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1. Captain Blood (1935)

Passed | 119 min | Action, Adventure

After being wrongly convicted as a traitor, Peter Blood, an English physician, is sent to exile in the British colonies of the Caribbean, where he becomes a pirate.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Lionel Atwill, Basil Rathbone

Votes: 12,312

2. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

PG | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

97 Metascore

When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army.

Directors: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains

Votes: 45,321 | Gross: $3.98M

3. Cleopatra (1934)

Passed | 100 min | Biography, Drama, History

The man-hungry Queen of Egypt leads Julius Caesar and Mark Antony astray, amid scenes of DeMillean splendor.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Henry Wilcoxon, Joseph Schildkraut

Votes: 3,220

4. The Gladiator (1938)

Not Rated | 72 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

A man returns to college and is talked into joining he football team and is a real joke on the team, until he is given a drug that gives him super strength.

Director: Edward Sedgwick | Stars: Joe E. Brown, June Travis, Man Mountain Dean, Dickie Moore

Votes: 85

6. A Connecticut Yankee (1931)

Passed | 95 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Hank Morgan takes a trip back in time to King Arthur's Court.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Will Rogers, William Farnum, Frank Albertson, Maureen O'Sullivan

Votes: 272

7. The Little Giant (1933)

Approved | 76 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

When Prohibition ends, a beer baron sees the writing on the wall, quits the rackets, and tries to break into California society.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Mary Astor, Helen Vinson, Russell Hopton

Votes: 998

8. Red River Range (1938)

Passed | 56 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Very organized cattle rustlers are operating with portable slaughterhouses and refrigerator vans. The governor asks the Three Mesquiteers to go undercover to investigate.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: John Wayne, Ray Corrigan, Max Terhune, Lorna Gray

Votes: 278

9. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

Passed | 117 min | Drama, Romance

In 15th century France, a gypsy girl is framed for murder by the infatuated Chief Justice, and only the deformed bellringer of Notre Dame Cathedral can save her.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara, Cedric Hardwicke, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 9,907 | Gross: $3.27M

10. Dracula (1931)

Passed | 75 min | Fantasy, Horror

The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina.

Directors: Tod Browning, Karl Freund | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners, Dwight Frye

Votes: 43,724

11. Frankenstein (1931)

Passed | 70 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

91 Metascore

An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff, John Boles

Votes: 61,659

12. The Darling of Paris (1931)

117 min | Drama

"He was there to steal her money ,to take her rings and run,then he fell in love with the lady and got away with none"

Director: Augusto Genina | Stars: Jeanne Marnac, Rachel Bérendt, Violaine Barry, Jean-Max

Votes: 14

13. The Great Ziegfeld (1936)

Not Rated | 176 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

The ups and downs of Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., famed producer of extravagant stage revues, are portrayed.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer, Frank Morgan

Votes: 6,800

14. Swing Time (1936)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A performer and gambler travels to New York City to raise the $25,000 he needs to marry his fiancée, only to become entangled with a beautiful aspiring dancer.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore, Helen Broderick

Votes: 11,617

15. Top Hat (1935)

Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

An American dancer comes to Britain and falls for a model whom he initially annoyed, but she mistakes him for his goofy producer.

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton, Erik Rhodes

Votes: 16,404 | Gross: $3.88M

16. Follow the Fleet (1936)

Approved | 110 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A Navy sailor tries to rekindle a romance with the woman he loves while on liberty in San Francisco.

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott, Harriet Nelson

Votes: 3,798

17. Flying Down to Rio (1933)

Passed | 89 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

An aviator and band leader who is always getting his group fired for his flirtatious behavior with the female guests soon finds himself falling for an engaged woman.

Director: Thornton Freeland | Stars: Dolores del Rio, Gene Raymond, Raul Roulien, Ginger Rogers

Votes: 3,173

18. Cavalcade (1933)

Passed | 112 min | Drama, Romance, War

The triumphs and tragedies of two English families, the upper-crust Marryots and the working-class Bridges, from 1899 to 1933 are portrayed.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Diana Wynyard, Clive Brook, Una O'Connor, Herbert Mundin

Votes: 4,235 | Gross: $7.63M

19. The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

Not Rated | 116 min | Biography, Drama

The biopic of the famous French muckraking writer and his involvement in fighting the injustice of the Dreyfuss Affair.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Paul Muni, Gale Sondergaard, Joseph Schildkraut, Gloria Holden

Votes: 6,662

20. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

Not Rated | 132 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

87 Metascore

A tyrannical ship captain decides to exact revenge on his abused crew after they form a mutiny against him, but the sailor he targets had no hand in it.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, Herbert Mundin

Votes: 19,797

21. Stagecoach (1939)

Passed | 96 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

93 Metascore

A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, John Carradine

Votes: 40,489

22. The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)

Approved | 106 min | Biography, Drama, History

A depiction of the love/hate relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Devereux, the Earl of Essex.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Donald Crisp

Votes: 4,814

23. Jezebel (1938)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Romance

In 1850s Louisiana, a free-spirited Southern belle loses her fiancé due to her stubborn vanity and pride, and vows to win him back.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, George Brent, Margaret Lindsay

Votes: 11,338

24. Camille (1936)

Passed | 109 min | Drama, Romance

A Parisian courtesan must choose between the young man who loves her and the callous baron who wants her, even as her own health begins to fail.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore, Elizabeth Allan

Votes: 6,966 | Gross: $1.15M

25. Anna Karenina (1935)

Passed | 95 min | Drama, Romance

The married Anna Karenina falls in love with Count Vronsky despite her husband's refusal to grant a divorce, and both must contend with the social repercussions.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Greta Garbo, Fredric March, Freddie Bartholomew, Maureen O'Sullivan

Votes: 4,757 | Gross: $0.87M

26. Gone with the Wind (1939)

Passed | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

97 Metascore

A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 275,178 | Gross: $198.68M

27. Les Misérables (1935)

Approved | 108 min | Drama, History, Romance

In early 19th Century France an ex-convict who failed to report to parole is relentlessly pursued over a 20 year period by an obsessive policeman.

