Best films, 1944

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1.
Henry V (1944)
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In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415. (137 mins.)
 
2.
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
 
3.
Ivan the Terrible, Part I (1945)
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During the early part of his reign, Ivan the Terrible faces betrayal from the aristocracy and even his closest friends as he seeks to unite the Russian people. (103 mins.)
 
4.
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 sensuous lounge singer. (100 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
5.
A Canterbury Tale (1944)
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A 'Land Girl', an American GI, and a British soldier find themselves together in a small Kent town on the road to Canterbury... (124 mins.)
 
6.
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
 
7.
Opfergang (1944)
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Idle intellectuals Albrecht, Octavia and Äls, are given to quoting and emulating their philosopher hero, Nietzsche. Albrecht later contracts typhus bringing the foster child gravely ill Äls out of an infected area. (98 mins.)
Director: Veit Harlan
 
8.
Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
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Woodrow is discharged from the military for hay fever, but fabricates receiving a heroic honorable discharge before returning home. (101 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
9.
The Woman in the Window (1944)
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When a conservative middle-aged professor engages in a minor dalliance with a femme fatale, he is plunged into a nightmarish quicksand of blackmail and murder. (107 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
10.
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944)
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After an all-night send-off party for the troops, a small-town girl wakes up to find herself married and pregnant, but with no memory of her husband's identity. (98 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
11.
The Punch Bowl (1944)
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A successful writer, home-schooled in his youth, masquerades as a student at a secondary school to experience all the fun and pranks he missed out on. (97 mins.)
Director: Helmut Weiss
 
12.
Murder, My Sweet (1944)
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After being hired to find an ex-con's former girlfriend, Philip Marlowe is drawn into a deeply complex web of mystery and deceit. (95 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
 
13.
The Private Life of a Cat (1947 Documentary)
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Two cats have a litter of 5 kittens and then nurse, teach and play with them. (22 mins.)
 
14.
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
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A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family. (118 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
15.
The Children Are Watching Us (1944)
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A four-year old boy, Pricò, becomes the subject of emotional folly by his fluctuant parents and inattentive relatives. (84 mins.)
 
16.
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
 
17.
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
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In the year leading up to 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.)
 
18.
The Uninvited (1944)
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A composer and his sister discover that the reason they are able to purchase a beautiful gothic seacoast mansion very cheaply is the house's unsavory past. (99 mins.)
Director: Lewis Allen
 
19.
Torment (1944)
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An idealistic adolescent, suffering under the thumb of a sadistic schoolmaster, falls in love with a loose girl who is bullied and tormented by another lover. (101 mins.)
Director: Alf Sjöberg
 
20.
Phantom Lady (1944)
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A beautiful secretary risks her life to try to find the elusive woman who may prove her boss didn't murder his selfish wife. (87 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
 
21.
The Great Moment (1944)
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The biography of Dr. W. T. Morgan, a 19th century Boston dentist, during his quest to have anesthesia, in the form of ether, accepted by the public and the medical and dental establishment. (83 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
22.
The Curse of the Cat People (1944)
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The young, friendless daughter of Oliver and Alice Reed befriends her father's dead first wife and an aging, reclusive actress. (70 mins.)
 
23.
Since You Went Away (1944)
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With her husband away to fight in World War II, a housewife struggles to care for their two daughters - and a pair of lodgers who have moved in - alone. (177 mins.)
Director: John Cromwell
 
24.
The Scarlet Claw (1944)
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When a gentlewoman is found dead with her throat torn out, the villagers blame a supernatural monster. But Sherlock Holmes, who gets drawn into the case from nearby Quebec, suspects a human murderer. (74 mins.)
 
25.
Lifeboat (1944)
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Several survivors of a torpedoed ship find themselves in the same boat with one of the men who sunk it. (97 mins.)
 
26.
The Battle of China (1944 Documentary)
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The Official World War II US Government account of Chinese defense against Japanese aggression. (65 mins.)
 
27.
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
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In the wake of Pearl Harbor, a young lieutenant leaves his expectant wife to volunteer for a secret bombing mission which will take the war to the Japanese homeland. (138 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
28.
Ministry of Fear (1944)
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Stephen Neale has just been released from an asylum during World War 2 in England when he stumbles on a deadly Nazi spy plot by accident, and tries to stop it. (86 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
29.
The Lodger (1944)
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A landlady suspects her new lodger is Jack the Ripper. (84 mins.)
Director: John Brahm
 
30.
At Land (1946 Short Film)
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Silently, a woman wakes on a beach as the tides go in reverse. Her dreamscape unfolds as she tries to locate a chess piece traveling from the beach to a party to a country road and then back. (15 mins.)
Director: Maya Deren
 
31.
The Pearl of Death (1944)
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When a valuable pearl with a sinister reputation is stolen, Sherlock Holmes must investigate its link to a series of brutal murders. (69 mins.)
 
32.
National Velvet (1944)
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A jaded former jockey helps a young girl prepare a wild but gifted horse for England's Grand National Sweepstakes. (123 mins.)
Director: Clarence Brown
 
33.
The Sullivans (1944)
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The lives of a close-knit group of brothers growing up in Iowa during the days of the Great Depression... (112 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
 
34.
Wilson (1944)
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A chronicle of the political career of US President Woodrow Wilson. (154 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
35.
Mr. Skeffington (1944)
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Popular and beautiful Fanny Trellis is forced into a loveless marriage with an older man, Jewish banker Job Skeffington, in order to save her beloved brother Trippy from an embezzlement charge, and predictable complications result. (146 mins.)
Director: Vincent Sherman
 
36.
The Spider Woman (1943)
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Sherlock Holmes investigates a series of so-called "pajama suicides". He knows the female villain behind them is as cunning as Moriarty and as venomous as a spider. (63 mins.)
 
37.
Greenwich Village (1944)
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In 1922, a would-be classical composer gets involved with people putting on a musical revue. (82 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
38.
The Suspect (1944)
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In 1902 London, unhappily married Philip Marshall meets young Mary Gray, who is unemployed and depressed... (85 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
 
39.
Something for the Boys (1944)
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The oddly-assorted Hart cousins: revue singer Blossom, con man Harry, and machinist Chiquita (who gets radio through her teeth!)... (87 mins.)
Director: Lewis Seiler
 
40.
Cover Girl (1944)
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Rusty Parker wins a contest and becomes a celebrated cover girl; this endangers her romance with dancing mentor Danny. (107 mins.)
Director: Charles Vidor
 
41.
In Society (1944)
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Two bumbling plumbers are hired by a socialite to fix a leak. A case of mistaken identity gets the pair... (75 mins.)
Director: Jean Yarbrough
 
42.
This Happy Breed (1944)
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Noel Coward's attempt to show how the ordinary people lived between the wars. Just after WWI the Gibbons family moves to a nice house in the suburbs... (114 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
43.
When Strangers Marry (1944)
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A naive small-town girl comes to New York City to meet her husband, and discovers that he may be a murderer. (67 mins.)
Director: William Castle
 
44.
Going My Way (1944)
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Father Charles O'Mailey, a young priest at a financially failing Church in a tough neighborhood, gains support and inspires his superior. (126 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
 
45.
The Three Caballeros (1944)
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Donald receives his birthday gifts, which include traditional gifts and information about Brazil (hosted by Zé Carioca) and Mexico (by Panchito, a Mexican Charro Rooster). (71 mins.)
 
46.
The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress (1944 Documentary)
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Documentary about the 25th and last bombing mission of a B17, the "Memphis Belle". The "Memphis Belle"... (45 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
47.
The Way Ahead (1944)
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A group of conscripts are called up into the infantry during WWII. At first they appear a hopeless bunch... (115 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
 
48.
Bathing Beauty (1944)
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A contrived misunderstanding leads to the breakup of a songwriter and his fiancée. She returns to work as a gym teacher at an all-girls school, but a legal loophole allows the man to enroll as one of her students. (101 mins.)
Director: George Sidney
 
49.
Passage to Marseille (1944)
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Five patriotic convicts are helped to escape imprisonment in Devil's Island so they can fight for occupied Free French forces against the Nazis. (109 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
50.
Wing and a Prayer (1944)
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An aircraft carrier is sent on a decoy mission around the Pacific, with orders to avoid combat, thus... (97 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
51.
I'll Be Seeing You (1944)
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A soldier suffering from combat fatigue meets a young woman on Christmas furlough from prison and their mutual loneliness blossoms into romance. (85 mins.)
 
52.
Screwball Squirrel (1944 Short Film)
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A screwy squirrel provokes a pedigreed birddog to chase him throughout the picture. (7 mins.)
Director: Tex Avery
 
53.
Jammin' the Blues (1944 Short Film)
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Created under the guidance of jazz impresario and Verve Records founder Norman Granz, this short captures the spontaneity of a jam session and is one of few film records of black jazzers of the day including tenor sax legend Lester Young. (10 mins.)
Director: Gjon Mili
 
54.
House of Frankenstein (1944)
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An evil scientist and his hunchbacked assistant escape from prison and encounter Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's Monster. (71 mins.)
Director: Erle C. Kenton
 
55.
Batty Baseball (1944 Short Film)
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A series of visual gags about baseball. One running gag has an angry fan screaming "Kill the ump!" Be careful what you wish for..... (6 mins.)
Director: Tex Avery
 
56.
Lost in a Harem (1944)
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Two bumbling magicians help a Middle Eastern prince regain his rightful throne from his despotic uncle. (89 mins.)
Director: Charles Riesner
 
57.
Dark Waters (1944)
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A woman returns to the USA after a German u-boat sank her ship, and finds out that someone wants to kill her for her inheritance. (90 mins.)
Director: Andre de Toth
 
58.
Bluebeard (1944)
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In Paris, an artist hires portrait models, and after he finishes their portraits, he strangles them. (72 mins.)
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
 
59.
Happy-Go-Nutty (1944 Short Film)
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The screwy squirrel escapes from Moron Manor, and is chased by the watch dog. (7 mins.)
Director: Tex Avery
 
60.
The Fighting Seabees (1944)
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Construction workers in World War II in the Pacific are needed to build military sites, but the work... (100 mins.)
Director: Edward Ludwig
 
61.
Big Heel-Watha (1944 Short Film)
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To prove he's a true Indian Brave, Big Heel-Watha decides to catch a squirrel - but wouldn't you know it; Screwy Squirrel is the first one he sees... (8 mins.)
Director: Tex Avery