Betty Grable Ranked

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A ranking of Betty Grable's film performances.

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1. Mother Wore Tights (1947)

107 min | Musical

In this chronicle of a vaudeville family, Myrtle McKinley (class of 1900) goes to San Francisco to attend business school, but ends up in a chorus line. Soon, star Frank Burt notices her ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Betty Grable, Dan Dailey, Mona Freeman, Connie Marshall

Votes: 494

2. When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948)

98 min | Musical

Vaudeville performers, Dailey and Grable, have marital difficulties when he hits the "Big Time", which are compounded by his drinking problem.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Betty Grable, Dan Dailey, Jack Oakie, June Havoc

Votes: 123

3. Down Argentine Way (1940)

Approved | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

An American girl on vacation in Argentina falls for a wealthy racehorse owner.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Don Ameche, Betty Grable, Carmen Miranda, Charlotte Greenwood

Votes: 891

4. How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Three women set out to find eligible millionaires to marry, but find true love in the process.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall, David Wayne

Votes: 19,382

5. My Blue Heaven (1950)

Approved | 96 min | Drama, Musical

Betty Grable and Dan Dailey are a married song and dance team who cannot have children. The movie follows the travails as they try and adopt and keep the kids they adopt while performing on their TV show.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Betty Grable, Dan Dailey, David Wayne, Jane Wyatt

Votes: 407

6. I Wake Up Screaming (1941)

Passed | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Why is Inspector Ed Cornell trying to railroad Frankie Christopher for the murder of model Vicky Lynn?

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Betty Grable, Victor Mature, Carole Landis, Laird Cregar

Votes: 3,484

7. Pin Up Girl (1944)

Passed | 84 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A U.S.O. singer poses as a Broadway star in order to attract a handsome war hero.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Betty Grable, John Harvey, Martha Raye, Joe E. Brown

Votes: 620

8. Moon Over Miami (1941)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Sisters Kay and Barbara arrive in Miami from Texas looking for rich husbands.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Don Ameche, Betty Grable, Robert Cummings, Carole Landis

Votes: 976

9. A Yank in the R.A.F. (1941)

Not Rated | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

An American pilot impulsively joins His Majesty's Royal Air Force in Britain in an attempt to impress his ex-girlfriend.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Tyrone Power, Betty Grable, John Sutton, Reginald Gardiner

Votes: 1,139

10. Wabash Avenue (1950)

Approved | 92 min | Musical

Andy Clark discovers he was cheated out of a half interest in partner Mike's business, now a thriving dance hall in 1892 Chicago. Unable to win it back, Andy schemes to make Mike's position... See full summary »

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Betty Grable, Victor Mature, Phil Harris, Reginald Gardiner

Votes: 222 | Gross: $2.04M

11. Springtime in the Rockies (1942)

Approved | 91 min | Musical

Broadway partners Vicky Lane and Dan Christy have a tiff over Christy's womanizing. Jealous Vicky takes up with her old flame and former dance partner, Victor Price, and Dan's career takes ... See full summary »

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Betty Grable, Carmen Miranda, John Payne, Cesar Romero

Votes: 537

12. Coney Island (1943)

Approved | 96 min | Comedy, Musical

Set at the turn of the century, smooth talking con man Eddie Johnson weasels his way into a job at friend and rival Joe Rocco's Coney Island night spot. Eddie meets the club's star ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Betty Grable, George Montgomery, Cesar Romero, Charles Winninger

Votes: 355 | Gross: $3.50M

13. Million Dollar Legs (1939)

Approved | 65 min | Comedy

At Middleton College, controlled by rich donor Melton, only paying sports are allowed. But Freddie Frye, conniving student body president, has to get a letter in some sport to win back his ... See full summary »

Directors: Nick Grinde, Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Betty Grable, John Hartley, Donald O'Connor, Jackie Coogan

Votes: 91

14. Sweet Rosie O'Grady (1943)

Approved | 74 min | Musical

Music-hall star Madeleine Marlowe leaves London engaged to the Duke of Trippingham only to find back home that Police Gazette hack Samuel A. McGee has exposed her as former burlesque queen ... See full summary »

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Betty Grable, Robert Young, Adolphe Menjou, Reginald Gardiner

Votes: 257 | Gross: $3.40M

15. The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

In the late 1800s, Miss Pilgrim, a young stenographer, or typewriter, becomes the first female employee at a Boston shipping office. Although the men object to her at first, she soon charms... See full summary »

Directors: George Seaton, Edmund Goulding, John M. Stahl | Stars: Betty Grable, Dick Haymes, Anne Revere, Allyn Joslyn