Director: Richard Boleslawski | Stars: Fredric March, Charles Laughton, Cedric Hardwicke, Rochelle Hudson

Votes: 3,196

28. Dancing Co-Ed (1939)

Passed | 84 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

Right before the dancing Tobins ought to film a new production, his wife tells Freddy Tobin that she's pregnant. So the producer desperately has to seek a replacement and starts a ... See full summary »

Director: S. Sylvan Simon | Stars: Lana Turner, Richard Carlson, Artie Shaw and His Orchestra, Artie Shaw

Votes: 337

29. The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)

G | 68 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

Englishmen race to find the tomb of Genghis Khan before the sinister Fu Manchu does.

Directors: Charles Brabin, Charles Vidor | Stars: Boris Karloff, Lewis Stone, Karen Morley, Charles Starrett

Votes: 2,890

30. Too Hot to Handle (1938)

Passed | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Two rival newsreel photographers join forces to find the an aviatrix's missing brother, who has disappeared in the Amazon rainforest.

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Walter Pidgeon, Walter Connolly

Votes: 1,318

31. Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)

Passed | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

An elderly couple are forced to separate when they lose their house and none of their five children will take both parents in.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Victor Moore, Beulah Bondi, Fay Bainter, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 6,767

32. Mr. Moto in Danger Island (1939)

Passed | 64 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The U.S. government asks Mr. Moto to go to Puerto Rico to investigate diamond smuggling after an earlier investigator is murdered.

Director: Herbert I. Leeds | Stars: Peter Lorre, Jean Hersholt, Amanda Duff, Warren Hymer

Votes: 624

33. Son of the Gods (1930)

TV-PG | 93 min | Drama, Romance

A Chinese posing as an American goes to Monte Carlo where he falls in love with Alanna, who later goes berserk upon learning his true identity.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Constance Bennett, Anders Randolf, E. Alyn Warren

Votes: 146

34. The Last Flight (1931)

Passed | 76 min | Drama

World War 1 veterans roam Paris drinking and admiring a woman they recently met.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Richard Barthelmess, David Manners, Johnny Mack Brown, Helen Chandler

Votes: 1,204

35. The Prince and the Pauper (1937)

Approved | 118 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A poor boy named Tom Canty and the Prince of Wales exchange identities but events force the pair to experience each other's lives as well.

Directors: William Keighley, William Dieterle | Stars: Errol Flynn, Claude Rains, Henry Stephenson, Barton MacLane

Votes: 2,235

36. Green Light (1937)

Approved | 85 min | Drama, Romance

A brilliant young surgeon takes the blame for a colleague when a botched surgery causes a patient's death and buries himself at a wilderness research facility.

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Errol Flynn, Anita Louise, Margaret Lindsay, Cedric Hardwicke

Votes: 465

37. The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)

Passed | 109 min | Adventure, Drama, War

Three British soldiers on the Northwest Frontier of India struggle against the enemy - and themselves.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Gary Cooper, Franchot Tone, Richard Cromwell, Guy Standing

Votes: 2,466

38. The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)

Approved | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

A major countermands orders and attacks to avenge a previous massacre of men, women, and children.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Patric Knowles, Henry Stephenson

Votes: 4,289

39. Another Dawn (1937)

Approved | 73 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Colonel John Wister, on duty with the British army in the desert region of Dubik, returns to England on leave. There he falls in love with Julia Ashton, who cares deeply for him but ... See full summary »

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Kay Francis, Errol Flynn, Ian Hunter, Frieda Inescort

Votes: 493

40. In the Wake of the Bounty (1933)

66 min | Action, Drama

The true story of HMS Bounty. Plus documentary

Director: Charles Chauvel | Stars: Arthur Greenaway, Mayne Lynton, Errol Flynn, Victor Gouriet

Votes: 236

41. If I Were King (1938)

Passed | 101 min | Adventure, History

Vagabond poet François Villon rises to high office in 1463 Paris.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Ronald Colman, Basil Rathbone, Frances Dee, Ellen Drew

Votes: 731

42. Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (1934)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy, Mystery

Algy, Bulldog Drummond's right-hand-man, is getting married. Bulldog attends; on the way home, in the fog, he enters the (apparently deserted) mansion of Prince Achmed in search of a phone.... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Ronald Colman, Loretta Young, Warner Oland, Charles Butterworth

Votes: 281

43. Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936)

Passed | 102 min | Drama, Family

An American boy turns out to be the long-lost heir of a British fortune. He is sent to live with the cold and unsentimental lord who oversees the trust.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Freddie Bartholomew, Dolores Costello, C. Aubrey Smith, Guy Kibbee

Votes: 1,671

44. The Three Musketeers (1939)

Approved | 73 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

D'Artagnan sings and fronts for slapstick cowardly Ritz brothers posing as musketeers.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Don Ameche, Harry Ritz, Jimmy Ritz, Al Ritz

Votes: 465

45. The Crusades (1935)

Passed | 125 min | Adventure, Drama, History

King Richard and the Third Crusade (1190-1192) are given the DeMille treatment with more spectacle than history.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Loretta Young, Henry Wilcoxon, Ian Keith, C. Aubrey Smith

Votes: 954

46. Suez (1938)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, History, Romance