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The year 1939 in film involved some significant events.


Movie historians and film buffs often look back on 1939 as "the greatest year in film history". Hollywoodmarker was at the height of its Golden Age, and this particular year saw the release of an unusually large number of exceptional movies, many of which have been honored as all-time classics, when multitudes of other films of the era have been largely forgotten.

August 15 - The Wizard of Oz premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theatermarker in Los Angeles, Californiamarker, USAmarker.

October 17 - Mr. Smith Goes to Washington premieres in Washington D.C.marker

December 15 - Gone with the Wind premieres in Atlanta, Georgiamarker, USAmarker with a 3-day festival.

Top grossing films (U.S.)

1939 Rank Title Studio Worldwide Gross
1. Gone with the Wind MGM $400,176,459
2. The Wizard of Oz MGM $16,538,431
3. Ninotchka MGM
4. Jesse James 20th Century Fox
5. Mr Smith Goes to Washington Columbia
6. The Hunchback of Notre Dame RKO
7. The Old Maid Warners Bros.
8. The Rains Came 20th Century Fox
9. The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle RKO
10. Goodbye, Mr. Chips MGM
11. Another Thin Man MGM

Academy Awards

Films released in 1939


Short film series

Animated short film series


Film Debuts


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