Best Movies of 1931

1.

City Lights

6.9
8.5/10 IMDB

In this sound-era silent film, a tramp falls in love with a beautiful blind flower seller.

Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee, Harry Myers, Al Ernest Garcia, Hank Mann, Albert Austin, Eddie Baker, Henry Bergman, Buster Brodie ..
Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
Release date: 1931-02-01
2.

Frankenstein

6.3
7.8/10 IMDB

Dr. Henry Frankenstein attempts to create life by assembling a creature from body parts of the deceased. Aided by his loyal misshapen assistant, Fritz, Frankenstein succeeds in animating his monster, but, confused and traumatized, it escapes into the countryside and begins to wreak havoc. Frankenstein searches for the elusive being and eventually must confront his tormented creation.

Starring: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, John Boles, Boris Karloff, Edward Van Sloan, Frederick Kerr, Dwight Frye, Lionel Belmore, Marilyn Harris, Michael Mark ..
Directed by: James Whale
Release date: 1931-11-21
Best Movies of 1931 : Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
3.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

5.4
7.6/10 IMDB

Dr. Henry Jekyll believes that there are two distinct sides to men - a good and an evil side. He believes that by separating the two, man can become liberated. He succeeds in his experiments with chemicals to accomplish this and transforms into Hyde to commit horrendous crimes. When he discontinues use of the drug, it is already too late.

Starring: Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart, Holmes Herbert, Halliwell Hobbes, Edgar Norton, Tempe Pigott, Arnold Lucy, Eric Mayne, Douglas Walton ..
Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian
Release date: 1931-12-24
4.

The Public Enemy

5.3
7.6/10 IMDB

Two young Chicago hoodlums, Tom Powers and Matt Doyle, rise up from their poverty-stricken slum life to become petty thieves, bootleggers and cold-blooded killers. But with street notoriety and newfound wealth, the duo feels the heat from the cops and rival gangsters both. Despite his ruthless criminal reputation, Tom tries to remain connected to his family, however, gang warfare and the need for revenge eventually pull him away.

Starring: James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Joan Blondell, Donald Cook, Leslie Fenton, Beryl Mercer, Robert Emmett O'Connor, Murray Kinnell, Clark Burroughs ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1931-04-23
5.

Dracula

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

British estate agent Renfield travels to Transylvania to meet with the mysterious Count Dracula, who is interested in leasing a castle in London and is, unbeknownst to Renfield, a vampire. After Dracula enslaves Renfield and drives him to insanity, the pair sail to London together, and as Dracula begins preying on London socialites, the two become the subject of study for a supernaturalist professor, Abraham Van Helsing.

Starring: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners, Dwight Frye, Edward Van Sloan, Herbert Bunston, Frances Dade, Joan Standing, Charles K. Gerrard, Nicholas Bela ..
Directed by: Tod Browning, Karl Freund
Release date: 1931-02-12
6.

Monkey Business

5.2
7.4/10 IMDB

Four stowaways get mixed up with gangsters while running riot on an ocean liner.

Starring: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx, Rockliffe Fellowes, Harry Woods, Thelma Todd, Ruth Hall, Ben Taggart, The Marx Brothers ..
Directed by: Norman Z. McLeod
Release date: 1931-09-19
7.

Little Caesar

5.1
7.2/10 IMDB

A small-time hood shoots his way to the top, but how long can he stay there?

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Glenda Farrell, William Collier Jr., Sidney Blackmer, Ralph Ince, Thomas E. Jackson, Stanley Fields, Maurice Black, George E. Stone ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1931-01-25
8.

Tabu

4.5
7.4/10 IMDB

The youngsters Matahi and Reri are in love with each other. The old warrior Hitu announces that Reri is to be the new chosen virgin for the gods. This means she must stay untouched, otherwise she and her lover will be killed. But Matahi abducts and escapes with her to an island ruled by the white man, where their gods would be harmless and powerless.

Starring: Matahi, Anne Chevalier, Bill Bambridge, Hitu, Jules ..
Directed by: F.W. Murnau
Release date: 1931-08-01
Best Movies of 1931 : Our Wife
9.

