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The Best Pre-Code Movies Ever Made

“What are the best Pre-Code Movies?” We looked at 285 of the top Pre-Code films, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 35 films, all appearing on 5 or more “Best Pre-Code” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 225+ movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 35 Best Pre-Code Movies Ever Made



35 .) 42nd Street (1933) directed by Lloyd Bacon

42nd Street (1933)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Criterion Forum
  • Flick Chart
  • Flick Chart 2
  • MUBI
  • Ranker

A producer puts on what may be his last Broadway show, and at the last moment a chorus girl has to replace the star.



34 .) All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) directed by Lewis Milestone

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart
  • Flick Chart 2
  • IMDB
  • MUBI
  • Ranker

A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I. Together with several other young German soldiers, he experiences the horrors of war, such evil of which he had not conceived of when signing up to fight. They eventually become sad, tormented, and confused of their purpose.



33 .) Design for Living (1933) directed by Ernst Lubitsch

Design for Living (1933)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Btch Flicks
  • Criterion Forum
  • MUBI
  • Reddit
  • Taste Of Cinema

An independent woman can’t chose between the two men she loves.



32 .) Female (1933) directed by Michael Curtiz

Female (1933)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Btch Flicks
  • Cinema Fanatic
  • Flick Chart 2
  • List Challenges
  • MUBI

Alison Drake, the tough-minded executive of an automobile factory, succeeds in the man’s world of business until she meets an independent design engineer.



31 .) Heroes for Sale (1933) directed by William A. Wellman

Heroes for Sale (1933)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Filmstruck
  • Flick Chart 2
  • IMDB
  • MUBI
  • Pre-Code

Tom Holmes is someone guided by honesty and moral rectitude, a heroic veteran of the World War I marked by the unbearable suffering caused by his battle wounds, a traumatized but courageous man who will experience, in the years to come, the pain of misfortune but also the happiness of success and hope and love for other human beings.



30 .) It Happened One Night (1934) directed by Frank Capra

It Happened One Night (1934)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart
  • Flick Chart 2
  • List Challenges
  • Ranker
  • Shadows And Satin

Having just tied the knot with society aviator, King Westley, Ellie Andrews 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. ×



29 .) Love Me Tonight (1932) directed by Rouben Mamoulian

Love Me Tonight (1932)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Criterion Forum
  • Flick Chart 2
  • MUBI
  • Reddit
  • Taste Of Cinema

A Parisian tailor finds himself posing as a baron in order to collect a sizeable bill from an aristocrat, only to fall in love with an aloof young princess.



28 .) Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) directed by Robert Florey

Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Criterion Forum
  • Flick Chart 2
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • List Verse

In 19th Century Paris, the maniacal Dr. Mirakle abducts young women and injects them with ape blood in an attempt to prove ape-human kinship. He constantly meets failure as the abducted women die. Medical student Pierre Dupin discovers what Mirakle is doing too late to prevent the abduction of his girlfriend Camille. Now he desperately tries to enlist the help of the police to get her back.



27 .) Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) directed by Michael Curtiz

Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cinema Enthusiast
  • Flick Chart 2
  • Horror Home Room
  • List Challenges
  • MUBI

Sculptor Ivan Igor struggles in vain to prevent his partner from burning his wax museum, and his “children”. Years later, Igor starts a new museum in New York, but his maimed hands confine him to directing lesser artists. People begin disappearing; Igor takes a sinister interest in Charlotte, fiancée of his assistant Ralph, but arouses the suspicions of roommate, wisecracking reporter Florence.



26 .) The Most Dangerous Game (1932) directed by Irving Pichel

The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cinema Enthusiast
  • Horror Home Room
  • IMDB
  • MUBI
  • Taste Of Cinema

When legendary hunter Bob Rainsford is shipwrecked on the perilous reefs surrounding a mysterious island, he finds himself the guest of the reclusive and eccentric Count Zaroff. While he is very gracious at first, Zaroff eventually forces Rainsford and two other shipwreck survivors, brother and sister Eve and Martin Towbridge, to participate in a sadistic game of cat and mouse in which they are the prey and he is the hunter.



