Best to Worst of the 1930'sby elephant999 | created - 30 Aug 2013 | updated - 3 months ago | Public
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1. Gone with the Wind (1939)
G | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance
A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.
Votes: 240,257 | Gross: $198.68M
2. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
G | 83 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
Exiled into the dangerous forest by her wicked stepmother, a princess is rescued by seven dwarf miners who make her part of their household.
Votes: 150,185 | Gross: $184.93M
3. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home in Kansas and help her friends as well.
Votes: 323,212 | Gross: $22.20M
4. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
PG | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Romance
When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army.
Votes: 41,445 | Gross: $3.98M
5. Marie Antoinette (1938)
Passed | 149 min | Biography, Drama, History
The tragic life of Marie Antoinette, who became queen of France in her late teens.
6. Maytime (1937)
Approved | 132 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
An elderly Miss Morrison recounts her life as the once young and beautiful opera singer Marcia Morney-then the toast of Napoleon III's Paris. One evening, she encounters an American voice ... See full summary »
7. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 86,478 | Gross: $9.60M
8. It Happened One Night (1934)
Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Romance
A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story.
9. The Women (1939)
Not Rated | 133 min | Comedy, Drama
A study of the lives and romantic entanglements of various interconnected women.
Votes: 10,644 | Gross: $2.27M
10. Ninotchka (1939)
Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Romance
A stern Russian woman sent to Paris on official business finds herself attracted to a man who represents everything she is supposed to detest.
Votes: 15,843 | Gross: $1.19M
11. A Tale of Two Cities (1935)
Not Rated | 128 min | Drama, History, Romance
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.
12. Wuthering Heights (1939)
Approved | 104 min | Drama, Romance
A servant in the house of Wuthering Heights tells a traveler the unfortunate tale of lovers Cathy and Heathcliff.
13. Dark Victory (1939)
Approved | 104 min | Drama, Romance
A young socialite is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, and must decide whether or not she'll meet her final days with dignity.
14. Stagecoach (1939)
Not Rated | 96 min | Adventure, Western
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.
15. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Family, Romance
While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard, Baby.
16. Love Me Tonight (1932)
Passed | 104 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
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.
17. Naughty Marietta (1935)
G | 105 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
In order to avoid a prearranged marriage, a rebellious French princess sheds her identity and escapes to colonial New Orleans, where she finds an unlikely true love.
18. Rose-Marie (1936)
Passed | 113 min | Musical, Romance, Adventure
Opera singer (Marie de Flor) seeks out fugitive brother in the Canadian wilderness. During her trek, she meets a Canadian mountie (Sgt. Bruce) who is also searching for her brother. Romance... See full summary »
19. Queen Christina (1933)
Approved | 99 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 6,095 | Gross: $0.77M
20. Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An elderly couple are forced to separate when they lose their house and none of their five children will take both parents in.
21. City Lights (1931)
G | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically.
Votes: 126,795 | Gross: $0.02M
22. The Thin Man (1934)
Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Former detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora investigate a murder case, mostly for the fun of it.
23. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate.
24. You Can't Take It with You (1938)
Not Rated | 126 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family.
25. A Star Is Born (1937)
Not Rated | 111 min | Drama
A young woman comes to Hollywood with dreams of stardom, but achieves them only with the help of an alcoholic leading man whose best days are behind him.
Votes: 5,819 | Gross: $4.36M
26. Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
Unrated | 114 min | Drama, Romance
An aged teacher and former headmaster of a boarding school recalls his career and his personal life over the decades.
27. In Name Only (1939)
Approved | 94 min | Drama, Romance
After a wealthy man finds out his wife is a gold digger, he meets and falls for a widowed mother, and complications ensue.
28. Camille (1936)
Passed | 109 min | Drama, Romance
A Parisian courtesan must choose between the young man who loves her and the callous baron who wants her, even as her own health begins to fail.
