My Favorite Movies of 1943

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1. The Ox-Bow Incident (1942)

Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Western

When a posse captures three men suspected of killing a local farmer, they become strongly divided over whether or not to lynch the men.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Mary Beth Hughes, Anthony Quinn

Votes: 19,475 | Gross: $1.64M

2. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

Not Rated | 163 min | Drama, Romance, War

From the Boer War through World War II, a soldier rises through the ranks in the British military.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Roger Livesey, Deborah Kerr, Anton Walbrook, James McKechnie

Votes: 12,079

3. Five Graves to Cairo (1943)

Approved | 96 min | Thriller, War

During World War II, an undercover British soldier tries get word to the Allies that the Germans have tons of supplies buried in five excavations across Egypt.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Franchot Tone, Anne Baxter, Akim Tamiroff, Erich von Stroheim

Votes: 4,598

4. Jane Eyre (1943)

Approved | 97 min | Drama, Romance

After a harsh childhood, orphan Jane Eyre is hired by Edward Rochester, the brooding lord of a mysterious manor house, to care for his young daughter.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine, Margaret O'Brien, Peggy Ann Garner

Votes: 7,367 | Gross: $3.82M

5. Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943)

Approved | 71 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller

Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson travel to Washington D.C. in order to prevent a secret document from falling into enemy hands.

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Marjorie Lord, Henry Daniell

Votes: 3,517

6. Tarzan's Desert Mystery (1943)

Passed | 70 min | Adventure

With Jane still away for the war effort, Tarzan and Boy set off to retrieve rare medicinal herbs, only to run into an American messenger, Nazi spies, and the mysterious desert's treacherous fauna and flora. Will they make it in one piece?

Director: Wilhelm Thiele | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Nancy Kelly, Johnny Sheffield, Otto Kruger

Votes: 1,924

7. White Savage (1943)

Approved | 76 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

A shark hunter falls in love with the beautiful ruler of a tropical island.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Sabu, Thomas Gomez

Votes: 113

8. The Song of Bernadette (1943)

Approved | 156 min | Biography, Drama

In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of "a beautiful lady" in the city dump. She never claims it to be anything other than this, but the townspeople all ... See full summary »

Director: Henry King | Stars: Jennifer Jones, Charles Bickford, William Eythe, Vincent Price

Votes: 5,636

9. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

PG | 108 min | Thriller

94 Metascore

A young woman discovers her visiting uncle may not be the man he seems to be.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey, Henry Travers

Votes: 55,138

10. Lassie Come Home (1943)

Passed | 89 min | Adventure, Family

After her destitute family is forced to sell her, a collie named Lassie escapes from her new owner and begins the long trek from Scotland to her Yorkshire home.

Director: Fred M. Wilcox | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Donald Crisp, May Whitty, Edmund Gwenn

Votes: 4,628

11. The More the Merrier (1943)

Passed | 104 min | Comedy, Romance, War

During the World War II housing shortage in Washington, two men and a woman share a single apartment and the older man plays Cupid to the other two.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, Charles Coburn, Richard Gaines

Votes: 5,494

12. Destination Tokyo (1943)

Approved | 135 min | Adventure, History, War

In order to provide information for the first air raid over Tokyo, a U.S. submarine sneaks into Tokyo Bay and places a spy team ashore.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Cary Grant, John Garfield, Alan Hale, John Ridgely

Votes: 4,333

13. Sahara (I) (1943)

Approved | 97 min | Action, Drama, War

After the fall of Tobruk in 1942, during the Allied retreat in the Libyan desert, an American tank picks-up a motley group of survivors but they face advancing Germans and a lack of water.

Director: Zoltan Korda | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Bruce Bennett, J. Carrol Naish, Lloyd Bridges

Votes: 7,479

14. Watch on the Rhine (1943)

Approved | 114 min | Drama

A German-born engineer, his American wife and their children travel from Mexico to the United States to visit her family but their plans are complicated by a Romanian count.

