1930s Biographical Movies

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Jesse James(1939)

1h 46min | Western, Crime, Drama, History
3.2/5 (with 33 votes)

After railroad agents forcibly evict the James family from their family farm, Jesse and Frank turn to banditry for revenge.

The Story of Alexander Graham Bell(1939)

1h 38min | Drama, History
3.2/5 (with 5 votes)

Alexander Graham Bell falls in love with deaf girl Mabel Hubbard while teaching the deaf and trying to invent means for telegraphing the human voice. She urges him to put off thoughts of marriage until his experiments are complete. He invents the telephone, marries and becomes rich and famous, though his happiness is threatened when a rival company sets out to ruin him.


3.1/5 (with 20 votes)

The queen of Egypt barges the Nile and flirts with Mark Antony and Julius Caesar.

The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle(1939)

| 1h 33min | Drama, Music, Romance / Love, War
3.7/5 (with 14 votes)

In 1911, minor stage comic, Vernon Castle meets the stage-struck Irene Foote. A few misadventures later, they marry and then abandon comedy to attempt a dancing career together. While they're performing in Paris, an agent sees them rehearse and starts them on their brilliant career as the world's foremost ballroom dancers. However, at the height of their fame, World War I begins.

The Story of Louis Pasteur(1936)

1h 26min | Drama, History
3.5/5 (with 13 votes)

A true story about Louis Pasteur, who revolutionized medicine by proving that much disease is caused by microbes, that sanitation is paramount and that at least some diseases can be cured by vaccinations.

Stanley and Livingstone(1939)

1h 41min | Adventure, History
3.2/5 (with 7 votes)

When American newspaperman and adventurer Henry M. Stanley comes back from the western Indian wars, his editor James Gordon Bennett sends him to Africa to find Dr. David Livingstone, the missing Scottish missionary. Stanley finds Livingstone ("Dr. Livingstone, I presume.") blissfully doling out medicine and religion to the happy natives. His story is at first disbelieved.

Annie Oakley(1935)

1h 30min | Drama, Western
3.3/5 (with 11 votes)

Awkward Annie (Barbara Stanwyck) loves her sharpshooting rival (Preston Foster) in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.

The Childhood of Maxim Gorky(1938)

1h 38min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 7 votes)

Young Maxim grows up under the czarist regime with his grandparents as guardians. Continually demeaned by his martinet grandfather, Maxim is drawn to his warm-hearted grandmother, who instills in him the willingness to pursue his writing muse.

Directed by Mark Donskoy - With Alexander Zhukov, Aleksey Lyarsky, Igor Smirnov, Nikolai Pogodin, Michaił Trojanowski, Varvara Massalitinova, ...

The Great Waltz(1938)

3.0/5 (with 4 votes)

Composer Johann Strauss risks his marriage over his infatuation with a beautiful singer.

Waltzes from Vienna(1934)

2.6/5 (with 14 votes)

The story of Johann Strauss the elder and younger.

Scipio Africanus: The Defeat of Hannibal(1937)

1h 23min | War, Drama, History
3.1/5 (with 2 votes)

A story of the Second Punic Wars, beginning with Scipio's futile pleas to the Roman Senate to build an army to battle Hannibal, that climaxes with the battle of Zama.


2.3/5 (with 2 votes)

Irish politician Charles Stewart Parnell (1846-1891) struggles to free his country from English rule, but his relationship with married Katie O'Shea threatens to ruin all his dreams of freedom.

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Clive of India(1935)

2.2/5 (with 4 votes)

Fort St. David, Cuddalore, southern India, 1748. While colonial empires battle to seize an enormous territory, rich in spices and precious metals beyond the wildest dreams, and try to gain the favor of the local kings, Robert Clive (1725-1774), a frustrated but talented clerk who works for the East Indian Company and struggles to earn his fortune, makes a bold decision that will change his life forever.

Viva Villa!(1934)

1h 55min | Western
3.2/5 (with 7 votes)

In this fictionalized biography, young Pancho Villa takes to the hills after killing an overseer in revenge for his father's death.

