Top 15 Kids Movies from the 40s

Drama, Family, Romance
In Brooklyn circa 1900, the Nolans manage to enjoy life on pennies despite great poverty and Papa's alcoholism. We come to know these people well through big and little troubles: Aunt Sissy's scandalous succession of "husbands"; the removal of the one tree visible from their tenement; and young... [show more]
PG
129 min
Dorothy McGuire
Joan Blondell
James Dunn
Elia Kazan
PG
129 min
Fantasia (1940)
Animation, Family, Fantasy
Disney animators set pictures to Western classical music as Leopold Stokowski conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra. "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" features Mickey Mouse as an aspiring magician who oversteps his limits. "The Rite of Spring" tells the story of evolution, from single-celled animals to the... [show more]
G
125 min
Leopold Stokowski
Deems Taylor
The Philadelphia Orchestra
James Algar
Samuel Armstrong
Ford Beebe Jr.
G
125 min
Drama, Family
Life is hard in a Welsh mining town and no less so for the Morgan family. Seen through the eyes of the family's youngest, Huw, we learn of the family's trials and tribulations. Family patriarch Gwilym and his older sons work in the mines, dangerous and unhealthy as it is. Gwilym has greater hopes... [show more]
PG
118 min
Walter Pidgeon
Maureen O'Hara
Anna Lee
John Ford
PG
118 min
Drama, Family, Sport
Mi Taylor (Mickey Rooney) was a young wanderer and opportunist whose father had given him "all the roads in the Kingdom" to travel. One of the roads, and a notation in his father's journal, leads him to the quiet English countryside home of the Brown family. The youngest daughter, Velvet (Dame... [show more]
G
123 min
Mickey Rooney
Elizabeth Taylor
Donald Crisp
Clarence Brown
G
123 min
Drama, Family, Western
The family of Civil War veteran Penny Baxter, who lives and works on a farm in Florida with his wife, Orry, and their son, Jody. The only surviving child of the family, Jody longs for companionship and unexpectedly finds it in the form of an orphaned fawn. While Penny is supportive of his son's... [show more]
G
128 min
Gregory Peck
Jane Wyman
Claude Jarman Jr.
Clarence Brown
G
128 min
Drama, Mystery
A group of reporters are trying to decipher the last word ever spoken by Charles Foster Kane, the millionaire newspaper tycoon: "Rosebud". The film begins with a news reel detailing Kane's life for the masses, and then from there, we are shown flashbacks from Kane's life. As the reporters... [show more]
PG
119 min
Orson Welles
Joseph Cotten
Dorothy Comingore
Orson Welles
PG
119 min
Adventure, Drama, Family
Hard times came for Carraclough family and they are forced to sell their dog to the rich Duke of Rudling (Nigel Bruce). However, Lassie (Pal), the dog, is unwilling to leave the young Joe Carraclough (Roddy McDowall) and sets out on the long and dangerous journey in order to rejoin him.
G
89 min
Roddy McDowall
Donald Crisp
May Whitty
Fred M. Wilcox
G
89 min
Animation, Comedy, Family
Two stories. The Wind in the Willows: Concise version of Kenneth Grahame's story of the same name. J. Thaddeus Toad, owner of Toad Hall, is prone to fads, such as the newfangled motor car. This desire for the very latest lands him in much trouble with the wrong crowd, and it is up to his friends,... [show more]
G
68 min
Bing Crosby
Basil Rathbone
Eric Blore
James Algar
Clyde Geronimi
Jack Kinney
G
68 min
Animation, Comedy, Family
Humorist Robert Benchley attempts to find Walt Disney to ask him to adapt a short story about a gentle dragon who would rather recite poetry than be ferocious. Along the way, he is given a tour of Walt Disney Studios, and learns about the animation process.
G
74 min
Robert Benchley
Frances Gifford
Buddy Pepper
Alfred L. Werker
Hamilton Luske
Jack Cutting
G
74 min
Pinocchio (1940)
Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Inventor Gepetto creates a wooden marionette called Pinocchio. His wish for Pinocchio to be a real boy is unexpectedly granted by a fairy. The fairy assigns Jiminy Cricket to act as Pinocchio's "conscience" and keep him out of trouble. Jiminy is not too successful in this endeavor and most of the... [show more]
G
88 min
Dickie Jones
Christian Rub
Mel Blanc
Norman Ferguson
T. Hee
Wilfred Jackson
G
88 min
Dumbo (1941)
Animation, Adventure, Drama
The stork delivers a baby elephant to Mrs. Jumbo, veteran of the circus, but the newborn is ridiculed because of his truly enormous ears and dubbed "Dumbo". After being separated from his mother, Dumbo is relegated to the circus' clown acts; it is up to his only friend, a mouse, to assist Dumbo to... [show more]
G
64 min
Sterling Holloway
Edward Brophy
Herman Bing
Samuel Armstrong
Norman Ferguson
Wilfred Jackson
G
64 min
Bambi (1942)
Animation, Adventure, Drama
It's spring, and all the animals of the forest are excited by the forest's latest birth, a buck fawn his mother has named Bambi. The animals are more excited than usual as Bambi's lineage means he will inherit the title of prince of the forest. Along with his mother, Bambi navigates through life... [show more]
G
69 min
Hardie Albright
Stan Alexander
Bobette Audrey
James Algar
Samuel Armstrong
David Hand
G
69 min
Casablanca (1942)
Drama, Romance, War
The story of Rick Blaine, a cynical world-weary ex-patriate who runs a nightclub in Casablanca, Morocco during the early stages of WWII. Despite the pressure he constantly receives from the local authorities, Rick's cafe has become a kind of haven for refugees seeking to obtain illicit letters that... [show more]
PG
102 min
Humphrey Bogart
Ingrid Bergman
Paul Henreid
Michael Curtiz
PG
102 min
Comedy, Drama, War
20 years after the end of WWI, in which the nation of Tomainia was on the losing side, Adenoid Hynkel has risen to power as the ruthless dictator of the country. He believes in a pure Aryan state and the decimation of the Jews. This situation is unknown to a simple Jewish Tomainian barber who has... [show more]
PG
125 min
Charles Chaplin
Paulette Goddard
Jack Oakie
Charles Chaplin
PG
125 min
Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Disney version of fairy tale "Jack and the Beanstalk", featuring Mickey, Donald, and Goofy in the main roles. Also contains another short film, re-released as "Bongo".
G
73 min
Edgar Bergen
Dinah Shore
Luana Patten
Jack Kinney
Hamilton Luske
William Morgan
G
73 min