Best Drama Movies of 1932

1.

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

5.7
8.2/10 IMDB

A World War I veteran’s dreams of becoming a master architect evaporate in the cold light of economic realities. Things get even worse when he’s falsely convicted of a crime and sent to work on a chain gang.

Starring: Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Helen Vinson, Noel Francis, Preston Foster, Allen Jenkins, Berton Churchill, Edward Ellis, David Landau, Hale Hamilton ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1932-11-09
2.

Freaks

5.6
7.9/10 IMDB

A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.

Starring: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Roscoe Ates, Henry Victor, Harry Earles, Daisy Earles, Angelo Rossitto, Jerry Austin, Schlitze ..
Directed by: Tod Browning
Release date: 1932-02-12
3.

Scarface

5.5
7.7/10 IMDB

A murderous thug shoots his way to the top of the mobs while trying to protect his sister from the criminal life.

Starring: Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Karen Morley, Osgood Perkins, C. Henry Gordon, George Raft, Vince Barnett, Boris Karloff, Purnell Pratt, Tully Marshall ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1932-04-09
4.

Grand Hotel

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

Guests at a posh Berlin hotel struggle through worry, scandal, and heartache.

Starring: Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone, Jean Hersholt, Robert McWade, Purnell Pratt, Ferdinand Gottschalk ..
Directed by: Edmund Goulding
Release date: 1932-05-25
5.

Shanghai Express

4.4
7.3/10 IMDB

A beautiful temptress re-kindles an old romance while trying to escape her past during a tension-packed train journey.

Starring: Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Anna May Wong, Warner Oland, Eugene Pallette, Lawrence Grant, Louise Closser Hale, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Émile Chautard, George Blagoi ..
Directed by: Josef von Sternberg
Release date: 1932-02-12
Best Drama Movies of 1932 : One Way Passage
6.

One Way Passage

4.0
7.5/10 IMDB

A terminally ill woman and a debonair murderer facing execution meet and fall in love on a trans-Pacific crossing, each without knowing the other's secret.

Starring: William Powell, Kay Francis, Aline MacMahon, Frank McHugh, Warren Hymer, Frederick Burton, Glen Cavender, Mike Donlin, Stanley Fields, Willie Fung ..
Directed by: Tay Garnett
Release date: 1932-10-04
Best Drama Movies of 1932 : The Broken Lullaby
7.

The Broken Lullaby

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

A young French soldier in World War I is overcome with guilt when he kills a German soldier who, like himself, is a musically gifted conscript, each having attended the same musical conservatory in France. The fact that the incident occurred in war does not assuage his guilt. He travels to Germany to meet the man's family.

Starring: Lionel Barrymore, Phillips Holmes, Nancy Carroll, Louise Carter, Lucien Littlefield, Tom Douglas, Zasu Pitts, Frank Sheridan, George Bickel, Emma Dunn ..
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Release date: 1932-01-24
Best Drama Movies of 1932 : American Madness
8.

American Madness

3.9
7.4/10 IMDB

Socially-conscious banker Thomas Dickson faces a crisis when his protégé is wrongly accused of robbing the bank, gossip of the robbery starts a bank run, and evidence suggests Dickson's wife had an affair... all in the same day.

Starring: Walter Huston, Pat O’Brien, Kay Johnson, Constance Cummings, Gavin Gordon, Arthur Hoyt, Robert Emmett O'Connor, Edwin Maxwell, Sterling Holloway, Robert Ellis ..
Directed by: Frank Capra
Release date: 1932-08-15
Best Drama Movies of 1932 : Europa
9.

Europa

3.8
7.9/10 IMDB

Europa is a 12-minute anti-fascist film made in 1931 in Warsaw, Poland by surrealists Stefan and Franciszka Themerson. The film is based on Anatol Stern's 1925 futurist poem Europa. It uses collages and photograms, and articulates the sense of horror and moral decline its makers were witnessing. The film, while long thought to have been lost, is considered an avant-garde masterpiece.

Starring: Franciszka Themerson ..
Directed by: Stefan Themerson, Franciszka Themerson
Release date: 1932-01-02
10.

