Pre-Code Movies collection

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1. Alibi (1929)

TV-PG | 91 min | Crime

Chick Williams, a prohibition gangster, rejoins his mob soon after being released from prison. When a policeman is murdered during a robbery, he falls under suspicion. The gangster took ... See full summary »

Director: Roland West | Stars: Chester Morris, Harry Stubbs, Mae Busch, Eleanor Griffith

Votes: 589

4. Big Time (1929)

Passed | 87 min | Drama

The relationship between a male dancer and his actress girlfriend is threatened by a scheming chorister.

Director: Kenneth Hawks | Stars: Lee Tracy, Mae Clarke, Daphne Pollard, Stepin Fetchit

Votes: 15

5. The Black Watch (1929)

Passed | 93 min | Adventure, Drama

Captain Donald King of the British Army goes to India just as World War I breaks out, convincing his comrades that he is a coward. In reality, he is on a secret mission to rescue British ... See full summary »

Director: John Ford | Stars: Victor McLaglen, Myrna Loy, David Torrence, David Rollins

Votes: 238

6. Blackmail (1929)

Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

After killing a man in self-defense, a young woman is blackmailed by a witness to the killing.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Anny Ondra, John Longden, Sara Allgood, Charles Paton

Votes: 8,801

7. The Broadway Melody (1929)

Passed | 100 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A pair of sisters from the vaudeville circuit try to make it big time on Broadway, but matters of the heart complicate the attempt.

Director: Harry Beaumont | Stars: Bessie Love, Anita Page, Charles King, The Angeles Twins

Votes: 5,887 | Gross: $6.12M

8. Bulldog Drummond (1929)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A bored WWI veteran helps out a young woman, whose uncle is being held hostage by embezzlers.

Director: F. Richard Jones | Stars: Ronald Colman, Claud Allister, Lawrence Grant, Montagu Love

Votes: 771

10. Careers (1929)

92 min | Drama

In French Indochina, a magistrate is assigned to investigate the murder of his boss. Unknown to him, the boss had a policy of requiring the wives of his subordinates to sleep with him if ... See full summary »

Director: John Francis Dillon | Stars: Billie Dove, Antonio Moreno, Thelma Todd, Noah Beery

12. The Cock-Eyed World (1929)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Musical

Two Marines are sent to South Sea island where they fight over a local island girl.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Victor McLaglen, Edmund Lowe, Lili Damita, Leila Karnelly

Votes: 49 | Gross: $0.51M

13. The Cocoanuts (1929)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Musical

During the Florida land boom, The Marx Brothers run a hotel, auction off some land, thwart a jewel robbery, and generally act like themselves.

Directors: Robert Florey, Joseph Santley | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx

Votes: 6,550

14. Condemned! (1929)

86 min | Drama

Suave thief Colman is sent to Devil's Island, where he becomes romantically involved with the wife of sadistic warden Digges.

Director: Wesley Ruggles | Stars: Ronald Colman, Ann Harding, Dudley Digges, Louis Wolheim

Votes: 313

15. Coquette (1929)

Unrated | 76 min | Drama, Romance

A flirtatious Southern belle is compromised with one of her suitors.

Director: Sam Taylor | Stars: Mary Pickford, Johnny Mack Brown, Matt Moore, John St. Polis

Votes: 1,876

16. The Delightful Rogue (1929)

Passed | 64 min | Adventure, Romance

Lastro (Rod La Rocque), a rogue pirate sails to Tapit where he encounters Nydra (Rita La Roy), an Americana singer in a waterfront dive, who is the object of of the jealous affections on ... See full summary »

Directors: Lynn Shores, Leslie Pearce | Stars: Rod La Rocque, Rita La Roy, Charles Byer, Ed Brady

Votes: 47

17. The Desert Song (1929)

123 min | Musical

The Desert Song is a 1929 American Pre-Code operetta film directed by Roy Del Ruth and starring John Boles, Louise Fazenda, and Myrna Loy.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: John Boles, Carlotta King, Louise Fazenda, Johnny Arthur

Votes: 68

18. Devil-May-Care (1929)

TV-G | 97 min | Musical, Romance

A Bonapartist falls for a Royalist.

