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, touching, suspenseful and emotional films and TV shows about / with world war two, love and romance, storytelling, society, runaway, culture clash, love, betrayal, family relations and destiny plots mostly in Drama, Romance and War genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
40s
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40s movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as 40s: Shining Through (1992), East/West (1999), Suite Française (2014), The Cider House Rules (1999), Atonement (2007), The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008), Married Life (2007), Death to Spies (2019), The Book Thief (2013), High Seas (2019).

List of 40s movies

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: suspenseful, sentimental, suspense, melancholic, exciting ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: world war two, nazi germany, espionage, double agent, wartime, spy, wartime life, romance, behind enemy lines, secret agents, working undercover, love and romance ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, berlin germany, new york, europe, usa
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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, heartbreaking, realistic, harsh, sentimental ...
Plot: propaganda, survival, freedom, brutality, runaway, destiny, family, tragedy, communism, world war two, kgb, love story ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1946, post world war two
Place: france, russia, ussr, germany, europe ...
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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: captivating, emotional, realistic, romantic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: world war two, forbidden love, war, nazi occupation, fall in love, german officer, german soldier, wartime life, love and romance, nazi, nazi officer, adultery ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940, 20th century, 18th century
Place: france, europe, paris france, england, ireland ...
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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, heartbreaking, melancholic, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: abortion, coming of age, adoption, orphan, mentor protege relationship, romance, justice, premarital sex, self discovery, mentor, incest, first love ...
Time: 1940s, 1920s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: maine, usa, england, new england
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 7.8
 280K
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, heartbreaking, sad, dramatic ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night
Plot: world war two, wartime, redemption, love and romance, tragic love, war, injustice, unfulfilled love, forbidden love, love story, love, false accusation ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 50s, victorian era, 20th century ...
Place: england, dunkirk, london, europe
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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (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: sad, emotional, touching, heartbreaking, sentimental ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing
Plot: world war two, holocaust, concentration camp, jewish, war, childhood, nazi, friendship, boy, military, gas chamber, german ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany, switzerland
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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: stylized, melancholic, talky, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: friendship, romance, love story, relationships, crimes, jealousy, adultery, crumbling marriage, love and romance, love triangle, fall in love, love affair ...
Time: 1940s, year 1947, year 1949, year 1931, 70s
Place: california
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Death to Spies (2019)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: 1941. Georgy Volkov, Captain of the State Security Service, is delivering to the Soviet Union a consignment of emeralds under a trade agreement between the USSR and Germany.
Style: suspenseful, thought provoking, serious, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, great patriotic war, world war two, spy, rivalry, military, heroes, life & death, betrayal, fascism, culture clash, wartime life ...
Time: 1940s
Place: ussr
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 7.5
 136K
The Book Thief (2013)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany, USA
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, serious, emotional, sad ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, family outing, chick flick
Plot: world war two, holocaust, jewish, nazi, war, adoption, childhood, human spirit, nazi germany, life is a bitch, against humanity, nazism ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1941, year 1939, year 1938 ...
Place: germany, europe
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 6.8
 8K
High Seas (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Spain
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: Two sisters discover disturbing family secrets after a string of mysterious deaths occur on a luxury ship traveling from Spain to Brazil in the 1940s.
Style: suspense, captivating, exciting, tense, neo noir ...
Plot: ship, disorder, doctors, puzzle, playboy, investigation, murder, love and romance, sweetheart, rivalry, family relations, dishonesty ...
Time: 1940s, future
Place: spain, rio de janeiro, brazil
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 9.2
 1.8M
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, atmospheric, epic, dramatic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, organized crime, gangsters, revenge, greed, crime family, betrayal, crimes, pride and honor, murder, gang war, corruption ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: italy, new york, bronx new york city, sicily, manhattan new york city ...
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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, tense, captivating, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, spy, nazi, undercover agent, war, nazi germany, espionage, dishonesty, state affairs, undercover, intrigue, life & death ...
Time: 1940s, year 1945, 20th century
Place: ussr, germany, europe, switzerland, britain ...
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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: inspirational, sincere, uplifting, dramatic, realistic ...
Plot: british royal family, world war two, british history, stuttering, royal family, disability, unlikely friendships, historical character, king of england, politics, husband wife relationship, british monarchy ...
Time: 1930s, pre world war two, 50s, 1940s, 20th century ...
Place: england, britain, london, europe, buckingham palace ...
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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, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gay, poet, friendship, youth, obsession, friends, sexual tension, coming of age, mental illness, writers, murder, lifestyle ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 2005, year 1944, 21st century ...
Place: usa, new jersey, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, harlem ...
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 8.5
 4K
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, cosa nostra, criminal heroes, organized crime, crimes, bribery, cat and mouse, notoriety, corrupt politician, bravery, murder, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s, 50s, 60s ...
