classics 1940-1950

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1.
Casablanca (1942)
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In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
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2.
All About Eve (1950)
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An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends. (138 mins.)
 
3.
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
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A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity. (110 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
4.
The Third Man (1949)
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Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime. (104 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
 
5.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
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An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. (130 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
6.
Notorious (1946)
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A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them? (101 mins.)
 
7.
Citizen Kane (1941)
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Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
8.
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
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A young woman discovers her visiting "Uncle Charlie" may not be the man he seems to be. (108 mins.)
 
9.
Spellbound (1945)
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A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory. (111 mins.)
 
10.
The Big Sleep (1946)
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Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love. (114 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
11.
Brief Encounter (1945)
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Meeting a stranger in a railway station, a woman is tempted to cheat on her husband. (86 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
12.
Rashomon (1950)
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A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. (88 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
13.
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
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Set in Post-WWII Italy, a working class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it. (89 mins.)
 
14.
Double Indemnity (1944)
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An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions. (107 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
15.
In a Lonely Place (1950)
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A potentially violent screenwriter is a murder suspect until his lovely neighbor clears him. But she begins to have doubts... (94 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
16.
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
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A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette. (100 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
17.
Laura (1944)
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A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating. (88 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
18.
Out of the Past (1947)
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A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames. (97 mins.)
 
19.
Key Largo (1948)
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A man visits his old friend's hotel and finds a gangster running things. As a hurricane approaches, the two end up confronting each other. (100 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
20.
The Lost Weekend (1945)
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The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four-day drinking bout. (101 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
21.
The Killers (1946)
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Hit men kill an unresisting victim, and investigator Reardon uncovers his past involvement with beautiful, deadly Kitty Collins. (97 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
 
22.
The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
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Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O'Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot. (87 mins.)
 
23.
The Stranger (1946)
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An investigator from the War Crimes Commission travels to Connecticut to find an infamous Nazi. (95 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
24.
To Have and Have Not (1944)
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During World War II, American expatriate Harry Morgan helps transport a French Resistance leader and his beautiful wife to Martinique while romancing a sexy lounge singer. (100 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
25.
Mildred Pierce (1945)
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A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter. (111 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
26.
Now, Voyager (1942)
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A Boston spinster blossoms under therapy and finds an impossible romance. (117 mins.)
Director: Irving Rapper
 
27.
The Fallen Idol (1948)
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A butler working in a foreign embassy in London falls under suspicion when his wife accidentally falls to her death, the only witness being an impressionable young boy. (95 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
 
28.
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
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A married woman and a drifter fall in love, then plot to murder her husband. Once the deed is done, they must live with the consequences of their actions. (113 mins.)
Director: Tay Garnett
 
29.
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
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Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains. (126 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
30.
Rope (1948)
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Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime. (80 mins.)
 
31.
Stairway to Heaven (1946)
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A British wartime aviator who cheats death must argue for his life before a celestial court. (104 mins.)
 
32.
Anchors Aweigh (1945)
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Two sailors, one naive, the other experienced in the ways of the world, on liberty in Los Angeles, is the setting for this movie musical. (143 mins.)
Director: George Sidney
 
33.
A Foreign Affair (1948)
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In occupied Berlin, an army captain is torn between an ex-Nazi cafe singer and the U.S. congresswoman investigating her. (116 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
34.
Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)
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A pianist about to flee from a duel receives a letter from a woman he cannot remember, who may hold the key to his downfall. (86 mins.)
Director: Max Opuls
 
35.
My Darling Clementine (1946)
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A Western retelling the tale of the Shoot-out at the OK Corral. (97 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
36.
The Lady Eve (1941)
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A trio of classy card sharps targets the socially awkward heir to brewery millions for his money, till one of them falls in love with him. (94 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
37.
Heaven Can Wait (1943)
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An old roué arrives in Hades to review his life with Satan, who will rule on his eligibility to enter the Underworld. (112 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
38.
Sullivan's Travels (1941)
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A director of escapist films goes on the road as a hobo to learn about life, which gives him a rude awakening. (90 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
39.
They Live by Night (1948)
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An escaped convict, injured during a robbery, falls in love with the woman who nurses him back to health, but their relationship seems doomed from the beginning. (95 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
40.
On the Town (1949)
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Three sailors on a day of shore leave in New York City look for fun and romance before their twenty-four hours are up. (98 mins.)
 
