Pre-Code Films to see

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1929 - 1934 Pre Hayes Code films

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1. Extravagance (1930)

Passed | 71 min | Drama, Romance

Alice Kendall is the darling of her social set, the sons and daughters of millionaires, although Alice's mother has impoverished herself to provide Alice with the luxuries she expects as ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Owen Moore, June Collyer, Lloyd Hughes, Dorothy Christy

Votes: 91

2. Night Life in Reno (1931)

Not Rated | 72 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A story of love, humor and drama against the background of America's "Biggest Little City." An (interrupted) indiscretion by John Wyatt with a floozy prompts his wife, June, to make a trip ... See full summary »

Director: Raymond Cannon | Stars: Virginia Valli, Jameson Thomas, Dorothy Christy, Arthur Housman

Votes: 68

3. Vanity Fair (1932)

Passed | 78 min | Drama, Romance

This cinematic adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's novel stars Myrna Loy in her first starring role.

Director: Chester M. Franklin | Stars: Myrna Loy, Conway Tearle, Barbara Kent, Walter Byron

Votes: 228

4. The Animal Kingdom (1932)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Tom Collier has had a great relationship with Daisy, but when he decides to marry, it is not Daisy whom he asks, it is Cecelia. After the marriage, Tom is bored with the social scene and ... See full summary »

Directors: Edward H. Griffith, George Cukor | Stars: Ann Harding, Leslie Howard, Myrna Loy, William Gargan

Votes: 873

5. Sensation Hunters (1933)

73 min | Drama

Dale Jordan is first accepted by the aristocratic first-cabin passengers on a south-bound Panama-Pacific liner until they discover she is a member of a troupe of cabaret girls led by Trixie... See full summary »

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Arline Judge, Preston Foster, Marion Burns, Kenneth MacKenna

Votes: 123

Arline Judge

6. Arizona (1931)

70 min | Drama, Romance

Bob refuses to marry his girlfriend and leaves her. She marries his close friend out of revenge.

Director: George B. Seitz | Stars: Laura La Plante, John Wayne, June Clyde, Forrest Stanley

Votes: 215

John Wayne

7. Ten Cents a Dance (1931)

Passed | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Men pay a dime to dance with Barbara and her fellow taxi dancers. She marries Eddie and plans to quit dancing. Before she does, she meets a handsome and rich gentleman.

Directors: Lionel Barrymore, Edward Buzzell | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Ricardo Cortez, Monroe Owsley, Sally Blane

Votes: 602

Barbara Stanwyck

8. Virtue (1932)

Passed | 68 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A relationship gradually develops between a savvy New York street girl and a good-hearted cab driver, but other matters keep getting in their way, including financial problems and a murder.

Director: Edward Buzzell | Stars: Carole Lombard, Pat O'Brien, Mayo Methot, Jack La Rue

Votes: 590

carol lombard

9. Strangers May Kiss (1931)

Passed | 81 min | Drama, Romance

Against her friends wishes, Lisbeth moves to Mexico to live with her lover.

Director: George Fitzmaurice | Stars: Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Neil Hamilton, Marjorie Rambeau

Votes: 366

Norma Shearer

10. Hi, Nellie! (1934)

Passed | 75 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

The managing editor for a newspaper, in hot water with his boss, is demoted to writing the "Nellie Nelson" heart throb column, where he gets the unexpected opportunity to crack a major story.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Ned Sparks, Robert Barrat

Votes: 390

11. Dark Hazard (1934)

Passed | 73 min | Drama

Jim is a compulsive gambler. He meets Marge at a boarding house and they get married. His gambling causes problems. When he runs into old flame Valerie, Marge leaves him. After a few years ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Genevieve Tobin, Glenda Farrell, Robert Barrat

Votes: 388

12. Jewel Robbery (1932)

Passed | 68 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

A gentleman thief charms a Viennese baron's wife and also conducts a daring daylight robbery of a jewellers.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: William Powell, Kay Francis, Helen Vinson, Hardie Albright

