1940s movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant 1940s movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, emotional, dramatic, intense and touching films and TV shows about / with world war two, death, courage, friendship, war, mentor, storytelling, danger, wartime and catastrophe plots mostly in Drama, War and History genres shot in USA, UK, Australia and other countries.
1940s
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1940s movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as 1940s: Trumbo (2015), The Pacific (2010), The Water Horse (2007), Paradise Road (1997), A League of Their Own (1992), Foyle's War (2002), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001), All the Pretty Horses (2000), Where Hands Touch (2018).

List of 1940s movies

USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The harrowing true story of the crew of the USS Indianapolis, who were stranded in the Philippine Sea for five days after delivering the atomic weapons that would eventually end WWII. As they awaited rescue, they endured extreme thirst, hunger, and ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, exciting, factual, surprise ending ...
Plot: warship, u.s. navy, disobeying orders, world war two, stranded, disaster film, trial, rescue, lost at sea, top secret, military, survival ...
Time: 1940s, year 1945
Place: battleship, washington d.c.
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 7.5
 67K
Trumbo (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The career of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo is halted by a witch hunt in the late 1940s when he defies the anti-communist HUAC committee and is blacklisted.
Style: talky, factual, intense, touching, suspense ...
Plot: communism, communist, hollywood, movie business, politics, parent child relationship, political persecution, jail, prison, release from prison, screenwriter, mccarthyism ...
Time: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: usa
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 8.3
 86K
The Pacific (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 530 min.
Story: A 10-part mini-series from the creators of "Band of Brothers" telling the intertwined stories of three Marines during America's battle with the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II.
Style: serious, emotional, suspenseful, disturbing, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: battles, military, soldier, navy, marines, war, battle zone, selflessness, friends, peril, behind enemy lines, squad ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1945
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, korea
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The Water Horse (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: New Zealand, UK, Australia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A lonely boy discovers a mysterious egg that hatches a sea creature of Scottish legend.
Style: emotional, entertaining, scenic, exciting, clever ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: young heroes, adventure, friendship, child protagonist, sea monster, rescue from drowning, egg, world war two, underwater, boat accident, adaptation, twists & turns ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: scotland, europe, scottish highlands
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Paradise Road (1997)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Paradise Road is a 1997 film which tells the story of a group of English, American, Dutch and Australian women who are imprisoned in Sumatra during World War II. It was directed by Bruce Beresford and stars Glenn Close as beatific Adrienne Pargiter, ...
Style: serious, uplifting, emotional, touching, harsh ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: prison, war crime, island, survival, war, friendship, pow, human spirit, danger, prison life, holocaust, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: singapore, asia, indonesia, japan, australia ...
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A League of Their Own (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: As America's stock of athletic young men is depleted during World War II, a professional all-female baseball league springs up in the Midwest, funded by publicity-hungry candy maker Walter Harvey (Garry Marshall). Competitive sisters Dottie ...
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, feel good, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, chick flick, kids
Plot: baseball, friendship, sport, rivalry, female athlete, contests and competitions, ambition, hopes, underdog, coach, friendship between women, sister sister relationship ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1943
Place: usa, colorado, oregon, chicago illinois, new jersey ...
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 8.4
 11K
Foyle's War (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, War
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: As WW2 rages around the world, DCS Foyle fights his own war on the home-front as he investigates crimes on the south coast of England. Foyle's War opens in southern England in the year 1940. Later series sees the retired detective working as an ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, clever, realistic, captivating
Plot: police detective, espionage, undercover, spy, investigation, crimes, mystery, crime, war crime, police investigation, nazism, crimes of passion ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, new mexico
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Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: There were five Marines and one Navy Corpsman photographed raising the U.S. flag on Mt. Suribachi by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945. This is the story of three of the six surviving servicemen – John 'Doc' Bradley, Pvt. Rene Gagnon ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, touching, sincere ...
Plot: military, fame, loss of friend, war, survival, danger, homecoming, selflessness, propaganda, battles, state affairs, battle zone ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia, usa, manhattan new york city, washington d.c. ...
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The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: CW Briggs is a veteran insurance investigator, with many successes. Betty Ann Fitzgerald is a new employee in the company he works for, with the task of reorganizing the office. They don't like each other - or at least that's what they ...
Style: witty, humorous, realistic, atmospheric, semi serious ...
