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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.

entries

ChronologicalSeriesBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

89

1930s

Film

Robert Riskin

1938-09-01

94

1930s

Film

Ben Hecht
Charles MacArthur

1939-04-13

68

1930s

Film

Aben Kandel
Edmund Pearson
Harvey Gates
James Mulhauser
John Colton

1935-05-13

81.001

1930s

Film

Ernest Pascal
Julien Josephson
Mordaunt Shairp

1937-06-25

62

1930s

Film

Ben Hecht

1934-04-10

52

1930s

Film

Samson Raphaelson

1932-10-21

65

1930s

Film

Eberhard Taubert
Leni Riefenstahl
Walter Ruttmann

1935-03-28

100

1930s

Film

Robert N. Lee

1939-11-17

96

1930s

Film

Edgar Allan Woolf
Florence Ryerson
Noel Langley

1939-08-25

64

1930s

Film

Albert Hackett
Frances Goodrich

1934-05-25

98

1930s

Film

Jerry Wald
Richard Macaulay
Robert Rossen

1939-10-23

53

1930s

Film

John L. Balderston

1932-12-22

51

1930s

Film

James Ashmore Creelman

1932-09-16

64.001

1930s

Film

Charles Bennett
D. B. Wyndham-Lewis
Edwin Greenwood

1934-12-01

72.001

1930s

Film

Edwin J. Burke
Harry Tugend

1935-11-22

92.001

1930s

Film

Ethel Hill
Walter Ferris

1939-03-10

64.003

1930s

Film

William M. Conselman

1935-02-22

82

1930s

Film

Geza Herczeg
Heinz Herald
Norman Reilly Raine

1937-08-11

90.001

1930s

Film

Frank Launder
Sidney Gilliat

1938-10-07

59

1930s

Film

R. C. Sherriff

1933-11-13

67

1930s

Film

Dudley Nichols

1935-05-09

104

1930s

Film

Bruno Frank
Sonya Levien

1939-12-29

93

1930s

Film

Ernest Pascal

1939-03-31

79

1930s

Film

William Anthony McGuire

1936-09-04

58

1930s

Film

John Hastings Turner
Leonard Hines
Roland Pertwee
Rupert Downing

1933-08-01

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