James Whale Movies

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1. Journey's End (1930)

Passed | 120 min | Drama, War

In France, 1917, an alcoholic captain is afraid that his new replacement, his sweetheart's brother, will betray his downfall.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Colin Clive, Ian Maclaren, David Manners, Billy Bevan

Votes: 200

2. Hell's Angels (1930)

Passed | 127 min | Drama, War

Brothers Monte and Ray leave Oxford to join the Royal Flying Corps. Ray loves Helen; Helen enjoys an affair with Monte; before they leave on their mission over Germany they find her in still another man's arms.

Directors: Howard Hughes, Edmund Goulding, James Whale | Stars: Ben Lyon, James Hall, Jean Harlow, John Darrow

Votes: 4,600

It's no sappy, imbecilic tale.

3. Waterloo Bridge (1931)

81 min | Drama, Romance

A prostitute's self-loathing makes her reluctant to marry an idealistic soldier during World War I.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Mae Clarke, Douglass Montgomery, Doris Lloyd, Frederick Kerr

Votes: 2,352

4. Frankenstein (1931)

Passed | 70 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

91 Metascore

An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff, John Boles

Votes: 61,310

Still unnerving to this day, Frankenstein adroitly explores the fine line between genius and madness, and features Boris Karloff's legendary, frightening performance as the monster.

5. The Impatient Maiden (1932)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A maid's dreams come true - except they are not quite what she expected.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Lew Ayres, Mae Clarke, Una Merkel, Andy Devine

Votes: 120

6. The Old Dark House (1932)

Not Rated | 72 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

Seeking shelter from a storm, five travelers are in for a bizarre and terrifying night when they stumble upon the Femm family estate.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart

Votes: 8,392 | Gross: $0.03M

Whale wrings potent suspense out of venturing into the shadows, and his technique still impresses ...

7. The Kiss Before the Mirror (1933)

Passed | 69 min | Drama, Mystery

When a famous doctor kills his adulterous wife, he is defended by his best friend, an attorney--who suspects that his own wife is having an affair.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Nancy Carroll, Frank Morgan, Paul Lukas, Gloria Stuart

Votes: 292

8. The Invisible Man (1933)

Not Rated | 71 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but in doing so, he becomes murderously insane.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, William Harrigan, Henry Travers

Votes: 27,722

James Whale's classic The Invisible Man features still-sharp special effects, loads of tension, a goofy sense of humor, and a memorable debut from Claude Rains.

9. By Candlelight (1933)

Passed | 70 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

Beautiful woman mistakes a prince's butler for the prince.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Elissa Landi, Paul Lukas, Nils Asther, Dorothy Revier

Votes: 89

10. One More River (1934)

Approved | 88 min | Drama, Romance

A young lady leaves her brutal husband and meets another man aboard a ship.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Diana Wynyard, Colin Clive, Frank Lawton, Mrs. Patrick Campbell

Votes: 300

11. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson

Votes: 40,932 | Gross: $4.36M

An eccentric, campy, technically impressive, and frightening picture, James Whale's Bride of Frankenstein has aged remarkably well.

12. Remember Last Night? (1935)

Approved | 81 min | Comedy, Mystery

After a night of wild partying at a friend's house, a couple wake up to discover the party's host has been murdered in his bed. A detective is called in to investigate, but his ... See full summary »

Director: James Whale | Stars: Edward Arnold, Robert Young, Constance Cummings, George Meeker

Votes: 414

13. Show Boat (1936)

Approved | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Despite her mother's objections, the naive young daughter of a show boat captain is thrust into the limelight as the company's new leading lady.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Irene Dunne, Allan Jones, Charles Winninger, Paul Robeson

Votes: 2,707

Best version is this truly classic version; superior musical on all counts

14. The Road Back (1937)

Approved | 100 min | Drama, War

After World War I, a group of former German soldiers try to adjust to civilian life.

Director: James Whale | Stars: John 'Dusty' King, Richard Cromwell, Slim Summerville, Andy Devine

Votes: 135

15. The Great Garrick (1937)

Approved | 89 min | Comedy, Romance

A Paris troupe puts on outlandish performances for a celebrated eighteenth-century British actor in order to convince him of their talents; the arrival of a countess complicates the plot.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Brian Aherne, Olivia de Havilland, Edward Everett Horton, Melville Cooper

Votes: 516

16. Sinners in Paradise (1938)

Passed | 65 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A seaplane departs for China. On board are a nurse escaping a loveless marriage to do work with refugees, a woman hoping to surprise her estranged son, a wealthy heiress trying to distance ... See full summary »

Director: James Whale | Stars: Madge Evans, John Boles, Bruce Cabot, Marion Martin

Votes: 307

17. Wives Under Suspicion (1938)

Passed | 69 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A prosecutor trying a case where a husband shot his adulterous wife begins to suspect that his own wife is having an affair, and starts to have his own thoughts about killing her.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Warren William, Gail Patrick, Ralph Morgan, William Lundigan

Votes: 330

18. Port of Seven Seas (1938)

81 min | Drama, Romance

Madelon and Marius intend to marry but he finds the call of the ocean irresistible and leaves her and his father behind.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Wallace Beery, Frank Morgan, Maureen O'Sullivan, John Beal

Votes: 55

19. The Man in the Iron Mask (1939)

Passed | 113 min | Adventure, History, Romance

Despotic King Louis XIV discovers he has a twin brother who has grown up under the tutelage of his foster father, the patriotic musketeer D'Artagnan.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Louis Hayward, Joan Bennett, Warren William, Joseph Schildkraut

Votes: 1,380

20. Green Hell (1940)

Passed | 87 min | Adventure, Romance

In the jungles of the Amazon, a group of Western adventures and two local native guides try to locate a lost treasure buried beneath an ancient Incan city.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Joan Bennett, John Howard, George Sanders

Votes: 273

21. They Dare Not Love (1941)

Approved | 75 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

An Austrian prince flees his homeland when the Nazis take over and settles in London. While in London, he meets a beautiful Austrian émigré who makes him realize his mistake in leaving ... See full summary »

Directors: James Whale, Victor Fleming, Charles Vidor | Stars: George Brent, Martha Scott, Paul Lukas, Kay Linaker

Votes: 61



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