Top Ranked Films of the 30s (all polls)

I took all the film polls I could find, and threw them all into a spreadsheet, and ranked the results. I posted the Top Ranked 1000 Films first, then an alphabetical list of all 2260 titles that made polls. I'm now posting sub-lists like this one. The complete and original lists can be found at http://worldsbestfilms.blogspot.com .. "Your results may vary"
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1.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home. (102 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
2.
Modern Times (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman. (87 mins.)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
 
3.
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
 
4.
City Lights (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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
 
5.
Duck Soup (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
“ Groucho and Margaret Dumont have the best repartee of any comedies; this features the famous mirror scene with Harpo dressed as Groucho. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
6.
The Rules of the Game (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
 
7.
King Kong (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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. Then he's captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition. (100 mins.)
 
8.
L'Atalante (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
 
9.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the American Civil War. (238 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ This massive, nearly four-hour epic was only 11 months from beginning of filming until its opening premiere, all within 1939; several crew members who worked on it day and night never recovered. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
10.
It Happened One Night (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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
“ Capra said he never shot any scene twice, and the entire film was shot within two weeks ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
11.
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
 
12.
The Blue Angel (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An elderly professor's ordered life spins dangerously out of control when he falls for a nightclub singer. (124 mins.)
“ This von Sternberg film made a international star out of Marlene Dietrich. She fled Germany before WW2, Hitler invited her back, and she said "only if I can bring my Jewish husband" ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
13.
La Grande Illusion (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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. (114 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
“ Jean Renoir (son of the famous painter) made this anti-war film that many consider the finest film ever made. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
14.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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
“ The U.S. Congress tried to buy this film for twice its cost from Columbia in order to destroy it, but Capra talked them into releasing it rather than let it be censored in a democracy with freedom of speech. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
15.
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
“ Hepburn's character brings out my homicidal tendendies; I think in the modern world she wouldn't have survived to reach adulthood! ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
16.
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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.)
“ Early mouth-watering technicolor is mindless adventure fun. Rumor is that star Errol Flynn was a gun-runner (or more) in the South Pacific before coming to Hollywood ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
17.
L'Age d'Or (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
 
18.
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I. (136 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
“ Faithful adaptation of the famous anti-war novel won a best picture Oscar ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
19.
Stagecoach (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
“ The best of the early John Ford westerns made John Wayne a much bigger star ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
20.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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.)
“ Historically famous as the first full-length animated feature, this is a musical romantic comedy for children based on a fairy tale with adult dwarfs thrown into the mix. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
21.
Trouble in Paradise (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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
“ For me, Ernst Lubistch's best comedy, a pre-code story of con-artists that gets pretty risque for that time. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
22.
Vampyr (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
 
23.
I Was Born, But... (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The Yoshi family - husband and wife Kennesuke and Haha, a middle manager at an office and a housewife respectively... (100 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
24.
The 39 Steps (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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.)
“ This early British film of Hitchcock's is a tight and well-crafted spy story and is one of his best. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
25.
Earth (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In the peaceful countryside, Vassily opposes the rich kulaks over the coming of collective farming. (75 mins.)
“ Of the many films with this title, this is the Russian one directed by Alexander Dovzhenko about poor farmers ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
26.
Pépé le Moko (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A wanted gangster is both king and prisoner of the Casbah. He is protected from arrest by his friends, but is torn by his desire for freedom outside. A visiting Parisian beauty may just tempt his fate. (94 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
 
27.
Freaks (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
“ This is a one of a kind film that you don't see every day ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
28.
Top Hat (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
“ All the Astaire-Rogers musicals are worth seeing, my favorites are Swing Time, this, and the first one, The Gay Divorcee. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
29.
A Night at the Opera (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
“ Along with Duck Soup, as good as the Marx Brothers get. When Chico starts playing the piano, Groucho looks at the camera and says "Some of you may want to go out into the lobby until this blows over" ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
30.
Le Million (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An impoverished painter and his rival engage in a race across Paris to recover a jacket concealing a winning lottery ticket. (81 mins.)
Director: René Clair
 
31.
Frankenstein (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. (70 mins.)
Director: James Whale
 
32.
Ninotchka (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
“ Before he started directing, Billy Wilder wrote screenplays like this comedy about Russian officials. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
33.
Alexander Nevsky (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The story of how a great Russian prince led a ragtag army to battle an invading force of Teutonic Knights. (112 mins.)
“ Another of Sergei Eisenstein's masterpieces, this features the famous battle on the frozen lake as the Russians battle the Tutonic invaders. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
34.
42nd Street (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A producer puts on what may be his last Broadway show and, at the last moment, a chorus girl has to replace the star. (89 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
“ One of a number of classic Busby Berkeley musicals, along with Dames and Goldiggers of 33. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
35.
The Awful Truth (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
 
