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1931 In Film


1931 In Film

List of years in film (table)
In television

The following is an overview of 1931 in film, including significant events, a list of films released and notable births and deaths.


  • Top grossing films 1
  • Academy Awards 2
  • Notable films released in 1931 3
  • Serials 4
  • Short film series 5
  • Animated short film series 6
  • Births 7
  • Deaths 8
  • Film debuts 9

Top grossing films

Rank Title Studio Actors Worldwide Gross
1. Frankenstein Universal Boris Karloff $12,000,000
2. Cimarron RKO Richard Dix and Irene Dunne $1,383,000
3. Mata Hari MGM Greta Garbo $2,227,000
4. City Lights United Artists Charlie Chaplin $5,019,181
5. A Free Soul MGM Norma Shearer
6. Dracula Universal Bela Lugosi
7. Private Lives MGM Norma Shearer
8. No Limit Paramount Clara Bow
9. The Public Enemy Warner Bros. James Cagney and Jean Harlow
10. The Smiling Lieutenant Paramount Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert and Miriam Hopkins

Academy Awards

Note: Prior to 1933, awards were not based on calendar years. And there were two awards given in 1932 for 'Best Actor'. That's how there are 3 'Best Actor', 2 'Best Actress' awards for 1931 films.

Notable films released in 1931

U.S.A. unless stated


Short film series

Animated short film series



Film debuts

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