TOP TEN FILMS OF THE 1930s


Destry Rides Again1939
1. DESTRY RIDES AGAIN (George Marshall)
2. MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (Frank Capra)
3. RULES OF THE GAME (Jean Renoir)
4. THE SPY IN BLACK (Michael Powell)
5. YOUNG MR. LINCOLN (John Ford)
6. THE WIZARD OF OZ (Victor Fleming)
7. ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS (Howard Hawks)
8. NINOTICKA (Ernst Lubitsch)
9. STAGECOACH (John Ford)
10. GONE WITH THE WIND (Victor Fleming)

Honorable Mention: THE FOUR FEATHERS (Korda)

The Lady Vanishes1938
1. THE LADY VANISHES (Alfred Hitchcock)
2. BRINGING UP BABY (Howard Hawks)
3. HOLIDAY (George Cukor)
4. THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (Michael Curtiz & William Keighley)
5. THREE COMRADES (Frank Borzage)
6. ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES (Michael Curtiz)
7. YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU (Frank Capra)
8. THE DRUM (Zoltan Korda)
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Honorable Mention: None

Grand Illusion1937
1. GRAND ILLUSION (Jean Renoir)
2. MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW (Leo McCarey)
3. ANGEL (Ernst Lubitsch)
4. THE AWFUL TRUTH (Leo McCarey)
5. SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (David Hand)
6. PEPE LE MOKO (Julien Duvivier)
7. YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE (Fritz Lang)
8. HISTORY IS MADE AT NIGHT (Frank Borzage)
9. NOTHING SACRED (William Wellman)
10. THE HURRICANE (John Ford)

Honorable Mention: None

Dodsworth1936
1. DODSWORTH (William Wyler)
2. FURY (Fritz Lang)
3. SWING TIME (George Stevens)
4. MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN (Frank Capra)
5. MODERN TIMES (Charles Chaplin)
6. AFTER THE THIN MAN (W.S. Van Dyke)
7. THE CRIME OF MONSIEUR LANGE (Jean Renoir)
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Honorable Mention: None

Notable Shorts: A DAY IN THE COUNTRY (Renoir)

Top Hat1935
1. TOP HAT (Mark Sandrich)
2. MAD LOVE (Karl Freund)
3. RUGGLES OF RED GAP (Leo McCarey)
4. A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (Sam Wood)
5. THE 39 STEPS (Alfred Hitchcock)
6. THE WHOLE TOWN'S TALKING (John Ford)
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Honorable Mention: None

Howard Hawks' Twentieth Century1934
1. TWENTIETH CENTURY (Howard Hawks)
2. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (Frank Capra)
3. THE BLACK CAT (Edgar Ulmer)
4. THE THIN MAN (W.S. Van Dyke)
5. L'ATALANTE (Jean Vigo)
6. THE GAY DIVORCEE (Mark Sandrich)
7. IT'S A GIFT (Norman Z. McLeod)
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Honorable Mention: None

Frank Capra's The Bitter Tea of General Yen1933
1. THE BITTER TEA OF GENERAL YEN (Frank Capra)
2. THE TESTAMENT OF DR. MABUSE (Fritz Lang)
3. DUCK SOUP (Leo McCarey)
4. GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933 (Mervyn LeRoy)
5. HALLELUJAH I'M A BUM (Lewis Milestone)
6. KING KONG (Merian Cooper & Ernest Schoedsack)
7. ISLAND OF LOST SOULS (Erle C. Kenton)
8. HEROES FOR SALE (William A. Wellman)
9. 42ND STREET (Lloyd Bacon)
10. ZERO FOR CONDUCT (Jean Vigo)

Honorable Mention: None

Notable Shorts: LAND WITHOUT BREAD (Buñuel)

Ernst Lubitsch's Trouble in Paradise1932
1. TROUBLE IN PARADISE (Ernst Lubitsch)
2. SCARFACE (Howard Hawks)
3. ONE HOUR WITH YOU (Ernst Lubitsch)
4. VAMPYR (Carl Theodore Dreyer)
5. LOVE ME TONIGHT (Rouben Mamoulian)
6. THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME (Irving Pichel & Ernest B. Schoedsack)
7. FREAKS (Tod Browning)
8. RED DUST (Victor Fleming)
9. BLONDE VENUS (Josef Von Sternberg)
10. KONGO (William J. Cowen)

Honorable Mention: None

Charles Chaplin's City Lights1931
1. CITY LIGHTS (Charles Chaplin)
2. THE SMILING LIEUTENANT (Ernst Lubitsch)
3. M (Fritz Lang)
4. THE PUBLIC ENEMY (William Wellman)
5. MADCEHN IN UNIFORM (Leontine Sagan)
6. THE FRONT PAGE (Lewis Milestone)
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Honorable Mention: None

Josef von Sternberg's Morocco1930
1. MOROCCO (Josef von Sternberg)
2. MONTE CARLO (Ernst Lubitsch)
3. L'AGE D'OR (Luis Buñuel)
4. LITTLE CAESAR (Mervyn LeRoy)
5. ANIMAL CRACKERS (Victor Heerman)
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Honorable Mention: None

Most Overrated: THE BLUE ANGEL (von Sternberg)