Votes: 6,165 | Gross: $1.15M
29. The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)
Approved | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
An Englishman on a Ruritarian holiday must impersonate the king when the rightful monarch, a distant cousin, is drugged and kidnapped.
30. Little Women (1933)
Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Family, Romance
Little Women is a "coming of age" drama tracing the lives of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. During the American Civil War, the girls father is away serving as a minister to the troops... See full summary »
31. The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)
Passed | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
Elizabeth Barrett's tyrannical father has forbidden any of his family to marry. Nevertheless, Elizabeth falls in love with the poet Robert Browning.
32. Three Comrades (1938)
Passed | 98 min | Drama, Romance
A love story centered around the lives of three young German soldiers in the years following World War I. Their close friendship is strengthened by their shared love for the same woman who ... See full summary »
33. King Kong (1933)
Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi
A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.
Votes: 69,661 | Gross: $10.00M
34. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance
In 15th century France, a gypsy girl is framed for murder by the infatuated Chief Justice, and only the deformed bellringer of Notre Dame Cathedral can save her.
35. Swing Time (1936)
Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
A performer and gambler travels to New York City to raise the $25,000 he needs to marry his fiancée, only to become entangled with a beautiful aspiring dancer.
36. Stella Dallas (1937)
Approved | 106 min | Drama, Romance
A working-class woman is willing to do whatever it takes to give her daughter a socially promising future.
Votes: 3,678 | Gross: $2.00M
37. Scarface (1932)
PG | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An ambitious and near insanely violent gangster climbs the ladder of success in the mob, but his weaknesses prove to be his downfall.
38. Dinner at Eight (1933)
Passed | 111 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
39. Love Affair (1939)
Approved | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A French playboy and an American former nightclub singer fall in love aboard a ship. They arrange to reunite six months later, after he has had a chance to earn a decent living.
40. Of Mice and Men (1939)
Approved | 106 min | Drama
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.
41. Twentieth Century (1934)
91 min | Comedy, Romance
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.
42. Sidewalks of London (1938)
Approved | 85 min | Comedy
On the sidewalks of the London theater district the buskers (street performers) earn enough coins for a cheap room. Charles, who recites dramatic monologues, sees that a young pickpocket, ... See full summary »
43. A Yank at Oxford (1938)
Passed | 102 min | Drama, Romance, Sport
Lee Sheridan's ego has always been stoked by his newspaper publisher father, Dan Sheridan, who is willing to "hold the presses" solely to print Lee's many sporting accomplishments as they ... See full summary »
44. Fire Over England (1937)
Approved | 92 min | Adventure, History, Romance
Queen Elizabeth is running this show. The men in her court should be thinking about how to add to the glory of the Elizabethan Age and how to foil those pesky Spanish who got far too much ... See full summary »
45. Storm in a Teacup (1937)
Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Romance
A local politician in Scotland tries to break the reporter who wrote a negative story about him, and who is also in love with his daughter.
46. Dark Journey (1937)
Not Rated | 77 min | Adventure, Romance, Thriller
During World War I, a German spy and a French spy meet and fall in love.
47. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Not Rated | 136 min | Drama, War
A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I.
Votes: 50,427 | Gross: $3.27M
48. The Good Earth (1937)
Passed | 138 min | Drama, Romance
The story of a farmer in China: a story of humility and bravery. His father gives Wang Lung a freed slave as wife. By diligence and frugality the two manage to enlarge their property. But ... See full summary »
49. The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
Approved | 106 min | Biography, Drama, History
A depiction of the love/hate relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Devereux, the Earl of Essex.
50. Gunga Din (1939)
Approved | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, War
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.
51. San Francisco (1936)
Unrated | 115 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
A Barbary Coast saloonkeeper and a Nob Hill impresario are rivals for the affections of a beautiful singer, both personally and professionally in 1906 San Francisco.
52. A Farewell to Arms (1932)
Unrated | 80 min | Drama, Romance, War
An American ambulance driver and an English nurse fall in love in Italy during World War I.
