Thirties Science Fiction

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1. Frankenstein (1931)

Passed | 70 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

91 Metascore

An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff, John Boles

Votes: 61,258

2. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson

Votes: 40,900 | Gross: $4.36M

3. Son of Frankenstein (1939)

Approved | 99 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

One of the sons of Frankenstein finds his father's monster in a coma and revives him, only to find out he is controlled by Ygor who is bent on revenge.

Director: Rowland V. Lee | Stars: Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone, Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill

Votes: 8,446

4. The Invisible Man (1933)

Not Rated | 71 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but in doing so, he becomes murderously insane.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, William Harrigan, Henry Travers

Votes: 27,641

5. Things to Come (1936)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, War

The story of a century: a decades-long second World War leaves plague and anarchy, then a rational state rebuilds civilization and attempts space travel.

Director: William Cameron Menzies | Stars: Raymond Massey, Edward Chapman, Ralph Richardson, Margaretta Scott

Votes: 6,678

6. Flash Gordon (1936)

Approved | 245 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Flash Gordon, Dale Arden and Dr. Alexis Zarkov visit the planet Mongo to thwart the evil schemes of Emperor Ming the Merciless, who has set his planet on a collision course with Earth.

Directors: Frederick Stephani, Ray Taylor | Stars: Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton, Priscilla Lawson

Votes: 2,026

7. Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938)

Approved | 299 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

When a deadly Nitron ray strikes Earth, Flash Gordon and his friends travel to Mars to battle Ming the Merciless and his new ally Queen Azura.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Robert F. Hill, Frederick Stephani | Stars: Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton, Frank Shannon

Votes: 827

8. Buck Rogers (1939)

Approved | 237 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

A 20th Century pilot named Buck Rogers and his young friend Buddy Wade awake from 500 years in suspended animation to find that the world has been taken over by the outlaw army of Killer Kane.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Saul A. Goodkind | Stars: Buster Crabbe, Constance Moore, Jackie Moran, Jack Mulhall

Votes: 721

9. Undersea Kingdom (1936)

Approved | 226 min | Sci-Fi, Adventure

Crash Corrigan, a recent graduate of Annapolis, and Diana, a go-getting reporter, join Professor Norton for a search for the source of a string of earthquakes, Atlantis. They ride Prof. ... See full summary »

Directors: B. Reeves Eason, Joseph Kane | Stars: Ray Corrigan, Lois Wilde, Monte Blue, William Farnum

Votes: 459

10. King Kong (1933)

Passed | 100 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.

Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher

Votes: 75,779 | Gross: $10.00M

11. Son of Kong (1933)

Passed | 70 min | Adventure, Comedy

50 Metascore

The men who captured the giant ape King Kong return to Skull Island and find his likewise gigantic but far more friendly son.

Director: Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Robert Armstrong, Helen Mack, Frank Reicher, John Marston

Votes: 3,727 | Gross: $1.34M

12. The Invisible Ray (1936)

Approved | 80 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A scientist becomes murderous after discovering, and being exposed to the radiation of, a powerful new element called Radium X.

Director: Lambert Hillyer | Stars: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Frances Drake, Frank Lawton

Votes: 2,087

13. Island of Lost Souls (1932)

Not Rated | 70 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

An obsessed scientist conducts profane experiments in evolution, eventually establishing himself as the self-styled demigod to a race of mutated, half-human abominations.

Director: Erle C. Kenton | Stars: Charles Laughton, Bela Lugosi, Richard Arlen, Leila Hyams

Votes: 7,687

14. The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936)

Unrated | 82 min | Comedy, Fantasy

An ordinary man suddenly finds that anything he says comes true. Or at least, almost anything.

Directors: Lothar Mendes, Alexander Korda | Stars: Roland Young, Ralph Richardson, Edward Chapman, Ernest Thesiger

Votes: 1,198

15. The Phantom Empire (1935)

Approved | 245 min | Action, Adventure, Music

When the ancient continent of Mu sank beneath the ocean, some of its inhabitant survived in caverns beneath the sea. Cowboy singer Gene Autry stumbles upon the civilization, now buried ... See full summary »

Directors: Otto Brower, B. Reeves Eason | Stars: Gene Autry, Frankie Darro, Betsy King Ross, Dorothy Christy

Votes: 389

16. Just Imagine (1930)

Passed | 113 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

New York, 1980: airplanes have replaced cars, numbers have replaced names, pills have replaced food, government-arranged marriages have replaced love, and test tube babies have replaced ...... See full summary »

Director: David Butler | Stars: El Brendel, Maureen O'Sullivan, John Garrick, Marjorie White

