Joan Crawford

by Glamorous_Matt | created - 06 Sep 2012 | updated - 31 Aug 2015 | Public

"I never go outside unless I look like Joan Crawford the movie star. If you want to see the girl next door, go next door."

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1. Mildred Pierce (1945)

Passed | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden

Votes: 20,722

Joan Crawford's most famous role, which won her an Academy Award - her first major film with Warner Bros. after leaving MGM.

2. Flamingo Road (1949)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

A small town corrupt sheriff manipulates local candidates to the state legislature but he eventually comes into conflict with a visiting carnival dancer.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Joan Crawford, Zachary Scott, Sydney Greenstreet, David Brian

Votes: 2,128 | Gross: $2.26M

Joan plays a carnival dancer(!) who gets rich and into trouble with the mob. Great melodrama, one of her most entertaining.

3. Chained (1934)

Not Rated | 76 min | Drama, Romance

A mistress of one man has a shipboard romance with another and is torn between both men.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Otto Kruger, Stuart Erwin

Votes: 741

Joan has a fling with Clark Gable on a boat, the sexual chemistry could not be more obvious.

4. Rain (1932)

Passed | 94 min | Drama

A prostitute newly arrived in the South Pacific finds herself at odds with a stern missionary determined to save her soul.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Joan Crawford, Walter Huston, Fred Howard, Ben Hendricks Jr.

Votes: 2,198

Joan is a sassy prostitute in the tropics. Joan hated this film though it is now considered one of her best performances.

5. Possessed (1947)

Approved | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

After being found wandering the streets of Los Angeles, a severely catatonic woman tells a doctor the complex story of how she wound up there.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt | Stars: Joan Crawford, Van Heflin, Raymond Massey, Geraldine Brooks

Votes: 4,212 | Gross: $1.99M

Joan plays a 'Fatal Attraction'-esque character obsessed with ex-lover Van Heflin.

6. The Ice Follies of 1939 (1939)

Passed | 82 min | Drama, Music, Romance

An ice skater jeopardizes her marriage when she becomes a movie star.

Director: Reinhold Schünzel | Stars: Joan Crawford, James Stewart, Lew Ayres, Lewis Stone

Votes: 679

Joan ice-skates with Jimmy Stewart. A really execrable film but if you can bear to sit through it, you at least get to see Joan in technicolor at the end.

7. Torch Song (1953)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A tough but unhappy Broadway star re-evaluates her life when she crosses paths with a blind pianist.

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: Joan Crawford, Michael Wilding, Gig Young, Marjorie Rambeau

Votes: 1,010

Joan is a Broadway star and a massive diva - in one notorious scene she performs a musical number in blackface(!). Terrible but hilarious movie.

8. Grand Hotel (I) (1932)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Romance

A group of very different individuals staying at a luxurious hotel in Berlin deal with each of their respective dramas.

Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery

Votes: 15,983 | Gross: $2.69M

Joan is a stenographer amongst a cast of A-list characters (including Great Garbo) in a fancy Berlin hotel.

9. Johnny Guitar (1954)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Western

83 Metascore

After helping a wounded gang member, a strong-willed female saloon owner is wrongly suspected of murder and bank robbery by a lynch mob.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, Scott Brady

Votes: 14,185

Joan wears bright red lipstick and some fabulous dresses in the Wild West. A bizarre and subversive take on the Western genre because it's so ridiculously camp.

10. Berserk (1967)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A scheming circus owner finds her authority challenged when the show is targeted by a vicious killer.

Director: Jim O'Connolly | Stars: Joan Crawford, Ty Hardin, Diana Dors, Michael Gough

Votes: 1,538

Joan is a circus master, with great legs for a woman in her sixties. Highlights of this film include the dwarf with a speech impediment.

11. Strait-Jacket (1964)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

After a twenty-year stay at an asylum for a double murder, a mother returns to her estranged daughter where suspicions arise about her behavior.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Joan Crawford, Diane Baker, Leif Erickson, Howard St. John

Votes: 4,464

William Castle-directed horror in which Joan murders people with an axe. Great campy fun.

12. Humoresque (1946)

Approved | 125 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A classical musician from the slums is sidetracked by his love for a wealthy, neurotic socialite.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Joan Crawford, John Garfield, Oscar Levant, J. Carrol Naish

Votes: 3,589 | Gross: $2.28M

Joan is a heavy-drinking high society woman who becomes involved with a violinist (James Garfield). One of her great performances of the 40's.

13. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

75 Metascore

A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono, Wesley Addy

Votes: 46,169 | Gross: $4.05M

Joan is tormented by her crazy sister Bette Davis. Apparently whilst filming, Bette actually kicked Joan, so Joan retaliated by wearing weights under her dress for a scene in which Bette had to carry her.

