Most Popular Feature Films Released 1934-01-01 to 1934-12-31


1. It Happened One Night (1934)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

8.1
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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.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns

Votes: 74,036

2. The Thin Man (1934)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

8.1
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Former detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora investigate a murder case, mostly for the fun of it.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan, Nat Pendleton

Votes: 22,461

3. Babes in Toyland (1934)

Passed | 77 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

7.4
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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.

Directors: Gus Meins, Charley Rogers | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Virginia Karns, Charlotte Henry

Votes: 5,029

4. Imitation of Life (1934)

Approved | 111 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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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.

Director: John M. Stahl | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Rochelle Hudson, Ned Sparks

Votes: 3,263

5. Liliom (1934)

Unrated | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.0
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Two women love the same man in a world of few prospects. In Budapest, Liliom is a "public figure," a rascal who's a carousel barker, loved by the experienced merry-go-round owner and by a ... See full summary »

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Charles Boyer, Madeleine Ozeray, Robert Arnoux, Roland Toutain

Votes: 870

6. It's a Gift (1934)

Passed | 68 min | Comedy

7.4
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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.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: W.C. Fields, Kathleen Howard, Jean Rouverol, Julian Madison

Votes: 4,139

7. Of Human Bondage (1934)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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A young man finds himself attracted to a cold and unfeeling waitress who may ultimately destroy them both.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Bette Davis, Leslie Howard, Frances Dee, Kay Johnson

Votes: 4,930

8. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)

Not Rated | 75 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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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.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Leslie Banks, Edna Best, Peter Lorre, Frank Vosper

Votes: 14,049

9. Cleopatra (1934)

Not Rated | 100 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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The man-hungry Queen of Egypt leads Julius Caesar and Mark Antony astray, amid scenes of DeMillean splendor.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Henry Wilcoxon, Joseph Schildkraut

Votes: 2,842

10. The Black Cat (1934)

65 min | Adventure, Crime, Horror

7.1
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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.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Julie Bishop

Votes: 7,339 | Gross: $0.24M

11. Tarzan and His Mate (1934)

Unrated | 104 min | Action, Adventure

7.6
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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.

Directors: Cedric Gibbons, James C. McKay, Jack Conway | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Neil Hamilton, Paul Cavanagh

Votes: 4,121

12. L'Atalante (1934)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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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.

Director: Jean Vigo | Stars: Dita Parlo, Jean Dasté, Michel Simon, Gilles Margaritis

Votes: 11,690

13. The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)

Not Rated | 97 min | Adventure, Drama

7.6
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A noblewoman discovers her husband is The Scarlet Pimpernel, a vigilante who rescues aristocrats from the blade of the guillotine.

Director: Harold Young | Stars: Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon, Raymond Massey, Nigel Bruce

Votes: 3,220

14. The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)

Unrated | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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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.

Director: Rowland V. Lee | Stars: Robert Donat, Elissa Landi, Louis Calhern, Sidney Blackmer

Votes: 1,957

15. The Gay Divorcee (1934)

Approved | 107 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.6
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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.

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Alice Brady, Edward Everett Horton

Votes: 5,760

16. Anne of Green Gables (1934)

Passed | 78 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.1
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A romantic teenage girl is adopted by a pair of elderly siblings in turn-of-the-century Canada.

Director: George Nichols Jr. | Stars: Anne Shirley, Tom Brown, O.P. Heggie, Helen Westley

Votes: 844

17. Twentieth Century (1934)

91 min | Comedy, Romance

7.8
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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.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: John Barrymore, Carole Lombard, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns

Votes: 4,932

18. Treasure Island (1934)

Not Rated | 110 min | Adventure, Family

7.2
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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.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Lionel Barrymore, Otto Kruger

Votes: 1,937 | Gross: $2.54M

19. Manhattan Melodrama (1934)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.2
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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.

Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, George Cukor | Stars: Clark Gable, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Leo Carrillo

Votes: 2,897

20. Bright Eyes (1934)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.3
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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.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Shirley Temple, James Dunn, Jane Darwell, Judith Allen

Votes: 1,706

21. Now and Forever (1934)

Passed | 81 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

6.6
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Young freewheeling wanderer Jerry Day and his beautiful wife Toni are at odds over their lifestyle. Jerry can't accept responsibility but Toni yearns for a family and a settled life. Then ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Gary Cooper, Carole Lombard, Shirley Temple, Guy Standing

Votes: 715

22. The Mighty Barnum (1934)

85 min | Biography, Comedy

6.8
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The comic exploits of confidence trickster and showman P.T. Barnum from his early days through to the creation of The Greatest Show on Earth.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Wallace Beery, Adolphe Menjou, Virginia Bruce, Rochelle Hudson

Votes: 61

23. The House of Rothschild (1934)

Passed | 88 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.8
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The wealthy Rothschild family undergoes prejudice from the anti-Semitic society they live within.

Directors: Alfred L. Werker, Sidney Lanfield | Stars: George Arliss, Boris Karloff, Loretta Young, Robert Young

Votes: 793

24. Orient Express (1934)

73 min | Drama

7.5
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Based on Graham Greene's novel Stamboul Train, the movie focuses on the lives of individuals aboard the Orient Express as it makes a three-day journey from Ostend to Constantinople. The ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Martin | Stars: Heather Angel, Norman Foster, Ralph Morgan, Herbert Mundin

Votes: 17

25. Our Daily Bread (1934)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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A group of down-on-their-luck workers combine their abilities to make a Gallafentian-style commune... and bread!

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Karen Morley, Tom Keene, John Qualen, Barbara Pepper

Votes: 1,018

26. The Merry Widow (1934)

Passed | 99 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.5
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When a small kingdom's main tax payer leaves for Paris, its king dispatches a dashing count to win back her allegiance.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Edward Everett Horton, Marcel Vallée

Votes: 2,077

27. The Lost Patrol (1934)

Passed | 73 min | Adventure, War

7.0
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A dozen British soldiers, lost in a Mesopotamian desert during World War I, are menaced by unseen Arab enemies.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Victor McLaglen, Boris Karloff, Wallace Ford, Reginald Denny

Votes: 2,458

28. Strauss' Great Waltz (1934)

Approved | 80 min | Biography, Music, Romance

6.1
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The story of Johann Strauss the elder and younger.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Esmond Knight, Jessie Matthews, Fay Compton

Votes: 982

29. Dames (1934)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.2
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A multimillionaire decides to boycott "filthy" forms of entertainment such as Broadway shows.

Directors: Ray Enright, Busby Berkeley | Stars: Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Zasu Pitts

Votes: 1,471

30. Maniac (1934)

Not Rated | 51 min | Horror

3.4
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A former vaudevillian gifted at impersonation assists a mad scientist in reanimating corpses and soon goes mad himself.

Director: Dwain Esper | Stars: Bill Woods, Horace B. Carpenter, Ted Edwards, Phyllis Diller

Votes: 1,737

31. Blue Steel (1934)

Passed | 52 min | Western

5.4
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U.S. marshal John Carruthers observes a robbery and Sheriff Jake thinks he may be the culprit. Meanwhile the town's leading citizen is planning to rob everybody blind.

Director: Robert N. Bradbury | Stars: John Wayne, Eleanor Hunt, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Edward Peil Sr.

Votes: 1,128

32. Death Takes a Holiday (1934)

Unrated | 79 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.2
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The Grim Reaper takes the form of a prince in an attempt to relate to humans and, along the way, also learns what it is to love.

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Fredric March, Evelyn Venable, Guy Standing, Katharine Alexander

Votes: 1,338

33. Forsaking All Others (1934)

Passed | 83 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.1
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Dill leaves Mary standing at the altar in order to marry his old flame, Connie, instead. Knowing that Mary still has feelings for Dill, Jeff keeps quiet about his own love for her.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Robert Montgomery, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Charles Butterworth

Votes: 917

34. The Scarlet Empress (1934)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.7
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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. The domineering Empress hopes to improve the royal blood line. Sophia doesn't... See full summary »

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, John Lodge, Sam Jaffe, Louise Dresser

Votes: 4,576

35. Gambling Lady (1934)

TV-PG | 66 min | Drama

6.8
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Lady Lee, gambler's daughter, plies her trade while pondering the proposal of a social-register suitor.

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Pat O'Brien, Claire Dodd

Votes: 581

36. Little Miss Marker (1934)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.1
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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. Sorrowful (Menjou) and his group of fellow bookies... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Hall | Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Dorothy Dell, Charles Bickford, Shirley Temple

Votes: 1,017

37. Charlie Chan in London (1934)

79 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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Charlie visits a wealthy country home in England. Suspects in the murder range from a housekeeper, to a stableman, to a lawyer.

