1930s movies

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1. White Zombie (1932)

Passed | 69 min | Horror

A young man turns to a witch doctor to lure the woman he loves away from her fiancé, but instead turns her into a zombie slave.

Director: Victor Halperin | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy, Joseph Cawthorn, Robert Frazer

Votes: 8,367

2. The Wizard of Oz (1933)

9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A storybook opens to depict little Dorothy on the grey Kansas prairies, when suddenly a cyclone comes up, turns her world to color, and she lands on a Scarecrow, who promptly gets up and ... See full summary »

Director: Ted Eshbaugh

Votes: 293

3. Revolt of the Zombies (1936)

Approved | 65 min | Adventure, Horror

An international expedition is sent into Cambodia to destroy an ancient formula that turns men into zombies.

Director: Victor Halperin | Stars: Dorothy Stone, Dean Jagger, Roy D'Arcy, Robert Noland

Votes: 1,355

4. Bird of Paradise (1932)

Passed | 80 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A native girl falls for a visitor to her island, but she's chosen to be sacrificed to the volcano god.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Dolores del Rio, Joel McCrea, John Halliday, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher

Votes: 954

5. Heritage of the Desert (1939)

Passed | 73 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

John Abbott returns to the desert land he owns, and after being wounded by hired gunman Chick Chance, he is befriended by rancher Andrew Naab and his son, Marvin. Naab's daughter, Marian, ... See full summary »

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: Donald Woods, Evelyn Venable, Russell Hayden, Robert Barrat

Votes: 54

6. Just Around the Corner (1938)

Passed | 70 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Shirley helps her idealistic architect father get his dream of a slum clearance project; The little miss dances with bill "Bojangles" robinson. Based on paul gerard smith's book, "Lucky penny".

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Shirley Temple, Joan Davis, Charles Farrell, Amanda Duff

Votes: 479

7. Maniac (1934)

Not Rated | 51 min | Horror

A former vaudevillian gifted at impersonation assists a mad scientist in reanimating corpses and soon goes mad himself.

Director: Dwain Esper | Stars: Bill Woods, Horace B. Carpenter, Ted Edwards, Phyllis Diller

Votes: 1,918

8. The Mysterious Rider (1938)

Approved | 74 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Ben Wade and his partner Frosty return to Bellounds' ranch where twenty years earlier Wade was wanted for murder. Unrecognized, he gets a job on the ranch and soon becomes involved in ... See full summary »

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: Douglass Dumbrille, Sidney Toler, Russell Hayden, Stanley Andrews

Votes: 49

9. Poor Little Rich Girl (1936)

Approved | 79 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

The daughter of a wealthy businessman becomes lost in the city while traveling to a new school, and is taken in by a pair of down-on-their-luck performers.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Shirley Temple, Alice Faye, Gloria Stuart, Jack Haley

Votes: 1,180

10. Reefer Madness (1936)

PG | 66 min | Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

Cautionary tale features a fictionalized take on the use of marijuana. A trio of drug dealers lead innocent teenagers to become addicted to "reefer" cigarettes by holding wild parties with jazz music.

Director: Louis J. Gasnier | Stars: Dorothy Short, Kenneth Craig, Lillian Miles, Dave O'Brien

Votes: 7,327

11. Stowaway (1936)

Approved | 87 min | Adventure, Family, Musical

A young girl lost in Shanghai is taken in by an American playboy and his girlfriend.

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Shirley Temple, Robert Young, Alice Faye, Eugene Pallette

Votes: 1,119

12. Susannah of the Mounties (1939)

Approved | 79 min | Drama, Family, Romance

Shirley is the orphaned survivor of an Indian attack in the Canadian West. A Mountie and his girlfriend take her in. Everybody suffers further Indian attacks and the Mountie is saved from ... See full summary »

Directors: William A. Seiter, Walter Lang | Stars: Shirley Temple, Randolph Scott, Margaret Lockwood, Martin Good Rider

Votes: 693

13. The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1936)

76 min | Drama, Horror

A Fleet Street barber recounts the story of Sweeney Todd, a notorious barber who in the last century murdered many customers for their money.

