Best films, 1930

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1. People on Sunday (1930)

Not Rated | 73 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Edwin, a taxi driver, lives with Annie, a neurasthenic model. They plan to spend Sunday at the Nikolassee beach with Wolfgang, an officer, gentleman, antiquarian, gigolo, at the moment a ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Siodmak, Edgar G. Ulmer, Rochus Gliese, Curt Siodmak, Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Erwin Splettstößer, Brigitte Borchert, Wolfgang von Waltershausen, Christl Ehlers

Votes: 2,218

2. L'Age d'Or (1930)

63 min | Comedy, Drama

A surrealist tale of a man and a woman who are passionately in love with each other, but their attempts to consummate that passion are constantly thwarted by their families, the Church, and bourgeois society.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Gaston Modot, Lya Lys, Caridad de Laberdesque, Max Ernst

Votes: 10,681 | Gross: $0.03M

3. Monte Carlo (1930)

Passed | 90 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A countess flees to Monte Carlo on the day of her wedding, where she is courted by a count posing as a hairdresser.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Jeanette MacDonald, Jack Buchanan, Claud Allister, Zasu Pitts

Votes: 954

4. Zemlya (1930)

Unrated | 75 min | Drama

In the peaceful countryside, Vassily opposes the rich kulaks over the coming of collective farming.

Director: Aleksandr Dovzhenko | Stars: Stepan Shkurat, Semyon Svashenko, Yuliya Solntseva, Yelena Maksimova

Votes: 3,972

5. The Story of the Fox (1930)

63 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

In the kingdom of animals, Master Fox is used to trick and fool everyone. So the King, the Lion, receives more and more complaints about him. He orders that Master Fox is arrested and ... See full summary »

Directors: Irene Starewicz, Wladyslaw Starewicz | Stars: Claude Dauphin, Romain Bouquet, Sylvain Itkine, Léon Larive

Votes: 858

6. 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.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, John Wray, Arnold Lucy

Votes: 51,134 | Gross: $3.27M

7. City Girl (1930)

Passed | 90 min | Drama, Romance

A Chicago waitress falls in love with a Minnesota farmer, and decides to face a life in the country.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Charles Farrell, Mary Duncan, David Torrence, Edith Yorke

Votes: 2,346

8. The Blue Angel (1930)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Music

88 Metascore

An elderly professor's ordered life spins dangerously out of control when he falls for a nightclub singer.

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Gerron, Rosa Valetti

Votes: 11,599 | Gross: $0.08M

9. Sous les toits de Paris (1930)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Albert is smitten for Pola but ends up wrongly committed in jail, in the meantime her affections are sought after by his friend, and on his release both love and friendship must be tested.

Director: René Clair | Stars: Albert Préjean, Pola Illéry, Edmond T. Gréville, Bill Bocket

Votes: 1,689

10. Morocco (1930)

Passed | 92 min | Drama, Romance

A cabaret singer and a Legionnaire fall in love, but their relationship is complicated by the results of his womanizing and due to the appearance of a rich man who wants her for himself.

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich, Adolphe Menjou, Ullrich Haupt

Votes: 4,277

11. Salt for Svanetia (1930)

TV-14 | 55 min | Documentary

Story of distant mountainous region in Georgia that depicts folklore, lifestyle and daily routines of Svani people, focuses on the scarcity of salt in Svaneti region. Rich with documentary ... See full summary »

Director: Mikhail Kalatozov

Votes: 465

12. Borderline (1930)

Not Rated | 63 min | Drama

A negro woman having an adulterous affair with a white man causes his wife to go mad and re-enforces the towns-folk's prejudice against Negroes.

Director: Kenneth MacPherson | Stars: Paul Robeson, Eslanda Robeson, Hilda Doolittle, Gavin Arthur

Votes: 344

13. 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.

Directors: Howard Hughes, Edmund Goulding, James Whale | Stars: Ben Lyon, James Hall, Jean Harlow, John Darrow

Votes: 4,190

14. 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.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Chester Morris, Conrad Nagel

Votes: 2,250

15. Westfront 1918 (1930)

Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Romance, War

A group of German infantrymen of the First World War live out their lives in the trenches of France. They find brief entertainment and relief in a village behind the lines, but primarily ... See full summary »

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Fritz Kampers, Gustav Diessl, Hans-Joachim Möbis, Claus Clausen

Votes: 1,104

16. The Dawn Patrol (1930)

Not Rated | 108 min | War, Drama, Action

World War I ace Dick Courtney derides the leadership of his superior officer, but Courtney is soon promoted to squadron commander and learns harsh lessons about sending subordinates to their deaths.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Neil Hamilton, Frank McHugh

Votes: 1,342

17. The Big Trail (1930)

Passed | 125 min | Adventure, Western, Romance

Breck Coleman leads hundreds of settlers in covered wagons from the Mississippi River to their destiny out West.

