1939

by Baceseras | created - 12 Sep 2013 | updated - 13 Sep 2013 | Public

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)

Not Rated | 96 min

7.1
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Shortly after being demobilized, Georges Duroy becomes aware of his power over women in the arms of Rachel, a young singer. Thanks to his good looks and his charming manners and his ... See full summary »

Director: Willi Forst | Stars: Willi Forst, Olga Tschechowa, Johannes Riemann, Ilse Werner

Votes: 90

2. The Phantom Wagon (1939)

93 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.2
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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" .

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Pierre Fresnay, Marie Bell, Micheline Francey, Louis Jouvet

Votes: 155

3. Circonstances atténuantes (1939)

85 min | Comedy

6.9
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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.

Director: Jean Boyer | Stars: Michel Simon, Suzanne Dantès, Dorville, Arletty

Votes: 127

4. Le dernier tournant (1939)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.9
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Frank, a hobo, ends up in a garage-truck stop in the middle of nowhere. Nick Marino, its naive owner, is a good man married to Cora, a young and sexy bitch, half his age. Frank, although ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Chenal | Stars: Fernand Gravey, Michel Simon, Marcel Vallée, Auguste Bovério

Votes: 178

5. Destry Rides Again (1939)

Approved | 94 min | Comedy, Western

7.7
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When a tough western town needs taming, the mild-mannered son of a hard-nosed sheriff gets the job.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, James Stewart, Mischa Auer, Charles Winninger

Votes: 8,530

6. Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.2
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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.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Henry Fonda, Edna May Oliver, Eddie Collins

Votes: 4,658 | Gross: $1.00M

7. Only One Night (1939)

TV-PG | 90 min | Drama, Romance

6.1
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Funfair worker Valdemar is unknowingly the illegitimate son of a rich landowner, colonel Von Brede. The colonel knows and employs Valdemar as his stable master. The colonel has a young and ... See full summary »

Director: Gustaf Molander | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Edvin Adolphson, Aino Taube, Olof Sandborg

Votes: 144

8. La fin du jour (1939)

99 min | Drama

7.8
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Aged penniless actors are living in a old people's home. They always talk about their past glory or failures. One day Raphael Saint-Clair comes; he has been a famous actor and had a lot of ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Victor Francen, Michel Simon, Louis Jouvet, Madeleine Ozeray

Votes: 475

9. Fric-Frac (1939)

92 min | Comedy

7.1
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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, he is fascinated by the girl and somehow ... See full summary »

Director: Maurice Lehmann | Stars: Fernandel, Michel Simon, Arletty, Hélène Robert

Votes: 296

10. A Girl Must Live (1939)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

6.9
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A run-away school-girl falls among chorus girls planning to marry into the nobility.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Margaret Lockwood, Renee Houston, Lilli Palmer, George Robey

Votes: 73

11. Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)

Unrated | 114 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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An aged teacher and former headmaster of a boarding school recalls his career and his personal life over the decades.

Directors: Sam Wood, Sidney Franklin | Stars: Robert Donat, Greer Garson, Terry Kilburn, John Mills

Votes: 8,555

12. The Gracie Allen Murder Case (1939)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Mystery

6.6
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The zany plot follows nitwit Gracie Allen trying to help master sleuth Philo Vance solve a murder. Allen's uncle fixes her up with Bill at a company picnic. When the two go out to a ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Gracie Allen, Warren William, Ellen Drew, Kent Taylor

Votes: 162

13. Gunga Din (1939)

Approved | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

7.5
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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.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Victor McLaglen, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Votes: 9,541

14. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)

Approved | 80 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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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.

Director: Sidney Lanfield | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Richard Greene, Wendy Barrie

Votes: 7,974

15. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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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.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara, Cedric Hardwicke, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 8,694

16. Le Jour se Leve (1939)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.8
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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.

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Jean Gabin, Jacqueline Laurent, Arletty, Jules Berry

Votes: 5,343 | Gross: $0.03M

17. Love Affair (1939)

Approved | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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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, after he has had a chance to earn a decent living.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer, Maria Ouspenskaya, Lee Bowman

Votes: 3,545

18. Midnight (1939)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

7.9
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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.

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, John Barrymore, Francis Lederer

Votes: 3,813

19. The Mikado (1939)

Not Rated | 90 min | Musical, Comedy

6.6
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The son of the Mikado of Japan, a wandering minstrel, falls for a girl who is engaged to her guardian.

Director: Victor Schertzinger | Stars: Kenny Baker, John Barclay, Martyn Green, Sydney Granville

Votes: 542

20. The Night of Nights (1939)

Approved | 86 min | Drama

5.6
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Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Pat O'Brien, Olympe Bradna, Roland Young, Reginald Gardiner

Votes: 10

21. Ninotchka (1939)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Romance

8.0
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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.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Ina Claire, Bela Lugosi

Votes: 15,952 | Gross: $1.19M

22. Personal Column (1939)

106 min | Musical, Romance, Thriller

6.9
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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.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Maurice Chevalier, Pierre Renoir, Marie Déa, Erich von Stroheim

Votes: 141

23. The Rules of the Game (1939)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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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.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Marcel Dalio, Nora Gregor, Paulette Dubost, Mila Parély

Votes: 22,706

24. Stagecoach (1939)

Not Rated | 96 min | Adventure, Western

7.9
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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.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, John Carradine

Votes: 34,872

25. The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939)

Not Rated | 148 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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The adopted son of a legendary actor, and an aspiring star himself, turns to his infant brother's wet nurse for support and affection - only for her to give up everything for her beloved's glory.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Shôtarô Hanayagi, Kôkichi Takada, Ryôtarô Kawanami, Kinnosuke Takamatsu

Votes: 2,461

26. They Made Me a Criminal (1939)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.0
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A boxer flees believing he has comitted a murder while he was drunk.

Director: Busby Berkeley | Stars: John Garfield, Claude Rains, The Dead End Kids, Ann Sheridan

Votes: 1,597

27. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

8.1
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100 Metascore

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.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor | Stars: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr

Votes: 325,337 | Gross: $22.20M

28. Wuthering Heights (1939)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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A servant in the house of Wuthering Heights tells a traveler the unfortunate tale of lovers Cathy and Heathcliff.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, David Niven, Flora Robson

Votes: 13,918

29. You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939)

Approved | 79 min | Comedy

7.2
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Larson E. Whipsnade runs a seedy circus which is perpetually in debt. His performers give him nothing but trouble, especially Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. Meanwhile, Whipsnade's son ... See full summary »

Directors: George Marshall, Edward F. Cline | Stars: W.C. Fields, Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson

Votes: 1,354