Votes: 333 | Gross: $2.73M

16. The Dolly Sisters (1945)

Approved | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

Two sisters from Hungary become famous entertainers in the early 1900s. Fictionalized biography with lots of songs.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Betty Grable, John Payne, June Haver, S.Z. Sakall

Votes: 689

17. The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949)

Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Western

Temperamental saloon singer Freddie Jones, jealously shoots at her cheating boyfriend Blackie but mistakenly hits Judge Alfalfa J. O'Toole's honorable behind, forcing her to skip town under the guise of a schoolteacher.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Betty Grable, Cesar Romero, Rudy Vallee, Olga San Juan

Votes: 680 | Gross: $1.49M

18. College Swing (1938)

Passed | 86 min | Comedy, Musical

Gracie Alden tries to graduate on college to get an inheritance.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: George Burns, Gracie Allen, Martha Raye, Bob Hope

Votes: 412

19. Tin Pan Alley (1940)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Songwriters Calhoun and Harrigan get Katie and Lily Blane to introduce a new one. Lily goes to England, and Katy joins her after the boys give a new song to Nora Bayes. All are reunited ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Alice Faye, Betty Grable, Jack Oakie, John Payne

Votes: 396

20. Song of the Islands (1942)

Approved | 76 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

With his sidekick Rusty, Jeff Harper sails to paradisiacal tropical isle Ahmi-Oni to bargain on behalf of his cattle baron father for land owned by transplanted Irishman Dennis O'Brien. But... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Betty Grable, Victor Mature, Jack Oakie, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 197

21. Give Me a Sailor (1938)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy, Romance

Jim and Walter are two brother sailors in the United States Navy. Walter tells Jim as soon as they get home he is going to ask his beautiful girlfriend, Nancy Larkin to marry him. But Jim ... See full summary »

Director: Elliott Nugent | Stars: Martha Raye, Bob Hope, Betty Grable, Jack Whiting

Votes: 342

22. Do You Love Me (1946)

Approved | 91 min | Musical, Romance

The woman dean of a music school undergoes a glamorous transformation after she meets a swing bandleader.

Director: Gregory Ratoff | Stars: Maureen O'Hara, Dick Haymes, Harry James, Reginald Gardiner

Votes: 200

23. Call Me Mister (1951)

Approved | 96 min | Musical

A G.I. in occupied Japan tries to re-woo his old love, who's putting on a show for the troops.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Betty Grable, Dan Dailey, Danny Thomas, Dale Robertson

Votes: 197 | Gross: $2.70M

24. The Farmer Takes a Wife (1953)

Approved | 81 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A romantic triangle develops on Erie Canal boats in 1850.

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: Betty Grable, Dale Robertson, Thelma Ritter, John Carroll

Votes: 122 | Gross: $1.22M

25. Diamond Horseshoe (1945)

Approved | 104 min | Musical

A medical student who wants to be a crooner gets involved with a showgirl who has an ulterior motive.

Director: George Seaton | Stars: Betty Grable, Dick Haymes, Phil Silvers, William Gaxton

Votes: 220

26. Footlight Serenade (1942)

80 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A boxing champ gets involved with a Broadway show and a shapely chorine...who's engaged to his new sparring partner.

Director: Gregory Ratoff | Stars: John Payne, Betty Grable, Victor Mature, Jane Wyman

Votes: 154

27. How to Be Very, Very Popular (1955)

Approved | 89 min | Comedy

Two girls on the lam hide out in a college fraternity.

Director: Nunnally Johnson | Stars: Betty Grable, Sheree North, Robert Cummings, Charles Coburn

Votes: 158

28. Campus Confessions (1938)

Approved | 67 min | Comedy, Music, Sport

An unpopular freshman (William Henry) charms a coed (Betty Grable) by leading the basketball team to victory.

Director: George Archainbaud | Stars: Betty Grable, Eleanore Whitney, William Henry, Fritz Feld

Votes: 18

29. Three for the Show (1955)

Approved | 93 min | Musical

A widowed singer marries her late husband's songwriting partner, which leads to trouble when her first husband turns up very much alive.

Director: H.C. Potter | Stars: Betty Grable, Marge Champion, Gower Champion, Jack Lemmon

Votes: 312

30. The Day the Bookies Wept (1939)

Approved | 64 min | Comedy

A group of taxi drivers pool their money and buy a beer-loving racehorse.

