List of adventure films of the 1940s

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A list of adventure films released in the 1940s.

Title Director Cast Country Subgenre/Notes
1940
An Adventure of Salvator Rosa Alessandro Blasetti Gino Cervi, Luisa Ferida, Rina Morelli, Paolo Stoppa Italy
Brazza ou l'épopée du Congo Léon Poirier Robert Darène France
Captain Caution Richard Wallace Victor Mature, Bruce Cabot, Alan Ladd, Louise Platt United States Sea adventure
Captain Fracasse Duilio Coletti Giorgio Costantini, Elsa De Giorgi Italy
The Daughter of the Green Pirate Enrico Guazzoni Doris Duranti, Fosco Giachetti Italy Pirate film
Drums of Fu Manchu William Witney Henry Brandon, William Royle, Olaf Hytten, Luana Walters United States Film serial[1]
Drums of the Desert George Waggner Ralph Byrd, Lorna Gray, George Lynn United States Romantic adventure[2]
Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe Ford Beebe, Ray Taylor Buster Crabbe, Carol Hughes, Roland Drew United States Space adventure, film serial[3]
Green Hell James Whale Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Joan Bennett, George Sanders United States Adventure drama[4]
The Mark of Zorro Rouben Mamoulian Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Basil Rathbone United States
Northwest Passage King Vidor Spencer Tracy, Robert Young, Walter Brennan United States
One Million B.C. Hal Roach Victor Mature, Carole Landis, Lon Chaney, Jr. United States Fantasy adventure
Safari Edward H. Griffith Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Madeleine Carroll United States
The Sea Hawk Michael Curtiz Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, Claude Rains United States Pirate film[5]
The Son of Monte Cristo Rowland V. Lee Louis Hayward, Joan Bennett, George Sanders United States
South of Pago Pago Alfred E. Green Jon Hall, Frances Farmer, Victor McLaglen United States
Strange Cargo Frank Borzage Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Ian Hunter, Peter Lorre, Paul Lukas United States Adventure drama
Terry and the Pirates James W. Horne William Tracy, Granville Owen, Joyce Bryant, Sheila Darcy United States Film serial
The Thief of Bagdad Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan Conrad Veidt, Sabu, June Duprez, John Justin, Rex Ingram United States United Kingdom Fantasy adventure[6]
Trenck, der Pandur Herbert Selpin Hans Albers, Sybille Schmitz, Käthe Dorsch Nazi Germany
Victory John Cromwell Fredric March, Betty Field, Cedric Hardwicke United States
1941
The Blonde from Singapore Edward Dmytryk Florence Rice, Leif Erickson United States
Burma Convoy Noel M. Smith Charles Bickford, Evelyn Ankers, Turhan Bey United States
Carl Peters Herbert Selpin Hans Albers Nazi Germany
The Corsican Brothers Gregory Ratoff Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Ruth Warwick, Akim Tamiroff United States [7]
Hudson's Bay Irving Pichel Paul Muni, Gene Tierney, Vincent Price United States
Jungle Girl John English, William Witney Frances Gifford, Tom Neal, Trevor Bardette, Gerald Mohr United States Film serial[8]
Jungle Man Harry L. Fraser Buster Crabbe, Charles B. Middleton, Sheila Darcy United States
Pirates of Malaya Enrico Guazzoni Luigi Pavese, Massimo Girotti Italy
Raiders of the Desert John Rawlins Richard Arlen, Andy Devine, Maria Montez, Turhan Bey United States Adventure comedy
Road to Zanzibar Victor Schertzinger Bing Crosby, Bob Hope United States Adventure comedy[9]
South of Tahiti George Waggner Maria Montez, Brian Donlevy, Broderick Crawford, Andy Devine United States Sea adventure
They Met in Bombay Clarence Brown Clark Gable, Rosalind Russell, Peter Lorre United States
1942
The Adventures of Fra Diavolo Luigi Zampa Enzo Fiermonte, Elsa De Giorgi Italy
Arabian Nights John Rawlins Sabu, Jon Hall, María Montez, Leif Erickson United States United Kingdom Romantic adventure[10]
The Black Swan Henry King Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, George Sanders United States Pirate film[11]
