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1930s Historical Movies

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Gone with the Wind(1939)

G
| 3h 53min | Drama, War, Romance / Love
4.0/5 (with 1,354 votes)

The spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner is forced to use every means at her disposal to claw her way out of poverty, following Maj. Gen. William Sherman's destructive "March to the Sea,” during the American Civil War.

Mutiny on the Bounty(1935)

2h 12min | Adventure, Drama, History
3.7/5 (with 87 votes)

Fletcher Christian successfully leads a revolt against the ruthless Captain Bligh on the HMS Bounty. However, Bligh returns one year later, hell bent on avenging his captors.

Directed by Frank Lloyd - With Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, Movita Castaneda, Mamo Clark, Donald Crisp, ...

All Quiet on the Western Front(1930)

2h 13min | Drama, War
3.9/5 (with 206 votes)

A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I. Together with several other young German soldiers, he experiences the horrors of war, such evil of which he had not conceived of when signing up to fight. They eventually become sad, tormented, and confused of their purpose.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame(1939)

NR
| 1h 57min | Drama, Romance / Love, Horror
3.8/5 (with 48 votes)

Paris, France, 1482. Frollo, Chief Justice of benevolent King Louis XI, gets infatuated by the beauty of Esmeralda, a gypsy young girl. The hunchback Quasimodo, Frollo's protege and bell-ringer of Notre Dame, lives in peace among the bells in the heights of the immense cathedral until he is involved by the twisted magistrate in his malicious plans to free himself from Esmeralda's alleged spell, which he believes to be the devil's work.

The Hound of the Baskervilles(1939)

NR
| 1h 20min | Mystery, Thriller
3.7/5 (with 55 votes)

On his uncle's death Sir Henry Baskerville returns from Canada to take charge of his ancestral hall on the desolate moors of Devonshire, and finds that Sherlock Holmes is there to investigate the local belief that his uncle was killed by a monster hound that has roamed the moors since 1650, and is likely to strike again at Sir Henry.

Drums Along the Mohawk(1939)

1h 40min | Drama, History, War
3.3/5 (with 33 votes)

Albany, New York, 1776. After marrying, Gil and Lana travel north to settle on a small farm in the Mohawk River Valley, but soon their growing prosperity and happiness are threatened by the sinister sound of drums that announce dark times of revolution and war.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde(1931)

3.7/5 (with 77 votes)

Based on the story by Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Henry Jekyll believes that there are two distinct sides to men - a good and an evil side. He believes that by separating the two, man can become liberated. He succeeds in his experiments with chemicals to accomplish this and transforms into Hyde to commit horrendous crimes. When he discontinues use of the drug, it is already too late.

Young Mr. Lincoln(1939)

PG
| 1h 40min | Drama, History
3.8/5 (with 46 votes)

In this dramatized account of his early law career in Illinois, Abraham Lincoln is born into a modest log cabin, where he is encouraged by his first love, Ann Rutledge, to pursue law. Following her tragic death, Lincoln establishes a law practice in Springfield, where he meets a young Mary Todd. Lincoln's law skills are put to the test when he takes on the difficult task of defending two brothers who have been accused of murder.

Jesse James(1939)

1h 46min | Western, Crime, Drama, History
3.2/5 (with 24 votes)

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

Queen Christina(1934)

3.5/5 (with 31 votes)

Queen Christina of Sweden is a popular monarch who is loyal to her country. However, when she falls in love with a Spanish envoy, she must choose between the throne and the man she loves.

The Black Room(1935)

1h 10min | Drama, Crime
3.2/5 (with 17 votes)

In a 16th-century European town, the ruling family has been given a prophecy that, should there ever be twin boys born, the younger will murder the older; so is dismayed when twins are born to the popular baron. The older grows to be a selfish, slovenly man, who inherits the castle at his father's death and becomes ruler over the formerly happy villagers. He enjoys his power until he learns his younger brother is returning from abroad and, afraid of the prophecy, he determines to murder his sibling, hide his body in the "black room" - an old torture chamber sealed away behind the fireplace - and then impersonate him, right down to his withered arm. In this way he hopes to not only avoid the prophecy, but also escape consequences of his other criminal deeds and obtain marriage to a local girl of the nobility...

The Private Life of Henry VIII(1933)

3.3/5 (with 16 votes)

Renowned for his excess, King Henry VIII goes through a series of wives during his rule. With Anne Boleyn, his second wife, executed on charges of treason, King Henry weds maid Jane Seymour, but that marriage also ends in tragedy. Not one to be single for long, the king picks German-born Anne of Cleves as his bride, but their union lasts only months before an annulment is granted, and King Henry continues his string of spouses.

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The Charge of the Light Brigade(1936)

1h 51min | Drama, Adventure, War
3.4/5 (with 18 votes)

In 1853, as the British and Russian empires compete to gain and maintain their place in the dreadful Great Game of political intrigues and alliances whose greatest prize is the domination of India and the border territories, Major Geoffrey Vickers must endure several betrayals and misfortunes before he can achieve his revenge at the Balaclava Heights, on October 25, 1854, the most glorious day of the Crimean War.

