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, serious, stylized, melancholic and atmospheric films and TV shows about / with runaway, mentor, storytelling, dialogue, culture clash, destiny, betrayal, catastrophe, adaptation and corruption plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
1930s movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as 1930s: Henry & June (1990), The Rocketeer (1991), Lawless (2012), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), I Capture the Castle (2003), Jimmy's Hall (2014), To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), The King's Speech (2010), Being Julia (2004).

List of 1930s movies

Henry & June (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 136 min.
Story: While traveling in Paris, author Henry Miller and his wife, June, meet Anais Nin, and sexual sparks fly as Nin starts an affair with the openly bisexual June. When June is forced to return to the U.S., she gives Nin her blessing to sleep with her ...
Style: sexy, erotic, sexual, melancholic, atmospheric ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: romance, writers, love triangle, sex, lesbian sex, sexuality, open relationship, writer's life, bohemian, art, lesbian, seduction ...
Time: 1930s, year 1931, year 1932, 20th century
Place: paris france, europe, france
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The Rocketeer (1991)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Straight from the pages of a pulp comic from a past era, the Rocketeer recreates 1930s Hollywood, complete with gangsters, Nazi spies, and the growth of the Age of Aviation. Young pilot Cliff Secord stumbles on a top secret rocket-pack and with the ...
Style: entertaining, exciting, stylized, melancholic, intense ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing
Plot: superhero, good versus evil, treasure hunt, adventure, family, betrayal, adaptation, world war two, aviation, disney, gangsters, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 1930s, future, 90s, 20th century, year 1938 ...
Place: california, los angeles, usa
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Lawless (2012)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Set in the Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits.
Style: harsh, stylized, entertaining, brutal, intense ...
Plot: gangsters, mafia, crimes, smuggling, organized crime, bootlegging, gang, greed, prohibition, robbery, corruption, great depression ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1931, 1940s, year 1940
Place: virginia, usa, appalachia, new jersey
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Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy, USA
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: melancholic, epic, ambiguous ending, atmospheric, cerebral ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, mafia, friendship, prohibition, rape, betrayal, childhood friend, criminal heroes, gunfight, crimes, flashback ...
Time: 1930s, 60s, 1920s, year 1984, 20th century ...
Place: new york, usa, miami, florida
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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: suspense, thought provoking, suspenseful, talky, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: whodunit, train, investigation, murder mystery, murder, multiple suspects, twists and turns, private detective, crimes, justice, mystery, railway ...
Time: 1930s, 70s, 20th century, year 1935
Place: new york, london, istanbul turkey, turkey, asia ...
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I Capture the Castle (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A love story set in 1930s England that follows 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain, and the fortunes of her eccentric family, struggling to survive in a decaying English castle. Based on Dodie Smith's 1948 novel with the same name.
Style: touching, atmospheric, stylized, lyrical, semi serious ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: romance, castle, coming of age, beautiful scenery, eccentricity, eccentric family, siblings relations, sisters, first love, sister sister relationship, bittersweet, ex convict ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1936
Place: england, london, europe
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Jimmy's Hall (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In the 1930s political activist Jimmy Gralton is deported from Ireland during the 'Red Scare'.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, touching, political ...
Plot: fighting the system, deportation, human spirit, idealism, rebelliousness, ambition, rebellion, priest, social relations, dance school, injustice, clergy ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1932
Place: ireland, new york
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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: touching, enigmatic, compassionate, thought provoking, atmospheric ...
Audience: chick flick, family outing
Plot: lawyer, racism, courtroom drama, courtroom, small town, rape, single father, poverty, legal, childhood, father daughter relationship, coming of age ...
Time: 1930s, year 1932, 20th century
Place: alabama, usa
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The King's Speech (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
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: inspirational, sincere, uplifting, dramatic, realistic ...
Plot: british royal family, world war two, british history, stuttering, royal family, disability, unlikely friendships, historical character, king of england, politics, husband wife relationship, british monarchy ...
Time: 1930s, pre world war two, 50s, 1940s, 20th century ...
Place: england, britain, london, europe, buckingham palace ...
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Being Julia (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Canada, USA, Hungary, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Julia Lambert is a true diva: beautiful, talented, weathly and famous. She has it all - including a devoted husband who has mastermined her brilliant career - but after years of shining in the spotlight she begins to suffer from a severe case of ...
Style: emotional, stylized, entertaining, sincere, witty ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: midlife crisis, older woman younger man relationship, theater, adaptation, complex characters, loneliness, actor's life, romance, love, women, art, adultery ...
Time: 1930s, 50s, 20th century, year 1938
Place: england, new jersey, europe, london
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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A headstrong young teacher in a private school in 1930s Edinburgh ignores the curriculum and influences her impressionable 12 year old charges with her over-romanticized world view.
Style: realistic, talky, humorous, sentimental, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: fascism, teacher, school, girls' school, female nudity, coming of age, boarding school, fascist, dedicated teacher, feminist, spanish civil war, unrequited love ...
Time: 1930s, 70s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, california, spain, new jersey ...
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Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Bonnie and Clyde is based on the true stories of the gangster pair Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow who in the 1930s began robbing banks in U.S. cities until they were eventually killed. The film is a major landmark in the aesthetic movement known as ...
Style: road movie, suspenseful, disturbing, exciting, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lovers on the run, heist, crimes, gang, bank robbery, fugitives, gangsters, woman with a gun, chase, murderous pair, criminal heroes, on the road ...
Time: 1930s, 60s, 20th century
Place: texas, oklahoma, missouri, usa, iowa ...
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Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
TV show
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, captivating, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: kids
Plot: whodunit, private detective, investigation, murder mystery, murder, who done it, murder investigation, riddles and clues, private investigator, multiple suspects, uncover truth, crimes ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: england, united kingdom, london
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Hard Times (1975)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In the depression, Chaney, a strong silent streetfighter, joins with Speed, a promoter of no-holds-barred street boxing bouts. They go to New Orleans where Speed borrows money to set up fights for Chaney, but Speed gambles away any winnings.
Style: realistic, tense, harsh, serious, neo noir ...
Plot: boxing, streetfighting, illegal fistfight, street fighter, great depression, martial arts, ambition, contests and competitions, life is a bitch, tough heroes, sport, mafia ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 70s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, ireland, los angeles
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Upstairs Downstairs (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Set in 1936, the show takes viewers, old and new, back to the lavish world of Belgravia, London. A new set of occupants reside at 165 Eaton Place and viewers see how external and internal influences of the tumultuous pre-war period shape and mould ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, stylized, vintage
Plot: high society, master and servant, butler, servant, family relations, rich and poor, family values, marriage, millionaire, lifestyle, class differences, housewife ...
Time: 1930s, edwardian era, 20th century
Place: england, europe, london
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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: atmospheric, harsh, bleak, tense, emotional ...
Plot: gangsters, mafia, vengeance, organized crime, revenge, criminal's revenge, bank robbery, hitman, murder, assassin, violence, betrayal ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1931
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois, michigan
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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime
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, stylized, witty, surreal, dramatic ...
Plot: hotel, adventure, mentor protege relationship, prison escape, luxury hotel, murder, prison, painting, escapades, gunfight, fictional country, art theft ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 60s, 80s, year 1985 ...
Place: eastern europe, alps, europe, hungary, central europe
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And Then There Were None (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 58 min.
TV show
Story: Ten strangers, drawn away from their normal lives to an isolated rock off the Devon coast. But as the mismatched group waits for the arrival of the hosts – the improbably named Mr and Mrs U.N. Owen – the weather sours and they find themselves ...
Style: twist ending, atmospheric, suspense, psychological, suspenseful ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: murder mystery, island, whodunit, isolation, murder, twists and turns, survival, justice, plot twist, accusation, death, investigation ...
Time: 1930s, year 1939
Place: united kingdom, europe, england
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Burnt by the Sun (1994)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Russia, France
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Russia, 1936: revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending an idyllic summer in his dacha with his young wife and six-year-old daughter Nadia and other assorted family and friends. Things change dramatically with the unheralded arrival of Cousin ...
Style: touching, captivating, stylized, political, sad ...
Plot: politics, communism, revolution, totalitarianism, world war two, family relations, repression, symbolism, russian, friendship, war, stalinism ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1936
Place: poland, russia, ussr
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Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The story of the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin Margaret Stuckley, centered around the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York.
