Best Romance Movies of 1939

1.

Gone with the Wind

6.7
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 "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.

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
3.

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
4.

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 young Romani 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
5.

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 discredited 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
6.

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
7.

Dark Victory

5.2
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
8.

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 Romance Movies of 1939 : Pygmalion
9.

Pygmalion

4.6
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
10.

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
11.

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
12.

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
13.

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
14.

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
Best Romance Movies of 1939 : In Name Only
15.

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 Romance Movies of 1939 : The Man in the Iron Mask
16.

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
17.

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
18.

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
19.

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 Romance Movies of 1939 : Golden Boy
20.

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
21.

It's a Wonderful World

3.5
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
22.

Juarez

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

The newly-named emperor Maximilian and his wife Carlota arrive in Mexico to face popular sentiment favoring Benito Juárez and democracy.

Starring: Paul Muni, Bette Davis, Brian Aherne, Claude Rains, John Garfield, Donald Crisp, Joseph Calleia, Gale Sondergaard, Gilbert Roland, Henry O'Neill ..
Directed by: William Dieterle
Release date: 1939-06-10
23.

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex

3.5
7.0/10 IMDB

This period drama frames the tumultuous affair between Queen Elizabeth I and the man who would be King of England.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Donald Crisp, Alan Hale, Vincent Price, Henry Stephenson, Henry Daniell, James Stephenson, Nanette Fabray ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1939-11-11
Best Romance Movies of 1939 : The Rains Came
24.

The Rains Came

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

Indian aristocrat Rama Safti returns from medical training in the U.S. to give his life to the poor folk of Ranchipur. Lady Edwina and her drunken artist ex-lover Tom Ransome get in the way, but everyone shapes up when faced by earthquake, flooding, and plague.

Starring: Myrna Loy, Tyrone Power, George Brent, Brenda Joyce, Nigel Bruce, Maria Ouspenskaya, Joseph Schildkraut, Mary Nash, Jane Darwell, Marjorie Rambeau ..
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1939-09-15
25.

Intermezzo: A Love Story

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

A concert violinist becomes charmed with his daughter's talented piano teacher. When he invites her to go on tour with him, they make beautiful music away from the concert hall as well. He soon leaves his wife so the two can go off together.

Starring: Leslie Howard, Ingrid Bergman, Edna Best, John Halliday, Cecil Kellaway, Enid Bennett, Ann E. Todd, Douglas Scott, Eleanor Wesselhoeft, Maria Flynn ..
Directed by: Gregory Ratoff
Release date: 1939-10-06
26.

King of the Underworld

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

Physician Carole Nelson, suspected of having ties to notorious gangster Joe Gurney, must prove her innocence or the Medical Board will revoke her license. When Gurney seeks her out for treatment after being shot, it could be the break Nelson needs. Now she has a chance to use her medical know-how to outwit Gurney and his goons and reestablish her professional reputation.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Kay Francis, James Stephenson, John Eldredge, Jessie Busley, Arthur Aylesworth, Raymond Brown, Harland Tucker, Ralph Remley, Charley Foy ..
Directed by: Lewis Seiler
Release date: 1939-01-14
27.

Made for Each Other

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

A couple struggle to find happiness after a whirlwind courtship.

Starring: Carole Lombard, James Stewart, Charles Coburn, Lucile Watson, Eddie Quillan, Alma Kruger, Ward Bond, Louise Beavers, Irving Bacon, Raymond Bailey ..
Directed by: John Cromwell
Release date: 1939-02-10
Best Romance Movies of 1939 : Some Like It Hot
28.

Some Like It Hot

3.2
6.6/10 IMDB

Nicky Nelson is a fast-talking sideshow barker with a wax-and-alive concession on Atlantic City's boardwalk. Even with the band of his friend, struggling musician Gene Krupa, playing on the sidewalk to attract the customers, "The Living Corpse" and other low-rent acts aren't enough to lure the seen-it-all boardwalk strollers, and the landlord closes the show in lieu of never-paid rent. Nicky, always promoting, goes to Stephen Hanratty, head of the pier's Dance Pavilion, to plug Krupa's band as an attraction, but Hanratty won't even listen to them. But, while there, he meets singer Lily Racquel, who knows he is a phoney but might have the ability to to talk a radio-station manager into giving her an audition. She gives him a ring to help finance the project; he promptly loses it in a crap-game.

Starring: Bob Hope, Shirley Ross, Una Merkel, Gene Krupa, Rufe Davis, Bernard Nedell, Frank Sully, Bernadene Hayes, Richard Denning, Clarence Wilson ..
Directed by: George Archainbaud
Release date: 1939-05-19
Best Romance Movies of 1939 : First Love
29.

