Best Drama Movies of 1939

1.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

5.8
8.1/10 IMDB

Naive and idealistic Jefferson Smith, leader of the Boy Rangers, is appointed to the United States Senate by the puppet governor of his state. He soon discovers, upon going to Washington, many shortcomings of the political process as his earnest goal of a national boys' camp leads to a conflict with the state political boss.

Starring: James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold, Guy Kibbee, Thomas Mitchell, Eugene Pallette, Beulah Bondi, H.B. Warner, Harry Carey ..
Directed by: Frank Capra
Release date: 1939-10-19
Best Drama Movies of 1939 : Law of the Wolf
2.

Law of the Wolf

3.0
4.0/10 IMDB

When a man is wrongly accused of murder, a dog helps clear his name.

Starring: Dennis Moore, Luana Walters, George Chesebro, Steve Clark, Jack Ingram, Robert Frazer, Jimmy Aubrey, Martin Spellman, Robert Gordon, Rin Tin Tin Jr. ..
Directed by: Raymond K. Johnson
Release date: 1939-06-15
Best Drama Movies of 1939 : Poison Pen
3.

Poison Pen

2.9
6.7/10 IMDB

A small, sedate British village is shocked when its residents begin receiving hate-filled diatribes, known as "poison pen letters".

Starring: Flora Robson, Robert Newton, Ann Todd, Geoffrey Toone, Reginald Tate, Belle Chrystall, Edward Chapman, Edward Rigby, Athole Stewart, Mary Hinton ..
Directed by: Paul L. Stein
Release date: 1939-07-03
Best Drama Movies of 1939 : Beauty for the Asking
4.

Beauty for the Asking

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

Denny breaks up with his fiancée Jean to marries wealthy Flora. When Jean is fired from her job she decides to market the face cream she invented. After sending it to twelve rich woman, only Flora decides to invest in the business. As Denny has no job, the girls give him an office at the factory. The business takes off, but Jean finds that she is still in love with Denny and Denny seems to forget he is married to Flora.

Starring: Lucille Ball, Patric Knowles, Donald Woods, Frieda Inescort, Inez Courtney, Leona Maricle, Frances Mercer, Whitney Bourne, George Beranger, Kay Sutton ..
Directed by: Glenn Tryon
Release date: 1939-02-24
Best Drama Movies of 1939 : When Tomorrow Comes
5.

When Tomorrow Comes

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

Romance and heartbreak walk hand-in-hand when Philip Chagal accidentally meets Helen Lawrence in a restaurant where she is a waitress. Unhappily married to a woman who suffers from mental illness, he is attracted to her and they make a date to go sailing, arriving at Philip's country home just as a storm is breaking. Helen learns who he is for the first time, a celebrated-and-famous concert pianist and, falling in love with him, decides to leave before matters go further. A hurricane hits and their car is crippled by a falling tree. Rising water forces then to seek shelter in the choir loft of a church, where they spend the night.

Starring: Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer, Barbara O'Neil, Onslow Stevens, Nydia Westman, Nella Walker, Fritz Feld, Eddie Acuff, Jane Barnes, Inez Courtney ..
Directed by: John M. Stahl
Release date: 1939-08-11
Best Drama Movies of 1939 : A Child Is Born
6.

A Child Is Born

2.8
6.2/10 IMDB

A pregnant prison inmate shares her problems with the patients in a maternity ward.

Starring: Geraldine Fitzgerald, Jeffrey Lynn, Gladys George, Gale Page, Spring Byington, Johnnie Davis, Henry O'Neill, John Litel, Gloria Holden, Johnny Downs ..
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon
Release date: 1939-12-07
Best Drama Movies of 1939 : Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence
7.

Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence

2.8
6.5/10 IMDB

New York store clerk joins a hobo and an illegal immigrant heading for his newly bought land in Arizona.

Starring: Jean Rogers, Raymond Walburn, Marjorie Rambeau, Glenn Ford, Richard Conte, Eddie Collins, Ward Bond, Irving Bacon, Kay Linaker, Paul E. Burns ..
Directed by: Ricardo Cortez
Release date: 1939-11-03
Best Drama Movies of 1939 : Raffles
8.

Raffles

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

Man about town and First Class cricketer A.J. Raffles keeps himself solvent with daring robberies. Meeting Gwen from his schooldays and falling in love all over again, he spends the weekend with her parents, Lord and Lady Melrose. A necklace presents an irresistible temptation, but also in attendance is Scotland Yard's finest, finally on the trail.

Starring: David Niven, Olivia de Havilland, Dame May Whitty, Dudley Digges, Douglas Walton, E. E. Clive, Lionel Pape, Margaret Seddon, Hilda Plowright, Gilbert Emery ..
Directed by: Sam Wood
Release date: 1939-12-29
Best Drama Movies of 1939 : Within the Law
9.

Within the Law

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

A wrongly convicted woman studies law and seeks her revenge.

Starring: Ruth Hussey, Tom Neal, Paul Kelly, William Gargan, Paul Cavanagh, Rita Johnson, Samuel S. Hinds, Lynne Carver, Sidney Blackmer, Jo Ann Sayers ..
Directed by: Gustav MachatĂ˝
Release date: 1939-03-17
Best Drama Movies of 1939 : The Face at the Window
10.

The Face at the Window

2.7
6.0/10 IMDB

In 1880, the criminal called The Face is responsible for a murderous rampage in France. When the Brisson Bank is robbed in Paris and the employee Michelle is murdered, the wealthy Chevalier Lucio del Gardo is the only chance to save the bank. Chavalier proposes to the owner M. de Brisson to deposit a large amount of gold, but in return he would like to marry his daughter Cecile. However, Cecile is in love with the efficient clerk Lucien Cortier that belongs to the lower classes and refuses the engagement. In order to get rid off the rival, Chavalier uses evidences to incriminate Lucien, manipulating the incompetent Parisian chief of police.

Starring: Tod Slaughter, Marjorie Taylor, John Warwick, Aubrey Mallalieu, Robert Adair, Wallace Evennett, Leonard Henry, Kay Lewis, Bill Shine, Margaret Yarde ..
Directed by: George King
Release date: 1939-04-07

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