30's Movies

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1. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)

Approved | 85 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

The master sleuth hunts his archenemy, Professor Moriarty, who is planning the crime of the century.

Director: Alfred L. Werker | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Ida Lupino, Alan Marshal

Votes: 5,825

2. Modern Times (1936)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

96 Metascore

The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Tiny Sandford

Votes: 198,049 | Gross: $0.16M

3. M (1931)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

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: 132,101 | Gross: $0.03M

4. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold

Votes: 100,223 | Gross: $9.60M

5. It Happened One Night (1934)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

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: 86,766 | Gross: $4.36M

6. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

100 Metascore

Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home to Kansas and help her friends as well.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, Richard Thorpe, King Vidor | Stars: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr

Votes: 357,464 | Gross: $2.08M

7. Gone with the Wind (1939)

Passed | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

97 Metascore

A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 269,725 | Gross: $198.68M

8. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

Not Rated | 136 min | Drama, War

91 Metascore

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: 54,329 | Gross: $3.27M

9. Gunga Din (1939)

Approved | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

In 19th century India, three British soldiers and a native waterbearer must stop a secret mass revival of the murderous Thuggee cult before it can rampage across the land.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Victor McLaglen, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Votes: 10,329

10. Gunga Din (1939)

Approved | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

In 19th century India, three British soldiers and a native waterbearer must stop a secret mass revival of the murderous Thuggee cult before it can rampage across the land.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Victor McLaglen, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Votes: 10,329

11. Beau Geste (1939)

Passed | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Three adopted English brothers join the French Foreign Legion in North Africa, after one of them steals their adoptive family's famous heirloom sapphire.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston, Brian Donlevy

Votes: 5,152

12. Beau Geste (1939)

Passed | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Three adopted English brothers join the French Foreign Legion in North Africa, after one of them steals their adoptive family's famous heirloom sapphire.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston, Brian Donlevy

Votes: 5,152

13. Law of the Pampas (1939)

Passed | 72 min | Adventure, Western

Hoppy and Lucky are headed to South America to deliver a herd of cattle. Bad guy Ralph Merritt gets in their way. For a while.

Director: Nate Watt | Stars: William Boyd, Russell Hayden, Sidney Toler, Steffi Duna

Votes: 111

14. Law of the Pampas (1939)

Passed | 72 min | Adventure, Western

Hoppy and Lucky are headed to South America to deliver a herd of cattle. Bad guy Ralph Merritt gets in their way. For a while.

Director: Nate Watt | Stars: William Boyd, Russell Hayden, Sidney Toler, Steffi Duna

Votes: 111

15. Tropic Fury (1939)

Passed | 62 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

An investigator checks into the rumors of harsh working conditions on an Amazon rubber plantation.

Director: Christy Cabanne | Stars: Richard Arlen, Andy Devine, Beverly Roberts, Louis Merrill

Votes: 22

16. Tropic Fury (1939)

Passed | 62 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

An investigator checks into the rumors of harsh working conditions on an Amazon rubber plantation.

Director: Christy Cabanne | Stars: Richard Arlen, Andy Devine, Beverly Roberts, Louis Merrill

Votes: 22

17. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

PG | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

97 Metascore

When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army.

Directors: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains

Votes: 44,701 | Gross: $3.98M

18. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

PG | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

97 Metascore

When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army.

Directors: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains

Votes: 44,701 | Gross: $3.98M

19. Alexander Nevsky (1938)

Not Rated | 112 min | Action, Biography, Drama

The story of how a great Russian prince led a ragtag army to battle an invading force of Teutonic Knights.

Directors: Sergei M. Eisenstein, Dmitriy Vasilev | Stars: Nikolay Cherkasov, Nikolai Okhlopkov, Andrei Abrikosov, Dmitriy Orlov

Votes: 9,835

20. Alexander Nevsky (1938)

Not Rated | 112 min | Action, Biography, Drama

The story of how a great Russian prince led a ragtag army to battle an invading force of Teutonic Knights.

Directors: Sergei M. Eisenstein, Dmitriy Vasilev | Stars: Nikolay Cherkasov, Nikolai Okhlopkov, Andrei Abrikosov, Dmitriy Orlov

Votes: 9,835

21. Reformatory (1938)

Approved | 61 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A new inmate at a juvenile reformatory tries to organize a mass breakout.

