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Ranking All Of Director Max Ophüls’s Movies

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

We took all of the movies directed by Max Ophüls and looked at their Rotten Tomato Critic, Rotten Tomato 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 4 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 Max Ophüls



24 ) Vendetta (1950)

Vendetta (1950)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • IMDB User Review Score: 21
  • Letterboxd User Score: 22

The daughter (Faith Domergue) of a slain man pushes her brother toward vengeance in 19th-century Corsica.



23 ) Laughing Heirs (1933)

Laughing Heirs (1933)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • IMDB User Review Score: 23
  • Letterboxd User Score: 19

After the death of his uncle, the owner of Bockelmann Champagne, Peter turns up for the reading of the will. Justus Bockelmann, a producer of mineral water, is confident he will inherit the business, but ‘for reasons of moral rectitude’ he has no intention of running an ‘alcoholic business’. The opening of the will comes as a surprise to all the potential heirs.



22 ) The Company’s in Love (1932)

The Company's in Love (1932)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • IMDB User Review Score: 21
  • Letterboxd User Score: 19

The story follows a movie crew who is filming a musical in a small and idyllic alpine village. After their temperamental leading lady drops out of the film, they decide to replace her with the village’s young post office clerk Gretl, who returns to Berlin with them. There she has to struggle with the movie’s all-male crew, who all try to woo and win her.



21 ) Man Stolen (1934)

Man Stolen (1934)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 3
  • IMDB User Review Score: 24
  • Letterboxd User Score: 22

A young man is kidnapped by his business competitors, but the jailer falls in love with the man she has to keep a prisoner.



20 ) Die verkaufte Braut (1932)

Die verkaufte Braut (1932)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • IMDB User Review Score: 17
  • Letterboxd User Score: 19

Bohemia in the 19th century, stage-coach driver Hans, loves the mayor’s daughter Marie, but she is promised Wenzel, the son of another wealthy farmer. Marie refuses to marry Wenzel because of Hans, but the marriage arranger tries to “buy” Marie from Hans. But when Wenzel tells Hans, that he doesn’t want to marry Marie, either, because he loves circus director Brummel’s daughter, Hans decides to accept the offer of money for not interferring in the relations of Hans and Marie. But when Marie hears about this, she doesn’t want to see Hans again.



19 ) Love Story (1933)

	Love Story (1933)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • IMDB User Review Score: 12
  • Letterboxd User Score: 22

A young German officer’s (Wolfgang Liebeneiner) life is turned upside when he tries to end his affair with a married baroness (Olga Tschechowa) after falling for an innocent young singer (Magda Schneider).



18 ) La tendre ennemie (1936)

La tendre ennemie (1936)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • IMDB User Review Score: 19
  • Letterboxd User Score: 13

Line, annette’s daughter, is about to marry a man she’s not in love with. At the engagement party three ghosts revisit their disastrous relationships with Annette and decide to take action to help Line.



17 ) Yoshiwara (1937)

Yoshiwara (1937)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • IMDB User Review Score: 17
  • Letterboxd User Score: 13

Based on a novel by Maurice Dekobra, the film is set in the Yoshiwara, the red-light district of Tokyo, in the nineteenth century. It depicts a love triangle between a high-class prostitute, a Russian naval officer, and a rickshaw man.



14 ) The Exile (1947)

The Exile (1947)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • IMDB User Review Score: 14
  • Letterboxd User Score: 13

A deposed king fights for his life while hiding out at a farm.



14 ) Sarajevo (1940)

Sarajevo (1940)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • IMDB User Review Score: 14
  • Letterboxd User Score: 13

An Austrian prince’s doomed love affair with a Czech countess sparks turmoil across Europe.



14 ) Komedie om geld (1936)

Komedie om geld (1936)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 8
  • IMDB User Review Score: 19
  • Letterboxd User Score: 12

When bank messenger Brand realises that 50,000 pounds sterling have gone missing in Amsterdam, it is a catastrophe for him. And not only for he, but his daughter is dismissed, too.



13 ) The Novel of Werther (1938)

The Novel of Werther (1938)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • IMDB User Review Score: 13
  • Letterboxd User Score: 13

Adaptation of Goethe’s novel.



11 ) There’s No Tomorrow (1939)

There's No Tomorrow (1939)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • IMDB User Review Score: 9
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

The story of a once-respectable woman who re-encounters her first love, now a successful doctor. Reduced to nude-dancing in a sleazy dive, with a son to support, Evelyne (Edwige Feuillère) borrows money at an outrageous interest rate in order to create a facade of respectability–and, it goes without saying, Georges falls in love with her all over again. But how can Evelyne maintain her bourgeois value and save son and “father” from the consequences of her fall?



11 ) The Reckless Moment (1949)

The Reckless Moment (1949)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 11
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

A mother attempts to protect her murderous daughter.



10 ) Divine (1935)

Divine (1935)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 1
  • IMDB User Review Score: 14
  • Letterboxd User Score: 13

A country girl (Simone Berriau) finds work as a chorus girl in Paris, gets embroiled with a bad egg, and then finds true love with a good-looking milkman.



