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 talky, realistic, dramatic, serious, interesting and melancholic films and TV shows about / with mentor, dialogue, runaway, storytelling, greed, adaptation, catastrophe, corruption, culture clash and redemption plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
1930s movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as 1930s: The King's Speech (2010), Road to Perdition (2002), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Lawless (2012), Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), The Sting (1973).

List of 1930s movies

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, realistic, talky, witty ...
Plot: royal family, friendship, queen, radio, british history, state affairs, disability, treatment, destiny, speech, against the odds, historical character ...
Time: 1930s, 40s, pre world war two, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: england, britain, buckingham palace, europe, germany ...
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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: bleak, tense, serious, suspenseful, melancholic ...
Plot: vengeance, gangsters, manhunt, criminal's revenge, hitman, mafia, betrayal, great depression, death, loss of son, crime, crimes ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: illinois, usa, michigan, chicago illinois
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Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Italy
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, captivating, sadistic, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prohibition, gangsters, rape, organized crime, friendship, corruption, murder, torture, childhood friends, criminal heroes, regret, gangster ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 1960s, 1920s, 60s ...
Place: new york, usa
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Lawless (2012)
Genre: 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: stylized, atmospheric, rough, bleak, serious ...
Plot: smuggling, crimes, gangsters, prohibition, uninhibited rivalry, rivalry, rebellion, sheriff, crime, gang, siblings relations, violence ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1940, 1940s
Place: virginia, usa, new jersey
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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, captivating, suspenseful, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, riddles and clues, murder, uncover truth, crime, multiple suspects, crimes, murder mystery, danger, private investigator, suicide ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: england, london
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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, thought provoking, stylized, talky, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: investigation, train, private detective, murder, train ride, whodunit, stabbing, murder mystery, crime, multiple suspects, mysterious character, who done it ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: istanbul turkey, london, new york
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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, humorous, semi serious, entertaining, breathtaking ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens, kids
Plot: treasure hunt, archaeologist, adventure, artifact, ancient, adventurer, rivalry, villain, good versus evil, tombs and skeletons, escapades, courage ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: egypt, nepal, himalaya, washington d.c., usa ...
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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, thought provoking, disturbing, enigmatic, compassionate ...
Plot: racism, courtroom drama, trial, lawyer, small town, courtroom, rape, prejudice, poverty, legal, morality, idealism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: alabama, usa
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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, 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, stylized, offbeat, melancholic, witty ...
Plot: hotel, inheritance, greed, mentor protege relationship, friendship, disorder, escapades, murder, painting, theft, unlikely partners, cons and scams ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1960s, 30s, year 1985 ...
Place: europe, eastern europe, hungary, central europe, alps
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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, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: gambling, bet, cons and scams, mentor, organized crime, fbi, sting operation, alley, crime, corruption, dishonor among criminals, criminal heroes ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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Dancing at Lughnasa (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Five unmarried sisters make the most of their simple existence in rural Ireland in the 1930s.
Style: realistic, sincere, sentimental, touching, emotional ...
Plot: parents and children, siblings relations, human nature, family life, family relations, life is a bitch, love and romance, sibling relationship, brother sister relationship, sister sister relationship, village, bus ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: ireland, africa, europe, spain, england
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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, serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, violence, murder, blood, dutch, crime, dishonesty, rivalry, society, psychopath, crimes, interracial relations ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: new york, illinois, harlem, usa, california
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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: teens, boys' night, family outing
Plot: superhero, good versus evil, secret identity, monk, invisibility, adventure, undercover, danger, heroic mission, vigilante, escapades, hypnosis ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: new york, tibet, usa, asia
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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: stylized, suspenseful, serious, captivating, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: smuggling, organized crime, mafia, bribery, trial, crime, tough cop, gangsters, police investigation, fighting crime, tough law enforcer, partners against crime ...
Time: 1930s, 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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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: witty, semi serious, humorous, entertaining, melancholic ...
Plot: love triangle, columnist, aristocrat, love and romance, love affair, husband wife relationship, honest, down on your luck, couple relations, writer's life, couples, godparent ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 20s
Place: england, london, europe, cannes, poland
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Me and Orson Welles (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Isle Of Man, USA
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, sentimental, touching, realistic, talky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: coming of age, ambition, actor's life, youth, teenage life, historical figure, fall in love, blind ambition, artists and showbiz, boss and employee, romance, art ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1937
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city, new jersey ...
