1940 Drama Movies

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The Grapes of Wrath(1940)

| 2h 9min | Drama
3.9/5 (with 400 votes)

Tom Joad returns to his home after a jail sentence to find his family kicked out of their farm due to foreclosure. He catches up with them on his Uncle’s farm, and joins them the next day as they head for California and a new life... Hopefully.

Waterloo Bridge(1940)

| 1h 49min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.8/5 (with 63 votes)

On the eve of World War II, a British officer revisits Waterloo Bridge and recalls the young man he was at the beginning of World War I and the young ballerina he met just before he left for the front. Myra stayed with him past curfew and is thrown out of the corps de ballet. She survives on the streets of London, falling even lower after she hears her true love has been killed in action. But he wasn't killed. Those terrible years were nothing more than a bad dream is Myra's hope after Roy finds her and takes her to his family's country estate.

Remember the Night(1940)

| 1h 34min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 38 votes)

When Jack, an assistant District Attorney, takes Lee, a shoplifter caught in the act, home with him for Christmas, the unexpected happens and love blossoms.

The Mortal Storm(1940)

1h 40min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 31 votes)

The Roth family leads a quiet life in a small village in the German Alps during the early 1930s. When the Nazis come to power, the family is divided and Martin Brietner, a family friend is caught up in the turmoil.

The Long Voyage Home(1940)

| 1h 45min | Drama, War
3.3/5 (with 30 votes)

The crew of the merchant ship Glencairn hope to survive a transatlantic crossing during World War II. Adapted from four Eugene O'Neill one-act plays.

Boom Town(1940)

3.6/5 (with 21 votes)

McMasters and Sand come to oil towns to get rich. Betsy comes West intending to marry Sand but marries McMasters instead. Getting rich and losing it all teaches McMasters and Sand the value of personal ties.

Down Argentine Way(1940)

| 1h 29min | Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance / Love
3.1/5 (with 10 votes)

The story—in which an American heiress on holiday in South America falls in love with an Argentine horse breeder against the wishes of their families—takes a backseat to the spectacular location shooting and parade of extravagant musical numbers, which include the larger-than-life Carmen Miranda singing the hit “South American Way” and a showstopping dance routine by the always amazing Nicholas Brothers.

Virginia City(1940)

2.9/5 (with 11 votes)

Union officer Kerry Bradford escapes from a Confederate prison and races to intercept $5 million in gold destined for Confederate coffers. A Confederate sympathizer and a Mexican bandit, each with their own stake in the loot, stand in his way.

Kitty Foyle(1940)

| 1h 48min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 17 votes)

Kitty Foyle, a hard-working white-collar girl from a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania low, middle-class family, meets and falls in love with young socialite Wyn Strafford but his family is against her.


1h 38min | Drama, Thriller
3.7/5 (with 5 votes)

An American goes to Germany to find his mother and discovers her in a concentration camp. With the help of an American-born widowed countess he seeks to engineer her escape.

June Night(1940)

1h 28min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 5 votes)

A woman flees to avoid rumors of promiscuity, but is trailed by a reporter who wants to expose her dark past.

Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet(1940)

1h 43min | Drama
3.2/5 (with 12 votes)

True story of the doctor who considered it was not immoral to search for a drug that would cure syphillis.

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The Fight for Life(1940)

1h 9min | Drama, History
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

The Fight for Life was documentary filmmaker Pare Lorentz' first "dramatic" film, utilizing the talents of several top New York stage actors. A tribute to the Chicago Maternity Center and its efforts to provide the best possible care for destitute mothers, the film is based on the book of the same name by Paul de Kruif. Myron McCormick plays the largest role as a dedicated intern, while others in the cast include such theatrical heavywrights as Will Geer, Dudley Digges and Dorothy Adams. The film's many vignettes range from the tragic (a mother dying in childbirth in the opening scene) to the exultant (another mother rescued from the brink of death in a disease-ridden tenement). Filmed in Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland, Fight for Life is a worthwhile effort, though Lorentz seems more comfortable with the "actuality" scenes than with the dramatized passages.

Dr. Kildare's Strange Case(1940)

| 1h 17min | Drama
2.1/5 (with 5 votes)

Kildare tries brain surgery, advised by Dr. Gillespie, and faces a rival for nurse Lamont.


