40s movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant 40s movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, captivating, dramatic, emotional and melancholic films and TV shows about / with world war two, storytelling, runaway, catastrophe, destiny, culture clash, death, mentor, war and beautiful scenery plots mostly in Drama, War and Romance genres shot in USA, UK, Soviet Union and other countries.
40s
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40s movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as 40s: Band of Brothers (2001), The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008), Can't Change the Meeting Place (1979), Kill Your Darlings (2013), The Book Thief (2013), The English Patient (1996), Married Life (2007), Shining Through (1992), Atonement (2007), East/West (1999).

List of 40s movies

Band of Brothers (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 594 min.
Story: Drawn from interviews with survivors of Easy Company, as well as their journals and letters, Band of Brothers chronicles the experiences of these men from paratrooper training in Georgia through the end of the war. As an elite rifle company ...
Style: epic, suspenseful, tense, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, military, war, military life, battles, sniper, gory, friendship, behind enemy lines, human spirit, patriotism, self sacrifice ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, france, belgium, netherlands ...
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a ...
Style: touching, emotional, heartbreaking, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, against humanity, friendship, childhood, jewish, nazi germany, nazism, wartime life, young heroes, atrocity, gas chamber ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany, switzerland
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Can't Change the Meeting Place (1979)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 60 min.
Story: After WWII is over, a young officer Volodya Sharapov returns to Moscow to work in MUR - Moskovskiy Ugolovny Rozysk (Moscow Criminal Police). There he meets Gleb Zheglov who is a chief of a squad which fights organized crime. Their main task is to ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, suspense, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: russian, crimes, post war, law enforcement, gang, police investigation, crime, working undercover, robbery, undercover agent, rookie, bandit ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: russia, soviet union, moscow russia
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Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.
Style: bleak, serious, captivating, intellectual, psychological ...
Plot: poet, friendship, obsession, youth, murder, writer's life, student life, mental illness, fascist, gay, friends, confession ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1944, year 2005
Place: usa, campus, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
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 7.6
 120K
The Book Thief (2013)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 131 min.
Story: While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: nazi germany, jewish, holocaust, human spirit, nazi, adoption, life is a bitch, youth, against humanity, family secret, world war two, childhood ...
Time: 40s, 30s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1938 ...
Place: germany, europe
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The English Patient (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 162 min.
Story: In the 1930s, Count Almásy is a Hungarian map maker employed by the Royal Geographical Society to chart the vast expanses of the Sahara Desert along with several other prominent explorers. As World War II unfolds, Almásy enters into a world of ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, erotic, captivating, touching ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: love story, tragic love, mysterious character, expedition, stranded, loss of loved one, power of love, love and romance, destiny, war, map, nurse patient relationship ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1944, year 1942 ...
Place: libya, italy, ethiopia, egypt, africa ...
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 6.2
 9K
Married Life (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The late 1940s. Richard Langley, a bachelor playboy, narrates a story that starts when his best friend, Harry Allen, invites him to lunch to tell Richard he's in love. Trouble is, Harry's already married to Pat; he worries Pat would be ...
Style: realistic, serious, stylized, melancholic, talky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: infidelity, love triangle, couple relations, romance, jealousy, love and romance, crumbling marriage, friendship, husband wife relationship, sex, murder, restaurant ...
Time: 40s
Place: california
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Shining Through (1992)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Spirited New Yorker Linda Voss goes to work for international lawyer and secret Office of Strategic Services operative Ed Leland just before World War II. As they fall in love, the United States enters the fight against Hitler, and Linda volunteers ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, suspenseful, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: double agent, behind enemy lines, espionage, romance, secret agents, wartime life, working undercover, love and romance, world war two, translator, nazi germany, wartime ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, new york, berlin germany, usa, europe
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 7.8
 231K
Atonement (2007)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, War
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: As a 13-year-old, fledgling writer Briony Tallis irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, dramatic, heartbreaking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, unfulfilled love, tragic love, forbidden love, life is a bitch, nurse, false accusation, world war two, love and romance, innocence, siblings relations, lovers apart ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, 30s ...
Place: england, london, europe
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 7.4
 4K
East/West (1999)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, France, Spain
Duration: 121 min.
Story: June 1946: Stalin invites Russian emigres to return to the motherland. It's a trap: when a ship-load from France arrives in Odessa, only a physician and his family are spared execution or prison. He and his French wife (her passport ripped up) ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, heartbreaking, suspenseful ...
Plot: kgb, love and romance, iron curtain, escape, political unrest, propaganda, husband wife relationship, emigrant, immigration, survival, josef stalin, brutality ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1946, 1940s
Place: russia, france, ussr, europe, bulgaria ...
