Drama

The Glass Key

The Glass Key

The Glass Key

IMDb: 7.1
1942
85min

During the campaign for reelection, the crooked politician Paul Madvig decides to clean up his past, refusing the support of the gangster Nick Varna and associating to the respectable reformist politician Ralph Henry. When Ralph’s son, Taylor Henry, a gambler and the lover of Paul’s sister Opal, is murdered, Paul’s right arm, Ed Beaumont, finds his body on the street. Nick uses the financial situation of The Observer to force the publisher Clyde Matthews to use the newspaper to raise the suspicion that Paul Madvig might have killed Taylor.

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The Talk of the Town

The Talk of the Town

The Talk of the Town

IMDb: 7.6
1942
118min

When the Holmes Woolen Mill burns down, political activist Leopold Dilg is jailed for arson (and murder; one man was lost). Escaping, Leopold hides out in the home of his childhood sweetheart Nora Shelley …which she has just rented to unsuspecting law professor Michael Lightcap.

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Flying Tigers

Flying Tigers

Flying Tigers

IMDb: 6.8
1942
102min

Jim Gordon commands a unit of the famed Flying Tigers, the American Volunteer Group which fought the Japanese in China before America’s entry into World War II. Gordon must send his outnumbered band of fighter pilots out against overwhelming odds while juggling the disparate personalities and problems of his fellow flyers.

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Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn

IMDb: 7.6
1942
100min

Lovely Linda Mason has crooner Jim Hardy head over heels, but suave stepper Ted Hanover wants her for his new dance partner after femme fatale Lila Dixon gives him the brush. Jim’s supper club, Holiday Inn, is the setting for the chase by Hanover and manager Danny Reed. The music’s the thing.

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Bambi

Bambi

Bambi

IMDb: 7.3
1942
70min

Bambi’s tale unfolds from season to season as the young prince of the forest learns about life, love, and friends.

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Casablanca

Casablanca

Casablanca

IMDb: 8.5
1942
102min

In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

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The First of the Few

The First of the Few

The First of the Few

IMDb: 7.0
1942
118min

This 1942 fictionalized biopic chronicles the true story of how two of the most remarkable men in aviation history – visionary Spitfire designer R.J. Mitchell and his test pilot Geoffrey Crisp – designed a streamlined monoplane that led to the development of the Spitfire.

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The Pride of the Yankees

The Pride of the Yankees

The Pride of the Yankees

IMDb: 7.8
1942
128min

The story of the life and career of the baseball hall of famer, Lou Gehrig.

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Now, Voyager

Now, Voyager

Now, Voyager

IMDb: 8.1
1942
117min

A woman suffers a nervous breakdown and an oppressive mother before being freed by the love of a man she meets on a cruise.

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Gentleman Jim

Gentleman Jim

Gentleman Jim

IMDb: 7.7
1942
104min

As bareknuckled boxing enters the modern era, brash extrovert Jim Corbett uses new rules and dazzlingly innovative footwork to rise to the top of the top of the boxing world.

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Yankee Doodle Dandy

Yankee Doodle Dandy

Yankee Doodle Dandy

IMDb: 7.8
1942
126min

A film of the life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer and singer George M. Cohan.

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Blood and Sand

Blood and Sand

Blood and Sand

IMDb: 7.0
1941
125min

Bullfighter Juan Gallardo falls for socialite Dona Sol, turning from the faithful Carmen who nevertheless stands by her man as he continues to face real danger in the bullring.

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Pimpernel Smith

Pimpernel Smith

Pimpernel Smith

IMDb: 7.3
1941
120min

Eccentric Cambridge archaeologist Horatio Smith (Howard) takes a group of British and American archaeology students to pre-war Nazi Germany to help in his excavations. His research is supported by the Nazis, since he professes to be looking for evidence of the Aryan origins of German civilisation. However, he has a secret agenda: to free inmates of the concentration camps.

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Ziegfeld Girl

Ziegfeld Girl

Ziegfeld Girl

IMDb: 6.9
1941
132min

Discovery by Flo Ziegfeld changes a girl’s life but not necessarily for the better, as three beautiful women find out when they join the spectacle on Broadway: Susan, the singer who must leave behind her ageing vaudevillian father; vulnerable Sheila, the working girl pursued both by a millionaire and by her loyal boyfriend from Flatbush; and the mysterious European beauty Sandra, whose concert violinist husband cannot endure the thought of their escaping from poverty by promenading her glamor in skimpy costumes.

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They Died with Their Boots On

They Died with Their Boots On

They Died with Their Boots On

IMDb: 7.3
1941
140min

The story follows General George Armstrong Custer’s adventures from his West Point days to his death. He defies orders during the Civil War, trains the 7th Cavalry, appeases Chief Crazy Horse and later engages in bloody battle with the Sioux nation.

