1940s Spy Movies

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Journey into Fear(1943)

| 1h 8min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
3.1/5 (with 30 votes)

An American ballistics expert in Turkey finds himself targeted by Nazi agents. Safe passage home by ship is arranged for him, but he soon discovers that his pursuers are also on board.

The Bribe(1949)

1h 38min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.3/5 (with 10 votes)

United States Federal agent Rigby travels to the Central American island Carlotta to investigate a stolen aircraft engines smuggling racket.


1h 32min | Adventure, Thriller, War
3.6/5 (with 6 votes)

When a neutral Danish merchant ship is forced to put into port after trying to evade British wartime contraband control, its captain becomes involved in a beautiful British Naval Intelligent agent's efforts to capture a group of German spies operating from a London cinema.

Black Dragons(1942)

1h 4min | Horror, War
2.8/5 (with 6 votes)

It is prior to the commencement of World War II, and Japan's fiendish Black Dragon Society is hatching an evil plot with the Nazis. They instruct a brilliant scientist, Dr. Melcher, to travel to Japan on a secret mission. There he operates on six Japanese conspirators, transforming them to resemble six American leaders. The actual leaders are murdered and replaced with their likeness ….

Directed by William Nigh - With Bela Lugosi

Yellow Canary(1943)

1h 38min | Drama, Thriller, War
2.5/5 (with 6 votes)

In 1940 Sally Maitland is forced to leave England, ostracised as a Nazi sympathiser by everyone including her well-to-do family. On the ship to Halifax, Canada, she is courted by Polish aristocrat Jan Orloch and by awkward British navel intelligence officer Jimmy Garrick. She shows herself somewhat more amenable to Orloch's advances, and agrees to meet his mother in Halifax. Once there however, it becomes clear no-one is really who they say they are.

Dangerously They Live(1941)

| 1h 17min | Drama, Romance / Love, Thriller, War
3.1/5 (with 3 votes)

A doctor tries to rescue a young innocent from Nazi agents.

Cloak and Dagger(1946)

3.2/5 (with 15 votes)

In Fritz Lang's compelling World War II espionage thriller, Gary Cooper stars as Alvah Jasper, a shy and retiring physics professor at a midwestern university. When government agents press Jasper into joining them in an effort to curtail the Nazis' efforts to attain atomic secrets, his life takes a dramatic turn.

The Adventures of Tartu(1943)

3.2/5 (with 6 votes)

British Captain Terence Stevenson (Robert Donat) accepts an assignment even more dangerous than his everyday job of defusing unexploded bombs. Fluent in Romanian and German and having studied chemical engineering, he is parachuted into Romania to assume the identity of Captain Jan Tartu, a member of the fascist Iron Guard. He makes his way to Czechoslovakia to steal the formula of a new Nazi poison gas and sabotage the factory where it is being manufactured.

Secret Agent(1947)

1h 28min | War, Drama, Thriller
3.0/5 (with 3 votes)

Soviet agent Fedotov is air-dropped into Nazi occupied land. He changes over into Mr. Ekhert, a German entrepreneur wishing to take advantage of eastern worker slave labor in occupied Ukraine. Ekhert (Fedotov) enters into a partnership with a German entrepreneur who's son, Willie, is a high ranking Nazi. Together they go to Vinnitsa, Ukraine and start a factory. Fedotov begins seeking contacts with headquarters, but faces problems when a Ukrainian Nazi collaborator manages to infiltrate the Soviet partisans.

Cottage to Let(1941)

1h 30min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller
3.3/5 (with 7 votes)

Allied spies and Nazi Agents insinuate themselves at a Scottish cottage (converted to a wartime hospital) with interests on an inventor's nearly perfected bomb sight.

British Intelligence(1940)

1h 1min | Action, Adventure
3.1/5 (with 8 votes)

During WWI pretty German master spy Helene von Lorbeer is sent undercover to London to live with the family of a high-placed British official where she is to rendezvous with the butler Valdar, also a spy, and help him transmit secret war plans back to Germany.

Hotel Reserve(1944)

1h 29min | Thriller
3.2/5 (with 5 votes)

A hunt for a spy, in a hotel in the South of France just before World War Two.

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| 4min | Comedy, Animation, War
3.3/5 (with 8 votes)

The doltish but self-confident and self-congratulatory Private Snafu is in possession of a military secret during World War II. Over the course of the day, spouting rhymed couplets, he divulges the secret a little at a time to listening Axis spies. He tells his mom some of the secret when he calls her from a phone booth; the rest he spills to a dolly dolly spy who plies him with liquor. Snafu's loose lips put himself at risk.

