Great Directors: Frank Capra

by Omar_Agius | created - 11 Jan 2014 | updated - 11 Jan 2014 | Public

Filmography of the Italian-born director, and one of the best filmmakers from the Classic Hollywood era, Frank Capra. (Excluding Documentaries)

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1. The Ballad of Fisher's Boarding House (1922)

12 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Fultah Fisher runs a boarding house catering to seamen passing through the port. A girl known as Anne of Austria has had many lovers amongst the sailors, but presently she's known to be the... See full summary »

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Mildred Owens, Ethan Allen, Olaf Skavlan, Gerald Griffin

Votes: 105

2. The Strong Man (1926)

75 min | Comedy

A meek Belgian soldier (Harry Langdon) fighting in World War I receives penpal letters and a photo from "Mary Brown", an American girl he has never met. He becomes infatuated with her by ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Harry Langdon, Priscilla Bonner, Gertrude Astor, William V. Mong

Votes: 726

3. For the Love of Mike (1927)

75 min | Drama, Romance

Three men join forces to raise an adopted son.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Ben Lyon, George Sidney, Ford Sterling

Votes: 46

4. Long Pants (1927)

60 min | Comedy

Harry Shelby receives his first pair of long pants. He immediately falls in love with a cocaine-smuggling flapper named Bebe. When Bebe is imprisoned, Harry decides to rescue her. To do so,... See full summary »

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Harry Langdon, Gladys Brockwell, Alan Roscoe, Priscilla Bonner

Votes: 408

5. The Power of the Press (1928)

62 min | Drama

The naive newspaper cub Clem lands a scoop when he's sent out to cover a murder. In his enthusiasm he writes that the main suspect is Jane. When she confronts Clem she convinces him to help her prove her innocence.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Jobyna Ralston, Mildred Harris, Philo McCullough

Votes: 180

7. So This Is Love (1928)

Passed | 60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

Jerry McGuire (William Collier Jr.) is a dress designer in love with shop-girl Hilda Jenson (Shirley Mason). But the problem is that prizefighter Spike Mullins (Johnny Walker) is also in ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Shirley Mason, William Collier Jr., Johnnie Walker, Ernie Adams

Votes: 44

8. Submarine (1928)

Approved | 93 min | Action, Drama

Two sailors who are always competing against each other set their sights on the same girl. When she chooses one over the other, their friendship ends acrimoniously. However, things change ... See full summary »

Directors: Frank Capra, Irvin Willat | Stars: Jack Holt, Dorothy Revier, Ralph Graves, Clarence Burton

Votes: 197

9. The Way of the Strong (1928)

61 min | Drama

Williams is a bootlegger who takes in the down-and-out Nora. Nora eventually finds herself in the middle of a gang war between Williams and his chief rival, Tiger Louie.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Mitchell Lewis, Alice Day, Margaret Livingston, Theodore von Eltz

Votes: 46

10. That Certain Thing (1928)

Passed | 69 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Molly Kelly wants to marry a millionaire. When she runs into Andy Charles, heir to a restaurant fortune, she jumps at the chance and marries him. Andy's father if furious and disinherits ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Viola Dana, Ralph Graves, Burr McIntosh, Aggie Herring

Votes: 223

11. The Matinee Idol (1928)

Passed | 66 min | Comedy, Romance

A Broadway matinee idol famous for his black-face portrayals anonymously joins an amateur acting troupe and falls in love with the leading lady.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Bessie Love, Johnnie Walker, Ernest Hilliard, Lionel Belmore

Votes: 460

12. Flight (1929)

Passed | 110 min | Adventure

A Marine flyer and his flight school mentor fall for the same beautiful nurse.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Jack Holt, Lila Lee, Ralph Graves, Alan Roscoe

Votes: 221

13. The Donovan Affair (1929)

Passed | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

The lights go out at a high-society dinner party and one of the guests is murdered. The police are summoned and Inspector Killian shows up, with his assistant Carney. In order to get a ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Jack Holt, Dorothy Revier, William Collier Jr., Agnes Ayres

Votes: 47

14. The Younger Generation (1929)

Passed | 75 min | Drama

Soap-opera about a social-climbing Jewish man and his old-world parents who are heartbroken by his rejection of them.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Jean Hersholt, Lina Basquette, Ricardo Cortez, Rex Lease

Votes: 230

15. Rain or Shine (1930)

Passed | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Woman inherits a traveling circus which brings financial difficulties.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Joe Cook, Louise Fazenda, Joan Peers, William Collier Jr.