Our Wife

4.0
7.3/10 IMDB

Oliver is making plans to marry his sweetheart Dulcy with Stan as his best man, but the plans are thwarted when Dulcy's father sees a picture of Ollie and forbids the marriage. The couple plan to elope, and run away to a Justice of the Peace. After typical Laurel and Hardy blundering, they manage to sneak the girl away from her father's house.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Babe London, James Finlayson, Ben Turpin, Charley Rogers, Blanche Payson ..
Directed by: James W. Horne
Release date: 1931-05-16
10.

The Champ

3.9
7.3/10 IMDB

A broken-down alcoholic prizefighter struggles to keep custody of his adoring son.

Starring: Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Irene Rich, Roscoe Ates, Edward Brophy, Hale Hamilton, Marcia Mae Jones, Dannie Mac Grant, Frank Hagney, Dell Henderson ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1931-11-21
Best Movies of 1931 : Waterloo Bridge
11.

Waterloo Bridge

3.9
7.4/10 IMDB

In World War I London, Myra is an American out-of-work chorus girl making ends meet by picking up men on Waterloo Bridge. During a Zeppelin air raid she meets Roy, a naive young American who enlisted in the Canadian army. After they fall for each other, Roy tricks Myra into visiting his family, who live in a country estate outside London, his mother having remarried to a retired British Major. Myra is reluctant to continue the relationship with Roy, he not aware of her past.

Starring: Mae Clarke, Douglass Montgomery, Doris Lloyd, Ethel Griffies, Frederick Kerr, Enid Bennett, Bette Davis, Rita Carlyle, Ruth Handforth, Elspeth Dudgeon ..
Directed by: James Whale
Release date: 1931-09-04
Best Movies of 1931 : Chickens Come Home
12.

Chickens Come Home

3.9
7.4/10 IMDB

Ollie is running for mayor when an old flame tries to blackmail him with a old photo.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Thelma Todd, James Finlayson, Mae Busch, Baldwin Cooke, Gordon Douglas, Norma Drew, Elizabeth Forrester, Charles K. French ..
Directed by: James W. Horne
Release date: 1931-02-21
Best Movies of 1931 : Street Scene
13.

Street Scene

3.8
7.6/10 IMDB

The setting is a city block during a sweltering summer, where the residents serve as representatives of the not-very-idealized American melting pot. There is idle chitchat, gossip, jealousy, racism, adultery, and suddenly but not unexpectedly, a murder.

Starring: Sylvia Sidney, William Collier Jr., Estelle Taylor, Beulah Bondi, David Landau, Matt McHugh, Russell Hopton, Greta Granstedt, Eleanor Wesselhoeft, John Qualen ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1931-09-05
Best Movies of 1931 : Possessed
14.

Possessed

3.8
6.9/10 IMDB

Marian is a factory worker determined to leave the assembly line behind and move up in the world.

Starring: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Wallace Ford, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher, Frank Conroy, Marjorie White, John Miljan, Clara Blandick, Wade Boteler, Gino Corrado ..
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1931-11-21
Best Movies of 1931 : Laughing Gravy
15.

Laughing Gravy

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

Stan and Ollie try to hide their pet dog Laughing Gravy from their exasperated, mean tempered landlord, who has a "No Pets" policy.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Harry Bernard, Charles Dorety, Laughing Gravy, Charlie Hall ..
Directed by: James W. Horne
Release date: 1931-04-04
16.

Beau Hunks

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

Stan and Ollie join the French Foreign Legion after Ollie's sweetheart rejects him.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charles Middleton, Harry Schultz, Broderick O'Farrell, James W. Horne, Jean Harlow ..
Directed by: James W. Horne
Release date: 1931-12-12
Best Movies of 1931 : Come Clean
17.

Come Clean

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

The Hardys wish to have a quiet evening in their apartment, but are interrupted when the Laurels pay a visit. Stan and Ollie go out for ice cream, and manage to prevent a shrewish woman from committing suicide on the way back home. The woman is ungrateful and makes threats against the them unless they look after her. They spend a chaotic evening trying to keep her hidden from their wives.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch, Gertrude Astor, Linda Loredo, Eddie Baker, Gordon Douglas, Charlie Hall, Tiny Sandford ..
Directed by: James W. Horne
Release date: 1931-09-19
Best Movies of 1931 : Bimbo's Initiation
18.

Bimbo's Initiation

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

Bimbo finds himself surrounded by a mysterious group of robed figures who invite him to become a member of their secret organisation. When he refuses, they fling him through a nightmarish sequence of terror and torture devices. Will our hapless hero make it out alive?

