film The Best Movies of 1932  

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List of the best movies of 1932, with movie trailers when available. These top movies of 1932 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 1932. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1932 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1932 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

With movies ranging from Scarface to Grand Hotel, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1932?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1932?"

1932 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1932. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1932 aren't just one persons opinion.
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The Music Box Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Sam Lufkin The Music Box is a Laurel and Hardy short film comedy released in 1932. It was directed by James Parrott, produced by Hal Roach and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film, which depicts ...more

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Scarface Jean Harlow, Boris Karloff, Paul Muni Scarface is a 1932 American gangster film starring Paul Muni, produced by Howard Hughes and Howard Hawks, directed by Hawks and Richard Rosson, and based on Armitage Trail's 1929 novel of the ...more

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Shanghai Express Marlene Dietrich, Anna May Wong, Eugene Pallette Shanghai Express is a 1932 American film directed by Josef von Sternberg. The pre-Code picture stars Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Anna May Wong, and Warner Oland. It was written by Jules ...more

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The Testament of Dr. Mabuse Oscar Beregi, Sr., Rudolf Klein-Rogge The Testament of Dr. Mabuse is a 1933 German crime film directed by Fritz Lang. The movie is a sequel to Lang's silent film Dr. Mabuse the Gambler and features many cast and crew members from ...more

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I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Preston Foster I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang is an American Pre-Code crime/drama film starring Paul Muni as a wrongfully convicted convict on a chain gang who escapes to Chicago. The film was written by ...more

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Red Dust Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Maggie Cheung Red Dust is a 1932 American romantic drama film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and Mary Astor. The film is based on the 1928 play of the same name by Wilson ...more

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Freaks Wallace Ford, Edward Brophy, Roscoe Ates Freaks is a 1932 American horror film in which the eponymous characters were played by people who worked as carnival sideshow performers and had real deformities. The original version was ...more

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The Most Dangerous Game Fay Wray, Joel McCrea, Buster Crabbe The Most Dangerous Game is a 1932 Pre-Code adaptation of the 1924 short story of the same name by Richard Connell, the first film version of that story. The plot concerns a big game hunter on an ...more

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The Mummy Boris Karloff, Edward Van Sloan, Noble Johnson The Mummy is a 1932 horror film from Universal Studios directed by Karl Freund and stars Boris Karloff as a revived ancient Egyptian priest. The movie also features Zita Johann, David Manners ...more

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Grand Hotel Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, John Barrymore Grand Hotel is a 1932 American drama film directed by Edmund Goulding. The screenplay by William A. Drake is based on the 1930 play of the same title by Drake, who had adapted it from the 1929 ...more

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Vampyr Sybille Schmitz, Nicolas de Gunzburg, Maurice Schutz Vampyr is a 1932 German–French horror film directed by Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer. The film was written by Dreyer and Christen Jul based on elements from J. Sheridan Le Fanu's ...more

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One Way Passage William Powell, Frank McHugh, Kay Francis One Way Passage is a romantic film starring William Powell and Kay Francis as star-crossed lovers, directed by Tay Garnett and released by Warner Bros.

The Best Horror Movies of 1932

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Doctor X Fay Wray, Lionel Atwill, Lee Tracy Doctor X is a First National/Warner Bros. horror and mystery film. Based on the play originally titled The Terror by Howard W. Comstock and Allen C. Miller. It was directed by Michael Curtiz and ...more

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Island of Lost Souls Bela Lugosi, Charles Laughton, Randolph Scott Island of Lost Souls is a 1932 American science fiction horror film starring Charles Laughton, Richard Arlen, Leila Hyams, Bela Lugosi and Kathleen Burke as the Panther Woman. The film was ...more

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Strange Interlude Clark Gable, Norma Shearer Strange Interlude is an American drama film directed by Robert Z. Leonard and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film stars Norma Shearer and Clark Gable, and is based on the play Strange ...more

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20,000 Years in Sing Sing Bette Davis, Spencer Tracy, nm0129894 20,000 Years in Sing Sing is a 1932 American black-and-white drama film starring Spencer Tracy and Bette Davis, and set in Sing Sing Penitentiary, the notorious maximum security prison in New ...more

