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Much of the 1940s was spent putting efforts towards WWII. Even though many men and women were stationed abroad, the "war at home" efforts made by civilians were equally important. Many of the films produced during the decade were little more than propaganda, but some classics managed to sneak through. The best '40s war movies feature a few hilarious comedies and several tragic, heartfelt stories about the European and Pacific Theaters. 

One of Charlie Chaplin’s greatest films (and his first real talkie), The Great Dictator (1940) satirizes Hitler and fascism in a way that anticipates the rest of the decade. Another top war film of the '40s is Casablanca. Created just as America was entering the war, it tells the story of a group of refugees fleeing Europe via Casablanca, as well as the romantic tale of a couple (Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman) torn apart by the war, and brought back together because of it. 

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Casablanca Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

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The Best Years of Our Lives Myrna Loy, Teresa Wright, Fredric March

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The Third Man Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Joseph Cotten

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Foreign Correspondent Alfred Hitchcock, George Sanders, Joel McCrea

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The Great Dictator Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Billy Gilbert

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Sergeant York Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie

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Sahara Humphrey Bogart, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Lawford

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Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Robert Mitchum, Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson

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Twelve O'Clock High Gregory Peck, Dean Jagger, Richard Anderson

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The Sea Hawk Errol Flynn, Claude Rains, Gilbert Roland

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Notorious Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock

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The Story of G.I. Joe Robert Mitchum, Burgess Meredith, Wally Cassell

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Guadalcanal Diary Anthony Quinn, William Bendix, Richard Jaeckel

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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp Deborah Kerr, Anton Walbrook, John Laurie

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Ministry of Fear Ray Milland, Dan Duryea, Alan Napier

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They Died with Their Boots On Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flynn, Anthony Quinn

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She Wore a Yellow Ribbon John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey

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Northwest Passage Spencer Tracy, Walter Brennan, Robert Young

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Henry V Laurence Olivier, Robert Newton, Leslie Banks

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Rome, Open City Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi, Marcello Pagliero

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Battleground Ricardo Montalbán, James Arness, James Whitmore

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They Were Expendable John Wayne, Donna Reed, Robert Montgomery

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A Walk in the Sun Lloyd Bridges, Dana Andrews, John Ireland

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Hail the Conquering Hero William Demarest, Freddie Steele, Mildred Harris