100 Greatest 1928-1939 Movies

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List of best films from 1928 to 1939 of USA. Excluding Disney films and films with mixed, negative or panned reception. Excluding silent films between 1928 to 1929 including those believed to be lost.

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1. Beggars of Life (1928)

Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Drama

After killing her treacherous step-father, a girl tries to escape the country with a young vagabond. She dresses as a boy, they hop freight trains, quarrel with a group of hobos, and steal ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Wallace Beery, Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen, Blue Washington

Votes: 810

2. Lights of New York (1928)

Passed | 57 min | Crime, Drama, Music

Two men are conned into bootlegging business.

Director: Bryan Foy | Stars: Helene Costello, Cullen Landis, Mary Carr, Wheeler Oakman

Votes: 647 | Gross: $1.20M

3. Adoration (I) (1928)

Passed | 73 min | Drama, History, Romance

Billie Dove, as Elena, pulls out all stops as a Russian princess and a woman-of-the-streets in Paris in an exotic romance and hand-wringing drama set in two countries and the way-stations in between.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Billie Dove, Antonio Moreno, Emile Chautard, Lucy Doraine

Votes: 8

4. The Battle of the Sexes (1928)

Passed | 88 min | Comedy

Gum-chewing frizzy-haired gold-digger Marie Skinner cooks up a scheme with her lover Babe Winsor, a jazz hound, to fleece a portly, middle-aged real estate tycoon, William Judson. Marie ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Jean Hersholt, Phyllis Haver, Belle Bennett, Sally O'Neil

Votes: 369

5. Caught in the Fog (1928)

70 min | Thriller

Wealthy Bob visits his mother's Florida houseboat in order to remove her jewelry and stumbles upon a bobbed-hair bandit and her male accomplice, who mistake him for another burglar. A fight... See full summary »

Director: Howard Bretherton | Stars: May McAvoy, Conrad Nagel, Mack Swain, Hugh Herbert

Votes: 8

6. In Old Arizona (1928)

Passed | 95 min | Romance, Western

A charming, happy-go-lucky bandit in old Arizona plays cat-and-mouse with the sheriff trying to catch him while he romances a local beauty.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Warner Baxter, Edmund Lowe, Dorothy Burgess, Henry Armetta

Votes: 782

7. Interference (1928)

Drama

Paramount's 1st ALL TALKIE Reported killed in action, Philip Voaze(William Powell) lives under an assumed name in London. Deborah Kane(Evelyn Brent) a former love, discovers him and tries ... See full summary »

Directors: Lothar Mendes, Roy Pomeroy | Stars: Evelyn Brent, Clive Brook, William Powell, Doris Kenyon

Votes: 75

8. Alibi (1929)

TV-PG | 91 min | Crime

Chick Williams, a prohibition gangster, rejoins his mob soon after being released from prison. When a policeman is murdered during a robbery, he falls under suspicion. The gangster took ... See full summary »

Director: Roland West | Stars: Chester Morris, Harry Stubbs, Mae Busch, Eleanor Griffith

Votes: 572

9. Applause (1929)

80 min | Drama, Musical

A burlesque star seeks to keep her convent-raised daughter away from her low-down life and abusive lover/stage manager.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Helen Morgan, Joan Peers, Fuller Mellish Jr., Jack Cameron

Votes: 1,188

10. Big Time (1929)

Passed | 87 min | Drama

The relationship between a male dancer and his actress girlfriend is threatened by a scheming chorister.

Director: Kenneth Hawks | Stars: Lee Tracy, Mae Clarke, Daphne Pollard, Stepin Fetchit

Votes: 14

11. Broadway (1929)

104 min | Crime, Musical

A naive young dancer in a Broadway show innocently gets involved in backstage bootlegging and murder.

Director: Pál Fejös | Stars: Glenn Tryon, Evelyn Brent, Merna Kennedy, Thomas E. Jackson

Votes: 313

12. The Broadway Melody (1929)

Passed | 100 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A pair of sisters from the vaudeville circuit try to make it big time on Broadway, but matters of the heart complicate the attempt.

Director: Harry Beaumont | Stars: Bessie Love, Anita Page, Charles King, The Angeles Twins

Votes: 5,702 | Gross: $2.81M

13. Bulldog Drummond (1929)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A bored WWI veteran helps out a young woman, whose uncle is being held hostage by embezzlers.

Director: F. Richard Jones | Stars: Ronald Colman, Claud Allister, Lawrence Grant, Montagu Love

Votes: 756

14. The Canary Murder Case (1929)

82 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A beautiful showgirl, nicknamed 'the Canary', is a scheming nightclub singer. Blackmailing is her game and soon ends up dead. But who killed 'the Canary'. All the suspects who knew her had ... See full summary »

Directors: Malcolm St. Clair, Frank Tuttle | Stars: William Powell, Jean Arthur, James Hall, Louise Brooks

Votes: 460

15. The Cocoanuts (1929)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Musical

During the Florida land boom, The Marx Brothers run a hotel, auction off some land, thwart a jewel robbery, and generally act like themselves.