25 .) The Mummy (1932) directed by Karl Freund

The Mummy (1932)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cinema Enthusiast
  • Flick Chart
  • Flick Chart 2
  • List Challenges
  • Ranker

An ancient Egyptian priest called Imhotep is revived when an archaeological expedition finds his mummy and one of the archaeologists accidentally reads an ancient life-giving spell. Imhotep, escaping from the field site, goes in search for the reincarnation of the soul of his lover.



24 .) The Old Dark House (1932) directed by James Whale

The Old Dark House (1932)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cinema Enthusiast
  • Criterion Forum
  • Flick Chart 2
  • MUBI
  • Taste Of Cinema

Seeking shelter from a relentless rainstorm and landslides in a remote region of Wales, five travelers are admitted to a large foreboding old house that belongs to the extremely strange Femm family. Sepulchral Horace Femm and his obsessive, inhospitable sister Rebecca are the group’s peculiar hosts. The house also holds surprises – and a brutish mute manservant named Morgan.



23 .) Footlight Parade (1933) directed by Lloyd Bacon

Footlight Parade (1933)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cinema Fanatic
  • Flick Chart 2
  • List Challenges
  • MUBI
  • Provokr
  • Ranker

James Cagney stars as a fledgling producer who finds himself at odds with his workers, financiers and his greedy ex-wife when he tries to produce live musicals for movie-going audiences. Co-starring Joan Blondell and Dick Powell with spectacular Busby Berkeley dance sequences. Inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry.



22 .) Little Caesar (1931) directed by Mervyn LeRoy

Little Caesar (1931)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Criterion Forum
  • Flick Chart
  • Flick Chart 2
  • List Challenges
  • Reddit
  • Taste Of Cinema

A small-time hood shoots his way to the top, but how long can he stay there?



21 .) Queen Christina (1933) directed by Rouben Mamoulian

Queen Christina (1933)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Btch Flicks
  • Criterion Forum
  • Flick Chart 2
  • MUBI
  • Pre-Code
  • Reddit

Queen Christina of Sweden is a popular monarch who is loyal to her country. However, when she falls in love with a Spanish envoy, she must choose between the throne and the man she loves.



20 .) The Divorcee (1930) directed by Robert Z. Leonard

The Divorcee (1930)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Btch Flicks
  • Flick Chart 2
  • List Challenges
  • Pre-Code
  • Silver Screen Modes
  • Taste Of Cinema

When a woman discovers that her husband has been unfaithful to her, she decides to respond to his infidelities in kind.



19 .) Duck Soup (1933) directed by Leo McCarey

Duck Soup (1933)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Criterion Forum
  • Flick Chart
  • Flick Chart 2
  • IMDB
  • MUBI
  • Ranker
  • Taste Of Cinema

Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale.



18 .) Grand Hotel (1932) directed by Edmund Goulding

Grand Hotel (1932)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Criterion Forum
  • Flick Chart
  • Flick Chart 2
  • MUBI
  • Ranker
  • Reddit
  • Taste Of Cinema

Guests at a posh Berlin hotel struggle through worry, scandal, and heartache.



17 .) Night Nurse (1931) directed by William A. Wellman

Night Nurse (1931)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cinema Fanatic
  • Flick Chart 2
  • List Challenges
  • List Verse
  • MUBI
  • Pre-Code
  • Reddit

Lora Hart manages to land a job in a hospital as a trainee nurse. Upon completion of her training she goes to work as a night nurse for two small children who seem to be very sick, though something much more sinister is going on.



16 .) Red-Headed Woman (1932) directed by Jack Conway

Red-Headed Woman (1932)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Btch Flicks
  • Flick Chart 2
  • List Challenges
  • List Verse
  • MUBI
  • Pre-Code
  • Ranker

Lil works for the Legendre Company and causes Bill to divorce Irene and marry her. She has an affair with businessman Gaerste and uses him to force society to pay attention to her.



