Gloria Swanson Ranked

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A ranking of Gloria Swanson's film performances.

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1. Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Passed | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir

A screenwriter develops a dangerous relationship with a faded film star determined to make a triumphant return.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson

Votes: 189,114

2. Sadie Thompson (1928)

Unrated | 97 min | Drama

A prostitute seeking a fresh start becomes the obsession of a religious extremist.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Lionel Barrymore, Blanche Friderici, Charles Lane, Florence Midgley

Votes: 2,446 | Gross: $1.00M

3. Queen Kelly (1932)

Passed | 101 min | Drama

A convent girl is abducted and seduced by a prince before being sent off to a brothel in East Africa.

Directors: Erich von Stroheim, Richard Boleslawski | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Walter Byron, Seena Owen, Sylvia Ashton

Votes: 3,008

4. The Trespasser (1929)

90 min | Drama

The trial and tribulations of a strong-willed woman who elopes and gives birth out of wedlock without telling her ex-husband.

Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Robert Ames, Purnell Pratt, Henry B. Walthall

Votes: 1,201

5. The Affairs of Anatol (1921)

Unrated | 117 min | Comedy, Drama

Socialite Anatol Spencer seeks a better relation that he has with his wife. He sets up the friend of his youth Emilie in an apartment only to have her two-time him. He comforts the near ... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Wallace Reid, Gloria Swanson, Wanda Hawley, Theodore Roberts

Votes: 1,194

6. Father Takes a Wife (1941)

Approved | 79 min | Comedy, Romance

Frederick Osborne, Junior is slightly agitated because his father, Senior, is acting more like a college student than the president of a huge merchantile fleet. Senior reveals that he is ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Hively | Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Gloria Swanson, John Howard, Desi Arnaz

Votes: 465

7. Male and Female (1919)

Not Rated | 116 min | Adventure, Drama

Lady Mary Lasenby is a spoiled maiden who always gets her way until shipwrecked with her butler, then learns which qualities are really admirable in a person.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Thomas Meighan, Theodore Roberts, Raymond Hatton, Robert Cain

Votes: 1,690

8. The Love of Sunya (1927)

Passed | 78 min | Drama

A young woman at life's crossroads is granted mystic visions of how her decisions will affect her future life.

Director: Albert Parker | Stars: Gloria Swanson, John Boles, Pauline Garon, Ian Keith

Votes: 753 | Gross: $0.50M

9. Beyond the Rocks (1922)

Passed | 80 min | Drama, Romance

A young woman marries an older millionaire and then falls in love with a handsome nobleman on her honeymoon.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Rudolph Valentino, Edythe Chapman, Alec B. Francis

Votes: 2,200 | Gross: $0.27M

10. Zaza (1923)

84 min | Romance, Drama

Zaza is an actress and the favorite at an open-air theater in a small French town. When diplomat Bernard Dufresne comes to the village, he stays away for fear he will fall for her. But when Zaza is badly injured, he has no choice.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Gloria Swanson, H.B. Warner, Ferdinand Gottschalk, Lucille La Verne

Votes: 765 | Gross: $0.43M

11. Indiscreet (1931)

Passed | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A young woman jeopardizes the relationship with the man she loves when a no-account from her past shows up.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Ben Lyon, Monroe Owsley, Barbara Kent

Votes: 1,299

12. Don't Change Your Husband (1919)

Not Rated | 71 min | Comedy

Leila Porter comes to dislike her husband James, a glue king who is always eating onions and looking sloppy. But after she divorces him and marries two-timing playboy Schuyler Van Sutphen the now-reformed James looks pretty good.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Elliott Dexter, Gloria Swanson, Lew Cody, Sylvia Ashton

Votes: 1,112

13. Manhandled (1924)

Passed | 75 min | Drama, Comedy

Gloria Swanson plays Tessie McGuire, a shopgirl who, when her boyfriend breaks their date one evening, goes to a party with a louche crowd of artists and hangers-on. She wows them with some... See full summary »

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Tom Moore, Lilyan Tashman, Ian Keith

Votes: 952

14. Why Change Your Wife? (1920)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

Robert and Beth Gordon are married but share little. He runs into Sally at a cabaret and the Gordons are soon divorced. Just as he gets bored with Sally's superficiality, Beth strives to ... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Thomas Meighan, Gloria Swanson, Bebe Daniels, Theodore Kosloff

Votes: 1,306

15. You Can't Believe Everything (1918)

Patricia Reynolds, the belle of the summer resort she is visiting with her friend, Amy Powellson, attracts the attention of Arthur Kirby, whom Amy loves. On an evening drive, Arthur tries ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Darrell Foss, Jack Richardson, Edward Peil Sr.

