1940s

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1.
Casablanca (1942)
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In Casablanca in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
2.
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
 
3.
The Great Dictator (1940)
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Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime. (125 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
 
4.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
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An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. (130 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
5.
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.)
 
6.
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
 
7.
The Pied Piper (1942)
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While traveling in France during the Nazi invasion of 1940, an Englishman is entrusted with the care of a group of refugee children. (87 mins.)
Director: Irving Pichel
 
8.
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
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In post-war Italy, a working-class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it. (89 mins.)
 
9.
Now, Voyager (1942)
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A frumpy spinster blossoms under therapy and becomes an elegant, independent woman. (117 mins.)
Director: Irving Rapper
 
10.
Hamlet (1948)
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Prince Hamlet struggles over whether or not he should kill his uncle, whom he suspects has murdered his father, the former king. (154 mins.)
 
11.
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
 
12.
His Girl Friday (1940)
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A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying. (92 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
13.
The Naked City (1948)
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New York City film noir about two detectives investigating the death of an attractive young woman. The apparent suicide turns out to be murder. (96 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
 
14.
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
 
15.
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
 
16.
Rebecca (1940)
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A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife. (130 mins.)
 
17.
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
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A poor Midwest family is forced off their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression. (129 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
18.
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
 
19.
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. (170 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
20.
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
 
21.
Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
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A suave but cynical man supports his family by marrying and murdering rich women for their money, but the job has some occupational hazards. (124 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
 
22.
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.)
 
23.
Cat People (1942)
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An American man marries a Serbian immigrant who fears that she will turn into the cat person of her homeland's fables if they are intimate together. (73 mins.)
 
24.
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.)
 
25.
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
 
26.
I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
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A Canadian nurse is hired to care for the wife of a sugar plantation owner, who has been acting strangely, on a Caribbean island. (69 mins.)
 
27.
Nightmare Alley (1947)
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The rise and fall of Stanton Carlisle, a mentalist whose lies and deceit prove to be his downfall. (110 mins.)
Director: Edmund Goulding
 
28.
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
 
29.
Objective, Burma! (1945)
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A platoon of special ops are tasked to parachute into the remote Burmese jungle and destroy a strategic Japanese radar station, but getting out isn't as easy. (142 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
30.
Oliver Twist (1948)
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An orphan named Oliver Twist meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master. (116 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
31.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
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When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. (96 mins.)
Director: George Seaton
 
32.
The Wolf Man (1941)
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A practical man returns to his homeland, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist. (70 mins.)
Director: George Waggner
 
33.
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
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An animated adaptation of "The Wind in the Willows" followed by an adaptation of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". (68 mins.)
 
34.
Sahara (1943)
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After the fall of Tobruk in 1942, during the Allied retreat in the Libyan desert, an American tank picks-up a motley group of survivors but they face advancing Germans and a lack of water. (97 mins.)
Director: Zoltan Korda
 
35.
L'espoir (1945)
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1937, during the spanish civil war, at Teruel. The fight of the Republicans (with very poor means but... (76 mins.)
 
36.
Black Narcissus (1947)
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After opening a convent in the Himalayas, five nuns encounter conflict and tension - both with the natives and also within their own group - as they attempt to adapt to their remote, exotic surroundings. (100 mins.)
 
37.
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
 
38.
Hellzapoppin' (1941)
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Olsen and Johnson, a pair of stage comedians, try to turn their play into a movie and bring together a young couple in love, while breaking the fourth wall every step of the way. (84 mins.)
Director: H.C. Potter
 
39.
Four Flights to Love (1940)
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Before World War I in Paris, a budding artist, Pierre Leblanc, falls in love and marries Janine, a dressmaker's assistant... (103 mins.)
Director: Abel Gance
 
40.
To Be or Not to Be (1942)
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During the Nazi occupation of Poland, an acting troupe becomes embroiled in a Polish soldier's efforts to track down a German spy. (99 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
41.
The Face Behind the Mask (1941)
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A disfigured watchmaker with a grudge against society embarks on a life of crime. (69 mins.)
Director: Robert Florey
 
42.
Angel on My Shoulder (1946)
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The Devil arranges for a deceased gangster to return to Earth as a well-respected judge to make up for his previous life. (100 mins.)
Director: Archie Mayo
 
43.
The Black Swan (1942)
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An ex-pirate contends with rowdy buccaneers and a love-hate relationship with an aristocratic woman who's tougher than she seems. (87 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
44.
Duel in the Sun (1946)
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Beautiful half-breed Pearl Chavez becomes the ward of her dead father's first love and finds herself torn between her sons, one good and the other bad. (129 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
45.
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
 
46.
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
 
47.
All the King's Men (1949)
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The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal. (110 mins.)
Director: Robert Rossen
 
48.
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
 
49.
Sleep, My Love (1948)
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Alison Courtland wakes up in the middle of the night on board a train, but she cannot remember how she got there. Danger and suspense ensue. (97 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
50.
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.)
 
51.
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
 
52.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
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Dr. Jekyll allows his dark side to run wild when he drinks a potion that turns him into the evil Mr. Hyde. (113 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
53.
Phantom of the Opera (1943)
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A disfigured violinist haunts the Paris Opera House. (92 mins.)
Director: Arthur Lubin
 
54.
Black Friday (1940)
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Dr. Sovac transplants the brain of a gangster into his professor friend's body to save his life, but there is a side effect that causes a dangerous split personality. (70 mins.)
Director: Arthur Lubin
 
55.
Man Made Monster (1941)
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A mad scientist turns a man into an electrically-controlled monster to do his bidding. (59 mins.)
Director: George Waggner
 
56.
The Black Cat (1941)
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Elderly Henrietta Winslow lives in an isolated mansion with her housekeeper and beloved cats. As her health fails, her greedy relatives gather in anticipation of her death. (70 mins.)
 
57.
Flesh and Fantasy (1943)
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An anthology of three loosely connected occult tales, with ironic and romantic twists. (94 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
 
58.
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.)
 
59.
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
 
60.
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.)
 
61.
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
 
62.
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
 
63.
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
 
64.
Red River (1948)
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Dunson leads a cattle drive, the culmination of over 14 years of work, to its destination in Missouri. But his tyrannical behavior along the way causes a mutiny, led by his adopted son. (133 mins.)
 
65.
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
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The spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved. (88 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
66.
Germany Year Zero (1948)
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A young German boy faces the problems of the tough life in the immediate post WWII Berlin. (78 mins.)
 
67.
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.)
 
68.
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
 
69.
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
 
70.
The Pirate (1948)
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A girl is engaged to the local richman, but meanwhile she has dreams about the legendary pirate Macoco. A traveling singer falls in love with her and to impress her he poses as the pirate. (102 mins.)
 
71.
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
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When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself. (112 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
72.
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
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In 1900, a young widow finds her seaside cottage is haunted...and forms a unique relationship with the ghost. (104 mins.)