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Dive into the history of film with this unique look at the best 1930s films of all time. Need something to watch this weekend?

What’s on this Best 1930s Films Timeline?

This timeline assembles all of the best films of the 1930s, based on a few criteria. Namely, we include films that have had a lasting impact, were critically acclaimed, or hugely popular at the time. This includes all the films that won Best Picture at the Oscars.

The 1930s brought us some major classics, including big ones like Gone with the Wind, the Wizard of Oz, the Universal Monster movies, King Kong, and the first full-length animated movie: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Needless to say, it’s a decade that cemented film in our culture forever.

We hope you enjoy this dive into film history. Film historians should enjoy this compilation of influencial, popular, and critically acclaimed films. Enjoy! As always, if you see something you think we should add or change, give us a shout out in the comment section below. And if you liked this timeline, you might like want to continue with our best 1940s films timeline.

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ChronologicalSeriesBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

37

1930s

Film

George Abbott

1930-04-21

38

1930s

Film

Bert Kalmar
George S. Kaufman
Harry Ruby

1930-08-23

38.001

1930s

Film

Florence Postal
Fred Sersen
Jack Peabody
Marie Boyle

1930-11-01

39

1930s

Film

Harry Behn
Howard Estabrook
Joseph Moncure March

1930-11-15

39.001

1930s

Film

Carl Zuckmayer
Josef von Sternberg
Karl Vollmöller
Robert Liebmann

1930-12-05

40

1930s

Film

Howard Estabrook
Louis Sarecky

1931-01-26

41

1930s

Film

Charlie Chaplin

1931-01-30

42

1930s

Film

Garrett Fort

1931-02-14

43

1930s

Film

Fritz Lang
Thea von Harbou

1931-05-11

44

1930s

Film

F.W. Murnau
Robert J. Flaherty

1931-08-01

45

1930s

Film

Francis Edward Faragoh
Garrett Fort

1931-11-21

46

1930s

Film

Samuel Hoffenstein

1931-12-31

47

1930s

Film

Leon Gordon
Willis Goldbeck

1932-02-20

48

1930s

Film

Cyril Hume

1932-03-25

49

1930s

Film

John Lee Mahin
Seton I. Miller
W. R. Burnett

1932-04-09

50

1930s

Film

William A. Drake

1932-04-12

51

1930s

Film

James Ashmore Creelman

1932-09-16

52

1930s

Film

Samson Raphaelson

1932-10-21

53

1930s

Film

John L. Balderston

1932-12-22

54

1930s

Film

Edward Paramore

1933-01-03

55

1930s

Film

James Seymour
Rian James
Whitney Bolton

1933-03-11

56

1930s

Film

James Creelman
Ruth Rose

1933-04-07

57

1930s

Film

Reginald Berkeley

1933-04-15

58

1930s

Film

John Hastings Turner
Leonard Hines
Roland Pertwee
Rupert Downing

1933-08-01

59

1930s

Film

R. C. Sherriff

1933-11-13

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