1948: My Fave Movies of that Year

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1.
Return of the Bad Men (1948)
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When part of Oklahoma Territory becomes officially part of the U.S., Vance Cordrell is forced to deal with some of the most infamous outlaws of the Old West. (90 mins.)
Director: Ray Enright
 
2.
Fury at Furnace Creek (1948)
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Two sons of a general try to prove that he did not give an order that resulted in the Indian massacre of a wagon train and army fort. (88 mins.)
 
3.
Oliver Twist (1948)
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Based on the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist is about an orphan boy who runs away from a workhouse and meets a pickpocket on the streets of London... (116 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
4.
No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948)
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John Blandish is worth $100 million. His heiress daughter is soon to be wed to Foster Harvey, who believes she's a cold... (102 mins.)
 
5.
Easter Parade (1948)
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A nightclub performer hires a naive chorus girl to become his new dance partner to make his former partner jealous and to prove he can make any partner a star. (107 mins.)
Director: Charles Walters
 
6.
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
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Set in Post-WWII Italy, a working class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it. (89 mins.)
 
7.
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
 
8.
State of the Union (1948)
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An industrialist is urged to run for President, but this requires uncomfortable compromises on both political and marital levels. (124 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
9.
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
 
10.
Coroner Creek (1948)
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A man is bent on taking revenge on those responsible for his fiance's death. (90 mins.)
Director: Ray Enright
 
11.
The Man from Colorado (1948)
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Two friends return home after their discharge from the army after the Civil War. However, one of them... (100 mins.)
Director: Henry Levin
 
12.
The Big Clock (1948)
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A career-oriented magazine editor finds himself on the run when he discovers his boss is framing him for murder. (95 mins.)
Director: John Farrow
 
13.
Wake of the Red Witch (1948)
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During the 1860s in the South Pacific, Capt. Ralls, skipper of the Red Witch, has a series of adventures involving sunken gold bullion, pearls, natives, an unscrupulous ship owner and a giant octopus. (106 mins.)
Director: Edward Ludwig
 
14.
Force of Evil (1948)
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An unethical lawyer, with an older brother he wants to help, becomes a partner with a client in the numbers racket. (78 mins.)
 
15.
I Remember Mama (1948)
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The ups and downs of a Norwegian immigrant family, circa 1910. (134 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
16.
Every Girl Should Be Married (1948)
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Anabel Sims is determined to find the perfect husband. She thinks she's found her man in Madison Brown, a handsome pediatrician. She then prepares an elaborate scheme to trap him into marriage. (85 mins.)
Director: Don Hartman
 
17.
The Paleface (1948)
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Calamity Jane is despatched to find out who's smuggling rifles to the Indians, and winds up married to a hapless correspondence school dentist as part of her cover. (91 mins.)
 
18.
Key Largo (1948)
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A man visits his old friend's hotel and finds a gangster running things. As a hurricane approaches, the two end up confronting each other. (100 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
19.
Command Decision (1948)
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Army generals struggle with the decision to prioritize bombing the German factories producing new jet fighters over the extremely high casualties the mission will cost. (112 mins.)
Director: Sam Wood
 
20.
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
 
21.
Act of Violence (1948)
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An embittered, vengeful POW stalks his former commanding officer who betrayed his men's planned escape attempt from a Nazi prison camp. (82 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
22.
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
 
23.
Whispering Smith (1948)
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Legendary railroad detective Whispering Smith becomes convinced that old friend and colleague Murray Sinclair has joined a criminal band to loot the railroad. (88 mins.)
Director: Leslie Fenton
 
24.
3 Godfathers (1948)
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When 3 outlaws on the run find a dying woman and her newborn baby in the desert they vow to save the child. (106 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
25.
Raw Deal (1948)
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Joe Sullivan has taken the rap for Rick who double-crosses him with a flawed escape plan and other means intended to get rid of him. (79 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
26.
Yellow Sky (1948)
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A pistol-packing tomboy and her grandfather discover a band of bank robbing bandits taking refuge in the neighboring ghost town. (98 mins.)
 
27.
Adventures of Don Juan (1948)
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The great lover Don Juan comes to the assistance of his queen. (110 mins.)
Director: Vincent Sherman
 
28.
He Walked by Night (1948)
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This film-noir piece, told in semi-documentary style, follows police on the hunt for a resourceful criminal who shoots and kills a cop. (79 mins.)
Director: Alfred Werker
 
29.
Beyond Glory (1948)
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Thinking he may have caused the death of his commanding officer Captain Daniels in Tunisia, Rocky visits Daniels' widow... (82 mins.)
Director: John Farrow
 
30.
Unfaithfully Yours (1948)
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Set to music, a symphony conductor envisions multiple possible scenarios for dealing with his wife's infidelity. (105 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
31.
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
 
32.
Berlin Express (1948)
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A multinational group of train passengers become involved in a post-World War II Nazi assassination plot. (87 mins.)
 
