Year 1940 movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant year 1940 movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, suspense, suspenseful, captivating and exciting films and TV shows about / with world war two, soldier, nazi, storytelling, death, runaway, danger, murder, brutality and mentor plots mostly in Drama, War and Biography genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
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year 1940 movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as year 1940: Operation Dunkirk (2017), Flight World War II (2015), Murder on the Home Front (2013), Mank (2020), The 12th Man (2017), Jane and the Lost City (1987), The Pianist (2002), La Vie en Rose (2007), The Well Digger's Daughter (2011), Blubberella (2011).

List of year 1940 movies

Operation Dunkirk (2017)
Genre: Action, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A band of soldiers tasked with staying behind during the Battle of Dunkirk to rescue a scientist with information that could turn the tide of the war must battle their way through dangerous Nazi territory to complete their mission.
Style: exciting, tense, suspense, captivating, suspenseful
Plot: world war two, battles, soldier, gunfight, chase, torture, tank, air strike, german, nazi, murder, violence ...
Time: year 1940
Place: dunkirk
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Flight World War II (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: International Flight 42 is on course, when all of a sudden a massive and weird storm crops up around the plane. This sends the plane back in time to the year 1940- smack dab in the middle of WWII! Now, the crew and passengers must not only find a ...
Style: suspense, captivating, exciting, tense
Plot: time travel, world war two, back in time, german, airplane, battles, surrealism, bomb, bomber, marines, escapades, adventure ...
Time: year 1940, 1940s, 2010s
Place: berlin germany
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Murder on the Home Front (2013)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: At the height of the London blitz, Dr Lennox Collins, pioneer of the new forensic science, is enlisted by DI Wilkins after prostitute Mary Williams is strangled and a swastika carved on her tongue.
Style: realistic, stylized, captivating, tense, exciting ...
Plot: crimes, investigation, serial killer, forensics, world war two, partners, law enforcement, life is a bitch, police investigation, bodies, secretary, female partner ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1940
Place: england, london
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 6.8
 71K
Mank (2020)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: 1930s Hollywood is reevaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane.
Style: emotional, intense, inspirational, sentimental, nostalgic
Plot: screenwriter, alcoholic, hollywood, movie business, friendship, loneliness, car accident, wealth, father son relationship, film producer, friend, great depression ...
Time: 1930s, year 1933, year 1937, year 1942, year 1940 ...
Place: los angeles, usa, mojave desert, california
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 7.3
 25K
The 12th Man (2017)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: Norway
Duration: 135 min.
Story: After a failed anti-Nazi sabotage mission leaves his 11 comrades dead, Norwegian resistance fighter Jan Baalsrud finds himself fleeing from the Gestapo through the snowbound reaches of Scandinavia.
Style: uplifting, suspense, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gestapo, resistance fighter, lone hero, coping, world war two, survival, chase, nazi, courage, one man army, life & death, self mutilation ...
Time: year 1943, year 1945, year 1988, year 1947, year 1940 ...
Place: norway, sweden, scotland
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Jane and the Lost City (1987)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Jane and the Colonel must journey to Africa to the lost city to retrieve the diamonds before the Nazis do. Comedy based on the popular wartime comic strip.
Style: semi serious, saga, humorous
Plot: jungle, escapades, treasure hunt, heroes, adventurer, daring rescue, soldier, heroic mission, diamonds, hippopotamus, woman in underwear, camp ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940
Place: africa, london
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 8.5
 804K
The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: France, Poland, Germany, UK
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, heartbreaking, harsh ...
Plot: survival, holocaust, world war two, pianist, nazi, against humanity, genocide, nazi occupation, jewish, ghetto, anti semitism, starvation ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1944, year 1939 ...
Place: poland, germany, europe, warsaw poland, central europe
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 7.6
 86K
La Vie en Rose (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: France, UK, Czech Republic
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A swirling, impressionistic portrait of an artist who regretted nothing, writer-director Olivier Dahan's La Vie en Rose stars Marion Cotillard in a blazing performance as the legendary French icon Edith Piaf. From the mean streets of the ...
Style: touching, gloomy, atmospheric, disturbing, biting ...
Plot: singer, french, musician's life, music, loss of child, rising to stardom, fame, poverty, death, life is a bitch, lifestyle, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 50s, 60s, year 1935 ...
Place: france, europe, paris france, manhattan new york city, normandy ...
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The Well Digger's Daughter (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: It's the beginning of the WWII. South of France. Patricia, 18, is the oldest daughter of a well-digger, Pascal, who considers her a princess because of her moral qualities. She's kind, devoted. One day, she briefly meets a young man, ...
Style: touching, romantic, sincere, surprise ending, sentimental ...
