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List of Susan Hayward Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. I Want to Live! (1958)
48
3
I Want to Live!
TV-PG
48
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Barbara Graham
Director:
Robert Wise
Genres:
Drama, Film-Noir, Crime, Biography
Star Cast:
Gavin MacLeod, Theodore Bikel, Virginia Vincent, Simon Oakland
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Drama
2. I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955)
38
6
I'll Cry Tomorrow
38
6
As:
Cast
Role:
Lillian Roth
Director:
Daniel Mann
Genres:
Drama, Biography, Music
Star Cast:
Eddie Albert, Richard Conte, Don Taylor, Jo Van Fleet
3. With a Song in My Heart (1952)
43
5
With a Song in My Heart
43
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Jane Froman
Director:
Walter Lang
Genres:
Musical, Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Rory Calhoun, Robert Wagner, David Wayne, Thelma Ritter
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Comedy or Musical
4. Back Street (1961)
45
6
Back Street
TV-PG
45
6

Paul Saxon falls in love with dress-shop owner, Rae Smith, but Paul’s abusive and alcoholic wife, Liz, who refuses to grant him divorce interferes and humiliates Rae. Later a drunken Liz causes a car crash that ends in tragedy leaving a heartbroken Rae mourning the loss of her beloved. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Rae Smith
Director:
David Miller
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Majel Barrett, Virginia Grey, Charles Drake, Vera Miles, John Gavin
5. My Foolish Heart (1949)
36
3
My Foolish Heart
36
3

The story is told in flashback through the eyes of Eloise Winters. The now alcoholic Eloise is trapped in an unhappy marriage and has a difficult relationship with her daughter. While she is contemplating divorcing her husband, she reminisces about her first true love with Walt Dreiser before the beginning of World War II.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Eloise Winters
Director:
Mark Robson
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Dana Andrews, Kent Smith, Jessie Royce Landis, Lois Wheeler
6. Beau Geste (1939)
22
4
Beau Geste
TV-PG
22
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Isobel Rivers
Director:
William A. Wellman
Genres:
Drama, War, Action, Adventure
Star Cast:
Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Broderick Crawford, Brian Donlevy, Robert Preston
7. Rawhide (1951)
30
3
Rawhide
30
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Vinnie Holt
Director:
Henry Hathaway
Genres:
Drama, Western, Romance
Star Cast:
Dean Jagger, Tyrone Power, Edgar Buchanan, Hugh Marlowe
8. House of Strangers (1949)
18
3
House of Strangers
18
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Irene Bennett
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Film-Noir, Drama
Star Cast:
Edward G. Robinson, Richard Conte, Luther Adler, Paul Valentine
9. The Lusty Men (1952)
19
6
The Lusty Men
19
6
As:
Cast
Role:
Louise Merritt
Director:
Robert Parrish, Nicholas Ray
Genres:
Drama, Action, Sport, Western
Star Cast:
Robert Mitchum, Frank Faylen, Arthur Hunnicutt, Arthur Kennedy
10. The President's Lady (1953)
24
2
The President's Lady
24
2

Based on a novel of the same name, this film revolves around the life of President Andrew Jackson, the seventh US President. The film follows his life from his early teenage years, when he meets and marries Rachel Donaldson Robards, to help her get out of a troubled marriage. This, however, leads to several controversies. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Rachel Donelson
Director:
Henry Levin
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Charlton Heston, John McIntire, Fay Bainter, Whitfield Connor
12. I Married a Witch (1942)
18
4
I Married a Witch
18
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Estelle Masterson
Director:
René Clair
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Fredric March, Robert Benchley, Cecil Kellaway, Veronica Lake
13. They Won't Believe Me (1947)
15
3
They Won't Believe Me
15
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Verna Carlson
Director:
Irving Pichel
Genres:
Drama, Film-Noir, Romance
Star Cast:
Robert Young, Rita Johnson, Jane Greer, Tom Powers
14. I'd Climb the Highest Mountain (1951)
23
6
I'd Climb the Highest Mountain
23
6

