Favourite Fillms Of The Forties.

As promised, here is the next post in my, “Favourite Films” series and this time it is my second most loved decade of movies; the 1940s.

ThisΒ was the decade of Bogey and Bacall, Lake and Ladd, Femme Fatales, Glamorous Technicolor Musicals and Film Noir. Movies such as, Cover Girl (1944) and The Dolly Sisters (1945) are forever linked to the Old Hollywood Allure, whilst films such as Double Indemnity (1944) and Gilda (1946) are classic Film Noir; filled with suspense, mystery and thrills.Β 

I will choose my best loved movies, place them into genres and pick some of my favourite stars and their films from the 1940s, I hope you enjoy my recommendations! Top favourites will be put in bold.

Vivien Leigh in Waterloo Bridge (1940)
Vivien Leigh in Waterloo Bridge (1940)

Veronica Lake

  • I Wanted Wings (1941)
  • Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
  • Star Spangled Rhythm (1942)
  • This Gun for Hire (1942)
  • The Glass Key (1942)
  • I Married a Witch (1942)
  • So Proudly We Hail! (1943)
  • The Hour Before the Dawn (1944)
  • Bring on the Girls (1945)
  • Out of This World (1945)
  • Hold That Blonde! (1945)
  • Miss Susie Slagle’s (1946)
  • The Blue Dahlia (1946)
  • Ramrod (1947)
  • Saigon (1948)
  • The Sainted Sisters (1948)
  • Isn’t It Romantic? (1948)
  • Slattery’s Hurricane (1949)
Veronica Lake in This Gun For Hire (1942)
Veronica Lake in This Gun For Hire (1942)


Rita Hayworth

  • The Lady in Question (1940)
  • You’ll Never Get Rich (1941)
  • You Were Never Lovelier (1942)
  • Cover Girl (1944)
  • Gilda (1946)
  • The Lady From Shanghai (1947)
  • The Loves of Carmen (1948)
Rita Hayworth in the 1940s.
Rita Hayworth in the 1940s.

Alfred Hitchcock

  • Rebecca (1940)
  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
  • Suspicion (1941)
  • Spellbound (1945)
  • Notorious (1946)
  • Rope (1948)
Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier in Rebecca (1940)
Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier in Rebecca (1940)

Musicals/Comedies

  • The Philadelphia Story (1940)
  • Pin Up Girl (1944)
  • Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)
  • The Dolly Sisters (1945)
  • Ladies of the Chorus (1948)

Drama

  • Waterloo Bridge (1940)
  • That Hamilton Woman! (1941)
  • Casablanca (1942)
  • The Outlaw (1943)
  • To Have and Have Not (1944)
  • Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)
  • It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
  • Forever Amber (1947)
  • Anna Karenina (1948)

Film Noir

  • The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  • Double Indemnity (1944)
  • Laura (1944)
  • Leave Her To Heaven (1945)
  • The Killers (1946)
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
  • The Big Sleep (1946)
  • Dead Reckoning (1947) 

    Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in Dark Passage (1947)
    Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in Dark Passage (1947)

So, there you have it, these are all of the best films I’ve seen from the 1940s. Still, there are so many that I’ve yet to view, so there’s a lot that I look forward to watching. My next post will be on 1960s films, so stay tuned for that!

Here’s a few 1940s films I have on DVD, but have yet to watch;

  • Sundown (1941)
  • A Yank in the R.A.F. (1941)
  • Heaven Can Wait (1943)
  • Salome, Where She Danced (1945)
  • The Razor’s Edge (1946)
  • Mother Wore Tights (1947)
  • Dark Passage (1947)
  • Key Largo (1948)
  • Outpost In Morocco (1949)

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