1940s Spy Movies

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4.0/5 (with 462 votes)

In order to help bring Nazis to justice, U.S. government agent T.R. Devlin recruits Alicia Huberman, the American daughter of a convicted German war criminal, as a spy. As they begin to fall for one another, Alicia is instructed to win the affections of Alexander Sebastian, a Nazi hiding out in Brazil. When Sebastian becomes serious about his relationship with Alicia, the stakes get higher, and Devlin must watch her slip further undercover.

Journey into Fear(1943)

1h 8min | Mystery, Drama, Thriller
3.2/5 (with 23 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.

They Met in the Dark(1943)

3.1/5 (with 5 votes)

A Royal navy Commander is tricked by a pretty girl who is working for the Nazis. She tricks him into revealing some military secrets and he is court martial. He vows to track her and her accomplices down.

Dangerously They Live(1941)

3.2/5 (with 3 votes)

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

Cottage to Let(1941)

1h 30min | Comedy, Drama
3.6/5 (with 4 votes)

Cottage to Let is a 1941 spy film starring Leslie Banks, Alastair Sim and John Mills. Set in World War II Scotland, its plot concerns Nazi spies trying to kidnap an inventor.

The Bribe(1949)

1h 38min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.2/5 (with 8 votes)

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

Black Dragons(1942)

1h 4min | Horror, War
2.6/5 (with 5 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


1h 32min | Adventure, Thriller, War
3.7/5 (with 5 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.

The Fallen Sparrow(1943)

1h 34min | Thriller
2.8/5 (with 6 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.

Cloak and Dagger(1946)

1h 46min | Drama, Thriller
3.2/5 (with 12 votes)

In this 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.

Action in Arabia(1944)

3.3/5 (with 2 votes)

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

The Adventures of Tartu(1943)

3.1/5 (with 5 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.

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Secret Agent(1947)

1h 28min | War, Drama, Thriller
3.2/5 (with 2 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.

British Intelligence(1940)

1h 1min | Action, Adventure
3.1/5 (with 7 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.

Yellow Canary(1943)

1h 35min | Drama, Thriller, War
2.6/5 (with 5 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.

Spy Smasher(1942)

| 3h 35min | Action, War
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Alan Armstrong fights Nazi agents operating in the USA.

State Department: File 649(1949)

1h 27min
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Kenneth Seeley, member of the U. S. State Department's Foreign Service Bureau, and Marge Weldon, a morale worker with the bureau, are assigned to an area in Mongolia dominated by an outlaw warlord. The latter captures the village where they reside and when escape is clearly impossible, Seeley blows up the outlaw's headquarters, losing his own life in doing so.

Directed by Sam Newfield


| 1h 47min | War, Thriller, Action
3.6/5 (with 3 votes)

The (O)ffice of (S)trategic (S)ervices' Cmdr. Brady (Patric Knowles) forms Operation "Applejack" (based on a composite of actual incidents during WWII) and sends Lt. (j.g.) Philip Masson, U.S.N.R. aka John Martin as spy Philippe Martine (Alan Ladd) along with Miss Ellen Rogers posing as her college roommate, Madame Elaine Duprez (Geraldine Fitzgerald) and Robert Bouchet, Tech Sgt., A.U.S. as Albert Bernardito (Richard Benedict) to acquire secret Nazi plans. After nearly getting caught they succeed and get new identities. However they discover a secret that could change the war and risk their lives to get the information back to London before it jeopardizes their lives. Martine and Duprez then get reassigned to assist fellow spy Frank Schmidt aka Parker (Richard Webb) embedded in the German army so he can relay important Nazi troop movements. Then she is discovered by an old foe, Col. Paul Meister (John Hoyt) but Martine must radio the vital information and misses her.

Secret Agent(1943)

3.6/5 (with 3 votes)

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

Directed by Seymour Kneitel - With Bud Collyer

Lisbon Story(1946)

1h 40min | Music, Thriller
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

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

Women in the Night(1948)

1h 38min | Drama, Thriller
2.0/5 (with 1 vote)

During WW2 six allied nations women at Shanghai University are arrested by the Germans accused of killing a German officer and forced to entertain the Japanese.


| 4min | Comedy, Animation, War
3.3/5 (with 7 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

Hotel Reserve(1944)

1h 19min | Thriller
3.3/5 (with 4 votes)

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

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.

Against the Wind(1948)

1h 36min | War, Drama
3.0/5 (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.

Don't Talk(1942)

22min | Drama
2.9/5 (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 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.

The Conspirators(1944)

1h 41min | Drama, History, Thriller
3.1/5 (with 3 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.

Submarine Alert(1943)

1h 6min | Action, Thriller
2.3/5 (with 2 votes)

Nazi spies use a stolen shortwave transmitter prototype to broadcast top secret shipping info to an offshore Japanese sub. To nab the spy ring, the Government has the West Coast's top radio engineers fired and shadowed to see if the Nazis recruit them to complete work on the prototype radio. Radio engineer Lew Deerhold, a resident alien without a job to pay for his adorable little ward Gina's life-saving operation, falls prey to the spy ring, and is swept up in a maelstrom of deceit and danger.

Directed by Frank McDonald - With Richard Arlen
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