Capitan Tempesta Corrado D'Errico Doris Duranti, Carla Candiani, Carlo Ninchi, Adriano Rimoldi ItalySpain
Il leone di Damasco Corrado D'Errico Doris Duranti, Carla Candiani, Carlo Ninchi, Adriano Rimoldi ItalySpain
Reap the Wild Wind Cecil B. DeMille Ray Milland, John Wayne, Paulette Goddard, Raymond Massey, Robert Preston, Susan Hayward United States Sea adventure[12]
Road to Morocco David Butler Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour United States Adventure comedy, romantic adventure[13]
Son of Fury John Cromwell Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, George Sanders United States
The Spoilers Ray Enright Marlene Dietrich, Randolph Scott, John Wayne United States Romantic adventure[14]
1943
Captain Fracasse Abel Gance Fernand Gravey FranceItaly
Five Graves to Cairo Billy Wilder Franchot Tone, Anne Baxter, Erich von Stroheim, Akim Tamiroff, Peter van Eyck United States War adventure
Flight for Freedom Lothar Mendes Rosalind Russell, Fred MacMurray, Herbert Marshall United States
Jack London Alfred Santell Michael O'Shea, Susan Hayward United States
Münchhausen Josef von Baky Hans Albers, Brigitte Horney, Ilse Werner, Ferdinand Marian Nazi Germany Fantasy adventure
The Phantom B. Reeves Eason Tom Tyler, Jeanne Bates, Kenneth MacDonald, Joe Devlin, Frank Shannon United States Film serial
Sahara Zoltan Korda Humphrey Bogart, Bruce Bennett, Lloyd Bridges, Rex Ingram United States War adventure[15]
White Savage Arthur Lubin Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Sabu, Turhan Bey, Sidney Toler United States [16]
1944
Cobra Woman Robert Siodmak Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Sabu United States [17]
El corsario negro Chano Urueta Pedro Armendáriz Mexico Pirate film
Frenchman's Creek Mitchell Leisen Joan Fontaine, Arturo de Córdova, Basil Rathbone United States Romantic adventure, Pirate film[18]
Lifeboat Alfred Hitchcock Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix, Walter Slezak United States Sea adventure, adventure drama[19]
The Princess and the Pirate David Butler Bob Hope, Virginia Mayo, Victor McLaglen, Walter Slezak, Walter Brennan United States Adventure comedy, Pirate film[20]
The Tiger Woman Spencer Gordon Bennet, Wallace Grissell Linda Stirling, Allan Lane, Duncan Renaldo, George J. Lewis United States Film serial[21]
To Have and Have Not Howard Hawks Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan United States
1945
Captain Kidd Rowland V. Lee Charles Laughton, Randolph Scott, Barbara Britton, John Carradine, Gilbert Roland United States Pirate film
Le cavalier noir Gilles Grangier Georges Guétary France
Objective, Burma! Raoul Walsh Errol Flynn United States War adventure
The Spanish Main Frank Borzage Maureen O'Hara, Paul Henreid, Walter Slezak United States Pirate film
A Thousand and One Nights Alfred E. Green Cornel Wilde, Evelyn Keyes, Phil Silvers, Adele Jergens United States Fantasy adventure
The Wicked Lady Leslie Arliss Margaret Lockwood, James Mason United Kingdom
1946
Black Eagle Riccardo Freda Rossano Brazzi, Gino Cervi, Irasema Dilián Italy
The Captain Robert Vernay Jean Pâqui, Pierre Renoir France
Caravan Arthur Crabtree Stewart Granger, Jean Kent United Kingdom Romantic adventure
The Fighting Guardsman Henry Levin Willard Parker, Anita Louise United States
Monsieur Beaucaire George Marshall Bob Hope, Joan Caulfield United States Adventure comedy
Peter Voss, Thief of Millions Karl Anton Viktor de Kowa, Else von Möllendorff, Karl Schönböck East Germany Adventure comedy
Road to Utopia Hal Walker Bob Hope, Bing Crosby United States Adventure comedy
A Scandal in Paris Douglas Sirk George Sanders, Akim Tamiroff, Signe Hasso, Carole Landis United States
Son of the Guardsman Derwin Abrahams Robert Shaw, Daun Kennedy, Charles King, John Merton United States Film serial
Strange Voyage Irving Allen Eddie Albert United States
1947
Adventure Island Sam Newfield Rory Calhoun, Rhonda Fleming United States
