Most Popular Feature Films Released 1940-01-01 to 1940-12-31


1. Pinocchio (1940)

G | 88 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.5
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A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.

Directors: Norman Ferguson, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Dickie Jones, Christian Rub, Mel Blanc, Don Brodie

Votes: 104,168 | Gross: $84.25M

2. The Great Dictator (1940)

G | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, War

8.5
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Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie, Reginald Gardiner

Votes: 159,451

3. Rebecca (1940)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

8.2
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A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson

Votes: 98,657

4. The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Romance

8.0
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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.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey

Votes: 54,464

5. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Not Rated | 129 min | Drama, History

8.1
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95 Metascore

A poor Midwest family is forced off their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin

Votes: 71,170

6. Fantasia (1940)

G | 125 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

7.8
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A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music.

Directors: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr., Norman Ferguson, David Hand, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor, Corey Burton, Walt Disney

Votes: 77,453 | Gross: $76.41M

7. Knute Rockne All American (1940)

Approved | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

6.8
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The story of legendary Notre Dame football player and coach Knute Rockne.

Directors: Lloyd Bacon, William K. Howard | Stars: Pat O'Brien, Gale Page, Ronald Reagan, Donald Crisp

Votes: 1,492

8. Comrade X (1940)

Passed | 104 min | Comedy, Romance

6.6
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An American reporter smuggling news out of Soviet Moscow is blackmailed into helping a beautiful Communist leave the country.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Clark Gable, Hedy Lamarr, Oskar Homolka, Felix Bressart

Votes: 1,078

9. His Girl Friday (1940)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.0
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A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 45,015

10. Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Approved | 118 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier, Mary Boland, Edna May Oliver

Votes: 6,506

11. It's a Date (1940)

Approved | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.7
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An aspiring actress is offered the lead in a major new play, but discovers that her mother, a more seasoned performer, expects the same part. The situation is further complicated when they both become involved with the same man.

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Deanna Durbin, Kay Francis, Walter Pidgeon, Eugene Pallette

Votes: 402

12. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Not Rated | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.1
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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.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut

Votes: 22,507

13. The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

Not Rated | 106 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.6
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After being tricked and cast out of Bagdad by the evil Jaffar, King Ahmad joins forces with a thief named Abu to reclaim his throne, the city, and the Princess he loves.

Directors: Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan, Alexander Korda, Zoltan Korda, William Cameron Menzies | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Sabu, June Duprez, John Justin

Votes: 9,977

14. Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940)

Approved | 103 min | Biography, Drama

7.5
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True story of the doctor who considered it was not immoral to search for a drug that would cure syphillis.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Ruth Gordon, Otto Kruger, Donald Crisp

Votes: 1,195

15. Foreign Correspondent (1940)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Romance, Thriller

7.6
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On the eve of World War II, a young American reporter tries to expose enemy agents in London.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders

Votes: 15,141 | Gross: $3.48M

16. The Letter (1940)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.7
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The wife of a rubber plantation administrator shoots a man to death and claims it was self-defense, but a letter in her own hand may prove her undoing.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson, Frieda Inescort

Votes: 9,440

17. Dark Command (1940)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, Romance, Western

6.9
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In Kansas, during the Civil War opposing pro-Union and pro-Confederate camps clash and visiting Texan Bob Seton runs afoul of William Cantrell's Raiders.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Walter Pidgeon, Roy Rogers

Votes: 1,861

18. The Mark of Zorro (1940)

Approved | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

7.6
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A young aristocrat must masquerade as a fop in order to maintain his secret identity of Zorro as he restores justice to early California.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Basil Rathbone, Gale Sondergaard

Votes: 8,064

19. All This, and Heaven Too (1940)

Approved | 141 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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A duchess' irrational behavior toward the governess of her children triggers tragic events that will change her family's lives forever.

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Bette Davis, Charles Boyer, Jeffrey Lynn, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 3,564

20. The Sea Hawk (1940)

Approved | 127 min | Action, Adventure, History

7.8
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Geoffrey Thorpe, a buccaneer, is hired by Queen Elizabeth I to nag the Spanish Armada. The Armada is waiting for the attack on England and Thorpe surprises them with attacks on their galleons where he shows his skills on the sword.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, Claude Rains, Donald Crisp

Votes: 7,685

21. Waterloo Bridge (1940)

Passed | 108 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.8
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During World War I, believing her fiance to be dead, a young ballerina loses her job and is forced to turn to prostitution. From there, things only get worse for her in this tragic, heart-wrenching, love story.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor, Lucile Watson, Virginia Field

Votes: 7,537

22. My Favorite Wife (1940)

Approved | 88 min | Comedy, Romance

7.4
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Missing for seven years and presumed dead, a woman returns home on the day of her husband's second marriage.

