Most Popular Feature Films Released 1931-01-01 to 1931-12-31


1. M (1931)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke

Votes: 111,048 | Gross: $0.03M

2. Dracula (1931)

Approved | 75 min | Fantasy, Horror

7.6
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The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners, Dwight Frye

Votes: 37,141

3. City Lights (1931)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.6
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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.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee, Harry Myers

Votes: 124,729 | Gross: $0.02M

4. Frankenstein (1931)

Not Rated | 70 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.9
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An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff, John Boles

Votes: 53,515 | Gross: $12.00M

5. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)

Passed | 98 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

7.7
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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.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart, Holmes Herbert

Votes: 10,360

6. The Public Enemy (1931)

Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Drama

7.7
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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.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Joan Blondell

Votes: 14,634

7. Little Caesar (1931)

Not Rated | 79 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.3
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A small-time criminal moves to a big city to seek bigger fortune.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Glenda Farrell, William Collier Jr.

Votes: 9,685

8. Drácula (1931)

Unrated | 104 min | Fantasy, Horror

7.2
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Centuries-old vampire Dracula preys upon the innocent Eva and her friends.

Directors: George Melford, Enrique Tovar Ávalos | Stars: Carlos Villarías, Lupita Tovar, Barry Norton, Pablo Álvarez Rubio

Votes: 3,365

9. Cimarron (1931)

Passed | 123 min | Drama, Western

6.0
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A newspaper editor settles in an Oklahoma boom town with his reluctant wife at the end of the nineteenth century.

Director: Wesley Ruggles | Stars: Richard Dix, Irene Dunne, Estelle Taylor, Nance O'Neil

Votes: 4,175

10. Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931)

TV-PG | 86 min | Drama, Romance, Adventure

7.6
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On the South Pacific island of Bora Bora, a young couple's love is threatened when the tribal chief declares the girl a sacred virgin.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Anne Chevalier, Matahi, Hitu, Bill Bambridge

Votes: 3,848

11. Mata Hari (1931)

Passed | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.7
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A semi-fictionalized account of the life of Mata Hari, an exotic dancer who was accused of spying for Germany during World War I.

Director: George Fitzmaurice | Stars: Greta Garbo, Ramon Novarro, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone

Votes: 2,670 | Gross: $0.93M

12. Monkey Business (1931)

Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy, Musical

7.6
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On a transatlantic crossing, the Marx brothers get up to their usual antics and manage to annoy just about everyone on board the ship.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, The Marx Brothers, Chico Marx

Votes: 9,695

13. Marius (1931)

Not Rated | 130 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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Marius is faced with a choice whether to fulfill his passion by sailing the seas or stay and marry the woman he loves.

Director: Alexander Korda | Stars: Raimu, Pierre Fresnay, Fernand Charpin, Alida Rouffe

Votes: 1,577

14. The Front Page (1931)

TV-PG | 101 min | Comedy

6.8
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An investigative reporter sees an opportunity for the story of a lifetime when an accused murderer escapes hanging.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Pat O'Brien, Mary Brian, Edward Everett Horton

Votes: 1,708

15. The Maltese Falcon (1931)

80 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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A lovely dame with dangerous lies employs the services of a private detective, who is quickly caught up in the mystery and intrigue of a statuette known as the Maltese Falcon.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Bebe Daniels, Ricardo Cortez, Dudley Digges, Una Merkel

Votes: 2,344

16. The Champ (I) (1931)

Passed | 86 min | Drama, Sport

7.3
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Alcoholic ex-boxer struggles to provide a good living for his son.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Irene Rich, Roscoe Ates

Votes: 2,178

17. Mädchen in Uniform (1931)

Passed | 87 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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At an all-girls boarding school, Manuela falls in love with a teacher, to terrific consequences.

Directors: Leontine Sagan, Carl Froelich | Stars: Dorothea Wieck, Hertha Thiele, Emilia Unda, Hedwig Schlichter

Votes: 1,868

18. A Free Soul (1931)

Passed | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.7
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An alcoholic lawyer who successfully defended a notorious gambler on a murder charge objects when his free-spirited daughter becomes romantically involved with him.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, Lionel Barrymore, Clark Gable

Votes: 1,760

19. Platinum Blonde (1931)

Passed | 89 min | Comedy, Romance

6.9
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A young woman from a very rich family impulsively marries a reporter, but each assumes the other is the one whose lifestyle must change.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Jean Harlow, Loretta Young, Robert Williams, Halliwell Hobbes

Votes: 2,368

20. An American Tragedy (1931)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.6
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A poor factory worker, employed by a wealthy uncle, falls in love with a beautiful heiress but his happiness and promising future are jeopardized by a previous affair with a coworker he impregnated.

