My Favorite Films from 1930 to 1939 (in chronological order)

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1.
City Girl (1930)
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A Chicago waitress falls in love with a Minnesota farmer, and decides to face a life in the country. (77 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
2.
Morocco (1930)
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A cabaret singer and a Legionnaire fall in love, but their relationship is complicated by the results of his womanizing and due to the appearance of a rich man who wants her for himself. (92 mins.)
 
3.
People on Sunday (1930)
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Edwin, a taxi driver, lives with Annie, a neurasthenic model. They plan to spend Sunday at the Nikolassee beach with Wolfgang... (73 mins.)
 
4.
Under the Roofs of Paris (1930)
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Albert is smitten for Pola but ends up wrongly committed in jail, in the meantime her affections are sort after by his friend, and on his release both love and friendship must be tested. (96 mins.)
Director: René Clair
 
5.
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.)
 
6.
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
 
7.
Portrait of a Young Man in Three Movements (1931 Documentary)
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Without sound, in three movements. Title cards declare that what a person likes and his manner of liking them reveals character... (54 mins.)
 
8.
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
 
9.
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
 
10.
Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931)
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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
 
11.
Street Scene (1931)
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Twenty-four hours elapse on the stoop of a Hell's Kitchen tenement as a microcosm of the American melting pot interacts with each other during a summer heatwave. (80 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
12.
Safe in Hell (1931)
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After accidentally killing the man who raped her and forced her into prostitution, a New Orleans woman flees to a Caribbean island. While she awaits her fiancé, the vicious local police chief sets his sights on her. (73 mins.)
 
13.
Frankenstein (1931)
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An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. (70 mins.)
Director: James Whale
 
14.
The Champ (1931)
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Alcoholic ex-boxer struggles to provide a good living for his son. (86 mins.)
 
15.
Mädchen in Uniform (1931)
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At an all-girls boarding school, Manuela falls in love with a teacher, to terrific consequences. (88 mins.)
 
16.
La Chienne (1931)
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A woman and her pimp exploit a painter for money. (91 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
17.
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
 
18.
Blonde Venus (1932)
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A cabaret singer takes up with a millionaire to pay for her gravely ill husband's operation. (93 mins.)
 
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.
Love Me Tonight (1932)
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A Parisian tailor finds himself posing as a baron in order to collect a sizeable bill from an aristocrat, only to fall in love with an aloof young princess. (104 mins.)
 
21.
One Hour with You (1932)
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An unhappily married couple try to come between a happy one. (80 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
22.
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
 
23.
Island of Lost Souls (1932)
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An obsessed scientist conducts profane experiments in evolution, eventually establishing himself as the self-styled demigod to a race of mutated, half-human abominations. (70 mins.)
Director: Erle C. Kenton
 
24.
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
 
25.
Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The disappearance of people and corpses leads a reporter to a wax museum and a sinister sculptor. (77 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
26.
Baby Face (1933)
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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. (71 mins.)
Director: Alfred E. Green
 
27.
Dekigokoro (1933)
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Two Tokyo co-workers come across a destitute young lady in search of a place to live. (100 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
28.
Misère au Borinage (1933 Documentary)
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Documentary about a miner's strike in Borinage. (36 mins.)
 
29.
Heroes for Sale (1933)
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The saga of Tom Holmes - a man of principles - from the Great War to the Great Depression. Will he ever get a break... (76 mins.)
 
30.
Wild Boys of the Road (1933)
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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. (68 mins.)
 
31.
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
 
32.
The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)
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A Chinese warlord and an engaged Christian missionary fall in love. (88 mins.)
Director: Frank R. Capra
 
33.
Design for Living (1933)
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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. (91 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
34.
The Patriots (1933)
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Outskirts is an internationally renowned masterpiece of early sound cinema. In a remote Russian village during World War I... (98 mins.)
Director: Boris Barnet
 
35.
Man's Castle (1933)
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Bill takes Trina into his depression camp cabin. Later, just as he finds showgirl LaRue who will support him, Trina becomes pregnant. (75 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
 
36.
Dawn to Dawn (1933 Short Film)
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On a desolate farm, a man and his grown daughter eek out a living. He's aging and ill; she's lonely and wan... (35 mins.)
Director: Josef Berne
 
37.
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.)
 
38.
Footnote to Fact (1933 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In New York, a distraught woman sits in her rented room in a rocking chair. Outside, people shop and engage in commerce... (8 mins.)
Director: Lewis Jacobs
 
39.
Footlight Parade (1933)
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Chester Kent struggles against time, romance, and a rival's spy to produce spectacular live "prologues" for movie houses. (104 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
 
40.
Bombshell (1933)
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Sexpot film star Lola Burns seeks a new image and tries marrying a marquis, adopting a baby -- all sorts of schemes which go awry. (96 mins.)
 
41.
New Earth (1933 Documentary)
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The film is a documentary portraying a struggle as man tries to subdue nature. To prevent flooding and for purposes of land reclamation... (36 mins.)
Director: Joris Ivens
 
42.
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.)
 
43.
Man of Aran (1934 Documentary)
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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.)
 
