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Top Films by Year (1935-1939)

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

1935

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Bride of Frankenstein James Whale 137
2 Top Hat* Mark Sandrich 245
3 The 39 Steps Alfred Hitchcock 281
4 A Night at the Opera Sam Wood 299
5 Triumph of the Will Leni Riefenstahl 470
6 Mutiny on the Bounty** Frank Lloyd 787
7 Ruggles of Red Gap* Leo McCarey 1709
8 The Informer* John Ford 1752
9 David Copperfield* George Cukor 1907
10 Anna Karenina Clarence Brown 2105
11 Captain Blood* Michael Curtiz 2403

1936

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Modern Times Charles Chaplin 88
2 My Man Godfrey Gregory La Cava 611
3 Swing Time George Stevens 663
4 A Day in the Country Jean Renoir 665
5 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town* Frank Capra 936
6 Things to Come William Cameron Menzies 951
7 Dodsworth* William Wyler 977
8 Camille George Cukor 1134
9 Fury Fritz Lang 1161
10 The Crime of Mr. Lange Jean Renoir 1412
11 The Charge of the Light Brigade Michael Curtiz 1627
12 Show Boat James Whale 1776
13 The Great Ziegfeld** Robert Z. Leonard 2080
14 Flash Gordon Frederick Stephani 2144
15 Sabotage Alfred Hitchcock 2159
16 The Story of a Cheat Sacha Guitry 2242
17 Reefer Madness Louis J. Gasnier 2318
18 Night Mail Harry Watt and Basil Wright 2325
19 San Francisco* W.S. Van Dyke 2390

1937

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Grand Illusion* Jean Renoir 95
2 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs David Hand 111
3 The Awful Truth* Leo McCarey 682
4 Make Way for Tomorrow Leo McCarey 875
5 Pépé Le Moko Julien Duvivier 974
6 Way Out West James W. Horne 1105
7 Lost Horizon* Frank Capra 1310
8 Stella Dallas King Vidor 1387
9 Stage Door* Gregory La Cava 1480
10 A Day at the Races Sam Wood 1610
11 The Life of Emile Zola** William Dieterle 1652
12 Captains Courageous* Victor Fleming 1700
13 Dead End* William Wyler 2338
14 The Prisoner of Zenda John Cromwell 2420

1938

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Bringing Up Baby Howard Hawks 64
2 The Adventures of Robin Hood* Michael Curtiz and William Keighley 223
3 The Lady Vanishes Alfred Hitchcock 495
4 Olympia Leni Riefenstahl 573
5 Alexander Nevsky Sergei M. Eisenstein and Dmitri Vasilyev 657
6 Angels with Dirty Faces Michael Curtiz 1017
7 Holiday George Cukor 1291
8 Jezebel* William Wyler 1375
9 Port of Shadows Marcel Carné 1395
10 You Can't Take It with You** Frank Capra 1411
11 La Bête Humaine Jean Renoir 1605
12 Pygmalion* Anthony Asquith and Leslie Howard 1683

1939

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Wizard of Oz* Victor Fleming 7
2 Gone with the Wind** Victor Fleming 21
3 The Rules of the Game Jean Renoir 84
4 Stagecoach* John Ford 144
5 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington* Frank Capra 244
6 Ninotchka* Ernst Lubitsch 345
7 Wuthering Heights* William Wyler 716
8 Young Mr. Lincoln John Ford 857
9 The Women George Cukor 914
10 Le Jour se lève Marcel Carné 934
11 Destry Rides Again George Marshall 1023
12 Gunga Din George Stevens 1108
13 Goodbye Mr. Chips* Sam Wood 1112
14 Only Angels Have Wings Howard Hawks 1156
15 The Story of the Late Chrysanthemums Kenji Mizoguchi 1172
16 The Roaring Twenties Raoul Walsh 1223
17 Dark Victory* Edmund Goulding 1462
18 Midnight Mitchell Leisen 1557
19 The Hunchback of Notre Dame William Dieterle 1601
20 Love Affair* Leo McCarey 2270
21 Of Mice and Men* Lewis Milestone 2336
22 Son of Frankenstein Rowland V. Lee 2400

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

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