36.
Scarface (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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.)
“ I prefer this original to the over-the-top remake with the scenery-chewing Al Pacino - the subtitle is "Scurge of the Nation" ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
37.
À Nous la Liberté (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A famous left-wing satirical comedy about two ex-convicts, one of whom escaped jail and then worked his way up from salesman to factory owner... (104 mins.)
Director: René Clair
“ This French comedy about industrialization had it's plot 'stolen' by Charles Chaplin for Modern Times and the producer sued Chaplin to the chagrin of director René Clair, an admirer of Chaplin's work, who was glad they lost. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
38.
Le Jour se Leve (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After committing a murder, a man locks himself in his apartment and recollects the events the led him to the killing. (93 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
 
39.
Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
At a remote South American trading port, the manager of an air freight company is forced to risk his pilots' lives in order to win an important contract. (121 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
“ Good story about fliers over the Andes in South America if you can get past some cheesy special effects of model airplanes landing on obviously small sets. This was the year that both Gone with the Wind and Wizard of Oz lost the special effects Oscar to the more deserving The Rains Came, so much better work was being done in this area. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
40.
Swing Time (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A performer and gambler travels to New York City to raise the $25,000 he needs to marry his fiancée, only to become entangled with a beautiful aspiring dancer. (103 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
“ This musical from George Stevens is probably the best of the Astaire-Rogers musicals for the dancing and ingenuity in the choreography; this is as good as they got together. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
41.
Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
On the South Pacific island of Bora Bora, a young couple's love is threatened when the tribal chief declares the girl a sacred virgin. (86 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
“ Another classic from the German expressionist F.W. Murnau, who made some of the best silent films of the 20's (Sunrise, The Last Laugh, Nosferatu) ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
42.
Triumph of the Will (1935 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The infamous propaganda film of the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, Germany. (114 mins.)
“ If you can get past the fact that it's Nazi propaganda, one of the best documentaries ever made with techniques from actress-turned-director Leni Reifenstahl that are still copied today. She later apologized for this film, but it was so popular in the west that it caused Time Magazine to name Hitler "man of the year" in 1935! ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
43.
The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In Tokyo in 1888, Kikunosuke Onoue, the adoptive son of an important actor, discovers that he is praised... (143 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
44.
The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A man and a woman arrive in a cafe-hotel near the belgian frontier. The customers recognize the man from the police's description... (80 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
45.
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
While traveling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train. (96 mins.)
“ Another of Hitchcock's early British masterpieces of suspense and mystery, as a train's passenger vanishes from it while it's moving. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
46.
Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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
 
47.
The Scarlet Empress (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Young Princess Sophia of Germany is taken to Russia to marry the half-wit Grand Duke Peter, son of the Empress... (104 mins.)
“ Director Josef von Sternberg designed everything in this film, including the outrageous costumes and sets; the story of an Austrian beauty (Marlene Dietrich) who married a dim-witted czar and rises to the throne herself. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
48.
Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Boudu, a tramp, jumps into the Seine. He is rescued by Mr Lestingois, a gentle and good bookseller, who gives shelter to him... (85 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
“ This is the original Renoir film that was remade here as the comedy Down and Out in Beverly Hills, which is actually funnier but not as poignant. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
49.
Man of Aran (1934 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In this blend of documentary and fictional narrative from pioneering filmmaker Robert Flaherty, the everyday trials of life on Ireland's unforgiving Aran Islands are captured with attention to naturalistic beauty and historical detail. (76 mins.)
“ An early 'documentary' (parts are staged) about a British island where the inhabitants don't even have soil, yet somehow they manage to survive. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
50.
It's a Gift (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A henpecked New Jersey grocer makes plans to move to California to grow oranges, despite the resistance of his overbearing wife. (68 mins.)
Director: Norman McLeod
“ One of the best W.C. Fields comedies, this is the one in which he kicks a crawling baby. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
51.
Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations (1938 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The document of the 1936 Olympics at Berlin. (121 mins.)
“ I went one extra position on this list to include the other amazing documentary from Leni Reifenstahl, this one documenting the 1936 Berlin Olympics; on the polls it's listed as one film, and should be ranked much higher. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair