My Top 40 of the 30's

About 20 movies that are my favorite of the 30's.
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1.
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
 
2.
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
 
3.
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
 
4.
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
 
5.
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
 
6.
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.)
 
7.
Jezebel (1938)
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In 1850s Louisiana, a free-spirited Southern belle loses her fiancé due to her stubborn vanity and pride, and vows to win him back. (104 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
8.
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
 
9.
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
 
10.
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
 
11.
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
 
12.
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
 
13.
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
 
14.
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
 
15.
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
 
16.
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.)
 
17.
The Crowd Roars (1932)
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Sports car racer becomes overprotective of his brother when he decides to become a racer as well. (85 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
18.
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
 
19.
Frankenstein (1931)
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An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. (70 mins.)
Director: James Whale
 
20.
Triumph of the Will (1935 Documentary)
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The infamous propaganda film of the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, Germany. (114 mins.)
 
21.
The Petrified Forest (1936)
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A waitress, a hobo and a bank robber get mixed up at a lonely diner in the desert. (82 mins.)
Director: Archie L. Mayo
 
22.
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.)
 
23.
Lost Horizon (1937)
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A plane crash delivers a group of people to the secluded land of Shangri-La -- but is it the miraculous utopia it appears to be? (97 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
24.
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
 
25.
Jesse James (1939)
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After railroad agents forcibly evict the James family from their family farm, Jesse and Frank turn to banditry for revenge. (106 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
26.
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.)
 
27.
Steamboat Round the Bend (1935)
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A Louisiana con man enters his steamboat into a winner-take-all race with a rival while trying to find a witness to free his nephew, about to be hung for murder. (82 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
28.
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
 
29.
Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
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Newlyweds Gil and Lana Martin try to establish a farm in the Mohawk Valley but are menaced by Indians and Tories as the Revolutinary War begins. (104 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
30.
The Plainsman (1936)
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Wild Bill Hickok attempts to stop an Indian uprising that was started by white gun-runners. (113 mins.)
 
31.
'G' Men (1935)
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It's the early days of the F.B.I. - federal agents working for the Department of Justice. Though they've got limited powers... (85 mins.)
 
32.
Dead End (1937)
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The lives of a young man and woman, an infamous gangster and a group of street kids converge one day in a volatile New York City slum. (93 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
33.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
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Snow White, pursued by a jealous queen, hides with the Dwarfs; the queen soon learns of this and prepares to feed her a poison apple. (83 mins.)
 
34.
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
 
35.
Beau Geste (1939)
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Three adopted English brothers join the French Foreign Legion in North Africa, after one of them steals their adoptive family's famous heirloom sapphire. (112 mins.)
 
36.
She Done Him Wrong (1933)
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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. (66 mins.)
Director: Lowell Sherman
 
37.
The Criminal Code (1931)
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After a failed attempt at running for governor, D.A. Mark Brady is appointed warden of the state prison where many of the criminals he prosecuted are incarcerated. (97 mins.)
 
38.
The Girl Was Young (1937)
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Man on the run from a murder charge enlists a beautiful stranger who must put herself at risk for his cause. (80 mins.)
 
39.
Jamaica Inn (1939)
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In Cornwall in 1819, a young woman discovers that she's living near a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecks for profit. (108 mins.)
 
40.
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.)
 
41.
Scrooge (1935)
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Scrooge, the ultimate Victorian miser, hasn't a good word for Christmas, though his impoverished clerk... (78 mins.)
Director: Henry Edwards
 
42.
Winds of the Wasteland (1936)
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The arrival of the telegraph put Pony Express riders like John Blair and his pal Smoky out of work. A race will decide whether they or stageline owner Drake get the government mail contract. (54 mins.)
Director: Mack V. Wright