9 ) Everybody’s Woman (1934)

Everybody's Woman (1934)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • IMDB User Review Score: 6
  • Letterboxd User Score: 6

Gaby is expelled from school after a married teacher commits suicide after telling her he can’t live without her. Though she has done nothing, she is punished for his act.



8 ) Liebelei (1933)

Liebelei (1933)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • IMDB User Review Score: 5
  • Letterboxd User Score: 6

Vienna in the beginning of the twentieth century. Cavalry Lieutenant Fritz Lobheimer is about to end his affair with Baroness Eggerdorff when he meets the young Christine, the daughter of an opera violinist. Baron Eggerdorff however soon hears of his past misfortune…



7 ) Wild Calendar (1949)

Wild Calendar (1949)

Review Website Ranks:

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

It was Leonora Eames’ childhood dream come true. She had married Smith Ohlrig, a man worth millions. But her innocent dream became a nightmare once she realizes the truth about her husband – he is power mad and insane! Since he will not grant her a divorce, she leaves her life of luxury on Long Island and goes to work as a receptionist in an impoverished doctor’s office in NYC’s lower east side. After Smith deceives her into a temporary reconciliation, Leonora becomes pregnant. By the time she realizes she is expecting, she and one of the doctors, Larry Quinada (James Mason), have fallen in love. But she is again lured backed to her wealthy husband to give her child financial security. Her sadistic husband is hell-bent on keeping her and her child prisoner. What will happen to Leonora?



6 ) Lola Montès (1955)

Lola Montès (1955)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 6
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 8
  • Letterboxd User Score: 3

The film tells the tragical story of the life of Lola Montes who was a great adventurer and stopped being the attraction of her circus after having been the lover of various important men.



5 ) Montparnasse 19 (1958)

Montparnasse 19 (1958)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 3
  • IMDB User Review Score: 6
  • Letterboxd User Score: 6

Biographic film chronicling the last year of the life of the Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani, 1919, who falls in love with a girl from a wealthy family. Her parents are against this relationship and stop financial help. Modigliani worked and died in abject poverty in the Montparnasse Quarter of Paris, France.



4 ) La Ronde (1950)

La Ronde (1950)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 7
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 5

An all-knowing interlocutor guides us through a series of affairs in Vienna, 1900. A soldier meets an eager young lady of the evening. Later he has an affair with a young lady, who becomes a maid and does similarly with the young man of the house. The young man seduces a married woman. On and on, spinning on the gay carousel of life.



3 ) Le Plaisir (1952)

Le Plaisir (1952)

Review Website Ranks:

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

Three stories about the pleasure. The first one is about a man hiding his age behind a mask to keep going to balls and fancying women – pleasure and youth. Then comes the long tale of Mme Tellier taking her girls (whores) to the country for attending her niece’s communion – pleasure and purity. And lastly, Jean the painter falling in love with his model – pleasure and death.



2 ) Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)

Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 1
  • Letterboxd User Score: 2

A pianist about to flee from a duel receives a letter from a woman he cannot remember. As she tells the story of her lifelong love for him, he is forced to reinterpret his own past.



1 ) The Earrings of Madame De… (1953)

The Earrings of Madame De... (1953)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 4
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 1
  • IMDB User Review Score: 1
  • Letterboxd User Score: 1

In France of the late 19th century, the wife of a wealthy general, the Countess Louise, sells the earrings her husband gave her on their wedding day to pay off debts; she claims to have lost them. Her husband quickly learns of the deceit, which is the beginning of many tragic misunderstandings, all involving the earrings, the general, the countess, & her new lover, the Italian Baron Donati.



Max Ophüls’s Best Movies



Max Ophüls Review Website Filmography Rankings

FilmRT CriticRT UserIMDBLetterboxdOveral Rank
The Earrings of Madame De… (1953) 4 1 1 1 1
Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948) 1 5 1 2 2
Le Plaisir (1952) 5 5 3 3 3
La Ronde (1950) 1 7 4 5 4
Montparnasse 19 (1958) 7 3 6 6 5
Lola Montès (1955) 6 10 8 3 6
Wild Calendar (1949) 1 9 11 9 7
Liebelei (1933) 8 12 5 6 8
Everybody’s Woman (1934) 8 12 6 6 9
Divine (1935) 8 1 14 13 10
There’s No Tomorrow (1939) 8 12 9 9 11
The Reckless Moment (1949) 8 11 10 9 11
The Novel of Werther (1938) 8 12 13 13 13
The Exile (1947) 8 12 14 13 14
Sarajevo (1940) 8 12 14 13 14
Komedie om geld (1936) 8 8 19 12 14
Yoshiwara (1937) 8 12 17 13 17
La tendre ennemie (1936) 8 12 19 13 18
Love Story (1933) 8 12 12 22 19
Die verkaufte Braut (1932) 8 12 17 19 20
Man Stolen (1934) 8 3 24 22 21
The Company’s in Love (1932) 8 12 21 19 22
Laughing Heirs (1933) 8 12 23 19 23
Vendetta (1950) 8 12 21 22 24

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