The 5 Most Iconic Films of the 40’s

Since we have already covered the 30’s, now it’s time to take a look at the most iconic films of the 40’s. Here, we’ll gather 5 classics that forever have stayed in our minds has some of the best and most influential movies ever. It can be because of ground-breaking techniques, the subject that the film touched or because of its glamour.

Ready for the journey? Here we go!


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Number 1: Casablanca, Michael Curtiz (1942)

Set in the early stages of the World War II , this film beautifully tells the story of Rick Blaine (played by Humphrey Bogart) who owns a nightclub in Casablanca. Rick uses his nightclub as a haven for refugees that seek to obtain illegal letters that allow them to escape to the United States of America. All is going well until a visit from his ex-lover and her husband arrive, which brings him complications and heartbreak.

Casablanca is a very successful film, and that is proven by the amount of awards it has own. Awards that include 3 Oscars, for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Writing, Screenplay.

Domestic box office for Casablanca is around $2.8 million.

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Number 2: The Great Dictator, Charlie Chaplin (1940)

A parody story of the Holocaust, Charlie Chaplin plays both Adenoid Hynkel (Adolf Hitler) and a Jewish barber, that tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel and his regime of hatred. The film is also immensely well known for its final speech. A change of views for Hynkel.

In the Academy Awards of 1940, The Great Dictator was nominated for 5 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor in a Leading Role.

$5 million was the box office revenue of the movie.

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Number 3: Pinocchio, Norman Ferguson (1940)

It’s so magical and simple: a puppet that comes to live, and must prove himself worthy enough to become a real boy!

Also in the 1941 Academy Awards, Pinocchio won 2 Oscars, one for Best Music Original Song (“When You Wish Upon a Star”) and Best Music Original Score.

Released in the 9th of February 1940, Domestic Gross Sales were just shy of $85 million.

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Number 4: Citizen Kane, Orson Wells (1941)

Following the passing of Charles Foster Kane, a millionaire newspaper tycoon, a group of reporters try to decipher what his very last word means: “Rosebud”. The movie also depicts Kane’s life for the public, showing viewers his rise to fame and, how he eventually fell from the top of the world, whilst investigating the meaning of “Rosebud”.

Out of the 14 total nominations the movie got, it won 10. In those 10, an Academy Award for Best Writing Original Screenplay is included.

Total Domestic Gross Sales for the movie are north of $1.5 million.

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Number 5: Bambi, James Algar (1942)

This is the story of a baby deer that, at his birth, is hailed as the “Prince of the forest”. As he is growing up, he is making new friends and learning the skills needed to survive in the forest. Then, he finds love. Until the day comes where hunters come around and Bambi must be strong and brave like his father, and lead the other deer to safety.


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The worldwide loved animated movie was nominated for a total of 11 awards, having won 5. In the nominations are included 3 Academy Awards for Best Sound Recording, Best Music Original Song ( for “Love is a song”) and Best Music Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture.

Lifetime Worldwide Gross Sales for the movie round the incredible amount of $270 million which, today would be valued at an unbelievable $4 billion.

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And, those are it.

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