Plot: happy ending, father daughter relationship, parents and children, large family, sister sister relationship, lovers apart, pregnancy, presumed dead, widower, first love, single mother, fighter pilot ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1940, year 1939
Place: france, provence, europe, south of france
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 2.4
 3K
Blubberella (2011)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: Germany, Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: An action comedy centered on Blubberella, an overweight half-vampire woman whose footsteps cause explosions and whose dual swords are used against anyone who makes fun of her. She must face an army of undead Nazi soldiers in her valiant struggle ...
Style: not serious, humorous, exciting, parody, light ...
Plot: vampire, good versus evil, heroes, escapades, physical appearance, superheroine, female protagonist, absurd humor, obesity, world war two, stereotypes, nazi ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1940
Place: europe, germany
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Timecop 2: The Berlin Decision (2003)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: 20 years after a set of events, the Time Enforcement Commission (TEC), is still going strong. Now Brandon Miller a TEC operative, believes that they have a responsibility to change history hoping that the world will be better but Ryan Chan another ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: time travel, heroes, time machine, martial arts, chase, race against time, heroic mission, undercover, adventure, crimes, track down, psychopath ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, 2000s, 1940s, year 1988 ...
Place: germany, europe, los angeles, atlantic city, texas ...
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Return to Never Land (2002)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Canada, Australia
Duration: 72 min.
Story: The classic tale of 'Peter Pan' continues in Disney's sequel 'Return to Never Land'. In 1940 on a world besieged by World War II, Wendy, now grown up, has two children, one of them is her daughter, Jane.
Style: fairy tale, exciting, humorous, semi serious, feel good ...
Audience: kids, preschoolers, family outing, girls' night, teens
Plot: fairy, imaginary kingdom, friendship, kidnapping, pirate, heroes, world war two, adventure, family, mischievous children, young heroes, mermaid ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 50s, year 1940
Place: london, england
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 6.1
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Our Patriots (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 105 min.
Story: After the French defeat of summer 1940, Addi Ba, a young Senegalese rifleman escapes and hides in the Vosges. Aided by some villagers, he gets false documents that allow him to live openly.
Style: exciting, suspense, suspenseful, captivating, tense ...
Plot: resistance, escape, french resistance, farm, prisoner, school, world war two, racism, arrest, teacher, pow, school teacher ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940
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Promise at Dawn (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 131 min.
Story: From his childhood in Poland to his adolescence in Nice to his years as a student in Paris and his tough training as a pilot during World War II, this tragi-comedy tells the romantic story of Romain Gary, one of the most famous French novelists and ...
Style: touching, lyrical, tragic ending
Plot: mother son relationship, single mother, world war two, education, diabetes, mother love, promise, writer's life, aviator, bomber, letter, life is a bitch ...
Time: year 1940, year 1938
Place: poland, france, nice france, london, paris france ...
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The Good and the Bad (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, War
Country: France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: From 1935 to 1945, the happiness of a couple turns to sadness when their Traction Avant auto is used by the gang des Tractions Avant.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: world war two, police officer, resistance, gestapo, heist, criminal heroes, wartime life, obsessive quest, dishonesty, on the run, crimes, politics ...
Time: 20th century, year 1940, 1940s, year 1944, 1930s ...
Place: paris france
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 6.5
 458
Submission (1976)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In wartime France, Pharmacist Elaine (Lisa Gastoni) begins a torrid affair with her shop assistant Armand (Franco Nero), but she soon becomes dominated by him. He demands more & more from her, humiliating her & putting her family at ...
Style: serious, realistic, sexy, sexual
Plot: love and romance, manipulation, world war two, voyeurism, love triangle, infidelity, older woman younger man sex, rape turns to consensual sex, power relations, couples, boss and employee, wartime life ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940, 1930s, year 1939
Place: france, europe
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Everyone Dies Alone (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When they start losing family members and neighbors due to WWII and the Nazi government's policies, a quiet married couple becomes disillusioned and begins spreading leaflets against the government - a crime punishable by death.
Plot: world war two, gestapo, death, anti nazi, death sentence, fear, ss, nazi germany, killed in action, nazi soldier, husband wife relationship, resistance ...
Time: year 1940, 1940s
Place: central europe
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 6.6
 6K
April 9th (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Denmark
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In the early morning of April 9th 1940 the Danish army is alerted. The Germans have crossed the border; Denmark is at war against Europe's strongest army. In Southern Jutland Danish bicycle- and motorcycle companies are ordered out, to against ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, tense, suspense ...
Plot: war, world war two, nazi occupation, soldier, battles, military, against the odds, friendship, rivalry, military life, battle zone, german soldier ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1940
Place: denmark, 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: emotional, realistic, captivating, serious, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, world war two, nazi occupation, german soldier, fall in love, german officer, love and romance, war, nazi officer, nazi occupied france, soldier, military ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1940, 18th century
Place: france, europe, germany, paris france, england ...
