Best Drama Movies of 1930

1.

The Florodora Girl

4.2
6.0/10 IMDB

A chorus girl gets bad advice from her fellow chorines in handling a rich suitor who assumes she is a gold-digger.

Starring: Marion Davies, Lawrence Gray, Walter Catlett, Louis John Bartels, Ilka Chase, Vivien Oakland, Jed Prouty, Claud Allister, Sam Hardy, Nance O'Neil ..
Directed by: Harry Beaumont
Release date: 1930-05-31
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : Show Girl in Hollywood
2.

Show Girl in Hollywood

3.0
6.4/10 IMDB

Broadway actress leaves New York to become a star in Hollywood, and succeeds despite sleazy directors and her own ego.

Starring: Alice White, Jack Mulhall, Blanche Sweet, Ford Sterling, John Miljan, Virginia Sale, Lee Shumway, Herman Bing, Noah Beery Jr., Noah Beery ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1930-04-20
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : The Hard Guy
3.

The Hard Guy

2.8
6.2/10 IMDB

Guy and Ellen are desperate to find a way to get food and medicine for their sick child. Job are very hard to come by during the Great Depression and many are driven to desperate measures.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Alexander, Arch Hendricks, Pat Kearney, Valli Roberts, Valli Roberts ..
Directed by: Arthur Hurley
Release date: 1930-09-06
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : Men Without Women
4.

Men Without Women

2.8
5.8/10 IMDB

Navy divers clear the torpedo tube of a sunken submarine.

Starring: Frank Albertson, J. Farrell MacDonald, Warren Hymer, Walter McGrail, Stuart Erwin, John Wayne ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1930-02-08
5.

One Night at Susie's

2.7
5.9/10 IMDB

A woman gets help from her gangster friends after her foster son takes the blame for a murder he did not commit.

Starring: Billie Dove, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Helen Ware, Tully Marshall, James Crane, John Loder, Claude Fleming, William Bailey, Edward Hearn, Dorothy Mathews ..
Directed by: John Francis Dillon
Release date: 1930-10-19
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : Playing Around
6.

Playing Around

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

New York girl has a dull boyfriend and seems destined for a dull marriage when she meets a rich playboy who has money to burn and places to go.

Starring: Alice White, Chester Morris, William Bakewell, Richard Carlyle, Marion Byron, Maurice Black, Lionel Belmore, Shep Camp, Ann Brody, Nellie V. Nichols ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1930-01-19
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : Son of the Gods
7.

Son of the Gods

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

The popular Caucasian-looking son (Richard Barthelmess) of a wealthy Chinese businessman lives away from his widowed father and passes as white, but experiences prejudice, rejection, insult, and heartache when the socialite (Constance Bennett) he loves learns of his heritage.

Starring: Richard Barthelmess, Constance Bennett, Anders Randolf, E. Alyn Warren, Claude King, Frank Albertson, Mildred Van Dorn, Barbara Leonard, James Eagles, Bess Flowers ..
Directed by: Frank Lloyd
Release date: 1930-03-09
8.

Five Minutes from the Station

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

When Bert Adams brings his boss, Mr. Mason, home for dinner, he and his wife Carrie hope Mason will take the opportunity to announce that Bert will be promoted to fill a new vacancy in the company's shipping department. But Mr. Mason has other plans for that vacancy, and for Bert.

Starring: Lynne Overman, Sylvia Sidney, Berton Churchill ..
Directed by: Arthur Hurley
Release date: 1930-09-30
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : Way Out West
9.

Way Out West

2.6
5.6/10 IMDB

Wise-guy carnival barker Windy bilks a group of cowboys out of their money, gets caught and is forced into working off the debt on their ranch. He falls in love with Molly, the pretty owner of the ranch, but runs afoul of foreman Steve, who also loves Molly.

Starring: William Haines, Leila Hyams, Polly Moran, Cliff Edwards, Francis X. Bushman Jr., Vera Marshe, Charles Middleton, Jack Pennick, Buddy Roosevelt, Jay Wilsey ..
Directed by: Fred Niblo
Release date: 1930-08-02
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : The Truth About Youth
10.

The Truth About Youth

2.5
5.7/10 IMDB

A young man falls into the clutches of a nightclub singer who corrupts him.

Starring: Loretta Young, Conway Tearle, David Manners, Myrna Loy, J. Farrell MacDonald, Myrtle Stedman, Harry Stubbs, William Bailey, Joseph E. Bernard, James Conaty ..
Directed by: William A. Seiter
Release date: 1930-11-03

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