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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    Bette Davis, Leslie Howard, Reginald Denny

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    Jean Harlow, Charles Boyer, Lewis Stone

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    John Wayne, Barbara Stanwyck, Margaret Lindsay

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    Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Ward Bond

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    Barbara Stanwyck, Lillian Roth, Preston Foster

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    Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

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    Boris Karloff, Edward Van Sloan, Noble Johnson

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    Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx

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    Marlene Dietrich, Anna May Wong, Eugene Pallette

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    Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper, Bruce Cabot

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    Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, John Barrymore

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    Thelma Todd, William Dieterle, Bebe Daniels

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    Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx

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    Jean Harlow, James Cagney, Joan Blondell

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    Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle

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    Ginger Rogers, Joan Blondell, Billy Barty

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    James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Dorothy Lamour

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    Wallace Ford, Edward Brophy, Roscoe Ates

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    Fred Zinnemann, Lew Ayres, ZaSu Pitts

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    Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx

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    Ginger Rogers, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler

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    Jean Harlow, Boris Karloff, Paul Muni

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    Norma Shearer, Ethel Barrymore, Robert Montgomery

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    Clark Gable, Norma Shearer, Lionel Barrymore

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    Cary Grant, Mae West, Rochelle Hudson

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    Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Joan Blondell

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    Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Preston Foster

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    Fay Wray, Joel McCrea, Buster Crabbe

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    Jean Harlow, Loretta Young, Halliwell Hobbes

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    Jean Harlow, Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier

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    Clark Gable, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Blondell

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    Fay Wray, Lionel Atwill, Lee Tracy

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    Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler

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    Fredric March, Wallace Beery, Miriam Hopkins

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    Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Thelma Todd

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    Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Otto Kruger

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    Claudette Colbert, Maurice Chevalier, Charlie Ruggles

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    Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier, Billy Gilbert

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    Cary Grant, Marlene Dietrich, Hattie McDaniel

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    Myrna Loy, Noah Beery, Sr.

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    Bessie Love, William Demarest, James Burrows

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    Marlene Dietrich, Emil Jannings, Roland Varno

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    Claudette Colbert, Joseph Schildkraut, Warren William

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    Val Kilmer, Ian McShane, Boris Karloff

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    Lucille Ball, Fay Wray, Jackie Cooper

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    Fay Wray, Lionel Atwill, Glenda Farrell

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    Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Betty Grable

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    Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Fred Astaire

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