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Ranking All Of Director Frank Capra’s Movies

Frank Capra Filmography Movie Ranking Movies

“What are Frank Capra’s Best Movies?” We looked at all of Capra’s directed filmography and ranked them against one another to answer that very question!

We took all of the movies directed by Frank Capra and looked at their Rotten Tomato Critic, Rotten Tomato User, Metacritic, Metacritic User, IMDB, and Letterboxd scores, ranking them against one another to see which movies came out on top. The movies are ranked in our list below based on which movies have the highest overall score between all 6 review sites in comparison with all of the other movies by the same director. The process is all very scientific with no flaws at all.

The full ranking chart is also included below the countdown on the bottom of the page.

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The Top Film’s Of Frank Capra



52 ) Say It with Sables (1928)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 52
  • Letterboxd User Score: 36

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51 ) The Burglar (1928)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 51
  • Letterboxd User Score: 36

A man, accidentally locked out of his house is mistaken for a burglar as he attempts to re-enter the house. The gag is that the person mistaking him, is an actual burglar thinking the man to be a rival to his score.

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49 ) For the Love of Mike (1927)

 For the Love of Mike (1927) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 49
  • Letterboxd User Score: 36

Three men join forces to raise an adopted son.

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49 ) Your Job in Germany (1945)

 Your Job in Germany (1945) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 49
  • Letterboxd User Score: 36

Your Job In Germany is a short film made for the United States War Department in 1945 just before Victory in Europe Day (VE). It was shown to US soldiers about to go on occupation duty in Germany. The film was made by the military film unit commanded by Frank Capra and was written by Theodor Geisel, better known by his pen name Dr. Seuss.

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48 ) So This Is Love? (1928)

 So This Is Love? (1928) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 48
  • Letterboxd User Score: 36

So This is Love? was another early Frank Capra production for fledgling Columbia Pictures. The hero, dress designer Jerry McGuire (William Collier Jr.), is tired of being considered a wimp. After business hours, Jerry secretly takes boxing lessons, enabling him to knock the stuffings out of his burly rival Spike Mullins (Johnnie Walker). Jerry’s newfound pugilistic skills wins him the affections of store clerk Hilda Jensen (Shirley Mason), who’s just car-razy about “cave men.” Filmed in a fast three weeks, So This is Love? was completed before Frank Capra’s Matinee Idol but released afterward. Leading lady Shirley Mason was the sister of Viola Dana, who starred in Capra’s initial Columbia effort, That Certain Thing.

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46 ) Flight (1929)

 Flight (1929) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 44
  • Letterboxd User Score: 36

Two Marine pilots in love with the same girl are assigned a mission to find a notorious bandit in Nicaragua. This early talkie from director Frank Capra, released in 1929, stars Jack Holt, Ralph Graves and Lila Lee.

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46 ) Rain or Shine (1930)

 Rain or Shine (1930) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 28
  • IMDB User Review Score: 45
  • Letterboxd User Score: 36

Young Mary Rainey takes the reins of her deceased father’s failing circus. With the help of the Inimitable Smiley Johnson, she hopes to bring fortune back to her ragtag band of ragged shoeleather performers.

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45 ) Riding High (1950)

 Riding High (1950) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 43
  • Letterboxd User Score: 36

A horse trainer who has fallen on hard times looks to his horse, Broadway Bill, to finally win the big race.

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44 ) Here Is Germany (1945)

 Here Is Germany (1945) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 41
  • Letterboxd User Score: 36

A “know-your-enemy” propaganda film similar to “Know Your Enemy: Japan” and “My Japan”, films about Japan with the same objective. It contains a history of the prelude to WW II, the death camps and other Nazi war crimes, and commentary on the character of the German people. Directed by Frank Capra, this film is in essentially the same format as his “Why We Fight” series. It was intended to be shown to American troops participating in the invasion and occupation of Germany. But by the time it was ready, events had overtaken it — Germany was already well on its way to falling — so the film was shelved. Although it is readily available for public-domain viewing on the Internet, it has never been widely distributed or shown.

