Most Popular Feature Films Released 1934-01-01 to 1934-12-31


1. It Happened One Night (1934)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

8.1
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87 Metascore

A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns

Votes: 78,723

2. The Thin Man (1934)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

8.1
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Former detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora investigate a murder case, mostly for the fun of it.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan, Nat Pendleton

Votes: 22,796

3. Tarzan and His Mate (1934)

Unrated | 104 min | Action, Adventure

7.6
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The idyllic life of Tarzan and Jane is challenged by men on safari who come seeking ivory, and come seeking Jane as well.

Directors: Cedric Gibbons, James C. McKay, Jack Conway | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Neil Hamilton, Paul Cavanagh

Votes: 4,210

4. Cleopatra (1934)

Not Rated | 100 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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The man-hungry Queen of Egypt leads Julius Caesar and Mark Antony astray, amid scenes of DeMillean splendor.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Henry Wilcoxon, Joseph Schildkraut

Votes: 2,894

5. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)

Not Rated | 75 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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A man and his wife receive a clue to an imminent assassination attempt, only to learn that their daughter has been kidnapped to keep them quiet.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Leslie Banks, Edna Best, Peter Lorre, Frank Vosper

Votes: 14,263

6. The Black Cat (1934)

65 min | Adventure, Crime, Horror

7.1
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American honeymooners in Hungary become trapped in the home of a Satan-worshiping priest when the bride is taken there for medical help following a road accident.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Julie Bishop

Votes: 7,463 | Gross: $0.24M

7. Imitation of Life (1934)

Approved | 111 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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A struggling widow and her daughter take in a black housekeeper and her fair-skinned daughter; the two women start a successful business, but face familial, identity, and racial issues along the way.

Director: John M. Stahl | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Rochelle Hudson, Ned Sparks

Votes: 3,320

8. The Scarlet Empress (1934)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.7
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Young Princess Sophia of Germany is taken to Russia to marry the half-wit Grand Duke Peter, son of the Empress. The domineering Empress hopes to improve the royal blood line. Sophia doesn't... See full summary »

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, John Lodge, Sam Jaffe, Louise Dresser

Votes: 4,683

9. Of Human Bondage (1934)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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A young man finds himself attracted to a cold and unfeeling waitress who may ultimately destroy them both.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Bette Davis, Leslie Howard, Frances Dee, Kay Johnson

Votes: 5,020

10. The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)

Not Rated | 97 min | Adventure, Drama

7.6
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A noblewoman discovers her husband is The Scarlet Pimpernel, a vigilante who rescues aristocrats from the blade of the guillotine.

Director: Harold Young | Stars: Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon, Raymond Massey, Nigel Bruce

Votes: 3,263

11. The Gay Divorcee (1934)

Approved | 107 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.6
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An American woman travels to England to seek a divorce from her absentee husband, where she meets - and falls for - a dashing performer.

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Alice Brady, Edward Everett Horton

Votes: 5,837

12. The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)

Unrated | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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After greedy men have Edmound Dantes unjustly imprisoned for 20 years for innocently delivering a letter entrusted to him, he escapes to get his revenge on them.

Director: Rowland V. Lee | Stars: Robert Donat, Elissa Landi, Louis Calhern, Sidney Blackmer

Votes: 2,013

13. Babes in Toyland (1934)

Passed | 77 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

7.4
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Opposing the evil Barnaby, Ollie Dee and Stanley Dum try and fail to pay-off Mother Peep's mortgage and mislead his attempts to marry Little Bo. Enraged, Barnaby's boogeymen are set on Toyland.

Directors: Gus Meins, Charley Rogers | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Virginia Karns, Charlotte Henry

Votes: 5,075

14. Manhattan Melodrama (1934)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.2
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The friendship between two orphans endures even though they grow up on opposite sides of the law and fall in love with the same woman.

Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, George Cukor | Stars: Clark Gable, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Leo Carrillo

Votes: 2,982

15. Change of Heart (1934)

Passed | 77 min | Drama, Romance

6.2
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After graduating from a West Coast college, four friends fly to New York City to seek employment.

Director: John G. Blystone | Stars: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, James Dunn, Ginger Rogers

Votes: 210

16. Anne of Green Gables (1934)

Passed | 78 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.1
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A romantic teenage girl is adopted by a pair of elderly siblings in turn-of-the-century Canada.

Director: George Nichols Jr. | Stars: Anne Shirley, Tom Brown, O.P. Heggie, Helen Westley

Votes: 856

17. The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)

Passed | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.0
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Elizabeth Barrett's tyrannical father has forbidden any of his family to marry. Nevertheless, Elizabeth falls in love with the poet Robert Browning.

Director: Sidney Franklin | Stars: Norma Shearer, Fredric March, Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Sullivan

Votes: 1,288

18. Treasure Island (1934)

Not Rated | 110 min | Adventure, Family

7.2
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Young Jim Hawkins is torn between his loyalty to his benefactors and his affection for lovable rogue Long John Silver in their struggle to recover a buried pirate treasure.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Lionel Barrymore, Otto Kruger

Votes: 1,964 | Gross: $2.54M

19. Bright Eyes (1934)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.3
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An orphaned girl is taken in by a snobbish family at the insistence of their rich, crotchety uncle, even as her devoted aviator godfather fights for custody.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Shirley Temple, James Dunn, Jane Darwell, Judith Allen

Votes: 1,733

20. Twentieth Century (1934)

91 min | Comedy, Romance

7.8
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A flamboyant Broadway impresario who has fallen on hard times tries to get his former lover, now a Hollywood diva, to return and resurrect his failing career.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: John Barrymore, Carole Lombard, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns

Votes: 5,018

21. Death Takes a Holiday (1934)

Unrated | 79 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.2
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The Grim Reaper takes the form of a prince in an attempt to relate to humans and, along the way, also learns what it is to love.

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Fredric March, Evelyn Venable, Guy Standing, Katharine Alexander

Votes: 1,363

22. L'Atalante (1934)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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Newly married couple Juliette and a ship captain Jean struggle through marriage as they travel on the L'atalante along with the captain's first mate Le père Jules and a cabin boy.

Director: Jean Vigo | Stars: Dita Parlo, Jean Dasté, Michel Simon, Gilles Margaritis

Votes: 11,892

23. Jimmy the Gent (1934)

67 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.1
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An unpolished racketeer, whose racket is finding heirs for unclaimed fortunes, affects ethics and tea-drinking manners to win back the sweetheart who now works for his seemingly upright competitor.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: James Cagney, Bette Davis, Allen Jenkins, Alan Dinehart

Votes: 1,259

24. Dames (1934)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.2
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A multimillionaire decides to boycott "filthy" forms of entertainment such as Broadway shows.

Directors: Ray Enright, Busby Berkeley | Stars: Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Zasu Pitts

Votes: 1,496

25. The Lost Patrol (1934)

Passed | 73 min | Adventure, War

6.9
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A dozen British soldiers, lost in a Mesopotamian desert during World War I, are menaced by unseen Arab enemies.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Victor McLaglen, Boris Karloff, Wallace Ford, Reginald Denny

Votes: 2,504

26. The House of Rothschild (1934)

Passed | 88 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.8
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The wealthy Rothschild family undergoes prejudice from the anti-Semitic society they live within.

Directors: Alfred L. Werker, Sidney Lanfield | Stars: George Arliss, Boris Karloff, Loretta Young, Robert Young

Votes: 815

27. Charlie Chan in London (1934)

79 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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Charlie visits a wealthy country home in England. Suspects in the murder range from a housekeeper, to a stableman, to a lawyer.

