1931

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

Not Rated | 98 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

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: 11,516

2. Night Nurse (1931)

Not Rated | 72 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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: 2,941

3. Seed (1931)

96 min | Drama

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, Genevieve Tobin, Lois Wilson, Raymond Hackett

Votes: 361

4. Le Million (1931)

Not Rated | 81 min | Musical, Comedy

An impoverished painter and his rival engage in a race across Paris to recover a jacket concealing a winning lottery ticket.

Director: René Clair | Stars: Annabella, René Lefèvre, Jean-Louis Allibert, Paul Ollivier

Votes: 2,974

5. Emil und die Detektive (1931)

75 min | Adventure, Family, Drama

Emil goes to Berlin to see his grandmother with a large amount of money and is offered sweets by a strange man that make him sleep. He wakes up at his stop with no money. It is up to him and a group of children to save the day.

Director: Gerhard Lamprecht | Stars: Rolf Wenkhaus, Käthe Haack, Fritz Rasp, Rudolf Biebrach

Votes: 515

6. M (1931)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

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: 130,033 | Gross: $0.03M

7. Platinum Blonde (1931)

Passed | 89 min | Comedy, Romance

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: 2,599

8. Dishonored (1931)

Approved | 91 min | Drama, Romance, War

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: 1,770

9. Frankenstein (1931)

Passed | 70 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

91 Metascore

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: 59,246

10. Waterloo Bridge (1931)

81 min | Drama, Romance

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: 2,250

11. Monkey Business (1931)

Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy, Musical

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: 10,515

12. Five and Ten (1931)

Passed | 89 min | Drama, Romance

After her businessman father moves her family from Kansas City to New York, a woman falls in love with an engaged man.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Marion Davies, Leslie Howard, Richard Bennett, Irene Rich

Votes: 1,217

13. Tao hua qi xue ji (1931)

TV-PG | 100 min | Drama, Romance

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Director: Wancang Bu | Stars: Lingyu Ruan, Yan Jin, Lili Zhou, Guilin Wang

Votes: 138

14. 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.

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

Votes: 2,056

15. Palmy Days (1931)

Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

An assistant of phony psychic leaves the fraudulent business and becomes an efficiency expert.

Director: A. Edward Sutherland | Stars: Eddie Cantor, Charlotte Greenwood, Barbara Weeks, Spencer Charters

Votes: 447

16. Bad Girl (1931)

Passed | 90 min | Drama, Romance

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: 947

17. Ten Cents a Dance (1931)

Passed | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Men pay a dime to dance with Barbara and her fellow taxi dancers. She marries Eddie and plans to quit dancing. Before she does, she meets a handsome and rich gentleman.

Directors: Lionel Barrymore, Edward Buzzell | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Ricardo Cortez, Monroe Owsley, Sally Blane

Votes: 590

18. À Nous la Liberté (1931)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Musical

Seeking better life, two convicts escape from prison.

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

Votes: 3,765

19. Other Men's Women (1931)

Passed | 71 min | Drama, Romance

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: 972

20. Dance, Fools, Dance (1931)

Approved | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

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: 710

21. 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.

Director: Edgar Selwyn | Stars: Helen Hayes, Lewis Stone, Neil Hamilton, Robert Young

Votes: 681

22. City Streets (1931)

Passed | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Man joins a gang to free his girlfriend from prison.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Gary Cooper, Sylvia Sidney, Paul Lukas, William 'Stage' Boyd

Votes: 1,117

23. The Front Page (1931)

TV-PG | 101 min | Comedy

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: 2,099

24. Possessed (1931)

Passed | 76 min | Drama, Romance

An ambitious factory girl meets a handsome, wealthy lawyer, 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: 1,522

25. Five Star Final (1931)

Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Drama

The City Editor of a sleazy tabloid goes against his own journalistic ethics to resurrect a twenty year old murder case... with tragic results.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Marian Marsh, H.B. Warner, Anthony Bushell

Votes: 1,510

26. Sally in Our Alley (1931)

74 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A British soldier goes off to fight in World War I, with his girlfriend waiting and worried at home. He is soon wounded in battle and crippled. He comes to the conclusion that she would be ... See full summary »

Director: Maurice Elvey | Stars: Gracie Fields, Ian Hunter, Florence Desmond, Ivor Barnard

Votes: 56

28. Mata Hari (1931)

Passed | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

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: 3,049 | Gross: $0.93M

29. The Black Camel (1931)

Passed | 71 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

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: 1,205

31. The House That Shadows Built (1931)

55 min | Documentary

Paramount Pictures marked its 20th year in the business with this feature presentation of film clips, profiles of its then-current stars, and coming attractions.

Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx

Votes: 48

32. Enthusiasm (1931)

Not Rated | 67 min | Documentary

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.

Director: Dziga Vertov

Votes: 655

33. Bimbo's Initiation (1931)

Not Rated | 6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Bimbo the dog is initiated into a secret society in a sadistic 'fun house'; then Betty Boop (with dog's ears) takes a hand.

Director: Dave Fleischer | Stars: Billy Murray, Mae Questel

Votes: 1,267

34. Dizzy Red Riding-Hood (1931)

6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Betty Boop goes to Grandma's through the woods despite wolf warnings; but Bimbo follows and gives the old story a new twist.

Director: Dave Fleischer | Stars: Ann Little, Billy Murray

Votes: 151

35. Come Clean (1931)

Passed | 20 min | Short, Comedy

The Hardys, hoping to avoid having the Laurels drop in and spoil their quiet evening, pretend not to be home when the couple inevitably call. But their subterfuge is discovered, and to make... See full summary »

Director: James W. Horne | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch, Gertrude Astor

Votes: 902

36. Laughing Gravy (1930)

Approved | 21 min | Short, Comedy

Stan and Ollie try to hide their pet dog Laughing Gravy from their exasperated, mean tempered landlord, who has a "No Pets" policy.

Director: James W. Horne | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Harry Bernard, Charles Dorety

Votes: 1,392

37. Our Wife (1931)

Passed | 21 min | Short, Comedy

Oliver's plans to marry his hefty sweetheart go awry when the girl's father gets a load of her intended groom. They then elope in a tiny car much too small for their combined dimensions, ... See full summary »

Director: James W. Horne | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson, Babe London

Votes: 1,115

38. Chickens Come Home- (1931)

Passed | 30 min | Short, Comedy

Ollie is running for mayor when an old flame (Mae Busch) tries to blackmail him with a old photo ('just the same old apple-cheeked boy'). Stan's attempts to help Ollie keep the blackmailer ... See full summary »

Director: James W. Horne | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch, Baldwin Cooke

Votes: 1,221

39. So Quiet on the Canine Front (1931)

Approved | 16 min | Short, Comedy, War

This Dogville short presents a spoof of All Quiet on the Western Front (1930).

Directors: Zion Myers, Jules White | Stars: Zion Myers, Jules White

Votes: 99

40. The Struggle (1931)

Passed | 87 min | Drama

A young couple's marriage is jeopardized by the husband's descent into alcoholism.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Hal Skelly, Zita Johann, Charlotte Wynters, Evelyn Baldwin

Votes: 259

41. La Chienne (1931)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama

A woman and her pimp exploit a painter for money.

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

Votes: 3,271

42. Transatlantic (1931)

Passed | 78 min | Comedy, Drama

A contained cast of characters traveling aboard a transatlantic ocean liner are pushed to dangerous limits though monetary issues that threaten the lives of the people onboard.

Director: William K. Howard | Stars: Edmund Lowe, Lois Moran, John Halliday, Greta Nissen

Votes: 136

43. The Criminal Code (1930)

Passed | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

After a failed attempt at running for governor, D.A. Mark Brady is appointed warden of the state prison where many of the criminals he prosecuted are incarcerated.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Walter Huston, Phillips Holmes, Constance Cummings, Boris Karloff

Votes: 832

44. Private Lives (1931)

Passed | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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: 952

45. Safe in Hell (1931)

Passed | 73 min | Crime, Drama

After accidentally killing the man who raped her and forced her into prostitution, a New Orleans woman flees to a Caribbean island. While she awaits her fiancé, the vicious local police chief sets his sights on her.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Dorothy Mackaill, Donald Cook, Ralf Harolde, John Wray

Votes: 1,010



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