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The Best Movies of 1929

Updated October 7, 2019 3.8k votes 89 voters 3.6k 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.
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    Boxing Gloves

    Jackie Cooper, Jean Darling
    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 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on September...  more
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    The Karnival Kid

    Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner

    Released1929

    Directed byWalt Disney, Ub Iwerks

    Mickey's selling hot dogs at the fair and heckling rival barker Kat Nipp; later, he serenades "shimmy dancer" Minnie with the help of two rowdy cat pals....  more
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    8

    Lazy Days

    Jean Darling, Norman Chaney
    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 released....  more
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    Moan and Groan, Inc.

    Jackie Cooper, Edgar Kennedy

    Released1929

    Directed byRobert F. McGowan

    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 be...  more
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    Small Talk

    Jean Darling, Harry Spear

    Released1929

    Directed byRobert F. McGowan

    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 to...  more
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    Bacon Grabbers

    Jean Harlow, Stan Laurel

    Released1929

    Directed byLewis R. Foster

    Bacon Grabbers is a 1929 silent comedy short starring Laurel and Hardy....  more
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    Perfect Day

    Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy

    Released1929

    Directed byJames Parrott

    Perfect Day is a 1929 short comedy film starring Laurel and Hardy....  more
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    The Saturday Night Kid

    Jean Harlow, Jean Arthur

    Released1929

    Directed byA. Edward Sutherland

    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 Harlow....  more
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    Sunny Side Up

    Janet Gaynor, Jackie Cooper

    Released1929

    Directed byDavid Butler

    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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    Unaccustomed As We Are

    Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy

    Released1929

    Directed byLewis R. Foster, Hal Roach

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

    Ricardo Cortez, Virginia Valli

    Released1929

    Directed byEdward Sloman

    The Lost Zeppelin is a 1929 adventure film written by Frances Hyland, Charles Kenyon and Jack Natteford and directed by Edward Sloman....  more
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    20

    Double Whoopee

    Jean Harlow, Stan Laurel

    Released1929

    Directed byLewis R. Foster

    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....  more
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    Alibi

    Regis Toomey, Chester Morris

    Released1929

    Directed byRoland West

    Alibi is a 1929 American crime film directed by Roland West. The screenplay was written by West and C. Gardner Sullivan, who adapted the 1927 Broadway stage play, Nightstick, written by Elaine Sterne...  more
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    Gold Diggers of Broadway

    George Raft, Nick Lucas

    Released1929

    Directed byRoy Del Ruth

    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 was...  more
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    35
    20

    Their Own Desire

    Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery

    Released1929

    Directed byE. Mason Hopper

    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 Frances...  more
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    The Broadway Melody

    Bessie Love, William Demarest

    Released1929

    Directed byHarry Beaumont

    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 musicals to...  more
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    The Desert Song

    Myrna Loy, John Boles

    Released1929

    Directed byRoy Del Ruth

    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 film...  more
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    The Hollywood Revue of 1929

    Joan Crawford, Buster Keaton

    Released1929

    Directed byCharles Reisner

    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 sound...  more
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    The Barn Dance

    Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner

    Released1929

    Directed byWalt Disney

    Mickey wants to take Minnie to a dance, but Pete's flashy car beats Mickey's horse-drawn wagon as her transportation of choice. At the dance, Mickey uses some balloons to make himself light on his...  more
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    The Sidewalks of New York are two cartoon short films made by animation pioneers Max Fleischer and Dave Fleischer, both films using the 1894 song "The Sidewalks of New York". Both films feature the...  more
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    In Old Arizona

    Joe Brown, Edmund Lowe

    Released1928

    Directed byRaoul Walsh, Irving Cummings

    In Old Arizona is a 1929 American Western film directed by Irving Cummings and Raoul Walsh, nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The film, which was based on the character of...  more
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    Salute

    John Wayne, Helen Chandler

    Released1929

    Directed byJohn Ford, David Butler

    Salute is a motion picture directed by John Ford, starring George O’Brien, Helen Chandler, William Janney, Stepin Fetchit, and Frank Albertson about the football rivalry of the Army–Navy Game, and of...  more
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    The Black Watch

    John Wayne, Myrna Loy

    Released1929

    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Black Watch is a 1929 American adventure epic film directed by John Ford and starring Victor McLaglen, Myrna Loy, and David Torrence. Written by James Kevin McGuinness based on the novel King of...  more
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    Thunderbolt

    Fay Wray, Richard Arlen

    Released1929

    Directed byJosef von Sternberg, William Wyler

    Thunderbolt is a 1929 proto-noir film which tells the story of a criminal, facing execution, who wants to kill the man in the next cell for being in love with his girlfriend. It stars George...  more
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    The Virginian

    Gary Cooper, Walter Huston

    Released1929

    Directed byVictor Fleming

    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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