Best Drama Movies of 1933

1.

King Kong

6.3
7.9/10 IMDB

Adventurous filmmaker, Carl Denham, sets out to produce a motion picture unlike anything the world has seen before. Alongside his leading lady Ann Darrow and his first mate Jack Driscoll, they arrive on an island and discover a legendary creature said to be neither beast nor man. Denham captures the monster to displayed on Broadway as Kong, the eighth wonder of the world.

Starring: Robert Armstrong, Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher, Victor Wong, James Flavin, Sam Hardy, Noble Johnson, Steve Clemente, Bill Williams ..
Directed by: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
Release date: 1933-03-15
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : Gold Diggers of 1933
2.

Gold Diggers of 1933

4.1
7.7/10 IMDB

Things get tough for Carol and her showgirl pals, Trixie and Polly, when the Great Depression kicks in and all the Broadway shows close down. Wealthy songwriter Brad saves the day by funding a new Depression-themed musical for the girls to star in, but when his stuffy high-society brother finds out and threatens to disown Brad, Carol and her gold-digging friends scheme to keep the show going, hooking a couple of millionaires along the way.

Starring: Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Ginger Rogers, Warren William, Guy Kibbee, Ned Sparks, Billy Barty, Busby Berkeley ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy, Busby Berkeley
Release date: 1933-05-27
3.

Queen Christina

4.0
7.5/10 IMDB

Queen Christina of Sweden is a popular monarch who is loyal to her country. However, when she falls in love with a Spanish envoy, she must choose between the throne and the man she loves.

Starring: Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Ian Keith, Lewis Stone, Elizabeth Young, C. Aubrey Smith, Reginald Owen, David Torrence, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Georges Renavent ..
Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian
Release date: 1933-12-26
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : The Working Man
4.

The Working Man

4.0
7.3/10 IMDB

A successful shoe manufacturer named John Reeves goes on vacation and meets the grown children of his recently deceased and much-respected competitor; they're on the verge of losing the family legacy through their careless behavior. Reeves takes it upon himself to save his rival's company by teaching the heirs a lesson in business.

Starring: George Arliss, Bette Davis, Theodore Newton, Hardie Albright, Gordon Westcott, J. Farrell MacDonald, Charles E. Evans, Frederick Burton, Pat Wing, Edward Van Sloan ..
Directed by: John G. Adolfi
Release date: 1933-04-20
5.

Dinner at Eight

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

An ambitious New York socialite plans an extravagant dinner party as her businessman husband, Oliver, contends with financial woes, causing a lot of tension between the couple. Meanwhile, their high-society friends and associates, including the gruff Dan Packard and his sultry spouse, Kitty, contend with their own entanglements, leading to revelations at the much-anticipated dinner.

Starring: Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, Jean Harlow, Lionel Barrymore, Lee Tracy, Edmund Lowe, Billie Burke, Madge Evans, Jean Hersholt ..
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1933-12-22
6.

Baby Face

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

A young woman uses her body and her sexuality to help her climb the social ladder, but soon begins to wonder if her new status will ever bring her happiness.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Donald Cook, Alphonse Ethier, Henry Kolker, Margaret Lindsay, Arthur Hohl, John Wayne, Robert Barrat, Douglass Dumbrille ..
Directed by: Alfred E. Green
Release date: 1933-07-13
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : Little Women
7.

Little Women

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Little Women is a coming-of-age drama tracing the lives of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. During the American Civil War, the girls father is away serving as a minister to the troops. The family, headed by their beloved Marmee, must struggle to make ends meet, with the help of their kind and wealthy neighbor, Mr. Laurence, and his high spirited grandson Laurie.

Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, Paul Lukas, Edna May Oliver, Jean Parker, Frances Dee, Henry Stephenson, Douglass Montgomery, John Lodge, Spring Byington ..
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1933-11-24
8.

Lady for a Day

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

Never-wed, poor, rough around the edges Apple Annie has always written to her daughter, Louise, in Spain that she is married and a member of New York's high society. Upon receiving unexpected word from Louise (who hasn't seen Annie since infancy) that she is en route to America with her new fiancé and his father, a count, so the three of them can meet her, Annie panics, despairing that her beloved daughter will be destroyed by the deception.

