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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, touching and interesting films and TV shows about / with world war two, storytelling, catastrophe, war, dialogue, wartime, idealism, culture clash, soldier and wartime life plots mostly in Drama, War and Romance genres shot in USA, UK, Russia and other countries.
TOP 10 movies tagged as 1940s: Tanks For Stalin (2018), Darkest Hour (2017), Life Is Beautiful (1997), The Pianist (2002), We Are from the Future (2008), Battle for Sevastopol (2015), Agent Carter (2015), Sobibor (2018), The English Patient (1996), Atonement (2007).
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Life Is Beautiful
Comedy, Drama, War
Italy
116 min.
 8.6
The Pianist
Biography, Drama, Music, War
France, Poland, Germany, UK, USA
150 min.
 8.5
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Sobibor
Drama, History, War
Russia, Germany, Lithuania, Poland
110 min.
 6.3
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Drama, History, Romance
UK, France, USA
124 min.
 7.4

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, suspense, exciting, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, soldier, armored vehicle, weapons, inventions and discoveries, explosion, hopes, wartime, twists & turns, engineer, danger, gunfight ...
Time: 1940s
Place: soviet union
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 7.4
 112K
Darkest Hour
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, historical character, british history, world war two, leader, politics, leadership, period piece, wartime, danger, secretary, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940
Place: england, france, europe
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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
 604K
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, world war two, nazi occupation ...
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: rough, serious, exciting
Plot: world war two, great patriotic war, war, soldier, battle zone, time travel, death, friendship, courage, 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: realistic, dramatic, rough, based on true events, suspense ...
Plot: great patriotic war, world war two, sniper, female protagonist, female soldier, battlefield, wartime, wartime life, war hero, courage, heroism, strong female lead ...
Time: 1940s
Place: ukraine, soviet union, chicago illinois, united states, russia
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 8.0
 63K
Agent Carter
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: semi serious, exciting, suspenseful, tense, captivating
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: secret agents, tough girl, female agent, adventure, investigation, friendship, hi-tech, government agency, undercover, hand to hand combat, shooting, conspiracy ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1946
Place: usa, new york
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 6.3
 787
Sobibor
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Russia, Germany, Lithuania, Poland
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Based on the true story, international historical project “Sobibor” is dedicated to the heroism of the Soviet o cer Alexander Pechersky. During the great Patriotic war, being in a Nazi concentration camp Sobibor he managed to do the impossible ...
Style: based on true events, rough, factual, suspenseful
Plot: concentration camp, world war two, escape, nazi germany, holocaust survivor, concentration camp survivor, mass murder, barefoot woman, holocaust, shoah, genocide, nazi ...
Time: 1940s
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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 1944, year 1942 ...
Place: africa, europe, ethiopia, egypt, italy ...
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 7.8
 220K
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, realistic, captivating ...
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, realistic, sincere ...
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
 115K
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
 66K
Trumbo
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: 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: Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, USA
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, bleak
Plot: anti heroes, village, soldier, war, assassination, czech history, heroic mission, wartime life, danger, heroes, military, undercover ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, year 1942, year 1941
Place: prague, europe, czech republic, central europe, 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, surreal
Plot: farce, sitcom, cafe, parody, soldier, painting, wartime life, goofy hero, war, countryside, french resistance, gestapo ...
Time: 1940s
Place: france, europe, dungeon
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White Mischief
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
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, clever, realistic, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, couple relations, infidelity, love affair, crime, decadence, romance, social differences, dishonesty, love and romance, society, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: kenya, africa, england
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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, idealism, divorce, hollywood, unlikely couple, love story, marriage, relationships, friendship, jewish ...
Time: 1950s, 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 40s ...
Place: new york, california, usa, washington d.c., malibu california ...
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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: 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, realistic ...
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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 7.4
 11K
Hope and Glory
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: British writer/director John Boorman (The Emerald Forest) draws us into an astonishing and exhilarating portrait of his own childhood, set against the terrors of a London torn apart by the onset of WWII. Seven-year-old Billy Rohan (Sebastian Rice ...
Style: humorous, realistic, touching, sentimental, semi serious ...
Plot: war, wartime, coming of age, childhood, danger, british, love and romance, adolescence, runaway, children, idealism, german ...
Time: 1940s, year 1939
Place: england, london, europe
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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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, captivating, 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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The Marriage of Maria Braun
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, surreal, serious, reflective ...
Plot: marriage, german, human nature, infidelity, loneliness, women, character study, relationships, sacrifice, tragedy, romance, wartime life ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 1930s, year 1943 ...
Place: germany, europe, canada, west germany
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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, war, palaces castles and temples, human spirit, captivity, romance, prison life, battles, confined, military, love affair, love triangle ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, year 1939
Place: europe, germany, warsaw poland
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 7.7
 101K
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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