Marlene Dietrich filmography

Marlene Dietrich filmography
Marlene Dietrich in the trailer of Stage Fright (1950)

This is a complete filmography of Marlene Dietrich. Dietrich remained popular throughout her long career. In 1920s Berlin, she acted on the stage and in silent films. Her performance as Lola-Lola in The Blue Angel, directed by Josef von Sternberg, brought her international fame and a contract with Paramount Pictures in the USA.

The studio sought to market Dietrich as a German answer to MGM's Swedish sensation, Greta Garbo. Her first American film, Morocco (1930), directed by von Sternberg, earned Dietrich her only Oscar nomination. However, at the time she knew very little English and so spoke her lines phonetically.

But without von Sternberg, Dietrich—along with Fred Astaire, Joan Crawford, Mae West, Dolores del Río, Katharine Hepburn, and others—was labeled "box office poison" after the movie Knight Without Armour (1937), proved an expensive flop. In 1939, however, her stardom revived when she played the cowboy saloon girl Frenchie in the light-hearted western Destry Rides Again opposite James Stewart singing "See What the Boys in the Back Room Will Have".

While Dietrich arguably never fully regained her former screen glory, she continued performing in the movies, including appearances for such distinguished directors as Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles, in successful films that included A Foreign Affair (1948), Witness for the Prosecution (1957), Touch of Evil (1958), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), and Stage Fright (1950).

In 1999, the American Film Institute named Dietrich the ninth greatest female star of all time.



Silent feature films

Year Title Role Director Other cast members & Notes
1919 Im Schatten des Glücks (Unconfirmed Role) Jacob Fleck Sybil Smolova, Hans Adalbert Schlettow
(Dietrich's appearance in the film has not been verified.)
1923 The little Napoleon Kathrin George Jacoby Egon Von Hagen, Paul Heidemann
1923 Man by the Wayside Kramerstochter William Dieterle Alexander Granach, William Dieterle
1923 Love Tragedy Lucy Joe May Lena Amsel, Charlotte Ander
1924 Der monch from Santarem Uncredited Lothar Mendes Alf Blucheter, Emmy Forster
1924 Der Sprung ins Leben[1](aka The Leap Into Life) Mädchen am Strand Johannes Guter Xenia Desni, Walter Rilla
1925 Dance Mad Dance Extra Alexander Korda Victor Varconi, Maria Corda
1926 Manon Lescaut Micheline Arthur Robison Lya De Putti, Vladimir Gajdarov
1926 Madame Doesn't Want Children Dancer (Uncredited) Alexander Korda Maria Corda, Harry Liedtke
1927 Eine Dubarry von heute Kokotte Alexander Korda Maria Corda, Alfred Abel
1927 Der Juxbaron Sophie Willie Wolff Karl Beckman, Henry Bender
1927 Kopf hoch, Charly! Edmee Marchand Willie Wolff Michael Bonhen, George De Carlton
1927 His Greatest Bluff Yvette Henrik Galeen Harry Piel, Toni Tetzlaff
1927 Cafe Elektric Erni Gustav Ucicky Willi Forst, Fritz Alberti
1928 Prinzessin Olala Chichotte de Gastone Robert Land Hermann Botcher, Walter Rilla
1929 Dangers of the Engagement Period Evelyne Fred Sauer Willi Forst, Albert Horrmann
1929 I Kiss Your Hand, Madame Laurence Gerard (Lucille in USA) Robert Land Harry Liedtke, Pierre de Guingand
1929 The Woman One Longs For Stascha Curtis Bernhardt Fritz Kortner, Frida Richard
1929 The Ship of Lost Men Ethel Marley Maurice Tourneur Fritz Kortner, Robin Irvine

