Film The Best Movies of 1933  

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List of the best movies of 1933, with movie trailers when available. These top movies of 1933 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 1933. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1933 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1933 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

Movies include everything from Duck Soup to King Kong.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1933?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1933?"

1933 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1933. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1933 aren't just one persons opinion.
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Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper, Bruce Cabot King Kong is a 1933 American fantasy monster/adventure film directed and produced by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. The screenplay by James Ashmore Creelman and Ruth Rose was from an ...more

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James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Dorothy Lamour Footlight Parade is a 1933 American musical film starring James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell and featuring Frank McHugh, Guy Kibbee, Hugh Herbert and Ruth Donnelly. The ...more

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Ginger Rogers, Joan Blondell, Billy Barty Gold Diggers of 1933 is a pre-code Warner Bros. musical film directed by Mervyn LeRoy with songs by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, staged and choreographed by Busby Berkeley. It stars Warren ...more

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Jean Harlow, John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore Dinner at Eight is a Pre-Code 1933 comedy of manners / drama starring Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, Jean Harlow, Lionel Barrymore, Lee Tracy, Edmund Lowe, and Billie Burke, and ...more

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Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, Una O'Connor The Invisible Man is a 1933 science fiction film based on H. G. Wells' science fiction novel The Invisible Man, published in 1897, as adapted by R. C. Sherriff, Philip Wylie and Preston Sturges, ...more

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Ginger Rogers, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler 42nd Street is a 1933 American Warner Bros. musical film directed by Lloyd Bacon with choreography by Busby Berkeley. The songs were written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, and the script was ...more

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Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx Duck Soup is a 1933 Marx Brothers anarchic comedy film written by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, with additional dialogue by Arthur Sheekman and Nat Perrin, and directed by Leo McCarey. First ...more

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Fay Wray, Lionel Atwill, Glenda Farrell Mystery of the Wax Museum is a 1933 American mystery horror-thriller film released by Warner Bros. in two-color Technicolor and directed by Michael Curtiz. The film stars Lionel Atwill, Fay ...more

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Charles Laughton, Merle Oberon, Elsa Lanchester The Private Life of Henry VIII is a 1933 United Kingdom historical film directed and co-produced by Alexander Korda and starring Charles Laughton, Robert Donat, Merle Oberon and Elsa Lanchester. ...more

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John Wayne, Barbara Stanwyck, Margaret Lindsay Baby Face is a 1933 American dramatic film directed by Alfred E. Green, and starring Barbara Stanwyck and George Brent. Based on a story by Darryl F. Zanuck, this sexually charged, Pre-Code ...more

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Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Robert Cummings Sons of the Desert is a 1933 American film starring Laurel and Hardy, and directed by William A. Seiter. It was first released in the United States on December 29, 1933 and is regarded as one of ...more

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Cary Grant, Mae West, Edward Arnold I'm No Angel is Mae West's third motion picture. West received sole story and screenplay credit. A young Cary Grant plays her leading man for the second time. Being Pre-Code, this was one of the ...more

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Humphrey Bogart, Johnny Mack Brown, Ruth Chatterton Female is a 1933 Warner Bros. pre-code film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Ruth Chatterton and George Brent. It is based on the novel of the same name by Donald Henderson Clarke.

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Cary Grant, Mae West, Rochelle Hudson She Done Him Wrong is a Pre-Code 1933 Paramount Pictures comedy romance starring Mae West and Cary Grant. Its plot includes melodramatic and musical elements. The supporting cast features Owen ...more

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Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Dolores del Río Flying Down to Rio is a 1933 RKO musical film noted for being the first screen pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, although Dolores del Río and Gene Raymond received top billing ...more

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Greta Garbo, Lewis Stone, Reginald Owen Queen Christina is a pre-Code Hollywood biographical film, produced in 1933 and directed by Rouben Mamoulian. It starred Swedish-born actress Greta Garbo and John Gilbert.

