Movies: Popular Movies of 1930

Movies in chronological context: 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1930th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 930th year of the 2nd millennium, the 30th year of the 20th century, and the 1st year of the 1930s decade. ()

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All Quiet on the Western Front(1930)

2h 13min | Drama, War
3.9/5 (with 212 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 Blue Angel(1930)

1h 48min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 87 votes)

Prim professor Immanuel Rath finds some of his students ogling racy photos of cabaret performer Lola Lola and visits a local club, The Blue Angel, in an attempt to catch them there. Seeing Lola perform, the teacher is filled with lust, eventually resigning his position at the school to marry the young woman. However, his marriage to a coquette -- whose job is to entice men -- proves to be more difficult than Rath imagined.

Directed by Josef von Sternberg - With Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Gerron, Rosa Valetti, Hans Albers, Reinhold Bernt, ...

L'Âge d'Or(1930)

3.5/5 (with 83 votes)

The film consists of a series of tightly interlinked vignettes, the most sustained of which details the story of a man and a woman who are passionately in love. Their attempts to consummate their passion are constantly thwarted, by their families, by the Church and bourgeois society in general.

Directed by Luis Buñuel - With Gaston Modot, Lya Lys, Max Ernst, Josep Llorens i Artigas, Lionel Salem, Bonaventura Ibáñez, ...

Animal Crackers(1930)

| 1h 37min | Comedy, Music
3.6/5 (with 61 votes)

The well-known explorer and hunter Captain Spaulding has just returned from Africa, and is being welcomed home with a lavish party at the estate of influential society matron Mrs. Rittenhouse when a valuable painting goes missing. The intrepid Captain Spaulding attempts to solve the crime with the help of his silly secretary Horatio Jamison, while sparring with the anarchic Signor Emanuel Ravelli and his nutty sidekick The Professor.

Directed by Victor Heerman - With Groucho Marx, Zeppo Marx, Margaret Dumont, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Lillian Roth, ...

À propos de Nice(1930)

24min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 37 votes)

What starts off as a conventional travelogue turns into a satirical portrait of the town of Nice on the French Côte d'Azur, especially its wealthy inhabitants.

Directed by Jean Vigo


1h 42min | Mystery, Thriller, Crime
3.1/5 (with 37 votes)

When a woman is convicted of murder, one of the jurors selected to serve on the murder-trial jury believes the accused, an aspiring actress, is innocent of the crime and takes it upon himself to apprehend the real killer.


1h 15min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 35 votes)

In the peaceful countryside, Vassily opposes the rich kulaks over the coming of collective farming.

Directed by Oleksandr Dovzhenko, Yuliya Solntseva - With Yuliya Solntseva, Ivan Franko, Semen Svashenko, Stepan Shkurat, Yelena Maksimova, Petro Masokha, ...


1h 32min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.3/5 (with 33 votes)

The Foreign Legion marches in to Mogador with booze and women in mind just as singer Amy Jolly arrives from Paris to work at Lo Tinto's cabaret. That night, insouciant legionnaire Tom Brown catches her inimitably seductive, tuxedo-clad act. Both bruised by their past lives, the two edge cautiously into a no-strings relationship while being pursued by others. But Tom must leave on a perilous mission: is it too late for them?

The Big Trail(1930)

3.4/5 (with 30 votes)

Young scout Breck Coleman leads a wagon train along the dangerous trail to Oregon as he tries to get the affection of the beautiful pioneer Ruth Cameron and plans his revenge on the harsh scoundrels who murdered a friend of his in the past.

Directed by Raoul Walsh - With John Wayne, Marguerite Churchill, Tyrone Power Sr., El Brendel, Tully Marshall, Ian Keith, ...

People on Sunday(1930)

1h 14min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 25 votes)

A semi-documentary experimental 1930 German silent film created by amateurs with a small budget. With authentic scenes of the metropolis city of Berlin, it's the first film from the later famous screenwriters/directors Billy Wilder and Fred Zinnemann.