Starring: Billy Murray, Mae Questel ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer, Grim Natwick
Release date: 1931-07-24
Best Movies of 1931 : The Smiling Lieutenant
19.

The Smiling Lieutenant

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

A simple wink, intended by Austrian palace guard Lt. Nikolaus von Preyn for girlfriend, Franzi, is accidentally intercepted -- and misread -- by the visiting Princess Anna. As a result, the soldier has no choice but to marry the royal lady and move with her to the neighboring kingdom of Flausenthurm. His girlfriend follows to continue the romance and, subversively, give Princess Anna tips on how to keep her husband satisfied.

Starring: Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert, Miriam Hopkins, Charles Ruggles, George Barbier, Hugh O'Connell, Cornelius MacSunday, Maude Allen, Granville Bates, Harry C. Bradley ..
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Release date: 1931-08-01
20.

Dishonored

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

The Austrian Secret Service sends its most seductive agent to spy on the Russians.

Starring: Marlene Dietrich, Victor McLaglen, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Warner Oland, Lew Cody, Barry Norton, F. Blinn, Max Barwyn, Allan Cavan, Davison Clark ..
Directed by: Josef von Sternberg
Release date: 1931-04-04
Best Movies of 1931 : One Good Turn
21.

One Good Turn

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Down and out Stan and Ollie beg for food from a friendly old lady who provides them with sandwiches. While eating, they overhear the lady's landlord tell her he's going to throw her out because she can't pay her mortgage. They don't realize that the old lady is really rehearsing for a play. Stan and Ollie decide to help the old lady by selling their car. During the auction a drunk puts a wallet in Stan's pocket. Ollie accuses Stan of robbing the old lady, but when the truth is revealed Stan takes revenge on Ollie.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mary Carr, James Finlayson, Billy Gilbert, Dorothy Granger, 'Snub' Pollard ..
Directed by: James W. Horne
Release date: 1931-10-31
22.

Blonde Crazy

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Adventures of a cocky con man and his beautiful accomplice.

Starring: James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Louis Calhern, Noel Francis, Ray Milland, Guy Kibbee, Polly Walters, William Burgess, Maude Eburne, Nat Pendleton ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1931-12-03
23.

Five Star Final

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

An unscrupulous newspaper editor searches for headlines at any cost.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Marian Marsh, H.B. Warner, Anthony Bushell, George E. Stone, Frances Starr, Ona Munson, Boris Karloff, Aline MacMahon, Oscar Apfel ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1931-09-26
Best Movies of 1931 : The Miracle Woman
24.

The Miracle Woman

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

After an unappreciated minister dies, his daughter loses her faith in God, prompting her to open a phony temple with a con man. Can the love of a blind aviator restore her faith and happiness?

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, David Manners, Sam Hardy, Beryl Mercer, Russell Hopton, Charles Middleton, Eddie Boland, Thelma Hill, Aileen Carlyle, Ivan Linow ..
Directed by: Frank Capra
Release date: 1931-07-20
Best Movies of 1931 : Be Big!
25.

Be Big!

3.7
6.8/10 IMDB

Stan and Ollie are on their way to Atlantic City with their wives, when Ollie gets a phone call from a lodge buddy telling him that a stag party is taking place that night in their honor. Ollie pretends to be sick and sends the wives on ahead, promising that he and Stan will meet them in the morning. The pair dress in their lodge gear, but their wives return having missed their train. With no obvious escape route, Stan and Ollie take to a bed in fear and in response to Stan's plea of "What'll I do?", Ollie replies "Be big!".

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Anita Garvin, Charlie Hall, Isabelle Keith, Jack Hill, Baldwin Cooke ..
Directed by: James Parrott, James W. Horne
Release date: 1931-02-07
Best Movies of 1931 : Safe in Hell
26.

Safe in Hell

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

To avoid the rigors of the law, Gilda flees New Orleans and hides on a Caribbean island where the worst criminals can ask for asylum. Besieged by the scum of the earth, Gilda will soon find out that she has found refuge in hell.

Starring: Dorothy Mackaill, Donald Cook, Ralf Harolde, John Wray, Ivan F. Simpson, Victor Varconi, Nina Mae McKinney, Charles Middleton, Morgan Wallace, Clarence Muse ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1931-12-12
Best Movies of 1931 : The Ugly Duckling
27.