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Jean Harlow, Frank Morgan, Franchot Tone Bombshell is a 1933 American Pre-Code romantic comedy-drama film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Jean Harlow, Lee Tracy, Frank Morgan, C. Aubrey Smith, Mary Forbes and Franchot Tone. The ...more

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Loretta Young, Warren William, Wallace Ford Employees' Entrance is a 1933 Pre-Code film about the manager of a New York department store and an employee.

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Ward Bond, Rochelle Hudson, Sterling Holloway Wild Boys of the Road is a black-and-white, Pre-Code Depression-era American film telling the story of several teens forced into becoming hobos. The film was directed by William Wellman from a ...more

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James Cagney, Margaret Lindsay, Raymond Hatton Lady Killer is a 1933 film starring James Cagney, Mae Clarke, and Margaret Lindsay, based on the story "The Finger Man" by Rosalind Keating Shaffer. The picture was directed by Roy Del

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Betty Grable, Margaret Lindsay, Una O'Connor Cavalcade is a 1933 American drama film directed by Frank Lloyd. The screenplay by Reginald Berkeley and Sonya Levien is based on the 1931 play of the same title by Noël Coward.

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Boris Karloff, Ralph Richardson, Cedric Hardwicke The Ghoul is a British horror film starring Boris Karloff, Cedric Hardwicke, Ernest Thesiger, and Ralph Richardson, making his film debut.

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Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, Edna May Oliver Little Women is a 1933 American drama film directed by George Cukor and starring Katharine Hepburn and Joan Bennett. The screenplay by Sarah Y. Mason and Victor Heerman is based on the classic ...more

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Lucille Ball, Paulette Goddard, Gloria Stuart Roman Scandals is a 1933 black-and-white American musical film starring Eddie Cantor, Ruth Etting, Gloria Stuart, Edward Arnold and David Manners. It was directed by Frank Tuttle. The film ...more

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Mae Questel, Jack Mercer, William "Billy" Costello Popeye the Sailor is a 1933 animated short produced by Fleischer Studios and distributed by Paramount Pictures. While billed as a Betty Boop cartoon, Betty Boop only makes a small appearance, as ...more

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Helen Mack, Frank Reicher, Noble Johnson The Son of Kong is a 1933 American adventure film/monster movie produced by RKO Pictures. Directed by Ernest Schoedsack and featuring special effects by Buzz Gibson and Willis O'Brien, the film ...more

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Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, Lionel Atwill The Vampire Bat is an American horror film starring Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, and Dwight Frye.

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Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charlie Hall Busy Bodies is a 1933 short comedy film starring Laurel and Hardy.

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Johnny Mack Brown, Noah Beery, Jr. Fighting with Kit Carson is a Mascot Pictures movie serial.

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Barbara Stanwyck, Nils Asther, Lucien Littlefield The Bitter Tea of General Yen is a 1933 American drama film directed by Frank Capra, starring Barbara Stanwyck and featurung Nils Asther and Walter Connolly. Based on the 1930 novel The Bitter ...more

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Joan Blondell, Mary Astor, Adolphe Menjou Convention City is a 1933 American pre-Code sex comedy film directed by Archie Mayo, and starring Joan Blondell, Guy Kibbee, Dick Powell, Mary Astor and Adolphe Menjou. The film was produced by ...more

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Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Fred Astaire Dancing Lady is a 1933 musical film starring Joan Crawford and Clark Gable, and featuring Franchot Tone, Fred Astaire, Robert Benchley and the Three Stooges. The picture was directed by Robert ...more

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Katharine Hepburn, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Morning Glory is a 1933 pre-Code American drama film which tells the story of an eager but naive would-be actress and her journey to stardom. The picture stars Katharine Hepburn, Douglas ...more

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Hedy Lamarr, Jiřina Steimarová, Jiřina Štěpničková Ecstasy is a 1933 Czech romantic drama film directed by Gustav Machatý and starring Hedy Lamarr, Aribert Mog, and Zvonimir Rogoz. Written by Frantisek Horký, Gustav Machatý, ...more

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Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Lucien Littlefield Dirty Work is a Laurel and Hardy short film classic comedy made in 1933. It was directed by Lloyd French, produced by Hal Roach and distributed by MGM.

