40's WWII Movies

by joe_538 | created - 22 Jan 2014 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

I know, there are already a lot of World War II lists... In all modesty though, I do believe my arrangement is the most thorough.

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1. Blackout (1940)

Not Rated | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Early in World War II, Danish sea captain Andersen, delayed in a British port, tangles with German spies.

Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Valerie Hobson, Hay Petrie, Joss Ambler

Votes: 932

2. Achtung! Feind hört mit! (1940)

102 min | Drama, History, Romance

This is the war and everybody in Germany should beware : the enemy is listening. One family in particular had better be even more careful than the average citizen of the Reich : the ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Maria Rabenalt | Stars: René Deltgen, Kirsten Heiberg, Lotte Koch, Michael Bohnen

Votes: 27

AKA: Attention! The Enemy Is Listening

3. Arise, My Love (1940)

Passed | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A dashing pilot and a vivacious reporter have romantic and dramatic adventures in Europe as World War II begins.

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Ray Milland, Dennis O'Keefe, Walter Abel

Votes: 643

4. Comrade X (1940)

Passed | 104 min | Comedy, Romance

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: 1,196

5. Convoy (1940)

78 min | Drama, War

A tale of the highs and lows of life protecting the vital convoys between America & England during WWII.

Director: Pen Tennyson | Stars: Clive Brook, John Clements, Edward Chapman, Judy Campbell

Votes: 166

6. Enemy Agent (1940)

Approved | 64 min | Adventure, Mystery

A man is framed for being a spy. After he is released, he sets out to find who the real spies are.

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Richard Cromwell, Helen Vinson, Robert Armstrong, Marjorie Reynolds

Votes: 33

7. Escape to Glory (1940)

64 min | Drama

A British ship is attacked by a German U-boat at the onset of World War II. The reactions of the frightened passengers-from a German doctor to a drunken Irishman-are chronicled in this good story.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Pat O'Brien, Constance Bennett, John Halliday, Alan Baxter

Votes: 29

8. Enemies (1940)

91 min | Drama, Romance, War

WWII-era Nazi propaganda film about a German foreign laborer called Keith who in 1939 works in a Polish sawmill near the border with Nazi Germany. When local anti-German sentiment leads to lynchings, lovely Anna hides Keith in her tavern.

Director: Viktor Tourjansky | Stars: Brigitte Horney, Willy Birgel, Reinhold Lütjohann, Karl-Heinz Peters

Votes: 9

AKA: Enemies

9. Foreign Correspondent (1940)

Passed | 120 min | Action, Romance, Thriller

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: 16,594 | Gross: $3.48M

11. The Long Voyage Home (1940)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, War

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: 3,432

13. The Man I Married (1940)

77 min | Drama

Anti-Nazi tract laced with 1938 newsreel footage finds American girl (Bennett) married to a German (Lederer) gradually learning he is a Nazi, trying to get their son to America.

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: Joan Bennett, Francis Lederer, Lloyd Nolan, Anna Sten

Votes: 358

AKA: I Married a Nazi

14. The Mortal Storm (1940)

Passed | 100 min | Drama

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: 4,048

16. Night Train to Munich (1940)

Not Rated | 90 min | Thriller, War

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: 4,068

18. Pastor Hall (1940)

95 min | Drama

This film is based on the true story of Pastor Martin Neimuller, who was sent to Dachau concentration camp for criticising the Nazi party. The small German village of Altdorf in the 1930's ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Boulting | Stars: Wilfrid Lawson, Nova Pilbeam, Seymour Hicks, Marius Goring

Votes: 44

19. The Phantom Submarine (1940)

Approved | 70 min | Adventure, Mystery, Romance

On the night before he sails in search of the steamship Arcadia's sunken gold, Paul Sinclair (Bruce Bennett)meets Madeliene Nielson (Anita Louise) in a San Francisco nightclub. On the ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Anita Louise, Bruce Bennett, Oscar O'Shea, John Tyrrell

Votes: 22

20. Ski Patrol (1940)

64 min | Adventure, Drama, War

1939: Finnish reserve unit defends border, home-town in valley below, from Russian invaders who are excavating an explosives-laden tunnel under their mountaintop encampment.

