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The list contains the best, new and most relevant 1940s movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, dramatic, intense, interesting and touching films and TV shows about / with world war two, storytelling, war, soldier, dialogue, death, courage, wartime life, catastrophe and friendship plots mostly in Drama, War and Romance genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
TOP 10 movies tagged as 1940s: Tanks For Stalin (2018), Life Is Beautiful (1997), The Pianist (2002), We Are from the Future (2008), Battle for Sevastopol (2015), The English Patient (1996), Atonement (2007), A Christmas Story (1983), Suite Fran?aise (2014), All Things Fair (1995).
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The Pianist
Biography, Drama, Music, War
France, Poland, Germany, UK, USA
150 min.
 8.5
Battle for Sevastopol
Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Ukraine, Russia
110 min.
 7.2
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The Resistance Banker
Drama, War
Netherlands
123 min.
 7.1
Strange Angel
Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
USA
60 min.
 6.3

List of 1940s movies

Tanks For Stalin
Genre: Action, Comedy, History
Country: Russia
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A prototype of a new cutting edge tank is being taken on a secret mission to Moscow, to Comrade Stalin. Soon the cross-country run turns into a ruthless race. Followed by Nazis, the tanks' team defeats their pursuers and proves the great ...
Style: harsh, suspenseful, tense, exciting, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, soldier, weapons, inventions and discoveries, armored vehicle, explosion, wartime, twists & turns, hopes, landscape, danger, engineer ...
Time: 1940s
Place: soviet union
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Life Is Beautiful
Genre: Comedy, Drama, 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: tragicomedy, sentimental, emotional, realistic, touching ...
Plot: concentration camp, holocaust, protecting from truth, father son relationship, courage, optimism, protective parent, survival, fascism, human spirit, life philosophy, jewish ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s
Place: europe, italy, poland, tuscany
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 8.5
 597K
The Pianist
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, compassionate, suspense, harsh, touching ...
Plot: holocaust, survival, pianist, jewish, anti semitism, ghetto, nazi, genocide, violence, wartime, nazi occupation, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s
Place: poland, germany, europe, warsaw poland
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We Are from the Future
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: serious, rough, exciting
Plot: world war two, great patriotic war, war, soldier, battle zone, time travel, courage, death, friendship, german occupation, german, military life ...
Time: contemporary, 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 21st century ...
Place: russia, soviet union
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Battle for Sevastopol
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, rough, based on true events, tense ...
Plot: great patriotic war, world war two, sniper, female protagonist, female soldier, battlefield, wartime, wartime life, war hero, strong female lead, heroism, courage ...
Time: 1940s
Place: ukraine, soviet union, united states, russia, chicago illinois
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The English Patient
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, dramatic, heartbreaking ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: love story, tragic love, mysterious character, war, destiny, life & death, adultery, tragedy, obsession, love, star crossed lovers, compassion ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1942, year 1944 ...
Place: africa, europe, ethiopia, egypt, italy ...
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 7.8
 218K
Atonement
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, heartbreaking, touching, realistic, dramatic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, prejudice, false accusation, love story, siblings relations, wartime, storytelling, sexualized violence, unfulfilled love, love, injustice, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 40s ...
Place: england, europe, london
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A Christmas Story
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The comic mishaps and adventures of a young boy named Ralph, trying to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift for the 1940s.
Style: sentimental, humorous, touching, semi serious, feel good ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: christmas, family, holiday, childhood, bullying, school, toys, children, parents and children, memory, small town, storytelling ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: indiana, usa
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Suite Fran?aise
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, serious, romantic, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: romance, war, forbidden love, murder, soldier, nazis, wartime, love story, jews, nazi, mentor, betrayal ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 18th century, year 1940
Place: france, europe, germany, england, ireland
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All Things Fair
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 130 min.
Story: This film is set in 1943 when the whole of Europe was embroiled in WWII. It deals with attraction of a 15 year old boy Stig to his teacher Viola. The whole movie revolves around the sexual encounters between Stig and Viola and how he eventually ...
Style: touching, sexual, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, teacher, swedish, male nudity, teachers and students, love affair, drinking, romance, mentor, relationships, forbidden love, coming-of-age ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1943
Place: sweden, europe, scandinavia, stockholm sweden
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 9.2
 1.4M
The Godfather
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: realistic, suspense, serious, captivating, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangster, crime family, cosa nostra, organized crime, mob boss, parents and children, godfather, family business, family, gang war, greed ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1940s, 1950s
Place: new york, italy, usa, europe, sicily ...
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 7.1
 112K
Allied
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: In 1942, an intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.
Style: suspense, romantic, intense, realistic, scenic ...
Plot: spy, war, french, love, espionage, wartime, assassination, betrayal, nazi, period piece, german, marriage ...
Time: 1940s, year 1942
Place: france, london, england, germany, north africa ...
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 7.5
 65K
Trumbo
Genre: Biography, Crime, 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: dramatic, earnest, cerebral, interesting, entertaining ...
Plot: communism, hollywood, politics, cancer, writing, political, censorship, free speech, courage, honest, screenwriter, justice ...
Time: 1950s, 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa
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Operation: Daybreak
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Czechoslovakia, 1942. Three brave Czech patriots risk everything to rid their country of its brutal Nazi leader, SS-General Reinhard Heydrich.
Style: suspenseful, serious, bleak, realistic
Plot: anti heroes, war, village, soldier, assassination, czech history, heroic mission, wartime life, danger, heroes, military, undercover ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, year 1941, year 1942
Place: prague, europe, czech republic, central europe, prague czechoslovakia ...
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 8.3
 21K
'Allo 'Allo
Genre: Comedy, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 30 min.