The Ugly Duckling

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

The film begins with a mother hen sitting on her eggs from which six baby chicks are born. Though initially overjoyed, her mood changes to disgust when the final egg hatches out a duckling. Though the duckling desperately attempts to win his foster family's acceptance, the mother hen is adamant in her refusal to care for an infant that isn't even her species, let alone not even hers.

Starring: Florence Gill, Purv Pullen, Jack Mercer, Billy Bletcher ..
Directed by: Wilfred Jackson
Release date: 1931-12-17
Best Movies of 1931 : Smart Money
28.

Smart Money

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

Two brothers' trip to the big city to do a little gambling results in a fateful turn of events.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Margaret Livingston, Evalyn Knapp, Ralf Harolde, Noel Francis, Maurice Black, Billy House, Paul Porcasi, Gladys Lloyd ..
Directed by: Alfred E. Green
Release date: 1931-07-11
Best Movies of 1931 : Night Nurse
29.

Night Nurse

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Lora Hart manages to land a job in a hospital as a trainee nurse. Upon completion of her training she goes to work as a night nurse for two small children who seem to be very sick, though something much more sinister is going on.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Ben Lyon, Joan Blondell, Clark Gable, Blanche Friderici, Charlotte Merriam, Charles Winninger, Edward Nugent, Vera Lewis, Ralf Harolde ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1931-07-16
30.

The Last Flight

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Cary, Shep, Bill, and Francis are pilots during World War I. The four friends, haunted by the devastation of the war, head to Paris instead of home, where they meet Nikki, an eccentric and wealthy young woman. Nikki is drawn to Cary, and the five friends, tagged by the boorish reporter, Frink, drink their way from Paris to Lisbon.

Starring: Richard Barthelmess, David Manners, Johnny Mack Brown, Helen Chandler, Elliott Nugent, Yola d'Avril, Walter Byron, Luis Alberni, Herbert Bunston, Jay Eaton ..
Directed by: William Dieterle
Release date: 1931-08-29
Best Movies of 1931 : The Maltese Falcon
31.

The Maltese Falcon

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

A lovely dame with dangerous lies employs the services of a private detective, who is quickly caught up in the mystery and intrigue of a statuette known as the Maltese Falcon.

Starring: Bebe Daniels, Ricardo Cortez, Dudley Digges, Una Merkel, Robert Elliott, Thelma Todd, Otto Matieson, Walter Long, Dwight Frye, J. Farrell MacDonald ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1931-05-28
Best Movies of 1931 : The Phantom of Paris
32.

The Phantom of Paris

3.6
6.5/10 IMDB

Chéri-Bibi is a world class escape artist, but he cannot escape the false murder charge that is placed on him.

Starring: John Gilbert, Leila Hyams, Lewis Stone, Jean Hersholt, C. Aubrey Smith, Natalie Moorhead, Ian Keith, Douglas Scott, Alfred Hickman, Sidney Bracey ..
Directed by: John S. Robertson
Release date: 1931-09-12
Best Movies of 1931 : Platinum Blonde
33.

Platinum Blonde

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

Anne Schuyler is an upper-crust socialite who bullies her reporter husband into conforming to her highfalutin ways. The husband chafes at the confinement of high society, though, and yearns for a creative outlet. He decides to write a play and collaborates with a fellow reporter.

Starring: Jean Harlow, Robert Williams, Loretta Young, Halliwell Hobbes, Reginald Owen, Louise Closser Hale, Don Dillaway, Edmund Breese, Walter Catlett, Claud Allister ..
Directed by: Frank Capra
Release date: 1931-10-31
Best Movies of 1931 : Private Lives
34.

Private Lives

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

Amanda and Elyot are one another's former spouse. Elyot remarries to Sibyl, Amanda weds Victor. Unexpectedly, both honeymooning couples arrive to a hotel on the same day and are put in rooms with adjoining terraces. Things go well until Amanda sees Elyot on the adjacent terrace.

Starring: Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Reginald Denny, Una Merkel, Jean Hersholt, George Davis, Herman Bing, Ferike Boros, Alphonse Martell, Wilfrid North ..
Directed by: Sidney Franklin
Release date: 1931-12-12
35.

Mata Hari

3.6
6.6/10 IMDB

A semi-fictionalized account of the life of Mata Hari, an exotic dancer who was accused of spying for Germany during World War I.

