The Top 250 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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61

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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68

Detour 1945, 67 min.

Edgar G. Ulmer     Starring: Tom NealAnn SavageClaudia Drake

Crime Drama    Crime    Drama

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71

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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88

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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101

The Set-Up 1949, 72 min.

Robert Wise     Starring: Robert RyanAudrey TotterGeorge Tobias

Drama    Film Noir    Sports Drama

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103

Brute Force 1947, 98 min.

Jules Dassin     Starring: Burt LancasterHume CronynCharles Bickford

Crime Drama    Crime    Drama

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The Bishop's Wife 1947, 109 min.

Henry Koster     Starring: Cary GrantJames GleasonLoretta Young

Comedy    Fantasy    Heavenly Comedy

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Odd Man Out 1947, 116 min.

Carol Reed     Starring: James MasonRobert NewtonCyril Cusack

Chase Movie    Crime Drama    Crime

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108

All the King's Men 1949, 110 min.

Robert Rossen     Starring: Broderick CrawfordJohn IrelandJoanne Dru

Drama    Political Satire    Satire

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112

Dumbo 1941, 64 min.

Ben Sharpsteen     Starring: Herman BingJames BaskettBilly Bletcher

Adventure    Animated Musical    Animation

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115

The Bank Dick 1940, 72 min.

Edward F. Cline     Starring: W.C. FieldsCora WitherspoonUna Merkel

Absurd Comedy    Comedy    Crime

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119

The Sea Hawk 1940, 127 min.

Michael Curtiz     Starring: Alan HaleBrenda MarshallFlora Robson

Action    Adventure    Costume Adventure

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120

Twelve O'Clock High 1949, 132 min.

Henry King     Starring: Gregory PeckHugh MarloweGary Merrill

Combat Films    Drama    War Drama

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124

Sahara 1943, 97 min.

Zoltan Korda     Starring: Rex IngramJ. Carrol NaishHumphrey Bogart

Adventure    Combat Films    War

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The Letter 1940, 95 min.

William Wyler     Starring: Frieda InescortJames StephensonBette Davis

Drama    Film Noir    Melodrama

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128

They Live by Night 1948, 95 min.

Nicholas Ray     Starring: Howard Da SilvaJay C. FlippenCathy O'Donnell

Crime Drama    Crime    Drama

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My Favorite Wife 1940, 88 min.

Garson Kanin     Starring: Cary GrantRandolph ScottIrene Dunne

Comedy    Farce    Romance

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134

Sands of Iwo Jima 1949, 109 min.

Allan Dwan     Starring: John WayneForrest TuckerArthur Franz

Action    Combat Films    Drama

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Green for Danger 1946, 91 min.

Sidney Gilliat     Starring: Trevor HowardAlastair SimMegs Jenkins

British Noir    Film Noir    Mystery

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144

Road to Morocco 1942, 82 min.

David Butler     Starring: Bing CrosbyBob HopeDorothy Lamour

Adventure    Adventure Comedy    Buddy Film

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145

The Talk of the Town 1942, 118 min.

George Stevens     Starring: Cary GrantJean ArthurRonald Colman

Comedy    Comedy of Errors    Drama

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148

A Night in Casablanca 1946, 85 min.

Archie Mayo     Starring: Harpo MarxGroucho MarxLois Collier

Comedy    Farce    Satire

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150

This Gun for Hire 1942, 80 min.

Frank Tuttle     Starring: Veronica LakeRobert PrestonLaird Cregar

Crime Thriller    Crime    Film Noir

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151

I Married a Witch 1942, 77 min.

René Clair     Starring: Fredric MarchVeronica LakeRobert Benchley

Comedy    Fantasy Comedy    Fantasy

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152

The Major and the Minor 1942, 100 min.

Billy Wilder     Starring: Ginger RogersRay MillandRita Johnson

Comedy    Comedy of Errors    Farce

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155

They Were Expendable 1945, 135 min.

John Ford     Starring: Robert MontgomeryJohn WayneDonna Reed

Combat Films    Drama    War Drama

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159

They Drive By Night 1940, 95 min.

Raoul Walsh     Starring: George RaftAnn SheridanIda Lupino

Crime Drama    Crime    Drama

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162

3 Godfathers 1948, 106 min.

John Ford     Starring: John WayneWard BondPedro Armendáriz

Drama    Traditional Western    Western

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166

Born to Kill 1947, 92 min.