First Love

3.2
7.0/10 IMDB

In this reworking of Cinderella, orphaned Connie Harding is sent to live with her rich aunt and uncle after graduating from boarding school. She's hardly received with open arms, especially by her snobby cousin Barbara. When the entire family is invited to a major social ball, Barbara sees to it that Connie is forced to stay home. With the aid of her uncle, who acts as her fairy godfather, Connie makes it to the ball and meets her Prince Charming in Ted Drake, her cousin's boyfriend.

Starring: Deanna Durbin, Robert Stack, Eugene Pallette, Helen Parrish, Lewis Howard, Leatrice Joy, Marcia Mae Jones, June Storey, Frank Jenks, Kathleen Howard ..
Directed by: Henry Koster
Release date: 1939-11-10
Best Romance Movies of 1939 : Dancing Co-Ed
30.

Dancing Co-Ed

3.1
6.4/10 IMDB

After discovering his star dancer is expecting and can't perform, film producer H.W. Workman and his publicist concoct a scheme to stage a college dance contest to find a new star.

Starring: Lana Turner, Richard Carlson, Artie Shaw and His Orchestra, Ann Rutherford, Lee Bowman, Thurston Hall, Leon Errol, Roscoe Karns, Artie Shaw, Mary Field ..
Directed by: S. Sylvan Simon
Release date: 1939-09-29
Best Romance Movies of 1939 : Three Smart Girls Grow Up
31.

Three Smart Girls Grow Up

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

Three sisters who believe life is going to be easy, now that their parents are back together, until one sister falls in love with another's fiancé, and the youngest sister plays matchmaker.

Starring: Deanna Durbin, Charles Winninger, Nan Grey, Helen Parrish, Robert Cummings, William Lundigan, Ernest Cossart, Nella Walker, Felix Bressart, Wade Boteler ..
Directed by: Henry Koster
Release date: 1939-03-24
Best Romance Movies of 1939 : Day-time Wife
32.

Day-time Wife

2.9
6.5/10 IMDB

When a young wife discovers her husband of two years is involved with his beautiful secretary, she applies for a job as secretary to a business rival.

Starring: Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Warren William, Binnie Barnes, Wendy Barrie, Joan Davis, Joan Valerie, Leonid Kinskey, Mildred Gover, Renie Riano ..
Directed by: Gregory Ratoff
Release date: 1939-11-24
Best Romance Movies of 1939 : The Lady and the Mob
33.

The Lady and the Mob

2.9
6.3/10 IMDB

Hattie Leonard sets out to break a criminal gang controlling the dry cleaning business.

Starring: Fay Bainter, Ida Lupino, Lee Bowman, Henry Armetta, Warren Hymer, Harold Huber, Forbes Murray, Joe Sawyer, Tom Dugan, Joe Caits ..
Directed by: Benjamin Stoloff
Release date: 1939-04-03
Best Romance Movies of 1939 : The Monroe Doctrine
34.

The Monroe Doctrine

2.8
6.1/10 IMDB

The story of President Monroe's response to attempts by Spain to interfere in South America.

Starring: Grant Mitchell, Charles Waldron, James Stephenson, Frank Wilcox, George Reeves, Nanette Fabray, Sidney Blackmer, Tom Chatterton, Ted Osborne, Emmett Vogan ..
Directed by: Crane Wilbur
Release date: 1939-10-14
Best Romance Movies of 1939 : The Mikado
35.

The Mikado

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

In a mythical Japan, Ko-Ko, a cheap tailor, has been appointed Lord High Executioner and must find someone to execute before the arrival of the ruling Mikado. He lights upon Nanki-Poo, a strolling minstrel who loves the beautiful Yum-Yum. But Yum-Yum is also loved by Ko-Ko, and Nanki-Poo, seeing no hope for his love, considers suicide. Ko-Ko offers to solve both their problems by executing Nanki-Poo, and an agreement is reached whereby Ko-Ko will allow Nanki-Poo to marry Yum-Yum for one month, at the end of which Nanki-Poo will be executed, in time for the arrival of the Mikado. But what Ko-Ko doesn't know is that Nanki-Poo is the son of the Mikado and has run away to avoid a betrothal to an old harridan named Katisha. The arrival of the Mikado brings all the threads of the tale together

Starring: Martyn Green, Sydney Granville, John Barclay, Kenny Baker, Jean Colin, Gregory Stroud, Constance Willis, Elizabeth Paynter, Kathleen Naylor, Leslie Phillips ..
Directed by: Victor Schertzinger
Release date: 1939-05-01
36.

Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever

2.8
6.5/10 IMDB

Young Andy develops a crush on his drama teacher. When his play is chosen as the school's annual production, Andy seizes the opportunity to spend as much time as possible with his pretty teacher. Meanwhile, Judge Hardy has his own problems when he gets conned into forming a phony aluminum corporation.

Starring: Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Cecilia Parker, Fay Holden, Ann Rutherford, Sara Haden, Helen Gilbert, Terry Kilburn, John T. Murray, George P. Breakston ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1939-07-21
37.

Honolulu

2.8
6.5/10 IMDB

Movie star Brooks Mason tries to avoid his fans and spend some weeks on vacation. When Hawaiian plantage-owner George Smith is mistaken by Mason's fans for Mason and brought to Mason's home. They decide to change their identities for a few weeks. But George Smith is mobbed by Mason's fans again on a personal appearance tour in New York, Mason falls in love to dancer Dorothy March, who also is on her way to Hawaii. Problems for Mason arise due to the fact that Smith is engaged with Cecilia Grayson, and her wealthy father believes, that Smith has double-crossed him. Mason isn't able to establish a connection with Smith in New York due to his agent's orders.

Starring: Eleanor Powell, Robert Young, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Rita Johnson, Clarence Kolb, Jo Ann Sayers, Ann Morriss, Willie Fung, Cliff Clark ..
Directed by: Edward Buzzell
Release date: 1939-02-03
Best Romance Movies of 1939 : Winter Carnival
38.

Winter Carnival

2.8
5.9/10 IMDB

A divorced glamour girl keeps warm with a professor amid sports and romance at Dartmouth College's Winter Carnival.

Starring: Ann Sheridan, Richard Carlson, Helen Parrish, Robert Armstrong, Marsha Hunt, Joan Leslie, Virginia Gilmore, Cecil Cunningham, James Corner, Alan Baldwin ..
Directed by: Charles Reisner
Release date: 1939-07-28
Best Romance Movies of 1939 : Thunder Afloat
39.

Thunder Afloat

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

A tugboat captain serves under his rival as a U-boat chaser in World War I.

Starring: Wallace Beery, Chester Morris, Virginia Grey, Douglass Dumbrille, Carl Esmond, Clem Bevans, John Qualen, Regis Toomey, Howard Hickman, Frank Faylen ..
Directed by: George B. Seitz
Release date: 1939-09-15
Best Romance Movies of 1939 : Honeymoon in Bali
40.

Honeymoon in Bali

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

Bill Burnett, a resident of Bali, visits New York City, meets and falls in love with Gail Allen, the successful manager of a Fifth Avenue shop, who is determined to remain free and independent. Bill proposes, Gail declines and Bill goes home to Bali. But a young girl, Rosie, and Tony the Window Cleaner, who dispels advice on every floor, soon have Gail thinking maybe she was a bit hasty with her no to Bill's proposal. Ere long she discovers that she does love Bill and can't live without him. She goes down to Bali to give him the good news. He learns that he is soon to marry Noel Van Ness. She goes back to New York City.

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Madeleine Carroll, Allan Jones, Akim Tamiroff, Helen Broderick, Osa Massen, Carolyn Lee, Astrid Allwyn, Georgia Caine, John Qualen ..
Directed by: Edward H. Griffith
Release date: 1939-09-29
Best Romance Movies of 1939 : Daughters Courageous
41.

Daughters Courageous

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Nan Masters, a single mother living with her four marriageable daughters, plans to marry Sam Sloane, businessman. Out of the blue her 1st husband Jim returns after deserting the family 20 years earlier. The worldly wanderer Jim gets a cool family reception at first but his warm personality gradually wins the affections of his four daughters. In fact, youngest daughter Buff, who has her eye on a maverick of her own in Gabriel Lopez, is pleased when Jim grants his stamp of approval on her relationship. Buff plans to elope with Gabriel on her mother's wedding day, but 'unpredictable' is Gabriel's middle name.

Starring: John Garfield, Claude Rains, Priscilla Lane, Rosemary Lane, Lola Lane, Gale Page, Jeffrey Lynn, Fay Bainter, Donald Crisp, May Robson ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1939-06-23
Best Romance Movies of 1939 : Beauty for the Asking
42.

Beauty for the Asking

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

Denny breaks up with his fiancée Jean to marries wealthy Flora. When Jean is fired from her job she decides to market the face cream she invented. After sending it to twelve rich woman, only Flora decides to invest in the business. As Denny has no job, the girls give him an office at the factory. The business takes off, but Jean finds that she is still in love with Denny and Denny seems to forget he is married to Flora.