16. The Humming Bird (1924)

80 min | Drama

A pickpocket (Swanson) falls in love with a newspaperman. When he is sent off to war and she disguises herself as a boy, joins a gang and sets out to save him.

Director: Sidney Olcott | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Edmund Burns, William Ricciardi, Cesare Gravina

Votes: 13 | Gross: $0.34M

17. Wages of Virtue (1924)

70 min | Romance

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Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Ben Lyon, Norman Trevor, Ivan Linow

Votes: 8 | Gross: $0.24M

18. Stage Struck (1925)

70 min | Comedy

A young woman dreams of becoming a great actress. When her boyfriend starts to flirt with an actual actress, she becomes jealous and decides to fight with her rival.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Lawrence Gray, Gertrude Astor, Oliver Sandys

Votes: 823 | Gross: $0.24M

20. Madame Sans-Gêne (1925)

100 min | Comedy

A French washerwoman becomes a duchess and a friend of Napoleon.

Director: Léonce Perret | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Émile Drain, Charles de Rochefort, Madeleine Guitty

Votes: 29 | Gross: $0.41M

21. The Untamed Lady (1926)

70 min | Drama

A spoiled rich girl is brought down to earth by the man who loves her.

Director: Frank Tuttle | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Lawrence Gray, Joseph W. Smiley, Charles E. Graham

Votes: 11

22. Her Love Story (1924)

70 min | Drama, Romance

When Princess Marie of the Balkan kingdom of Viatavia falls in love with Captain Rudi of the King's Guards, her father quickly arranges her marriage with the king of a neighboring country. ... See full summary »

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Ian Keith, George Fawcett, Echlin Gayer

Votes: 11 | Gross: $0.22M

23. Fine Manners (1926)

70 min | Comedy

In a run down New York Tenament, a chorine named Orchid lives with her overprotective brother Buddy, who sees to it that no uptown Casanovas get a chance at seducing his sister. At a New ... See full summary »

Directors: Richard Rosson, Lewis Milestone | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Eugene O'Brien, Helen Dunbar, Roland Drew

Votes: 738 | Gross: $0.26M

24. Something to Think About (1920)

78 min | Drama

Wealthy cripple Markley finances the education of blacksmith's daughter Ruth. When she returns to their small town he asks to marry her, but she runs off with city worker Jim Dirk who is ... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Elliott Dexter, Gloria Swanson, Monte Blue, Theodore Roberts

Votes: 568 | Gross: $9.16M

26. My American Wife (1922)


A horse-race brings together Kentuckian Natalie Chester and Argentinean Manuel La Tassa. At a party Pedro De Grossa insults Natalie, and consequently Manuel challenges him to a duel. To ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Antonio Moreno, Josef Swickard, Eric Mayne

Gross: $0.20M

27. The Coast of Folly (1925)

70 min | Drama

Unable to abide her self-righteous husband, Nadine Gathway leaves home and drops out of sight for 20 years. When Mr. Gathway dies, he leaves his huge fortune to his daughter, Joyce, on the ... See full summary »

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Anthony Jowitt, Alec B. Francis, Dorothy Cumming

Gross: $0.26M

28. For Better, for Worse (1919)

70 min | Drama

Dr. Edward Meade and friend Richard Burton both love Sylvia Norcross. Both enlist in the military, but Meade stays back to care for deformed children. Sylvia thinks him a coward and marries... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Elliott Dexter, Tom Forman, Gloria Swanson, Sylvia Ashton

Votes: 697

29. Her Gilded Cage (1922)

60 min | Drama, Romance

A romance about a dancer seeking love and fame from Paris cabarets to New York society.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Gloria Swanson, David Powell, Harrison Ford, Anne Cornwall

Gross: $0.16M

30. Under the Lash (1921)


Under the Lash is a 1921 American silent drama film directed by Sam Wood and starring Gloria Swanson. The film is based on the play The Shulamite, by Claude Askew and Edward Knoblock, and ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Mahlon Hamilton, Russell Simpson, Lillian Leighton

Votes: 5

31. Society for Sale (1918)

60 min | Drama

Successful model, Phyllis Clyne, convinces a down-and-out nobleman, Billy, to pass her off in society as titled gentry. They fall in love and when it turns out that her late father actually... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: William Desmond, Gloria Swanson, Herbert Prior, Charles Dorian

Votes: 9

32. The Secret Code (1918)

Drama, War

Sally Carter Rand, married to an elderly senator, is accused of espionage, but she is able to clear herself by proving that her mysterious knitting is actually a baby sweater.

