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1. Baby Face (1933)

Approved | 71 min | Drama, Romance

A young woman, sexually exploited all her life, decides to turn the tables and exploit the hapless men at a big city bank - by gleefully sleeping her way to the top.

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Donald Cook, Alphonse Ethier

Votes: 5,748

Barbara Stanwyck sleeps her way through an office block , from the bottom floor to the top .

2. King for a Night (1933)

Approved | 78 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A prizefighter is convicted of a murder that was actually committed by his sister.

Director: Kurt Neumann | Stars: Chester Morris, Helen Twelvetrees, Alice White, John Miljan

Votes: 47

Mediocre film about a prizefighter taking the rap for his sister , all the way to the electric chair . Pre code as , 1 the sister gets away with murder , and 2 Chester Morris's character , son of a preacher , dies an atheist .

3. Hot Pepper (1933)

Passed | 76 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Comedy about a pair of ex-Marines who team up and get involved in a nightclub. Trouble ensues when they both fall in love with a feisty woman and begin fighting over her.

Director: John G. Blystone | Stars: Edmund Lowe, Lupe Velez, Victor McLaglen, El Brendel

Votes: 85

Lupe Velez , full stop.

4. Man's Castle (1933)

75 min | Drama, Romance

Bill takes Trina into his depression camp cabin. Later, just as he finds showgirl LaRue who will support him, Trina becomes pregnant.

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Loretta Young, Marjorie Rambeau, Glenda Farrell

Votes: 1,256

Spencer Tracy "lives with" Loretta Young , gets her pregnant , shoots a guard in a robbery , and escapes at the end .

5. The Story of Temple Drake (1933)

Not Rated | 70 min | Drama

A wealthy but neurotic Southern belle finds herself trapped in the hideout of a gang of vicious bootleggers. The gang's leader lusts after her, and is determined not to let anything stand in the way of his having her.

Director: Stephen Roberts | Stars: Miriam Hopkins, William Gargan, Jack La Rue, Florence Eldridge

Votes: 961

One of the films that led to the Code - watch out for that corn cob...

6. Design for Living (1933)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Romance

A woman cannot decide between two men who love her, and the trio agree to try living together in a platonic friendly relationship.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Fredric March, Gary Cooper, Miriam Hopkins, Edward Everett Horton

Votes: 5,228

Two men and a woman decide to live as a threesome because they can't make up their minds

7. Bird of Paradise (1932)

Passed | 80 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A native girl falls for a visitor to her island, but she's chosen to be sacrificed to the volcano god.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Dolores del Rio, Joel McCrea, John Halliday, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher

Votes: 971

White man and native in love , later south seas films always have the native girl adopted / have a white father .

8. Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)

Passed | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

A trader and his daughter set off in search of the fabled graveyard of the elephants in deepest Africa, only to encounter a wild man raised by apes.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Neil Hamilton, C. Aubrey Smith, Maureen O'Sullivan

Votes: 6,601

Tarzan and Jane have a great time in the jungle , no mention of marriage.

9. Painted Faces (1929)

Passed | 74 min | Crime, Mystery

A vaudeville performer is murdered backstage and another performer is tried for the crime.

Director: Albert S. Rogell | Stars: Joe E. Brown, Helen Foster, Barton Hepburn, Dorothy Gulliver

Votes: 35

10. Four Frightened People (1934)

Not Rated | 78 min | Adventure, Drama

Four passengers escape their bubonic plague-infested ship and land on the coast of a wild jungle. In order to reach safety they have to trek through the jungle, facing wild animals and attacks by primitive tribesmen.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Herbert Marshall, Mary Boland, William Gargan

Votes: 487

11. Red-Headed Woman (1932)

Passed | 79 min | Comedy, Romance

Lillian relentlessly attempts to seduce a married man.

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: Jean Harlow, Chester Morris, Lewis Stone, Leila Hyams

Votes: 2,484

12. She Done Him Wrong (1933)

Passed | 66 min | Comedy, Drama, History

In the Gay Nineties, a seductive nightclub singer contends with several suitors, including a jealous escaped convict and a handsome temperance league member.

Director: Lowell Sherman | Stars: Mae West, Cary Grant, Owen Moore, Gilbert Roland

Votes: 5,047 | Gross: $2.00M

13. I'm No Angel (1933)

Passed | 87 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Circus performer Tira seeks a better life pursuing the company of wealthy New York men with improbable comic complications along the way.