Votes: 1,635

13. Lawyer Man (1932)

Passed | 72 min | Drama, Romance

Idealistic attorney Anton Adam makes headlines when he successfully prosecutes a prominent New York racketeer named Gilmurry. Adam's sudden renown attracts the attention of high-profile ... See full summary »

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: William Powell, Joan Blondell, David Landau, Helen Vinson

Votes: 593

14. Man Wanted (1932)

Not Rated | 62 min | Romance, Comedy, Drama

A female editor of a magazine falls in love with her male secretary.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Kay Francis, David Manners, Una Merkel, Andy Devine

Votes: 474

15. Big City Blues (1932)

Passed | 63 min | Comedy, Drama

Young man from small town moves to New York City looking for better life.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Joan Blondell, Eric Linden, Jobyna Howland, Ned Sparks

Votes: 434

Humphrey Bogart in bit part as ''Shep''

16. I Sell Anything (1934)

Approved | 70 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Auctioneer Spot Cash Cutler is planning the scam of a lifetime, but will he get burned?

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Pat O'Brien, Ann Dvorak, Claire Dodd, Roscoe Karns

Votes: 109

17. Hell's Highway (1932)

Passed | 62 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Chain gang prisoners forced to construct a "liberty highway" for their overseer chasten under his brutal stewardship, causing Duke Ellis to mastermind a mass riot.

Directors: Rowland Brown, John Cromwell | Stars: Richard Dix, Rochelle Hudson, Tom Brown, C. Henry Gordon

Votes: 553

Rochelle Hudson

18. When Ladies Meet (1933)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy, Romance

Mary, a writer working on a novel about a love triangle, is attracted to her publisher. Her suitor Jimmy is determined to break them up; he introduces Mary to the publisher's wife without ... See full summary »

Directors: Harry Beaumont, Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Ann Harding, Robert Montgomery, Myrna Loy, Alice Brady

Votes: 779

19. Skyscraper Souls (1932)

Passed | 99 min | Drama, Romance

An entrepreneur will let nothing stand in his way of acquiring a 100-story office building.

Director: Edgar Selwyn | Stars: Warren William, Maureen O'Sullivan, Gregory Ratoff, Anita Page

Votes: 649

20. The Hatchet Man (1932)

74 min | Crime, Drama

Hatchet man is ordered to kill his close friend for the sake of Tong.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Dudley Digges, Leslie Fenton

Votes: 637

Director: William A. Wellman, Edward G. Robinson

21. Ex-Lady (1933)

Unrated | 67 min | Comedy, Drama

Although free spirit Helen Bauer does not believe in marriage, she consents to marry Don, but his infidelities cause her to also take on a lover.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Bette Davis, Gene Raymond, Frank McHugh, Monroe Owsley

Votes: 1,046

Bette Davis

22. Employees' Entrance (1933)

Passed | 75 min | Drama, Romance

A working girl is menaced by her tyrannical employer.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Warren William, Loretta Young, Wallace Ford, Alice White

Votes: 980

23. Waterloo Bridge (1931)

81 min | Drama, Romance

A prostitute's self-loathing makes her reluctant to marry an idealistic soldier during World War One.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Mae Clarke, Douglass Montgomery, Doris Lloyd, Frederick Kerr

Votes: 2,266

Director: James Whale, Bette Davis

24. The Cheat (1931)

74 min | Drama

Woman in debt makes an impulsive investment which doesn't go her way.

Directors: George Abbott, Berthold Viertel | Stars: Tallulah Bankhead, Harvey Stephens, Irving Pichel, Jay Fassett

Votes: 418

Tallulah Bankhead

25. Merrily We Go to Hell (1932)

78 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A drunken newspaperman is rescued from his alcoholic haze by an heiress whose love sobers him up and encourages him to write a play, but he lapses back into dipsomania.