14. Trog (1970)

GP | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A sympathetic anthropologist uses drugs and surgery to try to communicate with a primitive troglodyte who is found living in a local cave.

Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Joan Crawford, Michael Gough, Bernard Kay, Kim Braden

Votes: 2,080

Joan's last movie was one of her worst, but also immensely entertaining. A clearly drunk Crawford plays an anthropologist in this somewhat low-budget movie about a troglodyte (a man in a Halloween mask) escaping from a cave.

15. I Saw What You Did (1965)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

Teenagers Libby and Kit innocently spend an evening making random prank calls. These calls lead to murderous consequences.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Joan Crawford, John Ireland, Leif Erickson, Sara Lane

Votes: 2,390

Crappy horror movie, Joan wears too much jewellery and was drunk whilst filming.

16. Della (1964)

Approved | 65 min | Drama

A man trying to negotiate a property deal with a wealthy but reclusive widow becomes romantically involved with the woman's unhinged daughter.

Director: Robert Gist | Stars: Paul Burke, Charles Bickford, Joan Crawford, Richard Carlson

Votes: 344

Amusing TV movie, also featuring Diane Baker.

17. The Caretakers (1963)

Approved | 97 min | Drama

This movie chronicles the trials of the mentally ill and their care-givers in an over-crowded ward of a hospital. Dr. MacLeod (Robert Stack) is a new, optimistic doctor who attempts to ... See full summary »

Director: Hall Bartlett | Stars: Robert Stack, Polly Bergen, Diane McBain, Joan Crawford

Votes: 620

Joan only has about ten minutes of screen time in this boring two-hour film. However, the karate scene is fun.

18. The Best of Everything (1959)

Approved | 121 min | Drama, Romance

An expose of the lives and loves of Madison Avenue working girls and their higher ups.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Hope Lange, Stephen Boyd, Suzy Parker, Martha Hyer

Votes: 1,603

In an office that looks suspiciously like the one in 'Mad Men', Joan plays an embittered and sassy old editor.

19. The Story of Esther Costello (1957)

103 min | Drama

Eighteen-year-old Esther has been deaf and blind since the accident which killed her mother. Wealthy Margaret Landi, a native of Esther's village in Ireland, is talked into helping to ... See full summary »

Director: David Miller | Stars: Joan Crawford, Heather Sears, Rossano Brazzi, Lee Patterson

Votes: 635

Joan looks after a deaf-blind Irish girl.

20. Autumn Leaves (1956)

Approved | 107 min | Drama

Millicent Wetherby is a middle-aged woman whose life is devoid of love and affection. Millicent's solitary existence changes when she encounters Burt Hansen a charismatic younger man. As ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Joan Crawford, Cliff Robertson, Vera Miles, Lorne Greene

Votes: 1,976

Great late Joan Crawford melodrama. Joan calls Vera Miles a slut.

21. Queen Bee (1955)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance

A young woman arrives at the home of her socialite cousin, and soon finds herself sucked into the woman's complex web of deceit.

Director: Ranald MacDougall | Stars: Joan Crawford, Barry Sullivan, Betsy Palmer, John Ireland

Votes: 1,629

In what looks almost like a parody of a Joan Crawford movie, Joan storms around a Southern mansion being horrible to everyone who crosses her path. Like a Tennessee Williams play, without any of the wit, intelligence, subtlety or subtext. A+ camp entertainment.

22. Female on the Beach (1955)

Approved | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Moving into a beach house involves Lynn Markham in mystery, danger, and romance with a beach boy of dubious motives.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Joan Crawford, Jeff Chandler, Jan Sterling, Cecil Kellaway

Votes: 926

Joan buys a house on a beach and has a fling with a younger man who tries to murder her. Campy fun.

23. Sudden Fear (1952)

Approved | 110 min | Film-Noir, Thriller

After an ambitious actor insinuates himself into the life of a wealthy middle-aged playwright and marries her, he plots with his mistress to murder her.

Director: David Miller | Stars: Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Gloria Grahame, Bruce Bennett

Votes: 4,494

Stunning film noir in which Joan plays a successful writer, one of her best films and performances.

24. This Woman Is Dangerous (1952)

Approved | 100 min | Drama

A tough lady gangster learns that she will be totally blind within a week. She seeks help from the one eye surgeon who may be able to save her sight. In the process, he also causes her to ... See full summary »

Director: Felix E. Feist | Stars: Joan Crawford, Dennis Morgan, David Brian, Richard Webb

Votes: 640

Joan considered this her worst film. It's not, but it's not great either.

