After some delay, due to a French film festival we’re having at the Cinema em Cena message board, the time has finally come to show you, dear readers, the results for the voting to choose the best movies of the 1930s. A period that hides richness almost invaluable to those who don’t venture into finding out the amount of great movies, which inspired much of what came later, in terms of cinema. Let’s get to the results:
01. Gone With the Wind (Victor Fleming, 1939)
02. City Lights (Charles Chaplin, 1931)
03. M (Fritz Lang, 1931)
04. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Frank Capra, 1939)
05. Modern Times (Charles Chaplin, 1936)
06. The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939)
07. Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks, 1938)
08. Stagecoach (John Ford, 1939)
08. You Can’t Take it With You (Frank Capra, 1938)
10. The Great Illusion (La grande illusion, Jean Renoir, 1937)
11. It Happened One Night (Frank Capra, 1934)
12. The Awful Truth (Leo McCarey, 1937)
13. The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock, 1935)
14. Dodsworth (William Wyler, 1936)
15. Freaks (Tod Browning, 1932)
16. The Vampire (Vampyr, Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1932)
16. The Rules of the Game (Le règle du jeu, Jean Renoir, 1939)
18. All Quiet on the Western Front (Lewis Milestone, 1930)
19. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (David Hand et al, 1937)
19. Ninotchka (Ernst Lubitsch, 1939)
Just to remind you, we make this selection with an open vote among users of the Cinema em Cena message board – whoever wants to participate submits a list of favorite movies according to the rules already discussed here on Prós e Contras in another text. For the 1930s, we had a total of 12 voters (more than we’d had for the 1940s), being that six people submitted lists of 20 movies (the maximum), two had 15 movies, one had 12 and three had 10 movies (the minimum). Unfortunately, the reduced number of participants creates minor distortions, especially in the lower part of the table. All Quiet on the Western Front and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs were named by only two voters, but managed to make the top 20. There were ties for the 8th, 16th and 19th positions.
This time, we had Victor Fleming in first and sixth, Charles Chaplin in second and fifth, Frank Capra in fourth, ninth and eleventh and Jean Renoir in twelfth and seventeenth. William Wyler, Ler McCarey and Howard Hawks also showed some strength, with one movie each in the top 20 and other movies a little down on the list. Two important moviemakers of the period, Leni Riefenstahl and Jean Vigo, were left out. In the case of the German director, closely, since she landed the 21st position. The French, on the other hand, had to settle for a puny 35th place for his masterpiece, L’atalante (and also the 56th for Zero for Conduct). We still have on the list the beginning of the success that would come later on for Alfred Hitchcock and John Ford.
In terms of genre, the list was a party. We have the comedy styles of Chaplin and Capra, suspense, musical, western, war, animation, family drama, social drama and even horror was respected and well represented, with Vampyr and Freaks in the top 20 (as well as M, if you consider it horror). And, a rare case, a documentary nearly made it – once again, Leni Riefenstahl and her Triumph of the Will.
When we talk about countries of origin, it’s interesting to notice we have two German movies (M and Vampyr) and two French ones (The Great Illusion and The Rules of the Game), besides, of course, Hithcock representing the land of the Queen with his The 39 Steps. I confess I expected a bit more variation, partly because I’m a big fan of Triumph of the Will and L’atalante. In the last day of voting, I watched a very good Japanese movie (I Was Born, But…, from director Yasujirô Ozu), which I’m sure two or three other voters would have put on their lists, but I guess they didn’t have time to see it. Anyway, score another decade for the USA, hehehe.
Out of the 70 different movies that were named (six more than for the 1940s), 31 were remembered by only one user. Thirteen others (including those two on the top 20) appeared on the lists of only two voters. No movies were mentioned by all voters. The most remembered (the triad Gone With the Wind, City Lights and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington) appeared on 10 out of the 12 lists.
If we were to order the result according to the average of points by number of lists in which the movie showed up (considering only movies mentioned by three or more users), we would have Gone With the Wind still leading, with an average of 17,20 over a possible maximum of 20, which is pretty good. Next up would be M (17,13), City Lights (15,40), The Wizard of Oz (14,60), Modern Times (14,00), The Awful Truth (13,75), Stagecoach (13,60), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (13,40), Vampyr (13,00) and Bringing up Baby (12,00), closing up the top 10.
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Lists for other decades:
Best movies of the 1930s – my list
Best movies of the 1940s
Best movies of the 1940s – my list
Best movies of the 1950s
Best movies of the 1950s – my list
Best movies of the 1960s
Best movies of the 1960s – my list
Best movies of the 1970s
Best movies of the 1970s – my list
Best movies of the 1980s
Best movies of the 1980s – my list
Best movies of the 1990s
Best movies of the 1990s – my list
Best movies of the 2000s
Best movies of the 2000s – my list