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City Lights

In this sound-era silent film, a tramp falls in love with a beautiful blind flower seller.

Release On: 1st - February - 1931

Vote Count: 1646
Vote Average: 8.4/10


British estate agent Renfield travels to Transylvania to meet with the mysterious Count Dracula, who is interested in leasing a castle in London and is, unbeknownst to Renfield, a vampire. After Dracula enslaves Renfield and drives him to insanity, the pair sail to London together, and as Dracula begins preying on London socialites, the two become the subject of study for a supernaturalist professor, Abraham Van Helsing.

Release On: 12th - February - 1931

Vote Count: 880
Vote Average: 7.2/10


Dr. Henry Frankenstein attempts to create life by assembling a creature from body parts of the deceased. Aided by his loyal misshapen assistant, Fritz, Frankenstein succeeds in animating his monster, but, confused and traumatized, it escapes into the countryside and begins to wreak havoc. Frankenstein searches for the elusive being and eventually must confront his tormented creation.

Release On: 21st - November - 1931

Vote Count: 1158
Vote Average: 7.5/10

M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder

In this classic German thriller, Hans Beckert, a serial killer who preys on children, becomes the focus of a massive Berlin police manhunt. Beckert's heinous crimes are so repellant and disruptive to city life that he is even targeted by others in the seedy underworld network. With both cops and criminals in pursuit, the murderer soon realizes that people are on his trail, sending him into a tense, panicked attempt to escape justice.

Release On: 11th - May - 1931

Vote Count: 1616
Vote Average: 8.1/10

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Dr. Henry Jekyll believes that there are two distinct sides to men - a good and an evil side. He believes that by separating the two, man can become liberated. He succeeds in his experiments with chemicals to accomplish this and transforms into Hyde to commit horrendous crimes. When he discontinues use of the drug, it is already too late.

Release On: 24th - December - 1931

Vote Count: 197
Vote Average: 7.3/10


When the government opens up the Oklahoma territory for settlement, restless Yancey Cravat claims a plot of the free land for himself and moves his family there from Wichita. A newspaperman, lawyer, and just about everything else, Cravat soon becomes a leading citizen of the boom town of Osage. Once the town is established, however, he begins to feel confined once again, and heads for the Cherokee Strip, leaving his family behind. During this and other absences, his wife Sabra must learn to take care of herself and soon becomes prominent in her own right.

Release On: 9th - February - 1931

Vote Count: 83
Vote Average: 5.6/10

Monkey Business

Four stowaways get mixed up with gangsters while running riot on an ocean liner.

Release On: 19th - September - 1931

Vote Count: 136
Vote Average: 7/10

The Public Enemy

Two young Chicago hoodlums, Tom Powers and Matt Doyle, rise up from their poverty-stricken slum life to become petty thieves, bootleggers and cold-blooded killers. But with street notoriety and newfound wealth, the duo feels the heat from the cops and rival gangsters both. Despite his ruthless criminal reputation, Tom tries to remain connected to his family, however, gang warfare and the need for revenge eventually pull him away.

Release On: 23rd - April - 1931

Vote Count: 239
Vote Average: 7.3/10

Little Caesar

A small-time hood shoots his way to the top, but how long can he stay there?

Release On: 25th - January - 1931

Vote Count: 182
Vote Average: 7/10

The Skin Game

An old traditional family and a modern family battle over land in a small English village.

Release On: 26th - February - 1931

Vote Count: 55
Vote Average: 5.3/10


The youngsters Matahi and Reri are in love with each other. The old warrior Hitu announces that Reri is to be the new chosen virgin for the gods. This means she must stay untouched, otherwise she and her lover will be killed. But Matahi abducts and escapes with her to an island ruled by the white man, where their gods would be harmless and powerless.

Release On: 1st - August - 1931

Vote Count: 111
Vote Average: 7.3/10

Pardon Us

It's Prohibition, and the boys wind up behind bars after Stan sells some of their home-brew beer to a policeman.

Release On: 15th - August - 1931

Vote Count: 51
Vote Average: 6.7/10

The Front Page

Hildy Johnson is an investigative reporter is looking for a bigger paycheck. When an accused murderer escapes from custody, Hildy sees an opportunity for the story of a lifetime. But when he finds the criminal, he learns that the man may not be guilty. With the help of his editor, Hildy attempts to hide the convict, uncover the conspiracy and write the scoop of his career.

Release On: 4th - April - 1931

Vote Count: 37
Vote Average: 6.6/10

Parlor, Bedroom and Bath

Jeffrey Haywood wants to marry to Virginia Embrey. However, Virginia refused to marry unless her older sister, the hard-to-please Angelica gets married first. Angelica, in turn, finds every man she knows too dull and predictable, and for this reason prefers to stay single. Jeff then tries to make Angelica interested in the mild-mannered and timid Reggie Irving passing him off as a notorious playboy to intrigue her. He asks his friend Polly to teach Reggie "how to treat a woman right", but he turns to be a disastrous learner.

Release On: 28th - February - 1931

Vote Count: 12
Vote Average: 5.7/10

Night Nurse

Lora Hart manages to land a job in a hospital as a trainee nurse. Upon completion of her training she goes to work as a night nurse for two small children who seem to be very sick, though something much more sinister is going on.

Release On: 16th - July - 1931

Vote Count: 49
Vote Average: 6.8/10

Mädchen in Uniform

A sensitive girl is sent to an all-girls boarding school and develops a romantic attachment to one of her teachers. One of the earliest narrative films to explicitly portray homosexuality. Based on "Gestern und Heute" by German playwright Christa Winsloe.

Release On: 27th - November - 1931

Vote Count: 57
Vote Average: 7.2/10

City Streets

A mobster's daughter leads her boyfriend from the circus into bootlegging.

Release On: 18th - April - 1931

Vote Count: 32
Vote Average: 6.2/10

Drácula (Alternate versions)

In the early days of sound, it was common for Hollywood studios to produce Hollywood foreign-language versions of their films (usually in French, Spanish, and German) using the same sets, costumes and etc. Unfortunately, most of these foreign language versions no longer exist. The Spanish version of Dracula is an exception. In recent years this version has become more highly praised by some than the English language version. The Spanish crew had the advantage of watching the dailies from the English crew's version when they came in for the evening and they would figure out better camera angles and more effective use of lighting in an attempt to "top" it. As a result, this version's supporters consider it to be much more artistically effective.

Release On: 11th - March - 1931

Vote Count: 78
Vote Average: 6.8/10

Safe in Hell

To avoid the rigors of the law, Gilda flees New Orleans and hides on a Caribbean island where the worst criminals can ask for asylum. Besieged by the scum of the earth, Gilda will soon find out that she has found refuge in hell.

Release On: 12th - December - 1931

Vote Count: 24
Vote Average: 6.9/10

Taris, roi de l'eau

Short documentary directed by Jean Vigo about the French swimmer Jean Taris. The film is notable for the many innovative techniques that Vigo uses, including close ups and freeze frames of the swimmer's body.

Release On: 1st - January - 1931

Vote Count: 63
Vote Average: 6.3/10