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scifi and fantasy movies The Best '40s Fantasy Movies  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite fantasy films that were released in the 1960s.

The best '40s fantasy movies have all the elements to make a classic make-believe film: ghosts, angels, the real Santa Claus, and puppets who come to life. A common theme throughout is the concept of coming back to life, or redeeming one's self through reinvention.

Though unsuccessful in its original release, It’s a Wonderful Life has gone on to become a perennial classic shown every Christmas. Directed by Frank Capra, It's a Wonderful Life tells the story of George Bailey, a suicidal man who attempts to kill himself on Christmas. His guardian angel comes down to rescue him, and shows him how many people in his life he has saved through his kind words and actions. Bailey decides to live, and returns to his family a new man. Miracle on 34th Street deals with a child's belief in Santa Claus - is he real, or isn't he? A skeptical little girl named Susan is convinced that Santa was made up by her parents. But when she meets the Macy's department store Kris Kringle, she's suddenly not so sure.

Vote up the top '40s fantasy movies, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.

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Pinocchio Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards, Frankie Darro

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It's a Wonderful Life

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Miracle on 34th Street Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, Thelma Ritter

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Beauty and the Beast Jean Cocteau, Jean Marais, Josette Day

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The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone, J. Pat O'Malley

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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir Natalie Wood, Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison

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The Three Caballeros Sterling Holloway, Pinto Colvig, Frank Graham

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The Bishop's Wife Cary Grant, David Niven, Loretta Young

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Heaven Can Wait Gene Tierney, Don Ameche, Charles Coburn

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The Devil and Daniel Webster Walter Huston, Thomas Mitchell, Simone Simon

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

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The Curse of the Cat People Simone Simon, Jane Randolph, Sarah Selby

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A Matter of Life and Death David Niven, Richard Attenborough, Raymond Massey

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Here Comes Mr. Jordan Claude Rains, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Montgomery

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Meshes of the Afternoon Maya Deren, Alexandr Hackenschmied

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The Uninvited Ray Milland, Gail Russell, Donald Crisp