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, serious, stylized, talky, interesting and visually appealing films and TV shows about / with storytelling, runaway, dialogue, mentor, crimes, destiny, corruption, culture clash, gunfight and redemption plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres shot in USA, UK, Australia and other countries.
1930s
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1930s movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as 1930s: Lawless (2012), The King's Speech (2010), Road to Perdition (2002), Hard Times (1975), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989), Henry & June (1990), The Rocketeer (1991), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Cradle Will Rock (1999).

List of 1930s movies

 7.3
 221K
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, serious, bleak ...
Plot: gangsters, smuggling, crimes, uninhibited rivalry, rebellion, rivalry, sheriff, great depression, crime, prohibition, gang, siblings relations ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1940, 1940s
Place: virginia, usa, new jersey
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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, inspirational, sincere, dramatic, serious ...
Plot: historical character, stuttering, royal family, british history, friendship, aristocracy, queen, king, disability, british royal family, period piece, treatment ...
Time: 1930s, 40s, pre world war two, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: england, britain, europe, buckingham palace, scotland ...
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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, emotional, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: vengeance, gangsters, criminal's revenge, hitman, manhunt, mafia, betrayal, death, loss of son, crime, crimes, organized crime ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: illinois, usa, michigan, chicago illinois
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 7.3
 9K
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, serious, harsh, tense, captivating ...
Plot: streetfighting, illegal fistfight, boxing, great depression, street fighter, contests and competitions, ambition, life is a bitch, tough heroes, gambling, mafia, beating ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, los angeles, ireland
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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: atmospheric, rough, melancholic, breathtaking, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, rape, organized crime, friendship, criminal heroes, corruption, gangster, torture, murder, prohibition, gunfight, regret ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 60s, 1960s, 1920s ...
Place: new york, usa
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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, serious ...
Plot: private detective, crime, murder, investigation, riddles and clues, whodunit, uncover truth, murder mystery, multiple suspects, crimes, who done it, private investigator ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: england, london
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 6.3
 12K
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, realistic, serious, melancholic, sexual ...
Plot: strong sexual content, love triangle, romance, unfaithful wife, couple relations, love affair, writer's life, love and romance, couples, lifestyle, womanizer, sexual relations ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: europe, paris france
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 6.5
 51K
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, semi serious, entertaining, light ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: superhero, good versus evil, adventure, flying man, family, nazi collaborator, treasure hunt, adaptation, betrayal, magic, unlikely friendships, gangsters ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 90s, 20th century, year 1938
Place: usa, california, los angeles
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Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
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, private detective, multiple suspects, whodunit, train, murder, murder mystery, train ride, stabbing, crime, crimes, mysterious character ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: istanbul turkey, london, new york
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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, serious, disturbing, realistic, entertaining ...
Plot: artist, communism, congress, politics, injustice, power relations, rich and poor, celebrity culture, racism, actor's life, society, ventriloquist ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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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, breathtaking, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing, teens, kids
Plot: adventure, archaeologist, treasure hunt, adventurer, artifact, escapades, ancient, journey, courage, map, good versus evil, treasure ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: egypt, nepal, himalaya, latin america, washington d.c. ...
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Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
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: emotional, touching, thought provoking, serious, factual ...
Plot: child abuse, survival, racism, culture clash, kidnapping, punishment, outback, australian outback, aborigine, human spirit, family relations, injustice ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: australia, africa
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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, sentimental, serious, touching, compassionate ...
Plot: labor union, folk music, music, artists and showbiz, great depression, couple relations, americana, love and romance, musician's life, on the road, hitchhiker, desert ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: texas, california, oklahoma, usa, new mexico
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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, lawyer, poverty, trial, small town, courtroom, rape, prejudice, legal, morality, idealism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: alabama, usa
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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Country: Germany, USA
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: stylized, offbeat, witty, atmospheric, melancholic ...
Plot: inheritance, existentialism, hotel, greed, twists & turns, mentor protege relationship, legendary, escapades, disorder, adventure, servant, friendship ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1960s, 30s, year 1968 ...
Place: europe, eastern europe, hungary, alps, central europe
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 8.3
 231K
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, atmospheric, witty, twists and turns, captivating ...
Plot: gambling, bet, cons and scams, mentor, crime, crimes, friends, deception, dishonesty, rivals, organized crime, gangster ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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 7.0
 3K
While at War (2019)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Spain, Argentina
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Salamanca, Spain, 1936. In the early days of the military rebellion that began the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), writer Miguel de Unamuno supports the uprising in the hope that the prevailing political chaos will end. But when the confrontation ...