Director: Garson Kanin | Stars: Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott, Gail Patrick

Votes: 7,744

23. Gaslight (1940)

Not Rated | 84 min | Thriller

7.4
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Twenty years after the murder of Alice Barlow, her house is finally occupied again. However, the husband of the couple who have moved in has a secret which he will do anything to keep hidden.

Director: Thorold Dickinson | Stars: Anton Walbrook, Diana Wynyard, Frank Pettingell, Cathleen Cordell

Votes: 2,919

24. The Bank Dick (1940)

Not Rated | 72 min | Comedy

7.3
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Henpecked Egbert Sousè has comic adventures as a substitute film director and unlikely bank guard.

Director: Edward F. Cline | Stars: W.C. Fields, Cora Witherspoon, Una Merkel, Evelyn Del Rio

Votes: 5,751

25. Kitty Foyle (1940)

Approved | 108 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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A hard-working, white-collar girl from a middle-class family meets and falls in love with a young socialite, but she soon clashes with his family.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Dennis Morgan, James Craig, Eduardo Ciannelli

Votes: 2,601

26. The Mortal Storm (1940)

Passed | 100 min | Drama

7.9
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The Roth family leads 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.

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Robert Young, Frank Morgan

Votes: 3,670

27. One Million B.C. (1940)

Approved | 80 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

5.8
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Tale of Prehistoric survival and love between a male and a female belonging to opposing tribes that happened to be at slightly different stages of evolution.

Directors: Hal Roach Jr., Hal Roach | Stars: Victor Mature, Carole Landis, Lon Chaney Jr., Conrad Nagel

Votes: 983

28. Northwest Passage (1940)

Passed | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.1
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Langdon Towne and Hunk Marriner join Major Rogers' Rangers as they wipe out an Indian village. They set out for Fort Wentworth, but when they arrive they find no soldiers and none of the supplies they expected.

Directors: King Vidor, Jack Conway, W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Robert Young, Walter Brennan, Ruth Hussey

Votes: 2,745

29. They Drive by Night (1940)

Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.3
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Two brothers struggle as wildcat truck drivers; one comes to harm, the other is accused of his friend's murder.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: George Raft, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino

Votes: 5,885

30. Texas Rangers Ride Again (1940)

Approved | 68 min | Western

6.1
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With thousands of cattle being rustled from White Sage ranch the 1930's Texas Rangers are called in. They manage to get one of their agents into the gang by making them think he is the Pecos Kid on the lam.

Director: James P. Hogan | Stars: Ellen Drew, John Howard, Akim Tamiroff, May Robson

Votes: 104

31. Our Town (1940)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. People grow up, get married, live, and die. Milk and the newspaper get delivered every morning, and nobody locks... See full summary »

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: William Holden, Martha Scott, Fay Bainter, Beulah Bondi

Votes: 1,841

32. The Ghost Breakers (1940)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

7.3
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A radio broadcaster, his quaking manservant, and an heiress investigate the mystery of a haunted castle in Cuba.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, Richard Carlson, Paul Lukas

Votes: 2,501

33. The House of the Seven Gables (1940)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

7.2
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Fighting over an inheritance, one Pyncheon brother frames the other for murder.

Director: Joe May | Stars: George Sanders, Margaret Lindsay, Vincent Price, Dick Foran

Votes: 703

34. Remember the Night (1940)

Passed | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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A shoplifter and her prosecuter fall in love, creating tensions in their family lives.

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Beulah Bondi, Elizabeth Patterson

Votes: 3,487

35. Dr. Cyclops (1940)

Not Rated | 77 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

6.5
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A mad scientist working in the South American jungle miniaturizes his colleagues when he feels his megalomania is threatened.

