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List of the best movies of 1934, with movie trailers when available. These top movies of 1934 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 1934. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1934 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1934 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

List ranges from It Happened One Night to Hollywood Party and more.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1934?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1934?"

1934 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1934. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1934 aren't just one persons opinion.
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It Happened One Night Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Ward Bond It Happened One Night is a 1934 American romantic comedy film with elements of screwball comedy directed by Frank Capra, in which a pampered socialite tries to get out from under her father's ...more

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The Thin Man Myrna Loy, Cesar Romero, Maureen O'Sullivan The Thin Man is a 1934 American comedy-mystery film directed by W.S. Van Dyke and based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett. The film stars William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and ...more

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The Gay Divorcee Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Betty Grable The Gay Divorcee is a 1934 American musical film directed by Mark Sandrich and starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It also features Alice Brady, Edward Everett Horton, Eric Blore and Erik ...more

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Anne of Green Gables Ann Miller, Anne Shirley, Bonita Granville Anne of Green Gables is a 1934 film directed by George Nichols Jr., based upon the novel, Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. The actress who portrayed Anne Shirley, Dawn O'Day, ...more

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It's a Gift W. C. Fields, Jean Rouverol, Kathleen Howard It's a Gift is a 1934 comedy film starring W. C. Fields, considered by film historians to be one of Fields' best and funniest films. It was Fields's sixteenth sound film, and his fifth in 1934 ...more

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Twentieth Century Carole Lombard, John Barrymore, Charles Lane Twentieth Century is a 1934 American screwball comedy film. Much of the film is set on the 20th Century Limited train as it travels from Chicago to New York. The film was directed by Howard ...more

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Treasure Island Lionel Barrymore, Jackie Cooper, Lionel Stander Treasure Island is a 1934 film adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous 1883 novel Treasure Island. Jim Hawkins discovers a treasure map and travels on a sailing ship to a remote island, ...more

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The Man Who Knew Too Much Peter Lorre, Edna Best, Pierre Fresnay The Man Who Knew Too Much is a British suspense film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, featuring Peter Lorre, and released by Gaumont British. It was one of the most successful and critically ...more

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Tarzan and His Mate Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Weissmuller, Ray "Crash" Corrigan Tarzan and His Mate is a 1934 American action adventure film based on characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It was the second in the Tarzan film series to star Johnny Weissmuller. In 2003, ...more

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Cleopatra Claudette Colbert, Joseph Schildkraut, Warren William Cleopatra is a 1934 epic film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and distributed by Paramount Pictures, which retells the story of Cleopatra VII of Egypt. It was written by Waldemar Young, Vincent ...more

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Babes in Toyland Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Henry Brandon Babes in Toyland is a Laurel and Hardy musical film released on December 14, 1934. The film is also known by its alternate titles Laurel and Hardy in Toyland, Revenge Is Sweet, March of the ...more

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Hollywood Party Lucille Ball, Mickey Rooney, Clark Gable Hollywood Party is a musical film starring Jimmy Durante and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film is notable for several disconnected sequences that have little connection with each ...more

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Them Thar Hills Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Billy Gilbert Them Thar Hills is a short comedy film starring Laurel and Hardy. The film was so well received by audiences that it generated the 1935 sequel, Tit for Tat.

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The Scarlet Empress Marlene Dietrich, C. Aubrey Smith, Sam Jaffe The Scarlet Empress is a 1934 historical drama film made by Paramount Pictures about the life of Catherine the Great. It was directed and produced by Josef von Sternberg from a screenplay by ...more

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The Lost Patrol Boris Karloff, Reginald Denny, Victor McLaglen The Lost Patrol is a 1934 war film made by RKO. It was directed and produced by John Ford, with Merian C. Cooper as executive producer and Cliff Reid as associate producer. The screenplay was by ...more

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Fog Over Frisco Bette Davis, Margaret Lindsay, William Demarest Fog Over Frisco is a 1934 American drama film directed by William Dieterle. The screenplay by Robert N. Lee and Eugene Solow was based on the short story The Five Fragments by George Dyer.

