Most Popular Feature Films Released 1931-01-01 to 1931-12-31


1. M (1931)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

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: 119,593 | Gross: $0.03M

2. Monkey Business (1931)

Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy, Musical

7.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

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: 10,026

3. City Lights (1931)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee, Harry Myers

Votes: 135,670 | Gross: $0.02M

4. Dracula (1931)

Not Rated | 75 min | Fantasy, Horror

7.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners, Dwight Frye

Votes: 38,685

5. Frankenstein (1931)

Not Rated | 70 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

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: 55,503 | Gross: $12.00M

6. The Public Enemy (1931)

Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Drama

7.7
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A young hoodlum rises up through the ranks of the Chicago underworld, even as a gangster's accidental death threatens to spark a bloody mob war.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Joan Blondell

Votes: 15,218

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

Not Rated | 98 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

7.7
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

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: 10,795

8. Dishonored (1931)

Approved | 91 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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: 1,489

9. Little Caesar (1931)

Not Rated | 79 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A small-time criminal moves to a big city to seek bigger fortune.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Glenda Farrell, William Collier Jr.

Votes: 10,106

10. Cimarron (1931)

Passed | 123 min | Drama, Western

6.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A newspaper editor settles in an Oklahoma boom town with his reluctant wife at the end of the nineteenth century.

Director: Wesley Ruggles | Stars: Richard Dix, Irene Dunne, Estelle Taylor, Nance O'Neil

Votes: 4,461

11. Mata Hari (1931)

Passed | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.7
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

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: 2,845 | Gross: $0.93M

12. Illicit (1931)

Unrated | 79 min | Drama, Romance

6.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young couple lives together out of wedlock, but they find that they're ahead of their time.

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, James Rennie, Ricardo Cortez, Natalie Moorhead

Votes: 685

13. A Free Soul (1931)

Passed | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.7
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

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: 1,851

14. The Maltese Falcon (1931)

80 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A lovely dame with dangerous lies employs the services of a private detective, who is quickly caught up in the mystery and intrigue of a statuette known as the Maltese Falcon.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Bebe Daniels, Ricardo Cortez, Dudley Digges, Una Merkel

Votes: 2,448

15. Arrowsmith (1931)

Approved | 108 min | Drama

6.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Based on Sinclair Lewis's novel "Arrowsmith". A medical researcher is sent to a plague outbreak, where he has to decide priorities for the use of a vaccine.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Ronald Colman, Helen Hayes, Richard Bennett, A.E. Anson

Votes: 1,267

16. Mädchen in Uniform (1931)

Passed | 87 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

At an all-girls boarding school, Manuela falls in love with a teacher, to terrific consequences.

Directors: Leontine Sagan, Carl Froelich | Stars: Dorothea Wieck, Hertha Thiele, Emilia Unda, Hedwig Schlichter

Votes: 1,967

17. The Skin Game (1931)

TV-G | 85 min | Drama

5.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An old traditional family and a modern family battle over land in a small English village and almost destroy each other.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Jill Esmond, C.V. France, Helen Haye

Votes: 2,429

18. Pardon Us (1931)

Approved | 56 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two guys end up in prison after attempting to sell beer to a policeman during Prohibition.

Director: James Parrott | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, June Marlowe, Wilfred Lucas

Votes: 1,676

19. The Black Camel (1931)

Passed | 71 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

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: 1,101

20. The Front Page (1931)

TV-PG | 101 min | Comedy

6.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

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: 1,858

21. The Champ (I) (1931)

Passed | 86 min | Drama, Sport

7.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An alcoholic ex-boxer struggles to provide a good living for his son.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Irene Rich, Roscoe Ates

Votes: 2,296

22. Blonde Crazy (1931)

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

7.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

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: 1,188

23. Platinum Blonde (1931)

Passed | 89 min | Comedy, Romance

6.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

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: 2,452

24. La Chienne (1931)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama

7.7
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A woman and her pimp exploit a painter for money.

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

Votes: 2,868

25. Parlor, Bedroom and Bath (1931)

Passed | 73 min | Comedy

6.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A man tries passing off a socially awkward fellow as a Casanova in the hopes of marrying off his would be sister-in-law.

Director: Edward Sedgwick | Stars: Buster Keaton, Charlotte Greenwood, Reginald Denny, Cliff Edwards

Votes: 614

26. Possessed (1931)

Passed | 76 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

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: 1,378

27. Svengali (1931)

Approved | 81 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

6.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Through hypnotism and telepathic mind control, a sinister music maestro controls the singing voice, but not the heart, of the woman he loves.

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Donald Crisp, Bramwell Fletcher

Votes: 1,453

28. Night Nurse (1931)

Not Rated | 72 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

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: 2,655

29. God's Gift to Women (1931)

Not Rated | 72 min | Comedy, Romance

5.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A Parisian descendant of Don Juan vows to stop philandering in order to win the hand of a virtous young lady with a disapproving father.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Frank Fay, Laura La Plante, Joan Blondell, Charles Winninger

Votes: 236

30. An American Tragedy (1931)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A poor factory worker, employed by a wealthy uncle, falls in love with a beautiful heiress but his happiness and promising future are jeopardized by a previous affair with a coworker he impregnated.

