Best History Movies of 1943


The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

8.0/10 IMDB

General Candy, who's overseeing an English squad in 1943, is a veteran leader who doesn't have the respect of the men he's training and is considered out-of-touch with what's needed to win the war. But it wasn't always this way. Flashing back to his early career in the Boer War and World War I, we see a dashing young officer whose life has been shaped by three different women, and by a lasting friendship with a German soldier.

Starring: Roger Livesey, Deborah Kerr, Adolf Wohlbrück, Roland Culver, James McKechnie, Arthur Wontner, David Hutcheson, Ursula Jeans, John Laurie, Harry Welchman ..
Directed by: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Release date: 1943-07-26

For Whom the Bell Tolls

6.8/10 IMDB

Spain in the 1930s is the place to be for a man of action like Robert Jordan. There is a civil war going on and Jordan—who has joined up on the side that appeals most to idealists of that era—has been given a high-risk assignment up in the mountains. He awaits the right time to blow up a crucial bridge in order to halt the enemy's progress

Starring: Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Akim Tamiroff, Arturo de Córdova, Vladimir Sokoloff, Mikhail Rasumny, Fortunio Bonanova, Eric Feldary, Victor Varconi, Katina Paxinou ..
Directed by: Sam Wood
Release date: 1943-07-12

Destination Tokyo

7.1/10 IMDB

During World War II, Captain Cassidy and his crew of submariners are ordered into Tokyo Bay on a secret mission. They are to gather information in advance of the planned bombing of Tokyo. Along the way, the crew learn about each other as they face the enemy and some of them lose their lives.

Starring: Cary Grant, Alan Hale, John Garfield, John Ridgely, Dane Clark, Warner Anderson, William Prince, Robert Hutton, Tom Tully, Peter Whitney ..
Directed by: Delmer Daves
Release date: 1943-12-31

Hangmen Also Die!

7.4/10 IMDB

During the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, surgeon Dr. Franticek Svoboda, a Czech patriot, assassinates the brutal "Hangman of Europe", Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich, and is wounded in the process. In his attempt to escape, he is helped by history professor Stephen Novotny and his daughter Mascha.

Starring: Brian Donlevy, Walter Brennan, Anna Lee, Gene Lockhart, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski, Nana Bryant, Margaret Wycherly, Dennis O'Keefe, Tonio Selwart, Alexander Granach ..
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Release date: 1943-04-15
Best History Movies of 1943 : Why We Fight: The Battle of Russia

Why We Fight: The Battle of Russia

7.1/10 IMDB

The fifth film of Frank Capra's Why We Fight propaganda film series, revealing the nature and process of the fight between the Soviet Union and Germany in the Second World War.

Starring: Anthony Veiller, Anthony Veiller, Ion Antonescu, Ion Antonescu, Nikolai Cherkasov, Nikolai Cherkasov, Miklós Horthy, Miklós Horthy, Alfred Jodl, Alfred Jodl ..
Directed by: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak
Release date: 1943-11-13

Air Force

7.0/10 IMDB

The crew of an Air Force bomber arrives in Pearl Harbor in the aftermath of the Japanese attack and is sent on to Manila to help with the defense of the Philippines.

Starring: John Ridgely, Gig Young, Arthur Kennedy, Charles Drake, Harry Carey, George Tobias, John Garfield, James Brown, Stanley Ridges, Willard Robertson ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1943-03-20

Background to Danger

6.4/10 IMDB

An American gets caught up in wartime action in Turkey.

Starring: George Raft, Brenda Marshall, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Osa Massen, Turhan Bey, Willard Robertson, Kurt Katch, Nino Bellini, Eumenio Blanco ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1943-07-03

The Man in Grey

6.5/10 IMDB

After marrying a dour and disinterested lord for status, a young woman falls in love with a stage actor while her best friend from boarding school enters an affair with her husband.

Starring: Margaret Lockwood, Phyllis Calvert, James Mason, Stewart Granger, Harry Scott, Martita Hunt, Helen Haye, Beatrice Varley, Raymond Lovell, Nora Swinburne ..
Directed by: Leslie Arliss
Release date: 1943-08-06
Best History Movies of 1943 : Forever and a Day

Forever and a Day

7.0/10 IMDB

In World War II, American Gates Trimble Pomfret is in London during the Blitz to sell the ancestral family house. The current tenant, Leslie Trimble, tries to dissuade him from selling by telling him the 140-year history of the place and the connections between the Trimble and Pomfret families.