Sound feature films

Year Title Role Director Other cast members & Notes
1930 The Blue Angel Lola-Lola Josef Von Sternberg Emil Jannings, Kurt Gerron
(Separate German and English versions were shot simultaneously.)
1930 Morocco Mademoiselle Amy Jolly Josef Von Sternberg Gary Cooper, Adolphe Menjou
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress
1931 Dishonored Marie Kolverer Josef Von Sternberg Victor McLaglen, Warner Oland
1932 Shanghai Express Shanghai Lily Josef Von Sternberg Clive Brook, Anna May Wong
1932 Blonde Venus Helen Faraday Josef Von Sternberg Cary Grant, Herbert Marshall, Andrea Palma
1933 The Song of Songs (1933 film) Lily Czepanek Rouben Mamoulian Brian Aherne, Lionel Atwill
1934 The Scarlet Empress Princess Sophia Frederica / Catherine II Josef Von Sternberg John Lodge, Sam Jaffe, Maria Riva
1935 The Devil is a Woman Concha Perez Josef Von Sternberg Lionel Atwill, Edward Everett Horton, Cesar Romero
1936 I Loved a Soldier Anna Sedlak Henry Hathaway Charles Boyer, Akim Tamiroff
(Unfinished film)
1936 Desire Madeleine de Aupre Frank Borzage Gary Cooper, John Halliday
1936 The Garden of Allah Domini Enfilden Richard Boleslawski Charles Boyer, John Carradine
1937 Knight Without Armor Countess Alexandra Vladinoff Jacques Feyder Robert Donat, Irene Vanbrugh
1937 Angel Maria Berker Ernst Lubitsch Herbert Marshall, Melvyn Douglas, Edward Everett Horton
1939 Destry Rides Again Frenchy George Marshall James Stewart, Una Merkel
1940 Seven Sinners Bijou Blanche Tay Garnett John Wayne, Broderick Crawford
1941 The Flame of New Orleans Countess Claire Ledoux René Clair Bruce Cabot, Roland Young
1941 Manpower Fay Duvall Raoul Walsh Edward G. Robinson, George Raft
1942 The Lady is Willing Elizabeth Madden Mitchell Leisen Fred MacMurray, Aline MacMahon
1942 The Spoilers Cherry Malotte Ray Enright John Wayne, Randolph Scott
1942 Pittsburgh Josey 'Hunky' Winters Lewis Seiler John Wayne, Randolph Scott
1944 Kismet Jamilla William Dieterle Ronald Colman, James Craig
1944 Follow the Boys Herself A. Edward Sutherland George Raft, Vera Zorina, Orson Welles
1946 Martin Roumagnac Blanche Ferrand Georges Lacombe Jean Gabin, Jean d'Yd
1947 Golden Earrings Lydia Mitchell Leisen Ray Milland, Murvyn Vye
1948 A Foreign Affair Erika Von Schlutow Billy Wilder Jean Arthur, John Lund
1949 Jigsaw Herself (cameo appearance) Fletcher Markle Franchot Tone, Jean Wallace
1950 Stage Fright Charlotte Inwood Alfred Hitchcock Jane Wyman, Michael Wilding, Richard Todd
1951 No Highway in the Sky Monica Teasdale Henry Koster James Stewart, Glynis Johns
1952 Rancho Notorious Altar Keane Fritz Lang Arthur Kennedy, Mel Ferrer
1956 Around the World in Eighty Days Saloon Hostess (cameo appearance) Michael Anderson David Niven, Cantinflas, Shirley MacLaine, Frank Sinatra
1957 The Monte Carlo Story Maria de Creveçoeur Samuel A. Taylor Vittorio De Sica, Arthur O'Connell
1957 Witness for the Prosecution Christine Vole Billy Wilder Tyrone Power, Charles Laughton
1958 Touch of Evil Tanna Orson Welles Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh, Zsa Zsa Gabor
1961 Judgement at Nuremberg Mrs. Bertholt Stanley Kramer Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Judy Garland
1962 Black Fox: The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler Narrator (voice only) Louis Clyde Stoumen
1964 Paris When It Sizzles Herself (cameo appearance) Richard Quine Audrey Hepburn, William Holden
1979 Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo Baroness von Semering David Hemmings David Bowie, Kim Novak, Sydne Rome
1984 Marlene Herself (voice only) Maximillian Schell Maximillian Schell, Annie Albers, Bernard Hall
(Film received Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary.)

Short films

Year Title Notes
1928 Die gluckliche Mutter Dietrich Biographer Steven Bach notes that the release of this film has not been verified.
1935 The Fashion Side of Hollywood Promotional short film publicizing costumes designed by Travis Banton.
1937 Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 7
1943 Show Business at War
1944 Memo for Joe


Complete list of television appearances (excluding news footage):

  • Unicef Gala (Düsseldorf, 1962): Guest Appearance
  • Cirque d'hiver (Paris, 9 March 1963): Cameo as "Garcon de Piste"
  • Deutsche-Schlager-Festspiele (Baden-Baden, 1963): Guest Appearance
  • Grand Gala du Disque (Edison Awards) (The Hague, 1963): Guest Appearance
  • Galakväll pa Berns (Stockholm, 1963): Concert, with introduction by Karl Gerhardt and orchestra conducted by Burt Bacharach
  • Royal Variety Performance (London, 4 November 1963): Guest Appearance
  • The Stars Shine for Jack Hylton (London, 1965): Guest Appearance
  • The Magic of Marlene (Melbourne, October 1965): Concert, with orchestra conducted by William Blezard.
  • The 22nd Annual Tony Awards (New York, 21 April 1968): Acceptance Speech
  • Guest Star Marlene Dietrich (Copenhagen – for Swedish Television, 1970): Interview
  • I Wish You Love (An Evening with Marlene Dietrich) (London, 23 & 24 November 1972): Concert TV Special, with orchestra conducted by Stan Freeman.


  1. ^ Homer Dickens (1968). The films of Marlene Dietrich. Citadel Press. pp. 7, 13, 49. 

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