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List of Marlene Dietrich Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
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5
Witness for the Prosecution
18
5

Barrister Sir Wilfrid Robarts has decided to defend Leonard Vole, accused of murdering his benefactor, believing him to be innocent although strong circumstantial evidences point towards his client. He is surprised when Leonard’s wife, who has earlier provided an alibi, testifies against him. Robarts does not know that this is the first in the series of many surprises that is awaiting him. 

Role:
Christine
Starring:
Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, John Williams, Tyrone Power
Directed By:
2. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
15
3
Judgment at Nuremberg
TV-14
15
3

This is a dramatized version of 3rd Nuremberg trial for war crimes held by the US authorities after WWII. Four German judges, who officiated during the Nazi regime, are tried before Chief Trial Judge Dan Haywood for crimes against humanity. Haywood has the most challenging task of deciding whether they are guilty of international crimes or were observing the orders of their government. 

Role:
Mrs. Bertholt
Directed By:
Stanley Kramer
3. Touch of Evil (1958)
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2
Touch of Evil
PG-13
16
2

Mike Vargas, a Mexican narcotics officer, gets involved in a car bomb blast case as the car has crossed from Mexico to America. The local American police chief, Hank Quinlan, is a former alcoholic and corrupt officer, who suspects a Mexican named Sanchez. When Vargas confronts Quinlan for planting evidence against Sanchez, Vargas inadvertently puts his new wife Susan’s life at risk. 

Directed By:
4. The Blue Angel (1930)
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3
The Blue Angel
16
3
Role:
Lola Lola
Starring:
Emil Jannings, Kurt Gerron, Rosa Valetti, Hans Albers
Directed By:
Josef von Sternberg
5. Destry Rides Again (1939)
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2
Destry Rides Again
18
2

Bottleneck is a small town that is being ruled by Kent, a notorious gangster who has control over the local cattle ranchers as he had won a rigged game of cards. When the local sheriff asks too many questions regarding the game, Kent gets him killed. However, a legendary lawman named Tom Destry sends his daring son Tom Destry Jr. to save the town.

Role:
Frenchy
Starring:
James Stewart, Charles Winninger, Brian Donlevy, Mischa Auer
Directed By:
George Marshall
6. The Scarlet Empress (1934)
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2
The Scarlet Empress
14
2

The Scarlett Empress is a historical romantic drama film which tells the story of Princess Sophia of Germany, who is taken to Russia to marry the dim-witted Peter, who is the heir to the Russian throne. Although she is not fond of her husband, she begins to like Russia and its soldiers. After the old empress passes away, Sophia plots to get rid of her husband, and become the next ruler.  

Role:
Princess Sophia Frederica / Catherine II
Starring:
C. Aubrey Smith, Sam Jaffe, Louise Dresser, John Lodge
Directed By:
Josef von Sternberg
7. Shanghai Express (1932)
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2
Shanghai Express
19
2
Role:
Shanghai Lily
Starring:
Anna May Wong, Eugene Pallette, Clive Brook, Warner Oland
Directed By:
Josef von Sternberg
8. Der blaue Engel (1930)
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4
Der blaue Engel
12
4
Role:
Lola Lola
Starring:
Emil Jannings, Kurt Gerron, Rosa Valetti, Hans Albers
Directed By:
Josef von Sternberg
9. Marlene (1984)
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4
Marlene
10
4

This biographical drama film revolves around the life as well as the career of Marlene Dietrich, a popular actress.

Role:
Herself
Starring:
Maximilian Schell, Annie Albers, Bernard Hall, Marta Rakosnik
Directed By:
10. A Foreign Affair (1948)
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3
A Foreign Affair
15
3

In 1947, a US congressional committee is appointed in post-World War II Berlin, to inspect the American troops stationed in the city, as an unidentified American officer is protecting Erika von Schlütow, who is suspected of being the former mistress of a high ranking Nazi official. Phoebe Frost of the congressional committee assigns Captain John Pringle to assist her in the investigation, unaware that he is Erika’ s current lover. Pringle however tries to distract Phoebe, by romancing her, and she eventually falls for his charms.

Role:
Erika Von Schluetow
Starring:
Jean Arthur, John Lund, Millard Mitchell, Peter von Zerneck
Directed By:
11. Angel (1937)
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3
Angel
13
3

Angel is a romantic comedy drama film which tells the story of Lord Frederick, a British diplomat, who is always preoccupied with work, as due to the geopolitical tensions, war can occur anytime. Although he loves his wife Lady Maria Barker, she begins to feel neglected. Things get complicated when Maria falls for Anthony Halton, a playboy. However, she doesn’t think that she is ready to leave Frederick yet.

Role:
aka Mrs. Brown Maria 'Angel' Barker
Starring:
Herbert Marshall, Edward Everett Horton, Melvyn Douglas, Ernest Cossart
Directed By:
Ernst Lubitsch
12. No Highway (1951)
13
3
No Highway
13
3
Role:
Monica Teasdale
Starring:
James Stewart, Jack Hawkins, Glynis Johns, Janette Scott
Directed By:
Henry Koster
13. Morocco (1930)
13
4
Morocco
13
4

Singer Amy Jolly gets acquainted with womanizer Tom Brown, and they both find themselves drawn to one another. Since they are both bruised by their past, they decide to get into a relationship with no-strings attached.

Role:
Mademoiselle Amy Jolly
Starring:
Gary Cooper, Adolphe Menjou, Ullrich Haupt, Eve Southern
Directed By:
Josef von Sternberg
14. Blonde Venus (1932)
13
3
Blonde Venus
13
3
Role:
aka Helen Jones Helen Faraday
Starring:
Sterling Holloway, Hattie McDaniel, Cary Grant, Herbert Marshall, Dickie Moore, Gene Morgan
Directed By:
Josef von Sternberg
15. The Devil Is a Woman (1935)
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2
The Devil Is a Woman
12
2

A young man is being warned by an older man about a woman who is a temptress. She can belong to no one, but can make men get obsessed with her, and eventually break their hearts. Although the young man swears that he will be careful, he is unable to stop himself from falling for the woman.  

Role:
Concha Perez
Starring:
Cesar Romero, Alison Skipworth, Edward Everett Horton, Lionel Atwill
Directed By:
Josef von Sternberg
16. Dishonored (1931)
10
3
Dishonored
10
3

In war-plagued Europe, Austrian streetwalker Marie Kolverer is enlisted by Secret Service as Agent X-27, to expose army traitor Col. Von Hindau through whom she reaches Russian spy Col. Kranau, who proves too sharp to get ensnared. Marie works her way into enemy camp and retrieves vital information that captures several Russians; but realizes that she has fallen in love with Kranau.

Role:
Marie Kolverer / X27
Starring:
Victor McLaglen, Lew Cody, Warner Oland, Gustav von Seyffertitz
Directed By:
Josef von Sternberg
17. Golden Earrings (1947)
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2
Golden Earrings
18
2

Just before Second World War a British spy travels to Germany to acquire a secret formula. But before he can do that he is held captive by a German. Eventually he escapes and comes across a Gypsy lady who, not only saves him, but also helps him to complete his mission and escape to Switzerland.  After the war in London, he receives a golden earring, which set him on a journey to France.  

Role:
Lydia
Starring:
Ray Milland, Murvyn Vye, Dennis Hoey, Bruce Lester
Directed By:
Mitchell Leisen
18. Desire (1936)
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3
Desire
11
3

Madeleine is a jewel thief who has stolen a valuable necklace in Paris. She meets an American engineer who is on a vacation and she decides to use him to get the pearls out of France and get them into Spain. However, things don’t go as expected.

Role:
Madeleine de Beaupre
Starring:
William Frawley, Gary Cooper, John Halliday, Ernest Cossart
Directed By:
Frank Borzage
19. Seven Sinners (1940)
13
2
Seven Sinners
13
2

Beautiful torch singer Bijou Blanche is fired frequently because of her troublemaker image.  At the Seven Sinners Café, she meets the well-mannered navy officer Dan Brent and the two fall for each other. However, given her image, she attracts concerns from Brent’s superior who think his career may get affected because of her. Meanwhile, a local mobster, too, is interested in Bijou.

Role:
Bijou
Starring:
Broderick Crawford, John Wayne, Anna Lee, Albert Dekker
Directed By:
Tay Garnett
20. Knight Without Armour (1937)
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2
Knight Without Armour
15
2

British agent, A.J. Fothergill, disguises himself as a Russian to keep an eye on the Russian revolutionaries. Later, he is imprisoned in Siberia. He is set free post the 1917 revolution and is assigned to take Alexandra, daughter of a Russian nobleman, for trial in Petrograd. However, civil war has broken out between the Red Army and White Army.

Role:
Alexandra
Starring:
Robert Donat, Irene Vanbrugh, Herbert Lomas, Austin Trevor
Directed By:
Jacques Feyder
21. Stage Fright (1950)
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4
Stage Fright
11
4

Stage Fright is a thriller film which tells the story of Jonathan, who is wanted for the murder of the husband of his mistress, who is a singer. His friend Eve, who is a struggling actress, decides to help him prove his innocence, and clear his name.

Role:
Charlotte Inwood
Starring:
Jane Wyman, Richard Todd, Alfred Hitchcock, Sybil Thorndike, Jane Wyman
Directed By:
22. Rancho Notorious (1952)
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3
Rancho Notorious
12
3
Role:
Altar Keane
Starring:
George Reeves, Mel Ferrer, William Frawley, Arthur Kennedy, Gloria Henry
Directed By:
23. Die Frau, nach der man sich sehnt (1929)
9
2
Die Frau, nach der man sich sehnt
9
2
Role:
Stascha
Starring:
Fritz Kortner, Uno Henning, Frida Richard, Oskar Sima
Directed By:
Curtis Bernhardt
24. Manpower (1941)
11
3
Manpower
TV-PG
11
3

Two power company employees, Hank McHenry and Johnny Marshall, following the accidental death of their colleague, meet his daughter Fay, a nightclub hostess. Johnny doesn’t like her, whereas Hank falls for Fay and she marries him though she doesn’t love him. When Johnny has to stay at Hank’s place after an injury Fay gets attracted to him, causing tensions between the men.     

Role:
Fay Duval
Starring:
Edward G. Robinson, Audra Lindley, Alan Hale, Frank McHugh, George Raft
Directed By:
Raoul Walsh
25. The Spoilers (1942)
11
3
The Spoilers
11
3
Role:
Cherry Malotte
Starring:
John Wayne, Margaret Lindsay, Harry Carey, Randolph Scott
Directed By:
Ray Enright
26. The Song of Songs (1933)
10
3
The Song of Songs
10
3
Role:
Lily Czepanek
Starring:
Brian Aherne, Alison Skipworth, Hardie Albright, Lionel Atwill
Directed By:
Rouben Mamoulian
27. Café Elektric (1927)
10
3
Café Elektric
10
3
Role:
Erni Göttlinger - ein flatterhaftes Mädchen
Starring:
Willi Forst, Fritz Alberti, Anny Coty, Igo Sym
Directed By:
Gustav Ucicky
28. The Flame of New Orleans (1941)
12
2
The Flame of New Orleans
12
2

A young woman pretends to be Countess Claire Ledoux to successfully attract the wealthy banker, Charles Giraud. Unfortunately, she also attracts the attention of Robert Latour, a riverboat captain later. As someone from Claire’s past almost reveals her scandalous past, Claire invents the character of Lili, a look-alike cousin to preserve her secret.  

Role:
Claire Ledeux
Starring:
Shemp Howard, Andy Devine, Roland Young, Mischa Auer, Bruce Cabot
Directed By:
René Clair
29. Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
10
4
Around the World in 80 Days
10
4

Around the World in 80 Days is an Oscar winning adventure comedy film which is based on a novel of the same name by Jules Verne. The story revolves around Phileas Fogg, an English gentleman, living in the 19th century, who makes a bet that he can travel around the world in eighty days.  Along with his French valet Passepartout, he sets out on an adventurous journey.

Starring:
David Niven, Marion Ross, Shirley MacLaine, Peter Lorre, John Carradine, Cantinflas, Sir John Mills
Directed By:
30. Pittsburgh (1942)
10
3
Pittsburgh
10
3

Blinded by ambition, coal-miner Charles ‘Pittsburgh’ Markham stops at nothing to achieve success in the Pittsburgh steel industry. He not only sacrifices his long-standing friendship with Evans, but also breaks his girlfriend Josie’s heart with his hunger for power and money. Before long, his deceitful business dealings bring down his fortunes. However, he gets an unexpected chance to start life afresh. 

