Best Movies of 1929



6.9/10 IMDB

London, 1929. Frank Webber, a very busy Scotland Yard detective, seems to be more interested in his work than in Alice White, his girlfriend. Feeling herself ignored, Alice agrees to go out with an elegant and well-mannered artist who invites her to visit his fancy apartment.

Starring: Anny Ondra, Sara Allgood, Charles Paton, John Longden, Donald Calthrop, Cyril Ritchard, Hannah Jones, Harvey Braban, Ex-Det. Sergt. Bishop, Alfred Hitchcock ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1929-07-28
Best Movies of 1929 : The Skeleton Dance

The Skeleton Dance

7.7/10 IMDB

The clock strikes midnight, the bats fly from the belfry, a dog howls at the full moon, and two black cats fight in the cemetery: a perfect time for four skeletons to come out and dance a bit.

Directed by: Walt Disney
Release date: 1929-08-29
Best Movies of 1929 : Lucky Star

Lucky Star

7.7/10 IMDB

Mary, a poor farm girl, meets Tim just as word comes that war has been declared. Tim enlists in the army and goes to the battlefields of Europe, where he is wounded and loses the use of his legs. Home again, Tim is visited by Mary, and they are powerfully attracted to each other; but his physical handicap prevents him from declaring his love for her. Deeper complications set in when Martin, Tim's former sergeant and a bully, takes a shine to Mary.

Starring: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, Paul Fix, Hedwiga Reicher, Gloria Grey, Hector V. Sarno, Jack Pennick, Delmar Watson ..
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1929-08-18
Best Movies of 1929 : The Iron Mask

The Iron Mask

7.0/10 IMDB

King Louis XIII of France is thrilled to have born to him a son - an heir to the throne. But when the queen delivers a twin, Cardinal Richelieu sees the second son as a potential for revolution, and has him sent off to Spain to be raised in secret to ensure a peaceful future for France. Alas, keeping the secret means sending Constance, lover of D'Artagnan, off to a convent. D'Artagnan hears of this and rallies the Musketeers in a bid to rescue her. Unfortunately, Richelieu out-smarts the Musketeers and banishes them forever.

Starring: Douglas Fairbanks, Belle Bennett, Marguerite De La Motte, Dorothy Revier, Vera Lewis, Rolfe Sedan, William Bakewell, Nigel De Brulier, Lon Poff, Charles Stevens ..
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1929-02-21
Best Movies of 1929 : Liberty


7.6/10 IMDB

While changing clothes in a getaway car, escaped convicts Stan and Ollie mistakenly put on each other's pants. They spend the rest of the film trying to exchange pants in various unlikely settings.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Sam Lufkin, James Finlayson, Harry Bernard, Jean Harlow, Ed Brandenburg, Jack Hill ..
Directed by: Leo McCarey
Release date: 1929-01-26
Best Movies of 1929 : Men O'War

Men O'War

7.2/10 IMDB

Sailors Stan and Ollie offer to buy sodas for two women they meet in a park, even though they are short on cash. Luckily Stan wins the jackpot on a slot machine and the boys have enough money to rent a boat to cruise on a lake. They soon tangle with other boaters and everyone ends up in the water.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson, Anne Cornwall, Charlie Hall, Harry Bernard, Baldwin Cooke, Pete Gordon, Gloria Greer ..
Directed by: Lewis R. Foster
Release date: 1929-06-29
Best Movies of 1929 : Perfect Day

Perfect Day

7.1/10 IMDB

Two families embark on a pleasant Sunday picnic but manage to run into a variety of issues with their temperamental automobile. Each incident requires repeated exits and reboardings by Laurel, Hardy, their wives and grouchy, gout-ridden Uncle Edgar.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, Kay Deslys, Isabelle Keith ..
Directed by: James Parrott
Release date: 1929-08-10
Best Movies of 1929 : They Go Boom!

They Go Boom!

7.2/10 IMDB

Stan and Ollie try to sleep in a room-for-rent. Ollie, suffering from a cold, coughs frequently, while Stan snores. Both of them have trouble falling asleep because of this. They try to solve their problems, but this results in total chaos.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charlie Hall, Sam Lufkin ..
Directed by: James Parrott
Release date: 1929-09-21

The Cocoanuts

6.8/10 IMDB

During the Florida land boom, the Marx Brothers run a hotel, auction off some land and thwart a jewel robbery.

