Best Movies of 1930

by terrence-gale | created - 11 Feb 2014 | updated - 02 Mar 2014 | Public

Here are the best movies of 1930.

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1. 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: 52,096 | Gross: $3.27M

2. The Dawn Patrol (1930)

Passed | 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: 1,388

3. 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: 879

4. 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: 4,303

5. King of Jazz (1930)

Not Rated | 99 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: 677

6. 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: 1,364

7. 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: 4,636

8. 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: 1,499

9. Holiday (1930)

91 min | Comedy, Drama

Holiday is a 1930 American Pre-Code romantic comedy film which tells the story of a young man who is torn between his free-thinking lifestyle and the tradition of his wealthy fiancée's family.

Director: Edward H. Griffith | Stars: Ann Harding, Mary Astor, Robert Ames, Hallam Cooley

Votes: 239

10. 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: 2,385 | Gross: $1.01M

11. Raffles (1930)

72 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

A distinguished English gentleman has a secret life--he is the notorious jewel thief the press has dubbed "The Amateur Cracksman". When he meets a woman and falls in love he decides to "... See full summary »

Directors: George Fitzmaurice, Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast | Stars: Ronald Colman, Kay Francis, David Torrence, Frederick Kerr

Votes: 660 | Gross: $1.00M

12. With Byrd at the South Pole (1930)

Approved | 82 min | Documentary, Adventure

Account of Admiral Byrd's 1928 expedition to the South Pole. Academy award winning cinematography.

Stars: Richard E. Byrd, Clair D. Alexander, Bernt Balchen, George H. Black

Votes: 235

13. 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: 239

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: 2,333

15. Street of Chance (1930)

Passed | 75 min | Drama

A big-time, but honest gambler has to prevent his younger brother from following in his footsteps, and taking up gambling.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: William Powell, Jean Arthur, Kay Francis, Regis Toomey

Votes: 157

16. 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: 254

18. 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: 749

19. 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: 186

20. The Vagabond King (1930)

104 min | Musical, Romance

The story takes place in medieval France. Poet-rogue Francois Villon, sentenced to hang by King Louis XI for writing derogatory verses about him, is offered a temporary reprieve. His ... See full summary »

Directors: Ludwig Berger, Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Dennis King, Jeanette MacDonald, O.P. Heggie, Lillian Roth

Votes: 88

21. Romance (1930)

Approved | 76 min | Drama, Romance

Young Harry is in love and wants to marry an actress, much to the displeasure of his family. Harry thinks that Bishop Armstrong knows nothing about love so Armstrong tells him the story of ... See full summary »

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Greta Garbo, Lewis Stone, Gavin Gordon, Elliott Nugent

Votes: 564 | Gross: $0.73M

22. The Devil's Holiday (1930)

Passed | 80 min | Drama, Romance

A savvy city girl is hired to sugar an earnest farm boy into a business deal, but loses her heart.

Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Nancy Carroll, Phillips Holmes, James Kirkwood, Hobart Bosworth

Votes: 107

23. Sarah and Son (1930)

86 min | Drama

A ne'er-do-well husband, after years of abusing his wife, disappears with their son, and winds up selling him to a wealthy family. Years later, the wife--now a world-famous opera singer--... See full summary »

Director: Dorothy Arzner | Stars: Ruth Chatterton, Fredric March, Fuller Mellish Jr., Gilbert Emery

Votes: 157

24. The Rogue Song (1930)

104 min | Musical, Romance

In czarist Russia, a princess falls for a dashing bandit leader, but their romance proves a stormy one.

Directors: Lionel Barrymore, Hal Roach | Stars: Lawrence Tibbett, Catherine Dale Owen, Nance O'Neil, Judith Vosselli

Votes: 89

25. The Right to Love (1930)

79 min | Drama

A woman becomes estranged from her daughter when the girl learns that she is illegitimate.

Director: Richard Wallace | Stars: Ruth Chatterton, Paul Lukas, David Manners, Irving Pichel

Votes: 14

26. 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: 549

27. The Green Goddess (1930)

Passed | 73 min | Adventure

An airplane carrying three Brits--Major Crespin, his wife Lucille, and Dr. Trahern--crash lands in the kingdom of Rukh. The Rajah holds them prisoner because the British are about to ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: George Arliss, Ralph Forbes, H.B. Warner, Alice Joyce

Votes: 271

28. The Song of the Flame (1930)

96 min | Musical, Romance

This was a screen version of the 1925 operetta by Oscar Hammerstein II, Otto Harbach, Herbert Stohart, and George Gershwin. The story of the movie is about a peasant who is known as "The ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: Alexander Gray, Bernice Claire, Noah Beery, Alice Gentle

Votes: 12



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