Year Best

Year Best: 1930s


  1. All Quiet on the Western Front (Lewis Milestone // USA)
  2. The Blue Angel (Josef von Sternberg // Germany)
  3. L’âge d’or (Luis Buñuel // France)
  4. Earth (Aleksandr Dovzhenko // Soviet Union)
  5. Morocco (Josef von Sternberg // USA)

Honorable Mention:

The Big Trail (Raoul Walsh); City Girl (F.W. Murnau);  Little Lise (Jean Grémillon); People on Sunday (Robert Siodmak, Edgar G. Ulmer); Salt for Svanetia (Mikhail Kalatozov); Westfront 1918 (G.W. Pabst)

Out of the list:

Under the Roofs of Paris (René Clair)



  1. City Lights (Charles Chaplin // USA)
  2. M (Fritz Lang // Germany)
  3. Mädchen in Uniform (Leontine Sagan, Carl Froelich // Germany)
  4. Frankenstein (James Whale // USA)
  5. Limite (Mario Peixoto // Brazil)
  6. La chienne (Jean Renoir // France)
  7. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Rouben Mamoulian // USA)
  8. The 3 Penny Opera (Georg Wilhelm Pabst // Germany)
  9. Tabu (F.W. Murnau // USA)
  10. Le Million (René Clair // France)
  11. Dishonored (Josef von Sternberg // USA)

Honorable Mention:

À Nous la Liberté (René Clair); Comradeship (G.W. Pabst); David Golder (Julien Duvivier); Little Caesar (Mervyn LeRoy); The Public Enemy (William A. Wellman); The Smiling Lieutenant (Ernst Lubitsch)

Out of the List:

Marius (Alexander Korda)


  1. Trouble in Paradise (Ernst Lubitsch // USA)
  2. I Was Born, But… (Yasujiro Ozu // Japan)
  3. Love Me Tonight (Rouben Mamoulian // USA)
  4. Shanghai Express (Josef von Sternberg // USA)
  5. Vampyr (Carl Theodor Dreyer // Germany, France)
  6. Boudu Saved from Drowning (Jean Renoir // France)
  7. Freaks (Tod Browning // USA)
  8. Wooden Crosses (Raymond Bernard // France)
  9. Fanny (Marc Allégret // France)
  10. The Blood of a Poet (Jean Cocteau // France)
  11. Scarface (Howard Hawks, Richard Rosson // USA)

Honorable Mention:

Poli de Carotte (Julien Duvivier // France)



  1. Zero de Conduite (Jean Vigo // France)
  2. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (Fritz Lang // Germany)
  3. Design for Living (Ernst Lubitsch // USA)
  4. King Kong (Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack // USA)
  5. 42nd Street (Lloyd Bacon // USA)
  6. Little Toys (Sun Yu // China)
  7. Duck Soup (Leo McCarey // USA)
  8. Outskirts (Boris Barnet // Soviet Union)
  9. Land Without Bread (Luis Buñuel // Spain)
  10. La tête d’un homme (Julien Duvivier // France)
  11. Liebelei (Max Ophüls // Germany)
  12. Passing Fancy (Yasujiro // Japan)

Honorable Mention:

Daybreak (Sun Yu); Dinner at Eight (George Cukor); Japanese Girls at the Harbor (Hiroshi Shimizu)



  1. L’Atalante (Jean Vigo // France)
  2. It Happened One Night (Frank Capra // USA)
  3. The Goddess (Yonggang Wu // China)
  4. The Scarlet Empress (Josef von Sternberg // USA)
  5. A Story of Floating Weeds (Yasujiro Ozu // Japan)
  6. Les Misérables (Raymond Bernard // France)
  7. Twentieth Century (Howard Hawks // USA)
  8. Man of Aran (Robert J. Flaherty // UK)

Honorable Mention:

Le Grand Jeu (Jacques Feyder); The Lost Patrol (John Ford); The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock)


  1. The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock // UK)
  2. Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale // USA)
  3. Top Hat (Mark Sandrich// USA)
  4. Sazen Tange and the Pot Worth a Million Ryo (Sadao Yamanaka // Japan)
  5. The Big Road (Sun Yu // China)
  6. Wife! Be Like a Rose! (Mikio Naruse // Japan)
  7. Carnival in Flanders (Jacques Feyder // France)

Honorable Mention:

Burden of Life (Heinosuke Gosho); The Informer (John Ford); An Inn in Tokyo (Yasujiro Ozu); Toni (Jean Renoir); Triumph of the Will (Leni Riefenstahl)


  1. Modern Times (Charles Chaplin // USA)
  2. The Only Son (Yasujiro Ozu // Japan)
  3. A Day in the Country (Jean Renoir // France)
  4. My Man Godfrey (Gregory La Cava // USA)
  5. The Crime of Monsieur Lange (Jean Renoir // France)
  6. Mr. Thank You (Hiroshi Shimizu // Japan)
  7. The Story of a Cheat (Sacha Guitry // France)
  8. Osaka Elegy (Kenji Mizoguchi // Japan)

Honorable Mention:

By the Bluest of Seas (Boris Barnet); César (Marcel Pagnol); Fury (Fritz Lang); The Lower Depths (Jean Renoir);Sisters of the Gion (Kenji Mizoguchi)


  1. Grand Illusion (Jean Renoir // France)
  2. Un carnet de bal (Julien Duvivier // France)
  3. Humanity and Paper Balloons (Sadao Yamanaka // Japan)
  4. Make Way for Tomorrow (Leo McCarey // USA)
  5. You Only Live Once (Fritz Lang // USA)
  6. Street Angel (Yuan Muzhi // China)
  7. Pépé le Moko (Julien Duvivier // France)
  8. Angel (Ernst Lubitsch // USA)

Honorable Mention:

The Awful Truth (Leo McCarey); The Straits of Love and Hate (Kenji Mizoguchi)


  1. Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks // USA)
  2. The Lady Vanishes (Alfred Hitchcock // UK)
  3. Angels with Dirty Faces (Michael Curtiz // USA)
  4. The Childhood of Maxim Gorky (Mark Donskoy // Soviet Union)
  5. Alexander Nevsky (Sergei M. Eisenstein // Soviet Union)
  6. La Bête Humaine (Jean Renoir // France)
  7. Port of Shadows (Marcel Carné // France)

Honorable Mention:

The Adventures of Robin Hood (Michael Curtiz); The Baker’s Wife (Marcel Pagnol); Holiday (George Cukor); Hôtel du Nord (Marcel Carné)The Masseurs and a Woman (Hiroshi Shimizu); Pygmalion (Leslie Howard, Anthony Asquith)


  1. The Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir// France)
  2. Stagecoach (John Ford // USA)
  3. Gone with the Wind (Victor Fleming // USA)
  4. The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums (Kenji Mizoguchi // Japan)
  5. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Frank Capra // USA)
  6. Ninotchka (Ernst Lubitsch // USA)
  7. Le jour se lève (Marcel Carné// France)
  8. Only Angels Have Wings (Howard Hawks // USA)

Honorable Mention:

My Apprenticeship (Mark Donskoy); The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming); Young Mr. Lincoln (John Ford)

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