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Movies: Popular Movies of 1939

Movies in chronological context: 1939 (MCMXXXIX)was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1939th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 939th year of the 2nd millennium, the 39th year of the 20th century, and the 10th and last year of the 1930s decade. This year also marks the start of the Second World War, the largest and deadliest conflict in human history. ()

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The Wizard of Oz(1939)

3.8/5 (with 1,381 votes)

Young Dorothy finds herself in a magical world where she makes friends with a lion, a scarecrow and a tin man as they make their way along the yellow brick road to talk with the Wizard and ask for the things they miss most in their lives. The Wicked Witch of the West is the only thing that could stop them.

Gone with the Wind(1939)

G
| 3h 53min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
4.0/5 (with 821 votes)

The spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner is forced to use every means at her disposal to claw her way out of poverty, following Maj. Gen. William Sherman's destructive "March to the Sea,” during the American Civil War.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington(1939)

2h 9min | Comedy, Drama
4.0/5 (with 210 votes)

Naive and idealistic Jefferson Smith, leader of the Boy Rangers, is appointed to the United States Senate by the puppet governor of his state. He soon discovers, upon going to Washington, many shortcomings of the political process as his earnest goal of a national boys' camp leads to a conflict with the state political boss.

Stagecoach(1939)

1h 36min | Adventure, Western
3.9/5 (with 191 votes)

A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo, and learn something about each other in the process.

The Rules of the Game(1939)

3.9/5 (with 92 votes)

The Rules of the Game, by Jean Renoir, is a scathing critique of corrupt French society cloaked in a comedy of manners in which a weekend at a marquis’ country château lays bare some ugly truths about a group of haut bourgeois acquaintances. The film has had a tumultuous history: it was subjected to cuts after the violent response of the premiere audience in 1939, and the original negative was destroyed during World War II; it wasn’t reconstructed until 1959.

Ninotchka(1939)

3.9/5 (with 66 votes)

A stern Russian woman sent to Paris on official business finds herself attracted to a man who represents everything she is supposed to detest.

Wuthering Heights(1939)

3.7/5 (with 47 votes)

The Earnshaws are Yorkshire farmers during the early 19th Century. One day, Mr. Earnshaw returns from a trip to the city, bringing with him a ragged little boy called Heathcliff. Earnshaw's son, Hindley, resents the child, but Heathcliff becomes companion and soulmate to Hindley's sister, Catherine. After her parents die, Cathy and Heathcliff grow up wild and free on the Moors and despite the continued enmity between Hindley and Heathcliff they're happy -- until Cathy meets Edgar Linton, the son of a wealthy neighbor.

The Roaring Twenties(1939)

1h 44min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.8/5 (with 42 votes)

After the WWI Armistice Lloyd Hart goes back to practice law, former saloon keeper George Hally turns to bootlegging, and out-of-work Eddie Bartlett becomes a cab driver. Eddie builds a fleet of cabs through delivery of bootleg liquor and hires Lloyd as his lawyer. George becomes Eddie's partner and the rackets flourish until love and rivalry interfere.

Only Angels Have Wings(1939)

3.7/5 (with 39 votes)

Geoff Carter is the head of a crumbling air freight service in desperate need of a replacement pilot. He is forced to hire a descredited aviator who arrives with his wife, Carter's ex-lover. Meanwhile, traveler Bonnie Lee tries to get close to the emotionally closed-off Carter.

The Hound of the Baskervilles(1939)

1h 20min | Mystery, Thriller
3.7/5 (with 38 votes)

On his uncle's death Sir Henry Baskerville returns from abroad and opens up the ancestral hall on the desolate moors of Devonshire. Holmes uncovers a plot to have Sir Henry murdered by a terrible trained hound. First casting of Rathbone and Bruce as Holmes and Watson.

Jamaica Inn(1939)

1h 48min | Adventure, Crime
3.0/5 (with 34 votes)

In coastal Cornwall, England, during the early 19th Century, a young woman discovers that she's living with a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecking for profit.

