Best Adventure Movies of 1940

1.

The Mark of Zorro

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

Around 1820 the son of a California nobleman comes home from Spain to find his native land under a villainous dictatorship. On the one hand he plays the useless fop, while on the other he is the masked avenger Zorro.

Starring: Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Basil Rathbone, Gale Sondergaard, Eugene Pallette, J. Edward Bromberg, Montagu Love, Janet Beecher, George Regas, Gino Corrado ..
Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian
Release date: 1940-11-08
2.

Boom Town

3.9
7.1/10 IMDB

McMasters and Sand come to oil towns to get rich. Betsy comes West intending to marry Sand but marries McMasters instead. Getting rich and losing it all teaches McMasters and Sand the value of personal ties.

Starring: Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Claudette Colbert, Hedy Lamarr, Frank Morgan, Lionel Atwill, Chill Wills, Bess Flowers, Marion Martin, Minna Gombell ..
Directed by: Jack Conway
Release date: 1940-08-30
3.

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
4.

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
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
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : North West Mounted Police
6.

North West Mounted Police

3.4
6.5/10 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
7.

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
8.

Contraband

3.1
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
9.

One Million B.C.

3.0
5.7/10 IMDB

One Million B.C. is a 1940 American fantasy film produced by Hal Roach Studios and released by United Artists. It is also known by the titles Cave Man, Man and His Mate, and Tumak. The film stars Victor Mature as protagonist Tumak, a young cave man who strives to unite the uncivilized Rock Tribe and the peaceful Shell Tribe, Carole Landis as Loana, daughter of the Shell Tribe chief and Tumak's love interest, and Lon Chaney, Jr. as Tumak's stern father and leader of the Rock Tribe.

Starring: Victor Mature, Carole Landis, Lon Chaney Jr., John Hubbard, Mamo Clark, Inez Palange, Edgar Edwards, Nigel De Brulier, Conrad Nagel, Jacqueline Dalya ..
Directed by: Hal Roach, Hal Roach, Jr.
Release date: 1940-04-05
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : New Moon
10.

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

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