Joan Crawford filmography

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Crawford in the trailer for Mildred Pierce (1945), the film which earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress
Crawford, Steve Cochran, Richard Egan, and David Brian in publicity still for The Damned Don't Cry (1950)
Crawford (right) and Bette Davis in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

The Joan Crawford filmography lists the film appearances of American actress Joan Crawford, who starred in numerous motion pictures throughout a lengthy career that spanned nearly five decades.

She made her film debut in Lady of the Night (1925), as a body double for film star Norma Shearer. She appeared in several other films before she made her major breakthrough playing Lon Chaney's love interest in the 1927 horror film, The Unknown. Her major success in Our Dancing Daughters (1928) made her a popular flapper of the late 1920s. Her first sound film, Untamed (1929), was a critical and box office success.

Crawford would become a highly popular actress throughout the 1930s, as a leading lady for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. She starred in a series of "rags-to-riches" films that were extremely popular during the Depression-era, most especially with women. Her popularity rivaled fellow MGM actresses, including Greta Garbo, Norma Shearer, and Jean Harlow. She appeared in eight movies with Clark Gable, including romantic drama Possessed (1931), musical film Dancing Lady (1933), romantic comedy Love on the Run (1936), and romantic drama Strange Cargo (1940), among others. In 1937, she was proclaimed the first "Queen of the Movies" by Life magazine, but her popularity soon waned. After her films The Bride Wore Red (1937) and Mannequin (1938) proved to be expensive failures, in May 1938 Crawford – along with Greta Garbo, Katharine Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Francis, and many others – was labeled box office poison; an actor whose "box office draw is nil".

Crawford managed to make a comeback in the comedy The Women (1939), opposite an all-star female only cast. On July 1, 1943, Crawford left MGM and signed an exclusive contract with Warner Brothers, where she became a rival of Bette Davis. After a slow start with the studio, she received critical and commercial acclaim for her performance in drama Mildred Pierce (1945). The film earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress. From 1946 to 1952, Crawford appeared in a series of critical and box office successes, including the musical drama Humoresque (1946); film noirs Possessed (1947, for which she received a second Academy Award nomination) and Flamingo Road (1949); drama The Damned Don't Cry (1950); and romantic comedy Goodbye, My Fancy (1951), among others. She received a third – and final – Academy Award nomination for her performance in the thriller Sudden Fear (1952).

In 1953, Crawford starred in the musical Torch Song, her final film role for MGM. Her next film Johnny Guitar (1954), although not a major hit, is one of Crawford's most popular films among her fans. During the latter half of the 1950s, Crawford starred in a series of B-movies, including romantic dramas Female on the Beach (1955) and Autumn Leaves (1956). In 1962, Crawford was teamed with Bette Davis in a film adaptation of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? The thriller film was a box office hit, and briefly revived Crawford's career. Her final film performance was in the British science fiction film, Trog (1970).


Feature films[edit]

