Marlene Dietrich Movies

Marlene Dietrich appeared in movies for almost 60 years

Marlene Dietrich appeared in movies for almost 60 years

Want to know the best Marlene Dietrich movies?  How about the worst Marlene Dietrich movies?  Curious about Marlene Dietrich’s box office grosses or which Marlene Dietrich movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Marlene Dietrich movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences and which ones got the worst reviews? Well you have come to the right place…. because we have all of that information and much more.

Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992) was an Oscar® nominated German-American actress and singer.  On American Film Institute’s Top 50 Screen Legends list, Dietrich was ranked as the 9th best actress.  Right behind #8 Judy Garland and right before #10 Joan Crawford.  Her film career lasted almost 60 years.  One of the main reasons for such a long successful career was her ability to re-invent herself, professionally and characteristically.  So we figured it was about time to give one the silver screen’s first sex symbols her very own Ultimate Movie Rankings movie page.

Her IMDb page shows 56 acting credits from 1919-1978. This page will rank 30 Marlene Dietrich movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Her German silent films, cameos, television appearances and movies not released in North America were not included in the rankings.

James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich in 1939's Destry Rides Again

James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich in 1939’s Destry Rides Again

Marlene Dietrich Movies Can Be Ranked 6 Ways In This Table

The really cool thing about this table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.

  • Sort Marlene Dietrich movies by co-stars of her movies
  • Sort Marlene Dietrich movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
  • Sort Marlene Dietrich movies by yearly box office rank
  • Sort Marlene Dietrich movies by how they were received by critics and audiences.  60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie.
  • Sort by how many Oscar® nominations and how many Oscar® wins each Marlene Dietrich movie received.
  • Sort Marlene Dietrich movies by Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score.  UMR Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Marlene Dietrich Table

  1. Thirteen Marlene Dietrich movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 43.33% of her movies listed. Shanghai Express (1932)) was her biggest box office hit.
  2. An average Marlene Dietrich movie grosses $97.80 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  23 of Marlene Dietrich’s movies are rated as good movies…or 76.66% of her movies.  Witness for the Prosecution (1957) is her highest rated movie while Just A Gigolo (1978) was her lowest rated movie.
  4. Eight Marlene Dietrich movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 26.66% of her movies.
  5. Two Marlene Dietrich movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 6.66% of her movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00.  23 Marlene Dietrich movies scored higher that average….or 76.66% of her movies.  Morocco (1931) got the the highest UMR Score while Just A Gigolo (1978) got the lowest UMR Score.
Marlene Dietrich in 1957's Witness For The Prosecution

Marlene Dietrich in 1957’s Witness For The Prosecution

Possibly Interesting Facts About Marlene Dietrich

1. Marlene Dietrich was born Maria Magdalene Dietrich in Berlin, Germany.

2. Marlene Dietrich’s road to stardom Cliff Notes style….she started out as a cabaret singer, then she started appearing in German silent films, next she caught the eye of director, Josef Von Sternberg.  Von Sternberg cast her in the German and English versions of Blue Angel.  Blue Angel was a hit and Dietrich became one of the first sex symbols in film.

3. Marlene Dietrich was nominated for one Oscar® (Morocco) and one Golden Globe® (Witness For The Prosecution).

4. According to the American Film Institute, Marlene Dietrich is the 9th greatest female star of all-time.

5. Marlene Dietrich starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s Stage Fright (1950)….they experienced some friction while making the movie.  Hitchcock provided one of my favorite quotes while researching this page.  On Dietrich…Hitchcock said….”Marlene Dietrich is a professional – a professional actress, a professional dress designer, a professional cameraman.”

6. Marlene Dietrich was married one time in her life. Her marriage to Rudolf Sieber was from 1924 to his death in 1976. They actually only lived together for five years…but they never got divorced.  I wonder if they celebrated their 50th anniversary?  They did have one daughter together….and four grandsons.  Hey BERN1960…I have a piece of Dietrich trivia you might be interested in….I just did not want to put it in this page.

7. Roles Marlene Dietrich turned down or was seriously considered for:  Pal Joey (Rita Hayworth role), All About Eve (Bette Davis role), Whatever Happened To Baby Jane (Joan Crawford role), and Stagecoach (Claire Trevor role).  One role she really wanted but did not get was Irene Dunne’s role in I Remember Mama.

8. Marlene Dietrich was voted the 43rd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.  Dietrich was also the first German actress to be Oscar® nominated.

9. Marlene Dietrich received the U.S. War Department’s ‘Medal of Freedom‘, in 1947, for entertaining American troops in WWII and her strong stand against Naziism.

10. Check out Marlene Dietrich‘s career compared to current and classic actors.  Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.  To check out some awesome movie posters of Marlene Dietrich’s movies check out Steve Lensman’s Marlene Dietrich Movie Posters page.

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63 thoughts on “Marlene Dietrich Movies

  1. Bonsoir Laurent,
    Thank you for your informations, and nice to meet you again on this site.
    I read somewhere that for this picture there were some retakes in studios before opening and it cost near 400 000 dollars….
    The film, I think, stay like one of the first color production and a Zelnick Production…
    And we just can see an extrait of this film in the clip of Miss Cindy Lauper “Time after Time”
    Pierre

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