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Swamp Water

Swamp Water

Swamp Water

IMDb: 7.1
1941
88min

A hunter happens upon a fugitive and his daughter living in a Georgia swamp. He falls in love with the girl and persuades the fugitive to return to town.

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Sullivan’s Travels

Sullivan’s Travels

Sullivan’s Travels

IMDb: 8.1
1941
90min

Sullivan is a successful, spoiled, and naive director of fluff films, with a heart-o-gold, who decides he wants to make a film about the troubles of the downtrodden poor. Much to the chagrin of his producers, he sets off in tramp’s clothing with a single dime in his pocket to experience poverty first-hand, and gets a reality shock…

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How Green Was My Valley

How Green Was My Valley

How Green Was My Valley

IMDb: 7.8
1941
118min

At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans (he stern, she gentle) raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life. Lots of atmosphere, very sentimental view of pre-union miners’ lives.

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That Hamilton Woman

That Hamilton Woman

That Hamilton Woman

IMDb: 7.3
1941
128min

Sir William Hamilton, a widower of mature years, is British ambassador to the Court of Naples. Emma who comes for a visit with her mother wouldn’t cut the grade with London society but she gets along well with the Queen of Naples. Emma likes being Lady Hamilton and life goes smoothly until Lord Nelson pays a visit. Sir William decides at first to let his young wife have her fling and pretends not to know what is going on. But the real life lovers, whose first screen romance was in “Fire Over England” (1937) have an even more burning passion for each other in this film.

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Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane

IMDb: 8.4
1941
119min

Newspaper magnate, Charles Foster Kane is taken from his mother as a boy and made the ward of a rich industrialist. As a result, every well-meaning, tyrannical or self-destructive move he makes for the rest of his life appears in some way to be a reaction to that deeply wounding event.

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Man Hunt

Man Hunt

Man Hunt

IMDb: 7.4
1941
105min

British hunter Thorndike vacationing in Bavaria has Hitler in his gun sight. He is captured, beaten, left for dead, and escapes back to London where he is hounded by German agents and aided by a young woman.

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Sergeant York

Sergeant York

Sergeant York

IMDb: 7.8
1941
134min

Alvin York a hillbilly sharpshooter transforms himself from ruffian to religious pacifist. He is then called to serve his country and despite deep religious and moral objections to fighting becomes one of the most celebrated American heroes of WWI.

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Love on the Dole

Love on the Dole

Love on the Dole

IMDb: 6.9
1941
94min

Depressing and realistic family drama about the struggles of unemployment and poverty in 1930s Lancashire. The 20-year-old Kerr gives an emotionally charged performance as Hardcastle, one of the cotton workers trying to make life better. Interlaced with humour that brings a ray of sunshine to the pervasive bleakness, this remains a powerful social study of life between the wars, and was a rare problem picture to come out of Britain at the time.

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Penny Serenade

Penny Serenade

Penny Serenade

IMDb: 7.2
1941
119min

A light-hearted romantic drama starring Cary Grant & Irene Dunne as a couple who meet, fall in love, quarrel and reunite. While listening to a recording of “Penny Serenade”, Julie Gardiner Adams (Irene Dunne) begins reflecting on her past. She recalls her impulsive marriage to newspaper reporter Roger Adams (Carey Grant), which begins on a deliriously happy note but turns out to be fraught with tragedy. Other songs remind her of their courtship, their marriage, their desire for a child, and the joys and sorrows they have shared. A flood of memories come back to her as she ponders on their present problems and how they arose.

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Dumbo

Dumbo

Dumbo

IMDb: 7.3
1941
64min

Dumbo is a baby elephant born with oversized ears and a supreme lack of confidence. But thanks to his even more diminutive buddy — Timothy the Mouse — the pint-sized pachyderm learns to surmount all obstacles.

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His Girl Friday

His Girl Friday

His Girl Friday

IMDb: 8.0
1940
92min

Hildy Johnson has divorced Walter Burns and visits his office to tell him that she is engaged to another man and that they are going to get married the day after. Walter Burns can’t let that happen and frames the other man, Bruce Baldwin, for a lot of stuff getting him into trouble all the time, while he tries to steer Hildy back into her old job as his employee (editor of his newspaper).

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The Fighting 69th

The Fighting 69th

The Fighting 69th

IMDb: 6.8
1940
90min

Although loudmouthed braggart Jerry Plunkett alienates his comrades and officers, Father Duffy, the regimental chaplain, has faith that he’ll prove himself in the end.

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The Great Dictator

The Great Dictator

The Great Dictator

IMDb: 8.5
1940
125min

Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel’s regime.

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Waterloo Bridge

Waterloo Bridge

Waterloo Bridge

IMDb: 7.8
1940
108min

On the eve of World War II, a British officer revisits Waterloo Bridge and recalls the young man he was at the beginning of World War I and the young ballerina he met just before he left for the front. Myra stayed with him past curfew and is thrown out of the corps de ballet. She survives on the streets of London, falling even lower after she hears her true love has been killed in action. But he wasn’t killed. Those terrible years were nothing more than a bad dream is Myra’s hope after Roy finds her and takes her to his family’s country estate.

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The Shop Around the Corner

The Shop Around the Corner

The Shop Around the Corner

IMDb: 8.1
1940
99min

Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand one another, without realising that they are falling in love through the post as each other’s anonymous pen pal.

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Rebecca

Rebecca

Rebecca

IMDb: 8.2
1940
130min

A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband’s dead first wife.

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Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Goodbye, Mr. Chips

IMDb: 7.8
1939
114min

A shy British teacher looks back nostalgically at his long career, taking note of the people touched his life.

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The Four Feathers

The Four Feathers

The Four Feathers

IMDb: 7.6
1939
129min

A disgraced officer risks his life to help his childhood friends in battle.

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

IMDb: 8.2
1939
129min

Naive and idealistic Jefferson Smith, leader of the Boy Rangers, is appointed on a lark by the spineless governor of his state. He is reunited with the state’s senior senator–presidential hopeful and childhood hero, Senator Joseph Paine. In Washington, however, Smith discovers many of the shortcomings of the political process as his earnest goal of a national boys’ camp leads to a conflict with the state political boss, Jim Taylor. Taylor first tries to corrupt Smith and then later attempts to destroy Smith through a scandal.

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The Little Princess

The Little Princess

The Little Princess

IMDb: 7.3
1939
93min

The classic Shirley Temple film in which a little girl goes in search of her father who is reported missing by the military during World War I.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

IMDb: 7.9
1939
116min

King Louis XI is a wise and old king and Frollo is the Chief Justice. Frollo gazes on the gypsy girl, Esmeralda, in the church during Fool’s Day and sends Quasimodo to catch her. Quasimodo, with the girl, is captured by Phoebus, Captain of the Guards, who frees the girl. The courts sentence Quasimodo to be flogged, and the only one who will give him water while he is tied in the square is Esmeralda. Later, at a party of nobles, Esmeralda again meets both Frollo, who is bewitched by her, and Phoebus. When Phoebus is stabbed to death, Esmeralda is accused of the murder, convicted by the court and sentenced to hang. Clopin, King of the Beggars; Gringoire, Esmeralda’s husband; and Quasimodo, the bellringer, all try different ways to save her from the gallows.

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Dark Victory

Dark Victory

Dark Victory

IMDb: 7.6
1939
104min

Judith Traherne is at the height of young society when Dr. Frederick Steele diagnoses a brain tumor. After surgery she falls in love with Steele. The doctor tells her secretary that the tumor will come back and eventually kill her. Learning this, Judith becomes manic and depressive. Her horse trainer Michael, who loves her, tells her to get as much out of life as she can. She marries Steele who intends to find a cure for her illness. As he goes off to a conference in New York failing eyesight indicates to Judith that she is dying.

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Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind

IMDb: 8.2
1939
238min

An American classic in which a manipulative woman and a roguish man carry on a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War and Reconstruction.

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Only Angels Have Wings

Only Angels Have Wings

Only Angels Have Wings

IMDb: 7.7
1939
121min

Geoff Carter (Cary Grant) is the head of a crumbling air freight service in desperate need of a replacement pilot. He is forced to hire a descredited aviator (Richard Barthelmess) who arrives with his wife (Rita Hayworth), Carter’s ex-lover. Meanwhile, traveler Bonnie Lee (Jean Arthur) tries to get close to the emotionally closed-off Carter. The film received two Academy Award nominations.

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The Women

The Women

The Women

IMDb: 8.0
1939
133min

Wealthy Mary Haines is unaware her husband is having an affair with shopgirl Crystal Allen. Sylvia Fowler and Edith Potter discover this from a manicurist and arrange for Mary to hear the gossip. On the train taking her to a Reno divorce Mary meets the Countess and Miriam (in an affair with Fowler’s husband). While they are at Lucy’s dude ranch, Fowler arrives for her own divorce and the Countess meets fifth husband-to-be Buck. Back in New York, Mary’s ex is now unhappily married to Crystal who is already in an affair with Buck.

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