The Top 50 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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