Movies: Popular Movies of 1931

Movies in chronological context: 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1931st year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 931st year of the 2nd millennium, the 31st year of the 20th century, and the 2nd year of the 1930s decade. ()

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City Lights(1931)

| 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.


| 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.


| 1h 11min | Drama, Horror, Science Fiction
3.8/5 (with 526 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.


| 1h 12min | Horror, Drama, Fantasy
3.6/5 (with 399 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.

The Public Enemy(1931)

| 1h 23min | Crime, Drama
3.6/5 (with 107 votes)

Two young Chicago hoodlums, Tom Powers and Matt Doyle, rise up from their poverty-stricken slum life to become petty thieves, bootleggers and cold-blooded killers. But with street notoriety and newfound wealth, the duo feels the heat from the cops and rival gangsters both. Despite his ruthless criminal reputation, Tom tries to remain connected to his family, however, gang warfare and the need for revenge eventually pull him away.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde(1931)

| 1h 38min | Horror, Science Fiction
3.6/5 (with 89 votes)

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.

Little Caesar(1931)

3.6/5 (with 80 votes)

A small-time hood shoots his way to the top, but how long can he stay there?

Monkey Business(1931)

1h 17min | Music, Comedy
3.6/5 (with 60 votes)

Four stowaways get mixed up with gangsters while running riot on an ocean liner.


3.7/5 (with 51 votes)

The youngsters Matahi and Reri are in love with each other. The old warrior Hitu announces that Reri is to be the new chosen virgin for the gods. This means she must stay untouched, otherwise she and her lover will be killed. But Matahi abducts and escapes with her to an island ruled by the white man, where their gods would be harmless and powerless.

Directed by F. W. Murnau - With Anne Chevalier


| 2h 3min | Drama, Western, History
2.8/5 (with 38 votes)

When the government opens up the Oklahoma territory for settlement, restless Yancey Cravat claims a plot of the free land for himself and moves his family there from Wichita. A newspaperman, lawyer, and just about everything else, Cravat soon becomes a leading citizen of the boom town of Osage. Once the town is established, however, he begins to feel confined once again, and heads for the Cherokee Strip, leaving his family behind. During this and other absences, his wife Sabra must learn to take care of herself and soon becomes prominent in her own right.


1h 44min | Horror
3.5/5 (with 31 votes)

In the early days of sound, it was common for Hollywood studios to produce Hollywood foreign-language versions of their films (usually in French, Spanish, and German) using the same sets, costumes and etc. Unfortunately, most of these foreign language versions no longer exist. The Spanish version of Dracula is an exception. In recent years this version has become more highly praised by some than the English language version. The Spanish crew had the advantage of watching the dailies from the English crew's version when they came in for the evening and they would figure out better camera angles and more effective use of lighting in an attempt to "top" it. As a result, this version's supporters consider it to be much more artistically effective.

La Chienne(1931)

1h 31min | Drama, Crime
3.8/5 (with 30 votes)

Cashier Maurice Legrand is married to Adele, a terror. By chance, he meets Lucienne, "Lulu", and make her his mistress. He thinks he finally met love, but Lulu is nothing but a streetwalker, in love with Dede, her pimp. She only accepts Legrand to satisfy Dede's needs of money.

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À Nous la Liberté(1931)

1h 35min | Comedy, Music
3.7/5 (with 29 votes)

In this classic French satire, Louis, a convict, escapes from prison and takes on legitimate work, making his way up in the business world. Eventually becoming the head of a successful factory, Louis opts to modernize his company with mechanical innovations. But when his friend Émile finally leaves jail years later and reunites with Louis, the past catches up with them. The two, worried about being apprehended by police, long to flee the confines of industry.

Le Million(1931)

| 1h 23min | Comedy, Music
3.6/5 (with 27 votes)

Debt-ridden painter Michel is overcome with joy at discovering that he has just won 1 million florins in the Dutch lottery, but almost immediately, he discovers that his softhearted girlfriend, Béatrice, has given away his jacket containing the winning ticket to an elderly petty thief. Soon Michel, Beatrice and Michel's artistic rival, Prosper, are hurtling through the streets of Paris on the trail of the missing jacket.

Rich and Strange(1931)

2.7/5 (with 27 votes)

An unexpected inheritance proves less than a boon to a young married couple.

Bimbo's Initiation(1931)

3.6/5 (with 27 votes)

Bimbo finds himself surrounded by a mysterious group of robed figures who invite him to become a member of their secret organisation. When he refuses, they fling him through a nightmarish sequence of terror and torture devices. Will our hapless hero make it out alive?