Directors: Herman Shumlin, Hal Mohr | Stars: Bette Davis, Paul Lukas, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Lucile Watson

Votes: 3,576

15. Phantom of the Opera (1943)

Approved | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Music

A disfigured violinist haunts the Paris Opera House.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Nelson Eddy, Susanna Foster, Claude Rains, Edgar Barrier

Votes: 5,908 | Gross: $3.49M

16. Heaven Can Wait (1943)

Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

An old roué arrives in Hades to review his life with Satan, who will rule on his eligibility to enter the Underworld.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Gene Tierney, Don Ameche, Charles Coburn, Marjorie Main

Votes: 8,984

17. For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)

Passed | 170 min | Adventure, Drama, History

During the Spanish Civil War, an American allied with the Republicans finds romance during a desperate mission to blow up a strategically important bridge.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Akim Tamiroff, Arturo de Córdova

Votes: 7,803 | Gross: $17.80M

18. Immortal Sergeant (1943)

Approved | 91 min | Drama, War

During a WW2 patrol in the North-African desert, a Canadian corporal reminisces about his sweetheart and must lead his platoon when the sergeant gets wounded.

Director: John M. Stahl | Stars: Henry Fonda, Maureen O'Hara, Thomas Mitchell, Allyn Joslyn

Votes: 728

19. Mr. Lucky (1943)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Romance

A gambler has plans to swindle money from a charity program, but starts to have second thoughts when he falls for a rich society girl.

Director: H.C. Potter | Stars: Cary Grant, Laraine Day, Charles Bickford, Gladys Cooper

Votes: 2,638

20. The Desperadoes (1943)

Approved | 87 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

A wanted outlaw arrives in town to rob a bank that has already been held up! His past and his friendship with the sheriff land them both in trouble.

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Randolph Scott, Claire Trevor, Glenn Ford, Evelyn Keyes

Votes: 1,022

21. Edge of Darkness (1943)

Approved | 119 min | Drama, War

After two years under German rule, a small Norwegian fishing village rises up and revolts against the occupying Nazis.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Errol Flynn, Ann Sheridan, Walter Huston, Nancy Coleman

Votes: 1,751

22. The Man in Grey (1943)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, History, Romance

After a brutish, hedonistic Marquis marries a pretty young Clarissa to act as a 'brood sow,' he begins an affair with her friend who plots to take her place.

Director: Leslie Arliss | Stars: Margaret Lockwood, James Mason, Phyllis Calvert, Stewart Granger

Votes: 897

23. The Silver Fleet (1943)

88 min | Drama, War

Jaap van Leyden (Sir Ralph Richardson) is in charge of a shipyard in newly occupied Holland. At first he collaborates with the Germans because it is the easiest course to follow. Later, a ... See full summary »

Directors: Vernon Sewell, Gordon Wellesley | Stars: Ralph Richardson, Googie Withers, Esmond Knight, Beresford Egan

Votes: 391

24. A Guy Named Joe (1943)

Passed | 120 min | Drama, Romance, War

A dead World War II bomber pilot named Pete Sandidge, becomes the guardian angel of another pilot, Ted Randall. He guides Ted through battle and helping him to romance his old girlfriend, despite her excessive devotion to Sandidge's memory.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Irene Dunne, Van Johnson, Ward Bond

Votes: 2,065

25. Madame Curie (1943)

Not Rated | 124 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Despite himself, accomplished physicist and avowed bachelor Pierre Curie falls for brilliant student Marie, and together they embark on the discovery of radium.

Directors: Mervyn LeRoy, Albert Lewin | Stars: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Henry Travers, Albert Bassermann

Votes: 2,374

26. A Lady Takes a Chance (1943)

Passed | 86 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

A city girl on a bus tour of the West encounters a handsome rodeo cowboy who helps her forget her simpy city suitors.

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Jean Arthur, John Wayne, Charles Winninger, Phil Silvers

Votes: 948

27. Adventure in Iraq (1943)

Approved | 65 min | Adventure

Five Allied soldiers in an airplane flying to Egypt crash-land in Iraq. They are taken in by a local sheik, but soon begin to suspect that he may not be quite as friendly as he appears to be.

