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Movies Set in The 1930s

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9(2009)

3.4/5 (with 1,314 votes)

When 9 first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world. All humans are gone, and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction. Despite being the neophyte of the group, 9 convinces the others that hiding will do them no good.

Directed by Shane Acker

Life Is Beautiful(1997)

PG-13
| 1h 56min | Comedy, Drama
4.3/5 (with 5,063 votes)

A touching story of an Italian book seller of Jewish ancestry who lives in his own little fairy tale. His creative and happy life would come to an abrupt halt when his entire family is deported to a concentration camp during World War II. While locked up he tries to convince his son that the whole thing is just a game.

The Imitation Game(2014)

PG-13
| 1h 53min | History, Drama, Thriller, War
4.0/5 (with 6,727 votes)

Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.

Watchmen(2009)

R
| 2h 43min | Action, Mystery, Science Fiction
3.7/5 (with 3,415 votes)

In a gritty and alternate 1985 the glory days of costumed vigilantes have been brought to a close by a government crackdown, but after one of the masked veterans is brutally murdered, an investigation into the killer is initiated. The reunited heroes set out to prevent their own destruction, but in doing so uncover a sinister plot that puts all of humanity in grave danger.

Lolita(1997)

R
| 2h 17min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 514 votes)

Urbane professor Humbert Humbert marries a New England widow to be near her nymphet daughter.

Mank(2020)

R
| 2h 13min | Drama, History
3.5/5 (with 453 votes)

1930s Hollywood is reevaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane.

In This Corner of the World(2016)

PG-13
| 2h 10min | Drama, Animation, Romance / Love, War, History
4.1/5 (with 189 votes)

Japan, 1943, during World War II. Young Suzu leaves her village near Hiroshima to marry and live with her in-laws in Kure, a military harbor. Her creativity to overcome deprivation quickly makes her indispensable at home. Inhabited by an ancestral wisdom, Suzu impregnates the simple gestures of everyday life with poetry and beauty. The many hardships, the loss of loved ones, the frequent air raids of the enemy, nothing alters her enthusiasm….

Directed by Sunao Katabuchi

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button(2008)

PG-13
| 2h 46min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance / Love
3.8/5 (with 4,813 votes)

I was born under unusual circumstances. And so begins .The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, adapted from the 1920s story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who is born in his eighties and ages backwards: a man, like any of us, who is unable to stop time. We follow his story, set in New Orleans, from the end of World War I in 1918 into the 21st century, following his journey that is as unusual as any man's life can be. Directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett with Taraji P. Henson, Tilda Swinton, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas and Julia Ormond, Benjamin Button, is a grand tale of a not-so-ordinary man and the people and places he discovers along the way, the loves he finds, the joys of life and the sadness of death, and what lasts beyond time.

The Banishing(2021)

1h 37min | Horror
3.3/5 (with 4 votes)

In the 1930s, a young reverend and his family are forced to confront their worst fears when they discover their new home holds a horrifying secret.

Directed by Christopher Smith

The Adventures of Tintin(2011)

PG
| 1h 47min | Adventure, Animation, Mystery
3.4/5 (with 2,079 votes)

From Academy Award® ,winning filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson comes the epic adventures of Tintin. Racing to uncover the secrets of a sunken ship that may hold a vast fortune, but also an ancient curse ,Tintin and his loyal dog Snowy embark on an action-packed journey around the world that critics are calling.

Directed by Steven Spielberg

Ip Man(2008)

R
| 1h 46min | Drama, Action, History
3.9/5 (with 1,342 votes)

A semi-biographical account of Yip Man, the first martial arts master to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun. The film focuses on events surrounding Ip that took place in the city of Foshan between the 1930s to 1940s during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Directed by Wilson Yip, the film stars Donnie Yen in the lead role, and features fight choreography by Sammo Hung.

Stardust(2007)

3.6/5 (with 1,494 votes)

In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm. His journey takes him into a world beyond his wildest dreams and reveals his true identity.

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Lawrence of Arabia(1962)

PG
| 3h 47min | War, History, Adventure, Drama
4.0/5 (with 996 votes)

The story of British officer T.E. Lawrence's mission to aid the Arab tribes in their revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Lawrence becomes a flamboyant, messianic figure in the cause of Arab unity but his psychological instability threatens to undermine his achievements.

Public Enemies(2009)

R
| 2h 20min | Crime, Drama, Action, History
3.4/5 (with 1,625 votes)

Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger's charm and audacity endear him to much of America's downtrodden public, but he's also a thorn in the side of J. Edgar Hoover and the fledgling FBI. Desperate to capture the elusive outlaw, Hoover makes Dillinger his first Public Enemy Number One and assigns his top agent, Melvin Purvis, the task of bringing him in dead or alive.

