Feature Film, Released between 1939-01-01 and 1939-12-31, Rating Count at least 300, English (Sorted by IMDb Rating Descending)



1. 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: 24,682

2. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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73 Metascore

A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold

Votes: 99,838 | Gross: $9.60M

3. Gone with the Wind (1939)

Passed | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.1
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97 Metascore

A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 268,682 | Gross: $198.68M

4. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

8.0
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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 to Kansas and help her friends as well.

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

Votes: 356,565 | Gross: $2.08M

5. The Roaring Twenties (1939)

Not Rated | 106 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.0
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Three men attempt to make a living in Prohibitionist America after returning home from fighting together in World War I.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Priscilla Lane, Gladys George

Votes: 11,613

6. Stagecoach (1939)

Passed | 96 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

7.9
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93 Metascore

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: 39,102

7. Of Mice and Men (1939)

Approved | 106 min | Drama

7.9
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Two itinerant migrant workers, one mentally disabled and the other his carer, take jobs as ranch hands during the Great Depression to fulfill their shared dream of owning their own ranch.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Burgess Meredith, Betty Field, Charles Bickford

Votes: 5,104

8. Ninotchka (1939)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Romance

7.9
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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: 17,555 | Gross: $1.19M

9. 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, while being romantically pursued by a cab driver.

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

Votes: 4,123

10. Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)

Unrated | 114 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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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: 9,112

11. The Women (1939)

Not Rated | 133 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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A study of the lives and romantic entanglements of various interconnected women.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Mary Boland

Votes: 11,747 | Gross: $2.27M

12. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

Passed | 117 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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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: 9,664 | Gross: $3.27M

13. Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

Not Rated | 121 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.7
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86 Metascore

At a remote South American trading port, the manager of an air freight company is forced to risk his pilots' lives in order to win an important contract.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Rita Hayworth, Richard Barthelmess

Votes: 11,280

14. On Borrowed Time (1939)

Passed | 99 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.7
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A cantankerous old man takes in his beloved, orphaned grandson, whom he must protect at all costs, including from an agent of Death with the help of a magical apple tree.

Director: Harold S. Bucquet | Stars: Lionel Barrymore, Cedric Hardwicke, Beulah Bondi, Una Merkel

Votes: 1,697

15. Destry Rides Again (1939)

Approved | 95 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: 9,306 | Gross: $0.35M

16. Beau Geste (1939)

Passed | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.7
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Three adopted English brothers join the French Foreign Legion in North Africa, after one of them steals their adoptive family's famous heirloom sapphire.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston, Brian Donlevy

Votes: 5,127

17. Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

Passed | 100 min | Biography, Drama

7.6
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91 Metascore

A fictionalized account of the early life of the American president as a young lawyer facing his greatest court case.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Henry Fonda, Alice Brady, Marjorie Weaver, Arleen Whelan

Votes: 6,860

18. Wuthering Heights (1939)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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A servant in the house of Wuthering Heights tells a traveller the unfortunate tale of lovers Cathy and Heathcliff.

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

Votes: 15,143

19. The Old Maid (1939)

Approved | 95 min | Drama

7.6
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The arrival of an ex-lover on a young woman's wedding day sets in motion a chain of events which will alter her and her cousin's lives forever.

Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins, George Brent, Donald Crisp

Votes: 2,896

20. Dark Victory (1939)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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A young socialite is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, and must decide whether or not she'll meet her final days with dignity.

Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald

Votes: 9,132

21. Bachelor Mother (1939)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Romance

7.6
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An unemployed woman discovers an abandoned baby on the steps of an orphanage, and accepts an offer to take responsibility for the child in return for a job.

Director: Garson Kanin | Stars: Ginger Rogers, David Niven, Charles Coburn, Frank Albertson

Votes: 3,338

22. Ask a Policeman (1939)

Not Rated | 83 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

7.6
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The mirthful adventures of Police-Sergeant Samuel Dudfoot and his two constables, Albert Brown and Jeremiah Harbottle, who stage a fabricated crime-wave to save their jobs---and then find themselves involved in the real thing.

Director: Marcel Varnel | Stars: Will Hay, Graham Moffatt, Moore Marriott, Glennis Lorimer

Votes: 734

23. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)

Approved | 80 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.5
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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: 8,721

24. The Four Feathers (1939)

Not Rated | 129 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.5
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A timid British Army officer has quit and burns his last day summons to a war in Egypt. Calling him a coward, his girl friend and 3 officer friends give him a white feather. In redemption, he shadows his friends in war to save their lives.

Director: Zoltan Korda | Stars: John Clements, Ralph Richardson, C. Aubrey Smith, June Duprez

Votes: 5,155

25. Another Thin Man (1939)

Passed | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.5
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An explosives manufacturer suspects a young man is out to kill him. He calls in new parents Nick and Nora to sort things out.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Virginia Grey, Otto Kruger

Votes: 5,942

26. A Chump at Oxford (1939)

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: 3,273

27. Gunga Din (1939)

Approved | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

7.4
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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: 10,311

28. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)

Approved | 85 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.4
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The master sleuth hunts his archenemy, Professor Moriarty, who is planning the crime of the century.

Director: Alfred L. Werker | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Ida Lupino, Alan Marshal

Votes: 5,790

29. Love Affair (1939)

Approved | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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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: 3,974

30. Each Dawn I Die (1939)

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

7.3
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A corrupt D.A. with political ambitions is angered by news stories implicating him in criminal activity and decides to frame the reporter who wrote them for manslaughter in order to silence him.

