The 40s

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1. San Demetrio London (1943)

104 min | Adventure, Drama, War

The San Demetrio of the title is a British merchant ship in an Atlantic convoy in 1940. Disabled and left to the mercy of patrolling U-boats the crew must keep her afloat and out of harms ... See full summary »

Directors: Charles Frend, Robert Hamer | Stars: Arthur Young, Walter Fitzgerald, Ralph Michael, Neville Mapp

Votes: 322

2. The Next of Kin (1942)

102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Wartime propaganda piece giving the warning "Be like Dad, Keep Mum". A gossipy housewife is overheard talking about what her son is doing by a Nazi spy.

Director: Thorold Dickinson | Stars: Mervyn Johns, John Chandos, Nova Pilbeam, Reginald Tate

Votes: 144

3. This England (1941)

Approved | 84 min | Drama, History, Romance

This British- National-Anglo American production reinforces the theme that whoever assails the land of Britain only succeeds in uniting and cementing the landowner, the peasantry and the ... See full summary »

Director: David MacDonald | Stars: Emlyn Williams, John Clements, Constance Cummings, Frank Pettingell

Votes: 18

4. At Dawn We Die (1943)

Approved | 85 min | Drama, Thriller, War

Mayor's daughter poses as collaborator to help British agent escape to England with vital information to help the allied war effort.

Director: George King | Stars: John Clements, Godfrey Tearle, Hugh Sinclair, Greta Gynt

Votes: 95

5. The Avengers (1942)

87 min | Drama, War

On the eve of WW2, a British journalist is sent to neutral Norway to report on the possible Nazi intentions there and he is later tasked with a secret combat mission, after Germany invades that country.

Director: Harold French | Stars: Hugh Williams, Griffith Jones, Deborah Kerr, Ralph Richardson

Votes: 348

6. A Voice in the Night (1941)

95 min | Drama, War

Hitler's doctor is gradually realising that the Nazi regime isn't as good as it pretends to be when his friends start to "disappear" into the camps. His wife is courted by the party and ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Clive Brook, Diana Wynyard, Raymond Huntley, Derek Farr

Votes: 191

7. That Hamilton Woman (1941)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, History, Romance

The story of courtesan and dance-hall girl Emma Hamilton, including her relationships with Sir William Hamilton and Admiral Horatio Nelson and her rise and fall, set during the Napoleonic Wars.

Director: Alexander Korda | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Alan Mowbray, Sara Allgood

Votes: 3,615

8. Target for Tonight (1941)

Approved | 48 min | Documentary, Drama, War

The planning and implementation of an RAF night raid on Germany in World War II, concentrating on a low level mission by a Wellington bomber on an oil storage facility by the Rhine.

Director: Harry Watt

Votes: 232

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: 16,599 | Gross: $3.48M

10. The First Days (1939)

23 min | Documentary, Short, War

Londoners prepare for war.

Directors: Pat Jackson, Humphrey Jennings, Harry Watt

Votes: 49

11. The Spy in Black (1939)

77 min | Thriller, War

A German submarine is sent to the Orkney Isles in 1917 to sink the British fleet.

Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Valerie Hobson, Sebastian Shaw, Marius Goring

Votes: 1,762

12. 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

13. The Lion Has Wings (1939)

76 min | Drama, War

Alexander Korda's bit for the British war effort shows the world both at peace and on the verge of Nazi domination. Spliced together to form a documentary-style movie of both newsreel and ... See full summary »

Directors: Adrian Brunel, Brian Desmond Hurst, Michael Powell, Alexander Korda | Stars: Merle Oberon, Ralph Richardson, June Duprez, Flora Robson

Votes: 483

14. The Proud Valley (1940)

Not Rated | 76 min | Drama, Music

In a Welsh coal mining valley, a young man with a beautiful singing voice is called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice when a pit disaster threatens.

