By The Decade: Your Favourite Films From The Thirties

I’m always a little wary of putting these pieces out there when I’m asking for film recommendations, but the reaction to the first By The Decade piece has been really brilliant.

Inspired by the reaction to my ‘Give It A Go’ Quick Read, and running with the #ByTheDecade tag on Twitter, I’m basically looking for films you’d suggest to anyone who wasn’t overly familiar with cinema from a specific decade, starting this week with #3FromThe30s.

As always, you didn’t disappoint, so here’s a list of films from the thirties you good people would highly recommend…

  • I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang (1932)
  • Black Legion (1937)
  • Confessions Of A Nazi Spy (1939)
  • Frankenstein (1931)
  • Hound Of The Baskervilles (1939)
  • The Most Dangerous Game (1932)
  • Trouble In Paradise (1932)
  • The Adventures Of Robin Hood (1938)
  • The Devil-Doll (1936)
  • One Way Passage (1932)
  • The Roaring Twenties (1939)
  • Baby Face (1933)
  • The 39 Steps (1935)
  • Penthouse (1933)
  • The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936)
  • A Farewell To Arms (1932)
  • All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)
  • Reefer Madness (1936)
  • Top Hat (1935)
  • Holiday (1938)
  • Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
  • The Public Enemy (1931)
  • Twentieth Century (1934)
  • Freaks (1932)
  • The Rules Of The Game (1939)
  • It Happened One Night (1934)
  • Bringing Up Baby (1938)
  • It’s A Wonderful World (1939)

I mean, look at all these great suggestions! I’ve already seen a handful, heard of several more, but some of these mean nothing to me yet.

That’s exactly why I wanted to set up this site, to engage with film fans and learn more about cinema. I’m firmly of the opinion that while it’s absolutely fine to like what you like, there’s always something great out there you might not be aware of, and it’s through conversations like this that we get a little closer to finding them and, in doing so, discovering a new little rabbit hole to fall down.

Isn’t that cool?

What’s really interesting to me is the lack of some of the biggest names from the list – there’s no Gone With The Wind, no Wizard Of Oz, no King Kong (though I came close to adding that one myself if I’m honest). I don’t have an answer for why they’re missing, but again, it goes to show there are tonnes of films out there beyond the obvious choices.

Thanks to everyone who took part, and I’ll look forward to seeing you for the #ByTheDecade #4FromThe40s soon!

In the meantime, I’m going to see which of these I can easily find to watch – if any of you manage to get through a couple, be sure to let me know how they were!

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