Best films, 1933

All worthwhile films of 1933 ranked
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1.
Liebelei (1933)
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Vienna in the beginning of the twentieth century. Cavalry Lieutenant Fritz Lobheimer is about to end... (88 mins.)
 
2.
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.)
 
3.
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
 
4.
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
 
5.
Queen Christina (1933)
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Queen Christina of Sweden is a popular monarch who is loyal to her country. However, when she falls in love with a Spanish envoy, she must choose between the throne and the man she loves. (99 mins.)
 
6.
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
 
7.
The Invisible Man (1933)
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A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but in doing so, he becomes murderously insane. (71 mins.)
Director: James Whale
 
8.
42nd Street (1933)
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A director puts on what may be his last Broadway show and, at the last moment, a naive newcomer has to replace the star. (89 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
 
9.
The Mascot (1933 Short Film)
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A toy stuffed dog has just been sewn together when it hears a young child ask for an orange. The child's mother explains that they have no money... (26 mins.)
 
10.
Ray of Sunshine (1933)
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Vienna, at the height of the Great Depression. Like so many others, Hans has no work, no money, nowhere to live... (87 mins.)
Director: Paul Fejos
 
11.
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
 
12.
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
 
13.
Zero for Conduct (1933 Short Film)
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In a repressive boarding school with rigid rules of behavior, four boys decide to rebel against the direction on a celebration day. (44 mins.)
Director: Jean Vigo
 
14.
Footlight Parade (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Chester Kent struggles against time, romance, and a rival's spy to produce spectacular live "prologues" for movie houses. (104 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
 
15.
Little Women (1933)
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Little Women is a "coming of age" drama tracing the lives of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. During the American Civil War... (115 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
16.
Dinner at Eight (1933)
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Affluent Millicent and Oliver Jordan throw a dinner for a handful of wealthy and/or well-born acquaintances, each of whom has much to reveal. (111 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
17.
She Done Him Wrong (1933)
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In the Gay Nineties, a seductive nightclub singer contends with several suitors, including a jealous escaped convict and a handsome temperance league member. (66 mins.)
Director: Lowell Sherman
 
18.
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
 
19.
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
 
20.
Hallelujah I'm a Bum (1933)
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A New York tramp (Jolson) falls in love with the mayor's amnesiac girlfriend after rescuing her from a suicide attempt (82 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
 
21.
Lady for a Day (1933)
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A gangster tries to make Apple Annie, the Times Square apple seller, a lady for a day. (96 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
22.
Picture Snatcher (1933)
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Ex-convict Danny Kean decides to become honest as a photographer for a paper. He falls in love with Patricia... (77 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
 
23.
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
 
24.
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.)
 
25.
State Fair (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An Iowa family finds adventure, love, and heartbreak, when they spend a week at the state fair. (99 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
26.
Man's Castle (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
 
27.
Ecstasy (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Eva has just gotten married to an older gentleman, but discovers that he is obsessed with order in his life and doesn't have much room for passion... (82 mins.)
Director: Gustav Machatý
 
28.
Morning Glory (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
When a naively innocent, aspiring actress arrives on the Broadway scene, she is taken under the wing of several theater veterans who mentor her to ultimate success. (74 mins.)
Director: Lowell Sherman
 
29.
The Fatal Glass of Beer (1933 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The prodigal son of a Yukon prospector comes home on a night that "ain't fit for man nor beast." (18 mins.)
Director: Clyde Bruckman
 
30.
Land Without Bread (1933 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
 
31.
Double Harness (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A woman tricks a playboy into marrying her and then tries to make him legitimately fall in love with her. (69 mins.)
Director: John Cromwell
 
32.
Busy Bodies (1933 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Stan and Ollie do battle with inanimate objects, their co-workers, and the laws of physics during a routine work day at the sawmill. (19 mins.)
Director: Lloyd French
 
33.
Ganga Bruta (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man kills his wife on their wedding night, after discovering she had been unfaithful. After being acquitted, he moves to the country, where he falls in love with an innocent girl. (82 mins.)
Director: Humberto Mauro
 
34.
Apart from You (1933)
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Two Geisha with a connection to a young man deal with life's hardships. (64 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
35.
Heroes for Sale (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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.)
 
36.
Lot in Sodom (1933 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Lot in Sodom is a sensual depiction of the Sodom and Gomorrah story filled with sinewy and semi-clad bodies... (28 mins.)
 
37.
The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
King Henry VIII marries five more times after his divorce from his first wife Catherine of Aragon. (97 mins.)
Director: Alexander Korda
 
38.
International House (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Assorted wacky characters converge on a Chinese hotel to bid on a new invention...television. (68 mins.)
 
39.
Ace of Aces (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A sculptor who doesn't want to have any part of World War I is shamed by his girlfriend into joining the army. He becomes a fighter pilot, and undergoes a complete personality change. (76 mins.)
Director: J. Walter Ruben
 
40.
Woman of Tokyo (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Ryoichi and Chikako are brother and sister. They live together. Chikako works during the day in a office... (47 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
41.
Sons of the Desert (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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.)
 
42.
The Emperor Jones (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Unscrupulously ambitious Brutus Jones escapes from jail after killing a guard and through bluff and bravado finds himself the emperor of a Caribbean island. (72 mins.)
Director: Dudley Murphy
 
43.
The Bowery (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
"In the Gay Nineties New York had grown up into bustles and balloon Sleeves ... but The Bowery had grown younger... (92 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
44.
The Mayor of Hell (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Five members of a teen-age gang, including leader Jimmy Smith, are sent to the State Reformatory, presided... (90 mins.)
Director: Archie Mayo
 
45.
Topaze (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An honest and naive schoolteacher gets a lesson in how the world works outside the classroom, when a... (78 mins.)
 
