Best Drama Movies of 1931

1.

Frankenstein

5.6
7.8/10 IMDB

Dr Henry Frankenstein is obsessed with assembling a living being from parts of several exhumed corpses.

Starring: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, John Boles, Boris Karloff, Edward Van Sloan, Frederick Kerr, Dwight Frye, Lionel Belmore, Marilyn Harris, Michael Mark ..
Directed by: James Whale
Release date: 1931-11-21
2.

The Public Enemy

5.4
7.7/10 IMDB

Two young Chicago hoodlums, Tom Powers and Matt Doyle, rise up from their poverty-stricken slum life to become petty thieves, bootleggers and cold-blooded killers. But with street notoriety and newfound wealth, the duo feels the heat from the cops and rival gangsters both. Despite his ruthless criminal reputation, Tom tries to remain connected to his family, however, gang warfare and the need for revenge eventually pull him away.

Starring: James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Joan Blondell, Donald Cook, Leslie Fenton, Beryl Mercer, Robert Emmett O'Connor, Murray Kinnell, Clark Burroughs ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1931-04-23
3.

Little Caesar

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

A small-time hood shoots his way to the top, but how long can he stay there?

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Glenda Farrell, William Collier Jr., Sidney Blackmer, Ralph Ince, Thomas E. Jackson, Stanley Fields, Maurice Black, George E. Stone ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1931-01-25
Best Drama Movies of 1931 : Waterloo Bridge
4.

Waterloo Bridge

4.0
7.5/10 IMDB

In World War I London, Myra is an American out-of-work chorus girl making ends meet by picking up men on Waterloo Bridge. During a Zeppelin air raid she meets Roy, a naive young American who enlisted in the Canadian army. After they fall for each other, Roy tricks Myra into visiting his family, who live in a country estate outside London, his mother having remarried to a retired British Major. Myra is reluctant to continue the relationship with Roy, he not aware of her past.

Starring: Mae Clarke, Douglass Montgomery, Doris Lloyd, Ethel Griffies, Frederick Kerr, Enid Bennett, Bette Davis, Rita Carlyle, Ruth Handforth, Elspeth Dudgeon ..
Directed by: James Whale
Release date: 1931-09-04
Best Drama Movies of 1931 : Possessed
5.

Possessed

3.9
6.9/10 IMDB

Marian is a factory worker determined to leave the assembly line behind and move up in the world.

Starring: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Wallace Ford, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher, Frank Conroy, Marjorie White, John Miljan, Clara Blandick, Wade Boteler, Gino Corrado ..
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1931-11-21
6.

Tabu

3.9
7.5/10 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. Tabu is the last film from director F.W. Murnau; he died before the film’s premiere in a car accident.

Starring: Matahi, Anne Chevalier, Bill Bambridge, Hitu, Jules ..
Directed by: F.W. Murnau
Release date: 1931-08-01
Best Drama Movies of 1931 : Street Scene
7.

Street Scene

3.8
7.6/10 IMDB

The setting is a city block during a sweltering summer, where the residents serve as representatives of the not-very-idealized American melting pot. There is idle chitchat, gossip, jealousy, racism, adultery, and suddenly but not unexpectedly, a murder.

Starring: Sylvia Sidney, William Collier Jr., Estelle Taylor, Beulah Bondi, David Landau, Matt McHugh, Russell Hopton, Greta Granstedt, Eleanor Wesselhoeft, John Qualen ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1931-09-05
8.

The Champ

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

A broken-down alcoholic prizefighter struggles to keep custody of his adoring son.

Starring: Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Irene Rich, Roscoe Ates, Edward Brophy, Hale Hamilton, Marcia Mae Jones, Dannie Mac Grant, Frank Hagney, Dell Henderson ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1931-11-21
9.

Blonde Crazy

3.8
7.1/10 IMDB

Adventures of a cocky con man and his beautiful accomplice.

Starring: James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Louis Calhern, Noel Francis, Ray Milland, Guy Kibbee, Polly Walters, William Burress, Maude Eburne, Nat Pendleton ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1931-12-03
10.

Dishonored

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

The Austrian Secret Service sends its most seductive agent to spy on the Russians.

Starring: Marlene Dietrich, Victor McLaglen, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Warner Oland, Lew Cody, Barry Norton, F. Blinn, Max Barwyn ..
Directed by: Josef von Sternberg
Release date: 1931-04-04

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