Academy Award Rankings

Ranking All The Movies Nominated At The 7th Academy Awards In 1935

7th Academy Awards 1935

“What are the best movies nominated for the 7th Academy Awards in 1935?” We looked at all 32 movies nominated for an Oscar in 1935 and ranked them again one another to answer that very question!

We took all 32 movies that were nominated for an Academy Award in 1935 and looked at their Rotten Tomato Critic, Rotten Tomato User, IMDB, and Letterboxd scores, ranking them against one another to see which movies came out on top. The movies are ranked on our list below, with the full chart of rankings included at the bottom of the page. We did not use Metacritic scores because of the lack of data for older movies on that site. Metacritic scores will be included when we do rankings for other years in the future.

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The Top 1935 Academy Award Movie Rankings



32 ) Bosom Friends

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, Novelty

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31 ) Holiday Land

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, Cartoons

Scrappy does not want to get up and go to school. As the days peel off his calendar, the dates representing holidays come to life. Father time, in particular, takes Scrappy on a tour of the other holidays, stopping at dioramas representing Christmas, New Year’s, Easter, and taking some eggs from Easter over to the feasts of Thanksgiving. Then he wakes up, and has to hurry to get to school on time.

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29 (Tie) ) La Cucaracha

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, Comedy (Win)

Señor Martinez, a famous theater owner, visits a local café in Mexico because of its reputation for good food and to audition the famous dancer who performs there. Martinez tells the café owner that if the dancer is as good as he has heard, he will offer the dancer a contract to perform in his theater. The café’s female singer hears about this and is determined that he won’t leave the café without her.

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29 (Tie) ) What, No Men?

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, Comedy

A bill collector and a policeman are captured by a group of mad scientists and taken to an all-female Indian tribe for study.

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28 ) The Affairs of Cellini

Nominated For:

  • Best Actor in a Leading Role
  • Best Art Direction
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Sound, Recording

The 16th-century sculptor woos the Duchess of Florence despite the duke.

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27 ) Strikes and Spares

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, Novelty

This short features professional bowler Andy Varipapa. He first shows the correct way to grip a bowling ball and the proper form for delivering the ball down the alley. He then performs several trick shots.

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26 ) She Loves Me Not

Nominated For:

  • Best Music, Original Song

A cabaret dancer witnesses a murder and is forced to hide from gangsters by disguising herself as a male Princeton student.

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25 ) City of Wax

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, Novelty (Win)

Oscar Live Action Short film about bees.

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24 ) Jolly Little Elves

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, Cartoons

A poor shoemaker and his wife have only a stale donut and a cup of coffee left to share. An elf drops by, and they offer to share with him. He teaches them (in song) to dunk the donut in the coffee. Later, as they sleep, he brings several other elves back, and they work through the night making shoes in humorous ways. The shoes are a success. Soon, the shoemaker and his wife are quite prosperous. They treat the elves to a feast of donuts and coffee, and the elves treat us to another chorus of “Dunk! Dunk! Dunk!”.

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22 (Tie) ) Here Comes the Navy

Nominated For:

  • Best Picture

A cocky guy joins the Navy for the wrong reason but finds romance and twice is cited for heroism.

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22 (Tie) ) One Night of Love

Nominated For:

  • Best Actress in a Leading Role
  • Best Director
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Music, Score (Win)
  • Best Picture
  • Best Sound, Recording (Win)
  • Technical Achievement Award (Win)

Mary Barrett is an aspiring Opera singer who is taken under the wings of a famous operatic maestro, Guilio Monterverdi. After spending endless working hours together and arguing, their relationship develops into love. But, jealousy and misunderstandings prevent Mary and Guilio from acknowledging their true feelings.

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21 ) The White Parade

Nominated For:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Sound, Recording

The title represents the hopeful, ambitious students at a hospital training school and is primarily a story of the stern discipline and laborious physical and mental toil they endure in order to become nurses and join the White Parade. It is told mainly through the character of June Arden who finds romance with Ronald Hall III on the way, with side stories of the other girls who find failure, success, laughs and tears on the way.

