30's Movies I Need to See

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1.
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
 
2.
The Rules of the Game (1939)
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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
 
3.
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
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A new crime wave grips the city and all clues seem to lead to the nefarious Dr. Mabuse, even though he has been imprisoned in a mental asylum for nearly a decade. (122 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
4.
I Was Born, But... (1932)
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The Yoshi family - husband and wife Kennesuke and Haha, a middle manager at an office and a housewife respectively... (100 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
5.
A Tale of Two Cities (1935)
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A pair of lookalikes, one a former French aristocrat and the other an alcoholic English lawyer, fall in love with the same woman amongst the turmoil of the French Revolution. (128 mins.)
Director: Jack Conway
 
6.
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.)
 
7.
The Big Pond (1930)
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A tour guide in Venice romances a visiting American tourist whose father owns a chewing-gum factory back in the U.S. She sets out to convince her skeptical father to bring the tour guide to America and give him a job in the plant. (72 mins.)
Director: Hobart Henley
 
8.
Min and Bill (1930)
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Min, the owner of a dockside hotel, is forced to make difficult decisions about the future of Nancy, the young woman she took in as an infant. (69 mins.)
Director: George Hill
 
9.
Skippy (1931)
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Skippy, the mischievous son of a wealthy doctor, meets Sooky in poverty-ridden Shantytown, and together they try to save Sooky's pet from a cruel dogcatcher. (85 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
 
10.
Trader Horn (1931)
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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
 
11.
East Lynne (1931)
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The refined Lady Isabel Carlisle, after leaving her family and enduring nearly a decade of hardships, learns that her son has fallen ill. Despite being nearly blinded as the result of an explosion, she returns home to see her son again. (102 mins.)
Director: Frank Lloyd
 
12.
The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933)
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Tells how King Henry VIII came to marry five more times after his divorce from his first wife. (97 mins.)
Director: Alexander Korda
 
13.
Berkeley Square (1933)
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A young American man is transported back to London in the time of the American Revolution and meets his ancestors. (84 mins.)
Director: Frank Lloyd
 
14.
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.)
 
15.
The Informer (1935)
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In 1922, an Irish rebel informs on his friend, then feels doom closing in. (91 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
16.
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)
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Theseus, Duke of Athens, is going to marry Hyppolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Demetrius is engaged with Hermia... (133 mins.)
 
17.
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)
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Three British soldiers on the Northwest Frontier of India struggle against the enemy - and themselves. (109 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
18.
Becky Sharp (1935)
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Set against the background of the Battle of Waterloo, Becky Sharp is the story of Vanity Fair by Thackeray... (84 mins.)
 
19.
Barbary Coast (1935)
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Mary Rutledge arrives from the east, finds her fiance dead, and goes to work at the roulette wheel of Louis Charnalis' Bella Donna... (91 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
20.
Romeo and Juliet (1936)
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Young love is poisoned by a generations long feud between two noble families. (125 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
21.
Theodora Goes Wild (1936)
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The author of a scandalously racy best-selling book tries to hide her celebrity from her provincial small town neighbors who'd be scandalized if they knew. (94 mins.)
 
22.
In Old Chicago (1937)
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The O'Leary brothers -- honest Jack and roguish Dion -- become powerful figures, and eventually rivals, in Chicago on the eve of its Great Fire. (95 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
23.
Black Legion (1937)
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When a hard-working machinist loses a promotion to a Polish-born worker, he is seduced into joining the secretive Black Legion, which intimidates foreigners through violence. (83 mins.)
Director: Archie L. Mayo
 
24.
Boys Town (1938)
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Against all odds Father Flanagan starts "Boys' Town" after hearing a convict's story. Whitey Marsh comes there... (96 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
 
25.
Kentucky (1938)
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Romeo and Juliet story set amidst horse racing in Kentucky. The family feud of lovers Jack and Sally goes back to the Civil War and is kept alive by her Uncle Peter. (96 mins.)
Director: David Butler
 
26.
Marie Antoinette (1938)
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The tragic life of Marie Antoinette, who became queen of France in her late teens. (149 mins.)
 
27.
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
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A fictionalized account of the early life of the American president as a young lawyer facing his greatest court case. (100 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
28.
Babes in Arms (1939)
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The struggle of two talented young artists, to make their own way in the show business. (94 mins.)
Director: Busby Berkeley
 
29.
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
 
30.
Earth (1930)
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In the peaceful countryside, Vassily opposes the rich kulaks over the coming of collective farming. (75 mins.)
 
31.
À Nous la Liberté (1931)
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Seeking better life, two convicts escape from prison. (104 mins.)
Director: René Clair
 
32.
La Chienne (1931)
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A woman and her pimp exploit a painter for money. (91 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
33.
Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932)
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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
 
34.
Zero for Conduct (1949)
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Fotis is in love with Bilio, a last-year student at a provincial high-school, and serenades her frequently... (83 mins.)
 
