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What are the best 1940s spy films? Much like our list of the best 1950s spy films, Alfred Hitchcock has several beloved films on this list. The British master of suspense produced three great espionage films in the ‘40s: Notorious, Foreign Correspondent, and Saboteur. Notorious is infamous for Hitchcock’s clever violation of the Production Code that forbade on-screen kisses longer than three seconds. The director had his actors disengage every few seconds and then begin kissing again, leading to a two and a half minute kiss, revolutionary for its time.


Also on this list of the greatest 1940s spy movies, you will find
Five Graves to Cairo, a World War II film helmed by Hollywood Golden Age legend, Billy Wilder. Another World War II espionage film on this list is Across the Pacific, directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart.


Vote up the best '40s spy films below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.

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Notorious is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Notorious Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock

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Saboteur is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Saboteur Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Mitchum, Norman Lloyd

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Foreign Correspondent is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Foreign Correspondent Alfred Hitchcock, George Sanders, Joel McCrea

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Ministry of Fear is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Ministry of Fear Ray Milland, Dan Duryea, Alan Napier

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Across the Pacific is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Across the Pacific Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet

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Five Graves to Cairo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Five Graves to Cairo Anne Baxter, Erich von Stroheim, Franchot Tone

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The House on 92nd Street is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
The House on 92nd Street E. G. Marshall, Gene Lockhart, Leo G. Carroll

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Journey into Fear is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Journey into Fear Orson Welles, Dolores del Río, Joseph Cotten

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Watch on the Rhine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Watch on the Rhine Bette Davis, Eric Roberts, Geraldine Fitzgerald

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Cloak and Dagger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Cloak and Dagger Gary Cooper, Marc Lawrence, Lilli Palmer

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Night Train to Munich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Night Train to Munich Rex Harrison, Paul Henreid, Margaret Lockwood

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Berlin Express is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Berlin Express Merle Oberon, Robert Ryan, Charles Korvin

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13 Rue Madeleine is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
13 Rue Madeleine James Cagney, Karl Malden, E. G. Marshall

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Northern Pursuit is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Northern Pursuit Errol Flynn, Monte Blue, Gene Lockhart

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The Fallen Sparrow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
The Fallen Sparrow Maureen O'Hara, John Garfield, Walter Slezake

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Charlie Chan in Panama is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Charlie Chan in Panama Jean Rogers, Lionel Atwill, Chrispin Martin

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Sherlock Holmes in Washington is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Sherlock Holmes in Washington Basil Rathbone, Marjorie Lord, George Zucco

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Above Suspicion is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Above Suspicion Joan Crawford, Basil Rathbone, Fred MacMurray

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I Dood It is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
I Dood It Red Skelton, Eleanor Powell, Richard Ainley

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Invisible Agent is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Invisible Agent Peter Lorre, Cedric Hardwicke, Keye Luke

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Murder Over New York is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Murder Over New York Sidney Toler

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Action in Arabia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Action in Arabia George Sanders, Virginia Bruce, Robert Armstrong

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Sky Liner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Sky Liner Rochelle Hudson, Steven Geray, Steve Pendleton

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"Pimpernel" Smith Leslie Howard, Raymond Huntley, David Tomlinson

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Rogues' Regiment is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Rogues' Regiment Vincent Price, Dick Powell, Märta Torén

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Tonight We Raid Calais is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Tonight We Raid Calais Lee J. Cobb, Howard Da Silva, Marcel Dalio

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Background to Danger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Background to Danger Peter Lorre, George Raft, Sydney Greenstreet

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They Met in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
They Met in the Dark Finlay Currie, Patricia Medina, Edward Rigby

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Confidential Agent is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Confidential Agent Lauren Bacall, Peter Lorre, Charles Boyer

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Hotel Berlin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Hotel Berlin Peter Lorre, Raymond Massey, Faye Emerson

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Golden Earrings is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Golden Earrings Marlene Dietrich, Ray Milland, Reinhold Schünzel

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Tomorrow We Live is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Tomorrow We Live Ricardo Cortez, Jean Parker, William Marshall

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Hotel Reserve is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Hotel Reserve Herbert Lom, Patricia Medina, Patricia Hayes

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Mexican Spitfire Sees a Ghost is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Mexican Spitfire Sees a Ghost Lupe Vélez, Buddy Rogers, Leon Errol

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A Southern Yankee is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
A Southern Yankee Red Skelton, Arlene Dahl, John Ireland

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I See a Dark Stranger is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
I See a Dark Stranger Deborah Kerr, Trevor Howard, Raymond Huntley

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Cairo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Cairo Robert Young, Jeanette MacDonald

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The Falcon's Brother is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
The Falcon's Brother George Sanders, Tom Conway

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Counter-Espionage is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Counter-Espionage Lloyd Bridges, Forrest Tucker, Hillary Brooke

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The Black Sheep of Whitehall is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
The Black Sheep of Whitehall John Mills, Thora Hird, Felix Aylmer

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Rio Rita is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Rio Rita Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Kathryn Grayson

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Blue, White and Perfect is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Blue, White and Perfect George Reeves, Mary Beth Hughes, Curt Bois

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Sky Murder is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Sky Murder Walter Pidgeon, Chill Wills, Tom Conway

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British Intelligence is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
British Intelligence Boris Karloff, Margaret Lindsay, Holmes Herbert

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Waterfront is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Waterfront John Carradine, J. Carrol Naish, Dick Curtis

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Conspirator is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Conspirator Elizabeth Taylor, Honor Blackman, Robert Taylor

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Black Dragons is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '40s Spy Movies
Black Dragons Bela Lugosi, Joan Barclay