Director: George King | Stars: Tod Slaughter, Stella Rho, John Singer, Eve Lister

Votes: 769

14. The Old Dark House (1932)

Not Rated | 72 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

Seeking shelter from a storm, five travelers are in for a bizarre and terrifying night when they stumble upon the Femm family estate.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart

Votes: 7,811 | Gross: $0.03M

15. The Great Commandment (1939)

Not Rated | 78 min | Drama

The Great Commandment is a Christian film directed by Irving Pichel, which portrays the conversion to Christianity of a young Zealot, Joel, and the Roman soldier Longinus through the ... See full summary »

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: John Beal, Maurice Moscovitch, Albert Dekker, Marjorie Cooley

Votes: 86

16. Bulldog Drummond Escapes (1937)

Approved | 67 min | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

Captain Drummond becomes a prisoner when he intents to protect a beautiful heiress of an espionage organization.

Director: James P. Hogan | Stars: Ray Milland, Guy Standing, Heather Angel, Reginald Denny

Votes: 682

17. The Gorilla (1939)

Passed | 66 min | Comedy, Horror

When a wealthy man is threatened by a killer known as The Gorilla, he hires the Ritz Brothers to investigate. A real escaped gorilla shows up at the mansion just as the investigators arrive.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: The Ritz Brothers, Jimmy Ritz, Harry Ritz, Al Ritz

Votes: 1,146

18. The Human Monster (1939)

Not Rated | 73 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

Insurance agent-physician collects on policies of men murdered by a disfigured resident of the home for the blind where he acts as doctor-on-call.

Director: Walter Summers | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Hugh Williams, Greta Gynt, Edmon Ryan

Votes: 983

19. The Monster Walks (1932)

Passed | 57 min | Horror, Mystery

People in an old dark house on a stormy night are menaced by a killer ape.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Rex Lease, Vera Reynolds, Sheldon Lewis, Mischa Auer

Votes: 736

20. The 39 Steps (1935)

Not Rated | 86 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller

A man in London tries to help a counter-espionage Agent. But when the Agent is killed, and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to save himself and stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle

Votes: 47,174

21. Drácula (1931)

Unrated | 104 min | Fantasy, Horror

Centuries-old vampire Dracula preys upon the innocent Eva and her friends.

Directors: George Melford, Enrique Tovar Ávalos | Stars: Carlos Villarías, Lupita Tovar, Barry Norton, Pablo Álvarez Rubio

Votes: 3,688

22. Dracula (1931)

Passed | 75 min | Fantasy, Horror

The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina.

Directors: Tod Browning, Karl Freund | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners, Dwight Frye

Votes: 41,660

23. The Bat Whispers (1930)

Passed | 83 min | Crime, Thriller, Horror

A master criminal terrorizes the occupants of an isolated country mansion.

Director: Roland West | Stars: Chance Ward, Richard Tucker, Wilson Benge, DeWitt Jennings

Votes: 762

24. Night of Terror (1933)

Approved | 65 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The heirs to a family fortune are required to attend a seance at the spooky old family mansion. However, throughout the night members of the family are being killed off one by one.

Director: Benjamin Stoloff | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Wallace Ford, Sally Blane, Bryant Washburn

Votes: 362

25. House of Mystery (1934)

62 min | Horror, Mystery

An ancient curse and a killer ape are contained inside an old dark mansion.

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Ed Lowry, Verna Hillie, John Sheehan, Brandon Hurst

Votes: 235

26. Life Returns (1935)

Not Rated | 63 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

A doctor who has spent his career working on ways to revive the dead sees his chance to prove his theory by performing his procedures on a recently deceased dog.

Directors: Eugene Frenke, James P. Hogan | Stars: Onslow Stevens, George P. Breakston, Lois Wilson, Valerie Hobson

Votes: 156

27. The Rogues' Tavern (1936)

Approved | 70 min | Mystery

A mad killer is on the loose in a hotel on a dark, gloomy night.

Director: Robert F. Hill | Stars: Wallace Ford, Barbara Pepper, Joan Woodbury, Clara Kimball Young

Votes: 321

28. Phantom Ship (1935)

Approved | 62 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

During a horrific storm at sea, the crew realizes that there is a murderer among them who is killing them off one by one.

Director: Denison Clift | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Shirley Grey, Arthur Margetson, Edmund Willard

Votes: 614

29. The Death Kiss (1932)

Passed | 75 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Murder during film shoot sparks search for a killer.

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Adrienne Ames, John Wray

Votes: 836

30. The Black Camel (1931)

Passed | 71 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

The unsolved murder of a Hollywood actor several years earlier and an enigmatic psychic are the keys to help Charlie solve the Honolulu stabbing death of a beautiful actress.

