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100 Greatest Movies Of The 1930s

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Criteria: These Greatest Movies of the 1930s chosen for their quality, direction, script, cinematography, acting, storyline, originality, and success.

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100 Greatest 1930s Movies
  1. Gone With the Wind - (1939, Victor Fleming) (Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Leslie Howard)
  2. The Wizard of Oz - (1939, Victor Fleming) (Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger)
  3. The Rules of the Game - (1939, Jean Renoir) (Roland Toutain, Nora Gregor)
  4. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington - (1939, Frank Capra) (James Stewart, Claude Rains)
  5. City Lights - (1931, Charles Chaplin) (Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Harry Myers)
  6. M - (1931, Fritz Lang) (Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Otto Wernicke, Inge Landgut)
  7. Modern Times - (1936, Charles Chaplin) (Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard)
  8. King Kong - (1933, Merian C. Cooper) (Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot)
  9. All Quiet on the Western Front - (1930, Lewis Milestone) (Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim)
10. Grand Illusion - (1937, Jean Renoir) (Jean Gabin, Pierre Fresnay, Erich von Stroheim)
11. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - (1937, William Cottrell) (Adriana Caselotti, Lucille La Verne)
12. Little Caesar - (1931, Mervyn LeRoy) (Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.)
13. The 39 Steps - (1935, Alfred Hitchcock) (Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim)
14. It Happened One Night - (1934, Frank Capra) (Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Alan Hale)
15. Stagecoach - (1939, John Ford) (John Wayne, Claire Trevor, John Carradine)
16. L'Atalante - (1934, Jean Vigo) (Michel Simon, Dita Parlo, Jean Dasté, Gilles Margaritis)
17. Scarface - (1932, Howard Hawks) (Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, George Raft, Boris Karloff)
18. Bringing Up Baby - (1938, Howard Hawks) (Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Barry Fitzgerald)
19. Frankenstein - (1931, James Whale) (Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Frederick Kerr)
20. Freaks - (1932, Tod Browning) (Wallace Ford, Harry Earles, Olga Baclanova)
21. The Adventures of Robin Hood - (1938, Michael Curtiz) (Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland)
22. The Bride of Frankenstein - (1935, James Whale) (Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive)
23. Duck Soup - (1933, Leo McCarey) (Marx Brothers, Margaret Dumont, Raquel Torres)
24. The Public Enemy - (1931, William Wellman) (James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Joan Blondell)
25. Grand Hotel - (1932, Edmund Goulding) (Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford)
26. Dracula - (1931, Tod Browning) (Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners)
27. The Thin Man - (1934, W.S. Van Dyke) (William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan)
28. I Am a Fugitive from A Chain Gang - (1932, Mervyn LeRoy) (Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell)
29. A Star is Born - (1937, William Wellman) (Janet Gaynor, Fredric March, Adolphe Menjou)
30. Wuthering Heights - (1939, William Wyler) (Laurence Olivier, Merle Oberon, David Niven)
31. My Man Godfrey - (1936, Gregory La Cava) (William Powell, Carole Lombard)
32. Angels With Dirty Faces - (1938, Michael Curtiz) (James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart)
33. They Won't Forget - (1937, Mervyn LeRoy) (Claude Rains, Lana Turner, Otto Kruger)
34. A Tale of Two Cities - (1935, Jack Conway) (Ronald Colman, Elizabeth Allan)
35. Manhattan Melodrama - (1934, W.S. Van Dyke) (Clark Gable, William Powell, Myrna Loy)
36. Little Women - (1933, George Cukor) (Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, Paul Lukas)
37. The Prisoner of Zenda (1937, John Cromwell) (Ronald Colman, Madeleine Carroll)
38. Zemlya (aka Earth) - (1930, Alexander Dovzhenko) (Stepan Shkurat, Semyon Svashenko)
39. A Night at the Opera - (1935, Sam Wood) (Marx Brothers, Kitty Carlisle, Margaret Dumont)
40. A Day in the Country - (1936, Jean Renoir) (Sylvia Bataille, Georges D'Arnoux, Jane Marken)
41. The Four Feathers - (1939, Zoltan Korda) (John Clements, Ralph Richardson)
42. You Can't Take It With You - (1938, Frank Capra) (Jean Arthur, James Stewart)
43. The Front Page - (1931, Lewis Milestone) (Pat O'Brien, Adolphe Menjou, Mary Brian)
44. Trouble in Paradise - (1932, Ernst Lubitsch) (Miriam Hopkins, Kay Francis, Herbert Marshall)
45. Top Hat - (1935, Mark Sandrich) (Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton)
46. 42nd Street - (1933, Lloyd Bacon) (Warner Baxter, Ruby Keeler, Ginger Rogers)
