The Top Ten Films of 1945

Jandy Hardesty

Jandy is especially drawn to classic, off-beat, and foreign film, but loves a good blockbuster action sequence, too. You can find her on Flickchart as faithx5. She also writes at The Frame, and co-hosts the occasional podcast Not at Odds at Row Three.

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  1. ellone says:

    Elia Kazan – A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

    I was shocked to see it only at #29. It’s one of my favourite films ever, and it’s definitely my favourite Hollywood film. I would’ve thought it would be ranked much higher, but only 75 people rated it so that’s probably why :-(

    It also surprised me to see I Know Where I’m Going! is in the regular top 10. I love P&P films, so it’s nice to see other people like them too. Thanks for a great write up, and I guess now I’m going to have to try and find Children of Paradise and A Walk in the Sun somewhere. They seem like great films.

    • Jandy Hardesty says:

      Yeah, the rankings for a lot of the older years depend greatly on what people have seen. That’s one reason Hitchcock is almost always highly ranked, simply because he’s someone a lot of people gravitate toward, so his films have more people ranking them. That’s one reason I really like doing the “blogger’s picks” section, because that lets us highlight some favorites that not enough people have seen, like A Walk in the Sun.

      Thanks for the comment!

    • ellone says:

      I agree. The personal touch of picking favourites brings out some nice surprises in the best-of-the-best lists that usually contain a lot of the same films anyway. So in that spirit let me offer another little Dorothy McGuire gem called The Enchanted Cottage, directed by John Cromwell. It definitely deserves some more attention and viewers. McGuire sure owned 1945, as she also played in yet another (!) great film The Spiral Staircase (Robert Siodmak). It’s hard to imagine any actor or actress today pulling off three fantastic films in one year. But then again it’s no studio system world anymore either.