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, captivating, exciting and suspenseful films and TV shows about / with world war two, nazi, soldier, danger, murder, german, death, husband wife relationship, war and corpse plots mostly in Drama, War and History genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
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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, suspenseful, captivating, suspense
Plot: world war two, battles, soldier, violence, tank, chase, torture, gunfight, air strike, murder, german, nazi ...
Time: year 1940
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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, bomber, surrealism, bomb, german, battles, airplane, back in time, adventure, marines, danger ...
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: 45 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, suspense ...
Plot: crimes, investigation, serial killer, forensics, world war two, danger, law enforcement, partners, life is a bitch, deadly, police investigation, secretary ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1940, 40s
Place: england, london
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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.
Plot: screenwriter, hollywood, alcoholic, movie business, car accident, democracy, man slaps a man, writers, letter, megaphone, kiss, maid ...
Time: 1930s, year 1937, year 1936, year 1933, year 1934 ...
Place: usa, united states, mojave desert, california, los angeles
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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, based on true events
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gestapo, resistance fighter, coping, world war two, pursuit, survival, lone hero, courage, one man army, life & death, manhunt, storytelling ...
Time: year 1988, year 1940, year 1945, year 1947, 1940s ...
Place: norway, scotland, sweden
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Jane and the Lost City (1987)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 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: saga, humorous, semi serious
Plot: jungle, phonograph, adventurer, heroes, escapades, daring rescue, soldier, danger, treasure hunt, heroic mission, winston churchill, secret passageway ...
Time: year 1940, 1940s
Place: africa, london
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The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: UK, France, Poland, Germany, 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, emotional, suspense, heartbreaking, contemplative ...
Plot: survival, holocaust, world war two, pianist, nazi, against humanity, ghetto, nazi occupation, genocide, anti semitism, jewish, nazism ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, 30s, 40s ...
Place: poland, germany, europe, warsaw poland, central europe
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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, atmospheric, gloomy, disturbing, based on true events ...
Plot: singer, musician's life, music, french, star, loss of child, rising to stardom, fame, death, poverty, ambition, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 1930s, 1920s, 60s ...
Place: france, europe, paris france, montmartre paris, new york ...
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The Well-Digger's Daughter (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 109 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: parents and children, happy ending, lovers apart, pregnancy, father daughter relationship, sister sister relationship, presumed dead, widower, reunion, world war two, large family, first love ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1940, year 1939
Place: france, europe, south of france
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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, light, offbeat ...
Plot: vampire, physical appearance, good versus evil, heroes, escapades, danger, superheroine, female protagonist, absurd humor, obesity, world war two, stereotypes ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1940
Place: europe, germany
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Timecop: The Berlin Decision (2003)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 78 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: exciting, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: time travel, time machine, heroes, chase, martial arts, race against time, undercover, adventure, crimes, danger, heroic mission, track down ...
Time: 19th century, year 1988, 2000s, 1880s, year 1929 ...
Place: europe, germany, texas, california, new jersey ...
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The Disguiser (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: China
Duration: 40 min.
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Story: Set in the Japanese occupation era, the rich yet naive young master Ming Tai is trained to become an agent, and is later sent to become an underground spy for the Communists. Together with his brother and double agent Ming Lou, they try and bring ...
Style: exciting, captivating, psychological, tense, suspense
Plot: spy, japanese occupation, resistance, assassination, brother brother relationship, secret organization, double agent, espionage, mind game, false identity, trust, disguise ...
Time: year 1940, year 1939
Place: china, shanghai
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Tomorrow Was the War (1987)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A drama a life in a small Russian provincial town in 1940 - one year before Germany invaded the Soviet Union. Two school girls for the first time in their lives discover truth about Stalin repressions against innocent people. Based on a novel by ...
Plot: politics, idealism, arrest, funeral, teenage girl, memory, suicide, partisan, betrayal, tragic event, girl, world war two ...
Time: pre world war two, 1940s, year 1940
Place: russia, soviet union
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The Black Bird (1975)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The son of famous detective Sam Spade carries on the family tradition of getting involved with the Maltese Falcon - and with the people who will stop at nothing, including murder, to get it.
Style: not serious, realistic, offbeat, humorous, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: private detective, parody, neo noir, murder, crime, mystery, espionage, danger, dishonesty, investigation, femme fatale, crimes ...
Time: 70s, year 1940, year 1975
Place: san francisco, usa
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Never Look Away (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: Germany, Italy
Duration: 189 min.
Story: Inspired by real events and spanning three eras of German history, film tells the story of Kurt, a young art student who falls in love with fellow student, Ellie. Ellie’s father, Professor Seeband, a famous doctor, is dismayed at his daughter’s ...
