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List Rules Vote up your favorite film comedies that were released in the 1930s.

The Golden Age of Hollywood was also a golden age of comedy. Comedy titans like the Marx Brothers and Charlie Chaplin released countless comedy pictures during the 1930s, giving us a myriad of hilarious titles to choose from for our list of the best ‘30s comedy movies.


Chaplin’s
Modern Times, released in 1936, was preserved by the Library of Congress in 1989 for its cultural and historical significance. In the film, Chaplin’s iconic Little Tramp character confronts the harsh realities of the Depression-era. Both funny and tragic, Modern TImes held a mirror up to society and highlighted the hard truths of the day with more than a few laughs in the mix. Other great ‘30s comedies on this list include the Marx Brothers satirical Duck Soup, and their farce A Night at the Opera.


Even master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock got in on the comedy game in the 1930s with his caper film
The Lady Vanishes, a funny and mysterious film set on a train. Vote up the best '30s comedies below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 
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The Thin Man is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
The Thin Man Myrna Loy, Cesar Romero, Maureen O'Sullivan The Thin Man is a 1934 American comedy-mystery film directed by W.S. Van Dyke and based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett. The film stars William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and ...more

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Duck Soup is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Duck Soup Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx Duck Soup is a 1933 Marx Brothers anarchic comedy film written by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, with additional dialogue by Arthur Sheekman and Nat Perrin, and directed by Leo McCarey. First ...more

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Bringing Up Baby is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Bringing Up Baby Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Barry Fitzgerald Bringing Up Baby is a 1938 American screwball comedy film directed by Howard Hawks, starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, and released by RKO Radio Pictures. The film tells the story of a ...more

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It Happened One Night is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
It Happened One Night Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Ward Bond Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial It Happened One Night is a 1934 American romantic comedy film with elements of screwball comedy directed by Frank Capra, in which a pampered socialite tries to get out from under her father's ...more

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My Man Godfrey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
My Man Godfrey Carole Lombard, Jane Wyman, William Powell My Man Godfrey is a 1936 American comedy-drama film directed by Gregory La Cava. The screenplay was written by Morrie Ryskind, with uncredited contributions by La Cava, based on 1101 Park ...more

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Modern Times is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Modern Times Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Edward LeSaint Modern Times is a 1936 comedy film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin in which his iconic Little Tramp character struggles to survive in the modern, industrialized world. The film is a ...more

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The Awful Truth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
The Awful Truth Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Ralph Bellamy The Awful Truth is a 1937 screwball comedy film starring Irene Dunne and Cary Grant. The plot concerns the machinations of a soon-to-be-divorced couple, played by Dunne and Grant, who go to ...more

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A Night at the Opera is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
A Night at the Opera Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Leonard Marx A Night at the Opera is a 1935 American comedy film starring Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, and Harpo Marx, and featuring Kitty Carlisle, Allan Jones, Margaret Dumont, Sig Ruman, and Walter Woolf ...more

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After the Thin Man is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
After the Thin Man James Stewart, Myrna Loy, William Powell After the Thin Man is a 1936 American film, starring William Powell, Myrna Loy, and James Stewart, that is the sequel to the film The Thin Man. The movie presents Powell and Loy as Dashiell ...more

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Horse Feathers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Horse Feathers Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Thelma Todd Horse Feathers is a Marx Brothers film comedy. It stars the four Marx Brothers and Thelma Todd. It was written by Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, S. J. Perelman, and Will B. Johnstone. Kalmar and Ruby ...more

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Animal Crackers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Animal Crackers Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx Animal Crackers is a 1930 Marx Brothers comedy film, in which mayhem and zaniness ensue when a valuable painting goes missing during a party in honor of famed African explorer Captain Spaulding. ...more

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Trouble in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Trouble in Paradise Herbert Marshall, Charlie Ruggles, Miriam Hopkins Trouble in Paradise is a 1932 American pre-Code romantic comedy film directed by Ernst Lubitsch, starring Miriam Hopkins, Kay Francis, and Herbert Marshall and featuring Charles Ruggles and ...more

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Midnight is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Midnight Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, John Barrymore Midnight is a 1939 American screwball comedy film directed by Mitchell Leisen and starring Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, John Barrymore, Francis Lederer, Mary Astor, and Elaine Barrie. Written ...more

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Way Out West is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Way Out West Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Rosina Lawrence Way Out West is a Laurel and Hardy comedy film released in 1937. It was directed by James W. Horne, produced by Stan Laurel and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. This was the second picture ...more