Story: 'Allo 'Allo! is a British sitcom broadcast on BBC One from 1982 to 1992 comprising eighty-five episodes. The story is set up in a small town café in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. It is a parody of another BBC programme, the ...
Style: humorous, not serious, realistic
Plot: farce, sitcom, cafe, parody, painting, wartime life, goofy hero, war, soldier, countryside, french resistance, german army ...
Time: 1940s
Place: france, europe
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The Way We Were
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart.
Style: sentimental, realistic, emotional, serious, romantic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: politics, romance, love, divorce, idealism, hollywood, unlikely couple, love story, marriage, relationships, friendship, jewish ...
Time: 1950s, 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 40s ...
Place: new york, california, usa, malibu california, manhattan new york city ...
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Summer of '42
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Silent as a painting, the movie shows us day-dreamer Hermie and his friends Oscy and Benjie spending the summer of '42 on an US island with their parents - rather unaffected by WWII. While Oscy's main worries are the when and how of ...
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic, sexual ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, island, teenager, romance, adolescence, coming-of-age, childhood, fall in love, destiny, runaway, friendship, censorship ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 1960s
Place: california
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Saving Private Ryan
Genre: Action, 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, epic, captivating, serious, intense ...
Plot: war, military, gory, courage, sacrifice, violence, friendship, army, d day, destiny, obsessive quest, wartime ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1944
Place: europe, france, germany, normandy, poland ...
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Murder in the First
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Inspired by a true story. A petty criminal sent to Alcatraz in the 1930s is caught attempting to make an escape. As punishment he is put in solitary confinement. The maximum stay is supposed to be 19 days, but Henri spends years alone, cold and in ...
Style: emotional, bleak, serious, dramatic, factual ...
Plot: prison, alcatraz, courtroom, lawyer, murder, fighting the system, torture, male nudity, dedicated lawyer, corruption, mentor, justice ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s, year 1941 ...
Place: california, usa, san francisco, dungeon
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A League of Their Own
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, semi serious, feel good, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick, girls' night, kids
Plot: baseball, underdog, friendship, sport, feminism, women, wartime, drinking, siblings relations, americana, mentor, period piece ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1943
Place: usa, new jersey, colorado, oregon, chicago illinois
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Ivan's Childhood
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Poetic journey through the shards and shadows of one boy’s war-ravaged youth.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Plot: war, innocence lost, german, childhood, soldier, russian, wartime, dreams, brutality, young heroes, visceral, battle zone ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: russia, europe, soviet union, berlin germany
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 8.4
 11K
Foyle's War
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, captivating, realistic, clever
Plot: crime, police detective, mystery, police investigation, village, crimes, espionage, law enforcement, investigation, undercover, war, spy ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: england, europe, new mexico
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 6.8
 2K
Colditz
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 185 min.
Story: Three prisoners, Jack Rose, Tom Willis and Nick McGrade, embark on an heroic plan to escape from a World War Two POW camp. As Rose And Willis are recaptured by the Germans, McGrade manages to traverse their clutches and travels to London to inform ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: soldier, pow, war, palaces castles and temples, human spirit, romance, captivity, prison life, battles, confined, military, love affair ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, year 1939
Place: europe, germany, warsaw poland
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 7.7
 100K
Barton Fink
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood.
Style: dark humor, surreal, clever, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: hotel, writer's life, hollywood, serial killer, murder, insanity, surrealism, writing, creativity, neo noir, writers, neighbor ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
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It Ain't Half Hot Mum
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: UK
Duration: 30 min.
Story: The comic adventures of a group of misfits who form an extremely bad concert party touring the hot and steamy jungles of Burma entertaining the troops during World War II.
Plot: british humour, entertainer, army, sitcom, military, camp, sergeant, jungle, desert, servant, world war two, british empire
Time: 1940s
Place: asia, india, burma
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Escape to Athena
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, War
Country: UK
Duration: 125 min.
Story: During the World War II, the prisoners of a German camp in a greek island are trying to escape. They don't want only their freedom, but they also seek for an ineffable treasure hidden in a monastery at the top of the island's mountain.
Style: bleak, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: island, soldier, archaeologist, adventure, chase, monastery, war, daring rescue, espionage, leadership, escape, survival ...
Time: 1940s
Place: greece, europe
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 7.2
 11K
Marshall
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, battles through one of his career-defining cases.
Plot: lawyer, court, private club, black family, consensual sex, hand bandage, racial segregation, perjury, character appears in newspaper, yiddish, alibi, mud ...
Time: 1940s, year 1967, year 1954
Place: grand central station manhattan new york city, connecticut, mississippi, manhattan new york city
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 6.1
 805
In the Mood
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When 15-year-old Sonny Wisecarver has an affair with his older neighbor Francine and then runs off to marry her, a stern judge has the union annulled. Then, when Sonny finds himself before the same judge after getting involved with another woman in ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic
Audience: date night
Plot: unlikely couple, on the road, romance, looking for love, teenage life, fall in love, love and romance, couples, mischievous children, legal action, infidelity, wooing ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
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 7.4
 4K
Fleming
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 44 min.
Story: A look at the 007 creator, Ian Fleming, and his early life set against the permissive society of war-torn WWII London.
Style: stylized, serious, suspenseful, realistic, sexy ...
Plot: hotshot hero, writer's life, british secret service, wartime life, overbearing mother, spy, womanizer, artists and showbiz, espionage, nazi collaborator, absent father, love affair ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: england, london
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Band of Brothers
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: serious, rough, suspenseful, epic, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, soldier, gory, d day, drugs/alcohol, friendship, military life, battles, battle zone, military, hopes, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: europe, france, germany, netherlands, austria ...
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7.6
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nazi
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7.2
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7.2
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8.0
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8.3
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7.1
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6.0
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8.0
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8.9
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8.6
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german
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8.3
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