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Movies: Popular Movies of the 1930s (1930-1939)

Movies in chronological context: The 1930s (pronounced "nineteen-thirties" and commonly abbreviated as "the 30s") was a decade of the Gregorian calendar that began on January 1, 1930, and ended on December 31, 1939. The decade was defined by a global economic and political crisis that culminated in the Second World War. It saw the collapse of the international financial system, beginning with the Wall Street Crash of 1929, the largest stock market crash in American history. The subsequent economic downfall, called the Great Depression, had traumatic social effects worldwide, leading to widespread poverty and unemployment, especially in the economic superpower of the United States and in Germany, which was already struggling with the payment of reparations for the First World War. The Dust Bowl in the United States (which led to the nickname the "Dirty Thirties") further emphasised the scarcity of wealth. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, elected in 1933, introduced a program of broad-scale social reforms and stimulus plans called the New Deal in response to the crisis. In the wake of the Depression, the decade also saw the rapid retreat of liberal democracy as authoritarian regimes emerged in countries across Europe and South America, including Italy, Spain, and in particular the Third Reich in Nazi Germa... ()

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs(1937)

3.6/5 (with 2,902 votes)

A beautiful girl, Snow White, takes refuge in the forest in the house of seven dwarfs to hide from her stepmother, the wicked Queen. The Queen is jealous because she wants to be known as "the fairest in the land," and Snow White's beauty surpasses her own.

The Wizard of Oz(1939)

3.8/5 (with 2,111 votes)

Young Dorothy finds herself in a magical world where she makes friends with a lion, a scarecrow and a tin man as they make their way along the yellow brick road to talk with the Wizard and ask for the things they miss most in their lives. The Wicked Witch of the West is the only thing that could stop them.

Gone with the Wind(1939)

G
| 3h 53min | Drama, War, Romance / Love
4.0/5 (with 1,533 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.

Modern Times(1936)

G
| 1h 27min | Comedy, Drama
4.2/5 (with 1,329 votes)

The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.

City Lights(1931)

G
| 1h 27min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
4.2/5 (with 721 votes)

In this sound-era silent film, a tramp falls in love with a beautiful blind flower seller.

M(1931)

PG-13
| 1h 57min | Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime
4.1/5 (with 703 votes)

In this classic German thriller, Hans Beckert, a serial killer who preys on children, becomes the focus of a massive Berlin police manhunt. Beckert's heinous crimes are so repellant and disruptive to city life that he is even targeted by others in the seedy underworld network. With both cops and criminals in pursuit, the murderer soon realizes that people are on his trail, sending him into a tense, panicked attempt to escape justice.

Frankenstein(1931)

NR
| 1h 11min | Drama, Horror, Science Fiction
3.8/5 (with 500 votes)

Dr. Henry Frankenstein attempts to create life by assembling a creature from body parts of the deceased. Aided by his loyal misshapen assistant, Fritz, Frankenstein succeeds in animating his monster, but, confused and traumatized, it escapes into the countryside and begins to wreak havoc. Frankenstein searches for the elusive being, and eventually must confront his tormented creation.

King Kong(1933)

NR
| 1h 44min | Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction
3.8/5 (with 495 votes)

Adventurous filmmaker, Carl Denham, sets out to produce a motion picture unlike anything the world has seen before. Alongside his leading lady Ann Darrow and his first mate Jack Driscoll, they arrive on an island and discover a legendary creature said to be neither beast nor man. Denham captures the monster to displayed on Broadway as Kong, the eighth wonder of the world.

It Happened One Night(1934)

NR
| 1h 45min | Comedy, Romance / Love
4.0/5 (with 396 votes)

A renegade reporter and a crazy young heiress meet on a bus heading for New York, and end up stuck with each other when the bus leaves them behind at one of the stops.

Dracula(1931)

NR
| 1h 12min | Horror, Drama, Fantasy
3.6/5 (with 379 votes)

British estate agent Renfield travels to Transylvania to meet with the mysterious Count Dracula, who is interested in leasing a castle in London and is, unbeknownst to Renfield, a vampire. After Dracula enslaves Renfield and drives him to insanity, the pair sail to London together, and as Dracula begins preying on London socialites, the two become the subject of study for a supernaturalist professor, Abraham Van Helsing.

Stagecoach(1939)

NR
| 1h 36min | Western, Adventure, Action
3.9/5 (with 375 votes)

A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo, and learn something about each other in the process.

Freaks(1932)

NR
| 1h 2min | Drama, Horror
3.9/5 (with 374 votes)

A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington(1939)

NR
| 2h 9min | Comedy, Drama
4.0/5 (with 350 votes)

Naive and idealistic Jefferson Smith, leader of the Boy Rangers, is appointed to the United States Senate by the puppet governor of his state. He soon discovers, upon going to Washington, many shortcomings of the political process as his earnest goal of a national boys' camp leads to a conflict with the state political boss.

Bringing Up Baby(1938)

NR
| 1h 42min | Comedy, Romance / Love
3.8/5 (with 320 votes)

David Huxley is waiting to get a bone he needs for his museum collection. Through a series of strange circumstances, he meets Susan Vance, and the duo have a series of misadventures which include a leopard called Baby.