The Toast of New York(1937)

| 1h 49min | Comedy, Drama, History, Romance / Love, War
3.2/5 (with 2 votes)

After the American Civil War, Jim Fisk, a former peddler and cotton smuggler, arrives in New York, along with his partners Nick and Luke, where he struggles to make his way through the treacherous world of Wall Street's financial markets.

Unsterblicher Walzer(1939)

1h 36min | Drama

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1h 40min | History
2.5/5 (with 2 votes)

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1h 25min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 10 votes)

This character study joins the painter at the height of his fame in 1642, when his adored wife suddenly dies and his work takes a dark, sardonic turn that offends his patrons. By 1656, he is bankrupt but consoles himself with the company of pretty maid Hendrickje, whom he's unable to marry. Their relationship brings ostracism but also some measure of happiness. The final scenes find him in his last year, 1669, physically enfeebled but his spirit undimmed.

Alexander Hamilton(1931)

1h 10min | Drama, History
2.5/5 (with 2 votes)

The founding father has an extramarital affair and meets with the likes of Thomas Jefferson.


1h 25min | History, Drama, War
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

The Soviet classic based on the biography of one of the main October Revolution leaders - Sergey Kirov.

Lincoln in the White House(1939)

21min | Drama, History

This short chronicles Abraham Lincoln's presidency from his inauguration through delivery of the Gettysburg Address.

Lover Divine(1933)

2.0/5 (with 3 votes)

A section from the life of composer Franz Schubert as a material for a love story. Also known in English as Gently My Songs Entreat. An English version called Unfinished Symphony would follow in 1934.

The Emperor of California(1936)

1h 37min | Drama, Western
2.8/5 (with 2 votes)

The film follows the life story of Johann Augustus Suter, the owner of Sutter's Mill, famous as the birthplace of the great California Gold Rush of 1848.

Victoria the Great(1937)

1h 52min | Drama, History
2.5/5 (with 2 votes)

The film biography of Queen Victoria focussing initially on the early years of her reign with her marriage to Prince Albert and her subsequent rule after Albert's death in 1861.

Sant Tukaram(1936)

2h 11min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 5 votes)

This classic film chronicles the life of Tukaram (17th C.), one of Maharashtra’s most popular saint poets, activating the 20th century resonances of his turning away from courtly Sanskrit towards vernacular rhythms of religious poetry.

The Life of Giuseppe Verdi(1938)

1h 50min | Music, Drama, History

The great Italian opera composer recalls his eventful life on his deathbed: his childhood in Busseto, his studies in Milan, his first opera "Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio", the death of his wife and his children killed by smallpox.

Casta diva(1935)

1h 27min | Drama, Music
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

Martha Eggerth heads the cast of Casta Diva, but the central character is famed Italian composer Vincenzo Bellini, here played by American actor Phillips Holmes. Paying but scant attention the facts, the film concentrates on Bellini's colorful love life. Evidently the film went through several rewriting processes, as witness the curious performances of Donald Calthrop and Arthur Margetson, whose characters do complete about-faces halfway through the story. Amidst so many British accents, Martha Eggerth's Polish intonations seem out of place, but she photographs beautifully and sings quite well. Casta Diva was attractively filmed on location in Naples. Not to be confused with the 1954 remake (by Gallone himself) or to the English language version "The Divine Spark" (also directed by Gallone and starred by Eggerth).

Waltz War(1933)

1h 33min | Comedy, Music
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

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A Lady's Morals(1930)

1h 27min | Drama, Music
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Romantic biography of Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind and her famous affairs.

The Mighty Barnum(1934)

1h 27min | Comedy
0.3/5 (with 1 vote)

20th Century Fox's highly fabricated film biography of circus showman P. T. Barnum stars Wallace Beery (as Barnum), Virginia Bruce (as Jenny Lind), Janet Beecher and Adolphe Menjou. Released in 1934.

Directed by Walter Lang - With Wallace Beery
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