Rosalind Russell Ranked

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A ranking of Rosalind Russell's film performances.

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1. His Girl Friday (1940)

Passed | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 50,280 | Gross: $0.30M

2. Mourning Becomes Electra (1947)

Approved | 121 min | Drama

Eugene O'Neill's updated version of the Oresteia set in New England, after the American Civil War.

Director: Dudley Nichols | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Michael Redgrave, Raymond Massey, Katina Paxinou

Votes: 895 | Gross: $0.44M

3. Auntie Mame (1958)

Approved | 143 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

An orphan goes to live with his free-spirited aunt. Conflict ensues when the executor of his father's estate objects to the aunt's lifestyle.

Director: Morton DaCosta | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Forrest Tucker, Coral Browne, Fred Clark

Votes: 9,815 | Gross: $23.30M

4. Night Must Fall (1937)

Passed | 116 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

When a rich but cantankerous dowager on an isolated estates hires an engaging handyman, her niece/companion becomes suspicious of his motives.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Merle Tottenham, Kathleen Harrison, May Whitty, Rosalind Russell

Votes: 2,023

5. 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: 11,937 | Gross: $2.27M

6. Gypsy (1962)

Approved | 143 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Based on the Broadway hit about the life and times of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee and her aggressive stage mother, Mama Rose.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Paul Wallace

Votes: 5,181 | Gross: $13.01M

7. Sister Kenny (1946)

Approved | 116 min | Biography, Drama

An Australian nurse discovers an effective new treatment for infantile paralysis, but experiences great difficulty in convincing doctors of the validity of her claims.

Director: Dudley Nichols | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Alexander Knox, Dean Jagger, Philip Merivale

Votes: 845

8. A Majority of One (1961)

Approved | 156 min | Comedy, Family, Drama

A gentle love story about a Japanese businessman and widower, and a Brooklyn widow. But before a happy ending can ensue, they must learn again the lessons of tolerance, kindness, and forgiveness.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Alec Guinness, Ray Danton, Madlyn Rhue

Votes: 948

9. Picnic (1955)

Approved | 115 min | Drama, Romance

Emotions are ignited amongst the complacent townsfolk when a handsome drifter arrives in a small Kansas community on the morning of the Labour Day picnic.

Director: Joshua Logan | Stars: William Holden, Kim Novak, Betty Field, Susan Strasberg

Votes: 7,524

10. Craig's Wife (1936)

Passed | 73 min | Drama

A domineering woman marries a wealthy man for his money, and then uses her position to further her own ambitions for money and power.

Director: Dorothy Arzner | Stars: Rosalind Russell, John Boles, Billie Burke, Jane Darwell

Votes: 787

11. My Sister Eileen (1942)

Approved | 96 min | Comedy

Two sisters move from Ohio to New York with hopes of stardom.

Director: Alexander Hall | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Brian Aherne, Janet Blair, George Tobias

Votes: 1,241

12. The Feminine Touch (1941)

Approved | 97 min | Comedy

John Hathaway is a professor of psychology at Digby College. His students are bored as he is with the students. He leaves college to go to New York to have his manuscript on jealousy ... See full summary »

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Don Ameche, Kay Francis, Van Heflin

Votes: 679

13. Four's a Crowd (1938)

Approved | 92 min | Comedy, Romance

Robert will do anything to get the big account that has eluded him. His public relations business makes public angels of rich scoundrels. Jean needs someone to save the paper and she wants ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Rosalind Russell, Patric Knowles

Votes: 943

14. They Met in Bombay (1941)

Passed | 92 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

A jewel thief and a con artist are rivals in the theft of a valuable gem as the Japanese army invades China.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Clark Gable, Rosalind Russell, Peter Lorre, Jessie Ralph

Votes: 909

15. Never Wave at a WAC (1953)

Approved | 87 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

A shallow society matron is urged by her senator father to join the Women's Army Corps.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Paul Douglas, Marie Wilson, William Ching

Votes: 379

16. The Trouble with Angels (1966)

PG | 112 min | Comedy, Family

Two high-spirited young students at St. Francis Academy For Girls keep things hopping for the challenged Mother Superior and her staff of bewildered Sisters.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Hayley Mills, Binnie Barnes, Camilla Sparv

Votes: 4,122

17. The Citadel (1938)

Passed | 110 min | Drama

Andrew Manson (Robert Donat), a young, enthusiastic doctor takes his first job in a Welsh mining town, and begins to wonder at the persistent cough many of the miners have. When his ... See full summary »

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Robert Donat, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Richardson, Rex Harrison

Votes: 1,739

18. The Velvet Touch (1948)

Approved | 100 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

A Broadway star unintentionally kills her impresario but keeps mum about it when the police investigator targets a rival actress.