Red Dust

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Dennis, owner of a rubber plantation in Cochinchina, is involved with Vantine, who left Saigon to evade the police; but when his new surveyor, Gary, arrives along with his refined but sensual wife, Barbara, Dennis gets infatuated by her.

Starring: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Mary Astor, Gene Raymond, Donald Crisp, Tully Marshall, Forrester Harvey, Willie Fung ..
Directed by: Victor Fleming
Release date: 1932-10-22
Best Drama Movies of 1932 : Downstairs
11.

Downstairs

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

In the Austrian manor of Baron and Baroness von Burgen, the relationship between the upstairs aristocracy and the downstairs staff is quite positive. The servants seem to enjoy their time together, and some even fall in love, as head butler Albert and maid Anna have done. But when lecherous new chauffeur Karl Schneider enters the house, affairs and blackmail follow, and the harmony of the home is slowly destroyed.

Starring: John Gilbert, Paul Lukas, Virginia Bruce, Hedda Hopper, Reginald Owen, Olga Baclanova, Bodil Rosing, Otto Hoffman, Lucien Littlefield, Marion Lessing ..
Directed by: Monta Bell
Release date: 1932-08-06
12.

Rain

3.7
6.9/10 IMDB

Due to a possible cholera epidemic onboard, passengers on a ship are forced to disembark at Pago Pago, a small village on a Pacific island where it incessantly rains. Among the stranded passengers are Sadie Thompson, a prostitute, and Alfred Davidson, a fanatic missionary who will try to redeem her.

Starring: Joan Crawford, Walter Huston, Matt Moore, Guy Kibbee, William Gargan, Beulah Bondi, Kendall Lee, Mary Shaw, Fred Howard, Ben Hendricks Jr. ..
Directed by: Lewis Milestone
Release date: 1932-10-12
13.

Blonde Venus

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

American chemist Ned Faraday marries a German entertainer and starts a family. However, he becomes poisoned with Radium and needs an expensive treatment in Germany to have any chance at being cured. Wife Helen returns to night club work to attempt to raise the money and becomes popular as the Blonde Venus. In an effort to get enough money sooner, she prostitutes herself to millionaire Nick Townsend.

Starring: Herbert Marshall, Dickie Moore, Marlene Dietrich, Cary Grant, Rita La Roy, Gene Morgan, Robert Emmett O'Connor, Sidney Toler, Morgan Wallace, Clarence Muse ..
Directed by: Josef von Sternberg
Release date: 1932-09-23
Best Drama Movies of 1932 : Forbidden
14.

Forbidden

3.7
6.9/10 IMDB

On a cruise to Cuba, Lulu Smith falls in love with Bob Grover. Back home, she breaks off the romance when he tells her he is married. Lulu has a baby, but doesn't tell Bob, who turns out to be a rising politician. She passes herself off as the baby's nanny. When Bob learns what is going on, he adopts the little girl, not telling his wife or anyone else where she came from. Lulu gets a job at a newspaper. Things get complicated when the editor gets the dirt on Grover, but also wants to marry Lulu

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou, Ralph Bellamy, Dorothy Peterson, Thomas Jefferson, Myrna Fresholt, Charlotte Henry, Oliver Eckhardt ..
Directed by: Frank Capra
Release date: 1932-01-09
Best Drama Movies of 1932 : What Price Hollywood?
15.

What Price Hollywood?

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Sassy and ambitious waitress Mary Evans amuses and befriends amiable seldom-sober Hollywood film director Max Carey when he stumbles into her restaurant. Max invites Mary to his film premiere and, after a night of drinking and carousing, Mary is granted a screen test. A studio contract follows. Just as Mary finds her dreams coming true, Carey’s life and career begins its descent.

Starring: Constance Bennett, Lowell Sherman, Neil Hamilton, Gregory Ratoff, Brooks Benedict, Louise Beavers, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, King Baggot, Gerald Barry, Veda Buckland ..
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1932-06-24
Best Drama Movies of 1932 : Smilin' Through
16.