Directed by Chuck Jones - With Mel Blanc

Atlantic Convoy(1942)

2.8/5 (with 1 vote)

American naval forces are using a port in Iceland as a base for anti-submarine patrols to protect North Atlantic convoys from Nazi subs. The Nazis send undercover agents into the port in a scheme to blow up the entrance to the harbor and keep the patrols blocked in. The officers in charge of the patrols have to find the spies and stop them before they achieve their objective.

Secret Agent(1943)

3.6/5 (with 5 votes)

A double agent trying to deliver information to Washington, D.C. is chased by Nazi operatives.

Directed by Seymour Kneitel - With Bud Collyer


1h 21min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
2.0/5 (with 1 vote)

An ex-gambler helps a beautiful widow, and becomes involved with a murder, secret agents, and saboteurs.

Let's Get Tough(1942)

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

Rejected by the Army, Marines, and Navy for being too young, the punks help the war effort by throwing fruit at a shop they believe is owned by a Japanese American. Confronted by him wielding a short sword, the gang decides to come back at night but find him dead.

Directed by Wallace Fox - With Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall

The Black Widow(1947)

2.3/5 (with 2 votes)

The Daily Clarion hires detective story writer Steve Colt to investigate the deaths of a group of scientists working on an atomic rocket development project. Behind the killings is fortune teller Sombra, a spy from an Asian country intent on world domination, who is determined to pilfer the atomic rocket by luring workers from the project to her parlor and killing them with black widow spider venom when they refuse to cooperate.

The Conspirators(1944)

1h 41min | Drama, History, Thriller
3.1/5 (with 4 votes)

A guerilla leader falls in love with a mysterious woman in World War II Lisbon.

Madame Spy(1942)

1h 3min | War, Drama

Joan Bannister is the wife of globe-trotting war correspondent David Bannister. Returning to the US, Bannister becomes suspicious when Joan begins keeping company with known Nazi functionaries, notably the sinister Mr. Peter. Suspecting that his own wife may be the elusive “Madame Spy” wanted by American authorities, Bannister is in for quite a few surprises.

The Masked Marvel(1943)

| 3h 17min | Action
1.4/5 (with 2 votes)

A team of two-fisted insurance investigators (one of whom disguises himself as The Masked Marvel) endeavor to discover and thwart the loathsome saboteur Sakima.

Lisbon Story(1946)

1h 40min | Music, Thriller
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

A musical cabaret singer meets a British agent and goes with him to Nazi occupied France to save an atomic scientist.

Don't Talk(1942)

22min | Drama
2.8/5 (with 2 votes)

This Crime Does Not Pay series entry dramatizes the idea that during wartime, people should not discuss anything related to their work when in public. A casual remark can be overheard by an enemy agent and used to sabotage the war effort. In this short, the story involves shipments of parts to a defense plant.

The Next of Kin(1942)

1h 42min | Drama, War, Thriller, Mystery
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

Wartime propaganda piece giving the warning "Be like Dad, Keep Mum". A gossipy housewife is overheard talking about what her son is doing by a Nazi spy.

This Was Paris(1942)

1h 17min | Drama, War
2.8/5 (with 2 votes)

British agents operate in Paris during the Second World War.

Against the Wind(1948)

1h 36min | War, Drama
2.8/5 (with 2 votes)

A disparate group of volunteers are trained as saboteurs and parachuted into Belgium to blow up an office containing important Nazi records and to rescue a prominent S.O.E. agent, who is being interrogated by the Germans for vital information.

The Fallen Sparrow(1943)

| 1h 34min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
2.8/5 (with 8 votes)

Imprisoned during the Spanish Civil War, John "Kit" McKittrick is released when a New York City policeman pulls some strings. Upon returning to America, McKittrick hears that a friend has committed suicide, and he begins to smell a rat. During his investigation, McKittrick questions three beautiful women, one of whom has a tie to his refugee past. Pursued by Nazi operatives, McKittrick learns of the death of another friend, and begins to suspect the dark Dr. Skaas.

Action in Arabia(1944)

3.0/5 (with 4 votes)

Reporter Michael Gordon uncovers intrigue in Damascus, where the Allies and Nazis struggle for control of Arab sympathies.

Don Winslow of the Navy(1942)

3h 57min | Adventure, Action

A movie serial in 12 Chapters: US naval officer Don Winslow is given command of Tangita Island, near Pearl Harbor, where a ring of saboteurs is trying to destroy ships carrying supplies to the troops stationed in the islands and sabotage the war effort under orders from an unknown leader.

Directed by Ray Taylor - With Don Terry

Golden Earrings(1947)

2.8/5 (with 2 votes)

A British colonel escapes from the Gestapo to the Black Forest and poses as a Gypsy's mate.

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