Year 1939

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1. Over the Moon (1939)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy

Young Jane Benson (Merle Oberon) just about manages to make ends meet running the large family house in Yorkshire. In love with local doctor Freddie Jarvis (Sir Rex Harrison), she suggests ... See full summary »

Directors: Thornton Freeland, William K. Howard | Stars: Merle Oberon, Rex Harrison, Ursula Jeans, Robert Douglas

Votes: 224

2. Second Fiddle (1939)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy, Music

A studio publicist discovers a Minnesota skating teacher and takes her to Hollywood. She goes back to Minnesota but he follows her.

Director: Sidney Lanfield | Stars: Sonja Henie, Tyrone Power, Rudy Vallee, Edna May Oliver

Votes: 368

3. Torchy Blane in Chinatown (1939)

Passed | 58 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Torchy Blane has to solve a blackmail case.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Glenda Farrell, Barton MacLane, Tom Kennedy, Henry O'Neill

Votes: 320

4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939)

Passed | 91 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

To avoid his abusive father, a rambunctious boy rafts the Mississippi River with a slave, encountering many wild characters.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Walter Connolly, William Frawley, Rex Ingram

Votes: 1,044

5. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)

Approved | 85 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

The master sleuth hunts his archenemy, Professor Moriarty, who is planning the crime of the century.

Director: Alfred L. Werker | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Ida Lupino, Alan Marshal

Votes: 5,820

6. Allegheny Uprising (1939)

Approved | 81 min | Adventure, History, Western

In 1759, in Pennsylvania's Allegheny Valley, local settlers and Indian fighters try to persuade the British authorities to ban the trading of alcohol and arms with the marauding Indians.

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, George Sanders, Brian Donlevy

Votes: 1,449

7. The Amazing Mr. Williams (1939)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

Kenny Williams, a lieutenant on the homicide squad, is engaged to Maxine Carroll, the Mayor's secretary. Or isn't he rather married with his job? For each time he has a date with his ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Hall | Stars: Melvyn Douglas, Joan Blondell, Clarence Kolb, Ruth Donnelly

Votes: 337

8. Ambush (1939)

Approved | 82 min | Crime, Drama

Four bandits swoop down on a California bank and flee with $98,000, leaving a truck as the only clue to their identity. Jane Hartman, bank secretary, recognizes the truck as one on which ... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Neumann | Stars: Gladys Swarthout, Lloyd Nolan, William Henry, William Frawley

Votes: 18

9. Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever (1939)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy, Romance

Young Andy develops a crush on his drama teacher. Meanwhile, Judge Hardy has his own problems when he gets conned into forming a phony aluminum corporation.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Cecilia Parker, Fay Holden

Votes: 485

10. Angels Wash Their Faces (1939)

Approved | 86 min | Drama, Romance

A young man just released from a reformatory moves to a new neighborhood with his sister, intending to start a new life. However, he gets mixed up with the local mob boss and corrupt ... See full summary »

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Ann Sheridan, Billy Halop, Bernard Punsly, Leo Gorcey

Votes: 360

11. Another Thin Man (1939)

Passed | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

An explosives manufacturer suspects a young man is out to kill him. He calls in new parents Nick and Nora to sort things out.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Virginia Grey, Otto Kruger

Votes: 5,954

12. The Arizona Kid (1939)

Passed | 61 min | Music, War, Western

Roy is a Confederate officer stationed in Missouri during the Civil War. He must put an end to outlaw gangs working under the pretense of service to the Confederacy.

Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: Roy Rogers, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Sally March, Stuart Hamblen

Votes: 163

13. The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (1939)

85 min | Comedy, Crime, Sport

During a charity soccer match between top professional side Arsenal and touring amateur side Trojans, the Trojan's new star player collapses. When he dies, Inspector Slade of Scotland Yard ... See full summary »

Director: Thorold Dickinson | Stars: Leslie Banks, Greta Gynt, Ian McLean, Liane Linden

Votes: 437

14. At the Circus (1939)

Passed | 87 min | Comedy, Musical

The Marx Brothers try to help the owner of a circus recover some stolen funds before he finds himself out of a job.

Director: Edward Buzzell | Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Kenny Baker

Votes: 5,269

15. Babes in Arms (1939)

Unrated | 94 min | Comedy, Musical

A group of vaudevillians struggling to compete with talkies hits the road hoping for a comeback. Frustrated to be left behind, all of their kids put on a show themselves to raise money for the families and to prove they've got talent, too.

Director: Busby Berkeley | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Charles Winninger, Guy Kibbee

Votes: 2,161

16. Bachelor Mother (1939)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Romance

An unemployed woman discovers an abandoned baby on the steps of an orphanage, and accepts an offer to take responsibility for the child in return for a job.

