The Best Pre-Code Hollywood Movies of All Time

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It Happened One Night

1934    Frank Capra    Not Rated

Comedy    Pre-Code Hollywood    Road Movie

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Duck Soup

1933    Leo McCarey    Not Rated

Absurd Comedy    Comedy    Farce

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The Thin Man

1934    W.S. Van Dyke    Not Rated

Comedy    Comedy Thriller    Crime

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Frankenstein

1931    James Whale    Not Rated

Based-on-19th-Century-Literature    Gothic Film    Horror

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Freaks

1932    Tod Browning    Not Rated

Drama    Horror    Melodrama

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All Quiet on the Western Front

1930    Lewis Milestone    Not Rated

Action    Anti-War Film    Drama

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Animal Crackers

1930    Victor Heerman    Not Rated

Absurd Comedy    Comedy    Pre-Code Hollywood

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Dracula

1931    Tod Browning    Not Rated

Based-on-19th-Century-Literature    Based-on-Theatre    Gothic Film

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King Kong

1933    Merian C. Cooper    Not Rated

Adventure    Monster Film    Pre-Code Hollywood

Down by 1 in the past 45 days 1

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Trouble in Paradise

1932    Ernst Lubitsch    Not Rated

Based-on-Theatre    Comedy    Con Artist / Hustler

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Scarface

1932    Howard Hawks, Richard Rosson    Rated PG

Crime    Crime Drama    Drama

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Horse Feathers

1932    Norman Z. McLeod    Not Rated

Comedy    Pre-Code Hollywood    Sports Comedy

Up by 1 in the past 45 days 1

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The Maltese Falcon

1931    Roy Del Ruth    Not Rated

Detective Film    Mystery    Pre-Code Hollywood

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The Mummy

1932    Karl Freund    Not Rated

Horror    Monster Film    Pre-Code Hollywood

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I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

1932    Mervyn LeRoy    Not Rated

Drama    Message Movie    Pre-Code Hollywood

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42nd Street

1933    Lloyd Bacon    Not Rated

Comedy    Musical    Musical Comedy

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Little Caesar

1931    Mervyn LeRoy    Not Rated

Crime    Crime Drama    Drama

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The Cocoanuts

1929    Robert Florey, Joseph Santley    Not Rated

Absurd Comedy    Comedy    Pre-Code Hollywood

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Grand Hotel

1932    Edmund Goulding    Not Rated

Drama    Ensemble Film    Melodrama

Down by 1 in the past 45 days 1

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