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1. His Girl Friday (1940)

Passed | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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: 49,359 | Gross: $0.30M

2. Mexican Spitfire (1940)

Approved | 67 min | Comedy

Newlyweds Dennis and Carmelita have several obstacles to deal with in their new marriage: Carmelita's fiery Latin temper, a meddling aunt and a conniving ex-fiancee who's determined to ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Goodwins | Stars: Lupe Velez, Leon Errol, Donald Woods, Linda Hayes

Votes: 281

3. The Green Hornet (1940)

Approved | 258 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

A newspaper publisher and his Korean servant fight crime as vigilantes who pose as a notorious masked gangster and his aide.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Ray Taylor | Stars: Gordon Jones, Wade Boteler, Keye Luke, Anne Nagel

Votes: 453

4. Where's That Fire? (1939)

73 min | Comedy

A hapless fire crew are given the ultimatum: put out a fire successfully or else be sacked. They fail miserably, and their ancient fire engine is stolen by criminals attempting to steal the... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Varnel | Stars: Will Hay, Moore Marriott, Graham Moffatt, Peter Gawthorne

Votes: 296

5. The Earl of Chicago (1940)

87 min | Drama

Silky has always moved booze. In prohibition, he smuggled it from Canada, but now that it is legal, he produces his own brand. Seven years before, he sent Doc to prison because Doc was an ... See full summary »

Directors: Richard Thorpe, Victor Saville | Stars: Robert Montgomery, Edward Arnold, Reginald Owen, Edmund Gwenn

Votes: 340

6. Music in My Heart (1940)

Approved | 70 min | Musical, Romance

Rita Hayworth co-stars with famed recording artist Tony Martin in this musical comedy featuring the music of Andre Kostelanetz and his orchestra. Following various comic misunderstandings, ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Santley | Stars: Tony Martin, Rita Hayworth, Edith Fellows, Andre Kostelanetz and His Orchestra

Votes: 370

7. The Shadow (1940)

Passed | 285 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The Shadow battles a villain known as The Black Tiger, who has the power to make himself invisible and is trying to take over the world with his death ray.

Director: James W. Horne | Stars: Victor Jory, Veda Ann Borg, Roger Moore, Robert Fiske

Votes: 218

8. Experiments in the Revival of Organisms (1940)

20 min | Documentary, Short

This film shows experiments preformed by Soviet scientists reviving the lungs, heart, and even the head of dead dogs.

Director: D.I. Yashin | Stars: S.S. Bryukhonenko, Walter B. Cannon, J.B.S. Haldane

Votes: 135

9. You're Missing the Point (1940)

G | 112 min | Comedy

The boyfriend (Cantinflas) of the servant of a rich industrial man, gets into the house in order to kill a mad dog. Suddenly this man appears so the servant tells him that Cantinflas is his... See full summary »

Director: Juan Bustillo Oro | Stars: Cantinflas, Joaquín Pardavé, Sara García, Sofía Álvarez

Votes: 946

10. The Blue Bird (1940)

Approved | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

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: 1,418

11. Brother Rat and a Baby (1940)

Passed | 87 min | Comedy

Three comrades graduate from Viriginia Military Institute. Bing has a chance to return to VMI as a football coach.

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Priscilla Lane, Wayne Morris, Jane Bryan, Eddie Albert

Votes: 216 | Gross: $0.12M

12. The Invisible Man Returns (1940)

Passed | 81 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

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: 3,078

13. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Not Rated | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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: 24,858 | Gross: $0.20M

14. The Saint's Double Trouble (1940)

Passed | 67 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

An enigmatic gang leader known as "The Boss," who is a dead-ringer for Simon, puts "The Saint" under suspicion of murder.

Director: Jack Hively | Stars: George Sanders, Helene Reynolds, Jonathan Hale, Bela Lugosi

Votes: 665

15. The Lone Wolf Strikes (1940)

Passed | 67 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Delia Jordan's father is murdered and some very valuable jewelry stolen. She hires Michael Lanyard (aka The Lone Wolf), a retired-and-reformed jewel thief to find the killer and the jewels.... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Salkow | Stars: Warren William, Eric Blore, Joan Perry, Alan Baxter

Votes: 281

16. Green Hell (1940)

Passed | 87 min | Adventure, Romance

A group of adventurers head deep into a South American jungle in search of ancient Incan treasure. A beautiful woman, brought to their camp by hired bearers, has come to join her husband, a... See full summary »

Director: James Whale | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Joan Bennett, John Howard, George Sanders

Votes: 264

17. The Fighting 69th (1940)

Passed | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

Although loudmouthed braggart Jerry Plunkett alienates his comrades and officers, Father Duffy, the regimental chaplain, has faith that he'll prove himself in the end.

