Pre-code films I've seen

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1929-1934

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1. Baby Face (1933)

Approved | 71 min | Drama, Romance

A young woman, sexually exploited all her life, decides to turn the tables and exploit the hapless men at a big city bank - by gleefully sleeping her way to the top.

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Donald Cook, Alphonse Ethier

Votes: 5,747

Barbara Stanwyck

2. Ever in My Heart (1933)

TV-PG | 68 min | Drama, Romance, War

World War I brings tribulations to an American woman married to a German.

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Otto Kruger, Ralph Bellamy, Ruth Donnelly

Votes: 596

Barbara Stanwyck

3. 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: 3,074

Barbara Stanwyck D: William A. Wellman

4. Ladies They Talk About (1933)

Unrated | 69 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Attractive Nan, member of a bank-robbery gang, goes to prison thanks to evangelist Dave Slade...who loves her.

Directors: Howard Bretherton, William Keighley | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Preston Foster, Lyle Talbot, Dorothy Burgess

Votes: 1,271

Barbara Stanwyck

5. Midnight Mary (1933)

Passed | 74 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

An abused orphan sinks into a life of crime.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Loretta Young, Franchot Tone, Ricardo Cortez, Andy Devine

Votes: 1,138

D: William A. Wellman

6. Heroes for Sale (1933)

Passed | 76 min | Drama, War

A veteran fights drug addiction to make his way in the business world.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Loretta Young, Richard Barthelmess, Aline MacMahon, Gordon Westcott

Votes: 1,943

D: William A. Wellman

7. Wild Boys of the Road (1933)

Approved | 68 min | Adventure, Drama

In the depths of the Depression, two teenage boys strike out on their own in order to help their struggling parents and find life on the road tougher than expected.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Frankie Darro, Rochelle Hudson, Edwin Phillips, Dorothy Coonan Wellman

Votes: 1,686

D: William A. Wellman

8. 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: 2,517

Norma Shearer

9. 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: 2,088

Norma Shearer

10. Three on a Match (1932)

Passed | 63 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Although Vivian Revere is seemingly the most successful of a trio of reunited schoolmates, she throws it away by descending into a life of debauchery and drugs.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Joan Blondell, Warren William, Ann Dvorak, Bette Davis

Votes: 3,027

Joan Blondell, Bette Davis, Ann Dvorak, Humphrey Bogart

11. Red-Headed Woman (1932)

Passed | 79 min | Comedy, Romance

Lillian relentlessly attempts to seduce a married man.

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: Jean Harlow, Chester Morris, Lewis Stone, Leila Hyams

Votes: 2,483

Jean Harlow

12. Three Wise Girls (1932)

Passed | 68 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Cassie moves to New York and jumps from one job to another until she lands a modeling gig.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Jean Harlow, Mae Clarke, Walter Byron, Marie Prevost

Votes: 500

Jean Harlow, Marie Prevost

13. The Cabin in the Cotton (1932)

TV-G | 78 min | Drama

A tenant farmer's son is caught in the middle of owner-tenant disputes when he falls for the plantation owner's seductive daughter.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Bette Davis, Dorothy Jordan, Hardie Albright

Votes: 1,332

Bette Davis, Director: Michael Curtiz

14. Laughing Sinners (1931)

Passed | 72 min | Drama, Romance

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: 521

Joan Crawford, Clark Gable

15. Rain (1932)

Passed | 94 min | Drama

A prostitute newly arrived in the South Pacific finds herself at odds with a stern missionary determined to save her soul.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Joan Crawford, Walter Huston, Fred Howard, Ben Hendricks Jr.

Votes: 2,207

Joan Crawford, Walter Huston

16. The Keyhole (1933)

Passed | 69 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Anne Brooks is being blackmailed by her old dancing partner Maurice. They married when she was young but broke up after which he said he was getting a quickie divorce. Anne married the much... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Kay Francis, George Brent, Glenda Farrell, Monroe Owsley

Votes: 436

Director: Michael Curtiz, Kay Francis

17. Aggie Appleby, Maker of Men (1933)

Passed | 73 min | Comedy, Romance

When Aggie's boyfriend Red is sent to jail, she meets a mild-mannered man and decides to turn him into a real man.

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Charles Farrell, Wynne Gibson, William Gargan, Zasu Pitts

Votes: 193

18. Heat Lightning (1934)

Passed | 63 min | Crime, Drama

In the Mohave Desert, Olga runs a gas station, lunch counter, and auto camp with her younger sister Myra. In a 24-hour period, Olga must deal with Myra's desire to go to a town dance with a... See full summary »

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Aline MacMahon, Ann Dvorak, Preston Foster, Lyle Talbot

Votes: 538

Aline MacMahon, Ann Dvorak

19. The Secret Bride (1934)

Approved | 64 min | Drama

Before Ruth Vincent, daughter of a state governor, and state attorney general Robert Sheldon can announce their marriage, the governor is accused of bribe-taking. To avoid the appearance of... See full summary »

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Warren William, Glenda Farrell, Grant Mitchell

Votes: 408

Stars: Barbara Stanwyck

20. 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: 959

Norma Shearer

21. They Call It Sin (1932)

Passed | 69 min | Drama

Marian moves to New York to make it big in the chorus and becomes involved in a love triangle.

Director: Thornton Freeland | Stars: Loretta Young, George Brent, Una Merkel, David Manners

Votes: 515

22. Shopworn (1932)

Passed | 72 min | Drama, Romance

A poor woman and a man from an upper-class family fall in love, but his mother will go to any lengths to stop their marriage.

Director: Nick Grinde | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Regis Toomey, Zasu Pitts, Lucien Littlefield

Votes: 579

Barbara Stanwyk

23. Blonde Crazy (1931)

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

The adventures of an egoistic con man and his glamorous accomplice.

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

Votes: 1,428

Jimmy Cagney, Joan Blondell

24. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)

Passed | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Wrongly convicted James Allen serves in the intolerable conditions of a southern chain gang, which later comes back to haunt him.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Helen Vinson, Noel Francis

Votes: 10,822



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