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A Day at the Races is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
A Day at the Races Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Maureen O'Sullivan A Day at the Races is the seventh film starring the three Marx Brothers, with Margaret Dumont, Allan Jones, and Maureen O'Sullivan. Like their previous MGM feature A Night at the Opera, this ...more

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Ninotchka is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Ninotchka Greta Garbo, Bela Lugosi, Melvyn Douglas Ninotchka is a 1939 American film made for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer by producer and director Ernst Lubitsch that stars Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas. It was written by Billy Wilder, Charles ...more

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Monkey Business is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Monkey Business Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Thelma Todd Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Monkey Business is a 1931 comedy film. It is the third of the Marx Brothers' released movies, and the first not to be an adaptation of one of their Broadway shows. The film stars the four ...more

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Sons of the Desert is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Sons of the Desert Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Robert Cummings Sons of the Desert is a 1933 American film starring Laurel and Hardy, and directed by William A. Seiter. It was first released in the United States on December 29, 1933 and is regarded as one of ...more

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Libeled Lady is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Libeled Lady Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy, Myrna Loy Libeled Lady is a 1936 screwball comedy film starring Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy, and Spencer Tracy, written by George Oppenheimer, Howard Emmett Rogers, Wallace Sullivan, and ...more

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Another Thin Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Another Thin Man Myrna Loy, William Powell, Ruth Hussey Another Thin Man is a 1939 American film that is the third film in the six-volume series, The Thin Man. It again stars William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles, and is based on the ...more

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Topper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Topper Cary Grant, Constance Bennett, Roland Young Topper is an American comedy film starring Constance Bennett and Cary Grant which tells the story of a stuffy, stuck-in-his-ways man, Cosmo Topper who is haunted by the ghosts of a fun-loving ...more

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You Can't Take It With You is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
You Can't Take It With You James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Ann Miller You Can't Take It With You is a 1938 American romantic comedy film directed by Frank Capra and starring Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart, and Edward Arnold. Adapted from the Pulitzer ...more

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Top Hat is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Top Hat Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire Top Hat is a 1935 screwball musical comedy film in which Fred Astaire plays an American dancer named Jerry Travers, who comes to London to star in a show produced by Horace Hardwick. He meets ...more

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Swing Time is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Swing Time Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Betty Furness Swing Time is a 1936 American RKO musical comedy film set mainly in New York City, and starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It features Helen Broderick, Victor Moore, Eric Blore and Georges ...more

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Twentieth Century is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Twentieth Century Carole Lombard, John Barrymore, Charles Lane Twentieth Century is a 1934 American screwball comedy film. Much of the film is set on the 20th Century Limited train as it travels from Chicago to New York. The film was directed by Howard ...more

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Design for Living is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Design for Living Gary Cooper, Fredric March, Edward Everett Horton Design for Living is a 1933 American pre-Code comedy film produced and directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring Fredric March, Gary Cooper, and Miriam Hopkins. Based on the 1932 play Design for ...more

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The Scarlet Pimpernel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
The Scarlet Pimpernel Merle Oberon, Leslie Howard, Raymond Massey The Scarlet Pimpernel is a 1934 British adventure film directed by Harold Young and starring Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon, and Raymond Massey. Based on the classic adventure novel The Scarlet ...more

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Babes in Toyland is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Babes in Toyland Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Henry Brandon Babes in Toyland is a Laurel and Hardy musical film released on December 14, 1934. The film is also known by its alternate titles Laurel and Hardy in Toyland, Revenge Is Sweet, March of the ...more

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Footlight Parade is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Footlight Parade James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Dorothy Lamour Footlight Parade is a 1933 American musical film starring James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell and featuring Frank McHugh, Guy Kibbee, Hugh Herbert and Ruth Donnelly. The ...more

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Holiday is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Holiday Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Lew Ayres Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Holiday is a 1938 film directed by George Cukor, a remake of the 1930 film of the same name. The film is a romantic comedy which tells the story of a man who has risen from humble beginnings ...more

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42nd Street is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
42nd Street Ginger Rogers, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler 42nd Street is a 1933 American Warner Bros. musical film directed by Lloyd Bacon with choreography by Busby Berkeley. The songs were written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, and the script was ...more

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Follow the Fleet is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Follow the Fleet Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire Follow the Fleet is a 1936 Hollywood musical comedy film with a nautical theme which stars Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and features Randolph Scott, Harriet Hilliard, and Astrid Allwyn, with ...more

