Best War Movies of 1941


Sergeant York

7.7/10 IMDB

Alvin York a hillbilly sharpshooter transforms himself from ruffian to religious pacifist. He is then called to serve his country and despite deep religious and moral objections to fighting becomes one of the most celebrated American heroes of WWI.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie, Margaret Wycherly, George Tobias, Stanley Ridges, Ward Bond, Noah Beery Jr., June Lockhart, Dickie Moore ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1941-09-27

That Hamilton Woman

7.2/10 IMDB

The story of courtesan and dance-hall girl Emma Hamilton, including her relationships with Sir William Hamilton and Admiral Horatio Nelson and her rise and fall, set during the Napoleonic Wars.

Starring: Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Alan Mowbray, Sara Allgood, Gladys Cooper, Henry Wilcoxon, Heather Angel, Halliwell Hobbes, Gilbert Emery, Miles Mander ..
Directed by: Alexander Korda
Release date: 1941-04-03

Man Hunt

7.2/10 IMDB

British hunter Thorndike vacationing in Bavaria has Hitler in his gun sight. He is captured, beaten, left for dead, and escapes back to London where he is hounded by German agents and aided by a young woman.

Starring: Walter Pidgeon, Joan Bennett, George Sanders, John Carradine, Roddy McDowall, Ludwig Stössel, Heather Thatcher, Frederick Worlock, Roger Imhof, Holmes Herbert ..
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Release date: 1941-06-13

49th Parallel

7.3/10 IMDB

In the early days of World War II, a German U-boat is sunk in Canada's Hudson Bay. Hoping to evade capture, a small band of German soldiers led by commanding officer Lieutenant Hirth attempts to cross the border into the United States, which has not yet entered the war and is officially neutral. Along the way, the German soldiers encounter brave men such as a French-Canadian fur trapper, Johnnie, a leader of a Hutterite farming community, Peter, an author, Philip and a soldier, Andy Brock.

Starring: Leslie Howard, Laurence Olivier, Raymond Massey, Adolf Wohlbrück, Eric Portman, Raymond Lovell, Richard George, Niall MacGinnis, Peter Moore, John Chandos ..
Directed by: Michael Powell
Release date: 1941-11-24

They Died with Their Boots On

7.2/10 IMDB

The story follows General George Armstrong Custer's adventures from his West Point days to his death. He defies orders during the Civil War, trains the 7th Cavalry, appeases Chief Crazy Horse and later engages in bloody battle with the Sioux nation.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Arthur Kennedy, Charley Grapewin, Gene Lockhart, Anthony Quinn, Stanley Ridges, John Litel, Walter Hampden, Sydney Greenstreet ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1941-11-20
Best War Movies of 1941 : They Met in Bombay

They Met in Bombay

6.5/10 IMDB

A jewel thief and a con artist are rivals in the theft of a valuable gem as the Japanese army invades China.

Starring: Clark Gable, Rosalind Russell, Peter Lorre, Reginald Owen, Jessie Ralph, Matthew Boulton, Eduardo Ciannelli, Luis Alberni, Rosina Galli, Jay Novello ..
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1941-06-27

A Yank in the R.A.F.

6.3/10 IMDB

An American pilot impulsively joins His Majesty's Royal Air Force in Britain in an attempt to impress his ex-girlfriend.

Starring: Tyrone Power, Betty Grable, John Sutton, Reginald Gardiner, Donald Stuart, Ralph Byrd, Richard Fraser, Denis Greene, Bruce Lester, Lester Matthews ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1941-09-26
Best War Movies of 1941 : Underground


7.2/10 IMDB

A World War II Hollywood propaganda film detailing the dark underside of Nazism and the Third Reich set between two brothers, Kurt and Erik Franken, whom are SS officers in the Nazi party. Kurt learns and exposes the evils of the system to Erik and tries to convince him of the immoral stance that marches under the symbol of the swastika.

Starring: Jeffrey Lynn, Philip Dorn, Kaaren Verne, Ludwig Stössel, Arthur Tovey, Mona Maris, Peter Whitney, Martin Kosleck, Erwin Kalser, Ilka Grüning ..
Directed by: Vincent Sherman
Release date: 1941-06-28
Best War Movies of 1941 : When the Pie Was Opened

When the Pie Was Opened

6.2/10 IMDB

Surrealism, avant-garde sound montage, and irreverent wit might be the last thing you'd expect from a government-sponsored film about wartime cookery. But director, artist, animator and all-round firework of a man Len Lye specialised in the unexpected. A simple tale of a mother cheering up her daughter with a pie from her rationing-stricken pantry (interestingly the war is never directly referred to) is skilfully crafted into a work of real artistic depth, while retaining an unpretentious charm.