Director: Leslie Goodwins | Stars: Joe Penner, Betty Grable, Richard Lane, Tom Kennedy

Votes: 66

31. Pigskin Parade (1936)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Musical, Sport

Married coaches Slug and Bessie find hillbilly football tosser Amos and the team gets invited to the Yale Bowl.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Stuart Erwin, Patsy Kelly, Jack Haley, The Yacht Club Boys

Votes: 575

32. Man About Town (1939)

85 min | Comedy, Musical

Producer Bob Temple, who's brought an American show to London, loves his star Diana, but she won't take him seriously as a lover. To show her, he picks up stranger Lady Arlington, whose ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Jack Benny, Dorothy Lamour, Edward Arnold, Binnie Barnes

Votes: 115

33. Meet Me After the Show (1951)

Passed | 87 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

Delilah Lee is the star of husband Jeff Ames' Broadway show when she starts to suspect he has been exchanging more than contracts with the show's vampish backer. Alimony and amnesia become the order of the day.

Director: Richard Sale | Stars: Betty Grable, Macdonald Carey, Rory Calhoun, Eddie Albert

Votes: 152 | Gross: $2.61M

34. Old Man Rhythm (1935)

Approved | 75 min | Comedy, Music

A businessman enrolls as a college freshman in order to break up his son's relationship with a gold-digger.

Director: Edward Ludwig | Stars: Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, George Barbier, Barbara Kent, Grace Bradley

Votes: 111

35. Don't Turn 'em Loose (1936)

Approved | 65 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A conscientious attorney who is a member of the State Parole Board, finds his own son, using an alias, up for parole and makes the decision to cast the approving vote. This turns out to ... See full summary »

Director: Benjamin Stoloff | Stars: Lewis Stone, James Gleason, Bruce Cabot, Louise Latimer

Votes: 124

36. Follow the Fleet (1936)

Approved | 110 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A Navy sailor tries to rekindle a romance with the woman he loves while on liberty in San Francisco.

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott, Harriet Nelson

Votes: 3,750

37. Thrill of a Lifetime (1937)

Approved | 75 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

"Howdy" Nelson believes there is no such think as real love and that romance can be cooked up between any eligible persons (of the opposite sex.) He is so imbued with the idea that he has ... See full summary »

Director: George Archainbaud | Stars: James V. Kern, Charles Adler, George Kelly, Billy Mann

Votes: 28

38. The Nitwits (1935)

Passed | 81 min | Comedy, Crime, Music

A would-be songwriter and a would-be inventor run a cigar stand and get mixed up in the murder of a song publisher.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Betty Grable, Hale Hamilton

Votes: 318

39. The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi (1933)

Passed | 77 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A campus flirt who has been "pinned" by most of the boys of Sigma Chi fraternity falls for a no-nonsense athlete who doesn't have time for such diversions as women.

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: Mary Carlisle, Buster Crabbe, Charles Starrett, Florence Lake

Votes: 27

40. Collegiate (1936)

80 min | Musical

A Broadway playboy inherits an almost bankrupt girls' school and tries to save it by a big show.

Director: Ralph Murphy | Stars: Joe Penner, Jack Oakie, Ned Sparks, Frances Langford

Votes: 26

41. The Gay Divorcee (1934)

Approved | 107 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

An American woman travels to England to seek a divorce from her absentee husband, where she meets - and falls for - a dashing performer.

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Alice Brady, Edward Everett Horton

Votes: 6,453

42. By Your Leave (1934)

Passed | 82 min | Comedy

In the midst of a mid-life crisis, Henry Smith convinces his wife, Ellen, that they should take separate one-week vacations, with no questions asked. He tries to sow some wild oats with a ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Corrigan | Stars: Frank Morgan, Genevieve Tobin, Neil Hamilton, Marian Nixon

Votes: 123

43. Hold 'Em Jail (1932)

Passed | 66 min | Comedy, Sport

Two yokels are framed and sent to prison, but wind up playing football on the warden's championship team.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Edna May Oliver, Robert Armstrong

Votes: 169

44. This Way Please (1937)

Approved | 75 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A famous singer and matinĂ©e idol helps a pretty young theater usher in her dreams of becoming a singer, but when her career begins to take off and she becomes engaged to a wealthy young man... See full summary »

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Betty Grable, Ned Sparks, Jim Jordan

Votes: 35

45. What Price Innocence? (1933)

64 min | Drama

A young woman has to pay the price for fooling around with men.

Director: Willard Mack | Stars: Jean Parker, Minna Gombell, Willard Mack, Betty Grable

Votes: 13

46. Student Tour (1934)

Passed | 84 min | Musical