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With this list of 1940s romance movies ranked from best to worst, you can travel back to a bygone era of cinematic romance. Modern audiences tend to lump classic films together, but '40s romantic movies vary wildly, from the madcap holiday comedy of The Philadelphia Story to the lovesick WWII drama of Casablanca. That's right, Casablanca: the film widely cited as the greatest of all time is a romance movie from the 1940s.

Naturally, it's on this list of '40s romance movies. This heartbreaking tale of star-crossed lovers starred two of the biggest movie stars of the day, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. This list of the best 1940s romance movies also contains such films as His Girl Friday and Meet Me in St. Louis.

Though he is best known for suspense thrillers, several of Alfred Hitchcock's best movies contain classic love stories. Notorious and Spellbound both feature great suspense as well as timeless romance.

Do you have a favorite 1940s romantic movie? Make it known with your votes, which determine the order of this '40s romance movies list. Vote up the films you love the most, don't hesitate to add any that aren't already accounted for, and rerank the list if you've got the film knowledge.

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Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
Casablanca Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

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I'll Be Seeing You is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
ForLuvOfAnimals added I'll Be Seeing You Ginger Rogers, Shirley Temple, Joseph Cotten

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Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
Rebecca Laurence Olivier, Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Fontaine - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Notorious is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
Notorious Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock

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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir Natalie Wood, Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison

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To Have and Have Not is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
To Have and Have Not Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan

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Meet Me in St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
Meet Me in St. Louis Judy Garland, Mary Astor, Margaret O'Brien

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The Shop Around the Corner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
The Shop Around the Corner James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Margaret Sullavan

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Brief Encounter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
Brief Encounter Trevor Howard, Celia Johnson, Stanley Holloway

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Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
Great Expectations Alec Guinness, Jean Simmons, John Mills - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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The Clock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
The Clock Judy Garland, Keenan Wynn, James Gleason

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Out of the Past is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
Out of the Past Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, Rhonda Fleming

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The Lady from Shanghai is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
The Lady from Shanghai Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Errol Flynn

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Laura is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
Laura Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb, Judith Anderson - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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The Lady Eve is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
The Lady Eve Henry Fonda, Barbara Stanwyck, Charles Coburn

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
Beauty and the Beast Jean Cocteau, Jean Marais, Josette Day

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His Girl Friday is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
His Girl Friday Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Now, Voyager is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
Now, Voyager Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid

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The Philadelphia Story is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
The Philadelphia Story Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart

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Gilda is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
Gilda Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready

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The Bishop's Wife is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
The Bishop's Wife Cary Grant, David Niven, Loretta Young

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The More the Merrier is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
The More the Merrier Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, Charles Coburn

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Spellbound is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
Spellbound Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Alfred Hitchcock

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Adam's Rib is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
Adam's Rib Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Judy Holliday

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The Palm Beach Story is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
The Palm Beach Story Claudette Colbert, Mary Astor, Joel McCrea

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The Mortal Storm is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
The Mortal Storm James Stewart, Robert Young, Robert Stack

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The Strawberry Blonde is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
The Strawberry Blonde Rita Hayworth, Olivia de Havilland, James Cagney

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Letter from an Unknown Woman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
Letter from an Unknown Woman Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan, Art Smith

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Cat People is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
Cat People Malcolm McDowell, Nastassja Kinski, Annette O'Toole

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Woman of the Year is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
Woman of the Year Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, William Bendix

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Sullivan's Travels is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
Sullivan's Travels Veronica Lake, Preston Sturges, Elsa Lanchester

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The Farmer's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
The Farmer's Daughter James Arness, Loretta Young, Ethel Barrymore

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The Red Shoes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
The Red Shoes Anton Walbrook, Robert Helpmann, Esmond Knight

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Waterloo Bridge is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
Waterloo Bridge Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor, C. Aubrey Smith

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A Matter of Life and Death is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
A Matter of Life and Death David Niven, Richard Attenborough, Raymond Massey

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Arise, My Love is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
Arise, My Love Claudette Colbert, Ray Milland, Walter Abel

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On the Town is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
On the Town Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Ann Miller

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Remember the Day is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
Remember the Day Claudette Colbert, Shepperd Strudwick, John Payne

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Boom Town is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '40s Romance Movies
Boom Town Clark Gable, Hedy Lamarr, Spencer Tracy