Director: Sidney Franklin | Stars: Ramon Novarro, Dorothy Jordan, Marion Harris, John Miljan

Votes: 100

19. Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)

Not Rated | 79 min | Drama

After falling pregnant to a pharmacist and refusing to marry, a young woman is thrown from her home and sent to a scrict girls' reform school.

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Louise Brooks, Josef Rovensk√Ĺ, Fritz Rasp, Andr√© Roanne

Votes: 3,746

20. The Flying Fleet (1929)

Passed | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

The story follows six midshipman after they graduate from Annapolis. Their goal is to become U.S. Navy pilots and three of them are eliminated at the San Diego Naval Base. The remaining ... See full summary »

Director: George W. Hill | Stars: Ramon Novarro, Ralph Graves, Anita Page, Alfred Allen

Votes: 229

21. Footlights and Fools (1929)

78 min | Drama, Musical

A musical comedy star named Fifi D'Auray is famed for her Gallic charm, though she is really one Betty Murphy. She won't marry her fiance, Jimmy, until he stops gambling and gets honest ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Colleen Moore, Raymond Hackett, Fredric March, Virginia Lee Corbin

Votes: 7

22. The Four Feathers (1929)

81 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

When British officer Harry resigns from his regiment, he is labeled a coward by his family and friends. Harry receives four white feathers as a mark of a coward. In order to redeem himself ... See full summary »

Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Lothar Mendes, Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Richard Arlen, Fay Wray, Clive Brook, William Powell

Votes: 252

23. The Godless Girl (1928)

Passed | 113 min | Drama

Two teenagers, one an atheist and the other a Christian, fall in love at a brutal reform school.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Lina Basquette, Marie Prevost, Tom Keene, Noah Beery

Votes: 657

24. Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929)

Passed | 101 min | Comedy, Musical

Three Broadway chorus girls seek rich husbands.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Nancy Welford, Conway Tearle, Winnie Lightner, Ann Pennington

Votes: 134 | Gross: $5.54M

25. Glorifying the American Girl (1929)

Passed | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

The rise of a showgirl, Gloria Hughes, culminating in a Ziegfeld extravaganza "Glorifying the American Girl".

Director: Millard Webb | Stars: Mary Eaton, Eddie Cantor, Helen Morgan, Rudy Vallee

Votes: 571

26. The Great Gabbo (1929)

Passed | 92 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

An insanely, egocentric ventriloquist, even though he is possessed by his wooden dummy, is in love with a dancer who is in love with another. The dummy gives advice to the ventriloquist.

Directors: James Cruze, Erich von Stroheim | Stars: Erich von Stroheim, Donald Douglas, Betty Compson, Marjorie Kane

Votes: 642

27. Hallelujah (1929)

Passed | 109 min | Drama, Musical

A sharecropper decides to become a preacher after falling for a vamp from the city.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Daniel L. Haynes, Nina Mae McKinney, William Fountaine, Harry Gray

Votes: 1,436

28. Hell's Heroes (1929)

Passed | 68 min | Drama, Western

When four men rob a bank, one is killed and the other three escape into the desert where they lose their horses in a storm. Finding a woman who gives birth, they are made godfathers only to... See full summary »

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Charles Bickford, Raymond Hatton, Fred Kohler, Fritzi Ridgeway

Votes: 455

29. Her Private Life (1929)

Passed | 80 min | Drama, Romance

Lady Helen Haden (Billie Love) is the indiscreet wife of a vulgar, self-made millionaire, Sir Bruce Haden (Montagu Love) whose attraction and affair with a young American, Ned Thayer (Walter Pidgeon),that leads to a acrimonious divorce.