25. Goodbye, My Fancy (1951)

107 min | Comedy, Romance

Congresswoman Agatha Reed returns to her alma mater for homecoming, although she's more interested in renewing her romance with an old flame who's now the college president. Their attempts ... See full summary »

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Joan Crawford, Robert Young, Frank Lovejoy, Eve Arden

Votes: 582 | Gross: $1.13M

Joan plays a senator fighting for free speech. The idea of Joan as a fiery liberal is quite funny but overall a boring movie.

26. Harriet Craig (1950)

Approved | 94 min | Drama

Domineering Harriet Craig holds more regard for her home and its possessions than she does for any person in her life. Among those she treats like household objects are her kind husband ... See full summary »

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Joan Crawford, Wendell Corey, Lucile Watson, Allyn Joslyn

Votes: 1,423

Joan is obsessed with having a clean house, and her servants live in terror of her. Campy and hilarious. I wonder if this film influenced 'Mommie Dearest' at all?

27. The Damned Don't Cry (1950)

Approved | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A New York socialite climbs the ladder of success man by man until a life among rich gangsters gives her what she thought she always wanted.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Joan Crawford, David Brian, Steve Cochran, Kent Smith

Votes: 2,117 | Gross: $1.54M

Rags-to-riches story of Joan involved with gangsters.

28. Daisy Kenyon (1947)

Passed | 99 min | Drama, Romance

Daisy Kenyon (Joan Crawford) is a commercial artist living in New York City and having a 'back street' affair with a married lawyer, Dan O'Mara (Dana Andrews), whom she hopes to marry as ... See full summary »

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Joan Crawford, Dana Andrews, Henry Fonda, Ruth Warrick

Votes: 1,929

Excellent performances from a great cast including Henry Fonda and Dana Andrews.

29. Above Suspicion (1943)

Passed | 90 min | Drama, Thriller

Oxford Professor Richard Myles and new bride Frances are off on a European honeymoon. It isn't your typical honeymoon though, for they are on a spying mission for British intelligence on ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Joan Crawford, Fred MacMurray, Conrad Veidt, Basil Rathbone

Votes: 1,633

Inexplicably, Joan and Fred MacMurray Honeymoon in Europe in 1939, somehow end up in Germany evading the Nazi Conrad Veidt. Preposterous but entertaining.

30. The Women (1939)

Not Rated | 133 min | Comedy, Drama

A study of the lives and romantic entanglements of various interconnected women.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Mary Boland

Votes: 11,747 | Gross: $2.27M

Must-see. Joan plays the home-wrecker Crystal Allen amongst an all-female cast including the insipid Norma Shearer and the hilarious Rosalind Russell.

31. Reunion in France (1942)

Passed | 104 min | Drama, Romance, War

In German-occupied Paris, a Frenchwoman hides a downed RAF pilot and tries to smuggle him into Portugal despite the strict surveillance by the suspicious Gestapo officers.

Director: Jules Dassein | Stars: Joan Crawford, John Wayne, Philip Dorn, Reginald Owen

Votes: 1,262

Really stupid war film co-starring John Wayne. Not a single scene is plausible but at least she has some nice costumes.

32. They All Kissed the Bride (1942)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Romance

Margaret Drew runs her trucking company single-mindedly, if not ruthlessly. The only thorn in her side is writer Michael Holmes who is writing a book on some of her tough ways. With no time... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Hall | Stars: Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas, Roland Young, Billie Burke

Votes: 498

Joan runs a trucking company! Weak comedy but great costumes.

33. Paris (1926)

67 min | Drama

The power of love in the violent underground world of the Apaches in Paris in the early 20th century.

Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Charles Ray, Joan Crawford, Douglas Gilmore, Michael Visaroff

Votes: 92

34. The Unknown (1927)

Unrated | 63 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

A criminal on the run hides in a circus and seeks to possess the daughter of the ringmaster at any cost.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Joan Crawford, Nick De Ruiz

Votes: 6,624 | Gross: $0.41M

Truly great silent horror. Joan said that working with Lon Chayney changed her view of acting.

35. When Ladies Meet (1941)

Passed | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A successful novelist falls in love with her married publisher, to the consternation of her boyfriend, who arranges for her to meet the publisher's wife.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Joan Crawford, Robert Taylor, Greer Garson, Herbert Marshall

Votes: 927

Joan is a novelist, also starring Greer Garson.

36. A Woman's Face (1941)

Passed | 106 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

A female blackmailer with a disfiguring facial scar meets a plastic surgeon who offers her the possibility of looking like a normal woman.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas, Conrad Veidt, Osa Massen

Votes: 2,439

One of Joan's best performances (she considered that her 1946 win was also in recognition of this). Conrad Veidt plays that bad guy.

