Best Fantasy Movies of 1943

1.

Meshes of the Afternoon

5.6
7.9/10 IMDB

A woman returning home falls asleep and has vivid dreams that may or may not be happening in reality. Through repetitive images and complete mismatching of the objective view of time and space, her dark inner desires play out on-screen.

Starring: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid ..
Directed by: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid
Release date: 1943-01-01
2.

Heaven Can Wait

5.2
7.4/10 IMDB

Spoiled playboy Henry van Cleve dies and arrives at the entrance to Hell, a final destination he is sure he deserves after living a life of profligacy. The devil, however, isn't so sure Henry meets Hell's standards. Convinced he is where he belongs, Henry recounts his life's deeds, both good and bad, including an act of indiscretion during his 25-year marriage to his wife, Martha, with the hope that "His Excellency" will arrive at the proper judgment.

Starring: Gene Tierney, Don Ameche, Charles Coburn, Marjorie Main, Laird Cregar, Spring Byington, Allyn Joslyn, Eugene Pallette, Signe Hasso, Louis Calhern ..
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Release date: 1943-08-05
3.

I Walked with a Zombie

5.0
7.1/10 IMDB

A nurse in the Caribbean turns to voodoo in hopes of curing her patient, an unusual woman whose husband she's fallen in love with.

Starring: Frances Dee, Tom Conway, James Ellison, Edith Barrett, James Bell, Theresa Harris, Darby Jones, Sir Lancelot, Christine Gordon, Jeni Le Gon ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1943-04-21
4.

Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man

4.0
6.5/10 IMDB

Grave robbers open the grave of the wolf man and awaken him. He doesn't like the idea of being immortal and killing people when the moon is full so tries to find Dr. Frankenstein, in the hopes that the doctor can cure him. Dr. Frankenstein has died - however his monster is found.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi, Patric Knowles, Ilona Massey, Maria Ouspenskaya, Lionel Atwill, Rex Evans, Dennis Hoey, Cyril Delevanti, Tom Stevenson ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1943-03-05
5.

Cabin in the Sky

3.8
7.1/10 IMDB

When compulsive gambler Little Joe Jackson dies in a drunken fight, he awakens in purgatory, where he learns that he will be sent back to Earth for six months to prove that he deserves to be in heaven. He awakens, remembering nothing and struggles to do right by his devout wife, Petunia, while an angel known as the General and the devil's son, Lucifer Jr., fight for his soul.

Starring: Ethel Waters, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong, Rex Ingram, Kenneth Spencer, John W. Bubbles, Oscar Polk, Mantan Moreland, Willie Best ..
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli, Busby Berkeley
Release date: 1943-04-09
6.

A Guy Named Joe

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

Pete Sandidge, a daredevil bomber pilot, dies when he crashes his plane into a German aircraft carrier, leaving his devoted girlfriend, Dorinda, who is also a pilot, heartbroken. In heaven, Pete receives a new assignment: He is to become the guardian angel for Ted Randall, a young Army flyer. Invisibly, Pete guides Ted through flight school and into combat, but the ghostly mentor’s tolerance is tested when Ted falls for Dorinda. Ultimately however, Pete not only comes to terms with their relationship, but also acts as Dorinda’s copilot when she undertakes a dangerous bombing raid so that Ted won’t have to.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Irene Dunne, Van Johnson, Ward Bond, James Gleason, Lionel Barrymore, Barry Nelson, Esther Williams, Henry O'Neill, Don DeFore ..
Directed by: Victor Fleming
Release date: 1943-12-24
7.

Du Barry Was a Lady

3.5
6.3/10 IMDB

Hat check man Louis Blore is in love with nightclub star May Daly. May, however, is in love with a poor dancer but wants to marry for money. When Louis wins the Irish Sweepstakes, he asks May to marry him and she accepts even though she doesn't love him. Soon after, Louis has an accident and gets knocked on the head, where he dreams that he's King Louis XV pursuing the infamous Madame Du Barry.

Starring: Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly, Virginia O'Brien, Rags Ragland, Zero Mostel, Donald Meek, Douglass Dumbrille, George Givot, Louise Beavers ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1943-08-13
8.

Son of Dracula

3.3
6.1/10 IMDB

Carpathian Count Alucard is invited to the U.S. by a young heiress. Her boyfriend and local officials are suspicious of the newcomer, who is interested in the "virile" soil of the new world.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Louise Allbritton, Robert Paige, Frank Craven, J. Edward Bromberg, Evelyn Ankers, Samuel S. Hinds, Pat Moriarity, Adeline De Walt Reynolds, Etta McDaniel ..
Directed by: Robert Siodmak
Release date: 1943-11-05
9.

Flesh and Fantasy

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

Anthology film of three tales of the supernatural. The first story is set at the Mardi Gras in New Orleans. The second involves a psychic who predicts murder. The third is about a man who literally meets the girl of his dreams.

Starring: Robert Benchley, Betty Field, Robert Cummings, Edgar Barrier, Edward G. Robinson, Thomas Mitchell, C. Aubrey Smith, Anna Lee, May Whitty, Charles Boyer ..
Directed by: Julien Duvivier
Release date: 1943-10-29
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10.

Heavenly Music

2.5
6.2/10 IMDB

Bandleader/singer/songwriter Ted Barry arrives to heaven. The receptionist tells him that before he can take his place in the Hall of Music, a committee must review his work and decide whether he is worthy of admittance.

Starring: Frederick Brady, Mary Elliott, Eric Blore, Steven Geray, Fritz Feld, Elmer Jerome, Eric Mayne, Lionel Royce, Billie Thomas, William Yetter Sr. ..
Directed by: Josef Berne
Release date: 1943-05-01

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