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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 1,522 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 914 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 234 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 215 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 106 votes)

A weekend at a marquis’ country château lays bare some ugly truths about a group of haut bourgeois acquaintances.

Ninotchka(1939)

3.9/5 (with 73 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 54 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 46 votes)

After World War I, 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 42 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 40 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.

Le Jour se Lève(1939)

1h 33min | Crime, Drama
3.9/5 (with 38 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, ...

Jamaica Inn(1939)

1h 48min | Adventure, Crime
3.0/5 (with 38 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.

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Son of Frankenstein(1939)

3.5/5 (with 37 votes)

One of the sons of Frankenstein finds his father's monster in a coma and revives him, only to find out he is controlled by Ygor who is bent on revenge.

Young Mr. Lincoln(1939)

PG
| 1h 40min | Drama, History
3.7/5 (with 36 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.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame(1939)

3.7/5 (with 32 votes)

Paris, France, 1482. Frollo, Chief Justice of benevolent King Louis XI, gets infatuated by the beauty of Esmeralda, a gypsy young girl. The hunchback Quasimodo, Frollo's protege and bell-ringer of Notre Dame, lives in peace among the bells in the heights of the immense cathedral until he is involved by the twisted magistrate in his malicious plans to free himself from Esmeralda's alleged spell, which he believes to be the devil's work.

Destry Rides Again(1939)

1h 34min | Action, Comedy, Western
3.6/5 (with 32 votes)

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

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes(1939)

1h 25min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 29 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.

Dark Victory(1939)

1h 44min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 28 votes)

A flighty heiress discovers inner strength when she develops a brain tumor.

Gunga Din(1939)

1h 57min | Adventure, War, Comedy
3.5/5 (with 28 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 Flying Deuces(1939)

NR
| 1h 9min | Comedy
3.3/5 (with 26 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, ...

The Women(1939)

2h 13min | Comedy, Drama
3.6/5 (with 26 votes)

A happily married woman lets her catty friends talk her into divorce when her husband strays.

Goodbye, Mr. Chips(1939)

NR
| 1h 54min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.9/5 (with 25 votes)

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

The Little Princess(1939)

G
| 1h 33min | Drama, Comedy, Kids & Family
3.5/5 (with 25 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.

Gulliver's Travels(1939)

3.1/5 (with 23 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.

Another Thin Man(1939)

1h 43min | Comedy, Drama
3.8/5 (with 22 votes)

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

The Ugly Duckling(1939)

3.5/5 (with 22 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

Drums Along the Mohawk(1939)

3.2/5 (with 20 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 18 votes)

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

Beau Geste(1939)

1h 52min | Adventure, Drama, War
3.5/5 (with 18 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
3.5/5 (with 18 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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