1940s films

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1.
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.)
 
2.
Le Corbeau (1943)
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French village doctor becomes target of poison-pen letters sent to village leaders, accusing him of affairs and practicing abortion. (92 mins.)
 
3.
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.)
 
4.
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
 
5.
Beauty and the Beast (1946)
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A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her. (96 mins.)
Director: Jean Cocteau
 
6.
Day of Wrath (1943)
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The young wife of an aging priest falls in love with his son amidst the horror of a merciless witch hunt in 17th century Denmark. (97 mins.)
 
7.
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
 
8.
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
 
9.
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
 
10.
Le Silence de la Mer (1949)
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1941 in a small town in Nazi occupied France. Against the will of its elderly male and his adult niece residents... (87 mins.)
 
11.
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.)
 
12.
Ossessione (1943)
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Gino, a drifter, begins an affair with inn-owner Giovanna as they plan to get rid of her older husband. (140 mins.)
 
13.
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
 
14.
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
 
15.
Record of a Tenement Gentleman (1947)
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In post-war Japan, a man brings a lost boy to his tenement. No one wants to take the child for even one night; finally... (72 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
16.
Meshes of the Afternoon (1946 Short Film)
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A woman returning home falls asleep and has vivid dreams that may or may not be happening in reality. Through repetitive images and complete mismatching of the objective view of time and space, her dark inner desires play out on-screen. (14 mins.)
 
17.
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
 
18.
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.)
 
19.
I Married a Witch (1942)
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A beautiful 17th-century witch returns to life to plague politician Wallace Wooley, descendant of her persecutor. (77 mins.)
Director: Rene Clair
 
20.
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.)
 
21.
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
 
22.
Late Spring (1949)
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Noriko is twenty-seven years old and still living with her widowed father. Everybody tries to talk her into marrying, but Noriko wants to stay at home caring for her father. (108 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
23.
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
 
24.
Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
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Woodrow is discharged from the military for hay fever, but fabricates receiving an heroic honorable discharge before returning home. (101 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
25.
Murderers Among Us (1946)
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After returning from a concentration camp, Susanne finds an ex-soldier living in her apartment. Together the two try to move past their experiences during WWII. (85 mins.)
 
26.
Inspiration (1949 Short Film)
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An artist takes inspiration from the rain outside. (11 mins.)
Director: Karel Zeman
 
27.
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.)
 
28.
Fires Were Started (1943)
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A new man joins the civilian firefighters at a London unit during the Second World War. He meets his fellow firemen and firewomen... (63 mins.)
 
29.
Dreams That Money Can Buy (1947)
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After learning how to look inside himself, a poetic bum sells people vivid dreams. (99 mins.)
Director: Hans Richter
 
30.
Begone Dull Care (1949 Short Film)
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Abstract images drawn directly onto the film are accompanied by three pieces of jazz performed by the Oscar Peterson trio. (8 mins.)
 
31.
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.)
 
32.
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.)
 
33.
The Reckless Moment (1949)
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After discovering the dead body of her teenage daughter's lover, a housewife takes desperate measures to protect her family from scandal. (82 mins.)
Director: Max Opuls
 
34.
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.)
 
35.
Les Visiteurs du Soir (1942)
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At the end of the 15th century, two minstrels Gilles and Dominique come from nowhere into the castle of Baron Hugues... (120 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
 
36.
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.)
 
37.
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
 
38.
Harmonia (1948 Short Film)
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A boy dreams of buying and playing a Harmonia. (10 mins.)
Director: Wojciech Has
 
39.
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
 
40.
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.)
 
41.
Motion Painting No. 1 (1947 Short Film)
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A short painted film by Oskar Fishchinger which films images to the music of Johann Bach. (11 mins.)
 
42.
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
 
43.
María Candelaria (Xochimilco) (1944)
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In Xochimilco 1909, María Candelaria and Lorenzo Rafael long for getting married but the odds are against them... (102 mins.)
 
44.
Puce Moment (1949 Short Film)
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A soundtrack plays folk rock as a woman prepares, at noon, to take her Borzois for a walk. She goes through her dresses... (6 mins.)
Director: Anger
 
45.
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.)
 
46.
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.)
 
47.
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
 
48.
Le sang des bêtes (1949 Documentary)
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An early example of ultra-realism, this movie contrasts the quiet, bucolic life in the outskirts of Paris with the harsh... (22 mins.)
Director: Georges Franju
 
49.
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
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From the Boer War through World War II, a soldier rises through the ranks in the British military. (163 mins.)
 
50.
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.)