Best Drama Movies of 1931

1.

Over the Hill

3.4
6.8/10 IMDB

In their farm house in a New York village, Ma Shelby prepares breakfast for her four children, Isaac, Tommy, Johnny and Susan, and then awakens them. The racket the boys make as they play and fight awakens their father, who spanks the eldest, Isaac. When a visitor chides Pa for not working, Ma sticks up for her husband, saying that he has a weak back and that he is waiting for a promised government job.

Starring: Mae Marsh, James Dunn, Sally Eilers, Edward Crandall, Claire Maynard, Olin Howland, Joan Peers, Joe Hachey, Tommy Conlon, Julius Molnar ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1931-11-29
Best Drama Movies of 1931 : Inspiration
2.

Inspiration

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

The film features the leading actress Greta Garbo as Yvonne, an artist's model. Other stars include Robert Montgomery, Lewis Stone, Marjorie Rambeau and Judith Vosselli. It is a romantic melodrama, portraying a Parisian belle with a past returning to haunt her. The film is the only one where Montgomery played opposite Garbo.

Starring: Greta Garbo, Robert Montgomery, Lewis Stone, Marjorie Rambeau, Beryl Mercer, John Miljan, Judith Vosselli, Edwin Maxwell, Karen Morley, Clara Blandick ..
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1931-01-31
Best Drama Movies of 1931 : Smart Woman
3.

Smart Woman

3.2
6.5/10 IMDB

A society man's loving, devoted wife, upon learning that he has been unfaithful and is planning to leave her for the other woman, strategically pretends to be having an affair of her own. The woman's friends gladly assist in the deception.

Starring: Mary Astor, Robert Ames, John Halliday, Edward Everett Horton, Noel Francis, Ruth Weston, Gladys Gale, Alfred Cross, Lillian Harmer ..
Directed by: Gregory La Cava
Release date: 1931-09-12
Best Drama Movies of 1931 : The Naughty Flirt
4.

The Naughty Flirt

2.8
5.7/10 IMDB

A coquettish socialite falls for a straight-laced associate in her father's law firm. But she must also fend off the advances of a greedy fortune-hunter and his sister.

Starring: Alice White, Paul Page, Myrna Loy, Robert Agnew, Douglas Gilmore, George Irving, Geraldine Dvorak, Thelma Hill, Lloyd Ingraham, Marian Marsh ..
Directed by: Edward F. Cline
Release date: 1931-01-11
Best Drama Movies of 1931 : The Guardsman
5.

The Guardsman

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

An acclaimed actor and his equally acclaimed actress wife, who have been married for less than a year, are already showing signs of strain in their marriage. The actor believes his wife is capable of infidelity and sets out to prove this is so. Disguising himself as the kind of man he believes she fancies (a Russian military officer), the actor woos his wife while she believes him (her husband, that is) to be out of town. The actress shows every sign of succumbing to the "Russian's" advances, yet the husband can never quite put the stamp of certainty on her behavior. The truth eventually reveals itself...or does it?

Starring: Alfred Lunt, Lynn Fontanne, Roland Young, Zasu Pitts, Maude Eburne, Herman Bing, Ann Dvorak ..
Directed by: Sidney Franklin
Release date: 1931-11-07
Best Drama Movies of 1931 : Alexander Hamilton
6.

Alexander Hamilton

2.7
6.0/10 IMDB

The founding father has an extramarital affair and meets with the likes of Thomas Jefferson.

Starring: George Arliss, Doris Kenyon, Dudley Digges, June Collyer, Montagu Love, Ralf Harolde, Lionel Belmore, Alan Mowbray, John T. Murray, Morgan Wallace ..
Directed by: John G. Adolfi
Release date: 1931-09-12
Best Drama Movies of 1931 : 24 Hours
7.

24 Hours

2.7
6.0/10 IMDB

A nightclub singer is carrying on an affair with a married man. When she is found murdered, her lover is suspected of the crime.

Starring: Clive Brook, Kay Francis, Miriam Hopkins, Regis Toomey, George Barbier, Adrienne Ames, Minor Watson, Lucille La Verne, Wade Boteler, Bob Kortman ..
Directed by: Marion Gering
Release date: 1931-10-03
Best Drama Movies of 1931 : The Public Defender
8.

The Public Defender

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

A mysterious phantom who calls himself "The Reckoner" vows to expose the crooked bankers who embezzled their company's funds. Director J. Walter Ruben's 1931 drama stars Richard Dix, Shirley Grey, Boris Karloff, Paul Hurst, Frank Sheridan, Nella Walker, Purnell Pratt, Ruth Weston, Carl Gerard and Rochelle Hudson.

Starring: Richard Dix, Shirley Grey, Purnell Pratt, Ruth Weston, Boris Karloff, Edmund Breese, Frank Sheridan, Alan Roscoe, Nella Walker, Paul Hurst ..
Directed by: J. Walter Ruben
Release date: 1931-08-01
Best Drama Movies of 1931 : Strictly Dishonorable
9.

Strictly Dishonorable

2.7
6.0/10 IMDB

A hopelessly silly young flibbertigibbet from Mississippi is faced with the choice of her poor, boorish New Jersey boyfriend or a dashing Opera star, a man of experience.

Starring: Paul Lukas, Sidney Fox, Lewis Stone, George Meeker, William Ricciardi, Sidney Toler, Samuel Bonello, Joe Torillo, Joseph W. Girard, Aldo Franchetti ..
Directed by: John M. Stahl
Release date: 1931-12-26
Best Drama Movies of 1931 : Men of Chance
10.

Men of Chance

2.7
6.0/10 IMDB

Horseracing drama about a gambler who falls for a fake countess.

Starring: Ricardo Cortez, Mary Astor, John Halliday, Ralph Ince, Kitty Kelly, James Donlan, George Davis, Herman Bing, Lynton Brent, André Cheron ..
Directed by: George Archainbaud
Release date: 1931-12-27

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