Best Drama Movies of 1930

1.

All Quiet on the Western Front

5.8
8.1/10 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
2.

Morocco

4.2
7.0/10 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, Émile Chautard, Juliette Compton, Albert Conti ..
Directed by: Josef von Sternberg
Release date: 1930-11-14
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : City Girl
3.

City Girl

4.0
7.7/10 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: 1930-01-30
4.

Hell's Angels

3.8
7.3/10 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 Big Trail
5.

The Big Trail

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Young scout Breck Coleman leads a wagon train along the dangerous trail to Oregon as he tries to get the affection of the beautiful pioneer Ruth Cameron and plans his revenge on the harsh scoundrels who murdered a friend of his in the past.

Starring: John Wayne, Marguerite Churchill, El Brendel, Tully Marshall, Tyrone Power Sr., David Rollins, Frederick Burton, Ian Keith, Charles Stevens, Louise Carver ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1930-11-01
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : The Big House
6.

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 : The Dawn Patrol
7.

The Dawn Patrol

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

World War I ace Dick Courtney derides the leadership of his superior officer, but he soon is 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
8.

Min and Bill

3.6
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
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : The Criminal Code
9.

The Criminal Code

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

After young Robert Graham commits a murder while drunk and defending his girlfriend, he is prosecuted by ambitious Mark Brady and sentenced to 10 years. Six years later, Brady becomes the prison warden and offers the beleaguered Robert a job as his chauffeur. Robert cleans up his act, but, on the eve of his pardon, his cellmate drags him back into the world of violence, and he faces a difficult choice that could return him to prison.

Starring: Walter Huston, Phillips Holmes, Constance Cummings, Boris Karloff, DeWitt Jennings, Mary Doran, Ethel Wales, Clark Marshall, Arthur Hoyt, John St. Polis ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1930-12-31
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : The Divorcee
10.

The Divorcee

3.5
6.7/10 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
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : Ladies of Leisure
11.

Ladies of Leisure

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

Kay Arnold is a gold digger who wanders from party to party with the intention of catching a rich suitor. Jerry Strong is a young man from a wealthy family who strives to succeed as an artist. What begins as a relationship of mutual convenience soon turns into something else.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Ralph Graves, Lowell Sherman, Marie Prevost, Nance O'Neil, George Fawcett, Juliette Compton, Johnnie Walker, Willie Best, Charles Butterworth ..
Directed by: Frank Capra
Release date: 1930-04-05
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : Derelict
12.

Derelict

3.4
6.1/10 IMDB

Two rival seamen fight for both a promotion to a captaincy in their shipping line and the attentions of a Havana saloon singer. Sparks fly as they both try to out do each other in obtaining what they know their opposite is after. In the end they will need to work together in order to save the day.

Starring: George Bancroft, Jessie Royce Landis, William 'Stage' Boyd, Donald Stuart, Wade Boteler, Wade Boteler, Brooks Benedict, Paul Porcasi, Clarence Muse ..
Directed by: Rowland V. Lee
Release date: 1930-11-22
13.

Anna Christie

3.4
6.6/10 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 Florodora Girl
14.

The Florodora Girl

3.4
6.1/10 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 : The Bat Whispers
15.

The Bat Whispers

3.4
6.3/10 IMDB

Infamous burglar "The Bat" commits a daring jewelry theft despite heavy police presence. Soon after, a bank theft occurs, which may be the work of the criminal as well. Meanwhile, Cornelia Van Gorder has various people arrive at her old mansion, including her niece, Dale, a bank employee, and police detective Anderson. When guests start turning up dead, Cornelia begins to suspect that The Bat may be lurking around the estate.

Starring: Chester Morris, Chance Ward, Una Merkel, Richard Tucker, Wilson Benge, DeWitt Jennings, Sidney D'Albrook, S.E. Jennings, Grayce Hampton, Maude Eburne ..
Directed by: Roland West
Release date: 1930-11-13
16.

The Doorway to Hell

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

A vicious crime lord decides that he has had enough and much to the shock of his colleagues decides to give the business to his second in command and retire to Florida after marrying his moll. Unfortunately, he has no idea that she and the man are lovers.

Starring: Lew Ayres, Dorothy Mathews, Leon Janney, Robert Elliott, James Cagney, Kenneth Thomson, Jerry Mandy, Noel Madison, Edwin Argus, Eddie Kane ..
Directed by: Archie Mayo
Release date: 1930-10-18
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : The Unholy Three
17.

