Clara Bow Ranked

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A ranking of Clara Bow's film performances.

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1. It (1927)

Passed | 72 min | Comedy, Romance

A salesgirl with plenty of "it" (sex appeal) pursues a handsome playboy.

Directors: Clarence G. Badger, Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Clara Bow, Antonio Moreno, William Austin, Priscilla Bonner

Votes: 2,829 | Gross: $0.41M

2. The Wild Party (1929)

Passed | 77 min | Comedy, Drama

Wild girls at a college pay more attention to parties than their classes. But when one party girl, Stella Ames, goes too far at a local bar and gets in trouble, her professor has to rescue ... See full summary »

Director: Dorothy Arzner | Stars: Clara Bow, Fredric March, Marceline Day, Shirley O'Hara

Votes: 394

3. Call Her Savage (1932)

Passed | 88 min | Drama

Sexy Texas gal storms her way through life, brawling and boozing until her luck runs out, forcing her to learn the errors of her ways.

Director: John Francis Dillon | Stars: Clara Bow, Gilbert Roland, Thelma Todd, Monroe Owsley

Votes: 661

4. Wings (1927)

PG-13 | 144 min | Drama, Romance, War

Two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I.

Directors: William A. Wellman, Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast | Stars: Clara Bow, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Richard Arlen, Jobyna Ralston

Votes: 10,610 | Gross: $6.59M

5. Mantrap (1926)

Passed | 86 min | Comedy

A sexy young manicurist living with her older backwoodsman husband in a small Canadian town finds herself attracted to a young, rich and famous divorce lawyer who comes to town on vacation.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Ernest Torrence, Clara Bow, Percy Marmont, Eugene Pallette

Votes: 299

6. Children of Divorce (1927)

Passed | 70 min | Drama, Romance

A young flapper tricks her childhood sweetheart into marrying her. He really loves another woman, but didn't marry her for fear the marriage would end in divorce, like his parents'. Complications ensue.

Directors: Frank Lloyd, Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Clara Bow, Esther Ralston, Gary Cooper, Einar Hanson

Votes: 190

7. The Primrose Path (1925)

60 min | Drama

Bruce Armstrong (MacDonald) is quite wealthy. He is also a drinker, a gambler, and pretty much worthless as a human being. For some reason, Marilyn Merrill (Bow), a successful dancer, ... See full summary »

Director: Harry O. Hoyt | Stars: Wallace MacDonald, Clara Bow, Arline Pretty, Stuart Holmes

Votes: 41

8. Down to the Sea in Ships (1922)

Unrated | 83 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Story of the lives of the people in a small Quaker community and the adventures of a whaling ship.

Director: Elmer Clifton | Stars: Marguerite Courtot, Raymond McKee, William Walcott, Clara Bow

Votes: 323

9. The Plastic Age (1925)

Not Rated | 73 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

Hugh Carver is an athletic star and a freshman at Prescott College. He falls in love with Cynthia Day, a popular girl who loves to go to parties. He finds that it is impossible to please ... See full summary »

Director: Wesley Ruggles | Stars: Donald Keith, Mary Alden, Henry B. Walthall, Gilbert Roland

Votes: 263

10. Maytime (1923)

80 min | Drama, Romance

Ottilie Van Zandt is forced to wed her cousin, despite her love for Richard Wayne, the gardener's son. Richard leaves, vowing to return a wealthy man and eligible suitor for her. He returns... See full summary »

Director: Louis J. Gasnier | Stars: Ethel Shannon, Harrison Ford, William Norris, Clara Bow

Votes: 21

11. My Lady of Whims (1925)

Passed | 59 min | Comedy

Clara plays wealthy Prudence Severin, whose reckless, profligate behavior causes nothing but headaches for her father. A detective (Lee Moran) is hired to protect Prudence from herself, but to no avail.

Director: Dallas M. Fitzgerald | Stars: Clara Bow, Carmelita Geraghty, Betty Baker, Donald Keith

Votes: 94

12. The Saturday Night Kid (1929)

63 min | Comedy, Romance

Mayme and sister Janie are salesgirls in Ginsberg's Department Store. Mayme is in love with store clerk Bill, but Janie tries to steal him from her. Hazel, another salesgirl, is Jean Harlow's first credited role.

Director: A. Edward Sutherland | Stars: Clara Bow, Jean Arthur, James Hall, Edna May Oliver

Votes: 179

14. Dangerous Curves (1929)

75 min | Drama

A young bareback rider in a circus is in love with a trapeze artist, but he has two problems: he drinks too much and he's fallen under the spell of a "vamp" who's nothing but trouble for him.