44.
Everybody's Woman (1934)
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Gaby is expelled from school after a married teacher commits suicide after telling her he can't live without her. Though she has done nothing, she is punished for his act. (97 mins.)
Director: Max Ophüls
 
45.
Le grand jeu (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Pierre (Pierre Richard-Willm), a young lawyer, has enormous debts due to his mistress Florence (Marie Bell)... (120 mins.)
Director: Jacques Feyder
 
46.
The Gay Divorcee (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An American woman travels to England to seek a divorce from her absentee husband, where she meets - and falls for - a dashing performer. (107 mins.)
Director: Mark Sandrich
 
47.
Happiness (1935)
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A hapless loser (with the surname of Loser) undergoes misadventures with avaracious clergy, a tired horse... (95 mins.)
 
48.
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.)
 
49.
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Midshipman Roger Byam joins Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian aboard HMS Bounty for a voyage to Tahiti... (132 mins.)
Director: Frank Lloyd
 
50.
A Colour Box (1935 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Animated shapes dance to Cuban music. This was one of the first animations to be painted directly onto the film. (3 mins.)
Director: Len Lye
 
51.
Fury (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
When a wrongly accused prisoner barely survives a lynch mob attack and is presumed dead, he vindictively decides to fake his death and frame the mob for his murder. (92 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
52.
My Man Godfrey (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
 
53.
The Only Son (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In 1923, in the province of Shinshu, the widow and simple worker of a silk factory Tsune Nonomiya (O-Tsune)... (87 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
54.
Osaka Elegy (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young woman becomes a mistress of her boss in order to support her family. (71 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
55.
Sisters of the Gion (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Two geisha sisters lead a hard life in the Gion district of Kyoto. After one of them feels obliged to support a bankrupt businessman, the other sister sets up various schemes to get rid of him. (69 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
56.
Dodsworth (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
 
57.
Show Boat (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Despite her mother's objections, the naive young daughter of a show boat captain is thrust into the limelight as the company's new leading lady. (113 mins.)
Director: James Whale
 
58.
By the Bluest of Seas (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Yussuf and Aliosha are two shipwrecked sailors on an island in the Caspian Sea. They start working as... (71 mins.)
 
59.
Libeled Lady (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A newspaper man, his jilted fiancée, and his lawyer hatch an elaborate scheme to turn a false news story into the truth, before a high-society woman can sue for libel. (98 mins.)
Director: Jack Conway
 
60.
Sabotage (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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.)
 
61.
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. (113 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
62.
Captains Courageous (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Harvey Cheyne is a spoiled brat used to having his own way. When a prank goes wrong onboard an ocean liner Harvey ends up overboard and nearly drowns... (117 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
63.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 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.)
 
64.
One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The daughter of a struggling musician forms a symphony orchestra made up of his unemployed friends and through persistence... (84 mins.)
Director: Henry Koster
 
65.
The Fourth Dimension (1937 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The film begins with methodical descriptions of one-dimensional, two-dimensional, and three-dimensional space... (10 mins.)
Director: Jean Painlevé
 
66.
The Old Mill (1937 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
We see the various birds, mice, and bats that have moved into an old windmill, followed by the frogs... (9 mins.)
 
67.
Port of Shadows (1938)
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A military deserter finds love and trouble (and a small dog) in a smoky French port city. (91 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
 
68.
Pygmalion (1938)
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Shaw's play in which a Victorian dialect expert bets that he can teach a lower-class girl to speak proper English and thus be taken for a lady. (96 mins.)
 
69.
Holiday (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young man falls in love with a girl from a rich family. His unorthodox plan to go on holiday for the early years of his life is met with skepticism by everyone except for his fiancée's eccentric sister and long-suffering brother. (95 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
70.
La Bête Humaine (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In this classic adaptation of Emile Zola's novel, a tortured train engineer falls in love with a troubled married woman who has helped her husband commit a murder. (100 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
71.
The Childhood of Maxim Gorky (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A drama reveals the great writer's inauspicious early years as an orphan raised by conniving relatives. (98 mins.)
Director: Mark Donskoy
 
72.
Brave Little Tailor (1938 Short Film)
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When a giant threatens the land, the city folk mistake Mickey's boast of killing seven flies with one blow to be giants. He is then forced to fight the giant for real. (9 mins.)
 
73.
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A priest tries to stop a gangster from corrupting a group of street kids. (97 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
74.
Olympia Part Two: Festival of Beauty (1938 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The document of the 1936 Olympics at Berlin, orchestrated as Nazi propaganda. (96 mins.)
 
75.
Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations (1938 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The document of the 1936 Olympics at Berlin. (121 mins.)
 
76.
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An aged teacher and former headmaster of a boarding school recalls his career and his personal life over the decades. (114 mins.)
Director: Sam Wood
 
77.
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
 
78.
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
 
79.
Bachelor Mother (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Polly Parrish, a clerk at Merlin's Department Store, is mistakenly presumed to be the mother of a foundling... (82 mins.)
Director: Garson Kanin
 
80.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 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
 
81.
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
 
82.
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
 
83.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
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A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the American Civil War. (238 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
84.
Number 1 (1939 Short Film)
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(3 mins.)
Director: Harry Smith