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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, book, genius, writers, eccentricity, creativity, unlikely friendships, destiny, obsession, mentor, writer's life, life philosophy ...
Time: 1930s
Place: usa, new jersey, new york
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The Aviator (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Germany, USA
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: captivating, epic, factual, suspense, compassionate ...
Plot: mental illness, pilot, businessman, millionaire, aviation, paranoia, rise and fall, corruption, fame, nervous breakdown, phobia, filmmaking ...
Time: 1930s, 1910s, 20th century, 20s, 30s ...
Place: los angeles, usa, new york, houston texas, washington d.c. ...
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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: sexual, sexy, realistic, serious, erotic ...
Plot: love triangle, bohemian, writer's life, romance, urban, lifestyle, womanizer, love affair, couples, strong sexual content, love and romance, couple relations ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: europe, paris 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: exciting, stylized, suspenseful, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: superhero, good versus evil, nazi collaborator, flying man, adventure, gangsters, family, hollywood, danger, world domination, woman in danger, mechanic ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 90s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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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, disturbing, realistic, biting ...
Plot: artist, communism, congress, ventriloquist, politics, rich and poor, artists and showbiz, social activist, power relations, celebrity culture, injustice, bohemian life ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
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, stylized, realistic, sentimental, gloomy ...
Plot: bank, infidelity, pimp, teacher, song, marriage, great depression, traveling salesman, rich and poor, artists and showbiz, real world, couples ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: usa, chicago illinois, england
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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, humorous, surreal, not serious, absurd ...
Plot: therapy, great depression, switching roles, artists and showbiz, celebrity culture, celebrity, psychiatrist, fictional biography, character study, parody, supernatural, justice ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, 30s, 20s
Place: paris france, bronx new york city, new jersey
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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: witty, sentimental, touching, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prohibition, deception, luck, high society, apple, gangsters, godparent, dishonesty, couples, disorder, fall in love, aging ...
Time: 1930s, 60s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: spain, europe, new york
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Sounder (1972)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The Morgans, a loving and strong family of Black sharecroppers in Louisiana in 1933, face a serious family crisis when the husband and father, Nathan Lee Morgan, is convicted of a petty crime and sent to a prison camp. After some weeks or months, ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: prison, dog, against the odds, coming of age, racism, school, great depression, life is a bitch, hopes, rich and poor, interracial relations, family relations ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: louisiana, usa
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Bound for Glory (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: A biography of Woody Guthrie, one of America's greatest folk singers. He left his dust-devastated Texas home in the 1930s to find work, discovering the suffering and strength of America's working class.
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: labor union, desert, on the road, hitchhiker, great depression, folk music, music, folk, countryside, americana, couples, musician's life ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: california, texas, oklahoma, usa, new mexico
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King Kong (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: New Zealand, USA, Germany
Duration: 187 min.
Story: In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with the leading lady.
Style: sentimental, exciting, epic, stylized, scenic ...
Audience: date night, boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: dinosaur, expedition, monster, jungle, rescue, island, actress, beast, adventure, human animal relationship, danger, giant ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city
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Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Chronicles the rise and fall of legendary blues singer Billie Holiday. Her late childhood, stint as a prostitute, early tours, marriages and drug addiction are featured.
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, gloomy, twists and turns ...
Plot: drug abuse, jazz, racism, showbiz, nightclub owner, racist, music, addiction, figment, unfulfillment, sexual relations, ambition ...
Time: 1930s, 70s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: harlem, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, cross country
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Honkytonk Man (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Young boy leaves the Oklahoma farm to travel with his country musician uncle who is trying out for the Grand Ole Opry. Set during the Great Depression.
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, realistic, road movie ...
Plot: prostitute, on the road, tuberculosis, music, friendship, life is a bitch, friends, artists and showbiz, parents and children, family relations, family life, musician's life ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: oklahoma, usa, new jersey, california, tokyo ...
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The Sound of Music (1965)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 172 min.
Story: Film adaptation of a classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical based on a nun who becomes a governess for an Austrian family.
Style: sentimental, feel good, touching, serious, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: nun, convent, love and romance, nanny, opposites attract, party, singer, puppet show, novice, governess, nazi occupation, mischievous children ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1938
Place: austria, europe, alps, germany
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