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Phillips Holmes, Sylvia Sidney, Frances Dee, Irving Pichel

Votes: 482

31. Safe in Hell (1931)

Passed | 73 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

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: 862

32. Susan Lenox (1931)

Approved | 76 min | Drama, Romance

6.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Fleeing her cruel uncle and an arranged marriage Susan Lenox falls in love with a kind stranger but circumstances force her to become a woman of easy virtue.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Jean Hersholt, John Miljan

Votes: 895 | Gross: $0.81M

33. Street Scene (1931)

80 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Twenty-four hours elapse on the stoop of a Hell's Kitchen tenement as a microcosm of the American melting pot interacts with each other during a summer heatwave.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Sylvia Sidney, William Collier Jr., Estelle Taylor, Beulah Bondi

Votes: 1,187

34. East of Shanghai (1931)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Romance, Thriller

5.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Believing that an unexpected inheritance will bring them happiness, a married couple instead finds their relationship strained to the breaking point.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Henry Kendall, Joan Barry, Percy Marmont, Betty Amann

Votes: 3,435

35. Drácula (1931)

Unrated | 104 min | Fantasy, Horror

7.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Centuries-old vampire Dracula preys upon the innocent Eva and her friends.

Directors: George Melford, Enrique Tovar Ávalos | Stars: Carlos Villarías, Lupita Tovar, Barry Norton, Pablo Álvarez Rubio

Votes: 3,464

36. Bad Girl (1931)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

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: 854

37. Limite (1931)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Three people sail aimlessly while remembering their past.

Director: Mario Peixoto | Stars: Olga Breno, Tatiana Rey, Raul Schnoor, Brutus Pedreira

Votes: 1,370

38. Alam Ara (1931)

124 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A period fantasy that told of the ageing king of Kamarpur, and his two rival queens, Navbahar and Dilbahar, and their rivalry when a fakir predicts that Navbahar will bear the king's heir. ... See full summary »

Director: Ardeshir Irani | Stars: Master Vithal, Zubeida, Jillo, Sushila

Votes: 90

39. Waterloo Bridge (1931)

81 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

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: 2,145

40. Marius (1931)

Not Rated | 130 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Marius is faced with a choice whether to fulfill his passion by sailing the seas or stay and marry the woman he loves.

Director: Alexander Korda | Stars: Raimu, Pierre Fresnay, Fernand Charpin, Alida Rouffe

Votes: 1,656

41. À Nous la Liberté (1931)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Musical

7.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Seeking better life, two convicts escape from prison.

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

Votes: 3,503

42. Smart Money (1931)

81 min | Crime, Drama

6.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Immigrant Greek barber has uncommon skills in playing poker and soon rises in the seedy world of illegal gambling, but pretty blondes remain his Achilles' heel.

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Evalyn Knapp, Ralf Harolde

Votes: 1,395

43. Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931)

TV-PG | 86 min | Drama, Romance, Adventure

7.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

On the South Pacific island of Bora Bora, a young couple's love is threatened when the tribal chief declares the girl a sacred virgin.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Anne Chevalier, Matahi, Hitu, Bill Bambridge

Votes: 4,082

44. Kameradschaft (1931)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

7.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Plea against war and for friendship between peoples, through the story of French miners rescued by German colleagues after a firedamp explosion.

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Alexander Granach, Fritz Kampers, Ernst Busch, Elisabeth Wendt

Votes: 988

45. Fighting Caravans (1931)

Passed | 92 min | Romance, Western

5.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A young frontier scout helps guide a freight wagon train across the country, fighting off Indians and evil traders, while his two crusty companions try and save him from falling in love.

Directors: Otto Brower, David Burton | Stars: Gary Cooper, Lili Damita, Ernest Torrence, Tully Marshall

Votes: 448

46. The 3 Penny Opera (1931)

Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In London at the turn of the century, the bandit Mack the Knife marries Polly without the knowledge of her father, Peachum, the 'king of the beggars'.

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Rudolf Forster, Lotte Lenya, Carola Neher, Reinhold Schünzel

Votes: 1,696

47. Iron Man (1931)

73 min | Drama

6.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Prizefighter Mason loses his opening fight so wife Rose leaves him for Hollywood. Without her around Mason trains and starts winning. Rose comes back and wants Mason to dump his manager Regan and replace him with her secret lover Lewis.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Lew Ayres, Robert Armstrong, Jean Harlow, John Miljan

Votes: 160

48. The Mad Genius (1931)

Unrated | 81 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

6.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A crippled man finds a boy and vows to make him a great dancer.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Charles Butterworth, Donald Cook

Votes: 451

49. Devotion (1931)

Approved | 81 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The poor, downtrodden (beautiful, of course) "dutiful" daughter in a London society family falls for a barrister, disguises herself, and takes a job as governess to his son. Adapted from ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Milton | Stars: Ann Harding, Leslie Howard, Robert Williams, O.P. Heggie

Votes: 149

50. The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931)

Passed | 75 min | Drama

6.7
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

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: 653