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42 ) The Younger Generation (1929)

 The Younger Generation (1929) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 37
  • Letterboxd User Score: 36

Soap-opera about a social-climbing Jewish man and his old-world parents who are heartbroken by his rejection of them. Young Morris Goldfish follows his immigrant father into business. His ruthless business practices cause him to become a big success, and he moves the family to Park Avenue. They go, but were happier back on the East Side. Morris is ashamed of this parents and his humble origins, but learns in the end that there is more to life than money.

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42 ) Two Down and One to Go (1945)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 37
  • Letterboxd User Score: 36

Documentary short film produced by the U.S. Army, intended to enlighten the American public on the final thrust of the Allied war effort in Europe and on the plans for the return home of American forces.

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41 ) The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays (1957)

 The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays (1957) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 28
  • Letterboxd User Score: 36

Part of acclaimed filmmaker Frank Capra’s “Wonders of Life” series of science-based films (which won an Emmy Award for Best Editing) teaches kids about the power of gamma rays and radiation.

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40 ) The Donovan Affair (1929)

 The Donovan Affair (1929) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 28
  • Letterboxd User Score: 36

Inspector Killian tries to solve a murder case with his assistant Carney.

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39 ) That Certain Thing (1928)

 That Certain Thing (1928) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 20
  • Letterboxd User Score: 36

Gold-digger Molly marries the heir to a fortune, but things go badly when he is disinherited and starts working as a ditch digger.

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37 ) Hemo The Magnificent (1957)

 Hemo The Magnificent (1957) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 11
  • Letterboxd User Score: 36

Professor Frank Baxter and some animated friends answer questions about blood. what makes it red? Why do little animals’ hearts beat so quickly? And so much more.

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37 ) Our Mr. Sun (1956)

 Our Mr. Sun (1956) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 11
  • Letterboxd User Score: 36

One entry in a series of films produced to make science accessible to the masses—especially children—this film describes the sun in scientific but entertaining terms.

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36 ) Submarine (1928)

 Submarine (1928) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 9
  • Letterboxd User Score: 36

Two sailors who are always competing against each other set their sights on the same girl. When she chooses one over the other, their friendship ends acrimoniously. However, things change when one the men is in a submarine trapped beneath the ocean and the other, a diver, is sent down on a rescue mission.

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35 ) Know Your Enemy – Japan (1945)

 Know Your Enemy - Japan (1945) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 47
  • Letterboxd User Score: 35

Frank Capra-directed propaganda film produced at the onset of World War II depicting the United States’ new enemy: Japan

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34 ) Fultah Fisher’s Boarding House (1922)

 Fultah Fisher's Boarding House (1922) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 45
  • Letterboxd User Score: 34

Fultah Fisher runs a boarding house catering to seamen passing through the port. A girl known as Anne of Austria has had many lovers amongst the sailors, but presently she’s known to be the “property” of Salem Hardieker, a tough Bostonian. When Anne’s eye drifts to a new potential lover, Hans the Dane, he spurns her, knowing she’s Salem’s girl. But hell hath no fury like a woman scorned….

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33 ) A Hole in the Head (1959)

 A Hole in the Head (1959) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 27
  • IMDB User Review Score: 41
  • Letterboxd User Score: 32

An impractical widower tries to hang onto his Miami hotel and his 12-year-old son.

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32 ) Long Pants (1927)

 Long Pants (1927) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 17
  • IMDB User Review Score: 36
  • Letterboxd User Score: 32

Harry Shelby has been kept in knee pants for years by his overprotective parents, but the day finally comes when Harry is given his first pair of long pants. Almost immediately, he is expected to marry his childhood sweetheart Priscilla… but instead, Harry’s first heady whiff of manhood has got him panting after Bebe, a “fast” woman from the big city. Mistakenly thinking that Bebe fancies him too, Harry risks everything to help her out when she lands in jail, only to end up in hot water himself. Through it all, sweet Priscilla waits for her man to come to his senses.

