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, dramatic, touching, harsh and talky films and TV shows about / with world war two, runaway, culture clash, mentor, catastrophe, war, brutality, storytelling, wartime and danger plots mostly in Drama, War and History genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
1940s
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1940s movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as 1940s: Foyle's War (2002), Band of Brothers (2001), The Counterfeiters (2007), Agent Carter (2015), Kill Your Darlings (2013), The Water Horse (2007), The Halcyon (2017), Fleming (2014), The Mystic Masseur (2001), Yanks (1979).

List of 1940s movies

 8.4
 12K
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, clever, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: police detective, world war two, espionage, undercover, police investigation, war crime, spy, crime, mystery, crimes, investigation, crimes of passion ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, london, new mexico
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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: suspenseful, epic, serious, rough, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, war, military life, military, sniper, battles, world war two, patriotism, friendship, gory, behind enemy lines, human spirit ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, france, netherlands, austria ...
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The Counterfeiters (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, War
Country: Austria, Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story Jewish counterfeiter, Salomon Sorowitsch, coerced into assisting the Nazi operation of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp during World War II.
Style: tense, serious, disturbing, suspenseful, harsh ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, forgery, world war two, counterfeit money, survival, anti semitism, jewish, german, war crime, nazi, nazi germany ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, 30s, 40s ...
Place: europe, germany, berlin germany, zurich switzerland, vienna ...
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 7.9
 71K
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, exciting, semi serious, captivating, tense
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: secret agents, female agent, undercover, tough girl, hand to hand combat, adventure, special agents, imaginary, heroes, government agency, investigation, friendship ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1946
Place: usa, new york
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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, captivating, serious, intellectual, psychological ...
Plot: poet, obsession, youth, friendship, student life, sexual tension, writer's life, lifestyle, murder, friends, university, gay ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 21st century, year 1944 ...
Place: usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
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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, twists and turns, scenic, exciting ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: sea monster, adventure, world war two, young heroes, friendship, underwater, child protagonist, egg, rescue from drowning, boat, boat accident, kids and family ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: scotland, europe, scottish highlands
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 7.4
 2K
The Halcyon (2017)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The story of a bustling and glamorous five star hotel at the centre of London society and a world at war.
Style: realistic, disturbing, psychological, thought provoking, captivating
Plot: hotel, world war two, manager, hotel manager, aristocracy, chambermaid, maid, bellhop, chef, wartime, society, housekeeper ...
Time: 1940s
Place: england, london
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 7.3
 4K
Fleming (2014)
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: serious, stylized, exciting, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: hotshot hero, world war two, post war, spy, british secret service, womanizer, nazi collaborator, love and romance, espionage, nazism, undercover, secret service ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 50s, 40s, 1930s
Place: london, england
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The Mystic Masseur (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, India, Trinidad and Tobago, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Circa 1940 in Trinidad, still a British Colony, lives Ganesh Ramseyor, of East Indian origin, along with his wife, Leela. He longs to reach out to people, especially to Hindus, in order to promote the Hindu Faith, and be known as a writer. He does ...
Style: serious, touching, talky, meditative, realistic ...
Plot: politics, miraculous event, writer's life, ambition, friendship, rise and fall, love affair, love and romance, celebrity culture, rise to the top, husband wife relationship, village ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 40s, 1950s
Place: latin america, india, oxford university, canada
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 6.4
 3K
Yanks (1979)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: 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, realistic, emotional, touching
Plot: world war two, wartime life, soldier, racism, prejudice, couple relations, love affair, infidelity, romance, war, opposites attract, forbidden love ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, northern england
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 5.9
 4K
Swing Shift (1984)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In 1941 America Kay and her husband are happy enough until he enlists after Pearl Harbor. Against his wishes, his wife takes a job at the local aircraft plant where she meets Hazel, the singer from across the way the two soon become firm friends and ...
Style: sentimental, touching, semi serious, humorous, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: world war two, love triangle, romance, friendship, love and romance, love affair, couple relations, couples, factory, husband wife relationship, wartime, adultery ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1941, 1950s ...
Place: germany, poland, hawaii
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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, war, army, battles, sniper, world war two, heroic mission, courage, warrior, rescue, d day, bravery ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1944
Place: normandy, france, europe, poland, germany ...
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 7.5
 31K
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, love and romance, lifestyle, family problems, parents and children, dysfunctional family, enema ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 40s, 20th century, 30s ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city, new jersey
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 6.8
 1K
Raggedy Man (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Nita, a divorced mother of two boys, is stuck working as a telephone operator in a small Texas town in World War II. Her friendship with a sailor on leave causes tongues to wag in town.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, talky, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: small town, world war two, friendship, family relations, couples, parents and children, woman in danger, single parent, social relations, prejudice, gossip, sailor ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, new jersey
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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, girls' night
Plot: world war two, prison, pow, war crime, island, survival, war, friendship, human spirit, danger, prison life, holocaust ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 40s, 20th century, 30s
Place: singapore, asia, indonesia, japan, australia ...
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Winter in Wartime (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Netherlands, Belgium
Duration: 103 min.
Story: During World War II in the freezing Netherlands winter of 1944/1945 the western Netherlands are in the grip of a famine. Many people move east to provide for their families. Fourteen year old Michiel can't wait to join the Dutch resistance, to ...
Style: tense, exciting, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: world war two, nazism, resistance, execution, coming of age, occupation, nazi, wartime life, adventure, military, german, danger ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: netherlands, europe, holland
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 6.8
 17K
Midway (1976)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: This war drama depicts the U.S. and Japanese forces in the naval Battle of Midway, which became a turning point for Americans during World War II.
Style: epic, realistic, suspenseful, exciting, serious ...
Plot: naval battle, world war two, military, u.s. navy, war, against the odds, heroic mission, danger, underdog, military life, death of protagonist, main character dies ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1942, 70s
Place: pacific ocean, japan, tokyo, germany, hawaii ...
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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, feel good, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, chick flick, kids, teens
Plot: baseball, world war two, friendship, rivalry, sport, contests and competitions, ambition, hopes, underdog, female athlete, sport team, coach ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1943
Place: chicago illinois, usa, oregon, colorado, new jersey ...
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Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, 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, sincere, touching ...
Plot: world war two, war, fame, loss of friend, battles, military, survival, homecoming, danger, selflessness, propaganda, battle zone ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: japan, pacific ocean, usa, asia, arizona ...
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The Final Countdown (1980)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In 1980, the US Navy's most powerful warship, the USS Nimitz, is caught in a storm during routine manoeuvres in the Pacific. Enveloped by a strange green light, the ship passes through a vortex and when they emerge, their communications have ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, twists and turns, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: time travel, military, world war two, changing the past or future, adventure, race against time, heroic mission, war, airplane, battles, military life, seaport ...
Time: 1940s, 80s, 20th century, 70s, 40s ...
Place: pearl harbor, pacific ocean, hawaii, japan
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Falling in Love Again (1980)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Harry and Sue Lewis met in the 40s as teenagers living in the Bronx. He was an aspiring architect, she was the most beautiful girl in school, and both had a fondness for bran muffins. They fell in love, got married, moved to Los Angeles, and had two ...
Style: sentimental, serious, touching, realistic, romantic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: reunion, love, high school reunion, midlife crisis, romance, couples, couple relations, infidelity, self discovery, lifestyle, memory, fall in love ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 70s
Place: usa, new york, bronx new york city, argentina
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The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Near the end of World War II, Maria marries Hermann, who is immediately sent off to battle. When the war concludes, Maria believes that Hermann is dead. She starts working at an Allied bar, where she meets American soldier Bill. They start a ...
Style: emotional, psychological, touching, serious, surreal ...
Plot: infidelity, marriage, world war two, love triangle, post war, couples, lovers reunited, rise to the top, romance, battle of the sexes, love and romance, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1943, 1950s ...
Place: germany, europe, west germany, berlin germany, canada
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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, feel good, atmospheric ...
Plot: hypnosis, insurance investigator, investigation, crimes, workplace, love and romance, unlikely criminals, power relations, false accusation, heist, plot twist, justice ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1940, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, istanbul turkey, manhattan new york city, madagascar
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Colditz (2005)
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: realistic, serious, touching, tense, exciting
Plot: world war two, pow, soldier, military, castle, battles, prison life, love and romance, romance, love triangle, confined, war ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, year 1939
Place: europe, germany, warsaw poland
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A Bridge Too Far (1977)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 175 min.
Story: A Bridge Too Far tells the story of Operation Market Garden, the failed attempt by the allies to end the war quickly by securing three bridges in Holland and allowing access over the Rhine into Germany. A combination of poor allied intelligence and ...
Style: epic, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: war, world war two, behind enemy lines, allies, army, against the odds, heroic mission, battle zone, soldier, mission, danger, invasion ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1944, 70s
Place: netherlands, holland, germany, europe, poland ...
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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: touching, sincere, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: false accusation, jail, prisoner, ranch, adventure, friends, life is a bitch, friendship, dishonesty, fall in love, forbidden love, coming of age ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: mexico, texas, latin america
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Ivan's Childhood (1962)
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: atmospheric, bleak, serious, meditative, psychological ...
Plot: world war two, orphan, war, anti war, red army, youth, heroes, battles, german, boy, child execution, child spy ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1943
Place: russia, europe, soviet union, berlin germany, japan
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 7.4
 164K
Darkest Hour (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, History, Thriller, 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: british history, prime minister, world war two, politics, winston churchill, leader, wartime, british empire, leadership, period piece, danger, historical character ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940
Place: england, europe, london, france, britain
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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: bleak, realistic, rough, 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: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1941
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia
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Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: In the summer of 1941, the United States and Japan seem on the brink of war after constant embargos and failed diplomacy come to no end. "Tora! Tora! Tora!", named after the code words use by the lead Japanese pilot to indicate they had ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, epic, factual ...
Plot: world war two, military life, battleship, military, navy, war, political unrest, state affairs, imperial japan, anti war, battles, rebellion ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1941, 70s
Place: hawaii, japan, pearl harbor, washington d.c., germany ...
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