The Top 50 Movies of the 1930s

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City Lights 1931, 87 min.

Charles Chaplin     Starring: Charles ChaplinVirginia CherrillFlorence Lee

Comedy Drama    Comedy    Drama

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Modern Times 1936, 87 min.

Charles Chaplin     Starring: Charles ChaplinHenry BergmanChester Conklin

Comedy    Satire    Silent Film

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Grand Illusion 1937, 114 min.

Jean Renoir     Starring: Jean GabinDita ParloPierre Fresnay

Anti-War Film    Drama    Escape Film

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Duck Soup 1933, 68 min.

Leo McCarey     Starring: Harpo MarxGroucho MarxChico Marx

Absurd Comedy    Comedy    Farce

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A Night at the Opera 1935, 91 min.

Sam Wood     Starring: Groucho MarxChico MarxHarpo Marx

Absurd Comedy    Comedy    Farce

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Stagecoach 1939, 96 min.

John Ford     Starring: John WayneClaire TrevorThomas Mitchell

Action    Adventure Drama    Adventure

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Freaks 1932, 64 min.

Tod Browning     Starring: Wallace FordLeila HyamsOlga Baclanova

Drama    Horror    Melodrama

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Ninotchka 1939, 110 min.

Ernst Lubitsch     Starring: Greta GarboMelvyn DouglasIna Claire

Comedy    Romance    Romantic Comedy

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L'atalante 1934, 89 min.

Jean Vigo     Starring: Michel SimonDita ParloJean Dasté

Adventure Drama    Drama    Foreign Language Film

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Holiday 1938, 95 min.

George Cukor     Starring: Katharine HepburnCary GrantDoris Nolan

Based-on-Theatre    Comedy    Domestic Comedy

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The Public Enemy 1931, 83 min.

William A. Wellman     Starring: James CagneyJean HarlowEdward Woods

Action    Crime Drama    Crime

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King Kong 1933, 100 min.

Merian C. Cooper     Starring: Fay WrayRobert ArmstrongBruce Cabot

Adventure    Jungle Film    Monster Film

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Swing Time 1936, 103 min.

George Stevens     Starring: Fred AstaireGinger RogersVictor Moore

Comedy    Musical Comedy    Musical Romance

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Scarface 1932, 93 min.

Howard Hawks, Richard Rosson     Starring: Paul MuniAnn DvorakGeorge Raft

Crime Drama    Crime    Drama

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Monkey Business 1931, 77 min.

Norman Z. McLeod     Starring: Zeppo MarxChico MarxHarpo Marx

Absurd Comedy    Comedy    Farce

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A Day at the Races 1937, 111 min.

Sam Wood     Starring: Chico MarxHarpo MarxGroucho Marx

Comedy    Comedy of Errors    Slapstick

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