Director: Wesley Ruggles | Stars: Mae West, Cary Grant, Gregory Ratoff, Edward Arnold

Votes: 2,738 | Gross: $2.85M

14. 50 Million Frenchmen (1931)

Passed | 74 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Independently wealthy American Jack Forbes has just arrived in Paris. Because of his wealth, he can have any woman on his arms. Currently that role is filled by Marcelle Dubrey, but Jack ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, William Gaxton, Helen Broderick

Votes: 105

15. Virtue (1932)

Passed | 68 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A relationship gradually develops between a savvy New York street girl and a good-hearted cab driver, but other matters keep getting in their way, including financial problems and a murder.

Director: Edward Buzzell | Stars: Carole Lombard, Pat O'Brien, Mayo Methot, Jack La Rue

Votes: 596

16. The Greeks Had a Word for Them (1932)

Passed | 79 min | Comedy

Sophisticated comedy: a trio of money hungry women who all have sugar daddies who keep them in the lap of luxury, even as they drive the men crazy. Each woman represents a different ... See full summary »

Director: Lowell Sherman | Stars: Joan Blondell, Madge Evans, Ina Claire, David Manners

Votes: 323

17. Frisco Jenny (1932)

Unrated | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Music

Frisco Jenny was orphaned by the 1906 earthquake and fire and has become the madame of a prosperous bawdy house. She puts her son up for adoption and he rises to prominence as district ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Ruth Chatterton, Louis Calhern, Helen Jerome Eddy, Donald Cook

Votes: 845

18. Mandalay (1934)

Passed | 65 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

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: 597

Kay Francis gets away with murder

19. Corruption (1933)

Passed | 67 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A young lawyer is elected mayor of the city and promises to rid it of the corruption it's famous for. The problem is that most of the corruption he's vowed to eliminate is caused by the crooked political machine that helped elect him.

Director: Charles E. Roberts | Stars: Evalyn Knapp, Preston Foster, Charles Delaney, Tully Marshall

Votes: 105

20. Three on a Match (1932)

Passed | 63 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Although Vivian Revere is seemingly the most successful of a trio of reunited schoolmates, she throws it away by descending into a life of debauchery and drugs.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Joan Blondell, Warren William, Ann Dvorak, Bette Davis

Votes: 3,031

21. Ex-Lady (1933)

Unrated | 67 min | Comedy, Drama

Although free spirit Helen Bauer does not believe in marriage, she consents to marry Don, but his infidelities cause her to also take on a lover.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Bette Davis, Gene Raymond, Frank McHugh, Monroe Owsley

Votes: 1,088

22. Fashions of 1934 (1934)

78 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

When the Manhattan investment firm of Sherwood Nash goes broke, he joins forces with his partner Snap and fashion designer Lynn Mason to provide discount shops with cheap copies of Paris couture dresses.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: William Powell, Bette Davis, Frank McHugh, Hugh Herbert

Votes: 1,235

23. So This Is Harris! (1933)

28 min | Short, Comedy, Music

Walter can't stand the singing of Phil Harris - unfortunately, he can't seem to escape it, even on the golf course. His golf partner sympathizes, but when Walter discovers that the fellow ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Phil Harris, Walter Catlett, Helen Collins, June Brewster

Votes: 61

24. Forbidden (1932)

Approved | 85 min | Drama, Romance

A librarian takes a cruise and falls for an unobtainable man, a district attorney married to a crippled woman.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou, Ralph Bellamy, Dorothy Peterson

Votes: 1,220

25. No More Orchids (1932)

Passed | 71 min | Drama, Romance

An heiress forced to marry into royalty in order to save her banker father falls in love with another man while on a cruise.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Carole Lombard, Walter Connolly, Louise Closser Hale, Lyle Talbot

Votes: 281

26. Okay America! (1932)

Passed | 78 min | Drama

A gossip columnist's rise to fame. Based closely on the real life of Walter Winchell.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Lew Ayres, Maureen O'Sullivan, Louis Calhern, Edward Arnold

Votes: 57

27. The Man with Two Faces (1934)

Not Rated | 72 min | Crime, Drama

A talented young actress seems to be under the spell of her unscrupulous, avaricious, and totally unprincipled husband.

