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 realistic, serious, touching, dramatic, captivating and melancholic films and TV shows about / with world war two, war, storytelling, culture clash, catastrophe, runaway, mentor, dialogue, destiny and beautiful scenery plots mostly in Drama, War and Romance genres shot in USA, UK, Russia and other countries.
40s
 877
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), East/West (1999), The Book Thief (2013), From Time to Time (2009), Shining Through (1992), Seventeen Moments of Spring (1973), Leningrad (2009).

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, serious, rough, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, military, military life, battles, sniper, friendship, behind enemy lines, human spirit, war, patriotism, self sacrifice, gory ...
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, serious, heartbreaking, disturbing ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, friendship, concentration camp, against humanity, childhood, jewish, young heroes, wartime life, nazism, atrocity, nazi germany, tragic event ...
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: law enforcement, russian, crimes, gang, crime, post war, working undercover, police investigation, robbery, rookie, bandit, crime boss ...
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, friends, confession, university ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1944, year 2005
Place: usa, campus, new york, greenwich village manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city ...
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 7.5
 4K
East/West (1999)
Genre: 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: communism, love and romance, kgb, iron curtain, escape, political unrest, propaganda, husband wife relationship, emigrant, immigration, freedom, letter ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1946
Place: russia, france, ussr, europe, bulgaria ...
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 7.6
 118K
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, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, nazi germany, adoption, family secret, human spirit, jewish, book, life is a bitch, childhood, world war two, war, youth ...
Time: 40s, 30s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1939 ...
Place: germany, europe
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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, husband wife relationship, ghost child, loss of father, grandmother grandson relationship ...
Time: 40s, 19th century, 20th century, 1940s
Place: england, london
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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, exciting, serious, suspenseful, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: double agent, espionage, romance, wartime life, secret agents, behind enemy lines, love and romance, working undercover, world war two, translator, nazi germany, wartime ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, new york, berlin germany, usa, europe
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Seventeen Moments of Spring (1973)
Genre: Adventure, 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, captivating, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, spy, danger, working undercover, war, dishonesty, undercover, world war two, state affairs, undercover agent, nazi germany, intrigue ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: europe, germany, 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: realistic, rough, serious, bleak, 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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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, touching, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: love story, tragic love, mysterious character, expedition, power of love, loss of loved one, love and romance, destiny, war, map, wartime life, secret love ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1944, year 1942 ...
Place: libya, italy, ethiopia, egypt, africa ...
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 7.8
 226K
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, heartbreaking, dramatic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, unfulfilled love, false accusation, love and romance, life is a bitch, forbidden love, siblings relations, world war two, tragic love, lovers apart, letter, nurse ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, 30s ...
Place: england, europe, london
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 8.2
 42K
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, surreal, rough, serious ...
Plot: against humanity, genocide, atrocity, anti war, military, holocaust, war crime, surrealism, survival, war, occupation, execution ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1943, 1940s
Place: russia, europe, germany, poland
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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, soldier, pregnancy, romance, friendship, unfulfillment, intrigue, war, wartime life, couple relations ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 18th century
Place: england, london, europe, wales
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White Mischief (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
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, bleak, clever, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, decadence, romance, crime, couple relations, crimes, infidelity, love and romance, deadly, social differences, society, imperialism ...
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, sincere, realistic, talky ...
Plot: royal family, friendship, queen, radio, historical character, british history, state affairs, disability, treatment, destiny, speech, against the odds ...
Time: 1930s, 40s, pre world war two, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: england, britain, buckingham palace, europe, germany ...
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 9.2
 1.4M
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, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, organized crime, pride and honor, criminal heroes, gangsters, crimes, gang war, lawyer, mob boss, greed, power struggle, family business ...
Time: 50s, 40s, 1940s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, new york, sicily, usa ...
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 6.9
 1K
Ghetto (2005)
Genre: History, War
Country: Germany, Lithuania
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In 1942, in Vilna, the Nazi annihilate 55,000 Jews and squeeze the 15,000 survivors in a seven blocks ghetto. The twenty-two year old sadistic commander Kittel is assigned to administrate the ghetto in the capital of Lithuania, becoming the master ...
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, emotional, rough ...
Plot: holocaust, genocide, ghetto, anti semitism, anti heroes, war, survival, human nature, moral dilemma, heroes, lifesaver, against humanity ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: europe
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The Color of Time (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 73 min.
