Best Drama Movies of 1943

1.

Headline

3.0
6.8/10 IMDB

A crime reporter begins to investigate the disappearance of his bosses wife who had witnessed a murder.

Starring: David Farrar, Anne Crawford, John Stuart, Antoinette Cellier, William Hartnell, Anthony Hawtrey, Richard Goolden, Lorna Tarbat, Merle Tottenham, Joss Ambler ..
Directed by: John Harlow
Release date: 1943-11-16
Best Drama Movies of 1943 : Nine Men
2.

Nine Men

2.9
6.5/10 IMDB

The Nine men of the title are a British WWII Army patrol stuck in a desert fort during the African campaign. The Men must defend the fort against the Italian and German troops until they can be relieved.

Starring: Gordon Jackson, Grant Sutherland, Bill Blewitt, Eric Micklewood, John Varley, Jack Horsman, Richard Wilkinson, Guilio Finzi, Jack Lambert, Frederick Piper ..
Directed by: Harry Watt
Release date: 1943-02-22
3.

Cry 'Havoc'

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

The Army nurses on Bataan need help badly, but when it arrives, it sure isn't what they expected. A motley crew, including a Southern belle, a waitress, and a stripper, show up. Many conflicts arise among these women who are thrown together in what is a desperate and ultimately hopeless situation.

Starring: Margaret Sullavan, Ann Sothern, Joan Blondell, Fay Bainter, Ella Raines, Marsha Hunt, Frances Gifford, Diana Lewis, Heather Angel, Dorothy Morris ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1943-11-23
Best Drama Movies of 1943 : China
4.

China

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Shortly before Pearl Harbor, American opportunist Jones and partner Johnny are in China to sell oil to the invading Japanese army. Cynical about the sufferings of the Chinese, Jones meets compassionate teacher Carolyn Grant while travelling cross-country to Shanghai. Sparks fly between these strong-willed characters, neither budging an inch. But when Jones witnesses a Japanese atrocity, his feelings toward his customers (and Carolyn) begin to change...

Starring: Alan Ladd, Loretta Young, William Bendix, Philip Ahn, Iris Wong, Victor Sen Yung, Marianne Quon, Richard Loo, Ching Wah Lee, Soo Yong ..
Directed by: John Farrow
Release date: 1943-04-21
Best Drama Movies of 1943 : Quiet Please, Murder
5.

Quiet Please, Murder

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

A forger steals and kills for a rare book from a library in order to make forgeries to sell to rich suckers.

Starring: George Sanders, Gail Patrick, Richard Denning, Lynne Roberts, Sidney Blackmer, Kurt Katch, Margaret Brayton, Charles Tannen, Charles Cane, Byron Foulger ..
Directed by: John Francis Larkin
Release date: 1943-03-19
Best Drama Movies of 1943 : Happy Land
6.

Happy Land

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

An Iowa drugstore owner becomes embittered when his son is killed in World War II. The druggist believes that the boy's life was cut short before he had an opportunity to truly appreciate his existence.

Starring: Don Ameche, Frances Dee, Harry Carey, Ann Rutherford, Cara Williams, Richard Crane, Harry Morgan, Minor Watson, Dickie Moore, James West ..
Directed by: Irving Pichel
Release date: 1943-11-10
Best Drama Movies of 1943 : Tender Comrade
7.

Tender Comrade

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

Ginger Rogers, a young defense plant worker whose husband is in the military during World War II, shares a house with three other women in the same situation.

Starring: Ginger Rogers, Robert Ryan, Ruth Hussey, Patricia Collinge, Mady Christians, Kim Hunter, Jane Darwell, Richard Martin ..
Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
Release date: 1943-12-29
Best Drama Movies of 1943 : Claudia
8.

Claudia

2.8
6.5/10 IMDB

Child bride Claudia Naughton has made life difficult for her husband David because she can't stand living so far away from her mother. She's also afraid her husband doesn't find her desirable enough. To remedy both situations, she sells their farm to an opera singer so they'll have to move back to the city near her mother, and she tries to make her husband jealous by flirting with a neighbor. Eventually, Claudia has to learn to grow when she discovers that she's about to become a mother and that her own mother is gravely ill.

Starring: Dorothy McGuire, Ina Claire, Reginald Gardiner, Olga Baclanova, Robert Young ..
Directed by: Edmund Goulding
Release date: 1943-12-03
9.

Find the Blackmailer

2.7
6.2/10 IMDB

A private eye is hired by a mayoral candidate to prevent any sort of adverse publicity. It seems that, somewhere in town, there's a talking blackbird who insists upon saying that the candidate will commit a murder. When the killing occurs, the candidate is implicated, and the detective is off on a hectic pursuit of the incriminating crow and the actual murderer.

Starring: Jerome Cowan, Faye Emerson, Gene Lockhart, Marjorie Hoshelle, Robert Kent, Wade Boteler, John Harmon, Lou Lubin, Bradley Page, Ralph Peters ..
Directed by: D. Ross Lederman
Release date: 1943-11-06
Best Drama Movies of 1943 : You, John Jones!
10.

You, John Jones!

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

John Jones contemplates how fortunate he and his family is in America, where no wartime bombing occurs.

Starring: James Cagney, Ann Sothern, Margaret O'Brien ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1943-01-14

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