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20 ) The Richest Girl in the World

Nominated For:

  • Best Writing, Original Story

A wealthy heiress switches places with her secretary to test a man’s love. Millionairess Dorothy Hunter (Miriam Hopkins) is tired of finding out that her boyfriends love her for her money, and equally weary of losing eligible beaus who don’t want to be considered fortune-hunters. That’s why she trades identities with her secretary Sylvia (Fay Wray) before embarking on her next romance with Tony Travers (Joel McCrea). This causes numerous complications not only for Dorothy and Tony but for Sylvia, whose own husband Philip (Reginald Denny) is not the most patient of men. A witty script distinguishes this airy romantic comedy.

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19 ) Flirtation Walk

Nominated For:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Sound, Recording

A Musical-romance with Dick Powell as a private stationed in Hawaii who gets involved with Ruby Keeler, the general’s engaged daughter. In order to avoid a scandal, the pair break up, but meet again years later when Powell’s at West Point producing the annual play that turns out to star Keeler.

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18 ) Viva Villa!

Nominated For:

  • Best Assistant Director (Win)
  • Best Picture
  • Best Sound, Recording
  • Best Writing, Adaptation

In this fictionalized biography, young Pancho Villa takes to the hills after killing an overseer in revenge for his father’s death.

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16 (Tie) ) Eskimo

Nominated For:

  • Best Film Editing (Win)

The happy life of an Eskimo is disastrously changed when he mingles with an unscrupulous white trader.

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16 (Tie) ) Hide-Out

Nominated For:

  • Best Writing, Original Story

Wounded criminal Lucky Wilson (Robert Montgomery) takes refuge in a small Connecticut farm. He falls in love with Maureen O’Sullivan, who at first is unaware of his criminal record. Lucky is fully prepared to shoot his way out when the cops come calling, but he is softened by O’Sullivan’s affections. Screenwriters Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett leaven several potentially melodramatic sequences with some first-rate comic dialogue; many of the funniest scenes belong to nightclub owners Henry Armetta and Hermann Bing.

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15 ) The Tortoise and the Hare

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, Cartoons (Win)

The Tortoise and the Hare is an animated short film released on January 5, 1935 by United Artists, produced by Walt Disney and directed by Wilfred Jackson. Based on an Aesop’s fable of the same name, The Tortoise and the Hare won the 1934 Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons. This cartoon is also believed to be one of the influences for Bugs Bunny.

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14 ) Operator 13

Nominated For:

  • Best Cinematography

Union spy Gail Loveless impersonates a black maid in the early days of the Civil War, but complications arise when she falls in love with a Confederate officer.

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13 ) Flying Down to Rio

Nominated For:

  • Best Music, Original Song

A dance band leader finds love and success in Brazil. The first Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers pairing.

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12 ) Men in Black

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, Comedy

The stooges are three doctors who graduated medical school by being in it for too many years. They come across such problems as an overly chirpy nurse, a mental patient, and a combination to a safe swallowed by the hospital superintendent in the course of their attempt to get through the day.

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11 ) The Barretts of Wimpole Street

Nominated For:

  • Best Actress in a Leading Role
  • Best Picture

Elizabeth Barrett’s tyrannical father has forbidden any of his family to marry. Nevertheless, Elizabeth falls in love with the poet Robert Browning.

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9 ) Cleopatra

Nominated For:

  • Best Assistant Director
  • Best Cinematography (Win)
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Picture
  • Best Sound, Recording

The queen of Egypt (Claudette Colbert) barges the Nile and flirts with Mark Antony (Henry Wilcoxon) and Julius Caesar (Warren William).

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9 ) The House of Rothschild

Nominated For:

  • Best Picture

The story of the rise of the Rothschild financial empire founded by Mayer Rothschild and continued by his five sons. From humble beginnings the business grows and helps to finance the war against Napoleon, but it’s not always easy, especially because of the prejudices against Jews.

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8 ) Of Human Bondage

Nominated For:

  • Best Actress in a Leading Role

Club-footed medical school student Philip Carey falls in love with cynical waitress Mildred Rogers. She rejects him and runs off with a salesman, later returning pregnant and unmarried. Philip takes her in, though a “happily ever after” ending is not to be.

