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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.

If you’re looking for just a general listing of movies that this site has covered (which will include some not listed below), please check our Site Index. Links below go to relevant reviews.

1930 | 1931 | 1932 | 1933 | 1934

 

The Pre-Code Films of 1930

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  • A Devil With Women
  • 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 Bishop Murder Case
  • The Blue Angel
  • Born Reckless
  • Bride of the Regiment*
  • Bright Lights
  • Call of the Flesh
  • Captain Thunder
  • Charley’s Aunt
  • Chasing Rainbows
  • Cheer Up and Smile*
  • Children of Pleasure
  • City Girl
  • Clancy in Wall Street
  • Conspiracy
  • The Cuckoos
  • Danger Lights
  • The Dawn Patrol
  • The Devil to Pay!
  • The Devil’s Holiday
  • Dixiana
  • The Divorcee
  • Doorway to Hell
  • Doughboys
  • Du Barry, Woman of Passion
  • Fast and Loose
  • Feet First
  • Follow Thru
  • Golden Dawn
  • Good News
  • Hell Harbor
  • Hell’s Angels
  • Hell’s Heroes
  • Hold Everything
  • Holiday
  • In Gay Madrid
  • Inside the Lines
  • Just Imagine
  • King of Jazz
  • Kismet
  • Ladies Love Brutes
  • Ladies of Leisure
  • The Lash
  • Laughter
  • Leathernecking
  • Let’s Go Native
  • Let Us Be Gay
  • The Life of the Party
  • Liliom
  • Loose Ankles
  • The Lottery Bride
  • Madame Satan
  • Mammy
  • 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
  • Not So Dumb
  • 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
  • Redemption
  • Renegades
  • Road to Paradise
  • Romance
  • The Rogue Song
  • Rough Romance
  • The Royal Family of Broadway
  • The Runaway Bride
  • Safety in Numbers
  • Sarah and Son
  • The Second Floor Mystery
  • She Couldn’t Say No
  • Show Girl in Hollywood
  • The Silver Horde
  • Sin Takes a Holiday
  • The Sins of the Children
  • Sinners’ Holiday
  • Slightly Scarlet
  • Son of the Gods
  • Song of the Flame*
  • Song of the West*
  • The Spoilers
  • Street of Chance
  • Strictly Unconventional
  • Sunny
  • Sweet Kitty Bellairs
  • They Learned About Women
  • Three Faces East
  • Tol’able David
  • 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

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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9 thoughts on “List of Pre-Code Hollywood Films

  1. 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.

    1. Heh. That is a good point. This list is being revised at the moment and will be updated by the end of the year. O’Sullivan’s nether regions or not, Tarzan will definitely make the list. :)

    1. It could be. This list is composed of movies that are usually referenced in books about pre-Code Hollywood, not all of the movies released in these years. Because of that, some movies that are really obscure or weren’t released when those were published may be overlooked. That might be true of Journey’s End… but I’ll have to check it out first.

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