The New York Times’s Ten Best Films of 1931

• The Guardsman (1931, Sidney Franklin)
• City Lights (1931, Charles Chaplin)
• The Smiling Lieutenant (1931, Ernst Lubitsch)
• Arrowsmith (1931, John Ford)
• Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931, F.W. Murnau)
• Bad Girl (1931, Frank Borzage)
Frankenstein (1931, James Whale)
• Skippy (1931, Norman Taurog)
• Private Lives (1931, Sidney Franklin)
• A Connecticut Yankee (1931, David Butler)


Mordaunt Hall, The New York Times, 3 January 1932. Blue-Ribbon Pictures of 1931: “The Guardsman” Heads List of Best Ten–Average for Year is High–Outstanding Foreign Productions