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The Best Movies of 1937  

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List of the best movies of 1937, with movie trailers when available. These top movies of 1937 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 1937. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1937 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1937 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

This list has everything from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Dead End.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1937?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1937?"

1937 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1937. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1937 aren't just one persons opinion.
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Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig, Jimmy MacDonald
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the German fairy tale by the ...more
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Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Ralph Bellamy
The Awful Truth is a 1937 screwball comedy film starring Irene Dunne and Cary Grant. The plot concerns the machinations of a soon-to-be-divorced couple, played by Dunne and Grant, who go to ...more
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Erich von Stroheim, Jean Gabin, Marcel Dalio
La Grande Illusion is a 1937 French war film directed by Jean Renoir, who co-wrote the screenplay with Charles Spaak. The story concerns class relationships among a small group of French ...more
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Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Thomas Mitchell
Lost Horizon is a 1937 American drama-fantasy film directed by Frank Capra. The screenplay by Robert Riskin is based on the 1933 novel of the same title by James Hilton. The film exceeded its ...more
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Cary Grant, Constance Bennett, Roland Young
Topper is an American comedy film starring Constance Bennett and Cary Grant which tells the story of a stuffy, stuck-in-his-ways man, Cosmo Topper who is haunted by the ghosts of a fun-loving ...more
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Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Edward Everett Horton
Shall We Dance is the seventh of the ten Astaire-Rogers musical comedy films. It was released in 1937. The idea for this film originated in the studio's desire to exploit the successful formula ...more
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Janet Gaynor, Fredric March, Adolphe Menjou
A Star Is Born is a 1937 Technicolor romantic drama film produced by David O. Selznick and directed by William A. Wellman, with a script by Wellman, Robert Carson, Dorothy Parker and Alan ...more
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Carole Lombard, Hattie McDaniel, Margaret Hamilton
Nothing Sacred is a 1937 Technicolor screwball comedy film directed by William A. Wellman, produced by David O. Selznick, and starring Carole Lombard and Fredric March. with a supporting cast ...more
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Ronald Colman, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
The Prisoner of Zenda is a play by Edward E. Rose and Anthony Hope.
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Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Lionel Barrymore
Captains Courageous is a 1937 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer adventure film. Based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling, it had its world premiere at the Carthay Circle Theatre in Los Angeles. The movie was ...more
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David Niven, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
The Prisoner of Zenda is a 1937 black-and-white adventure film based on the Anthony Hope 1894 novel of the same name and the 1896 play. Of the many film adaptations, this is considered by many ...more
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Luise Rainer, Paul Muni, Keye Luke
The Good Earth is a 1937 American drama film about Chinese farmers who struggle to survive. It was adapted by Talbot Jennings, Tess Slesinger, and Claudine West from the play by Donald Davis and ...more
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Paul Muni, Gale Sondergaard, Donald Crisp
The Life of Emile Zola is a 1937 American biographical film about French author Émile Zola, played by Paul Muni and directed by William Dieterle. It has the distinction of being the ...more
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Humphrey Bogart, Sylvia Sidney, Claire Trevor
Dead End is a 1937 crime drama film. It is an adaptation of the Sidney Kingsley 1935 Broadway play of the same name. It stars Humphrey Bogart, Joel McCrea, and Sylvia Sidney. It is notable as ...more
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Lucy Hall added Rosalind Russell, Robert Montgomery, May Whitty
Night Must Fall is a 1937 film adaptation of the Emlyn Williams play of the same name. It was directed by Richard Thorpe and adapted by John Van Druten. It stars Robert Montgomery, Rosalind ...more
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Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Lloyd Nolan
Internes Can't Take Money is a 1937 American drama film directed by Alfred Santell and starring Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Lloyd Nolan, and Stanley Ridges. McCrea portrays Dr. Kildare in the ...more
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John Barrymore, Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy
Maytime is a 1937 American musical romantic drama film distributed by MGM. It was directed by Robert Z. Leonard and stars Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. The screenplay was rewritten from ...more
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Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Rosina Lawrence
Way Out West is a Laurel and Hardy comedy film released in 1937. It was directed by James W. Horne, produced by Stan Laurel and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. This was the second picture ...more
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Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Hattie McDaniel
Saratoga is a 1937 American romantic comedy film written by Anita Loos and directed by Jack Conway. The movie stars Clark Gable and Jean Harlow in their sixth and final film collaboration, and ...more
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Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson
Kid Galahad is a 1937 boxing film starring Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart and, in the title role, rising newcomer Wayne Morris. It was scripted by Seton I. Miller and directed ...more
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Henry Fonda, Margaret Hamilton, Sylvia Sidney
You Only Live Once is a 1937 crime drama film starring Sylvia Sidney and Henry Fonda. Considered an early film noir, the film was the second directed by Fritz Lang in America. At least 15 ...more
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Tyrone Power, Sonja Henie, Bobby Vitale
Thin Ice is a United States comedy/romance film directed by Sidney Lanfield starring Tyrone Power and figure skater Sonja Henie.
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Marlene Dietrich, Melvyn Douglas, Herbert Marshall
Angel is a 1937 American comedy-drama film made by Paramount Pictures. It was produced and directed by Ernst Lubitsch from a screenplay by Samson Raphaelson and Frederick Lonsdale, adapted by ...more
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Errol Flynn, Claude Rains, Barton MacLane
The Prince and the Pauper is a 1937 film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Mark Twain. It starred Errol Flynn, twins Billy and Bobby Mauch in the title roles, and Claude Rains. The ...more
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Gary Cooper, George Raft, Robert Cummings
Souls at Sea is a 1937 American adventure film directed by Henry Hathaway and starring Gary Cooper, George Raft, and Frances Dee. Based on a story by Ted Lesser, the film is about a first mate ...more