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31 ) Here Comes the Groom (1951)

 Here Comes the Groom (1951) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 20
  • IMDB User Review Score: 39
  • Letterboxd User Score: 30

Foreign correspondent Pete Garvey has 5 days to win back his former fiancée, or he’ll lose the orphans he adopted.

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30 ) Broadway Bill (1934)

 Broadway Bill (1934) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 26
  • IMDB User Review Score: 31
  • Letterboxd User Score: 30

Tycoon J.L. Higgins controls his whole family, but one of his sons- in-law, Dan Brooks and his daughter Alice are fed up with that. Brooks quits his job as manager of J.L.’s paper box factory and devotes his life to his racing horse Broadway Bill, but his bank- roll is thin and the luck is against him, he is arrested because of $150 he owes somebody for horse food, but suddenly a planed fraud by somebody else seems to offer him a chance…

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29 ) Dirigible (1931)

 Dirigible (1931) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 25
  • IMDB User Review Score: 39
  • Letterboxd User Score: 19

Dirigible commander Jack Braden and Navy pilot ‘Frisky’ Pierce fight over the glory associated with a successful expedition to the South Pole and the love of beautiful Helen, Frisky’s wife. After Braden’s dirigible expedition fails, Frisky tries an expedition by plane. Unfortunately he crashes and strands his party at the South Pole. Braden must decide between a risky rescue attempt by dirigible and remaining safely at home with Helen.

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28 ) The Power of the Press (1928)

 The Power of the Press (1928) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 35
  • Letterboxd User Score: 19

An aspiring newspaper reporter investigates as a young woman suspected of murder.

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26 ) Ladies of Leisure (1930)

 Ladies of Leisure (1930) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 31
  • Letterboxd User Score: 19

Jerry Strong is the son of a rich businessman, but wants to be a painter. He hires Kay Arnold, a good girl with a bad past, as a model. They fall in love, and plan to get married. But Jerry’s parents raise strong objections.

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26 ) Tunisian Victory (1944)

 Tunisian Victory (1944) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 31
  • Letterboxd User Score: 19

Documentary made by the U.S. Army Signal Corps after the North African campaign.

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25 ) The Strong Man (1926)

 The Strong Man (1926) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 9
  • IMDB User Review Score: 31
  • Letterboxd User Score: 19

A meek Belgian soldier (Harry Langdon) fighting in World War I receives penpal letters and a photo from “Mary Brown”, an American girl he has never met. He becomes infatuated with her by long distance. After the war, the young Belgian journeys to America as assistant to a theatrical “strong man”, Zandow the Great (Arthur Thalasso). While in America, he searches for Mary Brown… and he finds her, just as word comes that Zandow is incapacitated and the little nebbish must go on stage in his place.

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24 ) Platinum Blonde (1931)

 Platinum Blonde (1931) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 21
  • IMDB User Review Score: 28
  • Letterboxd User Score: 19

In this witty romp, Jean Harlow plays an upper-crust socialite who bullies her reporter husband (Robert Williams) into conforming to her highfalutin ways. The husband chafes at the confinement of high society, though, and yearns for a creative outlet. He decides to write a play and collaborates with a fellow reporter (Loretta Young); the results are unexpectedly hilarious, especially when Young shows up at the mansion with a gaggle of boozehound reporters in tow. With snappy, ribald dialogue (allowable in those pre-Hays Code days), Capra keeps the gags flying fast and furious, taking special delight in having Williams’s journalist pals rib him endlessly over his kept-man status. Platinum Blonde was a great success at the time of its release during the class-conscious Depression; for better or worse, its star Harlow was identified with the tag “platinum blonde” until her untimely death. –Jerry Renshaw

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23 ) Forbidden (1932)

 Forbidden (1932) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 21
  • IMDB User Review Score: 27
  • Letterboxd User Score: 19