Plot: hypnosis, insurance investigator, investigation, workplace, crimes, love and romance, unlikely criminals, power relations, false accusation, magician, heist, plot twist ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1940, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, istanbul turkey
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All the Pretty Horses (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The year is 1949. A young Texan named John Grady finds himself without a home after his mother sells the ranch where he has spent his entire life. Lured south of the border by the romance of cowboy life and the promise of a fresh start, Cole and his ...
Style: sincere, touching, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: false accusation, jail, prisoner, ranch, adventure, life is a bitch, friends, friendship, dishonesty, fall in love, forbidden love, coming of age ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: mexico, texas, latin america
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Where Hands Touch (2018)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: UK
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Germany, 1944. Leyna, the 15-year old daughter of a white German mother and a black African father, meets Lutz, a compassionate member of the Hitler Youth whose father is a prominent Nazi solider, and they form an unlikely connection in this quickly ...
Style: based on true events, disturbing, touching, sincere, atmospheric
Plot: nazi germany, racism, interracial romance, coming of age, young love, society, parent child relationship, overcoming
Time: 1940s
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 7.3
 13K
Stan & Ollie (2018)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: With their golden era long behind them, comedy duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy embark on a variety hall tour of Britain and Ireland. Despite the pressures of a hectic schedule, and with the support of their wives Lucille and Ida – a formidable ...
Style: based on true events, emotional, sincere, factual, touching
Plot: comedy duo, friendship, concert tour, comedian, heart attack, colleague colleague relationship, performer's life, dispute, family relations, laurel and hardy, music hall, flash forward ...
Time: 1940s, 1950s, 1930s, year 1937
Place: ireland, glasgow scotland
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 8.0
 64K
Agent Carter (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
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, semi serious, exciting, tense, captivating
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: secret agents, undercover, special agents, hand to hand combat, adventure, danger, escapades, tough girl, female agent, government agency, friendship, investigation ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1946
Place: usa, new york
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 7.4
 132K
Darkest Hour (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with ...
Style: based on true events, suspense, serious, realistic, harsh
Plot: prime minister, british history, leader, politics, wartime, world war two, leadership, period piece, danger, secretary, decision, choice ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940
Place: england, france, europe
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 7.2
 38K
Anthropoid (2016)
Genre: Biography, History, Thriller, War
Country: Czech Republic, UK, USA, France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In December 1941, Czech soldier Jozef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš parachute into their occupied homeland to assassinate Nazi officer Reinhard Heydrich
Style: intense, factual, emotional, realistic, clever ...
Plot: assassination, third reich, female protagonist, nazi, assassin, betrayal, suspicion, friendship between men, conspiracy, repression, nazi occupation, brutality ...
Time: 1940s, year 1938, year 1942
Place: prague, germany, central europe, prague czech republic, prague czechoslovakia ...
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Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A touching story of an Italian book seller of Jewish ancestry who lives in his own little fairy tale. His creative and happy life would come to an abrupt halt when his entire family is deported to a concentration camp during World War II. While ...
Style: sentimental, touching, tragicomedy, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, human spirit, concentration camp, optimism, survival, self sacrifice, jewish, fascism, captivity, make believe, protecting from truth, protective parent ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: italy, europe, tuscany, poland
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Schindler's List (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 195 min.
Story: The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.
Style: serious, touching, emotional, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, ghetto, anti semitism, rescue, war, survival, genocide, against humanity, nazism, confined, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1990s, 1930s
Place: poland, germany, europe, israel
Is relevant ?
 8.5
 630K
The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: France, Poland, Germany, UK, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he ...
Style: bleak, suspense, emotional, compassionate, harsh ...
Plot: holocaust, pianist, survival, ghetto, against humanity, anti semitism, atrocity, jewish, deportation, starvation, genocide, nazi occupation ...
Time: 1940s, 30s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s
Place: poland, germany, europe, warsaw poland
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We Are from the Future (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 162 min.
Story: Four 21st century treasure seekers are transported back into the middle of a WWII battles in Soviet Union...
Style: exciting, serious, rough
Plot: time travel, war, soldier, military life, courage, friendship, battle zone, military, survival, imaginary, battles, world war two ...
Time: contemporary, 1940s, 21st century, 40s, 20th century ...
Place: russia, soviet union
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Battle for Sevastopol (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Ukraine, Russia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The breakout of the war shatters the world of a young student, Lyudmila Pavlichenko, forcing her to enlist in the army in 1941. The maiden turns out to be a natural-born sniper, her impressive skill and prowess make her stand out among men and women ...
