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List of the best movies of 1940, with movie trailers when available. These top movies of 1940 are listed by popularity, so the movies with the most votes are at the top. This list consists of all different movie genres - from the dramatic adaptation of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath to romantic comedy The Shop Around the Corner - but each film was released in 1940. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1940 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1940 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

Movies on this list include Fantasia and The Philadelphia Story.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1940?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1940?"

1940 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1940. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1940 aren't just one persons opinion.

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The Shop Around the Corner James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Margaret Sullavan

The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s The Best Wineries in France

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The Great Dictator Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Billy Gilbert

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Rebecca Laurence Olivier, Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Fontaine

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His Girl Friday Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy

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The Letter Bette Davis, Gale Sondergaard, Herbert Marshall

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Fantasia Walt Disney, Corey Burton, Leopold Stokowski

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The Grapes of Wrath Henry Fonda, John Carradine, John Qualen

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Pinocchio Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards, Frankie Darro

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The Mark of Zorro Tyrone Power, Basil Rathbone, Linda Darnell

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Waterloo Bridge Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor, C. Aubrey Smith

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The Thief of Bagdad Conrad Veidt, Sabu Dastagir, June Duprez

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Foreign Correspondent Alfred Hitchcock, George Sanders, Joel McCrea

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The Philadelphia Story Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart

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The Westerner Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Dana Andrews

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Pride and Prejudice Laurence Olivier, Greer Garson, Maureen O'Sullivan

The Best '40s Thriller Movies 7 Classic Film Sets That Actually Killed People

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My Favourite Wife Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Randolph Scott

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Remember the Night Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Sterling Holloway

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A Chump at Oxford Stan Laurel, Peter Cushing, Oliver Hardy

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You Natzy Spy! Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard

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They Drive by Night Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino

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The Mortal Storm James Stewart, Robert Young, Robert Stack

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The Sea Hawk Errol Flynn, Claude Rains, Gilbert Roland

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A Plumbing We Will Go Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard

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Strange Cargo Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Peter Lorre

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The Fighting 69th James Cagney, George Reeves, Joseph Crehan

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Virginia City Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn, Randolph Scott

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Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe Buster Crabbe, Charles Middleton, Anne Gwynne

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Go West Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Leonard Marx

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Kitty Foyle Ginger Rogers, Gladys Cooper, Eduardo Ciannelli

The Best Shock Absorber Brands Things You Always Forget

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One Million B.C. Carole Landis, Lon Chaney, Jr.

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Dark Command John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Walter Pidgeon

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Comrade X Clark Gable, Hedy Lamarr, Eve Arden

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Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet Edward G. Robinson, Ruth Gordon, Donald Crisp

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The Long Voyage Home John Wayne, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond

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Boom Town Clark Gable, Hedy Lamarr, Spencer Tracy

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The Great McGinty William Demarest, Brian Donlevy, Akim Tamiroff

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Saps at Sea Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Ben Turpin

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Brother Orchid Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Ralph Bellamy

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Vigil in the Night Carole Lombard, Peter Cushing, Anne Shirley

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Stranger on the Third Floor Peter Lorre, Elisha Cook, Jr.

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Abe Lincoln in Illinois Ruth Gordon, Raymond Massey, Gene Lockhart

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Christmas in July Dick Powell, William Demarest, Franklin Pangborn

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The Blue Bird Shirley Temple, Gale Sondergaard, Sterling Holloway

16 Obscure Horror Movies from the 1940s You Probably Haven't Seen The Best Female Authors of All Time

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Charlie Chan in Panama Jean Rogers, Lionel Atwill, Chrispin Martin

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North West Mounted Police Gary Cooper, Paulette Goddard, Lon Chaney

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Edison, the Man Spencer Tracy, Rita Johnson, Peter Godfrey

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Escape Norma Shearer, Robert Taylor, Alla Nazimova

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'Til We Meet Again Merle Oberon, Geraldine Fitzgerald, George Brent

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Where's That Fire? Charles Hawtrey, Moore Marriott, Will Hay

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Black Friday Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Stanley Ridges