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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

77.001

1930s

Film

Alma Reville
Charles Bennett
Ian Hay

1936-06-15

78

1930s

Film

Anita Loos
Robert E. Hopkins

1936-06-26

79

1930s

Film

William Anthony McGuire

1936-09-04

80

1930s

Film

Alan Campbell
Dorothy Parker
Robert Carson
William A. Wellman

1937-04-20

81

1930s

Film

Viña Delmar

1937-05-09

81.001

1930s

Film

Ernest Pascal
Julien Josephson
Mordaunt Shairp

1937-06-25

82

1930s

Film

Geza Herczeg
Heinz Herald
Norman Reilly Raine

1937-08-11

82.001

1930s

Film

Julien Josephson
Walter Ferris

1937-10-15

83

1930s

Film

Sidney Buchman
Viña Delmar

1937-10-21

84

1930s

Film

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

1937-12-21

85

1930s

Film

Dudley Nichols
Hagar Wilde
Robert McGowan

1938-02-16

86

1930s

Film

Abem Finkel
Clements Ripley
John Huston

1938-03-10

86.001

1930s

Film

Ben Markson
Don Ettlinger
Karl Tunberg
William M. Conselman

1938-03-18

87

1930s

Film

Norman Reilly Raine
Rowland Leigh
Seton I. Miller

1938-05-14

88

1930s

Film

Jacques Prévert

1938-05-18

89

1930s

Film

Robert Riskin

1938-09-01

90

1930s

Film

Anatole de Grunwald
Cecil Lewis
George Bernard Shaw
Ian Dalrymple
W. P. Lipscomb

1938-10-06

90.001

1930s

Film

Frank Launder
Sidney Gilliat

1938-10-07

91

1930s

Film

Nunnally Johnson

1939-01-27

91.001

1930s

Film

Dick Calkins
Norman S. Hall
Ray Trampe

1939-02-02

92

1930s

Film

Dudley Nichols

1939-03-03

92.001

1930s

Film

Ethel Hill
Walter Ferris

1939-03-10

93

1930s

Film

Ernest Pascal

1939-03-31

94

1930s

Film

Ben Hecht
Charles MacArthur

1939-04-13

95

1930s

Film

Claudine West
Eric Maschwitz
R. C. Sherriff

1939-05-15

One thought on “Best 1930s Films

  1. Great work on this selection!

    Are there plans for subsequent decades?

    Also, it would be awesome if you could include some films European, Japanese, and other nier national films to this.

    Keep up the good work!

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