Film The Best Movies of 1943  

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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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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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Stewart Granger, Sally Ann Howes, Felix Aylmer Thursday's Child is a 1943 British, black-and-white, comedy, drama, directed by Rodney Ackland and starring Ronald Shiner as Joe, Stewart Granger and Wilfrid Lawson. It was produced by John ...more

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Joan Leslie, Ida Lupino, Dennis Morgan The Hard Way is a 1943 Warner Bros. musical drama film directed by Vincent Sherman. The film was based on a story by Irwin Shaw which was reportedly based on Ginger Rogers' relationship with her ...more

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Massimo Girotti, Vittorio Duse, Clara Calamai Ossessione is an Italian 1943 film based on the novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice, by James M. Cain. Luchino Visconti’s first feature film, it is considered by many to be the first Italian ...more

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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

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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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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

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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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Richard Dix, Dennis O'Keefe, Margo The Leopard Man is a horror film directed by Jacques Tourneur based on the book Black Alibi by Cornell Woolrich. It is one of the first American films to attempt an even remotely realistic ...more

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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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Milburn Stone, George Zucco, Evelyn Ankers The Mad Ghoul is a science fiction and Universal monsters horror film, also known as Mystery of the Ghoul, starring Turhan Bey, Evelyn Ankers, and David Bruce, and featuring George Zucco, Robert ...more

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Stewart Granger, Margaret Lockwood, Martita Hunt The Man in Grey is a 1943 British film melodrama made by Gainsborough Pictures, and is considered as the first of its "Gainsborough melodramas". It was directed by Leslie Arliss and ...more

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Gordon Jackson, Basil Radford, Eric Portman Millions Like Us is a 1943 British propaganda film, showing life in a wartime aircraft factory in documentary detail. It starred Patricia Roc, Eric Portman, Megs Jenkins, Gordon Jackson and Anne ...more

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Ronald Reagan, Joe Louis, Joan Leslie This Is the Army is a 1943 American wartime musical comedy film produced by Hal B. Wallis and Jack L. Warner, and directed by Michael Curtiz, adapted from a wartime stage musical with the same ...more

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Tim Holt, Samuel West, Bonita Granville Hitler's Children is an Israeli-German 2012 documentary film directed by Chanoch Zeevi that portrays the struggle of family members of Hitler’s inner circle with the burden of a family legacy, ...more

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Robert Ryan, J. Carrol Naish, Tom Neal Behind the Rising Sun is a 1943 American war film based on the 1941 book Behind the Rising Sun written by James R. Young. Later-blacklisted Edward Dmytryk directed the film, and it stars Margo, ...more

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Dolores del Río, Pedro Armendáriz, Julio Ahuet María Candelaria is a 1944 Mexican film directed by Emilio Fernández and starring Dolores del Río and Pedro Armendáriz. It was the first Mexican film to be screened ...more

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Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Elyse Knox Hit the Ice is a 1943 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello and directed by Charles Lamont, who took over after the original director, Erle C. Kenton, was fired.

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Anne Baxter, Erich von Stroheim, Franchot Tone Five Graves to Cairo is a 1943 World War II film by Billy Wilder, starring Franchot Tone and Anne Baxter. It is one of a number of films based on Lajos Bíró's play Színmű ...more

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Roy Rogers, Barton MacLane, Sheila Ryan Song of Texas is a 1943 American film starring Roy Rogers, originally released by Republic Pictures.

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Headin' for God's Country Headin' for God's Country is a film directed by William Morgan released on Aug 26, 1943.

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Alice Faye, Ward Bond, June Havoc Hello, Frisco, Hello is a film starring Alice Faye, John Payne, Lynn Bari, and Jack Oakie. The film was made in Technicolor and released by 20th Century-Fox. This was one of the last musicals ...more

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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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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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It Comes Up Love Donald O'Connor It Comes Up Love is a film directed by Charles Lamont released on Apr 9, 1943.

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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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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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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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Benny Goodman, Carmen Miranda, Alice Faye The Gang's All Here is a 1943 American Twentieth Century Fox Technicolor musical film starring Alice Faye, James Ellison, and Carmen Miranda. The film, directed and choreographed by Busby ...more

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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