The Unholy Three

3.3
6.7/10 IMDB

A trio of former sideshow performers double as the "Unholy Three" in a scam to nab some shiny rocks.

Starring: Lon Chaney, Lila Lee, Elliott Nugent, Harry Earles, John Miljan, Ivan Linow, Clarence Burton, Crauford Kent, Trixie Friganza, Cecilia Parker ..
Directed by: Jack Conway
Release date: 1930-07-12
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : Up the River
18.

Up the River

3.2
5.9/10 IMDB

Daily life at men and women's prison units where baseball and the marching band are serious business. Two prisoners escape in order to help paroled Steve from being blackmailed by his girlfriend's ex-partner-in-crime.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Claire Luce, Warren Hymer, Humphrey Bogart, William Collier Sr., Joan Marie Lawes, Ward Bond, Robert Emmett O'Connor, Bob Burns, Marion Aye ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1930-10-12
19.

Abraham Lincoln

3.1
5.7/10 IMDB

A biopic dramatizing Abraham Lincoln's life through a series of vignettes depicting its defining chapters: his romance with Ann Rutledge; his early years as a country lawyer; his marriage to Mary Todd; his debates with Stephen A. Douglas; the election of 1860; his presidency during the Civil War; and his assassination in Ford’s Theater in 1865.

Starring: Walter Huston, Una Merkel, William L. Thorne, Lucille La Verne, Helen Freeman, Otto Hoffman, Edgar Dearing, Russell Simpson, Charles Crockett, Kay Hammond ..
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1930-08-25
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : Tol'able David
20.

Tol'able David

3.0
6.7/10 IMDB

Tol'able David is a 1930 sound film directed by John G. Blystone and produced and released by Columbia Pictures. It is a remake of a famous 1921 silent film Tol'able David starring Richard Barthelmess and Ernest Torrence.

Starring: Richard Cromwell, Noah Beery, Joan Peers, Henry B. Walthall, Tom Keene, Edmund Breese, Barbara Bedford, Helen Ware, Harlan Knight, John Carradine ..
Directed by: John G. Blystone
Release date: 1930-11-15
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : Harmony Heaven
21.

Harmony Heaven

3.0
5.9/10 IMDB

The tale of a young songwriter, the actress who helps him find success, and the vamp who sets her sights on him.

Starring: Polly Ward, Stuart Hall, Trilby Clark, Philip Hewland, Percy Standing, Gus Sharland, Aubrey Fitzgerald, Edna Prince, Jack Raine, Bill Shine ..
Directed by: Thomas Bentley
Release date: 1930-03-01
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : The Silent Enemy
22.

The Silent Enemy

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

In the Canadian Northwest, the Chippewa tribe struggles to find food before the onset of winter.

Starring: Chief Yellow Robe, Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance, Mali Spotted Elk, Chief Akawanush, Mary Alice Nelson Archambaud, Cheeka ..
Directed by: H.P. Carver
Release date: 1930-08-02
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : Show Girl in Hollywood
23.

Show Girl in Hollywood

2.9
6.2/10 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 : Street of Chance
24.

Street of Chance

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

'Natural' Davis (William Powell) is a respected gambler who follows a ruthless code of honour with those who cheat against him. His wife Alma (Kay Francis) wants to divorce him because of his addiction and lifestyle but they agree on a reconciliation and 2nd honeymoon together and 'Natural' promises to give up gambling. However, his plans change when his brother 'Babe' (Regis Toomey) arrives in town.

Starring: William Powell, Jean Arthur, Kay Francis, Regis Toomey, Stanley Fields, Brooks Benedict, Betty Francisco, John Risso, Joan Standing, Maurice Black ..
Directed by: John Cromwell
Release date: 1930-02-08
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : Our Blushing Brides
25.

Our Blushing Brides

2.9
6.2/10 IMDB

Three department store girls--Connie, Franky, and Gerry--share an apartment on West 91st Street in New York City. Each earns little more than 20 dollars per week. Gerry is the sensible one, but the others throw themselves at amoral rich men in an attempt to hook one and better themselves. They end up being hurt and disappointed despite Gerry's attempts to warn them.

Starring: Joan Crawford, Anita Page, Dorothy Sebastian, Robert Montgomery, Raymond Hackett, John Miljan, Hedda Hopper, Albert Conti, Edward Brophy, Robert Emmett O'Connor ..
Directed by: Harry Beaumont
Release date: 1930-07-19
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : Paid
26.

