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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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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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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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Jean Harlow, Boris Karloff, Paul Muni
Scarface is a 1932 American 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 same name, ...more
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Billy Gilbert
Towed in a Hole is a 1932 Laurel and Hardy film.