The Best '30s Comedy Movies

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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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  • Bringing Up Baby
    1
    Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Charlie Ruggles
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: Howard Hawks
  • Duck Soup
    2
    Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx
    • Released: 1933
    • Directed by: Leo McCarey
  • My Man Godfrey
    3
    William Powell, Carol Lombard, Alice Brady
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: Gregory La Cava
  • A Night at the Opera
    4
    Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Kitty Carlisle Hart
    • Released: 1935
    • Directed by: Sam Wood
  • It Happened One Night
    5
    Claudette Colbert, Clark Gable, Walter Connolly
    • Released: 1934
    • Directed by: Frank Capra
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  • Modern Times
    6
    Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
  • Sons of the Desert
    7
    Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charley Chase
    • Released: 1933
    • Directed by: William A. Seiter
  • The Thin Man
    8
    William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan
    • Released: 1934
    • Directed by: W. S. Van Dyke
  • The Awful Truth
    9
    Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy
    • Released: 1937
    • Directed by: Leo McCarey
  • Horse Feathers
    10
    Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx
    • Released: 1932
    • Directed by: Norman Z. McLeod
  • Monkey Business
    11
    Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx
    • Released: 1931
    • Directed by: Norman Z. McLeod
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  • Way Out West
    12
    Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson
    • Released: 1937
    • Directed by: James W. Horne
  • Libeled Lady
    13
    Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy, Myrna Loy
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: Jack Conway
  • Animal Crackers
    14
    Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx
    • Released: 1930
    • Directed by: Victor Heerman
  • A Day at the Races
    15
    Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx
    • Released: 1937
    • Directed by: Sam Wood
  • Swing Time
    16
    Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: George Stevens
  • Top Hat
    17
    Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton
    • Released: 1935
    • Directed by: Mark Sandrich
  • It's a Gift
    18
    W.C. Fields, Baby LeRoy, Kathleen Howard
    • Released: 1934
    • Directed by: Norman Z. McLeod
  • Ruggles of Red Gap
    19
    Charles Laughton, Mary Boland, Charlie Ruggles
    • Released: 1935
    • Directed by: Leo McCarey
  • After the Thin Man
    20
    William Powell, Myrna Loy, James Stewart
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: W. S. Van Dyke
  • The Music Box
    21
    Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Gladys Gale
    • Released: 1932
    • Directed by: James Parrott
  • Twentieth Century
    22
    John Barrymore, Carol Lombard, Walter Connolly
    • Released: 1934
    • Directed by: Howard Hawks
  • You Can't Take It With You
    23
    Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: Frank Capra
  • The Gay Divorcee
    24
    Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Alice Brady
    • Released: 1934
    • Directed by: Mark Sandrich
  • Another Thin Man
    25
    William Powell, Myrna Loy, Virginia Grey
    • Released: 1939
    • Directed by: W. S. Van Dyke