Bullet for Stefano Duilio Coletti Rossano Brazzi, Valentina Cortese Italy
Captain from Castile Henry King Tyrone Power, Jean Peters, Cesar Romero, Lee J. Cobb United States
The Captain's Daughter Mario Camerini Cesare Danova, Amedeo Nazzari, Vittorio Gassman, Irasema Dilián Italy
Il diavolo bianco Nunzio Malasomma Rossano Brazzi Italy
The Exile Max Ophüls Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Maria Montez, Henry Daniell United States
Jungle Flight Sam Newfield Robert Lowery, Ann Savage, Bing Crosby United States
The Macomber Affair Zoltan Korda Gregory Peck, Joan Bennett, Robert Preston United States Adventure drama
Mandrin René Jayet José Noguero France
Meet Me at Dawn Thornton Freeland William Eythe, Hazel Court, Margaret Rutherford, Stanley Holloway United Kingdom
Road to Rio Norman Z. McLeod Bob Hope, Bing Crosby United States Adventure comedy
The Royalists Henri Calef Jean Marais, Madeleine Robinson France
The Sea Hound W. B. Eason, Mack V. Wright Buster Crabbe, Jimmy Lloyd, Pamela Blake United States Sea adventure, film serial
Sinbad the Sailor Richard Wallace Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Maureen O'Hara, Anthony Quinn United States Action adventure
Slave Girl Charles Lamont Yvonne de Carlo, George Brent, Broderick Crawford United States Adventure comedy
1948
Adventures of Casanova Roberto Gavaldón Arturo de Córdova United StatesMexico
Adventures of Don Juan Vincent Sherman Errol Flynn, Viveca Lindfors, Robert Douglas United States Swashbuckler
Angel on the Amazon John H. Auer George Brent, Vera Ralston, Brian Aherne, Constance Bennett United States Romantic adventure
The Black Arrow Gordon Douglas Louis Hayward United States
Broken Journey Ken Annakin Phyllis Calvert, James Donald, Margot Grahame, Francis L. Sullivan, Guy Rolfe United Kingdom Adventure drama
Il cavaliere misterioso Riccardo Freda Vittorio Gassman, María Mercader, Yvonne Sanson, Gianna Maria Canale Italy
I cavalieri dalle maschere nere Pino Mercanti Otello Toso, Lea Padovani, Massimo Serato Italy
Congo Bill Spencer Gordon Bennet, Thomas Carr Don McGuire, Cleo Moore, Jack Ingram, I. Stanford Jolley, Leonard Penn United States Film serial
Man-Eater of Kumaon Byron Haskin Sabu, Wendell Corey, Joy Page, Morris Carnovsky United States Jungle adventure
Miraculous Journey Sam Newfield Rory Calhoun, Audrey Long, Virginia Grey United States
Rogues' Regiment Robert Florey Dick Powell, Märta Torén, Vincent Price United States War adventure
Scott of the Antarctic Charles Frend John Mills United States Adventure drama
Snowbound David MacDonald Dennis Price, Robert Newton, Herbert Lom, Marcel Dalio, Mila Parély, Stanley Holloway United Kingdom
The Three Musketeers George Sidney Gene Kelly, Lana Turner, June Allyson, Van Heflin, Vincent Price United States
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre John Huston Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt United States Adventure drama
Unknown Island Jack Bernhard Virginia Grey, Phillip Reed, Richard Denning United States
Wake of the Red Witch John Farrow, Edward Ludwig John Wayne, Gail Russell, Gig Young United States Sea adventure, romantic adventure
1949
Adventures of Sir Galahad Spencer Gordon Bennet George Reeves United States Film serial
Bagdad Charles Lamont Maureen O'Hara, Paul Hubschmid, Vincent Price United States Desert adventure
Barbary Pirate Lew Landers Donald Woods, Trudy Marshall United States
The Blue Lagoon Frank Launder Jean Simmons, Donald Houston, Susan Stranks United Kingdom Romantic adventure
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Tay Garnett Bing Crosby United States Fantasy adventure
Down to the Sea in Ships Henry Hathaway Richard Widmark, Lionel Barrymore, Dean Stockwell United States Sea adventure
The Duchess of Benameji Luis Lucia Amparo Rivelles, Jorge Mistral Spain
The Fighting O'Flynn Arthur Pierson Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Helena Carter, Richard Greene, Patricia Medina United States
