List of LGBT-related films of the 1940s

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


Title Year Director Country Genre Cast Notes
The Seventh Victim 1943 Mark Robson United States Horror, film-noir Tom Conway, Jean Brooks, Isabel Jewell, Kim Hunter, Evelyn Brent, Erford Gage, Ben Bard, Hugh Beaumont
Children of Paradise 1945 Marcel Carné France Drama, romance Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur, Marcel Herrand, Pierre Renoir, María Casares, Louis Salou, Gaston Modot, Fabien Loris, Marcel Pérès, Pierre Palau, Étienne Decroux, Jane Marken (credited as Jeanne Marken), Marcelle Monthil, Louis Florencie, Raymond Rognoni, Jacques Castelot, Paul Frankeur, Albert Rémy, Robert Dhéry, Auguste Bovério (credited as Auguste Boverio), Paul Demange a.k.a. Les Enfants du Paradis
The Lost Weekend 1945 Billy Wilder United States Film-noir, drama Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Phillip Terry, Howard Da Silva, Doris Dowling, Frank Faylen, Mary Young, Anita Sharp-Bolster (credited as Anita Bolster), Lilian Fontaine, Frank Orth, Lewis Russell 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.
Crossfire 1947 Edward Dmytryk United States Film-noir, crime Robert Young, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, Gloria Grahame, Paul Kelly, Sam Levene, Jacqueline White, Steve Brodie, George Cooper, Richard Benedict, Tom Keene (credited as Richard Powers), William Phipps, Lex Barker, Marlo Dwyer Based on the novel The Brick Foxhole by Richard Brooks
Fireworks 1947 Kenneth Anger United States Drama
Germany, Year Zero 1948 Roberto Rossellini Italy Drama
Red River 1948 Howard Hawks United States Western John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Walter Brennan, Joanne Dru, Coleen Gray, Harry Carey, John Ireland, Chief Yowlachie, Paul Fix, Hank Worden, Ray Hyke, Wally Wales, Mickey Kuhn, Robert M. Lopez
Rope 1948 Alfred Hitchcock United States Crime, drama James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Joan Chandler, Cedric Hardwicke (credited as Sir Cedric Hardwicke), Constance Collier, Douglas Dick, Edith Evanson, Dick Hogan Based on the play of the same name by Patrick Hamilton
Words and Music 1948 Norman Taurog United States Musical, biography Tom Drake, Mickey Rooney, Janet Leigh, Marshall Thompson, Betty Garrett, Jeanette Nolan, Ann Sothern, Perry Como, Cyd Charisse, Richard Quine, Emory Parnell 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 Richard Eichberg West Germany Drama Luise Ullrich, Maria Holst, Karl Ludwig Diehl, Paul Dahlke, Grethe Weiser, Ludwig Linkmann, Michael Korrontay, Günther Evers, Viktor Afritsch, Ernst Fritz Fürbringer
Thirst 1949 Ingmar Bergman Sweden Drama Eva Henning, Birger Malmsten, Birgit Tengroth, Hasse Ekman, Mimi Nelson, Bengt Eklund, Gaby Stenberg, Naima Wifstrand, Verner Arpe, Calle Flygare, Sven-Eric Gamble, Helge Hagerman, Else-Merete Heiberg, Estrid Hesse, Gunnar Nielsen, Sif Ruud, Monica Weinzierl Based on the novel of the same name by Birgit Tengroth
Entre onze heures et minuit 1949 Henri Decoin France Drama, Mystery Louis Jouvet, Madeleine Robinson, Monique Mélinand, Léo Lapara, Robert Vattier, Yvette Etiévant, Gisèle Casadesus There are two homosexual guns-for-hire