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The 1930s decade has been nostalgically labeled "The Golden Age of Hollywood" (although most of the output of the decade was black-and-white). The 30s was also the decade of the sound and color revolutions and the advance of the 'talkies', and the further development of film genres (gangster films, musicals, newspaper-reporting films, historical biopics, social-realism films, lighthearted screwball comedies, westerns and horror to name a few). It was the era in which the silent period ended, with many silent film stars not making the transition to sound. It was in the 30s that Disney produced the first feature-length animated film, an animation hallmark.

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  1. 1 -

    Modern Times

    1936, in 29 top lists Check
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    City Lights

    1931, in 31 top lists Check
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    M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder

    1931 — a.k.a. M, in 34 top lists Check
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    Les misérables

    1934, in 4 top lists Check
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    I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

    1932, in 13 top lists Check
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    Make Way for Tomorrow

    1937, in 16 top lists Check
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    Gone with the Wind

    1939, in 30 top lists Check
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    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    1939, in 15 top lists Check
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    La grande illusion

    1937 — a.k.a. The Grand Illusion, in 28 top lists Check
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    La règle du jeu

    1939 — a.k.a. The Rules of the Game, in 24 top lists Check
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    All Quiet on the Western Front

    1930, in 17 top lists Check
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    The Roaring Twenties

    1939, in 7 top lists Check
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    Captains Courageous

    1937, in 6 top lists Check
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    Otona no miru ehon - Umarete wa mita keredo

    1932 — a.k.a. I Was Born, But..., in 12 top lists Check
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    Freaks

    1932, in 16 top lists Check
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    Angels with Dirty Faces

    1938, in 6 top lists Check
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    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

    1936, in 10 top lists Check
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    Goodbye, Mr. Chips

    1939, in 5 top lists Check
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    Of Mice and Men

    1939, in 4 top lists Check
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    Fury

    1936, in 10 top lists Check
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    Zangiku monogatari

    1939 — a.k.a. The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum, in 11 top lists Check
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    Marius

    1931, in 6 top lists Check
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    Scarface

    1932, in 16 top lists Check
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    The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    1939, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Women

    1939, in 6 top lists Check
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    Gold Diggers of 1933

    1933, in 11 top lists Check
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    Pygmalion

    1938, in 6 top lists Check
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    A Tale of Two Cities

    1935, in 3 top lists Check
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    Dodsworth

    1936, in 8 top lists Check
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