Best Movies of 1939

1.

Gone with the Wind

6.8
8.2/10 IMDB

The spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner is forced to use every means at her disposal to claw her way out of poverty, following Maj. Gen. William Sherman's destructive "March to the Sea,” during the American Civil War.

Starring: Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Howard, Hattie McDaniel, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil, Evelyn Keyes, Ann Rutherford, George Reeves ..
Directed by: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood
Release date: 1939-12-15
2.

The Wizard of Oz

6.4
8.1/10 IMDB

Young Dorothy finds herself in a magical world where she makes friends with a lion, a scarecrow and a tin man as they make their way along the yellow brick road to talk with the Wizard and ask for the things they miss most in their lives. The Wicked Witch of the West is the only thing that could stop them.

Starring: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charley Grapewin, Clara Blandick, The Singer Midgets ..
Directed by: Victor Fleming
Release date: 1939-08-15
3.

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
4.

Ninotchka

5.6
7.8/10 IMDB

A stern Russian woman sent to Paris on official business finds herself attracted to a man who represents everything she is supposed to detest.

Starring: Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Ina Claire, Bela Lugosi, Sig Ruman, Felix Bressart, Alexander Granach, Gregory Gaye, Rolfe Sedan, Edwin Maxwell ..
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Release date: 1939-11-23
5.

Stagecoach

5.6
7.8/10 IMDB

A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo, and learn something about each other in the process.

Starring: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Andy Devine, John Carradine, Thomas Mitchell, Louise Platt, George Bancroft, Donald Meek, Berton Churchill, Tim Holt ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1939-03-03
6.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

5.5
7.8/10 IMDB

Paris, France, 1482. Frollo, Chief Justice of benevolent King Louis XI, gets infatuated by the beauty of Esmeralda, a gypsy young girl. The hunchback Quasimodo, Frollo's protege and bell-ringer of Notre Dame, lives in peace among the bells in the heights of the immense cathedral until he is involved by the twisted magistrate in his malicious plans to free himself from Esmeralda's alleged spell, which he believes to be the devil's work.

Starring: Charles Laughton, Cedric Hardwicke, Thomas Mitchell, Maureen O'Hara, Edmond O'Brien, Alan Marshal, Walter Hampden, Harry Davenport, Katharine Alexander, George Zucco ..
Directed by: William Dieterle
Release date: 1939-12-29
7.

The Roaring Twenties

5.5
7.9/10 IMDB

After World War I, Armistice Lloyd Hart goes back to practice law, former saloon keeper George Hally turns to bootlegging, and out-of-work Eddie Bartlett becomes a cab driver. Eddie builds a fleet of cabs through delivery of bootleg liquor and hires Lloyd as his lawyer. George becomes Eddie's partner and the rackets flourish until love and rivalry interfere.

Starring: James Cagney, Priscilla Lane, Humphrey Bogart, Gladys George, Jeffrey Lynn, Frank McHugh, Paul Kelly, Elisabeth Risdon, Edward Keane, Joe Sawyer ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1939-10-28
8.

The Women

5.4
7.7/10 IMDB

A happily married woman lets her catty friends talk her into divorce when her husband strays.

Starring: Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Mary Boland, Paulette Goddard, Joan Fontaine, Phyllis Povah, Virginia Weidler, Lucile Watson, Marjorie Main ..
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1939-09-01
9.

Only Angels Have Wings

5.4
7.6/10 IMDB

Geoff Carter is the head of a crumbling air freight service in desperate need of a replacement pilot. He is forced to hire a descredited aviator who arrives with his wife, Carter's ex-lover. Meanwhile, traveler Bonnie Lee tries to get close to the emotionally closed-off Carter.

Starring: Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Richard Barthelmess, Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell, Allyn Joslyn, Sig Ruman, Victor Kilian, John Carroll, Don Barry ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1939-05-15
10.

Wuthering Heights

5.3
7.5/10 IMDB

The Earnshaws are Yorkshire farmers during the early 19th Century. One day, Mr. Earnshaw returns from a trip to the city, bringing with him a ragged little boy called Heathcliff. Earnshaw's son, Hindley, resents the child, but Heathcliff becomes companion and soulmate to Hindley's sister, Catherine. After her parents die, Cathy and Heathcliff grow up wild and free on the moors and despite the continued enmity between Hindley and Heathcliff they're happy -- until Cathy meets Edgar Linton, the son of a wealthy neighbor.

