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The Best Movies of 1939 

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Updated February 24, 2020 5k votes 297 voters 9.3k views 244 items

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

Released: 1939

Directed by: Sam Wood, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

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

Released: 1939

Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

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

Released: 1939

Directed by: Frank Capra

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

Released: 1939

Directed by: John Ford

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

Released: 1939

Directed by: Sam Wood

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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Laurence Olivier, David Niven, Merle Oberon

Released: 1939

Directed by: William Wyler

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

Released: 1939

Directed by: John Ford

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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Rita Hayworth, Cary Grant, Jean Arthur

Released: 1939

Directed by: Howard Hawks

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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Maureen O'Hara, Charles Laughton, Edmond O'Brien

Released: 1939

Directed by: William Dieterle

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a 1939 American film starring Charles Laughton as Quasimodo and Maureen O'Hara as Esmeralda. Directed by William Dieterle and produced by Pandro S. Berman, the ...more
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James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, Billy Gilbert

Released: 1939

Directed by: George Marshall

Destry Rides Again is a 1939 western starring Marlene Dietrich and James Stewart, and directed by George Marshall. The supporting cast includes Mischa Auer, Charles Winninger, Brian Donlevy, ...more
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Henry Fonda, Ward Bond, Donald Meek

Released: 1939

Directed by: John Ford

Young Mr. Lincoln is a 1939 partly fictionalized biopic about the early life of President Abraham Lincoln, directed by John Ford and starring Henry Fonda. Ford and producer Darryl F. Zanuck ...more
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Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Douglas Fairbanks

Released: 1939

Directed by: George Stevens

Gunga Din is a 1939 RKO adventure film directed by George Stevens and starring Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., loosely based on the poem of the same name by Rudyard ...more
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Ronald Reagan, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart

Released: 1939

Directed by: Edmund Goulding

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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Greta Garbo, Bela Lugosi, Melvyn Douglas

Released: 1939

Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch

Ninotchka is a 1939 American film made for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer by producer and director Ernst Lubitsch that stars Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas. It was written by Billy Wilder, Charles ...more
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Dimos Dicoudis added Ann Sheridan, Joan Leslie, Robert (Tex) Allen

Released: 1939

Directed by: Charles Reisner, Charles Kerr

Winter Carnival is a 1939 drama and comedy film written by Lester Cole, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Maurice Rapf, and Budd Schulberg, based on the story by Corey Ford and directed by Charles Reisner.
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Dimos Dicoudis added Women in the Wind Kay Francis, Victor Jory, William Gargan

Released: 1939

Directed by: John Farrow

Women in the Wind is a 1939 drama film directed by John Farrow.
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Grand-père

Released: 1939

Directed by: Robert Péguy

Grand-père is a 1939 film directed by Robert Péguy.
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In Old Monterey Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Jonathan Hale

Released: 1939

Directed by: Joseph Kane

In Old Monterey is a 1939 American Western film directed by Joseph Kane and starring Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, and June Storey. Based on a story by Gerald Geraghty and George Sherman, the ...more
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Behind Prison Gates

Released: 1939

Directed by: Charles Barton

Behind Prison Gates is a 1939 action film directed by Charles Barton.
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The Llano Kid Gale Sondergaard, Alan Mowbray, Jan Clayton

Released: 1939

Directed by: Edward D. Venturini

The Llano Kid is a 1939 film directed by Edward D. Venturini.
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Main Street Lawyer

Released: 1939

Directed by: Dudley Murphy

Main Street Lawyer is a 1939 film directed by Dudley Murphy.
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The New Teacher Tamara Makarova

Released: 1939

Directed by: Sergei Gerasimov

Utschitel is a 1939 film directed by Sergei Gerassimow.
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El rancho del pinar

Released: 1939

Directed by: Gabriel Navarro, Richard Harlan

El rancho del pinar is a 1939 film directed by Gabriel Navarro and Richard Harlan.
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Hotel Sacher

Released: 1939

Directed by: Erich Engel

Hotel Sacher is a 1939 film written by E.G. Seeliger, Marieluise Füringk, Stefan von Kamare and Friedrich Forster-Burggraf and directed by Erich Engel.
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Wachtmeister Studer

Released: 1939

Directed by: Leopold Lindtberg

Wachtmeister Studer is a 1939 crime film written by Horst Budjuhn, Friedrich Glauser, Kurt Guggenheim and Richard Schweizer and directed by Leopold Lindtberg.