Directors: Robert Florey, Joseph Santley | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx

Votes: 6,407

16. Coquette (1929)

Unrated | 76 min | Drama, Romance

A flirtatious Southern belle is compromised with one of her suitors.

Director: Sam Taylor | Stars: Mary Pickford, Johnny Mack Brown, Matt Moore, John St. Polis

Votes: 1,852

17. Dangerous Curves (1929)

75 min | Drama

A young bareback rider in a circus is in love with a trapeze artist, but he has two problems: he drinks too much and he's fallen under the spell of a "vamp" who's nothing but trouble for him.

Director: Lothar Mendes | Stars: Clara Bow, Richard Arlen, Kay Francis, David Newell

Votes: 99

19. The Desert Song (1929)

123 min | Musical

The Desert Song is a 1929 American Pre-Code operetta film directed by Roy Del Ruth and starring John Boles, Louise Fazenda, and Myrna Loy.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: John Boles, Carlotta King, Louise Fazenda, Johnny Arthur

Votes: 63

20. Devil-May-Care (1929)

TV-G | 97 min | Musical, Romance

A Bonapartist falls for a Royalist.

Director: Sidney Franklin | Stars: Ramon Novarro, Dorothy Jordan, Marion Harris, John Miljan

Votes: 99

21. Disraeli (1929)

Passed | 90 min | Biography, Drama, History

Prime Minister of Great Britain Benjamin Disraeli outwits the subterfuge of the Russians and chicanery at home in order to secure the purchase of the Suez Canal.

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: George Arliss, Doris Lloyd, David Torrence, Joan Bennett

Votes: 890

22. Dynamite (1929)

Passed | 129 min | Drama

Wealthy Cynthia is in love with not-so-wealthy Roger, who is married to Marcia. The threesome is terribly modern about the situation, and Marcia will gladly divorce Roger if Cynthia agrees ... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Conrad Nagel, Kay Johnson, Charles Bickford, Julia Faye

Votes: 346

23. Eternal Love (1929)

Not Rated | 71 min | Drama, Romance

In the Swiss Alps of the early 19th century, a couple forced into loveless marriages struggle to find happiness with one another.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: John Barrymore, Camilla Horn, Victor Varconi, Hobart Bosworth

Votes: 400

24. The Flying Fleet (1929)

Passed | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

The story follows six midshipman after they graduate from Annapolis. Their goal is to become U.S. Navy pilots and three of them are eliminated at the San Diego Naval Base. The remaining ... See full summary »

Director: George W. Hill | Stars: Ramon Novarro, Ralph Graves, Anita Page, Alfred Allen

Votes: 228

25. Glorifying the American Girl (1929)

Passed | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

The rise of a showgirl, Gloria Hughes, culminating in a Ziegfeld extravaganza "Glorifying the American Girl".

Director: Millard Webb | Stars: Mary Eaton, Eddie Cantor, Helen Morgan, Rudy Vallee

Votes: 563

26. Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929)

Passed | 101 min | Comedy, Musical

Three Broadway chorus girls seek rich husbands.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Nancy Welford, Conway Tearle, Winnie Lightner, Ann Pennington

Votes: 130

27. The Great Gabbo (1929)

Passed | 92 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

An insanely, egocentric ventriloquist, even though he is possessed by his wooden dummy, is in love with a dancer who is in love with another. The dummy gives advice to the ventriloquist.

Directors: James Cruze, Erich von Stroheim | Stars: Erich von Stroheim, Donald Douglas, Betty Compson, Marjorie Kane

Votes: 622

28. Hallelujah (1929)

Passed | 109 min | Drama, Musical

A sharecropper decides to become a preacher after falling for a vamp from the city.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Daniel L. Haynes, Nina Mae McKinney, William Fountaine, Harry Gray

Votes: 1,412

29. The Hole in the Wall (1929)

73 min | Drama, Mystery

Mrs. Ramsey sent Jean Oliver to prison on a false charge. To get even, Jean (disguised as Madame Mystera) plans to kidnap her daughter and turn her into a thief. Love entanglements with a ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Edward G. Robinson, David Newell, Nellie Savage

Votes: 107

30. The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929)

130 min | Musical

An all-star revue featuring MGM contract players.

Directors: Charles Reisner, Christy Cabanne, Norman Houston | Stars: Conrad Nagel, Jack Benny, John Gilbert, Norma Shearer

Votes: 1,676