Top 25 Films of 1939

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1.
The Women (1939)
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A study of the lives and romantic entanglements of various interconnected women. (133 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
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2.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
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A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down. (129 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
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3.
The Four Feathers (1939)
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Resigning his commission on the eve of his unit's deployment against Egyptian rebels, a British officer... (129 mins.)
Director: Zoltan Korda
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4.
Stagecoach (1939)
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A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process. (96 mins.)
Director: John Ford
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5.
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
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A fictionalized account of the early life of the American president as a young lawyer facing his greatest court case. (100 mins.)
Director: John Ford
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6.
The Rules of the Game (1939)
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A bourgeois life in France at the onset of World War II, as the rich and their poor servants meet up at a French chateau. (110 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
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7.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
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A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the American Civil War. (238 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
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8.
Wuthering Heights (1939)
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A servant in the house of Wuthering Heights tells a traveler the unfortunate tale of lovers Cathy and Heathcliff. (104 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
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9.
Love Affair (1939)
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French playboy Michel Marnet and American Terry McKay fall in love aboard ship. They arrange to reunite 6 months later... (88 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
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10.
Bachelor Mother (1939)
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Polly Parrish, a clerk at Merlin's Department Store, is mistakenly presumed to be the mother of a foundling... (82 mins.)
Director: Garson Kanin
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11.
Gunga Din (1939)
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In 19th century India, three British soldiers and a native waterbearer must stop a secret mass revival of the murderous Thuggee cult before it can rampage across the land. (117 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
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12.
The Man in the Iron Mask (1939)
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Despotic King Louis XIV discovers he has a twin brother who has grown up under the tutelage of his foster father, the patriotic musketeer D'Artagnan. (113 mins.)
Director: James Whale
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13.
Le Jour se Leve (1939)
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After committing a murder, a man locks himself in his apartment and recollects the events the led him to the killing. (93 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
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14.
Ninotchka (1939)
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A stern Russian woman sent to Paris on official business finds herself attracted to a man who represents everything she is supposed to detest. (110 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
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15.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
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In 15th century France, a gypsy girl is framed for murder by the infatuated Chief Justice, and only the deformed bellringer of Notre Dame Cathedral can save her. (117 mins.)
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16.
Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
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At a remote South American trading port, the manager of an air freight company is forced to risk his pilots' lives in order to win an important contract. (121 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
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17.
Beau Geste (1939)
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Three adopted English brothers join the French Foreign Legion in North Africa, after one of them steals their adoptive family's famous heirloom sapphire. (112 mins.)
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18.
Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
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Newlyweds Gil and Lana Martin try to establish a farm in the Mohawk Valley but are menaced by Indians and Tories as the Revolutinary War begins. (104 mins.)
Director: John Ford
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19.
Stanley and Livingstone (1939)
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When American newspaperman and adventurer Henry M. Stanley comes back from the western Indian wars,... (101 mins.)
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20.
Dodge City (1939)
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A Texas cattle agent witnesses first hand, the brutal lawlessness of Dodge City and takes the job of sheriff to clean the town up. (104 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
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21.
In Name Only (1939)
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While out riding in the country, wealthy New Yorker Alec Walker meets young widow Julie Eden, and a relationship quickly develops... (94 mins.)
Director: John Cromwell
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22.
Idiot's Delight (1939)
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A group of disparate travelers are caught are thrown together in a posh Alpine hotel when the borders are closed at the start of WWII. (107 mins.)
Director: Clarence Brown
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23.
Destry Rides Again (1939)
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When a tough western town needs taming, the mild-mannered son of a hard-nosed sheriff gets the job. (94 mins.)
Director: George Marshall
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24.
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
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An aged teacher and former headmaster of a boarding school recalls his career and his personal life over the decades. (114 mins.)
Director: Sam Wood
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25.
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
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A depiction of the love/hate relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Devereux, the Earl of Essex. (106 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
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