47. The Blue Angel - (1930, Josef von Sternberg) (Marlene Dietrich, Emil Jannings)
48. Young Mr. Lincoln - (1939, John Ford) (Henry Fonda, Marjorie Weaver, Alice Brady)
49. Alexander Nevsky - (1938, Sergei Eisenstein) (Nikolai Cherkasov, Nikolai Okhlopkov)
50. The Roaring Twenties - (1939, Raoul Walsh) (James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart)
51. Les Misérables - (1935, Richard Boleslawski) (Fredric March, Charles Laughton)
52. Zero for Conduct - (1933, Jean Vigo) (Jean Dasté, Robert le Flon, Du Verron)
53. The Stars Look Down - (1939, Carol Reed) (Michael Redgrave, Margaret Lockwood)
54. Osaka Elegy - (1936, Kenji Mizoguchi) (Isuzu Yamada, Seiichi Takegawa)
55. Of Mice and Men - (1939, Lewis Milestone) (Burgess Meredith, Lon Chaney Jr.)
56. Jezebel - (1938, William Wyler) (Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, George Brent)
57. The Informer - (1935, John Ford) (Victor McLaglen, Heather Angel, Preston Foster)
58. The Hunchback of Notre Dame - (1939, William Dieterle) (Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara)
59. The Good Earth - (1937, Victor Fleming) (Paul Muni, Luise Rainer, Walter Connolly)
60. Dodsworth - (1936, William Wyler) (Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton, David Niven)
61. David Copperfield - (1935, George Cukor) (W.C. Fields, Lionel Barrymore, Elsa Lanchester)
62. Show Boat - (1936, James Whale) (Irene Dunne, Allan Jones, Hattie McDaniel)
63. The Great Ziegfeld - (1936, Robert Z. Leonard) (William Powell, Myrna Loy, Fanny Brice)
64. Gold Digger of 1933 - (1933, Mervyn LeRoy) (Warren William, Joan Blondell, Ginger Rogers)
65. The Gay Divorcee - (1934, Mark Sandrich) (Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Alice Brady)
66. The Scarlet Pimpernel - (1934, Harold Young) (Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon, Nigel Bruce)
67. Mutiny on the Bounty - (1935, Frank Lloyd) (Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Donald Crisp)
68. Gunga Din - (1939, George Stevens) (Cary Grant, Sam Jaffe, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.)
69. Captains Courageous - (1937, Victor Fleming) (Freddie Bartholomew, Spencer Tracy)
70. Captain Blood - (1935, Michael Curtiz) (Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone)
71. Love Affair - (1939, Leo McCarey) (Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer, Maria Ouspenskaya)
72. Camille - (1936, George Cukor) (Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore)
73. Destry Rides Again - (1939, George Marshall) (James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich)
74. Vampyr - (1932, Carl Theodor Dreyer) (Julian West, Maurice Schutz, Rena Mandel)
75. Son of Frankenstein - (1939, Rowland V. Lee) (Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathbone)
76. The Mummy - (1932, Karl W. Freund) (Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, David Manners)
77. Island of Lost Souls - (1932, Erle C. Kenton) (Charles Laughton, Richard Arlen)
78. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - (1931, Rouben Mamoulian) (Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins)
79. Lost Horizon - (1937, Frank Capra) (Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, John Howard)
80. Animal Crackers - (1930, Victor Heerman) (Marx Brothers, Lillian Roth, Margaret Dumont)
81. Twentieth Century - (1934, Howard Hawks) (John Barrymore, Carole Lombard)
82. Nothing Sacred - (1937, William Wellman) (Carole Lombard, Fredric March)
83. Ninotchka - (1939, Ernst Lubitsch) (Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Bela Lugosi)
