Popular Dolores del Rio Movies

Considered the first Latin American star to successfully cross over to Hollywood, Dolores del Rio had an epic career that spanned more than 50 years. While Dolores del Rio had a very long career (her last movie was filmed in 1978), she had a wonderful career in Hollywood throughout the 1920s and 1930s — and is also considered a huge star during the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema (1930s – 1960s). Below, I’ve compiled the 8 most popular Dolores del Rio movies today! Browse through this list of wonderful movies, then hit the comments below with your favorite Dolores del Rio film!

The 8 Most Popular Dolores del Rio Movies Today

1. Cheyenne Autumn (1964)

  • Genre: Drama / History / Western
  • Starring: Richard Widmark, Carroll Baker, Karl Malden, Sal Mineo, Dolores del Rio, Ricardo Montalban, James Stewart, Edward G. Robinson
  • Directed by: John Ford

The #1 most popular Dolores del Rio movie today is Cheyenne Autumn. While she doesn’t have a huge part here, the film still has to be included in a list of her most popular films! Cheyenne Autumn is based on a true story and follows a band of Cheyenne Native Americans who travel back to their ancestral homelands in Wyoming after being starved to almost extinction on a reservation. The US Army is against this migration, and a reluctant Calvary Captain must track them.

2. Journey Into Fear (1943)

  • Genre: Drama / Thriller / Film Noir
  • Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dolores del Rio, Ruth Warrick, Agnes Moorehead
  • Directed by: Norman Foster

Journey Into Fear has an all-star cast — and it also happens to be the second most popular Dolores del Rio movie today. This film-noir follows an American engineer (Joseph Cotten) who gets caught up with gunrunners and Nazis in Turkey. As he escapes onto a ship away from all of this mess, he finds himself still embroiled in drama. Dolores del Rio stars as a dancer on the ship that the engineer meets!

3. Flying Down to Rio (1933)

  • Genre: Comedy / Romance / Musical
  • Starring: Dolores del Rio, Gene Raymond, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire
  • Directed by: Thornton Freeland

Flying Down to Rio is a very fun film that stars Dolores del Rio with the always iconic Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers pairing. In this musical, Astaire portrays a musician/choreographer who is trying to help his band leader fried Roger (Gene Raymond) win over Dolores del Rio’s character. It’s a fun film!

4. Flaming Star (1960)

  • Genre: Action / Drama / Western
  • Starring: Elvis Presley, Barbara Eden, Steve Forrest, Dolores del Rio
  • Directed by: Don Siegel

A very dramatic Elvis Presley movie, Flaming Star is about a mixed-race young man (Presley) on a Texas frontier who finds himself in a war between the Native American tribe and white townsfolk. When his mother (Dolores del Rio) dies after many white townspeople refuse to allow a doctor to care for her, he takes the side of the tribe — while his brother takes the side of the whites.

5. The Fugitive (1947)

  • Genre: Drama / History
  • Starring: Henry Fonda, Dolores del Rio, Pedro Armendariz
  • Directed by: John Ford

Set in a Latin American country during a dictatorship where all public displays of religion are illegal, a priest (Henry Fonda) disguises himself as a peasant and seeks refuge in a church. Maria (Dolores del Rio) finds him, understands who he is, and then begs him to baptize her children, as well as other poor people in the village. However, amid all of this, the priest is still struggling to flee before he is caught.

6. More Than a Miracle (1967)

  • Genre: Comedy / Romance / Fantasy
  • Starring: Sophia Loren, Omar Sharif, Dolores del Rio
  • Directed by: Francesco Rosi

More Than a Miracle is also one of the most popular Dolores del Rio movies today! This fantasy film, shot in the countryside outside of Naples, tells the story of a prince (Omar Sharif) who falls for a peasant girl (Sophia Loren). Dolores del Rio plays the Queen Mother. This film is also often called Cinderella Italian Style!

7. Bird of Paradise (1932)

  • Genre: Adventure / Drama / Romance
  • Starring: Dolores del Rio, Joel McCrea, Lon Chaney Jr.
  • Directed by: King Vidor

Bird of Paradise is one of those great (crazy) 1930s films that you really have to watch if you love old movies. The film is about a visiting sailor (Joel McCrea) who falls in love with a Polynesian princess (Dolores del Rio) after she saves him when he falls overboard. While she is set to marry another man, they do manage to live together happily — until she must sacrifice herself to the gods during a volcano eruption, that is.

8. Maria Candelaria (1944)


  • Genre: Romance / Drama
  • Starring: Dolores del Rio, Pedro Armendariz
  • Directed by: Emilio Fernandez

We’re at the end! Maria Candelaria is a popular Dolores del Rio movie today — and also the last film on this list. Released in 1944, Maria Candelaria is one of the best films of Mexican cinema of all time. The movie begins when a journalist asks an artist about a painting of a naked Indian woman. Thus, the story begins about that woman, Maria Candelaria, a young woman who was rejected by her own people because her mother was a prostitute. We learn about her life, and the man who loved her and protected her. A riveting film — and one you should DEFINITELY watch if you are a Dolores del Rio fan!

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