Starring: Warren William, May Robson, Guy Kibbee, Glenda Farrell, Ned Sparks, Walter Connolly, Jean Parker, Nat Pendleton, Barry Norton, Halliwell Hobbes ..
Directed by: Frank Capra
Release date: 1933-09-13
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : Wild Boys of the Road
9.

Wild Boys of the Road

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

At the height of the Great Depression, Tommy's mother has been out of work for months when Eddie's father loses his job. Eager not to burden their parents, the two high school Sophomores decide to hop the freight trains and look for work.

Starring: Frankie Darro, Edwin Phillips, Rochelle Hudson, Dorothy Coonan Wellman, Sterling Holloway, Arthur Hohl, Ann Hovey, Minna Gombell, Grant Mitchell, Claire McDowell ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1933-10-07
10.

Dancing Lady

3.8
6.8/10 IMDB

Janie lives to dance and will dance anywhere, even stripping in a burlesque house. Tod Newton, the rich playboy, discovers her there and helps her get a job in a real Broadway musical being directed by Patch. Tod thinks he can get what he wants from Janie, Patch thinks Janie is using her charms rather than talent to get to the top, and Janie thinks Patch is the greatest. Steve, the stage manager, has the Three Stooges helping him manage all the show girls. Fred Astaire and Nelson Eddy make appearances as famous Broadway personalities.

Starring: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, May Robson, Winnie Lightner, Fred Astaire, Robert Benchley, Ted Healy, Moe Howard, Curly Howard ..
Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard
Release date: 1933-11-24
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : Heroes for Sale
11.

Heroes for Sale

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

Tom Holmes is someone guided by honesty and moral rectitude, a heroic veteran of the World War I marked by the unbearable suffering caused by his battle wounds, a traumatized but courageous man who will experience, in the years to come, the pain of misfortune but also the happiness of success and hope and love for other human beings.

Starring: Richard Barthelmess, Aline MacMahon, Loretta Young, Gordon Westcott, Robert Barrat, Berton Churchill, Grant Mitchell, Charley Grapewin, Robert McWade, G. Pat Collins ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1933-06-17
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : Counsellor at Law
12.

Counsellor at Law

3.8
7.6/10 IMDB

A successful lawyer struggles to deal with his wife's unfaithfulness and his own hidden past.

Starring: John Barrymore, Bebe Daniels, Doris Kenyon, Isabel Jewell, Melvyn Douglas, Onslow Stevens, Thelma Todd, Clara Langsner, John Hammond Dailey, Mayo Methot ..
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1933-12-25
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : Picture Snatcher
13.

Picture Snatcher

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

An ex-con uses his street smarts to become a successful photojournalist.

Starring: James Cagney, Ralph Bellamy, Patricia Ellis, Alice White, Ralf Harolde, Robert Emmett O'Connor, Robert Barrat, G. Pat Collins, Arthur Vinton, Tom Wilson ..
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon
Release date: 1933-05-06
14.

The Mayor of Hell

3.7
6.9/10 IMDB

Members of a teenage gang are sent to the State Reformatory, presided over by the callous Thompson. Soon Patsy Gargan, a former gangster appointed Deputy Commissioner, arrives and takes over the administration to run the place on radical principles. Thompson needs a quick way to discredit him.

Starring: James Cagney, Madge Evans, Frankie Darro, Dudley Digges, Arthur Byron, Allen Jenkins, Allen 'Farina' Hoskins, Sidney Miller, Sheila Terry, Robert Barrat ..
Directed by: Archie Mayo, Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1933-06-24
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : Man's Castle
15.

Man's Castle

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

An unemployed man turns to crime when he gets his girlfriend pregnant.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Loretta Young, Marjorie Rambeau, Glenda Farrell, Walter Connolly, Arthur Hohl, Dickie Moore, Helen Jerome Eddy ..
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1933-11-20
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : Double Harness
16.