53. Hell's Angels (1930)
Passed | 127 min | Drama, War
Brothers Monte and Ray leave Oxford to join the Royal Flying Corps. Ray loves Helen; Helen enjoys an affair with Monte; before they leave on their mission over Germany they find her in still another man's arms.
54. The Public Enemy (1931)
Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Drama
A young hoodlum rises up through the ranks of the Chicago underworld, even as a gangster's accidental death threatens to spark a bloody mob war.
55. Lady for a Day (1933)
TV-G | 96 min | Comedy
A gangster tries to make Apple Annie, the Times Square apple seller, a lady for a day.
56. The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933)
Not Rated | 97 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
King Henry VIII marries five more times after his divorce from his first wife Catherine of Aragon.
57. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Longfellow Deeds, a simple-hearted Vermont tuba player, inherits a fortune and has to contend with opportunist city slickers.
58. Les Misérables (1935)
Approved | 108 min | Drama, History, Romance
In early 19th Century France an ex-convict who failed to report to parole is relentlessly pursued over a 20 year period by an obsessive policeman.
59. Sweethearts (1938)
Passed | 114 min | Musical
A musical comedy duo in their 6th year on Broadway receive an offer to perform in Hollywood making films. The change of lifestyle is inviting to the Sweethearts as the move will take them ... See full summary »
60. The Girl of the Golden West (1938)
Passed | 121 min | Musical, Romance, Western
Mary Robbins is a moderately educated, beautiful, young woman who owns the saloon called "The Poker". She is the only woman in the town of Couldee-making her the fancy of all the men there,... See full summary »
61. Jesse James (1939)
Approved | 106 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
After railroad agents forcibly evict the James family from their family farm, Jesse and Frank turn to banditry for revenge.
62. Cleopatra (1934)
Not Rated | 100 min | Biography, Drama, History
The man-hungry Queen of Egypt leads Julius Caesar and Mark Antony astray, amid scenes of DeMillean splendor.
63. The Young in Heart (1938)
Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Drama
Thrown out of the Riviera, a family of grifters meets a lonely, vulnerable rich old woman and insinuate themselves into her life while they sponge off her.
64. The Cat and the Canary (1939)
72 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery
When an eccentric family meets in their uncle's remote, decaying mansion on the tenth anniversary of his death for the reading of his will, murder and madness follow.
65. Boys Town (1938)
Passed | 96 min | Biography, Drama
Against all odds Father Flanagan starts "Boys' Town" after hearing a convict's story. Whitey Marsh comes there. He runs away but, hungry, returns. He runs away again but, when friend Pee ... See full summary »
66. The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931)
Passed | 75 min | Drama
Out of jail for a crime she did not commit, Madelon turns to prostitution and thievery to send her illegitimate son to medical school.
67. Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
Unrated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
A wealthy composer rescues unemployed Broadway performers with a new play.
68. 42nd Street (1933)
Unrated | 89 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
A director puts on what may be his last Broadway show and, at the last moment, a naive newcomer has to replace the star.
Votes: 8,781 | Gross: $2.30M
69. The Lady Vanishes (1938)
Not Rated | 96 min | Mystery, Thriller
While traveling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train.
70. Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)
Passed | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Romance
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.
71. Show Boat (1936)
Approved | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
Despite her mother's objections, the naive young daughter of a show boat captain is thrust into the limelight as the company's new leading lady.
72. Jezebel (1938)
Approved | 104 min | Drama, Romance
In 1850s Louisiana, a free-spirited Southern belle loses her fiancé due to her stubborn vanity and pride, and vows to win him back.
73. Private Lives (1931)
Passed | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Divorced couple unexpectedly meet each other during their honeymoon and rekindle their love.
74. Nothing Sacred (1937)
Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An eccentric woman learns she is not dying of radium poisoning as earlier assumed, but when she meets a reporter looking for a story, she feigns sickness again for her own profit.