Place: italy, sicily, palermo italy, southern italy
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 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: atmospheric, epic, sentimental, realistic, sexy ...
Plot: fall in love, love story, women, politics, adoption, colonialism, sexual content, war, romance, interracial relations, naval officer, beautiful scenery ...
Time: 1930s, 50s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1954 ...
Place: vietnam, indochina, southeast asia, asia, paris france ...
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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: romantic, emotional, sentimental, erotic, sexy ...
Audience: chick flick, date night
Plot: world war two, adultery, war, tragic love, love story, betrayal, beautiful scenery, love, life & death, stranded, desert, mysterious character ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944, year 1942, 1930s, 50s ...
Place: sahara, italy, africa, egypt, cairo egypt ...
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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: realistic, serious, sincere, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: world war two, catholicism, homosexual subtext, friendship, lgbt, religion, atheist, gay, gay interest, university, mistress, aristocracy ...
Time: 1920s, 1940s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: england, oxford university, venice, paris france
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The Edge (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Russia
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The action takes place shortly after the end of the Second World War in the Siberian hinterland, among Russians and Germans with damaged personal stories and a strange transformation: the victors seem to be crawling into the skins of the defeated, ...
Style: realistic, bleak, captivating, tense, rough ...
Plot: gulag, soldier, rivalry, prison life, prisoner of war camp, pow, captivity, world war two, confined, wilderness, train, winter ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945, post world war two
Place: russia, ussr
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The Singapore Grip (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: In colonial Singapore during World War Two, this epic drama follows the schemes – both commercial and amorous – of a wealthy British family as they struggle to preserve their prosperous business amid cataclysmic world events.
Style: suspenseful, talky, melancholic, touching, semi serious ...
Plot: world war two, colonialism, satire, british empire, deadpan, love, love and romance, couples, family relations, lovers, romance, love affair ...
Time: 1940s
Place: singapore
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 573K
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, romantic, emotional, sentimental, motivational ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: romance, love story, love and romance, love, true love, power of love, youth, rich woman poor man, fall in love, young lovers, love of one's life, love affair ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, post world war two, 20th century, 90s
Place: south carolina, north carolina, usa, europe
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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: serious, realistic, clever, stylized, bleak ...
Plot: murder, british colonialism, world war two, serial killer, decadence, lawyer, railway, mysticism, colonialism, jealousy, adultery, murder trial ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: africa, kenya, england
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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, suspense, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: russian, crimes, post war, law enforcement, gang, rookie, undercover agent, working undercover, police investigation, murder mystery, criminal, criminal gang ...
Time: 1940s, post world war two
Place: ussr, russia, moscow russia
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The Thorn Birds (1983)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 460 min.
TV show
Story: This mini series covers 60 years in the lives of the Cleary family, brought from New Zealand to Australia to run their aunt Mary Carson's ranch. The story centers on their daughter, Meggie, and her love for the family's priest, Father ...
Style: sentimental, touching, family saga, captivating, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, older man younger woman relationship, catholic priest, tragic love, romance, couple relations, clergy, priest, age difference, catholic church, priest in love, destiny ...
Time: 50s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 20th century ...
Place: australia, vatican
Is relevant ?
 7.4
 34K
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, touching, sentimental, emotional, talky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: radio, family relations, working class, dysfunctional family, family, americana, rescue, jewish, love and romance, lifestyle, submarine, family problems ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, coney island brooklyn new york city, new jersey, usa, manhattan 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, captivating, atmospheric, suspense ...
Plot: incest, family relations, love and romance, family problems, parents and children, destructive relationship, family life, family gatherings, dysfunctional family, clergy, couples, love affair ...
Time: 1940s
Place: brazil, latin america
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Band of Brothers (2001)
Genre: 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: captivating, epic, heroic, serious, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, military, war, combat, paratrooper, soldier, behind enemy lines, american soldier, nazi germany, battles, courage, war violence ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, belgium, paris france, austria ...
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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: epic, cerebral, captivating, visually appealing, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, crimes, organized crime, revenge, melancholy, ambition, corrupt politician, murder, cosa nostra, criminal heroes, crime boss ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 20th century, 1920s, 60s ...
Place: new york, cuba, las vegas, sicily, italy ...
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 7.9
 84K
Agent Carter (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, 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: semi serious, tense, captivating, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: secret agents, superhero, female agent, heroes, special agents, heroic mission, female protagonist, tough girl, investigation, graphic violence, save the world, adventure ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1946
Place: usa, new york
Is relevant ?
 6.4
 4K
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, touching, emotional, realistic
Plot: world war two, soldier, wartime life, prejudice, racism, american abroad, couple relations, love affair, opposites attract, romance, war, infidelity ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: england, northern england, europe
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