Paid

2.9
6.3/10 IMDB

Mary Turner gets a three years prison sentence for a crime she didn't commit. Once released, she plots to get back at the man responsible for her conviction.

Starring: Joan Crawford, Robert Armstrong, Marie Prevost, Douglass Montgomery, John Miljan, Purnell Pratt, Hale Hamilton, Robert Emmett O'Connor, Tyrell Davis, William Bakewell ..
Directed by: Sam Wood
Release date: 1930-12-30
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : Liliom
27.

Liliom

2.8
6.5/10 IMDB

A carousel barker falls in love with a young woman. Both are fired from their jobs, and when the young woman becomes pregnant, the carousel barker tries to help pull off a robbery, which goes wrong. Because of the robbery, he dies, and after spending time in hell, is sent back to earth for one day to try to make amends.

Starring: Charles Farrell, Rose Hobart, Estelle Taylor, H.B. Warner, Lee Tracy, Walter Abel, Mildred Van Dorn, Anne Shirley, Bert Roach, James A. Marcus ..
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1930-10-05
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : Shadow of the Law
28.

Shadow of the Law

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

John Nelson, a well-to-do businessman, is escorting a woman he knows as Ethel Barry to the door of her apartment suite when a man steps out of the shadows and angrily demands to know where she has been. The embarrassed Nelson excuses himself and goes to his rooms in the same hotel. The woman rushes into his apartment followed by the man who met her in the hall. The man threatens her with violence and Nelson comes to her defense. In the ensuing fight, the man is knocked out of the window and falls to his death to the pavement many stories down. He is charged with the killing and his only witness that can prove self-defense for him has disappeared, and can not be found.

Starring: William Powell, Marion Shilling, Natalie Moorhead, Regis Toomey, Paul Hurst, George Irving, Frederick Burt, James Durkin, Richard Tucker, Walter James ..
Directed by: Louis J. Gasnier
Release date: 1930-06-06
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : Those Who Dance
29.

Those Who Dance

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

A policeman doubles as a gunman to get in with the mob.

Starring: Lila Lee, Monte Blue, William 'Stage' Boyd, Betty Compson, William Janney, Wilfred Lucas, Cornelius Keefe, DeWitt Jennings, Gino Corrado, Bob Perry ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1930-04-18
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : Journey's End
30.

Journey's End

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

In France, 1917, an alcoholic captain is afraid that his new replacement, his sweetheart's brother, will betray his downfall.

Starring: Colin Clive, David Manners, Billy Bevan, Charles K. Gerrard, Anthony Bushell, Ian Maclaren, Tom Whiteley ..
Directed by: James Whale
Release date: 1930-04-19
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : Man to Man
31.

Man to Man

2.8
6.0/10 IMDB

A young man attempts to overcome the memory of his father, who was sent to jail for committing a murder.

Starring: Phillips Holmes, Grant Mitchell, Lucille Powers, Otis Harlan, Dwight Frye, Russell Simpson, George F. Marion, Johnny Larkins, Paul Nicholson, Charles Sellon ..
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1930-12-05
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : Son of the Gods
32.

Son of the Gods

2.8
5.8/10 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
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : The Hard Guy
33.

The Hard Guy

2.8
6.1/10 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 : Tomatos Another Day
34.

Tomatos Another Day

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

A spoof of the early talkies and their supposedly wooden line readings.

Directed by: James Sibley Watson
Release date: 1930-01-01
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : Men Without Women
35.

Men Without Women

2.8
6.0/10 IMDB

Made during the early days of sound cinema, this tense submarine adventure is an intriguing example of a hybrid silent-talkie. A disgraced English sub commander changes his name to Burke and joins the American Navy. When the U.S. submarine on which he is serving as a torpedo launcher begins to sink, Burke must make the ultimate sacrifice to save as many crew men as possible..

Starring: Frank Albertson, J. Farrell MacDonald, Warren Hymer, Walter McGrail, Stuart Erwin, John Wayne, Kenneth MacKenna, George LeGuere, Charles K. Gerrard, Ben Hendricks Jr. ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1930-02-08
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : Girl of the Port
36.

