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Top Films of the 1930s

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Wizard of Oz 1939 Victor Fleming 7
2 Gone with the Wind 1939 Victor Fleming 21
3 King Kong 1933 Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack 49
4 City Lights 1931 Charles Chaplin 60
5 Bringing Up Baby 1938 Howard Hawks 64
6 M 1931 Fritz Lang 71
7 Duck Soup 1933 Leo McCarey 82
8 The Rules of the Game 1939 Jean Renoir 84
9 It Happened One Night 1934 Frank Capra 87
10 Modern Times 1936 Charles Chaplin 88
11 The Grand Illusion 1937 Jean Renoir 95
12 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937 David Hand 111
13 Frankenstein 1931 James Whale 128
14 Bride of Frankenstein 1935 James Whale 137
15 Stagecoach 1939 John Ford 144
16 L'Atalante 1934 Jean Vigo 165
17 The Adventures of Robin Hood 1938 Michael Curtiz and William Keighley 223
18 All Quiet on the Western Front 1930 Lewis Milestone 227
19 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939 Frank Capra 244
20 Top Hat 1935 Mark Sandrich 245
21 Freaks 1932 Tod Browning 270
22 The 39 Steps 1935 Alfred Hitchcock 281
23 A Night at the Opera 1935 Sam Wood 299
24 Trouble in Paradise 1932 Ernst Lubitsch 327
25 Ninotchka 1939 Ernst Lubitsch 345
26 Dracula 1931 Tod Browning 424
27 Scarface 1932 Howard Hawks 449
28 Triumph of the Will 1935 Leni Riefenstahl 470
29 42nd Street 1933 Lloyd Bacon 474
30 The Lady Vanishes 1938 Alfred Hitchcock 495
31 The Blue Angel 1930 Josef von Sternberg 496
32 The Public Enemy 1931 William A. Wellman 522
33 L'Âge d'or 1930 Luis Buñuel 538
34 Vampyr 1932 Carl Theodor Dreyer 554
35 Olympia 1938 Leni Riefenstahl 573
36 The Thin Man 1934 W.S. Van Dyke 588
37 Earth 1930 Aleksandr Dovzhenko 592
38 My Man Godfrey 1936 Gregory La Cava 611
39 Alexander Nevsky 1938 Sergei M. Eisenstein and Dmitri Vasilyev 657
40 Swing Time 1936 George Stevens 663
41 A Day in the Country 1936 Jean Renoir 665
42 The Awful Truth 1937 Leo McCarey 682
43 The Invisible Man 1933 James Whale 694
44 Zero for Conduct 1933 Jean Vigo 704
45 Love Me Tonight 1932 Rouben Mamoulian 708
46 Wuthering Heights 1939 William Wyler 716
47 Little Caesar 1931 Mervyn LeRoy 760
48 The Scarlet Empress 1934 Josef von Sternberg 773
49 Mutiny on the Bounty 1935 Frank Lloyd 787
50 Young Mr. Lincoln 1939 John Ford 857
51 It's a Gift 1934 Norman Z. McLeod 869
52 Make Way for Tomorrow 1937 Leo McCarey 875
53 I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang 1932 Mervyn LeRoy 889
54 The Women 1939 George Cukor 914
55 Le Jour se lève 1939 Marcel Carné 934
56 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town 1936 Frank Capra 936
57 Gold Diggers of 1933 1933 Mervyn LeRoy 943
58 Things to Come 1936 William Cameron Menzies 951
59 Pépé Le Moko 1937 Julien Duvivier 974
60 Dodsworth 1936 William Wyler 977
61 The Mummy 1932 Karl Freund 991
62 Angels with Dirty Faces 1938 Michael Curtiz 1017
63 Destry Rides Again 1939 George Marshall 1023
64 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1931 Rouben Mamoulian 1031
65 Grand Hotel 1932 Edmund Goulding 1061
66 Way Out West 1937 James W. Horne 1105
67 Gunga Din 1939 George Stevens 1108
68 Goodbye Mr. Chips 1939 Sam Wood 1112
69 Camille 1936 George Cukor 1134
70 Only Angels Have Wings 1939 Howard Hawks 1156
71 Fury 1936 Fritz Lang 1161
72 Morocco 1930 Josef von Sternberg 1164