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Mary Astor, Ricardo Cortez, Mae Clarke

Votes: 508

28. Hard to Handle (1933)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Romance

Small time con artist Lefty Merrill has co-organized a crooked dance marathon and set-up his girlfriend to win the prize money. When his partner disappears with money before the contest is ... See full summary »

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: James Cagney, Mary Brian, Allen Jenkins, Ruth Donnelly

Votes: 613

29. The Mind Reader (1933)

Passed | 70 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Chandler, a con-man, and his helper Frank decide to create a clairvoyant act for the carny circuit, as a little research reveals Ameicans spent $125 million on mind-readers and astrology. ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Warren William, Constance Cummings, Allen Jenkins, Natalie Moorhead

Votes: 390

30. Skyscraper Souls (1932)

Passed | 99 min | Drama, Romance

An entrepreneur will let nothing stand in his way of acquiring a 100-story office building.

Director: Edgar Selwyn | Stars: Warren William, Maureen O'Sullivan, Gregory Ratoff, Anita Page

Votes: 655

31. Employees' Entrance (1933)

Passed | 75 min | Drama, Romance

A working girl is menaced by her tyrannical employer.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Warren William, Loretta Young, Wallace Ford, Alice White

Votes: 995

32. Expensive Women (1931)

60 min | Drama

Expensive Women is a 1931 Pre-Code talking film drama directed by silent film veteran Hobart Henley and stars Dolores Costello. It was Costello's final film as a leading lady and star for ... See full summary »

Director: Hobart Henley | Stars: Dolores Costello, H.B. Warner, Warren William, Anthony Bushell

Votes: 120

33. Under Eighteen (1931)

80 min | Drama, Romance

A poor seamstress girl sours on her engagement to a grocery deliveryman after seeing her sister's abusive marriage. Trying to help her sister pay for a divorce lawyer, she turns to a rich playboy she met at work.

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Marian Marsh, Anita Page, Regis Toomey, Warren William

Votes: 327

34. Smarty (1934)

Passed | 65 min | Comedy, Romance

Vicki Wallace (Joan Blondell) takes great pleasure in teasing her husband,Tony Wallace (Warren William), who takes no pleasure at all in being teased and it isn't long before he ups and ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Joan Blondell, Warren William, Edward Everett Horton, Frank McHugh

Votes: 296

35. Havana Widows (1933)

62 min | Comedy

Two golddiggers go fishing for millionaires in Havana.

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Joan Blondell, Glenda Farrell, Guy Kibbee, Allen Jenkins

Votes: 363

36. Big City Blues (1932)

Passed | 63 min | Comedy, Drama

Young man from small town moves to New York City looking for better life.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Joan Blondell, Eric Linden, Jobyna Howland, Ned Sparks

Votes: 485

37. Union Depot (1932)

Passed | 67 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Travelers of different and varied backgrounds meet and interact on one night in a metropolitan train station and its environs.

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Joan Blondell, Guy Kibbee, Alan Hale

Votes: 730

38. The Office Wife (1930)

Passed | 59 min | Drama, Romance

Larry Fellowes of Fellowes Publishing wants Kate to write her next book about the 'Office Wife'. The personal secretary/stenographer spends more time with the busy executive and makes more ... See full summary »

Directors: Lloyd Bacon, Michael Curtiz | Stars: Dorothy Mackaill, Lewis Stone, Natalie Moorhead, Hobart Bosworth

Votes: 300

39. My Past (1931)

Approved | 72 min | Drama, Romance

Young man and an older man fall for a stage actress.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Bebe Daniels, Lewis Stone, Ben Lyon, Joan Blondell

Votes: 121

40. God's Gift to Women (1931)

Passed | 72 min | Comedy, Romance

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: 263

41. Millie (1931)

Passed | 85 min | Drama, Romance

Millie's life begins to crumble when she finds out her husband is having an affair.

Director: John Francis Dillon | Stars: Helen Twelvetrees, Lilyan Tashman, Robert Ames, James Hall

Votes: 493

42. Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

Passed | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A wealthy composer rescues unemployed Broadway performers with a new play.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Warren William, Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon, Ruby Keeler

Votes: 6,762 | Gross: $4.80M

43. Arsène Lupin (1932)

84 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

A detective is tasked to capture an elusive thief called Arsene Lupin.

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Karen Morley, John Miljan

Votes: 893

44. Pick-up (1933)

76 min | Crime, Drama

The scheme of a pair of married con artists goes awry when their victim dies, and they are both caught and imprisoned. When she gets out of prison, she tries to put her life back together.

Director: Marion Gering | Stars: Sylvia Sidney, George Raft, Lilian Bond, William Harrigan

Votes: 92