Stingaree(1934)

1h 17min | Comedy, Drama, Adventure
3.0/5 (with 3 votes)

A young lady named Hilda who works as a servant for the wealthy Clarksons, sheep farmers, and dreams of being a great singer. An upcoming visit by Sir Julian, a famous composer arriving from London, drives jealous Mrs. Clarkson (an interfering biddy who fancies she can sing - but can't) to send away Hilda, so he doesn't hear Hilda has a good voice. Meanwhile, an infamous outlaw named Stingaree has just arrived in town and kidnaps Sir Julian, then poses as him at the Clarksons, where he meets Hilda a few hours before she is to leave.

Cleopatra(1934)

2.9/5 (with 17 votes)

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

Tower of London(1939)

1h 32min | Drama, History
2.8/5 (with 10 votes)

In the 15th century Richard Duke of Gloucester, aided by his club-footed executioner Mord, eliminates those ahead of him in succession to the throne, then occupied by his brother King Edward IV of England. As each murder is accomplished he takes particular delight in removing small figurines, each resembling one of the successors, from a throne-room dollhouse, until he alone remains. After the death of Edward he becomes Richard III, King of England, and need only defeat the exiled Henry Tudor to retain power.

Allegheny Uprising(1939)

NR
| 1h 21min | Western, Action, Adventure, History
2.7/5 (with 6 votes)

South western Pennsylvania area of colonial America, 1760s. Colonial distaste and disapproval of the British government is starting to surface. Many local colonists have been killed by American Indians who are armed with rifles supplied by white traders.

The Gorgeous Hussy(1936)

1h 43min | Drama, History
1.9/5 (with 3 votes)

It's the early nineteenth century Washington. Young adult Margaret O'Neal, Peggy to most that know her, is the daughter of Major William O'Neal, who is the innkeeper of the establishment where most out-of-town politicians and military men stay when they're in Washington. Peggy is pretty and politically aware. She is courted by several of those politicians and military men who all want to marry her, except for the one with who she is truly in love.

Barbary Coast(1935)

3.5/5 (with 6 votes)

Mary Rutledge arrives from the east, finds her fiance dead, and goes to work at the roulette wheel of Louis Charnalis' Bella Donna, a rowdy gambling house in San Francisco in the 1850s. She falls in love with miner Carmichael and takes his gold dust at the wheel. She goes after him, Louis goes after her with intent to harm Carmichael.

Scrooge(1935)

2.9/5 (with 8 votes)

Ebenezer Scrooge, the ultimate Victorian miser, hasn't a good word for Christmas, though his impoverished clerk Cratchit and nephew Fred are full of holiday spirit. In the night, Scrooge is visited by spirits of the past, present, and future.

The Littlest Rebel(1935)

3.1/5 (with 9 votes)

Virgie Cary's father, a rebel officer, sneaks back to his rundown plantation to see his dying wife and is arrested. A Yankee officer takes pity and sets up an escape. Everyone is captured and the officers are to be executed. Virgie and Uncle Billy beg President Lincoln to intercede.

The Mystery of the Mary Celeste(1935)

1h 20min | Drama, Mystery, Horror
2.7/5 (with 4 votes)

During a horrific storm at sea, the crew realizes that there is a murderer among them who is killing them off one by one.

Mystery of Edwin Drood(1935)

3.0/5 (with 3 votes)

An opium-addicted choirmaster develops an obsession for a beautiful young girl and will not stop short of murder in order to have her.

The Little Colonel(1935)

3.3/5 (with 7 votes)

After Southern belle Elizabeth Lloyd runs off to marry Yankee Jack Sherman, her father, a former Confederate colonel during the Civil War, vows to never speak to her again. Several years pass and Elizabeth returns to her home town with her husband and young daughter. The little girl charms her crusty grandfather and tries to patch things up between him and her mother.

A Message to Garcia(1936)

1h 17min | Drama, Romance / Love
2.6/5 (with 4 votes)

A fiery Cuban woman guides an emissary from the U.S. president through the jungles of war-torn Cuba.

Abraham Lincoln(1930)

1h 36min | History, Drama
2.5/5 (with 9 votes)

A biopic dramatizing Abraham Lincoln's life through a series of vignettes depicting its defining chapters: his romance with Ann Rutledge; his early years as a country lawyer; his marriage to Mary Todd; his debates with Stephen A. Douglas; the election of 1860; his presidency during the Civil War; and his assassination in Ford’s Theater in 1865.

Stand Up and Fight(1939)

3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

A southern aristocrat clashes with a driver transporting stolen slaves to freedom.

Peter Ibbetson(1935)

1h 28min | Romance / Love, Drama
3.6/5 (with 12 votes)

Architect Peter Ibbetson is hired by the Duke of Towers to design a building for him. Ibbetson discovers that the Duchess of Towers, Mary, is his now-grown childhood sweetheart. Their love revives, but Peter is sentenced to life in prison for an accidental killing. Mary comes to him in dreams and they are able to live out their romance in a dream world.

Westfront 1918(1930)

1h 37min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.3/5 (with 9 votes)

A group of German infantrymen of the First World War live out their lives in the trenches of France. They find brief entertainment and relief in a village behind the lines, but primarily terror fills their lives as the attacks on and from the French army ebb and flow. One of the men, Karl, goes home on leave only to discover the degradation forced on his family by wartime poverty. He returns to the lines in time to face an enormous attack by French tanks.

Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel(1937)

1.8/5 (with 3 votes)

Sir Percy is forced to return to France one last time, to rescue his wife from the clutches of the sinister Robespierre. It clearly is a trap, but nothing will keep the good old Pimpernel from carrying out his mission. He is up against the usual clods and dolts, after all.

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