15 .) Safe in Hell (1931) directed by William A. Wellman

Safe in Hell (1931)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Criterion Forum
  • Filmstruck
  • Flick Chart 2
  • List Challenges
  • List Verse
  • MUBI
  • Pre-Code

After killing an ex-boyfriend in New Orleans, a prostitute flees to a Caribbean island. There the vicious local police chief sets his sights on her, unaware that she is a fugitive.



14 .) Tarzan and His Mate (1934) directed by Cedric Gibbons

Tarzan and His Mate (1934)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Criterion Forum
  • Flick Chart 2
  • IMDB
  • MUBI
  • Pre-Code
  • Provokr
  • Taste Of Cinema

Harry Holt returns to Africa to head up a large ivory expedition. This time he brings his womanizing friend Marlin Arlington. Holt also harbors ideas about convincing Jane to return to London. When Holt and Arlington show Jane some of the modern clothes and perfumes they brought from civilization, she is impressed but not enough to return.



13 .) Three on a Match (1932) directed by Mervyn LeRoy

Three on a Match (1932)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cinema Fanatic
  • Flick Chart 2
  • List Challenges
  • MUBI
  • Pre-Code
  • Ranker
  • Taste Of Cinema

Mary, Vivian and Ruth are old friends who do some catching up after a chance meeting. Of the three women, Vivian, who married successful lawyer Robert, seems to have the most glamorous life. Vivian really isn’t satisfied, though, and she soon deserts Robert and her son for Mike, a mobster. Before long, Vivian is hooked on drugs, and Mike needs cash – so the gangster decides to kidnap Vivian’s own son for ransom.



12 .) Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) directed by Mervyn LeRoy

Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Criterion Forum
  • Flick Chart 2
  • List Challenges
  • MUBI
  • Pre-Code
  • Ranker
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • The Toast

Things get tough for Carol and her showgirl pals, Trixie and Polly, when the Great Depression kicks in and all the Broadway shows close down. Wealthy songwriter Brad saves the day by funding a new Depression-themed musical for the girls to star in, but when his stuffy high-society brother finds out and threatens to disown Brad, Carol and her gold-digging friends scheme to keep the show going, hooking a couple of millionaires along the way.



11 .) I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) directed by Mervyn LeRoy

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Criterion Forum
  • Flick Chart
  • Flick Chart 2
  • IMDB
  • Pre-Code
  • Reddit
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • The Toast

A World War I veteran’s dreams of becoming a master architect evaporate in the cold light of economic realities. Things get even worse when he’s falsely convicted of a crime and sent to work on a chain gang.



10 .) Red Dust (1932) directed by Victor Fleming

Red Dust (1932)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Criterion Forum
  • Flick Chart 2
  • List Challenges
  • Pre-Code
  • Provokr
  • Ranker
  • Reddit
  • Taste Of Cinema

Dennis, owner of a rubber plantation in Cochinchina, is involved with Vantine, who left Saigon to evade the police; but when his new surveyor, Gary, arrives along with his refined but sensual wife, Barbara, Dennis gets infatuated by her.



9 .) Trouble in Paradise (1932) directed by Ernst Lubitsch

Trouble in Paradise (1932)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Criterion Forum
  • Flick Chart
  • Flick Chart 2
  • List Challenges
  • MUBI
  • Pre-Code
  • Ranker
  • Taste Of Cinema

Thief Gaston Monescu and pickpocket Lily are partners in crime and love. Working for perfume company executive Mariette Colet, the two crooks decide to combine their criminal talents to rob their employer. Under the alias of Monsieur Laval, Gaston uses his position as Mariette’s personal secretary to become closer to her. However, he takes things too far when he actually falls in love with Mariette, and has to choose between her and Lily.



8 .) Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) directed by Rouben Mamoulian

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cinema Enthusiast
  • Criterion Forum
  • Flick Chart 2
  • List Challenges
  • MUBI
  • Pre-Code
  • Ranker
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • The Toast

Based on the story by Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Henry Jekyll believes that there are two distinct sides to men – a good and an evil side. He believes that by separating the two, man can become liberated. He succeeds in his experiments with chemicals to accomplish this and transforms into Hyde to commit horrendous crimes. When he discontinues use of the drug, it is already too late.