Director: Lewis D. Collins | Stars: Jack Holt, Bobby Jordan, Charlotte Wynters, Grant Mitchell

Votes: 27

22. Reformatory (1938)

Approved | 61 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A new inmate at a juvenile reformatory tries to organize a mass breakout.

Director: Lewis D. Collins | Stars: Jack Holt, Bobby Jordan, Charlotte Wynters, Grant Mitchell

Votes: 27

23. South of Arizona (1938)

Approved | 56 min | Action, Adventure, Music

Kenyon has the newly arriving Ranger shot and his man Martin assume the Ranger's identity. Clay finds the Ranger before he dies and learns the truth. But when Clay confronts Martin, Martin ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Nelson | Stars: Charles Starrett, Iris Meredith, Bob Nolan, Dick Curtis

Votes: 18

24. South of Arizona (1938)

Approved | 56 min | Action, Adventure, Music

Kenyon has the newly arriving Ranger shot and his man Martin assume the Ranger's identity. Clay finds the Ranger before he dies and learns the truth. But when Clay confronts Martin, Martin ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Nelson | Stars: Charles Starrett, Iris Meredith, Bob Nolan, Dick Curtis

Votes: 18

27. Criminals of the Air (1937)

Approved | 61 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Undercover agent Mark Owens is sent to aid the Border Patrol in the trans-border town of Hernandez in breaking up a well-organized band of smugglers. Since the town is also noted for a ... See full summary »

Director: Charles C. Coleman | Stars: Rosalind Keith, Charles Quigley, Rita Hayworth, John Gallaudet

Votes: 22

28. Criminals of the Air (1937)

Approved | 61 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Undercover agent Mark Owens is sent to aid the Border Patrol in the trans-border town of Hernandez in breaking up a well-organized band of smugglers. Since the town is also noted for a ... See full summary »

Director: Charles C. Coleman | Stars: Rosalind Keith, Charles Quigley, Rita Hayworth, John Gallaudet

Votes: 22

29. Jungle Menace (1937)

Passed | 308 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

In the Asian province of Seemang where the Bay of Bengal meets the jungle, Chandler Elliott (John St. Polis) owns a large and prosperous rubber plantation. His attractive daughter, Dorothy (... See full summary »

Directors: Harry L. Fraser, George Melford | Stars: Frank Buck, Sasha Siemel, Reginald Denny, Esther Ralston

Votes: 31

30. Jungle Menace (1937)

Passed | 308 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

In the Asian province of Seemang where the Bay of Bengal meets the jungle, Chandler Elliott (John St. Polis) owns a large and prosperous rubber plantation. His attractive daughter, Dorothy (... See full summary »

Directors: Harry L. Fraser, George Melford | Stars: Frank Buck, Sasha Siemel, Reginald Denny, Esther Ralston

Votes: 31

31. Two-Fisted Sheriff (1937)

Approved | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Western

Another of the Charles Starret westerns that was billed above the title as a "Peter B. Kyne Production" and story in which Kyne had nothing to do with the production or the story other than... See full summary »

Director: Leon Barsha | Stars: Charles Starrett, Barbara Weeks, Bruce Lane, Edward Peil Sr.

Votes: 23

32. Two-Fisted Sheriff (1937)

Approved | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Western

Another of the Charles Starret westerns that was billed above the title as a "Peter B. Kyne Production" and story in which Kyne had nothing to do with the production or the story other than... See full summary »

Director: Leon Barsha | Stars: Charles Starrett, Barbara Weeks, Bruce Lane, Edward Peil Sr.

Votes: 23

33. Human Cargo (1936)

Approved | 66 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Bonnie Brewster and Packy Campbell are rival reporters who board a ship in Vancouver to go after a smuggling ring which brings in illegal aliens.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Claire Trevor, Brian Donlevy, Alan Dinehart, Ralph Morgan

Votes: 50

34. Human Cargo (1936)

Approved | 66 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Bonnie Brewster and Packy Campbell are rival reporters who board a ship in Vancouver to go after a smuggling ring which brings in illegal aliens.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Claire Trevor, Brian Donlevy, Alan Dinehart, Ralph Morgan

Votes: 50

35. Devil's Squadron (1936)

Approved | 80 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Martha Dawson (Karen Morley), the daughter of an aircraft manufacturer building airplanes for the U.S. Army Air Corps, takes over the running of the plant when her father dies. She has ... See full summary »