Starring: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx, Oscar Shaw, Mary Eaton, Cyril Ring, Kay Francis, Margaret Dumont, Basil Ruysdael ..
Directed by: Robert Florey, Joseph Santley
Release date: 1929-05-23
Best Movies of 1929 : The Woman He Scorned

The Woman He Scorned

7.3/10 IMDB

A lighthouse keeper's wife shelters her fugitive lover.

Starring: Pola Negri, Warwick Ward, Hans Rehmann, Cameron Carr, Margaret Rawlings ..
Directed by: Paul Czinner
Release date: 1929-01-20
Best Movies of 1929 : Spite Marriage

Spite Marriage

7.0/10 IMDB

An unimpressive but well-intentioned man is given the chance to marry a popular actress, of whom he has been a hopeless fan. But what he doesn't realize is that he is being used to make the actress' old flame jealous.

Starring: Buster Keaton, Dorothy Sebastian, Edward Earle, Leila Hyams, William Bechtel, Jack Byron, Joe Bordeaux, Ray Cooke, Mike Donlin, Pat Harmon ..
Directed by: Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton
Release date: 1929-03-24
Best Movies of 1929 : The Hoose-Gow

The Hoose-Gow

7.0/10 IMDB

Stan and Ollie arrive as new inmates at a prison after apparently taking part in a hold-up raid, a raid they tell a prison officer they were only watching. The usual mayhem ensues.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Tiny Sandford, James Finlayson, Charlie Hall ..
Directed by: James Parrott
Release date: 1929-11-16
Best Movies of 1929 : Piccadilly


7.1/10 IMDB

A young Chinese woman, working in the kitchen at a London dance club, is given the chance to become the club's main act.

Starring: Anna May Wong, Gilda Gray, Jameson Thomas, Charles Laughton, Cyril Ritchard, King Hou Chang, Hannah Jones, Gordon Begg, John Longden, Ray Milland ..
Directed by: E.A. Dupont
Release date: 1929-02-01
Best Movies of 1929 : Berth Marks

Berth Marks

6.9/10 IMDB

The story involves Stan and Ollie as two musicians attempting to travel by train to Pottsville. It was only their second sound film, but a silent version was also made for cinemas at the time that were not equipped to show talkies.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Paulette Goddard, Charlie Hall, Baldwin Cooke, Sammy Brooks, Harry Bernard, Pat Harmon, S.D. Wilcox ..
Directed by: Lewis R. Foster
Release date: 1929-06-01
Best Movies of 1929 : The Haunted House

The Haunted House

7.0/10 IMDB

Mickey seeks shelter from a storm in a house that turns out to be haunted. The skeletons command him to play the organ; they dance and play along.

Directed by: Walt Disney
Release date: 1929-12-02
Best Movies of 1929 : Unaccustomed as We Are

Unaccustomed as We Are

7.0/10 IMDB

Laurel and Hardy try to entertain a female neighbor, unbeknown to Hardy’s wife.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, Mae Busch, Thelma Todd ..
Directed by: Lewis R. Foster, Hal Roach
Release date: 1929-05-04
Best Movies of 1929 : Applause


7.1/10 IMDB

This early example of the "backstage" musical genre tells the story of Kitty Darling, a fading burlesque star who tries to save her convent-educated daughter April from following in Mom's footsteps.

Starring: Helen Morgan, Joan Peers, Fuller Mellish Jr., Jack Cameron, Henry Wadsworth, Mack Gray, Dorothy Cumming ..
Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian
Release date: 1929-10-07
Best Movies of 1929 : Double Whoopee

Double Whoopee

7.0/10 IMDB

Stan and Ollie wreak havoc at an upper class hotel in their jobs as footman (Hardy) and doorman (Laurel). They partially undress blonde bombshell Jean Harlow (in a brief appearance) and repeatedly escort a stuffy nobleman into an empty elevator shaft.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Jean Harlow, Ed Brandenburg, William Gillespie, Charlie Hall, Ham Kinsey, Sam Lufkin, John S. Peters, Charley Rogers ..
Directed by: Lewis R. Foster
Release date: 1929-05-18

Plane Crazy

7.0/10 IMDB

Inspired by Lindbergh's flight from New York to Paris, Mickey builds a plane to take Minnie for a trip.

Starring: Walt Disney ..
Directed by: Walt Disney, Ub Iwerks
Release date: 1929-03-17
Best Movies of 1929 : Marianne


6.1/10 IMDB

At the conclusion of World War I, a French girl is romanced by an American doughboy even though she is promised to a French soldier who was sent to the front.

