The Top 250 Dramas of the 1940s

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The Top 250 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 -
36 Citizen Kane 1941 Orson Welles NR -
66 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 -
132 Rope 1948 Alfred Hitchcock NR -
142 It's a Wonderful Life 1946 Frank Capra NR -
171 The Best Years of Our Lives 1946 William Wyler NR -
183 Brief Encounter 1945 David Lean NR -
202 The Shop Around the Corner 1940 Ernst Lubitsch NR -
212 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 1943 Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger NR -
236 Black Narcissus 1947 Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger NR -
239 Late Spring 1949 Yasujirô Ozu NR -
299 Children of Paradise 1945 Marcel Carné NR -
327 The Grapes of Wrath 1940 John Ford NR -
380 The Lost Weekend 1945 Billy Wilder NR -
395 To Have and Have Not 1944 Howard Hawks NR -
401 Stray Dog 1949 Akira Kurosawa NR -
414 Mildred Pierce 1945 Michael Curtiz NR -
417 The Magnificent Ambersons 1942 Orson Welles PG -
449 Rome, Open City 1945 Roberto Rossellini NR -
502 Gilda 1946 Charles Vidor NR -
552 My Darling Clementine 1946 John Ford NR -
576 Spellbound 1945 Alfred Hitchcock NR -
586 Lifeboat 1944 Alfred Hitchcock NR -
600 The Killers 1946 Robert Siodmak NR -
718 Meet Me in St. Louis 1944 Vincente Minnelli NR -
902 The Stranger 1946 Orson Welles NR -
904 Scarlet Street 1945 Fritz Lang NR -
930 Detour 1945 Edgar G. Ulmer NR -
961 Letter From An Unknown Woman 1948 Max Ophüls NR -
969 The Heiress 1949 William Wyler NR -
972 The Postman Always Rings Twice 1946 Tay Garnett NR -
1025 Now, Voyager 1942 Irving Rapper NR -
1043 High Sierra 1941 Raoul Walsh NR -
1065 Great Expectations 1946 David Lean NR -
1075 The Pride of the Yankees 1942 Sam Wood NR -
1087 Yankee Doodle Dandy 1942 Michael Curtiz NR -
1091 Drunken Angel 1948 Akira Kurosawa PG13 -
1116 Meet John Doe 1941 Frank Capra NR -
1130 Day of Wrath 1943 Carl Theodor Dreyer NR -
1133 Leave Her to Heaven 1945 John M. Stahl NR -
1147 Nightmare Alley 1947 Edmund Goulding NR -
1162 The Ghost and Mrs. Muir 1947 Joseph L. Mankiewicz NR -
1210 Mrs. Miniver 1942 William Wyler NR -
1231 The Naked City 1948 Jules Dassin NR -
1276 How Green Was My Valley 1941 John Ford NR -
1336 I Know Where I'm Going! 1945 Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger NR -
1350 The Set-Up 1949 Robert Wise NR -
1393 Sergeant York 1941 Howard Hawks NR -
1439 The Woman in the Window 1944 Fritz Lang NR -
1535 Odd Man Out 1947 Carol Reed NR -
1552 Hamlet 1948 Laurence Olivier NR -
1616 The Fallen Idol 1948 Carol Reed NR -
1659 Brute Force 1947 Jules Dassin NR -
1731 The Uninvited 1944 Lewis Allen NR -
1753 Paisan 1946 Roberto Rossellini NR -
1774 All the King's Men 1949 Robert Rossen NR -
1851 They Live by Night 1948 Nicholas Ray NR -
2067 A Letter to Three Wives 1949 Joseph L. Mankiewicz NR -
2119 The Letter 1940 William Wyler NR -
2147 Oliver Twist 1948 David Lean NR -
2148 The Talk of the Town 1942 George Stevens NR -
2163 The Devil and Daniel Webster 1941 William Dieterle NR -
2179 A Canterbury Tale 1944 Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger NR -
2195 The Picture of Dorian Gray 1945 Albert Lewin NR -
2209 Twelve O'Clock High 1949 Henry King NR -
2220 Germany Year Zero 1948 Roberto Rossellini NR -
2232 The Spiral Staircase 1945 Robert Siodmak NR -
2243 Henry V 1944 Laurence Olivier NR -
2287 Gentleman's Agreement 1947 Elia Kazan NR -
2387 Call Northside 777 1948 Henry Hathaway NR -
2406 Criss Cross 1949 Robert Siodmak NR -
2428 Shoeshine 1946 Vittorio De Sica NR -
2509 Ministry of Fear 1944 Fritz Lang PG -
2522 The Big Clock 1948 John Farrow NR -
2625 Five Graves to Cairo 1943 Billy Wilder NR -
2628 Sands of Iwo Jima 1949 Allan Dwan NR -
2660 Kiss of Death 1947 Henry Hathaway NR -
2671 The Bells of St. Mary's 1945 Leo McCarey NR -
2732 Going My Way 1944 Leo McCarey NR -
2741 The Little Foxes 1941 William Wyler NR -
2749 Force of Evil 1948 Abraham Polonsky PG -
2774 They Drive By Night 1940 Raoul Walsh NR -
2781 Born to Kill 1947 Robert Wise NR -
2788 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 -
2877 Christmas in Connecticut 1945 Peter Godfrey NR -
2911 Macbeth 1948 Orson Welles NR -
2939 Jane Eyre 1943 Robert Stevenson NR -
2987 Thieves' Highway 1949 Jules Dassin NR -
2999 The Snake Pit 1948 Anatole Litvak NR -
3008 A Tree Grows In Brooklyn 1945 Elia Kazan NR -
3066 The Blue Dahlia 1946 George Marshall NR -
3108 Remember the Night 1940 Mitchell Leisen NR -
3147 Crossfire 1947 Edward Dmytryk NR -
3190 Portrait of Jennie 1948 William Dieterle NR -
3204 Quai des Orfèvres 1947 Henri-Georges Clouzot NR -
3244 Brighton Rock 1947 John Boulting NR -
3251 Ossessione 1943 Luchino Visconti NR -
3287 Dead Reckoning 1947 John Cromwell NR -
3341 Random Harvest 1942 Mervyn LeRoy NR -
3658 The Mortal Storm 1940 Frank Borzage NR -
3771 49th Parallel 1941 Michael Powell NR -
3845 For Whom the Bell Tolls 1943 Sam Wood NR -
3846 Angel and the Badman 1947 James Edward Grant NR -
3922 No Regrets for Our Youth 1946 Akira Kurosawa NR -
3951 The Search 1948 Fred Zinnemann NR -
4064 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1941 Victor Fleming NR -
4067 Song of the South 1946 Harve Foster NR -
4070 The Curse of the Cat People 1944 Gunther von Fritsch NR -
4101 The Clock 1945 Vincente Minnelli NR -
4102 Phantom of the Opera 1943 Arthur Lubin NR -
4128 Mighty Joe Young 1949 Ernest B. Schoedsack NR -
4170 Duel in the Sun 1946 King Vidor NR -
4251 Little Women 1949 Mervyn LeRoy NR -
4255 Body and Soul 1947 Robert Rossen NR -
4261 National Velvet 1944 Clarence Brown G -
4303 Act of Violence 1948 Fred Zinnemann NR -
4321 The Song of Bernadette 1943 Henry King NR -
4447 Raw Deal 1948 Anthony Mann NR -
4687 The Long Voyage Home 1940 John Ford NR -
4782 The Sea Wolf 1941 Michael Curtiz PG -
4896 Man Hunt 1941 Fritz Lang NR -
4938 The Razor's Edge 1946 Edmund Goulding NR -
4979 The Invisible Man Returns 1940 Joe May NR -
4988 I Wake Up Screaming 1941 H. Bruce Humberstone NR -
5025 Waterloo Bridge 1940 Mervyn LeRoy NR -
5042 Johnny Belinda 1948 Jean Negulesco NR -
5079 Mr. Skeffington 1944 Vincent Sherman NR -
5088 The Yearling 1946 Clarence Brown G -
5200 The Reckless Moment 1949 Max Ophüls NR -
5235 Pitfall 1948 André De Toth NR -
5287 The Small Back Room 1949 Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger NR -
5319 The Fountainhead 1949 King Vidor NR -
5329 The Quiet Duel 1949 Akira Kurosawa NR -
5330 The Stratton Story 1949 Sam Wood NR -
5349 The Paradine Case 1947 Alfred Hitchcock NR -
5433 Life with Father 1947 Michael Curtiz NR -
5450 Across the Pacific 1942 John Huston NR -
5458 Too Late for Tears 1949 Byron Haskin NR -
5487 Caught 1949 Max Ophüls NR -
5488 Objective, Burma! 1945 Raoul Walsh NR -
5501 Passage to Marseille 1944 Michael Curtiz NR -
5600 Fireworks 1947 Kenneth Anger NR -
5650 Bedlam 1946 Mark Robson NR -
5651 The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail 1945 Akira Kurosawa NR -
5665 I Remember Mama 1948 George Stevens NR -
5703 The Silence of the Sea 1949 Jean-Pierre Melville NR -
5778 Fallen Angel 1945 Otto Preminger G -
5781 Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne 1945 Robert Bresson NR -
5799 All This, and Heaven Too 1940 Anatole Litvak NR -
5815 Possessed 1947 Curtis Bernhardt NR -
5867 The 47 Ronin 1941 Kenji Mizoguchi NR -
5871 For Me and My Gal 1942 Busby Berkeley NR -
5886 Went the Day Well? 1942 Alberto Cavalcanti NR -
5933 The Secret Garden 1949 Fred M. Wilcox NR -
5974 The Children are Watching Us 1944 Vittorio De Sica NR -
6012 All Through The Night 1942 Vincent Sherman NR -
6098 Champion 1949 Mark Robson NR -
6103 In Which We Serve 1942 Noel Coward, David Lean NR -
6107 There Was a Father 1942 Yasujirô Ozu NR -
6108 Gentleman Jim 1942 Raoul Walsh NR -
6109 Lady on a Train 1945 Charles David NR -
6153 A Guy Named Joe 1943 Victor Fleming NR -
6194 Anna and the King of Siam 1946 John Cromwell NR -
6205 Terror by Night 1946 Roy William Neill NR -
6211 Sanshiro Sugata 1943 Akira Kurosawa NR -
6227 Penny Serenade 1941 George Stevens NR -
6234 Destination Tokyo 1943 Delmer Daves NR -
6250 Hangmen Also Die 1943 Fritz Lang NR -
6320 Dragonwyck 1946 Joseph L. Mankiewicz G -
6370 Under Capricorn 1949 Alfred Hitchcock NR -
6375 Boomerang! 1947 Elia Kazan NR -
6409 Lured 1947 Douglas Sirk NR -
6474 Pursued 1947 Raoul Walsh NR -
6509 Bitter Rice 1949 Giuseppe De Santis NR -
6515 Spring in a Small Town 1948 Mu Fei NR -
6522 He Walked by Night 1948 Alfred L. Werker NR -
6540 Madame Curie 1943 Mervyn LeRoy NR -
6625 Watch on the Rhine 1943 Herman Shumlin NR -
6692 The Fighting Seabees 1944 Edward Ludwig NR -
6715 Bataan 1943 Tay Garnett NR -
6761 Humoresque 1946 Jean Negulesco NR -
6762 In This Our Life 1942 John Huston NR -
6821 The Southerner 1945 Jean Renoir NR -
6848 A Woman's Face 1941 George Cukor NR -
6868 The Earth Trembles 1948 Luchino Visconti NR -
6881 That Hamilton Woman 1941 Alexander Korda NR -
6915 I Walk Alone 1948 Byron Haskin NR -
6939 Kitty Foyle 1940 Sam Wood NR -
6951 Flying Tigers 1942 David Miller NR -
6963 To Each His Own 1946 Mitchell Leisen NR -
6999 Stranger on the Third Floor 1940 Boris Ingster NR -
7022 Kings Row 1942 Sam Wood NR -
7079 The Two Mrs. Carrolls 1947 Peter Godfrey NR -
7087 Broadway Melody of 1940 1940 Norman Taurog NR -
7190 Lassie Come Home 1943 Fred M. Wilcox NR -
7208 Joan of Arc 1948 Victor Fleming NR -
7243 Dressed to Kill 1946 Roy William Neill NR -
7356 My Name is Julia Ross 1945 Joseph H. Lewis NR -
7407 The Verdict 1946 Don Siegel NR -
7420 House of Strangers 1949 Joseph L. Mankiewicz NR -
7563 Abe Lincoln in Illinois 1940 John Cromwell NR -
7619 The Dark Corner 1946 Henry Hathaway NR -
7666 A Double Life 1947 George Cukor NR -
7730 Back to Bataan 1945 Edward Dmytryk NR -
7860 Road House 1948 Jean Negulesco NR -
7863 The Keys of the Kingdom 1944 John M. Stahl NR -
7871 Since You Went Away 1944 John Cromwell G -
7888 Boom Town 1940 Jack Conway NR -
7931 Black Angel 1946 Roy William Neill NR -
7982 Tomorrow Is Forever 1946 Irving Pichel NR -
8006 Knute Rockne All American 1940 Lloyd Bacon NR -
8025 The Red House 1947 Delmer Daves NR -
8076 Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo 1944 Mervyn LeRoy NR -
8122 The Passionate Friends 1949 David Lean NR -
8186 Border Incident 1949 Anthony Mann NR -
8217 Action in the North Atlantic 1943 Lloyd Bacon NR -
8409 Undercurrent 1946 Vincente Minnelli NR -
8444 Reap the Wild Wind 1942 Cecil B. DeMille NR -
8454 Hold Back the Dawn 1941 Mitchell Leisen NR -
8460 They Won't Believe Me 1947 Irving Pichel NR -
8480 The Record of a Tenement Gentleman 1947 Yasujirô Ozu NR -
8528 The Woman on the Beach 1947 Jean Renoir NR -
8573 They Made Me a Fugitive 1947 Alberto Cavalcanti NR -
8584 The Enchanted Cottage 1945 John Cromwell NR -
8589 Samson and Delilah 1949 Cecil B. DeMille NR -
8596 Moonrise 1948 Frank Borzage NR -
8606 Johnny Eager 1941 Mervyn LeRoy NR -
8662 Berlin Express 1948 Jacques Tourneur NR -
8770 The Human Comedy 1943 Clarence Brown NR -
8772 Secret Beyond the Door 1947 Fritz Lang NR -
8779 Madame Bovary 1949 Vincente Minnelli NR -
8901 Torment 1944 Alf Sjöberg NR -
8902 Whirlpool 1949 Otto Preminger NR -
8919 Dance, Girl, Dance 1940 Dorothy Arzner NR -
8978 Desperate Journey 1942 Raoul Walsh NR -
9008 A Hen in the Wind 1948 Yasujirô Ozu NR -
9010 The Devil's Envoys 1942 Marcel Carné NR -
9121 So Dear To My Heart 1948 Harold D. Schuster, Hamilton Luske G -
9125 Blossoms in the Dust 1941 Mervyn LeRoy NR -
9130 The Woman in Green 1945 Roy William Neill NR -
9147 Brother Orchid 1940 Lloyd Bacon NR -
9177 The Great Lie 1941 Edmund Goulding NR -
9196 This Land Is Mine 1943 Jean Renoir NR -
9278 Thirst 1949 Ingmar Bergman NR -
9289 Our Town 1940 Sam Wood NR -
9344 Panique 1946 Julien Duvivier NR -

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