73 The Black Cat 1934 Edgar G. Ulmer 1170
74 The Story of the Late Chrysanthemums 1939 Kenji Mizoguchi 1172
75 Queen Christina 1933 Rouben Mamoulian 1192
76 The Roaring Twenties 1939 Raoul Walsh 1223
77 Shanghai Express 1932 Josef von Sternberg 1269
78 I Was Born, But... 1932 Yasujirô Ozu 1281
79 Horse Feathers 1932 Norman Z. McLeod 1283
80 Tabu 1931 F.W. Murnau 1284
81 Holiday 1938 George Cukor 1291
82 Lost Horizon 1937 Frank Capra 1310
83 The Blood of a Poet 1932 Jean Cocteau 1315
84 Jezebel 1938 William Wyler 1375
85 Boudu Saved from Drowning 1932 Jean Renoir 1378
86 Stella Dallas 1937 King Vidor 1387
87 Port of Shadows 1938 Marcel Carné 1395
88 You Can't Take It with You 1938 Frank Capra 1411
89 The Crime of Mr. Lange 1936 Jean Renoir 1412
90 Dark Victory 1939 Edmund Goulding 1462
91 Stage Door 1937 Gregory La Cava 1480
92 The Testament of Dr. Mabuse 1933 Fritz Lang 1482
93 Land without Bread 1933 Luis Buñuel 1521
94 À Nous la Liberté 1931 René Clair 1531
95 Dinner at Eight 1933 George Cukor 1535
96 Sons of the Desert 1933 William A. Seiter 1549
97 Midnight 1939 Mitchell Leisen 1557
98 The Old Dark House 1932 James Whale 1577
99 The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1939 William Dieterle 1601
100 La Bête Humaine 1938 Jean Renoir 1605
101 A Day at the Races 1937 Sam Wood 1610
102 Man of Aran 1934 Robert J. Flaherty 1617
103 The Charge of the Light Brigade 1936 Michael Curtiz 1627
104 The Music Box 1932 James Parrott 1631
105 Twentieth Century 1934 Howard Hawks 1645
106 The Life of Emile Zola 1937 William Dieterle 1652
107 Little Women 1933 George Cukor 1672
108 Pygmalion 1938 Anthony Asquith and Leslie Howard 1683
109 Captains Courageous 1937 Victor Fleming 1700
110 Ruggles of Red Gap 1935 Leo McCarey 1709
111 Animal Crackers 1930 Victor Heerman 1744
112 The Informer 1935 John Ford 1752
113 Show Boat 1936 James Whale 1776
114 Island of Lost Souls 1932 Erle C. Kenton 1783
115 Footlight Parade 1933 Lloyd Bacon 1813
116 The Merry Widow 1934 Ernst Lubitsch 1822
117 Monkey Business 1931 Norman Z. McLeod 1841
118 Le Million 1931 René Clair 1864
119 David Copperfield 1935 George Cukor 1907
120 La Chienne 1931 Jean Renoir 1908
121 She Done Him Wrong 1933 Lowell Sherman 1927
122 The Private Life of Henry VIII 1933 Alexander Korda 2053
123 Imitation of Life 1934 John M. Stahl 2057
124 The Great Ziegfeld 1936 Robert Z. Leonard 2080
125 Anna Karenina 1935 Clarence Brown 2105
126 Flash Gordon 1936 Frederick Stephani 2144
127 Sabotage 1936 Alfred Hitchcock 2159
128 The Story of a Cheat 1936 Sacha Guitry 2242
129 Love Affair 1939 Leo McCarey 2270
130 Reefer Madness 1936 Louis J. Gasnier 2318
131 Night Mail 1936 Harry Watt and Basil Wright 2325
132 Of Mice and Men 1939 Lewis Milestone 2336
133 Dead End 1937 William Wyler 2338
134 Maedchen in Uniform 1931 Leontine Sagan 2340
135 Ecstasy 1933 Gustav Machatý 2347
136 The Gay Divorcee 1934 Mark Sandrich 2352
137 Under the Roofs of Paris 1930 René Clair 2371
138 San Francisco 1936 W.S. Van Dyke 2390
139 Baby Face 1933 Alfred E. Green 2399
140 Son of Frankenstein 1939 Rowland V. Lee 2400
141 Captain Blood 1935 Michael Curtiz 2403
142 People on Sunday 1930 Curt and Robert Siodmak, Edgar G. Ulmer, and Fred Zinnemann 2411
143 The Prisoner of Zenda 1937 John Cromwell 2420
144 Liebelei 1933 Max Ophüls 2422
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