35.
Land Without Bread (1933 Documentary)
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A surrealistic documentary portrait of the region of Las Hurdes, a remote region of Spain where civilisation has barely developed, showing how the local peasants try to survive without even the most basic utilities and skills. (30 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
36.
Sons of the Desert (1933)
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When Stan and Ollie trick their wives into thinking that they are taking a medicinal cruise while they're actually going to a convention, the wives find out the truth the hard way. (68 mins.)
 
37.
It's a Gift (1934)
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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
 
38.
The Black Cat (1934)
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American honeymooners in Hungary become trapped in the home of a Satan-worshiping priest when the bride is taken there for medical help following a road accident. (65 mins.)
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
 
39.
Judge Priest (1934)
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Judge Priest, a proud Confederate veteran, uses common sense and considerable humanity to dispense justice in a small town in the Post-Bellum Kentucky. (80 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
40.
A Day in the Country (1936 Short Film)
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The family of a Parisian shop-owner spends a day in the country. The daughter falls in love to a man at the inn, where they spend the day. (40 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
41.
The Story of a Cheat (1936)
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A charming scoundrel reflects on his exploits, from childhood through to manhood. (81 mins.)
Director: Sacha Guitry
 
42.
Song at Midnight (1937)
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China's first horror film, this is loosely based on The Phantom of the Opera. A disfigured musical genius roams a traditional Chinese opera house, punishing those who offend him. (113 mins.)
Director: Weibang Ma-Xu
 
43.
Pépé le Moko (1937)
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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
 
44.
Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations (1938 Documentary)
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The document of the 1936 Olympics at Berlin. (121 mins.)
 
45.
The Baker's Wife (1938)
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In this little Provencal village, a new baker, Aimable, settles down. His wife Aurelie is beautiful and much younger than he... (133 mins.)
Director: Marcel Pagnol
 
46.
The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939)
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In Tokyo in 1888, Kikunosuke Onoue, the adoptive son of an important actor, discovers that he is praised... (143 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
47.
Le Jour se Leve (1939)
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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
 
48.
Gunga Din (1939)
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In 19th century India, three British soldiers and a native waterbearer must stop a secret mass revival of the murderous Thuggee cult before it can rampage across the land. (117 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
49.
The Gay Deception (1935)
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Mirabel wins a $5,000 lottery which will enable her to live like a queen in New York. There she meets Sandro... (77 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
50.
Mammy (1930)
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A love triangle develops in a traveling minstrel troupe. (84 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
51.
Turn Back the Clock (1933)
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Joe and Mary run a tobacco store and are just scraping by. When old friend Ted comes into the store... (79 mins.)
Director: Edgar Selwyn
 
52.
Midnight Alibi (1934)
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(58 mins.)
Director: Alan Crosland
 
53.
Hollywood Boulevard (1936)
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With a full Hollywood background and settings but more an expose of scandal-and-gossip magazines of the era... (75 mins.)
Director: Robert Florey
 
54.
Dracula's Daughter (1936)
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Hungarian countess Marya Zaleska seeks the aid of a noted psychiatrist, hoping to free herself of a mysterious evil influence. (71 mins.)
Director: Lambert Hillyer
 
55.
The Working Man (1933)
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Successful wealthy shoe manufacturer John Reeves takes a vacation, leaving his business in the hands of his nephew... (78 mins.)
Director: John G. Adolfi
 
56.
They Won't Forget (1937)
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A politically ambitious district attorney, unscrupulous tabloid journalists, and regional prejudice combine to charge a teacher with the murder of his student. (95 mins.)
 
57.
Each Dawn I Die (1939)
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A corrupt D.A. with gubernatorial ambitions is annoyed by an investigative reporter's criticism of his criminal activities and decides to frame the reporter for manslaughter in order to silence him. (92 mins.)
 
58.
A House Divided (1931)
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In a small Pacific village, a widowed fisherman marries a girl young enough to be his daughter. Complications ensue when the new wife falls in love with her husband's son. (70 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
59.
The Passionate Plumber (1932)
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To make her lover jealous, a beautiful socialite passes off a bumbling plumber as her paramour. (73 mins.)
Director: Edward Sedgwick
 
60.
City Streets (1931)
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Man joins a gang to free his girlfriend from prison. (83 mins.)
 
61.
Once in a Lifetime (1932)
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Story of a Hollywood studio during the transition from silents to talkies. (91 mins.)
Director: Russell Mack
 
62.
The Reckless Hour (1931)
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In New York City, a young model is swept off her feet by a debonair, handsome young man. Unfortunately for her... (71 mins.)
 
63.
Angel (1937)
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Woman and her husband take separate vacations, and she falls in love with another man. (91 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
64.
Desire (1936)
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An automotive engineer bound for a holiday in Spain meets a sultry jewel thief. (89 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
 
65.
The Last Flight (1931)
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Cary, Shep, Bill, and Francis are pilots who have just, and only just, survived the First World War... (76 mins.)