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Philip Dorn, Luli Deste, Stanley Fields, Samuel S. Hinds

Votes: 177

21. Ten Days in Paris (1940)

82 min | Drama

Bob Stevens awakens in a hospital with a gunshot wound to his head, and is told that he has been in Paris for ten days. However, this cannot be true because he insists that he crashed his ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Whelan | Stars: Rex Harrison, Kaaren Verne, C.V. France, Leo Genn

Votes: 32

22. Women in War (1940)

Approved | 71 min | Drama, War

A "good-time girl", raised by her somewhat lax divorced father, finds herself involved in an accidental death, and the only way she's able to get out of it is to volunteer--albeit ... See full summary »

Director: John H. Auer | Stars: Elsie Janis, Wendy Barrie, Patric Knowles, Mae Clarke

Votes: 28

23. 49th Parallel (1941)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, War, Thriller

A World War II U-boat crew are stranded in northern Canada. To avoid internment, they must make their way to the border and get into the still-neutral U.S.

Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Leslie Howard, Laurence Olivier, Raymond Massey, Anton Walbrook

Votes: 5,270

24. All Through the Night (1942)

Approved | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Runyonesque Broadway gamblers turn patriotic when they stumble onto a cell of Nazi saboteurs.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Conrad Veidt, Kaaren Verne, Jane Darwell

Votes: 3,346

26. Battle Squadron Lützow (1941)

97 min | War

German propaganda film, telling a story of a bomber crew, taking part in invasion on Poland and attacks on the British shipping.

Director: Hans Bertram | Stars: Christian Kayßler, Hermann Braun, Heinz Welzel, Hannes Keppler

Votes: 24

27. Bombsight Stolen (1941)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

Allied spies and Nazi Agents insinuate themselves at a Scottish cottage (converted to a wartime hospital) with interests on an inventor's nearly perfected bomb sight.

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Leslie Banks, Alastair Sim, Jeanne De Casalis, Carla Lehmann

Votes: 902

28. Confirm or Deny (1941)

74 min | Drama, War

Newsman Mitch and teletype operator Jennifer, whose job is to see he doesn't send inappropriate stuff out of the country, dodge bombs during the blitz of London while falling in love.

Directors: Archie Mayo, Fritz Lang | Stars: Don Ameche, Joan Bennett, Roddy McDowall, John Loder

Votes: 202

29. Dangerously They Live (1941)

Passed | 77 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

Dr. Michael Lewis treats Jane, a mysterious woman claiming to be a British secret agent on the run from German spies. Ultimately convinced, Michael helps Jane escape and with her attempts ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: John Garfield, Nancy Coleman, Raymond Massey, Lee Patrick

Votes: 351

30. Dive Bomber (1941)

Approved | 132 min | Drama, War

A military surgeon teams with a ranking navy flyer to develop a high-altitude suit which will protect pilots from blacking out when they go into a steep dive.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Fred MacMurray, Ralph Bellamy, Alexis Smith

Votes: 1,461

Before America's involvement, but during the prepping.

32. Homecoming (1941)

94 min | Drama

This Nazi propaganda film attempts to justify the invasion of Poland--and thus the start of World War II--by "showing" how the ethnic Germans in Poland were were discriminated against and ... See full summary »

Director: Gustav Ucicky | Stars: Paula Wessely, Peter Petersen, Attila Hörbiger, Ruth Hellberg

Votes: 69

34. International Lady (1941)

Passed | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The film opens with a German air-raid over the skies of London, and moves to the attempts of the F.B.I. and Scotland Yard investigators trying to circumvent the attempts of a sabotage ring ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Whelan | Stars: George Brent, Ilona Massey, Basil Rathbone, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 93

35. International Squadron (1941)

85 min | Adventure, Drama, War

In 1941, an American flyer volunteers for the British RAF but must learn to be an obedient team-player rather than a risky thrill-seeking individualist.