On a cruise to Cuba, Lulu Smith falls in love with Bob Grover. Back home, she breaks off the romance when he tells her he is married. Lulu has a baby, but doesn’t tell Bob, who turns out to be a rising politician. She passes herself off as the baby’s nanny. When Bob learns what is going on, he adopts the little girl, not telling his wife or anyone else where she came from. Lulu gets a job at a newspaper. Things get complicated when the editor gets the dirt on Grover, but also wants to marry Lulu

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22 ) Why We Fight: Prelude to War (1942)

 Why We Fight: Prelude to War (1942) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 24
  • Letterboxd User Score: 19

Prelude to War was the first film of Frank Capra’s Why We Fight propaganda film series, commissioned by the Pentagon and George C. Marshall. It was made to convince American troops of the necessity of combating the Axis Powers during World War II. This film examines the differences between democratic and fascist states.

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21 ) The Matinee Idol (1928)

 The Matinee Idol (1928) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • IMDB User Review Score: 24
  • Letterboxd User Score: 19

The famous matinee idol and blackface comedian, Don Wilson, heads out of town to escape adulation. There, calling himself Harry Mann, he accidentally joins a traveling acting troupe, and falls in love with Ginger Bolivar, who runs the troupe and stars in their Civil War melodrama. Don’s producer sees the play, and thinks it’s a comic masterpiece, and just what Don’s Broadway show needs. But when Ginger finds out she’s been played for a fool, will she forgive Don?

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20 ) Why We Fight: War Comes to America (1945)

 Why We Fight: War Comes to America (1945) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 6
  • IMDB User Review Score: 20
  • Letterboxd User Score: 19

Part VII of the “Why We Fight” series of wartime documentaries. This entry attempts to describe the factors leading up to America’s entry into the Second World War.

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19 ) Pocketful of Miracles (1961)

 Pocketful of Miracles (1961) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 19
  • IMDB User Review Score: 17
  • Letterboxd User Score: 19

Damon Runyon’s fairytale, sweet and funny, is told by director Frank Capra. Boozy, brassy Apple Annie, a beggar with a basket of apples, is as much as part of downtown New York as old Broadway itself. Bootlegger Dave the Dude is a sucker for her apples — he thinks they bring him luck. But Dave and girlfriend Queenie Martin need a lot more than luck when it turns out that Annie is in a jam and only they can help: Annie’s daughter Louise, who has lived all her life in a Spanish convent, is coming to America with a Count and his son. The count’s son wants to marry Louise, who thinks her mother is part of New York society. It’s up to Dave and Queenie and their Runyonesque cronies to turn Annie into a lady and convince the Count and his son that they are hobnobbing with New York’s elite.

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18 ) Why We Fight: The Nazis Strike (1943)

 Why We Fight: The Nazis Strike (1943) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 20
  • Letterboxd User Score: 15

This documents the relentless advance of Germany’s mighty military machine, as Hitlers armies terrorize their victims with blitzkrieg tactics and spread through the Rineland,Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Poland

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16 ) Why We Fight: Divide and Conquer (1943)

 Why We Fight: Divide and Conquer (1943) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 15
  • Letterboxd User Score: 15

The third film of Frank Capra’s ‘Why We Fight” propaganda film series, dealing with the Nazi conquest of Western Europe in 1940.

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16 ) Why We Fight: The Battle of China (1944)

 Why We Fight: The Battle of China (1944) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 24
  • IMDB User Review Score: 20
  • Letterboxd User Score: 15

The sixth film illustrates Japan’s occupation of China, including Madame Chiang Kai-Shek’s stirring address before congress, the rape of Naking, the great 2,000 mile migration, and Claire Chennault’s Flying Tigers.

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15 ) Why We Fight: The Battle of Britain (1943)

 Why We Fight: The Battle of Britain (1943) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • IMDB User Review Score: 9
  • Letterboxd User Score: 15

Exciting newsreel footage highlights this award-winning documentary of Britain’s gallant stand against the encroaching Nazi horde. As the British people fight bravely, Hitler orders the Luftwaffe to begin the London Blitz in the hope of bringing England to her knees.

