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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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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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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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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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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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James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, Billy Gilbert
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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Maureen O'Hara, Charles Laughton, Edmond O'Brien
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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Onna no kyôshitsu ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1939
Onna no kyôshitsu - Chû-kôhen
Onna no kyôshitsu - Chû-kôhen is a 1939 film directed by Yutaka Abe.
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The Kid from Kokomo is a 1939 film directed by Lewis Seiler.
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Henry Fonda, Ward Bond, Donald Meek
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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Leon Ames, Abner Biberman, Adrienne Ames
Panama Patrol is a 1939 film directed by Charles Lamont.
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Dimos Dicoudis added Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden
Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever is a 1939 romantic comedy about Andy Hardy having a crush on his high school drama teacher, Miss Rose Meredith. This is the seventh of sixteen Andy Hardy films ...more
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La Modelo de la calle Florida is a 1939 Argentine musical film directed by Julio Irigoyen. The tango film premiered in Buenos Aires.
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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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Maya Machhindra M. G. Ramachandran, N. S. Krishnan, Pasupuleti Kannamba
Maya Macchindra is the title of about six films produced in different languages in India. The story is based on the life of Matsyendranath or Machindranath one of the eighty-four Mahasiddhas.
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Victor Borge
De tre måske fire is a 1939 Danish family film directed by Lau Lauritzen, Jr. and Alice O'Fredericks.
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Michèle Morgan, Charles Vanel, Pierre Richard-Willm
La Loi du nord is a 1939 French adventure drama film directed by Jacques Feyder who co-wrote screenplay with Alexandre Arnoux and Charles Spaak, based on novel "Telle qu'elle était ...more
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Dimos Dicoudis added Mickey Rooney, Ann Rutherford, Lewis Stone
Judge Hardy and Son is a 1939 film directed by George B. Seitz.
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Beniamino Gigli, Theo Lingen, Dina Romano
Marionette is a 1939 Italian comedy film directed by Carmine Gallone. It featured the onscreen debut of Marcello Mastroianni as an uncredited extra.
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News Is Made at Night
News Is Made at Night is a 1939 film directed by Alfred L. Werker.
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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.