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: 105,871 | Gross: $0.03M

2. 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: 117,741

3. 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: 51,114 | Gross: $12.00M

4. Dracula (1931)

Approved | 85 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: 35,164

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: 9,933

6. The Public Enemy (1931)

83 min | Action, 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: 14,121

7. Little Caesar (1931)

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: 9,329

8. 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: 1,198

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: 3,972

10. The Bad Sister (1931)

68 min | Drama

6.9
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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: 649

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: 2,552 | Gross: $0.93M

12. Monkey Business (1931)

Unrated | 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: 9,470

13. 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: 3,670

14. The Front Page (1931)

TV-PG | 101 min | Comedy

6.9
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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: 1,570

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: 2,231

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: 2,129

17. 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: 1,972

18. Under Eighteen (1931)

80 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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A poor seamstress girl sours on her engagement to a grocery deliveryman after seeing her sister's abusive marriage. Trying to help her sister pay for a divorce lawyer, she turns to a rich playboy she met at work.

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Marian Marsh, Anita Page, Regis Toomey, Warren William

Votes: 286

19. Dance, Fools, Dance (1931)

Approved | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

5.8
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After the death of her father and loss of the family fortune, Bonnie gets a job as a cub reporter while her brother becomes involved in bootlegging.

Director: Harry Beaumont | Stars: Joan Crawford, Cliff Edwards, Lester Vail, William Bakewell

Votes: 566

20. 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: 2,294

21. Pardon Us (1931)

Passed | 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: 1,473

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: 2,493

23. Illicit (1931)

Unrated | 79 min | Drama, Romance

6.2
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A young couple lives together out of wedlock, but they find that they're ahead of their time.

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, James Rennie, Ricardo Cortez, Natalie Moorhead

Votes: 634

24. 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: 1,676

25. East of Shanghai (1931)

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: 3,139

26. Seed (1931)

96 min | Drama

7.9
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Bart is a clerk for a publishing company; he has written a novel. His wife Peggy and he have five children. Bart's former girlfriend Mildred is manager of the company's Paris office. She ... See full summary »

Director: John M. Stahl | Stars: John Boles, Frances Dade, Bette Davis, Raymond Hackett

Votes: 286

27. 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: 1,312

28. Bad Girl (1931)

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: 719

29. Girls About Town (1931)

80 min | Comedy

8.0
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Two gold diggers prey on old rich men, but one of them falls in love with a young, rich man.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Kay Francis, Joel McCrea, Lilyan Tashman, Eugene Pallette

Votes: 408

30. 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: 1,568

31. 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: 1,761

32. 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: 3,252

33. 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: 699

34. 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: 1,343

35. 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: 1,003

36. 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: 2,164

37. Night Nurse (1931)

Not Rated | 72 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.0
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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: 2,378

38. 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: 1,372

39. An American Tragedy (1931)

Approved | 96 min | Romance, Drama

6.8
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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: 361

40. Laughing Sinners (1931)

Passed | 72 min | Drama, Romance

4.9
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Cabaret performer Ivy Stevens in an affair with a low-rent traveling salesman is dumped in a 'Dear Jane' letter and finds solace in joining the Salvation Army.

Director: Harry Beaumont | Stars: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Neil Hamilton, Marjorie Rambeau

Votes: 415

41. 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: 3,246

42. 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: 1,061

43. 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: 481

44. Blonde Crazy (1931)

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

7.2
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Adventures of a cocky con man and his glamorous accomplice.

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

Votes: 1,057

45. 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: 2,717

46. 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: 802

47. Alexander Hamilton (1931)

TV-G | 70 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.2
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With the end of the Revolutionary War in 1783, General George Washington took Colonel Hamilton with him into the newly formed government. While the main disagreements in the early days was ... See full summary »

Director: John G. Adolfi | Stars: George Arliss, Doris Kenyon, Dudley Digges, June Collyer

Votes: 152

48. This Modern Age (1931)

Approved | 68 min | Drama

4.9
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Valentine Winters goes to Paris to meet the divorced mother she has never known. She becomes involved with dissipated Tony and when their car rolls over is saved by Harvard footballer Bob. ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Grinde | Stars: Joan Crawford, Pauline Frederick, Neil Hamilton, Monroe Owsley

Votes: 284

49. Private Lives (1931)

Passed | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.9
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Divorced couple unexpectedly meet each other during their honeymoon and rekindle their love.

Director: Sidney Franklin | Stars: Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Reginald Denny, Una Merkel

Votes: 800

50. Marius (1931)

Not Rated | 130 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.8
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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: 1,506