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Lucille Ball, Fay Wray, Jackie Cooper The Bowery is a 1933 historical film about the Lower East Side of Manhattan around the start of the 20th century directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Wallace Beery and George Raft.

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Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Thelma Todd The Devil's Brother or Bogus Bandits or Fra Diavolo is a 1933 comedy film starring Laurel and Hardy. It is based on Daniel Auber's operetta Fra Diavolo about the Italian bandit Fra Diavolo.

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Bela Lugosi, George Burns, W. C. Fields International House is a comedy film, directed by A. Edward Sutherland and released by Paramount Pictures. The tagline of the film was "the Grand Hotel of comedy".

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Claudette Colbert, Ricardo Cortez, David Manners Torch Singer is a 1933 film made by Paramount Pictures, directed by Alexander Hall and George Somnes, and starring Claudette Colbert, Ricardo Cortez and David Manners and Lyda Roberti. The ...more

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Joan Crawford, Gary Cooper, Robert Young Today We Live is a 1933 American romance drama film produced and directed by Howard Hawks and starring Joan Crawford, Gary Cooper, Robert Young and Franchot Tone. Based on the story Turnabout by ...more

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Walter Pidgeon, Gloria Stuart, Frank Morgan The Kiss Before the Mirror is a suspense film directed by James Whale, starring Nancy Carroll, Frank Morgan, Gloria Stuart, and Walter Pidgeon, and released by Universal Pictures.

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Janet Gaynor, Will Rogers, Lew Ayres State Fair is a movie directed by Henry King and starring Janet Gaynor, Will Rogers, and Lew Ayres. The film was based on a novel by Phil Stong, was the first of three film versions of the ...more

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Sidney Blackmer, Lois Wilson, Peggy Shannon Deluge is a 1933 American apocalyptic, science fiction film released by RKO Radio Pictures, and directed by Felix E. Feist. The film depicts a group of worldwide natural disasters which lead to ...more

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Mary Pickford, Leslie Howard Secrets is a 1933 American Western film directed by Frank Borzage and starring Mary Pickford in her last film role. The film is a remake of Secrets, a silent film starring Norma Talmadge. In ...more

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Shirley Temple, John Carradine, Randolph Scott To the Last Man is a 1933 western film starring Randolph Scott and Esther Ralston and directed by Henry Hathaway from a screenplay by Jack Cunningham based on a story by Zane Grey. The Paramount ...more

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Walt Disney, Pinto Colvig, Billy Bletcher Mickey's Mellerdrammer is a 1933 American animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by United Artists. The title is a corruption of "melodrama", thought to ...more

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Bing Crosby, George Burns, Gracie Allen College Humor is a 1933 American musical comedy film directed by Wesley Ruggles and starring Bing Crosby, Jack Oakie, Richard Arlen, Mary Kornman and Mary Carlisle. Based on a story by Dean ...more

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Loretta Young, Regis Toomey, Lyle Talbot She Had to Say Yes is a 1933 pre-Code film directed by George Amy and Busby Berkley. It was Berkley's directorial debut. Loretta Young stars as a secretary who receives unwanted sexual advances ...more

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John Barrymore, Thelma Todd, Melvyn Douglas Counsellor at Law is a 1933 American drama film directed by William Wyler. The screenplay by Elmer Rice is based on his 1931 Broadway play of the same title.

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Bing Crosby, Marion Davies, Sterling Holloway Going Hollywood is a 1933 American musical film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Marion Davies and Bing Crosby. It was written by Donald Ogden Stewart and based on a story by Frances Marion. ...more