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Law and Order Walter Brennan, Walter Huston, Dorothy Malone Law And Order is a 1932 film. The film starred Walter Huston, Harry Carey, Andy Devine, Russell Hopton and Russell Simpson. The film retells the story of the OK Corral shootout in Tombstone, AZ. ...more

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Tarzan the Ape Man Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Weissmuller, C. Aubrey Smith Tarzan the Ape Man is a 1932 pre-Code American action adventure film featuring Edgar Rice Burroughs' famous jungle hero Tarzan and starring Johnny Weissmuller, Neil Hamilton, C. Aubrey Smith and ...more

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Blonde Venus Cary Grant, Marlene Dietrich, Hattie McDaniel Blonde Venus is a 1932 pre-Code drama film starring Marlene Dietrich, Herbert Marshall, and Cary Grant. The movie was produced and directed for Paramount Pictures by Josef von Sternberg from a ...more

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Three on a Match Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Joan Blondell Three on a Match is a 1932 American pre-Code crime drama released by Warner Bros. The film was directed by Mervyn LeRoy and stars Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak and Bette Davis. The film also ...more

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No Man of Her Own Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Grant Mitchell No Man of Her Own is a 1932 romantic drama starring Clark Gable and Carole Lombard as a married couple in their only film together, several years before their own legendary marriage in real ...more

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Horse Feathers Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Thelma Todd Horse Feathers is a Marx Brothers film comedy. It stars the four Marx Brothers and Thelma Todd. It was written by Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, S. J. Perelman, and Will B. Johnstone. Kalmar and Ruby ...more

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The Murders in the Rue Morgue Val Kilmer, Ian McShane, Boris Karloff Murders in the Rue Morgue is a pre-Code 1932 horror film, loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Murders in the Rue Morgue." Bela Lugosi portrays a lunatic scientist who ...more

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If I Had a Million Gary Cooper, Charles Laughton, W. C. Fields If I Had a Million is a Pre-Code Paramount Studios anthology film. There were seven directors: Ernst Lubitsch, Norman Taurog, Stephen Roberts, Norman Z. McLeod, James Cruze, William A. Seiter, ...more

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White Zombie Bela Lugosi, Clarence Muse, Madge Bellamy White Zombie is a 1932 American independent Pre-Code horror film directed and produced by brothers Victor Halperin and Edward Halperin. The screenplay by Garnett Weston, based on The Magic ...more

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This Is the Night Cary Grant, Thelma Todd, Roland Young This Is the Night is a 1932 comedy film made by Paramount Pictures, directed by Frank Tuttle, and starring Lili Damita, Charles Ruggles, Roland Young, Thelma Todd, and Cary Grant. The picture is ...more

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Trouble in Paradise Herbert Marshall, Charlie Ruggles, Miriam Hopkins Trouble in Paradise is a 1932 American pre-Code romantic comedy film directed by Ernst Lubitsch, starring Miriam Hopkins, Kay Francis, and Herbert Marshall and featuring Charles Ruggles and ...more

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Rain Joan Crawford, Walter Huston, Beulah Bondi Rain is a 1932 South Seas drama film directed by Lewis Milestone with portions filmed at Santa Catalina Island, California. The film stars Joan Crawford as prostitute Sadie Thompson and features ...more

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Chandu the Magician Bela Lugosi, Edmund Lowe, Henry B. Walthall Chandu the Magician is a 1932 American mystery-fantasy film starring Edmund Lowe as a Magician/Yogi secret agent, Frank Chandler and Bela Lugosi as the megalomaniac villain Roxor, that he must ...more

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The Sign of the Cross Charles Laughton, Claudette Colbert, Fredric March The Sign of the Cross is a pre-Code epic film released by Paramount Pictures, produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille from a screenplay by Waldemar Young and Sidney Buchman, and based on the ...more

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Towed in a Hole Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Billy Gilbert Towed in a Hole is a 1932 Laurel and Hardy film.

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The Shadow of the Eagle John Wayne, Yakima Canutt, Kenneth Harlan The Shadow of the Eagle is a 1932 Mascot film serial, starring John Wayne in his first serial role. This serial is now in the public domain.