Director: Garson Kanin | Stars: Ginger Rogers, David Niven, Charles Coburn, Frank Albertson

Votes: 3,343

17. Back Door to Heaven (1939)

Approved | 85 min | Crime, Drama

The life of a young slum kid, who starts out stealing small things in order to fit in with the "crowd", winds up in reform school, and eventually spends much of his life in prison. Upon his... See full summary »

Director: William K. Howard | Stars: Jimmy Lydon, Anita Magee, Raymond Roe, William Redfield

Votes: 121

18. Bad Lands (1939)

Approved | 70 min | Action, Drama, Western

A posse of nine and Sheriff Bill Cummings set out after a renegade named Apache Jack, who has murdered the wife of Lopez, one of the posse members. The others are Rayburn, Chic Lyman, Billy... See full summary »

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Robert Barrat, Noah Beery Jr., Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Andy Clyde

Votes: 170

19. Bad Little Angel (1939)

Approved | 72 min | Drama

A Bible-guided Victorian orphan befriends a bootblack in a strange town.

Director: Wilhelm Thiele | Stars: Virginia Weidler, Gene Reynolds, Guy Kibbee, Ian Hunter

Votes: 215

20. Balalaika (1939)

Approved | 102 min | Musical, Romance

A Russian prince disguised as a worker and a cafe singer secretly involved in revolutionary activities fall in love.

Director: Reinhold Schünzel | Stars: Nelson Eddy, Ilona Massey, Charles Ruggles, Frank Morgan

Votes: 276 | Gross: $0.25M

21. Barricade (1939)

Approved | 71 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

In China in the 1930s a singer (Faye) and journalist (Baxter) meet on a train attacked by bandits.

Director: Gregory Ratoff | Stars: Alice Faye, Warner Baxter, Charles Winninger, Arthur Treacher

Votes: 98

22. Beau Geste (1939)

Passed | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Three adopted English brothers join the French Foreign Legion in North Africa, after one of them steals their adoptive family's famous heirloom sapphire.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston, Brian Donlevy

Votes: 5,152

23. Beauty for the Asking (1939)

Passed | 68 min | Drama, Romance

Denny drops fiancée Jean and marries Flora who is worth ten million dollars. When Jean is fired from her job she decides to market the face cream she invented. She goes to Jeffrey and he ... See full summary »

Director: Glenn Tryon | Stars: Lucille Ball, Patric Knowles, Donald Woods, Frieda Inescort

Votes: 218

24. Beware Spooks! (1939)

Passed | 65 min | Comedy

A bumbling detective chases an escaped convict in an amusement park haunted house.

Director: Edward Sedgwick | Stars: Joe E. Brown, Mary Carlisle, Clarence Kolb, Marc Lawrence

Votes: 42

25. The Big Guy (1939)

Passed | 78 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A man is given the choice between having fabulous wealth or saving an innocent man from the death penalty.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Victor McLaglen, Jackie Cooper, Ona Munson, Peggy Moran

Votes: 16

26. Blackmail (1939)

Passed | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

John Ingram, successful oil-field firefighter, is really a chain-gang escapee. Someone out of his past finds him...

Director: H.C. Potter | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Ruth Hussey, Gene Lockhart, Bobs Watson

Votes: 614

27. Blackwell's Island (1939)

Approved | 71 min | Crime, Drama

In 1934, a New York reporter infiltrates a crime syndicate by befriending its boss who is serving time inside Blackwell Island prison.

Directors: William C. McGann, Michael Curtiz | Stars: John Garfield, Rosemary Lane, Dick Purcell, Victor Jory

Votes: 275

28. Blind Alley (1939)

Passed | 69 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Gangster Hal Wilson takes psychiatrist Dr. Shelby hostage. While captive, the doctor analyzes Wilson as though he were a patient.

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Chester Morris, Ralph Bellamy, Ann Dvorak, Joan Perry

Votes: 340

29. Blondie Brings Up Baby (1939)

Approved | 68 min | Comedy

A salesman convinces Blondie that Baby Dumpling is a budding genius, so the Bumsteads enroll him in a special school from which he disappears.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Daisy

Votes: 280

30. Blondie Meets the Boss (1939)

Approved | 75 min | Comedy, Music

Blondie takes over Dagwood's job while he goes off on a fishing trip.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Jonathan Hale

Votes: 272

31. Blondie Takes a Vacation (1939)

Passed | 69 min | Adventure, Comedy

Blondie and Dagwood are in charge of operations at a mountain motel. The elderly owners of the establishment are in danger of losing their life savings. Among other things, arson threatens.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Daisy

Votes: 280

32. Blue Montana Skies (1939)

Passed | 56 min | Comedy, Music, Western

Autry follows a clue written on a rock by a dead man to get to a smuggling operation near the Canadian border.

Director: B. Reeves Eason | Stars: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, June Storey, Harry Woods

Votes: 61

33. Boy Slaves (1939)

Passed | 72 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A runaway follows the leader of a gang of boys, and they all wind up working in a turpentine camp.

