List of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender-related films of the 1940s

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This is a list of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender-related films released in the 1940s. It contains theatrically released cinema films that deal with or feature important gay, lesbian or bisexual or transgender characters or issues and may have same-sex romance or relationships as an important plot device.


Title Year Director Country Genre Notes
Rebecca 1940 Hitchcock, AlfredAlfred Hitchcock  United States Thriller, mystery
The Maltese Falcon 1941 John Huston  United States Film-noir, mystery
Casablanca 1942 Curtiz, MichaelMichael Curtiz  United States Romance, drama
The Seventh Victim 1943 Robson, MarkMark Robson  United States Horror, film-noir
Children of Paradise 1945 Carné, MarcelMarcel Carné  France Drama, romance
The Lost Weekend 1945 Wilder, BillyBilly Wilder  United States Film-noir, drama Although Billy Wilder's adaptation hews closely to Charles R. Jackson's novel, the novel differed in one respect: Birnam, played by Ray Milland in the movie, is described in the novel as being tormented by a homosexual incident in college. That is omitted from the film.
Gilda 1946 Vidor, CharlesCharles Vidor  United States Film-noir, drama
Crossfire 1947 Dmytryk, EdwardEdward Dmytryk  United States Film-noir, crime
Fireworks 1947 Anger, KennethKenneth Anger  United States Drama
Germany, Year Zero 1948 Rossellini, RobertoRoberto Rossellini  Italy Drama
Red River 1948 Hawks, HowardHoward Hawks  United States Western
Rope 1948 Hitchcock, AlfredAlfred Hitchcock  United States Crime, drama
Words and Music 1948 Taurog, NormanNorman Taurog  United States Musical, biography Lorenz Hart (1895–1943) was a homosexual in an era when such was flatly unacceptable; the pressures of the closet drove him into a wildly self-destructive alcoholism that ultimately killed him. None of this is in the movie.
The Trip to Marrakesh 1949 Eichberg, RichardRichard Eichberg  West Germany Drama
Thirst 1949 Bergman, IngmarIngmar Bergman  Sweden Drama