The Best Movies of 1931

List of the best movies of 1931, with movie trailers when available. These top movies of 1931 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 1931. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1931 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1931 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

Movies include everything from Dracula to Frankenstein.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1931?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1931?"

1931 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1931. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1931 aren't just one persons opinion.
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  • Dracula
    1
    Bela Lugosi, Edward Van Sloan, Dwight Frye
    • Released: 1931
    • Directed by: Tod Browning
  • The Road to Singapore
    2
    William Powell, nm0129894, Doris Kenyon
    • Released: 1931
    • Directed by: Alfred E. Green
  • Frankenstein
    3
    Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, John Boles
    • Released: 1931
    • Directed by: James Whale
  • The Public Enemy
    4
    James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Mae Clarke
    • Released: 1931
    • Directed by: William A. Wellman
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
    5
    Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart
    • Released: 1931
    • Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian
  • Cimarron
    6
    Richard Dix, Irene Dunne, Estelle Taylor
    • Released: 1931
    • Directed by: Wesley Ruggles
  • Platinum Blonde
    7
    Jean Harlow, Robert Williams, Loretta Young
    • Released: 1931
    • Directed by: Frank Capra
  • Little Caesar
    8
    Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks, Glenda Farrell
    • Released: 1930
    • Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
  • Arrowsmith
    10
    Ronald Colman, Helen Hayes, Richard Bennett
    • Released: 1931
    • Directed by: John Ford
  • Pardon Us
    11
    Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Wilfred Lucas
    • Released: 1931
    • Directed by: James Parrott
  • Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise)
    12
    Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Alan Hale
    • Released: 1931
    • Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard
  • City Lights
    13
    Charlie Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Harry Myers
    • Released: 1931
    • Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
  • Monkey Business
    14
    Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx
    • Released: 1931
    • Directed by: Norman Z. McLeod
  • Fighting Caravans
    15
    Gary Cooper, Lili Damita, Ernest Torrence
    • Released: 1931
    • Directed by: Otto Brower, David Burton
  • The Lightning Warrior
    16
    George Brent, Frankie Darro, Lafe McKee
    • Released: 1931
    • Directed by: Benjamin H. Kline, Armand Schaefer
  • Honor Among Lovers
    17
    Ginger Rogers, Claudette Colbert, Fredric March
    • Released: 1931
    • Directed by: Dorothy Arzner
  • M
    18
    Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut
    • Released: 1931
    • Directed by: Fritz Lang
  • Dishonored
    19
    Marlene Dietrich, Victor McLaglen, Warner Oland
    • Released: 1931
    • Directed by: Josef von Sternberg
  • The Front Page
    20
    Adolphe Menjou, Pat O'Brien, Mary Brian
    • Released: 1931
    • Directed by: Lewis Milestone
  • Goldie
    21
    Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy, Billy Barty
    • Released: 1931
    • Directed by: Benjamin Stoloff
  • The Smiling Lieutenant
    22
    Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert, Miriam Hopkins
    • Released: 1931
    • Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
  • The Miracle Woman
    23
    Barbara Stanwyck, David Manners, Sam Hardy
    • Released: 1931
    • Directed by: Frank Capra
  • Dirigible
    24
    Jack Holt, Ralph Graves, Fay Wray
    • Released: 1931
    • Directed by: Frank Capra
  • Dance, Fools, Dance
    25
    Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Cliff Edwards
    • Released: 1931
    • Directed by: Harry Beaumont