Starring: Lucille Ball, Patric Knowles, Donald Woods, Frieda Inescort, Inez Courtney, Leona Maricle, Frances Mercer, Whitney Bourne, George Beranger, Kay Sutton ..
Directed by: Glenn Tryon
Release date: 1939-02-24
Best Romance Movies of 1939 : Sorority House
43.

Sorority House

2.7
5.9/10 IMDB

A young girl begins to wonder if she really fits into the upper-class sorority she's trying to join.

Starring: Anne Shirley, James Ellison, Barbara Read, Pamela Blake, Helen Wood, Doris Davenport, June Storey, Elisabeth Risdon, Margaret Armstrong, Selmer Jackson ..
Directed by: John Farrow
Release date: 1939-05-05
Best Romance Movies of 1939 : Cafe Society
44.

Cafe Society

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

A pampered heiress (Madeleine Carroll) elopes with a shipboard reporter (Fred MacMurray) just to get her name in a society column.

Starring: Madeleine Carroll, Fred MacMurray, Shirley Ross, Jessie Ralph, Claude Gillingwater, Allyn Joslyn, Paul Hurst, Helen Ainsworth, Don Alvarado, Eddie Borden ..
Directed by: Edward H. Griffith
Release date: 1939-03-03
Best Romance Movies of 1939 : Raffles
45.

Raffles

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

Man about town and First Class cricketer A.J. Raffles keeps himself solvent with daring robberies. Meeting Gwen from his schooldays and falling in love all over again, he spends the weekend with her parents, Lord and Lady Melrose. A necklace presents an irresistible temptation, but also in attendance is Scotland Yard's finest, finally on the trail.

Starring: David Niven, Olivia de Havilland, May Whitty, Dudley Digges, Douglas Walton, E. E. Clive, Lionel Pape, Margaret Seddon, Hilda Plowright, Gilbert Emery ..
Directed by: Sam Wood
Release date: 1939-11-11
Best Romance Movies of 1939 : Within the Law
46.

Within the Law

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

A wrongly convicted woman studies law and seeks her revenge.

Starring: Ruth Hussey, Tom Neal, Paul Kelly, William Gargan, Paul Cavanagh, Rita Johnson, Samuel S. Hinds, Lynne Carver, Sidney Blackmer, Jo Ann Sayers ..
Directed by: Gustav Machatý
Release date: 1939-03-17
Best Romance Movies of 1939 : The Mad Empress
47.

The Mad Empress

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

The Mad Empress is a 1939 American historical drama film depicting the 3-year reign of Maximilian I of Mexico and his struggles against Benito Juarez.

Starring: Medea de Novara, Conrad Nagel, Jason Robards Sr., Lionel Atwill, Guy Bates Post, Evelyn Brent, Frank McGlynn Sr., Nigel De Brulier, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Michael Visaroff ..
Directed by: Miguel Contreras Torres
Release date: 1939-12-16
Best Romance Movies of 1939 : Yes, My Darling Daughter
48.

Yes, My Darling Daughter

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

Ellen is a free spirited young woman in love with Doug. Sadly he must leave America for a two year job in Belgium. Ellen and Doug decide to spend their last weekend together in a tourist cabin at a rural lake. Her family is shocked that a young unmarried woman would engage in such amoral activity. The comic plot develops as Ellen argues her case for women's freedom and independence, trying to win over her mother, grandmother, and other dubious relatives.

Starring: Priscilla Lane, Jeffrey Lynn, Roland Young, Fay Bainter, May Robson, Genevieve Tobin, Ian Hunter, Robert Homans, Edward Gargan, Spencer Charters ..
Directed by: William Keighley
Release date: 1939-02-25
49.

Let Freedom Ring

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

A Harvard man fights a railroad baron with a disguise and the power of the press.

Starring: Nelson Eddy, Virginia Bruce, Victor McLaglen, Lionel Barrymore, Edward Arnold, Guy Kibbee, Charles Butterworth, H.B. Warner, Raymond Walburn, Dick Rich ..
Directed by: Jack Conway
Release date: 1939-02-24
Best Romance Movies of 1939 : Trouble Brewing
50.

Trouble Brewing

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

Ealing comedy starring music hall star George Formby. An eager newspaper reporter (Formby) goes undercover to expose a gang of counterfeiters. Posing as a wrestler and waiter in his investigative efforts, George proves a greater menace to public order than the criminals he is chasing.

Starring: George Formby, Googie Withers, Gus McNaughton, Esma Cannon, Garry Marsh, C. Denier Warren, Beatrix Fielden-Kaye, Joss Ambler, Ronald Shiner, Martita Hunt ..
Directed by: Anthony Kimmins
Release date: 1939-03-01

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