Starring: Marion Davies, Lawrence Gray, Cliff Edwards, Benny Rubin, Scott Kolk, George Baxter, Robert Edeson, Émile Chautard, Oscar Apfel, John Carroll ..
Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard
Release date: 1929-08-24
Best Movies of 1929 : Hit the Deck

Hit the Deck

7.6/10 IMDB

A sailor finds himself the object of a cafe owner's affections.

Starring: Jack Oakie, Polly Walker, Roger Gray, Franker Wood, Harry Sweet, Marguerita Padula, June Clyde, Wallace MacDonald, George Ovey, Ethel Clayton ..
Directed by: Luther Reed
Release date: 1929-12-25

The Trespasser

6.5/10 IMDB

A stenographer who works for a lawyer falls in love with and marries a wealthy young man. His family has the marraige annulled, after which she gives birth to a child. Her former boss helps her out to ensure the child's welfare, which starts gossip that she is a "kept woman."

Starring: Gloria Swanson, Robert Ames, Purnell Pratt, Henry B. Walthall, Wally Albright, William Holden, Blanche Friderici, Kay Hammond, Mary Forbes, Marcelle Corday ..
Directed by: Edmund Goulding
Release date: 1929-11-11
Best Movies of 1929 : The Kiss

The Kiss

6.8/10 IMDB

An unhappily married woman is caught up in scandal and murder when her affection toward a young man is misinterpreted.

Starring: Greta Garbo, Conrad Nagel, Anders Randolf, Holmes Herbert, Lew Ayres, George Davis, André Cheron, Symona Boniface, Allan Cavan, Carrie Daumery ..
Directed by: Jacques Feyder
Release date: 1929-11-15


6.7/10 IMDB

A black laborer turns preacher after accidentally killing a man.

Starring: Daniel L. Haynes, Nina Mae McKinney, William Fountaine, Harry Gray, Fanny Belle DeKnight, Everett McGarrity, Victoria Spivey, Milton Dickerson, Robert Couch, Walter Tait ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1929-08-20
Best Movies of 1929 : The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street

6.6/10 IMDB

A ruthless stockbroker sells short in the copper business and ruins the life of his friends by ruining their finances.

Starring: George Bancroft, Olga Baclanova, Nancy Carroll, Paul Lukas, Arthur Rankin, Brandon Hurst, Paul Guertzman, Crauford Kent ..
Directed by: Rowland V. Lee
Release date: 1929-02-09
Best Movies of 1929 : Bulldog Drummond

Bulldog Drummond

6.3/10 IMDB

Bulldog Drummond is a British WWI veteran who longs for some excitement after he returns to the humdrum existence of civilian life. He gets what he's looking for when a girl requests his help in freeing her uncle from a nursing home. She believes the home is just a front and that her uncle is really being held captive while the culprits try to extort his fortune from him.

Starring: Ronald Colman, Claud Allister, Lawrence Grant, Montagu Love, Wilson Benge, Joan Bennett, Lilyan Tashman, Charles Sellon, Adolph Milar, Tetsu Komai ..
Directed by: F. Richard Jones
Release date: 1929-05-02
Best Movies of 1929 : Rio Rita

Rio Rita

6.0/10 IMDB

Capt. James Stewart pursues the bandit "The Kinkajou" over the Mexican border and falls in love with Rita. He suspects, that her brother is the bandit.

Starring: Bebe Daniels, John Boles, Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Dorothy Lee, Don Alvarado, Georges Renavent, Helen Kaiser, Lita Chevret ..
Directed by: Luther Reed
Release date: 1929-09-15

Race Riot

5.3/10 IMDB

For his initial Lantz entry, Oswald enters his horse in the race as he tries to get him in shape doing exercises with the accompaniment of a pianist.

Directed by: Walter Lantz
Release date: 1929-09-01
Best Movies of 1929 : A Pair of Tights

A Pair of Tights

7.6/10 IMDB

Two girls are invited by one of the girls boy-friend's tight boss for dinner. On the way they stop for a cheap ice-cream. But swinging doors, ventilators, cops and a brat make it nearly impossible to get the ice cream even close to the car where the rest are waiting.

Starring: Anita Garvin, Marion Byron, Edgar Kennedy, Stuart Erwin, Spec O'Donnell, Harry Bernard, Edgar Dearing, Charlie Hall, Ellinor Vanderveer ..
Directed by: Hal Yates
Release date: 1929-02-03

Springtime Saps

7.1/10 IMDB

Snub Pollard and Marvin Loback find comic situations as bums, night cops and seance attendees in this silent short.

Starring: 'Snub' Pollard, Marvin Loback ..
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
Release date: 1929-01-01
Best Movies of 1929 : The Manxman

The Manxman

6.2/10 IMDB

A fisherman and a rising lawyer who grew up together as brothers fall in love with the same woman.

