The 40s saw the growth and development of the film industry into something truly unique. With classics like Casablanca and It’s a Wonderful Life, we can’t wait to dive into these best movies of the 1940s.
What’s on the Best 1940s Films Timeline?
This timeline assembles all of the best movies from the 1940s. These include all the winners of the Best Picture Oscar, as well as others noted for their critical reception, financial success, and lasting status.
The 1940s progressed the film business in a big way. Color film was beginning to take permanent hold, though many were still released in black and white. Stars like Humphrey Bogart were in their prime, and directors like Alfred Hitchcock were beginning to become household names.
We hope you enjoy this dive into film history. Film historians should enjoy this compilation of influential, popular, and critically acclaimed films. Enjoy!
As always, if you see something you think we should add or change, give us a shout out in the comment section below.
And if you liked this timeline, you might like to move on to the next one, the Best 1950s Films.
The Grapes of Wrath
Ben Sharpsteen, Hamilton Luske
Ernest B. Schoedsack
The Great Dictator
Samuel Armstrong, James Algar, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Ben Sharpsteen, David D. Hand, Hamilton Luske, Jim Handley, Ford Beebe, T. Hee, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson
The Philadelphia Story
Dead of Night
Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Robert Hamer, Basil Dearden