Seen Films (1940s)

by johnathan-50769 | created - 07 Sep 2019 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

A list of films I've seen from the 1940s.

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1. Fantasia (1940)

G | 125 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

96 Metascore

A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music.

Directors: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr., Norman Ferguson, David Hand, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Corey Burton

Votes: 89,013 | Gross: $76.41M

2. The Great Dictator (1940)

Passed | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, War

Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie, Reginald Gardiner

Votes: 204,284 | Gross: $0.29M

3. His Girl Friday (1940)

Passed | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 53,912 | Gross: $0.30M

4. Lucky Partners (1940)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Two strangers share a sweepstakes ticket and then embark on an "imaginary" honeymoon with their "winnings".

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Ronald Colman, Ginger Rogers, Jack Carson, Spring Byington

Votes: 844

5. Pinocchio (1940)

G | 88 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

99 Metascore

A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.

Directors: Norman Ferguson, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Dickie Jones, Christian Rub, Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher

Votes: 132,067 | Gross: $84.25M

6. Second Chorus (1940)

Passed | 84 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

When perennial college students Danny O'Neill and Hank Taylor are forced to make it on their own, the competitive pair get jobs with Artie Shaw's band and reunite with ex-manager Ellen Miller.

Director: H.C. Potter | Stars: Fred Astaire, Paulette Goddard, Artie Shaw, Charles Butterworth

Votes: 1,366

7. Dumbo (1941)

G | 64 min | Animation, Drama, Family

96 Metascore

Ridiculed because of his enormous ears, a young circus elephant is assisted by a mouse to achieve his full potential.

Directors: Samuel Armstrong, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen, John Elliotte | Stars: Sterling Holloway, Edward Brophy, Herman Bing, Mel Blanc

Votes: 120,333 | Gross: $1.60M

8. Hollywood Steps Out (1941)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Animation, Short

A tour of Ciro's Nightclub packed with caricatures of many top stars, including (in order) Cary Grant, Greta Garbo, Edward G. Robinson and Ann Sheridan, Johnny Weissmuller, James Cagney, ... See full summary »

Director: Tex Avery | Stars: Dave Barry, Sara Berner, Mel Blanc, Kent Rogers

Votes: 863

9. How Green Was My Valley (1941)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Family

At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans, he stern, she gentle, raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Anna Lee, Donald Crisp

Votes: 21,502

10. The Little Whirlwind (1941)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mickey wants some of the cake Minnie has just baked, so he offers to clean up her yard. As he's working, a tiny tornado (smaller than him) with a mind of its own comes along and causes ... See full summary »

Directors: James Algar, Wilfred Jackson, Riley Thomson | Stars: Thelma Boardman, Walt Disney, June Foray

Votes: 842

11. Pot o' Gold (1941)

Approved | 86 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Jimmy goes to work with his uncle, the owner of a food factory. Before he gets there, he befriends an Irish family who happens to be his uncle's worst enemy because of their love for music and in-house band who constantly practices.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: James Stewart, Paulette Goddard, Horace Heidt, Charles Winninger

Votes: 1,586

12. Sullivan's Travels (1941)

Not Rated | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A Hollywood director, John L Sullivan, sets out to experience life as a poor, homeless person in order to gain relevant life experience for his next movie.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick, William Demarest

Votes: 24,126

13. Suspicion (1941)

Not Rated | 99 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller

83 Metascore

A shy young heiress marries a charming gentleman, and soon begins to suspect he is planning to murder her.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Cedric Hardwicke, Nigel Bruce

Votes: 33,064 | Gross: $4.50M

14. Bambi (1942)

G | 70 min | Animation, Drama, Family

91 Metascore

The story of a young deer growing up in the forest.

