Best Original Score Nominees Only (Academy Awards)

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1. The Gay Divorcee (1934)

Approved | 107 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

An American woman travels to England to seek a divorce from her absentee husband, where she meets - and falls for - a dashing performer.

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Alice Brady, Edward Everett Horton

Votes: 6,451

2. The Lost Patrol (1934)

Passed | 73 min | Adventure, War

A dozen British soldiers, lost in a Mesopotamian desert during World War I, are menaced by unseen Arab enemies.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Victor McLaglen, Boris Karloff, Wallace Ford, Reginald Denny

Votes: 2,801

3. Captain Blood (1935)

Passed | 119 min | Action, Adventure

After being wrongly convicted as a traitor, Peter Blood, an English physician, is sent to exile in the British colonies of the Caribbean, where he becomes a pirate.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Lionel Atwill, Basil Rathbone

Votes: 12,190

4. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

Not Rated | 132 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

87 Metascore

A tyrannical ship captain decides to exact revenge on his abused crew after they form a mutiny against him, but the sailor he targets had no hand in it.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, Herbert Mundin

Votes: 19,548

5. Peter Ibbetson (1935)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

A Victorian-era architect, commissioned by the Duke of Towers to design his stables, falls in love with the Duchess.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Gary Cooper, Ann Harding, John Halliday, Ida Lupino

Votes: 1,714

6. The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)

Approved | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

A major countermands orders and attacks to avenge a previous massacre of men, women, and children.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Patric Knowles, Henry Stephenson

Votes: 4,248

7. The Garden of Allah (1936)

Approved | 79 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

The star-crossed desert romance of a cloistered woman and a renegade monk.

Director: Richard Boleslawski | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Charles Boyer, Tilly Losch, Basil Rathbone

Votes: 1,266

8. The General Died at Dawn (1936)

98 min | Adventure, Crime, Film-Noir

Amid the anarchy of China, an American mercenary tangles with a ruthless warlord.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll, Akim Tamiroff, Dudley Digges

Votes: 981

9. Winterset (1936)

Approved | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Immigrant radical Bartolomeo Romagna is falsely condemned and executed for a payroll robbery. Years later, his son Mio sets out to find the truth of the crime and to bring to account the ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred Santell | Stars: Burgess Meredith, Margo, Eduardo Ciannelli, John Carradine

Votes: 319

10. The Hurricane (1937)

Approved | 110 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A Polynesian sailor -- unjustly imprisoned after defending himself against a colonial bully -- is relentlessly persecuted by his island's martinet French governor.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Dorothy Lamour, Jon Hall, Mary Astor, C. Aubrey Smith

Votes: 2,173

11. In Old Chicago (1938)

Approved | 95 min | Action, Drama, Musical

The O'Leary brothers -- honest Jack and roguish Dion -- become powerful figures, and eventually rivals, in Chicago on the eve of its Great Fire.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Alice Brady

Votes: 1,984

12. The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

Not Rated | 116 min | Biography, Drama

The biopic of the famous French muckraking writer and his involvement in fighting the injustice of the Dreyfuss Affair.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Paul Muni, Gale Sondergaard, Joseph Schildkraut, Gloria Holden

Votes: 6,563

13. Lost Horizon (1937)

Approved | 132 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

A plane crash delivers a group of people to the secluded land of Shangri-La - but is it the miraculous utopia it appears to be?

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton, John Howard

Votes: 11,437

14. Make a Wish (1937)

Passed | 77 min | Comedy, Musical

While at summer camp in the Maine woods, little Bobby Breen befriends composer Basil Rathbone, who left the city to try and break his creative block, and is soon playing matchmaker for his ... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Neumann | Stars: Bobby Breen, Basil Rathbone, Marion Claire, Henry Armetta

Votes: 123

15. Maytime (1937)

Approved | 132 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

An aging opera singer looks back on her long life, including her relationships with her vocal teacher and a student.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, John Barrymore, Herman Bing

Votes: 913

16. Portia on Trial (1937)

Approved | 72 min | Crime, Drama

Lady lawyer Portia Merryman (Frieda Inescourt) defends woebegone Elizabeth Manners (Heather Angel), who is on trial for shooting her lover Earle Condon (Neil Hamilton).

