Films of the 1940's

by daleholmgren | created - 03 Jan 2013 | updated - 25 Jun 2018 | Public

Only films made in the 40's.

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1. All This, and Heaven Too (1940)

Approved | 141 min | Drama, Romance

A duchess' irrational behavior toward the governess of her children triggers tragic events that will change her family's lives forever.

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Bette Davis, Charles Boyer, Jeffrey Lynn, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 4,125

2. Bataan (1943)

Approved | 114 min | War

In 1942, in the Bataan peninsula of the Philippines, a ragtag American unit commanded by Sergeant Bill Dane attempts to blow-up a bridge in order to slow the Japanese advance.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Robert Taylor, George Murphy, Lloyd Nolan, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 2,164

3. Guadalcanal Diary (1943)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, War

The story of a large U.S. Marines invasion task force bound for Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands in 1942.

Director: Lewis Seiler | Stars: Preston Foster, Lloyd Nolan, William Bendix, Richard Conte

Votes: 1,930

4. Two Smart People (1946)

Approved | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A fugitive negotiates a 5-year sentence for the theft of half-million dollar worth of bonds but takes a short trip before surrendering, while suspecting that a con-woman, a cop and a former crime-partner are after his hidden bonds.

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Lucille Ball, John Hodiak, Lloyd Nolan, Hugo Haas

Votes: 410

5. Bad Boy (1949)

Passed | 86 min | Drama

THIS SUMMARY CONTAINS SPOILERS! Danny is a juvenile delinquent sentenced to Variety Club Ranch in lieu of jail. He charms the headmistress and goads everyone else. The marshal sets out to ... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Neumann | Stars: Audie Murphy, Lloyd Nolan, Jane Wyatt, James Gleason

Votes: 232

6. Easy Living (1949)

Not Rated | 77 min | Drama, Sport

Pete Wilson is on top. He is the highest paid professional football player in the league. He has seen other players come and go, but he was MVP last year and the future looks rosy. His wife... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Victor Mature, Lizabeth Scott, Lucille Ball, Sonny Tufts

Votes: 622

7. Sitting Pretty (1948)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy, Family

A family that hires a live-in babysitter is surprised when she turns out to be a man who's a quirky genius.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Robert Young, Maureen O'Hara, Clifton Webb, Richard Haydn

Votes: 1,932

8. The Razor's Edge (1946)

Approved | 145 min | Drama, Romance

An adventuresome young man goes off to find himself and loses his socialite fiancée in the process. But when he returns 10 years later, she will stop at nothing to get him back, even though she is already married.

Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, John Payne, Anne Baxter

Votes: 5,104

9. Lady of Burlesque (1943)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Music, Mystery

After one member of their group is murdered, the performers at a burlesque house must work together to find out who the killer is before they strike again.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Michael O'Shea, J. Edward Bromberg, Iris Adrian

Votes: 2,008

10. The Scarlet Clue (1945)

Approved | 65 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Charlie discovers a scheme for the theft of government radar plans while investigating several murders.

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Ben Carter, Benson Fong

Votes: 1,207

11. City for Conquest (1940)

Passed | 104 min | Drama, Music, Sport

Danny is a content truck driver, but his girl Peggy shows potential as a dancer and hopes he too can show ambition. Danny acquiesces and pursues boxing to please her, but the two begin to spend more time working than time together.

Directors: Anatole Litvak, Jean Negulesco | Stars: James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Crisp

Votes: 2,007

12. Gentleman Jim (1942)

Approved | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

As bareknuckled boxing enters the modern era, brash extrovert Jim Corbett uses new rules and dazzlingly innovative footwork to rise to the top of the top of the boxing world.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Errol Flynn, Alexis Smith, Jack Carson, Alan Hale

Votes: 3,061

13. The Big Sleep (1946)

Not Rated | 114 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers

Votes: 75,992 | Gross: $6.54M

14. Daisy Kenyon (1947)

Passed | 99 min | Drama, Romance

A commercial artist having an affair with a married attorney becomes involved with a returning soldier and must choose between the two.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Joan Crawford, Dana Andrews, Henry Fonda, Ruth Warrick

Votes: 1,992

15. Our Town (1940)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: William Holden, Martha Scott, Fay Bainter, Beulah Bondi

Votes: 2,225

16. Across the Pacific (1942)

Passed | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In December 1941, ex-army captain Rick Leland boards a Japanese ship heading to Asia via the Panama Canal where his Japanese hosts show interest in the American defense plans for the canal zone.

