The Great Dictator
“The Great Dictator” is a highly acclaimed movie from 1940 that tells the story of a Jewish barber who finds himself in the midst of a dangerous regime led by the ambitious dictator, Adenoid Hynkel. As the barber tries to escape persecution, Hynkel’s empire continues to grow. Starring Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, and Jack Oakie, this film offers a compelling narrative that explores themes of power, oppression, and resilience.
The Shop Around the Corner
“The Shop Around the Corner” is a heartwarming romantic comedy from 1940 that made it to the list of the 20 Best Voted Movies of that year. Starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan, the film tells the story of two employees at a gift shop who can’t stand each other, unaware that they are falling in love through anonymous letters. With a talented cast and a release date of January 12, 1940, this movie is a delightful watch for anyone who enjoys a charming and unexpected love story.
You’re Missing the Point
“You’re Missing the Point” is a hilarious 1940 comedy film starring Cantinflas, Joaquín Pardavé, and Sara García. The story revolves around Cantinflas, who sneaks into a wealthy man’s house to kill a mad dog but is mistaken for his wife’s long-lost brother. As the rich man realizes that his father-in-law’s inheritance can only be claimed when all the siblings are present, he treats Cantinflas like royalty, leading to a series of comical situations. Released on September 11, 1940, this movie is a must-watch for its entertaining plot and talented cast.
“Rebecca” is a captivating movie from 1940 that tells the story of a young woman who marries a fascinating widower, only to discover that she must live in the shadow of his mysterious deceased wife, Rebecca. As she tries to uncover the terrible secret of her cold husband, she also has to contend with the relentless jealousy of the obsessed housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers. Starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine, this film is a must-watch for fans of suspenseful and dramatic classics.
The Grapes of Wrath
“The Grapes of Wrath” is a powerful and emotional movie released in 1940. Starring Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, and John Carradine, it tells the story of Tom Joad, who returns home after being in jail only to find his family evicted from their farm. Determined to start anew, they embark on a journey to California, hoping for a better life. With a stellar cast and a gripping plot, this film is a must-watch for anyone seeking a moving and inspiring story from the 1940s.
The Philadelphia Story
“The Philadelphia Story” is a classic movie from 1940 starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and James Stewart. It tells the story of a wealthy woman who is about to remarry, but things get complicated when her ex-husband and a nosy reporter show up, leading her to discover some truths about herself. With a star-studded cast and a release date of December 5, 1940, this film is definitely one of the best voted movies of that year.
“Waterloo Bridge” is a captivating movie set on the brink of World War II. It follows a British officer who reminisces about his past during World War I, particularly his encounter with a talented ballerina named Myra. Their love story takes a tragic turn when Myra is thrown out of the ballet corps and believes her true love has died in action. However, fate brings them back together, offering a glimmer of hope amidst the hardships of war. Starring Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor, this heartfelt film was released on May 17, 1940.
Remember the Night
“Remember the Night” is a heartwarming movie from 1940 that tells the story of Jack, an assistant District Attorney, who brings home Lee, a shoplifter he caught, for Christmas. As they spend time together, an unexpected love blossoms between them. Starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray, this film is a delightful watch that captures the magic of the holiday season.
His Girl Friday
“His Girl Friday” is a captivating romantic comedy from 1940 that revolves around Walter Burns, a cunning newspaper publisher, and his attempts to win back his estranged wife, who also happens to be his star reporter. With a stellar cast including Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, the movie takes you on a hilarious journey as Walter uses his knowledge of his wife’s weakness for a good scoop to keep her from leaving him for a new love interest. Released on January 18, 1940, this film is definitely one of the best voted movies of that year.
“The Letter” is a gripping 1940 movie starring Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, and James Stephenson. Set in the backdrop of a murder, the film follows the story of a woman who finds herself under suspicion after shooting a man. With a compelling plot and a stellar cast, this movie is definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of suspenseful dramas from the 1940s.
