30 Thirties

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1. East of Borneo (1931)

77 min | Adventure

Woman treks through jungle to find her missing husband.

Director: George Melford | Stars: Rose Hobart, Charles Bickford, Georges Renavent, Lupita Tovar

Votes: 145

2. Bird of Paradise (1932)

Passed | 80 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A native girl falls for a visitor to her island, but she's chosen to be sacrificed to the volcano god.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Dolores del Rio, Joel McCrea, John Halliday, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher

Votes: 953

3. Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)

Passed | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

A trader and his daughter set off in search of the fabled graveyard of the elephants in deepest Africa, only to encounter a wild man raised by apes.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Neil Hamilton, C. Aubrey Smith, Maureen O'Sullivan

Votes: 6,536

4. The Mummy (1932)

Approved | 73 min | Fantasy, Horror

A resurrected Egyptian mummy stalks a beautiful woman he believes to be the reincarnation of his lover and bride.

Director: Karl Freund | Stars: Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, David Manners, Arthur Byron

Votes: 20,948

5. Island of Lost Souls (1932)

Not Rated | 70 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

An obsessed scientist conducts profane experiments in evolution, eventually establishing himself as the self-styled demigod to a race of mutated, half-human abominations.

Director: Erle C. Kenton | Stars: Charles Laughton, Bela Lugosi, Richard Arlen, Leila Hyams

Votes: 7,355

6. Cleopatra (1934)

Passed | 100 min | Biography, Drama, History

The man-hungry Queen of Egypt leads Julius Caesar and Mark Antony astray, amid scenes of DeMillean splendor.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Henry Wilcoxon, Joseph Schildkraut

Votes: 3,109

7. Forsaking All Others (1934)

Passed | 83 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Dill leaves Mary standing at the altar in order to marry his old flame, Connie, instead. Knowing that Mary still has feelings for Dill, Jeff keeps quiet about his own love for her.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Robert Montgomery, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Charles Butterworth

Votes: 990

8. Tarzan and His Mate (1934)

Passed | 104 min | Action, Adventure

The idyllic life of Tarzan and Jane is challenged by men on safari who come seeking ivory, and come seeking Jane as well.

Directors: Cedric Gibbons, James C. McKay, Jack Conway | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Neil Hamilton, Paul Cavanagh

Votes: 4,479

9. Captain Blood (1935)

Passed | 119 min | Action, Adventure

After being wrongly convicted as a traitor, Peter Blood, an English physician, is sent to exile in the British colonies of the Caribbean, where he becomes a pirate.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Lionel Atwill, Basil Rathbone

Votes: 11,897

10. China Seas (1935)

Passed | 87 min | Action, Drama, Adventure

When earthy Dolly Portland is rejected by Captain Gaskell in favor of a socialite, she aids Jamesy McCardle, in league with Malay pirates, in his plot to seize his ship.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Wallace Beery, Lewis Stone

Votes: 2,064

11. Last of the Pagans (1935)

Passed | 70 min | Adventure, Romance, Drama

A young Polynesian couple is separated by a mining company which enslaves islanders.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Mala, Lotus Long, Rudolph Anders, Chester Gan

Votes: 119

12. Beloved Enemy (1936)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

In 1921, Irish rebels launch an uprising with the aim of creating an Irish republic, independent of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. One of the rebellion's leaders and a ... See full summary »

Director: H.C. Potter | Stars: Merle Oberon, Brian Aherne, Karen Morley, Henry Stephenson

Votes: 256

13. Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island (1936)

Approved | 256 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A 14-episode serial in which Mala, a Polynesian in the employ of U.S. Intelligence investigates sabotage on Clipper Island. A gang of spies causes the eruption of a volcano, for which our ... See full summary »

Directors: Ray Taylor, Mack V. Wright | Stars: Mala, Rex, Buck the Dog, Mamo Clark

Votes: 86

14. Tarzan Escapes (1936)

Passed | 89 min | Action, Adventure

An expedition seeking to bring Jane back to civilization, and Tarzan into captivity, gets more than it's bargained for.

Directors: Richard Thorpe, John Farrow, James C. McKay, George B. Seitz, William A. Wellman | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, John Buckler, Benita Hume

Votes: 2,969

15. The Jungle Princess (1936)

Approved | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

Christopher Powell is in Malaysia with his fiancée and her father, capturing wild animals. While out hunting, he is attacked by a tiger, and his native guides run away, leaving him for dead... See full summary »

Director: Wilhelm Thiele | Stars: Dorothy Lamour, Ray Milland, Akim Tamiroff, Lynne Overman

Votes: 123

16. The Lion Man (1936)

Passed | 67 min | Adventure

A young British boy whose father was murdered by a treacherous Arab sheik finds himself in a position to exact revenge as an adult.

