Best Picture 1931

Films I've seen form best to worst
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1.
M (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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.
Bad Girl (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A man and woman, skeptical about romance, nonetheless fall in love and are wed, but their lack of confidence in the opposite sex haunts their marriage. (90 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
 
3.
Night Nurse (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A nurse enlists the help of a petty criminal to foil a sinister plot to murder two children. (72 mins.)
 
4.
The Public Enemy (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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.)
 
5.
La destrucción de Oaxaca (1931 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Footage of the aftermath of the January 14 1931 Earthquake in Oaxaca, Mexico. (12 mins.)
 
6.
Cimarron (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A newspaper editor settles in an Oklahoma boom town with his reluctant wife at the end of the nineteenth century. (123 mins.)
 
7.
Devotion (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The poor, downtrodden (beautiful, of course) "dutiful" daughter in a London society family falls for a barrister... (81 mins.)
Director: Robert Milton
 
8.
The Bad Sister (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Marianne falls in love with a con artist who has a hidden agenda. (68 mins.)
Director: Hobart Henley
 
9.
The Guardsman (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A Vienna based acting couple make magic when they perform together on stage. Unknown to the theater... (82 mins.)
Director: Sidney Franklin
 
10.
Taris (1931 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Jean Vigo films the talents of great swimming champion Jean Taris performing different acts. Vigo film technique allied with Taris swimming style are intertwined with grace and effect. (10 mins.)
Director: Jean Vigo
Stars: Jean Taris
 
11.
Dracula (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina. (85 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
 
12.
Stolen Heaven (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Engineering a $20,000 robbery, Mary and Joe draw up a pact to spend all the money foolishly and then commit suicide. (76 mins.)
Director: George Abbott
 
13.
East of Shanghai (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Believing that an unexpected inheritance will bring them happiness, a married couple instead finds their relationship strained to the breaking point. (92 mins.)
 
14.
Drácula (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Centuries-old vampire Dracula preys upon the innocent Eva and her friends. (104 mins.)
Director: George Melford
 
15.
Susan Lenox <Her Fall and Rise> (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Fleeing her cruel uncle and an arranged marriage Susan Lenox falls in love with a kind stranger but circumstances force her to become a woman of easy virtue. (76 mins.)
 
16.
Mata Hari (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A semi-fictionalized account of the life of Mata Hari, an exotic dancer who was accused of spying for Germany during World War I. (89 mins.)
 
17.
Laughing Sinners (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Cabaret performer Ivy Stevens in an affair with a low-rent traveling salesman is dumped in a 'Dear Jane' letter and finds solace in joining the Salvation Army. (72 mins.)
Director: Harry Beaumont
 
18.
Arrowsmith (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Based on Sinclair Lewis's novel "Arrowsmith". A medical researcher is sent to a plague outbreak, where he has to decide priorities for the use of a vaccine. (108 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
19.
A Free Soul (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An alcoholic lawyer who successfully defended a notorious gambler on a murder charge objects when his free-spirited daughter becomes romantically involved with him. (93 mins.)
Director: Clarence Brown
 
20.
Friends and Lovers (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
British Army captain Geoff Roberts carries on an affair with Alva, the wife of the cruel Victor Sangrito... (68 mins.)
 
21.
Trader Horn (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Two white traders in the darkest Africa of the 1870s find a missionary's daughter, who was captured as a child by a savage tribe and now worshiped as a goddess. (122 mins.)
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
 
22.
The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Out of jail for a crime she did not commit, Madelon turns to prostitution and thievery to send her illegitimate son to medical school. (75 mins.)
Director: Edgar Selwyn