Votes: 302

16. Ladies of Leisure (1930)

Passed | 99 min | Drama, Romance

An upper-crust artist hires a 'party girl' as a model; romance follows.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Ralph Graves, Lowell Sherman, Marie Prevost

Votes: 980

17. Dirigible (1931)

Passed | 100 min | Adventure

Jack Bradon is tasked to reach the South Pole with a dirigible.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Jack Holt, Fay Wray, Ralph Graves, Hobart Bosworth

Votes: 520

18. The Miracle Woman (1931)

Passed | 90 min | Drama, Romance

After an unappreciated minister dies, his daughter loses her faith in God, prompting her to open a phony temple with a con man. Can the love of a blind aviator restore her faith and happiness?

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, David Manners, Sam Hardy, Beryl Mercer

Votes: 1,714

19. Platinum Blonde (1931)

Passed | 89 min | Comedy, Romance

A young woman from a very rich family impulsively marries a reporter, but each assumes the other is the one whose lifestyle must change.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Jean Harlow, Loretta Young, Robert Williams, Halliwell Hobbes

Votes: 2,631

20. Forbidden (1932)

Approved | 85 min | Drama, Romance

A librarian takes a cruise and falls for an unobtainable man, a district attorney married to a crippled woman.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou, Ralph Bellamy, Dorothy Peterson

Votes: 1,206

21. American Madness (1932)

Passed | 75 min | Drama

Socially-conscious banker Thomas Dickson faces a crisis when his protégé is wrongly accused for robbing the bank, gossip of the robbery starts a bank run, and evidence suggests Dickson's wife had an affair...all in the same day.

Directors: Frank Capra, Allan Dwan, Roy William Neill | Stars: Walter Huston, Pat O'Brien, Kay Johnson, Constance Cummings

Votes: 1,699

22. The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1932)

Approved | 88 min | Drama, Romance, War

A Chinese warlord and an engaged Christian missionary fall in love.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Nils Asther, Toshia Mori, Walter Connolly

Votes: 3,237

23. Lady for a Day (1933)

Passed | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

A gangster tries to make Apple Annie, the Times Square apple seller, a lady for a day.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Warren William, May Robson, Guy Kibbee, Glenda Farrell

Votes: 3,517

24. It Happened One Night (1934)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

87 Metascore

A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns

Votes: 86,682 | Gross: $4.36M

25. Broadway Bill (1934)

Approved | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

A runaway heiress and her sister's husband join forces to race the latter's fast horse, Broadway Bill.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Walter Connolly, Helen Vinson

Votes: 830

26. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A simple, small town man inherits a massive fortune, making him the target for scammers and publicity-seekers. Overwhelmed by the turn his life has taken, and awoken to another use for his new-found fortune, he makes a momentous decision.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, George Bancroft, Lionel Stander

Votes: 18,473

27. Lost Horizon (1937)

Approved | 132 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

A plane crash delivers a group of people to the secluded land of Shangri-La - but is it the miraculous utopia it appears to be?

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton, John Howard

Votes: 11,352

28. You Can't Take It with You (1938)

Passed | 126 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Jean Arthur, James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore, Edward Arnold

Votes: 21,621 | Gross: $4.66M

29. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold

Votes: 100,163 | Gross: $9.60M

30. Meet John Doe (1941)

Not Rated | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A man needing money agrees to impersonate a nonexistent person who said he'd be committing suicide as a protest, and a political movement begins.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold, Walter Brennan

Votes: 11,185

31. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey, Jack Carson

Votes: 62,415

32. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

89 Metascore

An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 366,412

33. State of the Union (1948)

Approved | 124 min | Comedy, Drama

An industrialist is urged to run for President, but this requires uncomfortable compromises on both political and marital levels.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Van Johnson, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 3,221

34. Riding High (1950)

Passed | 112 min | Comedy

A horse trainer who has fallen on hard times looks to his horse, Broadway Bill, to finally win the big race.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Bing Crosby, Coleen Gray, Charles Bickford, Frances Gifford

Votes: 411

35. Here Comes the Groom (1951)

Approved | 113 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Foreign correspondent Pete Garvey has 5 days to win back his former fiancée, or he'll lose the orphans he adopted.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Bing Crosby, Jane Wyman, Alexis Smith, Franchot Tone

Votes: 927

36. A Hole in the Head (1959)

Approved | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

Widower Tony is trying to keep a small Miami hotel afloat while raising a 12-year-old son. He's forced to ask his harried brother Mario for help, but he'll only bail Tony out if he quits his bohemian lifestyle and marries a sensible woman.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker, Carolyn Jones

Votes: 2,160 | Gross: $11.00M

37. Pocketful of Miracles (1961)

Approved | 136 min | Comedy, Drama

A New York gangster and his girlfriend attempt to turn street beggar Apple Annie into a society lady when the peddler learns her daughter is marrying royalty.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Glenn Ford, Bette Davis, Hope Lange, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 5,527



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