Starring: Valerie Forrest, Hilda Masters ..
Directed by: Len Lye
Release date: 1941-01-01
Best War Movies of 1941 : Remember the Day

Remember the Day

7.2/10 IMDB

Elderly schoolteacher Nora Trinell, waiting to meet presidential nominee Dewey Roberts, recalls him as her student back in 1916 and his relation to Dan Hopkins, the man she married and lost.

Starring: Claudette Colbert, John Payne, Shepperd Strudwick, Ann E. Todd, Douglas Croft, Jane Seymour, Anne Revere, Bess Flowers, Frieda Inescort, Harry Hayden ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1941-12-25
Best War Movies of 1941 : Christmas Under Fire

Christmas Under Fire

6.8/10 IMDB

How Britain coped with a Christmas during the war.

Starring: Quentin Reynolds ..
Directed by: Charles Hasse, Harry Watt
Release date: 1941-01-01

Caught in the Draft

6.5/10 IMDB

Don Bolton is a movie star who can't stand loud noises. To evade the draft, he decides to get married...but falls for a colonel's daughter. By mistake, he and his two cronies enlist. In basic training, Don hopes to make a good impression on the fair Antoinette and her father, but his military career is largely slapstick. Will he ever get his corporal's stripes?

Starring: Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Eddie Bracken, Lynne Overman, Clarence Kolb, Paul Hurst, Ferike Boros, Irving Bacon, Arthur Loft, Phyllis Ruth ..
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1941-07-04
Best War Movies of 1941 : The Mighty Navy

The Mighty Navy

7.1/10 IMDB

Newly inducted into the U.S. Navy, Popeye is on a training ship, but his seat-of-the-pants ways don't fit in with modern equipment.

Starring: Jack Mercer, Tedd Pierce ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1941-11-14

Smilin' Through

6.4/10 IMDB

John Carteret has long been depressed and lonely, because, at his wedding years ago, his bride, Moonyean, was murdered. He accepts into his house Kathleen, the 5 year old orphaned niece of Moonyean, and she quickly grows up to look just like her aunt. Kathleen meets and falls in love with a mysterious stranger from America, Kenneth Wayne. When John hears of this he is furious, and we learn that it was Kenneth's father, Jeremy, who had killed Moonyean years before. John carries his grudge against Jeremy to the new generation, and threatens to ruin his niece's happiness, but he softens in the end.

Starring: Jeanette MacDonald, Brian Aherne, Gene Raymond, Ian Hunter, Frances Robinson, Patrick O'Moore, Eric Lonsdale, Jackie Horner, David Clyde, Frances Carson ..
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1941-10-01
Best War Movies of 1941 : Freedom Radio

Freedom Radio

6.5/10 IMDB

Hitler's doctor is gradually realising that the Nazi regime isn't as good as it pretends to be when his friends start to "disappear" into the camps. His wife is courted by the party and accepts a political post in Berlin. Meanwhile Dr Karl decides to try to do something to counteract the Nazi propaganda and with the help of an engineer and a few friends he sets up the Freedom Radio to counteract the Nazi propaganda.

Starring: Clive Brook, Diana Wynyard, Raymond Huntley, Derek Farr, Joyce Howard, Howard Marion-Crawford, John Penrose, Morland Graham, Ronald Squire, Reginald Beckwith ..
Directed by: Anthony Asquith
Release date: 1941-02-04
Best War Movies of 1941 : Dangerously They Live

Dangerously They Live

6.4/10 IMDB

A doctor tries to rescue a young innocent from Nazi agents.

Starring: John Garfield, Nancy Coleman, Raymond Massey, Lee Patrick, Moroni Olsen, Esther Dale, John Ridgely, Christian Rub, Frank Reicher, Ben Welden ..
Directed by: Robert Florey
Release date: 1941-12-24
Best War Movies of 1941 : Dangerous Moonlight

Dangerous Moonlight

6.3/10 IMDB

Stefan Radetzky, a Polish pilot and famous concert pianist, is hospitalised in England from injuries sustained while in combat, and having lost his memory. As Radetzky plays the piano in a trance-like state, the story moves back in time to war-torn Warsaw. During an air-raid, Radetzky meets American journalist Carole, and there is a mutual attraction. Following the fall of Poland, Radetzky and Irish pilot, Mike, escape to Rumania and then on to America. Radetzky continues his musical career in America and meets up again with Carole.

