Best War 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.

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
3.

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
4.

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 War Movies of 1939 : Peace on Earth
5.

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 War Movies of 1939 : The Four Feathers
6.

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
7.

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
8.

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
9.

The Spy in Black

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

A German submarine is sent to the Orkney Isles in 1917 to sink the British fleet.

Starring: Conrad Veidt, Sebastian Shaw, Valerie Hobson, Marius Goring, June Duprez, Athole Stewart, Agnes Lauchlan, Helen Haye, Cyril Raymond, George Summers ..
Directed by: Michael Powell
Release date: 1939-08-03
10.

Confessions of a Nazi Spy

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

FBI agent Ed Renard investigates the pre-War espionage activities of the German-American Bund.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Francis Lederer, George Sanders, Paul Lukas, Henry O'Neill, Dorothy Tree, Lya Lys, Grace Stafford, James Stephenson, Hedwiga Reicher ..
Directed by: Anatole Litvak
Release date: 1939-05-06
Best War Movies of 1939 : The Real Glory
11.

The Real Glory

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

In the wake of the Spanish-American war, military doctor Bill Canavan (Cooper) arrives at a war-torn Filipino outpost. Infested with cholera and under attack from a vicious local Moro chieftain, the troops are terrified and their commanding officer has all but given up hope. Outnumbered and out of supplies, Canavan decides to trade his scalpel for a rifle and rally the few remaining troops into one last stand before the outpost and everyone inside becomes just another footnote in history.

Starring: Gary Cooper, David Niven, Andrea Leeds, Reginald Owen, Broderick Crawford, Kay Johnson, Russell Hicks, Vladimir Sokoloff, Charles Waldron, Rudy Robles ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1939-09-29
Best War Movies of 1939 : Nurse Edith Cavell
12.

Nurse Edith Cavell

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

British nurse Edith Cavell (Anna Neagle) is stationed at a hospital in Brussels during World War I. When the son of a former patient escapes from a German prisoner-of-war camp, she helps him flee to Holland. Outraged at the number of soldiers detained in the camps, Edith, along with a group of sympathizers, devises a plan to help the prisoners escape. As the group works to free the soldiers, Edith must keep her activities secret from the Germans

Starring: Anna Neagle, Edna May Oliver, George Sanders, May Robson, Zasu Pitts, H.B. Warner, Sophie Stewart, Mary Howard, Robert Coote, Martin Kosleck ..
Directed by: Herbert Wilcox
Release date: 1939-08-31
Best War Movies of 1939 : The Monroe Doctrine
13.

The Monroe Doctrine

2.8
5.9/10 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 War Movies of 1939 : Thunder Afloat
14.

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 War Movies of 1939 : Disputed Passage
15.

Disputed Passage

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

A doctor's medical studies are threatened by his infatuation with a Chinese girl. The girl returns to China, but complications ensue when she runs into him in Nanking during a Japanese bombing raid.

Starring: Dorothy Lamour, Akim Tamiroff, John Howard, Judith Barrett, William Collier Sr., Victor Varconi, Gordon Jones, Keye Luke, Elisabeth Risdon, Steve Pendleton ..
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1939-10-25
Best War Movies of 1939 : The Mad Empress
16.

The Mad Empress

2.7
6.9/10 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 War Movies of 1939 : Pack Up Your Troubles
17.

Pack Up Your Troubles

2.6
5.8/10 IMDB

Three American soldiers help a young girl deliver a secret message across enemy lines.

Starring: Jane Withers, Joseph Schildkraut, Lynn Bari, Leon Ames, Fritz Leiber, Lionel Royce, Irving Bacon, Robert Emmett Keane, William Benedict, Billy Bevan ..
Directed by: H. Bruce Humberstone
Release date: 1939-10-24
Best War Movies of 1939 : The Lion Has Wings
18.

The Lion Has Wings

2.6
5.7/10 IMDB

This early, influential propaganda film blends documentary and studio footage to show the valiant efforts of the Royal Air Force to defend the British people against the Nazis.

Starring: Merle Oberon, Ralph Richardson, June Duprez, Flora Robson, Robert Douglas, Anthony Bushell, Brian Worth, Austin Trevor, Ivan Brandt, G.H. Mulcaster ..
Directed by: Adrian Brunel, Brian Desmond Hurst, Michael Powell, Alexander Korda
Release date: 1939-11-03
Best War Movies of 1939 : Espionage Agent
19.

Espionage Agent

2.5
5.9/10 IMDB

When Barry Corvall discovers that his new bride is a possible enemy agent, he resigns from the diplomatic service to go undercover to route out an espionage ring planning to destroy American industrial capability.

Starring: Joel McCrea, Brenda Marshall, Jeffrey Lynn, James Stephenson, Howard C. Hickman, Martin Kosleck, Nana Bryant, Rudolph Anders, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski, George Davis ..
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon
Release date: 1939-09-30
Best War Movies of 1939 : Hitler - Beast of Berlin
20.

Hitler - Beast of Berlin

2.1
5.0/10 IMDB

Hans Memling, a young intellectual, patriotic German, is secretly opposed to the Nazi regime. With the aid of Gustav Schultz, Father Pommer, Anna Wahl and others, he is gleaning accurate information from foreign radio broadcasts and distributing it through Germany with an underground-press operation. He convinces his brother-in-law Karl Bach, the brother of his wife Elsa, that Hitler is leading Germany toward a second world war. Karl, in love with Anna, joins the movement, determined to restore German culture and save the people from the brutality of the Storm Troopers and the Gestapo. The group has an inside link through Albert Stalhelm, a Storm Trooper and one of Hitler's Elite Guards. Albert is sickened by the brutalities he sees and wants to resign and flee Germany, but Hans persuades him to remain until they can find a replacement. He agrees, but warns the group that he is forced to join in the Nazi orgies and liquor loosens his tongue...

Starring: Roland Drew, Steffi Duna, Greta Granstedt, Alan Ladd, Vernon Dent, Lucien Prival, John Ellis, George Rosener, Bodil Rosing, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski ..
Directed by: Sam Newfield
Release date: 1939-10-07
Best War Movies of 1939 : Barricade
21.

Barricade

1.7
5.7/10 IMDB

In China, a singer and a journalist meet while traveling on a train attacked by bandits.

Starring: Alice Faye, Warner Baxter, Charles Winninger, Arthur Treacher, Doris Lloyd, Keye Luke, Willie Fung, Joan Carroll, Eily Malyon, Leonid Snegoff ..
Directed by: Gregory Ratoff
Release date: 1939-12-08
Best War Movies of 1939 : Sons of the Sea
22.

Sons of the Sea

0.0
5.6/10 IMDB

The head of Dartmouth Training College has been murdered, and his successor, Captain Hyde, suspects that he himself may have been the intended target. He enlists the help of his own son Philip, a reluctant cadet at the college, to help him confirm his suspicions about planned enemy action... but meanwhile, there is a Secret Service agent staying at the college observatory, the foreign-born professor of astronomy is behaving strangely, and Naval Intelligence disclaim any knowledge of what is going on...

Starring: Leslie Banks, Kay Walsh, Mackenzie Ward, Cecil Parker, Simon Lack, Ellen Pollock, Nigel Stock, Kynaston Reeves, Charles Eaton, Ian Fleming ..
Directed by: Maurice Elvey
Release date: 1939-12-23
Best War Movies of 1939 : A Nation-Wide System of Parks
23.

A Nation-Wide System of Parks

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

This Department of Interior film examines the origins of the Civilian Conservation Corps and profiles various accomplishments of the group in helping to build our nation's parks.

Release date: 1939-01-01

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