Director: Dorothy Arzner | Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Fredric March, Adrianne Allen, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher

Votes: 706

26. Hot Saturday (1932)

Approved | 73 min | Drama, Romance

A pretty but virtuous small-town bank clerk is the victim of a vicious rumor from an unsuccessful suitor that she spent the night with a notorious womanizer.

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Cary Grant, Nancy Carroll, Randolph Scott, Edward Woods

Votes: 850

Cary Grant

27. Torch Singer (1933)

Passed | 71 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

When she can't support her illegitimate child, an abandoned young woman puts her up for adoption and pursues a career as a torch singer.

Directors: Alexander Hall, George Somnes | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Ricardo Cortez, David Manners, Lyda Roberti

Votes: 513

28. Murder at the Vanities (1934)

Passed | 89 min | Musical, Mystery, Romance

A homicide detective with an eye for the ladies investigating a murder in Earl Carroll's Vanities allows the music review to continue during the investigation.

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Carl Brisson, Victor McLaglen, Jack Oakie, Kitty Carlisle

Votes: 545

29. Search for Beauty (1934)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

Three con artists dupe two Olympians into serving as editors of a new health and beauty magazine which is only a front for salacious stories and pictures.

Director: Erle C. Kenton | Stars: Buster Crabbe, Ida Lupino, Robert Armstrong, James Gleason

Votes: 517

Ida Lupino

30. The Sin of Nora Moran (1933)

Passed | 65 min | Crime, Drama

Nora Moran, a young woman with a difficult and tragic past, is sentenced to die for a murder that she did not commit. She could easily reveal the truth and save her own life, if only it ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Goldstone | Stars: Zita Johann, John Miljan, Alan Dinehart, Paul Cavanagh

Votes: 318

31. Sister to Judas (1932)

Passed | 65 min | Drama

A young writer saves a desperate young woman from committing suicide. They eventually fall in love and marry, but their marriage faces some serious roadblocks.

Director: E. Mason Hopper | Stars: Claire Windsor, Holmes Herbert, John Harron, Lee Moran

Votes: 23

32. Sin Takes a Holiday (1930)

Passed | 81 min | Comedy, Romance

Dowdy Sylvia accepts her boss' marriage proposal, even though he only asked her to avoid marriage to another woman. As a wealthy wife, Sylvia changes from ugly duckling to uninhibited swan ... See full summary »

Director: Paul L. Stein | Stars: Constance Bennett, Kenneth MacKenna, Basil Rathbone, Rita La Roy

Votes: 433

33. Beauty Parlor (1932)

64 min | Drama, Romance

Two manicurists mingle with the customers of a hotel barbershop.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Barbara Kent, Joyce Compton, John Harron, Dorothy Revier

Votes: 20

34. Secret Sinners (1933)

70 min | Drama, Romance

When a wife finds out that her husband has fallen for a chorus girl, she figures that if he can stray so can she, so she starts looking elsewhere.

Director: Wesley Ford | Stars: Jack Mulhall, Sue Carol, Nick Stuart, Cecilia Parker

Votes: 13

35. Millie (1931)

Passed | 85 min | Drama, Romance

Millie's life begins to crumble when she finds out her husband is having an affair.

Director: John Francis Dillon | Stars: Helen Twelvetrees, Lilyan Tashman, Robert Ames, James Hall

Votes: 448

36. Other Men's Women (1931)

Passed | 71 min | Drama, Romance

Events take an unhappy turn for two Bill and Jack, two locomotive engineers, after Bill is attracted to his best friend's wife.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Grant Withers, Mary Astor, Regis Toomey, James Cagney

Votes: 981

Director: William A. Wellman, James Cagney

37. The Purchase Price (1932)

TV-PG | 68 min | Comedy, Drama

A torch singer becomes a mail-order bride for a farmer.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Lyle Talbot, Hardie Albright

