1930 in film

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  • March 10: Release of Goodbye Argentina (Adiós Argentina), the first Argentine film with a (musical) soundtrack. Ada Cornaro has her first starring role and Libertad Lamarque makes her film debut.
  • November 1: The Big Trail featuring a young John Wayne in his first starring role is released in both 35mm and a very early form of 70mm film. It is the first large scale big-budget film of the sound era, costing over $2 million. The film is praised for its aesthetic quality and realism that will not become commonplace until many decades later. However, due to the new film format and the film's release during the Great Depression, the film will go on to become a financial failure at the box office.
  • November 15: Howard Hughes epic film "Hell's Angels (film)" is released and features Jean Harlow in her first major role as well as some impressive aerial sequences. The film is a huge success and would go on to gross $8 million and launch Harlow as one of the 1930s' biggest stars.

Top-grossing films[edit]

Rank Title Studio Gross
1. Tom Sawyer Paramount Pictures $11,000,000
2. Hell's Angels United Artists $8,000,000
3. Ingagi Congo Pictures $4,000,000
4. All Quiet on the Western Front Universal Pictures $3,000,000
5. Whoopee! United Artists $2,655,000[1]
6. Feet First The Harold Lloyd Corporation $1,589,000
7. Anna Christie MGM $1,499,000
8. Romance MGM $1,256,000
9. The Indians Are Coming Universal Pictures $1,000,000
10. Raffles The Samuel Goldwyn Company $1,000,000

Academy Awards[edit]

Notable films released in 1930[edit]

U.S.A. unless stated


Short film series[edit]

Animated short film series[edit]



Film debuts[edit]


  1. ^ "WHICH CINEMA FILMS HAVE EARNED THE MOST MONEY SINCE 1914?". The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.: 1848–1956). Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia. March 4, 1944. p. 3 Supplement: The Argus Weekend magazine. Retrieved August 6, 2012.