Double Harness

3.7
6.8/10 IMDB

After tricking him into marriage, a woman tries to win the love of her philandering husband.

Starring: Ann Harding, William Powell, Lucile Browne, Henry Stephenson, Lilian Bond, George Meeker, Reginald Owen, Kay Hammond, Leigh Allen, Hugh Huntley ..
Directed by: John Cromwell
Release date: 1933-07-21
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : Employees' Entrance
17.

Employees' Entrance

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Kurt Anderson is the tyrannical manager of a New York department store in financial straits. He thinks nothing of firing an employee of more than 20 years or of toying with the affections of every woman he meets. One such victim is Madeline, a beautiful young woman in need of a job. Anderson hires her as a salesgirl, but not before the two spend the night together. Madeline is ashamed, especially after she falls for Martin West, a rising young star at the store. Her biggest fear is that Martin finds out the truth about her "career move."

Starring: Warren William, Loretta Young, Wallace Ford, Alice White, Hale Hamilton, Allen Jenkins, Charles Sellon, Albert Gran, Ruth Donnelly, Frank Reicher ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1933-02-11
18.

The Eagle and the Hawk

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

The pilots of a Royal Air Force squadron in World War I face not only physical but mental dangers in their struggle to survive while fighting the enemy.

Starring: Fredric March, Cary Grant, Jack Oakie, Carole Lombard, Guy Standing, Forrester Harvey, Kenneth Howell, Leyland Hodgson, Virginia Hammond, Douglas Scott ..
Directed by: Stuart Walker, Mitchell Leisen
Release date: 1933-05-06
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : Midnight Mary
19.

Midnight Mary

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

A young woman is on trial for murder. In flashback, we learn of her struggles to overcome poverty as a teenager -- a mistaken arrest and prison term for shoplifting and lack of employment lead to involvement with gangsters. In a brothel, she meets a young lawyer, scion of a wealthy and prestigious family, who falls for her and helps her turn around her life. But her past catches up with her, and she must face the music rather than cause him scandal.

Starring: Loretta Young, Ricardo Cortez, Franchot Tone, Andy Devine, Una Merkel, Frank Conroy, Warren Hymer, Ivan F. Simpson, Harold Huber, Sandy Roth ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1933-06-30
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : The Story of Temple Drake
20.

The Story of Temple Drake

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

The coquettish granddaughter of a respected small-town judge is stranded at a bootleggers’ hide-out, subjected to an act of nightmarish sexual violence, and plunged into a criminal underworld that threatens to swallow her up completely.

Starring: Miriam Hopkins, William Gargan, Jack La Rue, Florence Eldridge, Guy Standing, Irving Pichel, Jobyna Howland, William Collier Jr., Elizabeth Patterson, James Eagles ..
Directed by: Stephen Roberts
Release date: 1933-05-06
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : Penthouse
21.

Penthouse

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

Gertie Waxted knows how notorious gangster Jim Crelliman runs his rackets, because she's long been under the hoodlum's thumb. She's secretly helping lawyer Jackson Durant in a snoop job aimed at pinning a murder on the thug. Her life will be in peril when that secret gets out.

Starring: Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Charles Butterworth, Mae Clarke, Phillips Holmes, C. Henry Gordon, Martha Sleeper, Nat Pendleton, George E. Stone, Robert Emmett O'Connor ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1933-09-08
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : The Private Life of Henry VIII
22.

The Private Life of Henry VIII

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Renowned for his excess, King Henry VIII goes through a series of wives during his rule. With Anne Boleyn, his second wife, executed on charges of treason, King Henry weds maid Jane Seymour, but that marriage also ends in tragedy. Not one to be single for long, the king picks German-born Anne of Cleves as his bride, but their union lasts only months before an annulment is granted, and King Henry continues his string of spouses.

Starring: Charles Laughton, Robert Donat, Franklin Dyall, Miles Mander, Laurence Hanray, William Austin, John Loder, Claud Allister, Gibb McLaughlin, Sam Livesey ..
Directed by: Alexander Korda
Release date: 1933-08-17
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : Gabriel Over the White House
23.

