Best films, 1932

All worthwhile films of 1932 ranked
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1.
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
 
2.
Scarface (1932)
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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.)
 
3.
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.)
 
4.
Fanny (1932)
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Marius has left, signed up for a five year hitch on a ship bound for the Indian Ocean. In his few letters to his father César... (140 mins.)
Director: Marc Allégret
 
5.
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
 
6.
The Old Dark House (1932)
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Seeking shelter from a storm, five travelers are in for a bizarre and terrifying night when they stumble upon the Femm family estate. (72 mins.)
Director: James Whale
 
7.
Shanghai Express (1932)
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A loose woman rediscovers a former lover during a dangerous train ride to Shanghai. (82 mins.)
 
8.
The Most Dangerous Game (1932)
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An insane hunter arranges for a ship to be wrecked on an island where he can indulge in some sort of hunting and killing of the passengers. (63 mins.)
 
9.
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
 
10.
Broken Lullaby (1932)
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A young French soldier in World War I is overcome with guilt when he kills a German soldier who, like himself... (76 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
11.
Die verkaufte Braut (1932)
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Bohemia in the 19th century, stage-coach driver Hans, loves the mayor's daughter Marie, but she is promised Wenzel... (77 mins.)
Director: Max Ophüls
 
12.
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
 
13.
The Blue Light (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Junta is hated by the people in the village where she lives, especially by the women, who suspect her of being a witch... (85 mins.)
 
14.
The Blood of a Poet (1932)
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A young artist draws a face at a canvas on his easel. Suddenly the mouth on the drawing comes into life and starts talking... (55 mins.)
Director: Jean Cocteau
 
15.
The Mummy (1932)
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A living mummy stalks the beautiful woman he believes is the reincarnation of his lover. (73 mins.)
Director: Karl Freund
 
16.
Red Dust (1932)
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The owner of a rubber plantation becomes involved with the new wife of one of his employees. (83 mins.)
 
17.
The Sign of the Cross (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A Roman soldier becomes torn between his love for a Christian woman and his loyalty to Emperor Nero. (108 mins.)
 
18.
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
 
19.
Horse Feathers (1932)
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Quincy Adams Wagstaff, the new president of Huxley University, hires bumblers Baravelli and Pinky to help his school win the big football game against rival Darwin University. (68 mins.)
Director: Norman McLeod
 
20.
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
 
21.
Air Mail (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Level headed Mike Miller runs Desert Airport, an air mail base full of daring young pilots risking their... (84 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
22.
Jewel Robbery (1932)
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A gentleman thief charms a Viennese baron's wife and also conducts a daring daylight robbery of a jewellers. (68 mins.)
 
23.
One Hour with You (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An unhappily married couple try to come between a happy one. (80 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
24.
Red-Headed Woman (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Lil works for the Legendre Company and causes Bill to divorce Irene and marry her. She has an affair... (79 mins.)
Director: Jack Conway
 
25.
Million Dollar Legs (1932)
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A small country on the verge of bankruptcy is persuaded to enter the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics as a means of raising money... (64 mins.)
Director: Edward Cline
 
26.
The Music Box (1932 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Like the legendary Sisyphus, deliverymen Laurel and Hardy struggle to push a large crated piano up a seemingly insurmountable flight of stairs. (29 mins.)
Director: James Parrott
 
27.
Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)
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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. (100 mins.)
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
 
28.
Doctor X (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A wisecracking New York reporter intrudes on a research scientist's quest to unmask The Moon Killer. (76 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
29.
Freaks (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 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
 
30.
Grand Hotel (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A group of very different individuals staying at a luxurious hotel in Berlin deal with each of their respective dramas. (112 mins.)
Director: Edmund Goulding
 
31.
Me and My Gal (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Young New York cop Dan falls in love with waterfront waitress Helen. Helen's sister Kate falls for gangster Duke. Dan must do in Duke. (79 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
32.
Chandu the Magician (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
When delusional madman Roxor kidnaps a scientist in hopes of using his death ray to achieve world dominance, he is opposed by Chandu, a powerful hypnotist and yogi. (71 mins.)
 
33.
Kongo (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
This remake of West of Zanzibar made four years later tries to outdo the Lon Chaney original in morbidity... (86 mins.)
Director: William Cowen
 
34.
20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Brash hoodlum Tom Connors enters Sing Sing cocksure of himself and disrespectful toward authority, but his tough but compassionate warden changes him. (78 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
35.
Three on a Match (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Although Vivian Revere is seemingly the most successful of a trio of reunited schoolmates, she throws it away by descending into a life of debauchery and drugs. (63 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
36.
American Madness (1932)
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Socially-conscious banker Thomas Dickson faces a crisis when his protégé is wrongly accused for robbing the bank, gossip of the robbery starts a bank run, and evidence suggests Dickson's wife had an affair...all in the same day. (75 mins.)
Director: Frank R. Capra
 
37.
One Way Passage (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A terminally ill woman and a debonair murderer facing execution meet and fall in love on a trans-Pacific crossing, each without knowing the other's secret. (67 mins.)
Director: Tay Garnett
 
38.
The Dentist (1932 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An unconventional dentist deals with patients in slapstick fashion. (21 mins.)
Director: Leslie Pearce
 