Story: A poetic road trip through Pulitzer prize-winning CK Williams' life over the course of 40 years.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, based on poem, sentimental ...
Plot: poet, romance, americana, couple relations, writer's life, artists and showbiz, parent child relationship, haunted by the past, husband wife relationship, poetry, love and romance, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 60s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: detroit, usa, new york
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 7.8
 7K
The Cuckoo (2002)
Genre: Drama, War, Comedy
Country: Russia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: September of 1944, a few days before Finland went out of the Second World War. A chained to a rock Finnish sniper-kamikadze Veikko managed to set himself free. Ivan, a captain of the Soviet Army, arrested by the Front Secret Police ...
Style: touching, atmospheric, thought provoking, sincere, tense ...
Plot: war, understanding, russian, culture clash, love triangle, wilderness, confined, life is a bitch, military, anti war, wartime life, hostility ...
Time: 40s, 20th century
Place: finland, russia, germany
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Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Genre: Animation, Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In the final months of World War II, 14-year-old Seita and his sister Setsuko are orphaned when their mother is killed during an air raid in Kobe, Japan. After a falling out with their aunt, they move into an abandoned bomb shelter. With no ...
Style: touching, stylized, harsh, heartbreaking, depressing ...
Plot: orphan, survival, siblings relations, hunger, theft, war, bomb, loss of parent, firefly, fighting illness, navy, desperation ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, mine, tokyo
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Is Paris Burning? (1966)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: France, USA
Duration: 175 min.
Story: The title is Adolf Hitler's question to his chief of staff Alfred Jodl on the eve of the liberation of Paris (August 25): the military governor of Paris, General Dietrich von Choltitz, had been ordered to destroy Paris rather than let it fall ...
Style: serious, emotional, captivating, harsh, factual ...
Plot: holocaust, moral dilemma, wartime life, rescue, totalitarianism, against the odds, resistance, heroic mission, anti heroes, survival, insubordination, danger ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, year 1944
Place: france, europe, paris france, germany
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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, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, coming of age, small town, unwanted pregnancy, young lovers, self discovery, teenage life, friendship between men, abortion, bowling, father son relationship, world war two ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: usa, california
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 6.3
 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, crumbling marriage, love and romance, friendship, husband wife relationship, sex, murder, restaurant ...
Time: 40s
Place: california
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Take the Money and Run (1969)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The life and times of Virgil Starkwell, inept bank robber.
Style: humorous, clever, witty, realistic, not serious ...
Plot: prison, heist, crime, goofy hero, misfit, petty criminal, couples, cons and scams, couple relations, unlikely criminals, hapless, bank robbery ...
Time: 40s, 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1950s ...
Place: turkey, quebec
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The Brylcreem Boys (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In 1941, as part of an effort to remain strictly neutral, the Dublin government made a deal with both Berlin and London whereby any soldier, sailor or pilot captured on Irish soil, whether of German or Allied forces, would be interned for the ...
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: love triangle, rivalry, fall in love, love and romance, anti war, human spirit, war, world war two, rescue, military life, village, pow ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: ireland, europe
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 7.6
 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, radio show, working class, americana, rescue, lifestyle, love and romance, parents and children, family relations, family problems, dysfunctional family, nervous breakdown ...
Time: 40s, 1930s, 1940s, 30s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city, new jersey
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Fortress of War (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Belarus, Russia
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A war drama set during the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, in which Russian troops held on to a border stronghold for nine days. The film shows the heroic defense of Brest Fortress, which has taken upon the first stroke of German ...
Style: serious, epic, exciting, tense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, battles, invasion, german, soldier, heroic mission, heroes, resistance, world war two, infantrymen, siege, survival ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1941
Place: russia, europe
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 6.4
 3K
Yanks (1979)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, West Germany, 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, emotional, touching, realistic
Plot: soldier, racism, prejudice, wartime life, couple relations, love affair, opposites attract, forbidden love, romance, war, infidelity, world war two ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, northern england
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Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 169 min.
Story: As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home.
Style: realistic, captivating, bleak, rough, epic ...
Plot: military, sniper, war, battles, courage, army, heroic mission, rescue, d day, cowardice, bravery, self sacrifice ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1944
Place: normandy, france, europe, poland, germany ...
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