Director: John P. McCarthy | Stars: Jon Hall, Kathleen Burke, Ted Adams, Jimmy Aubrey

Votes: 61

17. Adventure's End (1937)

Approved | 60 min | Adventure

Pacific pearl diver Duke Slade escapes angry natives by joining a whaler whose dying captain persuades him to marry his daughter who is already being wooed by the first mate.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: John Wayne, Diana Gibson, Montagu Love, Moroni Olsen

Votes: 69

18. Love Is News (1937)

Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Romance

Financier's daughter spars with newspaper reporter: he by writing about her, she by announcing their engagement.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Tyrone Power, Loretta Young, Don Ameche, Slim Summerville

Votes: 507

19. Paradise Isle (1937)

Approved | 73 min | Adventure, Drama, Music

A blind artist is on his way to Java to see a doctor about an operation to restore his sight when the ship sinks and he washes up on a tropical island. A native girl finds him and begins to... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Greville Collins | Stars: Movita, Warren Hull, William B. Davidson, John St. Polis

Votes: 41

20. The Hurricane (1937)

Approved | 110 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A Polynesian sailor -- unjustly imprisoned after defending himself against a colonial bully -- is relentlessly persecuted by his island's martinet French governor.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Dorothy Lamour, Jon Hall, Mary Astor, C. Aubrey Smith

Votes: 2,136

21. Hard to Get (1938)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Romance

When spoiled young heiress Maggie Richards tries to charge some gasoline at an auto camp run by Bill Davis, he makes her work out her bill by making beds. Resolving to get even, she ... See full summary »

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Dick Powell, Olivia de Havilland, Charles Winninger, Allen Jenkins

Votes: 461

22. Her Jungle Love (1938)

Passed | 81 min | Action, Adventure, Music

While searching the South Pacific for a missing aviator, Bob Mitchell and Jimmy Wallace are caught in a typhoon and crack up on an island, escaping unharmed with the aid of Tura, a ... See full summary »

Director: George Archainbaud | Stars: Dorothy Lamour, Ray Milland, Lynne Overman, J. Carrol Naish

Votes: 83

23. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

PG | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

97 Metascore

When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army.

Directors: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains

Votes: 44,303 | Gross: $3.98M

24. Gone with the Wind (1939)

Passed | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

97 Metascore

A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 266,704 | Gross: $198.68M

25. Lady of the Tropics (1939)

Passed | 92 min | Drama, Romance

Playboy Bill Carey woos a half-caste beauty in French Indochina, but her second-class legal status makes a formidable barrier.

Directors: Jack Conway, Leslie Fenton | Stars: Robert Taylor, Hedy Lamarr, Joseph Schildkraut, Gloria Franklin

Votes: 463

26. The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)

Not Rated | 97 min | Adventure, Drama

A noblewoman discovers her husband is The Scarlet Pimpernel, a vigilante who rescues aristocrats from the blade of the guillotine.

Director: Harold Young | Stars: Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon, Raymond Massey, Nigel Bruce

Votes: 3,555

27. The Three Musketeers (1935)

Approved | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

The young Gascon D'Artagnan arrives in Paris, his heart set on joining the king's Musketeers. He is taken under the wings of three of the most respected and feared Musketeers, Porthos, ... See full summary »

Director: Rowland V. Lee | Stars: Walter Abel, Paul Lukas, Margot Grahame, Heather Angel

Votes: 281

28. The General Died at Dawn (1936)

98 min | Adventure, Crime, Film-Noir

Amid the anarchy of China, an American mercenary tangles with a ruthless warlord.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll, Akim Tamiroff, Dudley Digges

Votes: 966

29. Cafe Society (1939)

83 min | Comedy, Romance

A wealthy young lady marries a reporter on a bet, but things might not work out so well when he finds out the truth.

Director: Edward H. Griffith | Stars: Madeleine Carroll, Fred MacMurray, Shirley Ross, Jessie Ralph

Votes: 66

30. Captain Fury (1939)

Approved | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

An Irish convict sentenced to hard labor in Australia escapes into the outback, and organizes a band of fellow escapees to fight a corrupt landlord.

Director: Hal Roach | Stars: Brian Aherne, Victor McLaglen, Paul Lukas, June Lang

Votes: 201

31. Trade Winds (1938)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

Kay Kerrigan commits a murder and then changes her hair color, assumes a new identity and flees the country by ship. She's unaware that she's being followed by Sam Wye, a skirt chasing ... See full summary »

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Fredric March, Joan Bennett, Ralph Bellamy, Ann Sothern

Votes: 430

32. Day-Time Wife (1939)

Passed | 72 min | Comedy, Romance

When a young wife discovers her husband of two years is involved with his beautiful secretary, she applies for a job as secretary to a business rival.

