Best Adventure Movies of 1931

1.

Tabu

4.5
7.4/10 IMDB

The youngsters Matahi and Reri are in love with each other. The old warrior Hitu announces that Reri is to be the new chosen virgin for the gods. This means she must stay untouched, otherwise she and her lover will be killed. But Matahi abducts and escapes with her to an island ruled by the white man, where their gods would be harmless and powerless.

Starring: Matahi, Anne Chevalier, Bill Bambridge, Hitu, Jules ..
Directed by: F.W. Murnau
Release date: 1931-08-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1931 : Dirigible
2.

Dirigible

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

Dirigible commander Jack Braden and Navy pilot 'Frisky' Pierce fight over the glory associated with a successful expedition to the South Pole and the love of beautiful Helen, Frisky's wife. After Braden's dirigible expedition fails, Frisky tries an expedition by plane. Unfortunately he crashes and strands his party at the South Pole. Braden must decide between a risky rescue attempt by dirigible and remaining safely at home with Helen.

Starring: Jack Holt, Ralph Graves, Fay Wray, Hobart Bosworth, Roscoe Karns, Harold Goodwin, Clarence Muse, Emmett Corrigan, Bess Flowers, George 'Gabby' Hayes ..
Directed by: Frank Capra
Release date: 1931-04-04
3.

Trader Horn

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

While on safari in an unexplored area of Africa, Trader Horn and Peru find missionary Edith Trent killed by natives. They decide to carry on her quest for her lost daughter Nina. They find her as the queen of a particularly savage tribe, and try to bring her back to civilization.

Starring: Harry Carey, Edwina Booth, Duncan Renaldo, Mutia Omoolu, Olive Carey, C. Aubrey Smith ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1931-03-03
Best Adventure Movies of 1931 : The Viking
4.

The Viking

2.3
6.0/10 IMDB

Originally called White Thunder, American producer Varick Frissell's 1931 film was inspired by his love for the Canadian Arctic Circle. Set in a beautifully black-and-white filmed Newfoundland, it is the story of a rivalry between two seal hunters that plays out on the ice floes during a hunt. Unsatisfied with the first cut, Frissell arranged for the crew to accompany an actual Newfoundland seal hunt on The SS Viking, on which an explosion of dynamite (carried regularly at the time on Arctic ships to combat ice jams) killed many members of the crew, including Frissell. The film was renamed in honor of the dead.

Starring: Charles Starrett, Louise Huntington, Arthur Vinton, Bob Bartlett, Wilfred Grenfell ..
Directed by: Varick Frissell, George Melford
Release date: 1931-06-21
Best Adventure Movies of 1931 : East of Borneo
5.

East of Borneo

2.3
5.5/10 IMDB

Mrs. Linda Randolph treks through darkened jungles to the land of Maradu to find her missing husband Allan, who'd left her years before when he believed she was in love with another. She finds Allan the drunken court physician to a swarthy and devious prince-- Whose designs on the pair don't include a happy ending.

Starring: Rose Hobart, Charles Bickford, Georges Renavent, Lupita Tovar, Noble Johnson, Tetsu Komai ..
Directed by: George Melford
Release date: 1931-08-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1931 : Law of the Rio Grande
6.

Law of the Rio Grande

2.3
5.4/10 IMDB

Escaping from the Sheriff, Jim and Cookie decide to go straight. But when they meet their old cohort, The Blanco Kid, he tells their new boss they are outlaws and they are in trouble again.

Starring: Bob Custer, Betty Mack, Edmund Cobb, Harry Todd, Carlton King, Nelson McDowell, Edward Peil Sr., Tracy Lane, Charles LeMoyne, Fred Burns ..
Directed by: Forrest Sheldon
Release date: 1931-08-08
Best Adventure Movies of 1931 : The Lightning Warrior
7.

The Lightning Warrior

2.3
6.2/10 IMDB

A Rin-Tin-Tin serial presented in 12 episodes. The mysterious Wolf Man is terrorizing settlers in a western town. With the help of Rinty, young Jimmy Carter unmasks the Wolf Man and foils his evil plot.

Starring: Rin-Tin-Tin, Frankie Darro, Hayden Stevenson, George Brent, Pat O'Malley, Georgia Hale, Theodore Lorch, Lafe McKee, Frank Brownlee, Bob Kortman ..
Directed by: Armand Schaefer, Benjamin H. Kline
Release date: 1931-12-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1931 : A Holy Terror
8.

A Holy Terror

2.3
5.3/10 IMDB

Eastern millionaire's son Bard finds his father murdered and flies west to see rancher Drew who may know something about it. En route he crashes his plane into Jerry's bathroom; she falls in love with him which makes her suitor Steve jealous.

