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The Best Movies Of 1940

Here we collected the best movies from 1940 in order of popularity
Old Mother Riley in Society

Old Mother Riley in Society

1940
Old Mother Riley does the laundry for the dancers in the pantomime "Aladdin", where her daughter Kitty works as a chorus girl. Sneaking a peek at the show one day, Mother Riley accidentally pops up th...
Pinocchio

Pinocchio

6.43
1940
Lonely toymaker Geppetto has his wishes answered when the Blue Fairy arrives to bring his wooden puppet Pinocchio to life. Before becoming a real boy, however, Pinocchio must prove he's worthy as he s...
Fantasia

Fantasia

7.5
1940
It is possible to see the music come to life, hear the pictures burst into song, and experience the excitement of the movie over and over again.
The Shadow

The Shadow

1940
The Shadow battles The Black Tiger, who has the power to make himself invisible and is trying to take over the world with his death rays.
The Invisible Man Returns

The Invisible Man Returns

5.36
1940
The owner of a coal mining operation, who was wrongly imprisoned for fratricide, takes a drug to make him invisible, despite its side effect: gradual madness.
The Ape

The Ape

1940
There is a doctor named Dr. A scientist by the name of Bernard Adrian is trying to cure a young woman of a disease. He needs human spinal fluid to complete the formula for his experiment. A vicious ci...
Tom Turkey and His Harmonica Humdingers

Tom Turkey and His Harmonica Humdingers

1940
Tom Turkey and his friends play their harmonicas so enthusiastically that they nearly destroy the general store.
Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum

Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum

3.71
1940
There are statues of Jack the Ripper and Bluebeard in a wax museum run by a doctor. Plastic surgery is performed by the doctor as well as making wax statues. An arch fiend takes refuge here. There is ...
The Ghost Breakers

The Ghost Breakers

4
1940
After intrepid working girl Mary Carter becomes the new owner of a reputedly haunted mansion located on Black Island near the Cuban coast, a stranger phones and warns her to stay away from the castle....
The Girl in Blue

The Girl in Blue

1940
A painting of a girl from another time comes to life for it's buyer in this costume comedy.
They Drive by Night

They Drive by Night

6
1940
Joe and Paul are independent truck drivers who own their own businesses. The Fabrini boys are trying to make a success of their transport company.
The March to the Führer

The March to the Führer

1940
During the colorful ceremonies of the Nuremberg rallies, Hitler Youth parade before their Fuehrer and are addressed by Nazi youth leader Baldur von Schirach, Rudolf Hess, and Hitler himself.
Three More by Cornell

Three More by Cornell

1940
Includes: CARROUSEL, JACK'S DREAM, THIMBLE THEATRE | Cornell's editing has not been tampered with. It is sometimes minimal (the editing), sometimes extensive, always sensitive. I did not change it, as...
Bitter Sweet

Bitter Sweet

1940
In order to avoid an arranged marriage with a man she doesn't love, Sarah Millick runs off to Vienna with her music teacher, Carl Linden, whom she does love. They are married. In Vienna, they struggle...
Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me!

Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me!

1940
In this musical, a sharp witted press agent teams up with an unemployed chorine and dubs her "Miss Manhattan" to promote a cheap line of clothing. To escort her about town, the agent invents a "Mr. Ma...
The Great McGinty

The Great McGinty

1940
Told in flashback, Depression-era bum Dan McGinty is recruited by the city's political machine to help with vote fraud. His great aptitude for this brings rapid promotion from "the boss," who finally ...
NBC Valentine Greeting

NBC Valentine Greeting

1940
A play on the theme of hearts. Two hearts cavort, change shape, shoot arrows at one another, give birth, and finally become one heart bearing the message "Will you be our Valentine?"
The Doctor Takes a Wife

The Doctor Takes a Wife

1940
A best-selling author of women's issues and a medical academic find it is to their mutual advantage to falsely claim that they are married.
The Return of Frank James

The Return of Frank James

1940
Farmer Frank and his ward hunt brother Jesse's killers, the back-shooting Fords.
The Old South

The Old South

1940
Chronicle of the importance of cotton to the economy and culture of the American South.
Saps at Sea

Saps at Sea

10
1940
The horn factory has Stan and Ollie working in it. Every time he hears a horn, Ollie starts to have violent fits. His doctor tells him to go on a sea voyage. There is a lot of craziness ensues.
My Favorite Wife

My Favorite Wife

5.8
1940
Seven years after a shipwreck in which she was presumed dead, Ellen Arden arrives home to find that her husband Nick has just remarried. The overjoyed Nick struggles to break the news to his new bride...
Pantry Pirate

