a quick sunday poll.

Doing some research for Beeg Eemportant Theeng, and finding myself in need of material.

What’s your favorite movie set in the 1920s/1930s United States?


36 thoughts on “a quick sunday poll.

  1. Mr Fixit says:

    Without a doubt, The Sting.

    Loved it.

    Mr Fixit

  2. Turk Turon says:

    Paper Moon, Chicago, The Natural.

  3. Jen says:

    O Brother, Where Art Thou?

  4. Turk Turon says:

    Sullivan’s Travels

  5. Jay G. says:

    The Untouchables

  6. Sean says:

    In order;

    The Sting
    The Untouchables
    Miller’s Crossing
    The Maltese Falcon
    TheBig Sleep
    Key Largo
    Lady in the Lake
    Road To Perdition
    Izzie and Moe
    Purple Rose of Cairo
    Bonnie & Clyde

  7. Turk Turon says:

    Nice work, Sean!


    Citizen Kane
    Blonde Venus
    The Lady Eve
    My Man Godfrey

  8. Eric says:

    +1 for O Brother, Where Art Thou?

  9. The 1996 Last man Standing with Bruce Willis

  10. bluntobject says:

    Either The Maltese Falcon or The Big Sleep.

  11. John says:

    Others have hit most of my list but I’ll throw my votes in anyway:

    The Sting
    The Untouchables
    The Natural
    L.A. Confidential (although this may be set later than your parameters)

  12. Me not you says:

    Haven’t seen ‘Sullivan’s Travels’ (that I recall). Beyond that, anything on this list sounds good. Maybe add ‘Grapes of Wrath’

  13. j t bolt says:

    It’s a Wonderful Life traipses through that era, ending in ’45 or ’46.

  14. Heath J says:

    The Sting, with Last Man Standing coming in a close second.

    Also, wasn’t Key Largo set after WW2?

  15. Matthew Carberry says:

    Sean hit most of the gun/mob movies.

    “Once Upon a Time in America” – Sergio Leone’s mob movie

    “Legends of the Fall”

    “Cinderella Man”

    “Singin’ in the Rain” and a whole bunch of other great musicals.

    “It Happened One Night” and any number of great romantic/screwball comedies.

    In fact, any number of films by Frank Capra or John Ford.

    “The Thin Man” mmmm, Myrna Loy

    “The Grapes of Wrath” is a classic.

    “Treasure of the Sierra Madre”, though set in Mexico, is a good ’20s set film.

    “There Will Be Blood”

    “Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle”

    “The Aviator”

    “The Rocketeer” mmmm, Jennifer Connelly

    “King Kong”

  16. Turk Turon says:

    Pennies From Heaven

  17. Daniel says:

    From the ’30s about the ’30s: “My Man Godfrey”, 1936, Carole Lombard and William Powell. And good luck with your project.

  18. Windy Wilson says:

    The Sting
    Bringing up Baby

  19. Tam says:

    Beyond a doubt, it’s O Brother, Where Art Thou?

  20. Chang says:

    GReener Pastures.

  21. William the Coroner says:

    Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, Lady in the Lake, or Gold Diggers of 1933, (for fluff)

  22. Lokidude says:

    JayG has it. The Untouchables, not only my favorite movie set in the 1920s/1930s US, but pretty much my favorite movie of all time.

  23. Larry says:

    Emperor of the North.

  24. Dr. Feelgood says:

    Road to Perdition and Gary Sinise’s 1992 rendition of Of Mice and Men.

  25. Could Rosemaries baby count? It’s not really timestamped

    Otherwise: Chinatown

  26. Dennis says:

    Mr Smith goes to Washington.

    Very relevant today

    Dennis the librarian shusher

  27. Stretch says:

    The Sting
    all the mentioned Boggie flicks plus High Sierra (Roy Earle’s cross country trip is a great counterpoint to the Grapes of Wrath saga)
    The Thin Man (a torid affair with Merna Loy is the reason I’m working on a time machine)
    Any of the “screwball comedies” leading off with My Man Godfrey, My Favorite Wife, Bringing Up Baby…

  28. Harrson says:

    1 on The Rocketeer. Jetpacks, Nazis, Jennifer Connoly and Howard Hughes – what’s not to like?

  29. Atom Smasher says:

    I like several of those mentioned, but Millers Crossing is my fave.

  30. Turk Turon says:

    The Philadelphia Story

  31. Assrot says:

    1. The Maltese Falcon

    2. The Thin Man

  32. Papa Whiskey says:

    1. Miller’s Crossing
    2. Chinatown
    3. The Big Sleep

  33. LabRat says:

    It’s not exactly set in the requested era, but “Man of the Century” is an interesting movie. The basic premise is the lead character talks and behaves in all respects as though he were living in that era- although the movie itself is set in mid-nineties New York.

    He’s not bothered about it.

  34. Bruiser says:

    I guess I’m weird, but I loved “Splendor In The Grass”. But then, I did have a rabid crush on Natalie Wood.

  35. Matt says:

    “Miller’s Crossing” probably my favorited, but…
    “The Great Gatsby” is very good. F.Scott Fitzgerald wrote the story in 1925. Very good movie, with the flavor of an author from the time in question. (The book is, of course, better.)

  36. John says:

    I don’t know if you are still collecting responses on this subject, but a couple more movies came to mind…

    1. Bugsy Malone (Jodie Foster, Scott Baio, and rapid fire marshmallow shooters!)

    2. Places In The Heart

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