The Best Romance Movies Of The 1940s

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Vote up your favorite love films that were released in the 1940s

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
    Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid
    • Released: 1942
    • Directed by: Michael Curtiz
  • The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
    Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders
    • Released: 1947
    • Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • Rebecca
    Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, Judith Anderson
    • Released: 1940
    • Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
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  • It's a Wonderful Life
    James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore
    • Released: 1946
    • Directed by: Frank Capra
  • The Shop Around the Corner
    Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan
    • Released: 1940
    • Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
  • Laura
    Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb
    • Released: 1944
    • Directed by: Otto Preminger
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  • Now, Voyager
    Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid
    • Released: 1942
    • Directed by: Irving Rapper
  • Brief Encounter
    Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway
    • Released: 1945
    • Directed by: David Lean
  • Woman of the Year
    Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Fay Bainter
    • Released: 1942
    • Directed by: George Stevens
  • Notorious
    Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains
    • Released: 1946
    • Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Letter from an Unknown Woman
    Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan, Mady Christians
    • Released: 1948
    • Directed by: Max Ophuls
  • The Philadelphia Story
    Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart
    • Released: 1940
    • Directed by: George Cukor
  • His Girl Friday
    Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy
    • Released: 1940
    • Directed by: Howard Hawks
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  • The Clock
    Judy Garland, Robert Walker, James Gleason
    • Released: 1945
    • Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
  • Gilda
    Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready
    • Released: 1946
    • Directed by: Charles Vidor
  • Waterloo Bridge
    Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor, Lucile Watson
    • Released: 1940
    • Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
  • To Have and Have Not
    Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan
    • Released: 1944
    • Directed by: Howard Hawks
  • The Farmer's Daughter
    Loretta Young, Joseph Cotten, Ethel Barrymore
    • Released: 1947
    • Directed by: H. C. Potter
  • I'll Be Seeing You
    Ginger Rogers, Joseph Cotten, Shirley Temple
    • Released: 1944
    • Directed by: William Dieterle
  • The Lady Eve
    Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn
    • Released: 1941
    • Directed by: Preston Sturges
  • Adam's Rib
    Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday
    • Released: 1949
    • Directed by: George Cukor
  • Out of the Past
    Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas
    • Released: 1947
    • Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
  • That Hamilton Woman
    Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Alan Mowbray
    • Released: 1941
    • Directed by: Alexander Korda
  • The Bishop's Wife
    Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven
    • Released: 1947
    • Directed by: Henry Koster
  • This Above All
    Tyrone Power, Joan Fontaine, Thomas Mitchell
    • Released: 1942
    • Directed by: Anatole Litvak