7 .) Freaks (1932) directed by Tod Browning

Freaks (1932)

Lists It Appears On:

  • 366 Weird Movies
  • Cinema Enthusiast
  • Flick Chart
  • Flick Chart 2
  • MUBI
  • Pre-Code
  • Ranker
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • The Toast

A circus’ beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.



6 .) Island of Lost Souls (1932) directed by Erle C. Kenton

Island of Lost Souls (1932)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cinema Enthusiast
  • Criterion Forum
  • Flick Chart
  • Flick Chart 2
  • Horror Home Room
  • IMDB
  • List Verse
  • Reddit
  • Taste Of Cinema

An obsessed scientist conducts profane experiments in evolution, eventually establishing himself as the self-styled demigod to a race of mutated, half-human abominations.



5 .) King Kong (1933) directed by Merian C. Cooper

King Kong (1933)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cinema Fanatic
  • Criterion Forum
  • Flick Chart
  • Flick Chart 2
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • MUBI
  • Provokr
  • Ranker

A film crew discovers the “eighth wonder of the world,” a giant prehistoric ape, and brings him back to New York, where he wreaks havoc.



4 .) Baby Face (1933) directed by Alfred E. Green

Baby Face (1933)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Btch Flicks
  • Cinema Fanatic
  • Filmstruck
  • Flick Chart 2
  • List Challenges
  • MUBI
  • Pre-Code
  • Ranker
  • Reddit
  • Taste Of Cinema

A young woman uses her body and her sexuality to help her climb the social ladder, but soon begins to wonder if her new status will ever bring her happiness.



3 .) Frankenstein (1931) directed by James Whale

Frankenstein (1931)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cinema Enthusiast
  • Criterion Forum
  • Flick Chart
  • Flick Chart 2
  • Horror Home Room
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • MUBI
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • The Toast

Dr Henry Frankenstein is obsessed with assembling a living being from parts of several exhumed corpses.



2 .) Scarface (1932) directed by Howard Hawks

Scarface (1932)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cinema Fanatic
  • Criterion Forum
  • Filmstruck
  • Flick Chart
  • Flick Chart 2
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • MUBI
  • Pre-Code
  • Reddit
  • Taste Of Cinema

A murderous thug shoots his way to the top of the mobs while trying to protect his sister from the criminal life.



1 .) The Public Enemy (1931) directed by William A. Wellman

The Public Enemy (1931)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cinema Fanatic
  • Criterion Forum
  • Flick Chart
  • Flick Chart 2
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • MUBI
  • Ranker
  • Reddit
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • The Toast

Two young Chicago hoodlums, Tom Powers and Matt Doyle, rise up from their poverty-stricken slum life to become petty thieves, bootleggers and cold-blooded killers. But with street notoriety and newfound wealth, the duo feels the heat from the cops and rival gangsters both. Despite his ruthless criminal reputation, Tom tries to remain connected to his family, however, gang warfare and the need for revenge eventually pull him away.



 


The 225+ Additional Best Pre-Code Films



 

# Movies Directors Lists
36 Animal Crackers (1930)   Criterion Forum
Flick Chart
Flick Chart 2
MUBI
37 Anna Christie (1930)   Btch Flicks
Criterion Forum
Flick Chart 2
MUBI
38 Bad Girl (1932)   Criterion Forum
Flick Chart 2
List Challenges
Pre-Code
39 Blonde Crazy (1931)   Cinema Fanatic
Flick Chart 2
List Challenges
Taste Of Cinema
40 Bombshell (1933)   Criterion Forum
Flick Chart 2
List Challenges
Ranker
41 Doctor X (1932) Michael Curtiz Flick Chart 2
Horror Home Room
IMDB
List Verse
42 Dracula (1931)   Flick Chart
Flick Chart 2
List Challenges
Ranker
43 Horse Feathers (1932)   Criterion Forum
Flick Chart
Flick Chart 2
MUBI
44 Madam Satan (1930)   Criterion Forum
Flick Chart 2
List Challenges
Shadows And Satin
45 Platinum Blonde (1931)   Criterion Forum
Flick Chart 2
List Challenges
Ranker
46 The Beast of the City (1932) Charles Brabin Criterion Forum
Flick Chart 2
IMDB
The Toast
47 The Big House (1930)   Criterion Forum
List Challenges
MUBI
Reddit
48 The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)   Flick Chart 2
MUBI
Pre-Code
Taste Of Cinema
49 The Black Cat (1934)   366 Weird Movies
Cinema Enthusiast
Flick Chart 2
Pre-Code
50 The Invisible Man (1933) James Whale Cinema Enthusiast
IMDB
Reddit
Taste Of Cinema
51 The Maltese Falcon   Flick Chart
Flick Chart 2
Ranker
The Toast
52 The Sign of the Cross (1932)   Criterion Forum
Flick Chart 2
Pre-Code
Provokr
53 The Story of Temple Drake (1933)   Filmstruck
List Verse
Taste Of Cinema
The Toast
54 The Thin Man (1934)   Flick Chart
Flick Chart 2
List Challenges
Taste Of Cinema
55 A Farewell to Arms (1932)   Criterion Forum
Flick Chart 2
MUBI
56 A Free Soul (1931)   Flick Chart 2
List Challenges
Silver Screen Modes
57 Blonde Venus (1932)   Criterion Forum
Flick Chart 2
Pre-Code
58 Call Her Savage (1932)   Filmstruck
List Challenges
Pre-Code
59 Dinner at Eight (1931)   Criterion Forum
Flick Chart 2
Reddit
60 Employees’ Entrance (1933)   Flick Chart 2
List Challenges
Pre-Code
61 Gabriel Over the White House (1933) Gregory La Cava Criterion Forum
IMDB
Pre-Code
62 I’m no Angel (1933)   Flick Chart 2
Pre-Code
Taste Of Cinema
63 Kongo (1932) William J. Cowen Criterion Forum
Flick Chart 2
IMDB
64 Morocco (1930)   Criterion Forum
Flick Chart 2
MUBI
65 Murders in the Zoo (1933)   Criterion Forum
Horror Home Room
List Verse
66 Of Human Bondage (1934)   Flick Chart 2
List Challenges
The Toast
67 Shanghai Express (1932)   MUBI
Reddit
Taste Of Cinema
68 She Done Him Wrong (1933)   Criterion Forum
Flick Chart 2
List Challenges
69 Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)   Criterion Forum
Flick Chart 2
Ranker
70 The Eagle and the Hawk (1933)   Criterion Forum
MUBI
Shadows And Satin
71 The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932) Charles Brabin Criterion Forum
Flick Chart 2
IMDB
72 The Scarlet Empress (1934)   Criterion Forum
Flick Chart 2
MUBI
73 Wild Boys of the Road (1933) William A. Wellman Flick Chart 2
IMDB
List Challenges
74 Beauty and the Boss (1932)   Criterion Forum
Flick Chart 2
75 Born to be Bad (1934)   Criterion Forum
List Challenges
76 Fashions of 1934 (1934)   List Challenges
Ranker
77 Flying Down to Rio   Flick Chart 2
List Challenges
78 Hallelujah!   Criterion Forum
MUBI
79 I’m No Angel (1933)   Criterion Forum
Flick Chart 2
80 Kept Husbands (1931)   Criterion Forum
The Toast
81 L’Age d’Or (1930) Luis Buñuel 366 Weird Movies
IMDB
82 Ladies They Talk About (1933)   Flick Chart 2
List Challenges
83 Lady Killer (1933) Roy Del Ruth Criterion Forum
IMDB
84 Let Us Be Gay (1930)   Criterion Forum
Silver Screen Modes
85 M (1931) Fritz Lang IMDB
The Toast
86 Man’s Castle (1933)   MUBI
Reddit
87 Manhattan Melodrama (1934)   Flick Chart 2
List Challenges
88 Maniac (1934)   366 Weird Movies
List Verse
89 Mata Hari (1931)   Criterion Forum
Flick Chart 2
90 Midnight Mary   Btch Flicks
Flick Chart 2
91 Millie (1931)   Criterion Forum
Shadows And Satin
92 Monkey Business (1931)   Criterion Forum
MUBI
93 One Way Passage (1932)   Flick Chart 2
Reddit
94 Picture Snatcher (1933) Lloyd Bacon Criterion Forum
IMDB
95 Possession (1981)   366 Weird Movies
Flick Chart 2
96 Private Lives   Cinema Fanatic
List Challenges
97 Rafter Romance (1933)   Criterion Forum
List Challenges
98 Rain (1932)   Criterion Forum
List Challenges
99 Riptide (1934)   Criterion Forum
Silver Screen Modes
100 Search for Beauty (1934)   Filmstruck
List Challenges
101 The Animal Kingdom (1932)   Criterion Forum
Shadows And Satin
102 the Broadway Melody (1929)   Criterion Forum
The Toast
103 the Champ (1931)   Criterion Forum
MUBI
104 the Letter (1929)   Criterion Forum
The Toast
105 The Love Parade   MUBI
Ranker
106 The Mayor of Hell (1933) Archie Mayo Criterion Forum
IMDB
107 The Smiling Lieutenant   Flick Chart 2
MUBI
108 The Song of Songs (1933)   Criterion Forum
List Challenges
109 Three Wise Girls   Flick Chart 2
List Challenges
110 Twentieth Century (1934) Howard Hawks List Challenges
Taste Of Cinema
111 Under 18 (1931)   Criterion Forum
List Challenges
112 Waterloo Bridge (1931)   Flick Chart 2
Taste Of Cinema
113 13 Women   List Challenges
114 After Tomorrow (1932)   Criterion Forum
115 Applause   MUBI
116 Arrowsmith (1932)   Criterion Forum
117 Arsène Lupin (1932)   List Challenges
118 Bed of Roses   MUBI
119 Bird of Paradise   Flick Chart 2
120 Bird of Paradise (1932)   Criterion Forum
121
Bitter Tea of General Yen, the (1933, Frank Capra)
  List Challenges
122 Black Moon (1934)   Criterion Forum
123 Blondie Johnson (1933)   List Challenges
124 Born Reckless (1930)   Criterion Forum
125 Bureau of Missing Persons (1933)   Criterion Forum
126 c   Criterion Forum
127 Carole Lombard in the Thirties   Criterion Forum
128 Cavalcade   Flick Chart 2
129 Christopher Strong (1933)   List Challenges
130 Cimarron (1931)   Criterion Forum
131 Columbia Pictures Pre-Code Collection   Criterion Forum
132 Counsellor at Law (1933)   Criterion Forum
133 Dance, Fools, Dance   Flick Chart 2
134 Dancing Lady   Flick Chart 2
135 Diplomaniacs (1933)   Criterion Forum
136 Dirigible   The Toast
137 Dishonored (1931)   Reddit
138 Doctor Bull (1933)   Criterion Forum
139 Dorothy MacKaill Double Feature   Criterion Forum
140 Dorothy Mackaill in Safe in Hell (1931)   Shadows And Satin
141 Dorothy MacKaill Pre-Code Double Feature   Criterion Forum
142 Double Harness (1933)   Criterion Forum
143 Downstairs   Flick Chart 2
144 Dr. Monica (1934)   List Challenges
145 Ecstasy   Flick Chart 2
146 Evelyn Prentice (1934)   Criterion Forum
147 Ex-Lady   Btch Flicks
148 Faithless   List Challenges
149 Five Star Final (1931)   Criterion Forum
150 Flesh (1932)   Criterion Forum
151 Forbidden   List Challenges
152 Forbidden Hollywood Vol 1   Criterion Forum
153 Forbidden Hollywood Vol 2   Criterion Forum
154 Forbidden Hollywood Vol 3   Criterion Forum
155 Forbidden Hollywood Vol 4   Criterion Forum
156 Forbidden Hollywood Vol 5   Criterion Forum
157 Forbidden Hollywood Vol 6   Criterion Forum
158 Forbidden Hollywood Vol 7   Criterion Forum
159 Forbidden Hollywood Vol 8   Criterion Forum
160 Frank Capra: the Early Collection   Criterion Forum
161 Frisco Jenny (1932)   Filmstruck
162 Gentleman’s Fate (1932)   Shadows And Satin
163 Girl Missing (1933)   Criterion Forum
164 Girls About Town (George Cukor)   List Challenges
165 Gold Diggers of Broadway   Ranker
166 Golden Dawn   The Toast
167 Hat Check Girl   Flick Chart 2
168 Heat Lightning (1934)   Criterion Forum
169 Hell’s Angels (1930)   Criterion Forum
170 Hell’s Heroes (1930)   Criterion Forum
171 Hell’s House (1932)   Criterion Forum
172 Hold Your Man (1933)   Shadows And Satin
173 Hollywood Party   Flick Chart 2
174 Hot Saturday   Flick Chart 2
175 Imitation of Life   The Toast
176 In Old Arizona (1931)   Criterion Forum
177 Ingagi   List Verse
178 International House (1933)   Criterion Forum
179 Jewel Robbery   Flick Chart 2
180 Ladies of Leisure (1930)   List Challenges
181 Lady for a Day (1933)   List Challenges
182 Lights of New York (1928)   List Challenges
183 Liliom (1930)   Criterion Forum
184 Little Women   MUBI
185 Lonesome   The Toast
186 Loose Ankles (1930)   List Challenges
187 Love Affair   Flick Chart 2
188 Lubitsch Musicals   Criterion Forum
189 Mädchen in Uniform   The Toast
190 Man Wanted 1932   List Challenges
191
Marlene Dietrich: Directed by Josef von Sternberg
  Criterion Forum
192 Men in White   Flick Chart 2
193 Men O’ War (Short, 1929)   Criterion Forum
194 Merrily We Go to Hell   Flick Chart 2
195 Min and Bill   Flick Chart 2
196 Morning Glory   Flick Chart 2
197 Murder at the Vanities   Pre-Code
198 Murder!   The Toast
199 Night After Night (1932)   Criterion Forum
200 Night Flight (1933)   Criterion Forum
201 Night Work 1930   List Challenges
202 Night World (1932)   List Challenges
203 No Man of Her Own (Wesley Ruggles)   List Challenges
204 One Hour with You   MUBI
205 One Man’s Journey (1933)   Criterion Forum
206 Other Men’s Women   MUBI
207 Our Modern Maidens (1929)   Criterion Forum
208 Paid (1930)   List Challenges
209 Penthouse (1933)   Criterion Forum
210 Pilgrimage (1933)   Criterion Forum
211 Pre-Code Double Feature   Criterion Forum
212 Pre-Code Hollywood Collection   Criterion Forum
213 Precode Hollywood Double Feature   Criterion Forum
214 Professional Sweetheart (1933)   List Challenges
215 Rasputin and the Empress (1932)   Criterion Forum
216 Road to Paradise (1930)   Criterion Forum
217 Seas Beneath (1931)   Criterion Forum
218 Shock Troop (1934) Ludwig Schmid-Wildy IMDB
219 Sit Tight (1931)   Criterion Forum
220 Skyscraper Souls (1932)   List Challenges
221 Smart Money (1931)   Criterion Forum
222 Smarty   Pre-Code
223 So Big (1953)   List Challenges
224 Song O’ My Heart (1930)   Criterion Forum
225 Stingaree (1934)   Criterion Forum
226 Story of Temple Drake   Pre-Code
227 Strangers May Kiss,   Silver Screen Modes
228 Street Scene (1931)   Criterion Forum
229 Susan Lenox (Her Rise and Fall) (1931)   Criterion Forum
230 Svengali (1931)   Criterion Forum
231 Tabu (1931)   Reddit
232 Ten Cents a Dance   Flick Chart 2
233 The Age of Consent   The Toast
234 the Barbarian (1933)   Criterion Forum
235 The Barretts of Wimpole Street,   Silver Screen Modes
236 The Blue Angel   The Toast
237 The Cabin in the Cotton (1932)   List Challenges
238 The Cheat (1931)   Shadows And Satin
239 the Coconauts (1929)   Criterion Forum
240 The Constant Woman (1933)   List Challenges
241 the Criminal Code (1931)   Criterion Forum
242 the Crowd Roars (1932)   Criterion Forum
243 the Dawn Patrol (1930)   Criterion Forum
244 the Death Kiss (1932)   Criterion Forum
245 the Doorway to Hell (1930)   Criterion Forum
246 The Emperor Jones   Flick Chart 2
247 The Ex-Lady (1933)   Filmstruck
248 The Gay Divorcee (1934)   List Challenges
249 the Last Flight (1931)   Criterion Forum
250 The Last of Mrs Cheyney   Silver Screen Modes
251 the Little Giant (1933)   Criterion Forum
252 The Lost Patrol   Pre-Code
253 the Love Trap (1929)   Criterion Forum
254 The Merry Widow   Flick Chart 2
255 The Mind Reader (1933)   Filmstruck
256 the Power and the Glory (1933)   Criterion Forum
257 The Purchase Price   Flick Chart 2
258 the Sin of Nina Moran (1930)   Criterion Forum
259 The Son of Kong (1933) Ernest B. Schoedsack IMDB
260 the Sport Parade (1932)   Criterion Forum
261 the Squall (1929)   Criterion Forum
262 the Strange Love of Molly Louvain (1932)   Criterion Forum
263 the Tenderfoot (1932)   Criterion Forum
264 The Truth About Youth   Flick Chart 2
265 The Unholy Three   List Challenges
266 Their Own Desire (1929)   Criterion Forum
267 They Had to See Paris (1929)   Criterion Forum
268 This is the Night   Flick Chart 2
269 Tiger Shark (1932)   Criterion Forum
270 Today We Live (1932)   Criterion Forum
271 Torch Singer   Btch Flicks
272 Tugboat Annie   Flick Chart 2
273 Two Seconds (1932)   Shadows And Satin
274 Up the River (1930)   Criterion Forum
275 Upperworld (1934)   Shadows And Satin
276 Virtue   Flick Chart 2
277 Week-End Marriage (1932)   Criterion Forum
278 Weekend Marriage 1932   List Challenges
279 West of Broadway (1931)   Shadows And Satin
280 What Price Hollywood?   Flick Chart 2
281 White Zombie (1932)   List Challenges
282 William Powell at Warner Bros.   Criterion Forum
283 Wonder Bar   Flick Chart 2
284 Wonderbar (1934)   Criterion Forum
285 Young America (1932)   Criterion Forum