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From Time to Time (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A haunting ghost story spanning two worlds, two centuries apart. When 13 year old Tolly finds he can mysteriously travel between the two, he begins an adventure that unlocks family secrets laid buried for generations.
Style: serious, exciting, captivating, touching
Plot: time travel, superhuman powers, ghost, estate, ghost story, missing person, family life, brother sister relationship, ghost child, husband wife relationship, loss of father, grandmother grandson relationship ...
Time: 40s, 19th century, 20th century, 1940s
Place: england, london
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Racing with the Moon (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Henry and Nicky are small town pals from blue collar families with only a short time before they ship off to World War II. Henry begins romancing new-to-town Caddie Winger, believing her to be wealthy. Mischievious and irresponsible, Nicky gets into ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, coming of age, small town, young lovers, unwanted pregnancy, self discovery, teenage life, friendship between men, bowling, abortion, father son relationship, world war two ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: usa, california
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 7.5
 29K
Radio Days (1987)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The Narrator (Woody Allen) tells us how the radio influenced his childhood in the days before TV. In the New York City of the late 1930s to the New Year's Eve 1944, this coming-of-age tale mixes the narrator's experiences with contemporary ...
Style: humorous, sentimental, touching, semi serious, feel good ...
Audience: date night
Plot: radio, working class, radio show, americana, rescue, lifestyle, love and romance, family relations, parents and children, family problems, dysfunctional family, enema ...
Time: 40s, 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, 30s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city, new jersey
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 6.4
 3K
Yanks (1979)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 138 min.
Story: During WWII, the United States set up army bases in Great Britain as part of the war effort. Against their proper sensibilities, many of the Brits don't much like the brash Yanks, especially when it comes to the G.I.s making advances on the ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, emotional
Plot: wartime life, soldier, racism, prejudice, love affair, couple relations, infidelity, romance, war, forbidden love, opposites attract, world war two ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, northern england
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Seventeen Moments of Spring (1973)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 69 min.
Story: The series is based on a true story of a Russian spy Colonel Isaev (Stirlitz) in Fascist Germany during 17 days in very end of WWII. Stirlitz has worked his way to the very top of the Fascist hierarchy without being caught. However, his ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, captivating, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: spy, espionage, nazi germany, danger, working undercover, world war two, war, dishonesty, nazi, undercover, state affairs, undercover agent ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: germany, europe, switzerland, russia
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 6.1
 4K
Leningrad (2009)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Russia, UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: When in 1941 Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union, their troops quickly besieged Leningrad. Foreign journalists are evacuated but one of them, Kate Davies, is presumed dead and misses the plane. Alone in the city she is helped by Nina Tsvetnova a ...
Style: serious, rough, bleak, realistic, gloomy
Audience: boys' night
Plot: siege, military, battles, survival, life is a bitch, danger, world war two, wartime life, hunger, rationing, soldier, starvation ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1941
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia
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Suite Fran?aise (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: UK, France, Canada, Belgium, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: France, 1940. In the first days of occupation, beautiful Lucile Angellier is trapped in a stifled existence with her controlling mother-in-law as they both await news of her husband: a prisoner of war. Parisian refugees start to pour into their ...
Style: emotional, captivating, realistic, serious, romantic ...
Plot: forbidden love, nazi occupation, german soldier, love and romance, fall in love, war, military, adultery, world war two, soldier, wartime life, german officer ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1940, 18th century
Place: france, europe, germany, england, ireland
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 8.5
 3K
Corleone (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Il Capo dei Capi (The Boss of the Bosses) is a six-part Italian miniseries which debuted on Canale 5 between October and November 2007. It tells the story of Salvatore Riina, alias Totò u Curtu, a mafioso boss from Corleone, Sicily. Riina is played ...
Style: captivating, rough, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, criminal heroes, cosa nostra, crimes, cat and mouse, bribery, notoriety, crime, corruption, police, murder ...
Time: 40s, 60s, 50s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: italy, sicily, palermo italy
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White Mischief (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Kenya
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A millionaire past his prime and his young wife arrive in Kenya circa 1940 to find that the other affluent British expatriates are living large as the homefront gears up for war. They are busy swapping partners, doing drugs, and attending lavish ...
Style: stylized, suspenseful, clever, bleak, serious ...
Plot: murder, decadence, romance, love and romance, crime, love affair, couple relations, crimes, imperialism, social differences, society, infidelity ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: kenya, africa, england
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The King's Speech (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, Australia
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The King's Speech tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit ...
Style: uplifting, serious, sentimental, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: royal family, stuttering, friendship, historical character, queen, british history, aristocracy, king, british royal family, period piece, disability, treatment ...
Time: 1930s, 40s, pre world war two, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: england, britain, europe, scotland, germany ...
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 9.2
 1.5M
The Godfather (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 175 min.
Story: Spanning the years 1945 to 1955, a chronicle of the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family. When organized crime family patriarch, Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son, Michael steps in to take care of the ...
