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List Rules 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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A Free Soul Clark Gable, Norma Shearer Lionel Barrymore

The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time The Worst Movies Of All Time

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Baby Face John Wayne, Barbara Stanwyck Margaret Lindsay

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Night Nurse Clark Gable, Barbara Stanwyck Joan Blondell

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The Divorcee Norma Shearer, Ethel Barrymore Robert Montgomery

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It Happened One Night Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert Ward Bond

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Red Dust Clark Gable, Jean Harlow Maggie Cheung

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Doctor X Fay Wray, Lionel Atwill Lee Tracy

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Ladies They Talk About Barbara Stanwyck, Lillian Roth Preston Foster

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42nd Street Ginger Rogers, Dick Powell Ruby Keeler

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Grand Hotel Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford John Barrymore

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Duck Soup Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx Zeppo Marx

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Shanghai Express Marlene Dietrich, Anna May Wong Eugene Pallette

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The Mummy Boris Karloff, Edward Van Sloan Noble Johnson

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Little Caesar Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

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Gold Diggers of 1933 Ginger Rogers, Joan Blondell Billy Barty

The Best Dance Movies Ever Made The Best Movies of All Time

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Dames Joan Blondell, Dick Powell Ruby Keeler

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Trouble in Paradise Herbert Marshall, Charlie Ruggles Miriam Hopkins

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The Sign of the Cross Charles Laughton, Claudette Colbert Fredric March

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Scarface Jean Harlow, Boris Karloff Paul Muni

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The Love Parade Jean Harlow, Jeanette MacDonald Maurice Chevalier

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The Most Dangerous Game Fay Wray, Joel McCrea Buster Crabbe

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Horse Feathers Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx Thelma Todd

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Of Human Bondage Bette Davis, Leslie Howard Reginald Denny

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Red-Headed Woman Jean Harlow, Charles Boyer Lewis Stone

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King Kong Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper Bruce Cabot

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Freaks Wallace Ford, Edward Brophy Roscoe Ates

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The Maltese Falcon Thelma Todd, William Dieterle Bebe Daniels

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The Public Enemy Jean Harlow, James Cagney Joan Blondell

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Three on a Match Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart Joan Blondell

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Dracula Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning Carla Laemmle

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Cleopatra Claudette Colbert, Joseph Schildkraut Warren William

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Mystery of the Wax Museum Fay Wray, Lionel Atwill Glenda Farrell

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The Smiling Lieutenant Claudette Colbert, Maurice Chevalier Charlie Ruggles

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Animal Crackers Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx Zeppo Marx

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Footlight Parade James Cagney, Joan Blondell Dorothy Lamour

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The Cocoanuts Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx Zeppo Marx

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I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell Preston Foster

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Fredric March, Wallace Beery Miriam Hopkins

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All Quiet on the Western Front Fred Zinnemann, Lew Ayres ZaSu Pitts

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She Done Him Wrong Cary Grant, Mae West Rochelle Hudson

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Blonde Venus Cary Grant, Marlene Dietrich Hattie McDaniel

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Men in White Clark Gable, Myrna Loy Otto Kruger

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Platinum Blonde Jean Harlow, Loretta Young Halliwell Hobbes

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The Merry Widow Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier Billy Gilbert

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The Blue Angel Marlene Dietrich, Emil Jannings Roland Varno

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Employees' Entrance Loretta Young, Warren William Wallace Ford

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Bombshell Jean Harlow, Frank Morgan Franchot Tone

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Hold Your Man Clark Gable, Jean Harlow

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Hell's Angels Jean Harlow, Ben Lyon James Hall

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Manhattan Melodrama Clark Gable, Myrna Loy William Powell