mightysparks's Favourite Films of the 1940s

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1.
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
 
2.
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
 
3.
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
 
4.
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.)
 
5.
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
 
6.
Love Story (1943)
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In Paris in 1887, Irène works as a governess to Douce, the grand-daughter of the dowager Countess de Bonafé... (104 mins.)
 
7.
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.)
 
8.
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
 
9.
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
 
10.
Under the Bridges (1946)
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Two barge skippers fall in love with the same woman. (99 mins.)
Director: Helmut Käutner
 
11.
4 passi fra le nuvole (1942)
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A family man travelling for work, Paolo Bianchi, meets on a train a lonely girl, Maria. He sees her... (95 mins.)
 
12.
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
 
13.
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.)
 
14.
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
 
15.
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
 
16.
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
 
17.
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.)
 
18.
Five Graves to Cairo (1943)
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During World War II, an undercover British soldier tries get word to the Allies that the Germans have tons of supplies buried in five excavations across Egypt. (96 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
19.
The Major and the Minor (1942)
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A woman disguises herself as a child to save on a train fare and is taken in charge by an army man who doesn't notice the truth. (100 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
20.
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.)
 
21.
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.)
 
22.
Rebecca (1940)
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A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife. (130 mins.)
 
23.
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.)
 
24.
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
 
25.
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
 
26.
Anjô-ke no butôkai (1947)
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After Japan's loss in the war, the wealthy, cultured, liberal Anjo family have to give up their mansion and their way of life... (89 mins.)
 
27.
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.)
 
28.
The Little Foxes (1941)
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The ruthless, moneyed Hubbard clan lives in, and poisons, their part of the deep South at the turn of the twentieth century. (116 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
29.
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.)
 
30.
And Then There Were None (1945)
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Seven guests, a newly hired personal secretary and two staff are gathered on an isolated island by an absent host and someone begins killing them off one by one. They work together to determine who is the killer? (97 mins.)
Director: Rene Clair