Starring: Greta Garbo, Ramon Novarro, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone, C. Henry Gordon, Karen Morley, Alec B. Francis, Blanche Friderici, Edmund Breese, Helen Jerome Eddy ..
Directed by: George Fitzmaurice
Release date: 1931-12-26
Best Movies of 1931 : Five and Ten
36.

Five and Ten

3.6
6.4/10 IMDB

John owns the largest chain of five and ten cent stores in the country. He moves his family to New York from Kansas City and their life, though grand, is falling apart due to his constant working. Wife and mother Jenny is lonely. Son Avery hates his job. Daughter Jennifer is snubbed by classmate Muriel and her friends. At a charity bazaar, Jennifer meets Berry and sparks are evident. However, he is engaged to Muriel and Muriel will make sure that she, and only she, marries Berry. After the marriage, Berry still thinks of Jennifer as Jennifer thinks of Berry. Avery laments about the state of his family since they were happy in Kansas City.

Starring: Marion Davies, Leslie Howard, Richard Bennett, Irene Rich, Douglass Montgomery, Mary Duncan, George Irving ..
Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard
Release date: 1931-06-13
Best Movies of 1931 : Pardon Us
37.

Pardon Us

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

It's Prohibition, and the boys wind up behind bars after Stan sells some of their home-brew beer to a policeman.

Starring: Oliver Hardy, Stan Laurel, June Marlowe, James Finlayson, Walter Long, Lucien Prival, Tiny Sandford, Wilfred Lucas ..
Directed by: James Parrott
Release date: 1931-08-15
Best Movies of 1931 : Tonight or Never
38.

Tonight or Never

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

A young opera singer finds her career stalled because of her cold and passionless performances, until she finds romance with a handsome admirer.

Starring: Gloria Swanson, Melvyn Douglas, Alison Skipworth, Ferdinand Gottschalk, Boris Karloff, Robert Greig, Warburton Gamble, Greta Meyer ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1931-01-04
Best Movies of 1931 : City Streets
39.

City Streets

3.5
7.0/10 IMDB

A mobster's daughter leads her boyfriend from the circus into bootlegging.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Sylvia Sidney, Paul Lukas, William 'Stage' Boyd, Wynne Gibson, Guy Kibbee, Stanley Fields, Betty Sinclair, Robert Homans, Barbara Leonard ..
Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian
Release date: 1931-04-18
Best Movies of 1931 : A Free Soul
40.

A Free Soul

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

An alcoholic lawyer who successfully defended a notorious gambler on a murder charge objects when his free-spirited daughter becomes romantically involved with him.

Starring: Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, Lionel Barrymore, James Gleason, Clark Gable, George Irving, Bess Flowers, Lucy Beaumont, Roscoe Ates, Ann Brody ..
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1931-06-02
Best Movies of 1931 : Palmy Days
41.

Palmy Days

3.5
7.1/10 IMDB

Musical comedy antics in an art deco bakery (motto: "Glorifying the American Doughnut") with Eddie Cantor as an assistant to a phoney psychic, who is mistaken for an efficiency expert and placed in charge. Complications ensue when the psychic and his gang attempt to rub the payroll.

Starring: Eddie Cantor, Charlotte Greenwood, Barbara Weeks, Spencer Charters, Paul Page, Charles Middleton, George Raft, Harry Woods, Loretta Andrews, Busby Berkeley ..
Directed by: A. Edward Sutherland
Release date: 1931-10-03
42.

The Front Page

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

Hildy Johnson is an investigative reporter is looking for a bigger paycheck. When an accused murderer escapes from custody, Hildy sees an opportunity for the story of a lifetime. But when he finds the criminal, he learns that the man may not be guilty. With the help of his editor, Hildy attempts to hide the convict, uncover the conspiracy and write the scoop of his career.

Starring: Pat O’Brien, Adolphe Menjou, Mary Brian, Edward Everett Horton, Walter Catlett, George E. Stone, Mae Clarke, Slim Summerville, Matt Moore, Frank McHugh ..
Directed by: Lewis Milestone
Release date: 1931-04-04
Best Movies of 1931 : Huckleberry Finn
43.