Votes: 611

17. F.P.1 Doesn't Answer (1932)

114 min | Sci-Fi

Urged by famous airman Ellissen the Lennartz Company puts into reality the project proposed by his friend Droste: F.P.1, a huge floating platform in the Atlantic that makes long-distance ... See full summary »

Director: Karl Hartl | Stars: Hans Albers, Sybille Schmitz, Paul Hartmann, Peter Lorre

Votes: 185

19. F. P. 1 Doesn't Answer (1933)

Passed | 74 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi

(1932) Conrad Veldt, Jill Esmond, Leslie Fenton. Right out of Amazing Stories. A gigantic floating platform is built in the mid-Atlantic for use as a oceanic airport. However, its ... See full summary »

Director: Karl Hartl | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Jill Esmond, Leslie Fenton, George Merritt

Votes: 101

20. The Tunnel (1933)

72 min | Sci-Fi

An engineer is hired to plan and oversee the construction of a undersea tunnel between Europe and the US. However, certain interests don't want to see the tunnel built and use every means ... See full summary »

Director: Curtis Bernhardt | Stars: Paul Hartmann, Attila Hörbiger, Olly von Flint, Otto Wernicke

Votes: 57

21. Le tunnel (1933)

72 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

An engineer is hired to plan the construction of a undersea tunnel between Europe and the US. However, certain interests don't want to see the tunnel built and use every means at their ... See full summary »

Director: Curtis Bernhardt | Stars: Jean Gabin, Madeleine Renaud, Robert Le Vigan, Edmond Van Daële

Votes: 91

22. Transatlantic Tunnel (1935)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A team of international scientists and engineers attempts to build a tunnel under the ocean.

Director: Maurice Elvey | Stars: Richard Dix, Leslie Banks, Madge Evans, Helen Vinson

Votes: 689

23. Non-Stop New York (1937)

69 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A young woman finds herself as the intended victim of a murder plot on a transatlantic flight from London to New York.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: John Loder, Anna Lee, Francis L. Sullivan, Frank Cellier

Votes: 244

24. I Accuse (1938)

95 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

After serving in the trenches of World War I, Jean Diaz recoils with such horror that he renounces love and personal pleasure to immerse himself in scientific research, seeking a machine to... See full summary »

Director: Abel Gance | Stars: Victor Francen, Line Noro, Sylvie Gance, Marcel Delaître

Votes: 419

25. Alraune (1930)

103 min | Sci-Fi

A scientist, Professor Jakob ten Brinken, interested in the laws of heredity, impregnates a prostitute in a laboratory with the semen of a hanged murderer. The prostitute conceives a female... See full summary »

Director: Richard Oswald | Stars: Brigitte Helm, Albert Bassermann, Harald Paulsen, Adolf E. Licho

Votes: 65

26. Creation (1931)

A lost submarine discovers a secret island where dinosaurs still live.

Director: Willis H. O'Brien | Star: Ralf Harolde

Votes: 50

27. Gold (1934)

120 min | Crime, Sci-Fi

After his colleague and a mentor, Prof. Achenbach dies in a set-up accident, while trying to produce gold from the lead, Werner Holk seeks revenge. Meanwhile, a British millionaire suggests that Holk work on him on a similar project.

Director: Karl Hartl | Stars: Hans Albers, Friedrich Kayßler, Brigitte Helm, Michael Bohnen

Votes: 170

28. The Voice from the Sky (1929)

Sci-Fi

A crazed scientist calling himself The Voice from the Sky broadcasts his voice all across the globe, and threatens to suspend all energy in the earth's atmosphere and turn day into night ... See full summary »

Director: Ben F. Wilson | Stars: Hal Taliaferro, Neva Gerber, Robert Walker, J.P. Lockney

30. End of the World (1931)

54 min | Sci-Fi

A scientist predicts that a comet is about to hit Earth. The news causes a panic, and the scientist finds himself arrested for treason.

Directors: Abel Gance, K. Ivanoff | Stars: Victor Francen, Clyde Fisher, Abel Gance, Georges Colin

Votes: 41

31. 6 Hours to Live (1932)

Approved | 72 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A murder victim is brought back to life by a scientific experiment. However, the effects only last for six hours, and he must find his killer in that time.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Warner Baxter, Miriam Jordan, John Boles, George F. Marion

Votes: 103

32. Deluge (1933)

70 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A massive earthquake strikes the United States, which destroys the West Coast and unleashes a massive flood that threatens to destroy the East Coast as well.