Starring: George Kirby, Doreen Munroe, May Beatty, Connie Leon, Reginald Gardiner, Victor McLaglen, Arthur Treacher, June Lockhart, Ruth Warrick, Herbert Marshall ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson, Victor Saville, Cedric Hardwicke, René Clair, Edmund Goulding, Frank Lloyd, Herbert Wilcox
Release date: 1943-01-21
Best History Movies of 1943 : Why We Fight: The Battle of Britain

Why We Fight: The Battle of Britain

7.2/10 IMDB

The fourth of Frank Capra's Why We Fight series of seven propaganda films, which made the case for fighting and winning the Second World War. It was released in 1943 and concentrated on the German bombardment of the United Kingdom in anticipation of Operation Sea Lion, the planned German invasion.

Starring: Walter Huston, Frieda Inescort, John B. Hughes ..
Directed by: Frank Capra, Anthony Veiller
Release date: 1943-10-10
Best History Movies of 1943 : The Silent Village

The Silent Village

7.0/10 IMDB

The true story of the massacre of a small Czech village by the Nazis is retold as if it happened in Wales.

Directed by: Humphrey Jennings
Release date: 1943-09-30
Best History Movies of 1943 : Don't Be a Sucker!

Don't Be a Sucker!

7.6/10 IMDB

Propaganda short film depicting the rise of Nazism in Germany and how political propaganda is similarly used in the United States. The film was made to make the case for the desegregation of the United States armed forces.

Starring: Lloyd Nolan, Paul Lukas, Felix Bressart ..
Release date: 1943-06-04
Best History Movies of 1943 : Hitler's Madman

Hitler's Madman

6.5/10 IMDB

Story of the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, Nazi SS commander, by Czech partisans and the reprisals inflicted by the Nazis on the Czechs.

Starring: Patricia Morison, John Carradine, Alan Curtis, Ralph Morgan, Howard Freeman, Ludwig Stössel, Ava Gardner, Edgar Kennedy, Al Shean, Elizabeth Russell ..
Directed by: Douglas Sirk
Release date: 1943-06-10
Best History Movies of 1943 : Plan for Destruction

Plan for Destruction

6.3/10 IMDB

Plan for Destruction is a 1943 American short propaganda film directed by Edward Cahn. It looks at the Geopolitik ideas of the ex-World War I professor, General Karl Haushofer, who is portrayed as the head of a huge organization for gathering information of strategic value and the mastermind behind Adolf Hitler's wars and plans to enslave the world. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.

Starring: Lewis Stone, Frank Reicher, George Lynn, Frederick Giermann ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1943-04-22
Best History Movies of 1943 : Tonight We Raid Calais

Tonight We Raid Calais

6.3/10 IMDB

A British commando is on a one-man raid to destroy a bomb factory in Nazi-occupied France. He must enlist the aid of French farmers to complete his mission.

Starring: Annabella, John Sutton, Lee J. Cobb, Beulah Bondi, Blanche Yurka, Howard Da Silva, Ann Codee, Marcel Dalio, Nigel De Brulier ..
Directed by: John Brahm
Release date: 1943-04-30
Best History Movies of 1943 : Combat America

Combat America

6.0/10 IMDB

Produced in 1943 under the guidance of Army Air Force Lieutenant Clark Gable, this film follows a single 8th Air Force B-17 crew from training through a series of missions over Europe.

Starring: Clark Gable, Bob Hope, Frances Langford ..
Release date: 1943-01-01
Best History Movies of 1943 : The Voice That Thrilled the World

The Voice That Thrilled the World

6.6/10 IMDB

This short traces the history of sound in the movies, beginning with French scientist Leon Scott's experiments in 1857. Featured are snippets from early sound pictures.

Starring: Art Gilmore, Sheldon Jett, Harold Miller, Edwin Tuttle, Giovanni Martinelli, George Arliss, John Barrymore, Eugenie Besserer, James Cagney, Jeanne Cagney ..
Directed by: Jean Negulesco
Release date: 1943-01-01
Best History Movies of 1943 : December 7th

December 7th

6.1/10 IMDB

"Docudrama" about the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 and its results, the recovering of the ships, the improving of defense in Hawaii and the US efforts to beat back the Japanese reinforcements.

