Movies before 1949

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1. Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl (1919)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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A frail waif, abused by her brutal boxer father in London's seedy Limehouse District, is befriended by a sensitive Chinese immigrant with tragic consequences.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp, Arthur Howard

Votes: 7,875

2. Big Business (1929)

19 min | Short, Comedy, Family

7.9
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Ollie and Stanley are two Christmas Tree sales reps who get into one of their usual mutual destruction fights with a homeowner.

Directors: James W. Horne, Leo McCarey | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson, Charlie Hall

Votes: 2,328

3. Little Caesar (1931)

Not Rated | 79 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.3
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A small-time criminal moves to a big city to seek bigger fortune.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Glenda Farrell, William Collier Jr.

Votes: 9,796

4. 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932)

Unrated | 78 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.1
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Brash hoodlum Tom Connors enters Sing Sing cocksure of himself and disrespectful toward authority, but his tough but compassionate warden changes him.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Bette Davis, Arthur Byron, Lyle Talbot

Votes: 1,876

5. Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)

Passed | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

7.2
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A trader and his daughter set off in search of the fabled graveyard of the elephants in deepest Africa, only to encounter a wild man raised by apes.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Neil Hamilton, C. Aubrey Smith, Maureen O'Sullivan

Votes: 5,943

6. Three Little Pigskins (1934)

20 min | Short, Comedy, Sport

7.6
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The stooges are mistaken by a gangster for the "Three Horsemen of Boulder Dam", famous football players. Hired to play for his team, they blow the big game and get it in the end. Lucille Ball has a nice part as a gun moll.

Director: Ray McCarey | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Lucille Ball

Votes: 711

7. The Thin Man (1934)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

8.1
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Former detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora investigate a murder case, mostly for the fun of it.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan, Nat Pendleton

Votes: 22,467

8. China Seas (1935)

Passed | 87 min | Action, Drama, Adventure

7.0
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When earthy Dolly Portland is rejected by Captain Gaskell in favor of a socialite, she aids Jamesy McCardle, in league with Malay pirates, in his plot to seize his ship.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Wallace Beery, Lewis Stone

Votes: 1,847

9. A Night at the Opera (1935)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

8.0
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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.

Directors: Sam Wood, Edmund Goulding | Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Kitty Carlisle

Votes: 26,898

10. Lost Horizon (1937)

Unrated | 97 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.8
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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?

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton, John Howard

Votes: 10,220

11. The Toast of New York (1937)

Approved | 109 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.5
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Notorious robber baron financier Jim Fisk, who makes and loses fortunes, tries to corner the gold market as well as the heart of a beautiful actress.

Directors: Rowland V. Lee, Alexander Hall | Stars: Edward Arnold, Cary Grant, Frances Farmer, Jack Oakie

Votes: 793

12. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

PG | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

8.0
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97 Metascore

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.

Directors: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains

Votes: 41,459 | Gross: $3.98M

13. You Can't Take It with You (1938)

Not Rated | 126 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.0
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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.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Jean Arthur, James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore, Edward Arnold

Votes: 19,563

14. Tower of London (1939)

Approved | 92 min | Drama, History

6.8
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In the 15th century Richard Duke of Gloucester, aided by his club-footed executioner Mord, eliminates those ahead of him in succession to the throne, then occupied by his brother King ... See full summary »

Director: Rowland V. Lee | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, Barbara O'Neil, Ian Hunter

Votes: 1,463

15. Five Came Back (1939)

Passed | 75 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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Twelve people are aboard Coast Air Line's flagship the Silver Queen enroute to South America when the airplane encounters a storm and is blown off course. Crashing into jungles known to be ... See full summary »

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Chester Morris, Lucille Ball, Wendy Barrie, John Carradine

Votes: 1,386

16. Destry Rides Again (1939)

Approved | 94 min | Comedy, Western

7.7
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When a tough western town needs taming, the mild-mannered son of a hard-nosed sheriff gets the job.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, James Stewart, Mischa Auer, Charles Winninger

Votes: 8,503

17. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama

8.2
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68 Metascore

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.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold

Votes: 86,524 | Gross: $9.60M

18. Tales of Manhattan (1942)

Unrated | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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A formal tailcoat that gets passed from one owner to another affects each life in a significant way.

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Charles Boyer, Rita Hayworth, Ginger Rogers, Henry Fonda

Votes: 1,528

19. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

8.5
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100 Metascore

In Casablanca in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Votes: 433,079 | Gross: $1.02M

20. Key Largo (1948)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.9
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A man visits his old friend's hotel and finds a gangster running things. As a hurricane approaches, the two end up confronting each other.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore

Votes: 31,473

21. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

7.6
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Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man.

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi

Votes: 12,089

22. Johnny Belinda (1948)

Unrated | 102 min | Drama

7.8
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In post-war Cape Breton, a doctor's efforts to tutor a deaf/mute woman are undermined when she is raped, and the resulting pregnancy causes scandal to swirl.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Jane Wyman, Lew Ayres, Charles Bickford, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 3,550

23. My Darling Clementine (1946)

Not Rated | 97 min | Biography, Drama, Western

7.8
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The Earps battle the Clantons at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor Mature, Cathy Downs

Votes: 18,018