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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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, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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