Directed by Dave Fleischer


3.6/5 (with 27 votes)

An astonishing creation, Limite is the only feature by the Brazilian director and author Mário Peixoto, made when he was just 22 years old. Inspired by a haunting André Kertész photograph on the cover of a French magazine, this avant-garde silent master­piece centres on a man and two women lost at sea, their pasts unfolding through flashbacks propelled by the music of Erik Satie, Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, and others. An early work of independent South American filmmaking, Limite was famously difficult to see for most of the twentieth century. It is a pioneering achievement that continues to captivate with its timeless visual poetry.

Directed by Mário Peixoto - With Carmen Santos


2h 10min | Comedy, Drama
3.6/5 (with 25 votes)

César runs a bar along Marseilles' port, assisted by his 23 year old son, Marius. Colorful characters abound: M. Panisse, an aging widower and prosperous sail maker; Honorine, a fishmonger with a sidewalk stall near the bar; her daughter, Fanny, who helps her sell cockles; and, various old salts. Friends since childhood, Fanny and Marius love each other, but Marius has a secret wanderlust: every ship's whistle stirs a longing for foreign lands. When M. Panisse seeks Fanny's hand in marriage and when a departing clipper needs a deckhand, Marius and Fanny must decide who and what they love most. César, with his generous, comic spirit, tries to guide his son.

Pardon Us(1931)

| 56min | Comedy
3.4/5 (with 24 votes)

It's Prohibition, and the boys wind up behind bars after Stan sells some of their home-brew beer to a policeman.

Mädchen in Uniform(1931)

| 1h 28min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 24 votes)

A sensitive girl is sent to an all-girls boarding school and develops a romantic attachment to one of her teachers. One of the earliest narrative films to explicitly portray homosexuality. Based on "Gestern und Heute" by German playwright Christa Winsloe.


3.1/5 (with 24 votes)

Short documentary directed by Jean Vigo about the French swimmer Jean Taris. The film is notable for the many innovative techniques that Vigo uses, including close ups and freeze frames of the swimmer's body.

Directed by Jean Vigo - With Jean Taris

The Skin Game(1931)

1h 22min | Drama
2.7/5 (with 24 votes)

An old traditional family and a modern family battle over land in a small English village.


| 1h 31min | Drama, War, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 22 votes)

The Austrian Secret Service sends its most seductive agent to spy on the Russians.

Night Nurse(1931)

1h 12min | Crime, Drama, Comedy
3.5/5 (with 21 votes)

Lora Hart manages to land a job in a hospital as a trainee nurse. Upon completion of her training she goes to work as a night nurse for two small children who seem to be very sick, though something much more sinister is going on.

The 3 Penny Opera(1931)

1h 52min | Comedy, Drama, Music
3.6/5 (with 20 votes)

In London at the turn of the century, underworld kingpin Mack the Knife marries Polly Peachum without the knowledge of her father, the equally enterprising 'king of the beggars'.

Mata Hari(1931)

| 1h 29min | Crime, Drama, Romance / Love
3.2/5 (with 19 votes)

A semi-fictionalized account of the life of Mata Hari, an exotic dancer who was accused of spying for Germany during World War I.

Laughing Gravy(1931)

| 20min | Comedy
3.7/5 (with 18 votes)

Stan and Ollie try to hide their pet dog Laughing Gravy from their exasperated, mean tempered landlord, who has a "No Pets" policy.

The Ugly Duckling(1931)

| 7min | Animation
3.3/5 (with 18 votes)

The film begins with a mother hen sitting on her eggs from which six baby chicks are born. Though initially overjoyed, her mood changes to disgust when the final egg hatches out a duckling. Though the duckling desperately attempts to win his foster family's acceptance, the mother hen is adamant in her refusal to care for an infant that isn't even her species, let alone not even hers.

Directed by Wilfred Jackson

The Smiling Lieutenant(1931)

| 1h 33min | Comedy, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 17 votes)

A simple wink, intended by Austrian palace guard Lt. Nikolaus von Preyn for girlfriend, Franzi, is accidentally intercepted -- and misread -- by the visiting Princess Anna. As a result, the soldier has no choice but to marry the royal lady and move with her to the neighboring kingdom of Flausenthurm. His girlfriend follows to continue the romance and, subversively, give Princess Anna tips on how to keep her husband satisfied.

Beau Hunks(1931)

| 37min | Comedy
3.6/5 (with 17 votes)

Stan and Ollie join the French Foreign Legion after Ollie's sweetheart rejects him.

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