, Edmund Gwenn, Robert Adair
37. The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969)
9
5
The Madwoman of Chaillot
G
9
5

Adapted from Jean Giraudoux’s 1945 play La Folle de Chaillot, the movie follows Countess Aurelia and her three friends as they learn about a big conspiracy to drill oil from beneath the streets of Paris. The women decide to take action against the powerful men that include financiers, military men, and a religious opportunist by putting them on trial for crime against society.

As:
Cast
Role:
Countess Aurelia
Director:
Bryan Forbes
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
38. Dragon Seed (1944)
1
5
Dragon Seed
1
5

When the Japanese invade a farming village and the men of the Tan family appease the invaders to be on the safe side, a courageous young woman named Jade is determined to oppose. She learns to read and fight to build up a resistance, which in turn inspires the entire village to follow suit.

As:
Cast
Role:
Jade Tan
Director:
Harold S. Bucquet, Jack Conway
Genres:
Drama, War, History
Star Cast:
Lionel Barrymore, Walter Huston, Agnes Moorehead, Akim Tamiroff, Turhan Bey, Aline MacMahon
39. Break of Hearts (1935)
3
2
Break of Hearts
3
2

The story centers on the relationship between an aspiring composer and a well-known conductor, who is also a reputed womanizer. They meet, fall in love and get married. But very soon, he reverts back to his old habit, which forces her to leave. However, they cannot forget each other,  which has a negative effect on their work.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Constance Dane Roberti
Director:
Philip Moeller
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Charles Boyer, Jean Hersholt, John Beal, Sam Hardy
40. Grace Quigley (1984)
4
2
Grace Quigley
PG
4
2

Grace Quigley is an old woman who is approaching the end of her life. When she witnesses a murder being committed by an assassin, she decides to blackmail him into killing her, as she has no will to live further.

As:
Cast
Role:
Grace Quigley
Director:
Anthony Harvey
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Nick Nolte, Chip Zien, William Duell, Kit Le Fever
42. Spitfire (1934)
2
3
Spitfire
2
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Trigger Hicks
Director:
John Cromwell
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Robert Young, Ralph Bellamy, Martha Sleeper, Louis Mason
43. The Iron Petticoat (1956)
3
5
The Iron Petticoat
3
5

Russian Captain, Vinka Kovelenko, lands her jet willingly in a West German territory, where the U.S. forces take her captive. But she is neither defecting nor on a mission, and Captain Chuck Lockwood is given the job to convince her to defect. Pursued by KGB agents and former lovers, the two eventually find love.

As:
Cast
Role:
Captain Vinka Kovelenko
Director:
Ralph Thomas
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Bob Hope, James Robertson Justice, Robert Helpmann, Noelle Middleton
44. Olly, Olly, Oxen Free (1978)
3
2
Olly, Olly, Oxen Free
G
3
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Miss Pudd
Director:
Richard A. Colla
Genres:
Adventure
Star Cast:
Dennis Dimster, Kevin McKenzie, Peter Kilman, Jayne Marie Mansfield

TV Movie(s)

1. Love Among the Ruins (1975)
10
1
Love Among the Ruins
10
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Jessica Medlicott
Director:
George Cukor
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Laurence Olivier, Richard Pearson, Colin Blakely, Joan Sims
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy
2. The Glass Menagerie (1973)
6
1
The Glass Menagerie
6
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Amanda Wingfield
Director:
Anthony Harvey
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
3. The Corn Is Green (1979)
6
0
The Corn Is Green
6
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Miss Lilly Moffat
Director:
George Cukor
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Anna Massey, Patricia Hayes, Bill Fraser, Ian Saynor
4. Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry (1986)
5
0
Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry
5
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Margaret Delafield
Director:
George Schaefer
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Denholm Elliott, Bibi Besch, Charles Frank, Brenda Forbes
5. This Can't Be Love (1994)
3
0
This Can't Be Love
3
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Marion Bennett
Director:
Anthony Harvey
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Jason Bateman, Anthony Quinn, Jami Gertz, Maxine Miller
6. Laura Lansing Slept Here (1988)
3
1
Laura Lansing Slept Here
3
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Laura Lansing
Director:
George Schaefer
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Joel Higgins, Lee Richardson, Karen Austin, Brenda Forbes
7. One Christmas (1994)
4
0
One Christmas
4
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Cornelia Beaumont
Director:
Tony Bill
Genres:
Drama, Family
Star Cast:
Swoosie Kurtz, Henry Winkler, T.J. Lowther, Tonea Stewart
8. The Man Upstairs (1992)
4
0
The Man Upstairs
4
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Victoria Brown
Director:
George Schaefer
Genres:
Comedy, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Ryan O'Neal, Henry Beckman, Helena Carroll, Brenda Forbes

Katharine Hepburn Awards

Academy Awards
Morning Glory Best Actress in a Leading Role 1934
On Golden Pond Best Actress in a Leading Role 1982
The Lion in Winter Best Actress in a Leading Role 1969
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Best Actress in a Leading Role 1968
Primetime Emmy Awards
Love Among the Ruins Outstanding Lead Actress in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy 1975
People's Choice Awards
Winner Favorite Motion Picture Actress 1983
Winner Favorite Motion Picture Actress 1976
BAFTA Awards
On Golden Pond Best Actress 1983
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Best Actress 1969
The Lion in Winter Best Actress 1969