1930s Movies

60 films from the 30s worth a look
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1.
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
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A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I. (136 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
 
2.
The Blue Angel (1930)
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An elderly professor's ordered life spins dangerously out of control when he falls for a nightclub singer. (106 mins.)
 
3.
L'Age d'Or (1930)
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A surrealist tale of a man and a woman passionately in love with one another, but their attempts to consummate that passion are constantly thwarted by their families, the Church, and bourgeois society. (60 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
4.
Animal Crackers (1930)
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Mayhem and zaniness ensue when a valuable painting goes missing during a party in honor of famed African explorer Captain Spaulding. (97 mins.)
Director: Victor Heerman
 
5.
City Lights (1931)
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With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically. (87 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
 
6.
M (1931)
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When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt. (117 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
7.
Frankenstein (1931)
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An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. (70 mins.)
Director: James Whale
 
8.
À Nous la Liberté (1931)
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Seeking better life, two convicts escape from prison. (104 mins.)
Director: René Clair
 
9.
Dracula (1931)
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The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina. (85 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
 
10.
The Public Enemy (1931)
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A young hoodlum rises up through the ranks of the Chicago underworld, even as a gangster's accidental death threatens to spark a bloody mob war. (83 mins.)
 
11.
Monkey Business (1931)
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On a transatlantic crossing, the Marx brothers get up to their usual antics and manage to annoy just about everyone on board the ship. (77 mins.)
Director: Norman McLeod
 
12.
Little Caesar (1931)
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A small-time criminal moves to a big city to seek bigger fortune. (79 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
13.
Freaks (1932)
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A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance. (64 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
 
14.
Scarface (1932)
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An ambitious and near insanely violent gangster climbs the ladder of success in the mob, but his weaknesses prove to be his downfall. (93 mins.)
 
15.
The Mummy (1932)
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A living mummy stalks the beautiful woman he believes is the reincarnation of his lover. (73 mins.)
Director: Karl Freund
 
16.
Grand Hotel (1932)
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A group of very different individuals staying at a luxurious hotel in Berlin deal with each of their respective dramas. (112 mins.)
Director: Edmund Goulding
 
17.
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
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Wrongly convicted James Allen serves in the intolerable conditions of a southern chain gang, which later comes back to haunt him. (92 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
18.
Horse Feathers (1932)
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Quincy Adams Wagstaff, the new president of Huxley University, hires bumblers Baravelli and Pinky to help his school win the big football game against rival Darwin University. (68 mins.)
Director: Norman McLeod
 
19.
Trouble in Paradise (1932)
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A gentleman thief and a lady pickpocket join forces to con a beautiful perfume company owner. Romantic entanglements and jealousies confuse the scheme. (83 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
20.
Vampyr (1932)
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A drifter obsessed with the supernatural stumbles upon an inn where a severely ill adolescent girl is slowly becoming a vampire. (83 mins.)
Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
 
21.
Shanghai Express (1932)
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A loose woman rediscovers a former lover during a dangerous train ride to Shanghai. (82 mins.)
 
22.
King Kong (1933)
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A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition. (100 mins.)
 
23.
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
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A wealthy composer rescues unemployed Broadway performers with a new play. (97 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
24.
Duck Soup (1933)
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Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale. (68 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
 
25.
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
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A new crime wave grips the city and all clues seem to lead to the nefarious Dr. Mabuse, even though he has been imprisoned in a mental asylum for nearly a decade. (122 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
26.
The Invisible Man (1933)
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A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but in doing so, he becomes murderously insane. (71 mins.)
Director: James Whale
 
27.
It Happened One Night (1934)
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A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story. (105 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
28.
The Thin Man (1934)
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Former detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora investigate a murder case, mostly for the fun of it. (91 mins.)
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
 
29.
L'Atalante (1934)
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Newly married couple Juliette and a ship captain Jean struggle through marriage as they travel on the L'atalante along with the captain's first mate Le père Jules and a cabin boy. (89 mins.)
Director: Jean Vigo
 
30.
The Scarlet Empress (1934)
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Young Princess Sophia of Germany is taken to Russia to marry the half-wit Grand Duke Peter, son of the Empress... (104 mins.)
 