Gabriel Over the White House

3.5
6.4/10 IMDB

A political hack becomes President during the height of the Depression and undergoes a metamorphosis into an incorruptible statesman after a near-fatal accident.

Starring: Walter Huston, Karen Morley, Franchot Tone, Arthur Byron, Dickie Moore, C. Henry Gordon, David Landau, Samuel S. Hinds, William Pawley, Jean Parker ..
Directed by: Gregory La Cava
Release date: 1933-03-31
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : The Kennel Murder Case
24.

The Kennel Murder Case

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

Philo Vance, accompanied by his prize-losing Scottish terrier, investigates the locked-room murder of a prominent and much-hated collector whose broken Chinese vase provides an important clue.

Starring: William Powell, Mary Astor, Eugene Pallette, Ralph Morgan, Robert McWade, Robert Barrat, Frank Conroy, Etienne Girardot, James Lee, Paul Cavanagh ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1933-10-28
25.

The Bitter Tea of General Yen

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

An American missionary is gradually seduced by a courtly warlord holding her in Shanghai.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Nils Asther, Toshia Mori, Walter Connolly, Gavin Gordon, Lucien Littlefield, Richard Loo, Helen Jerome Eddy, Emmett Corrigan, Clara Blandick ..
Directed by: Frank Capra
Release date: 1933-01-06
26.

Female

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

Alison Drake, the tough-minded executive of an automobile factory, succeeds in the man's world of business until she meets an independent design engineer.

Starring: Ruth Chatterton, George Brent, Lois Wilson, Johnny Mack Brown, Ruth Donnelly, Ferdinand Gottschalk, Phillip Reed, Gavin Gordon, Kenneth Thomson, Huey White ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1933-11-11
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : Ex-Lady
27.

Ex-Lady

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

Although free spirit Helen Bauer does not believe in marriage, she consents to marry Don, but his infidelities cause her to also take on a lover.

Starring: Bette Davis, Gene Raymond, Frank McHugh, Monroe Owsley, Claire Dodd, Kay Strozzi, Ferdinand Gottschalk, Alphonse Ethier, Bodil Rosing, George Beranger ..
Directed by: Robert Florey
Release date: 1933-05-15
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : Hold Your Man
28.

Hold Your Man

3.4
6.9/10 IMDB

Ruby falls in love with small-time con man Eddie. During a botched blackmail scheme, Eddie accidentally kills the man they were setting up. Eddie takes off and Ruby is sent to a reformatory for two years.

Starring: Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Stuart Erwin, Dorothy Burgess, Muriel Kirkland, Garry Owen, Barbara Barondess, Elizabeth Patterson, Inez Courtney, Blanche Friderici ..
Directed by: Sam Wood
Release date: 1933-06-30
29.

Ladies They Talk About

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

A moll, imprisoned after participating in a bank robbery, helps with a breakout plot.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Preston Foster, Lyle Talbot, Dorothy Burgess, Lillian Roth, Maude Eburne, Ruth Donnelly, Harold Huber, Robert McWade, Cecil Cunningham ..
Directed by: Howard Bretherton, William Keighley
Release date: 1933-02-04
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : Peg o' My Heart
30.

Peg o' My Heart

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

Peg and her father live a simple life in an Irish fishing village. One day Sir Gerald arrives at the village to tell Pat that Peg is heir to estate of her grandfather, who hated Pat. The upshot of the will is that she must go to England for 3 years to learn to be a lady and that Pat can never see her again.

Starring: Marion Davies, Onslow Stevens, J. Farrell MacDonald, Juliette Compton, Irene Browne, Tyrell Davis, Alan Mowbray, Doris Lloyd, Robert Greig, Nora Cecil ..
Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard
Release date: 1933-05-26
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : Morning Glory
31.

Morning Glory

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

Wildly optimistic chatterbox Eva Lovelace is a would-be actress trying to crash the New York stage. She attracts the interest of a paternal actor, a philandering producer, and an earnest playwright. Is she destined for stardom, or will she fade like a morning glory after its brief blooming?

Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Adolphe Menjou, Mary Duncan, C. Aubrey Smith, Don Alvarado, Fred Santley, Richard Carle, Tyler Brooke, Geneva Mitchell ..
Directed by: Lowell Sherman
Release date: 1933-08-18
32.

Christopher Strong

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

A romance develops between a happily married middle-aged British politician and an adventurous young aviatrix.

Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Colin Clive, Billie Burke, Helen Chandler, Ralph Forbes, Irene Browne, Jack La Rue, Desmond Roberts, Agostino Borgato, Margaret Lindsay ..
Directed by: Dorothy Arzner
Release date: 1933-03-09
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : Bureau of Missing Persons
33.

Bureau of Missing Persons

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

Butch Saunders has been transferred to Missing Persons because he was too brutal in other police work...

Starring: Bette Davis, Lewis Stone, Pat O’Brien, Glenda Farrell, Allen Jenkins, Ruth Donnelly, Hugh Herbert, Alan Dinehart, Marjorie Gateson, Noel Francis ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1933-09-16
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : The Emperor Jones
34.

The Emperor Jones

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

Unscrupulously ambitious, Brutus Jones escapes from jail after killing a guard and, through bluff and bravado, finds himself the emperor of a Caribbean island.

Starring: Paul Robeson, Dudley Digges, Frank H. Wilson, Fredi Washington, Ruby Elzy, George Haymid Stamper, Billie Holiday, Moms Mabley, Rex Ingram, Harold Nicholas ..
Directed by: Dudley Murphy
Release date: 1933-09-29
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : Today We Live
35.

Today We Live

3.2
6.0/10 IMDB

Two lovers are living together and are not married; they had made a promise as children to get married when they grew up, but they "didn't wait."

Starring: Joan Crawford, Gary Cooper, Robert Young, Franchot Tone, Roscoe Karns, Louise Closser Hale, Rollo Lloyd, Hilda Vaughn, Ernie Alexander, Glen Cavender ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks, Richard Rosson
Release date: 1933-03-03
36.

Cavalcade

3.2
5.9/10 IMDB

A cavalcade of English life from New Year's Eve 1899 until 1933 seen through the eyes of well-to-do Londoners Jane and Robert Marryot. Amongst events touching their family are the Boer War, the death of Queen Victoria, the sinking of the Titanic and the Great War.

Starring: Diana Wynyard, Clive Brook, Una O'Connor, Herbert Mundin, Beryl Mercer, Irene Browne, Tempe Pigott, Merle Tottenham, Frank Lawton, Ursula Jeans ..
Directed by: Frank Lloyd
Release date: 1933-02-08
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : The Silver Cord
37.

The Silver Cord

3.2
6.9/10 IMDB

A domineering matriarch is less than happy when her son brings home his new bride. She immediately sets to work at sabotaging their marriage as well as the engagement of her younger and weaker son.

Starring: Irene Dunne, Joel McCrea, Laura Hope Crews, Eric Linden, Frances Dee, Helen Cromwell, Paul Irving, Perry Ivins, Reginald Pasch, Gustav von Seyffertitz ..
Directed by: John Cromwell
Release date: 1933-05-05
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : The Nuisance
38.

The Nuisance

3.1
6.6/10 IMDB

Fast-talker extraordinaire Tracy gives one of his quintessential wiseguy performances as a conniving ambulance chaser who falls in love with Evans, unaware she's a special investigator for a streetcar company he's repeatedly victimized.

Starring: Lee Tracy, Madge Evans, Frank Morgan, Charles Butterworth, John Miljan, Virginia Cherrill, David Landau, Greta Meyer, Herman Bing, Samuel S. Hinds ..
Directed by: Jack Conway
Release date: 1933-06-03
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : Child of Manhattan
39.

