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.

Scarface

5.6
7.8/10 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
3.

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
4.

Grand Hotel

5.3
7.4/10 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 ..
Directed by: Josef von Sternberg
Release date: 1932-02-03
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 : American Madness
7.

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
8.

Rain

3.8
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
9.

Red Dust

3.8
7.3/10 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
10.

Downstairs

3.7
6.8/10 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

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