Film The Best Movies of 1936  

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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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Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Betty Furness 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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David Niven, Mary Astor, Walter Huston 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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Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Edward LeSaint 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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Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, Lionel Stander 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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Gary Cooper, Anthony Quinn, Jean Arthur 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 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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John Gielgud, Peter Lorre, Robert Young Secret Agent is a British film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, loosely based on two stories in Ashenden: Or the British Agent by W. Somerset Maugham. The film starred Madeleine Carroll, Peter ...more

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Carole Lombard, Jane Wyman, William Powell 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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Walter Brennan, Merle Oberon, Joel McCrea 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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James Stewart, Clark Gable, Jean Harlow 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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Spencer Tracy, Walter Brennan, Sylvia Sidney 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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Sylvia Sidney, Oskar Homolka, John Loder Sabotage, also released as The Woman Alone, is a 1936 British thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock about an agent who hides a time bomb in a delivery package to blow up London. It is ...more

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Don Ameche, Loretta Young, Kent Taylor The first version of Ramona to have sound and also the first to have color.

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Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer, William Powell 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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Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Weissmuller, Benita Hume 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. 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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James Stewart, Myrna Loy, William Powell 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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Tyrone Power, Don Ameche, Loretta Young Ladies in Love is a romantic comedy film directed by Edward H. Griffith and starring Janet Gaynor, Constance Bennett and Loretta Young. The film revolves around three roommates in exotic ...more

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Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper, William Frawley Desire is an American romantic drama film released in 1936 and directed by Frank Borzage. It was produced by Borzage and Ernst Lubitsch. The picture is a remake of the 1933 German film Die ...more

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Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Beulah Bondi 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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Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire Follow the Fleet is a 1936 Hollywood musical comedy film with a nautical theme which stars Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and features Randolph Scott, Harriet Hilliard, and Astrid Allwyn, with ...more

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Irene Dunne, Paul Robeson, Hattie McDaniel 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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Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Jeanette MacDonald San Francisco is a 1936 musical-drama directed by Woody Van Dyke, based on the April 18, 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The film, which was the top grossing movie of that year, stars Clark ...more

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Tyrone Power, Madeleine Carroll, Freddie Bartholomew Lloyd's of London is a 1936 American drama film directed by Henry King. It stars Tyrone Power, Madeleine Carroll, and Guy Standing. The supporting cast includes Freddie Bartholomew, George ...more

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Boris Karloff, Cecil Parker, Anna Lee The Man Who Changed His Mind is a 1936 British science fiction horror film starring Boris Karloff and Anna Lee. It was directed by Robert Stevenson and was produced by Gainsborough Pictures. The ...more

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Maureen O'Sullivan, Lionel Barrymore, Rafaela Ottiano The Devil-Doll is a horror film directed by Tod Browning and starring a cross-dressing Lionel Barrymore and Maureen O'Sullivan as his daughter, Lorraine Lavond. The movie was adapted from the ...more

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Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor, Joan Leslie Camille is an American romantic drama film directed by George Cukor and produced by Irving Thalberg and Bernard H. Hyman, from a screenplay by James Hilton, Zoë Akins and Frances Marion. ...more

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Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Leslie Howard The Petrified Forest is a 1936 American film, directed by Archie Mayo starring Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, and Humphrey Bogart. A precursor of film noir, it was adapted from Robert E. Sherwood's ...more

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Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy, Myrna Loy 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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Olivia de Havilland, David Niven, Errol Flynn The Charge of the Light Brigade is a 1936 American historical adventure film made by Warner Bros. It was directed by Michael Curtiz and produced by Samuel Bischoff, with Hal B. Wallis as ...more

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James Stewart, Buddy Ebsen, Eleanor Powell Born to Dance is an American musical film starring Eleanor Powell and James Stewart, released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and directed by Roy Del Ruth. The plot of Born to Dance is not much ...more

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Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, Edward Chapman Rembrandt is a 1936 British biographical film made by London Film Productions of the life of 17th-century Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn. The film was produced and directed by Alexander Korda ...more

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Rosalind Russell, Thomas Mitchell, John Boles Craig's Wife is a 1936 drama film starring Rosalind Russell as a domineering wife. It was based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play of the same name by George Kelly, and directed by ...more

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Walter Brennan, Lewis Stone, Irene Hervey 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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Randolph Scott, Heather Angel, Henry Wilcoxon The Last of the Mohicans is a 1936 American adventure film directed by George B. Seitz and starring Randolph Scott, Binnie Barnes and Henry Wilcoxon based on the novel The Last of the Mohicans ...more

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Boris Karloff, Barton MacLane, Edmund Gwenn The Walking Dead is a 1936 American horror film distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, directed by Michael Curtiz, and starring Boris Karloff who played a wrongly executed man who is restored to ...more

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Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Alan Hale Our Relations is a 1936 feature film starring Laurel and Hardy, produced by Stan Laurel for Hal Roach Studios.

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Bette Davis, George Brent The Golden Arrow is an American comedy film directed by Alfred E. Green and starring Bette Davis and George Brent. The screenplay by Charles Kenyon is based on a story of the same title by ...more

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Claudette Colbert, Rosalind Russell, Ronald Colman Under Two Flags is a 1936 American adventure romance film directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Ronald Colman, Claudette Colbert, Victor McLaglen and Rosalind Russell. The picture was based on ...more

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The Trail of the Lonesome Pine is a 1908 romance novel/western novel written by John Fox, Jr.. The novel became Fox's most successful, and was included among the top ten list of bestselling ...more

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Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler Colleen is a 1936 Warner Bros. musical film directed by Alfred E. Green. It stars Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, and Joan Blondell.

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Marcel Dalio, Julien Carette, Jany Holt Le Golem is a 1936 French monster movie filmed in Prague, Czechoslovakia and directed by Julien Duvivier.

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Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, Joseph Crehan Gold Diggers of 1937 is a 1936 Warner Bros. movie musical directed by Lloyd Bacon with musical numbers created and directed by Busby Berkeley, and starring Dick Powell and Joan Blondell, who ...more

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John Wayne, Ann Rutherford, George "Gabby" Hayes 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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Mickey Rooney, Dolores Costello, C. Aubrey Smith Little Lord Fauntleroy is a 1936 drama film based on the 1886 novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The film stars Freddie Bartholomew, Dolores Costello, and C. Aubrey Smith. The ...more

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Rosalind Russell, George Raft, Leo Carrillo It Had to Happen is a 1936 film starring George Raft and Rosalind Russell. The movie was written by Rupert Hughes, Kathryn Scola, and Howard Ellis Smith, and directed by Roy Del Ruth.

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Shirley Temple, Gloria Stuart, Alice Faye 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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Norma Shearer, Basil Rathbone, John Barrymore 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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Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Charles King Red River Valley, later retitled Man of the Frontier for American television screening is a 1936 American Western film directed by B. Reeves Eason and starring Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, and ...more

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Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll, William Frawley The General Died at Dawn is a 1936 film that tells the story of a mercenary who meets a beautiful girl while trying to keep arms from getting to a vicious warlord in war-torn China. The movie ...more