My 50 Favorite movies of 1939

1939 is alway referred by all as the greatest year of cinema. Many great movies were given that year...
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1.
The Oklahoma Kid (1939)
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McCord's gang robs the stage carrying money to pay Indians for their land, and the notorious outlaw... (85 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
 
2.
Midnight (1939)
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A chorus girl stranded in Paris is set up by a millionaire to break up his wife's affair with another man. (94 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Leisen
 
3.
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.)
 
4.
Sons of Liberty (1939 Short Film)
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Set during the American Revolution, this colorful 2 reel short tells the story of Haym Salomon, American... (20 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
5.
Of Mice and Men (1939)
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Two itinerant migrant workers, one mentally disabled and the other his carer, take jobs as ranch hands during the Great Depression to fulfill their shared dream of owning their own ranch. (106 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
 
6.
Love Affair (1939)
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A French playboy and an American former nightclub singer fall in love aboard a ship. They arrange to reunite six months later... (88 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
 
7.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
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A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods. (238 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
8.
Streets of New York (1939)
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Jimmy, an idealistic and hard-working young man, has just arrived in New York City with dreams of making his fortune... (73 mins.)
Director: William Nigh
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9.
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
 
10.
Angels Wash Their Faces (1939)
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A young man just released from a reformatory moves to a new neighborhood with his sister, intending to start a new life... (86 mins.)
Director: Ray Enright
 
11.
Another Thin Man (1939)
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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.)
 
12.
The Cat and the Canary (1939)
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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
 
13.
King of the Underworld (1939)
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After the killing of her husband by friendly fire during a police raid, Dr. Carol Nelson tries to find gangster Joe Gurney to clear her name with the medical board. (67 mins.)
Director: Lewis Seiler
 
14.
Allegheny Uprising (1939)
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In 1759, in Pennsylvania's Allegheny Valley, local settlers and Indian fighters try to persuade the British authorities to ban the trading of alcohol and arms with the marauding Indians. (81 mins.)
 
15.
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
 
16.
The Roaring Twenties (1939)
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Three men attempt to make a living in Prohibitionist America after returning home from fighting together in World War I. (106 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
17.
Five Came Back (1939)
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Twelve people are aboard Coast Air Line's flagship the Silver Queen enroute to South America when the... (75 mins.)
Director: John Farrow
 
18.
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
 
19.
The Lion Has Wings (1939)
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Alexander Korda's bit for the British war effort shows the world both at peace and on the verge of Nazi domination... (76 mins.)
 
20.
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
 
21.
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
 
22.
The Rains Came (1939)
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Living in India with her crude husband, a British aristocrat is reunited with an old flame at a party, though she truly has her sights set on a handsome doctor. (103 mins.)
Director: Clarence Brown
 
23.
The Women (1939)
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A study of the lives and romantic entanglements of various interconnected women. (133 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
24.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)
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The master sleuth hunts his archenemy, Professor Moriarty, who is planning the crime of the century. (85 mins.)
Director: Alfred Werker
 
25.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
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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
 
26.
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.)
 
27.
Made for Each Other (1939)
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While on a business trip, an ambitious young lawyer meets and immediately falls in love with a stranger. They wed the following day, and tragedy soon strikes. (92 mins.)
Director: John Cromwell
 
28.
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
 
29.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Huckleberry Finn, a rambunctious boy adventurer chafing under the bonds of civilization, escapes his humdrum world and his selfish... (91 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
 
30.
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
 
31.
They Made Me a Criminal (1939)
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A boxer flees believing he has comitted a murder while he was drunk. (92 mins.)
Director: Busby Berkeley
 
32.
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.)
 
33.
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
 
34.
Each Dawn I Die (1939)
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A corrupt D.A. with governatorial ambitions is annoyed by an investigative reporter's criticism of his criminal activities and decides to frame the reporter for manslaughter in order to silence him. (92 mins.)
 
35.
Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939)
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Tarzan's jungle home, and his family, Jane and Boy, are threatened by men greedy for gold. (82 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
 
36.
Jesse James (1939)
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After railroad agents forcibly evict the James family from their family farm, Jesse and Frank turn to banditry for revenge. (106 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
37.
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
 
38.
It's a Wonderful World (1939)
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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.)
 
39.
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
 
40.
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
 
41.
In Name Only (1939)
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After a wealthy man finds out his wife is a gold digger, he meets and falls for a widowed mother, and complications ensue. (94 mins.)
Director: John Cromwell
 
42.
Dark Victory (1939)
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A young socialite is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, and must decide whether or not she'll meet her final days with dignity. (104 mins.)
Director: Edmund Goulding
 
43.
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
 
44.
Frontier Marshal (1939)
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Earp agrees to become marshal and establish order in Tombstone in this very romanticized version of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral (e.g., Doc is killed by Curley before the actual battle and Earp must do the job alone). (71 mins.)
Director: Allan Dwan
 
45.
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
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Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson investigate the legend of a supernatural hound, a beast that may be stalking a young heir on the fog-shrouded moorland that makes up his estate. (80 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lanfield
 
46.
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
 
47.
The Little Princess (1939)
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A little girl is left by her father in an exclusive seminary for girls, due to her father having to go to South Africa to fight in the Second Boer War. (93 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
48.
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
 
49.
Judge Hardy and Son (1939)
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Judge Hardy, trying to find a relative of an aged couple to prevent them from losing their home, enlists the aid of his son Andy. (90 mins.)
Director: George B. Seitz
 
50.
Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever (1939)
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Young Andy develops a crush on his drama teacher. Meanwhile, Judge Hardy has his own problems when he gets conned into forming a phony aluminum corporation. (85 mins.)