Digital Dream Door has some nice movie lists. They have top 100 list by decade, starting with the 1930s. It surprised me that I had seen so few in their top 100 lists. I have seen fewest of the 1970s movies and most of the 1950s movies listed. This is somewhat lowering. Their 2000s list seems iffy but will most likely change.

I thought I’d list the first 25 of their 100 best 1930s movies. I have only watched 32 of the 100 movies in the list.

Here are my other top 25 lists:

Silent :: 1930s :: 1940s :: 1950s :: 1960s :: 1970s :: 1980s :: 1990s :: 2000s

Underlined means I’ve seen it. Blue text means I haven’t. A ♣ means I want to see it.

1. Gone With the Wind – (1939, Victor Fleming)

2. The Wizard of Oz – (1939, Victor Fleming)

3. The Rules of the Game – (1939, Jean Renoir)

4. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington – (1939, Frank Capra)

5. City Lights – (1931, Charles Chaplin)

6. M – (1931, Fritz Lang)

7. Modern Times – (1936, Charles Chaplin)

8. King Kong – (1933, Merian C. Cooper)

9. All Quiet on the Western Front – (1930, Lewis Milestone) (I need to see this one again now that I’m older.)

10. Grand Illusion – (1937, Jean Renoir)

11. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – (1937, William Cottrell)

12. Little Caesar – (1930, Mervyn LeRoy)

13. The 39 Steps – (1935, Alfred Hitchcock)

14. It Happened One Night – (1934, Frank Capra) (I’d like to see this one again too)

15. Stagecoach – (1939, John Ford)

16. L’Atalante – (1934, Jean Vigo)

17. Scarface – (1932, Howard Hawks)

18. Bringing Up Baby – (1938, Howard Hawks)

19. Frankenstein – (1931, James Whale)

20. Freaks – (1932, Tod Browning)

21. The Adventures of Robin Hood – (1938, Michael Curtiz, William Keighley)

22. The Bride of Frankenstein – (1935, James Whale)

23. A Night at the Opera – (1935, Sam Wood)

24. The Public Enemy – (1931, William Wellman)

25. Duck Soup – (1933, Leo McCarey)

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2 thoughts on “1930s movies – top 25

  1. hey! ur list and the siting really helped me with my project so i jst wna say thanks for this entry of yours. i happen to see ur link at google btw.

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