Starring: George O’Brien, Sally Eilers, Rita La Roy, Humphrey Bogart, James Kirkwood, Stanley Fields, Robert Warwick, Richard Tucker, Earl Pingree, Buck Bucko ..
Directed by: Irving Cummings
Release date: 1931-07-19
Best Adventure Movies of 1931 : Corsair
9.

Corsair

2.2
5.7/10 IMDB

A stock market broker plans to liven up his boring life by taking up piracy on the high seas.

Starring: Chester Morris, Thelma Todd, Fred Kohler, Ned Sparks, Emmett Corrigan, William Austin, Frank McHugh, Frank Rice, Mayo Methot, Gay Seabrook ..
Directed by: Roland West
Release date: 1931-11-28
Best Adventure Movies of 1931 : Newly Rich
10.

Newly Rich

2.0
6.1/10 IMDB

Two small town widows bring their children to Hollywood, where their children become competing film stars. The girl is sweet, the boy is a killjoy sissy. For publicity, the rival families go to London to meet a middle European boy King. The three kids decide they need to escape their stifling lives and run away to the docks and join a gang.

Starring: Mitzi Green, Edna May Oliver, Louise Fazenda, Jackie Searl, Bruce Line, Virginia Hammond, Lawrence Grant, Dell Henderson, Frank Baker, Wilson Benge ..
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1931-07-04
Best Adventure Movies of 1931 : The Blonde Captive
11.

The Blonde Captive

1.9
4.4/10 IMDB

An expedition is sent into the rugged Australian outback to search for a lost white woman.

Starring: Lowell Thomas, Clifton Childs, Paul Withington ..
Directed by: Clinton Childs, Ralph P. King, Linus J. Wilson, Paul Withington
Release date: 1931-12-29
Best Adventure Movies of 1931 : Beau Ideal
12.

Beau Ideal

1.9
5.0/10 IMDB

An American joins the French Foreign Legion in order to rescue a boyhood friend.

Starring: Ralph Forbes, Loretta Young, Irene Rich, Lester Vail, Frank McCormick, Otto Matieson, Don Alvarado, Bernard Siegel, Myrtle Stedman, John St. Polis ..
Directed by: Herbert Brenon
Release date: 1931-01-25
Best Adventure Movies of 1931 : King of the Wild
13.

King of the Wild

1.7
6.1/10 IMDB

Richard Grant, imprisoned in India for a crime he did not commit, escapes and makes his way to Africa.

Starring: Walter Miller, Tom Santschi, Boris Karloff, Dorothy Christy, Victor Potel, Arthur McLaglen, Mischa Auer, Nora Lane ..
Directed by: B. Reeves Eason, Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1931-03-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1931 : Men Like These
14.

Men Like These

1.6
6.1/10 IMDB

A British submarine on patrol is accidentally rammed by a merchant ship, that tears a big hole in in sub which sinks trapping the crew.

Starring: John Batten, Sydney Seaward, James Enstone, Syd Crossley, John Hunt, Edward Gee, Charles Peachey, Atholl Fleming, Lesley Wareing ..
Directed by: Walter Summers
Release date: 1931-01-01
15.

The Lyons Mail

1.4
5.3/10 IMDB

A mystery film directed by Arthur Maude

Starring: John Martin Harvey, Norah Baring, Ben Webster, Moore Marriott, George Thirlwell, Michael Hogan, Sheila Wray, Eric Howard, Charles Paton, Earl Grey ..
Directed by: Arthur Maude
Release date: 1931-03-31
Best Adventure Movies of 1931 : The One Way Trail
16.

The One Way Trail

1.4
5.7/10 IMDB

Tim thinks saloon owner Coldeye killed his brother. Seeking the ultimate payback, Tim gets a job in the saloon but has no idea he is targeting the wrong man.

Starring: Tim McCoy, Doris Hill, Carroll Nye, Polly Ann Young, Robert Homans, Al Ferguson ..
Directed by: Ray Taylor
Release date: 1931-10-15
Best Adventure Movies of 1931 : A Private Scandal
17.

A Private Scandal

1.3
5.6/10 IMDB

There is a sensational jewel robbery at the home of one of the leaders of the Boston Back Bay aristocracy, and a Count d'Alencourt is arrested on the basis of a long police record involving jewel thefts and later convicted. The story follows the activities of his accomplices who escape, led by Daniel Treve. Daniel and a gang-member hide out in a small Connecticut town, where Danny marries a local girl, Mary Gate, when her guardians try to railroad her in a reform school when she refuses to marry their son. She is the innocent means by which Danny gets the stolen jewels to New York. Danny tells her he only went through with the marriage to save her, and gives her money to live on until she can obtain a position. He them leaves New York determined to quit the rackets and make himself worthy of her. She then provides the way in which he can.

Starring: Marian Nixon, Lloyd Hughes, Theodore von Eltz, Lucille Powers, Fletcher Norton, Eddie Phillips, Burr McIntosh, Fred 'Snowflake' Toones, Walter Hiers ..
Directed by: Charles Hutchison
Release date: 1931-12-30
Best Adventure Movies of 1931 : Lariats and Six-Shooters
18.

