Here it is, ladies and gents, a list of all the best pre-code movies of all time, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime.
The pre-code Hollywood movie genre refers to films made between the widespread use of sound in movies in 1929 and the enforcement of the Hays Code in 1934 (also known as the Motion Picture Production Code), and featured stars such as Clark Gable, Joan Blondell, and Barbara Stanwyck.
The films on this list cover the top pre-code movies of all time and is currently ordered from best to worst, according to your votes, so be sure to thums up movies like The Gay Divorcee or Hold Your Man if you like them -- or vote them down if they weren’t your cup of tea. This list has everything from Wonder Bar to The Wet Parade, and more, but if we missed any pre-code films on this list by famous directors like Cecil B. DeMille, please add them yourself, as this is an open list, which means you can add any movies whenever you like (choices are subject to moderation).
So whether you're at home and want to watch these pre-code Hollywood movies on DVD or streaming… or if you're seeing them at an Indie theatre for the first time, this list of the best pre-code films will help you decide what to watch. So from the latest, to the greatest pre-code movies, here is the full list of pre-code films, ordered from best to worst.
Directed by: Busby Berkeley, Lloyd BaconFootlight Parade is a 1933 American musical film starring James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby... more 0
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy, Busby BerkeleyGold Diggers of 1933 is a pre-code Warner Bros. musical film directed by Mervyn LeRoy with... more 0
Directed by: Victor FlemingBombshell is a 1933 American Pre-Code romantic comedy-drama film directed by Victor Fleming... more 0
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon42nd Street is a 1933 American Warner Bros. musical film directed by Lloyd Bacon with... more 0
Directed by: Roy Del RuthGold Diggers of Broadway is a 1929 Warner Bros. comedy/musical film which is historically... more 0
Directed by: William DieterleFashions of 1934 is a 1934 Pre-Code American musical comedy film directed by William Dieterle... more 0
Directed by: Frank CapraPlatinum Blonde is a 1931 American romantic comedy motion picture starring Jean Harlow, Robert... more 0
Directed by: Ernst LubitschThe Love Parade is a 1929 musical comedy film about the marital difficulties of Queen Louise... more 0
Directed by: Roy Del RuthThe Maltese Falcon is an American pre-code crime film, based on the novel of the same name by... more 0
Directed by: Victor HeermanAnimal Crackers is a 1930 Marx Brothers comedy film, in which mayhem and zaniness ensue when a... more 0
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoyLittle Caesar is a 1931 Warner Bros. Pre-Code crime film that tells the story of a hoodlum who... more 0
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoyI Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang is an American Pre-Code crime/drama film starring Paul Muni... more 0
Directed by: Lewis MilestoneAll Quiet on the Western Front is a 1930 American epic film based on the Erich Maria Remarque... more 0
Directed by: Ray Enright, Busby BerkeleyDames is a 1934 Warner Bros. musical comedy film directed by Ray Enright with dance numbers... more 0
Directed by: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. SchoedsackKing Kong is a 1933 American fantasy monster/adventure film directed and produced by Merian C.... more 0
Directed by: Howard Hawks, Richard RossonScarface is a 1932 American film starring Paul Muni, produced by Howard Hughes and Howard... more 0
Directed by: Ernst LubitschThe Smiling Lieutenant is an American film directed by Ernst Lubitsch, starring Maurice... more 0
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoyThree on a Match is a 1932 American pre-Code crime drama released by Warner Bros. The film was... more 0
Directed by: Frank CapraIt Happened One Night is a 1934 American romantic comedy film with elements of screwball... more 0
Directed by: William A. WellmanThe Public Enemy is a 1931 American all-talking pre-code crime film produced and distributed... more 0
Directed by: Victor FlemingRed Dust is a 1932 American romantic drama film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Clark... more 0
Directed by: Leo McCareyDuck Soup is a 1933 Marx Brothers anarchic comedy film written by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby,... more 0
Directed by: Edmund GouldingGrand Hotel is a 1932 American drama film directed by Edmund Goulding. The screenplay by... more 0
Directed by: W. S. Van Dyke, Richard ThorpeTarzan the Ape Man is a 1932 pre-Code American action adventure film featuring Edgar Rice... more 0
Directed by: Robert Florey, Joseph SantleyThe Cocoanuts is a 1929 musical comedy film starring the Marx Brothers. Produced for Paramount... more