46.
The Story of Temple Drake (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A wealthy but neurotic Southern belle finds herself trapped in the hideout of a gang of vicious bootleggers. The gang's leader lusts after her, and is determined not to let anything stand in the way of his having her. (70 mins.)
Director: Stephen Roberts
 
47.
Cavalcade (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A cavalcade of English life from New Year's Eve 1899 until 1933 seen through the eyes of well-to-do Londoners Jane and Robert Marryot... (112 mins.)
Director: Frank Lloyd
 
48.
Yogoto no yume (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A single mother works tirelessly as a Ginza bar hostess to ensure a better life for her young son until--her long-lost husband returns. (64 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
49.
Dirty Work (1933 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Chimney sweeps Stanley and Oliver go about their job, reducing Professor Noodle's living room to a shambles in the process... (19 mins.)
Director: Lloyd French
 
50.
Dekigokoro (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two Tokyo co-workers come across a destitute young lady in search of a place to live. (100 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
51.
Flying Down to Rio (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An aviator and band leader who is always getting his group fired for his flirtatious behavior with the female guests soon finds himself falling for an engaged woman. (89 mins.)
 
52.
Tillie and Gus (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Tillie and Augustus Winterbottom are thought to be missionaries when they arrive to find Phineas Pratt... (58 mins.)
Director: Francis Martin
 
53.
Penthouse (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Racketeer Tony Gazotti is thankful that lawyer Jackson Durant helps him beat a murder rap, but Durant... (90 mins.)
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
 
54.
Une nuit sur le mont chauve (1933 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Mussorgsky's composition is the soundtrack for this pin-screen animated take on night and wild things... (8 mins.)
 
55.
The Power and the Glory (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man's life is retold just after his funeral. Beginning as a track walker, Tom Garner rose through all sorts of railroad jobs to head the company... (76 mins.)
 
56.
Beauty for Sale (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A beautiful woman lands a job at an exclusive salon that deals with the wives of wealthy businessmen. Her contact with these men leads to a series of affairs. (87 mins.)
 
57.
Lady Killer (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A former gangster makes it big in Hollywood, but his old life catches up with him. (76 mins.)
Director: Roy Del Ruth
 
58.
Parole Girl (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A young woman released on parole vows to ruin the life of the man who insisted on sending her to jail. (67 mins.)
Director: Edward F. Cline
 
59.
The Ghoul (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
An Egyptologist returns from the dead to take revenge on those who have violated his tomb. (77 mins.)
Director: T. Hayes Hunter
 
60.
Misère au Borinage (1933 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Documentary about a miner's strike in Borinage. (36 mins.)
 
61.
Me and My Pal (1933 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
It's the morning of Oliver's wedding to oil baron Peter Cucumber's daughter. While waiting for the taxi to take them to the ceremony... (20 mins.)
Director: Charles Rogers
 
62.
Three Little Pigs (1933 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
When a hungry wolf starts blowing down some pigs' houses, they take refuge in their sensible brother's brick house. (9 mins.)
 
63.
Japanese Girls at the Harbor (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Two schoolgirl friends drift apart when one of them falls for a handsome boy. (72 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Shimizu
 
64.
The Kennel Murder Case (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Philo Vance, accompanied by his prize-losing Scottish terrier, investigates the locked-room murder of a prominent and much-hated collector whose broken Chinese vase provides an important clue. (73 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
65.
Snow-White (1933 Short Film)
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Trouble starts when the queen's magic mirror says Betty Boop is fairest. Cab Calloway sings "St. James Infirmary Blues." (7 mins.)
Director: Dave Fleischer
 
66.
The Sin of Nora Moran (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Nora Moran, a young woman with a difficult and tragic past, is sentenced to die for a murder that she did not commit... (65 mins.)
Director: Phil Goldstone
 
67.
The Son of Kong (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
The men who captured the giant ape King Kong return to Skull Island and find his likewise gigantic but far more friendly son. (70 mins.)
 
68.
After Tonight (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
While romancing a beautiful Russian countess, a captain in the Austrian intelligence service is assigned to capture "K-14"... (71 mins.)
 
69.
The Barber Shop (1933 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An inept barber maintains his good-humored optimism in his small town shop despite having a hen-pecking harridan for a wife and a total lack of tonsorial skill. (21 mins.)
Director: Arthur Ripley
 
70.
I'm No Angel (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Circus performer Tira seeks a better life pursuing the company of wealthy New York men with improbable comic complications along the way. (87 mins.)
Director: Wesley Ruggles
 
71.
The Pharmacist (1933 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A henpecked but stoic pharmacist tries to maintains his precarious balance while dealing with demanding customers and his dysfunctional family. (19 mins.)
Director: Arthur Ripley
 
72.
Twice Two (1933 Short Film)
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Stan and Ollie are married to each other's sisters, and plan a dinner party to celebrate their mutual anniversaries. (20 mins.)
Director: James Parrott
 
73.
The Vampire Bat (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
When corpses drained of blood begin to show up in a European village, vampirism is suspected to be responsible. (65 mins.)
Director: Frank Strayer
 
74.
The Midnight Patrol (1933 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Novice policemen Stanley and Oliver, eating lunch in their patrol car, nearly have their spare tire stolen by a thief and his sassy partner... (20 mins.)
Director: Lloyd French
 
75.
Doctor Bull (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Doc Bull, a no-nonsense country doctor who has served his community for decades, fights small-town prejudice and provincialism in several crises. (77 mins.)
Director: John Ford