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List of the best movies of 1943, with movie trailers when available. These top movies of 1943 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 1943. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1943 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1943 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

Movies here include everything from Lassie Come Home to Shadow of a Doubt.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1943?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1943?"

1943 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1943. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1943 aren't just one persons opinion.
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Shadow of a Doubt Alfred Hitchcock, Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten Shadow of a Doubt is a 1943 American psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and starring Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten. Written by Thornton Wilder, Sally Benson, and Alma ...more

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The Ox-Bow Incident Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn, Margaret Hamilton The Ox-Bow Incident is a 1943 American western film directed by William A. Wellman and starring Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews and Mary Beth Hughes, and featuring Anthony Quinn, William Eythe, Harry ...more

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Action in the North Atlantic Humphrey Bogart, Ruth Gordon, Raymond Massey Action in the North Atlantic is a 1943 American war film directed by Lloyd Bacon, featuring Humphrey Bogart and Raymond Massey as sailors in the U.S. Merchant Marine in World War II.

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Watch on the Rhine Bette Davis, Eric Roberts, Geraldine Fitzgerald Watch on the Rhine is a 1943 American film drama directed by Herman Shumlin, starring Bette Davis. The screenplay by Dashiell Hammett is based on the 1941 play of the same title by Lillian

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Sahara Humphrey Bogart, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Lawford Sahara is a 1943 drama war film directed by Zoltán Korda. Humphrey Bogart stars as a U.S. tank commander in Libya during the Western Desert Campaign of World War II. The story is credited ...more

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Gentleman Jim Errol Flynn, Ward Bond, William Frawley Gentleman Jim is a 1942 film starring Errol Flynn as heavyweight boxing champion James J. Corbett. The supporting cast includes Alexis Smith, Jack Carson, Alan Hale, William Frawley, and Ward ...more

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Heaven Can Wait Gene Tierney, Don Ameche, Charles Coburn Heaven Can Wait is a 1943 American comedy film produced and directed by Ernst Lubitsch. The screenplay was by Samson Raphaelson based on the play Birthday by Leslie Bush-Fekete. The music score ...more

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Bataan Robert Taylor, Desi Arnaz, George Murphy Bataan is a war film about the defense of the Bataan Peninsula at the start of World War II. It was made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, directed by Tay Garnett and produced by Irving Starr, with Dore ...more

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I Walked with a Zombie Boris Karloff, Frances Dee, Tom Conway I Walked with a Zombie is a 1943 horror film directed by Jacques Tourneur. It was the second horror film from producer Val Lewton for RKO Pictures.

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So Proudly We Hail! Veronica Lake, Claudette Colbert, Yvonne De Carlo So Proudly We Hail! is a 1943 American film directed and produced by Mark Sandrich, and starring Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard – who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting ...more

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Destination Tokyo Cary Grant, Eleanor Parker, John Forsythe Destination Tokyo is a 1943 submarine war film. It was directed by Delmer Daves and written by Daves, former submariner Steve Fisher and Albert Maltz, and stars Cary Grant and John Garfield with ...more

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Guadalcanal Diary Anthony Quinn, William Bendix, Richard Jaeckel Guadalcanal Diary is a 1943 World War II war film directed by Lewis Seiler, featuring Preston Foster, Lloyd Nolan, William Bendix, Richard Conte, Anthony Quinn and the film debut of Richard ...more

The Best Horror Movies of 1943

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This Land Is Mine Maureen O'Hara, Charles Laughton, George Sanders This Land Is Mine is a 1943 American war drama film directed by Jean Renoir and starring Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara and George Sanders. The film is set in an unspecified Nazi-occupied ...more

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Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Jr. Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, released in 1943, is an American monster horror film produced by Universal Studios starring Lon Chaney, Jr. as the Wolf Man and Bela Lugosi as Frankenstein's ...more

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The Song of Bernadette Vincent Price, Jennifer Jones, Lee J. Cobb The Song of Bernadette is a 1943 drama film that tells the story of Bernadette Soubirous, who, from February to July 1858 in Lourdes, France, reported eighteen visions of the Blessed Virgin ...more