33.
The Plunderers (1948)
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Cavalry officer John Drum attempts to track down outlaw Whit Lacey, but finds he must join forces with Lacey to fight a Sioux war party. (87 mins.)
Director: Joseph Kane
 
34.
You Gotta Stay Happy (1948)
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Indecisive heiress Dee Dee Dillwood is pushed into marrying her sixth fiancée, but unable to face the wedding night... (100 mins.)
Director: H.C. Potter
 
35.
The Street with No Name (1948)
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A covert FBI agent infiltrates a ruthless gangster mob, but his life is at risk from a mysterious informant who funnels inside information to the hoodlums. (91 mins.)
 
36.
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.)
 
37.
Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948)
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Boy is away at school in England. The high priest is trying to force a young girl to marry an evil pearl trader posing as the god Balu... (68 mins.)
Director: Robert Florey
 
38.
The Three Musketeers (1948)
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D'Artagnan and his musketeer comrades thwart the plans of Royal Prime Minister Richelieu to usurp the King's power. (125 mins.)
Director: George Sidney
 
39.
Albuquerque (1948)
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Cole Armin, recruited by his corrupt uncle as heir apparent to his freight-hauling empire, defects to his honest rival. (90 mins.)
Director: Ray Enright
 
40.
Cry of the City (1948)
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Police Lieut. Candella, longtime friend of the Rome family, walks a tightrope in the case of cop-killer Martin Rome. (95 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
 
41.
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
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Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man. (83 mins.)
 
42.
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. (155 mins.)
 
43.
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
 
44.
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
 
45.
Rogues' Regiment (1948)
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A post World War 2, US Army agent is assigned to join the Foreign Legion in search of high ranking Nazi war criminal who may have also enlisted. (86 mins.)
Director: Robert Florey
 
46.
The Search (1948)
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In the Post-War Berlin, an American private helps a lost Czech boy to find his mother. (104 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
47.
Road House (1948)
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A night club owner becomes infatuated with a torch singer and frames his best friend/manager for embezzlement when the chanteuse falls in love with him. (95 mins.)
Director: Jean Negulesco
 
48.
Rachel and the Stranger (1948)
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During the pioneer days in Ohio, a widowed farmer marries an indentured servant in order to have a woman around the house and a mother for his young son but these conveniences eventually turn into real love. (80 mins.)
Director: Norman Foster
 
49.
To the Ends of the Earth (1948)
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Based on the files of the United States Department of Treasury. Commissioner Michael Barrows is an American Government Agent... (109 mins.)
 
50.
Station West (1948)
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When two US cavalrymen transporting a gold shipment get killed, US Army Intelligence investigator John Haven goes undercover to a mining and logging town to find the killers. (87 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lanfield
 
51.
On Our Merry Way (1948)
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Three short stories revolving around the topic of the daily question posed by the roving reporter to the readers of a daily newspaper. (107 mins.)
 
52.
Good Sam (1948)
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Sam Clayton has a good heart and likes to help out people in need. In fact, he likes to help them out so much that he often finds himself broke and unable to help his own family buy the things they need--like a house. (114 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
 
53.
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.)
 
54.
Silver River (1948)
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Unjustly booted out of the cavalry, Mike McComb strikes out for Nevada, and deciding never to be used again... (110 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
55.
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.)
 
56.
The Loves of Carmen (1948)
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A beautiful but amoral gypsy girl entices a young dragoon to betray his honor and get cashiered from the service, and for her sake he soon turns to a life of crime. (99 mins.)
Director: Charles Vidor
 
57.
Pitfall (1948)
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Insurance executive John Forbes falls for femme fatale Mona Stevens while her boyfriend is in jail and he suffers serious consequences as a result. (86 mins.)
Director: Andre de Toth
 
58.
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)
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A man and his wife decide they can afford to have a house in the country built to their specifications. It's a lot more trouble than they think. (94 mins.)
Director: H.C. Potter
 
59.
The Miracle of the Bells (1948)
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Granting her final request, a Hollywood press agent brings the dead body of an actress, who died after making her first and only film... (120 mins.)
Director: Irving Pichel