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Scram! Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Richard Cramer Scram! is a 1932 Laurel and Hardy film directed by Ray McCarey.

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The Last of the Mohicans Harry Carey, Hobart Bosworth, Walter McGrail The Last of the Mohicans is a 1932 Mascot movie serial based on the novel The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper.

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So Big Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent So Big! is a 1932 American drama film directed by William A. Wellman and starring Barbara Stanwyck. The screenplay by J. Grubb Alexander and Robert Lord is based on the 1924 Pulitzer ...more

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Love Me Tonight Myrna Loy, Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier Love Me Tonight is a 1932 musical comedy film produced and directed by Rouben Mamoulian, with music by Rodgers and Hart. It stars Maurice Chevalier as a tailor who poses as a nobleman and ...more

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Pack Up Your Troubles Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson Pack Up Your Troubles is a 1932 Laurel and Hardy film directed by George Marshall and Raymond McCarey, named after the World War I song "Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag, and ...more

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Two-Fisted Law John Wayne, Walter Brennan, Tully Marshall Two-Fisted Law is a 1932 American romantic B-Western film directed by D. Ross Lederman and starring Tim McCoy and John Wayne. The picture also features Walter Brennan, Alice Day, Wheeler Oakman, ...more

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The Rich Are Always with Us Bette Davis, Ruth Chatterton, George Brent The Rich Are Always with Us is a 1932 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Alfred E. Green. The screenplay by Austin Parker is based on the novel of the same name by Ethel Pettit.

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The Wiser Sex Claudette Colbert, Melvyn Douglas, William Boyd The Wiser Sex is a 1932 crime drama film made by Paramount Pictures, directed by Berthold Viertel and Victor Viertel, and starring Claudette Colbert, Melvyn Douglas, Lilyan Tashman, William ...more

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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm Ralph Bellamy, Marian Nixon Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm is a 1932 film based on the 1903 children's classic novel by Kate Douglas Wiggin. It was filmed by Fox Film Corporation and directed by Alfred Santell. This modestly ...more

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The Beast of the City Mickey Rooney, Jean Harlow, Walter Huston The Beast of the City is a 1932 pre-Code gangster movie featuring cops as vigilantes and known for its singularly vicious ending. Written by W.R. Burnett, Ben Hecht, and John Lee Mahin, and ...more

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The Chimp Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Baldwin Cooke The Chimp is a Laurel and Hardy short film made in 1932. It was directed by James Parrott, produced by Hal Roach and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

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The Devil Horse Harry Carey, Noah Beery, Jr. The Devil Horse is a 1932 American movie serial starring Harry Carey and Noah Beery, Sr. that was distributed by Mascot Pictures.

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Letty Lynton Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery, Nils Asther Letty Lynton is a 1932 American drama film starring Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery and Nils Asther. The film was directed by Clarence Brown, and based on the 1931 novel of the same name by ...more

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Wild Girl Joan Bennett, Ralph Bellamy, Eugene Pallette Wild Girl is a 1932 American historical drama film starring Charles Farrell, Joan Bennett, Ralph Bellamy, and Eugene Pallette. The movie was directed by Raoul Walsh, based on a play by Paul ...more

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Design for Living Design for Living is a comedy play written by Noël Coward in 1932. It concerns a trio of artistic characters, Gilda, Otto and Leo, and their complicated three-way relationship. Originally ...more

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The Death Kiss Bela Lugosi, Adrienne Ames, Edward Van Sloan The Death Kiss is a mystery film starring David Manners as a crusading studio writer, Adrienne Ames as an actress, and Bela Lugosi as a studio manager. The comedy thriller features three leading ...more

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Red-Headed Woman Jean Harlow, Charles Boyer, Lewis Stone Red-Headed Woman is a 1932 American romantic comedy film, produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, based on a novel of the same name by Katherine Brush, and with a screenplay by Anita Loos. It was ...more

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They Just Had to Get Married Roland Young, ZaSu Pitts, C. Aubrey Smith They Just Had to Get Married is a comedy film directed by Edward Ludwig and starring Slim Summerville, Zasu Pitts, Roland Young, and Verree Teasdale. The screenplay was written by Gladys Lehman, ...more