Cannes Film Festival

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1. Union Pacific (1939)

Passed | 135 min | Drama, Western

In 1862, Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads compete westward across the wilderness toward California.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Akim Tamiroff, Robert Preston

Votes: 2,507

2. Wilton's Zoo (1939)

94 min | Crime

Twelve year old Jan Grovers spends more time in the alleys of Rotterdam than with his family (though he occasionally looks after his tree younger sisters, all of whom are called Mientje). ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Annie van Ees, Albert van Dalsum, Enny Snijders, Piet Bron

Votes: 47

3. Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)

Unrated | 114 min | Drama, Romance

An aged teacher and former headmaster of a boarding school recalls his career and his personal life over the decades.

Directors: Sam Wood, Sidney Franklin | Stars: Robert Donat, Greer Garson, Terry Kilburn, John Mills

Votes: 9,445

4. Law of the north (1939)

110 min | Adventure, Drama

Robert Shaw slaughters his wife's lover and runs away with his secretary Jacqueline. Helped by a French trapper who takes them for film-makers, they hide in Northern Canada.

Director: Jacques Feyder | Stars: Michèle Morgan, Pierre Richard-Willm, Charles Vanel, Arlette Marchal

Votes: 62

5. Lenin in 1918 (1939)

130 min | Drama

Historical-revolutionary film about Lenin's activities in the first years of Soviet power.

Directors: Mikhail Romm, E. Aron, Isidor Simkov | Stars: Boris Shchukin, Nikolai Okhlopkov, Aleksandr Shatov, Vasiliy Markov

Votes: 205

6. The Four Feathers (1939)

Not Rated | 129 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A timid British Army officer has quit and burns his last day summons to a war in Egypt. Calling him a coward, his girl friend and 3 officer friends give him a white feather. In redemption, he shadows his friends in war to save their lives.

Director: Zoltan Korda | Stars: John Clements, Ralph Richardson, C. Aubrey Smith, June Duprez

Votes: 5,315

7. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

100 Metascore

Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home to Kansas and help her friends as well.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, Richard Thorpe, King Vidor | Stars: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr

Votes: 363,860 | Gross: $2.08M

8. Brief Encounter (1945)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Romance

Meeting a stranger in a railway station, a woman is tempted to cheat on her husband.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway, Joyce Carey

Votes: 33,863

9. Red Meadows (1945)

85 min | War, Drama

A 1945 Danish war drama based on resistance fighter Ole Vlademar Juul's 1945 novel of the same name, is a suspense tale revolving around the memories of a Danish saboteur as he await s his execution in a German war-time prison.

Directors: Bodil Ipsen, Lau Lauritzen | Stars: Poul Reichhardt, Lisbeth Movin, Per Buckhøj, Gyrd Løfquist

Votes: 275

10. The Last Chance (1945)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, War

Escaping a Nazi prison train in war-torn Italy, an American and a British soldier set out for the Swiss border and find themselves leading a multi-national party of refugees for the Italian underground.

Director: Leopold Lindtberg | Stars: Ewart G. Morrison, John Hoy, Ray Reagan, Luisa Rossi

Votes: 339

11. Torment (1944)

95 min | Drama, Romance

An idealistic adolescent, suffering under the thumb of a sadistic schoolmaster, falls in love with a loose girl who is bullied and tormented by another lover.

Director: Alf Sjöberg | Stars: Stig Järrel, Alf Kjellin, Mai Zetterling, Olof Winnerstrand

Votes: 3,035

12. Pastoral Symphony (1946)

Approved | 110 min | Drama

A minister falls in love with a blind young woman he sheltered, but so does his son.

Director: Jean Delannoy | Stars: Pierre Blanchar, Michèle Morgan, Line Noro, Jean Desailly

Votes: 447

13. Maria Candelaria (1944)

Approved | 76 min | Romance, Drama

In Xochimilco 1909, María Candelaria and Lorenzo Rafael long for getting married but the odds are against them. Maria Candelaria is segregated for being a prostitute's child and the couple ... See full summary »

Director: Emilio Fernández | Stars: Dolores del Rio, Pedro Armendáriz, Alberto Galán, Margarita Cortés

Votes: 905

14. Men Without Wings (1946)

79 min | Drama, War

The action takes place in occupied Czechoslovak Republic after assassination of Schutzstaffel (SS)-Obergruppenführer and General der Polizei Reinhard Heydrich, acting Reichsprotektor of the... See full synopsis »

Director: Frantisek Cáp | Stars: Gustav Nezval, Ladislav H. Struna, Jaroslav Zrotal, Vladimír Hlavatý

Votes: 80

15. Neecha Nagar (1946)

122 min | Drama

The films takes an expressionist look at the gulf between the rich and poor in the society. The film centers on a wealthy and capacious landlord, Sarkar (Rafi Peer) who lives in a palatial ... See full summary »

Director: Chetan Anand | Stars: Rafiq Anwar, Uma Anand, Kamini Kaushal, Rafi Peer

Votes: 129

16. Rome, Open City (1945)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Thriller, War

During the Nazi occupation of Rome in 1944, the Resistance leader, Giorgio Manfredi, is chased by the Nazis as he seeks refuge and a way to escape.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi, Marcello Pagliero, Vito Annichiarico

Votes: 22,200

17. The Lost Weekend (1945)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Film-Noir

The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four-day drinking bout.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Phillip Terry, Howard Da Silva

Votes: 32,305 | Gross: $9.46M

18. The Turning Point (1945)

108 min | Drama, War

Released after the Russian victory over the Germans in WWII, the film stresses the role of the officer staff during the Battle of Stalingrad.

Director: Fridrikh Ermler | Stars: Mikhail Derzhavin, Pyotr Andriyevsky, Yuriy Tolubeev, Andrei Abrikosov

Votes: 140

19. The Lovers (1946)

85 min | Drama

After an astrologer has foretold him he will die at an early age if he does not avoid a romantic entanglement, Alessandro Stradella, a well-known composer decides to leave Rome for the ... See full summary »

Director: Giacomo Gentilomo | Stars: Gino Bechi, Annette Bach, Carlo Ninchi, Gualtiero Tumiati

20. Anna and the King of Siam (1946)

Approved | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

In 1862, a young Englishwoman becomes royal tutor in Siam and befriends the King.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Irene Dunne, Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 2,082

21. The Battle of the Rails (1946)

85 min | Drama, War

This movie is a story about French railroad workers who were part of organized resistance during the German WW2 occupation.

Director: René Clément | Stars: Marcel Barnault, Jean Clarieux, Jean Daurand, Jacques Desagneaux

Votes: 776

22. Blood and Fire (1945)

100 min | Drama

Thomas is an officer in the Salvation Army. He has religious doubts and questions the meaning of his work. He meets Lili, an ex-prostitute struggling to start a new life and he fall in love... See full summary »

Director: Anders Henrikson | Stars: Anders Henrikson, Sonja Wigert, George Fant, Inge Wærn

Votes: 11

23. Letter from the Dead (1946)

78 min | Crime, Drama

A man and a woman meet in a shelter during an air raid. They feel strongly drawn to each other, but are separated without knowing exchanging names. A year later the two meet randomly. He now learns that she is addicted to morphine.

Director: Johan Jacobsen | Stars: Eyvind Johan-Svendsen, Gunnar Lauring, Sonja Wigert, Inge Hvid-Møller

Votes: 15

24. Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

Approved | 123 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama