Best Drama Movies of 1942

1.

Casablanca

6.8
8.5/10 IMDB

In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, S.Z. Sakall, Madeleine Lebeau, Dooley Wilson ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1942-11-26
2.

Bambi

5.9
7.3/10 IMDB

Bambi's tale unfolds from season to season as the young prince of the forest learns about life, love, and friends.

Starring: Donnie Dunagan, Peter Behn, Stan Alexander, Cammie King, Will Wright, Hardie Albright, Ann Gillis, Tim Davis, Sam Edwards, Sterling Holloway ..
Directed by: David Hand, James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Graham Heid, William Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Norman Wright
Release date: 1942-08-14
3.

The Magnificent Ambersons

5.4
7.7/10 IMDB

The spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved.

Starring: Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello, Anne Baxter, Tim Holt, Agnes Moorehead, Ray Collins, Erskine Sanford, Richard Bennett, Orson Welles, Don Dillaway ..
Directed by: Orson Welles
Release date: 1942-07-10
4.

Mrs. Miniver

5.4
7.6/10 IMDB

The Minivers, an English middle-class family, experience life in the first months of World War II.

Starring: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright, May Whitty, Reginald Owen, Henry Travers, Richard Ney, Henry Wilcoxon, Christopher Severn, Brenda Forbes ..
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1942-07-03
5.

Yankee Doodle Dandy

5.3
7.7/10 IMDB

A film of the life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer and singer George M. Cohan.

Starring: James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf, Irene Manning, George Tobias, Rosemary DeCamp, Jeanne Cagney, Frances Langford, George Barbier ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1942-05-29
6.

Cat People

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

Serbian fashion designer Irena Dubrovna and American marine engineer Oliver Reed meet in Central Park, fall in love and marry after a brief courtship; but Irena won't consummate the union for fear that she will turn into a panther compelled to kill her lover, pursuant to a belief harbored by her home village.

Starring: Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Tom Conway, Jane Randolph, Jack Holt, Theresa Harris, Alan Napier, Elizabeth Russell, Mary Halsey, Henrietta Burnside ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1942-12-05
7.

Holiday Inn

5.2
7.4/10 IMDB

Lovely Linda Mason has crooner Jim Hardy head over heels, but suave stepper Ted Hanover wants her for his new dance partner after femme fatale Lila Dixon gives him the brush. Jim's supper club—Holiday Inn—is the setting for the chase by Hanover and manager Danny Reed. The music's the thing.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale, Walter Abel, Louise Beavers, Irving Bacon, Marek Windheim, James Bell, John Gallaudet ..
Directed by: Mark Sandrich
Release date: 1942-07-10
8.

Now, Voyager

4.8
7.9/10 IMDB

A woman suffers a nervous breakdown and an oppressive mother before being freed by the love of a man she meets on a cruise.

Starring: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper, Bonita Granville, John Loder, Ilka Chase, Lee Patrick, Franklin Pangborn, Katharine Alexander ..
Directed by: Irving Rapper
Release date: 1942-10-22
9.

Random Harvest

4.0
8.0/10 IMDB

An amnesiac World War I vet falls in love with a music hall star, only to suffer an accident which restores his original memories but erases his post-War life.

Starring: Ronald Colman, Greer Garson, Philip Dorn, Susan Peters, Henry Travers, Reginald Owen, Bramwell Fletcher, Rhys Williams, Una O'Connor, Aubrey Mather ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1942-12-17
10.

This Gun for Hire

4.0
7.4/10 IMDB

Sadistic killer-for-hire Raven becomes enraged when his latest job is paid off in marked bills. Vowing to track down his double-crossing boss, nightclub executive Gates, Raven sits beside Gates' lovely new employee, Ellen, on a train out of town. Although Ellen is engaged to marry the police lieutenant who's hunting down Raven, she decides to try and set the misguided hit man straight as he hides from the cops and plots his revenge.

Starring: Veronica Lake, Robert Preston, Laird Cregar, Alan Ladd, Tully Marshall, Marc Lawrence, Olin Howland, Roger Imhof, Pamela Blake, Frank Ferguson ..
Directed by: Frank Tuttle
Release date: 1942-04-24

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