Films I’ve Seen: 1940s

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1. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

100 Metascore

A cynical American expatriate struggles to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Votes: 487,370 | Gross: $1.02M

2. Pinocchio (1940)

G | 88 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

99 Metascore

A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.

Directors: Norman Ferguson, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Dickie Jones, Christian Rub, Mel Blanc, Don Brodie

Votes: 119,945 | Gross: $84.25M

3. Dumbo (1941)

G | 64 min | Animation, Drama, Family

96 Metascore

Ridiculed because of his enormous ears, a young circus elephant is assisted by a mouse to achieve his full potential.

Directors: Samuel Armstrong, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen, John Elliotte | Stars: Sterling Holloway, Edward Brophy, Herman Bing, Billy Bletcher

Votes: 111,076 | Gross: $1.60M

4. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

89 Metascore

An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 366,375

5. The Yearling (1946)

Approved | 128 min | Drama, Family, Western

89 Metascore

A boy persuades his parents to allow him to adopt a young deer, but what will happen if the deer misbehaves?

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, Claude Jarman Jr., Chill Wills

Votes: 5,007 | Gross: $5.20M

6. Cat People (1942)

Not Rated | 73 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

An American man marries a Serbian immigrant who fears that she will turn into the cat person of her homeland's fables if they are intimate together.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Simone Simon, Tom Conway, Kent Smith, Jane Randolph

Votes: 18,095 | Gross: $4.00M

7. Children of Paradise (1945)

Not Rated | 189 min | Drama, Romance

The theatrical life of a beautiful courtesan and the four men who love her.

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur, Pierre Renoir

Votes: 17,079

8. Bicycle Thieves (1948)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

In post-war Italy, a working-class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Elena Altieri

Votes: 132,030 | Gross: $0.33M

9. His Girl Friday (1940)

Passed | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 49,521 | Gross: $0.30M

10. Late Spring (1949)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

Noriko is twenty-seven years old and still living with her widowed father. Everybody tries to talk her into marrying, but Noriko wants to stay at home caring for her father.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Setsuko Hara, Yumeji Tsukioka, Haruko Sugimura

Votes: 12,551

11. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Passed | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

98 Metascore

Two Americans searching for work in Mexico convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett

Votes: 105,954 | Gross: $5.01M

12. Rabbit Hood (1949)

8 min | Animation, Family, Short

When Bugs tries to take a carrot from the King's field in Sherwood Forest he's caught in the act by the Sheriff of Nottingham.

Director: Chuck Jones | Stars: Mel Blanc, Errol Flynn

Votes: 1,408

13. The Dover Boys at Pimento University or The Rivals of Roquefort Hall (1942)

Approved | 9 min | Comedy, Short, Animation

Three fun-loving, morally upright brothers from Pimento University save their fiancée from their fiendish archenemy, Dan Backslide, in this spoof of the Rover Boys.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Clyde Geronimi, Dick Lundy, Riley Thomson | Stars: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet, John McLeish, Tedd Pierce

Votes: 1,324

14. Long-Haired Hare (1949)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Animation, Short

Bugs Bunny retaliates against the pompous opera star who does him violence.

Director: Chuck Jones | Stars: Mel Blanc, Nicolai Shutorev

Votes: 2,127

15. Hair-Raising Hare (1946)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A sneaker-wearing, hairy monster chases Bugs through a castle belonging to an evil scientist.

Director: Chuck Jones | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 2,255

16. Hollywood Steps Out (1941)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Animation, Short

A tour of Ciro's Nightclub packed with caricatures of many top stars, including (in order) Cary Grant, Greta Garbo, Edward G. Robinson and Ann Sheridan, Johnny Weissmuller, James Cagney, ... See full summary »

Director: Tex Avery | Stars: Dave Barry, Sara Berner, Mel Blanc, Kent Rogers

Votes: 761

17. Rhapsody Rabbit (1946)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Family, Short

When Bugs attempts to perform Liszt's Second Hungarian Rhapsody, he is troubled by a mouse.

Director: Friz Freleng | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 1,023

18. Little Red Riding Rabbit (1944)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

Bugs, the Wolf and bobby-soxer Red chase each other around while Grandma is off working at Lockheed aircraft.

Director: Friz Freleng | Stars: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet, Billy Bletcher

Votes: 1,555

19. Along Came Daffy (1947)

7 min | Family, Animation, Short

Snow-bound in a cabin, two starving men begin visualizing each other as food, before salesman Daffy Duck calls at their door. The two men fancy Daffy as a duck dinner and chase him around ... See full summary »

Director: Friz Freleng | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 286

20. Rebel Rabbit (1949)

7 min | Animation, Family, Comedy

The signs indicate current bounty prices: $50 for a fox, $75 for a bear, only 2 cents for a rabbit. Bugs is insulted.

Director: Robert McKimson | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 548

21. Fast and Furry-ous (1949)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

The Coyote is chasing the Roadrunner using a rather ingenious invention combining a fridge, a meat grinder, ice cubes, and skis.

Director: Chuck Jones | Stars: Mel Blanc, Paul Julian

Votes: 1,736

22. The Ducktators (1942)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Hitler, Mussolini, and Hirohito are portrayed as ducks taking over a barnyard.

Director: Norm McCabe | Stars: Mel Blanc, Michael Maltese, John McLeish

Votes: 515

23. A Ham in a Role (1949)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

A Shakespearian dog, tired of being a pie-in-the-face looney tune, quits Warner Brothers to study dramatic acting and goes to his country house to practice the bard. He finds that two ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert McKimson, Arthur Davis | Stars: Mel Blanc, Stan Freberg

Votes: 250



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