Best Films Of 1940

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1.
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
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Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand each other, without realizing that they are falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal. (99 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
2.
The Great Dictator (1940)
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Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime. (125 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
 
3.
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
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When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself. (112 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
4.
His Girl Friday (1940)
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A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying. (92 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
5.
Pinocchio (1940)
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A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy. (88 mins.)
 
6.
Young Tom Edison (1940)
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Inventor Thomas Edison's boyhood is chronicled and shows him as a lad whose early inventions and scientific... (86 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
 
7.
Edison, the Man (1940)
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82 year old inventor and entrepreneur Thomas Alva Edison is honored in 1929 and he reflects back on his sixty year career of scientific achievement. (107 mins.)
Director: Clarence Brown
 
8.
Fantasia (1940)
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A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music. (125 mins.)
 
9.
The Great McGinty (1940)
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Dan McGinty has great success in his chosen field of crooked politics. But endangers it all in one crazy moment of honesty... (82 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
10.
Foreign Correspondent (1940)
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On the eve of World War II, a young American reporter tries to expose enemy agents in London. (120 mins.)
 
11.
The Sea Hawk (1940)
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Geoffrey Thorpe, a buccaneer, is hired by Queen Elizabeth I to nag the Spanish Armada. The Armada is waiting for the attack on England and Thorpe surprises them with attacks on their galleons where he shows his skills on the sword. (127 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
12.
Boom Town (1940)
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Two buddies who rise from fly-by-night wildcatters to oil tycoons over a twenty year period both love the same woman. (119 mins.)
Director: Jack Conway
 
13.
Remember the Night (1940)
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A shoplifter and her prosecuter fall in love, creating tensions in their family lives. (94 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Leisen
 
14.
Brother Orchid (1940)
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When retired racket boss John Sarto tries to reclaim his place and former friends try to kill him, he finds solace in a monastery and reinvents himself as a pious monk. (88 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
 
15.
The Long Voyage Home (1940)
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Aboard the freighter Glencairn, the lives of the crew are lived out in fear, loneliness, suspicion and cameraderie... (105 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
16.
Waterloo Bridge (1940)
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During World War I, believing her fianc to be dead, a young ballerina loses her job and is forced to turn to prostitution. (108 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
17.
The Mortal Storm (1940)
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The Roth family lead a quiet life in a small village in the German Alps during the early 1930s. When the Nazis come to power, the family is divided and Martin Brietner, a family friend is caught up in the turmoil. (100 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
 
18.
Christmas in July (1940)
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An office clerk loves entering contests in the hopes of someday winning a fortune and marrying the girl he loves... (67 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
19.
Night Train to Munich (1940)
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When Germany invades Czechoslovakia, the German and the British intelligence services try to capture Czech scientist Axel Bomasch, inventor of a new type of armor-plating. (95 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
 
20.
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
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A poor Midwest family is forced off of their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression. (129 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
21.
Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)
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An aspiring reporter is the key witness at the murder trial of a young man accused of cutting a caf owner's throat and is soon accused of a similar crime himself. (64 mins.)
Director: Boris Ingster
 
22.
Primrose Path (1940)
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Girl from the "wrong" side of the tracks falls in love with an ambitious young man from the "right" side of the tracks. (93 mins.)
Director: Gregory LaCava
 
23.
The Bank Dick (1940)
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Henpecked Egbert Sous has comic adventures as a substitute film director and unlikely bank guard. (72 mins.)
Director: Edward Cline
 
24.
Beyond Tomorrow (1940)
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The ghosts of three elderly industrialists killed in an airplane crash return to Earth to help reunite a young couple whom they initially brought together. (84 mins.)
 
25.
The Ghost Breakers (1940)
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A radio broadcaster, his quaking manservant, and an heiress investigate the mystery of a haunted castle in Cuba. (85 mins.)
Director: George Marshall