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List of the best movies of 1940, with movie trailers when available. These top movies of 1940 are listed by popularity, so the movies with the most votes are at the top. This list consists of all different movie genres - from the dramatic adaptation of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath to romantic comedy The Shop Around the Corner - but each film was released in 1940. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1940 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1940 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

Movies on this list include Fantasia and The Philadelphia Story.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1940?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1940?"

1940 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1940. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1940 aren't just one persons opinion.

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The Shop Around the Corner James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Margaret Sullavan

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The Great Dictator Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Billy Gilbert

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Rebecca Laurence Olivier, Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Fontaine

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His Girl Friday Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy

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The Letter Bette Davis, Gale Sondergaard, Herbert Marshall

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Fantasia Walt Disney, Corey Burton, Leopold Stokowski

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The Grapes of Wrath Henry Fonda, John Carradine, John Qualen

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Pinocchio Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards, Frankie Darro

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The Philadelphia Story Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart

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The Mark of Zorro Tyrone Power, Basil Rathbone, Linda Darnell

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Waterloo Bridge Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor, C. Aubrey Smith

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The Thief of Bagdad Conrad Veidt, Sabu Dastagir, June Duprez

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Foreign Correspondent Alfred Hitchcock, George Sanders, Joel McCrea

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The Westerner Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Dana Andrews

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Pride and Prejudice Laurence Olivier, Greer Garson, Maureen O'Sullivan

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My Favourite Wife Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Randolph Scott

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Remember the Night Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Sterling Holloway

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A Chump at Oxford Stan Laurel, Peter Cushing, Oliver Hardy

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You Natzy Spy! Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard

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Strange Cargo Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Peter Lorre

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The Long Voyage Home John Wayne, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond

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They Drive by Night Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino

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Go West Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Leonard Marx

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The Mortal Storm James Stewart, Robert Young, Robert Stack

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The Sea Hawk Errol Flynn, Claude Rains, Gilbert Roland

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Virginia City Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn, Randolph Scott

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Abe Lincoln in Illinois Ruth Gordon, Raymond Massey, Gene Lockhart

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Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe Buster Crabbe, Charles Middleton, Anne Gwynne

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The Fighting 69th James Cagney, George Reeves, Joseph Crehan

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One Million B.C. Carole Landis, Lon Chaney, Jr.

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Dark Command John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Walter Pidgeon

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Comrade X Clark Gable, Hedy Lamarr, Eve Arden

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Boom Town Clark Gable, Hedy Lamarr, Spencer Tracy

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The Ghost Breakers Bob Hope, Anthony Quinn, Paulette Goddard

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Saps at Sea Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Ben Turpin

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Vigil in the Night Carole Lombard, Peter Cushing, Anne Shirley

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A Plumbing We Will Go Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard

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Escape Norma Shearer, Robert Taylor, Alla Nazimova

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Black Friday Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Stanley Ridges

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Private Affairs Robert Cummings, Roland Young, Nancy Kelly

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Stranger on the Third Floor Peter Lorre, Elisha Cook, Jr.

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Northwest Passage Spencer Tracy, Walter Brennan, Robert Young

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Christmas in July Dick Powell, William Demarest, Franklin Pangborn

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The Blue Bird Shirley Temple, Gale Sondergaard, Sterling Holloway

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How High Is Up? Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard

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Kitty Foyle Ginger Rogers, Gladys Cooper, Eduardo Ciannelli

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Brother Orchid Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Ralph Bellamy

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'Til We Meet Again Merle Oberon, Geraldine Fitzgerald, George Brent

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Where's That Fire? Charles Hawtrey, Moore Marriott, Will Hay

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Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet Edward G. Robinson, Ruth Gordon, Donald Crisp