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1.
The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
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After being tricked and cast out of Bagdad by the evil Jaffar, King Ahmad joins forces with a thief named Abu to reclaim his throne, the city, and the Princess he loves. (106 mins.)
 
2.
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.)
 
3.
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
 
4.
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
 
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.
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.)
 
7.
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.)
 
8.
Rebecca (1940)
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A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife. (130 mins.)
 
9.
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.)
 
10.
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. (87 mins.)
Director: Max Opuls
 
11.
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.)
 
12.
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
 
13.
Song of the South (1946)
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The kindly story-teller Uncle Remus tells a young boy stories about trickster Br'er Rabbit, who outwits Br'er Fox and slow-witted Br'er Bear. (94 mins.)
 
14.
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
 
15.
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
 
16.
How Green Was My Valley (1941)
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At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans, he stern, she gentle, raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life. (118 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
17.
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.)
 
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.
High Sierra (1941)
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After being released from prison, notorious thief Roy Earle is hired by his old boss to help a group of inexperienced criminals plan and carry out the robbery of a California resort. (100 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
20.
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
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When a posse catches up three men suspected of killing a local farmer, some of them become strongly divided on whether or not to lynch the men. (75 mins.)
 
21.
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
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A young woman discovers her visiting uncle may not be the man he seems to be. (108 mins.)
 
22.
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.)
 
23.
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
 
24.
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
 
25.
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
 
26.
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
 
27.
Louisiana Story (1948)
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The idyllic life of a young Cajun boy and his pet raccoon is disrupted when the tranquility of the bayou is broken by an oil well drilling near his home. (78 mins.)
Director: Robert Flaherty
 
28.
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
 
29.
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
 
30.
The Red Shoes (1948)
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A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina. (134 mins.)
 
31.
Fort Apache (1948)
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At Fort Apache, an honorable and veteran war captain finds conflict when his regime is placed under the command of a young, glory hungry lieutenant colonel with no respect for the local Indian tribe. (125 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
32.
Mom and Dad (1945)
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Because a high school girl's parents refuse to discuss sex education (called "personal hygiene" in the film) with her... (97 mins.)
 
33.
Dick Tracy (1945)
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Police detective Dick Tracy must identify and apprehend a serial killer known as Splitface. (61 mins.)
Director: William Berke
 
34.
The Mark of Zorro (1940)
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A young aristocrat must masquerade as a fop in order to maintain his secret identity of Zorro as he restores justice to early California. (94 mins.)
 
35.
Sinbad, the Sailor (1947)
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In medieval Persia, during the rule of Caliph Harun-Al-Rashid, Sinbad the Sailor boasts about his latest adventures to his friends. (116 mins.)
Director: Richard Wallace
 
36.
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
 
37.
Brighton Rock (1947)
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Pinkie Brown is a small-town hoodlum whose gang runs a protection racket based at Brighton race course... (92 mins.)
Director: John Boulting
 
38.
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.)
 
39.
The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
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The story of the life and career of the famed baseball player, Lou Gehrig. (128 mins.)
Director: Sam Wood
 
40.
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
 
41.
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
 
42.
Pursued (1947)
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Brought up by a neighboring family in the 1880s, an orphan grows up haunted by nightmares of a childhood trauma in which his own family was killed. (101 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
43.
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
 
44.
Captain from Castile (1947)
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The invasion of Mexico by Cortez, as seen by a young Spanish officer fleeing the Inquisition. (140 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
45.
Foreign Correspondent (1940)
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On the eve of World War II, a young American reporter tries to expose enemy agents in London. (120 mins.)
 