Silent films
Year Title Role Director Studio
1925 Lady of the Night Double for Norma Shearer[1] Monta Bell Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1925 Proud Flesh Party Guest[1] King Vidor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1925 A Slave of Fashion Mannequin[1] Hobart Henley Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1925 The Merry Widow Ballroom Dancer[1] Erich von Stroheim Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1925 Pretty Ladies Bobby, a Showgirl[2] Monta Bell Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1925 The Circle Young Lady Catherine[1] Frank Borzage Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1925 The Midshipman Extra[1] Christy Cabanne Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1925 The Exquisite Sinner Extra[1] Josef von Sternberg Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1925 The Big Parade Extra[1] King Vidor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1925 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ Chariot Race Spectator[1] Fred Niblo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1925 Old Clothes Mary Riley[2] Edward F. Cline Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1925 The Only Thing Party Guest[1] Jack Conway Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1925 Sally, Irene and Mary Irene Edmund Goulding Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1926 Tramp, Tramp, Tramp Betty Burton Harry Edwards First National Pictures
1926 The Boob Jane William A. Wellman Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1926 Paris The Girl Edmund Goulding Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1927 Winners of the Wilderness René Contrecoeur W. S. Van Dyke Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1927 The Taxi Dancer Joslyn Poe Harry F. Millarde Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1927 The Understanding Heart Monica Dale Jack Conway Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1927 The Unknown Estrellita or Nanon Tod Browning Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1927 Twelve Miles Out Jane Jack Conway Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1927 Spring Fever Allie Monte Edward Sedgwick Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1928 West Point Betty Channing Edward Sedgwick Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1928 The Law of the Range Betty Dallas William Nigh Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1928 Rose-Marie Rose-Marie Lucien Hubbard Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1928 Across to Singapore Priscilla Crowninshield William Nigh Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1928 Four Walls Frieda William Nigh Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1928 Our Dancing Daughters Diana Medford Harry Beaumont Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1928 Dream of Love Adrienne Lecouvreur Fred Niblo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1929 The Duke Steps Out Susie James Cruze Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1929 Our Modern Maidens Billie Brown Jack Conway Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Sound films
1929 The Hollywood Revue of 1929[3] Herself (performer) Charles Reisner Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1929 Untamed Alice "Bingo" Dowling Jack Conway Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1930 Montana Moon Joan 'Montana' Prescott Malcolm St. Clair Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1930 Our Blushing Brides Gerry Marsh Harry Beaumont Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1930 Paid Mary Turner Sam Wood Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1931 Dance, Fools, Dance Bonnie Jordan Harry Beaumont Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1931 Laughing Sinners Ivy Stevens Harry Beaumont Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1931 This Modern Age Val Winters Nick Grinde Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1931 Possessed Marian Martin Clarence Brown Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1932 Grand Hotel Flaemmchen Edmund Goulding Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1932 Letty Lynton Letty Lynton Clarence Brown Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1932 Rain Sadie Thompson Lewis Milestone United Artists
1933 Today We Live Diana "Ann" Boyce-Smith Howard Hawks Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1933 Dancing Lady Janie "Duchess" Barlow Robert Z. Leonard Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1934 Sadie McKee Sadie McKee Brennan Clarence Brown Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1934 Chained Diane "Dinah" Lovering Clarence Brown Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1934 Forsaking All Others Mary Clay W. S. Van Dyke Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1935 No More Ladies Marcia Townsend Edward H. Griffith Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1935 I Live My Life Kay Bentley W. S. Van Dyke Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1936 The Gorgeous Hussy Margaret "Peggy" O'Neal Clarence Brown Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1936 Love on the Run Sally Parker W. S. Van Dyke Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1937 The Last of Mrs. Cheyney Fay Cheyney Richard Boleslawski Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1937 The Bride Wore Red Anni Pavlovitch Dorothy Arzner Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1937 Mannequin Jessica Cassidy Frank Borzage Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1938 The Shining Hour Olivia Riley Frank Borzage Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1939 The Ice Follies of 1939 Mary McKay Reinhold Schünzel Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1939 The Women Crystal Allen George Cukor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1940 Strange Cargo Julie Frank Borzage Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1940 Susan and God Susan Trexel George Cukor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1941 A Woman's Face Anna Holm George Cukor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1941 When Ladies Meet Mary Howard Robert Z. Leonard Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1942 They All Kissed the Bride Margaret Drew Alexander Hall Columbia Pictures
1942 Reunion in France Michele de la Becque Jules Dassin Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1943 Above Suspicion Frances Myles Richard Thorpe Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1944 Hollywood Canteen Herself (cameo) Delmer Daves Warner Bros.
1945 Mildred Pierce Mildred Pierce Michael Curtiz Warner Bros.
1946 Humoresque Helen Wright Jean Negulesco Warner Bros.
1947 Possessed Louise Howell Curtis Bernhardt Warner Bros.
1947 Daisy Kenyon Daisy Kenyon Otto Preminger 20th Century Fox
1949 Flamingo Road Lane Bellamy Michael Curtiz Warner Bros.
1949 It's a Great Feeling Herself (cameo) David Butler Warner Bros.
1950 The Damned Don't Cry Ethel Whitehead Vincent Sherman Warner Bros.
1950 Harriet Craig Harriet Craig Vincent Sherman Columbia Pictures
1951 Goodbye, My Fancy Agatha Reed Vincent Sherman Warner Bros.
1952 This Woman Is Dangerous Beth Austin Felix E. Feist Warner Bros.
1952 Sudden Fear Myra Hudson David Miller RKO Pictures
1953 Torch Song Jenny Stewart Charles Walters Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1954 Johnny Guitar Vienna Nicholas Ray Republic Pictures
1955 Female on the Beach Lynn Markham Joseph Pevney Universal Pictures
1955 Queen Bee Eva Phillips Ranald MacDougall Columbia Pictures
1956 Autumn Leaves Millicent "Milly" Wetherby Robert Aldrich Columbia Pictures
1957 The Story of Esther Costello Margaret Landi David Miller Columbia Pictures
1959 The Best of Everything Amanda Farrow Jean Negulesco 20th Century Fox
1962 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Blanche Hudson Robert Aldrich Warner Bros.
1963 The Caretakers Lucretia Terry Hall Bartlett United Artists
1964 Strait-Jacket Lucy Harbin William Castle Columbia Pictures
1964 Della[4] Della Chappell Robert Gist Four Star Productions
1965 I Saw What You Did Amy Nelson William Castle Universal Pictures
1967 The Karate Killers[5] Amanda True Barry Shear Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1967 Berserk! Monica Rivers Jim O'Connolly Columbia Pictures
1970 Trog Dr. Brockton Freddie Francis Warner Bros.

