“City Lights” is a heartwarming and unique movie from 1931 that tells the story of a tramp who falls head over heels for a beautiful blind flower seller. Despite being a silent film in the sound era, it manages to captivate audiences with its touching tale. Starring the talented Charlie Chaplin and Virginia Cherrill, this romantic comedy is definitely one of the best movies of its time.
“M” is a gripping German thriller from 1931 that follows the intense manhunt for Hans Beckert, a serial killer who targets children. As both the police and the criminal underworld close in on him, Beckert finds himself in a desperate race to escape justice. With a stellar cast including Peter Lorre and Ellen Widmann, this movie will keep you on the edge of your seat as you witness the chilling cat-and-mouse game unfold in the streets of Berlin.”
“Hey, have you heard of the movie ‘Frankenstein’? It’s one of the best voted movies of 1931! The story follows Dr. Henry Frankenstein as he brings a creature to life using body parts from the deceased. But things go awry when the monster escapes and wreaks havoc, leading Frankenstein on a quest to find and confront his tormented creation. With a talented cast including Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, and Boris Karloff, this classic film is a must-watch from the early 1930s!”
“Waterloo Bridge” is a captivating romantic drama set in World War I London. It follows the story of Myra, an American chorus girl struggling to make ends meet, who unexpectedly falls in love with Roy, a young American soldier. As their relationship blossoms, Myra’s complicated past threatens to tear them apart. Starring Mae Clarke and Douglass Montgomery, this heartfelt film takes you on a journey of love, sacrifice, and the challenges of war. Released in 1931, it’s definitely one of the best movies of the year!
The Public Enemy
“The Public Enemy” is a gripping crime drama set in 1930s Chicago. It follows the journey of two young hoodlums, Tom Powers and Matt Doyle, as they rise from poverty to become notorious criminals. With an incredible cast including James Cagney and Jean Harlow, this film explores the dark side of ambition, family loyalty, and the consequences of a life of crime. Released on April 23, 1931, it’s one of the best voted movies of that year.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
“Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” is a gripping 1931 movie that explores the duality of human nature. Starring Fredric March and Miriam Hopkins, it tells the story of Dr. Henry Jekyll, a man who believes that every person has both a good and an evil side. Through his experiments with chemicals, he transforms into the sinister Mr. Hyde, committing horrifying crimes. As he struggles to control his alter ego, the consequences become irreversible. Released on December 24, 1931, this film is a captivating portrayal of the battle between light and darkness within us all.
Mädchen in Uniform
“Mädchen in Uniform” is a captivating movie released in 1931 that tells the story of a sensitive girl who is sent to an all-girls boarding school. As she navigates her new environment, she develops a deep romantic attachment to one of her teachers, making it one of the earliest films to explicitly portray homosexuality. With a talented cast including Emilia Unda, Dorothea Wieck, and Hedwig Schlichter, this film offers a unique and thought-provoking exploration of love and identity.
“Dracula” is a classic horror film released on February 12, 1931. Starring Bela Lugosi as the mysterious Count Dracula, the movie follows the story of a British estate agent named Renfield who unknowingly gets entangled with the vampire. As Dracula sets his sights on London, the pair becomes the focus of a supernaturalist professor’s study, leading to a thrilling battle between good and evil. With a talented cast including Helen Chandler, David Manners, and Dwight Frye, this movie is a must-watch for fans of the horror genre.
“Possessed” is a captivating 1931 movie starring Joan Crawford and Clark Gable. Set in the backdrop of the Great Depression, it tells the story of Marion, a factory worker who dreams of leaving her monotonous life behind for a luxurious penthouse. When she meets Mark Whitney, a wealthy lawyer, he offers her everything she desires, except for marriage. As their passionate affair unfolds, Marion wonders if it will ever lead to the happily ever after she yearns for.
“Come Clean” is a hilarious 1931 comedy starring the iconic duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. In this film, the Hardys’ peaceful evening is disrupted when the Laurels unexpectedly drop by. After a series of misadventures, including saving a troubled woman’s life, Stan and Ollie find themselves in a chaotic situation as they try to hide her from their wives. Get ready for a laughter-filled ride as these comedic geniuses navigate through a night of mayhem and mishaps.
“Tabu” is a captivating love story set in 1931. The film follows Matahi and Reri, two young lovers who face a dangerous predicament when Reri is chosen as a virgin for the gods. Determined to protect their love, Matahi abducts Reri and they escape to an island ruled by the white man, where they hope to find safety from the wrath of their gods. With a thrilling plot and a unique setting, this movie promises to keep you on the edge of your seat.
The 3 Penny Opera
“The 3 Penny Opera” is a captivating movie set in London during the early 1900s. It follows the intriguing story of Mack the Knife, a notorious underworld figure who secretly marries Polly Peachum, the daughter of a prominent beggar leader. With a talented cast and a release date in 1931, this film is definitely one of the best voted movies of that year.
The Smiling Lieutenant
“The Smiling Lieutenant” is a charming romantic comedy from 1931 that tells the story of Lt. Nikolaus von Preyn, an Austrian palace guard who accidentally winks at the visiting Princess Anna, leading her to believe he is interested in her. To avoid any scandal, Nikolaus is forced to marry the princess and move to a neighboring kingdom. However, his girlfriend Franzi follows them, secretly helping the princess keep her husband happy. With a stellar cast including Maurice Chevalier and Claudette Colbert, this delightful film is a must-watch for fans of classic romantic comedies.
“Limite” is a captivating movie released in 1931 that takes us on a journey with three castaways stranded in the vast ocean. As they share their life stories, we are immersed in the depths of their destinies, all while they grapple with the boundaries of their shared space. With a talented cast including Olga Breno, Tatiana Rey, and Raul Schnoor, this film offers a poignant exploration of human existence and the power of storytelling.
“Be Big!” is a hilarious comedy released on February 7, 1931, starring the iconic duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. The story follows the misadventures of Stan and Ollie as they try to escape a tricky situation. When their wives unexpectedly return, the pair find themselves trapped and resort to hiding in a bed, leading to comical chaos. With a witty dialogue and the famous catchphrase “Be big!”, this movie is sure to keep you entertained from start to finish.
“Comradeship” is a powerful and heartwarming film set in the Lorraine/Saar region during 1931. It tells the inspiring true story of German miners who bravely come to the rescue of their French counterparts trapped in a devastating underground fire and explosion. With a talented cast and a gripping plot, this movie is a must-watch for anyone seeking a tale of solidarity and heroism amidst the tensions between France and Germany.
“The Champ” is a heartwarming movie released in 1931 that tells the story of a former prizefighter struggling with alcoholism as he fights to maintain custody of his beloved son. Starring Wallace Beery and Jackie Cooper, this emotional film explores the bond between a father and his adoring child, making it one of the best voted movies of that year.
“Blonde Crazy” is a thrilling movie from 1931 that follows the adventures of a confident con man and his stunning partner-in-crime. Starring James Cagney and Joan Blondell, this film takes you on a wild ride as they navigate their way through a world of deceit and mischief. With a talented cast and an intriguing storyline, it’s no wonder this movie made it to the list of the 20 best voted movies of 1931.
One Good Turn
“One Good Turn” is a heartwarming comedy released on October 31, 1931. Starring the iconic duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, along with a talented cast including Mary Carr and James Finlayson, the film follows the misadventures of Stan and Ollie as they try to help a friendly old lady who they mistakenly believe is in financial trouble. Filled with hilarious misunderstandings and a touch of revenge, this movie is a delightful watch for fans of classic comedy.
“Little Caesar” is a gripping crime drama from 1931 that follows the rise of a small-time hood played by Edward G. Robinson. With an all-star cast including Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Glenda Farrell, the movie explores the thrilling journey of this ambitious character as he shoots his way to the top, leaving us wondering how long he can maintain his newfound power. Released on January 25, 1931, this film is definitely one of the best voted movies of that year.
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