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Film The Best Movies of 1929  

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List of the best movies of 1929, with movie trailers when available. These top movies of 1929 are listed by popularity, so the movies with the most votes are at the top. This list consists of all different movie genres, but each film was released in 1929. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1929 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1929 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

Movies on this list include The Cocoanuts and A Farewell to Arms.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1929?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1929?"

1929 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1929. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1929 aren't just one persons opinion.
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Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charlie Hall Men O' War is the third sound film starring Laurel and Hardy, released on June 29, 1929.

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Jean Harlow, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy Bacon Grabbers is a 1929 silent comedy short starring Laurel and Hardy.

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Jean Harlow, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy Double Whoopee is a 1929 Hal Roach Studios silent short comedy starring Laurel and Hardy. It was shot during February 1929 and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on May 18 of that year.

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Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Thelma Todd Unaccustomed As We Are is the first sound comedy short film starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy released on May 4, 1929.

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Gary Cooper, Walter Huston, Randolph Scott The Virginian is a 1929 Western film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Gary Cooper, Walter Huston, and Richard Arlen. The film was based on the 1902 novel The Virginian by Owen Wister and ...more

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Joan Bennett, George Arliss, David Torrence Disraeli is a 1929 American historical film directed by Alfred E. Green, released by Warner Brothers, and adapted by Julien Josephson and De Leon Anthony from the 1911 play Disraeli by Louis N. ...more

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Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy Angora Love is the final silent film made by Laurel and Hardy, released on December 14, 1929.

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Jean Harlow, Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier The Love Parade is a 1929 musical comedy film about the marital difficulties of Queen Louise of Sylvania and her consort, Count Alfred Renard. Despite his love for Louise and his promise to be ...more

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Ethel Waters, Joe E. Brown, Arthur Lake On with the Show! is a 1929 American musical film released by Warner Bros. The film is noted as the first ever all-talking, all-color feature length movie, and the second color movie released by ...more

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Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx The Cocoanuts is the Marx Brothers' first feature-length film. Produced for Paramount Pictures by Walter Wanger, who is not credited, the musical comedy stars the four Marx Brothers, Oscar Shaw, ...more

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George Raft, Nick Lucas, Winnie Lightner Gold Diggers of Broadway is a 1929 Warner Bros. comedy/musical film which is historically important as the second two-strip Technicolor all-talking feature length movie. Gold Diggers of Broadway ...more

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Jean Harlow, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy Liberty is a 1929 short comedy film starring Laurel and Hardy as escaped convicts who, while trying to change pants, wind up on a skyscraper in construction.

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Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Sam Lufkin That's My Wife is a 1929 short comedy silent film produced by the Hal Roach Studios and starring Laurel and Hardy. It was shot in December 1928 and released March 23, 1929 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ...more

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Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Sam Lufkin Wrong Again is a 1929 two-reel comedy silent film starring Laurel and Hardy. It was shot in October and November 1928, and released February 23, 1929, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Although it is a ...more

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Joan Crawford, Buster Keaton, Jack Benny The Hollywood Revue of 1929 is a 1929 American musical-comedy film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was the studio's second feature-length musical, and one of the earliest ventures into the ...more

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Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Lyle Tayo Big Business is a 1929 silent Laurel and Hardy comedy short subject directed by James W. Horne and supervised by Leo McCarey from a McCarey and H. M. Walker script. The film was deemed ...more

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Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Sam Lufkin They Go Boom is a 1929 short comedy film starring Laurel and Hardy.

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Bebe Daniels, John Boles, Bert Wheeler Rio Rita is a 1929 RKO Pictures musical comedy starring Bebe Daniels and John Boles along with the comedy team of Wheeler & Woolsey. The film is based on the 1927 stage musical produced by ...more

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Louise Brooks, Francis Lederer, Fritz Kortner Pandora's Box is a 1929 German silent melodrama film based on Frank Wedekind's plays Erdgeist and Die Büchse der Pandora. Directed by Austrian filmmaker Georg Wilhelm Pabst, the film stars ...more

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Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Paulette Goddard Berth Marks is the second sound film starring Laurel and Hardy, released on June 1, 1929.

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Alfred Hitchcock, Sara Allgood, Cyril Ritchard Blackmail is a 1929 British thriller drama film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Anny Ondra, John Longden, and Cyril Ritchard. Based on the play Blackmail by Charles Bennett, the film ...more

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Myrna Loy, John Boles, Louise Fazenda The Desert Song is a 1929 American operetta film directed by Roy Del Ruth and starring John Boles, Carlotta King and Myrna Loy. It was photographed partly in two-color Technicolor, the first ...more

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Marilyn Miller, Alexander Gray Sally is the third all talking all-color feature movie ever made. It was photographed in the Technicolor process. Sally was also the sixth feature movie to contain color that had been released ...more

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Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Lewis Stone Their Own Desire is a 1929 American romantic drama film starring Norma Shearer, Belle Bennett, Lewis Stone, Robert Montgomery, and Helene Millard. The film was adapted by James Forbes and ...more

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Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy Perfect Day is a 1929 short comedy film starring Laurel and Hardy.

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Claudette Colbert, Walter Huston, Charlie Ruggles The Lady Lies is a 1929 film directed by Hobert Henley, and starring Walter Huston, Claudette Colbert and Charles Ruggles.

