Pre-Code Films

A list of American Pre-Code films. Additional suggestions welcomed, as the list is by no means complete. The top 90 are personal favourites / recommendations and are in approximate order of preference.

Seen: 1 - 210 (listed alphabetically after 90)
Unseen: 211 - 925

This year was the first official "Pre-Code April". See #PreCodeApril hashtag on Twitter to see how it all went, and let me know if you want to join in next year.

EDIT: It appears the Pre-Code Movies YouTube channel has been terminated. That is a terrible shame. There is a replacement, but it might be safer not to link to it. Either way, everything from about 600 onwards is on YouTube.

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  • Freaks

    1

  • The Maltese Falcon

    2

  • Scarface

    3

  • Gold Diggers of 1933

    4

  • It Happened One Night

    5

  • Three on a Match

    6

  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    7

  • The Thin Man

    8

  • The Public Enemy

    9

  • Gabriel Over the White House

    10

  • King Kong

    11

  • Design for Living

    12

  • The Story of Temple Drake

    13

  • The Greeks Had a Word for Them

    14

  • Trouble in Paradise

    15

  • Blonde Venus

    16

  • Merrily We Go to Hell

    17

  • She Done Him Wrong

    18

  • Island of Lost Souls

    19

  • Employees' Entrance

    20

  • The Blue Angel

    21

  • The Sign of the Cross

    22

  • Massacre

    23

  • Duck Soup

    24

  • The Eagle and the Hawk

    25

  • Finishing School

    26

  • Red-Headed Woman

    27

  • Little Caesar

    28

  • Ladies of Leisure

    29

  • Call Her Savage

    30

  • Murders in the Zoo

    31

  • Bird of Paradise

    32

  • Wild Boys of the Road

    33

  • Tarzan and His Mate

    34

  • Red Dust

    35

  • Smarty

    36

  • I'm No Angel

    37

  • Shanghai Express

    38

  • The Big House

    39

  • The Black Cat

    40

  • Platinum Blonde

    41

  • Hell's Angels

    42

  • The Smiling Lieutenant

    43

  • The Love Parade

    44

  • Night Nurse

    45

  • Baby Face

    46

  • Two Seconds

    47

  • The Divorcee

    48

  • Female

    49

  • Virtue

    50

  • Footlight Parade

    51

  • Love Me Tonight

    52

  • The Broadway Melody

    53

  • The Sin of Nora Moran

    54

  • The Strange Love of Molly Louvain

    55

  • The Front Page

    56

  • The Invisible Man

    57

  • Dance, Fools, Dance

    58

  • The Criminal Code

    59

  • Five Star Final

    60

  • Little Miss Marker

    61

  • The Little Giant

    62

  • Possessed

    63

  • The Girl from Missouri

    64

  • Ladies They Talk About

    65

  • Hold Your Man

    66

  • The Wet Parade

    67

  • The Most Dangerous Game

    68

  • Jewel Robbery

    69

  • Bombshell

    70

  • International House

    71

  • Taxi!

    72

  • Hell's Highway

    73

  • One Way Passage

    74

  • Madam Satan

    75

  • Kongo

    76

  • Safe in Hell

    77

  • A Free Soul

    78

  • The Cabin in the Cotton

    79

  • Heroes for Sale

    80

  • Applause

    81

  • Girls About Town

    82

  • Laughter

    83

  • Blonde Crazy

    84

  • Murder at the Vanities

    85

  • Illicit

    86

  • Lady for a Day

    87

  • 20,000 Years in Sing Sing

    88

  • Skippy

    89

  • Miss Pinkerton

    90

  • Abraham Lincoln

    91

  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    92

  • American Madness

    93

  • An American Tragedy

    94

  • Animal Crackers

    95

  • Anna Christie

    96

  • Arrowsmith

    97

  • Babes in Toyland

    98

  • Bad Girl

    99

  • The Barretts of Wimpole Street

    100