39.
Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A mad scientist seeks to mingle human blood with that of an ape, and resorts to kidnapping women for his experiments. (61 mins.)
Director: Robert Florey
 
40.
Towed in a Hole (1932 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Although they are successful fishmongers, Stan convinces Ollie that they should become fishermen too, but making a boat seaworthy is an easy task. (21 mins.)
Director: George Marshall
 
41.
Pesn o geroyakh (1932 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Soviet solidarity is strong in Germany where the Communist Party (KPD) marches under the clenched fist in spite of police harassment... (50 mins.)
Director: Joris Ivens
 
42.
Wooden Crosses (1932)
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The young and patriotic student Demachy joins the French army in 1914 to defend his country. But he and his comrades soon experience the terrifying... (115 mins.)
Director: Raymond Bernard
 
43.
Blonde Venus (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A cabaret singer takes up with a millionaire to pay for her gravely ill husband's operation. (93 mins.)
 
44.
Where Now Are the Dreams of Youth (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When a young man inherits his father's lucrative business, he cheats the system to set up three of his college friends with jobs. (92 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
45.
Tom Brown of Culver (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Boy who thought his father a war hero finds he was really a deserter. (82 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
46.
While Paris Sleeps (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
To save his daughter Manon (Helen Mack) from falling into the hands of a vicious gang of pimps, convict Jacques Costard (Victor McLaglen) escapes from jail. (67 mins.)
Director: Allan Dwan
 
47.
Movie Crazy (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Harold Hall, an accident prone young man with little or no acting ability, desperately wants to be in pictures... (84 mins.)
Director: Clyde Bruckman
 
48.
Back Street (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A woman's love for and devotion to a married man results in her being relegated to the "back streets" of his life. (93 mins.)
Director: John M. Stahl
 
49.
What Price Hollywood? (1932)
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The career of a waitress takes off when she meets an amiable drunken Hollywood producer. (88 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
50.
Pack Up Your Troubles (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The boys' Army buddy, Eddie Smith, is killed in the trenches in France, leaving his baby girl an orphan... (68 mins.)
 
51.
Minnie the Moocher (1932 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Betty Boop and Bimbo run away from home, but that night they are scared by a chorus of ghosts singing the title song. (8 mins.)
Director: Dave Fleischer
 
52.
Their First Mistake (1932 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Mrs. Hardy is irate that her husband Oliver spends more time with his friend Stanley than with her. Oliver decides to adopt a baby... (21 mins.)
Director: George Marshall
 
53.
Rain (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A prostitute finds redemption in Pago Pago thanks to a hard missionary man. (94 mins.)
 
54.
If I Had a Million (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A dying tycoon gives million-dollar windfalls to eight people picked from the city directory. (88 mins.)
 
55.
A Passport to Hell (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A notorious beautiful English woman (Myra) is kicked out of British West Africa to German West Africa... (75 mins.)
Director: Frank Lloyd
 
56.
Three Wise Girls (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Cassie moves to New York and jumps from one job to another until she lands a modeling gig. (68 mins.)
 
57.
Any Old Port! (1932 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In need of funds, Hardy happens to meet an old friend, now a boxing promoter, and volunteers "Battling Laurel" as the team's prizefighter, only to discover their opponent in the ring is a fearsome old nemesis. (20 mins.)
Director: James W. Horne
 
58.
Number 17 (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A gang of thieves gather at a safe house following a robbery, but a detective is on their trail. (66 mins.)
 
59.
A Bill of Divorcement (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A man, Hilary Fairfield returns home after fifteen years in a mental asylum. However, he finds things are not the way they were when he left. (70 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
60.
A Farewell to Arms (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An American ambulance driver and an English nurse fall in love in Italy during World War I. (80 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
 
61.
Helpmates (1932 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Oliver's house is in a shambles after a wild party, and his wife is due home at noon. He calls Stanley to help him fix the place up... (20 mins.)
Director: James Parrott
 
62.
The Death Kiss (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Murder during film shoot sparks search for a killer. (75 mins.)
Director: Edwin L. Marin
 
63.
Scram! (1932 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Ordered out of town by angry Judge Beaumont, vagrants Stanley and Oliver meet a congenial drunk who invites them to stay at his luxurious mansion... (20 mins.)
Director: Raymond McCarey
 
64.
Tiger Shark (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Mike is a great tuna fisherman though he lost a hand to a shark years earlier saving Pipes Boley. Now... (77 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
65.
Law and Order (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A lawman sets out to tame Tombstone, Arizona. (75 mins.)
Director: Edward L. Cahn
 
66.
County Hospital (1932 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In the hospital with a broken leg Ollie is visited by Stan, who brings him hard-boiled eggs, nuts, and total mayhem. (19 mins.)
Director: James Parrott
 
67.
White Zombie (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A young man turns to a witch doctor to lure the woman he loves away from her fiancé, but instead turns her into a zombie slave. (69 mins.)
Director: Victor Halperin
 
68.
Bird of Paradise (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A native girl falls for a visitor to her island, but she's chosen to be sacrificed to the volcano god. (80 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
69.
The Chimp (1932 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Two bumbling circus performers inadvertently help drive the circus into ruin and then end up in possession of a flea circus and an oversized chimp. (25 mins.)
Director: James Parrott