Starring: Adolf Wohlbrück, Sally Gray, Derrick De Marney, Cecil Parker, Percy Parsons, Kenneth Kent, J.H. Roberts, Guy Middleton, John Laurie, Frederick Valk ..
Directed by: Brian Desmond Hurst
Release date: 1941-06-26
Best War Movies of 1941 : Old Bill and Son

Old Bill and Son

5.6/10 IMDB

Old Bill has grumbled his way through the trenches of the First World War. Now it is the Second and, envious of his son, Young Bill, he decides to enlist. He finally enters the Pioneer Corps, which is based near his son. When Young Bill goes missing during a raid, Old Bill shows that there's still life in the old dog yet!

Starring: Morland Graham, John Mills, Mary Clare, Renée Houston, René Ray, Gus McNaughton, Ronald Shiner, Manning Whiley, Janine Darcey, Roland Culver ..
Directed by: Ian Dalrymple
Release date: 1941-03-01
Best War Movies of 1941 : Criminals Within

Criminals Within

5.4/10 IMDB

A young soldier uncovers a ring of spies when he investigates his brother's mysterious murder.

Starring: Eric Linden, Ben Alexander, Donald Curtis, Ann Doran, Constance Worth, Weldon Heyburn, Earle Hodgins, I. Stanford Jolley, Emmett Vogan, Bill Cartledge ..
Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis
Release date: 1941-06-27
Best War Movies of 1941 : So Ends Our Night

So Ends Our Night

6.8/10 IMDB

An anti-Nazi on the run and a young Jewish couple race across Europe trying to escape Hitler's ever powerful influence.

Starring: Fredric March, Margaret Sullavan, Frances Dee, Glenn Ford, Anna Sten, Erich von Stroheim, Allan Brett, Joseph Cawthorn, Leonid Kinskey, Alexander Granach ..
Directed by: John Cromwell
Release date: 1941-02-27
Best War Movies of 1941 : They Dare Not Love

They Dare Not Love

5.8/10 IMDB

An Austrian prince flees his homeland when the Nazis take over and settles in London. He meets a beautiful Austrian émigré who makes him realize his mistake in leaving. He makes a deal with the Nazis to return in exchange for some Austrian prisoners, but discovers that the Nazis are not to be trusted.

Starring: George Brent, Martha Scott, Paul Lukas, Peter Cushing, Sig Arno, Georgia Backus, Edgar Barrier, Don Beddoe, Nicholas Bela, Leon Belasco ..
Directed by: James Whale
Release date: 1941-05-16

V for Victory

6.0/10 IMDB

This animated short by Norman McLaren is a publicity message for a war bond campaign. Symbols, a stick man and lettering are drawn directly on 35mm film stock and synchronized with a brass band rendition of Sousa's march "The Thunderer."

Directed by: Norman McLaren
Release date: 1941-01-01
Best War Movies of 1941 : I Wanted Wings

I Wanted Wings

6.3/10 IMDB

Told in flashback, this drama follows the training and personal lives of three recruits in the Army Air Corps: a wealthy playboy, a college jock, and an auto mechanic. Love interest is supplied by a female photographer and a sultry blonde.

Starring: Ray Milland, William Holden, Wayne Morris, Brian Donlevy, Veronica Lake, Constance Moore, Harry Davenport, Phil Brown, Edward Fielding, Willard Robertson ..
Directed by: Mitchell Leisen
Release date: 1941-03-26
Best War Movies of 1941 : Churchill's Island

Churchill's Island

6.3/10 IMDB

The people of Britain resist the German air force and navy with help from North America.

Starring: Lorne Greene, Gérard Arthur ..
Directed by: Stuart Legg
Release date: 1941-01-01
Best War Movies of 1941 : Sundown


5.7/10 IMDB

Englishmen fighting Nazis in Africa discover an exotic mystery woman living among the natives and enlist her aid in overcoming the Germans.