Director: Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Albert Dekker, Thomas Coley, Janice Logan, Charles Halton

Votes: 1,770

36. Night Train to Munich (1940)

Not Rated | 90 min | Thriller, War

7.3
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When Germany invades Czechoslovakia, the German and the British intelligence services try to capture Czech scientist Axel Bomasch, inventor of a new type of armor-plating.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Margaret Lockwood, Rex Harrison, Paul Henreid, Basil Radford

Votes: 3,473

37. My Little Chickadee (1940)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy, Western

7.0
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Rightly suspected of illicit relations with the Masked Bandit, Flower Belle Lee is run out of Little Bend. On the train she meets con man Cuthbert J. Twillie and pretends to marry him for "... See full summary »

Director: Edward F. Cline | Stars: Mae West, W.C. Fields, Joseph Calleia, Dick Foran

Votes: 2,220

38. Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

6.7
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Judy O'Brien is an aspiring ballerina in a dance troupe. Also in the company is Bubbles, a brash mantrap who leaves the struggling troupe for a career in burlesque. When the company ... See full summary »

Directors: Dorothy Arzner, Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Maureen O'Hara, Louis Hayward, Lucille Ball, Virginia Field

Votes: 1,441

39. The Stars Look Down (1940)

Approved | 110 min | Drama

7.2
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Davey Fenwick leaves his mining village on a university scholarship intent on returning to better support the miners against the owners. But he falls in love with Jenny who gets him to ... See full summary »

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Margaret Lockwood, Edward Rigby, Emlyn Williams

Votes: 722

40. The Blue Bird (1940)

Approved | 88 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

6.5
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Mytyl and her brother Tyltyl, a woodchopper's children, are led by the Fairy Berylune on a magical trip through the past, present, and future to locate the Blue Bird of Happiness.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Shirley Temple, Spring Byington, Nigel Bruce, Gale Sondergaard

Votes: 1,219

41. The Invisible Woman (1940)

Approved | 72 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

6.2
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An attractive model with an ulterior motive volunteers as guinea pig for an invisibility machine.

Director: A. Edward Sutherland | Stars: Virginia Bruce, John Barrymore, John Howard, Charles Ruggles

Votes: 1,534

42. The Invisible Man Returns (1940)

Approved | 81 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.5
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The owner of a coal mining operation, falsely imprisoned for fratricide, takes a drug to make him invisible, despite its side effect: gradual madness.

Director: Joe May | Stars: Cedric Hardwicke, Vincent Price, Nan Grey, John Sutton

Votes: 2,477

43. Virginia City (1940)

Approved | 121 min | Action, Drama, History

6.8
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Union officer Kerry Bradford escapes from Confederate Prison and is set to Virginia City in Nevada. Once there he finds that the former commander of his prison Vance Irby is planning to send $5 million in gold to save the Confederacy.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Miriam Hopkins, Randolph Scott, Humphrey Bogart

Votes: 1,716

44. The Long Voyage Home (1940)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, War

7.1
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In 1940, the motley crew of the British tramp steamer SS Glencairn prepares the ship for its perilous voyage from the West Indies to Baltimore and then to England.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Thomas Mitchell, Ian Hunter, Ward Bond

Votes: 3,127

45. Beyond Tomorrow (1940)

Approved | 84 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

6.7
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The ghosts of three elderly industrialists killed in an airplane crash return to Earth to help reunite a young couple whom they initially brought together.

Director: A. Edward Sutherland | Stars: Harry Carey, C. Aubrey Smith, Charles Winninger, Alex Melesh

Votes: 1,006

46. North West Mounted Police (1940)

Passed | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.7
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In 1885, a Texas Ranger travels to Canada to arrest a trapper who's wanted for murder and who's stirring up the Natives in a rebellion against the Canadian government.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll, Paulette Goddard, Preston Foster

Votes: 1,199

47. A Chump at Oxford (1940)

Approved | 62 min | Comedy

7.4
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As a reward for capturing a bank robber, Stan and Ollie get scholarship to Oxford, but are met with resentment by other students.

Director: Alfred J. Goulding | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Forrester Harvey, Wilfred Lucas

Votes: 2,833

48. Strange Cargo (1940)

Passed | 113 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.9
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Convicts escaping from Devil's Island come under the influence of a strange Christ-like figure.

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Ian Hunter, Peter Lorre

Votes: 1,718

49. The Westerner (1940)

Approved | 100 min | Drama, Romance, Western

7.5
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Judge Roy Bean, a self-appointed hanging judge in Vinegarroon, Texas, befriends saddle tramp Cole Harden, who opposes Bean's policy against homesteaders.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Doris Davenport, Fred Stone

Votes: 4,065

50. Primrose Path (1940)

Approved | 93 min | Drama

7.0
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A young woman from a sleazy family falls in love with an ambitious nice guy; when he finds out the truth about her background, their romance becomes jeopardized.

Director: Gregory La Cava | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Joel McCrea, Marjorie Rambeau, Henry Travers

Votes: 1,010