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6 (Tie) ) Manhattan Melodrama

Nominated For:

  • Best Writing, Original Story (Win)

The friendship between two orphans endures even though they grow up on opposite sides of the law and fall in love with the same woman.

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6 (Tie) ) The Lost Patrol

Nominated For:

  • Best Music, Score

A World War I British Army patrol is crossing the Mesopotamian desert when their commanding officer, the only one who knows their destination is killed by the bullet of unseen bandits. The patrol’s sergeant keeps them heading north on the assumption that they will hit their brigade. They stop for the night at an oasis and awake the next morning to find their horses stolen, their sentry dead, the oasis surrounded and survival difficult.

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5 ) The Merry Widow

Nominated For:

  • Best Art Direction (Win)

A prince from a small kingdom courts a wealthy widow to keep her money in the country.

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4 ) Imitation of Life

Nominated For:

  • Best Assistant Director
  • Best Picture
  • Best Sound, Recording

A widow and her housekeeper go into business together but almost lose their daughters.

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2 (Tie) ) The Gay Divorcee

Nominated For:

  • Best Art Direction
  • Best Music, Original Song (Win)
  • Best Music, Score
  • Best Picture
  • Best Sound, Recording

Guy Holden falls for Mimi Glossop without knowing she’s married. She’s trying to get a divorce, so her dizzy aunt and incompetent lawyer hire a professional correspondent to pose as her lover. When Guy unknowingly gives Mimi the code phrase, she thinks he’s the faux beau; and she confuses his genuine interest for part of the act.

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2 (Tie) ) The Thin Man

Nominated For:

  • Best Actor in a Leading Role
  • Best Director
  • Best Picture
  • Best Writing, Adaptation

A husband-and-wife detective team takes on the search for a missing inventor and almost get killed for their efforts.

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1 ) It Happened One Night

Nominated For:

  • Best Actor in a Leading Role (Win)
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role (Win)
  • Best Director (Win)
  • Best Picture (Win)
  • Best Writing, Adaptation (Win)

Ellie Andrews has just tied the knot with society aviator King Westley when she is whisked away to her father’s yacht and out of King’s clutches. Ellie jumps ship and eventually winds up on a bus headed back to her husband. Reluctantly she must accept the help of out-of- work reporter Peter Warne. Actually, Warne doesn’t give her any choice: either she sticks with him until he gets her back to her husband, or he’ll blow the whistle on Ellie to her father. Either way, Peter gets what he wants… a really juicy newspaper story!

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The Best 1935 Academy Award Rankings



1935 Academy Award Rankings

Film RT Critic RT User IMDB Letterboxd Overal Rank
It Happened One Night 7 2 1 1 1
The Thin Man 8 1 2 2 2
The Gay Divorcee 1 4 5 3 2
Imitation of Life 1 3 5 5 4
The Merry Widow 9 6 7 3 5
Manhattan Melodrama 11 9 10 5 6
The Lost Patrol 1 12 13 9 6
Of Human Bondage 13 10 8 9 8
Cleopatra 9 11 15 9 9
The House of Rothschild 1 7 16 19 9
The Barretts of Wimpole Street 14 7 11 13 11
Men in Black 17 21 3 5 12
Flying Down to Rio 1 16 18 14 13
Operator 13 17 15 4 14 14
The Tortoise and the Hare 17 21 8 5 15
Hide-Out 17 18 13 9 16
Eskimo 17 5 11 24 16
Viva Villa! 12 14 20 14 18
Flirtation Walk 1 19 30 23 19
The Richest Girl in the World 17 21 22 14 20
The White Parade 15 21 16 24 21
Here Comes the Navy 17 17 22 21 22
One Night of Love 15 13 28 21 22
Jolly Little Elves 17 21 27 14 24
City of Wax 17 21 18 24 25
She Loves Me Not 17 21 20 24 26
Strikes and Spares 17 21 22 24 27
The Affairs of Cellini 17 20 25 24 28
La Cucaracha 17 21 30 19 29
What, No Men? 17 21 25 24 29
Holiday Land 17 21 28 24 31
Bosom Friends 17 21 32 24 32

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