Starring: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, David Niven, Flora Robson, Donald Crisp, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Hugh Williams, Leo G. Carroll, Miles Mander, Cecil Kellaway ..
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1939-04-07
11.

Destry Rides Again

5.3
7.6/10 IMDB

When a tough western town needs taming, the mild-mannered son of a hard-nosed sheriff gets the job.

Starring: James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, Mischa Auer, Charles Winninger, Brian Donlevy, Allen Jenkins, Warren Hymer, Irene Hervey, Una Merkel, Billy Gilbert ..
Directed by: George Marshall
Release date: 1939-11-30
12.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

5.2
7.4/10 IMDB

On his uncle's death Sir Henry Baskerville returns from Canada to take charge of his ancestral hall on the desolate moors of Devonshire, and finds that Sherlock Holmes is there to investigate the local belief that his uncle was killed by a monster hound that has roamed the moors since 1650, and is likely to strike again at Sir Henry.

Starring: Richard Greene, Basil Rathbone, Wendy Barrie, Nigel Bruce, Lionel Atwill, John Carradine, Barlowe Borland, Beryl Mercer, Morton Lowry, Ralph Forbes ..
Directed by: Sidney Lanfield
Release date: 1939-03-24
13.

Gunga Din

5.1
7.2/10 IMDB

British army sergeants Ballantine, Cutter and MacChesney serve in India during the 1880s, along with their native water-bearer, Gunga Din. While completing a dangerous telegraph-repair mission, they unearth evidence of the suppressed Thuggee cult. When Gunga Din tells the sergeants about a secret temple made of gold, the fortune-hunting Cutter is captured by the Thuggees, and it's up to his friends to rescue him.

Starring: Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Sam Jaffe, Eduardo Ciannelli, Joan Fontaine, Montagu Love, Robert Coote, Abner Biberman, Lumsden Hare ..
Directed by: George Stevens
Release date: 1939-01-26
14.

Son of Frankenstein

5.0
7.1/10 IMDB

One of the sons of Frankenstein finds his father's monster in a coma and revives him, only to find out he is controlled by Ygor who is bent on revenge.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, Josephine Hutchinson, Donnie Dunagan, Emma Dunn, Edgar Norton, Perry Ivins, Lawrence Grant ..
Directed by: Rowland V. Lee
Release date: 1939-01-13
15.

Goodbye, Mr. Chips

4.8
7.9/10 IMDB

A shy British teacher looks back nostalgically at his long career, taking note of the people who touched his life.

Starring: Robert Donat, Greer Garson, Terry Kilburn, John Mills, Paul Henreid, Judith Furse, Lyn Harding, Milton Rosmer, Frederick Leister, Louise Hampton ..
Directed by: Sam Wood
Release date: 1939-07-28
Best Movies of 1939 : Young Mr. Lincoln
16.

Young Mr. Lincoln

4.6
7.5/10 IMDB

In this dramatized account of his early law career in Illinois, Abraham Lincoln is born into a modest log cabin, where he is encouraged by his first love, Ann Rutledge, to pursue law. Following her tragic death, Lincoln establishes a law practice in Springfield, where he meets a young Mary Todd. Lincoln's law skills are put to the test when he takes on the difficult task of defending two brothers who have been accused of murder.

Starring: Henry Fonda, Alice Brady, Marjorie Weaver, Arleen Whelan, Eddie Collins, Pauline Moore, Richard Cromwell, Donald Meek, Judith Dickens, Eddie Quillan ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1939-06-09
17.

Dark Victory

4.6
7.5/10 IMDB

Socialite Judith Traherne lives a lavish but emotionally empty life. Riding horses is one of her few joys, and her stable master is secretly in love with her. Told she has a brain tumor by her doctor, Frederick Steele, Judith becomes distraught. After she decides to have surgery to remove the tumor, Judith realizes she is in love with Dr. Steele, but more troubling medical news may sabotage her new relationship, and her second chance at life.

Starring: Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ronald Reagan, Henry Travers, Cora Witherspoon, Dorothy Peterson, Virginia Brissac, Charles Richman ..
Directed by: Edmund Goulding
Release date: 1939-04-20
Best Movies of 1939 : The Ugly Duckling
18.