Director: Eugene Forde | Stars: Warner Oland, Drue Leyton, Ray Milland, Mona Barrie

Votes: 1,557

38. Zouzou (1934)

92 min | Crime, Musical, Romance

6.6
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Zou Zou tries to help her childhood friend prove his innocence after he's accused of murder.

Director: Marc Allégret | Stars: Josephine Baker, Jean Gabin, Pierre Larquey, Yvette Lebon

Votes: 326

39. Baby, Take a Bow (1934)

PG | 76 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.6
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Eddie Ellison is an ex-con who spent time in Sing-Sing prison. Kay marries him as soon as he serves his time. Five years later, Eddie and his ex-convict buddy Larry, have both gone straight... See full summary »

Director: Harry Lachman | Stars: Shirley Temple, James Dunn, Claire Trevor, Alan Dinehart

Votes: 678

40. Stingaree (1934)

Passed | 77 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.9
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A young woman is seduced by a charismatic highwayman who offers her promises of fame as a singer in exchange for romance.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Irene Dunne, Richard Dix, Mary Boland, Conway Tearle

Votes: 335

41. Chained (1934)

Not Rated | 76 min | Drama, Romance

5.8
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A mistress of one man has a shipboard romance with another and is torn between both men.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Otto Kruger, Stuart Erwin

Votes: 673

42. Les misérables (1934)

281 min | Drama

8.1
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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.

Director: Raymond Bernard | Stars: Harry Baur, Charles Vanel, Paul Azaïs, Max Dearly

Votes: 1,238

43. The Painted Veil (1934)

Passed | 85 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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A wife neglected by her husband, a medical researcher in China, falls in love with a dashing diplomatic attaché.

Director: Richard Boleslawski | Stars: Greta Garbo, Herbert Marshall, George Brent, Warner Oland

Votes: 1,031 | Gross: $0.54M

44. Wonder Bar (1934)

Passed | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

7.0
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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. Al Wonder and the conductor/singer Tommy are in love ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Al Jolson, Kay Francis, Dolores del Rio, Ricardo Cortez

Votes: 499

45. Sadie McKee (1934)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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A working girl's fortunes improve when she marries into money, but happiness is not so easily won.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Joan Crawford, Gene Raymond, Franchot Tone, Edward Arnold

Votes: 927

46. The Rise of Catherine the Great (1934)

95 min | Biography, Drama

6.4
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Straightforward biography of the Russian empress, up to her assumption of the throne.

Directors: Paul Czinner, Alexander Korda | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Elisabeth Bergner, Flora Robson, Gerald du Maurier

Votes: 445

47. The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)

Passed | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.1
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Elizabeth Barrett's tyrannical father has forbidden any of his family to marry. Nevertheless, Elizabeth falls in love with the poet Robert Browning.

Director: Sidney Franklin | Stars: Norma Shearer, Fredric March, Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Sullivan

Votes: 1,228

48. Born to Be Bad (1934)

Approved | 62 min | Drama, Romance

6.3
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Letty, a young woman who ended up pregnant, unmarried and on the streets at fifteen is bitter and determined that her child will not grow up to be taken advantage of. Letty teaches her ... See full summary »

Directors: Lowell Sherman, Jack Conway | Stars: Loretta Young, Cary Grant, Jackie Kelk, Marion Burns

Votes: 872

49. Hollywood Party (1934)

Approved | 68 min | Animation, Comedy, Musical

6.3
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Jimmy Durante is jungle star Schnarzan the Conqueror, but the public is tiring of his fake lions. So when Baron Munchausen comes to town with real man-eating lions, Durante throws a big ... See full summary »

Directors: Richard Boleslawski, Allan Dwan, Edmund Goulding, Russell Mack, Charles Reisner, Roy Rowland, George Stevens, Sam Wood | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Jimmy Durante, Jack Pearl

Votes: 602

50. You're Telling Me! (1934)

Passed | 66 min | Comedy

7.6
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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.

Director: Erle C. Kenton | Stars: W.C. Fields, Joan Marsh, Buster Crabbe, Adrienne Ames

Votes: 848