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 7.1
 21K
Into the White (2012)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Norway, Sweden, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Into the White is an anti-war movie. High above the harsh Norwegian wilderness, English and German pilots shoot each other to the ground after a violent chance encounter. Isolated, they must fight to survive the brutal winter. Though war has made ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, captivating, suspenseful
Plot: survival, foe turned friend, air disaster, wilderness, world war two, cold, airplane shot down, isolation, war, confined, winter, mistrust ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1940
Place: norway, europe
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 7.2
 240K
Lawless (2012)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Set in the Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits.
Style: harsh, stylized, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: gangsters, smuggling, mafia, great depression, crimes, gang, bootlegging, organized crime, greed, ambitious, uninhibited rivalry, rivalry ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1931, year 1940, 1940s
Place: virginia, usa, appalachia, new jersey
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Weekend at Dunkirk (1964)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In June 1940, during the Dunkirk evacuation of Allied troops to England, French sergeant Julien Maillat and his men debate whether to evacuate to Britain or stay and fight the German troops that are closing-in from all directions. - from IMDB
Plot: world war two, french army, airplane, death, rape, priest, beach, seaside, parachute, church, boat, dune ...
Time: year 1940
Place: dunkirk, english channel, flanders
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The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (2014)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: 40 years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House, a group of children evacuated from WWII London arrive, awakening the house's darkest inhabitant.
Style: gothic, scary, twist ending, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: haunted house, ghost, supernatural, supernatural horror, child in peril, countryside, world war two, death of child, evacuation, cemetery, wartime life, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1940, year 1941
Place: england, london
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A French Woman (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Wed just as war breaks out, Jeanne hardly gets to know her military husband, Louis, before the debacle of 1940. While waiting for his return from a POW camp, Jeanne journeys through countless affairs with Louis' comrades- in-arms. Hoping to ...
Style: sexy, gloomy, sexual, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: military, world war two, infidelity, couples, love and romance, unfulfillment, dishonesty, romance, soldier, state affairs, unfulfilled love, love affair ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, 50s, post world war two ...
Place: france, germany, europe, algeria, syria ...
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 7.0
 16K
Katyn (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 121 min.
Story: An examination of the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940.
Style: disturbing, heartbreaking, sentimental, sad, realistic ...
Plot: war crime, world war two, nazism, survival, war, life is a bitch, military life, captivity, against humanity, military, confined, occupation ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1940
Place: poland, russia, europe, ussr, germany ...
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The Good Shepherd (2006)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 167 min.
Story: Edward Wilson, the only witness to his father's suicide and member of the Skull and Bones Society while a student at Yale, is a morally upright young man who values honor and discretion, qualities that help him to be recruited for a career in ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, tense ...
Plot: cold war, spy, cia, double agent, idealism, intrigue, espionage, betrayal, invasion, politics, suspicion, patriotism ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1930s ...
Place: cuba, usa, washington d.c., berlin germany, congo ...
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Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Three children evacuated from London during World War II are forced to stay with an eccentric spinster (Eglantine Price). The children's initial fears disappear when they find out she is in fact a trainee witch.
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, stylized, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: witch, world war two, curses spells and rituals, magic, apprentice, flying, adventure, against the odds, friendship, heroic mission, supernatural ability, rescue ...
Time: 20th century, year 1940, 1940s, 70s
Place: england, europe, london
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 6.6
 32K
Back to School (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Self-made millionaire Thornton Melon decides to get a better education and enrolls at his son Jason's college. While Jason tries to fit in with his fellow students, Thornton struggles to gain his son's respect, giving way to hilarious ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, witty, funny, light ...
Audience: teens
Plot: college, fish out of water, switching roles, parents and children, college life, youth, family relations, disorder, teachers and students, follow your dream, father son relationship, graduation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1940, future
Place: usa, new york
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An American Carol (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: In An American Carol a cynical, Anti-American Hollywood filmmaker sets out on a crusade to abolish the 4th of July holiday. He is visited by three spirits who take him on a hilarious journey in an attempt to show him the true meaning of America.
Style: parody, humorous, not serious, light, absurd ...
Audience: teens
Plot: politics, ghost, state affairs, nothing goes right, celebrity culture, americana, religions or cults, disorder, lifestyle, goofy hero, satire, farce ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1968, year 1940
Place: usa, new york, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, cuba ...
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YellowBrickRoad (2010)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In the Fall of 1940, the entire population of Friar, New Hampshire walked together up a winding mountain trail and into the wilderness. Without warning, they left behind everything: their homes, their clothes, and their money. The only clue where ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, scary
Plot: forest, wilderness, urban legend, survival, haunted by the past, obsession, missing person, small town life, small town, escapades, social relations, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 20th century, 1940s ...
Place: new england, new hampshire, usa
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