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The Best Movies of 1934  

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, George "Gabby" Hayes
In Old Santa Fe is a 1934 American Western film directed by David Howard, starring Ken Maynard and George "Gabby" Hayes, and featuring the first screen appearance of Gene Autry, ...more
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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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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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Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners
Not to be confused with the 1941 version also featuring Bela Lugosi. The Black Cat is a 1934 horror film that became Universal Pictures' biggest box office hit of the year. The picture was the ...more
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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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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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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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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