Director: Lothar Mendes | Stars: Clara Bow, Richard Arlen, Kay Francis, David Newell

Votes: 106

15. Black Oxen (1923)

80 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

A Manhattan playboy falls in love with a mysterious European woman, whom he notices as an exact double for a famous socialite who disappeared at the turn of the century. At first, he thinks... See full summary »

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Corinne Griffith, Conway Tearle, Tom Ricketts, Tom Guise

Votes: 122

16. Free to Love (1925)

60 min | Drama

A young woman is released from the reformatory where she was unjustly sent. She starts a new life with the help of a judge and an idealistic young minister. But a gang of criminals have ... See full summary »

Director: Frank O'Connor | Stars: Clara Bow, Donald Keith, Raymond McKee, Hallam Cooley

Votes: 75

17. Kid Boots (1926)

Passed | 77 min | Comedy, Romance

A salesman is helped out of a jam with an angry customer by a wealthy playboy. In return, he agrees to help the playboy get a divorce from his wife, only to find himself falling for the ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Tuttle | Stars: Eddie Cantor, Clara Bow, Billie Dove, Lawrence Gray

Votes: 123 | Gross: $0.34M

18. Hoopla (1933)

85 min | Drama

A hula dancer at a carnival sets out to seduce the son of the show's manager.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Clara Bow, Preston Foster, Richard Cromwell, Herbert Mundin

Votes: 221

19. Dancing Mothers (1926)

Passed | 66 min | Drama

Young girl becomes a "flapper", defying her parents and the community.

Director: Herbert Brenon | Stars: Conway Tearle, Alice Joyce, Clara Bow, Norman Trevor

Votes: 135

20. Parisian Love (1925)

Passed | 65 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Street people Armand and Marie are madly in love, and she persuades Armand and other gang members to rob the home of Pierre Marcel, a wealthy scientist. The police break up the robbery but ... See full summary »

Director: Louis J. Gasnier | Stars: Clara Bow, Donald Keith, Lillian Leighton, J. Gordon Russell

Votes: 200

21. Eve's Lover (1925)

Passed | Comedy

Austin Starfield (Louis) has his greedy eye on a steel mill belonging to Eve Burnside (Rich). He persuades an impoverished count, Leon Molnar (Lytell) to marry Eve so he can then gain ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Irene Rich, Bert Lytell, Clara Bow, Willard Louis

22. Daughters of Pleasure (1924)

A newly wealthy Mark Hadley tells his daughter to get rid of her boyfriend Kent Merrill, who he says is a "chippy chaser". Meanwhile, Mark--unbeknownst to his wife and daughter--is having a... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Marie Prevost, Monte Blue, Clara Bow, Edythe Chapman

23. The Best Bad Man (1925)

Passed | 50 min | Comedy, Western

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Director: John G. Blystone | Stars: Tom Mix, Clara Bow, Cyril Chadwick, Paul Panzer

Votes: 10

24. Her Wedding Night (1930)

Passed | 75 min | Comedy, Romance

An American movie star vacationing in France gets mixed up with a songwriter, mistaken identity, and winds up married to someone she doesn't know.

Director: Frank Tuttle | Stars: Clara Bow, Ralph Forbes, Charles Ruggles, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher

Votes: 32

25. Empty Hearts (1924)

60 min

Milt Kimberlin (Bowers) falls in love with an marries a cabaret dancer, Rosalie (Bow) but looses all his money. Rosalie dies. Years later, a wealthy Milt marries Madeline (Rich), but wishes... See full summary »

Director: Alfred Santell | Stars: John Bowers, Charles Murray, John Miljan, Clara Bow

Votes: 9

26. The Keeper of the Bees (1925)

60 min | Drama

A bee keeper does his best to help the army.

Director: James Leo Meehan | Stars: Robert Frazer, Josef Swickard, Martha Mattox, Clara Bow

Votes: 15

27. Love Among the Millionaires (1930)

74 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A young waitress falls for the son of a railroad tycoon and finds herself hobnobbing with the rich when he invites her to spend some time with him and his family in Palm Springs.