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For Whom the Bell Tolls Ingrid Bergman, Gary Cooper, Yvonne De Carlo For Whom the Bell Tolls is a 1943 American film produced and directed by Sam Wood and starring Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Akim Tamiroff, and Joseph Calleia. Written by Dudley Nichols and based ...more

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The More the Merrier Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, Charles Coburn The More the Merrier is a 1943 American comedy film made by Columbia Pictures which makes fun of the housing shortage during World War II, especially in Washington, D.C. The picture stars Jean ...more

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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp Deborah Kerr, Anton Walbrook, John Laurie The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp is a 1943 romantic drama war film written, produced and directed by the British film making team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger under the production ...more

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Madame Curie Greer Garson, Margaret O'Brien, Walter Pidgeon Madame Curie is a 1943 biographical film made by MGM. The film was directed by Mervyn LeRoy and produced by Sidney Franklin from a screenplay by Paul Osborn, Paul H. Rameau, and Aldous Huxley, ...more

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Cabin in the Sky Cabin in the Sky is a 1940 American musical with music by Vernon Duke, lyrics by John La Touche, and a musical book by Lynn Root. The musical premiered on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre on ...more

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Lassie Come Home Elizabeth Taylor, Roddy McDowall, Elsa Lanchester Lassie Come Home is a 1943 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Technicolor feature film starring Roddy McDowall and canine actor, Pal, in a story about the profound bond between Yorkshire boy Joe Carraclough ...more

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Victory Through Air Power Victory Through Air Power is a 1942 non-fiction book by Alexander P. de Seversky. It was made into a 1943 Walt Disney animated feature film of the same name.

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Phantom of the Opera Claude Rains, Hume Cronyn, Nelson Eddy David and Jade, a young couple, are consumed by their feelings for each other.  With the toll its taking on her schoolwork, Jade's father eventually bans David from seeing her.  This ...more

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Flesh and Fantasy Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Charles Boyer Flesh and Fantasy is a 1943 American anthology film directed by Julien Duvivier, starring Edward G. Robinson, Charles Boyer and Barbara Stanwyck. The making of this film was inspired by the ...more

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The North Star Anne Baxter, Lee Van Cleef, Klaus Kinski The North Star is a 1943 war film produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions and distributed by RKO Radio Pictures. It was directed by Lewis Milestone, written by Lillian Hellman and featured ...more

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Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon Basil Rathbone, Lionel Atwill, Nigel Bruce Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon is the fourth in the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce series of 14 Sherlock Holmes films which updated the characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the ...more

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Journey into Fear Orson Welles, Dolores del Río, Joseph Cotten Journey into Fear is a 1943 American spy film based on the Eric Ambler novel of the same name. The film broadly follows the plot of the book, but the protagonist was changed to an American ...more

Mythical Creatures That Were Found in Real Life

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Thank Your Lucky Stars Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Olivia de Havilland Thank Your Lucky Stars is a musical comedy film made by Warner Brothers as a World War II fundraiser, with a slim plot, involving theater producers. The stars donated their salaries to the ...more

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The Constant Nymph Joan Fontaine, Charles Boyer, Charles Coburn The Constant Nymph is a 1943 romantic drama film starring Charles Boyer, Joan Fontaine, Alexis Smith, Brenda Marshall, Charles Coburn, May Whitty, and Peter Lorre. It was adapted by Kathryn ...more

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Thousands Cheer Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse Thousands Cheer is a 1943 American comedy musical film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Produced at the height of the Second World War, the film was intended as a morale booster for American ...more

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Hangmen Also Die! Walter Brennan, Gene Lockhart, Brian Donlevy Hangmen Also Die! is a 1943 noir war film directed by the Austrian director Fritz Lang and written by John Wexley from a story by Bertolt Brecht and Lang. The film stars Hans Heinrich von ...more

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Forever and a Day Buster Keaton, Charles Laughton, Claude Rains Forever and a Day is a 1943 drama film, a collaborative effort employing seven directors/producers and 22 writers, including an uncredited Alfred Hitchcock, with an enormous cast of well-known

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Above Suspicion Joan Crawford, Basil Rathbone, Fred MacMurray Above Suspicion is an American spy film distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer starring Joan Crawford and Fred MacMurray, and directed by Richard Thorpe. The screenplay was adapted from the novel ...more