Directors: Raoul Walsh, Louis R. Loeffler | Stars: John Wayne, Marguerite Churchill, El Brendel, Tully Marshall

Votes: 2,790

18. À propos de Nice (1930)

Not Rated | 25 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

What starts off as a conventional travelogue turns into a satirical portrait of the town of Nice on the French Cote d'Azur, especially its wealthy inhabitants.

Directors: Boris Kaufman, Jean Vigo

Votes: 3,114

19. Liliom (1930)

94 min | Drama

Liliom, a merry-go-round barker at a Budapest amusement park, becomes enamored of Julie, a servant girl, and though under the influence of Madame Muskat, a sideshow entrepreneur, he marries... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Charles Farrell, Rose Hobart, Estelle Taylor, H.B. Warner

Votes: 330

20. Animal Crackers (1930)

G | 97 min | Comedy, Musical

Mayhem and zaniness ensue when a valuable painting goes missing during a party in honor of famed African explorer Captain Spaulding.

Director: Victor Heerman | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, The Marx Brothers

Votes: 11,667

21. Murder! (1930)

TV-PG | 92 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A juror in a murder trial, after voting to convict, has second thoughts and begins to investigate on his own before the execution.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Herbert Marshall, Norah Baring, Phyllis Konstam, Edward Chapman

Votes: 4,712

22. Dixiana (1930)

Passed | 100 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

In antebellum New Orleans, two men vie for the affections of a beautiful young girl during Mardi Gras.

Director: Luther Reed | Stars: Bebe Daniels, Everett Marshall, Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey

Votes: 249

23. King of Jazz (1930)

Not Rated | 98 min | Animation, Comedy, Music

This revue presents its numbers around the orchestra leader Paul Whiteman, besides that it shows in it's final number that the European popular music are the roots of American popular music... See full summary »

Director: John Murray Anderson | Stars: Paul Whiteman, John Boles, Laura La Plante, Jeanette Loff

Votes: 537

24. Storm Over Mont Blanc (1930)

93 min | Adventure, Drama

In the Mont Blanc Observatory works Hannes. The only contact to the outside world is a pilot and Hella over the morse-code-radio. As Hella climbs the mountain with her father, the father ... See full summary »

Director: Arnold Fanck | Stars: Leni Riefenstahl, Sepp Rist, Ernst Udet, Mathias Wieman

Votes: 161

25. Laughter (1930)

85 min | Comedy, Romance

A former chorus girl weds a millionaire after the composer she loves leaves. Meanwhile, she strings along an artist in love with her. When the composer returns, she struggles with her needs for security vs love. High jinks and drama ensue.

Director: Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast | Stars: Nancy Carroll, Fredric March, Frank Morgan, Glenn Anders

Votes: 226

26. Ladies of Leisure (1930)

Passed | 99 min | Drama, Romance

An upper-crust artist hires a 'party girl' as a model; romance follows.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Ralph Graves, Lowell Sherman, Marie Prevost

Votes: 800

27. Hog Wild (1930)

Passed | 19 min | Short, Comedy

Ollie can't find his hat, much to the amusement of his wife and maid. Then Ollie and Stan attempt to install a rooftop radio antenna.

Director: James Parrott | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Dorothy Granger, Fay Holderness

Votes: 1,327

28. The Big Pond (1930)

Not Rated | 72 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A tour guide in Venice romances a visiting American tourist whose father owns a chewing-gum factory back in the U.S. She sets out to convince her skeptical father to bring the tour guide to America and give him a job in the plant.

Director: Hobart Henley | Stars: Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert, George Barbier, Marion Ballou

Votes: 175

29. Rakudai wa shitakeredo (1930)

65 min | Comedy, Drama

A story of a college student (Tatsuo Saitô) and his schoolmates trying to pass the exams by cheating.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Tatsuo Saitô, Kaoru Futaba, Kinuyo Tanaka, Tomio Aoki

Votes: 296

31. Night Owls (1930)

Passed | 21 min | Short, Comedy

After getting lambasted by the Police Chief for the 42 unsolved robberies committed on his watch, Officer Kennedy bamboozles vagrants Stanley and Oliver into a plan to recover his ... See full summary »

Director: James Parrott | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, James Finlayson

Votes: 1,097

32. Blotto (1930)

Passed | 26 min | Short, Comedy

Stan fakes receiving a telegram so he can go to a club with Ollie and a bottle of his unsuspecting wife's liquor, but she overhears his plans.

Director: James Parrott | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Anita Garvin, Baldwin Cooke

Votes: 1,164

33. Anna Christie (I) (1930)

Passed | 89 min | Drama, Romance

A young woman reunites with her estranged father and falls in love with a sailor, but struggles to tell them about her dark past.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Greta Garbo, Charles Bickford, George F. Marion, Marie Dressler

Votes: 2,319 | Gross: $1.01M

34. The Doorway to Hell (1930)

Passed | 78 min | Crime, Drama

Lou Ricarno is a smart guy. His plan is to organize the various gangs in Chicago so that the mugs will not liquidate each other. WIth the success of his leadership, Louie prospers, marries ... See full summary »

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Lew Ayres, James Cagney, Charles Judels, Dorothy Mathews

Votes: 699

35. Another Fine Mess (1930)

28 min | Comedy, Short

Two homeless vagabonds hide out in a vacant mansion and pose as the residents when prospective lessees arrive and try to rent it.

