1930s movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant 1930s movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, talky, stylized, dramatic, melancholic and clever films and TV shows about / with mentor, runaway, storytelling, dialogue, catastrophe, betrayal, culture clash, adaptation, brutality and murder plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Comedy genres shot in USA, UK, Italy and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as 1930s: Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), The King's Speech (2010), To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Genius (2016), Cross Creek (1983), The Shadow (1994), The Green Mile (1999), Cafe Society (2016).
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The King's Speech (2010)
Biography, Drama, History
UK, USA, Australia
118 min.
 8.0
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Crime, Drama
USA
129 min.
 8.3
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Strange Angel (2018)
Drama, Mystery
USA
60 min.
 6.8
The Iron Orchard (2018)
Drama, History, Romance
USA, Italy
 8.6

List of 1930s movies

Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: From England to Egypt, accompanied by his elegant and trustworthy sidekicks, the intelligent yet eccentrically-refined Belgian detective Hercule Poirot pits his wits against a collection of first class deceptions.
Style: clever, suspenseful, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, crime, riddles and clues, uncover truth, murder, multiple suspects, crimes, danger, suicide, private investigator, murder mystery ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: england, london
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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance ...
Style: atmospheric, offbeat, stylized, witty, melancholic ...
Plot: hotel, disorder, inheritance, mentor protege relationship, friendship, murder, cons and scams, adventure, escapades, greed, painting, unlikely partners ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1960s, 30s, year 1968 ...
Place: europe, eastern europe, hungary, central europe, alps
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The King's Speech (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, Australia
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The King's Speech tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit ...
Style: uplifting, serious, talky, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: royal family, friendship, queen, destiny, state affairs, disability, doctors and patients, speech, head of state, radio, historical character, unsupportive parent ...
Time: 1930s, 40s, 30s, pre world war two, 20th century ...
Place: england, britain, europe, scotland, germany ...
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To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Scout Finch, 6, and her older brother Jem live in sleepy Maycomb, Alabama, spending much of their time with their friend Dill and spying on their reclusive and mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley. When Atticus, their widowed father and a respected ...
Style: disturbing, touching, thought provoking, enigmatic, compassionate ...
Plot: racism, courtroom drama, legal, lawyer, small town, courtroom, rape, poverty, trial, idealism, single parent, prejudice ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: alabama, usa
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Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: In 1935, when his train is stopped by deep snow, detective Hercule Poirot is called on to solve a murder that occurred in his car the night before.
Style: suspenseful, stylized, thought provoking, talky, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: investigation, train, private detective, murder, train ride, whodunit, murder mystery, crime, stabbing, who done it, multiple suspects, riddles and clues ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: istanbul turkey, london, new york
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 6.5
 15K
Genius (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: New York in the 1920s. Max Perkins, literary editor at Scribner’s Sons is the first to sign such subsequent literary greats as Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. When a sprawling, chaotic 1,000-page manuscript by an unknown writer named ...
Style: intellectual, melancholic, talky, inspirational, touching ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: novelist, genius, writers, book, eccentricity, creativity, unlikely friendships, destiny, obsession, mentor, writer's life, life philosophy ...
Time: 1930s
Place: usa, new jersey, new york
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 7.0
 1K
Cross Creek (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The portrait of a woman who, at the edge of survival, found a world of meaning.
Style: realistic, touching, uplifting, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: writer's life, couple relations, creek, wilderness, master and servant, journalism, human nature, isolation, artists and showbiz, family relations, power relations, lifestyle ...
Time: 1930s, 80s
Place: florida, usa, new york
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 6.0
 21K
The Shadow (1994)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on the 1930's comic strip, puts the hero up against his arch enemy, Shiwan Khan, who plans to take over the world by holding a city to ransom using an atom bomb. Using his powers of invisibility and "The power to cloud men's ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, entertaining, tense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing, teens
Plot: superhero, good versus evil, secret identity, monk, invisibility, adventure, vigilante, heroic mission, hypnosis, superhuman powers, danger, undercover ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: new york, tibet, usa, asia
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 8.5
 952K
The Green Mile (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 189 min.
Story: A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cellblock's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, heartbreaking ...
Plot: supernatural ability, death row, false accusation, prison life, supernatural, human nature, death sentence, healing power, confined, life philosophy, prison, magic realism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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 6.6
 59K
Cafe Society (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The story of a young man who arrives in Hollywood during the 1930s hoping to work in the film industry, falls in love, and finds himself swept up in the vibrant café society that defined the spirit of the age.
Style: witty, sweet, romantic, melancholic, talky ...
Plot: jewish, letter, marriage, hollywood, new year's eve, murder, secretary, love triangle, uncle nephew relationship, baby, neighbor neighbor relationship, unrequited love ...
Time: 1930s
Place: los angeles, new york, bronx new york city
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 7.8
 42K
Cabaret (1972)
Genre: Drama, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Inside the Kit Kat Club of 1931 Berlin, starry-eyed singer Sally Bowles and an impish emcee sound the clarion call to decadent fun, while outside a certain political party grows into a brutal force.
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, captivating, sentimental ...
Plot: cabaret, transvestism, political unrest, love triangle, opposites attract, entertainer, gramophone, fireplace, nightclub, performer's life, bisexuality, infidelity ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, new york
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Road to Perdition (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Mike Sullivan works as a hit man for crime boss John Rooney. Sullivan views Rooney as a father figure, however after his son is witness to a killing, Mike Sullivan finds himself on the run in attempt to save the life of his son and at the same time ...
Style: tense, realistic, stylized, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: vengeance, criminal's revenge, manhunt, gangsters, betrayal, criminal heroes, hitman, organized crime, mafia, murder, on the road, great depression ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois, michigan
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 8.3
 209K
The Sting (1973)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Set in the 1930s this intricate caper deals with an ambitious small-time crook and a veteran con man who seek revenge on a vicious crime lord who murdered one of their gang.
Style: humorous, clever, witty, semi serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: gambling, cons and scams, bet, mentor, organized crime, alley, sting operation, crime, fbi, buddies, criminal's revenge, horse race ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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The Untouchables (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Young Treasury Agent Elliot Ness arrives in Chicago and is determined to take down Al Capone, but it's not going to be easy because Capone has the police in his pocket. Ness meets Jimmy Malone, a veteran patrolman and probably the most ...
Style: realistic, stylized, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: smuggling, prohibition, organized crime, mafia, partners against crime, tough cop, tax evasion, white suit, rooftop chase, baseball bat, crime, accountant ...
Time: 1930s, 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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 6.5
 11K
A Good Woman (2004)
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Country: UK, Italy, Spain, Luxembourg, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Fleeing 1930s New York and leaving behind a chequered past, the giltzy divorcee Mrs Stella Erlynne travels to Italy's sun-dappled Amalfi coast. Mrs Erlynne's appearance causes a stir amongst the visiting aristocracy. Based on the Oscar ...
Style: clever, witty, semi serious, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, gossip, newlywed, femme fatale, dishonesty, affair, love and romance, romance, couples, power relations, innocence lost, couple relations ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 19th century
Place: italy, europe, london, england
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Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy, USA, Canada
Duration: 229 min.
Story: A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.
Style: rough, atmospheric, epic, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prohibition, rape, corruption, gangsters, rise and fall, friendship, organized crime, brooklyn bridge, opium, memory, torture, murder ...
Time: 30s, 1930s, 60s, 1920s, 1960s ...
Place: new york, usa
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 6.3
 9K
Hoodlum (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In 1934, the second most lucrative business in New York City was running "the numbers". When, Madam Queen, the powerful woman who runs the scam in Harlem, is arrested. Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson takes over the business and must ...
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: violence, dutch, blood, gangsters, crime, murder, interracial relations, rich and poor, criminal heroes, crimes, dishonesty, society ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: new york, harlem, illinois, usa, california
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 6.6
 8K
The Funeral (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story concerns the funeral of one of three brothers in a family of gangsters that lived in New York in 1930s. Details of the past of the brothers and their families are shown through a series of flashbacks.
Style: clever, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, mafia, violence, strike, bedroom, corpse, great depression, gangsters, crime, parents and children, siblings relations, vengeance ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: new york, usa
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Cradle Will Rock (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A true story of politics and art in the 1930s USA, centered around a leftist musical drama and attempts to stop its production.
Style: talky, clever, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: ventriloquist, politics, artist, communism, congress, actor's life, celebrity culture, injustice, artists and showbiz, society, rich and poor, racism ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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Pennies from Heaven (1981)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A musical set in the great Busby Berkeley style. In Chicago during the depression, sheet music salesman, Arthur Parker, is trying to sell his products, but it's not easy to convince unwilling music store owners to buy them. Although he's ...
Style: surreal, serious, dark humor, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: teacher, song, marriage, great depression, traveling salesman, bank, infidelity, pimp, couple relations, down on your luck, showbiz, store ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, england
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 7.8
 36K
Zelig (1983)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Fictional documentary about the life of human chameleon Leonard Zelig, a man who becomes a celebrity in the 1920s due to his ability to look and act like whoever is around him. Clever editing places Zelig in real newsreel footage of Woodrow Wilson, ...
Style: talky, clever, humorous, witty, not serious ...
Plot: supernatural, psychiatrist, great depression, therapy, switching roles, postmodernism, artists and showbiz, celebrity, newsreel footage, media, fall in love, supernatural ability ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20s, 30s, 20th century
Place: paris france, bronx new york city
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Bright Young Things (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: in the 1930’s a social set known to the press – who follow their every move – as the “Bright Young Things.” are Adam and his friends who are eccentric, wild and entirely shocking to the older generation. Amidst the madness, Adam, who is ...
Style: clever, witty, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: aristocrat, love triangle, columnist, love affair, love and romance, writer's life, couple relations, down on your luck, couples, gay, godparent, drinking ...
Time: 1930s, 20s, 30s, 20th century
Place: england, london, europe, cannes
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Voyage of the Damned (1976)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: A luxury liner carries Jewish refugees from Hitler's Germany in a desperate fight for survival.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, bleak, tense ...
Plot: holocaust, ship, anti semitism, anti heroes, fugitives, war, cruise ship, immigrants, on the run, rescue, survival, human spirit ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: cuba, germany, europe, latin america, hamburg germany ...
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 7.9
 34K
I Remember (1973)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 123 min.
Story: In an Italian seaside town, young Titta gets into trouble with his friends and watches various local eccentrics as they engage in often absurd behavior. Frequently clashing with his stern father and defended by his doting mother, Titta witnesses the ...
Style: surreal, humorous, sentimental, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: small town, coming of age, fascism, surrealism, sheik, bathtub, postmodernism, human nature, small town life, youth, family relations, family life ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: italy, europe
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Rambling Rose (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rose, is taken in by the Hillyer family to serve as a 1930s housemaid so that she can avoid falling into a life of prostitution. Rose's appearence and personality is such that all men fall for her, and Rose knows it. She can't help herself ...
Style: sexual, sexy, erotic, serious, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: coming of age, prostitute, love and romance, love, self discovery, great depression, hospital, small town, nanny, master and servant, romance, youth ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: georgia, usa, california
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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: When Dr. Indiana Jones – the tweed-suited professor who just happens to be a celebrated archaeologist – is hired by the government to locate the legendary Ark of the Covenant, he finds himself up against the entire Nazi regime.
Style: humorous, exciting, semi serious, surprise ending, epic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing, kids
Plot: treasure hunt, archaeologist, adventure, adventurer, artifact, good versus evil, tombs and skeletons, treasure, map, expedition, ancient, journey ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: egypt, nepal, himalaya, cairo egypt, washington d.c. ...
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Me and Orson Welles (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA, Isle Of Man
Duration: 114 min.
Story: New York, 1937. A teenager hired to star in Orson Welles' production of Julius Caesar becomes attracted to a career-driven production assistant.
Style: sincere, serious, stylized, realistic, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: coming of age, ambition, actor's life, boss and employee, historical figure, theater, romance, teenage life, fall in love, love and romance, youth, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1937
Place: new york, usa, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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 7.3
 19K
Angela's Ashes (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, unemployment, human nature, parents and children, rich and poor, society, youth, family relations, alcohol abuse, injustice, irish ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s
Place: ireland, europe, usa, new york, america ...
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Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Damon Runyon's fairytale, sweet and funny, is told by director Frank Capra. Boozy, brassy Apple Annie, a beggar with a basket of apples, is as much as part of downtown New York as old Broadway itself. Bootlegger Dave the Dude is a sucker for ...
Style: touching, feel good, semi serious, witty, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prohibition, apple, luck, high society, deception, couple relations, gangsters, parents and children, social differences, cons and scams, fall in love, love and romance ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 60s, 1920s
Place: spain, europe, new york
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Victor Victoria (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Music, Musical, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life.
Style: humorous, witty, stylized, semi serious, clever ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: gender bending, cabaret, cross dressing, nightclub, jazz, gay, music, comedy of errors, romance, hidden identity, performer's life, soprano ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: france, europe, paris france, chicago illinois
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