World War II films made during wartime

by GusF | created - 03 Jan 2016 | updated - 31 Aug 2018 | Public

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1. Hitler - Beast of Berlin (1939)

Approved | 87 min | Drama, War

Hans Memling, a young intellectual, patriotic German, is secretly opposed to the Nazi regime. With the aid of Gustav Schultz, Father Pommer, Anna Wahl and others, he is gleaning accurate ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Newfield | Stars: Roland Drew, Steffi Duna, Greta Granstedt, Alan Ladd

Votes: 77

2. The Lion Has Wings (1939)

76 min | Drama, War

Alexander Korda's bit for the British war effort shows the world both at peace and on the verge of Nazi domination. Spliced together to form a documentary-style movie of both newsreel and ... See full summary »

Directors: Adrian Brunel, Brian Desmond Hurst, Michael Powell, Alexander Korda | Stars: Merle Oberon, Ralph Richardson, June Duprez, Flora Robson

Votes: 488

5. South of the Border (1939)

Passed | 70 min | Action, Adventure, Music

Federal Agent Gene Autry and his sidekick Frog are sent to Mexico to prevent foreign powers from gaining control of Mexican oil refineries and fomenting revolution among the Mexican people.... See full summary »

Director: George Sherman | Stars: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, June Storey, Lupita Tovar

Votes: 95

6. The Torso Murder Mystery (1939)

Approved | 70 min | Mystery

Ted Healey, a British man, is employed in a factory which makes anti-submarine patrol boats fitted with a secret torpedo device. Healy is in the pat of the German Secret Service and his ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Summers | Stars: Bruce Cabot, Marta Labarr, Tamara Desni, Romilly Lunge

Votes: 20

7. Arise, My Love (1940)

Passed | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A dashing pilot and a vivacious reporter have romantic and dramatic adventures in Europe as World War II begins.

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Ray Milland, Dennis O'Keefe, Walter Abel

Votes: 649

8. Achtung! Feind hört mit! (1940)

102 min | Drama, History, Romance

This is the war and everybody in Germany should beware : the enemy is listening. One family in particular had better be even more careful than the average citizen of the Reich : the ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Maria Rabenalt | Stars: René Deltgen, Kirsten Heiberg, Lotte Koch, Michael Bohnen

Votes: 28

10. Comrade X (1940)

Passed | 104 min | Comedy, Romance

An American reporter smuggling news out of Soviet Moscow is blackmailed into helping a beautiful Communist leave the country.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Clark Gable, Hedy Lamarr, Oskar Homolka, Felix Bressart

Votes: 1,208

12. Request Concert (1940)

103 min | Musical, Romance, War

At the Olympic games in Berlin 1936 Inge Wagner falls in love with Luftwaffenleutnant (Airforce Lieutenant) Herbert Koch. They want to marry, but he receives orders to go to Spain - ... See full summary »

Director: Eduard von Borsody | Stars: Hedwig Bleibtreu, Joachim Brennecke, Heinz Goedecke, Paul Hörbiger

Votes: 94

13. Convoy (1940)

78 min | Drama, War

A tale of the highs and lows of life protecting the vital convoys between America & England during WWII.

Director: Pen Tennyson | Stars: Clive Brook, John Clements, Edward Chapman, Judy Campbell

Votes: 169

14. Neutral Port (1940)

89 min | Action, Drama, War

A crusty sea captain steals an enemy supply ship after his ship is sunk by a U-boat during the opening days of World War II.

Director: Marcel Varnel | Stars: Will Fyffe, Leslie Banks, Yvonne Arnaud, Phyllis Calvert

Votes: 31

15. Kampf um Norwegen - Feldzug 1940 (1940)

80 min | Documentary, War

Describes the sequence of events leading up to the invasion of Norway, especially the Anschluss of Austria, the division of Czechoslovakia after the Munich agreement and finally the invasion of Poland in September, 1939.

Directors: Werner Buhre, Martin Rikli

Votes: 103

16. Enemies (1940)

91 min | Drama, Romance, War

WWII-era Nazi propaganda film about a German foreign laborer called Keith who in 1939 works in a Polish sawmill near the border with Nazi Germany. When local anti-German sentiment leads to lynchings, lovely Anna hides Keith in her tavern.

Director: Viktor Tourjansky | Stars: Brigitte Horney, Willy Birgel, Reinhold Lütjohann, Karl-Heinz Peters

Votes: 8

17. Foreign Correspondent (1940)

Passed | 120 min | Action, Romance, Thriller

On the eve of World War II, a young American reporter tries to expose enemy agents in London.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders

Votes: 16,823 | Gross: $3.48M

18. The Great Dictator (1940)

Passed | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, War

Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie, Reginald Gardiner

Votes: 185,700

19. To Hell with Hitler (1940)

Unrated | 82 min | Comedy, Musical, War

Shortly after the start of World War II, a ukelele player (George) takes the wrong boat and finds himself in (still uninvaded) Norway. He is mistaken for a fellow British intelligence agent... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Varnel | Stars: George Formby, Phyllis Calvert, Garry Marsh, Romney Brent

Votes: 230

21. The Long Voyage Home (1940)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, War

In 1940, the motley crew of the British tramp steamer SS Glencairn prepares the ship for its perilous voyage from the West Indies to Baltimore and then to England.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Thomas Mitchell, Ian Hunter, Ward Bond

Votes: 3,503

22. The Man I Married (1940)

77 min | Drama

Anti-Nazi tract laced with 1938 newsreel footage finds American girl (Bennett) married to a German (Lederer) gradually learning he is a Nazi, trying to get their son to America.

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: Joan Bennett, Francis Lederer, Lloyd Nolan, Anna Sten

Votes: 362

23. The Mortal Storm (1940)

Passed | 100 min | Drama

The Roth family leads a quiet life in a small village in the German Alps during the early 1930s. When the Nazis come to power, the family is divided and Martin Brietner, a family friend is caught up in the turmoil.

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Robert Young, Frank Morgan

Votes: 4,159

24. Spare a Copper (1940)

Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy, Musical

A brave wartime copper (policeman) becomes a hero when he thwarts a plot to destroy a battleship. But then the rest of the police get the idea that he is one of the enemy agents.

Director: John Paddy Carstairs | Stars: George Formby, Dorothy Hyson, George Merritt, John Warwick

Votes: 117

25. Night Train to Munich (1940)

Not Rated | 90 min | Thriller, War

When Germany invades Czechoslovakia, the German and the British intelligence services try to capture Czech scientist Dr. Axel Bomasch (James Harcourt), inventor of a new type of armor-plating.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Margaret Lockwood, Rex Harrison, Paul Henreid, Basil Radford

Votes: 4,118

26. The Phantom Submarine (1940)

Approved | 70 min | Adventure, Mystery, Romance

On the night before he sails in search of the steamship Arcadia's sunken gold, Paul Sinclair (Bruce Bennett)meets Madeliene Nielson (Anita Louise) in a San Francisco nightclub. On the ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Anita Louise, Bruce Bennett, Oscar O'Shea, John Tyrrell

Votes: 23

27. Ski Patrol (1940)

64 min | Adventure, Drama, War

1939: Finnish reserve unit defends border, home-town in valley below, from Russian invaders who are excavating an explosives-laden tunnel under their mountaintop encampment.

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Philip Dorn, Luli Deste, Stanley Fields, Samuel S. Hinds

Votes: 178

29. Ten Days in Paris (1940)

82 min | Drama

Bob Stevens (Sir Rex Harrison) awakens in a hospital with a gunshot wound to his head, and is told that he has been in Paris for ten days. However, this cannot be true because he insists ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Whelan | Stars: Rex Harrison, Kaaren Verne, C.V. France, Leo Genn

Votes: 33

30. Waterloo Bridge (1940)

Passed | 108 min | Drama, Romance, War

During World War I, believing her fiance to be dead, a young ballerina loses her job and is forced to turn to prostitution.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor, Lucile Watson, Virginia Field

Votes: 8,254

31. Women in War (1940)

Approved | 71 min | Drama, War

A "good-time girl", raised by her somewhat lax divorced father, finds herself involved in an accidental death, and the only way she's able to get out of it is to volunteer--albeit ... See full summary »

Director: John H. Auer | Stars: Elsie Janis, Wendy Barrie, Patric Knowles, Mae Clarke

Votes: 28

32. Bulldog Sees It Through (1940)

Approved | 77 min | Mystery

The armaments production programme is being sabotaged by a gang of Germans. A few arrests are made but the destruction of a vital plant goes on. Test Pilot 'Bulldog' Bill Watson plunges headlong into the mystery.

