My Favorite Movies of 1949

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1.
The Heiress (1949)
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A young naive woman falls for a handsome young man who her emotionally abusive father suspects is a fortune hunter. (115 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
2.
Champion (1949)
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Boxer Midge Kelly rises to fame...mainly by stepping on other people. (99 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
 
3.
Conspirator (1949)
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On a visit to London, 18 year-old American Melinda Greyton goes to her first party, a Regimental ball... (87 mins.)
Director: Victor Saville
 
4.
Ma and Pa Kettle (1949)
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The Kettles and their fifteen children are about to be evicted from their rundown rustic home when Pa... (76 mins.)
Director: Charles Lamont
 
5.
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
 
6.
Tarzan's Magic Fountain (1949)
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An aviatrix emerges from the jungle looking as young as she was when her plane went down many years before... (73 mins.)
Director: Lee Sholem
 
7.
Malaya (1949)
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Newspaperman Royer convinces government officials of a plan to obtain rubber by stealing it out from under the Japanese. Carnahan is let out of prison to help. (98 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
 
8.
Prince of Foxes (1949)
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An unscrupulous agent for the Borgias suffers a change of heart when asked to betray a noble count and his much younger, very beautiful wife. (107 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
9.
East Side, West Side (1949)
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A vain businessman puts strains on his happy marriage to a rich, beautiful socialite by allowing himself be be seduced by a former girlfriend. (108 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
10.
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.)
 
11.
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
 
12.
Bomba on Panther Island (1949)
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Bomba the Jungle Boy must stop a man-eating black panther while helping Ludy Maitland and her brother Robert build an experimental farm. (70 mins.)
Director: Ford Beebe
 
13.
Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)
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A dramatization of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima. (100 mins.)
Director: Allan Dwan
 
14.
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.)
 
15.
The Bribe (1949)
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Federal agent Rigby, in Central America to trace stolen plane engines, falls for the gorgeous wife of the chief suspect. (98 mins.)
 
16.
Bomba, the Jungle Boy (1949)
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George Harland and his daughter Pat are photographers who discover a wild boy in the jungle. When Pat become lost, Bomba brings her back, overcoming plagues of locusts, forest fires and fierce wild animals. (70 mins.)
Director: Ford Beebe
 
17.
The Hasty Heart (1949)
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It's 1945, Burma, the day the war is over! For many this means they've survived and will be going home... (102 mins.)
Director: Vincent Sherman
 
18.
Knock on Any Door (1949)
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Andrew Morton is an attorney who made it out of the slums. Nick Romano is his client, a young man with a long string of crimes behind him... (100 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
19.
Whirlpool (1950)
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A woman secretly suffering from kleptomania is hypnotized in an effort to cure her condition. Soon afterwards, she is found at the scene of a murder with no memory of how she got there and seemingly no way to prove her innocence. (98 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
20.
Holiday Affair (1949)
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The Christmas-season romance of a young widow and a sales clerk who (thanks to her) is unemployed. (87 mins.)
Director: Don Hartman
 
21.
The Great Lover (1949)
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On an ocean liner, an inept scoutmaster pursues a duchess while a killer pursues him. (80 mins.)
Director: Alexander Hall
 
22.
Cover Up (1949)
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An insurance company investigator goes to a small town to probe into a case of supposed suicide. The natives are not very cooperative and some turn hostile, leading to suspicion of foul play. (82 mins.)
Director: Alfred E. Green
 
23.
Bagdad (1949)
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An English-educated Bedouin princess returns to Bagdad to find her father murdered, a corrupt ruling Pasha in charge and various local factions warring for control of the Caliphate. (82 mins.)
Director: Charles Lamont
 
24.
The Red Pony (1949)
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A ranch boy is gifted with a colt, grows to love him but the colt escapes, with tragic results. (89 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
 
25.
Adam's Rib (1949)
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Domestic and professional tensions mount when a husband and wife work as opposing lawyers in a case involving a woman who shot her husband. (101 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
26.
Outpost in Morocco (1949)
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Capt. Gerard, greatest lover in the Foreign Legion, is assigned to escort an emir's daughter to her... (92 mins.)
Director: Robert Florey
 
27.
The Story of Seabiscuit (1949)
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Horse trainer Shawn O'Hara and his lovely niece, Margaret, come to America to escape the memory of an accident involving Margaret's brother... (98 mins.)
Director: David Butler
 
28.
A Letter to Three Wives (1949)
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A letter is addressed to three wives from their "best friend" Addie Ross, announcing that she is running away with one of their husbands: but she does not say which one. (103 mins.)
 
29.
Battleground (1949)
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A squad of the 101st Airborne Division copes with being trapped in the besieged city of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. (118 mins.)
 
30.
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
 
31.
That Forsyte Woman (1949)
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Love among the Forsytes is strange, full of tradition, melancholy and gold digging in this film treatise on Victorian-age rigidity and vestiges of a flawed society. (113 mins.)
Director: Compton Bennett
 
32.
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
 
33.
Beyond the Forest (1949)
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Rosa Moline is bored with life in a small town. She loves Chicago industrialist Neil Latimer who has a hunting lodge nearby... (97 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
34.
The Woman on Pier 13 (1949)
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Successful, newly married Brad Collins once belonged to the Communist Party of the USA, and now the Party will stop at nothing to use him. (73 mins.)
 
