The 30's Watch List

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1.
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
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A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I. (136 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
 
2.
The Blue Angel (1930)
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An elderly professor's ordered life spins dangerously out of control when he falls for a nightclub singer. (106 mins.)
 
3.
Morocco (1930)
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A cabaret singer and a Legionnaire fall in love, but their relationship is complicated by the results of his womanizing and due to the appearance of a rich man who wants her for himself. (92 mins.)
 
4.
The Silent Enemy (1930)
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A documentary about the life of Indians in Northern Canada. (84 mins.)
Director: H.P. Carver
 
5.
Under the Roofs of Paris (1930)
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Albert is smitten for Pola but ends up wrongly committed in jail, in the meantime her affections are sort after by his friend, and on his release both love and friendship must be tested. (96 mins.)
Director: René Clair
 
6.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
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Dr. Jekyll faces horrible consequences when he lets his dark side run wild with a potion that transforms him into the animalistic Mr. Hyde. (98 mins.)
 
7.
Drácula (1931)
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Centuries-old vampire Dracula preys upon the innocent Eva and her friends. (104 mins.)
Director: George Melford
 
8.
Enthusiasm (1931 Documentary)
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How the miners of the Don coal basin (one of the industrial regions of Ukraine) were striving to fulfill in four years their part of the Five Year Plan. (67 mins.)
Director: Dziga Vertov
 
9.
Little Caesar (1931)
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A small-time criminal moves to a big city to seek bigger fortune. (79 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
10.
Le Million (1931)
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An impoverished painter and his rival engage in a race across Paris to recover a jacket concealing a winning lottery ticket. (81 mins.)
Director: René Clair
 
11.
À Nous la Liberté (1931)
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Seeking better life, two convicts escape from prison. (104 mins.)
Director: René Clair
 
12.
The Phantom of Paris (1931)
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Cheri-Bibi is an escape artist wrongly imprisoned for murdering the wealthy father of his admirer Cecile. The real murderer is Cecile's fiancé, so how will Bibi escape his death sentence and win back Cecile? (74 mins.)
 
13.
Grand Hotel (1932)
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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
 
14.
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
 
15.
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
 
16.
Shanghai Express (1932)
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A loose woman rediscovers a former lover during a dangerous train ride to Shanghai. (82 mins.)
 
17.
Eskimo (1933)
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The happy life of an Eskimo is disastrously changed when he mingles with an unscrupulous white trader. (117 mins.)
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
 
18.
The Power and the Glory (1933)
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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.)
 
19.
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
 
20.
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
 
21.
'G' Men (1935)
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It's the early days of the F.B.I. - federal agents working for the Department of Justice. Though they've got limited powers... (85 mins.)
 
22.
The Glass Key (1935)
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Ed Beaumont is the personal friend, advisor and bodyguard to Paul Madvig, the political boss of a large city... (80 mins.)
Director: Frank Tuttle
 
23.
An Inn in Tokyo (1935)
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Unemployed Kihachi and his two sons struggle to make ends meet. But that doesn't keep Kihachi from wooing single mother Otaka. (80 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
24.
By the Bluest of Seas (1936)
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Yussuf and Aliosha are two shipwrecked sailors on an island in the Caspian Sea. They start working as... (71 mins.)
 
25.
The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1936)
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A man and a woman arrive in a cafe-hotel near the belgian frontier. The customers recognize the man from the police's description... (80 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
26.
The Devil-Doll (1936)
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An escaped convict uses miniaturized humans to wreak vengeance on those that framed him. (78 mins.)
 
27.
Fury (1936)
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When a wrongly accused prisoner barely survives a lynch mob attack and is presumed dead, he vindictively decides to fake his death and frame the Mob for his murder. (92 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
28.
The Only Son (1936)
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In 1923, in the province of Shinshu, the widow and simple worker of a silk factory Tsune Nonomiya (O-Tsune)... (87 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
29.
Captains Courageous (1937)
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A spoiled brat who falls overboard from a steamship gets picked up by a fishing boat, where he's made to earn his keep by joining the crew in their work. (117 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
30.
The Edge of the World (1937)
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A way of life is dying on an Outer Hebridean island fishing port, but some of the inhabitants resist evacuating to the mainland. (81 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
31.
Humanity and Paper Balloons (1937)
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The lives of two slum neighbors, one of a happy-go-lucky gambler and the other of a poor ronin, converge when the two get involved with the affairs of a powerful samurai official and his gangsters. (86 mins.)
Director: Sadao Yamanaka
 
32.
La Bête Humaine (1938)
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In this classic adaptation of Emile Zola's novel, a tortured train engineer falls in love with a troubled married woman who has helped her husband commit a murder. (100 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
33.
Port of Shadows (1938)
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A military deserter finds love and trouble (and a small dog) in a smoky French port city. (91 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
 
34.
Each Dawn I Die (1939)
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A corrupt D.A. with governatorial 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.)
 
35.
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
 
36.
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
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Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson investigate the legend of a supernatural hound, a beast that may be stalking a young heir on the fog-shrouded moorland that makes up his estate. (80 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lanfield
 
37.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
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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. (129 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
38.
Of Mice and Men (1939)
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Two itinerant migrant workers, one mentally disabled and the other his carer, take jobs as ranch hands during the Great Depression to fulfill their shared dream of owning their own ranch. (106 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
 
39.
The Roaring Twenties (1939)
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Three men attempt to make a living in Prohibitionist America after returning home from fighting together in World War I. (106 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
40.
Stagecoach (1939)
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A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process. (96 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
41.
The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939)
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The adopted son of a legendary actor, and an aspiring star himself, turns to his infant brother's wet nurse for support and affection - only for her to give up everything for her beloved's glory. (143 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
42.
They Made Me a Criminal (1939)
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A boxer flees believing he has comitted a murder while he was drunk. (92 mins.)
Director: Busby Berkeley
 
43.
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
 
44.
Crime and Punishment (1935)
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(107 mins.)
Director: Pierre Chenal
 
45.
Der Mörder Dimitri Karamasoff (1931)
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Suspicion surrounds a lieutenant for killing his father. (93 mins.)
 
46.
Le dernier tournant (1939)
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Frank, a hobo, ends up in a garage-truck stop in the middle of nowhere. Nick Marino, its naive owner... (90 mins.)
Director: Pierre Chenal