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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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42nd Street 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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King Kong 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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The Invisible Man 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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Dinner at Eight 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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Duck Soup 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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She Done Him Wrong 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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Footlight Parade 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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Sons of the Desert 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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Little Women 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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Flying Down to Rio 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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Queen Christina 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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The Private Life of Henry VIII 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

The Best Horror Movies of 1933

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Mystery of the Wax Museum 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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Gold Diggers of 1933 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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Fighting with Kit Carson Johnny Mack Brown, Noah Beery^! Jr., Tully Marshall Fighting with Kit Carson is a Mascot Pictures movie serial.

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The Bowery 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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The Ghoul 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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Morning Glory 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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I'm No Angel 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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Dancing Lady 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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The Kiss Before the Mirror 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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International House 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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The Devil's Brother 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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Son of Kong 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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Baby Face 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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Torch Singer 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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Roman Scandals 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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Bureau of Missing Persons Bette Davis, Lewis Stone, Glenda Farrell Bureau of Missing Persons is a 1933 American drama film with comic overtones directed by Roy Del Ruth. The screenplay by Robert Presnell is based on a story by Carol Bird adapted from the book ...more

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Tugboat Annie Maureen O'Sullivan, Robert Young, Wallace Beery Tugboat Annie is a 1933 movie starring Marie Dressler and Wallace Beery as a comically quarrelsome middle-aged couple who operate a tugboat. Dressler and Beery were MGM's most popular screen ...more

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Riders of Destiny John Wayne, George "Gabby" Hayes, Yakima Canutt Riders of Destiny is a 1933 Western musical film starring 26-year-old John Wayne as Singin' Sandy Saunders, the screen's second singing cowboy. It was the first of a series of Lone Star Westerns ...more

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State Fair 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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I Cover the Waterfront Claudette Colbert, Ben Lyon, Ernest Torrence I Cover the Waterfront is a 1933 American romantic drama film directed by James Cruze and starring Ben Lyon, Claudette Colbert, Ernest Torrance, and Hobart Cavanaugh. Based on the book of the ...more

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College Humor 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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To the Last Man 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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Ladies They Talk About Barbara Stanwyck, Lillian Roth, Preston Foster Ladies They Talk About is a 1933 Pre-Code American crime drama directed by Howard Bretherton and William Keighley, and starring Barbara Stanwyck, Preston Foster, and Lyle Talbot. Based on the ...more

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Secrets 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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Lady for a Day Ward Bond, Marc Lawrence, Glenda Farrell Lady for a Day is a 1933 American comedy-drama film directed by Frank Capra. The screenplay by Robert Riskin is based on the short story Madame La Gimp by Damon Runyon. It was the first film for ...more

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Hell Below Walter Huston, Robert Young, Robert Montgomery Hell Below is an MGM film set in the Adriatic during World War I about submarine warfare based on Commander Edward Ellsberg's novel Pigboats, starring Robert Montgomery, Walter Huston, Robert ...more

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

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Cavalcade 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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So This Is Harris! Phil Harris, Walter Catlett So This Is Harris! is a 1933 American short comedy film directed by Mark Sandrich. It won an Academy Award in 1934 for Best Short Subject.

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Female 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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Bombshell 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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Going Hollywood 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

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Wild Boys of the Road 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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Today We Live 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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Dirty Work 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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The World Changes Mary Astor, Paul Muni, Aline MacMahon The World Changes is a 1933 drama film starring Paul Muni as an ambitious farm boy who becomes rich, but does not handle success well. Aline MacMahon and Mary Astor play his mother and wife ...more

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Rafter Romance Ginger Rogers, Norman Foster Rafter Romance is a romantic comedy film directed by William A. Seiter and released by RKO Radio Pictures. The film, which was based on the 1932 novel of the same name by John Wells, stars ...more

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She Had to Say Yes 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