Smilin' Through

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

John has lead a solitary life for thirty years since the death of Moonyeen Clare. But now Owens, a close friend, insists that he care for his niece, Kathleen, orphaned when her parents were lost at sea. Kathleen is five, but the years pass and now she is a young woman who is the image of Moonyeen. Willy wants Kathleen for his wife, but Sparks fly when she meets Kenneth Wayne one dark and stormy night. John is horrified for it was Wayne's father who shot Moonyeen dead on her wedding day and John has never found him or forgiven the family. When Ken goes off to war, John forbids any marriage and Ken agrees, while Kathleen does not. When Ken returns four years later when the war is over, he is crippled. He conceals his condition and makes plans to leave for America.

Starring: Norma Shearer, Fredric March, Leslie Howard, O.P. Heggie, Ralph Forbes, Beryl Mercer, Margaret Seddon, Forrester Harvey, Herbert Bunston, James Bush ..
Directed by: Sidney Franklin
Release date: 1932-09-24
Best Drama Movies of 1932 : Queen Kelly
17.

Queen Kelly

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

A prince betrothed to a mad queen falls in love with an orphan girl from a convent.

Starring: Gloria Swanson, Walter Byron, Seena Owen, Sidney Bracey, Tully Marshall, Sylvia Ashton, Wilson Benge, Rae Daggett, Florence Gibson, Madge Hunt ..
Directed by: Erich von Stroheim
Release date: 1932-10-18
Best Drama Movies of 1932 : If I Had a Million
18.

If I Had a Million

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

An elderly business tycoon, believed to be dying, decides to give a million dollars each to eight strangers chosen at random from the phone directory.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Charles Laughton, George Raft, Jack Oakie, Richard Bennett, Charles Ruggles, Alison Skipworth, W.C. Fields, Mary Boland, Roscoe Karns ..
Directed by: James Cruze, H. Bruce Humberstone, Ernst Lubitsch, Norman Z. McLeod, William A. Seiter, Norman Taurog, Stephen Roberts
Release date: 1932-12-02
19.

Three on a Match

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Mary, Vivian and Ruth are former schoolmates who do some catching up after a chance meeting. Of the three women, Vivian, who married successful lawyer Robert, seems to have the most glamorous life. Vivian really isn't satisfied though, and soon deserts Robert and her son for Mike, a mobster. Before long, Vivian is hooked on drugs, and Mike needs cash.

Starring: Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak, Bette Davis, Warren William, Lyle Talbot, Humphrey Bogart, Allen Jenkins, Edward Arnold, Virginia Davis, Anne Shirley ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1932-10-29
20.

Merrily We Go to Hell

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

A drunken newspaperman, Jerry Corbett, is rescued from his alcoholic haze by an heiress, Joan Prentice, whose love sobers him up and encourages him to write a play, but he lapses back into dipsomania.

Starring: Sylvia Sidney, Fredric March, Adrianne Allen, Skeets Gallagher, George Irving, Esther Howard, Charles Coleman, Cary Grant, Florence Britton, Kent Taylor ..
Directed by: Dorothy Arzner
Release date: 1932-06-10
21.

20,000 Years in Sing Sing

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

Brash hoodlum Tom Connors enters Sing Sing cocksure of himself and disrespectful toward authority, but his tough but compassionate warden changes him.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Bette Davis, Arthur Byron, Lyle Talbot, Warren Hymer, Louis Calhern, Spencer Charters, G. Pat Collins, Lucille Collins, James Donlan ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1932-12-24
Best Drama Movies of 1932 : The Cabin in the Cotton
22.

The Cabin in the Cotton

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

Sharecropper's son Marvin tries to help his community overcome poverty and ignorance.

Starring: Richard Barthelmess, Dorothy Jordan, Bette Davis, Hardie Albright, David Landau, Berton Churchill, Dorothy Peterson, Russell Simpson, Tully Marshall, Henry B. Walthall ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1932-09-26
23.