Huckleberry Finn

3.5
6.4/10 IMDB

A year after their former exploits, Tom Sawyer's puppy love of Becky Thatcher keeps him home while Huck Finn, chafing under "civilizing" influences like school and shoes, plans to run away. His scapegrace, abusive father intervenes; Tom and black Jim help him escape; and (departing from the novel) all three raft down the Mississippi, where they're joined by two likable rogues and meet pretty orphans Ella and Mary Jane. The latter may change Huck's mind about girls...

Starring: Jackie Coogan, Junior Durkin, Mitzi Green, Jackie Searl, Eugene Pallette, Clarence Muse, Clara Blandick, Jane Darwell, Oscar Apfel, Warner Richmond ..
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1931-08-07
Best Movies of 1931 : Bad Girl
44.

Bad Girl

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

A man and woman, skeptical about romance, nonetheless fall in love and are wed, but their lack of confidence in the opposite sex haunts their marriage.

Starring: James Dunn, Sally Eilers, Minna Gombell, Frank Austin, Irving Bacon, Jesse De Vorska, Paul Fix, Sarah Padden, Irving Bacon ..
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1931-08-13
Best Movies of 1931 : Silence
45.

Silence

3.4
6.1/10 IMDB

A gray-haired convict, within the shadows of the gallows, tells his story to the prison chaplain beginning twenty years earlier when he was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit.

Starring: Clive Brook, Peggy Shannon, Charles Starrett, Willard Robertson, John Wray ..
Directed by: Louis J. Gasnier, Max Marcin
Release date: 1931-08-29
Best Movies of 1931 : Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise)
46.

Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise)

3.4
6.3/10 IMDB

A young woman runs away from an abusive home and pre-arranged marriage only to be frustrated in her attempts to find happiness with a handsome engineer.

Starring: Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Jean Hersholt, John Miljan, Alan Hale, Bess Flowers, Hale Hamilton, Hilda Vaughn, Russell Simpson, Cecil Cunningham ..
Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard
Release date: 1931-10-10
Best Movies of 1931 : The Bachelor Father
47.

The Bachelor Father

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

Lonely in his English country estate, Sir Basil decides to gather his grown (albeit illegitimate) children around him in his declining years. He uses a ledger which keeps track of the payments he has been making to ex-lovers to locate 2 of them, and a third is found by a lawyer in New York, her mother was too proud to accept any money. Sir Basil is a curmudgeon, and his three adult children have a hard time with him at first. Toni, the American, is a free spirit who had a budding career in show business. Jeffery is English and a semi-gentleman, and Maria is Italian, with a Latin temperament. They begin to bond, especially Sir Basil and Toni, whose outgoing personality finally wins over the old man. But past lives begin to creep back into the picture and threaten the old man's plans for a life filled with his children.

Starring: Marion Davies, Ralph Forbes, C. Aubrey Smith, Ray Milland, Guinn Williams, David Torrence, Doris Lloyd, Edgar Norton, Nina Quartero, Halliwell Hobbes ..
Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard
Release date: 1931-01-10
Best Movies of 1931 : Svengali
48.

Svengali

3.4
6.8/10 IMDB

A music maestro uses hypnotism on a young model he meets in Paris to make her both his muse and wife.

Starring: John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Donald Crisp, Bramwell Fletcher, Carmel Myers, Luis Alberni, Lumsden Hare, Paul Porcasi, Yola d'Avril, Ferike Boros ..
Directed by: Archie Mayo
Release date: 1931-05-22
Best Movies of 1931 : Arrowsmith
49.

Arrowsmith

3.4
6.2/10 IMDB

A medical researcher is sent to a plague outbreak, where he has to decide priorities for the use of a vaccine.

Starring: Ronald Colman, Helen Hayes, A.E. Anson, Clarence Brooks, Alec B. Francis, Bert Roach, Myrna Loy, Russell Hopton, Claude King, Richard Bennett ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1931-12-07
Best Movies of 1931 : Taxi!
50.

Taxi!

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Amidst a backdrop of growing violence and intimidation, independent cab drivers struggling against a consolidated juggernaut rally around hot-tempered Matt Nolan. Nolan is determined to keep competition alive on the streets, even if it means losing the woman he loves.

Starring: James Cagney, Loretta Young, George E. Stone, Guy Kibbee, Leila Bennett, Dorothy Burgess, David Landau, Ray Cooke, Nat Pendleton, Joe Barton ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1931-12-29

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