Best films, 1945

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1.
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
 
2.
Children of Paradise (1945)
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The theatrical life of a beautiful courtesan and the four men who love her. (189 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
 
3.
Rome, Open City (1945)
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During the Nazi occupation of Rome in 1944, resistance leader Giorgio Manfredi is chased by Nazis and he seeks refuge and escape. (103 mins.)
 
4.
Les dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945)
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A society lady engineers a marriage between her lover and a cabaret dancer who is essentially a prostitute. (86 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
5.
Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)
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At the height of the Roman Civil War, a young Cleopatra meets a middle-aged Julius Caesar who teaches her how to rule Egypt. (138 mins.)
Director: Gabriel Pascal
 
6.
Detour (1945)
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Chance events trap hitch-hiker Al Roberts in a tightening net of film noir trouble. (67 mins.)
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
 
7.
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
 
8.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
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Encouraged by her idealistic if luckless father, a bright and imaginative young woman comes of age in a Brooklyn tenement during the early 1900s. (129 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
9.
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
 
10.
Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
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A writer falls in love with a young socialite and they are married soon after, but her obsessive love for him threatens to be the undoing of both them and everyone else around them. (110 mins.)
Director: John M. Stahl
 
11.
Dead of Night (1945)
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An architect senses impending doom as his half-remembered recurring dream turns into reality. The guests at the country house encourage him to stay as they take turns telling supernatural tales. (103 mins.)
 
12.
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
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A corrupt young man somehow keeps his youthful beauty, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all. (110 mins.)
Director: Albert Lewin
 
13.
'I Know Where I'm Going!' (1945)
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Joan Webster is an ambitious and stubborn middle-class English woman determined to move forward since her childhood... (91 mins.)
 
14.
The Clock (1945)
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Soldier Joe Allen is on a two-day leave in New York, and there he meets Alice. She agrees to show him the sights and they spend the day together... (90 mins.)
 
15.
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.)
 
16.
The Spiral Staircase (1946)
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In 1916, a shadowy serial killer is targeting women with "afflictions"; one night during a thunderstorm, the mute Helen feels menaced. (83 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
 
17.
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
 
18.
The Wicked Lady (1945)
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17th-century beauty Barbara Worth starts her career of crime by stealing her best friend's bridegroom... (104 mins.)
Director: Leslie Arliss
 
19.
Murder, He Says (1945)
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A pollster stumbles on a family of murderous hillbillies, and joins in their search for hidden treasure. (91 mins.)
Director: George Marshall
 
20.
The Southerner (1945)
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The life of the poor Tucker family, that worked as cotton pluggers and decided to get their own ground, but nature is against them. (92 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
21.
Hangover Square (1945)
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A promising classical musician finds his life poisoned by a music hall dancer -- and by the strange gaps in his memory. (77 mins.)
Director: John Brahm
 
22.
Conflict (1945)
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An engineer trapped in an unhappy marriage murders his wife in the hope of marrying her younger sister. (86 mins.)
 
23.
State Fair (1945)
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The Frake family attends the annual Iowa State Fair; each member of the clan has their own reason for doing so. (100 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
24.
Scarlet Street (1945)
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When a man in mid-life crisis befriends a young woman, her venal fiancé persuades her to con him out of the fortune they mistakenly assume he possesses. (103 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
25.
Road to Utopia (1945)
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At the turn of the century, Duke and Chester, two vaudeville performers, go to Alaska to make their fortune... (90 mins.)
Director: Hal Walker
 
26.
The Naughty Nineties (1945)
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When their captain is swindled out of his riverboat by a trio of gamblers, stage show star Abbott and his bumbling sidekick Costello must put things right. (76 mins.)
Director: Jean Yarbrough
 
27.
The House of Fear (1945)
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Sherlock Holmes investigates a series of deaths at a castle with each foretold by the delivery of orange pips to the victims. (69 mins.)
 
28.
The Body Snatcher (1945)
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A ruthless doctor and his young prize student find themselves continually harassed by their murderous supplier of illegal cadavers. (77 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
29.
They Were Expendable (1945)
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A dramatized account of the role of the American PT Boats in the defense of the Philippines in World War II. (135 mins.)
 
30.
A Royal Scandal (1945)
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In 18th century Russia,the naive and idealistic lieutenant Chernov meets Empress Catherine the Great who becomes infatuated with him and appoints him Chief of the Imperial Guard. (94 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
31.
Pursuit to Algiers (1945)
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Holmes is recruited to escort the heir to a European throne safely back to his homeland after his father's assassination. (65 mins.)
 
32.
A Diary for Timothy (1945 Documentary)
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This brief documentary-style film presents the status of Great Britain near the end of the Second World... (40 mins.)
 
33.
Fallen Angel (1945)
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A slick con man arrives in a small town looking to make some money, but soon gets more than he bargained for. (98 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
34.
A Bell for Adano (1945)
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In WW2, U.S. Army Major Joppolo and his troops are tasked with administering the war damaged Italian town of Adano where the locals decry the loss of the town bell. (103 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
35.
The House on 92nd Street (1945)
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Bill Dietrich becomes a double agent for the FBI in a Nazi spy ring. (88 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
36.
Story of G.I. Joe (1945)
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During WW2, Pulitzer prize winner and war correspondent Ernie Pyle joins the army and writes articles about his comrades in his daily columns. (108 mins.)
 
37.
The Enchanted Cottage (1945)
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A homely maid and a scarred ex-GI meet at the cottage where she works and where he was to spend his honeymoon prior to his accident... (91 mins.)
Director: John Cromwell
 
38.
The Last Chance (1945)
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Escaping a Nazi prison train in war-torn Italy, an American and a British soldier set out for the Swiss border and find themselves leading a multi-national party of refugees for the Italian underground. (113 mins.)
 
