Film History

Films Throughout The Decades: 1940-1949

We’ve made it to the 1940s. A time when morale was down and the world was in a state. Half of the 40s was spent in fear and uncertainty, and the other half spent celebrating. Movies didn’t seem to slow down though, and some of the best movies of all time came out of this decade. Let us begin.

1. National Velvet (1944)

I’m aware that this one is pretty niche, but as someone who grew up with horses this film is everything I could have wanted.

Elizabeth Taylor plays the young Velvet Brown who has such a passion for horses. After meeting Mi (Mickey Rooney), a wanderer, Velvet wins her dream horse, Pie, in a local lottery. Mi trains Velvet and Pie to race in the Grand National.

Elizabeth Taylor was about fourteen when the movie was filmed. During one of the riding scenes Elizabeth fell off and broke her back which really affected her later on in her life.

Elizabeth Taylor at home with her horse King Charles who played Pi in NATIONAL VELVET, 1947
HD1G4J Elizabeth Taylor at home with her horse King Charles who played Pi in NATIONAL VELVET, 1947

2. Bambi (1942)

How traumatic is this film?! It’s one that I very rarely watch, just because of how sad it is. That isn’t to say that Bambi isn’t a great movie, it totally is, it’s just sad.

This Disney animation about a fawn and his friends has touched the heart of pretty much everyone. Definitely a classic that will (and already has) stand the test of time.


3. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

An angel comes to a sad and frustrated man to show him what life would have been like if he never existed.

The film is considered a Christmas film, just because it’s set on Christmas Eve. Very much like Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. It’s a Wonderful Life is just as much of a classic as Dickens’ story, though.


4. The Red Shoes (1948)

This beautiful film about a young ballet dancer who needs to decide between the man she loves and her ballet career has some of the most beautiful dance sequences I have ever seen. The cinematography in this movie is stunning, something I think everyone should experience. Go check it out.


5. Anna Karenina (1948)

An adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s novel, an affair between a married woman and a younger officer leads to trouble.

Beautiful Vivien Leigh plays the title character with Kieron Moore as Count Vronsky, the young officer. In a more modern version, Keira Knightley took on the title role in this tragic story.


My list of 40s movies I think everyone should watch, have you seen any?


(5) Comments

  1. The Red Shoes is one of my all time favourites. Anything by Powell and Pressburger is a winner in my book. Fab list.

    1. Thank you! It’s is such a gorgeous film, I’m mesmerised by it

  2. I love Bambi! It’s so weird to think that it was made so long ago, it’s such a timeless classic. I haven’t seen anything else on this list so i’ll have to check them out!

    1. I know! I think the same. Especially with Snow White from the 30s

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