Oscar Big Five Nominated Movies (with duplicates)

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1. The Great McGinty (1940)

Passed | 82 min | Comedy

Dan McGinty has great success in his chosen field of crooked politics, but he endangers it all in one crazy moment of honesty.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Brian Donlevy, Muriel Angelus, Akim Tamiroff, Allyn Joslyn

Votes: 3,231

2. Angels Over Broadway (1940)

Passed | 79 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

A cuckolded embezzler on the verge of suicide is helped by a tout, an alcoholic playwright, and a pick-up girl to reimburse the money with a gambling sting.

Directors: Ben Hecht, Lee Garmes | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell, John Qualen

Votes: 868

3. Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940)

Approved | 103 min | Biography, Drama

True story of the doctor who considered it was not immoral to search for a drug that would cure syphillis.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Ruth Gordon, Otto Kruger, Donald Crisp

Votes: 1,374

4. 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: 17,289 | Gross: $3.48M

5. 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: 191,060

6. Citizen Kane (1941)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery

100 Metascore

Following the death of publishing tycoon Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; 'Rosebud'.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 379,105 | Gross: $1.59M

7. The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)

Approved | 92 min | Comedy, Romance

A tycoon goes undercover to ferret out agitators at a department store, but gets involved in their lives instead.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Jean Arthur, Robert Cummings, Charles Coburn, Edmund Gwenn

Votes: 3,333

8. Sergeant York (1941)

Passed | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

A marksman is drafted in World War I and ends up becoming one of the most celebrated war heroes.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie, George Tobias

Votes: 14,554 | Gross: $16.40M

9. Tall, Dark and Handsome (1941)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Crime

Robin Hoodish gangster in 1929 Chicago is an object of affection, kind to New York hood and bad to a bad crook.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Cesar Romero, Virginia Gilmore, Milton Berle, Charlotte Greenwood

Votes: 166

10. Tom, Dick and Harry (1941)

Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Working girl Janie is proposed to by a conservative car salesman, a bohemian auto mechanic, and a millionaire playboy and must make a choice.

Director: Garson Kanin | Stars: Ginger Rogers, George Murphy, Alan Marshal, Burgess Meredith

Votes: 972

11. Woman of the Year (1942)

Passed | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Rival reporters Sam and Tess fall in love and get married, only to find their relationship strained when Sam comes to resent Tess' hectic lifestyle.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Fay Bainter, Reginald Owen

Votes: 8,626

12. One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942)

Not Rated | 82 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

When Nazi anti-aircraft fire damages a British bomber, its crew bails out and seeks help from the Dutch underground.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Godfrey Tearle, Eric Portman, Hugh Williams, Bernard Miles

Votes: 1,762

13. Road to Morocco (1942)

Passed | 82 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Two carefree castaways on a desert shore find an Arabian Nights city, where they compete for the luscious Princess Shalmar.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Anthony Quinn

Votes: 4,905 | Gross: $1.63M

14. Wake Island (1942)

Approved | 88 min | Action, Drama, War

December, 1941. With no hope of relief or re-supply, a small band of United States Marines tries to keep the Japanese Navy from capturing their island base.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Brian Donlevy, Robert Preston, Macdonald Carey, William Bendix

Votes: 1,703

15. The War Against Mrs. Hadley (1942)

Passed | 86 min | Drama

A Washington official courts a society matron who is trying to ignore the effects of World War II.

Director: Harold S. Bucquet | Stars: Edward Arnold, Fay Bainter, Richard Ney, Jean Rogers

Votes: 331

16. Princess O'Rourke (1943)

Approved | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

A pilot falls in love with a woman he believes is heading cross country to become a maid, little suspecting that she's actually a princess.

Director: Norman Krasna | Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Robert Cummings, Charles Coburn, Jack Carson

Votes: 1,000

17. Air Force (1943)

Approved | 124 min | Action, Drama, History

The crew of an Air Force bomber arrives in Pearl Harbor in the aftermath of the Japanese attack and is sent on to Manila to help with the defense of the Philippines.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: John Garfield, John Ridgely, Gig Young, Arthur Kennedy

Votes: 2,796

18. In Which We Serve (1942)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, War

This "story of a ship", the British destroyer H.M.S. Torrin, is told in flashbacks by survivors as they cling to a life raft.