‡ denotes lost film

Short subjects[edit]

Year Title Role Director Studio
1925 MGM Studio Tour Herself[2] Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1925 Miss MGM Miss MGM[1] Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1930 Hollywood Snapshots #11 Herself Ralph Staub Columbia Pictures
1931 The Slippery Pearls Herself William C. McGann Paramount Pictures
1932 Screen Snapshots Herself Ralph Staub Columbia Pictures
1947 The Jimmy Fund Herself
1958 Hollywood Mothers and Fathers Herself Columbia Pictures
1972 A Very Special Child Narrator American Cancer Society

Archival footage[edit]

Year Title Role Director Studio
1964 Four Days in November Herself Mel Stuart United Artists
1964 MGM's Big Parade of Comedy[6] Herself[7] Robert Youngson Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1974 That's Entertainment! Janie Barlow (Dancing Lady)[7] Jack Haley Jr. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1984 Terror in the Aisles Blanche Hudson (What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?)[7] Andrew J. Kuehn Universal Pictures
1985 That's Dancing! Herself[7] Jack Haley Jr. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1994 That's Entertainment! III Jenny Stewart (Torch Song)[7] Bud Friedgen, Michael J. Sheridan Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Uncompleted films[edit]

Year Title Role Director Studio
1929 Tide of Empire Josephita (replaced by Renée Adorée) Allan Dwan Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1930 Great Day Susie Totheridge Harry Beaumont Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1930 The March of Time Herself Charles Reisner Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1964 Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte Miriam Deering (replaced by Olivia de Havilland due to illness) Robert Aldrich 20th Century Fox

Box-office ranking[edit]

For a number of years, Crawford was regularly voted as one of the top money making stars in the country in the annual Quigley Poll:[8]

  • 1930 – 1st
  • 1931 – 3rd
  • 1932 – 3rd
  • 1933 – 10th
  • 1934 – 6th
  • 1935 – 5th
  • 1936 – 7th
  • 1937 – 16th
  • 1947 – 21st