Starring: Gene Tierney, George Sanders, Bruce Cabot, Harry Carey, Joseph Calleia, Reginald Gardiner, Carl Esmond, Marc Lawrence, Cedric Hardwicke, Gilbert Emery ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1941-10-31
Best War Movies of 1941 : Rookie Revue

Rookie Revue

5.8/10 IMDB

Random gags around military life, set on an army base. A bugler uses a jukebox to play reveille. In formation, one private has a great deal of trouble remembering what comes after "3"; after he gets it, he decides not to go for the $32 question. In the mess hall, the machine gunners machine gun their food while the bombers catch falling biscuits. The infantry marches for miles - past a "next time, take the train" billboard.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Robert C. Bruce, Jackson Wheeler ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1941-08-24
Best War Movies of 1941 : Paris Calling

Paris Calling

6.2/10 IMDB

Marianne Jannetier, a well-to-do Parisian, engaged to Andre Benoit, a high-ranking government official, flees the city when the goose-stepping Nazi storm-troopers arrive. When her mother dies on the road to Bordeaux as a result of Nazi bombing, she returns to Paris and joins the underground movement. Nicholas Jordan, an American member of the RAF, stranded in Paris after the evacuation is also working with the Paris underground. Marianne kills her former fiancée, a pro-Nazi informant, for the traitorous state papers he is carrying, and she and Jordan try to flee over a French seaport...

Starring: Elisabeth Bergner, Randolph Scott, Basil Rathbone, Gale Sondergaard, Lee J. Cobb, Charles Arnt, Eduardo Ciannelli, J. Pat O'Malley, Elisabeth Risdon, Georges Renavent ..
Directed by: Edwin L. Marin
Release date: 1941-12-04
Best War Movies of 1941 : Women in Defense

Women in Defense

6.2/10 IMDB

Short documentary extolling the virtues and necessity for women to participate in America's preparation for war, showing women working in scientific, industrial, and voluntary-services activities.

Starring: Katharine Hepburn ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1941-12-24
Best War Movies of 1941 : Gasbags


5.4/10 IMDB

It's war time London and the Crazy Gang (Flanagan & Allen, Nervo & Knox, Naughton & Gold) are doing their bit for the war effort by running a fish and chip stall using their platoon's barrage balloon for advertising. Their Sgt Major is not happy about this and orders them to take the balloon down, but a freak heavy wind accidentally carries the gang away to Nazi Germany. They are captured and placed in a detention camp where they meet an elderly prisoner named Jerry, who possess a map for the location of a secret weapon which will win the war! Fortunately Teddy Knox's impersonation of Hitler lands him the spot of pretending to be the Fuhrer at a gala dinner and the gang are allowed out of the camp. However the Nazis have other ideas for their substitute leader.

Starring: Bud Flanagan, Chesney Allen, Jimmy Nervo, Teddy Knox, Charlie Naughton, Jimmy Gold, Moore Marriott, Wally Patch, Peter Gawthorne, Frederick Valk ..
Directed by: Marcel Varnel, Walter Forde
Release date: 1941-02-01
Best War Movies of 1941 : Confirm or Deny

Confirm or Deny

6.4/10 IMDB

Newsman Mitch and teletype operator Jennifer, whose job is to see he doesn't send inappropriate stuff out of the country, dodge bombs during the blitz of London while falling in love.

Starring: Don Ameche, Joan Bennett, Roddy McDowall, John Loder, Raymond Walburn, Arthur Shields, Eric Blore, Helene Reynolds, Claud Allister, Roseanne Murray ..
Directed by: Archie Mayo, Fritz Lang
Release date: 1941-12-12
Best War Movies of 1941 : Bomber: A Defense Report on Film

Bomber: A Defense Report on Film

5.0/10 IMDB

Documentary short demonstrating the process of building a medium bomber for the United States Army Air Corps.

Directed by: Carl Sandburg
Release date: 1941-10-03
Best War Movies of 1941 : Ships with Wings

Ships with Wings

5.4/10 IMDB

Before the war, a Fleet Air Arm pilot is dismissed for causing the death of a colleague. Working for a small Greek airline when the Germans invade Greece, he gets a chance to redeem himself and rejoin his old unit on a British carrier. This is regarded the last of the conventional, rather stiff 1930's style Ealing war films, to be succeeded by much more realism and better storytelling.

Starring: John Clements, Leslie Banks, Jane Baxter, Ann Todd, Basil Sydney, Edward Chapman, Hugh Williams, Frank Pettingell, Michael Wilding, Michael Rennie ..
Directed by: Sergei Nolbandov
Release date: 1941-11-10
Best War Movies of 1941 : Devil Pays Off

Devil Pays Off

5.4/10 IMDB

A former Navy man attempts to redeem his honor by exposing a shipping tycoon's dealings with the enemy.

Starring: J. Edward Bromberg, Osa Massen, William Wright, Margaret Tallichet, Abner Biberman, Martin Kosleck, Charles D. Brown, Ivan Miller, Roland Varno, Sam Ash ..
Directed by: John H. Auer
Release date: 1941-11-10
Best War Movies of 1941 : Flying Cadets

Flying Cadets

5.2/10 IMDB

Story of test pilots at a school that trains new flyers.

Starring: William Gargan, Edmund Lowe, Peggy Moran, Frank Albertson, Frankie Thomas, Riley Hill, Charles Williams, John Maxwell, George Melford, Arch Hendricks ..
Directed by: Erle C. Kenton
Release date: 1941-10-24
Best War Movies of 1941 : King of the Texas Rangers

King of the Texas Rangers

7.3/10 IMDB

Tom King Jr. seeks to discover who murdered his father, a Texas Ranger; the trail leads to a network of Axis spies.

Starring: Sammy Baugh, Neil Hamilton, Pauline Moore, Duncan Renaldo, Charles Trowbridge, Herbert Rawlinson, Frank Darien, Rudolph Anders, Monte Blue, Stanley Blystone ..
Directed by: John English, William Witney, Joseph F. Poland, William Lively
Release date: 1941-10-03
Best War Movies of 1941 : Wings of Steel

Wings of Steel

6.0/10 IMDB

A football hero joins the Army Air Corps.

Starring: Herbert Anderson, Ralph Byrd, Douglas Kennedy, Tom Neal ..
Directed by: B. Reeves Eason
Release date: 1941-04-04
Best War Movies of 1941 : The Prime Minister

The Prime Minister

5.7/10 IMDB

Directed by Thorold Dickinson.

Starring: John Gielgud, Diana Wynyard, Will Fyffe, Owen Nares, Fay Compton, Pamela Standish, Stephen Murray, Frederick Leister, Nicholas Hannen, Anthony Ireland ..
Directed by: Thorold Dickinson
Release date: 1941-03-04
Best War Movies of 1941 : International Squadron

International Squadron

5.3/10 IMDB

The true story of the exploits of the RAF's (Royal Air Force) foreign legion battling the German Luftwaffe (Nazi Germany's Air Force) during the early months of 1941 during WWII before America officially entered the war at the end of the year when Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan and Hitler declared war on the United States. The United States then drafted all of their airmen and fighter pilot aces into the United States Air Force for their own combat missions against the Luftwaffe

Starring: Ronald Reagan, Olympe Bradna, James Stephenson, William Lundigan, Joan Perry, Reginald Denny, Cliff Edwards, Julie Bishop ..
Directed by: Lewis Seiler, Lothar Mendes
Release date: 1941-08-13

South of Panama

4.7/10 IMDB

Secret agent Roger Pryor is dispatched below the border to protect an important scientific formula. Believe it or don't, this mixture has the ability to render things invisible.

Starring: Roger Pryor, Virginia Vale, Lionel Royce, Lucien Prival, Duncan Renaldo, Lester Dorr, Jack Ingram, Hugh Beaumont, Warren Jackson, Edward Keane ..
Directed by: Jean Yarbrough
Release date: 1941-05-02

The Power and the Glory

0.0/10 IMDB

The Power and the Glory is a 1941 Australian war film about a Czech scientist who escapes from the Nazis to live in Australia.

Starring: Katrin Rosselle, Lou Vernon, Peter Finch ..
Directed by: Noel Monkman
Release date: 1941-04-03

Canadian Army Newsreel

4.0/10 IMDB

The Canadian Army Newsreels hold an important place in Canada's military history. The newsreels were produced by the Army for soldiers serving overseas. The front-line cameramen were soldiers first and took guns into battle along with their 35 mm movie cameras to record the Canadian Infantry in action. Their heroic efforts enabled them to scoop the international press on the major events in Europe, including the invasion of Sicily and the top story of the century - D-Day. 106 episodes with a total runtime of 1099 minutes.

Release date: 1941-12-01
Best War Movies of 1941 : Liverpool 1941

Liverpool 1941

0.0/10 IMDB

An amateur silent film documenting the effects of German bombing raids on the city and the docks in May 1941. Liverpool landmarks glimpsed include the Royal Liver Building, Mersey Docks, Our Lady and St Nicholas Church, St Luke's Tower, Derby Square, Haymarket and Lewis's department store.

Release date: 1941-05-07

Sam Pepys Joins the Navy

0.0/10 IMDB

The story of a young naval recruit, and an appeal for National Savings.

Directed by: Francis Searle
Release date: 1941-11-11

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