Role:
Josie Winters
Starring:
Shemp Howard, John Wayne, Louise Allbritton, Randolph Scott, Frank Craven
Directed By:
Lewis Seiler
31. Manon Lescaut (1926)
9
3
Manon Lescaut
9
3
Starring:
Fritz Greiner, Frida Richard, Lya De Putti, Vladimir Gajdarov
Directed By:
Arthur Robison
32. I Loved a Soldier (1936)
10
3
I Loved a Soldier
10
3
Role:
Anna Sedlak
Starring:
Margaret Sullavan, Charles Boyer, Lionel Stander, Walter Catlett
Directed By:
Henry Hathaway
33. Martin Roumagnac (1946)
10
3
Martin Roumagnac
10
3
Role:
Blanche Ferrand - une grainetière intrigante
Starring:
Jean Gabin, Daniel Gélin, Jean d'Yd, Jean Darcante
Directed By:
Georges Lacombe
34. Gefahren der Brautzeit (1930)
8
3
Gefahren der Brautzeit
8
3
Role:
Evelyne
Starring:
Willi Forst, Albert Hörrmann, Otto Kronburger, Lotte Lorring
Directed By:
Fred Sauer
35. Das Schiff der verlorenen Menschen (1929)
9
2
Das Schiff der verlorenen Menschen
9
2
Role:
Ethel Marley
Starring:
Robin Irvine, Fritz Kortner, Vladimir Sokoloff, Gaston Modot
Directed By:
Maurice Tourneur
36. Ich küsse Ihre Hand, Madame (1929)
9
3
Ich küsse Ihre Hand, Madame
9
3
Role:
Laurence Gerard / Lucille
Starring:
Károly Huszár, Harry Liedtke, Pierre de Guingand, Richard Tauber
Directed By:
Robert Land
37. Sein größter Bluff (1927)
8
3
Sein größter Bluff
8
3
Starring:
Fritz Greiner, Lotte Lorring, Harry Piel, Toni Tetzlaff
Directed By:
Harry Piel, Henrik Galeen
38. The Lady Is Willing (1942)
9
3
The Lady Is Willing
9
3

Elizabeth Madden wishes for motherhood, but has no husband. However, she finds an abandoned baby, after which her desire appears to be fulfilled. However, she has no clue on raising it. Eventually, she finds a divorced pediatrician to help her in raising the child. 

Role:
Elizabeth 'Liza' Madden
Starring:
Fred MacMurray, Sterling Holloway, Stanley Ridges, Arline Judge, Aline MacMahon
Directed By:
Mitchell Leisen
39. Madame wünscht keine Kinder (1926)
8
2
Madame wünscht keine Kinder
8
2
Starring:
Harry Liedtke, María Corda, Maria Paudler, Trude Hesterberg
Directed By:
Alexander Korda
40. Kismet (1944)
10
4
Kismet
10
4

Based on a story from the Arabian Nights, this adventure fantasy film takes us to ancient Baghdad, and the story revolves around Hafiz, the King of Beggars. Wishing to become wealthy, he enters high society, hoping to get his daughter married to a prince.

Role:
Jamilla
Starring:
Ronald Colman, Hugh Herbert, James Craig, Edward Arnold
Directed By:
William Dieterle
41. Follow the Boys (1944)
9
3
Follow the Boys
9
3

A Hollywood actor, who is a former vaudeville performer, tries to enlist in the army after the Second World War breaks out, but is refused due to his knee. He eventually finds himself organizing the Hollywood Victory Committee, an association of motion picture, theatrical and radio personalities, dedicated to help the efforts of the war. 

