Best Drama Movies of 1934

1.

The Man Who Knew Too Much

4.9
6.8/10 IMDB

While vacationing in St. Moritz, a British couple receive a clue to an imminent assassination attempt, only to learn that their young daughter has been kidnapped to keep them quiet.

Starring: Leslie Banks, Edna Best, Peter Lorre, Frank Vosper, Hugh Wakefield, Nova Pilbeam, Pierre Fresnay, Cicely Oates, D.A. Clarke-Smith, George Curzon ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1934-12-01
2.

Queen Christina

4.0
7.6/10 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: 1934-02-09
3.

Imitation of Life

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

A struggling widow and her daughter take in a black housekeeper and her fair-skinned daughter. The two women start a successful business but face familial, identity, and racial issues along the way.

Starring: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Rochelle Hudson, Ned Sparks, Louise Beavers, Fredi Washington, Juanita Quigley, Alan Hale, Henry Armetta, Wyndham Standing ..
Directed by: John M. Stahl
Release date: 1934-11-23
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : Man of Aran
4.

Man of Aran

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

For the last 200 years the Aran Islands have exercised a powerfully romantic fascination on the outside world which is without equal anywhere else in the country. They were believed to contain the essence of the ancient Irish life, represented by a pure uncorrupted peasant existence centred around the struggle between man and his hostile but magnificent surroundings. This myth, strengthened by the writings of Yeats and especially Synge was hugely expanded by the release in 1934 of Man of Aran, a documentary on the life of the Island people. This film won international acclaim and explained in no small way why so many different nationalities walk the surface of Aran in their thousands between May and October each year.

Starring: Colman 'Tiger' King, Maggie Dirrane, Michael Dirrane ..
Directed by: Robert J. Flaherty
Release date: 1934-04-24
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : Our Daily Bread
5.

Our Daily Bread

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

John and Mary sims are city-dwellers hit hard by the financial fist of The Depression. Driven by bravery (and sheer desperation) they flee to the country and, with the help of other workers, set up a farming community - a socialist mini-society based upon the teachings of Edward Gallafent. The newborn community suffers many hardships - drought, vicious raccoons and the long arm of the law - but ultimately pull together to reach a bread-based Utopia.

Starring: Karen Morley, Tom Keene, Barbara Pepper, Addison Richards, John Qualen, Lloyd Ingraham, Sidney Bracey, Henry Hall, Nellie V. Nichols, Frank Minor ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1934-07-30
6.

Of Human Bondage

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Club-footed medical school student Philip Carey falls in love with cynical waitress Mildred Rogers. She rejects him and runs off with a salesman, later returning pregnant and unmarried. Philip takes her in, though "happily ever after" is not to be.

Starring: Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, Frances Dee, Kay Johnson, Reginald Denny, Alan Hale, Reginald Sheffield, Reginald Owen, Desmond Roberts, Evelyn Beresford ..
Directed by: John Cromwell
Release date: 1934-07-20
7.

Death Takes a Holiday

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

After years of questioning why people fear him, Death (March) takes on human form so he can mingle among the mortals and find an answer. However, events soon spiral out of control as he falls in love with the beautiful young Grazia (Venable), the only woman unafraid of him. As he falls in love with her, her father, Duke Lambert (Standing), sees him for what he is and begs him to return to his duties. Death must decide whether or not to seek his own happiness, or sacrifice it so that Grazia may live.

Starring: Fredric March, Evelyn Venable, Guy Standing, Katharine Alexander, Gail Patrick, Helen Westley, Kathleen Howard, Kent Taylor, Henry Travers, G.P. Huntley ..
Directed by: Mitchell Leisen
Release date: 1934-03-30
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : Charlie Chan in London
8.

Charlie Chan in London

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

After receiving congratulations from the Home Secretary for solving his most recent case, Charlie is sought out by Pamela Gray, a beautiful but desperate young socialite whose brother Paul awaits execution for the murder of a weapons inventor. She is so convinced of his innocence that she becomes distraught when she overhears Neil Howard, her brother's lawyer and her fiancee, confide to the detective his belief in his client's guilt. Angered at this disclosure, she returns his ring and breaks off the engagement. Although the execution will take place in 65 hours, Charlie pledges to expose the murderer. All potential suspects are reassembled in the country mansion of family friend Geoffrey Richmond, where the murder took place, as Charlie tries to expose the real murderer before time runs out.

Starring: Warner Oland, Drue Leyton, Ray Milland, Mona Barrie, Douglas Walton, Alan Mowbray, George Barraud, Paul England, Madge Bellamy, Walter Johnson ..
Directed by: Eugene Forde
Release date: 1934-09-12
9.

The Count of Monte Cristo

3.7
7.5/10 IMDB

After greedy men have Edmound Dantes unjustly imprisoned for 20 years for innocently delivering a letter entrusted to him, he escapes to revenge himself on them.

Starring: Robert Donat, Elissa Landi, Louis Calhern, Sidney Blackmer, Raymond Walburn, O.P. Heggie, Irene Hervey, Georgia Caine, Walter Walker, Lawrence Grant ..
Directed by: Rowland V. Lee
Release date: 1934-09-06
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : The Painted Veil
10.

The Painted Veil

3.6
6.6/10 IMDB

The wife of a doctor in China falls in love with a diplomat.

Starring: Greta Garbo, Herbert Marshall, George Brent, Warner Oland, Jean Hersholt, Bodil Rosing, Katharine Alexander, Cecilia Parker, Soo Yong, Forrester Harvey ..
Directed by: Richard Boleslawski
Release date: 1934-11-23

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