Best Films Of 1933

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1. King Kong (1933)

Passed | 100 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.9
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A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.

Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher

Votes: 69,324 | Gross: $10.00M

2. Duck Soup (1933)

Passed | 68 min | Comedy, Musical, War

8.0
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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.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx

Votes: 49,576

3. Dinner at Eight (1933)

Passed | 111 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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Affluent Millicent and Oliver Jordan throw a dinner for a handful of wealthy and/or well-born acquaintances, each of whom has much to reveal.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, Jean Harlow

Votes: 6,339

4. Design for Living (1933)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Romance

7.6
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A woman cannot decide between two men who love her, and the trio agree to try living together in a platonic friendly relationship.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Fredric March, Gary Cooper, Miriam Hopkins, Edward Everett Horton

Votes: 4,398

5. Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse (1933)

Not Rated | 122 min | Crime

7.9
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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.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Otto Wernicke, Gustav Diessl, Rudolf Schündler

Votes: 9,530

6. Baby Face (1933)

Approved | 71 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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A young woman, sexually exploited all her life, decides to turn the tables and exploit the hapless men at a big city bank - by gleefully sleeping her way to the top.

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Donald Cook, Alphonse Ethier

Votes: 4,735

7. Morning Glory (1933)

Passed | 74 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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When a naively innocent, aspiring actress arrives on the Broadway scene, she is taken under the wing of several theater veterans who mentor her to ultimate success.

Director: Lowell Sherman | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Adolphe Menjou, Mary Duncan

Votes: 2,125

8. International House (1933)

Passed | 68 min | Comedy

7.2
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Assorted wacky characters converge on a Chinese hotel to bid on a new invention...television.

Director: A. Edward Sutherland | Stars: W.C. Fields, Peggy Hopkins Joyce, Rudy Vallee, Stuart Erwin

Votes: 1,014

9. Sons of the Desert (1933)

Passed | 68 min | Comedy

7.7
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When Stan and Ollie trick their wives into thinking that they are taking a medicinal cruise while they're actually going to a convention, the wives find out the truth the hard way.

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charley Chase, Mae Busch

Votes: 6,142

10. Sweepings (1933)

Approved | 80 min | Drama

6.8
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Daniel Pardway, starting with almost nothing after the great Chicago fire, builds the biggest department store in town. He wants to pass on the business to his three sons and daughter, but ... See full summary »

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Lionel Barrymore, Eric Linden, William Gargan, Gloria Stuart

Votes: 295

11. Murders in the Zoo (1933)

Passed | 62 min | Crime, Horror

6.7
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A monomaniacal zoologist is pathologically jealous of his beautiful but unfaithful wife Evelyn and will not stop short of murder to keep her.

Director: A. Edward Sutherland | Stars: Charles Ruggles, Lionel Atwill, Gail Patrick, Randolph Scott

Votes: 708

12. Little Women (1933)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.4
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Little Women is a "coming of age" drama tracing the lives of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. During the American Civil War, the girls father is away serving as a minister to the troops... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, Paul Lukas, Edna May Oliver

Votes: 5,093

13. Tillie and Gus (1933)

Passed | 58 min | Comedy

7.0
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Tillie and Augustus Winterbottom are thought to be missionaries when they arrive to find Phineas Pratt trying cheat the Sheridans out of her father's inheritance, including a ferry ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Martin | Stars: W.C. Fields, Alison Skipworth, Baby LeRoy, Julie Bishop

Votes: 361

14. The Mayor of Hell (1933)

TV-PG | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.0
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Five members of a teen-age gang, including leader Jimmy Smith, are sent to the State Reformatory, presided over by the melodramatically callous Thompson. Soon, Patsy Gargan, a former ... See full summary »

Directors: Archie Mayo, Michael Curtiz | Stars: James Cagney, Madge Evans, Arthur Byron, Allen Jenkins

Votes: 1,115

15. Wild Boys of the Road (1933)

Approved | 68 min | Adventure, Drama

7.5
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In the depths of the Depression, two teenage boys strike out on their own in order to help their struggling parents and find life on the road tougher than expected.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Frankie Darro, Rochelle Hudson, Edwin Phillips, Dorothy Coonan Wellman

Votes: 1,435

16. Footlight Parade (1933)

G | 104 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.8
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Chester Kent struggles against time, romance, and a rival's spy to produce spectacular live "prologues" for movie houses.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell

Votes: 3,704

17. The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1932)

Approved | 88 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.1
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A Chinese warlord and an engaged Christian missionary fall in love.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Nils Asther, Toshia Mori, Walter Connolly

Votes: 2,853

18. 42nd Street (1933)

Unrated | 89 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.6
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A director puts on what may be his last Broadway show and, at the last moment, a naive newcomer has to replace the star.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, George Brent, Ruby Keeler

Votes: 8,681 | Gross: $2.30M

19. Employees' Entrance (1933)

TV-PG | 75 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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A working girl is menaced by her tyrannical employer.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Warren William, Loretta Young, Wallace Ford, Alice White

Votes: 834

20. Gabriel Over the White House (1933)

Passed | 86 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

6.5
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A political hack becomes President during the height of the Depression and undergoes a metamorphosis into an incorruptible statesman after a near-fatal accident.

Director: Gregory La Cava | Stars: Walter Huston, Karen Morley, Franchot Tone, Arthur Byron

Votes: 951

21. She Done Him Wrong (1933)

Approved | 66 min | Comedy, Drama, History

6.5
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In the Gay Nineties, a seductive nightclub singer contends with several suitors, including a jealous escaped convict and a handsome temperance league member.

Director: Lowell Sherman | Stars: Mae West, Cary Grant, Owen Moore, Gilbert Roland

Votes: 4,539 | Gross: $2.00M

22. Female (1933)

Unrated | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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Alison Drake, the tough-minded executive of an automobile factory, succeeds in the man's world of business until she meets an independent design engineer.

Directors: Michael Curtiz, William Dieterle, William A. Wellman | Stars: Ruth Chatterton, George Brent, Lois Wilson, Johnny Mack Brown

Votes: 1,286

23. Night Flight (1933)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama

6.3
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Polio breaks out in Rio de Janeiro, the serum is in Santiago and there's only one way to get the medicine where it's desperately needed: flown in by daring pilots who risk the treacherous weather and forbidding peaks of the Andes.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: John Barrymore, Helen Hayes, Clark Gable, Lionel Barrymore

Votes: 554