Best Drama Movies of 1934


The Man Who Knew Too Much

6.7/10 IMDB

While vacationing in St. Moritz, a British couple receive a clue to an imminent assassination attempt, only to learn that their 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

Tarzan and His Mate

7.3/10 IMDB

Harry Holt returns to Africa with his friend Martin Arlington to head up a large ivory expedition.

Starring: Johnny Weissmüller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Neil Hamilton, Paul Cavanagh, Forrester Harvey, Nathan Curry, Yola d'Avril, Paul Porcasi, Cheeta the Chimp ..
Directed by: Cedric Gibbons
Release date: 1934-04-20

Imitation of Life

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

The Scarlet Empress

7.5/10 IMDB

During the 18th century, German noblewoman Sophia Frederica, who would later become Catherine the Great, travels to Moscow to marry the dimwitted Grand Duke Peter, the heir to the Russian throne. Their arranged marriage proves to be loveless, and Catherine takes many lovers, including the handsome Count Alexei, and bears a son. When the unstable Peter eventually ascends to the throne, Catherine plots to oust him from power.

Starring: Marlene Dietrich, John Lodge, Sam Jaffe, Louise Dresser, C. Aubrey Smith, Gavin Gordon, Olive Tell, Ruthelma Stevens, Davison Clark, Erville Alderson ..
Directed by: Josef von Sternberg
Release date: 1934-05-09

The Scarlet Pimpernel

7.3/10 IMDB

18th century English aristocrat Sir Percy Blakeney leads a double life. He appears to be merely the effete aristocrat, but in reality is part of an underground effort to free French nobles from Robespierre's Reign of Terror.

Starring: Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon, Raymond Massey, Nigel Bruce, Bramwell Fletcher, Anthony Bushell, Joan Gardner, Walter Rilla, Mabel Terry-Lewis, O.B. Clarence ..
Directed by: Harold Young
Release date: 1934-12-20
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : Man of Aran

Man of Aran

7.2/10 IMDB

A documentary on the life of the people of the Aran Islands, who 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. A blend of documentary and fictional narrative, the film captures the everyday trials of life on Ireland's unforgiving Aran Islands.

Starring: Colman 'Tiger' King, Maggie Dirrane, Michael Dirrane, Pat Mullin of Aran, Patch 'Red Beard' Ruadh, Patcheen Faherty, Tommy O'Rourke, 'Big Patcheen' Conneely of the West, Stephen Dirrane, Pat McDonough ..
Directed by: Robert J. Flaherty
Release date: 1934-05-06

The Count of Monte Cristo

7.4/10 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 Barretts of Wimpole Street

The Barretts of Wimpole Street

7.0/10 IMDB

Remarkable poet Elizabeth Barrett is slowly recovering from a crippling illness with the help of her siblings, especially her youngest sister, Henrietta, but feels stifled by the domestic tyranny of her wealthy widowed father. When she meets fellow poet Robert Browning in a romantic first encounter, her heart belongs to him. However, her controlling father has no intention of allowing her out of his sight.

Starring: Norma Shearer, Fredric March, Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Sullivan, Katharine Alexander, Ralph Forbes, Ian Wolfe, Marion Clayton Anderson, Leo G. Carroll, Ferdinand Munier ..
Directed by: Sidney Franklin
Release date: 1934-09-21
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread

7.0/10 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: 1934-10-02

Manhattan Melodrama

7.1/10 IMDB

The friendship between two orphans endures even though they grow up on opposite sides of the law and fall in love with the same woman.

Starring: Clark Gable, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Leo Carrillo, Nat Pendleton, George Sidney, Isabel Jewell, Muriel Evans, Thomas E. Jackson, Isabelle Keith ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1934-05-04
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : Charlie Chan in London

Charlie Chan in London

6.9/10 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

Bright Eyes

7.2/10 IMDB

An orphaned girl is taken in by a snobbish family at the insistence of their rich, crotchety uncle, even as her devoted aviator godfather fights for custody.