Son of Frankenstein(1939)

3.5/5 (with 33 votes)

Wolf Frankenstein, son of Henry Frankenstein, returns with his wife, to his fathers estate to claim his inheritance. When he arrives with his family he recieves a hostile reception from locals. While exploring his fathers laboratory he comes across crooked blacksmith - Ygor, who asks him to revive his father's creation - the MONSTER who is lying in a coma. Wolf tries to revive the monster and believes he fails but then some of the locals are found murdered soon after who just happened to be part of the jury that sent Ygor to the gallows. The villagers immediately connect the killings to Frankenstein and send the inspector to investigate. He discovers the monster is alive and is being used as tool by Ygor. Wolf then in fit of madness shoots Ygor. The then enraged monster losing his only friend kidnaps Wolf's son. In the end Wolf tracks the monster to the lab where he swings down on a chain knocking the monster into a sulpher pit and thus his demise.

Young Mr. Lincoln(1939)

PG
| 1h 40min | Drama, History
3.7/5 (with 32 votes)

In this dramatized account of his early law career in Illinois, Abraham Lincoln is born into a modest log cabin, where he is encouraged by his first love, Ann Rutledge, to pursue law. Following her tragic death, Lincoln establishes a law practice in Springfield, where he meets a young Mary Todd. Lincoln's law skills are put to the test when he takes on the difficult task of defending two brothers who have been accused of murder.

Le Jour se Lève(1939)

1h 33min | Crime, Drama
3.8/5 (with 32 votes)

After committing a murder, a man locks himself in his apartment and recollects the events the led him to the killing.

Directed by Marcel Carné - With Jean Gabin, Jules Berry, Léonie Marie Julie Bathiat, Jacqueline Laurent, Bernard Blier, Marcel Pérès, ...

Destry Rides Again(1939)

1h 34min | Action, Comedy, Western
3.6/5 (with 28 votes)

When a tough western town needs taming, the mild-mannered son of a hard-nosed sheriff gets the job.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame(1939)

3.7/5 (with 27 votes)

King Louis XI is a wise and old king and Frollo is the Chief Justice. Frollo gazes on the gypsy girl, Esmeralda, in the church during Fool's Day and sends Quasimodo to catch her. Quasimodo, with the girl, is captured by Phoebus, Captain of the Guards, who frees the girl. The courts sentence Quasimodo to be flogged, and the only one who will give him water while he is tied in the square is Esmeralda. Later, at a party of nobles, Esmeralda again meets both Frollo, who is bewitched by her, and Phoebus. When Phoebus is stabbed to death, Esmeralda is accused of the murder, convicted by the court and sentenced to hang. Clopin, King of the Beggars; Gringoire, Esmeralda's husband; and Quasimodo, the bellringer, all try different ways to save her from the gallows.

Dark Victory(1939)

1h 44min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 26 votes)

Judith Traherne is at the height of young society when Dr. Frederick Steele diagnoses a brain tumor. After surgery she falls in love with Steele. The doctor tells her secretary that the tumor will come back and eventually kill her. Learning this, Judith becomes manic and depressive. Her horse trainer Michael, who loves her, tells her to get as much out of life as she can. She marries Steele who intends to find a cure for her illness. As he goes off to a conference in New York failing eyesight indicates to Judith that she is dying.

Gunga Din(1939)

1h 57min | Adventure, War, Comedy
3.5/5 (with 25 votes)

British army sergeants Ballantine, Cutter and MacChesney serve in India during the 1880s, along with their native water-bearer, Gunga Din. While completing a dangerous telegraph-repair mission, they unearth evidence of the suppressed Thuggee cult. When Gunga Din tells the sergeants about a secret temple made of gold, the fortune-hunting Cutter is captured by the Thuggees, and it's up to his friends to rescue him.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes(1939)

1h 25min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 25 votes)

Professor Moriarity has a scheme for stealing the crown jewels from the Tower of London. To get Holmes involved, he persuades a gaucho flute player to murder a girl.

The Flying Deuces(1939)

NR
| 1h 9min | Comedy
3.3/5 (with 24 votes)

Ollie is in love with a woman. When he discovers that she is already married, he tries to kill himself. Of course, the suicide is avoided and the boys join the Foreign Legion to get away from their troubles. Finally, they are arrested for trying to desert the Legion and to escape the firing squad by stealing a plane.