Directors: John Huston, Vincent Sherman | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet, Charles Halton

Votes: 4,095

17. The Big Street (1942)

Passed | 88 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A busboy in requited love with a nightclub performer grows closer to her after she is paralyzed in an attack by her gangster boyfriend.

Director: Irving Reis | Stars: Henry Fonda, Lucille Ball, Barton MacLane, Eugene Pallette

Votes: 1,089

18. Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)

Passed | 101 min | Comedy, War

Woodrow is discharged from the military for hay fever, but fabricates receiving a heroic honorable discharge before returning home.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Eddie Bracken, Ella Raines, Raymond Walburn, William Demarest

Votes: 4,059

19. Boomerang! (1947)

Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The true story of a prosecutor's fight to prove the innocence of a man accused of a notorious murder.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Dana Andrews, Jane Wyatt, Lee J. Cobb, Cara Williams

Votes: 3,866

20. Dark Passage (1947)

Passed | 106 min | Film-Noir, Thriller

A man convicted of murdering his wife escapes from prison and works with a woman to try and prove his innocence.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Bruce Bennett, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 16,765

21. The Lost Moment (1947)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

An publisher insinuates himself into the mouldering mansion of the centenarian lover of a renowned but long-dead poet in order to find his lost love letters.

Director: Martin Gabel | Stars: Robert Cummings, Susan Hayward, Agnes Moorehead, Joan Lorring

Votes: 880

22. Twelve O'Clock High (1949)

Not Rated | 132 min | Drama, War

A hard-as-nails general takes over a bomber unit suffering from low morale and whips them into fighting shape.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill, Millard Mitchell

Votes: 11,757

23. Stormy Weather (1943)

Approved | 78 min | Musical

The relationship between an aspiring dancer and a popular songstress provides a retrospective of the great African American entertainers of the early 1900s.

Director: Andrew L. Stone | Stars: Lena Horne, Bill Robinson, Cab Calloway and His Cotton Club Orchestra, Katherine Dunham and Her Troupe

Votes: 1,839

24. State Fair (1945)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

The Frake family attends the annual Iowa State Fair; each member of the clan has their own reason for doing so.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews, Dick Haymes, Vivian Blaine

Votes: 3,436

25. Samson and Delilah (1949)

Approved | 134 min | Drama, History, Romance

When strongman Samson rejects the love of the beautiful Philistine woman Delilah, she seeks vengeance that brings horrible consequences they both regret.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Hedy Lamarr, Victor Mature, George Sanders, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 6,616 | Gross: $28.80M

26. I Know Where I'm Going! (1945)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Romance

A young Englishwoman goes to the Hebrides to marry her older, wealthier fiancé. When the weather keeps them separated on different islands, she begins to have second thoughts.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Wendy Hiller, Roger Livesey, George Carney, Walter Hudd

Votes: 7,422

27. Children of Paradise (1945)

Not Rated | 189 min | Drama, Romance

The theatrical life of a beautiful courtesan and the four men who love her.

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur, Pierre Renoir

Votes: 17,392

28. Blithe Spirit (1945)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Fantasy

Charles (Sir Rex Harrison) and his second wife, Ruth (Constance Cummings), are haunted by the spirit of his first wife, Elvira (Kay Hammond). Medium Madame Arcati (Dame Margaret Rutherford) tries to help things out by contacting the ghost.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Rex Harrison, Constance Cummings, Kay Hammond, Margaret Rutherford

Votes: 5,169

29. Beauty and the Beast (1946)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

92 Metascore

A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her.

Directors: Jean Cocteau, René Clément | Stars: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély, Nane Germon

Votes: 23,153 | Gross: $0.30M

30. Green for Danger (1946)

Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

After the nurse who declares that a recent surgical death was a murder dies also, an enigmatic Scotland Yard inspector arrives to investigate.

Director: Sidney Gilliat | Stars: Alastair Sim, Sally Gray, Trevor Howard, Leo Genn

Votes: 4,079

31. The Southerner (1945)

Approved | 92 min | Drama

The life of the poor Tucker family, that worked as cotton pluggers and decided to get their own ground, but nature is against them.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Zachary Scott, Betty Field, J. Carrol Naish, Beulah Bondi

Votes: 2,724

32. The Shanghai Gesture (1941)

Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

In Shanghai, dragon-lady 'Mother' Gin Sling operates a gambling house for wealthy patrons but she clashes with influential land developer Sir Guy Charteris who wants to put her out-of-business.

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Gene Tierney, Walter Huston, Victor Mature, Ona Munson

Votes: 2,421

33. He Walked by Night (1948)

Approved | 79 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

This film-noir piece, told in semi-documentary style, follows police on the hunt for a resourceful criminal who shoots and kills a cop.

Directors: Alfred L. Werker, Anthony Mann | Stars: Richard Basehart, Scott Brady, Roy Roberts, Whit Bissell

Votes: 4,571

34. Champion (1949)

Approved | 99 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Sport

Boxer Midge Kelly rises to fame...mainly by stepping on other people.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Arthur Kennedy, Marilyn Maxwell, Paul Stewart

Votes: 3,487

35. Dressed to Kill (1946)

Approved | 76 min | Crime, Mystery

Sherlock Holmes sets out to discover why a trio of murderous villains, including a dangerously attractive female, are desperate to obtain three unassuming and inexpensive little music boxes.

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Patricia Morison, Edmund Breon

Votes: 5,114

36. In the Good Old Summertime (1949)

Approved | 102 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

In turn-of-the century America, Andrew and Veronica are co-workers in a music shop who dislike one another during working hours but unwillingly carry on an anonymous romance through the mail.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Judy Garland, Van Johnson, S.Z. Sakall, Spring Byington

Votes: 3,222 | Gross: $6.30M

37. Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

While on the telephone, an invalid woman overhears what she thinks is a murder plot and attempts to prevent it.

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, Ann Richards, Wendell Corey

Votes: 9,134

38. The Hidden Room (1949)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

Clive Riordan plans a devilish revenge against his wife's lover.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Robert Newton, Sally Gray, Phil Brown, Naunton Wayne

Votes: 1,549

39. Mr. Skeffington (1944)

Approved | 146 min | Drama, Romance

Popular and beautiful Fanny Trellis is forced into a loveless marriage with an older man, Jewish banker Job Skeffington, in order to save her beloved brother Trippy from an embezzlement charge, and predictable complications result.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Walter Abel, George Coulouris

Votes: 5,149

40. The Passionate Friends (1949)

Approved | 95 min | Drama

The Passionate Friends were in love when young, but separated, and she married an older man. Then Mary Justin (Ann Todd) meets Steven Stratton (Trevor Howard) again and they have one last ... See full summary »

Director: David Lean | Stars: Ann Todd, Trevor Howard, Claude Rains, Betty Ann Davies

Votes: 2,047

41. The Song of Bernadette (1943)

Approved | 156 min | Biography, Drama

A young peasant girl saw a divine miracle. The phenomenon became widely known and changed the lives of many.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Jennifer Jones, Charles Bickford, William Eythe, Vincent Price

Votes: 5,808

42. Humoresque (1946)

Approved | 125 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A classical musician from the slums is sidetracked by his love for a wealthy, neurotic socialite.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Joan Crawford, John Garfield, Oscar Levant, J. Carrol Naish

Votes: 3,716 | Gross: $2.28M

43. The Body Snatcher (1945)

Approved | 78 min | Horror, Thriller

A ruthless doctor and his young prize student find themselves continually harassed by their murderous supplier of illegal cadavers.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Henry Daniell, Edith Atwater

Votes: 7,792

44. The Strawberry Blonde (1941)

Passed | 99 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

Quick-tempered yet likable Biff Grimes falls for the beautiful Virginia Brush, but he is not the only young man in the neighborhood who is smitten with her.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: James Cagney, Olivia de Havilland, Rita Hayworth, Alan Hale

Votes: 2,939

45. Louisiana Story (1948)

Approved | 78 min | Adventure, Drama

The idyllic life of a young Cajun boy and his pet raccoon is disrupted when the tranquility of the bayou is broken by an oil well drilling near his home.

Director: Robert J. Flaherty | Stars: Joseph Boudreaux, Lionel Le Blanc, E. Bienvenu, Frank Hardy

Votes: 1,592

46. Reign of Terror (1949)

Approved | 89 min | History, Romance, Thriller