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The Merry Widow Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier, Billy Gilbert The Merry Widow is a 1934 film adaptation of the operetta of the same name by Franz Lehár. It was directed and produced by Ernst Lubitsch and starred Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette ...more

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The Barretts of Wimpole Street Charles Laughton, Norma Shearer, Fredric March The Barretts of Wimpole Street is a 1934 American film depicting the real-life romance between poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning, despite the opposition of her father Edward ...more

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The Rise of Catherine the Great Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Flora Robson Catherine the Great is a 1934 British historical film based on the play The Czarina by Lajos Bíró and Melchior Lengyel, about the rise to power of Catherine the Great. It was ...more

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Sadie McKee Joan Crawford, Edward Arnold, Gene Raymond Sadie McKee is a 1934 American romantic drama film directed by Clarence Brown, starring Joan Crawford, and featuring Gene Raymond, Franchot Tone, Edward Arnold and Esther Ralston. The film is ...more

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Charlie Chan in London Ray Milland, Alan Mowbray, Mona Barrie Charlie Chan in London is a 1934 American mystery film directed by Eugene Forde. The film stars Warner Oland as Charlie Chan, with Drue Leyton. This is the sixth film produced by Fox with Warner ...more

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Murder on the Blackboard Edna May Oliver, Regis Toomey, James Gleason Murder on the Blackboard is a mystery film starring Edna May Oliver as schoolteacher Hildegarde Withers and James Gleason as Police Inspector Oscar Piper. Together, they investigate a murder at ...more

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The House of Rothschild Boris Karloff, Loretta Young, Robert Young The House of Rothschild is an American film written by Nunnally Johnson from the play by George Hembert Westley, and directed by Alfred L. Werker. It chronicles the biographical story of the ...more

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Finishing School Ginger Rogers, Frances Dee, Billie Burke Finishing School is a 1934 romantic drama film starring Frances Dee as a young woman who gets into trouble after being sent to a finishing school by her neglectful parents. This film was ...more

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The Richest Girl in the World Joel McCrea, Miriam Hopkins The Richest Girl in the World is a 1934 romantic comedy film directed by William A. Seiter and starring Miriam Hopkins and Joel McCrea. Norman Krasna was nominated for the Academy Award for Best ...more

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You're Telling Me! W. C. Fields, Buster Crabbe, Adrienne Ames You're Telling Me! is a 1934 comedy film released by Paramount Pictures, and starring W. C. Fields; this film is a remake of his earlier silent film So's Your Old Man, and both films are adapted ...more

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Twenty Million Sweethearts Ginger Rogers, Dick Powell, Pat O'Brien Twenty Million Sweethearts is a 1934 American musical comedy film directed by Ray Enright. The film stars Pat O'Brien, Dick Powell and Ginger Rogers. It also featured the Negro quartet The Mills ...more

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Men in Black Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard Men in Black is the third short subject starring American slapstick comedy team the Three Stooges. The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.

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Change of Heart Ginger Rogers, Shirley Temple, Janet Gaynor Change of Heart is a 1934 American drama film starring Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, James Dunn, and Ginger Rogers. The movie, about a quartet of college chums who all move to 1934 New York ...more

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Imitation of Life John Wayne, Lana Turner, Sandra Dee Imitation of Life is a 1959 American romantic drama film directed by Douglas Sirk, produced by Ross Hunter and released by Universal International, starring Lana Turner and John Gavin. It was ...more

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Of Human Bondage Bette Davis, Leslie Howard, Reginald Denny Of Human Bondage is a 1934 American drama film directed by John Cromwell and is widely regarded by critics as the film that made Bette Davis a star. The screenplay by Lester Cohen is based on ...more

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The Star Packer John Wayne, George "Gabby" Hayes, Yakima Canutt The Star Packer is a 1934 Western film directed by Robert N. Bradbury and starring John Wayne, George "Gabby" Hayes, Yakima Canutt, and Verna Hillie.

