Best 1940s Films

The 40s saw the growth and development of the film industry into something truly unique. With classics like Casablanca and It’s a Wonderful Life, we can’t wait to dive into these best movies of the 1940s.

What’s on the Best 1940s Films Timeline?

This timeline assembles all of the best movies from the 1940s. These include all the winners of the Best Picture Oscar, as well as others noted for their critical reception, financial success, and lasting status.

The 1940s progressed the film business in a big way. Color film was beginning to take permanent hold, though many were still released in black and white. Stars like Humphrey Bogart were in their prime, and directors like Alfred Hitchcock were beginning to become household names.

We hope you enjoy this dive into film history. Film historians should enjoy this compilation of influential, popular, and critically acclaimed films. Enjoy!

As always, if you see something you think we should add or change, give us a shout out in the comment section below.

And if you liked this timeline, you might like to move on to the next one, the Best 1950s Films.

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Nunnally Johnson

1940-01-24

107

1940s

Film

Aurelius Battaglia
Erdman Penner
Joseph Sabo
Otto Englander
Ted Sears
Webb Smith
William Cottrell

1940-02-07

108

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Tom Kilpatrick

1940-04-12

109

1940s

Film

Michael Hogan
Philip MacDonald

1940-04-12

110

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James Hilton
Robert Benchley

1940-08-16

111

1940s

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Charlie Chaplin

1940-10-15

112

1940s

Film

Dick Huemer
Joe Grant

1940-11-13

113

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Donald Ogden Stewart
Waldo Salt

1940-12-26

114

1940s

Film

Angus MacPhail
John Baines

1941-05-24

115

1940s

Film

Abem Finkel
Harry Chandlee
Howard E. Koch
John Huston
Sam Cowan

1941-07-02

116

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Film

Seton I. Miller
Sidney Buchman

1941-08-07

117

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Film

Herman J. Mankiewicz
Orson Welles

1941-09-05

118

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John Huston

1941-10-18

119

1940s

Film

Philip Dunne

1941-10-28

120

1940s

Film

Dick Huemer
Joe Grant
Otto Englander

1941-10-31

121

1940s

Film

Alma Reville
Joan Harrison
Samson Raphaelson

1941-11-14

122

1940s

Film

Emeric Pressburger

1941-11-24

123

1940s

Film

Curt Siodmak

1941-12-12

124

1940s

Film

Julius J. Epstein
Philip G. Epstein

1942-01-01

125

1940s

Film

Michael Kanin
Ring Lardner Jr.

1942-02-19

126

1940s

Film

Dorothy Parker
Joan Harrison
Peter Viertel

1942-04-22

127

1940s

Film

Arthur Wimperis
Claudine West
George Froeschel
James Hilton

1942-06-04

128

1940s

Film

Herman J. Mankiewicz
Jo Swerling

1942-07-14

129

1940s

Film

Perce Pearce

1942-08-21

130

1940s

Film

DeWitt Bodeen

1942-12-06

131

1940s

Film

Alma Reville
Sally Benson
Thornton Wilder

1943-01-12

132

1940s

Film

Howard Koch
Julius J. Epstein
Philip G. Epstein

1943-01-23

133

1940s

Film

Dudley Nichols

1943-07-14

134

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Film

Samson Raphaelson

1943-08-11

135

1940s

Film

James O’Hanlon
John Howard Lawson

1943-11-11

136

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Film

Carl Theodor Dreyer
Mogens Skot-Hansen
Poul Knudsen

1943-11-13

137

1940s

Film

Jo Swerling

1944-01-11

138

1940s

Film

Frank Butler
Frank Cavett

1944-05-03

139

1940s

Film

John L. Balderston
John Van Druten
Walter Reisch

1944-05-04

140

1940s

Film

Billy Wilder
Raymond Chandler

1944-07-03

141

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Film

Julius J. Epstein
Philip G. Epstein

1944-09-23

142

1940s

Film

Betty Reinhardt
Jay Dratler
Ring Lardner Jr.
Samuel Hoffenstein

1944-10-11

143

1940s

Film

Jules Furthman
William Faulkner

1944-10-11

144

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Film

Adolfo Franci
Cesare Giulio Viola
Cesare Zavattini
Gherardo Gherardi
Margherita Maglione
Vittorio De Sica

1944-10-27

145

1940s

Film

Alan Dent
Dallas Bower
Laurence Olivier

1944-11-22

146

1940s

Film

Fred F. Finklehoffe
Irving Brecher

1944-11-28

147

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Film

Billy Wilder
Charles Brackett

1945-11-29

148

1940s

Film

Dudley Nichols

1945-12-06

149

1940s

Film

Anthony Veiller
Decla Dunning

1946-07-02

150

1940s

Film

Jules Furthman
Leigh Brackett
William Faulkner

1946-08-23

151

1940s

Film

Ben Hecht

1946-09-06

152

1940s

Film

John Collier
Joseph Than

1946-10-18

153

1940s

Film

Robert E. Sherwood

1946-11-21

154

1940s

Film

Albert Hackett
Frances Goodrich
Frank Capra

1946-12-20

155

1940s

Film

Anthony Havelock-Allan
Cecil McGivern
David Lean
Kay Walsh
Ronald Neame

1946-12-26

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