Directors: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, David Hand, Graham Heid, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Norman Wright, Arthur Davis, Clyde Geronimi | Stars: Hardie Albright, Stan Alexander, Bobette Audrey, Peter Behn

Votes: 131,924 | Gross: $102.80M

15. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

100 Metascore

A cynical expatriate American cafe owner struggles to decide whether or not to help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape the Nazis in French Morocco.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Votes: 524,795 | Gross: $1.02M

16. Holiday Inn (1942)

Passed | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

At an inn which is open only on holidays, a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer.

Directors: Mark Sandrich, Robert Allen | Stars: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale

Votes: 13,614 | Gross: $8.18M

17. Chicken Little (1943)

Approved | 8 min | Comedy, Family, Animation

A bold and colorful retelling of the classic tale of the not-so-bright little chicken's encounter with an acorn and gravity. Crazy-eyed Chicken and all his panicked friends run away from the sky and right into an eye-catching surprise.

Directors: Jack Cutting, Clyde Geronimi | Stars: Florence Gill, Frank Graham, Clarence Nash

Votes: 757

18. Jane Eyre (1943)

Approved | 97 min | Drama, Romance

After a harsh childhood, orphan Jane Eyre is hired by Edward Rochester, the brooding lord of a mysterious manor house, to care for his young daughter.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine, Margaret O'Brien, Peggy Ann Garner

Votes: 7,960 | Gross: $3.82M

19. Old Mother Riley Overseas (1943)

80 min | Comedy

Mrs. Riley is tricked out of her licence for a pub and joins her daughter in Portugal.

Director: Oswald Mitchell | Stars: Arthur Lucan, Kitty McShane, Morris Harvey, Fred Kitchen

Votes: 17

20. The Big Noise (1944)

Approved | 74 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

During World War II Stan and Ollie find themselves as improbable bodyguards to an eccentric inventor and his strategically important new bomb.

Director: Malcolm St. Clair | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Doris Merrick, Arthur Space

Votes: 1,127 | Gross: $1.64M

21. Double Indemnity (1944)

Passed | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

95 Metascore

An insurance representative lets himself be talked by a seductive housewife into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses the suspicion of an insurance investigator.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Byron Barr

Votes: 144,397 | Gross: $5.72M

22. To Have and Have Not (1944)

Passed | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Film-Noir

During World War II, American expatriate Harry Morgan helps transport a French Resistance leader and his beautiful wife to Martinique while romancing a sensuous lounge singer.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan, Dolores Moran

Votes: 31,236

23. Mildred Pierce (1945)

Approved | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

88 Metascore

A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden

Votes: 22,907

24. The Three Caballeros (1944)

Approved | 71 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

85 Metascore

Donald receives his birthday gifts, which include traditional gifts and information about Brazil (hosted by Zé Carioca) and Mexico (by Panchito, a Mexican Charro Rooster).

Directors: Norman Ferguson, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts, Harold Young | Stars: Aurora Miranda, Carmen Molina, Dora Luz, Sterling Holloway

Votes: 12,621

25. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

PG | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

89 Metascore

An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 407,977

26. The Bishop's Wife (1947)

Not Rated | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

72 Metascore

A debonair angel comes to Earth to help an Episcopalian bishop and his wife in their quest to raise money for the new church.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven, Monty Woolley

Votes: 15,204

27. Mickey and the Beanstalk (1947)

G | 29 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

A mysterious thief has stolen the prosperous Happy Valley's most prized possession: the musical Singing Harp. Can Mickey, Donald, and Goofy find the answer in the irritable Willie the Giant's magnificent castle up in the blue sky?

Directors: Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts | Stars: Walt Disney, Clarence Nash, Pinto Colvig, Sterling Holloway

Votes: 3,395

28. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

88 Metascore

When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.