The Ugly Duckling

4.5
7.6/10 IMDB

An outcast duckling's search for a family to accept him leads to constant rejection before learning his true identity as a swan.

Starring: Clarence Nash, Purv Pullen, Melvin J. Gibby, Louise Myers ..
Directed by: Jack Cutting, Clyde Geronimi
Release date: 1939-04-07
19.

Jamaica Inn

4.5
6.3/10 IMDB

In coastal Cornwall, England, during the early 19th Century, a young woman who's come there to visit her aunt, discovers that she's married an inkeeper who's a member of a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecking and murder for profit.

Starring: Charles Laughton, Horace Hodges, Maureen O'Hara, Hay Petrie, Frederick Piper, Emlyn Williams, Herbert Lomas, Clare Greet, William Devlin, Jeanne De Casalis ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1939-05-11
20.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

4.4
7.3/10 IMDB

Having once again avoided criminal conviction, Professor Moriarity develops a murderous plan to “finish off” his last major nemesis, Sherlock Holmes, by making him fail to prevent the perfect crime. Does it involve a family curse, the crown jewels of England, or something else…

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Ida Lupino, Alan Marshal, Terry Kilburn, George Zucco, Henry Stephenson, E. E. Clive, Arthur Hohl, May Beatty ..
Directed by: Alfred L. Werker
Release date: 1939-09-01
21.

The Flying Deuces

4.1
6.8/10 IMDB

Ollie is in love with a woman. When he discovers that she is already married, he tries to kill himself. Of course, the suicide is avoided and the boys join the Foreign Legion to get away from their troubles. Finally, they are arrested for trying to desert the Legion and to escape the firing squad by stealing a plane.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Jean Parker, Reginald Gardiner, Charles Middleton, Jean Del Val, Crane Whitley, James Finlayson, Monica Bannister, Bonnie Bannon ..
Directed by: A. Edward Sutherland
Release date: 1939-11-03
22.

Midnight

4.0
7.9/10 IMDB

An unemployed showgirl poses as Hungarian royalty to infiltrate Parisian society.

Starring: Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, John Barrymore, Francis Lederer, Mary Astor, Elaine Barrie, Hedda Hopper, Rex O'Malley, Monty Woolley, Armand Kaliz ..
Directed by: Mitchell Leisen
Release date: 1939-03-24
23.

On Borrowed Time

4.0
7.7/10 IMDB

Young Pud is orphaned and left in the care of his aged grandparents. The boy and his grandfather are inseparable. Gramps is concerned for Pud's future and wary of a scheming relative who seeks custody of the child. One day Mr. Brink, an agent of Death, arrives to take Gramps "to the land where the woodbine twineth." Through a bit of trickery, Gramps confines Mr. Brink, and thus Death, to the branches of a large apple tree, giving Gramps extra time to resolve issues about Pud's future.

Starring: Lionel Barrymore, Cedric Hardwicke, Beulah Bondi, Una Merkel, Bobs Watson, Nat Pendleton, Henry Travers, Grant Mitchell, Eily Malyon, James Burke ..
Directed by: Harold S. Bucquet
Release date: 1939-07-07
24.

Of Mice and Men

4.0
7.9/10 IMDB

An intellectually disabled giant and his level headed guardian find work at a sadistic cowboy's ranch in depression era America.

Starring: Burgess Meredith, Betty Field, Lon Chaney Jr., Charles Bickford, Roman Bohnen, Bob Steele, Noah Beery Jr., Oscar O'Shea, Granville Bates, Leigh Whipper ..
Directed by: Lewis Milestone
Release date: 1939-12-30
25.

Another Thin Man

4.0
7.4/10 IMDB

Not even the joys of parenthood can stop married sleuths Nick and Nora Charles from investigating a murder on a Long Island estate.

Starring: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Virginia Grey, Otto Kruger, C. Aubrey Smith, Ruth Hussey, Nat Pendleton, Patric Knowles, Tom Neal, Phyllis Gordon ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1939-11-17
26.

The Old Maid

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

The lives of two cousins are complicated by the return of an ex-boyfriend and an illegitimate child.

Starring: Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins, George Brent, Jane Bryan, Donald Crisp, Louise Fazenda, James Stephenson, Jerome Cowan, William Lundigan, Doris Lloyd ..
Directed by: Edmund Goulding
Release date: 1939-08-16
Best Movies of 1939 : Pygmalion
27.