35.
The Blue Lagoon (1949)
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Two children are shipwrecked on a desert-island and fall in love while growing up together. (101 mins.)
Director: Frank Launder
 
36.
The Secret Garden (1949)
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A girl is sent to live with her uncle on his estate when her parents die. There she discovers much intrigue, family history and secrets and personal baggage. In particular, a screaming child and...a secret garden. (92 mins.)
Director: Fred M. Wilcox
 
37.
Pinky (1949)
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A light-skinned African American woman falls in love with a white doctor, though he is unaware of her true race. (102 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
38.
The Stratton Story (1949)
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Star major league pitcher Monty Stratton loses a leg in a hunting accident, but becomes determined to leave the game on his own terms. (106 mins.)
Director: Sam Wood
 
39.
The Doctor and the Girl (1949)
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Dr. Michael Corday, a recent graduate of the Harvard Medical School, is the son of Dr. John Corday,... (98 mins.)
 
40.
Thieves' Highway (1949)
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A war-veteran-turned-truck driver attempts to avenge the crippling and robbing of his father at the hands of an amoral produce scofflaw. (94 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
 
41.
The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)
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Following Napoleon's Waterloo defeat and the exile of his officers and their families from France, the U.S.Congress... (100 mins.)
Director: George Waggner
 
42.
Under Capricorn (1949)
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A young gentleman goes to Australia where he reunites with his now married childhood sweetheart, only to find out she has become an alcoholic and harbors dark secrets. (117 mins.)
 
43.
White Heat (1949)
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A psychopathic criminal with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist. Shortly after the plan takes place, events take a crazy turn (114 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
44.
Madame Bovary (1949)
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A provincial doctor's wife's romantic illusions about life and social status lead her to betray her naive husband, take on lovers and run up ruinous debts. (114 mins.)
 
45.
I Was a Male War Bride (1949)
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Captain Henri Rochard is a French officer assigned to work with Lieut. Catherine Gates. Through a wacky series of misadventures... (105 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
46.
Little Women (1949)
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Louisa May Alcott's autobiographical account of her life with her three sisters in Concord, Massachusetts in the 1860s... (122 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
47.
Too Late for Tears (1949)
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Through a fluke circumstance a ruthless woman stumbles across a suitcase filled with $60,000, and she is determined to hold onto it even it if means murder. (99 mins.)
Director: Byron Haskin
 
48.
A Woman's Secret (1949)
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Susan is in the hospital with a bullet near her heart. Marian has told the police that she shot Susan in a rage as Susan was giving up singing... (84 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
49.
Slattery's Hurricane (1949)
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A former WW2 naval pilot employed by a Miami civilian company reminisces about his past and present sins while flying a plane into an incoming hurricane. (83 mins.)
Director: Andre de Toth
 
50.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)
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The Wolves baseball team gets steamed when they find they've been inherited by one K.C. Higgins, a suspected... (93 mins.)
Director: Busby Berkeley
 
51.
The Window (1949)
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To avoid the heat of a sweltering summer night a 9 year old Manhattan boy decides to sleep on the fire escape and witnesses a murder, no one will believe him. (73 mins.)
Director: Ted Tetzlaff
 
52.
Song of India (1949)
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A young arrogant Indian prince and his girl decide to hunt animals in the forbidden jungle for a zoo. A local boy helps the captured animals and confronts the prince. (77 mins.)
 
53.
Rope of Sand (1949)
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A man abused by a sadistic mining company cop before he could tell where on their desert property he'd found diamonds decides to steal them instead. (104 mins.)
 
54.
I Shot Jesse James (1949)
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Bob Ford murders his best friend Jesse James in order to obtain a pardon that will free him to marry his girlfriend but is plagued by guilt and self-disgust. (81 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
 
55.
In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
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Musical remake of Ernst Lubitsch's The Shop Around the Corner. (102 mins.)
 
56.
Criss Cross (1949)
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An armored truck driver and his lovely ex-wife conspire with a gang to have his own truck robbed on the route. (88 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
 
57.
The Great Gatsby (1949)
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In this "adaptation" of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, a Jazz Age bootlegger learns the hard way about the wages of sin. (91 mins.)
Director: Elliott Nugent
 
58.
The Big Steal (1949)
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An army lieutenant accused of robbery pursues the real thief on a frantic chase through Mexico aided by the thief's fiancee. (71 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
 
59.
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
 
60.
Siren of Atlantis (1949)
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A pair of explorers stumble across a lost city of the jungle ruled by a mysterious queen. (75 mins.)
Director: Gregg G.Tallas
 
61.
House of Strangers (1949)
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After years in prison, Max promises revenge on his brothers for their betrayal. His lover Irene and memories of his past yield him a broader perspective. (101 mins.)
 
62.
The Great Sinner (1949)
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A young writer goes to Wiesbaden to write about gambling and gamblers, only to ultimately become a compulsive gambler himself... (110 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
 
63.
Colorado Territory (1949)
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In Colorado territory, outlaw Wes McQueen escapes jail to pull a railroad robbery but, upon meeting pretty settler Julie Ann, he wonders about going straight. (94 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
64.
Lust for Gold (1949)
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Fortune seeker Barry Storm stumbles onto some clues that may lead him to the fabulous Lost Durchman Mine, but others have tried and been murdered. (90 mins.)
Director: S. Sylvan Simon
 
65.
Canadian Pacific (1949)
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A surveyor for the Canadian Pacific Railroad must fight fur trappers who oppose the building of the railroad by stirring up Indian rebellion. (95 mins.)
Director: Edwin L. Marin
 
66.
Streets of Laredo (1949)
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An outlaw separates from his two partners in crime when they join the Texas Rangers, and he continues to commit daring robberies. (93 mins.)
Director: Leslie Fenton
 
67.
Africa Screams (1949)
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Abbott & Costello search for diamonds in Africa, along the way meeting a visually-impaired gunner, a hungry lion, and a tribe of cannibals... (79 mins.)
Director: Charles Barton