Lariats and Six-Shooters

1.3
5.2/10 IMDB

A gang of jewel smugglers swears to take revenge on a deputy sheriff after his dogged pursuit of them forces them to flee without their goods.

Starring: Jack Perrin, Ann Lee, George Chesebro, Art Mix, Virginia Bell, Lafe McKee, Richard Cramer, Olin Francis, Jimmy Aubrey, Gloria Joy ..
Directed by: Alan James
Release date: 1931-10-25
Best Adventure Movies of 1931 : Subway Express
19.

Subway Express

1.2
5.2/10 IMDB

Inspector Killany of the New York City police department is called in to investigate the murder of a subway passenger and the usual-and-unusual suspects climb on and off at each stop.

Starring: Jack Holt, Aileen Pringle, Fred Kelsey, Alan Roscoe, Jason Robards Sr., Sidney Bracey, Selmer Jackson, William Humphrey, Ethel Wales, Max Asher ..
Directed by: Fred C. Newmeyer
Release date: 1931-05-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1931 : Defenders of the Law
20.

Defenders of the Law

1.2
4.9/10 IMDB

A gang of racketeers, with the aid of a high-ranking city official has control of a big-city, and the police plant an undercover cop to gather evidence against the hoodlums - except the police keep telling the wrong person what they are up to.

Starring: Catherine Dale Owen, Edmund Breese, Mae Busch, Paul Panzer, Joseph W. Girard, Robert Gleckler, Philo McCullough, John Holland ..
Directed by: Joseph Levering
Release date: 1931-05-23
Best Adventure Movies of 1931 : Air Eagles
21.

Air Eagles

1.2
5.0/10 IMDB

Two former WWI aces from opposite sides, Bill Ramsey and Otto Shumann, in the best tradition of Eddie Rickenbacker and the Red Baron, barnstorm their way across the Poverty Row skies of middle-America while competing for daredevil honors and the favors of the lovely Eve.

Starring: Lloyd Hughes, Bill Ramsey, Shirley Grey, Berton Churchill, Matty Kemp, Otis Harlan, Kathrin Clare Ward, Eddie Fetherston, Olin Francis, John Ince ..
Directed by: Phil Whitman
Release date: 1931-12-20
Best Adventure Movies of 1931 : Sea Devils
22.

Sea Devils

1.1
4.6/10 IMDB

An escaped convict stows away on a ship of mutinous treasure hunters to find the crooks who framed him for murder.

Starring: Molly O'Day, Edmund Burns, Walter Long, Paul Panzer, Henry Otto, Ted Stroback, Jules Cowles, James Donnelly, William F. Moran ..
Directed by: Joseph Levering
Release date: 1931-01-15
23.

Sporting Chance

1.1
4.2/10 IMDB

A jockey finally hits the big time, but he lets his success go to his head, threatening his career and his life.

Starring: William Collier Jr., Claudia Dell, James Hall, Eugene Jackson, Mahlon Hamilton, Hedwiga Reicher, Joseph Levering, Henry Roquemore ..
Directed by: Albert Herman
Release date: 1931-10-25
Best Adventure Movies of 1931 : Ships of Hate
24.

Ships of Hate

1.0
4.2/10 IMDB

A cruel sea captain (Charles Middleton) oversees a rough crew.

Starring: Lloyd Hughes, Dorothy Sebastian, Charles Middleton, Lloyd Whitlock, Ted Adams, Constantine Romanoff, Gordon De Main, Jean Mason ..
Directed by: John P. McCarthy
Release date: 1931-06-15
Best Adventure Movies of 1931 : Two-Gun Caballero
25.

Two-Gun Caballero

1.0
3.9/10 IMDB

A cowhand named Bob Blake visits with Sally Thompson and her kid-brother, Jimmy, on their hard-scrabble homestead adjoining the Steele Ranch where Bob works. He learns that their father just died, and he plans on seeing if he can make things a bit easier for them.

Starring: Robert Frazer, Consuelo Dawn, Carmen Laroux, Bobby Nelson, Jack Perrin, Diane Esmonds, Al Ferguson, Pat Harmon ..
Directed by: Jack Nelson
Release date: 1931-12-15
Best Adventure Movies of 1931 : The Sky Spider
26.

The Sky Spider

0.7
3.0/10 IMDB

The three Morgan brothers, Glenn, Jim and Buddy are all air mail pilots. The plane flown by Jim is shot down by Hugh Jeffries for the money it carries. Another flight is made by Buddy followed by Jeffries intending to shoot him down also...

Starring: Glenn Tryon, Beryl Mercer, Blanche Mehaffey, Pat O'Malley, John Trent, Philo McCullough, Jay Hunt, Joseph W. Girard, George Chesebro ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1931-10-01

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