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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 1,814 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, War, Romance / Love
4.0/5 (with 1,244 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.

Stagecoach(1939)

NR
| 1h 36min | Adventure, Drama, Western
3.9/5 (with 287 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.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington(1939)

2h 9min | Comedy, Drama
4.0/5 (with 283 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.

The Rules of the Game(1939)

3.9/5 (with 143 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 94 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 65 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 56 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.

Le Jour Se Lève(1939)

1h 33min | Crime, Drama
4.0/5 (with 56 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, Arletty, Jacqueline Laurent, Bernard Blier, Marcel Pérès, ...

Only Angels Have Wings(1939)

3.7/5 (with 54 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 51 votes)

On his uncle's death Sir Henry Baskerville returns from Canada to take charge of his ancestral hall on the desolate moors of Devonshire, and finds that Sherlock Holmes is there to investigate the local belief that his uncle was killed by a monster hound that has roamed the moors since 1650, and is likely to strike again at Sir Henry.

Son of Frankenstein(1939)

3.4/5 (with 46 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.

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Jamaica Inn(1939)

1h 48min | Adventure, Crime
3.0/5 (with 44 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.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame(1939)

3.7/5 (with 41 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.

Young Mr. Lincoln(1939)

PG
| 1h 40min | Drama, History
3.8/5 (with 41 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.

Destry Rides Again(1939)

1h 34min | Action, Comedy, Western
3.6/5 (with 37 votes)

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

Gunga Din(1939)

1h 57min | Adventure, War, Comedy
3.4/5 (with 36 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 36 votes)

Having once again avoided criminal conviction, Professor Moriarity develops a murderous plan to "finish off" his last major nemesis, Sherlock Holmes, by making him fail to prevent the perfect crime. Does it involve a family curse, the crown jewels of England, or something else...

Dark Victory(1939)

1h 44min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 36 votes)

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

The Women(1939)

2h 13min | Comedy, Drama
3.5/5 (with 35 votes)

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

The Flying Deuces(1939)

NR
| 1h 9min | Comedy
3.3/5 (with 33 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 Ugly Duckling(1939)

3.5/5 (with 32 votes)

An outcast duckling's search for a family to accept him leads to constant rejection before learning his true identity as a swan.

Directed by Jack Cutting

Gulliver's Travels(1939)

3.1/5 (with 31 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.

Goodbye, Mr. Chips(1939)

NR
| 1h 54min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.9/5 (with 29 votes)

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

Pygmalion(1939)

1h 36min | Drama, Comedy
3.6/5 (with 29 votes)

When linguistics professor Henry Higgins boasts that he can pass off Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle as a princess with only six months' training, Colonel George Pickering takes him up on the bet. Eliza moves into Higgins's home and begins her rigorous training after the professor comes to a financial agreement with her dustman father, Alfred. But the plucky young woman is not the only one undergoing a transformation.

The Little Princess(1939)

G
| 1h 33min | Drama, Comedy, Kids & Family
3.6/5 (with 28 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.

Drums Along the Mohawk(1939)

1h 40min | Drama, History, War
3.3/5 (with 27 votes)

Albany, New York, 1776. After marrying, Gil and Lana travel north to settle on a small farm in the Mohawk River Valley, but soon their growing prosperity and happiness are threatened by the sinister sound of drums that announce dark times of revolution and war.

Another Thin Man(1939)

3.8/5 (with 25 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 Story of the Last Chrysanthemum(1939)

2h 24min | Romance / Love, Drama
4.1/5 (with 24 votes)

In late 19th century Tokyo, Kikunosuke Onoue, the adopted son of a legendary actor, himself an actor specializing in female roles, discovers that he is only praised for his acting due to his status as his father's heir. Devastated by this, he turns to Otoku, a servant of his family, for comfort, and they fall in love. Kikunosuke becomes determined to leave home and develop as an actor on his own merits, and Otoku faithfully follows him.

Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi

Tarzan Finds a Son!(1939)

1h 22min | Action, Adventure
3.0/5 (with 23 votes)

A young couple die in a plane crash in the jungle. Their son is found by Tarzan and Jane who name him Boy and raise him as their own. Five years later a search party comes to find the young heir to millions of dollars. Jane agrees, against Tarzan's will, to lead them to civilization.

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