10 best films of the 1930s according to IMDb

Modern audiences have been able to see cinema progress in all sorts of amazing ways. Equally fascinating is the evolution of the craft in its early days. In the 1920s, cinema was a curious and adventurous child. During the 1930s he became a more mature and determined teenager, still experimenting but with much more drive.



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This decade was mainly characterized by the sound and color revolution, the development of the walkie-talkie which began in the 1920s with The jazz singer, and film genres are beginning to truly define themselves. It was the decade that saw the release of beloved classics like The Wizard of Ozand carried away by the wind, which IMDb users have praised over the years. In the following ranking: if two or more films share the same rating, the one with the highest number of votes gets first place.

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10) How daunting can war be? — In the west, nothing is new (1930)

The decade started strong with In the west, nothing is new, about a group of German recruits during the First World War and how they go from idealism to despair. It was the third film to win a Best Picture Oscar, and is often hailed as one of the most powerful anti-war films ever made.

The film has an excellent score of 8.1 on IMDb, where users say its timeless nature comes from its moving message of peace and appreciation for life. Truly, it is impossible not to feel moved by this film.

9) A new kind of comedy — It happened one night (1934)

It is difficult to trace the history of romantic comedies in cinema, but it is certain that Frank Capra essentially created the goofy genre (a subgenre of romantic comedy that satirizes the traditional love story) with It happened one nightwhere a spoiled girl (Claudette Colbert) fleeing his family is helped by a man (Clark Gable) who is actually a journalist looking for a story.

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IMDb gave the film an 8.1, praising its creativity and hilarity. It happened one night was the first film to sweep all five major Oscar categories (Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, and Screenplay), and users certainly think it deserved them.


8) Drama, Laughter and Heartbreak — Mr. Smith goes to Washington (1939)

Another Frank Capra film, his second collaboration with the actor James Stuart, Mr. Smith goes to Washington sees a naive man played by Stewart having to fill a vacancy in the US Senate.

IMDb users, who gave the political dramedy an 8.1 rating, praised its fast pace, clever style of humor, compelling dramatic qualities, and courage to convey strong messages about the period of horrible and destructive war that the world was going through at the time. Even after all these years, the film remains relevant and powerful.

7) A colorful landmark in the history of fantasy cinema – The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Victor Flemingit is The Wizard of Oz is one of those films that needs no introduction, it’s so hard to come across someone who doesn’t know the story of Dorothy (Judy Garland) from Kansas, who must travel through a magical but often dangerous world to find a wizard who can help her return home.

At the time of the film’s release, the way the film took audiences from a sepia-toned rural world to a fantasy land full of bright colors was surprisingly novel. The film has lost none of that awesome magic, as its 8.1 score on IMDb proves.

6) A comedy that will make you laugh and then stomp your heart — See you tomorrow (1937)

See you tomorrow is a comedy-drama about an elderly couple forced to separate when their home is foreclosed and none of their five children want to take them in.

Leo McCareyThe film is famous for its deeply moving portrayal of the poignancy of aging and the tenderness of love, earning it an 8.2 score on IMDb. It’s rare to find movies as good as this at making you smile and laugh in one scene, then sob uncontrollably in the next.


5) Explode his way to freedom — I’m a fugitive from a chain gang (1932)

In this devastating social realism drama, a World War I veteran is falsely convicted of a crime and sent to work in a chain gang. The film was made as a critique of American labor camps, but it works on just about every other level as well.

IMDb users gave I’m a fugitive from a chain gang a score of 8.2, celebrating a lot about it: how brave and intellectually empowering his social posts are, how entertaining the whole thing is despite being so heartbreaking more often than not, and the effectiveness of its exceptionally dark tone.

4) A Civil War romance of epic proportions — carried away by the wind (1939)

Similar to The Wizard of Ozit’s hard to find anyone who hasn’t at least heard of this epic four-hour historical drama about the turbulent romance of a villain (Clark Gable) and the manipulative daughter (Vivien Leigh) of a plantation owner. chronicling it as it develops alongside the American Civil War. It also happens to be directed by Victor Fleming.

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Aspects of the tale haven’t aged well (to put it mildly), but IMDb users find its moving and romantic story, fascinating characters, masterful performances, and top-notch technical qualities to be deserving of a rating of 8.2.

3) Who is the murderer? — M (1931)

In this classic German mystery thriller, a serial killer (Pierre Lorre) who hunts the children becomes the subject of a massive manhunt, soon discovering that it’s not just the police who are on his trail, but other members of the underworld as well.

On the one hand, IMDb users praise austerity M employs sound (unlike American cinema which, at the time, often used it more as a novelty than as a tool). They also praise its alluring dark visuals, sinister atmosphere, and creative plot, giving it an excellent score of 8.3.


2) Love is truly blind – city ​​lights (1931)

In Charlie Chaplinit is city ​​lightsconsidered by some to be his masterpiece, his character The Little Tramp falls in love with a blind florist and plans to get enough money to get her medical aid.

IMDb users gave the film an impressive 8.5, celebrating Chaplin’s inimitable way of balancing hilarious humor and touching humanity. Critics say the director’s signature slapstick is as polished and fun as ever, and the film’s tender romantic qualities make it all the more charming.

1) Make way for progress! — Modern times (1936)

When it came to making movies, Chaplin was a traditionalist. At first he was hesitant to embrace color or sound in his films. It’s only fitting that at the height of these two elements beginning to become the norm in Hollywood, Chaplin made a film about the tramp struggling to fit into a modern industrial society characterized by endless progress.

Modern times it’s a lot of things. It’s a touching farewell to the character of The homeless man, a hilarious fest of laughs like you’d expect from the director, and an effective satirical celebration of life’s resilience in the face of hard times. Some consider it the last great silent film, making it only fitting that it’s the highest-rated 1930s feature film on IMDb with an 8.5 score.

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