Girl of the Port

2.7
5.8/10 IMDB

Josie, a New York showgirl with a mind of her own and a heart of gold, finds herself stranded on the island of Fiji. While seeking a way home she is befriended by a local man who gets her a job working as a barmaid at The Bamboo Bar. There she meets an alcoholic World War I veteran who is haunted by his wartime experiences and has an irrational fear of fire. Under her concerned care, he begins to recover and they fall in love. But then her jealous self-appointed boyfriend forces the veteran to participate in a traditional Fijian fire-walking ritual. To overcome his terror he must walk across 20 feet of burning coals and fight his rival to reach Josie's loving arms.

Starring: Sally O'Neil, Reginald Sharland, Mitchell Lewis, Duke Kahanamoku, Donald MacKenzie, Renée Macready, Arthur Clayton, Gerald Barry, Barrie O'Daniels, John Webb Dillion ..
Directed by: Bert Glennon
Release date: 1930-02-03
37.

Outward Bound

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

A group of strangers find themselves aboard an unmanned ship, surrounded by fog and uncertain of their destination. As they attempt to make sense of their situation, the group of passengers discover that all they have in common is that each is dead and en route to their final judgment.

Starring: Leslie Howard, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Beryl Mercer, Dudley Digges, Helen Chandler, Alec B. Francis, Montagu Love, Lyonel Watts, Alison Skipworth ..
Directed by: Robert Milton
Release date: 1930-09-17
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : Passion Flower
38.

Passion Flower

2.7
6.0/10 IMDB

A bored society woman invites scandal and heartache when she falls in love with her low-born chauffeur.

Starring: Charles Bickford, Kay Francis, Kay Johnson, Winter Hall, Lewis Stone, Zasu Pitts, Dickie Moore, Mary Carlisle, Jay Eaton, Ray Milland ..
Directed by: William C. de Mille
Release date: 1930-12-06
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : The Devil's Holiday
39.

The Devil's Holiday

2.7
6.0/10 IMDB

Beautiful manicurist Hallie Hobart sets her sights on handsome David Stone, the son of wealthy wheat farmer Ezra Stone. Professing to hate men, Hallie is only interested in luring David in for a lucrative business deal. David easily falls in love, but older brother Mark brands Hallie a gold-digger. To get even with the straight-laced Stone family, Hallie accepts David's marriage proposal.

Starring: Nancy Carroll, Phillips Holmes, James Kirkwood, Hobart Bosworth, Ned Sparks, Morgan Farley, Jed Prouty, Paul Lukas, Zasu Pitts, Morton Downey ..
Directed by: Edmund Goulding
Release date: 1930-05-09
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : River's End
40.

River's End

2.7
5.7/10 IMDB

Sgt. Conniston and his alcoholic guide O'Toole are on the trail of an escaped murderer named Keith. When they catch up with him in the farthest reaches of Northern Canada, Keith turns out to be a dead ringer for Conniston. On the way back, the sled overturns, Keith grabs the gun and leaves them to die in the snow. After second thoughts he comes back and brings them to safety at an RCMP emergency cabin. Conniston dies of a frozen lung.

Starring: Charles Bickford, Evalyn Knapp, J. Farrell MacDonald, Zasu Pitts, Walter McGrail, David Torrence, Frank Coghlan Jr., Tom Santschi, Alice Belcher, Lionel Belmore ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1930-11-01
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : The Flame of Love
41.

The Flame of Love

2.7
6.2/10 IMDB

In Russia, a Chinese dancer gives herself to a duke to save her brother's life.

Starring: Anna May Wong, Georg H. Schnell, John Longden, Percy Standing, Mona Goya, Fred Schwartz, Ley On ..
Directed by: Walter Summers, Richard Eichberg
Release date: 1930-03-30
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : Tom Sawyer
42.

Tom Sawyer

2.7
6.2/10 IMDB

The classic Mark Twain tale of a young boy and his friends on the Mississippi River. Tom and his pals Huckleberry Finn and Joe Harper have numerous adventures, including running away to be pirates and, being believed drowned, attending their own funeral. The boys also witness a murder and Tom and his friend Becky Thatcher are pursued by the vengeful murderer.

Starring: Jackie Coogan, Junior Durkin, Mitzi Green, Lucien Littlefield, Tully Marshall, Clara Blandick, Mary Jane Irving, Ethel Wales, Dick Winslow, Jackie Searl ..
Directed by: John Cromwell
Release date: 1930-12-19
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : Lord Byron of Broadway
43.

Lord Byron of Broadway

2.7
5.3/10 IMDB

A talented songwriter gets his inspiration for songs from others and not from within himself. He is oblivious that he may harm other people when he uses their stories or their love for himself.