Year Title Role Episode Director Network
1953 The Revlon Mirror Theater Margaret Hughes "Because I Love Him" Rod Amateau CBS
1954 General Electric Theater Mary Andrews "The Road to Edinburgh" Rod Amateau CBS
1958 General Electric Theater Ruth Marshall "Strange Witness" Herschel Daugherty CBS
1959 General Electric Theater Ann Howard "And One Was Loyal" Herschel Daugherty CBS
1959 The Joseph Cotten Show Ruth Marshall "Strange Witness" Herschel Daugherty CBS
1959 Zane Grey Theatre Stella Faring "Rebel Range" Don Medford CBS
1961 Zane Grey Theatre Sarah and Melanie Hobbes "One Must Die" Lewis Allen CBS
1961 The DuPont Show of the Week Hostess "The Ziegfeld Touch" James Elson NBC
1963 Route 66 Morgan Matheson Harper "Same Picture, Different Frame" Philip Leacock CBS
1967 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Amanda True "The Five Daughters Affair: Part 1"[9] Barry Shear NBC
1968 The Lucy Show Herself (guest star) "Lucy and the Lost Star" Jack Donohue CBS
1968 The Secret Storm Joan Borman Kane #2[10] [daytime soap opera] Gloria Monty CBS
1969 Garbo Hostess/Narrator [made-for-TV documentary] Fred Burnley PBS
1969 Night Gallery[11] Claudia Menlo [made-for-TV movie] Steven Spielberg NBC
1970 The Virginian Stephanie White "Nightmare" Robert Gist NBC
1970 The Tim Conway Show Herself (cameo) "To Cuba with Love" Alan Rafkin CBS
1970 Journey to the Unknown[12] Hostess [made-for-TV movie] Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Don Chaffey Syndication
1970 The Tim Conway Comedy Hour Herself (guest star) "Episode #1.3" Bill Hobin CBS
1971 Journey to Murder[12] Hostess [made-for-TV movie] Gerry O'Hara, John Gibson Syndication
1972 The Sixth Sense Joan Fairchild "Dear Joan: We're Going to Scare You to Death" John Newland ABC
1975 Easter Island Narrator (voice) [made-for-TV documentary] José Gómez-Sicre PBS

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Title / Honor Result
1945 National Board of Review Best Actress Mildred Pierce Won
1946 Academy Award Best Actress in a Leading Role Mildred Pierce Won
1946 New York Film Critics Circle Best Actress Mildred Pierce Nominated
1948 Academy Award Best Actress in a Leading Role Possessed Nominated
1953 Academy Award Best Actress in a Leading Role Sudden Fear Nominated
1953 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Drama Sudden Fear Nominated
1953 Laurel Award Best Dramatic Performance, Female Sudden Fear Won
1954 Laurel Award Top Female Musical Performance Torch Song Won
1960 Hollywood Walk of Fame Star of Motion Picture Star at 1752 Vine Street Honored
1963 BAFTA Film Award Best Foreign Actress What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Nominated
1970 Golden Globe Award Cecil B. DeMille Award Outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment Honored


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Uncredited
  2. ^ a b c Credited as Lucille LeSueur
  3. ^ With sound. In color. Singing, dancing, and part of an all-star cast performing the song "Got a Feeling for You".
  4. ^ TV movie pilot for Royal Bay unsold series, released theatrically
  5. ^ Feature film culled from 2-part episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
  6. ^ a.k.a. The Big Parade of Comedy
  7. ^ a b c d e Archival footage
  8. ^ Top Ten Money Making Stars Archived 2014-12-21 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Different scenes were shot and turned into the theatrically released feature film The Karate Killers.
  10. ^ Temporary replacement for Christina Crawford
  11. ^ TV movie pilot for Night Gallery series
  12. ^ a b TV movie culled from the series Journey to the Unknown
  • Vincent Terrace, Experimental Television, Test Films, Pilots and Trial Series, 1925-1995. ISBN 0-7864-0178-8
  • Lee Goldberg, Unsold Television Pilots, 1955-1988. ISBN 978-0-89950-373-8
  • Joan Crawford Papers, Billy Rose Collection, Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts.
  • Bob Thomas, Joan Crawford. ISBN 0-297-77617-7
  • Alexander Walker, Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Star. ISBN 0-06-015123-4
  • Lawrence J. Quirk, The Films of Joan Crawford. Citadel Pr; 1st Carol Pub. ISBN 0-8065-0341-6

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