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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. 7 -

    Gone with the Wind

    1939, in 30 top lists Check
  2. 12 -

    The Wizard of Oz

    1939, in 33 top lists Check
  3. 44 -

    Duck Soup

    1933, in 23 top lists Check
  4. 28 -

    Bringing Up Baby

    1938, in 21 top lists Check
  5. 23 +1

    King Kong

    1933, in 27 top lists Check
  6. 8 -

    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    1939, in 15 top lists Check
  7. 3 -

    M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder

    1931 — a.k.a. M, in 34 top lists Check
  8. 10 -

    La règle du jeu

    1939 — a.k.a. The Rules of the Game, in 24 top lists Check
  9. 1 -

    Modern Times

    1936, in 29 top lists Check
  10. 2 -

    City Lights

    1931, in 31 top lists Check
  11. 39 -1

    Frankenstein

    1931, in 17 top lists Check
  12. 13 -

    All Quiet on the Western Front

    1930, in 17 top lists Check
  13. 41 -

    Bride of Frankenstein

    1935, in 18 top lists Check
  14. 9 -

    It Happened One Night

    1934, in 27 top lists Check
  15. 21 +2

    Freaks

    1932, in 16 top lists Check
  16. 27 -1

    The Adventures of Robin Hood

    1938, in 16 top lists Check
  17. 24 +1

    Stagecoach

    1939, in 20 top lists Check
  18. 32 -1

    A Night at the Opera

    1935, in 15 top lists Check
  19. 50 -

    L'Atalante

    1934, in 21 top lists Check
  20. 40 -

    Scarface

    1932, in 16 top lists Check
  21. 42 +1

    The Lady Vanishes

    1938, in 14 top lists Check
  22. 19 -

    Trouble in Paradise

    1932, in 15 top lists Check
  23. 45 +1

    The Women

    1939, in 6 top lists Check
  24. 11 -

    La grande illusion

    1937 — a.k.a. The Grand Illusion, in 28 top lists Check
  25. 31 -1

    Ninotchka

    1939, in 17 top lists Check
  26. 14 -

    The Thin Man

    1934, in 11 top lists Check
  27. 38 +1

    Top Hat

    1935, in 14 top lists Check
  28. 30 -1

    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

    1936, in 10 top lists Check
  29. 25 +2

    Angels with Dirty Faces

    1938, in 6 top lists Check
  30. 15 -

    My Man Godfrey

    1936, in 11 top lists Check
  31. 26 -4

    You Can't Take It with You

    1938, in 5 top lists Check
  32. 47 +1

    Gold Diggers of 1933

    1933, in 11 top lists Check
  33. 6 -

    Make Way for Tomorrow

    1937, in 16 top lists Check
  34. 49 -4

    Pygmalion

    1938, in 6 top lists Check
  35. 17 +1

    Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse

    1933 — a.k.a. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse, in 12 top lists Check
  36. 29 -8

    Goodbye, Mr. Chips

    1939, in 5 top lists Check
  37. 18 -1

    Captains Courageous

    1937, in 6 top lists Check
  38. 33 -

    Fury

    1936, in 10 top lists Check
  39. 43 -1

    The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    1939, in 5 top lists Check
  40. 34 -

    Libeled Lady

    1936, in 2 top lists Check
  41. 16 -

    The Roaring Twenties

    1939, in 7 top lists Check
  42. 46 +1

    Holiday

    1938, in 7 top lists Check
  43. 5 -

    I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

    1932, in 13 top lists Check
  44. 35 -

    Midnight

    1939, in 6 top lists Check
  45. 37 -

    Marius

    1931, in 6 top lists Check
  46. 48 +1

    A Tale of Two Cities

    1935, in 3 top lists Check
  47. 36 -

    Zangiku monogatari

    1939 — a.k.a. The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum, in 11 top lists Check
  48. 22 +10

    Of Mice and Men

    1939, in 4 top lists Check
  49. 20 -

    Otona no miru ehon - Umarete wa mita keredo

    1932 — a.k.a. I Was Born, But..., in 12 top lists Check
  50. 4 -

    Les misérables

    1934, in 4 top lists Check
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