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Top Films by Year (1930-1934)

**—Won Academy Award for Best Picture.
*—Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

1930

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 All Quiet on the Western Front** Lewis Milestone 227
2 The Blue Angel Josef von Sternberg 496
3 L'Âge d'or Luis Buñuel 538
4 Earth Aleksandr Dovzhenko 592
5 Morocco Josef von Sternberg 1164
6 Animal Crackers Victor Heerman 1744
7 Under the Roofs of Paris René Clair 2371
8 People on Sunday Curt and Robert Siodmak, Edgar G. Ulmer, and Fred Zinnemann 2411

1931

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 City Lights Charles Chaplin 60
2 M Fritz Lang 71
3 Frankenstein James Whale 128
4 Dracula Tod Browning 424
5 The Public Enemy William A. Wellman 522
6 Little Caesar Mervyn LeRoy 760
7 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Rouben Mamoulian 1031
8 Tabu F.W. Murnau 1284
9 À Nous la Liberté René Clair 1531
10 Monkey Business Norman Z. McLeod 1841
11 Le Million René Clair 1864
12 La Chienne Jean Renoir 1908
13 Maedchen in Uniform Leontine Sagan 2340

1932

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Freaks Tod Browning 270
2 Trouble in Paradise Ernst Lubitsch 327
3 Scarface Howard Hawks 449
4 Vampyr Carl Theodor Dreyer 554
5 Love Me Tonight Rouben Mamoulian 708
6 I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang* Mervyn LeRoy 889
7 The Mummy Karl Freund 991
8 Grand Hotel** Edmund Goulding 1061
9 Shanghai Express* Josef von Sternberg 1269
10 I Was Born, But... Yasujirô Ozu 1281
11 Horse Feathers Norman Z. McLeod 1283
12 The Blood of a Poet Jean Cocteau 1315
13 Boudu Saved from Drowning Jean Renoir 1378
14 The Old Dark House James Whale 1577
15 The Music Box James Parrott 1631
16 Island of Lost Souls Erle C. Kenton 1783

1933

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 King Kong Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack 49
2 Duck Soup Leo McCarey 82
3 42nd Street* Lloyd Bacon 474
4 The Invisible Man James Whale 694
5 Zero for Conduct Jean Vigo 704
6 Gold Diggers of 1933 Mervyn LeRoy 943
7 Queen Christina Rouben Mamoulian 1192
8 The Testament of Dr. Mabuse Fritz Lang 1482
9 Land without Bread Luis Buñuel 1521
10 Dinner at Eight George Cukor 1535
11 Sons of the Desert William A. Seiter 1549
12 Little Women* George Cukor 1672
13 Footlight Parade Lloyd Bacon 1813
14 She Done Him Wrong* Lowell Sherman 1927
15 The Private Life of Henry VIII* Alexander Korda 2053
16 Ecstasy Gustav Machatý 2347
17 Baby Face Alfred E. Green 2399
18 Liebelei Max Ophüls 2422

1934

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 It Happened One Night** Frank Capra 87
2 L'Atalante Jean Vigo 165
3 The Thin Man* W.S. Van Dyke 588
4 The Scarlet Empress Josef von Sternberg 773
5 It's a Gift Norman Z. McLeod 869
6 The Black Cat Edgar G. Ulmer 1170
7 Man of Aran Robert J. Flaherty 1617
8 Twentieth Century Howard Hawks 1645
9 The Merry Widow Ernst Lubitsch 1822
10 Imitation of Life* John M. Stahl 2057
11 The Gay Divorcee* Mark Sandrich 2352

**—Won Academy Award for Best Picture.
*—Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

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