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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 some of our others, such as the Shakespeare timeline.

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ChronologicalSeriesBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

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Film

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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Film

Tom Kilpatrick

1940-04-12

109

1940s

Film

Michael Hogan
Philip MacDonald

1940-04-12

110

1940s

Film

James Hilton
Robert Benchley

1940-08-16

111

1940s

Film

Charlie Chaplin

1940-10-15

112

1940s

Film

Dick Huemer
Joe Grant

1940-11-13

113

1940s

Film

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

1940s

Film

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

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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

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Film

DeWitt Bodeen

1942-12-06

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