Pantry Pirate

1940
Pluto is tied up in the backyard and has been ordered by the maid to stay outside while she prepares a roast. Of course, once Pluto smells the scent of the roast, he makes a beeline for the kitchen. U...
The Ghost Comes Home

The Ghost Comes Home

1940
When a small town pet store owner is mistaken for dead during a sea voyage and turns up alive, comedy ensues. William Thiele's 1940 film stars a number of people, including Frank Morgan, John Shelton,...
Vigil in the Night

Vigil in the Night

1940
A good nurse ruins her career by covering up for her sister's careless mistake.
Take Me Back to Oklahoma

Take Me Back to Oklahoma

1940
The storm is going to wreck the stage line. Storm brings in a hired killer when Tex arrives. The two friends devised a plan to fool Storm.
The Letter

The Letter

4.25
1940
A letter written by a woman after she shot a man raises suspicions.
Hot Ice

Hot Ice

1940
This short documentary offers a close-up view of a hectic hockey game in which the Toronto Maple Leafs and the New York Rangers fight to break a tied score. From the flash of blades, the spurting ice,...
Feldzug in Polen

Feldzug in Polen

1940
The first blitzkrieg, Hitler's invasion of Poland, is traced in this original Nazi propaganda film from 1940.
Bad Man from Red Butte

Bad Man from Red Butte

1940
A cowboy arrives in a town, and is immediately mistaken for his twin brother who is wanted for murder.
Three Cheers for the Irish

Three Cheers for the Irish

1940
Peter Casey has been with the New York City police department for 25 years. He's totally surprised when he's asked to retire on his 25th anniversary with the force. He's even more unprepared for the r...
Triple Justice

Triple Justice

1940
Brad Henderson arrives in Star City just in time to witness three men rob a bank of $30,000 and kill a teller. Charged for the crime and jailed, Brad realizes he must escape and track down the real ki...
Virginia City

Virginia City

1940
A Union officer escapes from a Confederate prison and races to intercept $5 million in gold destined for the Confederates. A Confederate sympathizer and a Mexican bandit are trying to prevent him from...
Prehistoric Porky

Prehistoric Porky

1940
Caveman Porky awakens and plays with his pet Rover, a massive dinosaur. After Rover's playfulness causes a disruption to the prehistoric peace and quiet, Porky's copy of "Expire" magazine arrives in t...
20 Mule Team

20 Mule Team

1940
It is 1892 in Death Valley and the yields from the Borax ore are getting so small that refining it is a losing proposition. The only thing that will save the company is a new deposit of high grade Bor...
Loops

Loops

1940
An experimental film in which both sound and visuals were created entirely by McLaren drawing directly upon the film with ordinary pen and ink. The titles are in eight languages. Rereleased with multi...
Nothing But Pleasure

Nothing But Pleasure

1940
To save money, Buster and his wife decide to drive to Detroit to buy a new car, then drive it home.
Popeye Meets William Tell

Popeye Meets William Tell

1940
William Tell shoots an arrow, barely missing Popeye, then tells Popeye that he has just lost his son in an unfortunate arrow incident. Tell then defies the High Governor and is ordered to shoot an app...
Moon Over Burma

Moon Over Burma

1940
The managers of a teak lumber camp in Burma compete for the affections of a beautiful American entertainer who gets stranded in Rangoon.
Poopdeck Pappy

Poopdeck Pappy

1940
Popeye's pappy, age 99, wants to go out at night; Popeye wants him to sleep. Popeye tries leg irons, but Pappy manages to put them on Popeye and sneak out to a sleazy bar. Pappy dances with other men'...
Trenck, der Pandur

Trenck, der Pandur

1940
Film about the fictitious adventures of Franz Freiherr von Trenck, who lived during the times of empress Maria Theresia of Austria garnished with espionage and twisted love affairs.
Flying Stewardess

Flying Stewardess

1940
A short documentary depicting a typical day in the life of a 1940s era flying stewardess.
East Side Kids

East Side Kids

2
1940
After living all his chilhood in the street, a young boy notices rapidly that crime doesn't pay and that´s why he decides to become a policeman. One day, one of his best friends go in prison for a mur...
Viviré otra vez

Viviré otra vez

1940
Card-sharks blackmail a dissolute young man into participating in a big robbery; his brother takes the rap for him.
West of Abilene

West of Abilene

1940
Frontiersman Tom Garfield (Starrett) and his pals endeavor to save their land from the clutches of slimy easterner Forsyth (Don Beddoe). The villain hires a bit of local muscle in the form of brutish ...
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