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The Seventh Victim Kim Hunter, Tom Conway, Evelyn Brent The Seventh Victim is a 1943 horror and film noir starring Tom Conway, Jean Brooks, Isabel Jewell, Kim Hunter, and Hugh Beaumont, directed by Mark Robson, and produced by Val Lewton for RKO ...more

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Stage Door Canteen Katharine Hepburn, Helen Hayes, Ethel Merman Stage Door Canteen is a musical film produced by Sol Lesser Productions and distributed by United Artists. It was directed by Frank Borzage and features many cameo appearances by celebrities. ...more

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Lady of Burlesque Barbara Stanwyck, Iris Adrian, Marion Martin Lady of Burlesque is a 1943 American musical comedy-mystery film starring Barbara Stanwyck and Michael O'Shea, based on the novel The G-String Murders written by strip tease queen Gypsy Rose ...more

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The Outlaw Jane Russell, Walter Huston, Thomas Mitchell The Outlaw is a 1943 American Western film, directed by Howard Hughes and starring Jane Russell. The supporting cast includes Jack Buetel, Thomas Mitchell, and Walter Huston. Hughes also ...more

The Biggest Turn Ons in a Person

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Slightly Dangerous Lana Turner, Walter Brennan, Robert Young Slightly Dangerous is a 1943 American romantic comedy film starring Lana Turner and Robert Young. A bored young woman in a dead-end job runs away to New York City and ends up impersonating the ...more

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Mission to Moscow Cyd Charisse, Walter Huston, Ann Harding Mission to Moscow is a book by the former U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union Joseph E. Davies and a film based on it directed by Michael Curtiz in 1943. The 1941 book sold 700,000 copies. The ...more

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Mr. Lucky Cary Grant, Laraine Day, Paul Stewart Mr. Lucky is a 1943 romance film directed by H.C. Potter, starring Cary Grant and Laraine Day. It tells the story of the attraction between a shady gambler and a wealthy socialite in the early ...more

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No Time for Love Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray No Time for Love is a 1943 American romantic comedy film produced and directed by Mitchell Leisen and starring Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray. Written by Claude Binyon, Robert Lees, and ...more

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Old Acquaintance Bette Davis, Gig Young, Dolores Moran Old Acquaintance is a 1943 comedy-drama film made by Warner Bros. It was directed by Vincent Sherman and produced by Henry Blanke with Jack L. Warner as executive producer from a screenplay by ...more

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Happy Land Natalie Wood, Don Ameche, Harry Morgan Happy Land is a film directed by Irving Pichel and starring Don Ameche.

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Sherlock Holmes in Washington Basil Rathbone, Marjorie Lord, George Zucco Sherlock Holmes in Washington is the fifth film in the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce series of Sherlock Holmes movies. The plot is an original story not based on any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's ...more

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Son of Dracula Lon Chaney, Jr., John Carradine Son of Dracula is a 1943 American horror film directed by Robert Siodmak – his first film for Universal studios – with a screenplay based on an original story by his brother Curt. The film stars ...more

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Victory Through Air Power Victory Through Air Power is a 1943 Walt Disney Technicolor animated feature film based on the 1942 book Victory Through Air Power by Alexander P. de Seversky. De Seversky appeared in the film, ...more

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In Old Oklahoma John Wayne, Dale Evans, Albert Dekker In Old Oklahoma is a 1943 American Western film starring John Wayne, Martha Scott, Albert Dekker, George "Gabby" Hayes, Marjorie Rambeau, and Dale Evans. The movie was directed by ...more

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You, John Jones! James Cagney, Margaret O'Brien, Ann Sothern You, John Jones! is a short film directed by Mervyn LeRoy, written by Carey Wilson, and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and starring James Cagney, Ann Sothern, and Margaret O'Brien. The film ...more

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I Can Hardly Wait Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard "I Can Hardly Wait" is the 73rd short subject starring American slapstick comedy team the Three Stooges. The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and

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Coney Island Betty Grable, Cesar Romero, Phil Silvers Coney Island is a 1943 American Technicolor musical film released by Twentieth Century Fox and starring Betty Grable in one of her biggest hits. A "gay nineties" musical it also ...more