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Gold Diggers of 1933 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Gold Diggers of 1933 Ginger Rogers, Joan Blondell, Billy Barty Gold Diggers of 1933 is a pre-code Warner Bros. musical film directed by Mervyn LeRoy with songs by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, staged and choreographed by Busby Berkeley. It stars Warren ...more

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Ruggles of Red Gap is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Ruggles of Red Gap Charles Laughton, Sam Lufkin, Roland Young Ruggles of Red Gap is a 1935 comedy film directed by Leo McCarey and starring Charles Laughton, Mary Boland, Charlie Ruggles and ZaSu Pitts, and featuring Roland Young and Leila Hyams. It was ...more

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The Lady Vanishes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
The Lady Vanishes Alfred Hitchcock, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas The Lady Vanishes is a 1938 British comic thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas and Dame May Whitty. Written by Sidney Gilliat ...more

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The Music Box is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
The Music Box Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Sam Lufkin The Music Box is a Laurel and Hardy short film comedy released in 1932. It was directed by James Parrott, produced by Hal Roach and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film, which depicts ...more

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Shall We Dance is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Shall We Dance Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Edward Everett Horton Shall We Dance is the seventh of the ten Astaire-Rogers musical comedy films. It was released in 1937. The idea for this film originated in the studio's desire to exploit the successful formula ...more

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The Gay Divorcee is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
The Gay Divorcee Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Betty Grable The Gay Divorcee is a 1934 American musical film directed by Mark Sandrich and starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It also features Alice Brady, Edward Everett Horton, Eric Blore and Erik ...more

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Room Service is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Room Service Lucille Ball, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx Room Service is a 1938 RKO film comedy starring the Marx Brothers and based on the 1937 play of the same name by Allen Boretz and John Murray. It also features Lucille Ball, Ann Miller, ...more

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Carefree is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Carefree Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Hattie McDaniel Carefree is a 1938 musical film starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. With a plot similar to screwball comedies of the period, Carefree is the shortest of the Astaire-Rogers films, featuring ...more

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It's a Wonderful World is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
It's a Wonderful World James Stewart, Claudette Colbert, Edgar Kennedy It's a Wonderful World is a romantic screwball comedy-mystery, starring Claudette Colbert and James Stewart and directed by W. S. Van Dyke.

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Destry Rides Again is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Destry Rides Again James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, Billy Gilbert Destry Rides Again is a 1939 western starring Marlene Dietrich and James Stewart, and directed by George Marshall. The supporting cast includes Mischa Auer, Charles Winninger, Brian Donlevy, ...more

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It's a Gift is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
It's a Gift W. C. Fields, Jean Rouverol, Kathleen Howard It's a Gift is a 1934 comedy film starring W. C. Fields, considered by film historians to be one of Fields' best and funniest films. It was Fields's sixteenth sound film, and his fifth in 1934 ...more

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Love Me Tonight is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Love Me Tonight Myrna Loy, Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier Love Me Tonight is a 1932 musical comedy film produced and directed by Rouben Mamoulian, with music by Rodgers and Hart. It stars Maurice Chevalier as a tailor who poses as a nobleman and ...more

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The Old Dark House is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
The Old Dark House Robert Morley, Joyce Grenfell, Tom Poston The Old Dark House is a comedy-horror film directed by William Castle. It is a remake of the 1932 film of the same name directed by James Whale. The film was based on the novel by J. B. ...more

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L'Age D'Or is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies

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At the Circus is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
At the Circus Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Eve Arden At the Circus is a 1939 Marx Brothers comedy film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in which they save a circus from bankruptcy. The movie is notable for Groucho Marx's classic rendition of ...more

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Boudu Saved from Drowning is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Boudu Saved from Drowning Michel Simon, Jean Dasté, Charles Granval Boudu Saved from Drowning is a 1932 French film directed by Jean Renoir. Renoir wrote the film's screenplay, from the play by René Fauchois. The film stars Michel Simon as Boudu. Pauline ...more

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The Smiling Lieutenant is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
The Smiling Lieutenant Claudette Colbert, Maurice Chevalier, Charlie Ruggles The Smiling Lieutenant is an American film directed by Ernst Lubitsch, starring Maurice Chevalier and Claudette Colbert, and released by Paramount Pictures. Made in the Pre-Code era, it was ...more

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Show Boat is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Show Boat Irene Dunne, Paul Robeson, Hattie McDaniel Show Boat is a 1936 film. Directed by James Whale, it is based on the musical Show Boat by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, which the team adapted from the Show Boat by Edna Ferber. In 1929 ...more