Pygmalion

3.9
7.8/10 IMDB

When linguistics professor Henry Higgins boasts that he can pass off Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle as a princess with only six months' training, Colonel George Pickering takes him up on the bet. Eliza moves into Higgins's home and begins her rigorous training after the professor comes to a financial agreement with her dustman father, Alfred. But the plucky young woman is not the only one undergoing a transformation.

Starring: Leslie Howard, Wendy Hiller, Wilfrid Lawson, Marie Lohr, Scott Sunderland, Jean Cadell, David Tree, Everley Gregg, Leueen MacGrath, Esme Percy ..
Directed by: Leslie Howard, Anthony Asquith
Release date: 1939-03-03
28.

Beau Geste

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

Academy Award winners Gary Cooper and Ray Milland star along with Robert Preston in the epic adventure Beau Geste. When three brothers join the Foreign Legion to escape a troubled past, they find themselves trapped under the command of a sadistic sergeant deep in the scorching Sahara. Now the brothers must fight for their lives as they plot mutiny against tyranny and defend a desert fortress against a brutal enemy. Nominated for 2 Academy Awards, Beau Geste has been universally acclaimed by generations of critics and audiences alike as a true motion picture classic.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston, Brian Donlevy, Susan Hayward, J. Carrol Naish, Albert Dekker, Broderick Crawford, Charles Barton, James Stephenson ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1939-07-24
Best Movies of 1939 : Peace on Earth
29.

Peace on Earth

3.9
7.4/10 IMDB

Two baby squirrels ask grandpa to explain what "men" are when he comes in singing "peace on earth, goodwill to men". Grandpa tells the story of man's last war. This classic animation short was an Academy Award Best Short Subject, Cartoons nominee.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Sara Berner, Bernice Hansen ..
Directed by: Hugh Harman
Release date: 1939-12-09
Best Movies of 1939 : The Four Feathers
30.

The Four Feathers

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

A disgraced officer risks his life to help his childhood friends in battle.

Starring: John Clements, Ralph Richardson, C. Aubrey Smith, June Duprez, Allan Jeayes, Jack Allen, Donald Gray, Frederick Culley, Clive Baxter, Robert Rendel ..
Directed by: Zoltan Korda
Release date: 1939-04-20
31.

Love Affair

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

French playboy Michel Marnet and American Terry McKay fall in love during the transatlantic passage of a ship. They arrange to reunite six months later, if neither has changed their mind.

Starring: Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer, Maria Ouspenskaya, Lee Bowman, Astrid Allwyn, Maurice Moscovitch, Scotty Beckett, Ferike Boros, Mary Bovard, Tom Dugan ..
Directed by: Leo McCarey
Release date: 1939-04-07
32.

Bachelor Mother

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

Polly Parrish, a clerk at Merlin's Department Store, is mistakenly presumed to be the mother of a foundling. Outraged at Polly's unmotherly conduct, David Merlin becomes determined to keep the single woman and "her" baby together.

Starring: Ginger Rogers, David Niven, Charles Coburn, Frank Albertson, E. E. Clive, Elbert Coplen Jr., Ferike Boros, June Wilkins, Ernest Truex, Leonard Penn ..
Directed by: Garson Kanin
Release date: 1939-06-30
33.

A Chump at Oxford

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

The boys get jobs as a butler and maid (Stan in drag) for a dinner party. When that ends in disaster, they resort to sweeping streets and accidentally capture a bank robber. The thankful bank president sends them to Oxford to get an education. Predictable results ensue.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Forrester Harvey, Wilfred Lucas, Forbes Murray, Peter Cushing, James Finlayson, Anita Garvin, Frank Baker, Eddie Borden ..
Directed by: Alfred J. Goulding
Release date: 1939-12-31
34.

Each Dawn I Die

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

A corrupt D.A. with governatorial ambitions is annoyed by an investigative reporter's criticism of his criminal activities and decides to frame the reporter for manslaughter in order to silence him.

Starring: James Cagney, George Raft, Jane Bryan, George Bancroft, Maxie Rosenbloom, Stanley Ridges, Alan Baxter, Victor Jory, John Wray, Edward Pawley ..
Directed by: William Keighley
Release date: 1939-07-22
35.