Night Train to Munich
“Night Train to Munich” is a thrilling World War II movie set in Czechoslovakia in 1939. It follows the story of inventor Axel Bomasch, who manages to escape the German invasion and reach England. However, the Nazis are determined to capture him and use his knowledge for their destructive plans. With a talented cast including Margaret Lockwood, Rex Harrison, and Paul Henreid, this movie promises an exciting and suspenseful ride. Released in 1940, it’s definitely one of the best voted movies of that year.
The Sea Hawk
“The Sea Hawk” is a thrilling adventure film released in 1940, starring Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, and Claude Rains. Set during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, it follows the daring pirate Geoffrey Thorpe as he loots Spanish ships for the English queen. Along the way, he captures the heart of Dona Maria, a beautiful Spanish royal. With a stellar cast and an exciting storyline, this movie is a must-watch for fans of swashbuckling action and romance.
“Gaslight” is a thrilling mystery set in a house where a murder took place two decades ago. When newlyweds Paul and Bella Mallen move in, a retired detective named B.G. Rough becomes suspicious of Paul, who bears a striking resemblance to one of the murder victim’s relatives. As Rough races against time to uncover the truth, he must prevent the killer from striking again and reclaiming their stolen bounty. Starring Adolf Wohlbrück, Diana Wynyard, and Frank Pettingell, this suspenseful film was released on June 25, 1940.
The Thief of Bagdad
“The Thief of Bagdad” is a captivating adventure film released in 1940. It tells the story of Prince Ahmad, who is banished from Bagdad by the wicked Jaffar and teams up with a resourceful thief named Abu to reclaim his throne and win the heart of a beautiful princess. With a talented cast including Conrad Veidt, Sabu, and June Duprez, this movie is a must-watch for fans of thrilling tales set in exotic lands.
The Mortal Storm
“The Mortal Storm” is a captivating movie set in a peaceful German village during the early 1930s. It follows the Roth family and their friend Martin Brietner as their lives are turned upside down when the Nazis rise to power. With an incredible cast including Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, and Robert Young, this 1940 film takes you on an emotional journey through the turmoil and division faced by the characters during this tumultuous time in history.
The Mark of Zorro
“The Mark of Zorro” is a thrilling adventure set in 1820 California, where a nobleman’s son returns from Spain to find his homeland oppressed by a wicked dictatorship. In a clever dual role, he disguises himself as the dashing Zorro, fighting for justice and freedom. Starring Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, and Basil Rathbone, this 1940 classic is a must-watch for fans of swashbuckling heroes and exhilarating escapades.
My Favorite Wife
“My Favorite Wife” is a delightful romantic comedy released in 1940. Starring Irene Dunne and Cary Grant, the film tells the story of Ellen Arden, who returns home after being presumed dead for seven years, only to find her husband has remarried. As the hilarious plot unfolds, we discover that Ellen spent those years stranded on a desert island with another man, leading to a series of unexpected and comical twists.
“Foreign Correspondent” is a thrilling movie set during the early stages of World War II. It follows Johnny Jones, an American crime reporter sent to Europe to uncover the truth behind a peace effort. As he digs deeper, he finds himself caught in the middle of an assassination and uncovers a dangerous spy ring. With a stellar cast including Joel McCrea and Laraine Day, this 1940 film is a captivating and suspenseful journey into the dark underbelly of Nazi Germany’s plans for European conquest.
“The Westerner” is a captivating 1940 movie starring Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, and Doris Davenport. Set in the Wild West, it follows the story of drifter Cole Harden, who finds himself in trouble when accused of horse theft. To escape hanging, he cleverly claims to be a friend of the famous stage star Lillie Langtry, whom the obsessed Judge Roy Bean has never met. As tensions rise, Harden defends struggling homesteaders against the judge’s attempts to drive them away, leading to an intense showdown. Released on September 18, 1940, this film is a must-watch for fans of thrilling Western dramas.
Christmas in July
“Christmas in July” is a heartwarming comedy from 1940 that follows an office clerk who dreams of winning a fortune and marrying his true love. When his co-workers play a prank on him, pretending he won a $25,000 prize, hilarity ensues. Starring Dick Powell, Ellen Drew, and a talented ensemble cast, this feel-good film is a delightful watch for anyone in need of a good laugh.
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