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.
RankMovie (Year)UMR Co-Star LinksAdjusted B.O. Domestic (mils.)Box Office Rank By YearCritic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)Tyrone Power & Charles Laughton$163.4015th of 195891.0%06 / 0072.75
Touch of Evil (1958)Orson Welles & Charlton Heston$31.4085th of 195889.0%00 / 0046.70
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)Spencer Tracy & William Shatner$128.6011th of 196186.0%11 / 0268.43
Destry Rides Again (1939)James Stewart$87.3057th of 193984.7%00 / 0053.32
The Blue Angel (1930)Emil Jannings$126.8014th of 193084.5%00 / 0059.36
The Scarlett Empress (1934)Sam Jaffe$47.1058th of 193483.0%00 / 0046.31
Shanghai Express (1932)Clive Brook$262.801st of 193282.5%03 / 0174.58
A Foreign Affair (1948)Jean Arthur$138.7032nd of 194881.5%02 / 0060.60
Dishonored (1931)Victor McLaglen$178.104th of 193180.5%00 / 0065.45
Morocco (1931)Gary Cooper$237.502nd of 193180.0%04 / 0076.20
Rancho Notorious (1952)Arthur Kennedy$38.30108th of 195277.5%00 / 0042.36
Stage Fright (1950)Jane Wyman & Richard Todd$55.7099th of 195073.3%00 / 0043.10
The Song of Songs (1933)Lionel Atwill$62.8033rd of 193372.5%00 / 0043.80
Manpower (1941)Edward G. Robinson & George Raft$114.6054th of 194172.5%00 / 0051.83
No Highway in the Sky (1951)James Stewart$55.40114th of 195172.3%00 / 0042.59
The Devil Is A Woman (1935)Cesar Romero$22.6090th of 193572.0%00 / 0037.34
Desire (1936)Gary Cooper$147.8025th of 193672.0%00 / 0056.75
Angel (1937)Herbert Marshall & Melvyn Douglas$51.9089th of 193771.0%00 / 0041.41
Blonde Venus (1932)Cary Grant$52.0050th of 193270.0%00 / 0040.96
Knight Without Armor (1937)Robert Donat$25.30100th of 193763.5%00 / 0033.76
Seven Sinners (1940)John Wayne$82.1061st of 194061.5%00 / 0041.63
The Flame of New Orleans (1941)Bruce Cabot$38.8096th of 194161.5%01 / 0035.31
Kismet (1944)Ronald Coleman$166.3035th of 194461.5%04 / 0056.28
The Spoilers (1942)John Wayne$145.3076th of 194259.0%01 / 0050.65
Golden Earrings (1947)Ray Milland$184.7029th of 194755.0%00 / 0054.48
The Lady Is Willing (1942)Fred MacMurray$66.40104th of 194254.0%00 / 0035.67
Pittsburgh (1942)John Wayne$92.2087th of 194250.0%00 / 0037.79
The Montecarlo Story (1956)Arthur O'Connell$2.20194th of 195647.5%00 / 0022.66
The Garden of Allah (1936)Charles Boyer$123.6036th of 193646.5%02 / 0041.82
Just A Gigolo (1978)David Bowie$4.00127th of 197846.0%00 / 0022.24

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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49 thoughts on “Marlene Dietrich Movies

  1. Hello Bruce
    I am agrée with you, Moonligthing was just great, fun and sexy too with CYbill SHeperd and Bruce Willis. It was a very big succes in France because and i agrée thé first too years were great. That was something like the lady and the bad guy with a great sensé of humour.
    Anyway you have to look the german version BLUE ANGEL because DIetrich Is very good and DESIRE because it is great fun with Cooper.
    in the mean Time thank you for Dana Andrew page.
    Have à Nice day
    Pierre

    1. Hey Pierre….glad to see another Moonlighting fan. The peak of that series is Mark Harmon’s 3 episode role. At the end of those 3 episodes Bruce and Cybil finally got back together. That was some of the best television I have ever watched……then the series fell completely apart.

      I will try and track down that version of Blue Angel. Thanks for the recommendation and the visit.

  2. And here she is: The biggest international star Germany has ever produced: DIETRICH! Needless to say, I’ve seen all of the listed films plus some more (german silents, cameos in Paris when it sizzles, Jigsaw, Follow the Boys, Around the World in 80 Days) plus Maximilian Schells documentary on her, where she at least participated vocally. The only mayor film I haven’t seen is the Documentary on Adolf Hitler, The Black Fox, which Dietrich narrated. I can’t make up my mind what my favorite movie is- her von Sternberg films are always visually stunning, often downright stupid scriptwise, her later films are a mixed bag- from the boring Angel to the hilariously funny Desire or the tight Wilder Drama Witness for the prosecution. I have a soft spot for her less successful movies, though: I always loved Stage Fright, I am very fond of Flame of New Orleans, and I just recently revisited Welles’ Touch of Evil in the reconstructed version- no matter how small her part here, I agree with her when she calls her Tana her best performance. I also love to listen to her records- never close to a great singer, but always a keen interpeter of the lyrics…I guess I coud go on and on about her. One comment on her breakthrough movie The Blue Angel. I have seen both the original german version and the one made for the international market in english. The german version is a milestone, the international version looses a lot compared to the original. ‘nough said now, I am just ashamed that my fellow germans called her a traitor right until her death.

    1. Hey Lupino….I agree Dietrich is easily the biggest international star from Germany. Congrats on acing the Dietrich tally….I have that with Bruce Willis movies….which lately has been a severe challenge because his movies have slipped into low budget horrible movies. Sounds like you are a serious Dietrich fan….like your mini-reviews on your favorites. Her part in Touch of Evil is small…..but they gave her some of the best and most memorable lines in the movie. She and Hitch did not get along while making Stage Fright….but that dislike did not stop them from creating another great Dietrich role.

      Interesting about how you like her music too. Her music career is pretty much forgotten over here. Heck before you mentioned it in your comment…I was not really aware she had many records out there. As for The Blue Angel…I have only seen the English version….so I appreciate you sharing your thoughts on the original. That is sad that she was considered a traitor……good comment….thanks for stopping by and talking Dietrich.

      1. Hey Cogerson,

        thanks for all your kind replies. You are right, I like Dietrich a lot…but then I really love most of the old moviestars (not just Dietrich, Grant and Sidney). About Bruce Willis- I remember seeing him in Die Hard for the first time, and although Action movies were never my favorite genre, I really liked that one a lot. Unfortunatly I never had the chance to see him in his TV series battling Cybill Shepherd, but I’ve seen a lot of his movies and usually enjoy his performances. I think he is more versatile than he is given credit for. Ending up in B pictures is something he doesn’t deserve, but then it happened to the best of them even in the old days- Jennifer Jones or Joan Fontaine, Dana Andrews or Linda Darnell come to mind, but even the likes of Crawford, Davis.

        1. Hey Lupino….well if you like the classic stars then I think you will find countless of them on this website. We try to rotate between doing a current star and a classic star…so generally about every 4 or 5 days you will see a new classic star pop up on the “newest pages”.

          As for Bruce…I agree with you…and glad to see you have some fond memories of him too. Moonlightin

          1. Moonlighting was one of the best tv shows I have ever watched…at least the first two and half years of that show. As for his shift to B movies….I know it happens to most actors and actresses..but I was hoping Bruce would avoid that….maybe Death Wish will bring him back to the top.

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