Directed by Curt Siodmak, Robert Siodmak, Edgar George Ulmer, Fred Zinnemann - With Brigitte Borchert, Christina Ehlers, Valeska Gert, Kurt Gerron, Heinrich Gretler, Wolfgang von Waltershausen, ...

City Girl(1930)

| 1h 28min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.8/5 (with 23 votes)

A waitress from Chicago falls in love with a man from rural Minnesota and marries him, with the intent of living a better life - but life on the farm has its own challenges.

Directed by F. W. Murnau - With Charles Farrell, Mary Duncan, Anne Shirley, David Torrence, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, Richard Alexander, ...

Hell's Angels(1930)

2h 11min | Action, Drama, War
3.4/5 (with 20 votes)

In this aerial spectacle, brothers Roy and Monte Rutledge, each attending Oxford university, enlist with the Royal Flying Corps when World War I breaks out.

Directed by Howard Hughes, James Whale, Edmund Goulding - With Jean Harlow, Ben Lyon, James Hall, Jane Winton, James Hall, Wyndham Standing, ...
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| 21min | Comedy
3.6/5 (with 16 votes)

Stanley and Oliver are trying to spend a relaxing night at home playing checkers, but the antics of their mischievous sons keep interrupting their recreation.

Directed by James Parrott - With Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy

Hog Wild(1930)

| 19min | Comedy
3.5/5 (with 16 votes)

Ollie can't find his hat, much to the amusement of his wife and maid. Then Ollie and Stan attempt to install a rooftop radio antenna.

Directed by James Parrott - With Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Fay Holderness, Dorothy Granger

Another Fine Mess(1930)

| 29min | Comedy
3.8/5 (with 16 votes)

Two homeless vagabonds hide out in a vacant mansion and pose as the residents when prospective lessees arrive and try to rent it.

Under the Roofs of Paris(1930)

3.3/5 (with 15 votes)

In the tenement slums of Paris between the world wars, impoverished street singer Albert yearns for beautiful Romanian immigrant Pola. Pola's boyfriend, local hoodlum Fred, grows jealous of Albert's constant attention to his woman and frames the hapless musician for one of his own petty crimes. But while Albert is in prison for Fred's misdeed, Pola ends up falling for Albert's faithful best friend, Louis.

Directed by René Clair - With Albert Préjean, Pola Illéry, Gaston Modot, Delphine Abdala, Edmond T. Gréville, Édouard Francomme, ...

Below Zero(1930)

| 20min | Comedy
3.3/5 (with 15 votes)

Street musicians Stan and Ollie have no success earning money in the dead of winter in a bad neighborhood. Their instruments are destroyed in an argument with a woman, but their luck seems to turn when Stan finds a wallet. They are chased by a thief, but are protected by a police officer. They share a meal with the policeman, but discover the wallet belongs to him. When the policeman discovers this he tells the waiter who throws them out of the restaurant and throws Stan upside down in a barrel of water.

Directed by James Parrott - With Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Tiny Sandford, Charlie Hall, Baldwin Cooke, Jack Hill, ...

The Divorcee(1930)

| 1h 24min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.3/5 (with 13 votes)

When a woman discovers that her husband has been unfaithful to her, she decides to respond to his infidelities in kind.

Directed by Robert Zigler Leonard - With Norma Shearer, Chester Morris, Conrad Nagel, Robert Montgomery, Florence Eldridge, George Irving, ...

The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case(1930)

| 30min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
3.5/5 (with 13 votes)

The boys think their days of fishing to feed themselves have come to an end, when Stan's rich uncle Ebenezer dies leaving a large estate. But they soon learn that Ebenezer was murdered and all the relatives, including Stan, are suspects. This is the first film where Oliver says "Here's Another 'Nice' Mess You've Gotten Me Into". The phrase is commonly misquoted as "Here's Another 'Fine' Mess You've Gotten Me Into" and has passed into everyday language usage.

Directed by James Parrott - With Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Tiny Sandford, Dell Henderson, Bobby Burns, Fred Kelsey, ...