1h 30min | Drama, War
2.8/5 (with 6 votes)

A tale of life on board a Royal Navy cruiser assigned to protect the vital convoys between America and England during WWII.

The Well-Digger's Daughter(1940)

3.4/5 (with 13 votes)

A rural maiden's two suitors go off to war, leaving her pregnant.

Directed by Marcel Pagnol - With Raimu, Fernandel, Liliana, Charles Blavette, Clairette Oddera, Félicien Tramel, ...

21 Days(1940)

| 1h 12min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.1/5 (with 12 votes)

After Larry Darrent accidentally kills his lover's blackmailing husband, someone else is arrested for the crime. When he is found guilty, Larry and Wanda have just three weeks together before he must give himself up or let an innocent man go to the gallows.

The Howards of Virginia(1940)

| 1h 56min | Drama, History, War
3.1/5 (with 4 votes)

Beautiful young Virginian Jane steps down from her proper aristocratic upbringing when she marries down-to-earth surveyor Matt Howard. Matt joins the Colonial forces in their fight for freedom against England. Matt will meet Jane's father in the battlefield.

Chad Hanna(1940)

| 1h 26min | Romance / Love, Drama
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Country boy joins a circus in the 1840s and falls in love with the bare-back rider. Later he falls in love with another circus runaway.

Lillian Russell(1940)

| 2h 7min | Drama, Music
3.0/5 (with 4 votes)

Alice Faye plays the title role in this 1940 film biography of the early-20th-century stage star.

Lucky Partners(1940)

| 1h 39min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
3.1/5 (with 3 votes)

Two strangers split a sweepstake prize to go on a fake honeymoon with predictable results.

My Love Came Back(1940)

| 1h 25min | Comedy, Drama, Music
3.0/5 (with 2 votes)

Amelia is a gifted violinist who is in danger of quitting the Brissac Academy of Music. Julius arranges to have a scholarship given to her through his employee Tony so that Julius can escort Amelia to every musical event in the city. The trouble begins when he cannot meet her one night and Tony goes in his place. Tony believes that Julius and Amelia are a couple and then son Paul thinks that Tony and Amelia are a couple as he is sending her the money. The worst part is that Amelia might leave classical music for swing music with classmates Dusty, Joy and the band.

The Earl of Chicago(1940)

1h 27min | Drama
2.7/5 (with 2 votes)

A behind the times Chicago bootlegger goes to England with his lawyer to claim his estate as the Earl of Gorley.

Knute Rockne All American(1940)

1h 38min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 9 votes)

The story of legendary Notre Dame football player and coach Knute Rockne.

Gold Rush Maisie(1940)

| 1h 22min | Comedy, Drama
3.3/5 (with 2 votes)

Maisie becomes attached to a dirt-poor farmer and his family as they try to make ends meet joining hundreds of others digging for gold in a previously panned-out ghost town.

Pacientka dr. Hegla(1940)

1h 29min | Drama

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The Proud Valley(1940)

1h 16min | Drama
3.1/5 (with 6 votes)

In a Welsh coal mining valley, a young man with a beautiful singing voice is called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice when a pit disaster threatens.

East of the River(1940)

| 1h 14min | Crime, Drama
3.4/5 (with 2 votes)

Two troublesome boys grow into very different men, one becoming a hoodlum and the other embracing college but both are in-love with the same girl.

Angels Over Broadway(1940)

| 1h 19min | Drama, Comedy, Crime
3.0/5 (with 10 votes)

Small-time businessman Charles Engle is threatened with exposure for embezzling $3,000 for his free-spending wife. Deciding on suicide, he scribbles a note, stuffs it in his pocket and goes for one last night on the town. He is pulled into a poker game by conman Bill O'Brien and singer Nina Barone, but when they discover the dropped note, they resolve to turn the tables, get Engle his $3,000 and save his life.

Young Tom Edison(1940)

| 1h 26min | Drama
2.7/5 (with 3 votes)

Inventor Thomas Edison's boyhood is chronicled and shows him as a lad whose early inventions and scientific experiments usually end up causing disastrous results. As a result, the towns folk all think Tom is crazy, and creating a strained relationship between Tom and his father. Tom's only solace is his understanding mother who believes he's headed to do great things.

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