31.
A Night at the Opera (1935)
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A sly business manager and two wacky friends of two opera singers help them achieve success while humiliating their stuffy and snobbish enemies. (96 mins.)
Director: Sam Wood
 
32.
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
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Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate. (75 mins.)
Director: James Whale
 
33.
The 39 Steps (1935)
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A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information. (86 mins.)
 
34.
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
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Midshipman Roger Byam joins Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian aboard HMS Bounty for a voyage to Tahiti... (132 mins.)
Director: Frank Lloyd
 
35.
Top Hat (1935)
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An American dancer comes to Britain and falls for a model whom he initially annoyed, but she mistakes him for his goofy producer. (101 mins.)
Director: Mark Sandrich
 
36.
Captain Blood (1935)
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After being wrongly convicted as a traitor, Peter Blood, an English physician, is sent to exile in the British colonies of the Caribbean, where he becomes a pirate. (119 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
37.
Modern Times (1936)
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The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman. (87 mins.)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
 
38.
My Man Godfrey (1936)
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A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler...but there's more to Godfrey than meets the eye. (94 mins.)
Director: Gregory La Cava
 
39.
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
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Longfellow Deeds, a simple-hearted Vermont tuba player, inherits a fortune and has to contend with opportunist city slickers. (115 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
40.
Dodsworth (1936)
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A retired auto manufacturer and his wife take a long-planned European vacation only to find that they want very different things from life. (101 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
41.
Sabotage (1936)
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A Scotland Yard undercover detective is on the trail of a saboteur who is part of a plot to set off a bomb in London. But when the detective's cover is blown, the plot begins to unravel. (76 mins.)
 
42.
La Grande Illusion (1937)
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During the First World War, two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German P.O.W. camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are sent to a seemingly impenetrable fortress which seems impossible to escape from. (113 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
43.
The Awful Truth (1937)
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Unfounded suspicions lead a married couple to begin divorce proceedings, whereupon they start undermining each other's attempts to find new romance. (91 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
 
44.
A Day at the Races (1937)
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A veterinarian posing as a doctor, a race-horse owner and his friends struggle to help keep a sanitarium open with the help of a misfit race-horse. (111 mins.)
Director: Sam Wood
 
45.
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
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When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army. (102 mins.)
 
46.
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
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While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard, Baby. (102 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
47.
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
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While traveling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train. (96 mins.)
 
48.
You Can't Take It with You (1938)
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A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family. (126 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
49.
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
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A priest tries to stop a gangster from corrupting a group of street kids. (97 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
50.
Alexander Nevsky (1938)
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The story of how a great Russian prince led a ragtag army to battle an invading force of Teutonic Knights. (112 mins.)
 
51.
Pygmalion (1938)
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A Victorian dialect expert makes a bet that he can teach a cockney flower girl to speak proper English and pass as a lady in high society. (96 mins.)
 
52.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
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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. (129 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
53.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
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Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home in Kansas and help her friends as well. (102 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
54.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
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A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods. (238 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
55.
The Rules of the Game (1939)
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A bourgeois life in France at the onset of World War II, as the rich and their poor servants meet up at a French chateau. (110 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
56.
Ninotchka (1939)
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A stern Russian woman sent to Paris on official business finds herself attracted to a man who represents everything she is supposed to detest. (110 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
57.
Stagecoach (1939)
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A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process. (96 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
58.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
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In 15th century France, a gypsy girl is framed for murder by the infatuated Chief Justice, and only the deformed bellringer of Notre Dame Cathedral can save her. (117 mins.)
 
59.
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
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Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson investigate the legend of a supernatural hound, a beast that may be stalking a young heir on the fog-shrouded moorland that makes up his estate. (80 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lanfield
 
60.
Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
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An elderly couple are forced to separate when they lose their house and none of their five children will take both parents in. (91 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey