The Top 100 Dramas of the 1940s

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The Top 100 Dramas of the 1940s
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Movie Title Release
Year
Director MPAA
Rating
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21 Casablanca 1942 Michael Curtiz PG -
37 Citizen Kane 1941 Orson Welles NR -
65 The Red Shoes 1948 Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger NR -
73 Bicycle Thieves 1948 Vittorio De Sica NR -
75 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948 John Huston NR -
133 Rope 1948 Alfred Hitchcock NR -
143 It's a Wonderful Life 1946 Frank Capra NR -
170 The Best Years of Our Lives 1946 William Wyler NR -
184 Brief Encounter 1945 David Lean NR -
201 The Shop Around the Corner 1940 Ernst Lubitsch NR -
215 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 1943 Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger NR -
234 Late Spring 1949 Yasujirô Ozu NR -
235 Black Narcissus 1947 Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger NR -
304 Children of Paradise 1945 Marcel Carné NR -
327 The Grapes of Wrath 1940 John Ford NR -
382 The Lost Weekend 1945 Billy Wilder NR -
393 To Have and Have Not 1944 Howard Hawks NR -
403 Stray Dog 1949 Akira Kurosawa NR -
413 Mildred Pierce 1945 Michael Curtiz NR -
423 The Magnificent Ambersons 1942 Orson Welles PG -
464 Rome, Open City 1945 Roberto Rossellini NR -
502 Gilda 1946 Charles Vidor NR -
551 My Darling Clementine 1946 John Ford NR -
577 Spellbound 1945 Alfred Hitchcock NR -
581 Lifeboat 1944 Alfred Hitchcock NR -
605 The Killers 1946 Robert Siodmak NR -
717 Meet Me in St. Louis 1944 Vincente Minnelli NR -
908 Scarlet Street 1945 Fritz Lang NR -
917 The Stranger 1946 Orson Welles NR -
930 Detour 1945 Edgar G. Ulmer NR -
963 Letter From An Unknown Woman 1948 Max Ophüls NR -
977 The Postman Always Rings Twice 1946 Tay Garnett NR -
978 The Heiress 1949 William Wyler NR -
1027 Now, Voyager 1942 Irving Rapper NR -
1040 High Sierra 1941 Raoul Walsh NR -
1062 The Pride of the Yankees 1942 Sam Wood NR -
1070 Great Expectations 1946 David Lean NR -
1089 Yankee Doodle Dandy 1942 Michael Curtiz NR -
1090 Drunken Angel 1948 Akira Kurosawa PG13 -
1112 Meet John Doe 1941 Frank Capra NR -
1119 Leave Her to Heaven 1945 John M. Stahl NR -
1123 Day of Wrath 1943 Carl Theodor Dreyer NR -
1151 The Ghost and Mrs. Muir 1947 Joseph L. Mankiewicz NR -
1156 Nightmare Alley 1947 Edmund Goulding NR -
1202 Mrs. Miniver 1942 William Wyler NR -
1237 The Naked City 1948 Jules Dassin NR -
1293 How Green Was My Valley 1941 John Ford NR -
1337 I Know Where I'm Going! 1945 Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger NR -
1367 Sergeant York 1941 Howard Hawks NR -
1376 The Set-Up 1949 Robert Wise NR -
1454 The Woman in the Window 1944 Fritz Lang NR -
1536 Hamlet 1948 Laurence Olivier NR -
1563 Odd Man Out 1947 Carol Reed NR -
1607 The Fallen Idol 1948 Carol Reed NR -
1687 Brute Force 1947 Jules Dassin NR -
1730 The Uninvited 1944 Lewis Allen NR -
1765 All the King's Men 1949 Robert Rossen NR -
1781 Paisan 1946 Roberto Rossellini NR -
1837 They Live by Night 1948 Nicholas Ray NR -
2093 A Letter to Three Wives 1949 Joseph L. Mankiewicz NR -
2129 The Letter 1940 William Wyler NR -
2142 Oliver Twist 1948 David Lean NR -
2148 The Talk of the Town 1942 George Stevens NR -
2172 The Devil and Daniel Webster 1941 William Dieterle NR -
2200 A Canterbury Tale 1944 Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger NR -
2202 Twelve O'Clock High 1949 Henry King NR -
2212 The Spiral Staircase 1945 Robert Siodmak NR -
2224 The Picture of Dorian Gray 1945 Albert Lewin NR -
2233 Germany Year Zero 1948 Roberto Rossellini NR -
2240 Henry V 1944 Laurence Olivier NR -
2290 Gentleman's Agreement 1947 Elia Kazan NR -
2395 Call Northside 777 1948 Henry Hathaway NR -
2402 Criss Cross 1949 Robert Siodmak NR -
2428 Shoeshine 1946 Vittorio De Sica NR -
2517 Ministry of Fear 1944 Fritz Lang PG -
2545 The Big Clock 1948 John Farrow NR -
2612 Sands of Iwo Jima 1949 Allan Dwan NR -
2633 Five Graves to Cairo 1943 Billy Wilder NR -
2646 Kiss of Death 1947 Henry Hathaway NR -
2711 The Bells of St. Mary's 1945 Leo McCarey NR -
2731 The Little Foxes 1941 William Wyler NR -
2737 Force of Evil 1948 Abraham Polonsky PG -
2754 Going My Way 1944 Leo McCarey NR -
2760 They Drive By Night 1940 Raoul Walsh NR -
2781 Born to Kill 1947 Robert Wise NR -
2784 3 Godfathers 1948 John Ford NR -
2815 They Were Expendable 1945 John Ford NR -
2840 The Strange Love of Martha Ivers 1946 Lewis Milestone NR -
2871 Christmas in Connecticut 1945 Peter Godfrey NR -
2920 Macbeth 1948 Orson Welles NR -
2973 Jane Eyre 1943 Robert Stevenson NR -
2989 Thieves' Highway 1949 Jules Dassin NR -
3016 A Tree Grows In Brooklyn 1945 Elia Kazan NR -
3021 The Snake Pit 1948 Anatole Litvak NR -
3105 The Blue Dahlia 1946 George Marshall NR -
3106 Crossfire 1947 Edward Dmytryk NR -
3174 Remember the Night 1940 Mitchell Leisen NR -
3188 Quai des Orfèvres 1947 Henri-Georges Clouzot NR -
3202 Portrait of Jennie 1948 William Dieterle NR -
3254 Ossessione 1943 Luchino Visconti NR -

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