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Irving Berlin, Johnny Weissmuller, Eddie Cantor Glorifying the American Girl is a 1929 musical comedy film produced by Florenz Ziegfeld that highlights Ziegfeld Follies performers. The last third of the film is basically a Follies production, ...more

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Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Luis Buñuel, Simone Mareuil UN CHIEN ANDALOU consists of sixteen minutes of bizarre and surreal images that may or may not mean anything. In a dream-like sequence, a woman's eye is slit open, juxtaposed with a cloud ...more

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Mary Pickford, Johnny Mack Brown, Louise Beavers Coquette is an American drama film starring Mary Pickford.

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Joseph Schildkraut, Alma Rubens, Laura La Plante Show Boat is a 1929 American romantic drama film based on the novel Show Boat by Edna Ferber. It is not, as has been often claimed, based on the Kern-Hammerstein stage musical, although the film ...more

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Bessie Love, William Demarest, James Burrows The Broadway Melody, also known as The Broadway Melody of 1929, is a 1929 American musical film and the first sound film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture. It was one of the first ...more

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Douglas Fairbanks, Rolfe Sedan, Belle Bennett The Iron Mask is a 1929 American part-talkie adventure film directed by Allan Dwan. It is an adaptation of the last section of the novel The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas, ...more

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Grant Withers, James Kirkwood, Sr. The Time, the Place and the Girl is a 1929 American black-and-white musical film. The original concept was developed by the creative staff as a musical comedy which opened on Broadway in 1907. ...more

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Jean Harlow, Jean Arthur, Clara Bow The Saturday Night Kid is an early talking romantic comedy film about two sisters and the man they both want. It stars Clara Bow, Jean Arthur, James Hall, and in her first credited role, Jean ...more

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Florence Ellinwood Allen, Crauford Kent, Herbert Prior The Ace of Scotland Yard is a 1929 Universal movie serial. It was the first partial sound serial released by Universal Pictures. Universal announced this as the first talking serial, but that ...more

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Corinne Griffith, H.B. Warner, Marie Dressler The Divine Lady is a 1929 Vitaphone sound film with a synchronized musical score and sound effects, as well as some synchronized singing sequences. The film, however, featured no spoken ...more

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Joan Bennett, Ronald Colman, Lawrence Grant Bulldog Drummond is a crime film in which Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond helps a beautiful young woman in distress. The film stars Ronald Colman as the title character, Claud Allister, ...more

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Jackie Cooper, Jean Darling, Harry Spear Bouncing Babies is a 1929 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Robert F. McGowan. Produced by Hal Roach and released to theaters by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, it was the 92nd Our Gang short to be ...more

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Conrad Veidt, Mary Philbin, George Irving The Last Performance was the last American silent film featuring Conrad Veidt before he returned to Germany. Two versions were made - a silent version and Movietone version complete with music, ...more

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Jean Darling, Harry Spear, Allen Hoskins Small Talk is a 1929 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Robert F. McGowan. Produced by Hal Roach and released to theaters by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, it was the 86th entry in the Our Gang series ...more

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Janet Gaynor, Jackie Cooper, El Brendel Sunny Side Up is a Fox Movietone movie musical starring Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, with original songs, story, and dialogue by B. G. DeSylva, Lew Brown and Ray Henderson. The romantic ...more

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George Raft, Owen Moore, Matt Moore Side Street is a 1929 black-and-white talking film featuring the only screen teaming of all three Moore Brothers, each of them major silent film stars. George Raft also makes an uncredited ...more

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Clarence Brown, William Haines, Anita Page Navy Blues is a 1929 romance film starring William Haines as a sailor and Anita Page as the girl he romances and leaves. This was Haines' first talking picture.

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Jackie Cooper, Edgar Kennedy, Norman Chaney Moan and Groan, Inc. is a 1929 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Robert F. McGowan. Produced by Hal Roach and released to theaters by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, it was the 94th Our Gang short to ...more

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John Barrymore, Loretta Young, Douglas Fairbanks The Show of Shows is a 1929 American musical revue film directed by John G. Adolfi and distributed by Warner Bros. The all talking Vitaphone production cost $850,000 and was shot almost entirely ...more

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Evelyn Brent, Glenn Tryon Broadway is a 1929 film directed by Pál Fejös from the play of the same name by George Abbott and Philip Dunning. It stars Glenn Tryon, Evelyn Brent, Paul Porcasi, Robert Ellis, ...more

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Joan Crawford, Renée Adorée, Fred Kohler Tide of Empire is an American western film directed by Allan Dwan. The film stars Renée Adorée and Tom Keene. The film was originally slated to star Joan Crawford in the female ...more

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Erich von Stroheim, Betty Compson, Don Douglas The Great Gabbo is an American early sound film musical drama film directed by James Cruze, based on a story by Ben Hecht and starring Erich von Stroheim and Betty Compson. As originally ...more

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Jackie Cooper, Jean Darling, Norman Chaney Boxing Gloves is a 1929 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Robert A. McGowan under the pseudonym "Anthony Mack". Produced by Hal Roach and released to theaters by ...more

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Jean Darling, Norman Chaney, Harry Spear Lazy Days is a 1929 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Robert F. McGowan. Produced by Hal Roach and released to theaters by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, it was the 89th Our Gang short to be