The Jack of Diamonds Vernon Sewell Nigel Patrick, Cyril Raymond, Joan Carroll United Kingdom Sea adventure
Lust for Gold S. Sylvan Simon Glenn Ford, Ida Lupino, Gig Young United States
Malaya Richard Thorpe Spencer Tracy, James Stewart, Sydney Greenstreet United States
Mighty Joe Young Ernest B. Schoedsack Terry Moore, Ben Johnson, Robert Armstrong, Frank McHugh United States Jungle adventure
The Mutineers Jean Yarbrough Jon Hall, Adele Jergens, George Reeves United States
The Pirates of Capri Edgar G. Ulmer Louis Hayward, Massimo Serato United StatesItaly
Prince of Foxes Henry King Tyrone Power, Orson Welles United States
Rope of Sand William Dieterle Burt Lancaster, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Peter Lorre United States Desert adventure
The Secret of St. Ives Phil Rosen Richard Ney, Vanessa Brown, Henry Daniell United States
Siren of Atlantis Gregg G. Tallas Maria Montez, Jean Pierre Aumont, Dennis O'Keefe United States
State Department: File 649 Sam Newfield William Lundigan, Virginia Bruce United States
The Walking Hills John Sturges Randolph Scott, Ella Raines, Arthur Kennedy, John Ireland United States
We Were Strangers John Huston Jennifer Jones, John Garfield, Pedro Armendáriz, Gilbert Roland, Ramon Novarro United States

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Wollstein, Hans J. "Overview:Drums of fu manchu". Allmovie. Retrieved February 6, 2010. 
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Overview:Drums of the Desert". Allmovie. Retrieved February 6, 2010. 
  3. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Overview:Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe". Allmovie. Retrieved February 6, 2010. 
  4. ^ Deming, Mark. "Overview:Green Hell". Allmovie. Retrieved February 6, 2010. 
  5. ^ Eder Bruce. "Overview:The Sea Hawk". Allmovie. Retrieved February 6, 2010. 
  6. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Overview:The Thief of Bagdad". Allmovie. Retrieved February 6, 2010. 
  7. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Overview:The Corsican Brothers". Allmovie. Retrieved February 6, 2010. 
  8. ^ Wollstein, Hans J. "Overview:Jungle Girl". Allmovie. Retrieved February 6, 2010. 
  9. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Overview:Road to Zanzibar". Allmovie. Retrieved February 6, 2010. 
  10. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Overview:Arabian Nights". Allmovie. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  11. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Overview:The Black Swan". Allmovie. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  12. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Overview:Reap the Wild Wind". Allmovie. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  13. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Overview:Road to Morocco". Allmovie. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  14. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Overview:The Spoilers". Allmovie. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  15. ^ Williams, Karl. "Overview:Sahara". Allmovie. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  16. ^ Brennan, Sandra. "Overview:White Savage". Allmovie. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  17. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Overview:Cobra Woman". Allmovie. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  18. ^ Deming, Mark. "Overview:Frenchman's Creek". Allmovie. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  19. ^ Deming, Mark. "Overview:Lifeboat". Allmovie. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  20. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Overview:The Princess and the Pirate". Allmovie. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  21. ^ Wollstein, Hans J. "Overview:The Tiger Woman". Allmovie. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
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