Director: George Nichols Jr. | Stars: Walter Abel, Frieda Inescort, Neil Hamilton, Heather Angel

Votes: 39

17. The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)

Approved | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

An Englishman on a Ruritarian holiday must impersonate the king when the rightful monarch, a distant cousin, is drugged and kidnapped.

Directors: John Cromwell, W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Ronald Colman, Madeleine Carroll, C. Aubrey Smith, Raymond Massey

Votes: 3,977

18. Quality Street (1937)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

In the 1810s, an old maid poses as her own niece in order to teach her onetime beau a lesson.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Franchot Tone, Eric Blore, Fay Bainter

Votes: 977

19. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

G | 83 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

95 Metascore

Exiled into the dangerous forest by her wicked stepmother, a princess is rescued by seven dwarf miners who make her part of their household.

Directors: William Cottrell, David Hand, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, Lucille La Verne, Roy Atwell

Votes: 170,764 | Gross: $184.93M

20. Something to Sing About (1937)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Musical

A New York bandleader journeys to Hollywood when he is offered a contract with a studio, but he is determined to do things his way and not theirs.

Director: Victor Schertzinger | Stars: James Cagney, Evelyn Daw, William Frawley, Mona Barrie

Votes: 709

21. Souls at Sea (1937)

Passed | 92 min | Action, Adventure

Cooper and Raft save lives during a sea tragedy in this story about slave trade on the high seas in 1842.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Gary Cooper, George Raft, Frances Dee, Henry Wilcoxon

Votes: 619

22. Way Out West (1937)

Passed | 65 min | Comedy, Family, Western

Stanley and Ollie are enlisted to deliver the deed to a goldmine in a small village, only for it to be stolen.

Director: James W. Horne | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Sharon Lynn, James Finlayson

Votes: 7,220

23. Army Girl (1938)

Approved | 80 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

A fight to keep cavalry horses from being replaced by tanks culminates in a great race between machine and beast.

Director: George Nichols Jr. | Stars: Madge Evans, Preston Foster, James Gleason, H.B. Warner

Votes: 58

24. Block-Heads (1938)

Approved | 57 min | Comedy, War

Stan, who has remained faithfully at his World War I post for twenty years, finally comes home where his best friend, Ollie, takes him in, thus allowing him to discover the many conveniences of the modern world.

Director: John G. Blystone | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Patricia Ellis, Minna Gombell

Votes: 3,236

25. Breaking the Ice (1938)

Approved | 81 min | Drama

Tommy Martin lives with mother Martha in a conservative religious community but dreams of a singing career. He leaves to join a traveling show where he befriends skating sensation Irene and performs lively tunes to make a living.

Director: Edward F. Cline | Stars: Bobby Breen, Charles Ruggles, Dolores Costello, Irene Dare

Votes: 84

26. The Cowboy and the Lady (1938)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A lonely socialite masquerades as a maid and meets an unpretentious, plain-spoken cowboy who is unaware of her true identity.

Directors: H.C. Potter, Stuart Heisler, William Wyler | Stars: Gary Cooper, Merle Oberon, Patsy Kelly, Walter Brennan

Votes: 1,122

27. If I Were King (1938)

Passed | 101 min | Adventure, History

Vagabond poet François Villon rises to high office in 1463 Paris.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Ronald Colman, Basil Rathbone, Frances Dee, Ellen Drew

Votes: 723

28. Marie Antoinette (1938)

Passed | 149 min | Biography, Drama, History

The tragic life of Marie Antoinette, who became queen of France in her late teens.

Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, Julien Duvivier | Stars: Norma Shearer, Tyrone Power, John Barrymore, Robert Morley

Votes: 2,534

29. Pacific Liner (1939)

Approved | 76 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The S. S. Arcturus sails from Shanghai to San Francisco, and Dr. Jim Craig takes the post of ship's physician in order to be near Ann Grayson, the ship's nurse. Chief Engineer 'Crusher" ... See full summary »

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Victor McLaglen, Chester Morris, Wendy Barrie, Alan Hale

Votes: 189

30. Suez (1938)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, History, Romance

Ferdinand de Lesseps, disappointed in love, is sent as a junior diplomat to the Isthmus of Suez, and realizes it's just the place for a canal.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Tyrone Power, Loretta Young, Annabella, J. Edward Bromberg

Votes: 671

31. The Young in Heart (1938)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

Thrown out of the Riviera, a family of grifters meets a lonely, vulnerable rich old woman and insinuate themselves into her life while they sponge off her.

Directors: Richard Wallace, Lewis Milestone, Gilbert Pratt, Richard Thorpe | Stars: Janet Gaynor, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Roland Young, Billie Burke

Votes: 1,170

32. Carefree (1938)

Passed | 83 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A psychiatrist agrees to hypnotize his friend's girlfriend in order to convince her to accept his proposals of marriage, but she ends up falling for the psychiatrist instead.

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Ralph Bellamy, Luella Gear

Votes: 3,070

33. Girls' School (1938)

Approved | 72 min | Comedy

A student monitor at a girls' school reports one of the popular girls for staying out late and faces the scorn of her fellow pupils.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Anne Shirley, Nan Grey, Ralph Bellamy, Dorothy Moore

Votes: 161

34. The Goldwyn Follies (1938)

Passed | 122 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Movie producer chooses a simple girl to be "Miss Humanity" and to critically evalute his movies from the point of view of the ordinary person. Hit song: "Love Walked In."

Directors: George Marshall, H.C. Potter | Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Andrea Leeds, The Ritz Brothers, Vera Zorina

Votes: 336

35. Jezebel (1938)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Romance

In 1850s Louisiana, a free-spirited Southern belle loses her fiancé due to her stubborn vanity and pride, and vows to win him back.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, George Brent, Margaret Lindsay

Votes: 11,145

36. Mad About Music (1938)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A young woman at a girl's school in Switzerland makes up stories about and writes herself letters from an imaginary explorer-adventurer father; and is eventually put in a position where she... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Deanna Durbin, Herbert Marshall, Gail Patrick, Arthur Treacher

Votes: 379

37. Storm Over the Nile (1955)

107 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A CinemaScope remake of The Four Feathers (1939).

Directors: Zoltan Korda, Terence Young | Stars: Anthony Steel, Laurence Harvey, James Robertson Justice, Mary Ure

Votes: 451

38. Sweethearts (1938)

Passed | 114 min | Musical

The team behind a successful Broadway production tries to stop the married stars from transitioning to Hollywood.

Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger

Votes: 524

39. There Goes My Heart (1938)

Passed | 83 min | Comedy, Romance

A young heiress runs away from her overprotective grandfather. Penniless on the streets of New York, she manages to find employment, but a reporter knows her true identity.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Fredric March, Virginia Bruce, Patsy Kelly, Alan Mowbray

Votes: 520

40. Tropic Holiday (1938)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Music

A Hollywood screenwriter looking for inspiration for his next film goes to Mexico, where he runs into a beautiful Mexican girl who sets her sights on him.

Director: Theodore Reed | Stars: Bob Burns, Dorothy Lamour, Ray Milland, Martha Raye

Votes: 38

41. The Young in Heart (1938)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

Thrown out of the Riviera, a family of grifters meets a lonely, vulnerable rich old woman and insinuate themselves into her life while they sponge off her.

Directors: Richard Wallace, Lewis Milestone, Gilbert Pratt, Richard Thorpe | Stars: Janet Gaynor, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Roland Young, Billie Burke

Votes: 1,170

42. Dark Victory (1939)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Romance

A young socialite is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, and must decide whether or not she'll meet her final days with dignity.

Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald

Votes: 9,304

43. Eternally Yours (1939)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

5.8