Starring: Shirley Temple, James Dunn, Jane Darwell, Judith Allen, Lois Wilson, Charles Sellon, Walter Johnson, Jane Withers, Theodore von Eltz, Dorothy Christy ..
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1934-12-28
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : Forsaking All Others

Forsaking All Others

6.4/10 IMDB

A socialite only realises that her friend is in love with her when she falls for the wrong man.

Starring: Robert Montgomery, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Charles Butterworth, Billie Burke, Frances Drake, Rosalind Russell, Pat Flaherty, Edward Hearn, Harold Huber ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1934-12-23

Evelyn Prentice

6.8/10 IMDB

A criminal lawyer's wife faces blackmail when she has an affair.

Starring: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Una Merkel, Rosalind Russell, Isabel Jewell, Harvey Stephens, Edward Brophy, Henry Wadsworth, Cora Sue Collins, Frank Conroy ..
Directed by: William K. Howard
Release date: 1934-11-09

Fashions of 1934

6.6/10 IMDB

When the Manhattan investment firm of Sherwood Nash goes broke, he joins forces with his partner Snap and fashion designer Lynn Mason to provide discount shops with cheap copies of Paris couture dresses.

Starring: William Powell, Bette Davis, Frank McHugh, Hugh Herbert, Verree Teasdale, Reginald Owen, Henry O'Neill, Phillip Reed, Dorothy Burgess, Nella Walker ..
Directed by: William Dieterle, Busby Berkeley
Release date: 1934-02-14

Death Takes a Holiday

6.9/10 IMDB

After years of questioning why people fear him, Death 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, the only woman not afraid of him. As he falls in love with her, her father 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

Sadie McKee

6.8/10 IMDB

A maid has romances with a two-timer, a boozing millionaire and the master of the house.

Starring: Joan Crawford, Gene Raymond, Franchot Tone, Edward Arnold, Esther Ralston, Earl Oxford, Jean Dixon, Leo G. Carroll, Akim Tamiroff, Zelda Sears ..
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1934-05-09
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : Broadway Bill

Broadway Bill

6.7/10 IMDB

Tycoon J.L. Higgins controls his whole family, but one of his sons- in-law, Dan Brooks and his daughter Alice are fed up with that. Brooks quits his job as manager of J.L.'s paper box factory and devotes his life to his racing horse Broadway Bill, but his bank- roll is thin and the luck is against him, he is arrested because of $150 he owes somebody for horse food, but suddenly a planed fraud by somebody else seems to offer him a chance...

Starring: Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Walter Connolly, Helen Vinson, Douglass Dumbrille, Raymond Walburn, Lynne Overman, Clarence Muse, Broadway Bill, Margaret Hamilton ..
Directed by: Frank Capra
Release date: 1934-11-30

Of Human Bondage

7.0/10 IMDB

A young man finds himself attracted to a cold and unfeeling waitress who may ultimately destroy them both.

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
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : The Painted Veil

The Painted Veil

6.5/10 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
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : Little Miss Marker

Little Miss Marker

6.9/10 IMDB

Big Steve Halloway, gambler and proprietor of New York's Horseshoe Cabaret, where his girl, Bangles Carson sings, is in desperate need of money. He arranges for his fellow bookies, especially Sorrowful Jones, to each pay him $1,000 for his racehorse, Dream Prince, to lose. With all bets being placed at the window, Sorrowful encounters a gambler, having lost $500, wanting to place his bet but is unable to come up with $20. Instead, he places his daughter, Marthy Jane (Shirley Temple), as security, or in bookie's terms, a "marker". Having lost his bet, he commits suicide, leaving "little Miss Marker" under the care of Sorrowful Jones. As Steve hides out in Chicago to avoid investigation for his crooked bets, he entrusts Sorrowful to watch over Bangles during his absence, at which time the "gold digger" helps "tight-wod" with his trouble. When Big Steve learns Bangles is involved with Sorrowful, he returns to New York to do something about it.