Directors: Noël Coward, David Lean | Stars: Noël Coward, John Mills, Bernard Miles, Celia Johnson

Votes: 4,882 | Gross: $0.45M

19. The North Star (1943)

Passed | 108 min | Drama, Romance, War

A Ukrainian village must suddenly contend with the Nazi invasion of June 1941.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Anne Baxter, Dana Andrews, Walter Huston, Walter Brennan

Votes: 1,180

20. So Proudly We Hail! (1943)

Passed | 126 min | Drama, Romance, War

A group of nurses returning from the war in the Phillippines recall their experiences in combat and in love.

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard, Veronica Lake, George Reeves

Votes: 1,444

21. Wilson (1944)

Passed | 154 min | Biography, Drama, History

A chronicle of the political career of US President Woodrow Wilson.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Alexander Knox, Charles Coburn, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 1,373 | Gross: $2.00M

22. Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)

Passed | 101 min | Comedy, War

Woodrow is discharged from the military for hay fever, but fabricates receiving a heroic honorable discharge before returning home.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Eddie Bracken, Ella Raines, Raymond Walburn, William Demarest

Votes: 4,059

23. The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1943)

Approved | 98 min | Comedy, Romance, War

After an all-night send-off party for the troops, a small-town girl wakes up to find herself married and pregnant, but with no memory of her husband's identity.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Eddie Bracken, Betty Hutton, Diana Lynn, William Demarest

Votes: 6,488

24. Two Girls and a Sailor (1944)

Passed | 124 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

A sailor helps two sisters start up a service canteen. The sailor soon becomes taken with gorgeous sister Jean, unaware that her sibling Patsy is also in love with him.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Van Johnson, June Allyson, Gloria DeHaven, José Iturbi

Votes: 684

25. Wing and a Prayer (1944)

Approved | 97 min | Action, Drama, War

In WW2, an American aircraft carrier sails around the Pacific on a decoy mission until it joins the battle of Midway against the Japanese forces.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Don Ameche, Dana Andrews, William Eythe, Charles Bickford

Votes: 1,208

26. Marie-Louise (1944)

Approved | 93 min | Drama

Marie-Louise is a 1944 Swiss German and French language Swiss film directed by Leopold Lindtberg and an uncredited Franz Schnyder. The film, distributed in the U.S. by Arthur Mayer and ... See full summary »

Directors: Leopold Lindtberg, Hermann Haller, Franz Schnyder | Stars: Josiane Hegg, Heinrich Gretler, Margrit Winter, Anne-Marie Blanc

Votes: 81

27. Dillinger (1945)

Approved | 70 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

John Dillinger begins his life of crime as a petty thief, meets his future gang in prison and eventually masterminds a series of daring robberies.

Director: Max Nosseck | Stars: Lawrence Tierney, Edmund Lowe, Anne Jeffreys, Eduardo Ciannelli

Votes: 1,644 | Gross: $4.00M

28. Music for Millions (1944)

Passed | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Six year old "Mike" joins her sister Barbara Ainsworth who plays in a classical orchestra during WW II.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Margaret O'Brien, José Iturbi, June Allyson, Jimmy Durante

Votes: 469

29. Salty O'Rourke (1945)

Approved | 100 min | Drama

Salty owes money to Doc Baxter; he and his pal Smitty have one month to pay up. They get a race horse and a disbarred jockey, Johnny Cates, who must fake his identity to race. Johnny and ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Alan Ladd, Gail Russell, William Demarest, Stanley Clements

Votes: 158

30. What Next, Corporal Hargrove? (1945)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, War

The further adventures of Hargrove as he and his scheming pals take France by storm during World War 2.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Robert Walker, Keenan Wynn, Jean Porter, Chill Wills

Votes: 207

31. The Seventh Veil (1945)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, Music