TOP 10 FILMS: 1930-39

In order of preference:

 1930

  1. The Blue Angel (Josef von Sternberg)
  2. All Quite on the Western Front (Lewis Milestone)
  3. City Girl (F.W. Murnau)
  4. Miss Europe (A. Genina)
  5. Under the Roofs of Paris (Rene Clair)
  6. The Tale of the Fox (Irene Starewicz, Wladyslaw Starewicz)
  7. Monte Carlo (Ernst Lubitsch)
  8. The Big House (George Hill)
  9. Morocco (Josef von Sternberg)
  10. Anna Christie (Clarence Brown)

1931

  1. M (Fritz Lang)
  2. Dracula (Tod Browning)
  3. Frankenstein (James Whale)
  4. Little Caesar (Mervyn LeRoy)
  5. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Rouben Mamoulian)
  6. City Lights (Charles Chaplin)
  7. The Smiling Lieutenant (Ernst Lubitsch)
  8. La Chienne (Jean Renoir)
  9. The Champ (King Vidor)
  10. Svengali (Archie Mayo)

1932

  1. Trouble in Paradise (Ernst Lubitsch)
  2. Love Me Tonight (Rouben Mamoulian)
  3. I am a Fugitive from Chain Gang (Mervyn LeRoy)
  4. Grand Hotel (George Cukor)
  5. Island of Lost Souls (Erle C. Kenton)
  6. Murders in the Rue Morgue (Robert Florey)
  7. Freaks (Tod Browning)
  8. The Mummy (Karl Freund)
  9. Downstairs (Monta Bell)
  10. Tarzan the Ape Man (W.S. Van Dyke)

1933

  1. King Kong (Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack)
  2. Counsellor at Law (William Wyler)
  3. The Invisible Man (James Whale)
  4. Wild Boys of the Road (William A. Wellman)
  5. 42nd Street (Lloyd Bacon)
  6. The Bitter Tea of General Yen (Frank Capra)
  7. Dinner at Eight (George Cukor)
  8. Queen Christina (Rouben Mamoulian)
  9. The Kennel Murder Case (Michael Curtiz)
  10. Duck Soup (Leo McCarey)

1934

  1. The Black Cat (Edgar G. Ulmer)
  2. It’s a Gift (Norman Z. McLeod)
  3. The Scarlet Empress (Josef von Sternberg)
  4. Twentieth Century (Howard Hawks)
  5. It Happened One Night (Frank Capra)
  6. You’re Telling Me! (Erle C. Kenton)
  7. Tarzan and His Mate (Cedric Gibbons, Jack Conway)
  8. The Old Fashioned Way (William Beaudine)
  9. The Count of Monte Cristo (Rowland V. Lee)
  10. The Barretts of Wimpole Street (Sidney Franklin)

1935

  1. The Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale)
  2. Captain Blood (Michael Curtiz)
  3. The Thirty-Nine Steps (Alfred Hitchcock)
  4. Mutiny on the Bounty (Frank Lloyd)
  5. A Tale of Two Cities (Jack Conway)
  6. David Copperfield (George Cukor)
  7. The Informer (John Ford)
  8. Man on the Flying Trapeze (Clyde Bruckman)
  9. Ruggles of Red Gap (Leo McCarey)
  10. The Raven (Lew Landers)

 1936

  1. Dodsworth (William Wyler)
  2. My Man Godfrey (Gregory La Cava)
  3. Mr. Deeds goes to Town (Frank Capra)
  4. Libeled Lady (Jack Conway)
  5. The Petrified Forest (Archie Mayo)
  6. These Three (William Wyler)
  7. The Garden of Allah (Richard Boleslawski)
  8. Tarzan Escapes (Richard Thorpe)
  9. Camille (George Cukor)
  10. Fury (Fritz Lang)

1937

  1. Lost Horizon (Frank Capra)
  2. They Won’t Forget (Mervyn LeRoy)
  3. Captains Courageous (Victor Fleming)
  4. The Good Earth (Sidney Franklin)
  5. Stage Door (Gregory La Cava)
  6. Easy Living (Mitchell Leisen)
  7. Confession (Joe May)
  8. Dead End (William Wyler)
  9. A Star is Born (William A. Wellman)
  10. Stella Dallas (King Vidor)

1938

  1. The Adventures of Robin Hood (Michael Curtiz, William Keighley)
  2. Jezebel (William Wyler)
  3. Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks)
  4. You Can’t Take It with You (Frank Capra)
  5. Pygmalion (Leslie Howard, Anthony Asquith)
  6. The Lady Vanishes (Alfred Hitchcock)
  7. Angels with Dirty Faces (Michael Curtiz)
  8. Holiday (George Cukor)
  9. The Citadel (King Vidor)
  10. Algiers (John Cromwell)

1939

  1. Gone with the Wind (Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood)
  2. The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, King Vidor, Norman Taurog, Mervyn LeRoy, George Cukor)
  3. Wuthering Heights (William Wyler)
  4. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Frank Capra)
  5. Stagecoach (John Ford)
  6. The Old Maid (Edmund Goulding)
  7. Destry Rides Again (George Marshall)
  8. Only Angels Have Wings (Howard Hawks)
  9. Ninotchka (Ernst Lubitsch)
  10. Midnight (Mitchell Leisen)

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