The Top 100 Movies of the 1940s

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1

Casablanca 1942, 102 min.

Michael Curtiz     Starring: Humphrey BogartIngrid BergmanPaul Henreid

Based-on-Theatre    Drama    Romance

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Citizen Kane 1941, 119 min.

Orson Welles     Starring: Orson WellesRay CollinsJoseph Cotten

Drama    Newspaper Film    Period Film

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The Third Man 1949, 93 min.

Carol Reed     Starring: Joseph CottenAlida ValliOrson Welles

British Noir    Film Noir    Mystery

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Notorious 1946, 101 min.

Alfred Hitchcock     Starring: Cary GrantIngrid BergmanClaude Rains

Film Noir    Mystery    Political Thriller

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Sullivan's Travels 1941, 90 min.

Preston Sturges     Starring: Joel McCreaVeronica LakeRobert Warwick

Comedy    Road Movie    Romance

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Laura 1944, 88 min.

Otto Preminger     Starring: Gene TierneyDana AndrewsClifton Webb

Crime Thriller    Crime    Detective Film

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Brief Encounter 1945, 86 min.

David Lean     Starring: Celia JohnsonTrevor HowardStanley Holloway

Based-on-Theatre    Drama    Romance

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To Be or Not to Be 1942, 99 min.

Ernst Lubitsch     Starring: Carole LombardJack BennyRobert Stack

Comedy    Farce    Satire

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White Heat 1949, 114 min.

Raoul Walsh     Starring: James CagneyVirginia MayoEdmond O'Brien

Crime Thriller    Crime    Film Noir

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Key Largo 1948, 100 min.

John Huston     Starring: Lauren BacallLionel BarrymoreClaire Trevor

Crime Thriller    Crime    Film Noir

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Red River 1948, 133 min.

Howard Hawks, Arthur Rosson     Starring: John WayneMontgomery CliftJoanne Dru

Adventure    Epic    Western

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The Lost Weekend 1945, 101 min.

Billy Wilder     Starring: Ray MillandJane WymanPhillip Terry

Addiction Drama    Drama    Film Noir

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Mildred Pierce 1945, 111 min.

Michael Curtiz     Starring: Joan CrawfordJack CarsonZachary Scott

Crime Drama    Crime    Drama

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Gaslight 1944, 114 min.

George Cukor     Starring: Charles BoyerIngrid BergmanJoseph Cotten

Based-on-Theatre    Film Noir    Period Film

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Gilda 1946, 110 min.

Charles Vidor     Starring: Joseph CalleiaSteven GerayRita Hayworth

Drama    Femme Fatale    Film Noir

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Lifeboat 1944, 96 min.

Alfred Hitchcock     Starring: Tallulah BankheadWilliam BendixWalter Slezak

Adventure    Drama    Ensemble Film

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Spellbound 1945, 111 min.

Alfred Hitchcock     Starring: Ingrid BergmanGregory PeckMichael Chekhov

Drama    Film Noir    Medical Drama

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54

Cat People 1942, 73 min.

Jacques Tourneur     Starring: Simone SimonKent SmithTom Conway

Horror    Mystery    Romance

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The Killers 1946, 103 min.

Robert Siodmak     Starring: Ava GardnerAlbert DekkerJeff Corey

Crime    Detective Film    Drama

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Fantasia 1940, 120 min.

James Algar     Starring: Leopold StokowskiDeems Taylor

Animated Musical    Animation    Family

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Adam's Rib 1949, 101 min.

George Cukor     Starring: Spencer TracyKatharine HepburnJudy Holliday

Comedy    Romance    Romantic Comedy

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Saboteur 1942, 108 min.

Alfred Hitchcock     Starring: Priscilla LaneNorman LloydOtto Kruger

Chase Movie    Spy Film    Thriller

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The Postman Always Rings Twice 1946, 113 min.

Tay Garnett     Starring: Leon AmesCecil KellawayHume Cronyn

Crime Drama    Crime    Drama

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Detour 1945, 67 min.

Edgar G. Ulmer     Starring: Tom NealAnn SavageClaudia Drake

Crime Drama    Crime    Drama

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Scarlet Street 1945, 103 min.

Fritz Lang     Starring: Margaret LindsayJess BarkerDan Duryea

Crime Drama    Crime    Drama

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High Sierra 1941, 100 min.

Raoul Walsh     Starring: Joan LeslieIda LupinoHumphrey Bogart

Caper    Crime Drama    Crime

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Dark Passage 1947, 106 min.

Delmer Daves     Starring: Humphrey BogartLauren BacallBruce Bennett

Film Noir    Mystery    Romance

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79

Meet John Doe 1941, 122 min.

Frank Capra     Starring: Gary CooperBarbara StanwyckEdward Arnold

Americana    Comedy Drama    Drama

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82

Now, Voyager 1942, 117 min.

Irving Rapper     Starring: Claude RainsBonita GranvilleBette Davis

Drama    Melodrama    Romance

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The Naked City 1948, 96 min.

Jules Dassin     Starring: Barry FitzgeraldHoward DuffDorothy Hart

Crime Drama    Crime    Drama

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85

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon 1949, 103 min.

John Ford     Starring: John WayneBen JohnsonJoanne Dru

Action    Western

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87

Sergeant York 1941, 134 min.

Howard Hawks     Starring: Joan LeslieWalter BrennanGary Cooper

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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Mrs. Miniver 1942, 134 min.

William Wyler     Starring: Greer GarsonWalter PidgeonTeresa Wright

Drama    Family Drama    Romance

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95

Bambi 1942, 70 min.

David Hand     Starring: Bobby StewartHardie AlbrightPerce Pearce

Animated Musical    Animation    Family

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98

Fort Apache 1948, 125 min.

John Ford     Starring: John WayneHenry FondaShirley Temple

Action    Traditional Western    Western

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Nightmare Alley 1947, 110 min.

Edmund Goulding     Starring: Tyrone PowerJoan BlondellHelen Walker

Crime Drama    Crime    Drama

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