Two Seconds

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

A condemned murderer, in the process of being executed, relives the events that led to his being sentenced to die in the electric chair. Told in flashback, we witness a sleazy dancehall girl (Vivienne Osborne) dupe a high rise riveter (Edward G. Robinson) into marriage so she can live off of him. But when he loses his job and his marbles, she ends up supporting him with money from her side man--and misses no opportunity to rub it in Robinson's face that she's now supporting him in his emasculated state. As the animosity grows and things get more and more unbearable for Robinson, he is eventually driven to desperate measures.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Vivienne Osborne, Guy Kibbee, Preston Foster, J. Carrol Naish, Frederick Burton, Harry Beresford, Dorothea Wolbert, Berton Churchill, William Janney ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1932-05-28
Best Drama Movies of 1932 : So Big!
24.

So Big!

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

A farmer's widow takes on the land and her late husband's tempestuous son.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Dickie Moore, Bette Davis, Mae Madison, Hardie Albright, Alan Hale, Earle Foxe, Robert Warwick, Dorothy Peterson ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1932-04-30
25.

The Sign of the Cross

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

After burning Rome, Emperor Nero decides to blame the Christians, and issues the edict that they are all to be caught and sent to the arena. Two old Christians are caught, and about to be hauled off, when Marcus, the highest military official in Rome, comes upon them. When he sees their stepdaughter Mercia, he instantly falls in love with her and frees them. Marcus pursues Mercia, which gets him into trouble with Emperor (for being easy on Christians) and with the Empress, who loves him and is jealous.

Starring: Fredric March, Elissa Landi, Claudette Colbert, Charles Laughton, Ian Keith, Arthur Hohl, Harry Beresford, Tommy Conlon, Ferdinand Gottschalk, Vivian Tobin ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1932-11-30
Best Drama Movies of 1932 : Blondie of the Follies
26.

Blondie of the Follies

3.5
6.4/10 IMDB

New York City tenement dwelling neighbors Blondie and Lottie are longtime best friends. When Lottie makes the cast of the Follies and moves up in the world, she arranges for Blondie, as well, to join the cast and gain the advantages. But the friendship goes awry when Lottie's sweetheart, wealthy Larry Belmont, falls for Blondie and she for him.

Starring: Marion Davies, Billie Dove, Robert Montgomery, James Gleason, Jimmy Durante, Zasu Pitts, Sidney Toler, Douglass Dumbrille, Sarah Padden, Louise Carter ..
Directed by: Edmund Goulding
Release date: 1932-09-01
Best Drama Movies of 1932 : Penguin Pool Murder
27.

Penguin Pool Murder

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

New York schoolmarm Hildegarde Withers assists a detective when a body of unscrupulous stockbroker Gerald Parker suddenly appears in the penguin tank at the aquarium.

Starring: Edna May Oliver, Robert Armstrong, James Gleason, Mae Clarke, Donald Cook, Edgar Kennedy, Clarence Wilson, James Donlan, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Sidney Miller ..
Directed by: George Archainbaud
Release date: 1932-12-09
Best Drama Movies of 1932 : The Purchase Price
28.

The Purchase Price

3.5
6.4/10 IMDB

Nightclub singer Joan Gordon runs away from her gangster boyfriend to become a mail-order bride to a struggling North Dakota farmer. Their relationship has a rocky start, but just as Joan realizes she's developing feelings for her husband, her old boyfriend arrives to win her back.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Lyle Talbot, Hardie Albright, David Landau, Murray Kinnell, Leila Bennett, Mae Busch, Mike Donlin, John "Skins" Miller ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1932-07-23
Best Drama Movies of 1932 : Hot Saturday
29.

Hot Saturday

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

A pretty but virtuous small-town bank clerk is the victim of a vicious rumor from an unsuccessful suitor that she spent the night with a notorious womanizer.

Starring: Nancy Carroll, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott, Edward Woods, Lilian Bond, William Collier Sr., Jane Darwell, Grady Sutton, Mark Strong ..
Directed by: William A. Seiter
Release date: 1932-10-28
30.

A Bill of Divorcement

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

Hilary Fairfield returns home after fifteen years in an asylum with his sanity restored. But he is disturbed to find that everything has changed: his daughter grown and about to marry; his wife divorced and also about to marry.