Director: James Parrott | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Harry Bernard, Bobby Burns

Votes: 1,555

36. Min and Bill (1930)

Passed | 69 min | Comedy, Drama

Min, the owner of a dockside hotel, is forced to make difficult decisions about the future of Nancy, the young woman she took in as an infant.

Director: George W. Hill | Stars: Marie Dressler, Wallace Beery, Dorothy Jordan, Marjorie Rambeau

Votes: 1,339

37. The Royal Family of Broadway (1930)

82 min | Comedy

Julie Cavendish comes from a family of great Broadway actors. Her mother Fanny staunchly continues acting. Her boisterous brother Tony is fleeing a breach of promise suit in Hollywood. Her ... See full summary »

Directors: George Cukor, Cyril Gardner | Stars: Ina Claire, Fredric March, Mary Brian, Henrietta Crosman

Votes: 243

38. The Bat Whispers (1930)

Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Thriller, Horror

A master criminal terrorizes the occupants of an isolated country mansion.

Director: Roland West | Stars: Chance Ward, Richard Tucker, Wilson Benge, DeWitt Jennings

Votes: 682

39. Her Man (1930)

85 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Paris bargirl with tough "protector" falls for young sailor.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Helen Twelvetrees, Phillips Holmes, Marjorie Rambeau, James Gleason

Votes: 173

40. The Benson Murder Case (1930)

Passed | 65 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A ruthless, crooked stockbroker is murdered at his luxurious country estate, and detective Philo Vance just happens to be there; he decides to find out who killed him.

Director: Frank Tuttle | Stars: William Powell, William 'Stage' Boyd, Eugene Pallette, Paul Lukas

Votes: 183

41. Whoopee! (1930)

TV-G | 93 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Western sheriff Bob Wells is preparing to marry Sally Morgan; she loves part-Indian Wanenis, whose race is an obstacle. Sally flees the wedding with hypochondriac Henry Williams, who thinks... See full summary »

Director: Thornton Freeland | Stars: Eddie Cantor, Ethel Shutta, Paul Gregory, Eleanor Hunt

Votes: 863

42. The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case (1930)

Approved | 30 min | Short, Comedy, Crime

It looks like the boys won't need to fish off the end of the pier to feed themselves any longer when Stanley's rich uncle Ebenezer Laurel dies, leaving a large estate. But when he and ... See full summary »

Director: James Parrott | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Frank Austin, Stanley Blystone

Votes: 1,093

43. Abraham Lincoln (1930)

Approved | 96 min | Biography, Drama, History

An episodic biography of the 16th President of the United States.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Walter Huston, Una Merkel, William L. Thorne, Lucille La Verne

Votes: 1,124

44. Brats (1930)

Passed | 21 min | Comedy, Short, Family

Laurel and Hardy's bid for a quiet evening of checkers and pool is constantly interrupted by their squabbling brats little Ollie and little Stanley.

Director: James Parrott | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy

Votes: 1,319

45. Just Imagine (1930)

Passed | 113 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

New York, 1980: airplanes have replaced cars, numbers have replaced names, pills have replaced food, government-arranged marriages have replaced love, and test tube babies have replaced ...... See full summary »

Director: David Butler | Stars: El Brendel, Maureen O'Sullivan, John Garrick, Marjorie White

Votes: 527

46. The Big House (1930)

Passed | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A convict falls in love with his new cellmate's sister, only to become embroiled in a planned break-out which is certain to have lethal consequences.

Directors: George W. Hill, Ward Wing | Stars: Chester Morris, Wallace Beery, Lewis Stone, Robert Montgomery

Votes: 1,458

47. Feet First (1930)

Passed | 93 min | Comedy

Ambitious shoe salesman, Harold, unknowingly meets the boss' daughter and tells her he is a leather tycoon. The rest of the film he spends hiding his true circumstances, in the store and ... See full summary »

Directors: Clyde Bruckman, Harold Lloyd | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Barbara Kent, Robert McWade, Lillian Leighton

Votes: 781 | Gross: $1.59M

48. Below Zero (1930)

Passed | 20 min | Short, Comedy

In the dead of winter, street musicians Stanley and Oliver aren't getting much business in a run-down neighborhood, and then their instruments are smashed in a run-in with a formidable ... See full summary »

Director: James Parrott | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Bobby Burns, Baldwin Cooke

Votes: 1,155

49. Tomatos Another Day (1930)

7 min | Short, Comedy, Romance

The images on the screen tell it all. In a drawing room, the clock shows two on an afternoon. Adulterous lovers cling; her husband is due home momentarily, so he leaves. She goes to a table... See full summary »

Director: James Sibley Watson

Votes: 188