The 39 Steps(1935)

NR
| 1h 26min | Mystery, Thriller
3.7/5 (with 317 votes)

Richard Hanney has a rude awakening when a glamorous female spy falls into his bed -- with a knife in her back. Having a bit of trouble explaining it all to Scotland Yard, he heads for the hills of Scotland to try to clear his name by locating the spy ring known as "The 39 Steps.".

The Bride of Frankenstein(1935)

NR
| 1h 15min | Drama, Horror, Science Fiction
3.8/5 (with 302 votes)

Bride of Frankenstein begins where James Whale's Frankenstein from 1931 ended. Dr. Frankenstein has not been killed as previously portrayed and now he wants to get away from the mad experiments. Yet when his wife is kidnapped by his creation, Frankenstein agrees to help him create a new monster, this time a woman.

The Lady Vanishes(1938)

NR
| 1h 36min | Mystery, Thriller
3.8/5 (with 287 votes)

On a train headed for England a group of travelers is delayed by an avalanche. Holed up in a hotel in a fictional European country, young Iris befriends elderly Miss Froy. When the train resumes, Iris suffers a bout of unconsciousness and wakes to find the old woman has disappeared. The other passengers ominously deny Miss Froy ever existed, so Iris begins to investigate with another traveler and, as the pair sleuth, romantic sparks fly.

Duck Soup(1933)

1h 9min | Comedy, War
3.7/5 (with 265 votes)

Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale.

The Adventures of Robin Hood(1938)

3.8/5 (with 243 votes)

Robin Hood fights nobly for justice against the evil Sir Guy of Gisbourne while striving to win the hand of the beautiful Maid Marian.

The Invisible Man(1933)

3.8/5 (with 242 votes)

Working in Dr. Cranley’s laboratory, scientist Jack Griffin was always given the latitude to conduct some of his own experiments. His sudden departure, however, has Cranley’s daughter Flora worried about him. Griffin has taken a room at the nearby Lion’s Head Inn, hoping to reverse an experiment he conducted on himself that made him invisible. But the experimental drug has also warped his mind, making him aggressive and dangerous. He’s prepared to do whatever it takes to restore his appearance.

All Quiet on the Western Front(1930)

2h 13min | Drama, War
3.9/5 (with 232 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.

Grand Illusion(1937)

1h 54min | Drama, History, War
3.9/5 (with 215 votes)

A group of French soldiers, including the patrician Captain de Boeldieu and the working-class Lieutenant Maréchal, grapple with their own class differences after being captured and held in a World War I German prison camp. When the men are transferred to a high-security fortress, they must concoct a plan to escape beneath the watchful eye of aristocratic German officer von Rauffenstein, who has formed an unexpected bond with de Boeldieu.

The Mummy(1932)

NR
| 1h 13min | Horror
3.5/5 (with 188 votes)

An ancient Egyptian priest named Imhotep is revived when an archaeological expedition finds his mummy and one of the archaeologists accidentally reads an ancient life-giving spell. Imhotep escapes from the field site and searches for the reincarnation of the soul of his lover.

The Rules of the Game(1939)

NR
| 1h 46min | Drama, Comedy, Romance / Love
3.9/5 (with 181 votes)

A weekend at a marquis’ country château lays bare some ugly truths about a group of haut bourgeois acquaintances.

Scarface(1932)

1h 33min | Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.8/5 (with 179 votes)

A murderous thug shoots his way to the top of the mobs while trying to protect his sister from the criminal life.

A Night at the Opera(1935)

NR
| 1h 36min | Comedy, Music
3.8/5 (with 162 votes)

The Marx Brothers take on high society and the opera world to bring two lovers together. A sly business manager and two wacky friends of two opera singers help them achieve success while humiliating their stuffy and snobbish enemies.

Vampyr(1932)

PG-13
| 1h 14min | Horror, Fantasy
3.8/5 (with 143 votes)

Traveler Allan Gray arrives in the village of Courtempierre and takes lodgings in a small inn. Gray has a great interest in the supernatural, particularly vampires. He's barely settled in when he feels a sinister force descending upon him. In the night an old man enters his room to tell him 'she must not die'. One of the old man's daughters, Leone, has been bitten by a vampire. In order to break the curse, Gray and Leone's sister Gisele must find the original vampire and drive a stake through her heart.

The Thin Man(1934)

NR
| 1h 31min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
3.8/5 (with 141 votes)

A husband and wife detective team takes on the search for a missing inventor and almost get killed for their efforts.

L'Atalante(1934)

3.8/5 (with 137 votes)

Capricious small-town girl Juliette and barge captain Jean marry after a whirlwind courtship, and she comes to live aboard his boat, L'Atalante. As they make their way down the Seine, Jean grows weary of Juliette's flirtations with his all-male crew, and Juliette longs to escape the monotony of the boat and experience the excitement of a big city. When she steals away to Paris by herself, her husband begins to think their marriage was a mistake.

Directed by Jean Vigo - With Dita Parlo, Michel Simon, Claude Aveline, Paul Grimault, Gen Paul, Jacques Prévert, ...

Three Little Pigs(1933)

3.4/5 (with 127 votes)

The two pigs building houses of hay and sticks scoff at their brother, building the brick house. But when the wolf comes around and blows their houses down (after trickery like dressing as a foundling sheep fails), they run to their brother's house. And throughout, they sing the classic song, "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?".

Directed by Burt Gillett
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