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Phillips Holmes, Sylvia Sidney, Frances Dee, Irving Pichel

Votes: 454

21. Pardon Us (1931)

Approved | 56 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.1
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Two guys end up in prison after attempting to sell beer to a policeman during Prohibition.

Director: James Parrott | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, June Marlowe, Wilfred Lucas

Votes: 1,577

22. La Chienne (1931)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

7.7
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A woman and her pimp exploit a painter for money.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Michel Simon, Georges Flamant, Janie Marèse, Roger Gaillard

Votes: 2,689

23. The 3 Penny Opera (1931)

Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.5
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In London at the turn of the century, the bandit Mack the Knife marries Polly without the knowledge of her father, Peachum, the 'king of the beggars'.

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Rudolf Forster, Lotte Lenya, Carola Neher, Reinhold Schünzel

Votes: 1,622

24. Blonde Crazy (1931)

TV-G | 79 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.1
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The adventures of an egoistic con man and his glamorous accomplice.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Louis Calhern, Noel Francis

Votes: 1,133

25. Possessed (1931)

Passed | 76 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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Ambitious factory Girl Marion Martin meets a handsome well-to-do, but he's interested in her as a mistress, not a wife.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Wallace Ford, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher

Votes: 1,310

26. East of Shanghai (1931)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Romance, Thriller

5.9
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Believing that an unexpected inheritance will bring them happiness, a married couple instead finds their relationship strained to the breaking point.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Henry Kendall, Joan Barry, Percy Marmont, Betty Amann

Votes: 3,306

27. The Skin Game (1931)

TV-G | 85 min | Drama

5.8
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An old traditional family and a modern family battle over land in a small English village and almost destroy each other.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Jill Esmond, C.V. France, Helen Haye

Votes: 2,325

28. Limite (1931)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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Three people sail aimlessly while remembering their past.

Director: Mario Peixoto | Stars: Olga Breno, Tatiana Rey, Raul Schnoor, Brutus Pedreira

Votes: 1,246

29. Waterloo Bridge (1931)

81 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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A prostitute's self-loathing makes her reluctant to marry an idealistic soldier during World War One.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Mae Clarke, Douglass Montgomery, Doris Lloyd, Frederick Kerr

Votes: 2,058

30. Alladin and the Wonderful Lamp (1931)

3.7
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Add a Plot

Director: Jal Ariah

Votes: 6

31. The Black Camel (1931)

Passed | 71 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.1
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The unsolved murder of a Hollywood actor several years earlier and an enigmatic psychic are the keys to help Charlie solve the Honolulu stabbing death of a beautiful actress.

Director: Hamilton MacFadden | Stars: Warner Oland, Sally Eilers, Bela Lugosi, Dorothy Revier

Votes: 1,050

32. À Nous la Liberté (1931)

Approved | 97 min | Comedy, Musical

7.7
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Seeking better life, two convicts escape from prison.

Director: René Clair | Stars: Raymond Cordy, Henri Marchand, Rolla France, Paul Ollivier

Votes: 3,351

33. The Bad Sister (1931)

68 min | Drama

6.8
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Marianne falls in love with a con artist who has a hidden agenda.

Director: Hobart Henley | Stars: Conrad Nagel, Sidney Fox, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart

Votes: 698

34. Bad Girl (1931)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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A man and woman, skeptical about romance, nonetheless fall in love and are wed, but their lack of confidence in the opposite sex haunts their marriage.