Votes: 1,296

Director: William A. Wellman, Barbara Stanwyck

38. Frisco Jenny (1932)

Unrated | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Music

Frisco Jenny was orphaned by the 1906 earthquake and fire and has become the madame of a prosperous bawdy house. She puts her son up for adoption and he rises to prominence as district ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Ruth Chatterton, Louis Calhern, Helen Jerome Eddy, Donald Cook

Votes: 833

Director: William A. Wellman

39. Hard to Handle (1933)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Romance

Small time con artist Lefty Merrill has co-organized a crooked dance marathon and set-up his girlfriend to win the prize money. When his partner disappears with money before the contest is ... See full summary »

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: James Cagney, Mary Brian, Allen Jenkins, Ruth Donnelly

Votes: 569

James Cagney

40. The Mind Reader (1933)

Passed | 70 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Chandler, a con-man, and his helper Frank decide to create a clairvoyant act for the carny circuit, as a little research reveals Ameicans spent $125 million on mind-readers and astrology. ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Warren William, Constance Cummings, Allen Jenkins, Natalie Moorhead

Votes: 385

41. Miss Pinkerton (1932)

Not Rated | 66 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

A hospital nurse is recruited by the police to watch a household where a suspicious death has occurred.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Joan Blondell, George Brent, Ruth Hall, John Wray

Votes: 327

42. The Wet Parade (1932)

Passed | 118 min | Drama, History, Romance

The evils of alcohol before and during prohibition become evident as we see its effects on the rich Chilcote family.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Dorothy Jordan, Lewis Stone, Neil Hamilton, Emma Dunn

Votes: 337

43. Mandalay (1934)

Passed | 65 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Abandoned by her lover, a woman becomes the main "hostess" in a decadent nightclub, but tries to put her past behind her on a steamer to Mandalay.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Kay Francis, Ricardo Cortez, Warner Oland, Lyle Talbot

Votes: 593

44. Downstairs (1932)

Passed | 77 min | Drama, Romance

An amoral chauffeur seeks to seduce a young bride.

Director: Monta Bell | Stars: John Gilbert, Paul Lukas, Virginia Bruce, Hedda Hopper

Votes: 1,563

John Gilbert

45. Massacre (1934)

Passed | 70 min | Drama

Joe Thunderhorse, a Sioux Indian who has become the wealthy star of a Wild West show, returns home to his reservation after years away and finds that his father is dying and his people are being abused by corrupt white officials.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Ann Dvorak, Dudley Digges, Claire Dodd

Votes: 193

46. Guilty Hands (1931)

Passed | 69 min | Drama, Crime

A district attorney commits the perfect murder when he kills his daughter's womanizing fiancé and then tries framing the fiancé's lover.

Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, Lionel Barrymore | Stars: Lionel Barrymore, Kay Francis, Madge Evans, William Bakewell

Votes: 614

Lionel Barrymore

47. The Mouthpiece (1932)

Unrated | 86 min | Drama

Prosecutor becomes a defense attorney after an innocent man is sent to an electric chair.

Directors: James Flood, Elliott Nugent | Stars: Warren William, Sidney Fox, Aline MacMahon, John Wray

Votes: 427

Aline MacMahon

48. Secrets of the French Police (1932)

Passed | 58 min | Crime

A burglar is recruited to aid the police in finding his kidnapped girlfriend, a lovely but impoverished flower girl. Meanwhile, a deranged Russian emigre has been claiming that his ward is ... See full summary »

Director: A. Edward Sutherland | Stars: Gwili Andre, Gregory Ratoff, Frank Morgan, John Warburton

Votes: 194

Gwili Andre, Rochelle Hudson

49. The Match King (1932)

Passed | 79 min | Drama

Unscrupulous Paul Kroll, starting as a Chicago janitor, uses graft to finance a trip to Sweden where by trickery he gains control of his uncle's small match factory. By expert manipulation ... See full summary »

Directors: Howard Bretherton, William Keighley | Stars: Warren William, Lili Damita, Glenda Farrell, Juliette Compton

Votes: 448

50. Female (1933)

Unrated | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance