List of Pre-Code Hollywood Films

There are lots of different definitions of what a Pre-Code film is, and what constitutes it. While this site will explore practically every movie produced between 1930 and July 1934, that doesn’t mean that all of those films are Pre-Code movies. This list of Pre-Code films was apparently culled from several books on the subject, and while it may not be exhaustive, at least serves as a good introduction..

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1929 | 1930 | 1931 | 1932 | 1933 | 1934

 

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The Pre-Code Films of 1929

  • Alibi
  • Applause
  • The Awful Truth
  • Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
  • Betrayal
  • Big Time
  • The Black Watch
  • Blackmail
  • The Broadway Melody
  • Bulldog Drummond
  • The Canary Murder Case
  • Close Harmony
  • The Cock-Eyed World
  • The Cocoanuts
  • Condemned
  • Coquette
  • Dance Hall
  • The Desert Song
  • Devil-May-Care
  • Diary of a Lost Girl
  • The Flying Fleet
  • Footlight and Fools
  • The Godless Girl
  • Gold Diggers of Broadway
  • Glorifying the American Girl
  • The Great Gabbo
  • Hallelujah!
  • Hell’s Heroes
  • The Hole in the Wall
  • In Old Arizona
  • The Kiss
  • The Lady Lies
  • The Last of Mrs. Cheyney
  • The Letter
  • The Locked Door
  • The Love Parade
  • Lucky Star
  • The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu
  • Our Modern Maidens
  • The Pagan
  • Piccadilly
  • Pointed Heels
  • The Racketeer
  • Redskin
  • Rio Rita
  • The River
  • Sally
  • Salute
  • The Saturday Night Kid
  • Seven Footprints to Satan
  • The Single Standard
  • Sunny Side Up
  • Their Own Desire
  • The Trespasser
  • The Trial of Mary Dugan
  • Untamed
  • The Valiant
  • The Virginian
  • The Voice of the City
  • Where East is East
  • The Wild Party
  • The Wolf Song
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The Pre-Code Films of 1930

  • Africa Speaks!
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Animal Crackers
  • Anna Christie
  • The Bad Man*
  • The Big House
  • The Big Pond
  • The Big Trail
  • Billy the Kid
  • The Blue Angel
  • Bride of the Regiment*
  • Bright Lights
  • Call of the Flesh
  • Charley’s Aunt
  • Cheer Up and Smile*
  • Children of Pleasure
  • The Cuckoos
  • Danger Lights
  • The Dawn Patrol
  • The Devil to Pay
  • The Devil’s Holiday
  • Dixiana
  • The Divorcee
  • Du Barry, Woman of Passion
  • Fast and Loose
  • Follow Thru
  • Golden Dawn
  • Good News
  • Hell’s Angels
  • Hold Everything
  • Holiday
  • Just Imagine
  • King of Jazz
  • Kismet
  • Ladies Love Brutes
  • Ladies of Leisure
  • Laughter
  • Let’s Go Native
  • Let Us Be Gay
  • The Life of the Party
  • Loose Ankles
  • The Lottery Bride
  • Madam Satan
  • The Man from Blankley’s*
  • Manslaughter
  • The Matrimonial Bed
  • Men Without Women
  • Min and Bill
  • Moby Dick
  • Monte Carlo
  • Morocco
  • Murder!**
  • New Moon
  • No, No, Nanette
  • The Office Wife
  • One Romantic Night
  • Our Blushing Brides
  • Outward Bound
  • Paid
  • Paramount on Parade
  • Peacock Alley
  • Puttin’ on the Ritz
  • Queen High
  • Raffles
  • Reaching for the Moon
  • Renegades
  • Romance
  • The Rogue Song
  • The Royal Family
  • The Runaway Bride
  • Sarah and Son
  • She Couldn’t Say No
  • The Silver horde
  • Sin Takes a Holiday
  • The Sins of the Children
  • Sinners’ Holiday
  • Slightly Scarlet
  • Song of the Flame*
  • Song of the West*
  • Son of the Gods
  • The Spoilers
  • Street of Chance
  • Sunny
  • Sweet Kitty Bellairs
  • They Learned About Women
  • True to the Navy
  • The Truth About Youth
  • Under a Texas Moon
  • Up the River
  • The Unholy Three
  • The Vagabond King
  • Viennese Nights
  • The Virtuous Sin
  • War Nurse
  • What a Widow
  • The Woman Racket
  • Whoopee!
  • Young Man of Manhattan
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The Pre-Code Films of 1931

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The Pre-Code Films of 1932

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The Pre-Code Films of 1933

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The Pre-Code Films of 1934



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5 Responses to List of Pre-Code Hollywood Films

  1. Johan Boelaert says:

    MrFilmschatten features on his channel on Youtube The Moth (1934) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3hxT4D1IwQ&feature=em-uploademail) as a pre-code film. And indeed, rather innocent en naive, but here and there indeed naughty…

  2. Ajax says:

    I’m rather stunned that Tarzan and his mate is left out of the list of essential pre-code films in as much as it is the only film of that era that I know of that presents Maureen O’Sullivan’s vagina. Watch the scene in the cave where she attempts to keep the lions at bay by making a firewall between herself and the lions. She kneels down to light and maintain the fire and clearly has no undergarment on beneath her loincloth. Surprise! Unlike the underwater scenes, in the cave it is definitely not Josephine McKim.

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