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: James Dunn, Sally Eilers, Minna Gombell, Frank Austin

Votes: 783

35. Arrowsmith (1931)

TV-PG | 108 min | Drama

6.2
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Based on Sinclair Lewis's novel "Arrowsmith". A medical researcher is sent to a plague outbreak, where he has to decide priorities for the use of a vaccine.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Ronald Colman, Helen Hayes, Richard Bennett, A.E. Anson

Votes: 1,200

36. Susan Lenox (1931)

Approved | 76 min | Drama, Romance

6.5
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Fleeing her cruel uncle and an arranged marriage Susan Lenox falls in love with a kind stranger but circumstances force her to become a woman of easy virtue.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Jean Hersholt, John Miljan

Votes: 854 | Gross: $0.81M

37. The Miracle Woman (1931)

Passed | 90 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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After Florence Fallon's father dies unappreciated in the church where he preached for many years, she becomes embittered and loses faith. She teams up with Horsby, a con man, and performs ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, David Manners, Sam Hardy, Beryl Mercer

Votes: 1,489

38. Night Nurse (1931)

Not Rated | 72 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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A nurse enlists the help of a petty criminal to foil a sinister plot to murder two children.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Ben Lyon, Joan Blondell, Clark Gable

Votes: 2,515

39. The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)

Passed | 93 min | Comedy, Romance, Musical

7.8
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An amorous lieutenant is forced to marry a socially awkward princess, though he tries to keep his violin-playing girlfriend on the side.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert, Miriam Hopkins, Charles Ruggles

Votes: 2,775

40. Trader Horn (1931)

Passed | 122 min | Adventure, Romance

6.5
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Two white traders in the darkest Africa of the 1870s find a missionary's daughter, who was captured as a child by a savage tribe and now worshiped as a goddess.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Harry Carey, Edwina Booth, Duncan Renaldo, Mutia Omoolu

Votes: 720

41. The Devil Plays (1931)

63 min | Mystery

5.8
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A murder mystery evolves during a weekend at an exclusive mansion.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Jameson Thomas, Florence Britton, Thomas E. Jackson, Dorothy Christy

Votes: 16

42. Svengali (1931)

Approved | 81 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

6.9
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Through hypnotism and telepathic mind control, a sinister music maestro controls the singing voice, but not the heart, of the woman he loves.

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Donald Crisp, Bramwell Fletcher

Votes: 1,369

43. Dishonored (1931)

Passed | 91 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.3
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The Austrian Secret Service sends its most seductive agent to spy on the Russians.

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Victor McLaglen, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Warner Oland

Votes: 1,381

44. Alam Ara (1931)

124 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.5
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A period fantasy that told of the ageing king of Kamarpur, and his two rival queens, Navbahar and Dilbahar, and their rivalry when a fakir predicts that Navbahar will bear the king's heir. ... See full summary »

Director: Ardeshir Irani | Stars: Master Vithal, Zubeida, Jillo, Sushila

Votes: 86

45. Street Scene (1931)

80 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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Twenty-four hours elapse on the stoop of a Hell's Kitchen tenement as a microcosm of the American melting pot interacts with each other during a summer heatwave.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Sylvia Sidney, William Collier Jr., Estelle Taylor, Beulah Bondi

Votes: 1,105

46. Skippy (1931)

Approved | 85 min | Family, Drama, Comedy

6.3
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Skippy, the mischievous son of a wealthy doctor, meets Sooky in poverty-ridden Shantytown, and together they try to save Sooky's pet from a cruel dogcatcher.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Jackie Cooper, Robert Coogan, Mitzi Green, Jackie Searl

Votes: 495

47. Tarnished Lady (1931)

83 min | Drama

6.8
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Tarnished Lady is a 1931 Pre-Code American drama film directed by George Cukor. The screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart is based on his short story, A Story of a New York Lady.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Tallulah Bankhead, Clive Brook, Phoebe Foster, Alexander Kirkland

Votes: 81

48. Riders of the Purple Sage (1931)

58 min | Western

6.5
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Lassiter's sister was killed and her young daughter taken and raised by outlaws. Years later Lassiter arrives at the Withersteen ranch looking for the now grown daughter. He immediately ... See full summary »

Director: Hamilton MacFadden | Stars: George O'Brien, Marguerite Churchill, Noah Beery, Yvonne Pelletier

Votes: 45

49. Other Men's Women (1931)

Passed | 71 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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Events take an unhappy turn for two Bill and Jack, two locomotive engineers, after Bill is attracted to his best friend's wife.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Grant Withers, Mary Astor, Regis Toomey, James Cagney

Votes: 876

50. Kameradschaft (1931)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

7.6
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Plea against war and for friendship between peoples, through the story of French miners rescued by German colleagues after a firedamp explosion.

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Alexander Granach, Fritz Kampers, Ernst Busch, Elisabeth Wendt

Votes: 875