William Thompson moves to a rural town in Georgia, with his wife Mary Elizabeth. However, they face various problems while adjusting to their new lifestyle. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Mary Elizabeth Eden Thompson
Director:
Henry King
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Rory Calhoun, Gene Lockhart, William Lundigan, Barbara Bates
15. Canyon Passage (1946)
16
1
Canyon Passage
TV-PG
16
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Lucy Overmire
Director:
Jacques Tourneur
Genres:
Western, Drama
Star Cast:
Lloyd Bridges, Ward Bond, Brian Donlevy, Dana Andrews
16. Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (1947)
25
2
Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman
25
2

Night club singer, Angie Evans, marries struggling singer, Ken Conway, giving up her own career and becoming a mother. Ken achieves success and an insecure Angie resorts to alcoholism. When Ken has an affair with secretary Martha and asks for a divorce, Angie kidnaps their child, leading to harrowing consequences. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Angelica 'Angie' 'Angel' Evans Conway
Director:
Stuart Heisler
Genres:
Film-Noir, Music, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Eddie Albert, Carl Esmond, Marsha Hunt, Lee Bowman
17. Ada (1961)
22
3
Ada
22
3

Bo Gillis, an honest but naive gubernatorial candidate marries Ada Dallas, whom he has met shortly before his election, eventually beginning their life as the state’s first couple. But very soon, Bo finds that he is being fully controlled by his corrupt campaign manager. Things become even more complicated when Ada makes it known that she wants to be named as the new lieutenant governor.

As:
Cast
Role:
Ada Gillis
Director:
Daniel Mann
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Dean Martin, Ralph Meeker, Martin Balsam, Wilfrid Hyde-White
18. The Lost Moment (1947)
14
3
The Lost Moment
14
3

Publisher Lewis Venable wants to acquire some love letters between late poet, Jeffrey Ashton, and Juliana Bordereau. On learning Juliana is still alive, he takes up lodgings at her house. But things take a turn for the worse when he discovers Juliana’s schizophrenic granddaughter, Tina, is obsessed with Asthon, at times believing she is Juliana. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Tina Bordereau
Director:
Martin Gabel
Genres:
Drama, Film-Noir, Romance, Thriller
Star Cast:
Agnes Moorehead, Robert Cummings, Eduardo Ciannelli, Joan Lorring
19. Tap Roots (1948)
16
1
Tap Roots
16
1

The Dabneys, who are plantation owners in rural Mississippi, decide to remain neutral during the Civil War, but they find themselves caught in the crossfire. Hoab Dabney finds support from a local newspaperman named Keith Alexander, who eventually falls in love with Morna, Hoab’s daughter. However, Morna’s fiancé Clay, who is part of the Confederate Army, is planning to punish the citizens who has decided to stay neutral.

As:
Cast
Role:
Morna Dabney
Director:
George Marshall
Genres:
War, Western, Drama
Star Cast:
Julie London, Boris Karloff, Van Heflin, Whitfield Connor
20. The Forest Rangers (1942)
12
1
The Forest Rangers
12
1

Don Stuart is a forest ranger who is in pursuit of a forest arsonist. Meanwhile, he also develops a romance with a socialite.

As:
Cast
Role:
Tana 'Butch' Mason
Director:
George Marshall
Genres:
Drama, Adventure, Action
Star Cast:
Fred MacMurray, Paulette Goddard, Lynne Overman, Albert Dekker
21. The Saxon Charm (1948)
16
1
The Saxon Charm
16
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Janet Busch
Director:
Claude Binyon
Genres:
Film-Noir, Drama
Star Cast:
Robert Montgomery, John Payne, Harry Morgan, Audrey Totter
23. Deadline at Dawn (1946)
17
2
Deadline at Dawn
17
2
As:
Cast
Role:
June Goffe
Director:
William Cameron Menzies, Harold Clurman
Genres:
Romance, Mystery, Thriller, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Paul Lukas, Joseph Calleia, Osa Massen, Bill Williams
24. The Fighting Seabees (1944)
20
2
The Fighting Seabees
20
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Constance Chesley
Director:
Edward Ludwig
Genres:
Drama, Romance, War
Star Cast:
William Frawley, John Wayne, Dennis O'Keefe, Leonid Kinskey
25. Garden of Evil (1954)
17
3
Garden of Evil
17
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Leah Fuller
Director:
Henry Hathaway
Genres:
Romance, Western, Action, Drama, Adventure
Star Cast:
Richard Widmark, Rita Moreno, Gary Cooper, Cameron Mitchell, Hugh Marlowe
26. Skirmish on the Home Front (1944)
7
1
Skirmish on the Home Front
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Molly Miller
Genres:
Drama, War, Short
Star Cast:
Alan Ladd, Betty Hutton, William Bendix
27. The Sisters (1938)
11
6
The Sisters
11
6
As:
Cast
Director:
Anatole Litvak
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Errol Flynn, Bette Davis, Anita Louise, Ian Hunter, Donald Crisp
28. And Now Tomorrow (1944)
8
1
And Now Tomorrow
8
1