Starring: Adolphe Menjou, Dorothy Dell, Charles Bickford, Shirley Temple, Lynne Overman, Frank McGlynn Sr., John Sheehan, Garry Owen, Willie Best, Huey White ..
Directed by: Alexander Hall
Release date: 1934-06-01
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : Chained


6.3/10 IMDB

Richard, a millionaire in love with his secretary, Diane, is dispirited when his wife refuses to divorce him. Concerned that Diane will now lose interest, Richard offers her an all-expense-paid cruise to Argentina so that she can think it over. While traveling, however, Diane falls in love with fellow traveler Mike. She resolves to come clean to Richard, but upon return she becomes conflicted when she finds out he was able to get divorced after all.

Starring: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Otto Kruger, Stuart Erwin, Una O'Connor, Marjorie Gateson, Akim Tamiroff, Ernie Alexander, Hooper Atchley, Ward Bond ..
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1934-08-31
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : Now and Forever

Now and Forever

6.5/10 IMDB

Young freewheeling wanderer Jerry Day and his beautiful wife Toni are at odds over their lifestyle. Jerry can't accept responsibility but Toni yearns for a family and a settled life. Then the Days 'rediscover' Jerry's young daughter Pennie, who has been living with his rich deceased wife's family. Pennie appears to be just what Jerry needs to mend his swindling ways and lead a straight life. Despite the responsibility of his new family, Jerry is swayed by the corruptible influence of jewelry thief Felix Evans. When Evans lures Jerry into a job, it puts the continuation of his new family life at risk.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Shirley Temple, Carole Lombard, Guy Standing, Charlotte Granville, Gilbert Emery, Henry Kolker, Tetsu Komai, Akim Tamiroff, Luke Chan ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1934-08-31
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : Housewife


6.1/10 IMDB

Nan Reynolds encourages her copywriter husband Bill to open his own agency. Nearly out of business, he finally gets a client. Former girlfriend Patricia Berkeley writes a very successful commercial for the client and neats up their old romance. Wife and girlfriend struggle over Bill.

Starring: George Brent, Ann Dvorak, Bette Davis, John Halliday, Ruth Donnelly, Hobart Cavanaugh, Robert Barrat, Joseph Cawthorn, Phil Regan, Willard Robertson ..
Directed by: Alfred E. Green
Release date: 1934-08-11
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables

7.0/10 IMDB

Anne Shirley, an orphan, is fostered by farmer Matthew Cuthbert and his sister Marilla, who were expecting a boy to be sent them to help with their farm work. They accept Anne, who quickly endears herself to them and to the local villagers.

Starring: Anne Shirley, O. P. Heggie, Helen Westley, Tom Brown, Sara Haden, Murray Kinnell, Gertrude Messinger, Charley Grapewin, Hilda Vaughn, June Preston ..
Directed by: George Nichols Jr.
Release date: 1934-11-23
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : Jimmy the Gent

Jimmy the Gent

6.6/10 IMDB

An unpolished racketeer, whose racket is finding heirs for unclaimed fortunes, affects ethics and tea-drinking manners to win back the sweetheart who now works for his seemingly upright competitor.

Starring: James Cagney, Bette Davis, Allen Jenkins, Alan Dinehart, Alice White, Arthur Hohl, Phillip Reed, Hobart Cavanaugh, Mayo Methot, Renee Whitney ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1934-03-09


6.8/10 IMDB

The queen of Egypt barges the Nile and flirts with Mark Antony and Julius Caesar.

Starring: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Henry Wilcoxon, Joseph Schildkraut, Ian Keith, Gertrude Michael, C. Aubrey Smith, Irving Pichel, Arthur Hohl, Edwin Maxwell ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1934-10-05

Gambling Lady

6.5/10 IMDB

A businesslike syndicate runs all the gambling joints in town; least profitable is honest Mike Lee's. Under pressure to allow cheating, Mike "walks out," leaving tough-minded daughter Lady Lee to earn a living the only way she knows. She soon becomes a success gambling among the rich, but, falling out with the syndicate, she considers the marriage proposal of blueblood Garry Madison. Can such a match work despite snobbery and old associations?

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Pat O’Brien, Claire Dodd, C. Aubrey Smith, Robert Barrat, Arthur Vinton, Phillip Reed, Philip Faversham, Robert Elliott ..
Directed by: Archie Mayo
Release date: 1934-03-08
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : The House of Rothschild

The House of Rothschild

6.5/10 IMDB

The story of the rise of the Rothschild financial empire founded by Mayer Rothschild and continued by his five sons. From humble beginnings the business grows and helps to finance the war against Napoleon, but it's not always easy, especially because of the prejudices against Jews.

