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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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