 


 


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Btch Flicks Pre-Code Hollywood: When the Female Anti-Hero Reigned
Cinema Enthusiast List: Top 10 Pre-Code Horror Films
Cinema Fanatic Guest Post: Ten Great Films To Get You Hooked On Pre-Code
Criterion Forum Hollywood Pre-Code Films
Filmstruck Pre-Code Primer: There’s More to Pre-Code Movies Than Sin
Flick Chart The Best Pre-Code Hollywood Movies of All Time
Flick Chart 2 The Top 100 Pre-Code Hollywood Movies of the 1930s
Horror Home Room 6 Essential Pre-Code Horror Films
IMDB Top 25 Pre-Code Movies (1930-1934)
List Challenges Pre-Code Hollywood (1930-1934)
List Verse 10 Shocking Films From The Early Days Of Hollywood
MUBI Best Pre-Code Cinema
Pre-Code My List of Essential Pre-Code Hollywood Films
Provokr 5 Lusty Pre-Code Classics – PROVOKR https://www.provokr.com/film/5-pre-code-classics
Ranker Pre-Code Movies
Reddit Quintessential pre-code movies?
Shadows And Satin Pre-Code Films
Silver Screen Modes Pre-Code Films Archives
Taste Of Cinema 30 Essential Films For An Introduction To Pre-Code Hollywood
The Toast Pre-Code Movies Worth Watching

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