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The Great Dictator

The Great Dictator

The Great Dictator

IMDb: 8.5
1940
125min

Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel’s regime.

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Foreign Correspondent

Foreign Correspondent

Foreign Correspondent

IMDb: 7.6
1940
120min

The European war was only beginning to erupt across national borders. Its titular hero, Johnny Jones, is an American crime reporter dispatched by his New York publisher to put a fresh spin on the drowsy dispatches emanating from overseas, his nose for a good story promptly leading him to the crime of fascism and Nazi Germany’s designs on European conquest In attempting to learn more about a seemingly noble peace effort, Jones who walks into the middle of an assassination, uncovers a spy ring, and, not entirely coincidentally, falls in love.

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Fantasia

Fantasia

Fantasia

IMDb: 7.8
1940
124min

Walt Disney’s timeless masterpiece is an extravaganza of sight and sound! See the music come to life, hear the pictures burst into song and experience the excitement that is Fantasia over and over again.

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The Mark of Zorro

The Mark of Zorro

The Mark of Zorro

IMDb: 7.6
1940
94min

Around 1820 the son of a California nobleman comes home from Spain to find his native land under a villainous dictatorship. On the one hand he plays the useless fop, while on the other he is the masked avenger Zorro.

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Waterloo Bridge

Waterloo Bridge

Waterloo Bridge

IMDb: 7.8
1940
108min

On the eve of World War II, a British officer revisits Waterloo Bridge and recalls the young man he was at the beginning of World War I and the young ballerina he met just before he left for the front. Myra stayed with him past curfew and is thrown out of the corps de ballet. She survives on the streets of London, falling even lower after she hears her true love has been killed in action. But he wasn’t killed. Those terrible years were nothing more than a bad dream is Myra’s hope after Roy finds her and takes her to his family’s country estate.

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The Shop Around the Corner

The Shop Around the Corner

The Shop Around the Corner

IMDb: 8.1
1940
99min

Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand one another, without realising that they are falling in love through the post as each other’s anonymous pen pal.

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The Philadelphia Story

The Philadelphia Story

The Philadelphia Story

IMDb: 8.0
1940
112min

Philadelphia heiress Tracy Lord throws out her playboy husband C.K. Dexter Haven shortly after their marriage. Two years later, Tracy is about to marry respectable George Kittredge whilst Dexter has been working for “Spy” magazine. Dexter arrives at the Lord’s mansion the day before the wedding with journalist Mike Connor and photographer Liz Imbrie, determined to spoil things.

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Rebecca

Rebecca

Rebecca

IMDb: 8.2
1940
130min

A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband’s dead first wife.

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Pinocchio

Pinocchio

Pinocchio

IMDb: 7.5
1940
88min

Lonely toymaker Geppetto has his wishes answered when the Blue Fairy arrives to bring his wooden puppet Pinocchio to life. Before becoming a real boy, however, Pinocchio must prove he’s worthy as he sets off on an adventure with his whistling sidekick and conscience, Jiminy Cricket. From Stromboli’s circus to Pleasure Island, Pinocchio is tested by many temptations, but slowly learns how to navigate right from wrong. With a few mishaps along the way, Geppetto’s “little woodenhead” finally gets it right, proving that when you wish upon a star dreams really can come true!

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Gulliver’s Travels

Gulliver’s Travels

Gulliver’s Travels

IMDb: 6.8
1939
76min

Gulliver washes ashore on Lilliput and attempts to prevent war between that tiny kingdom and its equally-miniscule rival, Blefiscu, as well as smooth the way for the romance between the Princess and Prince of the opposing lands. In this he is alternately aided and hampered by the Lilliputian town crier and general fussbudget, Gabby. A life-threatening situation develops when the bumbling trio of Blefiscu spies, Sneak, Snoop, and Snitch, manage to steal Gulliver’s pistol.

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The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles

IMDb: 7.6
1939
80min

On his uncle’s death Sir Henry Baskerville returns from abroad and opens up the ancestral hall on the desolate moors of Devonshire. Holmes uncovers a plot to have Sir Henry murdered by a terrible trained hound. First casting of Rathbone and Bruce as Holmes and Watson.

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

IMDb: 8.2
1939
129min

Naive and idealistic Jefferson Smith, leader of the Boy Rangers, is appointed on a lark by the spineless governor of his state. He is reunited with the state’s senior senator–presidential hopeful and childhood hero, Senator Joseph Paine. In Washington, however, Smith discovers many of the shortcomings of the political process as his earnest goal of a national boys’ camp leads to a conflict with the state political boss, Jim Taylor. Taylor first tries to corrupt Smith and then later attempts to destroy Smith through a scandal.

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The Little Princess

The Little Princess

The Little Princess

IMDb: 7.3
1939
93min

The classic Shirley Temple film in which a little girl goes in search of her father who is reported missing by the military during World War I.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

IMDb: 7.9
1939
116min

King Louis XI is a wise and old king and Frollo is the Chief Justice. Frollo gazes on the gypsy girl, Esmeralda, in the church during Fool’s Day and sends Quasimodo to catch her. Quasimodo, with the girl, is captured by Phoebus, Captain of the Guards, who frees the girl. The courts sentence Quasimodo to be flogged, and the only one who will give him water while he is tied in the square is Esmeralda. Later, at a party of nobles, Esmeralda again meets both Frollo, who is bewitched by her, and Phoebus. When Phoebus is stabbed to death, Esmeralda is accused of the murder, convicted by the court and sentenced to hang. Clopin, King of the Beggars; Gringoire, Esmeralda’s husband; and Quasimodo, the bellringer, all try different ways to save her from the gallows.

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Dark Victory

Dark Victory

Dark Victory

IMDb: 7.6
1939
104min

Judith Traherne is at the height of young society when Dr. Frederick Steele diagnoses a brain tumor. After surgery she falls in love with Steele. The doctor tells her secretary that the tumor will come back and eventually kill her. Learning this, Judith becomes manic and depressive. Her horse trainer Michael, who loves her, tells her to get as much out of life as she can. She marries Steele who intends to find a cure for her illness. As he goes off to a conference in New York failing eyesight indicates to Judith that she is dying.

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Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind

IMDb: 8.2
1939
238min

An American classic in which a manipulative woman and a roguish man carry on a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War and Reconstruction.

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The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

IMDb: 8.1
1939
102min

Young Dorothy finds herself in a magical world where she makes friends with a lion, a scarecrow and a tin man as they make their way along the yellow brick road to talk with the Wizard and ask for the things they miss most in their lives. The Wicked Witch of the West is the only thing that could stop them.

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Only Angels Have Wings

Only Angels Have Wings

Only Angels Have Wings

IMDb: 7.7
1939
121min

Geoff Carter (Cary Grant) is the head of a crumbling air freight service in desperate need of a replacement pilot. He is forced to hire a descredited aviator (Richard Barthelmess) who arrives with his wife (Rita Hayworth), Carter’s ex-lover. Meanwhile, traveler Bonnie Lee (Jean Arthur) tries to get close to the emotionally closed-off Carter. The film received two Academy Award nominations.

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The Women

The Women

The Women

IMDb: 8.0
1939
133min

Wealthy Mary Haines is unaware her husband is having an affair with shopgirl Crystal Allen. Sylvia Fowler and Edith Potter discover this from a manicurist and arrange for Mary to hear the gossip. On the train taking her to a Reno divorce Mary meets the Countess and Miriam (in an affair with Fowler’s husband). While they are at Lucy’s dude ranch, Fowler arrives for her own divorce and the Countess meets fifth husband-to-be Buck. Back in New York, Mary’s ex is now unhappily married to Crystal who is already in an affair with Buck.

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The Flying Deuces

The Flying Deuces

The Flying Deuces

IMDb: 6.9
1939
69min

Ollie is in love with a woman. When he discovers that she is already married, he tries to kill himself. Of course, the suicide is avoided and the boys join the Foreign Legion to get away from their troubles. Finally, they are arrested for trying to desert the Legion and to escape the firing squad by stealing a plane.

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Stagecoach

Stagecoach

Stagecoach

IMDb: 7.9
1939
96min

A simple stagecoach trip is complicated by the fact that Geronimo is on the warpath in the area. The passengers on the coach include a drunken doctor, two women, a bank manager who has taken off with his client’s money, and the famous Ringo Kid, among others.

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The Adventures of Robin Hood

The Adventures of Robin Hood

The Adventures of Robin Hood

IMDb: 8.0
1938
102min

Robin Hood (Errol Flynn) fights nobly for justice against the evil Sir Guy of Gisbourne (Basil Rathbone) while striving to win the hand of the beautiful Maid Marian (Olivia de Havilland).

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Holiday

Holiday

Holiday

IMDb: 7.9
1938
97min

Johnny Cose, a freethinking financier, has finally found the girl of his dreams — Julia Seton, the spoiled daughter of a socially prominent millionaire — and she’s agreed to marry him. But when Johnny plans a holiday for the two to enjoy life while they are still young, his fiancée has other plans & that is for Johnny to work in her father’s bank!

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Angels with Dirty Faces

Angels with Dirty Faces

Angels with Dirty Faces

IMDb: 8.0
1938
97min

In New York, the boys Rocky Sullivan and Jerry Connelly are best friends and small time thieves. After a robbery, Rocky is arrested and sent to a reformatory school, where he begins his criminal career. Jerry escapes and later becomes a priest. After three years in prison, Rocky is released and demands the return of $100,000 deposited with his Solicitor – prior to his jail term.

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

IMDb: 7.5
1938
69min

Reginald Owen portrays Charles Dickens’ holiday humbug Ebenezer Scrooge, the miser’s miser who has a huge change of heart after spirits whisk him into the past, present and future.

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Stage Door

Stage Door

Stage Door

IMDb: 7.8
1937
92min

The ups and downs in the lives and careers of a group of ambitious young actresses and show girls from disparate backgrounds brought together in a theatrical hostel. Centres particularly on the conflict and growing friendship between Terry Randall, a rich girl confident in her talent and ability to make it to the top on the stage, and Jean Maitland, a world weary and cynical trouper who has taken the hard knocks of the ruthless and over-populated world of the Broadway apprentice.

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Shall We Dance

Shall We Dance

Shall We Dance

IMDb: 7.6
1937
109min

Ballet star Pete “Petrov” Peters arranges to cross the Atlantic aboard the same ship as the dancer he’s fallen for but barely knows, musical star Linda Keene. By the time the ocean liner reaches New York, a little white lie has churned through the rumor mill and turned into a hot gossip item: that the two celebrities are secretly married.

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The Awful Truth

The Awful Truth

The Awful Truth

IMDb: 7.9
1937
91min

Unfounded suspicions lead a married couple to begin divorce proceedings, whereupon they start undermining each other’s attempts to find new romance.

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Make Way for Tomorrow

Make Way for Tomorrow

Make Way for Tomorrow

IMDb: 8.3
1937
91min

At a family reunion, the Cooper clan find that their parents’ home is being foreclosed. “Temporarily,” Ma moves in with son George’s family, Pa with daughter Cora. But the parents are like sand in the gears of their middle-aged children’s well regulated households. Can the old folks take matters into their own hands?

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

IMDb: 7.6
1937
83min

A beautiful girl, Snow White, takes refuge in the forest in the house of seven dwarfs to hide from her stepmother, the wicked Queen. The Queen is jealous because she wants to be known as “the fairest in the land,” and Snow White’s beauty surpasses her own.

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Modern Times

Modern Times

Modern Times

IMDb: 8.5
1936
87min

The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.

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The Informer

The Informer

The Informer

IMDb: 7.5
1935
91min

In 1922, an Irish rebel informs on his friend, then feels doom closing in.

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Gold Diggers of 1935

Gold Diggers of 1935

Gold Diggers of 1935

IMDb: 7.6
1935
98min

Romance strikes when a vacationing millionairess and her daughter spend their vacation at a posh New England resort.

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Murder on a Honeymoon

Murder on a Honeymoon

Murder on a Honeymoon

IMDb: 6.8
1935
75min

A schoolteacher and amateur sleuth suspects foul play when a fellow passenger on a sea-plane gets sick and dies. The third and last film with Edna May Oliver and James Gleason as the astute schoolteacher Hildegarde Withers and the New York Police Inspector Oscar Piper busy solving crimes. Based on a series of crime novels by Stuart Palmer.

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Top Hat

Top Hat

Top Hat

IMDb: 7.8
1935
101min

Showman Jerry Travers is working for producer Horace Hardwick in London. Jerry demonstrates his new dance steps late one night in Horace’s hotel, much to the annoyance of sleeping Dale Tremont below. She goes upstairs to complain and the two are immediately attracted to each other. Complications arise when Dale mistakes Jerry for Horace.

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Alice Adams

Alice Adams

Alice Adams

IMDb: 7.0
1935
99min

In the lower-middle-class Adams family, father and son are happy to work in a drugstore, but mother and daughter Alice try every possible social-climbing stratagem despite snubs and embarrassment. When Alice finally meets her dream man Arthur, mother nags father into a risky business venture and plans to impress Alice’s beau with an “upscale” family dinner. Will the excruciating results drive Arthur away?

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The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild

IMDb: 6.9
1935
81min

Jack Thornton has trouble winning enough at cards for the stake he needs to get to the Alaska gold fields. His luck changes when he pays $250 for Buck, a sled dog that is part wolf to keep him from being shot by an arrogant Englishman also headed for the Yukon. En route to the Yukon with Shorty Houlihan — who spent time in jail for opening someone else’s letter with a map of where gold is to be found — Jack rescues a woman whose husband was the addressee of that letter. Buck helps Jack win a $1,000 bet to get the supplies he needs. And when Jack and Claire Blake pet Buck one night, fingers touch.

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Death Takes a Holiday

Death Takes a Holiday

Death Takes a Holiday

IMDb: 7.2
1934
79min

After years of questioning why people fear him, Death (March) takes on human form so he can mingle among the mortals and find an answer. However, events soon spiral out of control as he falls in love with the beautiful young Grazia (Venable), the only woman unafraid of him. As he falls in love with her, her father, Duke Lambert (Standing), sees him for what he is and begs him to return to his duties. Death must decide whether or not to seek his own happiness, or sacrifice it so that Grazia may live.

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Babes in Toyland

Babes in Toyland

Babes in Toyland

IMDb: 7.4
1934
73min

Ollie Dee and Stanley Dum try to borrow money from their employer, the toymaker, to pay off the mortgage on Mother Peep’s shoe and keep it and Little Bo Peep from the clutches of the evil Barnaby. When that fails, they trick Barnaby into marrying Stanley Dum instead of Bo Peep. Enraged, Barnaby unleashes the bogeymen from their caverns to destroy Toyland.

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Imitation of Life

Imitation of Life

Imitation of Life

IMDb: 7.6
1934
111min

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

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