Best Movies of 1943

1.

The Ox-Bow Incident

5.8

Gil Carter and Art Croft ride into a small Nevada town plagued by cattle thieves. Initially suspected of being the rustlers themselves, Carter and Croft eventually join a posse out to get the criminals, who also may be involved in a recent shooting. When the posse closes in on a group that could be the fugitives, they must decide on a course of action, with numerous lives hanging in the balance.

Starring: Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Mary Beth Hughes, Anthony Quinn, Jane Darwell
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1943-03-11
2.

Shadow of a Doubt

5.5

A bored teen living in Santa Rosa, California, Charlotte "Charlie" Newton, is frustrated because nothing seems to be happening in her life and that of her family. Then, she receives wonderful news: her uncle (for whom she was named), Charlie Oakley, is arriving for a visit. But Uncle Charlie may not be the man he seems to be.

Starring: Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey, Henry Travers, Patricia Collinge
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1943-01-16
3.

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

5.0
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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
Directed by: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Release date: 1943-06-10
4.

Meshes of the Afternoon

4.1

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
5.

The Song of Bernadette

4.0

In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of "a beautiful lady" in the city dump. She never claims it to be anything other than this, but the townspeople all assume it to be the virgin Mary. The pompous government officials think she is nuts, and do their best to suppress the girl and her followers, and the church wants nothing to do with the whole matter. But as Bernadette attracts wider and wider attention, the phenomenon overtakes everyone in the the town, and transforms their lives.

Starring: Jennifer Jones, Vincent Price, Charles Bickford, Lee J. Cobb, Gladys Cooper
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1943-12-21
6.

The More the Merrier

3.9
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It's World War II and there is a severe housing shortage everywhere - especially in Washington, D.C. where Connie Milligan rents an apartment. Believing it to be her patriotic duty, Connie offers to sublet half of her apartment, fully expecting a suitable female tenent. What she gets instead is mischievous, middle-aged Benjamin Dingle. Dingle talks her into subletting to him and then promptly sublets half of his half to young, irreverent Joe Carter - creating a situation tailor-made for comedy and romance.
Starring: Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, Charles Coburn, Richard Gaines, Bruce Bennett
Directed by: George Stevens
Release date: 1943-03-26
7.

Red Hot Riding Hood

3.9
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Tired of always playing the same roles, Little Red Riding Hood, her grandmother and the Wolf demand a new version of the tale. The story then plays out in a more contemperary urban environment, with Little Red Riding Hood working as a pin-up girl in a night club.
Starring: Sara Berner, Daws Butler, June Foray, Frank Graham, Kent Rogers
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1943-05-08
8.

Sahara

3.9

Sergeant Joe Gunn and his tank crew pick up five British soldiers, a Frenchman and a Sudanese man with an Italian prisoner crossing the Libyan Desert to rejoin their command after the fall of Tobruk. Tambul, the Sudanese leads them to an abandoned desert fortress where they hope to find water. Soon a detachment of German soldiers arrives and attempts to barter food for water, but Gunn and his followers refuse. When the Germans attack, Gunn leads his desert-weary men in a desperate battle, hoping that British reinforcements can arrive in time.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Bruce Bennett, J. Carrol Naish, Lloyd Bridges, Rex Ingram
Directed by: Zoltan Korda
Release date: 1943-09-02
9.

Old Acquaintance

3.9

Old friends Kit Marlowe and Millie Drake adopt contrasting lifestyles: Kit is a single, critically acclaimed author while married Millie writes popular pulp novels.

Starring: Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins, John Loder, Gig Young, Dolores Moran
Directed by: Vincent Sherman
Release date: 1943-11-27
10.

Hangmen Also Die!

3.8

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
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Release date: 1943-04-15
11.

Heaven Can Wait

3.8

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
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Release date: 1943-08-11
12.

The Yankee Doodle Mouse

3.8
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As Tom and Jerry stage their typical fight sequences, the patriotic soldier theme of the title is evidenced by such things as a carton of eggs labeled "Hen Grenades"; Jerry dropping light bulbs from an airplane like bombs; and Jerry sending a telegram with the message "Sighted Cat - Sank Same." Musical phrasings from various patriotic war songs are heard throughout.
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1943-01-01
13.

Madame Curie

3.8

Young Polish physics student Marie marries Doctor Pierre Curie, in whose lab she had worked for a while. On their honeymoon they decide to find out what caused the strange effect Prof. Becquerel has noticed with the uranium/thorium stones for her dissertation. After many experiments they find out that there must be more radioactive elements than uranium and thorium, and they try to isolate it. After years of experiments in a makeshift lab at the University, they are able to isolate a few grains of a new element, radium, from 7 tons of raw material, but at the height of their success, Pierre is killed in an traffic accident. Written by Stephan Eichenberg

Starring: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Henry Travers, Albert Bassermann, Robert Walker
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1943-12-15
14.

Jane Eyre

3.8

After a harsh childhood, orphan Jane Eyre is hired by Edward Rochester, the brooding lord of a mysterious manor house to care for his young daughter.

Starring: Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine, Margaret O'Brien, Peggy Ann Garner, John Sutton
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1943-12-24
15.

Destination Tokyo

3.8

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
Directed by: Delmer Daves
Release date: 1943-12-31
16.

Sherlock Holmes in Washington

3.8
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In World War II, a British secret agent carrying a vitally important document is kidnapped en route to Washington. The British government calls on Sherlock Holmes to recover it.
Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Marjorie Lord, Henry Daniell, George Zucco
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1943-04-30
17.

Stormy Weather

3.7
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Dancing great Bill Williamson sees his face on the cover of Theatre World magazine and reminisces: Just back from World War I, he meets lovely singer Selina Rogers at a soldiers' ball and promises to come back to her when he "gets to be somebody." Years go by, and Bill and Selina's rising careers intersect only briefly, since Selina is unwilling to "settle down." Will she ever change her mind? Concludes with a big all-star show hosted by Cab Calloway.
Starring: Lena Horne, Bill Robinson, Cab Calloway, Katherine Dunham, Fats Waller
Directed by: Andrew L. Stone
Release date: 1943-07-21
18.

Sherlock Holmes Faces Death

3.7
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During WWII several murders occur at a convalescent home where Dr. Watson has volunteered his services. He summons Holmes for help and the master detective proceeds to solve the crime from a long list of suspects including the owners of the home, the staff and the patients recovering there.
Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Dennis Hoey, Hillary Brooke, Mary Gordon
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1943-09-17
19.

A Corny Concerto

3.7

A Corny Concerto is an American animated cartoon short produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. It was directed by Bob Clampett, written by Frank Tashlin, animated by Robert McKimson and released as part of the Merrie Melodies series on September 25, 1943. A parody of Disney's 1940 feature Fantasia, the film uses two of Johann Strauss' best known waltzes, Tales from the Vienna Woods and The Blue Danube, adapted by the cartoon unit's music director, Carl Stalling and orchestrated by its arranger and later, Stalling's successor, Milt Franklyn. Long considered a classic for its sly humor and impeccable timing with the music, it was voted #47 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field in 1994

Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan, Bea Benaderet
Directed by: Bob Clampett
Release date: 1943-09-25
20.

Education for Death

3.7
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A propaganda film during World War II about a boy who grows up to become a Nazi soldier.
Starring: Adolf Hitler, Art Smith
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi
Release date: 1943-01-15

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