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
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy, Busby BerkeleyGold Diggers of 1933 is a pre-code Warner Bros. musical film directed by Mervyn LeRoy with... more
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon42nd Street is a 1933 American Warner Bros. musical film directed by Lloyd Bacon with... more
Directed by: Victor FlemingBombshell is a 1933 American Pre-Code romantic comedy-drama film directed by Victor Fleming... more
Directed by: William DieterleFashions of 1934 is a 1934 Pre-Code American musical comedy film directed by William Dieterle... more
Directed by: Roy Del RuthGold Diggers of Broadway is a 1929 Warner Bros. comedy/musical film which is historically... more
Directed by: Frank CapraPlatinum Blonde is a 1931 American romantic comedy motion picture starring Jean Harlow, Robert... more
Directed by: Ernst LubitschThe Love Parade is a 1929 musical comedy film about the marital difficulties of Queen Louise... more
Directed by: Roy Del RuthThe Maltese Falcon is an American pre-code crime film, based on the novel of the same name by... more
Directed by: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. SchoedsackKing Kong is a 1933 American fantasy monster/adventure film directed and produced by Merian C.... more
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoyLittle Caesar is a 1931 Warner Bros. Pre-Code crime film that tells the story of a hoodlum who... more
Directed by: Frank CapraIt Happened One Night is a 1934 American romantic comedy film with elements of screwball... more
Directed by: Lewis MilestoneAll Quiet on the Western Front is a 1930 American epic film based on the Erich Maria Remarque... more
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoyThree on a Match is a 1932 American pre-Code crime drama released by Warner Bros. The film was... more
Directed by: Victor FlemingRed Dust is a 1932 American romantic drama film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Clark... more
Directed by: William A. WellmanThe Public Enemy is a 1931 American all-talking pre-code crime film produced and distributed... more
Directed by: Edmund GouldingGrand Hotel is a 1932 American drama film directed by Edmund Goulding. The screenplay by... more
Directed by: Tod BrowningFreaks is a 1932 American horror film in which the eponymous characters were played by people... more
Directed by: Leo McCareyDuck Soup is a 1933 Marx Brothers anarchic comedy film written by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby,... more
Directed by: Tod Browning, Karl FreundDracula is a 1931 vampire-horror film directed by Tod Browning and starring Bela Lugosi as... more
Directed by: James WhaleFrankenstein is a 1931 horror monster film from Universal Pictures directed by James Whale and... more
Directed by: Ernst LubitschTrouble in Paradise is a 1932 American pre-Code romantic comedy film directed by Ernst... more
Directed by: Alfred E. GreenBaby Face is a 1933 American dramatic film directed by Alfred E. Green, and starring Barbara... more
Directed by: Rouben MamoulianDr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1931 American Pre-Code horror film directed by Rouben Mamoulian... more
Directed by: William A. WellmanNight Nurse is a 1931 American pre-code crime drama and mystery film produced and distributed... more