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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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  • 1
    Modern Times is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1936
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    Modern Times

    Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard

    Released1936

    Directed byCharlie Chaplin

    Modern Times is a 1936 comedy film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin in which his iconic... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    My Man Godfrey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1936
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    My Man Godfrey

    Carole Lombard, Jane Wyman

    Released1936

    Directed byGregory La Cava

    My Man Godfrey is a 1936 American comedy-drama film directed by Gregory La Cava. The... more on Wikipedia
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    After the Thin Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1936
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    After the Thin Man

    James Stewart, Myrna Loy

    Released1936

    Directed byW. S. Van Dyke

    After the Thin Man is a 1936 American film, starring William Powell, Myrna Loy, and James... more on Wikipedia
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    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1936
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    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

    Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur

    Released1936

    Directed byFrank Capra

    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town is a 1936 American screwball comedy film directed by Frank Capra,... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Tarzan Escapes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1936
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    Tarzan Escapes

    Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Weissmuller

    Released1936

    Directed byWilliam 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.... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 6
    Reefer Madness is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1936
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    Reefer Madness

    Dave O'Brien, Carleton Young

    Released1936

    Directed byLouis J. Gasnier

    Reefer Madness is a 1936–1939 American propaganda exploitation drama film revolving around the... more on Wikipedia

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    Swing Time is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1936
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    Swing Time

    Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire

    Released1936

    Directed byGeorge Stevens

    Swing Time is a 1936 American RKO musical comedy film set mainly in New York City, and... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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  • 8
    Dodsworth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1936
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    Dodsworth

    David Niven, Mary Astor

    Released1936

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    Dodsworth is a 1936 American drama film directed by William Wyler and starring Walter Huston,... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Fury is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1936
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    Fury

    Spencer Tracy, Walter Brennan

    Released1936

    Directed byFritz Lang

    Fury is a 1936 American drama film directed by Fritz Lang which tells the story of an innocent... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Poor Little Rich Girl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1936
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    Poor Little Rich Girl

    Shirley Temple, Gloria Stuart

    Released1936

    Directed byIrving Cummings

    Poor Little Rich Girl, advertised as The Poor Little Rich Girl, is a 1936 American musical... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 11
    The Lawless Nineties is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1936
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    The Lawless Nineties

    John Wayne, Ann Rutherford

    Released1936

    Directed byJoseph Kane

    The Lawless Nineties is a 1936 American Western film directed by Joseph Kane and starring John... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Libeled Lady is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1936
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    Libeled Lady

    Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy

    Released1936

    Directed byJack Conway

    Libeled Lady is a 1936 screwball comedy film starring Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy,... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 13
    The Great Ziegfeld is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1936
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    The Great Ziegfeld

    Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer

    Released1936

    Directed byRobert Z. Leonard

    The Great Ziegfeld is a 1936 American musical drama film directed by Robert Z. Leonard and... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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  • 14
    Our Relations is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1936
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    Our Relations

    Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy

    Released1936

    Directed byHarry Lachman

    Our Relations is a 1936 feature film starring Laurel and Hardy, produced by Stan Laurel for... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 15
    Three Godfathers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1936
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    Three Godfathers

    Walter Brennan, Lewis Stone

    Released1936

    Directed byRichard Boleslawski

    Three Godfathers is a 1936 western film, adapted from the novel of the same name by Peter B.... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 16
    Flat Foot Stooges is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1936
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    Flat Foot Stooges

    Larry Fine, Moe Howard

    Released1936

    Directed byEdward Bernds, Charley Chase

    Flat Foot Stooges is the 35th short subject starring American slapstick comedy team the Three... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 17
    The Plainsman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1936
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    The Plainsman

    Gary Cooper, Anthony Quinn

    Released1936

    Directed byCecil B. DeMille

    The Plainsman is a 1936 American Western film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Gary... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 18
    Things to Come is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1936
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    Things to Come

    George Sanders, Raymond Massey

    Released1936

    Directed byWilliam Cameron Menzies

    Things to Come is a British science fiction film produced by Alexander Korda and directed by... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Wife vs. Secretary is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1936
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    Wife vs. Secretary

    James Stewart, Clark Gable

    Released1936

    Directed byClarence Brown

    Wife vs. Secretary is a 1936 comedy film directed and co-produced by Clarence Brown, and... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 20
    The Invisible Ray is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1936
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    The Invisible Ray

    Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi

    Released1936

    Directed byArthur Lubin, Lambert Hillyer

    The Invisible Ray is a 1936 American science fiction film starring Boris Karloff and Béla... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 21
    These Three is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1936
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    These Three

    Walter Brennan, Merle Oberon

    Released1936

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    These Three is a 1936 American drama film directed by William Wyler. The screenplay by Lillian... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 22
    Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1936
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    Romeo and Juliet

    Norma Shearer, Basil Rathbone

    Released1936

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    Romeo and Juliet is a 1936 American film adapted from the play by Shakespeare, directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    Movie Maniacs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1936
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    Movie Maniacs

    Larry Fine, Moe Howard

    Released1936

    Directed byDel Lord

    Movie Maniacs is the 13th short subject film starring American slapstick comedy trio the Three... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Bohemian Girl is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1936
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    The Bohemian Girl

    Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy

    Released1936

    Directed byCharley Rogers, James W. Horne

    The Bohemian Girl is a 1936 feature film version of the opera The Bohemian Girl by Michael... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Show Boat is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1936
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    Show Boat

    Irene Dunne, Paul Robeson

    Released1936

    Directed byJames Whale

    Show Boat is a 1936 film. Directed by James Whale, it is based on the musical Show Boat by... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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