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The Best Movies of 1939  

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List of the best movies of 1939, with movie trailers when available. These top movies of 1939 are listed by popularity, so the movies with the most votes are at the top. This list consists of all different movie genres, but each film was released in 1939. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1939 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1939 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

List movies include Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz and many additional movies as well.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1939?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1939?"

1939 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1939. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1939 aren't just one persons opinion.
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Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland
Gone with the Wind is a 1939 American epic historical romance film adapted from Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel. It was produced by David O. Selznick of Selznick International ...more
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Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan
The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and the most well-known and commercially successful adaptation based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful ...more
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James Stewart, Claude Rains, Jean Arthur
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is a 1939 American political comedy-drama film, starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur, about one man's effect on American politics. It was directed by Frank Capra ...more
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John Wayne, John Carradine, Claire Trevor
Stagecoach is a 1939 American Western film directed by John Ford, starring Claire Trevor and John Wayne in his breakthrough role. The screenplay, written by Dudley Nichols, is an adaptation of ...more
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Greer Garson, John Mills, Paul Henreid
Goodbye, Mr. Chips is a 1939 British romantic drama film directed by Sam Wood and starring Robert Donat and Greer Garson. Based on the 1934 novel Goodbye, Mr. Chips by James Hilton, the film is ...more
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Luis Sandrini
Palabra de honor is a 1939 Argentine comedy film directed by Luis Cesar Amadori. The film premiered on May 10, 1939 in Buenos Aires and starred Luis Sandrini.
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Yip Yip Yippy is a 1939 Fleischer Studios animated short film. The short was the final official entry of the "Betty Boop" series. Although this was billed as a Betty Boop cartoon, it ...more
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Murder in Soho Arthur O'Connell, Bernard Lee, Googie Withers
Murder in Soho is a 1939 crime film written by F. McGrew Willis and directed by Norman Lee.
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Dimos Dicoudis added Women in the Wind Kay Francis, Victor Jory, William Gargan
Women in the Wind is a 1939 drama film directed by John Farrow.
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Entente cordiale Victor Francen, Gaby Morlay, Pierre Richard-Willm
Entente cordiale is a 1939 French drama film directed by Marcel L'Herbier and starring Gaby Morlay, Victor Francen and Pierre Richard-Willm. The film depicts the 1904 signing of the Entente ...more
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The Llano Kid Gale Sondergaard, Alan Mowbray, Jan Clayton
The Llano Kid is a 1939 film directed by Edward D. Venturini.
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The New Teacher Tamara Makarova
Utschitel is a 1939 film directed by Sergei Gerassimow.
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Wachtmeister Studer
Wachtmeister Studer is a 1939 crime film written by Horst Budjuhn, Friedrich Glauser, Kurt Guggenheim and Richard Schweizer and directed by Leopold Lindtberg.
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Dimos Dicoudis added Myrna Loy, Robert Taylor, Charles Lane
Lucky Night is a comedy movie from MGM starring Robert Taylor and Myrna Loy, directed by Norman Taurog.
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Rita Hayworth, Cary Grant, Jean Arthur
Only Angels Have Wings is a 1939 American drama film directed by Howard Hawks, and starring Cary Grant and Jean Arthur, based on a story written by Hawks. The film also marked the first major ...more
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Laurence Olivier, David Niven, Merle Oberon
Wuthering Heights is a 1939 American black-and-white film directed by William Wyler and produced by Samuel Goldwyn. It is based on the novel, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. The film ...more
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Dimos Dicoudis added Henry Fonda, Claudette Colbert, John Carradine
Drums Along the Mohawk is a 1939 historical Technicolor film based upon a 1936 novel of the same name by American author, Walter D. Edmonds. The film was produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and ...more
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Ronald Reagan, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart
Dark Victory is a 1939 American drama film directed by Edmund Goulding, starring Bette Davis and featuring George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ronald Reagan, Henry Travers and ...more
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Boris Chirkov, Sergei Komarov, Boris Livanov
Minin and Pozharsky is a 1939 Soviet film directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin and Mikhail Doller, based on Viktor Shklovsky's novel "Russians at the Beginning of the XVII Century". The film ...more
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The Middleton Family at the Ne... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1939
The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair Marjorie Lord, Jimmy Lydon, Harry Shannon
The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair is a 1939 American film directed by Robert R. Snody produced by Westinghouse for their exhibit at the 1939 New York World's Fair. In 2012, the ...more
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Good Girls Go to Paris Alan Curtis, Isabel Jeans, Alexander D'Arcy
Good Girls Go to Paris is a 1939 comedy film directed by Alexander Hall.
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The Family Next Door is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1939
The Family Next Door
The Family Next Door is a film directed by Joseph Santley released on Mar 31, 1939.
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Dimos Dicoudis added Let Us Live Henry Fonda, Maureen O'Sullivan, Ralph Bellamy
Let Us Live is a 1939 film directed by John Brahm.
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Grand-père
Grand-père is a 1939 film directed by Robert Péguy.
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Rovin' Tumbleweeds Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Mary Carlisle
Rovin' Tumbleweeds is a 1939 musical film directed by George Sherman.