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October 17, 2009

1930s – Best of Decade Top 100

Filed under: 1930s,Best of Decade — misterjiggy @ 4:00 pm

TOP 100 – THIRTIES

 

Submitted mid-2010 in response to a RTCD Refugees Best of Decade poll.  Number to the far right of titles in blue reflects the ultimate consensus placement in the poll results. Titles in purple did not make consensus list.  Disclaimer – my submission was subject to certain self imposed quotas on director, genre, etc. 

 

  1. GONE WITH THE WIND  [VICTOR FLEMING] (1939) (# 29)
  2. TROUBLE IN PARADISE  [ERNST LUBITSCH] (1932) (# 6)
  3. GRAND ILLUSION (La Grande illusion)  [JEAN RENOIR] (1937) (# 9)
  4. LOVE ME TONIGHT  [ROUBEN MAMOULIAN] (1932) (# 30)
  5. THE RULES OF THE GAME (La Règale du jeu) [JEAN RENOIR] (1939) (# 2)
  6. DODSWORTH  [WILLIAM WYLER] (1936) (# 24)
  7. THE LADY VANISHES  [ALFRED HITCHCOCK] (1938) (# 19)
  8. MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON  [FRANK CAPRA] (1939) (# 22)
  9. M  [FRITZ LANG] (1931) (G) (# 1)
  10. HOLIDAY  [GEORGE CUKOR] (1938) (# 7)
  11. THE THREEPENNY OPERA  (Die Dreigroschenoper) [GEORG WILHELM PABST] (1931) (# 82)
  12. THE MERRY WIDOW  [ERNST LUBITSCH] (1934) (# 79)
  13. THE 39 STEPS  [ALFRED HITCHCOCK] (1935) (# 13)
  14. MIDNIGHT  [MITCHELL LEISEN] (1939) (# 59)
  15. MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW  [LEO MCCAREY] (1937) (# 3)
  16. DESTRY RIDES AGAIN  [GEORGE MARSHALL] (1939) (# 42)
  17. JEZEBEL  [WILLIAM WYLER] (1938) 
  18. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT  [FRANK CAPRA] (1934) (# 27)
  19. PÉPÉ LE MOKO  [JULIEN DUVIVIER] (1937) (# 40)
  20. MAYERLING  [ANATOLE LITVAK] (1936)
  21. THE AWFUL TRUTH  [LEO MCCAREY] (1937) (# 12)
  22. STAGE DOOR  [GREGORY LA CAVA] (1937) (# 25)
  23. YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE  [FRITZ LANG] (1937) (# 17)
  24. PYGMALION  [ANTHONY ASQUITH & LESLIE HOWARD] (1938) (# 55)
  25. MAN’S CASTLE  [FRANK BORZAGE] (1933) (# 64)
  26. PORT OF SHADOWS (Quai des brumes) [MARCEL CARNÉ] (1938) (# 49)
  27. COUNSELLOR AT LAW  [WILLIAM WYLER] (1933) (# 35)
  28. FOUR DAUGHTERS  [MICHAEL CURTIZ] (1938)
  29. FOOTLIGHT PARADE  [LLOYD BACON] (1933)
  30. SWING TIME  [GEORGE STEVENS] (1936) (# 48)
  31. THREE COMRADES  [FRANK BORZAGE] (1938)
  32. PILGRIMAGE  [JOHN FORD] (1933)
  33. L’ATALANTE  [JEAN VIGO] (1934) (# 4)
  34. NINOTCHKA  [ERNST LUBITSCH] (1939) (# 47)
  35. RUGGLES OF RED GAP  [LEO MCCAREY] (1935) (# 10)
  36. FURY  [FRITZ LANG] (1936) (# 21)
  37. NOTHING SACRED  [WILLIAM A. WELLMAN] (1937) 
  38. THE SCARLET EMPRESS  [JOSEF VON STERNBERG] (1934) (# 11)
  39. SHOW BOAT  [JAMES WHALE] (1936) (# 62)
  40. THE LIVES OF A BENGAL LANCER  [HENRY HATHAWAY] (1935) 
  41. ST. MARTIN’S LANE (aka Sidewalks of London)  [TIM WHELEN] (1938) 
  42. HEROES FOR SALE  [WILLIAM A. WELLMAN] (1933) 
  43. THE GOOD FAIRY  [WILLIAM WYLER] (1935) (# 58)
  44. GUNGA DIN  [GEORGE STEVENS] (1939) 
  45. KING KONG  [MERIAN C. COOPER & ERNEST B. SCHOEDSACK] (1933) (# 31)
  46. CARNIVAL IN FLANDERS (La Kermesse Héroïque)  [JACQUES FEYDER] (1935) 
  47. I WAS BORN, BUT… (Otona no miru ehon – Umarete wa mita keredo) [YASUJIRO OZU] (1932) (# 33)
  48. HALLELUJAH, I’M A BUM  [LEWIS MILESTONE] (1933) 
  49. WUTHERING HEIGHTS  [WILLIAM WYLER] (1939) (# 52)
  50. SCARFACE , THE SHAME OF THE NATION  [HOWARD HAWKS] (1932) (# 23)
  51. RED DUST  [VICTOR FLEMING] (1932) 
  52. THE ROARING TWENTIES  [RAOUL WALSH] (1939) (# 37)
  53. MY MAN GODFREY  [GREGORY LA CAVA] (1936) (# 30)
  54. CITY LIGHTS [CHARLES CHAPLIN] (1931) (# 5)
  55. TONI  [JEAN RENOIR] (1935)
  56. AFTER TOMORROW  [FRANK BORZAGE] (1932) 
  57. YOU AND ME  [FRITZ LANG] (1938) 
  58. THE SMILING LIEUTENANT  [ERNST LUBITSCH] (1931) 
  59. QUEEN CHRISTINA  [ROUBEN MAMOULIAN] (1933) 
  60. FORBIDDEN  [FRANK CAPRA] (1932)
  61. CITY GIRL  [F.W. MURNAU] (1930) (# 83)
  62. THE PUBLIC ENEMY  [WILLIAM A. WELLMAN] (1931) (# 77)
  63. A FAREWELL TO ARMS  [FRANK BORZAGE] (1932)
  64. THE DEVIL IS A WOMAN  [JOSEF VON STERNBERG] (1935)
  65. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT  [LEWIS MILESTONE] (1930) (# 41)
  66. A DAY IN THE COUNTRY (Partie de champagne) [JEAN RENOIR] (1936) (# 45)
  67. BEAU GESTE  [WILLIAM A. WELLMAN] (1939) 
  68. ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS  [HOWARD HAWKS] (1939) (#8)
  69. THE BLUE ANGEL (Der blaue Engel) [JOSEF VON STERNBERG] (1930) (# 39)
  70. THE MASSEURS AND A WOMAN (Anma to onna)  [HIROSHI SHIMIZU] (1938)
  71. THE BITTER TEA OF GENERAL YEN  [FRANK CAPRA] (1933)
  72. ONE WAY PASSAGE  [TAY GARNETT] (1932) 
  73. THE GENERAL DIED AT DAWN  [LEWIS MILESTONE] (1936) 
  74. PETER IBBETSON  [HENRY HATHAWAY] (1935) 
  75. BOUDU SAVED FROM DROWNING (Boudu sauvé des eaux) [JEAN RENOIR] (1932) (# 43)
  76. EASY LIVING  [MITCHELL LEISEN] (1937) (#74)
  77. À NOUS LA LIBERTÉ (Freedom for Us) [RENÉ CLAIR] (1931)
  78. OSAKA ELEGY (Naniwa ereji)  [KENJI MIZOGUCHI] (1936)
  79. THE MIRACLE WOMAN  [FRANK CAPRA] (1931) (# 68)
  80. STAGECOACH  [JOHN FORD] (1939) (# 28)
  81. BOMBSHELL  [VICTOR FLEMING] (1933)
  82. DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE [ROUBEN MAMOULIAN] (1931)
  83. MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN  [FRANK CAPRA] (1936) (# 86)
  84. THESE THREE  [WILLIAM WYLER] (1936) 
  85. WOODEN CROSSES (Les Croix de bois)  [RAYMOND BERNARD] (1932)
  86. ONE HOUR WITH YOU  [ERNST LUBITSCH] (1932) (# 80)
  87. GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS  [SAM WOOD] (1939) 
  88. SABOTAGE  [ALFRED HITCHCOCK] (1936) (# 65)
  89. DUCK SOUP  [LEO MCCAREY] (1933) (# 26)
  90. WATERLOO BRIDGE  [JAMES WHALE] (1931)
  91. PEOPLE ON SUNDAY (Menschen am Sonntag) [C. SIODMAK, R. SIODMAK, E. ULMER, F. ZINNEMANN] (1930)
  92. MONTE CARLO  [ERNST LUBITSCH] (1930) 
  93. THE TESTAMENT OF DR. MABUSE (Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse) [FRITZ LANG] (1933) (# 16)
  94. BRINGING UP BABY  [HOWARD HAWKS] (1938) (# 44)
  95. THE WIZARD OF OZ  [VICTOR FLEMING] (1939) (# 14)
  96. INTERNES CAN’T TAKE MONEY [ALFRED SANTELL] (1937)
  97. THE PRIVATE LIFE OF DON JUAN  [ALEXANDER KORDA] (1934)
  98. I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG  [MERVYN LEROY] (1932) (# 54)
  99. THE STORY OF THE LATE CHRYSANTHMUMS  (Zangiku monogatari)  [KENJI MIZOGUCHI] (1939) (# 70)
  100. LAND WITHOUT BREAD (Las Hurdes) [LUIS BUÑUEL] (1933) (# 73)

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