84. Holiday - (1938, George Cukor) (Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Lew Ayres)
85. The Awful Truth - (1937, Leo McCarey) (Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Ralph Bellamy)
86. À Nous la Libertén - (1931, René Clare) (Raymond Cordy, Henri Marchand)
87. The Invisible Man - (1933, James Whale) (Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, William Harrigan)
88. Queen Christina - (1933, Rouben Mamoulian) (Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Ian Keith)
89. Pygmalion - (1938, Anthony Asquith, Leslie Howard) (Leslie Howard, Wendy Hiller)
90. Dark Victory - (1939, Edmund Goulding) (Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, George Brent)
91. Three Comrades - (1938, Frank Borzage) (Robert Taylor, Margaret Sullavan)
92. Fury - (1936, Fritz Lang) (Spencer Tracy, Sylvia Sidney, Walter Brennan, Walter Abel)
93. The Scarlet Empress - (1934, Josef von Sternberg) (Marlene Dietrich, John Lodge)
94. A Farewell to Arms - (1932, Frank Borzage) (Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, Adolphe Menjou)
95. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse - (1933, Fritz Lang) (Oscar Beregi Sr., Paul Bernd)
96. The Lady Vanishes - (1938, Alfred Hitchcock) (Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave)
97. The Mystery of the Wax Museum - (1933, Michael Curtiz) (Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray)
98. Love Me Tonight - (1932, Rouben Mamoulian) (Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald)
99. A Day at the Races - (1937, Sam Wood) (Marx Brothers, Maureen O'Sullivan)
100. The Big House - (1930, Paul Fejos, G.W. Hill) (Chester Morris, Wallace Beery)

20 More Movies Worth Mentioning
101. The Age of Gold - (1930, Luis Bunuel) (Gaston Modot, Lya Lys, Caridad de Laberdesque)
102. Swing Time - (1936, George Stevens) (Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore)
103. Daybreak - (1939, Marcel Carné) (Jean Gabin, Jules Berry, Arletty, Mady Berry)
104. The Life of Emile Zola - (1937, William Dieterle) (Paul Muni, Gale Sondergaard)
105. The Million - (1931, Réné Clair) (Annabella, Rene Lefevre, Jean-Louis Allibert)
106. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town - (1936, Frank Capra) (Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, George Bancroft)
107. It's a Gift - (1934, Norman Z. McLeod) (W.C. Fields, Kathleen Howard, Jean Rouverol)
108. The Bitch - (1931, Jean Renoir) (Michel Simon, Janie Marese, Georges Flamant)
109. Triumph of the Will - (1935, Leni Riefenstahl) (Documentary: Adolf Hitler, Hermann Göring)
110. Boudou Saved from Drowning - (1932, Jean Renoir) (Michel Simon, Charles Granval)
111. Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations - (1938, Leni Riefenstahl) (Documentary: Jesse Owens)
112. Make Way for Tomorrow - (1937, Leo McCarey) (Victor Moore, Beulah Bondi, Fay Bainter)
113. The Women - (1939, George Cukor) (Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell)
114. Shanghai Express - (1932, Josef von Sternberg) (Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Anna May Wong)
115. She Done Him Wrong - (1933, Lowell Sherman) (Mae West, Cary Grant)
116. Goodbye, Mr. Chips - (1939, Sam Wood) (Robert Donat, Greer Garson)
117. Only Angels Have Wings - (1939, Howard Hanks) (Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Rita Hayworth)
118. Cimarron - (1931, Wesley Ruggles) (Richard Dix, Irene Dunne, Estelle Taylor)
119. Morocco - (1930, Josef von Sternberg) (Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich)
120. I'm No Angel - (1933, Nelson Ruggles) (Mae West, Cary Grant, Gregory Ratoff)
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