The 40s Were For Romance

The most romantic films of the 1940s, in order of how romantic they are.
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1.
Waterloo Bridge (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
During World War I, believing her fiancé to be dead, a young ballerina loses her job and is forced to turn to prostitution. (108 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
2.
Brief Encounter (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Meeting a stranger in a railway station, a woman is tempted to cheat on her husband. (86 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
3.
Rebecca (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife. (130 mins.)
 
4.
Arise, My Love (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A dashing pilot and a vivacious reporter have romantic and dramatic adventures in Europe as World War II begins. (110 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Leisen
 
5.
'I Know Where I'm Going!' (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Joan Webster is an ambitious and stubborn middle-class English woman determined to move forward since her childhood... (91 mins.)
 
6.
To Have and Have Not (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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. (100 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
7.
The More the Merrier (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
During the World War II housing shortage in Washington, two men and a woman share a single apartment and the older man plays Cupid to the other two. (104 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
8.
This Above All (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Although she comes from an aristocratic family, beautiful Prudence Cathaway defies convention by joining the WAAFs and becoming romantically involved with an AWOL soldier. (110 mins.)
Director: Anatole Litvak
 
9.
The Lady Eve (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A trio of classy card sharps targets the socially awkward heir to brewery millions for his money, until one of them falls in love with him. (94 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
10.
The Clock (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Soldier Joe Allen is on a two-day leave in New York, and there he meets Alice. She agrees to show him the sights and they spend the day together... (90 mins.)
 
11.
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
 
12.
Now, Voyager (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A frumpy spinster blossoms under therapy and becomes an elegant, independent woman. (117 mins.)
Director: Irving Rapper
 
13.
Casablanca (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
14.
Random Harvest (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An amnesiac World War I vet falls in love with a music hall star, only to suffer an accident which restores his original memories but erases his post-War life. (126 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
15.
Notorious (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them? (101 mins.)
 
16.
For Me and My Gal (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Two vaudeville performers fall in love, but find their relationship tested by the arrival of WWI. (104 mins.)
Director: Busby Berkeley
 
17.
Stairway to Heaven (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A British wartime aviator who cheats death must argue for his life before a celestial court. (104 mins.)
 
18.
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
 
19.
The Farmer's Daughter (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Katie Holstrom leaves the farm to become a nurse, but is sidetracked into domestic service, romance, and politics. (97 mins.)
Director: H.C. Potter
 
20.
Adventure (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Sea-going roustabout falls for meek librarian. (135 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
21.
That Hamilton Woman (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The story of courtesan and dance-hall girl Emma Hamilton, including her relationships with Sir William Hamilton and Admiral Horatio Nelson and her rise and fall, set during the Napoleonic Wars. (128 mins.)
Director: Alexander Korda
 
22.
Spellbound (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory. (111 mins.)
 
23.
Enchantment (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Uncle Rollo finally retires to the house he was brought up in. Lost in thoughts of his lost love, Lark... (100 mins.)
Director: Irving Reis
 
24.
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In 1900, a young widow finds her seaside cottage is haunted...and forms a unique relationship with the ghost. (104 mins.)
 
25.
Cluny Brown (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Amateur plumber Cluny Brown gets sent off by her uncle to work as a servant at an English country estate... (100 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
26.
Heaven Can Wait (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An old roué arrives in Hades to review his life with Satan, who will rule on his eligibility to enter the Underworld. (112 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
27.
The Strawberry Blonde (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Quick tempered but likable Biff Grimes falls for beautiful Virginia Brush, but he is not the only young man in the neighborhood who is smitten with her. (99 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
28.
Boom Town (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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
 
29.
Remember the Day (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Elderly schoolteacher Nora Trinell, waiting to meet presidential nominee Dewey Roberts, recalls him... (86 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
30.
Woman of the Year (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Rival reporters Sam and Tess fall in love and get married, only to find their relationship strained when Sam comes to resent Tess' hectic lifestyle. (114 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
31.
Angel on My Shoulder (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The Devil arranges for a deceased gangster to return to Earth as a well-respected judge to make up for his previous life. (100 mins.)
Director: Archie Mayo
 
32.
The Mortal Storm (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
 
33.
Laura (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating. (88 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
34.
The Valley of Decision (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Mary Rafferty comes from a poor family of steel mill workers in 19th Century Pittsburgh. Her family... (119 mins.)
Director: Tay Garnett
 
35.
A Woman's Face (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A female blackmailer with a disfiguring facial scar meets a plastic surgeon who offers her the possibility of looking like a normal woman. (106 mins.)
Director: George Cukor