Top Ten 1940

BIL'S BEST ACTOR

There are few actors in Hollywood history that encompass the traits that were covered by Henry Fonda: courage, compassion, bravery and intelligence, touched by a searing line of pain somewhere in his core that always made him so affecting. Never were all these traits on better display than in John Ford’s superb adaptation of Steinbeck’s The Grapes Of Wrath, and it is Fonda’s moral force that gives the film its drive.

Honour Roll: Charles Chaplin, The Great Dictator; Cary Grant, His Girl Friday; Laurence Olivier, Pride And Prejudice/Rebecca

BIL'S BEST ACTRESS

It is impossible to understand how Kitty Foyle‘s Ginger Rogers managed to snag an Oscar for a dull performance in a dull drama (after years of…

  • The Grapes of Wrath

    1

  • Rebecca

    2

  • The Thief of Bagdad

    3

  • Fantasia

    4

  • The Letter

    5

  • The Great Dictator

    6

  • The Bank Dick

    7

  • The Philadelphia Story

    8

  • The Long Voyage Home

    9

  • Pride and Prejudice

    10