75. The Sign of the Cross (1932)
Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, History
A Roman soldier becomes torn between his love for a Christian woman and his loyalty to Emperor Nero.
76. Captain Blood (1935)
Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Adventure
After being wrongly convicted as a traitor, Peter Blood, an English physician, is sent to exile in the British colonies of the Caribbean, where he becomes a pirate.
77. The Petrified Forest (1936)
Not Rated | 82 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance
A waitress, a hobo and a bank robber get mixed up at a lonely diner in the desert.
78. Topper (1937)
Passed | 97 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
A fun-loving couple, finding that they died and are now ghosts, decide to shake up the stuffy lifestyle of a friend of theirs.
79. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Wrongly convicted James Allen serves in the intolerable conditions of a southern chain gang, which later comes back to haunt him.
80. Captains Courageous (1937)
Passed | 117 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
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.
81. The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)
Unrated | 86 min | Biography, Drama, History
The biography of the pioneering French microbiologist who helped revolutionize agriculture and medicine.
82. Grand Hotel (I) (1932)
Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Romance
A group of very different individuals staying at a luxurious hotel in Berlin deal with each of their respective dramas.
Votes: 14,364 | Gross: $1.24M
83. The Divorcee (1930)
Passed | 84 min | Romance, Drama
When a woman discovers that her husband has been unfaithful to her, she decides to respond to his infidelities in kind.
84. Anne of Green Gables (1934)
Passed | 78 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
A romantic teenage girl is adopted by a pair of elderly siblings in turn-of-the-century Canada.
85. Heidi (1937)
Approved | 88 min | Drama, Family, Musical
A plucky little orphan girl gets dumped abruptly into her gruff, hermit grandfather's care, then later gets retaken and delivered as a companion for an injured girl.
86. The Little Princess (1939)
Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
A little girl is left by her father in an exclusive seminary for girls, due to her father having to go to South Africa to fight in the Second Boer War.
87. Mary of Scotland (1936)
Approved | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History
The recently widowed Mary Stuart returns to Scotland to reclaim her throne but is opposed by her half-brother and her own Scottish lords.
88. The Awful Truth (1937)
Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Romance
Unfounded suspicions lead a married couple to begin divorce proceedings, whereupon they start undermining each other's attempts to find new romance.
89. Dancing Co-Ed (1939)
Passed | 84 min | Comedy, Music, Romance
Right before the dancing Tobins ought to film a new production, his wife tells Freddy Tobin that she's pregnant. So the producer desperately has to seek a replacement and starts a ... See full summary »
90. After the Thin Man (1936)
Passed | 112 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Nick investigates the case of a missing man and later a murder that is connected to Nora's family.
91. Footlight Parade (1933)
G | 104 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
Chester Kent struggles against time, romance, and a rival's spy to produce spectacular live "prologues" for movie houses.
92. A Free Soul (1931)
Passed | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
An alcoholic lawyer who successfully defended a notorious gambler on a murder charge objects when his free-spirited daughter becomes romantically involved with him.
93. Red Dust (1932)
Passed | 83 min | Drama, Romance
The owner of a rubber plantation becomes involved with the new wife of one of his employees.
94. Shanghai Express (1932)
Passed | 82 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
A loose woman rediscovers a former lover during a dangerous train ride to Shanghai.
Votes: 5,526 | Gross: $3.70M
95. The Old Maid (1939)
Approved | 95 min | Drama
The arrival of an ex-lover on a young woman's wedding day sets in motion a chain of events which will alter her and her cousin's lives forever.
96. Freaks (1932)
Not Rated | 64 min | Drama, Horror
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.
97. Midnight Mary (1933)
Passed | 74 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
An abused orphan sinks into a life of crime.
98. Employees' Entrance (1933)
TV-PG | 75 min | Drama, Romance
A working girl is menaced by her tyrannical employer.
99. Little Caesar (1931)
Not Rated | 79 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A small-time criminal moves to a big city to seek bigger fortune.