Style: sincere, captivating, disturbing, psychological, intellectual
Plot: spanish civil war, college professor, moral dilemma, coup d'etat, professor, arrest, archive footage, military, political repression, disorder, danger, society ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: morocco, spain
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 6.9
 63K
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: captivating, tense, factual, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: bank robber, texas ranger, criminal gang, fbi, fighting crime, neo noir, police, manhunt, politics, corruption, great depression, gangsters ...
Time: 1930s
Place: texas, usa, austin texas
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Becoming Astrid (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 123 min.
Story: When Astrid Lindgren was very young something happened that affected her profoundly, and this combination of both miracle and calamity came to shape her entire life. It was an event that transformed her into one of the most inspiring women of our ...
Style: based on true events, romantic, touching, captivating, thought provoking
Plot: teenage sex, dancing, pregnant teenager, pregnancy, older man younger woman relationship, love affair, teenage pregnancy, marriage proposal, baby, typewriter, female nudity, female protagonist ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s
Place: sweden, denmark, copenhagen, stockholm sweden, copenhagen denmark ...
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Upstairs Downstairs (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
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
Plot: master and servant, high society, millionaire, butler, rich and poor, family values, couples, housewife, class differences, lifestyle, couple relations, family relations ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: england, europe, london
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La feria ambulante (2003)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: Carnivàle is an American television series set in the United States during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. In tracing the lives of two disparate groups of people, its overarching story depicts the battle between good and evil and the struggle ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, captivating, surreal, stylized ...
Plot: healing power, dwarf, prophecy, good versus evil, supernatural, self discovery, clergy, god or devil, priest, psychic, religions or cults, supernatural ability ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: california, usa
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My Family and Other Animals (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An English family relocates to sunny Greece in the months before WWII.
Style: feel good, semi serious, humorous, exciting, touching
Plot: orphan, misfit, family relations, siblings relations, friendship, sibling relationship, eccentric family, death in the family, family life, parents and children, social relations, island ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: greece, europe
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Under the Volcano (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Against a background of war breaking out in Europe and the Mexican fiesta Day of Death, we are taken through one day in the life of Geoffrey Firmin, a British consul living in alcoholic disrepair and obscurity in a small southern Mexican town in ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, realistic, serious, depressing ...
Plot: drugs/alcohol, dysfunctional family, depression, introspection, human nature, couples, crumbling marriage, estrangement, alcoholic, one day, greed, wife husband relationship ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: mexico, latin america
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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: sentimental, realistic, sincere, touching, emotional ...
Plot: aunt niece relationship, parents and children, siblings relations, human nature, family life, life is a bitch, love and romance, family relations, sibling relationship, brother sister relationship, sister sister relationship, bus ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: ireland, africa, europe, england, spain
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Blood Brothers (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, Taiwan, China
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Fung (Daniel Wu) and his best friends, brothers Kang (Liu Ye) and Hu (Tony Yang), leave the countryside together to make it big in Shanghai. Things aren't so easy in the city, however, and the brothers stumble and toil until opportunity brings ...
Style: rough, stylized, tense, realistic, serious
Plot: friendship, betrayal, rise and fall, village life, city life, lifestyle, best friends, innocence lost, starting over, crimes, nightclub, gangsters ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: china, asia, shanghai china, shanghai
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Dancing on the Edge (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Story: A black jazz band becomes entangled in the aristocratic world of 1930s London as they seek fame and fortune.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, captivating, tense, stylized ...
Plot: jazz, music, rising to stardom, music band, high society, aristocracy, artists and showbiz, musician's life, ambition, backstage, lifestyle, mogul ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: london, england
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 6.3
 10K
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, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, violence, murder, dutch, blood, crime, psychopath, society, rivalry, rich and poor, interracial relations, deadly ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: new york, harlem, illinois, usa, california
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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: witty, stylized, semi serious, light, twists and turns ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: femme fatale, infidelity, love and romance, social differences, woman, rich man, betrayal, farce, gossip, newlywed, twists & turns, justice ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 19th century
Place: italy, europe, london, england
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 6.1
 22K
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, adventure, good versus evil, secret identity, monk, invisibility, atomic bomb, heroic mission, danger, undercover, vigilante, escapades ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: tibet, usa, new york, 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: mafia, organized crime, smuggling, tough law enforcer, bribery, trial, crime, tough cop, gangsters, police investigation, fighting crime, crimes ...
Time: 1930s, 20s, 1920s, 20th century
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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