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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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    Of Human Bondage is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1934
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    Of Human Bondage

    Bette Davis, Leslie Howard

    Released1934

    Directed byJohn Cromwell

    Of Human Bondage is a 1934 American drama film directed by John Cromwell and is widely... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    Tarzan and His Mate is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1934
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    Tarzan and His Mate

    Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Weissmuller

    Released1934

    Directed byCedric Gibbons, James C. McKay, Jack Conway

    Tarzan and His Mate is a 1934 American action adventure film based on characters created by... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    Sadie McKee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1934
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    Sadie McKee

    Joan Crawford, Edward Arnold

    Released1934

    Directed byClarence Brown

    Sadie McKee is a 1934 American romantic drama film directed by Clarence Brown, starring Joan... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    The Gay Divorcee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1934
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    The Gay Divorcee

    Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire

    Released1934

    Directed byMark Sandrich

    The Gay Divorcee is a 1934 American musical film directed by Mark Sandrich and starring Fred... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    The Barretts of Wimpole Street is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1934
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    The Barretts of Wimpole Street

    Charles Laughton, Norma Shearer

    Released1934

    Directed bySidney Franklin

    The Barretts of Wimpole Street is a 1934 American film depicting the real-life romance between... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    Bright Eyes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1934
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    Bright Eyes

    Shirley Temple, Jane Withers

    Released1934

    Directed byDavid Butler

    Bright Eyes is a 1934 American comedy drama film directed by David Butler. The screenplay by... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    'Neath the Arizona Skies is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1934
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    'Neath the Arizona Skies

    John Wayne, Yakima Canutt

    Released1934

    Directed byHarry L. Fraser

    'Neath the Arizona Skies is a 1934 Western film directed by Harry L. Fraser, produced by Lone... more
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    Randy Rides Alone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1934
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    Randy Rides Alone

    John Wayne, George "Gabby" Hayes

    Released1934

    Directed byRobert N. Bradbury, Harry L. Fraser

    Randy Rides Alone is a Western film made in 1934. The 53-minute black-and-white film was... more
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    The Thin Man is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1934
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    The Thin Man

    Myrna Loy, Cesar Romero

    Released1934

    Directed byW. S. Van Dyke

    The Thin Man is a 1934 American comedy-mystery film directed by W.S. Van Dyke and based on the... more

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    The Lawless Frontier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1934
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    The Lawless Frontier

    John Wayne, George "Gabby" Hayes

    Released1934

    Directed byRobert N. Bradbury

    The Lawless Frontier is a 1934 American Western film directed by Robert N. Bradbury and... more
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    The Lost Patrol is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1934
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    The Lost Patrol

    Boris Karloff, Reginald Denny

    Released1934

    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Lost Patrol is a 1934 war film made by RKO. It was directed and produced by John Ford,... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    Imitation of Life is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1934
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    Imitation of Life

    John Wayne, Lana Turner

    Released1959

    Directed byDouglas Sirk

    Imitation of Life is a 1959 American romantic drama film directed by Douglas Sirk, produced by... more

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    The Star Packer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1934
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    The Star Packer

    John Wayne, George "Gabby" Hayes

    Released1934

    Directed byRobert N. Bradbury

    The Star Packer is a 1934 Western film directed by Robert N. Bradbury and starring John Wayne,... more
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    Punch Drunks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1934
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    Punch Drunks

    Larry Fine, Moe Howard

    Released1934

    Directed byLou Breslow

    Punch Drunks is the second short subject starring American slapstick comedy team the Three... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    West of the Divide is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1934
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    West of the Divide

    John Wayne, George "Gabby" Hayes

    Released1934

    Directed byRobert N. Bradbury

    West of the Divide is a 1934 American Western film starring John Wayne.
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    Stand Up and Cheer! is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1934
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    Stand Up and Cheer!

    Shirley Temple, James Dunn

    Released1934

    Directed byHamilton MacFadden

    Stand Up and Cheer! is a 1934 American musical film directed by Hamilton MacFadden. The... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    Viva Villa! is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1934
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    Viva Villa!

    Fay Wray, Wallace Beery

    Released1934

    Directed byHoward Hawks, William A. Wellman, Jack Conway

    Viva Villa! is a 1934 American film starring Wallace Beery as Pancho Villa and was written by... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    Washee Ironee is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1934
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    Washee Ironee

    Scotty Beckett, George McFarland

    Released1934

    Directed byJames Parrott

    Washee Ironee is a 1934 Our Gang short comedy film directed by James Parrott. It was the 131st... more
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    Pardon My Pups is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1934
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    Pardon My Pups

    Shirley Temple, Junior Coghlan

    Released1934

    Directed byCharles Lamont

    Pardon My Pups is a 1934 Shirley Temple short film about a young boy named Sonny Rogers who... more
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    The Merry Widow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1934
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    The Merry Widow

    Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier

    Released1934

    Directed byErnst Lubitsch

    The Merry Widow is a 1934 film adaptation of the operetta of the same name by Franz Lehár. It... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1934
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    The Count of Monte Cristo

    Robert Donat, nm0129894

    Released1934

    Directed byRowland V. Lee

    The Count of Monte Cristo is a 1934 American adventure film directed by Rowland V. Lee and... more
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    Fog Over Frisco is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1934
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    Fog Over Frisco

    Bette Davis, Margaret Lindsay

    Released1934

    Directed byWilliam Dieterle

    Fog Over Frisco is a 1934 American drama film directed by William Dieterle. The screenplay by... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    Manhattan Melodrama is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1934
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    Manhattan Melodrama

    Clark Gable, Myrna Loy

    Released1934

    Directed byW. S. Van Dyke

    Manhattan Melodrama is a 1934 crime melodrama film, produced by MGM, directed by W. S. Van... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    The Rise of Catherine the Grea is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1934
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    The Rise of Catherine the Great

    Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

    Released1934

    Directed byPaul Czinner

    Catherine the Great is a 1934 British historical film based on the play The Czarina by Lajos... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    Little Miss Marker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1934
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    Little Miss Marker

    Shirley Temple, Adolphe Menjou

    Released1934

    Directed byAlexander Hall

    Little Miss Marker is a 1934 American comedy-drama film directed by Alexander Hall. It was... moreamazon_watch buy button
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