Starring:
W. C. Fields, Dinah Shore, Orson Welles, Charles Butterworth, George Raft, Vera Zorina
Directed By:
A. Edward Sutherland, John Rawlins
42. So sind die Männer (1923)
8
3
So sind die Männer
8
3
Starring:
Harry Liedtke, Paul Heidemann, Paul Biensfeldt, Egon von Hagen
Directed By:
Georg Jacoby
43. The Garden of Allah (1936)
10
4
The Garden of Allah
10
4

The Garden of Allah is a romantic drama adventure film which tells the story of a monk named Boris, who decides to flee from his monastery and begin a new life. He soon meets a heiress named Domini, who has led a sheltered life. They fall for one another, but Boris decides not to tell Domini about his past.   

Role:
Domini Enfilden
Starring:
John Carradine, Charles Boyer, C. Aubrey Smith, Basil Rathbone
Directed By:
Richard Boleslawski
44. Jigsaw (1949)
8
2
Jigsaw
8
2

When a print-shop owner’s death is regarded as suicide, and the journalist who links this death to an extremist group ‘Crusaders’ gets murdered, Assistant District Attorney Howard Malloy digs deep in this case with assistance from a distinguished judge’s widow. As he unearths the Crusaders’ connections with influential businessmen and politicians, he encounters nightclub singer Barbara. Is she a friend or foe?

Starring:
John Garfield, Henry Fonda, Marc Lawrence, Myron McCormick, Franchot Tone
Directed By:
Fletcher Markle
45. Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo (1978)
8
3
Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo
R
8
3
Starring:
David Hemmings, David Bowie, Maria Schell, Curd Jürgens, Kim Novak
Directed By:
David Hemmings
46. Montecarlo (1956)
8
2
Montecarlo
8
2

Count Della Fiabe is a gambler who is very much in debt. In order to get out of his situation, he tries to attract a beautiful woman named Maria, whom he thinks is very wealthy. He enlists the help of the same people to whom he owes money, in order to woo her, unaware that she is also penniless.

Role:
Maria de Crevecoeur
Starring:
Vittorio De Sica, Arthur O'Connell, Jane Rose, Mischa Auer
Directed By:
Samuel A. Taylor
47. Tragödie der Liebe (1923)
7
1
Tragödie der Liebe
7
1
Role:
Lucy
Starring:
Lena Amsel, Charlotte Ander, Irmgard Bern, Paul Biensfeldt
Directed By:
Joe May
48. Im Schatten des Glücks (1919)
6
1
Im Schatten des Glücks
6
1
Starring:
Sybil Smolova, Hans Adalbert Schlettow, Robert Leffler, Witha Herm
Directed By:
Robert Leffler
49. Der Mensch am Wege (1923)
6
1
Der Mensch am Wege
6
1
Starring:
William Dieterle, Alexander Granach, Emilia Unda, Heinrich George
Directed By:
William Dieterle
50. Der Tänzer meiner Frau (1925)
8
2
Der Tänzer meiner Frau
8
2
Starring:
Willy Fritsch, Victor Varconi, Hans Junkermann, María Corda
Directed By:
Alexander Korda
51. Prinzessin Olala (1928)
8
2
Prinzessin Olala
8
2
Role:
Chichotte de Gastoné
Starring:
Walter Rilla, Georg Alexander, Hermann Böttcher, Carmen Boni
Directed By:
Robert Land
52. Der Juxbaron (1927)
7
1
Der Juxbaron
7
1
Role:
ihre Tochter Sophie
Starring:
Karl Beckmann, Henry Bender, Teddy Bill, Colette Brettel
Directed By:
Willi Wolff
53. Kopf hoch, Charly! (1927)
7
1
Kopf hoch, Charly!
7
1
Starring:
Anton Pointner, Ellen Richter, Michael Bohnen, Max Gülstorff
Directed By:
Willi Wolff
54. Der Sprung ins Leben (1924)
7
1
Der Sprung ins Leben
7
1
Starring:
Walter Rilla, Frida Richard, Xenia Desni, Paul Heidemann
Directed By:
Johannes Guter
55. Der Mönch von Santarem (1924)
7
1
Der Mönch von Santarem
7
1
Starring:
Vivian Gibson, Alf Blütecher, Emmy Förster, Tzwetta Tzatschewa
Directed By:
Lothar Mendes
56. Eine Dubarry von heute (1927)
6
1
Eine Dubarry von heute
6
1
Starring:
Alfred Abel, Jean Bradin, Hans Albers, María Corda
Directed By:
Alexander Korda