Starring: John Barrymore, Billie Burke, Katharine Hepburn, David Manners, Elizabeth Patterson, Paul Cavanagh, Henry Stephenson, Gayle Evers, Bramwell Fletcher, Dick French ..
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1932-09-30
Best Drama Movies of 1932 : No Man of Her Own
31.

No Man of Her Own

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

An on-the-lam New York card shark marries a small-town librarian who thinks he's a businessman.

Starring: Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Dorothy Mackaill, Grant Mitchell, Elizabeth Patterson, George Barbier, J. Farrell MacDonald, Tommy Conlon, Walter Walker, Paul Ellis ..
Directed by: Wesley Ruggles
Release date: 1932-12-30
Best Drama Movies of 1932 : The Beast of the City
32.

The Beast of the City

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

Police Chief Jim Fitzpatrick is after gangster Sam Belmonte. He uses his corrupt brother Ed to watch over Daisy who was associated with Belmonte.

Starring: Walter Huston, Jean Harlow, Wallace Ford, Jean Hersholt, Dorothy Peterson, Tully Marshall, Emmett Corrigan, Warner Richmond, Sandy Roth, J. Carrol Naish ..
Directed by: Charles Brabin
Release date: 1932-02-13
Best Drama Movies of 1932 : The Animal Kingdom
33.

The Animal Kingdom

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

Tom Collier has had a great relationship with Daisy, but when he decides to marry, it is not Daisy whom he asks, it is Cecelia. After the marriage, Tom is bored with the social scene and the obligations of his life. He publishes books that will sell, not books that he wants to write. Even worse, he has his old friend working as a butler and Cecelia wants him fired. When Tom tries to get back together with Daisy to renew the feelings that he once felt, Daisy turns the tables on him and leaves to protect both of them. Remade in 1946 as One More Tomorrow.

Starring: Ann Harding, Leslie Howard, Myrna Loy, William Gargan, Neil Hamilton, Ilka Chase, Henry Stephenson, Leni Stengel, Don Dillaway ..
Directed by: Edward H. Griffith, George Cukor
Release date: 1932-12-28
34.

A Farewell to Arms

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

A tale of the World War I love affair, begun in Italy, between American ambulance driver Lt. Frederic Henry and British nurse Catherine Barkley. Eventually separated by Frederic's transfer, tremendous challenges and difficult decisions face each as the war rages on.

Starring: Helen Hayes, Gary Cooper, Adolphe Menjou, Mary Philips, Jack La Rue, Blanche Friderici, Mary Forbes, Gilbert Emery, Henry Armetta, Herman Bing ..
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1932-12-08
Best Drama Movies of 1932 : Thirteen Women
35.

Thirteen Women

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

Thirteen women who were schoolmates ask a swami to cast their horoscopes. The news they receive are not good for any of them.

Starring: Irene Dunne, Ricardo Cortez, Jill Esmond, Myrna Loy, Mary Duncan, Kay Johnson, Florence Eldridge, C. Henry Gordon, Peg Entwistle, Harriet Hagman ..
Directed by: George Archainbaud
Release date: 1932-09-16
36.

Rasputin and the Empress

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

The story of corrupt, power-hungry, manipulative Grigori Rasputin's influence on members of the Russian Imperial family and others, and what resulted.

Starring: Ethel Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Ralph Morgan, John Barrymore, Diana Wynyard, Tad Alexander, C. Henry Gordon, Edward Arnold, Henry Armetta, Mischa Auer ..
Directed by: Richard Boleslawski
Release date: 1932-12-23
Best Drama Movies of 1932 : The Crowd Roars
37.

The Crowd Roars

3.2
6.2/10 IMDB

Famous auto racing champion Joe Greer returns to his hometown to compete in a local race, discovering that his younger brother has aspirations to become a racing champion.

Starring: James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak, Eric Linden, Guy Kibbee, Frank McHugh, Billy Arnold, Leo Nomis, Fred Frame, Ralph Hepburn ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1932-04-16
Best Drama Movies of 1932 : The Man Who Played God
38.