Anna Christie(1930)

1h 29min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.3/5 (with 13 votes)

Old sailor Chris Christofferson eagerly awaits the arrival of his grown daughter Anna, whom he sent at five years old to live with relatives in Minnesota. He has not seen her since, but believes her to be a decent and respectably employed young woman. When Anna arrives, however, it is clear that she has lived a hard life in the dregs of society, and that much of spirit has been extinguished. She falls in love with a young sailor rescued at sea by her father, but dreads to reveal to him the truth of her past. Both father and young man are deluded about her background, yet Anna cannot quite bring herself to allow them to remain deluded.

Directed by Clarence Brown - With Greta Garbo, Charles Bickford, George F. Marion, Marie Dressler, Lee Phelps


| 26min | Comedy
3.7/5 (with 12 votes)

Stan fakes receiving a telegram so he can go to a club with Ollie and a bottle of his unsuspecting wife's liquor, but she overhears his plans.

Directed by James Parrott - With Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Anita Garvin, Tiny Sandford, Baldwin Cooke, Charlie Hall, ...

Night Owls(1930)

| 21min | Comedy
3.8/5 (with 11 votes)

Policeman Edgar Kennedy is told by his chief he better stop a string of burglaries that have been happening on his watch or else he will get the sack. He persuades vagrants Stan and Ollie to rob the chief's house so he can regain his reputation by catching them. The policeman promises to later get the boys off. Things do not go as planned.

Directed by James Parrott - With Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, Jimmy Finlayson, Baldwin Cooke, Anders Randolf, ...

Westfront 1918(1930)

1h 37min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.3/5 (with 10 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.

Directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst - With Fritz Kampers, Gustav Diessl, Hans-Joachim Moebis, Claus Clausen, Gustav Püttjer, Carl Balhaus, ...

Juno and the Paycock(1930)

1h 34min | Drama, Comedy
2.4/5 (with 10 votes)

During the Irish revolution, a family earns a big inheritance. They start leading a rich life forgetting what the most important values of are. At the end, they discover they will not receive that inheritance; the family is destroyed and penniless. They must sell their home and start living like vagabonds.

The Barnyard Concert(1930)

6min | Animation
2.9/5 (with 10 votes)

Mickey leads an 8-piece orchestra (that's counting the bass played by three birds as one) through the most recognizable parts of the Poet and Peasant Overture. The setting, as the title implies, is a barnyard, and some of the instrumentation reflects that (including various animals used as instruments, like a tuned group of piglets whose tails Mickey pulls).

Directed by Walt Disney

The Fire Fighters(1930)

7min | Animation
3.2/5 (with 9 votes)

Mickey and others are firemen; they slide down an ostrich's neck when the alarm sounds. A squealing cat whose tail Mickey pulls acts as the siren. The nearest hydrant isn't working too well, so Horace Horsecollar takes drinks from a pond and uses that water to put out the fire. Minnie is trapped on an upper floor; Mickey climbs the neighboring building fire escape and uses a clothesline to cross to Minnie's building.

Directed by Burt Gillett

The Big House(1930)

1h 27min | Crime, Drama
3.3/5 (with 9 votes)

Convicted of manslaughter for a drunken driving accident, Kent Marlowe is sent to prison, where he meets vicious incarcerated figures who are planning an escape from the brutal conditions.

Directed by George W. Hill - With Wallace Beery, Robert Montgomery, Lewis Stone, Chester Morris, George F. Marion, Claire McDowell, ...

The Love Parade(1930)

3.4/5 (with 9 votes)

The queen of mythical Sylvania marries a courtier, who finds his new life unsatisfying.

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch - With Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Lillian Roth, Lionel Belmore, Eugene Pallette, Lupino Lane, ...


1h 7min | Documentary
3.4/5 (with 9 votes)

A lyrical documentary on the lives of Coal miners in the Donbass who are struggling to meet their production quotas under the Five Year Plan.

Directed by Dziga Vertov

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.

Directed by D. W. Griffith - With Walter Huston, Una Merkel, William L. Thorne, Frank Campeau, Helen Freeman Corle, Helen Ware, ...
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