1939

This is a list-in-progress of some favorite films from 1939. The numbers are not rankings; the list is alphabetical, although the displayed form of titles may not reflect this.
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1.
Bel Ami (1939)
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Shortly after being demobilized, Georges Duroy becomes aware of his power over women in the arms of Rachel... (96 mins.)
Director: Willi Forst
 
2.
The Phantom Wagon (1939)
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A nun suffering from TB is desperately trying to save an alcoholic tramp and to bring him back to his wife and kids.He has a friend who died last year and became the coachman of the "Ghost Wagon" . (93 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
 
3.
Circonstances atténuantes (1939)
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A retired criminal-court judge on vacation finds himself stranded in a nest of thieves, who show him a friendlier side of crime. (85 mins.)
Director: Jean Boyer
 
4.
Le dernier tournant (1939)
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Frank, a hobo, ends up in a garage-truck stop in the middle of nowhere. Nick Marino, its naive owner... (90 mins.)
Director: Pierre Chenal
 
5.
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
 
6.
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
 
7.
Only One Night (1939)
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Funfair worker Valdemar is unknowingly the illegitimate son of a rich landowner, colonel Von Brede.... (90 mins.)
Director: Gustaf Molander
 
8.
La fin du jour (1939)
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Aged penniless actors are living in a old people's home. They always talk about their past glory or failures... (99 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
 
9.
Fric-Frac (1939)
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Marcel works as assistant to a jeweller whose bossy daughter Renée keeps hitting on him. When he meets lovely Loulou and her lazy friend Jo... (105 mins.)
Director: Maurice Lehmann
 
10.
A Girl Must Live (1939)
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A run-away school-girl falls among chorus girls planning to marry into the nobility. (92 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
 
11.
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
 
12.
The Gracie Allen Murder Case (1939)
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The zany plot follows nitwit Gracie Allen trying to help master sleuth Philo Vance solve a murder. Allen's... (78 mins.)
Director: Alfred E. Green
 
13.
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
 
14.
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
 
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.)
 
16.
Le Jour se Leve (1939)
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After committing a murder, a man locks himself in his apartment and recollects the events that led him to the killing. (93 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
 
17.
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
 
18.
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
 
19.
The Mikado (1939)
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The son of the Mikado of Japan, a wandering minstrel, falls for a girl who is engaged to her guardian. (90 mins.)
 
20.
The Night of Nights (1939)
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(86 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
 
21.
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
 
22.
Personal Column (1939)
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After one of her fellow taxi dancers is murdered by an unknown man who she met through a personal column advert, Adrienne Charpentier is recruited by the police to answer a series of similar adverts to try to track down the killer. (111 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
 
23.
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
 
24.
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
 
25.
The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939)
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In Tokyo in 1888, Kikunosuke Onoue, the adoptive son of an important actor, discovers that he is praised... (143 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
26.
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
 
27.
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
 
28.
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
 
29.
You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939)
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Larson E. Whipsnade runs a seedy circus which is perpetually in debt. His performers give him nothing but trouble... (79 mins.)
Director: George Marshall