Best Drama Movies of 1935

1.

Mutiny on the Bounty

5.5

Fletcher Christian successfully leads a revolt against the ruthless Captain Bligh on the HMS Bounty. However, Bligh returns one year later, hell bent on avenging his captors.

Starring: Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, Herbert Mundin, Eddie Quillan
Directed by: Frank Lloyd
Release date: 1935-11-08
2.

The Informer

4.0

Gypo Nolan is a former Irish Republican Army man who drowns his sorrows in the bottle. He's desperate to escape his bleak Dublin life and start over in America with his girlfriend. So when British authorities advertise a reward for information about his best friend, current IRA member Frankie, Gypo cooperates. Now Gypo can buy two tickets on a boat bound for the States, but can he escape the overwhelming guilt he feels for betraying his buddy?

Starring: Victor McLaglen, Heather Angel, Preston Foster, Margot Grahame, Wallace Ford
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1935-05-09
3.

A Tale of Two Cities

4.0

The exciting story of Dr. Manette, who escapes the horrors of the infamous Bastille prison in Paris. The action switches between London and Paris on the eve of the revolution where we witness 'the best of times and the worst of times' - love, hope, the uncaring French Aristocrats and the terror of a revolutionary citizen's army intent on exacting revenge.

Starring: Ronald Colman, Elizabeth Allan, Edna May Oliver, Reginald Owen, Basil Rathbone
Directed by: Jack Conway
Release date: 1935-12-25
4.

Les Misérables

3.9
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In early nineteenth-century France Jean Valjean, an ex-convict who failed to report to parole, is relentlessly pursued over a twenty-year period by Javert, an obsessive policeman.
Starring: Fredric March, Charles Laughton, Cedric Hardwicke, Rochelle Hudson, Florence Eldridge
Directed by: Richard Boleslawski
Release date: 1935-04-02
5.

Anna Karenina

3.9

In 19th century Russia a woman in a respectable marriage to a doctor must grapple with her love for a dashing soldier.

Starring: Greta Garbo, Fredric March, Freddie Bartholomew, Maureen O'Sullivan, May Robson
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1935-08-30
6.

Peter Ibbetson

3.8

Architect Peter Ibbetson is hired by the Duke of Towers to design a building for him. Ibbetson discovers that the Duchess of Towers, Mary, is his now-grown childhood sweetheart. Their love revives, but Peter is sentenced to life in prison for an accidental killing. Mary comes to him in dreams and they are able to live out their romance in a dream world.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Ann Harding, John Halliday, Ida Lupino, Douglass Dumbrille
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1935-11-07
7.

Toni

3.8
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In the 1920s, the Provence is a magnet for immigrants seeking work in the quarries or in the agriculture. Many mingle with locals and settle down permanently - like Toni, an Italian who has moved in with Marie, a Frenchwoman. Even a well-ordered existence is not immune from boredom, friendship, love, or enmity, and Toni gets entangled in a web of increasingly passionate relationships. For there is his best pal Fernand, but also Albert, his overbearing foreman; there is Sebastian, a steady Spanish peasant, but also Gabi, his young rogue relative; there is Marie, but there is also Josefa.
Starring: Charles Blavette, Celia Montalván, Jenny Hélia, Max Dalban, Andrex
Directed by: Jean Renoir
Release date: 1935-02-22
8.

Dangerous

3.8

Dan Bellows finds former stage star Joyce Heath a penniless drunk and takes her to his Connecticut home for rehabilitation. Unaware that she is married to Gordon, he asks his fiancée Gail to free him and offers to sponsor Joyce in a play. When Gordon refuses to give Joyce a divorce, she runs the car into a tree crippling him for life. Joyce urges Dan return to Gail, opens her play, and begs Gordon for forgiveness.

Starring: Bette Davis, Franchot Tone, Margaret Lindsay, Alison Skipworth, John Eldredge
Directed by: Alfred E. Green
Release date: 1935-12-25
9.

Charlie Chan in Paris

3.8

Charlie's visit to Paris, ostensibly a vacation, is really a mission to investigate a bond-forgery racket. But his agent, apache dancer Nardi is killed before she can tell him much. The case, complicated by a false murder accusation for banker's daughter Yvette, climaxes with a strange journey through the Paris sewers.

Starring: Warner Oland, Mary Brian, Thomas Beck, Erik Rhodes, John Miljan
Directed by: Lewis Seiler, Hamilton MacFadden
Release date: 1935-01-21
10.

The Whole Town's Talking

3.8
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Ordinary man-in-the-street Arthur Ferguson Jones leads a very straightforward life. He's never late for work and nothing interesting ever happens to him. One day everything changes: he oversleeps and is fired as an example, he's then mistaken for evil criminal killer Mannion and is arrested. The resemblance is so striking that the police give him a special pass to avoid a similar mistake. The real Mannion sees the opportunity to steal the pass and move around freely and chaos results.
Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Jean Arthur, Arthur Hohl, James Donlan, Arthur Byron
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1935-02-22
11.

