Best Drama Movies of 1930

1.

All Quiet on the Western Front

5.7
8.0/10 IMDB

A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I. Together with several other young German soldiers, he experiences the horrors of war, such evil of which he had not conceived of when signing up to fight. They eventually become sad, tormented, and confused of their purpose.

Starring: Lew Ayres, Arnold Lucy, John Wray, Louis Wolheim, Ben Alexander, Scott Kolk, Owen Davis Jr., Walter Rogers, William Bakewell, Russell Gleason ..
Directed by: Lewis Milestone
Release date: 1930-04-29
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : The Florodora Girl
2.

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 : City Girl
3.

City Girl

4.1
7.8/10 IMDB

A waitress from Chicago falls in love with a man from rural Minnesota and marries him, with the intent of living a better life - but life on the farm has its own challenges.

Starring: Charles Farrell, Mary Duncan, David Torrence, Edith Yorke, Anne Shirley, Tom McGuire, Richard Alexander, Patrick Rooney, Ed Brady, Roscoe Ates ..
Directed by: F.W. Murnau
Release date: 1930-02-16
4.

Hell's Angels

3.9
7.4/10 IMDB

In this aerial spectacle, brothers Roy and Monte Rutledge, each attending Oxford university, enlist with the Royal Flying Corps when World War I breaks out.

Starring: Ben Lyon, James Hall, Jean Harlow, John Darrow, Lucien Prival, Frank Clarke, Roy Wilson, Douglas Gilmore, Jane Winton, Marian Marsh ..
Directed by: Howard Hughes, Edmund Goulding, James Whale
Release date: 1930-11-15
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : The Dawn Patrol
5.

The Dawn Patrol

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

World War I ace Dick Courtney derides the leadership of his superior officer, but he soon promoted to squadron commander and learns harsh lessons about sending subordinates to their deaths.

Starring: Richard Barthelmess, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Neil Hamilton, Frank McHugh, Clyde Cook, James Finlayson, Gardner James, William Janney, Edmund Breon, Howard Hawks ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1930-07-10
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : Min and Bill
6.

Min and Bill

3.7
6.8/10 IMDB

Min, the owner of a dockside hotel, is forced to make difficult decisions about the future of Nancy, the young woman she took in as an infant.

Starring: Marie Dressler, Wallace Beery, Dorothy Jordan, Marjorie Rambeau, Don Dillaway, DeWitt Jennings, Russell Hopton, Frank McGlynn Sr., Gretta Gould, Hank Bell ..
Directed by: George W. Hill
Release date: 1930-11-29
7.

Morocco

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

The Foreign Legion marches in to Mogador with booze and women in mind just as singer Amy Jolly arrives from Paris to work at Lo Tinto's cabaret. That night, insouciant legionnaire Tom Brown catches her inimitably seductive, tuxedo-clad act. Both bruised by their past lives, the two edge cautiously into a no-strings relationship while being pursued by others. But Tom must leave on a perilous mission: is it too late for them?

Starring: Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich, Ullrich Haupt, Adolphe Menjou, Eve Southern, Francis McDonald, Paul Porcasi, Emile Chautard, Juliette Compton, Albert Conti ..
Directed by: Josef von Sternberg
Release date: 1930-11-14
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : The Big House
8.

The Big House

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Convicted of manslaughter for a drunken driving accident, Kent Marlowe is sent to prison, where he meets vicious incarcerated figures who are planning an escape from the brutal conditions.

Starring: Chester Morris, Wallace Beery, Lewis Stone, Robert Montgomery, Leila Hyams, George F. Marion, J. C. Nugent, Karl Dane, DeWitt Jennings, Matthew Betz ..
Directed by: George W. Hill
Release date: 1930-06-14
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : Anna Christie
9.

Anna Christie

3.6
6.7/10 IMDB

Old sailor Chris Christofferson eagerly awaits the arrival of his grown daughter Anna, whom he sent at five years old to live with relatives in Minnesota. He has not seen her since, but believes her to be a decent and respectably employed young woman. When Anna arrives, however, it is clear that she has lived a hard life in the dregs of society, and that much of spirit has been extinguished. She falls in love with a young sailor rescued at sea by her father, but dreads to reveal to him the truth of her past. Both father and young man are deluded about her background, yet Anna cannot quite bring herself to allow them to remain deluded.

Starring: Greta Garbo, Charles Bickford, George F. Marion, Marie Dressler, James T. Mack, Lee Phelps, Jack Baxley, William H. O'Brien, Robert Parrish ..
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1930-02-21
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : The Divorcee
10.

The Divorcee

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

When a woman discovers that her husband has been unfaithful to her, she decides to respond to his infidelities in kind.

Starring: Norma Shearer, Chester Morris, Conrad Nagel, Robert Montgomery, Florence Eldridge, Helene Millard, Robert Elliott, Mary Doran, Tyler Brooke, Zelda Sears ..
Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard
Release date: 1930-04-19

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