Director: Harold Huth | Stars: Jack Buchanan, Greta Gynt, Sebastian Shaw, David Hutcheson

Votes: 8

33. Women in War (1940)

Approved | 71 min | Drama, War

A "good-time girl", raised by her somewhat lax divorced father, finds herself involved in an accidental death, and the only way she's able to get out of it is to volunteer--albeit ... See full summary »

Director: John H. Auer | Stars: Elsie Janis, Wendy Barrie, Patric Knowles, Mae Clarke

Votes: 28

34. Stolen Paradise (1940)

79 min | Drama

Robert Gordon (Leon Janney), a sheltered 18-year-old youth reared in a Catholic school, believes he has a vocation for the priesthood. He is taken to live with his father in his palatial ... See full summary »

Director: Louis J. Gasnier | Stars: Leon Janney, Eleanor Hunt, Esther Muir, Wilma Francis

Votes: 19

35. Blackout (1940)

Not Rated | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Early in World War II, Danish sea captain Andersen, delayed in a British port, tangles with German spies.

Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Valerie Hobson, Hay Petrie, Joss Ambler

Votes: 941

36. Escape (1940)

Passed | 104 min | Drama

1938: A young man arrives in Hitler's Germany, frantically seeking information about his German mother, and finds she is pending execution at a concentration camp.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Norma Shearer, Robert Taylor, Conrad Veidt, Alla Nazimova

Votes: 751

37. Pastor Hall (1940)

95 min | Drama

This film is based on the true story of Pastor Martin Neimuller, who was sent to Dachau concentration camp for criticising the Nazi party. The small German village of Altdorf in the 1930's ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Boulting | Stars: Wilfrid Lawson, Nova Pilbeam, Seymour Hicks, Marius Goring

Votes: 44

38. Escape to Glory (1940)

64 min | Drama

A British ship is attacked by a German U-boat at the onset of World War II. The reactions of the frightened passengers-from a German doctor to a drunken Irishman-are chronicled in this good story.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Pat O'Brien, Constance Bennett, John Halliday, Alan Baxter

Votes: 29

39. 49th Parallel (1941)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Thriller, War

A World War II U-boat crew are stranded in northern Canada. To avoid internment, they must make their way to the border and get into the still-neutral U.S.

Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Leslie Howard, Laurence Olivier, Raymond Massey, Anton Walbrook

Votes: 5,325

40. A Voice in the Night (1941)

95 min | Drama, War

Hitler's doctor is gradually realising that the Nazi regime isn't as good as it pretends to be when his friends start to "disappear" into the camps. His wife is courted by the party and ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Clive Brook, Diana Wynyard, Raymond Huntley, Derek Farr

Votes: 192

41. International Squadron (1941)

85 min | Adventure, Drama, War

In 1941, an American flyer volunteers for the British RAF but must learn to be an obedient team-player rather than a risky thrill-seeking individualist.

Directors: Lothar Mendes, Lewis Seiler | Stars: Ronald Reagan, Olympe Bradna, James Stephenson, William Lundigan

Votes: 69

42. Honolulu Lu (1941)

Passed | 72 min | Comedy, Music

Consuelo Cordoba is a headstrong girl trying to reform her con man uncle Don Estaban Cordoba, who is posing as a wealthy tourist in Hawaii. A local woman takes Consuelo under her wing and ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Lupe Velez, Leo Carrillo, Bruce Bennett, Marjorie Gateson

Votes: 78

43. Burma Convoy (1941)

Approved | 72 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A truck convoy traveling the Burma Road is menaced by a group of smugglers.

Director: Noel M. Smith | Stars: Charles Bickford, Evelyn Ankers, Frank Albertson, Cecil Kellaway

Votes: 34

44. Paris Calling (1941)

Passed | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

Marianne Jannetier, a well-to-do Parisian, engaged to Andre Benoit, a high-ranking government official, flees the city when the goose-stepping Nazi storm-troopers arrive. When her mother ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: Elisabeth Bergner, Randolph Scott, Basil Rathbone, Gale Sondergaard

Votes: 51

46. U-Boat, Course West! (1941)

100 min | Drama, War

This Nazi propaganda film follows the exploits of a German submarine as it prowls the North Atlantic.

Director: Günther Rittau | Stars: Herbert Wilk, Heinz Engelmann, Joachim Brennecke, Wilhelm Borchert

Votes: 44

47. Gasbags (1941)

Not Rated | 77 min | Adventure, Comedy

The Crazy gang invade Nazi Germany !! They accidentally pilot a balloon over enemy territory.

Director: Marcel Varnel | Stars: Bud Flanagan, Chesney Allen, Jimmy Nervo, Teddy Knox

Votes: 136