41.
Gilda (1946)
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A small-time gambler hired to work in a Buenos Aires casino learns that his ex-lover is married to his employer. (110 mins.)
Director: Charles Vidor
 
42.
The Palm Beach Story (1942)
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An inventor needs cash to develop his big idea. His wife, who loves him, decides to raise it for him by divorcing him and marrying a millionaire. (88 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
43.
Shoeshine (1946)
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Two shoeshine boys in postwar Rome, Italy, save up to buy a horse, but their involvement as dupes in a burglary lands them in juvenile prison where the experience take a devastating toll on their friendship. (93 mins.)
 
44.
Great Expectations (1946)
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A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor. (118 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
45.
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
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In the year before the 1904 St Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York. (113 mins.)
 
46.
Dark Passage (1947)
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A man convicted of murdering his wife escapes from prison and works with a woman to try and prove his innocence. (106 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
 
47.
Suspicion (1941)
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A shy young heiress marries a charming gentleman, and soon begins to suspect he is planning to murder her. (99 mins.)
 
48.
Meet John Doe (1941)
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A man needing money agrees to impersonate a nonexistent person who said he'd be committing suicide as a protest, and a political movement begins. (122 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
49.
Lady of Burlesque (1943)
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After one member of their group is murdered, the performers at a burlesque house must work together to find out who the killer is before they strike again. (91 mins.)
 
50.
And Then There Were None (1945)
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Ten people are invited to an isolated island, only to find that an unseen person is killing them one by one. Could one of them be the killer? (97 mins.)
Director: Rene Clair
 
51.
Children of Paradise (1945)
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The theatrical life of a beautiful courtesan and the four men who love her. (190 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
 
52.
Father of the Bride (1950)
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The father of a young woman deals with the emotional pain of her getting married, along with the financial and organizational trouble of arranging the wedding. (92 mins.)
 
53.
Ball of Fire (1941)
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A group of ivory-tower lexicographers realize they need to hear how real people talk, and end up helping a beautiful singer avoid police and escape from the Mob. (111 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
54.
For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)
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During the Spanish Civil War, an American allied with the Republicans finds romance during a desperate mission to blow up a strategically important bridge. (170 mins.)
Director: Sam Wood
 
55.
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
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A distant poor relative of the Duke of D'Ascoyne plots to inherit the title by murdering the eight other heirs who stand ahead of him in the line of succession. (106 mins.)
Director: Robert Hamer
 
56.
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
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Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed. (172 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
57.
Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
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Whilst on the telephone, an invalid woman overhears what she thinks is a murder plot and attempts to prevent it. (89 mins.)
Director: Anatole Litvak
 
58.
Gaslight (1944)
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Years after her aunt was murdered in her home, a young woman moves back into the house with her new husband. However, he has a secret that he will do anything to protect, even if it means driving his wife insane. (114 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
59.
The Spiral Staircase (1945)
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A serial killer (circa 1916) is targeting women with 'afflictions'; one night during a thunderstorm, mute Helen feels menaced. (83 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
 
60.
The Razor's Edge (1946)
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An adventuresome young man goes off to find himself and loses his socialite fiancée in the process. But when he returns 10 years later, she will stop at nothing to get him back, even though she is already married. (145 mins.)
Director: Edmund Goulding
 
61.
The Snake Pit (1948)
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A detailed chronicle of a woman during her stay in a mental institution. (108 mins.)
Director: Anatole Litvak
 
62.
The Young and the Damned (1950)
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A group of juvenile delinquents live a violent and crime-filled life in the festering slums of Mexico City... (85 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel