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My 400 Favorite Films of the 1940s

by The Original Rich Uncle Skeleton
A brief explanation: This list includes my favorite films from the 1930s sorted alphabetically by year. I selected 40 films from each year, 20 American productions and 20 non-American productions (including Anglophone films). As the list evolved, the balance of films from each year has shifted. The films are not ranked or weighted in any way. Don’t snark about this list attempting to be authoritative or in any way completist—it is not. This list is constantly changing and evolving; films will come and go. It is merely reflective of my personal preferences (and, of course, what I would recommend others to seek out). So just enjoy it for… Read more

A brief explanation:

This list includes my favorite films from the 1930s sorted alphabetically by year. I selected 40 films from each year, 20 American productions and 20 non-American productions (including Anglophone films). As the list evolved, the balance of films from each year has shifted. The films are not ranked or weighted in any way.

Don’t snark about this list attempting to be authoritative or in any way completist—it is not. This list is constantly changing and evolving; films will come and go.

It is merely reflective of my personal preferences (and, of course, what I would recommend others to seek out).
So just enjoy it for that.

—Rich Uncle Skeleton
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NOT IN THE DATABASE:

The Doctor Takes a Wife (1940; Hall)
Deutsche Panzer (1940; Ruttmann)
Liberation (1940; Dovzhenko)
Maddalena, Zero for Conduct (1940; de Sica)
The Shining Path (1940; Alexsandrov)
Siberians (1940; Kuleshov)
I Wanted Wings (1941; Leisen)
Do You Like Women? (1941; de Sica)
The Killing of Santa Claus (1941; Chapatte & Christian-Jaque)
Lawyer of the Poor (1941; Slavínský)
The Life of an Adventurer (1941; Fric)
Mail Early (1941; McLaren)
Target for Tonight (1941; Watt)
Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid (1942; Clampett)
Springtime in the Rockies (1942; Cummings)
Five for Four (1942; McLaren)
A Mother Never Dies (1942; Naruse)
Red and Black (1942; Arévalo)
Defense Against Invasion (1943; unknown)
Pigs in a Polka (1943; Freleng)
Bury the Axis (1943; Bunin)
Dollar Dance (1943; McLaren)
Buckaroo Bugs (1944; Clampett)
What’s Cookin’ Doc? (1944; Clampett)
Alouette (1944; McLaren & Jodoin)
Dillinger (1945; Nosseck)
She Wouldn’t Say Yes (1945; Hall)
Down with Misery (1945; Righelli)
Momotaro’s Divine Sea Warrior (1945; Seo)
La retour (1945; Cartier-Bresson)
Revolution in Toyland (1945; Týrlová)
The Turning Point (1945; Ermler)
Zasadil dedek repu (1945; Trnka)
Bacall to Arms (1946; Clampett)
The Verdict (1946; Siegel)
Both You and I (1946; Naruse)
The Stone Flower (1946; Ptushko)
The Witness (1946; Germi)
The Egg and I (1947; Erskine)
Good News (1947; Walters)
The Goofy Gophers (1947; Clampett & Davis)
Living in a Big Way (1946; La Cava)
Lost Youth (1947; Germi)
Amore (1948; Rossellini)
Life in Bloom (1948; Dovzhenko)
The Bribe (1949; Leonard)

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