Director: Eugene Forde | Stars: Warner Oland, Drue Leyton, Ray Milland, Mona Barrie

Votes: 1,574

28. Blue Steel (1934)

Passed | 52 min | Western

5.4
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U.S. marshal John Carruthers observes a robbery and Sheriff Jake thinks he may be the culprit. Meanwhile the town's leading citizen is planning to rob everybody blind.

Director: Robert N. Bradbury | Stars: John Wayne, Eleanor Hunt, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Edward Peil Sr.

Votes: 1,142

29. Orient Express (1934)

73 min | Drama

7.5
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Based on Graham Greene's novel Stamboul Train, the movie focuses on the lives of individuals aboard the Orient Express as it makes a three-day journey from Ostend to Constantinople. The ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Martin | Stars: Heather Angel, Norman Foster, Ralph Morgan, Herbert Mundin

Votes: 17

30. Our Daily Bread (1934)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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A group of down-on-their-luck workers combine their abilities to make a Gallafentian-style commune... and bread!

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Karen Morley, Tom Keene, John Qualen, Barbara Pepper

Votes: 1,060

31. Strauss' Great Waltz (1934)

Approved | 80 min | Biography, Music, Romance

6.1
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The story of Johann Strauss the elder and younger.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Esmond Knight, Jessie Matthews, Fay Compton

Votes: 1,000

32. Great Expectations (1934)

102 min | Drama, Romance

6.2
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9 year old 'Pip' Pirrip, an orphan living with relatives, aids and befriends an escaped convict on the moors, an act that will have a profound effect on his life.

Director: Stuart Walker | Stars: Henry Hull, Phillips Holmes, Jane Wyatt, Florence Reed

Votes: 125

33. It's a Gift (1934)

Passed | 68 min | Comedy

7.4
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A henpecked New Jersey grocer makes plans to move to California to grow oranges, despite the resistance of his overbearing wife.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: W.C. Fields, Kathleen Howard, Jean Rouverol, Julian Madison

Votes: 4,198

34. The Painted Veil (1934)

Passed | 85 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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A wife neglected by her husband, a medical researcher in China, falls in love with a dashing diplomatic attaché.

Director: Richard Boleslawski | Stars: Greta Garbo, Herbert Marshall, George Brent, Warner Oland

Votes: 1,066 | Gross: $0.54M

35. Little Miss Marker (1934)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.1
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Little Martha Jane, aka Little Miss Marker (Temple) is left with the bookmaker Sorrowful Jones by her dad as part of a bet on a horserace. Sorrowful (Menjou) and his group of fellow bookies... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Hall | Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Dorothy Dell, Charles Bickford, Shirley Temple

Votes: 1,036

36. Baby, Take a Bow (1934)

PG | 76 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.6
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Eddie Ellison is an ex-con who spent time in Sing-Sing prison. Kay marries him as soon as he serves his time. Five years later, Eddie and his ex-convict buddy Larry, have both gone straight... See full summary »

Director: Harry Lachman | Stars: Shirley Temple, James Dunn, Claire Trevor, Alan Dinehart

Votes: 691

37. Stand Up and Cheer! (1934)

Passed | 68 min | Comedy, Musical

5.7
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President Franklin Roosevelt appoints a theatrical producer as the new Secretary of Amusement in order to cheer up an American public still suffering through the Depression. The new ... See full summary »

Director: Hamilton MacFadden | Stars: Warner Baxter, Madge Evans, James Dunn, Sylvia Froos

Votes: 360

38. Midnight (1934)

Not Rated | 76 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

5.6
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The foreman of a jury asks questions that send a woman to the electric chair for a murder committed in the heat of passion. On the night of the execution, his actions come back to haunt him.

Director: Chester Erskine | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Sidney Fox, O.P. Heggie, Henry Hull

Votes: 637

39. Mandalay (1934)

65 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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Abandoned by her lover, a woman becomes the main "hostess" in a decadent nightclub, but tries to put her past behind her on a steamer to Mandalay.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Kay Francis, Ricardo Cortez, Warner Oland, Lyle Talbot

Votes: 512

40. Liliom (1934)

Unrated | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.0
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Two women love the same man in a world of few prospects. In Budapest, Liliom is a "public figure," a rascal who's a carousel barker, loved by the experienced merry-go-round owner and by a ... See full summary »

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Charles Boyer, Madeleine Ozeray, Robert Arnoux, Roland Toutain

Votes: 897

41. Moulin Rouge (1934)

70 min | Comedy, Musical

6.7
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A singer marries a famous composer, and after a while she gets the itch to go back on the stage. However, her husband won't let her. When she hears that a popular French singer named "... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Lanfield | Stars: Constance Bennett, Franchot Tone, Tullio Carminati, Helen Westley

Votes: 83

42. The Lawless Frontier (1934)

Passed | 59 min | Romance, Western

5.1
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Mexican outlaw Zanti killed John Tobin's parents. John teams up with Dusty, also hurt by Zanti, to get the bad guy.

Director: Robert N. Bradbury | Stars: John Wayne, Sheila Terry, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Jack Rockwell

Votes: 693

43. 'Neath the Arizona Skies (1934)

Unrated | 52 min | Western

5.1
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Chris Morrell, the guardian of half-Indian girl Nina, is helping her find her missing white father. so she can cash in on her late mother's oil lease. Outlaw Sam Black is after the girl and... See full summary »

Director: Harry L. Fraser | Stars: John Wayne, Sheila Terry, Shirley Jean Rickert, Jack Rockwell

Votes: 712

44. Born to Be Bad (1934)

Approved | 62 min | Drama, Romance

6.3
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Letty, a young woman who ended up pregnant, unmarried and on the streets at fifteen is bitter and determined that her child will not grow up to be taken advantage of. Letty teaches her ... See full summary »

Directors: Lowell Sherman, Jack Conway | Stars: Loretta Young, Cary Grant, Jackie Kelk, Marion Burns

Votes: 883

45. Judge Priest (1934)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.4
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Judge Priest, a proud Confederate veteran, uses common sense and considerable humanity to dispense justice in a small town in the Post-Bellum Kentucky.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Will Rogers, Tom Brown, Anita Louise, Henry B. Walthall

Votes: 1,554

46. The Cat's-Paw (1934)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy

6.9
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A naive missionary brought up in China returns to America to seek a wife. Corrupt politicians enlist him to run for mayor as a dummy candidate with no chance of winning.

Directors: Sam Taylor, Harold Lloyd | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Una Merkel, George Barbier, Nat Pendleton

Votes: 930 | Gross: $0.69M

47. The Ninth Guest (1934)

Passed | 65 min | Horror, Mystery

7.1
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Eight strangers are invited to spend the night in a penthouse apartment. After being wined and dined, a voice on the radio informs them that they will be murdered unless they manage to outwit the ninth guest: Death.

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Donald Cook, Genevieve Tobin, Hardie Albright, Edward Ellis

Votes: 237

48. Finishing School (1934)

Passed | 73 min | Drama, Romance

6.4
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The trials and tribulations in a private, snobbish girls school.

Directors: George Nichols Jr., Wanda Tuchock | Stars: Frances Dee, Billie Burke, Ginger Rogers, Bruce Cabot

Votes: 396

49. The Rise of Catherine the Great (1934)

95 min | Biography, Drama

6.5
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Straightforward biography of the Russian empress, up to her assumption of the throne.

Directors: Paul Czinner, Alexander Korda | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Elisabeth Bergner, Flora Robson, Gerald du Maurier

Votes: 477

50. The Star Packer (1934)

Passed | 53 min | Romance, Western

5.3
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A gang working for The Shadow is terrorizing the town. John Travers decides to take on the job of sheriff and do something about it.

Director: Robert N. Bradbury | Stars: John Wayne, Verna Hillie, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Yakima Canutt

Votes: 793