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1. Ladies Lake (1934)

106 min | Drama

A handsome but penniless young man takes a summer job as a swimming instructor in a picturesque Alpine lake resort. He falls in love with a young heiress who is staying there with her ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Allégret | Stars: Rosine Deréan, Simone Simon, Illa Meery, Odette Joyeux

Votes: 92

2. It Happened One Night (1934)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

87 Metascore

A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns

Votes: 87,991 | Gross: $4.36M

3. Evergreen (1934)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Harriet Green, a beloved and radiant music hall star of the Edwardian era, has a guilty secret: She has a baby daughter, born out of wedlock. Harriet leaves her public and flees to South ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Saville | Stars: Jessie Matthews, Sonnie Hale, Betty Balfour, Barry MacKay

Votes: 470

4. The Thin Man (1934)

TV-PG | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Former detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora investigate a murder case, mostly for the fun of it.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan, Nat Pendleton

Votes: 25,022

5. The Gay Divorcee (1934)

Approved | 107 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

An American woman travels to England to seek a divorce from her absentee husband, where she meets - and falls for - a dashing performer.

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Alice Brady, Edward Everett Horton

Votes: 6,486

6. Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934)

Passed | 89 min | Comedy, Musical

Unscrupulous agent Rush makes singing waiter Clayton a big radio star while Peggy, who has lost her own radio show, helps Clayton.

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Dick Powell, Pat O'Brien, Ginger Rogers, The Mills Brothers

Votes: 333

7. Heat Lightning (1934)

Passed | 63 min | Crime, Drama

In the Mohave Desert, Olga runs a gas station, lunch counter, and auto camp with her younger sister Myra. In a 24-hour period, Olga must deal with Myra's desire to go to a town dance with a... See full summary »

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Aline MacMahon, Ann Dvorak, Preston Foster, Lyle Talbot

Votes: 549

8. Here Comes the Navy (1934)

Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A cocky guy joins the Navy for the wrong reason but finds romance and twice is cited for heroism.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Gloria Stuart, Frank McHugh

Votes: 739

9. Little Friend (1934)

85 min | Drama

A girl becomes an unwilling witness in her parents' scandalous divorce case.

Director: Berthold Viertel | Stars: Matheson Lang, Lydia Sherwood, Nova Pilbeam, Arthur Margetson

Votes: 49

10. Finishing School (1934)

Passed | 73 min | Drama, Romance

The trials and tribulations in a private, snobbish girls school.

Directors: George Nichols Jr., Wanda Tuchock | Stars: Frances Dee, Billie Burke, Ginger Rogers, Bruce Cabot

Votes: 423

11. Dames (1934)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A multimillionaire decides to boycott "filthy" forms of entertainment such as Broadway shows.

Directors: Ray Enright, Busby Berkeley | Stars: Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Zasu Pitts

Votes: 1,732

12. She Loves Me Not (1934)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Musical

A cabaret dancer witnesses a murder and is forced to hide from gangsters by disguising herself as a male Princeton student.

Director: Elliott Nugent | Stars: Bing Crosby, Miriam Hopkins, Kitty Carlisle, Edward J. Nugent

Votes: 117

13. Thirty Day Princess (1934)

Approved | 74 min | Comedy, Romance

A European princess arrives in New York City to secure a much-needed loan for her country. She contracts the mumps, and an actress who looks exactly like her is hired to impersonate her.

Director: Marion Gering | Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Cary Grant, Edward Arnold, Henry Stephenson

Votes: 650

14. The Merry Widow (1934)

Passed | 99 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

When a small kingdom's main tax payer leaves for Paris, its king dispatches a dashing count to win back her allegiance.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Edward Everett Horton, Marcel Vallée

Votes: 2,417

15. Evelyn Prentice (1934)

Passed | 79 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

The neglected wife of a high profile attorney dallies with a unscrupulous womanizer and finds herself involved in blackmail and murder.

Director: William K. Howard | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Una Merkel, Rosalind Russell

Votes: 1,327

16. Fashions of 1934 (1934)

78 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

When the Manhattan investment firm of Sherwood Nash goes broke, he joins forces with his partner Snap and fashion designer Lynn Mason to provide discount shops with cheap copies of Paris couture dresses.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: William Powell, Bette Davis, Frank McHugh, Hugh Herbert

Votes: 1,252

17. I've Got Your Number (1934)

Unrated | 69 min | Comedy, Romance

Two telephone repairmen have many adventures and romance a pair of blondes.

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Joan Blondell, Pat O'Brien, Allen Jenkins, Glenda Farrell

Votes: 303

18. She Had to Choose (1934)

Approved | 65 min | Drama

A young actress hits Hollywood determined to be a movie star and runs into a lot of roadblocks along the way.

Director: Ralph Ceder | Stars: Buster Crabbe, Isabel Jewell, Sally Blane, Regis Toomey

Votes: 41

19. Whirlpool (1934)

Approved | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Carnie owner Buck Rankin marries local girl Helen and plans to go straight, but after a brawl ends up with a twenty-year sentence for manslaughter. When a pregnant Helen vows to wait for ... See full summary »

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Jack Holt, Jean Arthur, Donald Cook, Allen Jenkins

Votes: 203

20. Spitfire (1934)

Passed | 87 min | Drama

Mountain girl Trigger Hicks, a fierce loner equally handy with a rock or a prayer, is in danger of having her faith-healing mistaken for witchcraft by the neighbors. She shows a vulnerable ... See full summary »

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Robert Young, Ralph Bellamy, Martha Sleeper

Votes: 618

21. Search for Beauty (1934)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

Three con artists dupe two Olympians into serving as editors of a new health and beauty magazine which is only a front for salacious stories and pictures.

Director: Erle C. Kenton | Stars: Buster Crabbe, Ida Lupino, Robert Armstrong, James Gleason

Votes: 528

22. The Black Cat (1934)

Not Rated | 65 min | Adventure, Crime, Horror

American honeymooners in Hungary become trapped in the home of a Satan-worshiping priest when the bride is taken there for medical help following a road accident.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Julie Bishop

Votes: 8,745 | Gross: $0.51M

23. Broadway Bill (1934)

Approved | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

A runaway heiress and her sister's husband join forces to race the latter's fast horse, Broadway Bill.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Walter Connolly, Helen Vinson

Votes: 846

24. Change of Heart (1934)

Passed | 77 min | Drama, Romance

After graduating from a West Coast college, four friends fly to New York City to seek employment.

Director: John G. Blystone | Stars: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, James Dunn, Ginger Rogers

Votes: 241

25. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)

Not Rated | 75 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A man and his wife receive a clue to an imminent assassination attempt, only to learn that their daughter has been kidnapped to keep them quiet.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Leslie Banks, Edna Best, Peter Lorre, Frank Vosper

Votes: 15,855

26. Twentieth Century (1934)

91 min | Comedy, Romance

A flamboyant Broadway impresario who has fallen on hard times tries to get his former lover, now a Hollywood diva, to return and resurrect his failing career.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: John Barrymore, Carole Lombard, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns

Votes: 5,497

27. The Cat's-Paw (1934)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy

A naive missionary brought up in China returns to America to seek a wife. Corrupt politicians enlist him to run for mayor as a dummy candidate with no chance of winning.

Directors: Sam Taylor, Harold Lloyd | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Una Merkel, George Barbier, Nat Pendleton

Votes: 1,083 | Gross: $0.69M

28. The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)

Passed | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Elizabeth Barrett's tyrannical father has forbidden any of his family to marry. Nevertheless, Elizabeth falls in love with the poet Robert Browning.

Director: Sidney Franklin | Stars: Norma Shearer, Fredric March, Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Sullivan

Votes: 1,497

29. 6 Day Bike Rider (1934)

Approved | 69 min | Comedy

To get his girl back, that has fallen for a biker, a worker and one of his friends enter a six day race.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Joe E. Brown, Maxine Doyle, Frank McHugh, Gordon Westcott

Votes: 287

30. Good Dame (1934)

72 min | Drama

A chorus girl gets stranded in a small midwestern town. Against her better judgement, she hooks up with a smooth-talking con artist who says he can help her get out of town.

Director: Marion Gering | Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Fredric March, Jack La Rue, Noel Francis

Votes: 50

31. A Story of Floating Weeds (1934)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama

A kabuki actor's mistress hatches a jealous plot to bring down her lover's son.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Takeshi Sakamoto, Chôko Iida, Kôji Mitsui, Emiko Yagumo

Votes: 2,701

32. Manhattan Melodrama (1934)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

The friendship between two orphans endures even though they grow up on opposite sides of the law and fall in love with the same woman.

Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, George Cukor | Stars: Clark Gable, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Leo Carrillo

Votes: 3,357

33. Flirtation Walk (1934)

Not Rated | 97 min | Musical, Romance

A Musical-romance with Dick Powell as a private stationed in Hawaii who gets involved with Ruby Keeler, the general's engaged daughter. In order to avoid a scandal, the pair break up, but ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Pat O'Brien, Ross Alexander

Votes: 585

34. The Girl from Missouri (1934)

Approved | 75 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Chorus girl Eadie is determined to marry a millionaire without sacrificing her virtue.