Director: Alexander Korda | Stars: Billie Dove, Walter Pidgeon, Holmes Herbert, Montagu Love

30. High Voltage (1929)

Passed | 63 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A busload of passengers gets stranded in a snowstorm and take refuge in an abandoned church, where they run into a mysterious man who may be on the run from the law.

Director: Howard Higgin | Stars: William Boyd, Carole Lombard, Owen Moore, Phillips Smalley

Votes: 260

31. The Hole in the Wall (1929)

73 min | Drama, Mystery

Mrs. Ramsey sent Jean Oliver to prison on a false charge. To get even, Jean (disguised as Madame Mystera) plans to kidnap her daughter and turn her into a thief. Love entanglements with a ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Edward G. Robinson, David Newell, Nellie Savage

Votes: 112

32. The Idle Rich (1929)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy

Millionaire William van Luyn falls in love with his secretary Joan Thayer and marries her. Her family, part of "the great middle class" (as blowhard nephew Henry keeps reminding us), is ... See full summary »

Director: William C. de Mille | Stars: Conrad Nagel, Bessie Love, Leila Hyams, Robert Ober

Votes: 110

33. In Old Arizona (1928)

Passed | 95 min | Romance, Western

A charming, happy-go-lucky bandit in old Arizona plays cat-and-mouse with the sheriff trying to catch him while he romances a local beauty.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Warner Baxter, Edmund Lowe, Dorothy Burgess, Henry Armetta

Votes: 803

34. The Kiss (1929)

Passed | 62 min | Romance, Drama

An unhappily married woman is caught up in scandal and murder when her affection toward a young man is misinterpreted.

Director: Jacques Feyder | Stars: Greta Garbo, Conrad Nagel, Anders Randolf, Holmes Herbert

Votes: 895 | Gross: $0.52M

35. The Lady Lies (1929)

Drama

Much to the disapproval of his snooty children, a wealthy widowed attorney takes up with a beautiful but "lower-class" woman.

Director: Hobart Henley | Stars: Walter Huston, Claudette Colbert, Charles Ruggles, Patricia Deering

Votes: 63

36. The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1929)

Passed | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

There is a big charity function at the house of Mrs. Cheyney and a lot of society is present. With her rich husband, deceased, rich old Lord Elton and playboy Lord Arthur Dilling are both ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Franklin | Stars: Norma Shearer, Basil Rathbone, George Barraud, Herbert Bunston

Votes: 314

37. The Letter (1929)

Passed | 65 min | Drama

Jeanne Eagels plays the bored and restless Leslie Crosbie who turns to another man, Geoffrey Hammond (Herbert Marshall) for attention when neglected by her husband Robert (Reginald Owen). ... See full summary »

Director: Jean de Limur | Stars: Jeanne Eagels, Reginald Owen, Herbert Marshall, Irene Browne

Votes: 530

38. The Love Parade (1929)

Passed | 107 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

The queen of mythical Sylvania marries a courtier, who finds his new life unsatisfying.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Lupino Lane, Lillian Roth

Votes: 1,797

39. Lucky Star (1929)

100 min | Drama, Romance

Mary, a poor farm girl, meets Tim just as word comes that war has been declared. Tim enlists in the army and goes to the battlefields of Europe, where he is wounded and loses the use of his... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Paul Fix

Votes: 1,074

40. Madame X (1929)

Passed | 95 min | Drama

A young lawyer unknowingly defends his mother who abandoned him when he was three.

Director: Lionel Barrymore | Stars: Lewis Stone, Ruth Chatterton, Raymond Hackett, Holmes Herbert

Votes: 372

41. Marianne (I) (1929)

Passed | 111 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

During World War I, a young French woman struggles to choose between two suitors: a blind soldier to whom she is engaged and an American serviceman.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Marion Davies, George Baxter, Lawrence Gray, Cliff Edwards

Votes: 1,129

43. The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu (1929)

80 min | Thriller

6.8