Dr. Merek Vance, who has developed a serum to cure deafness, tries it on Emily Blair, who is rich but deaf. However, it doesn’t prove effective. Meanwhile, Emily’s sister Janice is having an affair with Emily’s fiancé, Jeff. Emily insists on trying Merek’s new serum, but falls in coma. Now, will Emily get over her deafness and marry the man she loves? 

As:
Cast
Role:
Janice Blair
Director:
Irving Pichel
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Elinor Donahue, Loretta Young, Alan Ladd, Beulah Bondi, Cecil Kellaway
29. Comet Over Broadway (1938)
8
1
Comet Over Broadway
TV-G
8
1

Comet Over Broadway is an American drama film which tells the story of Eve Appleton, who is the wife of a small-town garage owner, but hopes to become a theatrical star some day. When her husband is sent to prison for accidentally killing an actor, she decides to go away and pursue her dreams.   

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Donald Crisp, Ian Hunter, Kay Francis, Minna Gombell, John Litel
31. The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)
24
2
The Snows of Kilimanjaro
TV-PG
24
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Helen
Director:
Roy Ward Baker, Henry King
Genres:
Adventure, Romance, War, Drama
Star Cast:
Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Leo G. Carroll, Hildegard Knef
32. The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938)
8
2
The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Anatole Litvak
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Donald Crisp, Allen Jenkins
33. Adam Had Four Sons (1941)
15
2
Adam Had Four Sons
15
2

When Adam Stoddard’s wife dies, it falls upon their governess Emile to mother his four children  and keep the family together. But soon Adam’s fortune is also lost and he has to send the boys to boarding school and Emile away. Years later, he recoups his financial standing and summons Emile, whom he has always loved. But by then, one of his sons has married a scheming woman.

As:
Cast
Role:
Hester Stoddard
Director:
Gregory Ratoff
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Ingrid Bergman, Richard Denning, Warner Baxter, Fay Wray
34. Untamed (1955)
20
1
Untamed
20
1

Set in 1847, during the Great Famine, the film revolves around Katie O’Neill, and her husband, who immigrates to a troubled South Africa, where the former runs into an old flame. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Katie O'Neill Kildare
Director:
Henry King
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Adventure
Star Cast:
Rita Moreno, Agnes Moorehead, Tyrone Power, Richard Egan
35. I Can Get It for You Wholesale (1951)
12
3
I Can Get It for You Wholesale
12
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Harriet Boyd
Director:
Michael Gordon
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Sam Jaffe, George Sanders, Dan Dailey, Randy Stuart
36. Where Love Has Gone (1964)
18
3
Where Love Has Gone
18
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Valerie Hayden Miller
Director:
Edward Dmytryk
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Bette Davis, Mike Connors, Joey Heatherton, Jane Greer
37. Soldier of Fortune (1955)
19
1
Soldier of Fortune
19
1

Jane Hoyt reaches Hong Kong to rescue her thrill-seeking photojournalist husband Louis who has been captured by Communist China and is being held in a prison in Canton. She seeks the help of cunning shipping magnate Hank Lee and the two start falling in love.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Mrs. Jane Hoyt
Director:
Edward Dmytryk
Genres:
Romance, Adventure, Crime, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Clark Gable, Michael Rennie, Gene Barry, Alexander D'Arcy
38. Star Spangled Rhythm (1942)
8
1
Star Spangled Rhythm
8
1

A musical made during WWII to entertain troops, raise funds and boost morale. Silent Era-Star, Billy Webster is now a gateman at Paramount studios. However, his Navy serviceman son, Johnny, thinks he is a studio executive. As Johnny is arriving with his shipmates, to preserve his illusion, Billy takes help of studio switchboard-operator, Polly, to put up a show with Hollywood’s mega-stars.