Directors: Lothar Mendes, Lewis Seiler | Stars: Ronald Reagan, Olympe Bradna, James Stephenson, William Lundigan

Votes: 69

36. Man Hunt (1941)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Thriller, War

British hunter Thorndike vacationing in Bavaria has Hitler in his gun sight. He is captured, beaten, left for dead, and escapes back to London where he is hounded by German agents and aided by a young woman.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Joan Bennett, George Sanders, John Carradine

Votes: 4,430

37. Menschen im Sturm (1941)

80 min

A propaganda movie trying to justify the Nazi invasion of Slovenia with supposed violences of Slovenians against the little German born community living among them.

Director: Fritz Peter Buch | Stars: Gustav Diessl, Olga Tschechowa, Hannelore Schroth, Siegfried Breuer

Votes: 11

AKA: In the Eye of the Storm

38. Parachute Battalion (1941)

Approved | 75 min | Drama, Romance

In this pre-Pearl Harbor recruiting poster, colonel's estranged son Bill Burke, football hero Donald Morse, and hillbilly Jeff Hollis enlist in the paratroopers. Their training at Fort ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Goodwins | Stars: Robert Preston, Nancy Kelly, Edmond O'Brien, Harry Carey

Votes: 156

Before America's involvement, but during the prepping.

39. Paris Calling (1941)

Passed | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

Marianne Jannetier, a well-to-do Parisian, engaged to Andre Benoit, a high-ranking government official, flees the city when the goose-stepping Nazi storm-troopers arrive. When her mother ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: Elisabeth Bergner, Randolph Scott, Basil Rathbone, Gale Sondergaard

Votes: 51

40. 'Pimpernel' Smith (1941)

Passed | 120 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Professor Horatio Smith, while seeming very unassuming, rescues victims of Nazi persecution during World War II.

Director: Leslie Howard | Stars: Leslie Howard, Francis L. Sullivan, Allan Jeayes, Peter Gawthorne

Votes: 1,233

41. S.O.S. Submarine (1941)

71 min | Drama

During maneuvers a submarine collides with a surface vessel and drops to the ocean floor. The crew have thirty hours' worth of air to get it back to the surface.

Director: Francesco De Robertis | Stars: Felga Lauri, Diego Pozzetto, Marichetta Stoppa

Votes: 62

42. Ships with Wings (1941)

Approved | 103 min | Drama, War

Lt. Dick Stacey is dismissed from the Fleet Air Arm for poor discipline. He joins the Aircraft Carrier "HMS Ark Royal" (The Ship with Wings). When they go into battle in the Mediterranean ... See full summary »

Director: Sergei Nolbandov | Stars: John Clements, Leslie Banks, Jane Baxter, Ann Todd

Votes: 95

44. Stukas (1941)

101 min | Drama, War

This Nazi propaganda film details the exploits of a group of German Luftwaffe pilots flying Stukas--fighter-bombers--in the Battle of France in the early days of World War II.

Director: Karl Ritter | Stars: Carl Raddatz, Hannes Stelzer, Ernst von Klipstein, Albert Hehn

Votes: 125

45. Suicide Squadron (1941)

Approved | 82 min | Drama, Romance, War

During World War II, an American newswoman falls for a Polish piano virtuoso...who wants to go back and fight.

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst | Stars: Anton Walbrook, Sally Gray, Derrick De Marney, Cecil Parker

Votes: 380

46. Sundown (1941)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, War

In 1941, a mysterious Somaliland native woman helps the British against the Nazis.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Gene Tierney, Bruce Cabot, George Sanders, Harry Carey

Votes: 638