Director: William Keighley | Stars: James Cagney, George Raft, Jane Bryan, George Bancroft

Votes: 2,571

31. Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939)

Approved | 74 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

7.3
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Charlie's investigation of a phony psychic during the 1939 World Exposition on San Francisco's Treasure Island leads him to expose a suicide as murder.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Sidney Toler, Cesar Romero, Pauline Moore, Victor Sen Yung

Votes: 1,477

32. Zorro's Fighting Legion (1939)

Passed | 212 min | Action, Adventure, History

7.2
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The masked hero leads a fighting force to fight a villian who plots the conquest of The Republic of Mexico.

Directors: John English, William Witney | Stars: Reed Hadley, Sheila Darcy, William Corson, Leander De Cordova

Votes: 347

33. The Little Princess (1939)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.2
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A little girl is left by her father in an exclusive seminary for girls, due to her father having to go to South Africa to fight in the Second Boer War.

Directors: Walter Lang, William A. Seiter | Stars: Shirley Temple, Richard Greene, Anita Louise, Ian Hunter

Votes: 5,228

34. Charlie Chan in Reno (1939)

Approved | 71 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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Mary Whitman, an old friend of Charlie's in Reno for a divorce, finds herself accused of murdering the woman her husband planned to marry after the decree became final.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Sidney Toler, Ricardo Cortez, Phyllis Brooks, Slim Summerville

Votes: 1,191

35. The Cat and the Canary (1939)

Approved | 72 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

7.2
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When an eccentric family meets in their uncle's remote, decaying mansion on the tenth anniversary of his death for the reading of his will, murder and madness follow.

Director: Elliott Nugent | Stars: Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, John Beal, Douglass Montgomery

Votes: 2,371

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

Approved | 79 min | Comedy

7.1
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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: 1,442

37. Union Pacific (1939)

Passed | 135 min | Drama, Western

7.1
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In 1862, Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads compete westward across the wilderness toward California.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Akim Tamiroff, Robert Preston

Votes: 2,393

38. Son of Frankenstein (1939)

Approved | 99 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.1
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One of the sons of Frankenstein finds his father's monster in a coma and revives him, only to find out he is controlled by Ygor who is bent on revenge.

Director: Rowland V. Lee | Stars: Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone, Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill

Votes: 8,246

39. The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)

Approved | 106 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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A depiction of the love/hate relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Devereux, the Earl of Essex.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Donald Crisp

Votes: 4,647

40. Never Say Die (1939)

82 min | Comedy

7.1
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A wealthy hypochondriac and an heiress are both experiencing romantic complications, prompting them to marry each other.

Director: Elliott Nugent | Stars: Martha Raye, Bob Hope, Andy Devine, Alan Mowbray

Votes: 354

41. The Man in the Iron Mask (1939)

Passed | 113 min | Adventure, History, Romance

7.1
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Despotic King Louis XIV discovers he has a twin brother who has grown up under the tutelage of his foster father, the patriotic musketeer D'Artagnan.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Louis Hayward, Joan Bennett, Warren William, Joseph Schildkraut

Votes: 1,355

42. Juarez (1939)

Approved | 125 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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Louis Napoleon III takes advantage of the American Civil War to circumvent the Monroe Doctrine and expand his power by helping Emperor Maximillian Hapsburg to add Mexico to his empire. of Mexico.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Paul Muni, Bette Davis, Brian Aherne, Claude Rains

Votes: 1,793

43. In Name Only (1939)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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After a wealthy man finds out his wife is a gold digger, he meets and falls for a widowed mother, and complications ensue.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Cary Grant, Carole Lombard, Kay Francis, Charles Coburn

Votes: 2,429

44. Five Came Back (1939)

Passed | 75 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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A plane has engine trouble while flying over a jungle inhabited by cannibals.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Chester Morris, Lucille Ball, Wendy Barrie, John Carradine

Votes: 1,679

45. Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.1
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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 Revolutionary War begins.

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

Votes: 5,161 | Gross: $1.00M

46. Dodge City (1939)

Approved | 104 min | Action, Drama, Romance

7.1
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A Texas cattle agent witnesses first hand, the brutal lawlessness of Dodge City and takes the job of sheriff to clean the town up.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Ann Sheridan, Bruce Cabot

Votes: 4,247

47. The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1939)

Approved | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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The story of how Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Don Ameche, Loretta Young, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn

Votes: 911

48. Stanley and Livingstone (1939)

Approved | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.0
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When American newspaperman and adventurer Henry M. Stanley comes back from the western Indian wars, his editor James Gordon Bennett sends him to Africa to find Dr. David Livingstone, the ... See full summary »

Directors: Henry King, Otto Brower | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Nancy Kelly, Richard Greene, Walter Brennan

Votes: 1,175

49. Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (1939)

Approved | 60 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.0
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Nancy helps two aging spinsters fulfill the byzantine provisions of their father's will, but the murder of their chauffeur complicates matters.

Director: William Clemens | Stars: Bonita Granville, Frankie Thomas, John Litel, Frank Orth

Votes: 606

50. Mr. Moto in Danger Island (1939)

Passed | 64 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.0
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The U.S. government asks Mr. Moto to go to Puerto Rico to investigate diamond smuggling after an earlier investigator is murdered.

Director: Herbert I. Leeds | Stars: Peter Lorre, Jean Hersholt, Amanda Duff, Warren Hymer

Votes: 598


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