Director: Frank Tuttle | Stars: Clara Bow, Stanley Smith, Stuart Erwin, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher

Votes: 47

28. The Adventurous Sex (1925)

Drama, Romance

A young man (Rawlinson) spends so much time at work on his airplane that he neglects his girl (Bow). She goes out on her own to live the high life, but her reputation is soiled by a ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Giblyn | Stars: Clara Bow, Herbert Rawlinson, Earle Williams, Harry T. Morey

Votes: 19

30. Enemies of Women (1923)

105 min | Drama, Romance

A Russian prince has to flee his country after fighting a duel. He falls in love with a duchess, but becomes jealous when he finds out she has a lover.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: Lionel Barrymore, Alma Rubens, Pedro de Cordoba, Gareth Hughes

Votes: 15 | Gross: $0.48M

32. Kiss Me Again (1925)


Gaston Fleury's ( Monte Blue ) wife, Loulou ( Marie Prevost ), takes a perfunctory interest in music but a deeper one in a musician named Maurice ( John Roche ). Although Gaston has no ... See full summary »

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Marie Prevost, Monte Blue, John Roche, Clara Bow

Votes: 31

33. Two Can Play (1926)


Dorothy Hammis (Bow), the daughter of wealthy financier John Hammis (Fawcett), has chosen as her fiance James Radley (Forrest), but her father disproves of him. He hires Robert McWorth (... See full summary »

Director: Nat Ross | Stars: George Fawcett, Allan Forrest, Clara Bow, Wallace MacDonald

34. Kick In (1931)

Passed | 75 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Ex-con Chick Hewes (Regis Toomey) tries to go straight with the help of wife Molly (Clara Bow), but circumstances force the couple into involvement in a serious crime.

Director: Richard Wallace | Stars: Clara Bow, Regis Toomey, Wynne Gibson, Juliette Compton

Votes: 43

35. Ladies of the Mob (1928)

Passed | 70 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A dead criminal's daughter falls in love with a small-time crook and tries to get him to reform before he winds up like her father.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Clara Bow, Richard Arlen, Helen Lynch, Mary Alden

Votes: 21

36. Red Hair (1928)

70 min | Comedy

A free-spirited young girl has three middle-aged admirers, each of whom sees her from a completely different perspective. Unknown to her, they also happen to be the guardians of a wealthy young man to whom she is attracted.

Director: Clarence G. Badger | Stars: Clara Bow, Lane Chandler, William Austin, Jacqueline Gadsdon

Votes: 44

37. The Lawful Cheater (1925)


Disguised as a boy, a young woman gets an inner-city street gang back on the straight and narrow path.

Director: Frank O'Connor | Stars: Clara Bow, David Kirby, Raymond McKee, Edward Hearn

38. Capital Punishment (1925)

67 min | Drama

An experiment in death penalty. A man is accused of a murder, that never happened. Complications arise.

Director: James P. Hogan | Stars: Clara Bow, George Hackathorne, Elliott Dexter, Margaret Livingston

Votes: 36

39. The Daring Years (1923)

70 min | Drama

Cabaret dancer Suzie La Motte (Harris) is in love with Jim Moran (King), a boxer, but she tempts a young man named John Browning (Mack). Moran and John get into a fight in which Moran ... See full summary »

Director: Kenneth S. Webb | Stars: Mildred Harris, Charles Emmett Mack, Clara Bow, Mary Carr

40. Black Lightning (1924)

Passed | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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Director: James P. Hogan | Stars: Thunder the Dog, Clara Bow, Harold Austin, Eddie Phillips

Votes: 23

41. Fascinating Youth (1926)

Passed | 70 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

Playboy Teddy Ward wants to marry Jeannie King, an artist, but his father wants him to marry Loris Lane, but tells Teddy he can marry whom he pleases if he will make the Mountain Inn a ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Ivy Harris, Jack Luden, Roland Drew

Votes: 17

42. The Fleet's In (1928)

75 min | Comedy

A girl who works in a dance hall falls in love with a sailor, but he has the wrong idea of what it is she does and doesn't want anything to do with her.

Director: Malcolm St. Clair | Stars: Clara Bow, James Hall, Jack Oakie, Bodil Rosing

Votes: 17

43. True to the Navy (1930)

Passed | 79 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

A countergirl at a San Diego soda shop has a lot of sailor "boyfriends," but her heart really belongs to a free-spirited gunner, who doesn't want to be tied down to any one woman.

Director: Frank Tuttle | Stars: Clara Bow, Fredric March, Harry Green, Rex Bell

Votes: 94

44. No Limit (1931)

72 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Theater usherette Bunny O'Day (Clara Bow) inadvertently becomes hostess of a private gambling den, and gets involved in a romance with a ne'er-do-well gambler.

Director: Frank Tuttle | Stars: Clara Bow, Norman Foster, Stuart Erwin, Dixie Lee

Votes: 72

45. The Runaway (1926)

69 min | Drama

A movie actress, mistakenly thinking she has killed a fellow actor, goes on the run and finds herself taken in by a Kentucky mountain family.

Director: William C. de Mille | Stars: Clara Bow, Warner Baxter, William Powell, George Bancroft

Votes: 10