46.
The Long Voyage Home (1940)
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Aboard the freighter Glencairn, the lives of the crew are lived out in fear, loneliness, suspicion and cameraderie... (105 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
47.
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
 
48.
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
 
49.
Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
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A reporter pretends to be Jewish in order to cover a story on anti-Semitism, and personally discovers the true depths of bigotry and hatred. (118 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
50.
This Gun for Hire (1942)
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When assassin Philip Raven shoots a blackmailer and his beautiful female companion dead, he is paid off in marked bills by his treasonous employer who is working with foreign spies. (81 mins.)
Director: Frank Tuttle
 
51.
Kiss of Death (1947)
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With his law-breaking lifestyle in the past, an ex-con, along with his family, attempt to start a new life, knowing a betrayed someone from the past is bound to see otherwise. (99 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
52.
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
 
53.
Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)
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Johnny Brett and King Shaw are an unsuccessful dance team in New York. A producer discovers Brett as the new partner for Clare Bennett, but Brett, who thinks he is one of the people they lent money to gives him the name of his partner. (102 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
 
54.
Saboteur (1942)
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Aircraft factory worker Barry Kane goes on the run across the United States when he is wrongly accused of starting a fire that killed his best friend. (109 mins.)
 
55.
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
 
56.
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.)
 
57.
The Fountainhead (1949)
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An uncompromising, visionary architect struggles to maintain his integrity and individualism despite personal, professional and economic pressures to conform to popular standards. (114 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
58.
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
 
59.
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
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Captain Nathan Brittles, on the eve of retirement, takes out a last patrol to stop an impending massive Indian attack. Encumbered by women who must be evacuated, Brittles finds his mission imperiled. (103 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
60.
Samson and Delilah (1949)
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When strongman Samson rejects the love of the beautiful Philistine woman Delilah, she seeks vengeance that brings horrible consequences they both regret. (131 mins.)
 
61.
Road to Singapore (1940)
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Bing Crosby and Bob Hope star in the first of the 'Road to' movies as two playboys trying to forget previous romances in Singapore - until they meet Dorothy Lamour. (85 mins.)
 
62.
Road to Zanzibar (1941)
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Stranded in Africa, Chuck and his pal Fearless have comic versions of jungle adventures, featuring two attractive con-women. (91 mins.)
 
63.
Road to Morocco (1942)
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Two carefree castaways on a desert shore find an Arabian Nights city, where they compete for the luscious Princess Shalmar. (82 mins.)
Director: David Butler
 
64.
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
 
65.
Road to Rio (1947)
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Two inept vaudevillians stow away on a Brazilian-bound ocean liner and foil a plot by a sinister hypnotist to marry off her niece to a greedy fortune hunter. (100 mins.)
 
66.
Northwest Passage (1940)
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Langdon Towne and Hunk Marriner join Major Rogers' Rangers as they wipe out an Indian village. They set out for Fort Wentworth, but when they arrive they find no soldiers and none of the supplies they expected. (126 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
67.
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.)
 
68.
Three Strangers (1946)
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Three strangers, each with a serious problem in their lives, share a sweepstakes ticket which they wished upon together before a Chinese idol. (92 mins.)
Director: Jean Negulesco
 
69.
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
 
70.
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, until one of them falls in love with him. (94 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
71.
The Fugitive (1947)
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Anti-Catholic and anti-cleric policies in the Mexican state of Tabasco lead the revolutionary government to persecute the state's last remaining priest. (104 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
72.
Lady on a Train (1945)
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While waiting at a train station, Nikki Collins witnesses a murder from a nearby building. When she brings the police to the scene of the crime... (94 mins.)
Director: Charles David
 
73.
Call Northside 777 (1948)
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Chicago reporter P.J. McNeal re-opens a ten year old murder case. (112 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
74.
They Drive by Night (1940)
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Two brothers struggle as wildcat truck drivers; one comes to harm, the other is accused of his friend's murder. (95 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
75.
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
 
76.
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
 
77.
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.)
 
78.
A Woman's Face (1941)
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A female blackmailer with a disfiguring facial scar meets a plastic surgeon who offers her the possibility of looking like a normal woman. (106 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
79.
Man Hunt (1941)
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British hunter Thorndike vacationing in Bavaria has Hitler in his gun sight. He is captured, beaten, left for dead, and escapes back to London where he is hounded by German agents and aided by a young woman. (105 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
80.
Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
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A hard-as-nails general takes over a bomber unit suffering from low morale and whips them into fighting shape. (132 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
81.
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