The Best Movies of 1936

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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  • My Man Godfrey
    1
    William Powell, Carol Lombard, Alice Brady
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: Gregory La Cava
  • After the Thin Man
    2
    William Powell, Myrna Loy, James Stewart
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: W. S. Van Dyke
  • Modern Times
    3
    Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
  • Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
    4
    Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, George Bancroft
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: Frank Capra
  • Three Godfathers
    5
    Chester Morris, Lewis Stone, Walter Brennan
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: Richard Boleslawski
  • The Lawless Nineties
    6
    John Wayne, Ann Rutherford, George "Gabby" Hayes
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: Joseph Kane
  • Tarzan Escapes
    7
    Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Weissmuller, Benita Hume
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: William A. Wellman, John Farrow, James C. McKay, George B. Seitz, Richard Thorpe
  • The Great Ziegfeld
    8
    William Powell, Luise Rainer, Myrna Loy
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard
  • Fury
    9
    Sylvia Sidney, Spencer Tracy, Walter Abel
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: Fritz Lang
  • Movie Maniacs
    10
    Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: Del Lord
  • Our Relations
    11
    Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Alan Hale
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: Harry Lachman
  • Swing Time
    12
    Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: George Stevens
  • The Bohemian Girl
    13
    Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Paulette Goddard
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: Charley Rogers, James W. Horne
  • Poor Little Rich Girl
    14
    Shirley Temple, Alice Faye, Jack Haley
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: Irving Cummings
  • The Invisible Ray
    15
    Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Beulah Bondi
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: Arthur Lubin, Lambert Hillyer
  • Flat Foot Stooges
    16
    Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: Edward Bernds, Charley Chase
  • Wife vs. Secretary
    17
    Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: Clarence Brown
  • San Francisco
    18
    Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald, Spencer Tracy
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: W. S. Van Dyke
  • The Plainsman
    19
    Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, James Ellison
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
  • Dodsworth
    20
    Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton, David Niven
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: William Wyler
  • Libeled Lady
    21
    Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy, Myrna Loy
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: Jack Conway
  • Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor
    22
    Mae Questel, Jack Mercer, Gus Wickie
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: Dave Fleischer
  • Show Boat
    23
    Irene Dunne, Paul Robeson, Hattie McDaniel
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: James Whale
  • Reefer Madness
    24
    Dave O'Brien, Dorothy Short, Lillian Miles
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: Louis Gasnier
  • The Last of the Mohicans
    25
    Randolph Scott, Binnie Barnes, Henry Wilcoxon
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: George B. Seitz