Starring: George Arliss, Boris Karloff, Loretta Young, C. Aubrey Smith, Robert Young, Arthur Byron, Helen Westley, Reginald Owen, Florence Arliss, Alan Mowbray ..
Directed by: Alfred L. Werker
Release date: 1934-04-07
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : Judge Priest

Judge Priest

6.2/10 IMDB

Judge Priest, a proud Confederate veteran, restores the justice in a small town in the Post-Bellum Kentucky using his common sense and his great sense of humanity.

Starring: Will Rogers, Tom Brown, Anita Louise, Henry B. Walthall, David Landau, Rochelle Hudson, Roger Imhof, Frank Melton, Charley Grapewin, Berton Churchill ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1934-09-15
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : Born to Be Bad

Born to Be Bad

6.2/10 IMDB

Letty, a young woman who ended up pregnant, unmarried and on the streets at fifteen is bitter and determined that her child will not grow up to be taken advantage of. Letty teaches her child to lie, steal, cheat and anything else he'll need to be street smart.

Starring: Loretta Young, Cary Grant, Jackie Kelk, Marion Burns, Henry Travers, Paul Harvey, Russell Hopton, Harry Green ..
Directed by: Lowell Sherman
Release date: 1934-05-18
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : There's Always Tomorrow

There's Always Tomorrow

6.7/10 IMDB

Ignored by his ever-busy wife and children, a middle-aged businessman finds companionship with a former female employee.

Starring: Frank Morgan, Binnie Barnes, Lois Wilson, Robert Taylor, Louise Latimer, Maurice Murphy, Dick Winslow, Helen Parrish, Elizabeth Young, Margaret Hamilton ..
Directed by: Edward Sloman
Release date: 1934-11-01
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : Princess Charming

Princess Charming

6.5/10 IMDB

Revolution breaks out in a small European kingdom, and a young princess is forced to flee for her life. She heads for the neighboring country, which just happens to be ruled by the king she is betrothed to. Unfortunately, the new revolutionary government won't let citizens leave, which she actually doesn't mind all that much because she's not particularly jazzed about marrying the elderly king. He sends a young naval officer to bring her across the border, but in order to do so they are forced into a marriage of convenience. Complications ensue.

Starring: Evelyn Laye, Henry Wilcoxon, Yvonne Arnaud, Finlay Currie, George Grossmith, Max Miller ..
Directed by: Maurice Elvey
Release date: 1934-04-24
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : Operator 13

Operator 13

5.9/10 IMDB

American Civil War, 1862. After the disaster of the Second Battle of Bull Run, Major Allen, chief of the Secret Service of the Union, asks actress Gail Loveless to become one of his operators and infiltrate enemy territory.

Starring: Marion Davies, Gary Cooper, Jean Parker, Katharine Alexander, Ted Healy, Russell Hardie, Henry Wadsworth, Douglass Dumbrille, Willard Robertson, Fuzzy Knight ..
Directed by: Richard Boleslawski
Release date: 1934-06-08

The Big Shakedown

6.2/10 IMDB

Former bootlegger Dutch Barnes pressures neighborhood druggist Jimmy Morrell into making cut-rate knockoff toiletry, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical products.

Starring: Bette Davis, Ricardo Cortez, Glenda Farrell, Allen Jenkins, Henry O'Neill, Dewey Robinson, John Wray, Philip Faversham, Robert Emmett O'Connor, Renee Whitney ..
Directed by: John Francis Dillon
Release date: 1934-01-06
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : Hide-Out


6.9/10 IMDB

Wounded criminal Lucky Wilson takes refuge in a small Connecticut farm. He falls in love with the farmer's daughter who at first is unaware of his criminal record. Lucky is fully prepared to shoot his way out when the cops come calling, but he is softened by the daughter's affections.