The Man Who Played God

3.2
6.8/10 IMDB

While giving a private performance for a visiting monarch, concert pianist Montgomery Royale is deafened when a bomb is detonated in an attempt to assassinate the foreign ruler. With his career over as a result of his injury, Royale returns to New York City with his sister Florence, close friend Mildred Miller, and considerably younger fiancée Grace Blair. After abandoning thoughts of suicide, Montgomery discovers he can lip read, and he spends his days observing people in Central Park from his apartment window. As he learns of people's problems, he tries to help them anonymously. He becomes absorbed in his game of "playing God" but his actions are without sincerity.

Starring: George Arliss, Violet Heming, Bette Davis, André Luguet, Louise Closser Hale, Donald Cook, Ivan F. Simpson, Oscar Apfel, Charles E. Evans, Hedda Hopper ..
Directed by: John G. Adolfi
Release date: 1932-02-19
Best Drama Movies of 1932 : The World and the Flesh
39.

The World and the Flesh

3.2
5.6/10 IMDB

During the 1917 Russian revolution, a group of artistocrats find themselves in the custody of a brutal Communist revolutionary. He lusts after one of them, a ballerina, and gives her an ultimatum: give in to him or her friends will face the firing squad.

Starring: George Bancroft, Miriam Hopkins, Alan Mowbray, George E. Stone, Mitchell Lewis, Max Wagner, Harry Cording, Emmett Corrigan, Oscar Apfel, Reginald Barlow ..
Directed by: John Cromwell
Release date: 1932-04-22
Best Drama Movies of 1932 : Bird of Paradise
40.

Bird of Paradise

3.1
6.0/10 IMDB

When a young South Seas sailor falls overboard, the beautiful daughter of a Polynesian king dives in and saves his life. Thus begins the romance of Johnny and Luana. Though Luana is promised to another man, Johnny whisks her away, and for a brief time the lovers live very happily together. But, when a local volcano threatens their lives, Luana knows that she must sacrifice herself to the volcanic gods in order to save her island.

Starring: Dolores del Río, Joel McCrea, John Halliday, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher, Bert Roach, Lon Chaney Jr., Wade Boteler, Arnold Gray, Reginald Simpson, Napoleon Pukui ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1932-08-12
Best Drama Movies of 1932 : Emma
41.

Emma

3.1
7.0/10 IMDB

When Fred Smith's wife dies in childbirth, Emma Thatcher, who has been nanny to the couple's three children, cares also for the family's new addition. Fred becomes rich and successful, then he and Emma marry. When Fred dies, his will becomes a source of trouble between the children and Emma.

Starring: Marie Dressler, Richard Cromwell, Jean Hersholt, Myrna Loy, John Miljan, Purnell Pratt, Leila Bennett, Barbara Kent, Kathryn Crawford, George Meeker ..
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1932-01-02
Best Drama Movies of 1932 : Tiger Shark
42.

Tiger Shark

3.1
6.4/10 IMDB

A Portuguese tuna fisherman (Edward G. Robinson) catches his bride (Zita Johann) with his first mate (Richard Arlen).

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Richard Arlen, Zita Johann, Leila Bennett, J. Carrol Naish, Vince Barnett, William Ricciardi, Edwin Maxwell, Sheila Bromley, Toshia Mori ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1932-09-24
Best Drama Movies of 1932 : Night Court
43.

Night Court

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

A corrupt night court judge tears an innocent young family apart in his efforts to elude a special prosecutor.

Starring: Phillips Holmes, Walter Huston, Anita Page, Lewis Stone, Mary Carlisle, John Miljan, Jean Hersholt, Tully Marshall, Noel Francis, Reginald Barlow ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1932-06-04
44.

Blessed Event

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

A New York gossip columnist feuds with a singer and enjoys the power of the press.

Starring: Lee Tracy, Mary Brian, Dick Powell, Allen Jenkins, Ruth Donnelly, Emma Dunn, Edwin Maxwell, Ned Sparks, Walter Walker, Frank McHugh ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1932-09-10
Best Drama Movies of 1932 : Hell's House
45.