Director: Erle C. Kenton | Stars: Richard Dix, Karen Morley, Lloyd Nolan, Shirley Ross

Votes: 16

36. Devil's Squadron (1936)

Approved | 80 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Martha Dawson (Karen Morley), the daughter of an aircraft manufacturer building airplanes for the U.S. Army Air Corps, takes over the running of the plant when her father dies. She has ... See full summary »

Director: Erle C. Kenton | Stars: Richard Dix, Karen Morley, Lloyd Nolan, Shirley Ross

Votes: 16

37. Now or Never (1935)

Approved | 63 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A visitor to a big city gets involved in intrigue when a look-alike jewel thief sets out to doublecross his gang.

Director: Bernard B. Ray | Stars: Richard Talmadge, Janet Chandler, Eddie Davis, Robert Walker

Votes: 23

38. Now or Never (1935)

Approved | 63 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A visitor to a big city gets involved in intrigue when a look-alike jewel thief sets out to doublecross his gang.

Director: Bernard B. Ray | Stars: Richard Talmadge, Janet Chandler, Eddie Davis, Robert Walker

Votes: 23

39. Racing Luck (1935)

Approved | 56 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Racehorse-owner Dan Morgan is ruled off the track and out of racing when his horse is doped by a rival owner who knows that Dan's horse can win a high-stakes race. Trying to clear his name,... See full summary »

Director: Sam Newfield | Stars: William Boyd, Barbara Worth, George Ernest, Esther Muir

Votes: 27

40. Racing Luck (1935)

Approved | 56 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Racehorse-owner Dan Morgan is ruled off the track and out of racing when his horse is doped by a rival owner who knows that Dan's horse can win a high-stakes race. Trying to clear his name,... See full summary »

Director: Sam Newfield | Stars: William Boyd, Barbara Worth, George Ernest, Esther Muir

Votes: 27

41. Men Without Names (1935)

Approved | 66 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A story about the U. S. Department of Justice and its agents that begins with a daring mail-truck robbery by a ruthless gang that flees to the western United States after the robbery. When ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Murphy | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Madge Evans, David Holt, Lynne Overman

Votes: 30

42. Men Without Names (1935)

Approved | 66 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A story about the U. S. Department of Justice and its agents that begins with a daring mail-truck robbery by a ruthless gang that flees to the western United States after the robbery. When ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Murphy | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Madge Evans, David Holt, Lynne Overman

Votes: 30

43. Home on the Range (1935)

Approved | 54 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Two men, Thurman and Beady, and a woman, Georgia, ply a confidence game in Alaska by selling 'salted' gold mines to gullible newcomers. But the cold Far North gets too hot for them and they... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Jacobson | Stars: Jackie Coogan, Randolph Scott, Evelyn Brent, Dean Jagger

Votes: 22

44. Home on the Range (1935)

Approved | 54 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Two men, Thurman and Beady, and a woman, Georgia, ply a confidence game in Alaska by selling 'salted' gold mines to gullible newcomers. But the cold Far North gets too hot for them and they... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Jacobson | Stars: Jackie Coogan, Randolph Scott, Evelyn Brent, Dean Jagger

Votes: 22

45. The Crimson Trail (1935)

Approved | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

A ranch owner mistakenly believes that a neighboring rancher is involved with cattle thieves.

Director: Alfred Raboch | Stars: Buck Jones, Polly Ann Young, Ward Bond, John Bleifer

Votes: 36

46. The Crimson Trail (1935)

Approved | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

A ranch owner mistakenly believes that a neighboring rancher is involved with cattle thieves.

Director: Alfred Raboch | Stars: Buck Jones, Polly Ann Young, Ward Bond, John Bleifer

Votes: 36

47. Captain Blood (1935)

Passed | 119 min | Action, Adventure

After being wrongly convicted as a traitor, Peter Blood, an English physician, is sent to exile in the British colonies of the Caribbean, where he becomes a pirate.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Lionel Atwill, Basil Rathbone

Votes: 12,092

48. Captain Blood (1935)

Passed | 119 min | Action, Adventure

After being wrongly convicted as a traitor, Peter Blood, an English physician, is sent to exile in the British colonies of the Caribbean, where he becomes a pirate.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Lionel Atwill, Basil Rathbone

Votes: 12,092

49. The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)

Passed | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Drama