Director: Felix E. Feist | Stars: Peggy Shannon, Lois Wilson, Sidney Blackmer, Matt Moore

Votes: 307

33. It's Great to Be Alive (1933)

Passed | 69 min | Comedy, Musical, Sci-Fi

An aviator who crash landed on an island in the South Pacific returns home to find that he is the last fertile man left on Earth after an epidemic of masculitus.

Director: Alfred L. Werker | Stars: Raul Roulien, Gloria Stuart, Edna May Oliver, Herbert Mundin

Votes: 29

34. Men Must Fight (1933)

Passed | 72 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, War

Laura is a nurse at the Front in World War I. She meets and falls for a young flyer named Geoffrey. On his first mission, Geoffrey is shot down and taken to the hospital where Laura works. ... See full summary »

Director: Edgar Selwyn | Stars: Diana Wynyard, Lewis Stone, Phillips Holmes, May Robson

Votes: 297

35. Der Herr der Welt (1934)

90 min | Sci-Fi

A German scientist designs and builds a machine that will do dangerous work instead of placing humans in jeopardy. But the machine itself turns out to have disastrous effects on the people involved.

Director: Harry Piel | Stars: Walter Janssen, Sybille Schmitz, Walter Franck, Aribert Wäscher

Votes: 24

36. Once in a New Moon (1934)

63 min | Sci-Fi

When the small town of Shrimpton-on-Sea is dragged out into space by the force of a 'dead star' passing Earth, the populace try to organise a local government based on equal rights for all,... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Kimmins | Stars: Eliot Makeham, Rene Ray, Morton Selten, Wally Patch

Votes: 94

37. The Vanishing Shadow (1934)

Passed | 242 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

A 12-episode serial in which a son avenges the death of his father at the hands of corrupt politicians. He develops a wide variety of complex devices in his crusade . . . ray guns, robots ... See full summary »

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Onslow Stevens, Ada Ince, Walter Miller, James Durkin

Votes: 59

38. Frontier (1935)

82 min | Drama

A Russian outpost in Eastern Siberia comes under threat of attack by the Japanese. Aerograd is a new town with a strategically located airfield of vital interest to the government.

Director: Aleksandr Dovzhenko | Stars: Stepan Shagaida, Sergey Stolyarov, Evgeniya Melnikova, Stepan Shkurat

Votes: 341

39. Air Hawks (1935)

Passed | 68 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

A mysterious ray that immobilizes all motors and engines threatens the security of the country.

Director: Albert S. Rogell | Stars: Ralph Bellamy, Tala Birell, Wiley Post, Douglass Dumbrille

Votes: 143

40. Cosmic Journey (1936)

70 min | Sci-Fi

In 1946, the Soviet space program is undergoing turmoil. Professor Sedikh, who is planning to lead the first manned exploration to the moon, is denounced by his rival Professor Karin as ... See full summary »

Director: Vasily Zhuravlyov | Stars: Sergey Komarov, K. Moskalenko, Vassili Gaponenko, Nikolay Feoktistov

Votes: 333

41. The Lost City (I) (1935)

Approved | 80 min | Sci-Fi

An evil scientist plots to take over the world from his base in Africa, where he has invented a machine that can cause earthquakes.

Director: Harry Revier | Stars: William 'Stage' Boyd, Kane Richmond, Claudia Dell, Josef Swickard

Votes: 245

42. The Lost City (III) (1935)

Sci-Fi

First of four feature versions of the same-title, same-year serial, consisting of the first three episodes, part of the fourth, and concluding footage not seen in the serial.

Director: Harry Revier | Stars: William 'Stage' Boyd, Kane Richmond, Claudia Dell, Josef Swickard

Votes: 15

43. Ghost Patrol (1936)

Passed | 60 min | Crime, Romance, Sci-Fi

A professor invents a radium tube that makes internal combustion engines stop running. He and his invention are captured by a gang of robbers. A federal agent is sent to rescue him.

Director: Sam Newfield | Stars: Tim McCoy, Claudia Dell, Walter Miller, Wheeler Oakman

Votes: 147

44. The Fighting Devil Dogs (1938)

Approved | 204 min | Adventure

The US marine corps must battle a would-be world conqueror who uses electricity as a weapon.

Directors: John English, William Witney | Stars: Lee Powell, Bruce Bennett, Eleanor Stewart, Montagu Love

Votes: 92

45. The Secret of Treasure Island (1938)

Approved | 300 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

In the Prologue, pirates hide a treasure on an island off the Mexican coast. And the pirates, the map and the treasure disappear in a volcanic eruption. The legend of the island draws ... See full summary »

Director: Elmer Clifton | Stars: Don Terry, Gwen Gaze, Walter Miller, Grant Withers

Votes: 180