Director: Albert Parker | Stars: Gloria Swanson, J. Barney Sherry, Rhy Alexander, Leslie Stuart

33. Prodigal Daughters (1923)

Passed | 60 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Elinor "Swifty" Forbes and her younger sister Marjory are the carefree daughters of wealthy J. D. Forbes. Their mother shows no restraint over her daughters, so they live among the flapper ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Ralph Graves, Vera Reynolds, Theodore Roberts

Votes: 11 | Gross: $0.20M

34. What a Widow! (1930)

88 min | Romance, Comedy

A young woman's elderly husband dies and leaves her $5 million. She travels to Paris and becomes part of the "Continental" set and is pursued by a rich playboy and a lawyer who works for her.

Directors: Allan Dwan, Dudley Murphy, James Seymour | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Owen Moore, Lew Cody, Margaret Livingston

Votes: 15

35. Everywoman's Husband (1918)


A young woman whose domineering mother almost ruins her marriage eventually learns that mother does not always know best when her father commits suicide.

Director: Gilbert P. Hamilton | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Joe King, Lillian Langdon, George C. Pearce

36. Shifting Sands (I) (1918)

Not Rated | 60 min | Drama

Marcia Grey is wrongly convicted on trumped-up evidence of a German. After serving her term, she rebuilds her life and marries well. The German then attempts to blackmail her into helping ... See full summary »

Director: Albert Parker | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Joe King, Harvey Clark, Leone Carton

Votes: 693

37. Three for Bedroom C (1952)

Not Rated | 74 min | Comedy

A film star and her young daughter stow away on a cross-country train to California. The compartment they invade belongs to a celebrated biology professor; romance blossoms. The star's manager turns up; complications ensue.

Director: Milton H. Bren | Stars: Gloria Swanson, James Warren, Fred Clark, Hans Conried

Votes: 130

38. Bluebeard's 8th Wife (1923)

60 min | Comedy, Romance

The beautiful daughter of a French nobleman, Mona de Briac is induced to marry wealthy American John Brandon because her family needs his money. She learns that her husband has divorced ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Huntley Gordon, Charles Greene, Lianne Salvor

Votes: 9 | Gross: $0.22M

39. Perfect Understanding (1933)

Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A young couple decide to marry under the condition that they agree never to disagree. That agreement is soon put to the test when the husband finds himself attracted to a beautiful young woman.

Director: Cyril Gardner | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Laurence Olivier, John Halliday, Nigel Playfair

Votes: 622

40. The Impossible Mrs. Bellew (1922)

80 min | Drama

Lance Bellew ignores his wife, Betty, for his mistress, Naomi Templeton, but becomes so enraged when he finds Betty in the company of Jerry Woodruff that he shoots this family friend. For ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Robert Cain, Conrad Nagel, Richard Wayne

Votes: 8 | Gross: $0.14M

41. The Great Moment (1921)

70 min | Drama

Sir Edward Pelham, married to a Russian Gypsy, fears that his daughter will follow in her mother's footsteps and arranges a marriage with her cousin, whom she does not love. During a trip ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Alec B. Francis, Milton Sills, Frank Butler

Votes: 12

42. Her Decision (1918)


A secretary (Gloria Swanson) uses her boss to get money for her unfortunate sister (Ann Kroman) but eventually falls in love with him.

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: Gloria Swanson, J. Barney Sherry, Darrell Foss, Ann Forrest

43. Music in the Air (1934)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Constantly quarreling couple decide to try the jealousy angle when a naive young couple comes along.

Director: Joe May | Stars: Gloria Swanson, John Boles, Douglass Montgomery, June Lang

Votes: 915

44. Station Content (1918)

50 min | Drama

Songstesss, Kitty Manning leaves her husband and takes up with his boss, a railroad president. She has second thoughts and redeems herself by preventing a train wreck and is able to save ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Hoyt | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Lee Hill, Arthur Millett, Nellie Allen

Votes: 19

45. Nero's Mistress (1956)

104 min | Comedy, History

Nero is on holiday at the seaside. Poppea, Seneca and many other guests are with him. Nero is preparing a great show where he will be the star. When Agrippina, his mother, arrives with her ... See full summary »

Director: Steno | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Vittorio De Sica, Gloria Swanson, Brigitte Bardot

Votes: 270

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