Directors: Jack Conway, Sam Wood | Stars: Jean Harlow, Franchot Tone, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone

Votes: 1,006

35. Kiss and Make-Up (1934)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Dr. Maurice Lamar is a noted plastic-surgeon who makes his rich clients beautiful, and also makes them. He makes Eve Caron, the wife of Marcel Caron, so satisfied with his skilled hands ... See full summary »

Director: Harlan Thompson | Stars: Cary Grant, Helen Mack, Genevieve Tobin, Edward Everett Horton

Votes: 483

36. Smarty (1934)

Passed | 65 min | Comedy, Romance

Vicki Wallace (Joan Blondell) takes great pleasure in teasing her husband,Tony Wallace (Warren William), who takes no pleasure at all in being teased and it isn't long before he ups and ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Joan Blondell, Warren William, Edward Everett Horton, Frank McHugh

Votes: 356

37. Charlie Chan in London (1934)

Open | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Charlie visits a wealthy country home in England. Suspects in the murder range from a housekeeper, to a stableman, to a lawyer.

Director: Eugene Forde | Stars: Warner Oland, Drue Leyton, Ray Milland, Mona Barrie

Votes: 1,743

38. Four Frightened People (1934)

Not Rated | 78 min | Adventure, Drama

Four passengers escape their bubonic plague-infested ship and land on the coast of a wild jungle. In order to reach safety they have to trek through the jungle, facing wild animals and attacks by primitive tribesmen.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Herbert Marshall, Mary Boland, William Gargan

Votes: 497

39. Fugitive Lovers (1934)

82 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

In a hopeful effort to evade gangster Legs Caffey, chorus girl Letty Morris hops a bus in New York bound for Los Angeles--with Legs close on her heels. Along the way the bus picks up ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Boleslawski | Stars: Robert Montgomery, Madge Evans, Ted Healy, Nat Pendleton

Votes: 122

40. Now I'll Tell (1934)

82 min | Drama

Golden is a two-bit gambler who has promised wife Virginia he'll quit when he makes $200,000. When he fixes a fight he gets mobster Mossiter mad, then loses his fortune to him. He pawns his... See full summary »

Director: Edwin J. Burke | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Helen Twelvetrees, Alice Faye, Robert Gleckler

Votes: 144

41. Bolero (1934)

Approved | 85 min | Drama, Music

An egotistical nightclub dance performer named Raoul, has the determination to succeed at all costs, and the only woman in his life that truly matters to him is a dancing partner named Helen.

Directors: Wesley Ruggles, Mitchell Leisen | Stars: George Raft, Carole Lombard, Sally Rand, Frances Drake

Votes: 263

42. Imitation of Life (1934)

Approved | 111 min | Drama, Romance

A struggling widow and her daughter take in a black housekeeper and her fair-skinned daughter; the two women start a successful business, but face familial, identity, and racial issues along the way.

Director: John M. Stahl | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Rochelle Hudson, Ned Sparks

Votes: 3,885

43. Housewife (1934)

Passed | 69 min | Drama

Nan Reynolds encourages her copywriter husband Bill to open his own agency. Nearly out of business, he finally gets a client. Former girlfriend Patricia Berkeley writes a very successful ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: George Brent, Bette Davis, Ann Dvorak, John Halliday

Votes: 799

44. The Loudspeaker (1934)

67 min | Comedy, Drama

A young man from a small town heads to New York, determined to become a radio star. He achieves his goal but in the process alienates those around him.

Director: Joseph Santley | Stars: Ray Walker, Julie Bishop, Charley Grapewin, Noel Francis

Votes: 31

45. Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round (1934)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Musical, Mystery

Underworld king Lee Lother has been killed aboard a ocean liner, several people could have been the murderer. There is his mistress Anya Roysen, a married woman, who was jealous of his ... See full summary »

Director: Benjamin Stoloff | Stars: Gene Raymond, Nancy Carroll, Jack Benny, Sydney Howard

Votes: 133

46. Moulin Rouge (1934)

70 min | Comedy, Musical

A singer marries a famous composer, and after a while she gets the itch to go back on the stage. However, her husband won't let her. When she hears that a popular French singer named "... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Lanfield | Stars: Constance Bennett, Franchot Tone, Tullio Carminati, Helen Westley

Votes: 105

47. Jane Eyre (1934)

Not Rated | 62 min |