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The Best Movies of 1936 

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Updated April 15, 2020 3.2k votes 96 voters 3k views 205 items

List of the best movies of 1936, with movie trailers when available. These top movies of 1936 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 1936. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1936 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1936 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

This list includes Modern Times, The Bohemian Girl and more movies.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1936?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1936?"

1936 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1936. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1936 aren't just one persons opinion.
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Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Edward LeSaint

Released: 1936

Directed by: Charlie Chaplin

Modern Times is a 1936 comedy film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin in which his iconic Little Tramp character struggles to survive in the modern, industrialized world. The film is a ...more

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Carole Lombard, Jane Wyman, William Powell

Released: 1936

Directed by: Gregory La Cava

My Man Godfrey is a 1936 American comedy-drama film directed by Gregory La Cava. The screenplay was written by Morrie Ryskind, with uncredited contributions by La Cava, based on 1101 Park ...more
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James Stewart, Myrna Loy, William Powell

Released: 1936

Directed by: W. S. Van Dyke

After the Thin Man is a 1936 American film, starring William Powell, Myrna Loy, and James Stewart, that is the sequel to the film The Thin Man. The movie presents Powell and Loy as Dashiell ...more
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Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, Lionel Stander

Released: 1936

Directed by: Frank Capra

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town is a 1936 American screwball comedy film directed by Frank Capra, starring Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur in her first featured role. Based on the 1935 short story Opera Hat ...more

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Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Weissmuller, Benita Hume

Released: 1936

Directed by: William A. Wellman, John Farrow, James C. McKay, George B. Seitz, Richard Thorpe

Tarzan Escapes is a 1936 Tarzan film based on the character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It was the third in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Tarzan series to feature Johnny Weissmuller as the ...more
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Dave O'Brien, Carleton Young, Harry Harvey Jr.

Released: 1936

Directed by: Louis J. Gasnier

Reefer Madness is a 1936–1939 American propaganda exploitation drama film revolving around the melodramatic events that ensue when high school students are lured by pushers to try marijuana—from ...more

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David Niven, Mary Astor, Walter Huston

Released: 1936

Directed by: William Wyler

Dodsworth is a 1936 American drama film directed by William Wyler and starring Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton and Mary Astor. Sidney Howard based the screenplay on his 1934 stage adaptation of ...more
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Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Betty Furness

Released: 1936

Directed by: George Stevens

Swing Time is a 1936 American RKO musical comedy film set mainly in New York City, and starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It features Helen Broderick, Victor Moore, Eric Blore and Georges ...more

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Shirley Temple, Gloria Stuart, Alice Faye

Released: 1936

Directed by: Irving Cummings

Poor Little Rich Girl, advertised as The Poor Little Rich Girl, is a 1936 American musical film directed by Irving Cummings. The screenplay by Sam Hellman, Gladys Lehman, and Harry Tugend was ...more
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John Wayne, Ann Rutherford, George "Gabby" Hayes

Released: 1936

Directed by: Joseph Kane

The Lawless Nineties is a 1936 American Western film directed by Joseph Kane and starring John Wayne and Lane Chandler as federal agents in Wyoming. The film also stars a 19-year-old Ann ...more
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Spencer Tracy, Walter Brennan, Sylvia Sidney

Released: 1936

Directed by: Fritz Lang

Fury is a 1936 American drama film directed by Fritz Lang which tells the story of an innocent man who narrowly escapes being lynched and the revenge he seeks. The picture was released by ...more

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Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy, Myrna Loy

Released: 1936

Directed by: Jack Conway

Libeled Lady is a 1936 screwball comedy film starring Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy, and Spencer Tracy, written by George Oppenheimer, Howard Emmett Rogers, Wallace Sullivan, and ...more
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Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer, William Powell

Released: 1936

Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard

The Great Ziegfeld is a 1936 American musical drama film directed by Robert Z. Leonard and produced by Hunt Stromberg. It stars William Powell as the theatrical impresario Florenz ...more

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Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Alan Hale

Released: 1936

Directed by: Harry Lachman

Our Relations is a 1936 feature film starring Laurel and Hardy, produced by Stan Laurel for Hal Roach Studios.
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Walter Brennan, Lewis Stone, Irene Hervey

Released: 1936

Directed by: Richard Boleslawski

Three Godfathers is a 1936 western film, adapted from the novel of the same name by Peter B. Kyne. Three bank robbers find a newborn baby and his dying mother in the desert. Director John Ford ...more
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Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard

Released: 1936

Directed by: Edward Bernds, Charley Chase

Flat Foot Stooges is the 35th 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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Gary Cooper, Anthony Quinn, Jean Arthur

Released: 1936

Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille

The Plainsman is a 1936 American Western film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur. The film presents a highly fictionalized account of the adventures and ...more
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George Sanders, Raymond Massey, Ralph Richardson

Released: 1936

Directed by: William Cameron Menzies

Things to Come is a British science fiction film produced by Alexander Korda and directed by William Cameron Menzies. The film stars Raymond Massey, Ralph Richardson, Cedric Hardwicke, Pearl ...more

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James Stewart, Clark Gable, Jean Harlow

Released: 1936

Directed by: Clarence Brown

Wife vs. Secretary is a 1936 comedy film directed and co-produced by Clarence Brown, and starring Clark Gable as a successful businessman, Jean Harlow as his secretary, and Myrna Loy as his ...more
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Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Beulah Bondi

Released: 1936

Directed by: Arthur Lubin, Lambert Hillyer

The Invisible Ray is a 1936 American science fiction film starring Boris Karloff and Béla Lugosi as Dr. Felix Benet that was released by Universal Pictures.
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Walter Brennan, Merle Oberon, Joel McCrea

Released: 1936

Directed by: William Wyler

These Three is a 1936 American drama film directed by William Wyler. The screenplay by Lillian Hellman is based on her 1934 play The Children's Hour. A 1961 remake of the film directed by Wyler ...more
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Norma Shearer, Basil Rathbone, John Barrymore

Released: 1936

Directed by: George Cukor

Romeo and Juliet is a 1936 American film adapted from the play by Shakespeare, directed by George Cukor from a screenplay by Talbot Jennings. The film stars Leslie Howard as Romeo and Norma ...more

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Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard

Released: 1936

Directed by: Del Lord

Movie Maniacs is the 13th short subject film starring American slapstick comedy trio the Three Stooges. The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.
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Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Paulette Goddard

Released: 1936

Directed by: Charley Rogers, James W. Horne

The Bohemian Girl is a 1936 feature film version of the opera The Bohemian Girl by Michael William Balfe. It was produced at the Hal Roach Studios, and stars Laurel and Hardy and Thelma Todd in ...more

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Irene Dunne, Paul Robeson, Hattie McDaniel

Released: 1936

Directed by: James Whale

Show Boat is a 1936 film. Directed by James Whale, it is based on the musical Show Boat by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, which the team adapted from the Show Boat by Edna Ferber. In 1929 ...more

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