Style: serious, captivating, rough, atmospheric, family saga ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, organized crime, gangsters, pride and honor, criminal heroes, gang war, crimes, greed, mob boss, lawyer, cosa nostra, power struggle ...
Time: 50s, 40s, 1950s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, new york, sicily, usa ...
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 7.8
 482K
The Notebook (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An epic love story centered around an older man who reads aloud to a woman with Alzheimer's. From a faded notebook, the old man's words bring to life the story about a couple who is separated by World War II, and is then passionately ...
Style: touching, sentimental, romantic, emotional, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night
Plot: love and romance, love affair, love story, true love, romance, young lovers, love triangle, power of love, lovers reunited, social differences, fall in love, youth ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 1940s
Place: south carolina, usa, europe
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 8.3
 45K
Come and See (1985)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union, Belarus
Duration: 142 min.
Story: The invasion of a village in Byelorussia by German forces sends young Florya into the forest to join the weary Resistance fighters, against his family's wishes. There he meets a girl, Glasha, who accompanies him back to his village. On ...
Style: bleak, thought provoking, rough, serious, surreal ...
Plot: against humanity, atrocity, genocide, occupation, anti war, holocaust, military, war crime, surrealism, survival, war, execution ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1943
Place: russia, europe, germany, poland
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Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: This film reenacts the Manhattan Project, the secret wartime project in New Mexico where the first atomic bombs were designed and built.
Style: realistic, serious, factual, intense, suspense ...
Plot: ego clash, moral dilemma, soldier, nuclear bomb, military, scientific research, physicist, top secret, scientist, u.s. military, world war two, death ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1945, 1940s
Place: usa, new mexico, germany, russia
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The Edge of Love (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The Edge of love is a love story of two feisty women and a brilliant, charismatic poet who love both women. One woman Vera Phillips who is his first love and whom he lost for ten year, while other one is his present wife Caitlin who is adventurous ...
Style: captivating, sincere, romantic, light, melancholic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: love triangle, poet, infidelity, pregnancy, soldier, romance, friendship, unfulfillment, intrigue, war, wartime life, couple relations ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 18th century
Place: england, london, europe, wales
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Before Sunrise (1989)
Genre: Action
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Wartime, summer 1941. Train carrying criminals gets under enemy fire and crashed. Out of all of the living are only a young lieutenant of the NKVD and two prisoners - the thief and repressed Communist party worker.
Style: exciting, suspense, disturbing, epic, thought provoking
Audience: boys' night
Plot: criminal, good versus evil, world war two, battles, fight, heroism, life & death, unlikely friendships, moral transformation, friendship, criminal heroes, courage ...
Time: 40s, year 1941
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The Cider House Rules (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Homer is an orphan who was never adopted, becoming the favorite of orphanage director Dr. Larch. Dr. Larch imparts his full medical knowledge on Homer, who becomes a skilled, albeit unlicensed, physician. But Homer yearns for a self-chosen life ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: incest, abortion, coming of age, new job, orphan, nurse, first love, love and romance, romance, orphanage, farm, storytelling ...
Time: 1920s, 40s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s ...
Place: maine, usa, new england, england
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 7.1
 9K
Indochine (1992)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: France
Duration: 148 min.
Story: The story starts in the 1930s at one of the largest rubber-tree plantations in Indochine (Vietnam). This plantation is owned by the French colonist Eliane, a proud woman who lives with her father and her native adoptive daughter Camille. She ...
Style: serious, epic, sentimental, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: fall in love, naval officer, adoption, cabaret, communism, navy, arranged marriage, love triangle, communist, interracial relations, love and romance, police corruption ...
Time: 40s, 30s, 1930s, 20th century, 50s ...
Place: vietnam, asia, france, europe, saigon ...
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Brideshead Revisited (1981)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 659 min.
Story: In this eleven parts British television serial, Charles Ryder's involvement with members of the aristocratic Marchmain/Flyte family is followed throughout the years between the two World Wars.
Style: sincere, emotional, tense, captivating, serious ...
Plot: friendship, romance, aristocracy, catholicism, mistress, society, couples, siblings relations, obsessive quest, couple relations, love and romance, bohemian life ...
Time: 40s, 1930s, 1940s, 1920s, 30s ...
Place: oxford university, england, venice
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The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 202 min.
Story: In the continuing saga of the Corleone crime family, a young Vito Corleone grows up in Sicily and in 1910s New York. In the 1950s, Michael Corleone attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.
Style: captivating, epic, atmospheric, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, crimes, ambition, criminal heroes, rise to the top, organized crime, corruption, death, casino, blood, corrupt politician ...
Time: 40s, 50s, 20th century, 20s, 60s ...
Place: cuba, italy, new york, sicily, las vegas ...
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