The Cat and the Canary

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Ten years after the death of millionaire Cyrus Norman, his will is to be read out to his six relatives, including Joyce Norman and Wally Campbell. Organized by Norman's lawyer, Crosby, the six meet at Norman's eerie New Orleans Gothic mansion. During the reading, the superstitious housekeeper declares that someone will be dead by midnight. Wally fears for Joyce when she is declared the sole inheritor, but all are alarmed when Crosby turns up dead.

Starring: Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, John Beal, Douglass Montgomery, Gale Sondergaard, Elizabeth Patterson, George Zucco, Nydia Westman, John Wray, George Regas ..
Directed by: Elliott Nugent
Release date: 1939-10-27
Best Movies of 1939 : In Name Only
36.

In Name Only

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

A wealthy man falls for a widow but is locked into a loveless marriage with a woman who has contrived to convince his parents she is the ideal wife.

Starring: Carole Lombard, Cary Grant, Kay Francis, Charles Coburn, Helen Vinson, Katharine Alexander, Jonathan Hale, Nella Walker, Alan Baxter, Maurice Moscovitch ..
Directed by: John Cromwell
Release date: 1939-08-18
Best Movies of 1939 : The Man in the Iron Mask
37.

The Man in the Iron Mask

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

Tyrannical King Louis XIV learns that he has an identical twin brother, Philippe, who was raised from birth by his late father's trusted friend D'Artagnan and his faithful musketeers, Porthos, Athos and Aramis. After Philippe falls for the king's betrothed, Spanish Princess Maria Theresa, Louis imprisons him, forcing his brother to don an iron mask that will slowly suffocate him -- and it's up to D'Artagnan to rescue him.

Starring: Louis Hayward, Joan Bennett, Warren William, Joseph Schildkraut, Alan Hale, Walter Kingsford, Miles Mander, Bert Roach, Marion Martin, Montagu Love ..
Directed by: James Whale
Release date: 1939-07-13
Best Movies of 1939 : Charlie Chan at Treasure Island
38.

Charlie Chan at Treasure Island

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Charlie's investigation of a phony psychic during the 1939 World Exposition on San Francisco's Treasure Island leads him to expose a suicide as murder.

Starring: Sidney Toler, Victor Sen Yung, Cesar Romero, Douglas Fowley, Pauline Moore, Donald MacBride, Wally Vernon, Douglass Dumbrille, Sally Blane, Charles Halton ..
Directed by: Norman Foster
Release date: 1939-08-31
39.

Dodge City

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

In this epic Western, Wade Hatton, a wagon master turned sheriff, tames a cow town at the end of a railroad line.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Ann Sheridan, Bruce Cabot, Frank McHugh, Alan Hale, John Litel, Henry Travers, Henry O'Neill, Victor Jory ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1939-04-08
40.

The Little Princess

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

The classic Shirley Temple film in which a little girl goes in search of her father who is reported missing by the military during the Second Boer War.

Starring: Shirley Temple, Richard Greene, Anita Louise, Ian Hunter, Arthur Treacher, Mary Nash, Cesar Romero, Miles Mander, Marcia Mae Jones, Beryl Mercer ..
Directed by: Walter Lang
Release date: 1939-03-17
41.

The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle

3.7
6.9/10 IMDB

In 1911, minor stage comic, Vernon Castle meets the stage-struck Irene Foote. A few misadventures later, they marry and then abandon comedy to attempt a dancing career together. While they're performing in Paris, an agent sees them rehearse and starts them on their brilliant career as the world's foremost ballroom dancers. However, at the height of their fame, World War I begins.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edna May Oliver, Walter Brennan, Lew Fields, Etienne Girardot, Janet Beecher, Rolfe Sedan, Leonid Kinskey, Robert Strange ..
Directed by: H. C. Potter
Release date: 1939-03-29
Best Movies of 1939 : The Hockey Champ
42.

The Hockey Champ

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

Donald shows his nephews the moves that won him his hockey trophy. But the boys have a few moves of their own.

Starring: Clarence Nash, Clarence Nash, Clarence Nash, Clarence Nash ..
Directed by: Jack King
Release date: 1939-04-28
43.