Director: William Keighley | Stars: James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, George Brent, Jeffrey Lynn

Votes: 1,640

18. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Passed | 129 min | Drama, History

96 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: 82,044 | Gross: $0.06M

19. Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)

Approved | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

Humble Abraham Lincoln gains the respect of his Illinois neighbors, growing in stature and respect until he is elected President in 1860 and departs for Washington.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Raymond Massey, Gene Lockhart, Ruth Gordon, Mary Howard

Votes: 1,561

20. Congo Maisie (1940)

Approved | 71 min | Comedy, Drama

Brooklyn showgirl Maisie gets stranded in the African jungle with a romantic doctor.

Director: H.C. Potter | Stars: Ann Sothern, John Carroll, Rita Johnson, Shepperd Strudwick

Votes: 377

21. He Married His Wife (1940)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy

Race horse owner pays so much attention to business he winds up divorced from his wife. His alimony payments are so steep he plots with his lawyer to get her married off.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Joel McCrea, Nancy Kelly, Roland Young, Mary Boland

Votes: 146 | Gross: $0.05M

22. Remember the Night (1940)

Passed | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A shoplifter and her prosecutor fall in love, creating tensions for his career and family.

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

Votes: 4,024 | Gross: $0.17M

23. The Fatal Hour (1940)

Approved | 68 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

When Captain Street's best friend Dan Grady is murdered, Street enlists the help of Chinese detective James Lee Wong. Mr. Wong uncovers a smuggling ring on the waterfront of San Francisco ... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Boris Karloff, Marjorie Reynolds, Grant Withers, Charles Trowbridge

Votes: 921

24. Calling Philo Vance (1940)

Approved | 62 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Despite an exclusive contract with the U.S. government, designer Archer Coe's design is being bid on by German, Japanese, and Italian agents - until he's murdered.

Director: William Clemens | Stars: James Stephenson, Margot Stevenson, Henry O'Neill, Edward Brophy

Votes: 285

25. The Foundling (1940)

76 min | Comedy, Drama

Old woman came to have a drink of water. Then apartment owners looked around - no piano. And many other adventures of Natasha and her friends.

Director: Tatyana Lukashevich | Stars: Veronika Lebedeva, Faina Ranevskaya, Pyotr Repnin, Rostislav Plyatt

Votes: 587

26. British Intelligence (1940)

Approved | 61 min | Romance, Thriller, War

Although the home of cabinet minister Arthur Bennett is a hotbed of spies, moles, and double agents, no one knows the true identity of notorious German spymaster Strendler.

Director: Terry O. Morse | Stars: Boris Karloff, Margaret Lindsay, Bruce Lester, Leonard Mudie

Votes: 782

27. I Take This Woman (1940)

Passed | 98 min | Drama, Romance

A doctor (Spencer Tracy) marries a suicidal woman (Hedy Lamarr) but begins to doubt her fidelity.

Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, Frank Borzage, Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Hedy Lamarr, Verree Teasdale, Kent Taylor

Votes: 535

28. Little Old New York (1940)

Approved | 100 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Steamboat inventor Robert Fulton shows up in New York in 1807. Tavern keeper believes in him, but her boyfriend doesn't. All seems lost when sailors afraid of losing their jobs burn his boat.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Alice Faye, Fred MacMurray, Richard Greene, Brenda Joyce

Votes: 159

29. Beating Heart (1940)

97 min | Comedy, Drama

Danielle Darrieux plays an impoverished reform-school escapee who finds a new lease on life when she enrolls in a school for pickpockets run by Fagin-like Saturnin-Fabre.

