List of Science-fiction Films of The 1930s

A list of science fiction films released in the 1930s. These films include core elements of science fiction and are widely available with reviews by reputable critics or film historians.


1930 • 1931 • 1932 • 1933 • 1934 • 1935 • 1936 • 1937 • 1938 • 1939

Title Director Cast Country Sub-Genre/Notes
1930
Alraune Richard Oswald Albert Basserman, Brigitte Helm, Harald Paulsen
Just Imagine David Butler El Brendel, Maureen O'Sullivan, John Garrick, Marjorie White
The Voice from the Sky Ben F. Wilson Wally Wales, Neva Gerber Serial film
1931
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Rouben Mamoulian Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart, Holmes Herbert
End of the World Abel Gance Colette Darfeuil, Abel Gance, Jeanne Brindau
Frankenstein James Whale Colin Clive, Boris Karloff, Mae Clarke, John Boles, Dwight Frye
1932
F.P.1 Antwortet Nicht Karl Hartl Hans Albers, Sybille Schmitz, Georg John
Island of Lost Souls Erle C. Kenton Charles Laughton, Bela Lugosi, Richard Arlen, Leila Hyams
Six Hours to Live William Dieterle Warner Baxter, John Boles, Beryl Mercer
1933
Deluge Felix E. Feist Peggy Shannon, Sidney Blackmer, Lois Wilson
Der Tunnel Kurt Bernhardt Madeleine Renaud, Jean Gabin
The Invisible Man James Whale Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, Henry Travers, William Harrigan
It's Great to Be Alive Alfred L. Werker Raul Roulien, Gloria Stuart, Edna May Oliver
Men Must Fight Edgar Selwyn Diana Wynyard, May Robson
1934
Gold Karl Hartl Hans Albers, Michael Bohnen
Master of the World Harry Piel Walter Janssen, Sybille Schmitz, Aribert Waescher
Once in a New Moon Anthony Kimmins Derrick de Marney, Vernon Kelso, John Clements, Thorley Walters, Morton Selten
The Vanishing Shadow Lew Landers Onslow Stevens, James Durkin, Walter Miller, Ada Ince Serial film
1935
Aerograd Aleksandr Dovzhenko Stepan Shagaida, Sergei Stolyarov, Yevgeniya Melnikova
Air Hawks Albert S. Rogell Ralph Bellamy, Tala Birell, Wiley Post
Bride of Frankenstein James Whale Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson, Elsa Lanchester
Kosmicheskiy reys: Fantasticheskaya novella Vassili Jouravlev Sergei Komarov, Vassily Kovrigin, Nikolai Feoktistov, Xenia Moskalenko
The Lost City Harry Revier William "Stage" Boyd, Kane Richmond, Claudia Dell, Josef Swickard Serial film
The Phantom Empire Otto Brower, B. Reeves Eason Gene Autry, Frankie Darro, Betsy King Ross Serial film
1936
Flash Gordon Larry "Buster" Crabbe Serial film
Flash Gordon Frederick Stephani Larry "Buster" Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles B. Middleton Feature film
Ghost Patrol Sam Newfield Tim McCoy, Claudia Dell
The Invisible Ray Lambert Hillyer Bela Lugosi, Frances Drake, Frank Lawton, Walter Kingsford
The Man Who Changed His Mind Robert Stevenson Boris Karloff, Anna Lee
Things to Come William Cameron Menzies Raymond Massey, Cedric Hardwicke, Edward Chapman
Undersea Kingdom B. Reeves Eason, Joseph Kane Ray "Crash" Corrigan, Lois Wilde Serial film
1937
Non-Stop New York Robert Stevenson John Loder, Anna Lee, Francis L. Sullivan
1938
The Fighting Devil Dogs William Witney, John English Lee Powell, Herman Brix Serial film
Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars Ford I. Beebe, Robert F. Hill Larry "Buster" Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Frank Shannon Serial film
The Secret of Treasure Island Elmer Clifton Don Terry, Gwen Gaze, Walter Miller
1939
Buck Rogers Ford I. Beebe, Saul A. Goodkind Larry "Buster" Crabbe, Jackie Moran
The Man They Could Not Hang Nick Grinde Lorna Gray, Robert Wilcox, Roger Pryor, Don Beddoe
The Phantom Creeps Ford I. Beebe, Saul A. Goodkind Bela Lugosi, Robert Kent, Dorothy Arnold Serial film

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