Director: P.J. Wolfson | Stars: Anne Shirley, Roger Daniel, James McCallion, Alan Baxter

Votes: 164

34. Broadway Serenade (1939)

Passed | 114 min | Drama, Music, Romance

Mary Hale (a singer) and Jimmy Seymour (pianist/composer), are a show biz couple working in The Big Apple in small night clubs hoping to hit it big. One night, Larry Bryant (a Broadway ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Jeanette MacDonald, Lew Ayres, Ian Hunter, Frank Morgan

Votes: 177

35. Bulldog Drummond's Bride (1939)

Approved | 56 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A bank-robbery in London prevents - again - the marriage of Bulldog Drummond with his girlfriend. But this time when the delinquents are caught it will be celebrated at last.

Director: James P. Hogan | Stars: John Howard, Heather Angel, H.B. Warner, Reginald Denny

Votes: 322

Bulldog Drummond's secret police?

36. Burn 'Em Up O'Connor (1939)

Approved | 70 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A series of identical accidents kills racing drivers, but a dim-witted mechanic suspects they were not accidents.

Director: Edward Sedgwick | Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Cecilia Parker, Nat Pendleton, Harry Carey

Votes: 86

37. Cafe Society (1939)

83 min | Comedy, Romance

A wealthy young lady marries a reporter on a bet, but things might not work out so well when he finds out the truth.

Director: Edward H. Griffith | Stars: Madeleine Carroll, Fred MacMurray, Shirley Ross, Jessie Ralph

Votes: 68

38. Call a Messenger (1939)

Approved | 65 min | Crime, Drama

A tough street kid attempts to rob a post office and is caught. In order to avoid reform school, he takes a job as a messenger with the post office. He finds that he likes it, and when his ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Robert Armstrong, Mary Carlisle

Votes: 19

39. Calling Dr. Kildare (1939)

Passed | 86 min | Crime, Drama

Dr. Gillespie tries to teach Jimmy Kildare a lesson by tossing him into a street clinic. Only Kildare gets called to take a bullet out of a suspected murderer, and when the cops collar him ... See full summary »

Director: Harold S. Bucquet | Stars: Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, Laraine Day, Nat Pendleton

Votes: 356

40. Captain Fury (1939)

Approved | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

An Irish convict sentenced to hard labor in Australia escapes into the outback, and organizes a band of fellow escapees to fight a corrupt landlord.

Director: Hal Roach | Stars: Brian Aherne, Victor McLaglen, Paul Lukas, June Lang

Votes: 226

41. The Cat and the Canary (1939)

Approved | 72 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

When an eccentric family meets in their uncle's remote, decaying mansion on the tenth anniversary of his death for the reading of his will, murder and madness follow.

Director: Elliott Nugent | Stars: Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, John Beal, Douglass Montgomery

Votes: 2,395

42. Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939)

Approved | 74 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

Charlie's investigation of a phony psychic during the 1939 World Exposition on San Francisco's Treasure Island leads him to expose a suicide as murder.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Sidney Toler, Cesar Romero, Pauline Moore, Victor Sen Yung

Votes: 1,485

Charlie Chan in City in Darkness?

43. Charlie Chan in Reno (1939)

Approved | 71 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mary Whitman, an old friend of Charlie's in Reno for a divorce, finds herself accused of murdering the woman her husband planned to marry after the decree became final.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Sidney Toler, Ricardo Cortez, Phyllis Brooks, Slim Summerville

Votes: 1,197

44. Charlie McCarthy, Detective (1939)

Approved | 75 min | Comedy

Scotty Hamilton is a reporter who works for a crooked editor. Bill Banning is another reporter who is about to expose the editor's ties to the mob. When the editor is killed, both reporter ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Tuttle | Stars: Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, Mortimer Snerd, Robert Cummings

Votes: 61

45. Coast Guard (1939)

Passed | 72 min | Drama, Romance

Steady, dependable Coast Guard Lieutenant Raymond "Ray" Dower and reckless aviator Thomas "Speed" Bradshaw are the closest of friends. Ray saves the life of Captain Tobias Bliss, tramp ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Ludwig | Stars: Randolph Scott, Frances Dee, Ralph Bellamy, Walter Connolly

Votes: 81

46. Code of the Secret Service (1939)

Passed | 58 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Brass is assigned to uncovering a counterfeiting ring that has stolen bona fide treasury plates and is converting $1 bills to $100 bills through a Mexican casino.

Director: Noel M. Smith | Stars: Ronald Reagan, Rosella Towne, Eddie Foy Jr., Moroni Olsen

Votes: 208

47. Colorado Sunset (1939)

Passed | 65 min | Action, Music, Western

Gene and his buddies discover that the ranch they bought is really a dairy farm. And worse, it's subject to intimidation from a protection racket that prevents dairy products from safely reaching the market.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, June Storey, Barbara Pepper

Votes: 74

48. Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, War