The Lives of a Bengal Lancer

3.7

In the Northwest Frontier of India, the 41st Bengal Lancers leaded by the harsh Colonel Tom Stone are having trouble with the rebellious leader Mohammed Khan. After two casualties, the experienced but insubordinate Lieutenant Alan McGregor receives as replacement, the arrogant Lieutenant Forsythe and the immature son of Colonel Stone, Lieutenant Donald Stone. With the intention to prove that he will not have any privilege in the troop, the reception of Colonel Stone to his son is absolutely cold, but he becomes the protégé of McGregor. When Lieutenant Stone is kidnapped by Mohammed Khan, McGregor and Forsythe disobey the direct order of their commander, disguise as Indian peddlers and go to Khan's fortress to attempt to rescue their friend

Starring: Gary Cooper, Franchot Tone, Richard Cromwell, Guy Standing, C. Aubrey Smith
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1935-01-11
12.

Hands Across the Table

3.7
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A manicurist and an engaged loafer, both planning to marry money, meet and fall in love.
Starring: Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, Ralph Bellamy, Astrid Allwyn, Ruth Donnelly
Directed by: Mitchell Leisen
Release date: 1935-10-18
13.

G-Men

3.6

James “Brick” Davis, a struggling attorney, owes his education to a mobster, but always has refused to get involved with the underworld. When a friend of his is gunned down by a notorious criminal, Brick decides to abandon the exercise of the law and join the Department of Justice to capture the murderer.

Starring: James Cagney, Margaret Lindsay, Ann Dvorak, Robert Armstrong, Addison Richards
Directed by: William Keighley
Release date: 1935-05-04
14.

China Seas

3.6

Captain Alan Gaskell sails the perilous waters between Hong Kong and Singapore with a secret cargo: a fortune in British gold. That's not the only risky cargo he carries; both his fiery mistress and his refined fiancee are aboard!

Starring: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Wallace Beery, Lewis Stone, Rosalind Russell
Directed by: Tay Garnett
Release date: 1935-08-09
15.

The Devil Is a Woman

3.6

In the carnival in Spain in the beginning of the Twentieth Century, the exiled republican Antonio Galvan comes from Paris masquerade to enjoy the party and visit his friend Capt. Don Pasqual 'Pasqualito' Costelar. However, he flirts with the mysterious Concha Perez and they schedule to meet each other later. When Antonio meets Pasqualito, his old friend discloses his frustrated relationship with the promiscuous Concha and her greedy mother and how his life was ruined by his obsession for the beautiful demimondaine. Pasqualito makes Antonio promise that he would not see Concha. However, when Antonio meets Concha, she seduces him and the long friendship between Antonio and Pasqualito is disrupted

Starring: Marlene Dietrich, Lionel Atwill, Edward Everett Horton, Alison Skipworth, Cesar Romero
Directed by: Josef von Sternberg
Release date: 1935-05-03
16.

Crime and Punishment

3.6
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A man is haunted by a murder he's committed.
Starring: Edward Arnold, Peter Lorre, Marian Marsh, Tala Birell, Elisabeth Risdon
Directed by: Josef von Sternberg
Release date: 1935-11-22
17.

The Black Room

3.5
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In a 16th-century European town, the ruling family has been given a prophecy that, should there ever be twin boys born, the younger will murder the older; so is dismayed when twins are born to the popular baron. The older grows to be a selfish, slovenly man, who inherits the castle at his father's death and becomes ruler over the formerly happy villagers. He enjoys his power until he learns his younger brother is returning from abroad and, afraid of the prophecy, he determines to murder his sibling, hide his body in the "black room" - an old torture chamber sealed away behind the fireplace - and then impersonate him, right down to his withered arm. In this way he hopes to not only avoid the prophecy, but also escape consequences of his other criminal deeds and obtain marriage to a local girl of the nobility...
Starring: Boris Karloff, Marian Marsh, Robert 'Tex' Allen, Thurston Hall, Katherine DeMille
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1935-07-15
18.

Call of the Wild

3.5

Jack Thornton has trouble winning enough at cards for the stake he needs to get to the Alaska gold fields. His luck changes when he pays $250 for Buck, a sled dog that is part wolf to keep him from being shot by an arrogant Englishman also headed for the Yukon. En route to the Yukon with Shorty Houlihan -- who spent time in jail for opening someone else's letter with a map of where gold is to be found -- Jack rescues a woman whose husband was the addressee of that letter. Buck helps Jack win a $1,000 bet to get the supplies he needs. And when Jack and Claire Blake pet Buck one night, fingers touch.

Starring: Clark Gable, Loretta Young, Jack Oakie, Reginald Owen, Frank Conroy
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1935-08-09
19.

Bordertown

3.5
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An ambitious Mexican-American gets mixed up with his boss"s neurotic wife.
Starring: Paul Muni, Bette Davis, Margaret Lindsay, Eugene Pallette, Robert Barrat
Directed by: Archie Mayo
Release date: 1935-01-23
20.

The Littlest Rebel

3.4
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Virgie Cary's father, a rebel officer, sneaks back to his rundown plantation to see his dying wife and is arrested. A Yankee officer takes pity and sets up an escape. Everyone is captured and the officers are to be executed. Virgie and Uncle Billy beg President Lincoln to intercede.
Starring: Shirley Temple, John Boles, Jack Holt, Karen Morley, Bill Robinson
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1935-11-22

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