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1940s Romantic Drama Movies

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It's a Wonderful Life(1946)

PG
| 2h 10min | Drama, Kids & Family, Fantasy
4.2/5 (with 1,657 votes)

A holiday favourite for generations... George Bailey has spent his entire life giving to the people of Bedford Falls. All that prevents rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town is George's modest building and loan company. But on Christmas Eve the business's $8,000 is lost and George's troubles begin.

Casablanca(1942)

PG
| 1h 42min | Drama, Romance / Love
4.1/5 (with 2,119 votes)

In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

Rebecca(1940)

4.0/5 (with 649 votes)

Story of a young woman who marries a fascinating widower only to find out that she must live in the shadow of his former wife, Rebecca, who died mysteriously several years earlier. The young wife must come to grips with the terrible secret of her handsome, cold husband, Max De Winter. She must also deal with the jealous, obsessed Mrs. Danvers, the housekeeper, who will not accept her as the mistress of the house.

Suspicion(1941)

NR
| 1h 39min | Mystery, Romance / Love, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 270 votes)

Wealthy, sheltered Lina McLaidlaw is swept off her feet by charming ne'er-do-well Johnnie Aysgarth. Though warned that Johnnie is little more than a fortune hunter, Lina marries him anyway and remains loyal to her irresponsible husband as he plows his way from one disreputable business scheme to another. Gradually Lina comes to the conclusion that Johnnie intends to kill her in order to collect her inheritance. The suspicion seems confirmed when Johnnie's business partner dies under mysterious circumstances.

To Have and Have Not(1945)

3.8/5 (with 185 votes)

A Martinique charter boat skipper gets mixed up with the underground French resistance operatives during WWII.

For Whom the Bell Tolls(1943)

3.4/5 (with 62 votes)

Spain in the 1930s is the place to be for a man of action like Robert Jordan. There is a civil war going on and Jordan—who has joined up on the side that appeals most to idealists of that era—has been given a high-risk assignment up in the mountains. He awaits the right time to blow up a crucial bridge in order to halt the enemy's progress.

Mrs. Miniver(1942)

NR
| 2h 14min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.6/5 (with 90 votes)

English middle-class family, The Minivers, experience life in the first months of World War II.

Letter from an Unknown Woman(1948)

1h 27min | Drama, Romance / Love
4.0/5 (with 108 votes)

A pianist about to flee from a duel receives a letter from a woman he cannot remember. As she tells the story of her lifelong love for him, he is forced to reinterpret his own past.

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp(1943)

NR
| 2h 43min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.8/5 (with 81 votes)

General Candy, who's overseeing an English squad in 1943, is a veteran leader who doesn't have the respect of the men he's training and is considered out-of-touch with what's needed to win the war. But it wasn't always this way. Flashing back to his early career in the Boer War and World War I, we see a dashing young officer whose life has been shaped by three different women, and by a lasting friendship with a German soldier.

The Red Shoes(1948)

NR
| 2h 13min | Drama, Romance / Love
4.1/5 (with 223 votes)

In this classic drama, Vicky Page is an aspiring ballerina torn between her dedication to dance and her desire to love. While her imperious instructor, Boris Lermontov, urges to her to forget anything but ballet, Vicky begins to fall for the charming young composer Julian Craster. Eventually Vicky, under great emotional stress, must choose to pursue either her art or her romance, a decision that carries serious consequences.

Children of Paradise(1945)

3h 11min | Drama, Romance / Love
4.1/5 (with 139 votes)

Filmed during the German occupation, this French milestone centers around the theatrical life of a beautiful courtesan and the four men who love her. Voted the “Best French Film in History” by the French Film Academy in 1990.

Gilda(1946)

NR
| 1h 50min | Drama, Romance / Love, Thriller
3.8/5 (with 196 votes)

A gambler discovers an old flame while in Argentina, but she's married to his new boss.

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Now, Voyager(1942)

NR
| 1h 57min | Romance / Love, Drama
3.7/5 (with 68 votes)

A woman suffers a nervous breakdown and an oppressive mother before being freed by the love of a man she meets on a cruise.

A Matter of Life and Death(1946)

3.9/5 (with 132 votes)

When a young airman miraculously survives bailing out of his aeroplane without a parachute, he falls in love with an American radio operator. But the officials in the other world realise their mistake, and dispatch an angel to collect him.

Pride and Prejudice(1940)

NR
| 1h 58min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 53 votes)

Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to live nearby, the Bennets have high hopes. But pride, prejudice and misunderstandings all combine to complicate their relationships and to make happiness difficult.