Style: suspense, exciting, captivating, sincere, based on true events
Plot: painter, nazism, love, father daughter relationship, ss, third reich, manipulation, pregnant, pregnant woman, portrait painting, childhood memory, truth ...
Time: year 1937, year 1966, 60s, year 1951, year 1948 ...
Place: germany, berlin germany, german democratic republic, crimea, west germany ...
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Francofonia (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France, Germany, Netherlands
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Master filmmaker Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark) transforms a portrait of the world-renowned museum into a magisterial, centuries-spanning reflection on the relation between art, culture and power.
Style: exciting, suspense, enigmatic, suspenseful, semi documentary
Plot: nazi occupation, nazism, louvre, museum, art, painting, art museum, architecture, world war two, fear, portrait painting, evacuation ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944, year 1914, year 1918, year 1939 ...
Place: paris france, st. petersburg russia, russia, germany, vichy ...
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Cantinflas (2014)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Mexico
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Mike Todd is a Broadway producer struggling to produce the film. Around the World in 80 Days. In Mexico, Mario Moreno, a young entertainer is struggling to get some respect, and he manages to become a star. A twist of faith makes them partners. ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, serious, captivating
Plot: filmmaking, hollywood, ambition, rising to stardom, showbiz, rise to the top, actor's life, artists and showbiz, celebrity, fame, husband wife relationship, infidelity ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 30s, 40s, 50s ...
Place: usa, los angeles, mexico, mexico city
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Age of Heroes (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The true story of the formation of Ian Fleming's 30 Commando unit, a precursor for the elite forces in the U.K.
Style: serious, rough, exciting, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, insubordination, heroic mission, adventure, battle zone, race against time, dishonesty, danger, chase, betrayal, military base, military life ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1940
Place: norway, europe, scotland, scottish highlands
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Come What May (2015)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In may 1940, the German troops enter France. Frightened by the progress of the enemy, the people of a small village of Pas-de-Calais decide on the recommendations of the prefecture, to give up everything to go on the road, fleeing to the coast.
Style: propaganda film
Plot: world war two, propaganda, imprisonment, school, blackboard, camera, teacher, nazi propaganda, little boy, prison, british soldier, photograph ...
Time: year 1939, 1930s, 1940s, year 1940
Place: france
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Into the Storm (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: This powerful follow-up to “The Gathering Storm” follows Churchill from 1940 to 1945 as he guided his beleaguered nation through the crucible of the war years--even as his marriage was encountering its own struggles.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, gloomy
Plot: winston churchill, world war two, prime minister, negotiation, state affairs, leadership, head of state, politics, war, political leader, diplomacy, defeat ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1945, year 1940
Place: england, europe
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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, sexual, sexy
Plot: love and romance, older woman younger man sex, world war two, manipulation, infidelity, voyeurism, love triangle, power relations, couples, manipulations, wartime life, sexual relations ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, year 1940, year 1939, 1930s
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, killed in action, desperation, fear, postcard, death of son, husband wife relationship, death penalty, nazi soldier, death sentence ...
Time: year 1940, 1940s
Place: central europe
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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: serious, captivating, realistic, tense, suspense ...
Plot: world war two, war, nazi occupation, soldier, against the odds, battles, military, danger, surprise attack, friendship, military life, battle zone ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1940
Place: denmark, europe
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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, isolation, danger, confined, war, winter, introspection, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1940
Place: norway, europe
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Lawless (2012)
Genre: 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: stylized, atmospheric, serious, rough, bleak ...
Plot: gangsters, smuggling, crimes, mafia, gang, fist fighting, gunfight, greed, rivalry, rebellion, uninhibited rivalry, ambitious ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 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: french army, world war two, beach, shore, steel helmet, uniform, french military, sand, car accident, soldier, french soldier
Time: year 1940
Place: 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, child in peril, supernatural horror, danger, countryside, world war two, death of child, evacuation, cemetery, pursuit ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1941, year 1940
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: sincere, gloomy, sexual, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, military, infidelity, soldier, state affairs, love and romance, romance, couples, strong sexual content, dishonesty, unfulfillment, political unrest ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 30s, 40s, 20th century ...
Place: europe, germany, france, brittany, algeria ...
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Katyn (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 122 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, captivity, military life, life is a bitch, battles, against humanity, confined, military ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1940
Place: poland, russia, europe, soviet union, 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, idealism, double agent, intrigue, espionage, betrayal, invasion, suspicion, politics, patriotism ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, 50s, 40s, 20th century ...
Place: cuba, usa, washington d.c., berlin germany, congo ...
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