Director: Gregory Ratoff | Stars: Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Warren William, Binnie Barnes

Votes: 509

33. Bank Holiday (1938)

86 min | Comedy, Drama

A 1930s British summer Bank Holiday starts at midday on Saturday with a rush for the trains to the sea-side. Doreen Richards under the name Miss Fulham is off with friend Milly to a beauty ... See full summary »

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: John Lodge, Margaret Lockwood, Hugh Williams, Rene Ray

Votes: 301

34. Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

91 Metascore

While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard, Baby.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Charles Ruggles, Walter Catlett

Votes: 51,474

35. The Princess and the Plumber (1930)

72 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A derogated prince hopes to restore his wealth and power by marrying off his daughter to royalty. Unfortunately, she has fallen in love with a young man who has been hired to fix the plumbing in their run-down castle.

Directors: Alexander Korda, John G. Blystone | Stars: Charles Farrell, Maureen O'Sullivan, H.B. Warner, Joseph Cawthorn

36. Red Dust (1932)

Passed | 83 min | Drama, Romance

The owner of a rubber plantation becomes involved with the new wife of one of his employees.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Gene Raymond, Mary Astor

Votes: 3,406

37. Professional Sweetheart (1933)

Passed | 73 min | Comedy, Romance

A vice-free radio singer wants to experience the dark side of life, so a press agent convinces her sponsor to choose a "professional sweetheart" from her fans.

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Norman Foster, Zasu Pitts, Frank McHugh

Votes: 479

38. Alice Adams (1935)

Passed | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The misadventures of two social-climbing women in small town America.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Fred MacMurray, Fred Stone, Evelyn Venable

Votes: 3,457

39. Personal Property (1937)

Approved | 84 min | Comedy, Romance

Raymond Dabney returns to his family after trouble with the law. He convinces the sheriff to give him a job watching the house and furniture of widow Crystal Wetherby without knowing she is... See full summary »

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Jean Harlow, Robert Taylor, Reginald Owen, Una O'Connor

Votes: 711

40. The Girl from Missouri (1934)

Approved | 75 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Chorus girl Eadie is determined to marry a millionaire without sacrificing her virtue.

Directors: Jack Conway, Sam Wood | Stars: Jean Harlow, Franchot Tone, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone

Votes: 960

41. Bombshell (1933)

Passed | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sexpot film star Lola Burns seeks a new image and tries marrying a marquis and adopting a baby - all sorts of schemes which go awry.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Jean Harlow, Lee Tracy, Frank Morgan, Franchot Tone

Votes: 2,087

42. Hold That Kiss (1938)

Passed | 79 min | Comedy, Romance

June Evans, clothing model, and Tommy Bradford, travel agent, both dream of being rich. When they meet at millionaire, J. Westley Piermont's daughter's wedding, they both assume each other ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: Maureen O'Sullivan, Dennis O'Keefe, Mickey Rooney, George Barbier

Votes: 152

43. Holiday (1938)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

A young man in love with a girl from a rich family finds his unorthodox plan to go on holiday for the early years of his life met with skepticism by everyone except for his fiancée's eccentric sister and long-suffering brother.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Doris Nolan, Lew Ayres

Votes: 13,014

44. Rich Man, Poor Girl (1938)

Passed | 72 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A rich businessman wants to marry his secretary, but first he has to pass muster with her middle-class family.

Director: Reinhold Schünzel | Stars: Robert Young, Lana Turner, Lew Ayres, Ruth Hussey

Votes: 263

45. Vivacious Lady (1938)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Romance

A professor marries a nightclub singer, much to the consternation of his family and friends back home.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Ginger Rogers, James Stewart, James Ellison, Beulah Bondi

Votes: 2,899

46. Bachelor Mother (1939)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Romance

An unemployed woman discovers an abandoned baby on the steps of an orphanage, and accepts an offer to take responsibility for the child in return for a job.

Director: Garson Kanin | Stars: Ginger Rogers, David Niven, Charles Coburn, Frank Albertson

Votes: 3,315

47. Honolulu (1939)

Passed | 83 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Wanting a break from his overzealous fans, a famous movie star hires a Hawaiian plantation owner to switch places with him for a few weeks.

Director: Edward Buzzell | Stars: Eleanor Powell, Robert Young, George Burns, Gracie Allen

Votes: 514

48. Romance in Manhattan (1935)

Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Romance

Rejected as an immigrant because he doesn't have the required $200, a Czech immigrant jumps ship and is befriended by a chorus girl and becomes a taxi driver.

Director: Stephen Roberts | Stars: Francis Lederer, Ginger Rogers, Arthur Hohl, Jimmy Butler

Votes: 493