39.
The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)
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At a big city Catholic school, Father O'Malley and Sister Benedict indulge in friendly rivalry, and succeed in extending the school through the gift of a building. (126 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
 
40.
My Name Is Julia Ross (1945)
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Julia Ross secures employment, through a rather nosy employment agency, with a wealthy widow, Mrs. Hughes... (65 mins.)
Director: Joseph H. Lewis
 
41.
Here Come the Co-eds (1945)
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Two bumblers become caretakers at an all-girls college. During their misadventures, the duo raise money to free the school from its traditionally-minded landlord. (90 mins.)
Director: Jean Yarbrough
 
42.
Along Came Jones (1945)
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A good-natured saddle tramp traveling with his sidekick, is mistaken for a ruthless outlaw with a price on his head. (90 mins.)
Director: Stuart Heisler
 
43.
The Woman in Green (1945)
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Sherlock Holmes investigates when young women around London turn up murdered, each with a finger severed off. Scotland Yard suspects a madman, but Holmes believes the killings to be part of a diabolical plot. (90 mins.)
 
44.
Quiet Please! (1945 Short Film)
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The bulldog wants to take a nap. Tom wants to chase Jerry around the house. Naps and noise don't mix, and so the bulldog threatens Tom to keep quiet or else. (7 mins.)
 
45.
The Shooting of Dan McGoo (1945 Short Film)
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This starts off as an adaptation of Robert Service's poem 'The Shooting of Dan McGrew', complete with... (8 mins.)
Director: Tex Avery
 
46.
Isle of the Dead (1945)
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On a Greek island during the 1912 war, several people are trapped by quarantine for the plague. If that isn't enough worry... (71 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
 
47.
Tarzan and the Amazons (1945)
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A group of archaeologists asks Tarzan to help them find an ancient city in a hidden valley of women. He refuses, but Boy is tricked into doing the job. The queen of the women asks Tarzan to help them. (76 mins.)
Director: Kurt Neumann
 
48.
A Walk in the Sun (1945)
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During WWII, a platoon of American soldiers trudge through the Italian countryside in search of a bridge they have been ordered to blow up, encountering danger and destruction along the way. (117 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
 
49.
The Thin Man Goes Home (1945)
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Nick and Nora visit Nick's hometown, and end up involved in a murder. (100 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
 
50.
House of Dracula (1945)
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Count Dracula and the Wolf Man seek cures for their afflictions; a hunchbacked woman, a mad scientist and Frankenstein's Monster have their own troubles. (67 mins.)
Director: Erle C. Kenton
 
51.
Madonna of the Seven Moons (1945)
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In the early part of this century, Maddelena a teenage Italian girl, is attacked whilst walking in the woods... (110 mins.)
Director: Arthur Crabtree
 
52.
Captain Kidd (1945)
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The unhistorical adventures of pirate Captain Kidd revolve around treasure and treachery. (90 mins.)
Director: Rowland V. Lee
 
53.
The Great Flamarion (1945)
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Flamarion, expert marksman, is entertaining people in a show which features Connie, beautiful woman and her husband Al... (78 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
54.
Swing Shift Cinderella (1945 Short Film)
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Bored with chasing Red Riding Hood, the Wolf decides to go after Cinderella, but her fairy godmother takes a shine to him instead - and has an arsenal of magical powers to help achieve her ends. (8 mins.)
Director: Tex Avery
 
55.
Strange Illusion (1945)
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Paul, a young man whose father was once lieutenant Governor of California before his untimely death... (87 mins.)
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
 
56.
War Comes to America (1945 Documentary)
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Part VII of the "Why We Fight" series of wartime documentaries. This entry attempts to describe the factors leading up to America's entry into the Second World War. (70 mins.)
 
57.
The Bullfighters (1945)
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Bumbling detective Stan Laurel disguises himself as a famous matador in order to hide from the vengeful Richard K. Muldoon, who spent time in prison on Stan's bogus testimony. (61 mins.)
Director: Mal St. Clair
 
58.
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood (1945)
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When two bumbling barbers act as agents for a talented but unknown singer, they stage a phony murder in order to get him a plum role. (83 mins.)
Director: S. Sylvan Simon
 
59.
Wild and Woolfy (1945 Short Film)
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The Wolf rides into town, terrorises it, kidnaps the girl, and is chased by the outraged townspeople... (8 mins.)
Director: Tex Avery
 
60.
Doll Face (1945)
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Burlesque star (Blaine) makes it in the big time. (80 mins.)
Director: Lewis Seiler
 
61.
Le vampire (1945 Documentary)
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A short look at the vampire bat sucking blood from a guinea pig. (9 mins.)
Director: Jean Painlevé
 
62.
Visual Variations on Noguchi (1945 Short Film)
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A voice occasionally says a word or two: "on the sidewalk" or "lithium" or a woman's name. A hand-held camera frames parts of sculptures... (4 mins.)
Director: Marie Menken
 
63.
A Study in Choreography for Camera (1946 Short Film)
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A man dances in several locations, edited to have a fluent effect. (4 mins.)
Director: Maya Deren
 
64.
The Screwy Truant (1945 Short Film)
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Screwy Squirrel is pursued by a truant officer. (7 mins.)
Director: Tex Avery
 
65.
Jerky Turkey (1945 Short Film)
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The Pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock and found a colony. A very large number of Pilgrims can be seen standing in line... (7 mins.)
Director: Tex Avery