Best films, 1934

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1.
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.)
 
2.
L'Atalante (1934)
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Newly married couple Juliette and a ship captain Jean struggle through marriage as they travel on the L'atalante along with the captain's first mate Le père Jules and a cabin boy. (89 mins.)
Director: Jean Vigo
 
3.
The Thin Man (1934)
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Former detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora investigate a murder case, mostly for the fun of it. (91 mins.)
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
 
4.
Twentieth Century (1934)
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A flamboyant Broadway impresario who has fallen on hard times tries to get his former lover, now a Hollywood diva, to return and resurrect his failing career. (91 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
5.
It Happened One Night (1934)
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A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story. (105 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
6.
Les Misérables (1934)
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The lives of numerous people over the course of 20 years in 19th century France, weaved together by the story of an ex-convict named Jean Valjean on the run from an obsessive police inspector, who pursues him for only a minor offense. (281 mins.)
Director: Raymond Bernard
 
7.
The Goddess (1934)
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Street walker by night, devoted mother by day, a woman fights to get her young son an education amid criminal and social injustice in China. (85 mins.)
Director: Yonggang Wu
 
8.
Tarzan and His Mate (1934)
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The idyllic life of Tarzan and Jane is challenged by men on safari who come seeking ivory, and come seeking Jane as well. (104 mins.)
Director: Cedric Gibbons
 
9.
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.)
 
10.
Our Daily Bread (1934)
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A group of down-on-their-luck workers combine their abilities to make a Gallafentian-style commune... and bread! (80 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
11.
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
 
12.
The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)
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After greedy men have Edmound Dantes unjustly imprisoned for 20 years for innocently delivering a letter entrusted to him, he escapes to get his revenge on them. (113 mins.)
Director: Rowland V. Lee
 
13.
The Merry Widow (1934)
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The small kingdom of Marshovia has a little problem. The main tax-payer, the wealthy widow Sonia (who... (99 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
14.
Moscow Laughs (1934)
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Merry Fellows was the first Soviet musical comedy. Set in Odessa and Moscow in the 1930's. Shepherd... (96 mins.)
 
15.
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)
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A noblewoman discovers her husband is The Scarlet Pimpernel, a vigilante who rescues aristocrats from the blade of the guillotine. (97 mins.)
Director: Harold Young
 
16.
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
 
17.
Jimmy the Gent (1934)
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An unpolished racketeer, whose racket is finding heirs for unclaimed fortunes, affects ethics and tea-drinking manners to win back the sweetheart who now works for his seemingly upright competitor. (67 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
18.
The Lost Patrol (1934)
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A dozen British soldiers, lost in a Mesopotamian desert during world war I, are menaced by unseen Arab enemies. (73 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
19.
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
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A man and his wife receive a clue to an imminent assassination attempt, only to learn that their daughter has been kidnapped to keep them quiet. (75 mins.)
 
20.
Manhattan Melodrama (1934)
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The friendship between two orphans endures even though they grow up on opposite sides of the law and fall in love with the same woman. (93 mins.)
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
 
21.
Cleopatra (1934)
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The man-hungry Queen of Egypt leads Julius Caesar and Mark Antony astray, amid scenes of DeMillean splendor. (100 mins.)
 
22.
Evergreen (1934)
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Harriet Green, a beloved and radiant music hall star of the Edwardian era, has a guilty secret: She has a baby daughter... (94 mins.)
Director: Victor Saville
 
23.
Imitation of Life (1934)
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A struggling widow and her daughter take in a black housekeeper and her fair-skinned daughter; the two women start a successful business, but face familial, identity, and racial issues along the way. (111 mins.)
Director: John M. Stahl
 
24.
Crime Without Passion (1934)
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Prominent lawyer shoots unfaithful girlfriend during quarrel, has to establish alibi. (70 mins.)
 
25.
The Gay Divorcee (1934)
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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
 
26.
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
 
27.
Babes in Toyland (1934)
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Opposing the evil Barnaby, Ollie Dee and Stanley Dum try and fail to pay-off Mother Peep's mortgage and mislead his attempts to marry Little Bo. Enraged, Barnaby's boogeymen are set on Toyland. (77 mins.)
 
28.
Death Takes a Holiday (1934)
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Death decides to take a holiday from his usual business to see what it is like to be a mortal. Posing as Prince Sirki... (79 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Leisen
 
29.
A Story of Floating Weeds (1934)
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A kabuki actor's mistress hatches a jealous plot to bring down her lover's son. (86 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
30.
Dames (1934)
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A multimillionaire decides to boycott "filthy" forms of entertainment such as Broadway shows. (91 mins.)
 
31.
Treasure Island (1934)
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Young Jim Hawkins is torn between his loyalty to his benefactors and his affection for lovable rogue Long John Silver in their struggle to recover a buried pirate treasure. (110 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
32.
Little Man, What Now? (1934)
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A young couple struggling against poverty must keep their marriage a secret in order for the husband to keep his job, as his boss doesn't like to hire married men. (98 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
 
33.
Bright Eyes (1934)
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An orphaned girl is taken in by a snobbish family at the insistence of their rich, crotchety uncle, even as her devoted aviator godfather fights for custody. (85 mins.)
Director: David Butler
 
34.
The Rise of Catherine the Great (1934)
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Straightforward biography of the Russian empress, up to her assumption of the throne. (95 mins.)
Director: Paul Czinner
 
35.
You're Telling Me! (1934)
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A hard-drinking, socially-awkward inventor wrecks his daughter's chances of marriage into a rich family and bungles his own chances of success by selling one of his more practical inventions. (66 mins.)
Director: Erle C. Kenton
 
36.
Going Bye-Bye! (1934 Short Film)
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Stan and Ollie give evidence which convicts vicious gangster Butch. They plan to leave town and advertise for a traveling companion to share expenses... (21 mins.)
Director: Charles Rogers
 
37.
The Old Fashioned Way (1934)
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The Great McGonigle and his troupe of third-rate vaudevillians manage to stay one step ahead of the bill collectors and the sheriff. (71 mins.)
 
38.
Them Thar Hills (1934 Short Film)
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Stan and Ollie take a trip into the mountains ('the high multitude') so that Ollie can recover from gout... (20 mins.)
Director: Charles Rogers
 
39.
The Song of Ceylon (1934 Documentary)
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A short film which documents the lives of the Sinhalese people. (38 mins.)
Director: Basil Wright
 
40.
Moulin Rouge (1934)
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A singer marries a famous composer, and after a while she gets the itch to go back on the stage. However... (70 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lanfield
 
41.
One More River (1934)
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A young lady leaves her brutal husband and meets another man aboard a ship. (88 mins.)
Director: James Whale
 
42.
The House of Rothschild (1934)
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The wealthy Rothschild family undergoes prejudice from the anti-Semitic society they live within. (88 mins.)
Director: Alfred Werker
 
43.
The Live Ghost (1934 Short Film)
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A gruff sea captain, who absolutely detests the word "ghost," is having trouble manning his ship because of the rumor it's... (20 mins.)
Director: Charles Rogers
 
44.
Bleeke Bet (1934)
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A greengrocer's shady dealings with a well-to-do margarine smuggler require that she interferes with her daughter's romance with a sailor. (111 mins.)
 
45.
Oliver the Eighth (1934 Short Film)
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Barbershop owners Stanley and Oliver both answer a personal ad from a rich widow seeking a husband.... (27 mins.)
Director: Lloyd French
 
46.
Six of a Kind (1934)
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When a respectable middle-class couple take a cross-country trip by auto, they share expenses with a decidedly oddball couple, none of whom know the car carries embezzled funds. (62 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
 
47.
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
 
48.
The Big Shakedown (1934)
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Racketeers flood the market with counterfeit cosmetics and drugs, causing some tragedies. (64 mins.)
 
49.
Of Human Bondage (1934)
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A young man finds himself attracted to a cold and unfeeling waitress who may ultimately destroy them both. (83 mins.)
Director: John Cromwell
 
50.
Little Miss Marker (1934)
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Little Martha Jane, aka Little Miss Marker (Temple) is left with the bookmaker Sorrowful Jones by her dad as part of a bet on a horserace... (80 mins.)
Director: Alexander Hall
 
51.
Strauss' Great Waltz (1934)
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The story of Johann Strauss the elder and younger. (81 mins.)
 
52.
The Private Life of Don Juan (1934)
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What do women want? Don Juan is aging. He's arrived secretly in Seville after a 20 year absence. His wife Dolores... (89 mins.)
Director: Alexander Korda
 
53.
Fog Over Frisco (1934)
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The lifestyles of Arlene and Valkyr Bradford, half-sisters from a respected San Francisco family, diverge markedly as Arlene takes up with criminals. (68 mins.)
 
54.
The Cat's-Paw (1934)
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Naive Ezekial Cobb, brought up by his missionary father in China returns to America to seek a wife.... (102 mins.)
Director: Sam Taylor
 
55.
One Night of Love (1934)
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Mary Barrett is an aspiring Opera singer who is taken under the wings of a famous operatic maestro, Guilio Monterverdi... (84 mins.)
 
56.
Wonder Bar (1934)
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Harry and Inez are a dance team at the Wonder Bar. Inez loves Harry, but he is in love with Liane, the wife of a wealthy business man... (84 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
 
57.
Now and Forever (1934)
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Young freewheeling wanderer Jerry Day and his beautiful wife Toni are at odds over their lifestyle.... (81 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
58.
We Live Again (1934)
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Nekhlyudov, a Russian nobleman serving on a jury, discovers that the young girl on trial, Katusha, is... (85 mins.)