As:
Cast
Director:
George Marshall, A. Edward Sutherland
Genres:
Comedy, Musical
39. Sis Hopkins (1941)
8
1
Sis Hopkins
8
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Carol Hopkins
Director:
Joseph Santley
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Charles Butterworth, Judy Canova, Jerry Colonna, Bob Crosby
40. David and Bathsheba (1951)
23
3
David and Bathsheba
23
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Bathsheba
Director:
Henry King
Genres:
Romance, History, Drama
Star Cast:
Gregory Peck, James Robertson Justice, Raymond Massey, Kieron Moore
41. Summer Flight (1963)
10
1
Summer Flight
10
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Laura Pember
Director:
Daniel Petrie
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Paul Rogers, Michael Craig, Diane Baker, Edward Judd
42. Hollywood Hotel (1937)
9
1
Hollywood Hotel
9
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Busby Berkeley
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Musical
Star Cast:
Lola Lane, Hugh Herbert, Dick Powell, Ted Healy,
43. Among the Living (1941)
8
1
Among the Living
8
1

Paul Raden, mentally unstable identical twin brother of John, is kept in a room in their family mansion. John returns home after 25 years for father’s funeral, and is shocked to learn about Paul, who he thought was dead. Paul escapes while his caretaker is found strangled. After another similar death, the town’s people are terrified and suspect John as the murderer.   

As:
Cast
Role:
Millie Pickens
Director:
Stuart Heisler
Genres:
Film-Noir, Mystery, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Frances Farmer, Harry Carey, Gordon Jones, Albert Dekker
44. Woman Obsessed (1959)
13
1
Woman Obsessed
13
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Mary Sharron
Director:
Henry Hathaway
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Theodore Bikel, Barbara Nichols, Stephen Boyd, Dennis Holmes
45. Tulsa (1949)
12
1
Tulsa
12
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Cherokee Lansing
Director:
Stuart Heisler
Genres:
Romance, Western, Action, Drama
Star Cast:
Robert Preston, Chill Wills, Pedro Armendáriz, Lloyd Gough
46. Top Secret Affair (1957)
12
3
Top Secret Affair
12
3

When an Army General is about to be appointed as the chairman of an atomic energy committee, a female tycoon is disappointed. Therefore, she invites the former to her country estate, in an attempt to entrap him as well as ruin his reputation. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Dorothy 'Dottie' Peale
Director:
H.C. Potter
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Kirk Douglas, Paul Stewart, Jim Backus, John Cromwell
47. White Witch Doctor (1953)
13
1
White Witch Doctor
13
1

This adventure film takes us to 1907 in the Belgian Congo, where a missionary nurse, arrives to work for a missionary doctor. When she needs to attend to a local chief’s injured son, she asks a big-game hunter to accompany her, and the two eventually embark on a journey of adventure and romance. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Ellen Burton
Director:
Henry Hathaway
Genres:
Adventure
Star Cast:
Robert Mitchum, Walter Slezak, Mashood Ajala, Joseph C. Narcisse
48. The Hairy Ape (1944)
9
1
The Hairy Ape
9
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Mildred Douglas
Director:
Alfred Santell
Genres:
Film-Noir, Drama
Star Cast:
John Loder, Roman Bohnen, Dorothy Comingore, William Bendix
49. I Thank a Fool (1962)
11
2
I Thank a Fool
11
2

I Thank a Fool is a crime drama mystery film, which tells the story of a doctor who is prosecuted for mercy killing by a district attorney. However, he also hires the same doctor to care for the victim's mentally-ill wife.