Style: political, factual, witty, captivating, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: president, cousin cousin relationship, king of england, queen, disability, royalty, king, state affairs, family relations, love affair, polio, world war two ...
Time: 1930s, year 1939, 20th century
Place: usa, england, new jersey, new york state, new york ...
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The White Countess (2005)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, Germany, China, USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The last movie from the team of Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, and Kazuo Ishiguro. Set in 1930s Shanghai, "The White Countess" is both Sofia (Natasha Richardson), a fallen member of the Russian aristocracy, and a nightclub created by a ...
Style: romantic, sentimental, emotional, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: blindness, love story, world war two, romance, russian, friendship, couples, unlikely couple, love and romance, fall in love, couple relations, politics ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1937, pre world war two, year 1936
Place: china, russia, asia, shanghai, macau ...
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The Aviator (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 170 min.
Story: A biopic depicting the life of filmmaker and aviation pioneer Howard Hughes from 1927 to 1947, during which time he became a successful film producer and an aviation magnate, while simultaneously growing more unstable due to severe ...
Style: epic, realistic, stylized, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: mental illness, success, businessman, aviation, test pilot, pilot, obsessive compulsive disorder, billionaire, aviator, millionaire, filmmaking, corruption ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 1940s, 50s, 1910s ...
Place: los angeles, california, new york, connecticut, usa ...
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Cabaret (1972)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical, Romance
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, satirical, atmospheric, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: gay, nazi, world war two, cabaret, fascism, decadence, jewish, dancing, bisexual man, gay interest, closeted homosexual, politics ...
Time: 1930s, year 1931, 20th century
Place: berlin germany, new york, europe, germany
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Indian Summers (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: Epic drama set in the summer of 1932 where India dreams of independence, but the British are clinging to power. Set against the sweeping grandeur of the Himalayas and tea plantations of Northern India, the drama tells the rich and explosive story ...
Style: realistic, serious, epic, captivating, atmospheric ...
Plot: class differences, colonialism, racism, revolution, political unrest, society, state affairs, culture clash, rebellion, british, independence, world war one ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: india, asia, himalaya
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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: exciting, breathtaking, epic, atmospheric, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, boys' night, teens
Plot: treasure hunt, adventure, archaeologist, archaeology, artifact, treasure, nazi, adventurer, escapades, journey, ancient, desert ...
Time: 1930s, year 1936, 20th century
Place: egypt, nepal, africa, south america, peru ...
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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, dramatic, splatter, factual, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, mafia, crimes, violence, betrayal, death, corruption, gunfight, violent, adaptation, revenge ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, harlem, california, usa, illinois
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The Conformist (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France, West Germany
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident.
Style: political, reflective, art house, philosophical, cerebral ...
Plot: fascism, assassination, italian fascism, fascist, sexuality, murder, honeymoon, professor, politics, ambush, homosexual, confession ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 70s, 20th century, year 1943 ...
Place: paris france, italy, rome italy, france, europe
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Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback.
Style: thought provoking, emotional, touching, factual, heartbreaking ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night
Plot: aborigine, child abuse, kidnapping, australian outback, racism, australian aboriginal, children, culture clash, survival, justice, women, punishment ...
Time: 1930s, 70s, 20th century
Place: australia, africa
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Tea with Mussolini (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Italy, UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Semi-autobiographical film directed by Franco Zeffirelli, telling the story of young Italian boy Luca's upbringing by a circle of English and American women, before and during World War II.
Style: light, sentimental, touching, realistic, political ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, date night
Plot: world war two, stepmother stepson relationship, nazi, women, friendship, coming of age, lesbian, youth, german, british, art, eccentricity ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, year 1935, 20th century
Place: italy, germany, england, florence, europe ...
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The Highwaymen (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: In 1934, Frank Hamer and Manny Gault, two former Texas Rangers, are commissioned to put an end to the wave of vicious crimes perpetrated by Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, a notorious duo of infamous robbers and cold-blooded killers who nevertheless ...
Style: neo noir, factual, captivating, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: date night
Plot: texas ranger, special agents, gangsters, organized crime, criminal gang, bank robber, great depression, fbi, fighting crime, police, hunt down, corruption ...
Time: 1930s
Place: texas, usa, austin texas
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