Starring: Robert Montgomery, Maureen O'Sullivan, Edward Arnold, Elizabeth Patterson, Whitford Kane, Mickey Rooney, C. Henry Gordon, Muriel Evans, Edward Brophy, Henry Armetta ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1934-08-24

The Case of the Howling Dog

6.8/10 IMDB

A very nervous man named Cartwright comes into Perry's office to have the neighbor arrested for his howling dog. He states that the howling is a sign that there is a death in the neighborhood. He also wants a will written giving his estate to the lady living at the neighbors house. It is all very mysterious and by the next day, his will is changed and Cartwright is missing, as is the lady of the house next door. Perry has a will and a retainer and must find out whether he has a client or a beneficiary.

Starring: Warren William, Mary Astor, Allen Jenkins, Grant Mitchell, Helen Trenholme, Helen Lowell, Dorothy Tree, Gordon Westcott, Harry Tyler, Arthur Aylesworth ..
Directed by: Alan Crosland
Release date: 1934-09-22
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : Autumn Crocus

Autumn Crocus

7.3/10 IMDB

A teacher falls in love with the married owner of the guest house in which she is staying during a holiday to Austria.

Starring: Ivor Novello, Fay Compton, Muriel Aked, Jack Hawkins, Esme Church, Frederick Ranalow, Diana Beaumont, Mignon O'Doherty, George Zucco, Alice Sandor ..
Directed by: Basil Dean
Release date: 1934-02-01

Little Man, What Now?

7.2/10 IMDB

A young couple struggling against poverty must keep their marriage a secret in order for the husband to keep his job, as his boss doesn't like to hire married men.

Starring: Douglass Montgomery, Margaret Sullavan, Alan Hale, Catherine Doucet, DeWitt Jennings, G.P. Huntley, Muriel Kirkland, Fred Kohler, Mae Marsh, Donald Haines ..
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1934-06-04
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : Behold My Wife!

Behold My Wife!

6.0/10 IMDB

After Michael Carter's fiancée commits suicide, Michael vows to seek revenge on his wealthy family, who sabotaged their marriage. He drives across the country angrily, and lands up at a saloon, where he is shot by an Indian, Pete. Pete's girlfriend, Tonita nurses Michael's wound and falls in love with him. Michael realizes this, proposes marriage to Tonita - a perfect revenge for his prejudice family. They marry and he takes her to New York, in full Indian dress hoping to embarrass the family.

Starring: Sylvia Sidney, Gene Raymond, Laura Hope Crews, H.B. Warner, Juliette Compton, Monroe Owsley, Ann Sheridan, Kenneth Thomson, Dean Jagger, Charlotte Granville ..
Directed by: Mitchell Leisen
Release date: 1934-12-06
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : This Side of Heaven

This Side of Heaven

6.6/10 IMDB

A family man becomes innocently involved in an embezzlement.

Starring: Lionel Barrymore, Fay Bainter, Mae Clarke, Una Merkel, Tom Brown, Mary Carlisle, Onslow Stevens, Dickie Moore, Edward Nugent, Henry Wadsworth ..
Directed by: William K. Howard
Release date: 1934-02-02
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : Kid Millions

Kid Millions

6.7/10 IMDB

A musical comedy about a Brooklyn boy who inherits a fortune from his archaeologist father, but has to go to Egypt to claim it.

Starring: Eddie Cantor, Ann Sothern, Ethel Merman, George Murphy, Berton Churchill, Warren Hymer, Paul Harvey, Jesse Block, Eva Sully, Otto Hoffman ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth, Willy Pogany
Release date: 1934-11-10
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : What Every Woman Knows

What Every Woman Knows

6.6/10 IMDB

Aspiring young Scottish politician John Shand enters into an unusual agreement with the wealthy Wylie family -- if they fund his education, he must marry their daughter, Maggie. Staying true to his word, John weds Maggie and begins a successful career, thanks largely to his savvy wife. The couple's relationship is placed in jeopardy when John faces temptation in the form of the lovely aristocrat Lady Sybil Tenterden.

Starring: Helen Hayes, Brian Aherne, Madge Evans, Lucile Watson, Dudley Digges, Donald Crisp, David Torrence, Henry Stephenson, Donald Meek, Lowden Adams ..
Directed by: Gregory La Cava
Release date: 1934-10-18
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : A Modern Hero

A Modern Hero

6.3/10 IMDB

A 1920s circus performer uses every means at his disposal to achieve fame and fortune at the expense of others.