As:
Cast
Role:
Christine Allison
Director:
Robert Stevens
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Peter Finch, Diane Cilento, Cyril Cusack, Kieron Moore
51. The Revengers (1972)
13
1
The Revengers
PG
13
1

After a rancher’s family is massacred by a gang of outlaws, he decides to pay a team of convicts in order to take revenge against them. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Daniel Mann
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Roger Hanin, Woody Strode
52. Our Leading Citizen (1939)
7
1
Our Leading Citizen
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Judith Schofield
Director:
Alfred Santell
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Elizabeth Patterson, Bob Burns, Gene Lockhart, Joseph Allen
53. The Marriage-Go-Round (1961)
13
3
The Marriage-Go-Round
13
3

Paul Delville who is a professor at a Florida college, and his wife, are expecting visitors from Sweden, who are their former colleagues. However, they are surprised to see that their young and beautiful daughter Katrin has arrived alone. Things get even more complicated when Katrin announces that she wants Paul to have a baby with her, as she wishes an offspring with both brains and beauty.   

As:
Cast
Role:
Content Delville
Director:
Walter Lang
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
James Mason, June Clayworth, Robert Paige, Julie Newmar
54. A Letter from Bataan (1942)
11
2
A Letter from Bataan
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mrs. Mary Lewis
Director:
William H. Pine
Genres:
Short, War, Drama
Star Cast:
Richard Arlen, Joe Sawyer, Jimmy Lydon, Keith Richards
55. $1000 a Touchdown (1939)
7
2
$1000 a Touchdown
7
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Betty McGlen
Director:
James P. Hogan
Genres:
Sport, Comedy
Star Cast:
Joe E. Brown, Eric Blore, Martha Raye, John Hartley
56. Young and Willing (1943)
8
2
Young and Willing
8
2

Six struggling young actors share an apartment to make their ends meet. Their landlady soon provides them a play that was left long ago by an evicted tenant. However, soon it turns out that he is now a successful theater producer and is trying to rewrite his first play. Therefore, when the young actors come to know about this, they try to sell his own play to him.

As:
Cast
Role:
Kate Benson
Director:
Edward H. Griffith
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
William Holden, Robert Benchley, Martha O'Driscoll, Eddie Bracken
57. Thunder in the Sun (1959)
11
2
Thunder in the Sun
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Gabrielle Dauphin
Director:
Russell Rouse
Genres:
Romance, Adventure, History, Action, Western
Star Cast:
Carl Esmond, Blanche Yurka, Jeff Chandler, Jacques Bergerac
58. Hit Parade of 1943 (1943)
8
1
Hit Parade of 1943
8
1

This romantic musical film tells the story of a songwriter who discovers that a nightclub singer has been stealing some of her hit songs. Despite this, she starts to develop feelings for him.

As:
Cast
Role:
Jill Wright
Director:
Albert S. Rogell
Genres:
Music, Romance
Star Cast:
Dorothy Dandridge, Gail Patrick, John Carroll, Melville Cooper, Eve Arden
59. Girls on Probation (1938)
7
3
Girls on Probation
7
3
As:
Cast
Director:
William C. McGann
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Henry O'Neill, Sheila Bromley, Jane Bryan, Anthony Averill,
60. Jack London (1943)
8
2
Jack London
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Charmian Kittredge
Director:
Alfred Santell
Genres:
Romance, War, Adventure, Biography
Star Cast:
Harry Davenport, Frank Craven, Osa Massen, Michael O'Shea
61. Campus Cinderella (1938)
5
2
Campus Cinderella
5
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Noel M. Smith
Genres:
Short, Comedy, Musical
Star Cast:
Sidney Bracey, Johnnie Davis, Penny Singleton, Anthony Averill,
62. The Conqueror (1956)
8
4
The Conqueror
8
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Bortai
Director:
Dick Powell
Genres:
Biography, History, Romance, Adventure, War
Star Cast:
Patrick Wayne, Agnes Moorehead, John Wayne, John Hoyt, Pedro Armendáriz

TV Movie(s)

1. Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole (1972)
16
3
Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole
TV-PG
16
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Maggie Cole
Director:
Jud Taylor
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Dane Clark, Darren McGavin, Michael Constantine, Michele Nichols
2. Heat of Anger (1972)
14
4
Heat of Anger
14
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Jessie Fitzgerald
Director:
Don Taylor
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Lee J. Cobb, Bettye Ackerman, Fritz Weaver, James Stacy

Susan Hayward Awards

Academy Awards
I Want to Live! Best Actress in a Leading Role 1959
Golden Globe Awards
I Want to Live! Best Actress - Drama 1959
With a Song in My Heart Best Actress - Comedy or Musical 1953
Winner World Film Favorite - Female 1953