You Can't Cheat an Honest Man

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Fields plays "Larsen E. Whipsnade", the owner of a shady carnival that is constantly on the run from the law. Whipsnade is struggling to keep a step ahead of foreclosure, and clearly not paying his performers, including Bergen and McCarthy, who try to coax money out of him, or in McCarthy's case, steal some outright.

Starring: W.C. Fields, Edgar Bergen, Constance Moore, John Arledge, James Bush, Thurston Hall, Mary Forbes, Edward Brophy, Arthur Hohl, Princess Baba ..
Directed by: George Marshall, Edward F. Cline
Release date: 1939-02-17
44.

5th Ave Girl

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

A wealthy man hires a poor girl to play his mistress in order to get more attention from his neglectful family.

Starring: Ginger Rogers, Walter Connolly, Verree Teasdale, James Ellison, Tim Holt, Kathryn Adams, Franklin Pangborn, Ferike Boros, Louis Calhern, Theodore von Eltz ..
Directed by: Gregory La Cava
Release date: 1939-09-22
Best Movies of 1939 : Union Pacific
45.

Union Pacific

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

One of the last bills signed by President Lincoln authorizes pushing the Union Pacific Railroad across the wilderness to California. But financial opportunist Asa Barrows hopes to profit from obstructing it. Chief troubleshooter Jeff Butler has his hands full fighting Barrows' agent, gambler Sid Campeau; Campeau's partner Dick Allen is Jeff's war buddy and rival suitor for engineer's daughter Molly Monahan. Who will survive the effort to push the railroad through at any cost?

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Akim Tamiroff, Robert Preston, Lynne Overman, Brian Donlevy, Robert Barrat, Anthony Quinn, Stanley Ridges, Henry Kolker ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1939-05-05
46.

Five Came Back

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Twelve people are aboard Coast Air Line's flagship the Silver Queen enroute to South America when the airplane encounters a storm and is blown off course. Crashing into jungles known to be inhabited by head hunters, pilots Bill and Joe race against time to fix the engines and attempt a take off. The situation brings out the best and worst in the stranded dozen as they create a makeshift runway and prepare to escape before the natives attack. But damage to the plane and low fuel reserves means that only 5 people can be carried to safety.

Starring: Chester Morris, Lucille Ball, Wendy Barrie, John Carradine, Allen Jenkins, Joseph Calleia, C. Aubrey Smith, Kent Taylor, Patric Knowles, Elisabeth Risdon ..
Directed by: John Farrow
Release date: 1939-06-23
47.

It's a Wonderful World

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Detective Guy Johnson's client, Willie Heywood, is framed for murder. While Guy hides him so he can catch the real killer, both of them are nabbed by the police, tried, convicted and sentenced to jail: Guy for a year with Willie to be executed. On the way to jail, Guy comes across a clue and escapes from the police.

Starring: Claudette Colbert, James Stewart, Guy Kibbee, Nat Pendleton, Frances Drake, Edgar Kennedy, Ernest Truex, Richard Carle, Cecilia Callejo, Sidney Blackmer ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1939-05-19
48.

Jesse James

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

After railroad agents forcibly evict the James family from their family farm, Jesse and Frank turn to banditry for revenge.

Starring: Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Nancy Kelly, Randolph Scott, Henry Hull, Slim Summerville, J. Edward Bromberg, Brian Donlevy, John Carradine, Donald Meek ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1939-01-14
49.

Drums Along the Mohawk

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Albany, New York, 1776. After marrying, Gil and Lana travel north to settle on a small farm in the Mohawk River Valley, but soon their growing prosperity and happiness are threatened by the sinister sound of drums that announce dark times of revolution and war.

Starring: Claudette Colbert, Henry Fonda, Edna May Oliver, Eddie Collins, John Carradine, Dorris Bowdon, Jessie Ralph, Arthur Shields, Robert Lowery, Roger Imhof ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1939-11-10
Best Movies of 1939 : Golden Boy
50.

Golden Boy

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Despite his talent as a musician, a city boy decides to become a boxer. He's successful as a fighter -- much to the dismay of his parents. When gangsters try to by a piece of him he begins to have second thoughts.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou, William Holden, Lee J. Cobb, Joseph Calleia, Sam Levene, Edward Brophy, Beatrice Blinn, William H. Strauss, Don Beddoe ..
Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian
Release date: 1939-09-05

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