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, atmospheric and visually appealing films and TV shows about / with storytelling, mentor, dialogue, runaway, greed, murder, destiny, culture clash, friendship and crimes 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), Road to Perdition (2002), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Upstairs Downstairs (2010), The King's Speech (2010), Hard Times (1975), The Sting (1973), Hoodlum (1997), La feria ambulante (2003), King Kong (2005).

List of 1930s movies

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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, serious, bleak, rough ...
Plot: gangsters, smuggling, crimes, rebellion, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, sheriff, gang, great depression, crime, prohibition, siblings relations ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1940
Place: virginia, usa, appalachia, new jersey
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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: gangsters, vengeance, criminal's revenge, hitman, manhunt, mafia, betrayal, death, loss of son, bank robbery, crime, crimes ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois, michigan
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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: melancholic, atmospheric, rough, epic, breathtaking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, rape, corruption, friendship, criminal heroes, gangster, murder, torture, prohibition, crimes, gunfight ...
Time: 60s, 1930s, 1920s, 30s, 1960s ...
Place: new york, usa, miami
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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, touching, serious, stylized
Plot: master and servant, high society, butler, millionaire, family values, family relations, lifestyle, marriage, couples, housewife, rich and poor, class differences ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: england, london, europe
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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: stuttering, historical character, royal family, unlikely friendships, british history, friendship, aristocracy, king, queen, disability, world war two, british royal family ...
Time: 1930s, 40s, pre world war two, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: england, britain, europe, london, buckingham palace ...
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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, serious, harsh, tense, captivating ...
Plot: streetfighting, illegal fistfight, boxing, great depression, street fighter, ambition, contests and competitions, tough heroes, life is a bitch, mafia, beating, hand to hand combat ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 70s
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, los angeles, ireland
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 8.3
 236K
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: twists and turns, atmospheric, witty, captivating, humorous ...
Plot: cons and scams, con artists, gambling, bet, mentor, crimes, crime, casino, deception, friends, mob boss, rivals ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1936
Place: chicago illinois, usa, new york
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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, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, violence, murder, blood, bandit, dutch, crime, crimes, rich and poor, interracial relations, deadly, rivalry ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, harlem, illinois, usa, california
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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: god or devil, healing power, dwarf, prophecy, good versus evil, supernatural, clergy, self discovery, priest, psychic, religions or cults, supernatural ability ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1934, year 1935
Place: california, usa
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 7.2
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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: boys' night, teens, family outing, date night
Plot: monster, expedition, adventure, dinosaur, jungle, island, beast, rescue, gorilla, human animal relationship, giant animal, giant ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1933
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city
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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, investigation, riddles and clues, whodunit, murder mystery, uncover truth, murder, multiple suspects, who done it, crimes, murder investigation ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: england, london
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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: semi serious, touching, atmospheric, stylized, colourful ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: castle, romance, eccentric family, siblings relations, coming of age, sister sister relationship, first love, writer's block, ex convict, wedding, family drama, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, london
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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: sexy, realistic, serious, melancholic, sexual ...
Plot: strong sexual content, love triangle, romance, unfaithful wife, couple relations, love affair, writer's life, sexual relations, couples, womanizer, love and romance, lifestyle ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1932
Place: paris france, europe
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 52K
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: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: superhero, good versus evil, adventure, family, flying man, gangsters, nazi collaborator, treasure hunt, adaptation, betrayal, unlikely friendships, heroes ...
Time: 1930s, 90s, 30s, 20th century, year 1938 ...
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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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: thought provoking, suspenseful, stylized, talky, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: investigation, private detective, multiple suspects, whodunit, train, murder, murder mystery, train ride, stabbing, crime, crimes, who done it ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 70s
Place: istanbul turkey, 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, disturbing, serious, realistic, entertaining ...
Plot: artist, congress, politics, communism, injustice, society, actor's life, rich and poor, racism, celebrity culture, power relations, ventriloquist ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
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, semi serious, breathtaking, humorous, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens, kids
Plot: archaeologist, adventure, treasure hunt, adventurer, archaeology, artifact, escapades, journey, ancient, map, courage, expedition ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1936
Place: egypt, nepal, cairo egypt, himalaya, germany ...
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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: thought provoking, emotional, touching, serious, factual ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: child abuse, racism, australian outback, culture clash, survival, kidnapping, australian aboriginal, punishment, hopes, aborigine, outback, injustice ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 70s
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, love and romance, musician's life, americana, couple relations, desert, on the road, hitchhiker ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 70s
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, earnest, disturbing, enigmatic ...
Plot: racism, courtroom drama, poverty, lawyer, small town, courtroom, rape, prejudice, legal, interracial relations, trial, idealism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1932
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: existentialism, twists & turns, hotel, inheritance, greed, adventure, escapades, mentor protege relationship, disorder, servant, friendship, cons and scams ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 30s ...
Place: europe, eastern europe, hungary, alps, central europe
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Nanking (2007)
Genre: Biography, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The story of the rape of Nanking, one of the most tragic events in history. In 1937, the invading Japanese army murdered over 200,000 and raped tens of thousands of Chinese. In the midst of this horror, a small group of Western expatriates banded ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspense, touching ...
Plot: atrocity, rescue, world war two, massacre, rape, testimony, invasion, war crime, daring rescue, sexual abuse, survival, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1938, year 1937
Place: china, asia, japan, shanghai china, shanghai
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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: family relations, friendship, siblings relations, orphan, misfit, sibling relationship, island, eccentric family, parents and children, family life, death in the family, greek ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: greece, europe
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Indian Summers (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
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, racism, revolution, political unrest, culture clash, society, state affairs, rebellion, colonialism, empire, british, independence ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: india, himalaya, asia
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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, serious, realistic, depressing ...
Plot: drugs/alcohol, alcoholic, dysfunctional family, depression, introspection, human nature, crumbling marriage, estrangement, couples, alcohol abuse, one day, greed ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 70s
Place: mexico, latin america
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Jeeves and Wooster (1990)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 55 min.
Story: Jeeves and Wooster is a British comedy-drama series adapted by Clive Exton from P.G. Wodehouse's "Jeeves" stories. The series was a collaboration between Brian Eastman of Picture Partnership Productions and Granada Television. It ...
Style: clever, witty, humorous, not serious, realistic ...
Plot: butler, master and servant, servant, boss and employee, aristocracy, rich and poor, workplace, valet, stupidity, mishap, dimwit, unfulfillment ...
Time: 30s, 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: england, london, usa, europe
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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, sentimental, sincere, touching, emotional ...
Plot: aunt niece relationship, family relations, family life, parents and children, siblings relations, human nature, life is a bitch, love and romance, sibling relationship, brother sister relationship, sister sister relationship, village ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1936
Place: ireland, africa, europe, spain, england
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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: stylized, rough, tense, realistic, serious
Plot: friendship, betrayal, rise and fall, village life, city life, innocence lost, starting over, best friends, lifestyle, crimes, nightclub, bittersweet ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: china, shanghai, asia, shanghai china
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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, ambition, music band, musician's life, artists and showbiz, aristocracy, high society, lifestyle, mogul, backstage ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1933
Place: london, england
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The Day of the Locust (1975)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: An art director in the 1930s falls in love and attempts to make a young woman an actress despite Hollywood who wants nothing to do with her because of her problems with an estranged man and her alcoholic father.
Style: surreal, cynical, stylized, suspense, biting ...
Plot: hollywood, satire, brat, film within a film, vandalism, accountant, lynch mob, movie business, infidelity, innocence lost, fall in love, couples ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, beverly hills
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