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The Best Movies of 1930  

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List of the best movies of 1930, with movie trailers when available. These top movies of 1930 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 1930. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1930 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1930 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

This list features All Quiet on the Western Front, Woman Hungry and more.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1930?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1930?"

1930 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1930. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1930 aren't just one persons opinion.
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Captain Thunder Fay Wray, Victor Varconi, Charles Judels
Captain Thunder is an American all-talking pre-code historical costume drama film which was produced and distributed by Warner Bros. and released late in 1930. The film was directed by Alan ...more
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Maureen O'Sullivan, H.B. Warner, Charles Farrell
Princess and the Plumber is a 1930 romantic comedy film directed by Alexander Korda.
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Bubbles Judy Garland, Mae Questel
Bubbles is a Vitaphone short subjects released by Warner Brothers released in Technicolor.
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William Holden, Regis Toomey, Evelyn Brent
Framed is an 1930 American crime action film, directed by George Archainbaud, based on a screenplay by Paul Schofield and Wallace Smith. It starred Evelyn Brent, William Holden, Regis Toomey, ...more
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The Widow from Chicago Edward G. Robinson, Alice White, Frank McHugh
The Widow from Chicago is an all-talking pre-code crime drama film released by First National Pictures, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. and directed by Edward F. Cline. The movie stars Alice White, ...more
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A Notorious Affair is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1930
A Notorious Affair Basil Rathbone, Kay Francis, Billie Dove
A Notorious Affair is a 1930 early talkie pre-Code film, which was produced and released by First National Pictures, a subsidiary of Warner Bros.. It was directed by Lloyd Bacon and starred ...more
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Robert Montgomery, Penny Singleton, Roscoe Ates
Love in the Rough is a 1930 comedy, musical and romance film written by Sarah Y. Mason, Vincent Lawrence, Joseph Farnham and Robert E. Hopkins and directed by Charles Reisner, based on the play ...more
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Doughboys Buster Keaton, Ann Sothern, Cliff Edwards
Doughboys is 1930 comedy film written by Al Boasberg and Sidney Lazarus and directed by Edward Sedgwick.
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Dimos Dicoudis added Fay Wray, William Powell, Kay Francis
Behind the Make-Up is a drama film starring Hal Skelly, William Powell, Kay Francis, and Fay Wray, and based on the short story "The Feeder" by Mildred Cram. This was the first of ...more
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Party Girl Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Marie Prevost
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. made his talkie debut in the low-budget but imaginative "exploitationer" Party Girl. Fairbanks plays carefree young bachelor Jay Roundtree, the son of a wealthy ...more
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The Little Rascals: Collector'... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1930
The Little Rascals: Collector's Edition III Jackie Cooper, George McFarland, Matthew Beard
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Mickey's Champs Mickey Rooney, Billy Barty, Delia Bogard
Mickey's Champs is a 1930 short film in Larry Darmour's Mickey McGuire series starring a young Mickey Rooney. Directed by Albert Herman, the two-reel short was released to theaters on February ...more
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Fred Zinnemann, Lew Ayres, ZaSu Pitts
All Quiet on the Western Front is a 1930 American epic film based on the Erich Maria Remarque novel of the same name. It was directed by Lewis Milestone, and stars Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres, John ...more
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Bessie Love, Cliff Edwards, Penny Singleton
Good News is a 1930 comedy musical film directed by Nick Grinde.
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L'Arlésienne Louis Jourdan, Charles Vanel, Jim Gérald
L'Arlésienne is a 1942 French drama film directed by Marc Allégret, starring Raimu and a young Louis Jourdan. It is based on Alphonse Daudet's play of the same name.
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Louise Brooks, Alex Bernard, Gaston Jacquet
Prix de Beauté is a 1930 film directed by Augusto Genina. The film is notable for being the first sound film made by star Louise Brooks, although all of her dialogue and singing were ...more
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Charlie Chan Carries On is the fifth novel in the Charlie Chan series by Earl Derr Biggers.
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Fredric March, Ruth Chatterton
Sarah and Son is a 1930 American drama film which tells the story of a woman who searches for the son that her abusive husband sold to a wealthy family. It stars Ruth Chatterton, Fredric March, ...more
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Gaston Modot, Edmond T. Gréville, Pola Illéry
Under the Roofs of Paris is a 1930 French film directed by René Clair. The film was probably the earliest French example of a filmed musical-comedy, although its often dark tone ...more
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Barry Fitzgerald, Sara Allgood, Edward Chapman
Juno and the Paycock is a 1930 film written and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and starring Barry Fitzgerald, Maire O'Neill, Edward Chapman and Sara Allgood. The film was based on a successful ...more
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À propos de Nice
À propos de Nice is a 1930 silent short documentary film directed by Jean Vigo and photographed by Boris Kaufman. The film depicts life in Nice, France by documenting the people in the ...more
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Imperial and Royal Field Marshal
Imperial and Royal Field Marshal is a 1930 Czechoslovak comedy film directed by Karel Lamač. It is considered to be the first ever Czech language sound film.
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Madeleine Carroll, Brian Aherne, Milton Rosmer
The W Plan is a 1930 British spy film produced and directed by Victor Saville, from a screenplay which he also co-wrote with Miles Malleson and Frank Launder, based on the novel of the same name ...more
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Mothers Cry Sidney Blackmer, Helen Chandler, David Manners
Mothers Cry is an all-talking pre-code drama film released by First National Pictures, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. and directed by Hobart Henley. The movie stars Dorothy Peterson, Helen ...more
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Kristine Valdresdatter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1930
Kristine Valdresdatter Aase Bye, Sigurd Eldegard, Ole Leikvang
Kristine Valdresdatter is a 1930 drama romance film directed by Rasmus Breistein.