Director: Jack Gage | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Leo Genn, Claire Trevor, Sydney Greenstreet

Votes: 775

19. What a Woman! (1943)

Approved | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

A literary agent is pursued by the charming writer of a popular magazine while she attempts to sway one of her clients, a handsome but innocent college professor, to star in an upcoming movie based on his best-selling novel The Whirlwind.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Brian Aherne, Willard Parker, Alan Dinehart

Votes: 231

20. Design for Scandal (1941)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy, Romance

To save his job, newsman Jeff Sherman offers to help his boss get out of a swingeing alimony settlement. But his devious plan to compromise Cornelia Porter, the judge on the case, while she... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Walter Pidgeon, Edward Arnold, Lee Bowman

Votes: 372

21. Hired Wife (1940)

Approved | 96 min | Comedy

Cement company CEO Stephen Dexter asks his secretary Kendall to marry him as a wife in name only, an arrangement made to protect his finances from an attempt at a hostile business takeover.... See full summary »

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Brian Aherne, Virginia Bruce, Robert Benchley

Votes: 316

22. Man-Proof (1938)

Passed | 75 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Mimi has tried everything to become the bride to Alan, but he chooses Elizabeth instead. The ironic part is that Mimi's mother writes romance novels and neither one has had any luck with ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Myrna Loy, Franchot Tone, Rosalind Russell, Walter Pidgeon

Votes: 463

23. The Guilt of Janet Ames (1947)

Approved | 83 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

An obsessively bitter war widow and one of the men her husband saved in WW2 meet. He tries to convince her the sacrifice was necessary, but her problem isn't that simple. And can she help ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Melvyn Douglas, Sid Caesar, Betsy Blair

Votes: 399

24. Where Angels Go Trouble Follows! (1968)

G | 93 min | Comedy

An old-line Mother Superior is challenged by a modern young nun when they take the girls of St. Francis Academy on a bus trip across the U.S.A.

Director: James Neilson | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Stella Stevens, Binnie Barnes, Mary Wickes

Votes: 1,302

25. A Woman of Distinction (1950)

85 min | Comedy

Ice-cold college dean Susan Middlecott feels there's no room in her life for romance. Enter Prof. Alec Stevenson, British lecturer on astronomy, touring North America and in possession of a... See full summary »

Director: Edward Buzzell | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Ray Milland, Edmund Gwenn, Janis Carter

Votes: 310

26. China Seas (1935)

Passed | 87 min | Action, Drama, Adventure

When earthy Dolly Portland is rejected by Captain Gaskell in favor of a socialite, she aids Jamesy McCardle, in league with Malay pirates, in his plot to seize his ship.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Wallace Beery, Lewis Stone

Votes: 2,118

27. No Time for Comedy (1940)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Playwright Gaylord Esterbrook scores a hit with his first Broadway play, both with the critics and with leading lady Linda Paige. He and Linda are happily married until a patroness of the ... See full summary »

Director: William Keighley | Stars: Rosalind Russell, James Stewart, Genevieve Tobin, Charles Ruggles

Votes: 858

28. Fast and Loose (1939)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Mystery, Crime

Rare booksellers Joel and Garda Sloane are engaged to find who is stealing rare books from a private library.

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: Robert Montgomery, Rosalind Russell, Reginald Owen, Ralph Morgan

Votes: 543

29. Mrs. Pollifax-Spy (1971)

G | 110 min | Adventure, Comedy

Mrs. Emily Pollifax of New Jersey goes to the CIA to volunteer for spy duty, being in her own opinion, expendable now that the children are grown and she's widowed. And being just what the ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie H. Martinson | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Darren McGavin, Nehemiah Persoff, Harold Gould

Votes: 332

30. She Wouldn't Say Yes (1945)

87 min | Comedy, Romance

Susan Lane is a gifted psychiatrist, grounded in self-control. Before returning by train to her practice in Chicago, she spends time back East with war veterans, building their self-esteem,... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Hall | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Lee Bowman, Adele Jergens, Charles Winninger

Votes: 394

31. Live, Love and Learn (1937)

Passed | 78 min | Comedy

Bob is a struggling artist who paints for his own amusement. Julie is a rich society girl. When they meet, it is cute and they are soon married. Living in a small apartment with the ... See full summary »

Director: George Fitzmaurice | Stars: Robert Montgomery, Rosalind Russell, Robert Benchley, Helen Vinson

Votes: 259

32. Take a Letter, Darling (1942)

Approved | 92 min | Comedy

A struggling painter takes a job as a secretary to a female advertising executive. While working to obtain an account from a tobacco company, they end up falling in love.