Child of Manhattan

3.1
6.5/10 IMDB

Paul Vanderkill is extraordinarily wealthy because his grandfather happened to buy farmland in what was to become Midtown Manhattan. The Loveland Dance Hall is one of the tenants of the Vanderkill estates. To reassure his aunt Sophie, Vanderkill visits Loveland to determine whether it is as disreputable as Sophie suspects. There he meets a dime-a-dance girl, Madeleine MacGonagal, who charms him with her quaint proletarian accent. They begin a secret affair, which turns into a secret marriage when pregnancy ensues. When the baby fails to survive, Madeleine decides that since he had married her only for the baby's sake, she should make haste to Mexico to secure a divorce. There she meets Panama Canal Kelly, a former suitor who now owns a silver mine. Her plans for divorce and quick remarriage are complicated when Vanderkill arrives to confront her.

Starring: Nancy Carroll, John Boles, Buck Jones, Jane Darwell, Betty Grable, Jessie Ralph, Clara Blandick, Luis Alberni, Warburton Gamble, Garry Owen ..
Directed by: Edward Buzzell
Release date: 1933-02-11
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : One Man's Journey
40.

One Man's Journey

3.1
6.7/10 IMDB

Dr. Eli Watt, a widower, comes to a small town, considering himself a failure in his attempt to have a meaningful career in New York. He raises his son Jimmy as well as Letty, a baby whose mother has died in childbirth and whose father blames Watt and abandons the child. Watt dreams of returning to do research studies, but always something gets in the way: an epidemic, his children's needs, or the needs of his generally ungrateful patients. Only with the passing years does he come to find that his future isn't over and his past isn't quite the failure he believed.

Starring: Lionel Barrymore, May Robson, Dorothy Jordan, Joel McCrea, Frances Dee, David Landau, Buster Phelps, June Filmer, James Bush, Oscar Apfel ..
Directed by: John S. Robertson
Release date: 1933-08-31
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : Sweepings
41.

Sweepings

3.1
6.6/10 IMDB

Daniel Pardway, starting with almost nothing after the great Chicago fire, builds the biggest department store in town. He wants to pass on the business to his three sons and daughter, but has to deal with their lack of interest or aptitude.

Starring: Lionel Barrymore, Eric Linden, William Gargan, Gloria Stuart, Alan Dinehart, Gregory Ratoff, Helen Mack, Lucien Littlefield, George Meeker, Ninetta Sunderland ..
Directed by: John Cromwell
Release date: 1933-04-14
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : The Wandering Jew
42.

The Wandering Jew

3.0
6.7/10 IMDB

This story is based both on a long-standing legend and a play by E. Temple Thurston. Veteran British director Maurice Elvey brought years of experience with theatrical adaptations to the difficult task of filming a movie that spans centuries and strains credulity. Conrad Veidt stars as the Jew who urges Roman authorities to crucify Jesus and release Barabbas. As a punishment, he is condemned by God to wander the Earth for many centuries, enduring innumerable trials and tribulations on several continents.

Starring: Conrad Veidt, Marie Ney, Basil Gill, Cicely Oates, Anne Grey, Dennis Hoey, Arnold Lucy, Peggy Ashcroft, Alan Napier ..
Directed by: Maurice Elvey
Release date: 1933-11-15
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : Reunion in Vienna
43.

Reunion in Vienna

3.0
6.1/10 IMDB

An exiled archduke (John Barrymore) tries to renew romance with a former lover (Diana Wynyard) now wed to a psychiatrist (Frank Morgan).

Starring: John Barrymore, Diana Wynyard, Frank Morgan, Una Merkel, May Robson, Henry Travers, Nella Walker, Eduardo Ciannelli, Bodil Rosing, Bela Loblov ..
Directed by: Sidney Franklin
Release date: 1933-06-16
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : Only Yesterday
44.

Only Yesterday

3.0
7.3/10 IMDB

On the back of the Wall Street Crash of 1929, a young business man is about to commit suicide. With the note to his wife scribbled down and a gun in his hand, he notices a thick envelope addressed to him at the desk. As he begin to read, we're taken back to the days of WW1 and his meeting with a young woman named Mary Lane.

