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List Rules Vote for your personal favorite Pre-code films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

A list of all the best pre-code movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. This pre-code movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director and more. This list of pre-code films also contains pre-code movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. This pre-code films list can also be copied to start your own. This list, though, contains the best pre-code movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films This pre-code movie list can be sorted by alphabetically, by director, by year and more, but is currently ordered from best to worst. Help out your favorites on this list by upvoting them to the top of the list.

List of pre-code films includes pre-code movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. Make this list even more social by re-ranking it to fit your opinions, making it votable then sharing it with your friends on social networks.

These are the top films in the pre-code genre, meaning that each and every one of these is a movie with at least a single element of the pre-code genre in it. Be it the motifs of the pre-code genre or just some of the most common archetypes.

Be sure to thums up movies like The Gay Divorcee or Hold Your Man if you like them. If we missed any pre-code movies on this list, please add them to the list yourself, as this is an open list which means you can add any movies whenever you like (choices are subject to moderation). The films on this list cover the most famous pre-code movies of all time and are voted on by people who really care about pre-code movie lists.
You can find the release information for any of the films listed below. It's often available in the data set, so you can even find the cast of some of these by clicking on the names of the pre-code movies. List includes photos and pre-code movie trailers next to the names of the movies.

List features Wonder Bar, The Wet Parade and more movies.

Whether you're at home and want to watch these pre-code movies on DVD, streaming Blu-ray or streaming, or if you're seeing them in theatres for the first time, this is a list of good pre-code movies that can be helpful in either situation to see where they all stack up. So from the latest, to the greatest pre-code movies, here is the full pre-code movies list, ordered from best to worst.

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A Free Soul Clark Gable, Norma Shearer, Lionel Barrymore

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The Divorcee Norma Shearer, Ethel Barrymore, Robert Montgomery

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Baby Face John Wayne, Barbara Stanwyck, Margaret Lindsay

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Grand Hotel Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, John Barrymore

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Scarface Jean Harlow, Boris Karloff, Paul Muni

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Little Caesar Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

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It Happened One Night Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Ward Bond

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The Smiling Lieutenant Claudette Colbert, Maurice Chevalier, Charlie Ruggles

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Trouble in Paradise Herbert Marshall, Charlie Ruggles, Miriam Hopkins

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Red Dust Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Maggie Cheung

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King Kong Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper, Bruce Cabot

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Red-Headed Woman Jean Harlow, Charles Boyer, Lewis Stone

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Freaks Wallace Ford, Edward Brophy, Roscoe Ates

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Dracula Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle

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The Public Enemy Jean Harlow, James Cagney, Joan Blondell

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42nd Street Ginger Rogers, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler

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Mystery of the Wax Museum Fay Wray, Lionel Atwill, Glenda Farrell

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Tom Webb added Frankenstein Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

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I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Preston Foster

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Night Nurse Clark Gable, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Blondell

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Gold Diggers of 1933 Ginger Rogers, Joan Blondell, Billy Barty

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Duck Soup Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx

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Of Human Bondage Bette Davis, Leslie Howard, Reginald Denny

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The Mummy Boris Karloff, Edward Van Sloan, Noble Johnson

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Three on a Match Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Joan Blondell

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Animal Crackers Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx

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Platinum Blonde Jean Harlow, Loretta Young, Halliwell Hobbes

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Manhattan Melodrama Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, William Powell

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Men in White Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Otto Kruger

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The Maltese Falcon Thelma Todd, William Dieterle, Bebe Daniels

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Footlight Parade James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Dorothy Lamour

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Ladies They Talk About Barbara Stanwyck, Lillian Roth, Preston Foster

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Doctor X Fay Wray, Lionel Atwill, Lee Tracy

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Fredric March, Wallace Beery, Miriam Hopkins

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The Sign of the Cross Charles Laughton, Claudette Colbert, Fredric March

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Dames Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler

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Cleopatra Claudette Colbert, Joseph Schildkraut, Warren William

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Shanghai Express Marlene Dietrich, Anna May Wong, Eugene Pallette

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The Love Parade Jean Harlow, Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier

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Tom Webb added Dinner at Eight Jean Harlow, John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore

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All Quiet on the Western Front Fred Zinnemann, Lew Ayres, ZaSu Pitts

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The Most Dangerous Game Fay Wray, Joel McCrea, Buster Crabbe

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She Done Him Wrong Cary Grant, Mae West, Rochelle Hudson

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The Cocoanuts Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx

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Female Humphrey Bogart, Johnny Mack Brown, Ruth Chatterton

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One Way Passage William Powell, Frank McHugh, Kay Francis

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The Merry Widow Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier, Billy Gilbert

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Bombshell Jean Harlow, Frank Morgan, Franchot Tone

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Tom Webb added Employees' Entrance Loretta Young, Warren William, Wallace Ford

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Horse Feathers Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Thelma Todd