Starring: Richard Barthelmess, Jean Muir, Marjorie Rambeau, Verree Teasdale, Florence Eldridge, Dorothy Burgess, Hobart Cavanaugh, William Janney, William Janney, Arthur Hohl ..
Directed by: G.W. Pabst
Release date: 1934-04-21
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : Hi, Nellie!

Hi, Nellie!

6.9/10 IMDB

Managing Editor Brad Bradshaw refuses to run a story linking the disappearance of Frank Canfield with embezzlement of the bank. He considers Frank a straight shooter and he goes easy on the story. Every other paper goes with the story that Frank took the money and Brad is demoted, by the publisher, to the Heartthrob column - writing advice to the lovelorn. After feeling sorry for himself for two months, he takes the column seriously and makes it the talk of the town. But Brad still wants his old job back so he will have to find Canfield and the missing money.

Starring: Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Ned Sparks, Robert Barrat, Donald Meek, Berton Churchill, Kathryn Sergava, Hobart Cavanaugh, Douglass Dumbrille, Edward Ellis ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1934-01-20
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : No Greater Glory

No Greater Glory

7.0/10 IMDB

A frail boy fights to win acceptance from the leader of a street gang.

Starring: George P. Breakston, Jimmy Butler, Jackie Searl, Frankie Darro, Donald Haines, Rolf Ernest, Ralph Morgan, Julius Molnar, Wesley Giraud, Beaudine Anderson ..
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1934-03-30
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : The Silver Streak

The Silver Streak

6.5/10 IMDB

A high-speed train becomes the star of the film as it rushes from Chicago to Hoover Dam to transport an iron lung to a needy patient.

Starring: Sally Blane, Charles Starrett, Hardie Albright, William Farnum, Irving Pichel, Arthur Lake, Theodore von Eltz, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Edgar Kennedy, Doris Dawson ..
Directed by: Thomas Atkins
Release date: 1934-12-21
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : Double Door

Double Door

6.8/10 IMDB

A domineering money-bags whose suppressed incestuous urges go into overdrive when her half-brother brings a new bride home to the family’s gloomy Fifth Avenue mansion. The title refers to a secret soundproofed chamber that the villainess uses to entrap her enemies.

Starring: Evelyn Venable, Mary Morris, Anne Revere, Kent Taylor, Guy Standing, Colin Tapley, Virginia Howell, Halliwell Hobbes, Frank Dawson, Helen Shipman ..
Directed by: Charles Vidor, Harry Fischbeck
Release date: 1934-05-04
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : The Defense Rests

The Defense Rests

6.5/10 IMDB

A sleazy lawyer's female assistant sets out to end his cheating ways.

Starring: Jack Holt, Jean Arthur, Nat Pendleton, Arthur Hohl, Raymond Walburn, Harold Huber, Robert Gleckler, Sarah Padden, Shirley Grey, Donald Meek ..
Directed by: Lambert Hillyer
Release date: 1934-07-15
Best Drama Movies of 1934 : You Belong to Me

You Belong to Me

6.7/10 IMDB

When vaudeville performer Florette Faxon is left penniless with her six-year-old son Jimmy, she relies on the friendship of fellow performer Bud Hannigan to help her get a job. Bud is reluctant to become her partner, as he has proven to himself to be unreliable in relationships, but he tells her to call him whenever she needs help. While working in a beer garden, Florette meets Hap Stanley, an avaricious performer who marries her to get the rights to perform her show routine. Hap dislikes Jimmy and eventually convinces Florette to send him away to school. Both Jimmy and Florette are broken-up over being apart, but Jimmy pretends it is what he wants so Florette can be happy with Hap.

Starring: Lee Tracy, Helen Mack, Helen Morgan, David Holt, Arthur Pierson, Lynne Overman, Dean Jagger, Ann Sheridan, Edwin Stanley, Irene Ware ..
Directed by: Alfred L. Werker
Release date: 1934-09-08

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