Starring: Charles Kaley, Ethelind Terry, Cliff Edwards, Marion Shilling, Gwen Lee, Benny Rubin, Drew Demorest, Jack Byron, Rita Flynn, Hazel Craven ..
Directed by: William Nigh, Harry Beaumont
Release date: 1930-02-28
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : Road to Paradise
44.

Road to Paradise

2.7
5.7/10 IMDB

Loretta Young plays dual roles in this 1930 crime drama about a young thief planning to steal jewels from a wealthy socialite.

Starring: Loretta Young, Jack Mulhall, Raymond Hatton, Purnell Pratt, George Barraud, Bess Flowers, Kathlyn Williams, Fred Kelsey, Ben Hendricks Jr., Dot Farley ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1930-07-20
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : Anybody's Woman
45.

Anybody's Woman

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

A lawyer, left by his wife gets drunk and marries a chorus girl, or so he learns the morning after.

Starring: Ruth Chatterton, Paul Lukas, Clive Brook, Juliette Compton, Huntley Gordon, Virginia Hammond, Tom Patricola, Cecil Cunningham, Charles K. Gerrard, Harvey Clark ..
Directed by: Dorothy Arzner
Release date: 1930-08-15
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : For the Defense
46.

For the Defense

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

William Foster is a slick attorney who stays within the law, but specializes in representing crooks and shady characters. He's adept at keeping them out of jail, winning acquittals, and having decisions reversed, thus springing criminals out of prison. He is romantically involved with dancer Irene Manners, who is two-timing him, although she wants to marry him. She kills a man driving while out with her other man, Jack Defoe, who takes the blame. Unfortunately, a ring Foster had just given Irene is found at the crime scene. Foster ends up defending Jack, but when the ring is found, he thinks he is protecting Irene, so pleads guilty to jury tampering.

Starring: William Powell, Kay Francis, Scott Kolk, William B. Davidson, John Elliott, Thomas E. Jackson, Harry Walker, James Finlayson, Charles West, Charles Sullivan ..
Directed by: John Cromwell
Release date: 1930-07-19
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : Behind the Make-Up
47.

Behind the Make-Up

2.6
5.9/10 IMDB

Gardoni, a down-on-his-luck vaudeville performer, is taken in by a fellow performer, a clown who has a bicycle riding act. Gardoni shows his appreciation by stealing the clown's act and his girlfriend, whom he marries.

Starring: Hal Skelly, William Powell, Fay Wray, Kay Francis, E.H. Calvert, Paul Lukas, Agostino Borgato, Jacques Vanaire, Jean De Briac, Torben Meyer ..
Directed by: Robert Milton, Dorothy Arzner
Release date: 1930-01-18
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : The Office Wife
48.

The Office Wife

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

Larry, a publisher, wants Kate to write a book about the 'Office Wife'. An executive stenographer's duties creates a relationship approaching that of his wife. Little does Larry know that sometimes literature mirrors life.

Starring: Dorothy Mackaill, Lewis Stone, Natalie Moorhead, Hobart Bosworth, Joan Blondell, Blanche Friderici, Brooks Benedict, Dale Fuller, Walter Merrill, Ben Hall ..
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon
Release date: 1930-08-23
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : Ladies Love Brutes
49.

Ladies Love Brutes

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

The movie stars George Bancroft, Mary Astor and Fredric March who are all excellent in their roles. The story begins as Joe Forziati (Bancroft), an Italian immigrant who has battled his way to success as a New York building contractor, decides to embark on a social career.

Starring: George Bancroft, Mary Astor, Fredric March, Stanley Fields, David Durand, Ferike Boros, Freddie Burke Frederick, Margaret Quimby, Ben Hendricks Jr., Lawford Davidson ..
Directed by: Rowland V. Lee
Release date: 1930-05-14
Best Drama Movies of 1930 : The Virtuous Sin
50.

The Virtuous Sin

2.6
5.5/10 IMDB

Marya gets friendly with General Platoff in order to save her husband Victor from being executed.

Starring: Walter Huston, Kay Francis, Kay Francis, Kenneth MacKenna, Paul Cavanagh, Eric Kalkhurst, Oscar Apfel, Gordon McLeod, Youcca Troubetzkov, Victor Potel ..
Directed by: George Cukor, Louis J. Gasnier
Release date: 1930-10-31

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