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14 ) The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)

 The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 23
  • IMDB User Review Score: 24
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

A U.S. missionary (Barbara Stanwyck) is gradually seduced by a courtly warlord (Nils Asther) holding her in Shanghai.

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13 ) The Miracle Woman (1931)

 The Miracle Woman (1931) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 17
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

A phony faith healer falls for a blind man and seeks to go straight.

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12 ) Why We Fight: The Battle of Russia (1943)

 Why We Fight: The Battle of Russia (1943) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 1
  • IMDB User Review Score: 17
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

“The Battle of Russia,” Chapter V of Frank Capra’s “Why We Fight” series, follows the beginning of the end for Adolph Hitler.

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11 ) State of the Union (1948)

 State of the Union (1948) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 16
  • IMDB User Review Score: 15
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

An industrialist is urged to run for President, but this requires uncomfortable compromises on both political and marital levels.

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10 ) Lady for a Day (1933)

 Lady for a Day (1933) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 13
  • IMDB User Review Score: 11
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

Never-wed, poor, rough around the edges Apple Annie has always written to her daughter, Louise, in Spain that she is married and a member of New York’s high society. Upon receiving unexpected word from Louise (who hasn’t seen Annie since infancy) that she is en route to America with her new fiancé and his father, a count, so the three of them can meet her, Annie panics, despairing that her beloved daughter will be destroyed by the deception.

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9 ) American Madness (1932)

 American Madness (1932) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 11
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

American Madness is a film from director Frank Capra from 1932. Set during the depression the film depicts a bank trustee involved in a robbery scandal.

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8 ) Meet John Doe (1941)

 Meet John Doe (1941) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 8
  • Letterboxd User Score: 7

As a parting shot, fired reporter Ann Mitchell prints a fake letter from unemployed “John Doe,” who threatens suicide in protest of social ills. The paper is forced to rehire Ann and hires John Willoughby to impersonate “Doe.” Ann and her bosses cynically milk the story for all it’s worth, until the made-up “John Doe” philosophy starts a whole political movement.

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7 ) Lost Horizon (1937)

 Lost Horizon (1937) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • IMDB User Review Score: 7
  • Letterboxd User Score: 7

British diplomat Robert Conway and a small group of civilians crash land in the Himalayas, and are rescued by the people of the mysterious, Eden-like valley of Shangri-la. Protected by the mountains from the world outside, where the clouds of World War II are gathering, Shangri-la provides a seductive escape for the world-weary Conway.

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5 ) Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 8
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 4

Longfellow Deeds lives in a small town, leading a small town kind of life. When a relative dies and leaves Deeds a fortune, Longfellow moves to the big city where he becomes an instant target for everyone. Deeds outwits them all until Babe Bennett comes along. When small-town boy meets big-city girl anything can, and does, happen.

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5 ) You Can’t Take It with You (1938)

 You Can't Take It with You (1938) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 9
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 7
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 6

Alice, the only relatively normal member of the eccentric Sycamore family, falls in love with Tony Kirby. His wealthy banker father, Anthony P. Kirby, and his snobbish mother, strongly disapprove of the match. When the Kirbys are invited to dinner to become better acquainted with their future in-laws, things do not turn out the way Alice had hoped.

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4 ) Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

 Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 4

Mortimer Brewster is a newspaperman and author known for his diatribes against marriage. We watch him being married at city hall in the opening scene. Now all that is required is a quick trip home to tell Mortimer’s two maiden aunts. While trying to break the news, he finds out his aunts’ hobby; killing lonely old men and burying them in the cellar. It gets worse.

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2 ) It Happened One Night (1934)

 It Happened One Night (1934) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 5
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 4
  • IMDB User Review Score: 3
  • Letterboxd User Score: 2

Ellie Andrews has just tied the knot with society aviator King Westley when she is whisked away to her father’s yacht and out of King’s clutches. Ellie jumps ship and eventually winds up on a bus headed back to her husband. Reluctantly she must accept the help of out-of- work reporter Peter Warne. Actually, Warne doesn’t give her any choice: either she sticks with him until he gets her back to her husband, or he’ll blow the whistle on Ellie to her father. Either way, Peter gets what he wants… a really juicy newspaper story!