Director: D. Ross Lederman | Stars: John Loder, Ruth Ford, Warren Douglas, Paul Cavanagh

Votes: 123

28. Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943)

Passed | 68 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

During WWII several murders occur at a convalescent home where Dr. Watson has volunteered his services. He summons Holmes for help and the master detective proceeds to solve the crime from ... See full summary »

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Dennis Hoey, Arthur Margetson

Votes: 3,850

29. Guadalcanal Diary (1943)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, War

The story of a large U.S. Marines invasion task force bound for Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands in 1942.

Director: Lewis Seiler | Stars: Preston Foster, Lloyd Nolan, William Bendix, Richard Conte

Votes: 1,914

30. The Constant Nymph (1943)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Music, Romance

The daughter of a musical mentor is hopelessly in love with her cousin's husband, a handsome composer.

Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Charles Boyer, Joan Fontaine, Brenda Marshall, Alexis Smith

Votes: 1,123

31. Bataan (1943)

Approved | 114 min | War

In 1942, in the Bataan peninsula of the Philippines, a ragtag American unit commanded by Sergeant Bill Dane attempts to blow-up a bridge in order to slow the Japanese advance.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Robert Taylor, George Murphy, Lloyd Nolan, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 2,130

32. Du Barry Was a Lady (1943)

Passed | 101 min | Comedy, Musical

A night club's coatroom attendant who's in-love with the club's singer accidentally sips a drugged drink that makes him dream he's French King Louis XV courting the infamous Madame Du Barry.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly, Virginia O'Brien

Votes: 1,130

33. My Friend Flicka (1943)

Approved | 89 min | Family, Western

Ken McLaughlin struggles to please his family in any way. He comes back from boarding school boasting poor grades and facing going through the fifth grade again, much to his fathers dismay.... See full summary »

Director: Harold D. Schuster | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Preston Foster, Rita Johnson, James Bell

Votes: 803

34. Action in the North Atlantic (1943)

Passed | 126 min | Action, Drama, War

An American tanker's sunk by a German U-boat and the survivors spend 11 days at sea on a raft. Their next assignment; bound for Murmansk through the sub-stalked N. Atlantic.

Directors: Lloyd Bacon, Byron Haskin, Raoul Walsh | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Raymond Massey, Alan Hale, Julie Bishop

Votes: 3,267

35. Above Suspicion (1943)

Passed | 90 min | Drama, Thriller

Oxford Professor Richard Myles and new bride Frances are off on a European honeymoon. It isn't your typical honeymoon though, for they are on a spying mission for British intelligence on ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Joan Crawford, Fred MacMurray, Conrad Veidt, Basil Rathbone

Votes: 1,643

36. China (1943)

Approved | 79 min | Drama, War

During the Japanese invasion of China, a cynical, macho profiteer meets a compassionate, beautiful schoolteacher.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Loretta Young, Alan Ladd, William Bendix, Philip Ahn

Votes: 292

37. It Ain't Hay (1943)

Approved | 80 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Adaptation of the Damon Runyon story 'Princess O'Hara', in which the horse of a street vendor is replaced by a racehorse.

Director: Erle C. Kenton | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Grace McDonald, Cecil Kellaway

Votes: 785

38. The Outlaw (1943)

Approved | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Western legends Pat Garrett, Doc Holliday and Billy the Kid are played against each other over the law and the attentions of vivacious country vixen Rio McDonald.

Directors: Howard Hughes, Howard Hawks | Stars: Jack Buetel, Thomas Mitchell, Jane Russell, Walter Huston

Votes: 3,673

39. Tarzan Triumphs (1943)

Passed | 76 min | Action, Adventure, War

As WWII rages on, a group of Nazi paratroopers land on the secret city of Palandria to exploit its wealth, and they start taking hostages. Can the powerful King of the Jungle and his trusted companions--Cheeta, and Buli--save them?

Director: Wilhelm Thiele | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Frances Gifford, Johnny Sheffield, Stanley Ridges

Votes: 1,963 | Gross: $3.27M

40. This Is the Army (1943)

Approved | 121 min | Comedy, Musical, War

In WWI dancer Jerry Jones stages an all-soldier show on Broadway, called Yip Yip Yaphank. Wounded in the war, he becomes a producer. In WWII his son Johnny Jones, who was before his ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: George Murphy, Joan Leslie, George Tobias, Alan Hale

Votes: 898 | Gross: $20.83M



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