Best Drama Movies of 1933

1.

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
Release date: 1933-05-27
2.

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
3.

Lady for a Day

3.9
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 : Counsellor at Law
4.

Counsellor at Law

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

Successful attorney has his Jewish heritage and poverty-stricken background brought home to him when he learns his wife has been unfaithful.

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
5.

Picture Snatcher

3.9
7.1/10 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
6.

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
Best Drama Movies of 1933 : Heroes for Sale
7.

Heroes for Sale

3.8
7.3/10 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
8.

The Mayor of Hell

3.7
7.0/10 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
9.

Man's Castle

3.7
7.2/10 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
10.

Employees' Entrance

3.7
7.1/10 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

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