37. Susan and God (1940)

Approved | 117 min | Drama, Comedy

Susan Trexel is a wealthy socialite, who while vacationing in Europe undergoes a religious transformation. On her return to America, Susan takes on the task of spreading her new found ... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Joan Crawford, Fredric March, Ruth Hussey, John Carroll

Votes: 1,006 | Gross: $0.82M

'Susan and God' - stunning Adrian wardrobe, fun dialogue, and a great and unusual performance from Joan.

38. Strange Cargo (1940)

Passed | 113 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Convicts escaping from Devil's Island come under the influence of a strange Christ-like figure.

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Ian Hunter, Peter Lorre

Votes: 2,002

Joan said she enjoyed being on a boat with Clark Gable and a load of men for the filming on this. Rare chance to see her in a non-glamorous role.

39. The Shining Hour (1938)

Passed | 76 min | Drama, Romance

A nightclub dancer marries into society and has to contend with her jealous sister-in-law.

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Joan Crawford, Margaret Sullavan, Robert Young, Melvyn Douglas

Votes: 756

Familiar story of Joan as a dancer who enters high society.

40. Mannequin (1937)

Passed | 95 min | Drama

Rags-to-riches Hennessey meets newlyweds Jessie and Eddie from his old neighborhood. Eddie plots to have Jessie divorce him, marry Hennessey, divorce Hennessey, then bring Hennessey's money... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Joan Crawford, Spencer Tracy, Alan Curtis, Ralph Morgan

Votes: 932

Everything you want from a JC movie - rags-to-riches, Adrian wardrobe, and Joan slapping Specer Tracy.

41. The Bride Wore Red (1937)

Passed | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Count Armalia believes that the luck of birth is all that separates the rich from the poor. To test his theory, he sends Anni, who is a singer in a dive, to a ritzy resort for two weeks. ... See full summary »

Director: Dorothy Arzner | Stars: Joan Crawford, Franchot Tone, Robert Young, Billie Burke

Votes: 782

Joan plays a peasant girl who gets to play at being rich, and gets to wear a red sequin dress. Franchot Tone also stars.

42. The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937)

Passed | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

Two English aristocrats pursue a rich American widow who may not be quite the person she claims to be.

Directors: Richard Boleslawski, Dorothy Arzner, George Fitzmaurice | Stars: Robert Montgomery, Joan Crawford, William Powell, Frank Morgan

Votes: 1,035

Joan plays a jewel thief. Film is too talky and doesn't have enough William Powell.

43. Love on the Run (1936)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

A runaway bride and an undercover reporter get caught up in political intrigue as they lead a merry chase across Europe and uncover a spy plot.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, Reginald Owen

Votes: 853 | Gross: $1.14M

Fun screwball comedy with Clark Gable, who she was *beep* at the time. She has a lot more chemistry with him than with Franchot Tone, her husband at the time, who also stars. Must have been very awkward on set.

44. The Gorgeous Hussy (1936)

Passed | 103 min | Drama, History

President Andrew Jackson's friendship with an innkeeper's daughter spells trouble for them both.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Joan Crawford, Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore, Franchot Tone

Votes: 943 | Gross: $1.46M

Boring period drama. Joan looks ridiculous in massive 1820s dresses.

45. I Live My Life (1935)

Approved | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

Kay, a bored society girl from New York, takes a trip to Greece-where she meets, Terry, an archaeologist. Kay flirts with Terry and he falls for Kay. Kay heads back to New York and Terry ... See full summary »

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Joan Crawford, Brian Aherne, Frank Morgan, Aline MacMahon

Votes: 475

46. No More Ladies (1935)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Romance

A society girl tries to reform her playboy husband by making him jealous.

Directors: Edward H. Griffith, George Cukor | Stars: Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery, Charles Ruggles, Franchot Tone

Votes: 567 | Gross: $1.12M

Joan in another predictable love triangle.

47. Forsaking All Others (1934)

Passed | 83 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Dill leaves Mary standing at the altar in order to marry his old flame, Connie, instead. Knowing that Mary still has feelings for Dill, Jeff keeps quiet about his own love for her.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Robert Montgomery, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Charles Butterworth

Votes: 992

Another love triange with Clark Gable. Joan wears a ridiculous frilly wedding dress.

48. Sadie McKee (1934)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, Romance

A working girl's fortunes improve when she marries into money, but happiness is not so easily won.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Joan Crawford, Gene Raymond, Franchot Tone, Edward Arnold

Votes: 1,012

Joan stars alongside second husband Franchot Tone in fun melodrama with great performances.

49. Dancing Lady (1933)

Passed | 92 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.7