Starring: Carl Brisson, Malcolm Keen, Anny Ondra, Randle Ayrton, Clare Greet, Kim Peacock, Nellie Richards, Wilfred Shine, Harry Terry ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1929-01-21
Best Movies of 1929 : The Bridge of San Luis Rey

The Bridge of San Luis Rey

7.1/10 IMDB

This first cinematic version of the classic book is a part-talkie, although the only surviving print is silent (housed in the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY). It is a straight-forward telling of the intermingled lives of a group of strangers doomed to die in a collapsing bridge accident. The Art Direction, paltry and unremarkable, surprisingly won an Oscar over the far more remarkable work nominated in THE IRON MASK. The special effect scene of the lovers plummeting with the bridge into the chasm is unforgettable and remarkably done.

Starring: Lili Damita, Ernest Torrence, Raquel Torres, Don Alvarado, Duncan Renaldo, Henry B. Walthall, Michael Vavitch, Emily Fitzroy, Jane Winton ..
Directed by: Charles Brabin
Release date: 1929-03-30
Best Movies of 1929 : Disraeli


6.1/10 IMDB

Prime Minister of Great Britain Benjamin Disraeli outwits the subterfuge of the Russians and chicanery at home in order to secure the purchase of the Suez Canal.

Starring: George Arliss, Doris Lloyd, David Torrence, Joan Bennett, Florence Arliss, Anthony Bushell, Michael Visaroff, Ivan F. Simpson, Gwendolyn Logan, Charles E. Evans ..
Directed by: Alfred E. Green
Release date: 1929-11-01
Best Movies of 1929 : The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

6.5/10 IMDB

Cartoon based on Rudolph Erich Raspe's stories about Baron Münchhausen.

Directed by: Daniil Cherkes
Release date: 1929-09-25

Ko-Ko's Hot Ink

6.8/10 IMDB

Drawn with steaming ink, Koko and Fitz try to cool off.

Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1929-03-09
Best Movies of 1929 : Sunny Side Up

Sunny Side Up

6.6/10 IMDB

Molly and Bee, sweet young 'working girls,' live in a cheap room over a New York grocery store. Molly's idol, wealthy Jack Cromwell, lives in a Long Island mansion but is markedly less happy, since his fiancée Jane won't discourage her other admirers. Fleeing in his car, Jack ends up in an urban block party where he meets you-know-who.

Starring: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Marjorie White, El Brendel, Mary Forbes, Jackie Cooper, Henry Armetta, Peter Gawthorne, Sharon Lynn, Frank Richardson ..
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1929-12-25
Best Movies of 1929 : The River

The River

7.3/10 IMDB

Passion carried an innocent boy and a worldly woman beyond the barriers of conscience.

Starring: Charles Farrell, Mary Duncan, Ivan Linow, Margaret Mann, Alfred Sabato, Bert Woodruff ..
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1929-10-06
Best Movies of 1929 : The Lady from the Sea

The Lady from the Sea

6.4/10 IMDB

Handsome young fisherman Tom Roberts is among the crew of a lifeboat that rescues Frenchwoman Claire le Grange, sole survivor of a shipwreck on the treacherous Goodwin Sands. Tom's marriage to his own sweetheart, Mary, is postponed owing to injuries he sustained in the dramatic rescue, and during his convalescence he falls for the charms of the flirtatious Claire.

Starring: Moore Marriott, Mona Goya, Ray Milland, Eugenie Amami, Anita Graham, Wilfred Shine ..
Directed by: Castleton Knight
Release date: 1929-05-01
Best Movies of 1929 : The Broadway Melody

The Broadway Melody

5.6/10 IMDB

The vaudeville act of Harriet and Queenie Mahoney comes to Broadway, where their friend Eddie Kerns needs them for his number in one of Francis Zanfield's shows. When Eddie meets Queenie, he soon falls in love with her—but she is already being courted by Jock Warriner, a member of New York high society. Queenie eventually recognises that, to Jock, she is nothing more than a toy, and that Eddie is in love with her.

Starring: Charles King, Anita Page, Bessie Love, Nacio Herb Brown, Mary Doran, Arthur Freed, James Gleason, Eddie Kane, Carla Laemmle, Jed Prouty ..
Directed by: Harry Beaumont
Release date: 1929-02-08
Best Movies of 1929 : Saturday's Lesson

Saturday's Lesson

7.2/10 IMDB

A man dressed as the devil scares the gang into minding their mothers.

Starring: Joe Cobb, Jean Darling, Allen 'Farina' Hoskins, Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins, Mary Ann Jackson, Harry Spear, Orpha Alba, Allan Cavan, Ham Kinsey, John B. O'Brien ..
Directed by: Robert F. McGowan
Release date: 1929-11-09
Best Movies of 1929 : Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle

7.9/10 IMDB

A 1929 Fox newsreel interview with the author and spiritualist, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He speaks about his greatest literary creation, Sherlock Holmes, and his work in spiritualism. Release year attributions of 1927 are incorrect. For further details see:

Starring: Arthur Conan Doyle ..
Release date: 1929-04-29
Best Movies of 1929 : The Godless Girl

The Godless Girl

7.1/10 IMDB

High school students led by the Girl and Boy turn from Christianity toward secret atheistic meetings. When a girl is accidentally killed by a stairway collapse, the Girl and Boy go to reform school where they are treated brutally.

Starring: Lina Basquette, Tom Keene, Marie Prevost, Noah Beery, Eddie Quillan, Mary Jane Irving, Clarence Burton, Kate Price, Julia Faye, Viola Louie ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1929-03-31
Best Movies of 1929 : The Hollywood Revue of 1929

The Hollywood Revue of 1929

5.8/10 IMDB

An all-star revue featuring MGM contract players.

Starring: Conrad Nagel, Jack Benny, John Gilbert, Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Bessie Love, Cliff Edwards, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Anita Page ..
Directed by: Charles Reisner
Release date: 1929-11-23
Best Movies of 1929 : Every Day

Every Day

6.9/10 IMDB

Experimental documentary focusing on a day in the life of city workers, featuring montage sequences and repetition to emphasise the monotony of routine office work.

Starring: Sergei Eisenstein, Michael Hankinson, Basil Wright ..
Directed by: Hans Richter
Release date: 1929-04-30
Best Movies of 1929 : Hell's Heroes

Hell's Heroes

7.2/10 IMDB

Three bank robbers on the run happen across a woman about to give birth in an abandoned covered wagon. Before she dies, she names the three bandits as her newborn son's godfathers.

Starring: Charles Bickford, Fred Kohler, Raymond Hatton, Fritzi Ridgeway, Maria Alba, Joe De La Cruz, Buck Connors, Walter James, Mary Gordon, John Huston ..
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1929-12-27
Best Movies of 1929 : Why Be Good?

Why Be Good?

7.2/10 IMDB

A flapper unwittingly falls for the boss' son.

Starring: Colleen Moore, Neil Hamilton, Bodil Rosing, John St. Polis, Edward Martindel, Eddie Clayton, Lincoln Stedman, Louis Natheaux, Collette Merton, Dixie Gay ..
Directed by: William A. Seiter
Release date: 1929-02-28

Sound Test for Blackmail

6.9/10 IMDB

The short sequence, photographed by Jack E Cox, has Hitchcock trying his best to embarrass the film's Czech lead Anny Ondra, who ends up giggling and turning her back to the camera...

Starring: Alfred Hitchcock, Anny Ondra ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1929-01-01
Best Movies of 1929 : Coquette


5.6/10 IMDB

A Southern belle's flirtation with a working man leads to tragedy.

Starring: Mary Pickford, Johnny Mack Brown, Matt Moore, John St. Polis, William Janney, Henry Kolker, George Irving, Louise Beavers, Vera Lewis, Jay Berger ..
Directed by: Sam Taylor
Release date: 1929-03-30
Best Movies of 1929 : The Bridge

The Bridge

7.3/10 IMDB

A condemned man manages to avoid being hanged from a bridge over a river when the rope breaks, so that he falls and sinks into the water…

Starring: Nicholas Bela, Charles Darvas ..
Directed by: Charles Vidor
Release date: 1929-04-30
Best Movies of 1929 : Darkened Rooms

Darkened Rooms

6.7/10 IMDB

Phony spiritualists were given a good going-over in the early talkie melodrama Darkened Rooms. Evelyn Brent stars as Ellen, a fraudulent medium working in cahoots with genuine clairvoyant Emory Jago (Neil Hamilton). The plotline is secondary; the film's main purpose was to emulate the methods of such professional "de-bunkers" as Mrs. Harry Houdini by exposing the various tricks of the spiritualist's trade.

Starring: Evelyn Brent, Neil Hamilton, Doris Hill, David Newell, Gale Henry, Wallace MacDonald, Blanche Craig, E.H. Calvert, Sammy Bricker, George Beranger ..
Directed by: Louis J. Gasnier
Release date: 1929-11-23

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