Citizen Kane(1941)

PG
| 1h 59min | Mystery, Drama
4.1/5 (with 1,829 votes)

Newspaper magnate, Charles Foster Kane is taken from his mother as a boy and made the ward of a rich industrialist. As a result, every well-meaning, tyrannical or self-destructive move he makes for the rest of his life appears in some way to be a reaction to that deeply wounding event.

Jungle Cruise(2021)

Dr. Lily Houghton enlists the aid of wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff to take her down the Amazon in his ramshackle boat. Together, they search for an ancient tree that holds the power to heal -- a discovery that will change the future of medicine.

Porco Rosso(1992)

3.9/5 (with 1,059 votes)

In Italy in the 1930s, sky pirates in biplanes terrorize wealthy cruise ships as they sail the Adriatic Sea. The only pilot brave enough to stop the scourge is the mysterious Porco Rosso, a former World War I flying ace who was somehow turned into a pig during the war. As he prepares to battle the pirate crew's American ace, Porco Rosso enlists the help of spunky girl mechanic Fio Piccolo and his longtime friend Madame Gina.

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Mary Poppins Returns(2018)

PG
| 2h 11min | Fantasy, Kids & Family, Comedy
3.3/5 (with 1,297 votes)

In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael's three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

The Handmaiden(2016)

NR
| 2h 25min | Thriller, Drama, Romance / Love
4.2/5 (with 1,126 votes)

1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, a young woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering uncle, but she's involved in something greater that will soon be revealed.

Directed by Park Chan-wook - With Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, Ha Jung-woo, Moon So-ri, Kim Hae-suk, Cho Jin-woong, ...

Memoirs of a Geisha(2005)

PG-13
| 2h 26min | Drama, Romance / Love, History
3.9/5 (with 1,041 votes)

A sweeping romantic epic set in Japan in the years before World War II, a penniless Japanese child is torn from her family to work as a maid in a geisha house.

The Untouchables(1987)

1h 59min | Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
3.9/5 (with 2,043 votes)

Young Treasury Agent Elliot Ness arrives in Chicago and is determined to take down Al Capone, but it's not going to be easy because Capone has the police in his pocket. Ness meets Jimmy Malone, a veteran patrolman and probably the most honorable one on the force. He asks Malone to help him get Capone, but Malone warns him that if he goes after Capone, he is going to war.

Gandhi(1982)

PG
| 3h 11min | Drama, History
3.8/5 (with 814 votes)

In the early years of the 20th century, Mohandas K. Gandhi, a British-trained lawyer, forsakes all worldly possessions to take up the cause of Indian independence. Faced with armed resistance from the British government, Gandhi adopts a policy of 'passive resistance', endeavouring to win freedom for his people without resorting to bloodshed.

Papillon(2017)

R
| 2h 14min | Drama, History, Crime
3.7/5 (with 630 votes)

Henri “Papillon” Charrière, a safecracker from the Parisian underworld, is wrongfully convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana, where he forges a strong friendship with Louis Dega, a counterfeiter who needs his protection.

Christopher Robin(2018)

3.7/5 (with 1,037 votes)

Christopher Robin, the boy who had countless adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood, has grown up and lost his way. Now it’s up to his spirited and loveable stuffed animals, Winnie The Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and the rest of the gang, to rekindle their friendship and remind him of endless days of childlike wonder and make-believe, when doing nothing was the very best something.

Ray(2004)

PG-13
| 2h 32min | Drama, Music
3.7/5 (with 673 votes)

Born on a sharecropping plantation in Northern Florida, Ray Charles went blind at seven. Inspired by a fiercely independent mom who insisted he make his own way, He found his calling and his gift behind a piano keyboard. Touring across the Southern musical circuit, the soulful singer gained a reputation and then exploded with worldwide fame when he pioneered coupling gospel and country together.

Frida(2002)

R
| 2h 3min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.8/5 (with 776 votes)

A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work.

Legends of the Fall(1994)

3.7/5 (with 873 votes)

An epic tale of three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of 1900s USA and how their lives are affected by nature, history, war, and love.

Atonement(2007)

R
| 2h 3min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.9/5 (with 1,481 votes)

As a 13-year-old, fledgling writer Briony Tallis irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.

Fantasia 2000(1999)

G
| 1h 14min | Animation, Kids & Family, Music
3.5/5 (with 460 votes)

Blending lively music and brilliant animation, this sequel to the original 'Fantasia' restores 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' and adds seven new shorts.

The Aviator(2004)

PG-13
| 2h 50min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 1,960 votes)

A biopic depicting the life of filmmaker and aviation pioneer Howard Hughes from 1927 to 1947, during which time he became a successful film producer and an aviation magnate, while simultaneously growing more unstable due to severe obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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