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Fred MacMurray, Macdonald Carey, Constance Moore

Votes: 407

33. Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad (1967)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy

A mother drops her son and husband off at a tropical vacation spot for a little rest and relaxation. The only problem is that the husband has been dead for quite some time, and his wife had... See full summary »

Directors: Richard Quine, Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Robert Morse, Barbara Harris, Hugh Griffith

Votes: 228

34. This Thing Called Love (1940)

Passed | 98 min | Comedy

Two professional people marry, but the wife insists that they be celibate for the first three months, just to see if they are truly compatible. The husband tries various tricks to lure his ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Hall | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Melvyn Douglas, Binnie Barnes, Allyn Joslyn

Votes: 100

35. The Girl Rush (1955)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Musical

In this comedy sequel to Wonderful Town, Kim, a museum worker from Providence, Rhode Island, inherits half ownership of a Las Vegas hotel when her father dies.

Director: Robert Pirosh | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Fernando Lamas, Eddie Albert, Gloria DeHaven

Votes: 102

36. Reckless (1935)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Musical, Comedy

Wealthy Bob Harrison buys all the seats in the theatre to watch Mona Leslie's musical by himself. He loves her, her agent Ned Riley loves her. Conflict ensues.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Jean Harlow, William Powell, Franchot Tone, May Robson

Votes: 953

37. 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: 1,020

38. Rosie! (1967)

98 min | Comedy

Rosie is a sweet, rich, generous woman, especially about giving away money. Daughters Mildred and Edith worry that she'll spend all their inheritance, so they plan to have her declared ... See full summary »

Director: David Lowell Rich | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Sandra Dee, Brian Aherne, Audrey Meadows

Votes: 216

39. Tell It to the Judge (1949)

Passed | 87 min | Comedy, Romance

Marsha Meredith, an attorney-at-law, is nominated for a Federal judgeship, but her nomination is opposed by a 'Good-Government' group who think her divorce makes her unfit for the job. This... See full summary »

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Robert Cummings, Gig Young, Marie McDonald

Votes: 318

40. Flight for Freedom (1943)

Approved | 102 min | Biography, Drama

The life of air pioneer Amelia Earhart is here given a fictionalized treatment, with a speculative conclusion.

Director: Lothar Mendes | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Fred MacMurray, Herbert Marshall, Eduardo Ciannelli

Votes: 186

41. Rendezvous (1935)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, War

In 1917 Lt. Bill Gordon is headed for France when he meets and becomes friendly with Joel Carter, niece of the Asst. Secretary of War. Finding out that he is an expert on codes, she gets ... See full summary »

Directors: William K. Howard, Sam Wood | Stars: William Powell, Rosalind Russell, Binnie Barnes, Lionel Atwill

Votes: 631

42. It Had to Happen (1936)

Approved | 79 min | Drama

A poor boy rises to power in politics. When the banker husband of his secret love takes money and flees the country, he replaces the lost amount and becomes implicated in the crime.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: George Raft, Rosalind Russell, Leo Carrillo, Arline Judge

Votes: 40

43. The Casino Murder Case (1935)

Passed | 82 min | Mystery

After socialite Lynn Llewwllen receives an anonymous threat, he is poisoned at his uncle's casino, and although he recovers, his wife is murdered by the same killer.

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: Paul Lukas, Alison Skipworth, Donald Cook, Rosalind Russell

Votes: 482

44. Evelyn Prentice (1934)

Passed | 79 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

The neglected wife of a high profile attorney dallies with a unscrupulous womanizer and finds herself involved in blackmail and murder.

Director: William K. Howard | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Una Merkel, Rosalind Russell

Votes: 1,329

45. Five Finger Exercise (1962)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama

A long-married couple are at war with each other and with their teenage son and daughter. The presence of a handsome young tutor complicates and sensitizes the savage domestic tensions ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Mann | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Jack Hawkins, Maximilian Schell, Richard Beymer

Votes: 168