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, captivating, emotional, dramatic and touching films and TV shows about / with world war two, catastrophe, storytelling, runaway, war, culture clash, love and romance, beautiful scenery, mentor and destiny plots mostly in Drama, War and Romance genres shot in USA, UK, Soviet Union and other countries.
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40s movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as 40s: Band of Brothers (2001), Shining Through (1992), Can't Change the Meeting Place (1979), East/West (1999), The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008), Seventeen Moments of Spring (1973), Kill Your Darlings (2013), Atonement (2007), The Book Thief (2013), Married Life (2007).

List of 40s movies

Band of Brothers (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 594 min.
TV show
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: suspenseful, captivating, heroic, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, world war two, soldier, military life, military, sniper, battles, combat, paratrooper, nazi germany, courage, behind enemy lines ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, france, netherlands, paris france ...
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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: serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: double agent, world war two, behind enemy lines, espionage, romance, nazi germany, secret agents, wartime life, working undercover, love and romance, translator, wartime ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, new york, berlin germany, usa, europe
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Can't Change the Meeting Place (1979)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, serious, suspenseful, suspense, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: post war, russian, crimes, law enforcement, soviet, crime, gang, undercover agent, police investigation, working undercover, gangsters, robbery ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, post world war two
Place: russia, soviet union, ussr, moscow russia
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 7.4
 5K
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, realistic, emotional, heartbreaking, suspenseful ...
Plot: kgb, love and romance, iron curtain, escape, political unrest, josef stalin, propaganda, immigration, emigrant, gulag, survival, brutality ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, post world war two, year 1946
Place: ussr, russia, france, europe, bulgaria ...
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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, 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, heartbreaking, emotional, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: kids
Plot: world war two, holocaust, concentration camp, jewish, against humanity, childhood, friendship, war, nazism, gas chamber, atrocity, wartime life ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, switzerland, berlin germany
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Seventeen Moments of Spring (1973)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 69 min.
TV show
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: serious, suspenseful, tense, captivating, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, spy, nazi, espionage, nazi germany, danger, war, undercover agent, dishonesty, undercover, state affairs, intrigue ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: europe, germany, switzerland, britain, 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: captivating, bleak, serious, intellectual, psychological ...
Plot: poet, obsession, sexual tension, youth, friendship, friends, gay, mental illness, student life, murder, lifestyle, writer's life ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, 21st century, 2000s ...
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city ...
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 7.8
 261K
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: touching, emotional, dramatic, heartbreaking, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: tragic love, redemption, world war two, injustice, false accusation, unfulfilled love, innocence, forbidden love, life is a bitch, love and romance, siblings relations, period piece ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, 30s ...
Place: england, london, europe
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 7.5
 130K
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: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: holocaust, world war two, jewish, human spirit, childhood, nazi germany, against humanity, war, nazi, adoption, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: 40s, 1930s, 30s, 1940s, 20th century ...
Place: germany, europe
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 6.2
 9K
Married Life (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Family, 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, neo noir, stylized, melancholic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love triangle, infidelity, murder, romance, jealousy, love and romance, crumbling marriage, friendship, fall in love, love affair, husband wife relationship, couple relations ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, year 1949, year 1947, 70s
Place: california
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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, romantic, sentimental, erotic, captivating ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: tragic love, world war two, war, mysterious character, love story, adultery, stranded, beautiful scenery, expedition, power of love, loss of loved one, love and romance ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1942, year 1944 ...
Place: italy, libya, sahara, egypt, cairo egypt ...
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Suite Française (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller, 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 ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, world war two, nazi occupation, german soldier, fall in love, german officer, love and romance, war, nazi officer, soldier, military, adultery ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1940, 18th century
Place: france, europe, germany, paris france, england ...
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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, realistic, sincere, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: friendship, coming of age, small town, young lovers, unwanted pregnancy, teenage life, self discovery, friendship between men, world war two, abortion, bowling, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1942, 70s
Place: usa, california, new york
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 7.5
 33K
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, americana, family relations, rescue, radio show, lifestyle, love and romance, parents and children, family problems, dysfunctional family, enema ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 40s, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: new york, coney island brooklyn new york city, usa, manhattan new york city, brooklyn new york city ...
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To the Left of the Father (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 163 min.
