Feature Film, Released between 1940-01-01 and 1940-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Rebecca (1940)

Approved | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

8.1
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86 Metascore

A self-conscious woman juggles adjusting to her new role as an aristocrat's wife and avoiding being intimidated by his first wife's spectral presence.

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

Votes: 120,790 | Gross: $4.36M

2. Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)

Approved | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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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: 1,665

3. The Great Dictator (1940)

Passed | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, War

8.4
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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: 199,320 | Gross: $0.29M

4. Pinocchio (1940)

G | 88 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.4
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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: 128,751 | Gross: $84.25M

5. Fantasia (1940)

G | 125 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

7.7
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96 Metascore

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, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Corey Burton

Votes: 87,329 | Gross: $76.41M

6. The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Romance

7.9
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96 Metascore

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: 62,491

7. His Girl Friday (1940)

Passed | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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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: 52,668 | Gross: $0.30M

8. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Passed | 129 min | Drama, History

8.0
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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: 84,903 | Gross: $0.06M

9. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Not Rated | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.1
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96 Metascore

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: 27,050 | Gross: $0.20M

10. The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

Not Rated | 106 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.5
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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: 11,736 | Gross: $0.27M

11. Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Approved | 118 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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84 Metascore

The arrival of wealthy bachelors in town causes an uproar when families with single daughters aggressively seek engagements, including the Bennet family, with five eligible daughters.

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

Votes: 7,322

12. Santa Fe Trail (1940)

Not Rated | 110 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

6.3
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In 1854, Jeb Stuart, George Custer and other graduates from West Point are posted to Kansas to help pacify the territory before railroad construction to Santa Fe can resume.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Raymond Massey, Ronald Reagan

Votes: 3,237

13. Foreign Correspondent (1940)

Passed | 120 min | Action, Romance, Thriller

7.5
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88 Metascore

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: 18,084 | Gross: $3.48M

14. The Invisible Man Returns (1940)

Passed | 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: 3,579

15. The Westerner (1940)

Approved | 100 min | Drama, Romance, Western

7.4
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78 Metascore

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: 5,045

16. The House of the Seven Gables (1940)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Thriller

7.0
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54 Metascore

Based on the novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne, this classic film follows a family feud between two brothers and an ancient curse that haunts them.

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

Votes: 987

17. The Mark of Zorro (1940)

Approved | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

7.5
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A young Spanish 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: 9,106 | Gross: $4.36M

18. The Ghost Breakers (1940)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

7.2
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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: 2,980

19. The Second Mr. Bush (1940)

56 min | Comedy

5.3
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A writer poses as a shy butterfly hunter with a fortune, and is hounded by reporters until the angry wife turns up.

Director: John Paddy Carstairs | Stars: Wallace Evennett, Evelyn Roberts, Kay Walsh, Derrick De Marney

Votes: 15

20. The Mummy's Hand (1940)

Approved | 67 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

6.1
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Archaeologists defile the tomb of mummified Kharis, who was buried alive for falling in love with an Egyptian princess.

Director: Christy Cabanne | Stars: Dick Foran, Peggy Moran, Wallace Ford, Eduardo Ciannelli

Votes: 3,471

21. 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: 3,254

22. The Invisible Woman (1940)

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

6.1
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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: 2,236

23. 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: 9,083

24. Gaslight (1940)

Not Rated | 84 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.3
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Twenty years after the murder of Alice Barlow, her house is finally occupied again. However, the husband from 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: 3,790

25. The Letter (1940)

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

7.6
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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: 11,483

26. The Sea Hawk (1940)

Approved | 127 min | Action, Adventure, History

7.7
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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: 9,015

27. Vigil in the Night (1940)

Approved | 96 min | Drama

6.7
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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: 736

28. The Long Voyage Home (1940)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, War

7.0
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A merchant ship's crew tries to survive the loneliness of the sea and the coming of war.

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

Votes: 3,834

29. One Million B.C. (1940)

Approved | 80 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

5.7
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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: 1,310

30. 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.

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

Votes: 8,782

31. Night Train to Munich (1940)

Not Rated | 90 min | Thriller, War

7.2
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After Germany invades Czechoslovakia, the German and the British intelligence services try to capture Czech scientist Dr. Axel Bomasch (James Harcourt), inventor of a new type of armor-plating.

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

Votes: 4,455

32. They Drive by Night (1940)

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

7.3
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When one of two truck-driving brothers loses an arm, they both join a transport company where later, the other is falsely charged as an accessory in the murder of the owner.

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

Votes: 7,046

33. The Mortal Storm (1940)

Passed | 100 min | Drama

7.8
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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 Breitner, a family friend, is caught up in the turmoil.

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

Votes: 4,444

34. All This, and Heaven Too (1940)

Approved | 141 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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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: 4,255

35. The Blue Bird (1940)

Approved | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

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: 1,551

36. Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

6.7
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When a troupe of danseuses becomes unemployed, one of them takes up burlesque dancing while another dreams of performing ballet.

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

Votes: 1,966

37. Kitty Foyle (1940)

Approved | 108 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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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: 3,143

38. Black Friday (1940)

Approved | 70 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

6.3
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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: 1,995

39. Swiss Family Robinson (1940)

93 min | Adventure

6.5
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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: 430 | Gross: $1.94M

40. Dr. Cyclops (1940)

Not Rated | 77 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

6.4
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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: 2,264

41. North West Mounted Police (1940)

Passed | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.6
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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: 1,443

42. Our Town (1940)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century.

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

Votes: 2,306

43. Go West (1940)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Musical, Western

6.9
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The Marx Brothers come to the rescue in the Wild West when a young man, trying to settle an old family feud so he can marry the girl he loves, runs afoul of crooks.

Director: Edward Buzzell | Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, John Carroll

Votes: 5,055

44. 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: 2,183

45. Strike Up the Band (1940)

Passed | 120 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.9
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59 Metascore

Jimmy Connors and his girl-friend want to take part in Paul Whiteman's high-school bands contest, but they cannot afford the fare. But per chance they meet Paul Whiteman in person and are ... See full summary »

Director: Busby Berkeley | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Paul Whiteman and Orchestra, June Preisser

Votes: 1,422

46. Haunted Honeymoon (1940)

Passed | 83 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

6.2
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Lord Peter Wimsey is an amateur detective. He is to be married to Harriet Vane, who writes crime novels, at a big Society wedding. Harriet has little charms made so that they both promise ... See full summary »

Directors: Arthur B. Woods, Richard Thorpe | Stars: Robert Montgomery, Constance Cummings, Leslie Banks, Seymour Hicks

Votes: 574

47. Beyond Tomorrow (1940)

Approved | 84 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

6.6
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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: 1,412

48. The Bank Dick (1940)

Not Rated | 72 min | Comedy

7.2
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Henpecked Egbert Sousé 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: 6,612

49. The Devil Bat (1940)

Approved | 68 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

5.6
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A mad scientist develops an aftershave lotion that causes his gigantic bats to kill anyone who wears it.

Director: Jean Yarbrough | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Suzanne Kaaren, Dave O'Brien, Guy Usher

Votes: 2,603

50. Down Argentine Way (1940)

Approved | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

6.5
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An American girl on vacation in Argentina falls for a wealthy racehorse owner.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Don Ameche, Betty Grable, Carmen Miranda, Charlotte Greenwood

Votes: 929


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