Directed by A. Edward Sutherland - With Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Jean Parker, Reginald Gardiner, Charles Middleton, 1st Baron Barham, Jimmy Finlayson, ...

Goodbye, Mr. Chips(1939)

NR
| 1h 54min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.9/5 (with 23 votes)

A shy British teacher looks back nostalgically at his long career, taking note of the people touched his life.

Gulliver's Travels(1939)

3.1/5 (with 22 votes)

Gulliver washes ashore on Lilliput and attempts to prevent war between that tiny kingdom and its equally-miniscule rival, Blefiscu, as well as smooth the way for the romance between the Princess and Prince of the opposing lands. In this he is alternately aided and hampered by the Lilliputian town crier and general fussbudget, Gabby. A life-threatening situation develops when the bumbling trio of Blefiscu spies, Sneak, Snoop, and Snitch, manage to steal Gulliver's pistol.

Directed by Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky, Max Fleischer

The Little Princess(1939)

G
| 1h 33min | Drama, Comedy, Kids & Family
3.5/5 (with 22 votes)

The classic Shirley Temple film in which a little girl goes in search of her father who is reported missing by the military during the Second Boer War.

The Women(1939)

2h 13min | Comedy, Drama
3.6/5 (with 21 votes)

Wealthy Mary Haines is unaware her husband is having an affair with shopgirl Crystal Allen. Sylvia Fowler and Edith Potter discover this from a manicurist and arrange for Mary to hear the gossip. On the train taking her to a Reno divorce Mary meets the Countess and Miriam (in an affair with Fowler's husband). While they are at Lucy's dude ranch, Fowler arrives for her own divorce and the Countess meets fifth husband-to-be Buck. Back in New York, Mary's ex is now unhappily married to Crystal who is already in an affair with Buck.

The Ugly Duckling(1939)

3.4/5 (with 20 votes)

A remake of an earlier (1931) Silly Symphony retells the story of an outcast duckling whose search for a family to accept him leads to constant rejection before learning his true identity as a swan.

Directed by Jack Cutting - With Clarence Nash

Another Thin Man(1939)

1h 43min | Comedy, Drama
3.8/5 (with 19 votes)

Not even the joys of parenthood can stop married sleuths Nick and Nora Charles from investigating a murder on a Long Island estate.

Drums Along the Mohawk(1939)

3.2/5 (with 17 votes)

Set in America's Colonial period, John Ford's adventure tale follows Gilbert (Henry Fonda) and Lana Martin (Claudette Colbert) as they try to survive the rugged frontier. After their settlement is repeatedly attacked by Indians, the couple is taken in by a spinster (Edna May Oliver). Lana bears a son, while Gilbert heads off to fight the Indians and the British. He returns, wounded, to find his family once again under attack by the Indians.

The Four Feathers(1939)

NR
| 2h 9min | Adventure, Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.7/5 (with 17 votes)

A disgraced officer risks his life to help his childhood friends in battle.

Beau Geste(1939)

1h 52min | Adventure, Drama, War
3.7/5 (with 16 votes)

Academy Award winners Gary Cooper and Ray Milland star along with Robert Preston in the epic adventure Beau Geste. When three brothers join the Foreign Legion to escape a troubled past, they find themselves trapped under the command of a sadistic sergeant deep in the scorching Sahara. Now the brothers must fight for their lives as they plot mutiny against tyranny and defend a desert fortress against a brutal enemy. Nominated for 2 Academy Awards, Beau Geste has been universally acclaimed by generations of critics and audiences alike as a true motion picture classic.

At the Circus(1939)

1h 27min | Comedy, Music
3.4/5 (with 16 votes)

Jeff Wilson, the owner of a small circus, owes his partner Carter $10,000. Before Jeff can pay, Carter lets his accomplices steal the money, so he can take over the circus. Antonio Pirelli and Punchy, who work at the circus, together with lawyer Loophole try to find the thief and get the money back.

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