Starring: Walter Huston, Harry Davenport, Dana Andrews, Paul Hurst, George O’Brien, James Kevin McGuinness, Philip Ahn, Addie Allen, Ralph Byrd, James Conaty ..
Directed by: Gregg Toland, John Ford
Release date: 1943-01-01
Best History Movies of 1943 : Mission to Moscow

Mission to Moscow

5.4/10 IMDB

Ambassador Joseph Davies is sent by FDR to Russia to learn about the Soviet system and returns to America as an advocate of Stalinism.

Starring: Walter Huston, Ann Harding, Oskar Homolka, George Tobias, Gene Lockhart, Eleanor Parker, Cyd Charisse, John Abbott, Mark Strong, Richard Travis ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1943-04-29

Recognition of the Japanese Zero Fighter

5.3/10 IMDB

Military training film on the characteristics, capabilities, weaknesses, and recognition of the World War II Japanese fighter aircraft known as the Zero.

Starring: Art Gilmore, Ronald Reagan, Harvey Stephens, Craig Stevens ..
Directed by: Bernard Vorhaus
Release date: 1943-02-02

Nursery Rhyme Mysteries

6.5/10 IMDB

This Passing Parade series short examines the origins of three popular nursery rhymes.

Starring: John Nesbitt, Mary McLeod ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1943-07-03
Best History Movies of 1943 : The Deerslayer

The Deerslayer

6.2/10 IMDB

Deerslayer, a white man who was brought up by the Mohicans, helps his old tribe when the Hurons steal Princess Wah Tah, the betrothed of his friend Jingo-Good. His friends, the Hutters, are a white family living on an ark in the middle of a lake. The Hurons attack them and Deerslayer enlists the aid of scout Harry March, who is escorting sixty-five brides to the near-by settlement. Deerslayer and Harry are both in love with Judith Hutter, who is secretly in love with Harry. The Hurons succeed in capturing her father and Harry, where-upon Judith's sister Hetty, playing on an Indian superstition never to harm an insane person, feigns madness and makes an escape. Hutter, Judith, Hetty and Princess Wah-Tah return to the ark, where they ate attacked by the waiting Hurons and Hetty is killed. Deerslayer, Harry and the settlement men arrive to time to drive the Hurons away.

Starring: Bruce Kellogg, Jean Parker, Larry Parks, Warren Ashe, Wanda McKay, Yvonne De Carlo, Addison Richards, Johnny Michaels ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1943-11-22

Invasion Of Poland By The German Army

0.0/10 IMDB

Footage shot by German troops and confiscated by Allied forces of an attack in Warsaw.

Release date: 1943-01-01
Best History Movies of 1943 : Rita da Cascia

Rita da Cascia

0.0/10 IMDB

Biographical film about Saint Rita da Cascia, who lived in Umbria in the 14th century.

Starring: Elena Zareschi, Ugo Sasso, Beatrice Mancini, Marcello Giorda, Laura Nucci, Augusto Marcacci, Elodia Maresca, Teresa Franchini ..
Directed by: Antonio Leonviola
Release date: 1943-05-31
Best History Movies of 1943 : Inca Gold

Inca Gold

6.6/10 IMDB

Legends associated with the lost treasures of Incan gold, thought to be located at the bottom of one of the many shafts of what is called the hawk's nest above the city of Cusco, Peru are presented. These stories begin in 1531 with the arrival of explorer Francisco Pizarro, under the direction of King Charles V of Spain, Pizarro who is in search of the gold associated with the legendary El Dorado. Pizarro holds captive the Emperor of the Incas, Atahualpa, to discover the location of the gold. Atahualpa, in turn, promises a cave full of gold for his release. Receiving some gold, Pizarro, not trusting Atahualpa, murders him without ever finding the location of the gold, thought to be twenty thousand shiploads full, worth, in today dollars, in the billions. Legend now has it that the Incas have placed a curse on the gold to avenge Atahualpa's murder, the several attempts by outsiders to locate it leading to tragedy. Coincidence or curse?

Starring: Carey Wilson ..
Directed by: Will Jason
Release date: 1943-04-24

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