Director: Pen Tennyson | Stars: Paul Robeson, Edward Chapman, Simon Lack, Rachel Thomas

Votes: 329

15. The Stars Look Down (1940)

Approved | 110 min | Drama

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: 809

16. Bulldog Sees It Through (1940)

77 min | Mystery

The armaments production programme is being sabotaged by a gang of Germans. A few arrests are made but the destruction of a vital plant goes on. Test Pilot 'Bulldog' Bill Watson plunges headlong into the mystery.

Director: Harold Huth | Stars: Jack Buchanan, Greta Gynt, Sebastian Shaw, David Hutcheson

Votes: 8

17. 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

18. 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: 4,070

19. 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

20. The Common Touch (1941)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama

On the death of his father, an eighteen-year old lad leaves school to take over the family firm in the City of London. Realising the other directors want to keep him in the dark he starts ... See full summary »

Director: John Baxter | Stars: Geoffrey Hibbert, Harry Welchman, Greta Gynt, Joyce Howard

Votes: 98

21. The Night Has Eyes (1942)

62 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Two teachers, man-hungry Doris and restrained Marian, visit the Yorkshire moors a year after friend Evelyn disappeared there. On a stormy night, they take refuge in the isolated cottage of ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Arliss | Stars: James Mason, Wilfrid Lawson, Mary Clare, Joyce Howard

Votes: 474

22. Let the People Sing (1942)

105 min | Comedy

A Czech political exile and a washed-up music hall comedian form an unlikely partnership to try and save a town's concert hall from the planners, businessmen, and bureaucrats.

Director: John Baxter | Stars: Alastair Sim, Fred Emney, Edward Rigby, Oliver Wakefield

Votes: 37

23. Thunder Rock (1942)

Unrated | 90 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

A cynical, embittered newspaperman is tormented, then inspired, by visions he keeps having of people who have drowned.

Director: Roy Boulting | Stars: Michael Redgrave, James Mason, Barbara Mullen, Lilli Palmer

Votes: 561

24. The Gentle Sex (1943)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

This film tells the stories of seven 'gentle' British girls who decide to "do their bit" and help out during World War II.

Directors: Leslie Howard, Maurice Elvey | Stars: Joan Gates, Jean Gillie, Joan Greenwood, Joyce Howard

Votes: 351

25. Waterloo Road (1945)

76 min | Drama, Romance, War

A drama set during World War II. A tale of adultery and desertion.

Director: Sidney Gilliat | Stars: John Mills, Stewart Granger, Alastair Sim, Joy Shelton

Votes: 452

26. The Echo Murders (1945)

75 min | Thriller

The police are investigating the suspicious death of a mine owner when they stumble upon a strange Nazi plot to invade England.

Director: John Harlow | Stars: David Farrar, Dennis Price, Pamela Stirling, Julien Mitchell

Votes: 71

27. Green for Danger (1946)

Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

After the nurse who declares that a recent surgical death was a murder dies also, an enigmatic Scotland Yard inspector arrives to investigate.

Director: Sidney Gilliat | Stars: Alastair Sim, Sally Gray, Trevor Howard, Leo Genn

Votes: 3,827

28. Dear Murderer (1947)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama

When successful business man Lee Warren suspects his wife is having an affair, he sets out find her lover, kill him, and make it look like suicide. Complications set in, when he finds out ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Crabtree | Stars: Eric Portman, Greta Gynt, Dennis Price, Maxwell Reed

Votes: 593

29. The Upturned Glass (1947)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama

A British brain surgeon punishes the murderess of his lover.

Director: Lawrence Huntington | Stars: James Mason, Rosamund John, Pamela Mason, Ann Stephens

Votes: 551

30. Easy Money (1948)

Approved | 94 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A win on the football pools in postwar Britain changes lives. A happy family is turned into an unhappy argumentative lot until it is discovered the coupon apparently didn't get posted. A ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Knowles | Stars: Jack Warner, Marjorie Fielding, Yvonne Owen, Jack Watling

Votes: 117

31. Miranda (1948)

Not Rated | 80 min | Fantasy, Comedy, Romance

A young married physician discovers a mermaid, and gives into her request to be taken to see London. Comedy and romantic entanglements ensue soon after.

Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: Glynis Johns, Googie Withers, Griffith Jones, John McCallum

Votes: 777

32. The Outsider (1948)

97 min | Drama

Jack Read, a working-class boy, wins a scholarship to a public school as part of a post-World War II experiment in bringing boys of different social classes together. He meets much snobbery... See full summary »

Director: Roy Boulting | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Sheila Sim, Bernard Miles, Cecil Trouncer

Votes: 332

33. Forbidden (1949)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Thriller

An ex-serviceman plans to escape his faithless wife.

Director: George King | Stars: Douglass Montgomery, Hazel Court, Patricia Burke, Garry Marsh

Votes: 124

34. The Rocking Horse Winner (1949)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Fantasy

A young boy receives a rocking horse for Christmas and soon learns that he is able to pick the winning horse at the races.

Director: Anthony Pelissier | Stars: Valerie Hobson, John Howard Davies, Ronald Squire, John Mills

Votes: 960

35. Boys in Brown (1949)

Approved | 85 min | Crime, Drama

A slice of life in a British Borstal reform institution for young criminals.

Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: Jack Warner, Richard Attenborough, Dirk Bogarde, Jimmy Hanley

Votes: 163

36. So Long at the Fair (1950)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Mystery

Vicky Barton (Jean Simmons) visits Paris with her brother Johnny (David Tomlinson), only to discover the following morning he has gone missing, and the hotel staff have no recollection of his presence.

Directors: Antony Darnborough, Terence Fisher | Stars: Jean Simmons, Dirk Bogarde, David Tomlinson, Marcel Poncin

Votes: 1,389

37. Odette (1950)

105 min | Drama, History, War

During WW2, a French woman living in England volunteers to work for British Intelligence in Nazi-occupied France.

Director: Herbert Wilcox | Stars: Anna Neagle, Trevor Howard, Marius Goring, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 566

38. The Wooden Horse (1950)

101 min | Drama, History, War

True story of three British POWs and their attempt to escape from Nazi Germany.

Directors: Jack Lee, Ian Dalrymple | Stars: Leo Genn, David Tomlinson, Anthony Steel, David Greene

Votes: 1,173

39. Five Angles on Murder (1950)

Approved | 88 min | Mystery

A woman is murdered, but she is seen in different ways by different people.

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Jean Kent, Dirk Bogarde, John McCallum, Susan Shaw

Votes: 572

40. The Mob (1951)

Approved | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Johnny Damico botches a murder case and is suspended from the force. In reality, he is put undercover to identify the mysterious boss of the NY waterfront who has murdered everyone in his way. Will Johnny be next in line?

Director: Robert Parrish | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Betty Buehler, Richard Kiley, Otto Hulett

Votes: 1,021

41. Vacation from Marriage (1945)

Passed | 102 min | Drama, Romance

A dull married couple, separated by their enlistment during World War II, reunite after three years to find that they have become very different people.

Director: Alexander Korda | Stars: Robert Donat, Deborah Kerr, Glynis Johns, Ann Todd

Votes: 963

43. Unpublished Story (1942)

92 min | Drama, War

A journalist investigates a network of German fifth columnists operating in the midst of the Blitz.

Director: Harold French | Stars: Richard Greene, Valerie Hobson, Basil Radford, Roland Culver

Votes: 151

44. Two Thousand Women (1944)

Not Rated | 81 min | Comedy, Drama, War

Women in a French Internment camp conceal downed British airmen from Nazi soldiers, and try to help them escape. Produced by Edward Black. Written and directed by Frank Launder.

Director: Frank Launder | Stars: Phyllis Calvert, Flora Robson, Patricia Roc, Renee Houston

Votes: 377



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