The Best Pre-Code Movies Films

The Best Pre-Code Movies

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List Criteria: Vote for your personal favorite Pre-code films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

A list of all the best pre-code movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. This pre-code movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director and more. This list of pre-code films also contains pre-code movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. This pre-code films list can also be copied to start your own. This list, though, contains the best pre-code movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films This pre-code movie list can be sorted by alphabetically, by director, by year and more, but is currently ordered from best to worst. Help out your favorites on this list by upvoting them to the top of the list.

List of pre-code films includes pre-code movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. Make this list even more social by re-ranking it to fit your opinions, making it votable then sharing it with your friends on social networks.

These are the top films in the pre-code genre, meaning that each and every one of these is a movie with at least a single element of the pre-code genre in it. Be it the motifs of the pre-code genre or just some of the most common archetypes.

Be sure to thums up movies like The Gay Divorcee or Hold Your Man if you like them. If we missed any pre-code movies on this list, please add them to the list yourself, as this is an open list which means you can add any movies whenever you like (choices are subject to moderation). The films on this list cover the most famous pre-code movies of all time and are voted on by people who really care about pre-code movie lists.
You can find the release information for any of the films listed below. It's often available in the data set, so you can even find the cast of some of these by clicking on the names of the pre-code movies. List includes photos and pre-code movie trailers next to the names of the movies.

List features Wonder Bar, The Wet Parade and more movies.

Whether you're at home and want to watch these pre-code movies on DVD, streaming Blu-ray or streaming, or if you're seeing them in theatres for the first time, this is a list of good pre-code movies that can be helpful in either situation to see where they all stack up. So from the latest, to the greatest pre-code movies, here is the full pre-code movies list, ordered from best to worst.
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    Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Maggie Cheung

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    Jean Harlow, Charles Boyer, Lewis Stone

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    Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Ward Bond

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    John Wayne, Barbara Stanwyck, Margaret Lindsay

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    Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

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    Norma Shearer, Ethel Barrymore, Robert Montgomery

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    Marlene Dietrich, Anna May Wong, Eugene Pallette

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    Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx

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    Clark Gable, Norma Shearer, Lionel Barrymore

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    Barbara Stanwyck, Lillian Roth, Preston Foster

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    Boris Karloff, Edward Van Sloan, Noble Johnson

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    Ginger Rogers, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler

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    Thelma Todd, William Dieterle, Bebe Daniels

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    Ginger Rogers, Joan Blondell, Billy Barty

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    Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper, Bruce Cabot

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    Jean Harlow, James Cagney, Joan Blondell

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    Fay Wray, Lionel Atwill, Lee Tracy

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    Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Thelma Todd

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    Clark Gable, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Blondell

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    Charles Laughton, Claudette Colbert, Fredric March

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    Jean Harlow, Boris Karloff, Paul Muni

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    Fay Wray, Joel McCrea, Buster Crabbe

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    Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle

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    Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, John Barrymore

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    Wallace Ford, Edward Brophy, Roscoe Ates

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    James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Dorothy Lamour

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    Bette Davis, Leslie Howard, Reginald Denny

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    Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx

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    Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx

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    Fred Zinnemann, Lew Ayres, ZaSu Pitts

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    Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Joan Blondell

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    Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Preston Foster

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    Cary Grant, Mae West, Rochelle Hudson

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    Claudette Colbert, Maurice Chevalier, Charlie Ruggles

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    Fredric March, Wallace Beery, Miriam Hopkins

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    Jean Harlow, Loretta Young, Halliwell Hobbes

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    Herbert Marshall, Charlie Ruggles, Miriam Hopkins

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    Jean Harlow, Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier

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    Jean Harlow, Ben Lyon, James Hall

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    Cary Grant, Marlene Dietrich, Hattie McDaniel

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    Marlene Dietrich, Emil Jannings, Roland Varno

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    Claudette Colbert, Joseph Schildkraut, Warren William

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    Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler

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    Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Betty Grable

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    Myrna Loy, Noah Beery, Sr.

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    Fay Wray, Lionel Atwill, Glenda Farrell

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    Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier, Billy Gilbert

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    Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Otto Kruger

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    Fay Wray, Wallace Beery, Leo Carrillo

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    Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Fred Astaire

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