Director: Hamilton MacFadden | Stars: Warner Oland, Sally Eilers, Bela Lugosi, Dorothy Revier

Votes: 1,205

31. Postal Inspector (1936)

Not Rated | 58 min | Crime, Drama

Postal inspectors track down money stolen from a railroad car.

Director: Otto Brower | Stars: Ricardo Cortez, Patricia Ellis, Michael Loring, Bela Lugosi

Votes: 155

32. Murder by Television (1935)

Approved | 53 min | Mystery, Thriller

James Houghland, inventor of a new method by which television signals can be instantaneously sent anywhere in the world, refuses to sell the process to television companies, who then send ... See full summary »

Director: Clifford Sanforth | Stars: Bela Lugosi, June Collyer, Huntley Gordon, George Meeker

Votes: 500

33. The Phantom (1931)

Approved | 62 min | Horror, Thriller

A group of people are stalked by a masked killer in an old mansion.

Director: Alan James | Stars: Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Allene Ray, Niles Welch, Tom O'Brien

Votes: 253

34. The 9th Guest (1934)

Passed | 65 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Eight strangers are invited to spend the night in a penthouse apartment. After being wined and dined, a voice on the radio informs them that they will be murdered unless they manage to outwit the ninth guest: Death.

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Donald Cook, Genevieve Tobin, Hardie Albright, Edward Ellis

Votes: 333

35. Mystery Liner (1934)

Passed | 62 min | Adventure, Mystery

Police try to solve a murder on board an ocean liner.

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Noah Beery, Astrid Allwyn, Edwin Maxwell, Gustav von Seyffertitz

Votes: 346

36. Condemned to Live (1935)

Approved | 67 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

After a series of unsolved murders, a man finds out that his mother was bitten by a vampire bat during her pregnancy, and he believes that he may be the vampire committing the murders.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Ralph Morgan, Pedro de Cordoba, Maxine Doyle, Russell Gleason

Votes: 353

37. The Shadow (1933)

63 min | Mystery

A group of people in an old dark house are terrorized by a mysterious hooded figure dressed in black who proceeds to kill them off one by one.

Director: George A. Cooper | Stars: Henry Kendall, Elizabeth Allan, Felix Aylmer, Jeanne Stuart

Votes: 95

38. Murder by the Clock (1931)

76 min | Horror, Mystery

An elderly woman installs a horn in her crypt in case she's buried alive.

Director: Edward Sloman | Stars: William 'Stage' Boyd, Lilyan Tashman, Irving Pichel, Regis Toomey

Votes: 221

39. Green Eyes (1934)

Not Rated | 68 min | Mystery

The owner of a large mansion in the country throws a costume party for some of his friends. However, the party turns sour when he is found stabbed to death in a closet. The police and a guest try to discover who committed the murder.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Shirley Grey, Charles Starrett, Claude Gillingwater, John Wray

Votes: 202

40. I'll Name the Murderer (1936)

66 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

When a nightclub singer is murdered, a local gossip columnist begins his own investigation.

Director: Raymond K. Johnson | Stars: Ralph Forbes, Marion Shilling, Malcolm McGregor, James Guilfoyle

Votes: 97

41. Crack-Up (1936)

Approved | 65 min | Drama

Colonel Gimpy heads a spy organization trying to get the plans for a new airplane. Test pilot Ace Martin agrees to help.

Director: Malcolm St. Clair | Stars: Peter Lorre, Brian Donlevy, Helen Wood, Ralph Morgan

Votes: 141

42. Dante's Inferno (1935)

Approved | 89 min | Drama

Jim Carter moves in on the McWade's carnival concession which shows scenes from Dante's "Inferno". He makes it a going concern, marrying Betty along the way. An inspector calls the ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Lachman | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Claire Trevor, Henry B. Walthall, Alan Dinehart

Votes: 644

43. Heritage of the Desert (1932)

Not Rated | 60 min | Action, Romance, Western

Nabb controls the pass and lets all the ranchers through except Holderness and his stolen cattle. When Nabb refuses to sell, Holderness works an his son Snap who has run up gambling debts. ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Randolph Scott, Sally Blane, J. Farrell MacDonald, David Landau

Votes: 77

44. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

100 Metascore

Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home to Kansas and help her friends as well.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, Richard Thorpe, King Vidor | Stars: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr

Votes: 354,984 | Gross: $2.08M



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