Best Adventure Movies of 1940

1.

The Thief of Bagdad

5.3
7.5/10 IMDB

When Prince Ahmad is blinded and cast out of Bagdad by the nefarious Jaffar, he joins forces with the scrappy thief Abu to win back his royal place, as well as the heart of a beautiful princess.

Starring: Conrad Veidt, Sabu, June Duprez, Rex Ingram, John Justin, Miles Malleson, Morton Selten, Mary Morris, Hay Petrie, Adelaide Hall ..
Directed by: Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan
Release date: 1940-12-25
2.

Strange Cargo

3.7
6.9/10 IMDB

Convicts escaping from Devil's Island come under the influence of a strange Christ-like figure.

Starring: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Ian Hunter, Peter Lorre, Paul Lukas, Albert Dekker, J. Edward Bromberg, Eduardo Ciannelli, John Arledge, Frederick Worlock ..
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1940-03-01
3.

Northwest Passage

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Based on the Kenneth Roberts novel of the same name, this film tells the story of two friends who join Rogers' Rangers, as the legendary elite force engages the enemy during the French and Indian War. The film focuses on their famous raid at Fort St. Francis and their marches before and after the battle.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Robert Young, Walter Brennan, Ruth Hussey, Nat Pendleton, Louis Hector, Robert Barrat, Lumsden Hare, Donald MacBride, Isabel Jewell ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1940-02-23
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : North West Mounted Police
4.

North West Mounted Police

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

Texas Ranger Dusty Rivers ("Isn't that a contradiction in terms?", another character asks him) travels to Canada in the 1880s in search of Jacques Corbeau, who is wanted for murder. He wanders into the midst of the Riel Rebellion, in which Métis (people of French and Native heritage) and Natives want a separate nation. Dusty falls for nurse April Logan, who is also loved by Mountie Jim Brett. April's brother is involved with Courbeau's daughter Louvette, which leads to trouble during the battles between the rebels and the Mounties. Through it all Dusty is determined to bring Corbeau back to Texas (and April, too, if he can manage it.)

Starring: Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll, Paulette Goddard, Preston Foster, Robert Preston, Akim Tamiroff, George Bancroft, Lynne Overman, Walter Hampden, Lon Chaney Jr. ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1940-10-22
5.

Torrid Zone

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

A Central American plantation manager and his boss battle over a traveling showgirl.

Starring: James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, Pat O’Brien, Andy Devine, Helen Vinson, Jerome Cowan, George Tobias, George Reeves, Victor Kilian, Frank Puglia ..
Directed by: William Keighley
Release date: 1940-05-18
6.

Dr. Cyclops

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

Four explorers are summoned to Peru by the brilliant physicist Dr Thorkel. They discover a rich source of radium and a half-mad Thorkel who shrinks them down to one-fifth their normal size when they threaten to stop his unorthodox experimentation.

Starring: Albert Dekker, Thomas Coley, Janice Logan, Charles Halton, Victor Kilian, Frank Yaconelli, Paul Fix, Frank Reicher, Jane Webb, Billy Wilkerson ..
Directed by: Ernest B. Schoedsack
Release date: 1940-04-09
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : Contraband
7.

Contraband

3.0
6.9/10 IMDB

When a neutral Danish merchant ship is forced to put into port after trying to evade British wartime contraband control, its captain becomes involved in a beautiful British Naval Intelligent agent's efforts to capture a group of German spies operating from a London cinema.

Starring: Conrad Veidt, Valerie Hobson, Hay Petrie, Joss Ambler, Raymond Lovell, Esmond Knight, Charles Victor, Phoebe Kershaw, Harold Warrender, John Longden ..
Directed by: Michael Powell
Release date: 1940-05-11
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : New Moon
8.

New Moon

3.0
6.9/10 IMDB

A revolutionary leader romances a French aristocrat in Louisiana.

Starring: Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Mary Boland, George Zucco, H.B. Warner, Grant Mitchell, Stanley Fields, Dick Purcell, John Miljan, Ivan F. Simpson ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke, Robert Z. Leonard
Release date: 1940-06-28
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : Spies of the Air
9.

Spies of the Air

3.0
6.5/10 IMDB

Set just before the outbreak of WWII, this is the story of a test pilot who works for the (unnamed) enemy. Made in 1939, by the time it was released in 1940, war had been declared.

Starring: Barry K. Barnes, Joan Marion, Roger Livesey, Basil Radford, Everley Gregg, Felix Aylmer, Wallace Douglas, Henry Oscar, John Turnbull, Edward Ashley ..
Directed by: David MacDonald
Release date: 1940-07-03
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : Flowing Gold
10.

Flowing Gold

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

A fugitive drifter (John Garfield) hired by a Texas oil driller (Pat O'Brien) becomes his rival for the boss's daughter (Frances Farmer).

Starring: John Garfield, Frances Farmer, Pat O’Brien, Raymond Walburn, Cliff Edwards, Tom Kennedy, Granville Bates, Jody Gilbert, Edward Pawley, Frank Mayo ..
Directed by: Alfred E. Green
Release date: 1940-08-24

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