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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

83

1930s

Film

Sidney Buchman
Viña Delmar

1937-10-21

92

1930s

Film

Dudley Nichols

1939-03-03

64.002

1930s

Film

David Butler
Edwin Burke

1934-12-28

38.001

1930s

Film

Florence Postal
Fred Sersen
Jack Peabody
Marie Boyle

1930-11-01

105

1930s

Film

Eugene Solow

1939-12-30

86

1930s

Film

Abem Finkel
Clements Ripley
John Huston

1938-03-10

44

1930s

Film

F.W. Murnau
Robert J. Flaherty

1931-08-01

88

1930s

Film

Jacques Prévert

1938-05-18

48

1930s

Film

Cyril Hume

1932-03-25

65

1930s

Film

Eberhard Taubert
Leni Riefenstahl
Walter Ruttmann

1935-03-28

84

1930s

Film

Dick Rickard
Dorothy Ann Blank
Earl Hurd
Merrill De Maris
Otto Englander
Richard Creedon
Ted Sears
Webb Smith

1937-12-21

62

1930s

Film

Ben Hecht

1934-04-10

75

1930s

Film

Edwin Justus Mayer
Samuel Hoffenstein
Waldemar Young

1936-04-11

54

1930s

Film

Edward Paramore

1933-01-03

57

1930s

Film

Reginald Berkeley

1933-04-15

100

1930s

Film

Robert N. Lee

1939-11-17

40

1930s

Film

Howard Estabrook
Louis Sarecky

1931-01-26

64.001

1930s

Film

Charles Bennett
D. B. Wyndham-Lewis
Edwin Greenwood

1934-12-01

94

1930s

Film

Ben Hecht
Charles MacArthur

1939-04-13

81.001

1930s

Film

Ernest Pascal
Julien Josephson
Mordaunt Shairp

1937-06-25

67

1930s

Film

Dudley Nichols

1935-05-09

72.001

1930s

Film

Edwin J. Burke
Harry Tugend

1935-11-22

64.003

1930s

Film

William M. Conselman

1935-02-22

76.001

1930s

Film

Gladys Lehman
Harry Tugend
Sam Hellman

1936-04-24

68.001

1930s

Film

Arthur J. Beckhard
Patterson McNutt

1935-07-26

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