Starring: Margaret Sullavan, John Boles, Billie Burke, Edna May Oliver, Benita Hume, Reginald Denny, George Meeker, Jimmy Butler, Noel Francis, Jane Darwell ..
Directed by: John M. Stahl
Release date: 1933-11-01
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : Forgotten
45.

Forgotten

3.0
6.8/10 IMDB

Papa Strauss, a widower, is being shifted around from one married-son's home to the other, and is unwelcome at all because his daughter-in-laws' object to his smelly pipe smoking. Finally the family tucks him 'out of sight and out of mind' into a nursing home, with very little 'honor thy father' thought given to it. However, unmarried daughter, Lena, who loves her father dearly, has a bright fiancée, who makes a lot of money off of a patent, and they make a home for him.

Starring: Leon Ames, June Clyde, Natalie Kingston, Selmer Jackson, Lee Kohlmar, Natalie Moorhead, Otto Lederer, Tom Ricketts, William Collier Jr. ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1933-02-14
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : On Secret Service
46.

On Secret Service

3.0
6.1/10 IMDB

Greta Nissen stars as an Italian noblewoman living a dangerous double life as a spy. A remake of the celebrated German thriller Spione am Werk. Co-starring noted German actor Karl Ludwig Diehl and American matinee idol Don Alvarado. The film takes place in Vienna, 1912. When an Austrian staff officer is implicated by association with a known Italian spy he goes on the run. Three years later - as the Great War gets into full swing - he returns and begs the Austrian Secret Service to allow him to clear his name from suspicion.

Starring: Greta Nissen, Karl Ludwig Diehl, Don Alvarado, Lester Matthews, Esme Percy, C.M. Hallard, Austin Trevor, Cecil Ramage, Wallace Geoffrey ..
Directed by: Arthur B. Woods
Release date: 1933-12-15
47.

The Ghoul

3.0
5.8/10 IMDB

Professor Morlant, a British Egyptologist, seeks immortality through the power of a jewel buried in the tomb of an Oriental idol. Upon his death, Morlant returns to earth to seek vengeance upon those who removed the jewel from his grave.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Cedric Hardwicke, Ernest Thesiger, Ralph Richardson, Dorothy Hyson, Anthony Bushell, Kathleen Harrison, Harold Huth, D.A. Clarke-Smith, Jack Raine ..
Directed by: T. Hayes Hunter
Release date: 1933-08-01
48.

Central Airport

2.9
6.3/10 IMDB

Aviator Jim Blaine and his brother Neil are rivals not only as daredevil flyers, but also for the love of parachutist Jill Collins.

Starring: Richard Barthelmess, Sally Eilers, Tom Brown, Grant Mitchell, James Murray, Claire McDowell, Willard Robertson, Arthur Vinton, Louise Beavers, Harry C. Bradley ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1933-04-15
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : Hello, Sister!
49.

Hello, Sister!

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

Peggy and her friend Millie are strolling down Broadway while Jimmy and Mac are trolling Broadway, and the four get together...

Starring: James Dunn, Zasu Pitts, Boots Mallory, Minna Gombell, Terrance Ray, Will Stanton, Henry Kolker, Walter Walker, Astrid Allwyn, Claude King ..
Directed by: Erich von Stroheim, Raoul Walsh, Alfred L. Werker
Release date: 1933-04-14
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : Doctor Bull
50.

Doctor Bull

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

In this engaging adaptation of James Gould Cozzen's novel The Last Adam, film icon Will Rogers portrays Dr. George Bull, a compassionate, highly regarded small-town physician who often prescribes a healthy dose of common sense! But when Bull begins dating a widow (Vera Allen), the local gossips misconstrue the story. To make matters worse, Bull's plainspoken manner earns him an enemy in the wealthy owner of a nearby construction camp. But once it's learned that the camp has caused illness by polluting the local water supply, the good doctor steps in to try to restore the town's health - and his reputation!

Starring: Will Rogers, Vera Allen, Marian Nixon, Howard Lally, Berton Churchill, Louise Dresser, Andy Devine, Rochelle Hudson, Tempe Pigott, Elizabeth Patterson ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1933-09-22

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