Wednesday, January 18, 2012

1930-1939: The Complete Lists

Here you go, John. A complete listing of all my 30s viewing so you don't have to go digging for them to add/revise the site. Some of the lists are the same as I posted, but others are altered, so this is the best reference to go by.

Let's see I've watched well over 100 30s films since I decided to do this project back in June (actually, my 30s watching steadily slowed over the past four months–realistically speaking, I watched nearly 100 30s films in 3 months). It was an incredible blast watching so many great films and getting acquainted with an era. At times, it seemed like it would take me years to do, but it was never a chore, always a privilege and an endless delight.

I'm definitely not done with the 30s, as I have many more films to see. I consider these lists templates to build off of for now, and hopefully references for anyone who is interested in seeing some films from the decade.

Thanks 1930s, you've been real good to me:


1. L’Age d’Or (Bunuel)
2. The Blood of a Poet (Cocteau)
3. Animal Crackers (Heerman)
4. Earth (Dovzhenko)
5. Monte Carlo (Lubitsch)
6. Under the Roofs of Paris (Clair)
7. All Quiet on the Western Front (Milestone)
8. The Blue Angel (von Sternberg)
9. Hell’s Angels (Hughes)
10. Murder! (Hitchcock)


1. City Lights (Chaplin)
2. M. (Lang)
3. Le Million (Clair)
4. The Public Enemy (Wellman)
5. Frankenstein (Whale)
6. Monkey Business (McLeod)
7. A Nous la Liberte (Clair)
8. Little Caesar (LeRoy)
9. The Smiling Lieutenant (Lubitsch)
10. Smart Money (Green)


1. Vampyr (Dreyer)
2. Horse Feathers (McLeod)
3. I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (Leroy)
4. Boudu Saved From Drowning (Renoir)
5. Scarface (Hawks, Rossen)
6. Trouble in Paradise (Lubitsch)
7. Freaks (Browning)
8. Love Me Tonight (Mamoulian)
9. Grand Hotel (Goulding)
10. Shanghai Express (von Sternberg)


1. Duck Soup (McCarey)
2. King Kong (Cooper, Schoedsack)
3. Footlight Parade (Bacon)
4. The Invisible Man (Whale)
5. Zero de conduite (Vigo)
6. 42nd Street (Bacon)
7. Hallelujah, I’m a Bum (Milestone)
8. Sons of the Desert (Seiter)
9. Dinner at Eight (Cukor)
10. The Private Life of Henry VIII (Korda)


1. The Thin Man (van Dyke)
2. L’Atalante (Vigo)
3. It Happened One Night (Capra)
4. The Scarlet Empress (von Sternberg)
5. Twentieth Century (Hawks)
6. The Black Cat (Ulmer)
7. The Man Who Knew Too Much (Hitchcock)
8. The Gay Divorcee (Sandrich)
9. It’s a Gift (McLeod)
10. Manhattan Melodrama (van Dyke)


1. The 39 Steps (Hitchcock)
2. Bride of Frankenstein (Whale)
3. A Night at the Opera (Wood)
4. Ruggles of Red Gap (McCarey)
5. The Informer (Ford)
6. “G” Men (Keighley)
7. David Copperfield (Cukor)
8. Top Hat (Sandrich)
9. Captain Blood (Curtiz)
10. Mutiny on the Bounty (Lloyd)


1. My Man Godfrey (La Cava)
2. Dodsworth (Wyler)
3. After the Thin Man (van Dyke)
4. Modern Times (Chaplin)
5. The Lower Depths (Renoir)
6. The Petrified Forest (Mayo)
7. Fury (Lang)
8. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (Capra)
9. Swing Time (Stevens)
10. Sabotage (Hitchcock)


1. The Grand Illusion (Renoir)
2. Make Way for Tomorrow (McCarey)
3. Stage Door (La Cava)
4. Pépé le Moko (Duvivier)
5. The Prisoner of Zenda (Cromwell)
6. Nothing Sacred (Wellman)
7. Way Out West (Horne)
8. The Life of Emile Zola (Dieterle)
9. The Awful Truth (McCarey)
10. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Lots of people)


1. Port of Shadows (Carné)
2. The Lady Vanishes (Hitchcock)
3. The Adventures of Robin Hood (Curtiz)
4. La Bête humaine (Renoir)
5. Angels With Dirty Faces (Curtiz)
6. You Can’t Take it With You (Capra)
7. Hotel Du Nord (Carné)
8. Alexander Nevsky (Eisenstein)
9. Bringing Up Baby (Hawks)
10. Jezebel (Wyler)


1. The Rules of the Game (Renoir)
2. Stagecoach (Ford)
3. Ninotchka (Lubitsch)
4. The Roaring Twenties (Walsh)
5. Le Jour se leve (Carné)
6. Only Angels Have Wings (Hawks)
7. Young Mr. Lincoln (Ford)
8. The Wizard of Oz (Fleming)
9. Destry Rides Again (Marshall)
10. Gone with the Wind (Fleming)

And Just for fun–

Best Film of the Decade: The Grand Illusion.
Best Director(s): Renoir, Carné, Hitchcock, Chaplin, and McCarey.
Best Actor(s): James Cagney, William Powell, Jean Gabin.
Best Actress(es): Greta Garbo, Carole Lombard, Myrna Loy.


  1. Wow, nicely done. I'll definitely be using this as a template for helping me choose 30's films to watch in the future.

  2. I've been really impressed by your dedication to this project. Well done!

  3. actually i'm working on something similar. That'll give me three decades hopefully by midyear. Then i can make a thirties list. mother fucker.

  4. I am against all of this. In yet another classic display of your Orientalist sadism, you have created a list that undermines the colored as underclass, as untouchable, you have subbed the sub-altern and I recall a bright tomorrow in the contents of yesterday's mind, in dismay.

    1. haha There you go Spivaking again...