Hell's House

3.0
5.8/10 IMDB

A teenager lands in a brutal reform school for refusing to squeal on his bootlegger boss.

Starring: Bette Davis, Pat O’Brien, Junior Durkin, Frank Coghlan Jr., Emma Dunn, Charley Grapewin, Morgan Wallace, Hooper Atchley, Wallis Clark, James A. Marcus ..
Directed by: Howard Higgin
Release date: 1932-01-30
Best Drama Movies of 1932 : Polly of the Circus
46.

Polly of the Circus

3.0
6.2/10 IMDB

When Polly Fisher, a circus aerialist, is hurt while performing, she is taken to the house of a nearby minister, John Hartley. As she recuperates, they fall in love with each other and secretly marry. But when the truth leaks out , John's congregation rebels at having a circus woman as their minister's wife, and he is fired. Polly decides to leave John in hopes of giving back to him the calling that means so much to him. But fate steps in and rearranges all plans.

Starring: Marion Davies, Clark Gable, C. Aubrey Smith, Raymond Hatton, David Landau, Ruth Selwyn, Maude Eburne, 'Little Billy' Rhodes, Guinn Williams, Clark Marshall ..
Directed by: Alfred Santell
Release date: 1932-02-27
Best Drama Movies of 1932 : Virtue
47.

Virtue

3.0
6.9/10 IMDB

Given a second chance after her arrest for prostitution, Mae decides to go straight. Mae is soon befriended by kindly cab driver Jimmy Doyle who gets her work at a diner, where she meets Gert, another former prostitute. Mae and Jimmy fall in love, marry and save to buy a small business. Gert then pleads for money from Mae, which results in her unwitting involvement in a crime. Believing Mae has lied and cheated him, Jimmy threatens to leave her.

Starring: Carole Lombard, Pat O’Brien, Ward Bond, Shirley Grey, Mayo Methot, Jack La Rue, Willard Robertson, Lew Kelly, Fred Santley, Arthur Wanzer ..
Directed by: Edward Buzzell
Release date: 1932-10-25
48.

Frisco Jenny

3.0
6.9/10 IMDB

Frisco Jenny was orphaned by the 1906 earthquake and fire and has become the madame of prosperous bawdy house. She puts her son up for adoption and he rises to prominence as district attorney dedicated to closing down such houses. When her underling Dutton proposes killing the DA, she kills the underling and must face execution.

Starring: Ruth Chatterton, Louis Calhern, Helen Jerome Eddy, Donald Cook, Hallam Cooley, Pat O'Malley, Harold Huber, Robert Emmett O'Connor, Willard Robertson, James Murray ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1932-12-30
Best Drama Movies of 1932 : Union Depot
49.

Union Depot

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

Among the travelers of varied backgrounds that meet and interact on one night at Union Depot, a metropolitan train station, are Chick and his friend Scrap Iron, both newly released from prison after serving time for vagrancy. Hungry and desperate for a break, Chick fortuitously comes across across a valise abandoned by a drunken traveler. In it he finds a shaving kit and a suit of clothes with a bankroll, which help transform the affable tramp into a dashing gent. After buying himself a meal, Chick seeks some female companionship among the many hustlers who walk the station. He propositions Ruth Collins, a stranded, out-of-work showgirl and takes her to the station's hotel.

Starring: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Joan Blondell, Guy Kibbee, Alan Hale, David Landau, George Rosener, Earle Foxe, Frank McHugh, Adrienne Dore, Irving Bacon ..
Directed by: Alfred E. Green
Release date: 1932-01-14
Best Drama Movies of 1932 : No More Orchids
50.

No More Orchids

3.0
6.6/10 IMDB

Despite loving another man, a young woman is talked into marrying a wealthy and boorish prince in order to help her financially-strapped father.

Starring: Carole Lombard, Lyle Talbot, Walter Connolly, Louise Closser Hale, Allen Vincent, C. Aubrey Smith, Ruthelma Stevens, Arthur Housman, William V. Mong, Jameson Thomas ..
Directed by: Walter Lang
Release date: 1932-11-25

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