Director: George Seaton | Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 41,765 | Gross: $2.65M

29. Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

Passed | 124 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A suave but cynical man supports his family by marrying and murdering rich women for their money, but the job has some occupational hazards.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Mady Correll, Allison Roddan, Robert Lewis

Votes: 15,990 | Gross: $0.33M

30. The Boy with Green Hair (1948)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

This parable looks at public reaction when the hair of an American war orphan mysteriously turns green.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Pat O'Brien, Robert Ryan, Barbara Hale, Dean Stockwell

Votes: 2,642

31. Key Largo (1948)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A man visits his war buddy's family hotel and finds a gangster running things. As a hurricane approaches, the two end up confronting each other.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore

Votes: 37,129

32. Mickey and the Seal (1948)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mickey accidentally takes a seal home, after it sneaks into his picnic basket. When Mickey takes a bath, the seal is discovered and Mickey returns him to the park. Later, Mickey and Pluto discover that the bathroom is filled with seals.

Director: Charles A. Nichols | Stars: Pinto Colvig, James MacDonald

Votes: 899

33. Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)

Approved | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

A man and his wife decide they can afford to have a house in the country built to their specifications. It's a lot more trouble than they think.

Director: H.C. Potter | Stars: Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Melvyn Douglas, Reginald Denny

Votes: 10,422

34. 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: 9,916

35. The Velvet Touch (1948)

Approved | 100 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

A Broadway star unintentionally kills her impresario but keeps mum about it when the police investigator targets a rival actress.

Director: Jack Gage | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Leo Genn, Claire Trevor, Sydney Greenstreet

Votes: 859

36. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

Approved | 68 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

74 Metascore

An animated adaptation of "The Wind in the Willows" followed by an adaptation of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".

Directors: James Algar, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney | Stars: Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone, Eric Blore, John McLeish

Votes: 13,399

37. Old Mother Riley's New Venture (1949)

69 min | Comedy

Old Mother Riley becomes manager of a hotel - stolen diamonds, murder and pie fights follow.

Director: John Harlow | Stars: Arthur Lucan, Kitty McShane, Chili Bouchier, Willer Neal

Votes: 43

38. Casper: The Friendly Ghost (1945)

TV-G | 9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Depressed by the antics of the other ghosts, Casper leaves home to make friends. After unintentionally scaring several potential pals, Casper befriends two young children. They take him ... See full summary »

Directors: Izzy Sparber, Nick Tafuri | Stars: Frank Gallop, Jack Mercer, Mae Questel, Cecil Roy

Votes: 412

39. There's Good Boos To-Night (1948)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Casper makes friends with a fox cub. But the new friendship is threatened when a fox hunter and his two hounds come on the scene.

Directors: Izzy Sparber, Myron Waldman | Stars: Frank Gallop, Jack Mercer, Sid Raymond, Walter Tetley

Votes: 242

40. A Haunting We Will Go (1949)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Casper the Friendly Ghost, sad that he can make no friends since everyone he meets is afraid of him, hatches an abandoned egg and becomes the emerging little duck's best friend and protector.

Directors: Seymour Kneitel, Myron Waldman | Stars: Frank Gallop, Jack Mercer, Mae Questel

Votes: 157

41. Lend a Paw (1941)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Jealous of Mickey's kitten, Pluto's devil-self argues with his angel-self over whether or not to rescue the kitten when it falls into a well.

Director: Clyde Geronimi | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney, June Foray

Votes: 1,372

42. Der Fuehrer's Face (1942)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Donald Duck has a nightmare that he lives in Germany slaving under the Nazi regime.

Directors: Jack Kinney, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Billy Bletcher, Clarence Nash

Votes: 3,976

43. The Yankee Doodle Mouse (1943)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Action

In honor of the U.S. military during WWII, Tom and Jerry do battle in the basement, using household items as war weapons and vehicles.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: William Hanna

Votes: 1,567

44. Tweetie Pie (1947)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Family, Short

Thomas the cat finds Tweety in the snow, warming himself by a cigar butt. Thomas's mistress rescues the little yellow bird before her cat can devour him, but Thomas doesn't give up.

Directors: Friz Freleng, Robert Clampett | Stars: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet

Votes: 1,167

45. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Passed | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

98 Metascore

Two Americans searching for work in Mexico convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett

Votes: 114,868 | Gross: $5.01M

46. The Big Sleep (1946)

Passed | 114 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery