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List Rules Vote up your favorite love films that were released in the 1930s

This list tanks 1930s romance movies from best to worst, with those that have aged like fine wine at the top and those that haven't stood the test of time so well closer to the bottom. Many of these '30s love movies are still popular today, gaining new fans every year. Some have held up so well, in fact, that you might even be surprised scrolling through this 1930s romance movies list.

It's a Wonderful Life is such a holiday favorite, for example, that it's difficult to image a time when it didn't exist. This 1930s romance film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including a Best Actor nod for Jimmy Stewart. Another classic 1930s love story is Gone with the Wind, which was by far the most successful movie of its time. Fun Fact: Gone with the Wind was the first color film to take home an Oscar for Best Picture.

Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire were one of the most beloved onscreen duos of the 1930s. Their films The Gay Divorcee, Swing Time and Top Hat all appear on this list of '30s romantic movies.

Which romance movie from the 1930s is your favorite? Vote up the best and feel free to add any great '30s romances that aren't already included. And if you've seen all of the films on the list, rerank it to create your own definitive version!

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Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
Gone with the Wind Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

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It Happened One Night is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
It Happened One Night Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Ward Bond - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
It's a Wonderful Life James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

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Bringing Up Baby is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
Bringing Up Baby Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Barry Fitzgerald

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Twentieth Century is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
Twentieth Century Carole Lombard, John Barrymore, Charles Lane

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My Man Godfrey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
My Man Godfrey Carole Lombard, Jane Wyman, William Powell

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Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
Wuthering Heights Laurence Olivier, David Niven, Merle Oberon - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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A Star Is Born is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
A Star Is Born Judy Garland, Amanda Blake, Laurindo Almeida - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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42nd Street is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
ForLuvOfAnimals added 42nd Street Ginger Rogers, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler

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Swing Time is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
Swing Time Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Betty Furness

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Shall We Dance is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
Shall We Dance Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Edward Everett Horton

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Top Hat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
Top Hat Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire

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Gold Diggers of 1933 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
ForLuvOfAnimals added Gold Diggers of 1933 Ginger Rogers, Joan Blondell, Billy Barty

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Ninotchka is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
Ninotchka Greta Garbo, Bela Lugosi, Melvyn Douglas

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Trouble in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
Trouble in Paradise Herbert Marshall, Charlie Ruggles, Miriam Hopkins

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Bachelor Mother is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
Bachelor Mother Ginger Rogers, David Niven, Charles Coburn

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Dark Victory is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
Dark Victory Ronald Reagan, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart

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City Lights is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
City Lights Charlie Chaplin, Jean Harlow, Virginia Cherrill

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The Gay Divorcee is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
The Gay Divorcee Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Betty Grable

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Mr. Deeds Goes to Town is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, Lionel Stander

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Jezebel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
Jezebel Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, Margaret Lindsay

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The Lady Vanishes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
The Lady Vanishes Alfred Hitchcock, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas

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You Can't Take It With You is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
You Can't Take It With You James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Ann Miller

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Love Affair is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
Ana Milhinhos added Love Affair Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer, Maria Ouspenskaya

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Grand Hotel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
Grand Hotel Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, John Barrymore

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Only Angels Have Wings is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
Only Angels Have Wings Rita Hayworth, Cary Grant, Jean Arthur

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A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
A Tale of Two Cities Basil Rathbone, Ronald Colman, Edna May Oliver - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Show Boat is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
Show Boat Irene Dunne, Paul Robeson, Hattie McDaniel

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Libeled Lady is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
Libeled Lady Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy, Myrna Loy

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Adventure in Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
Adventure in Manhattan Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea

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Hands Across the Table is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
Hands Across the Table Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray

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Port of Shadows is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
Port of Shadows Jean Gabin, Michèle Morgan, Pierre Brasseur

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Holiday is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
Holiday Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Lew Ayres - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Pennies from Heaven is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
Pennies from Heaven Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Lionel Hampton

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Easy Living is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
Easy Living Ray Milland, Jean Arthur, William Demarest

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Nothing Sacred is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
Nothing Sacred Carole Lombard, Hattie McDaniel, Margaret Hamilton - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Double Harness is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
Double Harness William Powell, Reginald Owen, Ann Harding

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Dodsworth is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
Dodsworth David Niven, Mary Astor, Walter Huston

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Ten Cents a Dance is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
Ten Cents a Dance Barbara Stanwyck, Ricardo Cortez, Sally Blane

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A Bride for Henry is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
A Bride for Henry Warren Hull, I. Stanford Jolley, Harry Harvey

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Blonde Venus is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '30s Romance Movies
Blonde Venus Cary Grant, Marlene Dietrich, Hattie McDaniel