Brief Encounter(1945)

NR
| 1h 26min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.9/5 (with 213 votes)

Returning home from a shopping trip to a nearby town, bored suburban housewife Laura Jesson is thrown by happenstance into an acquaintance with virtuous doctor Alec Harvey. Their casual friendship soon develops during their weekly visits into something more emotionally fulfilling than either expected, and they must wrestle with the potential havoc their deepening relationship would have on their lives and the lives of those they love.

I Know Where I'm Going!(1945)

NR
| 1h 31min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 50 votes)

Plucky Englishwoman Joan Webster travels to the remote islands of the Scottish Hebrides in order to marry a wealthy industrialist. Trapped by inclement weather on the Isle of Mull and unable to continue to her destination, Joan finds herself charmed by the straightforward, no-nonsense islanders around her, and becomes increasingly attracted to naval officer Torquil MacNeil, who holds a secret that may change her life forever.

Random Harvest(1942)

3.6/5 (with 33 votes)

An amnesiac World War I vet falls in love with a music hall star, only to suffer an accident which restores his original memories but erases his post-War life.

Jane Eyre(1943)

NR
| 1h 37min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 44 votes)

After a harsh childhood, orphan Jane Eyre is hired by Edward Rochester, the brooding lord of a mysterious manor house to care for his young daughter.

Penny Serenade(1941)

NR
| 1h 59min | Romance / Love, Drama
3.4/5 (with 36 votes)

While listening to a recording of Penny Serenade, Julie Gardiner Adams begins reflecting on her past. She recalls her impulsive marriage to newspaper reporter Roger Adams, which begins on a deliriously happy note but turns out to be fraught with tragedy. Other songs remind her of their courtship, their marriage, their desire for a child, and the joys and sorrows they have shared. A flood of memories come back to her as she ponders on their present problems and how they arose.

Madame Bovary(1949)

1h 55min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 15 votes)

Based on the French literary classic, this drama presents author Gustave Flaubert narrating his tale of infidelity and narcissism. After marrying small-town doctor Charles Bovary, Emma becomes tired of her limited social status and begins to have affairs, first with the young Leon Dupuis and later with the wealthy Rodolphe Boulanger. Eventually, however, her self-involved behavior catches up with her.

Blood and Sand(1941)

NR
| 2h 5min | Drama, Romance / Love, Action
3.4/5 (with 20 votes)

Bullfighter Juan Gallardo falls for socialite Dona Sol, turning from the faithful Carmen who nevertheless stands by her man as he continues to face real danger in the bullring.

Our Town(1940)

1h 30min | Drama, Romance / Love
2.8/5 (with 11 votes)

Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. We see birth, life and death in this small community.

Five Graves to Cairo(1943)

1h 36min | Thriller, War
3.5/5 (with 36 votes)

The British Army, retreating ahead of victorious Rommel, leaves a lone survivor on the Egyptian border who finds refuge at a remote desert hotel. He is helped by the hotel's owner, despite protest from the French chambermaid, afraid of the imminent arrival of Rommel and the Germans. John assumes the identity of the recently deceased waiter to survive.

Strange Cargo(1940)

NR
| 1h 53min | Drama, Romance / Love, Adventure
3.5/5 (with 19 votes)

Convicts escaping from Devil's Island come under the influence of a strange Christ-like figure.

Spring in a Small Town(1948)

1h 33min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 32 votes)

After eight years of marriage to Liyan - once rich but now a shadow of his former self following a long, ruinous war - Yuwen does little except grocery and medication shopping. A surprise visit from Liyan's friend Zhang re-energises the household, but also stirs up long-suppressed feelings and resentments.

Directed by Fei Mu - With Wei Wei, Li Wei

The Small Back Room(1949)

3.3/5 (with 20 votes)

At the height of World War II, the Germans begin dropping a new type of booby-trapped bomb on England. Sammy Rice, a highly-skilled but haunted bomb-disposal officer, must overcome his personal demons to defeat this new threat.

Enamorada(1946)

1h 39min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.9/5 (with 19 votes)

In Mexican Revolution times, a guerrilla general and his troops take the conservative town of Cholula, near by Mexico City. As the revolutionaries mistreat the town's riches, Armendáriz falls for beautiful and wild Beatriz Peñafiel, the daughter of one of the town's richest men.

Daisy Kenyon(1947)

1h 39min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 13 votes)

Daisy Kenyon is a Manhattan commercial artist having an affair with an arrogant and overbearing but successful lawyer named Dan O'Mara. O'Mara is married and has children. Daisy meets a single man, a war veteran named Peter Lapham, and after a brief and hesitant courtship decides to marry him, although she is still in love with Dan.

Desert Fury(1947)

1h 36min | Drama, Crime
3.0/5 (with 9 votes)

The daughter of a Nevada casino owner gets involved with a racketeer, despite everyone's efforts to separate them.

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