Robert Wise     Starring: Claire TrevorLawrence TierneyWalter Slezak

Crime Drama    Crime    Drama

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168

Ministry of Fear 1944, 86 min.

Fritz Lang     Starring: Ray MillandMarjorie ReynoldsCarl Esmond

Drama    Film Noir    Mystery

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170

Going My Way 1944, 135 min.

Leo McCarey     Starring: Bing CrosbyRise StevensBarry Fitzgerald

Comedy Drama    Drama    Musical Drama

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171

Crossfire 1947, 86 min.

Edward Dmytryk     Starring: Robert MitchumRobert YoungRobert Ryan

Crime    Drama    Film Noir

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172

The Big Clock 1948, 95 min.

John Farrow     Starring: Ray MillandCharles LaughtonMaureen O'Sullivan

Crime Drama    Crime    Drama

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173

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer 1947, 95 min.

Irving Reis     Starring: Cary GrantMyrna LoyShirley Temple

Comedy    Farce    Romance

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175

Force of Evil 1948, 78 min.

Abraham Polonsky     Starring: Roy RobertsHowland ChamberlainThomas Gomez

Crime Drama    Crime    Drama

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177

The Blue Dahlia 1946, 96 min.

George Marshall     Starring: Alan LaddVeronica LakeWilliam Bendix

Crime Drama    Crime Thriller    Crime

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178

Criss Cross 1949, 88 min.

Robert Siodmak     Starring: Burt LancasterYvonne De CarloDan Duryea

Caper    Crime Drama    Crime Thriller

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185

49th Parallel 1941, 105 min.

Michael Powell     Starring: Richard GeorgeEric PortmanRaymond Lovell

Drama    Thriller    War

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186

The Harvey Girls 1946, 102 min.

George Sidney     Starring: Judy GarlandRay BolgerPreston Foster

Comedy    Musical    Musical Comedy

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189

Battleground 1949, 118 min.

William A. Wellman     Starring: Van JohnsonJohn HodiakGeorge Murphy

Combat Films    Epic    War Epic

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190

Night Train to Munich 1940, 90 min.

Carol Reed     Starring: Margaret LockwoodRex HarrisonPaul Henreid

Spy Film    Thriller    War

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191

Portrait of Jennie 1948, 86 min.

William Dieterle     Starring: Joseph CottenEthel BarrymoreJennifer Jones

Drama    Fantasy    Romance

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194

The More the Merrier 1943, 104 min.

George Stevens     Starring: Jean ArthurJoel McCreaCharles Coburn

Comedy    Romance    Romantic Comedy

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195

Thieves' Highway 1949, 94 min.

Jules Dassin     Starring: Richard ConteValentina CorteseLee J. Cobb

Crime Drama    Crime    Drama

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197

I Was a Male War Bride 1949, 105 min.

Howard Hawks     Starring: Bill NeffMarion MarshallAnn Sheridan

Comedy    Farce    Military Comedy

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200

Hair-Raising Hare 1946, 7 min.

Chuck Jones     Starring: Mel Blanc

Animation    Cartoon    Comedy

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202

Dead Reckoning 1947, 100 min.

John Cromwell     Starring: Humphrey BogartLizabeth ScottMorris Carnovsky

Drama    Femme Fatale    Film Noir

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204

Random Harvest 1942, 125 min.

Mervyn LeRoy     Starring: Henry TraversRonald ColmanGreer Garson

Drama    Psychological Drama    Romance

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208

Hold That Ghost 1941, 86 min.

Arthur Lubin     Starring: Bud AbbottLou CostelloRichard Carlson

Comedy    Farce    Haunted House Film

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210

The Curse of the Cat People 1944, 70 min.

Gunther von Fritsch     Starring: Simone SimonAnn CarterEve March

Drama    Fantasy    Horror

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212

The Pirate 1948, 102 min.

Vincente Minnelli     Starring: Walter SlezakGladys CooperReginald Owen

Romance    Musical    Musical Romance

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215

Angel and the Badman 1947, 100 min.

James Edward Grant     Starring: John WayneGail RussellHarry Carey

Drama    Romance    Romantic Drama

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217

The Leopard Man 1943, 66 min.

Jacques Tourneur     Starring: MargoJames BellMargaret Landry

Crime    Horror    Natural Horror

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