Photo: Nik Stanbridge
Entertainment

The Best Movies of 1929  

Ranker Film
1.2k votes 46 voters 2.5k views

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.
list ordered by
1
Ranker Video
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
2
Ranker Video
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
3
Ranker Video
Joan Crawford, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
Our Modern Maidens is a 1929 American silent drama film directed by Jack Conway. Starring Joan Crawford in her last silent film role, the film also stars Rod La Rocque, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., ...more
4
Ranker Video
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
5
Ranker Video
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
6
Ranker Video
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
7
Ranker Video
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
8
Ranker Video
Al Ferguson, Natalie Kingston, Frank Merrill
Tarzan the Tiger is a Universal movie serial based on the novel Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It stars Frank Merrill as Tarzan, Natalie Kingston as Jane, and Al ...more
9
Ranker Video
Jean Harlow, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy
Bacon Grabbers is a 1929 silent comedy short starring Laurel and Hardy.
10
Ranker Video
Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Sam Lufkin
They Go Boom is a 1929 short comedy film starring Laurel and Hardy.
11
Ranker Video
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.
12
Ranker Video
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
13
Ranker Video
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.
14
Ranker Video
Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charlie Hall
Men O' War is the third sound film starring Laurel and Hardy, released on June 29, 1929.
15
Ranker Video
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
16
Ranker Video
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
17
Ranker Video
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
18
Ranker Video
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
19
Ranker Video
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
20
Ranker Video
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
21
Ranker Video
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
22
Ranker Video
Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy
Angora Love is the final silent film made by Laurel and Hardy, released on December 14, 1929.
23
Ranker Video
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
24
Ranker Video
Mary Pickford, Johnny Mack Brown, Louise Beavers
Coquette is an American drama film starring Mary Pickford.
25
Ranker Video
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