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2 ) Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 6
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 3
  • IMDB User Review Score: 2
  • Letterboxd User Score: 3

Naive and idealistic Jefferson Smith, leader of the Boy Rangers, is appointed to the United States Senate by the puppet governor of his state. He soon discovers, upon going to Washington, many shortcomings of the political process as his earnest goal of a national boys’ camp leads to a conflict with the state political boss.

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1 ) It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

 It's a Wonderful Life (1946) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 6
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 2
  • IMDB User Review Score: 1
  • Letterboxd User Score: 1

A holiday favourite for generations… George Bailey has spent his entire life giving to the people of Bedford Falls. All that prevents rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town is George’s modest building and loan company. But on Christmas Eve the business’s $8,000 is lost and George’s troubles begin.

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Frank Capra’s Best Movies



Frank Capra Review Website Filmography Rankings

Film RT Critic RT User IMDB Letterboxd Overal Rank
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) 6 2 1 1 1
It Happened One Night (1934) 5 4 3 2 2
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) 6 3 2 3 2
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) 12 5 4 4 4
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) 10 8 4 4 5
You Can’t Take It with You (1938) 9 7 4 6 5
Lost Horizon (1937) 8 12 7 7 7
Meet John Doe (1941) 10 10 8 7 8
American Madness (1932) 15 10 11 9 9
Lady for a Day (1933) 1 13 11 9 10
State of the Union (1948) 15 16 15 9 11
Why We Fight: The Battle of Russia (1943) 15 1 17 9 12
The Miracle Woman (1931) 1 18 17 9 13
The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) 1 23 24 9 14
Why We Fight: The Battle of Britain (1943) 15 14 9 15 15
Why We Fight: Divide and Conquer (1943) 15 29 15 15 16
Why We Fight: The Battle of China (1944) 15 24 20 15 16
Why We Fight: The Nazis Strike (1943) 15 29 20 15 18
Pocketful of Miracles (1961) 14 19 17 19 19
Why We Fight: War Comes to America (1945) 15 6 20 19 20
The Matinee Idol (1928) 15 14 24 19 21
Why We Fight: Prelude to War (1942) 15 29 24 19 22
Forbidden (1932) 15 21 27 19 23
Platinum Blonde (1931) 1 21 28 19 24
The Strong Man (1926) 15 9 31 19 25
Ladies of Leisure (1930) 15 29 31 19 26
Tunisian Victory (1944) 15 29 31 19 26
The Power of the Press (1928) 15 29 35 19 28
Dirigible (1931) 15 25 39 19 29
Broadway Bill (1934) 15 26 31 30 30
Here Comes the Groom (1951) 15 20 39 30 31
Long Pants (1927) 15 17 36 32 32
A Hole in the Head (1959) 13 27 41 32 33
Fultah Fisher’s Boarding House (1922) 15 29 45 34 34
Know Your Enemy – Japan (1945) 15 29 47 35 35
Submarine (1928) 15 29 9 36 36
Hemo The Magnificent (1957) 15 29 11 36 37
Our Mr. Sun (1956) 15 29 11 36 37
That Certain Thing (1928) 15 29 20 36 39
The Donovan Affair (1929) 15 29 28 36 40
The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays (1957) 15 29 28 36 41
The Younger Generation (1929) 15 29 37 36 42
Two Down and One to Go (1945) 15 29 37 36 42
Here Is Germany (1945) 15 29 41 36 44
Riding High (1950) 15 29 43 36 45
Flight (1929) 15 29 44 36 46
Rain or Shine (1930) 15 28 45 36 46
So This Is Love? (1928) 15 29 48 36 48
For the Love of Mike (1927) 15 29 49 36 49
Your Job in Germany (1945) 15 29 49 36 49
The Burglar (1928) 15 29 51 36 51
Say It with Sables (1928) 15 29 52 36 52

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