Style: dramatic, realistic, based on true events, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: sniper, female protagonist, great patriotic war, world war two, female soldier, battlefield, fascist, wartime life, wartime, strong female lead, heroism, courage ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: soviet union, ukraine, united states, russia, chicago illinois
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The Secret Scripture (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Ireland
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The hidden memoir of an elderly woman confined to a mental hospital reveals the history of her passionate yet tortured life, and of the religious and political upheavals in Ireland during the 1920s and 30s.
Style: touching, compassionate, emotional, realistic, psychological
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: tragic love, mental illness, female protagonist, irish, diary, life is a bitch, injustice, destiny, mental institution, false accusation, priest, psychotherapist ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s
Place: ireland
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 7K
Manhattan (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: Set against the backdrop of the greatest clandestine race against time in the history of science with the mission to build the world's first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Flawed scientists and their families attempt to co-exist in a ...
Style: serious, clever, captivating, realistic, melancholic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: atomic bomb, military base, scientist, ambition, laboratory, military, race against time, relationship vs career, workplace, power relations, inventions and discoveries, unhappy wife ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1943, year 1944
Place: new mexico, usa
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 6.1
 3K
White Tiger (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Great Patriotic War, early 1940s. After barely surviving a battle with a mysterious, ghostly-white Tiger tank, Red Army Sergeant Ivan Naydenov becomes obsessed with its destruction.
Style: tense, exciting, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: eastern front, obsession, heroic mission, military life, military, supernatural, adventure, war, battles, battle zone, escapades, danger ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: russia
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 8.1
 357K
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Style: touching, based on true events, inspirational, brutal, suspense ...
Plot: war, bible, conscientious objector, violence, courage, survival, father son relationship, world war two, life & death, soldier, pacifism, gore ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: japan, usa
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Mirror for a Hero (1988)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Two not quite similar men, our contemporaries, Sergey Pshenichny and Andrew Nemchinov, are walking in the street in their native mining town and found themselves in 1949. It's a common knowledge that real miracles happen without technical ...
Style: surreal, social, philosophical, social realism
Plot: time travel, father son relationship, time loop, repeated event, war hero, trapped, deja vu, communism, mining town, fantasy world, fantasy becomes reality, adultery ...
Time: 1940s
Place: ussr
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In August of 1944 (2001)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Russia, Belarus
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The movie is set in Belarus, where a team of counter-intelligence officers is given only three days to find a German radio operator posing as a Soviet soldier, behind soviet lines, on the eve of a major offensive.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, serious, realistic, intense ...
Plot: search, spy, world war two, war, wartime, firearm, russian soldier, great patriotic war
Time: 1940s, year 1944
Place: russia
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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Siblings Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter step through a magical wardrobe and find the land of Narnia. There, the they discover a charming, once peaceful kingdom that has been plunged into eternal winter by the evil White Witch, Jadis. Aided by the ...
Style: atmospheric, exciting, fairy tale, epic, scenic ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: imaginary kingdom, witch, good versus evil, fantasy world, magical, family, self sacrifice, parallel world, young heroes, king, adventure, queen ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: dungeon, england, london
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 6.4
 10K
Charlotte Gray (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Australia, Germany
Duration: 121 min.
Story: This is a drama set in Nazi-occupied France at the height of World War II. Charlotte Gray tells the compelling story of a young Scottish woman working with the French Resistance in the hope of rescuing her lover, a missing RAF pilot. Based on the ...
Style: captivating, sentimental, realistic, sexy, romantic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: espionage, resistance, romance, war, rescue, holocaust, couples, fall in love, wartime life, secret agents, love and romance, friends ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: france, london, europe, paris france, vichy ...
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Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Predominantly set during World War II, Steve Rogers is a sickly man from Brooklyn who's transformed into super-soldier Captain America to aid in the war effort. Rogers must stop the Red Skull – Adolf Hitler's ruthless head of weaponry, ...
Style: exciting, entertaining, suspenseful, serious, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: superhero, courage, superhuman powers, heroism, soldier, adventure, heroic mission, good versus evil, army, one man army, scientist, patriotism ...
Time: 1940s, 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, year 1942
Place: usa, new york, norway, italy, alps ...
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Any Human Heart (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Story: A novelist's life ricochets from 1920s Paris to '50s New York and '80s London. Along the way he meets Ernest Hemingway, Ian Fleming and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor - the exiled British king and his mistress Wallis Simpson.
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: encounter, writer's life, love and romance, historical character, love affair, king, memoir, change, marriage, artists and showbiz, elderly, middle aged ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 50s, 80s, 20s ...
Place: england, europe, new york, usa, france ...
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