Director: Henri Decoin | Stars: Danielle Darrieux, Claude Dauphin, André Luguet, Junie Astor

Votes: 186

30. Vigil in the Night (1940)

Approved | 96 min | Drama

A nurse loses her job after selflessly taking the blame for a fatal mistake her sister and co-worker made; she is subsequently employed at a poorly-equipped hospital, where she finds romance and tragedy.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Carole Lombard, Anne Shirley, Brian Aherne, Julien Mitchell

Votes: 668

31. Pinocchio (1940)

G | 88 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

99 Metascore

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: 119,408 | Gross: $84.25M

32. Swiss Family Robinson (1940)

93 min | Adventure

A family setting out for a new life across the sea is shipwrecked on a deserted island. The family members collaborate to create a home for themselves in the jungle environment.

Director: Edward Ludwig | Stars: Thomas Mitchell, Edna Best, Freddie Bartholomew, Terry Kilburn

Votes: 225 | Gross: $1.94M

33. Swiss Family Robinson (1940)

93 min | Adventure

A family setting out for a new life across the sea is shipwrecked on a deserted island. The family members collaborate to create a home for themselves in the jungle environment.

Director: Edward Ludwig | Stars: Thomas Mitchell, Edna Best, Freddie Bartholomew, Terry Kilburn

Votes: 225 | Gross: $1.94M

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

Approved | 103 min | Biography, Drama

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: 1,320

35. My Little Chickadee (1940)

Passed | 83 min | Comedy, Western

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: 2,406

36. Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)

Passed | 102 min | Musical

Johnny Brett and King Shaw are an unsuccessful dance team in New York. A producer discovers Brett as the new partner for Clare Bennett, but Brett, who thinks he is one of the people they lent money to gives him the name of his partner.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, George Murphy, Frank Morgan

Votes: 1,941

37. Young Tom Edison (1940)

Approved | 86 min | Biography, Drama

Inventor Thomas Edison's boyhood is chronicled and shows him as a lad whose early inventions and scientific experiments usually end up causing disastrous results. As a result, the towns ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Fay Bainter, George Bancroft, Virginia Weidler

Votes: 975

38. East Side Kids (1940)

Approved | 62 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A young street kid grows up and becomes a cop when he realizes that crime doesn't pay. One of his childhood friends is in prison for a murder he didn't commit, and the cop looks for ... See full summary »

Director: Robert F. Hill | Stars: Leon Ames, Dennis Moore, Joyce Bryant, Hal E. Chester

Votes: 195

39. Siege (1940)

10 min | Documentary, Short, History

A short film which documents the siege of Warsaw at the beginning of World War II.

Director: Julien Bryan

Votes: 164

40. A Chump at Oxford (1939)

Approved | 62 min | Comedy

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: 3,274

41. Castle on the Hudson (1940)

Approved | 77 min | Crime, Drama

Mobster Tommy Gordon isn't worried about being sentenced to Sing Sing prison because his political pals have promised him a quick parole. A troublesome prisoner, he finally concedes that ... See full summary »

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: John Garfield, Ann Sheridan, Pat O'Brien, Burgess Meredith

Votes: 497

42. Northwest Passage (1940)

Passed | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, History

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: 3,055

43. Charlie Chan in Panama (1940)

Approved | 67 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Inspector Chan investigates a group of travelers, one of whom is a saboteur.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Sidney Toler, Jean Rogers, Lionel Atwill, Mary Nash

Votes: 1,173

44. Granny Get Your Gun (1940)

Approved | 56 min | Comedy, Western

Minerva Hatton is back in Nevada, where she grubstaked her fortune years ago. Her granddaughter Julie Westcott is visiting while getting a divorce. They are blackmailed by Julie's husband, ... See full summary »

Director: George Amy | Stars: May Robson, Harry Davenport, Margot Stevenson, Hardie Albright

Votes: 151

45. The House of the Seven Gables (1940)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Thriller

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: 868

46. Black Friday (1940)

Approved | 70 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Dr. Sovac transplants the brain of a gangster into his professor friend's body to save his life, but there is a side effect that causes a dangerous split personality.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Stanley Ridges, Anne Nagel

Votes: 1,806

47. Blondie on a Budget (1940)

Approved | 72 min | Comedy

Dagwood wants to join the trout club and Blondie wants a fur coat. Jealousy reigns when Dag's old girlfriend Joan shows up, but nothing else matters when a drawing at the movie theatre provides money for the coat.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Daisy

Votes: 339

48. Strange Cargo (1940)

Passed | 113 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.9