Favorite Films of 1939

Updated: 9/5/2016

I have watched 31 films with a 1939 release date. I have listed them here ranked from best to worst (in my opinion).
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1.
Ninotchka (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
 
2.
Jamaica Inn (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
In Cornwall in 1819, a young woman discovers that she's living near a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecks for profit. (108 mins.)
 
3.
The Mystery of Mr. Wong (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Detective tries to solve the murder of antiques collector who was in possession of a famous jewel known as "The Eye of the Daugther of The Moon." (68 mins.)
Director: William Nigh
 
4.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home in Kansas and help her friends as well. (102 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
5.
Stagecoach (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
 
6.
The Cat and the Canary (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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. (72 mins.)
Director: Elliott Nugent
 
7.
Tower of London (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In the 15th century Richard Duke of Gloucester, aided by his club-footed executioner Mord, eliminates those ahead of him in succession to the throne... (92 mins.)
Director: Rowland V. Lee
 
8.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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.)
 
9.
The Flying Deuces (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Oliver is heartbroken when he finds that Georgette, the inkeeper's daughter he's fallen in love with... (69 mins.)
 
10.
Son of Frankenstein (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
One of the sons of Frankenstein finds his father's monster in a coma and revives him, only to find out he is controlled by Ygor who is bent on revenge. (99 mins.)
Director: Rowland V. Lee
 
11.
Death on the Diamond (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Pop Clark is about to lose his baseball team, unless they can win the pennant so he can pay off debts... (71 mins.)
Director: Edward Sedgwick
 
12.
Mr. Wong in Chinatown (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A pretty Chinese woman, seeking help from San Francisco detective James Lee Wong, is killed by a poisoned dart in his front hall... (71 mins.)
Director: William Nigh
 
13.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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
 
14.
Another Thin Man (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An explosives manufacturer suspects a young man is out to kill him. He calls in new parents Nick and Nora to sort things out. (103 mins.)
 
15.
Bachelor Mother (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Polly Parrish, a clerk at Merlin's Department Store, is mistakenly presumed to be the mother of a foundling... (82 mins.)
Director: Garson Kanin
 
16.
At the Circus (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The Marx Brothers try to help the owner of a circus recover some stolen funds before he finds himself out of a job. (87 mins.)
Director: Edward Buzzell
 
17.
Honolulu (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Wanting a break from his overzealous fans, a famous movie star hires a Hawaiian plantation owner to switch places with him for a few weeks. (83 mins.)
Director: Edward Buzzell
 
18.
Five Came Back (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Twelve people are aboard Coast Air Line's flagship the Silver Queen enroute to South America when the... (75 mins.)
Director: John Farrow
 
19.
Dodge City (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
 
20.
The Gorilla (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
When a wealthy man (Atwill) is threatened by a killer known as The Gorilla, he hires the Ritz Brothers to investigate... (66 mins.)
Director: Allan Dwan
 
21.
It's a Wonderful World (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When a tycoon is accused of murder, the private eye tracking him finds himself roped in as an accessory and attempts to evade police, kidnapping a poetess along the way. (86 mins.)
 
22.
Devil's Island (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Unjustly condemned to Devil's Island and condemned to death, Dr. Gaudet's life is spared when his surgical skills save the life of the commandant's daughter. (62 mins.)
Director: William Clemens
 
23.
The Face at the Window (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Set in France in 1880. A series of murders is attributed to a Wolf Man. (70 mins.)
Director: George King
 
24.
The Human Monster (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Insurance agent-physician collects on policies of men murdered by a disfigured resident of the home for the blind where he acts as doctor-on-call. (76 mins.)
Director: Walter Summers
 
25.
The Return of Doctor X (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A hotshot reporter and a young doctor team up to investigate a series of grisly murders and a mysterious sample of synthetic blood. (62 mins.)
Director: Vincent Sherman
 
26.
Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Captain Drummond and his girlfriend want to marry but a hidden treasure in the house in which they want... (56 mins.)
Director: James Hogan
 
27.
The Phantom Creeps (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
A military intelligence officer and a pretty reporter try to find a scientist whose inventions can destroy the world. (265 mins.)
 
28.
Beauty for the Asking (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Denny drops fiance Jean and marries Flora who is worth ten million dollars. When Jean is fired from... (68 mins.)
Director: Glenn Tryon
 
29.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods. (238 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
30.
In Old Caliente (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Americans come west to California in the hope of peaceful settlement. (57 mins.)
Director: Joseph Kane
 
31.
On Borrowed Time (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Young Pud is orphaned and left in the care of his aged grandparents. The boy and his cantankerous old grandfather become inseparable friends... (99 mins.)