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Thirty-Day Princess Cary Grant, Joan Blondell, Joan Bennett Thirty-Day Princess is a 1934 black-and-white comedy film starring Sylvia Sidney, Cary Grant and Edward Arnold. The film was based on a story of the same name by Clarence Budington Kelland, ...more

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Viva Villa! Fay Wray, Wallace Beery, Leo Carrillo Viva Villa! is a 1934 American film starring Wallace Beery as Pancho Villa and was written by Ben Hecht, adapted from the book Viva Villa! by Edgecumb Pinchon and Odo B. Stade. The picture was ...more

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One Night of Love Jane Darwell, Grace Moore, Herman Bing One Night of Love is a 1934 Columbia Pictures romantic musical film set in the opera world, starring Grace Moore and Tullio Carminati. The film was directed by Victor Schertzinger and adapted ...more

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Mystery Mountain Tom London, Syd Saylor, Lynton Brent Mystery Mountain is a 1934 American Western serial film directed by Otto Brower and B. Reeves Eason and starring Ken Maynard, Verna Hillie, Syd Saylor, Edward Earle, and Hooper Atchley. ...more

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Men in White Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Otto Kruger Men in White is a Pre-Code film starring Clark Gable and Myrna Loy, and directed by Ryszard Bolesławski. Because of the suggested illicit romance and the suggested abortion in the movie, it was ...more

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The Law of the Wild Ben Turpin, Ernie Adams, Richard Cramer The Law of the Wild is a 1934 American Mascot movie serial directed by B. Reeves Eason and Armand Schaefer.

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Randy Rides Alone John Wayne, George "Gabby" Hayes, Yakima Canutt Randy Rides Alone is a Western film made in 1934. The 53-minute black-and-white film was directed by Harry L. Fraser, produced by Paul Malvern for Lone Star Productions and released by Monogram ...more

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The Case of the Howling Dog Mary Astor, Warren William The Case of the Howling Dog is a 1934 American mystery film directed by Alan Crosland, based on the novel of the same name by Erle Stanley Gardner. The film stars Warren William and Mary Astor. ...more

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The Lost Jungle Mickey Rooney, George "Gabby" Hayes, Clyde Beatty The Lost Jungle is a Mascot movie serial. A semi-sequel to this serial, Darkest Africa, was released by Republic Pictures in 1936. Republic was made from a merger of several companies, including ...more

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Bright Eyes Shirley Temple, Jane Withers, James Dunn Bright Eyes is a 1934 American comedy drama film directed by David Butler. The screenplay by William Conselman is based on a story by David Butler and Edwin Burke, and focuses on the ...more

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The Trail Beyond John Wayne, Noah Beery, Jr. The Trail Beyond is a 1934 Western film starring John Wayne, Noah Beery, Sr., and Noah Beery, Jr.. It was based on the novel The Wolf Hunters by James Oliver Curwood which was also adapted as a ...more

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Servants' Entrance Janet Gaynor, Lew Ayres, John Qualen Servants' Entrance is a musical comedy movie starring Janet Gaynor. The movie was written by Samson Raphaelson from the Sigrid Boo novel and directed by Frank Lloyd, with a cartoon sequence by ...more

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Three Little Pigskins Lucille Ball, Roger Moore, Larry Fine Three Little Pigskins is the fourth short subject starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.

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Tailspin Tommy Noah Beery, Jr., Grant Withers Tailspin Tommy is a 12-episode 1934 Universal film serial based on the Tailspin Tommy comic strip by Hal Forrest. It was the 97th serial of the 137 released by that studio. The plot concerns a ...more

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The Count of Monte Cristo Robert Donat, nm0129894, Elissa Landi The Count of Monte Cristo is a 1934 American adventure film directed by Rowland V. Lee and starring Robert Donat and Elissa Landi. Based on the 1844 novel The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre ...more

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Punch Drunks Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard Punch Drunks is the second short subject starring American slapstick comedy team the Three Stooges. The trio made 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.

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Woman Haters Walter Brennan, Larry Fine, Moe Howard Woman Haters is the first short subject starring American slapstick comedy team the Three Stooges. The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.

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Forsaking All Others Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell Forsaking All Others is a 1934 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by W.S. Van Dyke, and starring Joan Crawford, Clark Gable and Robert Montgomery. The screenplay was written by Joseph ...more