Story: Brazilian baroque. The young son that ran from his dominant family, descends into decadence and then returns to the nest. With melodramatic themes of tyrannical fathers, incest, fierce family conflicts and an overheated and intense visual style to ...
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: incest, family relations, family problems, love and romance, destructive relationship, parents and children, family gatherings, family life, dysfunctional family, clergy, couples, innocence lost ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: brazil, latin america
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 6.4
 3K
Yanks (1979)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA, West Germany
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, emotional, touching
Plot: world war two, wartime life, soldier, racism, prejudice, love affair, couple relations, infidelity, forbidden love, opposites attract, war, romance ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, northern england
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 8.5
 3K
Corleone (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 100 min.
TV show
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: rough, captivating, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, criminal heroes, cosa nostra, crimes, mafia, bribery, notoriety, cat and mouse, organized crime, corruption, prison, murder ...
Time: 40s, 80s, 20th century, 50s, 70s ...
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: suspenseful, clever, stylized, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: murder, decadence, love affair, social differences, couple relations, infidelity, imperialism, couples, dishonesty, romance, deadly, crime ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: kenya, africa, england
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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, touching, emotional, serious, heartbreaking ...
Plot: abortion, incest, orphan, nurse, coming of age, orphanage, coming-of-age, romance, love and romance, first love, farm, cigarette smoking ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: maine, usa, new england, england
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The King's Speech (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
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, inspirational, sincere, dramatic, serious ...
Plot: stuttering, british history, unlikely friendships, royal family, historical character, friendship, king, period piece, british royal family, queen, aristocracy, disability ...
Time: 1930s, 40s, pre world war two, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: england, britain, europe, london, buckingham palace ...
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 9.2
 1.7M
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: captivating, serious, rough, epic, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, organized crime, greed, pride and honor, criminal heroes, gang war, crimes, lawyer, cosa nostra, mob boss, crime boss ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 40s, 1950s, 20th century ...
Place: italy, new york, europe, sicily, usa ...
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 7.9
 76K
Agent Carter (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: It's 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, semi serious, tense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: secret agents, female agent, special agents, heroes, undercover, tough girl, heroic mission, hand to hand combat, adventure, save the world, danger, escapades ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1946
Place: usa, new york
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 7.8
 538K
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, motivational ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: romance, love story, love and romance, fall in love, true love, power of love, love triangle, love affair, lovers reunited, social differences, young lovers, love at first sight ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 90s, 20th century, post world war two ...
Place: south carolina, usa, europe
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 6.1
 5K
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: rough, bleak, realistic, serious, gloomy
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, siege, military, battles, survival, life is a bitch, danger, wartime life, hunger, soldier, rationing, starvation ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1941
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia
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 8.3
 67K
Come and See (1985)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Soviet Union
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, rough, thought provoking, serious, surreal ...
Plot: atrocity, war crime, genocide, brutality, against humanity, world war two, holocaust, occupation, war, military, german, teenage girl ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: russia, europe, ussr, soviet union, germany ...
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Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Mexico
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: world war two, nuclear bomb, moral dilemma, ego clash, soldier, military, scientific research, top secret, physicist, scientist, death, u.s. military ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1945, 70s
Place: usa, new mexico, germany, russia
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 7.0
 112
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, epic, disturbing, thought provoking
Audience: boys' night
Plot: criminal, good versus evil, world war two, battles, fight, heroism, life & death, unlikely friendships, criminal heroes, moral transformation, friendship, courage ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, year 1941
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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, romantic, sincere, melancholic, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: love triangle, pregnancy, infidelity, poet, unfulfillment, intrigue, couple relations, dishonesty, romance, jealousy, marriage, rivalry ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 18th century
Place: england, london, europe, wales
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 7.1
 10K
Indochine (1992)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: France
Duration: 160 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: interracial relations, fall in love, naval officer, love triangle, adoption, arranged marriage, cabaret, communism, communist, love and romance, police corruption, war ...
Time: 1930s, 40s, 30s, 20th century, 50s ...
Place: vietnam, asia, indochina, southeast asia, france ...
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Brideshead Revisited (1981)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 659 min.
TV show
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: emotional, clever, psychological, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: world war two, friendship, romance, aristocracy, family relations, catholicism, mistress, upscale, bittersweet, innocence, couples, social climbing ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 1920s, 40s, 30s ...
Place: oxford university, venice, england
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