Best of 1944

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1. Double Indemnity (1944)

Passed | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

95 Metascore

An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Byron Barr

Votes: 117,005 | Gross: $5.72M

BEST PICTURE

Nominees: Lifeboat Gaslight Meet Me In St. Louis Laura

2. Double Indemnity (1944)

Passed | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

95 Metascore

An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Byron Barr

Votes: 117,005 | Gross: $5.72M

BEST DIRECTOR - Billy Wilder

Nominees: Alfred Hitchcock - Lifeboat Otto Preminger - Laura George Cukor - Gaslight Laurence Olivier - Henry V

3. Double Indemnity (1944)

Passed | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

95 Metascore

An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Byron Barr

Votes: 117,005 | Gross: $5.72M

BEST ACTOR - Fred MacMurray

Nominees: Laurence Olivier - Henry V Bing Crosby - Going My Way Charles Boyer - Gaslight

4. Double Indemnity (1944)

Passed | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

95 Metascore

An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Byron Barr

Votes: 117,005 | Gross: $5.72M

BEST ACTRESS - Barbara Stanwyck

Nominees: Bette Davis - Mr. Skeffington Ingrid Bergman - Gaslight Judy Garland - Meet Me In St. Louis Claudette Colbert - Since You Went Away

5. Laura (1944)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price

Votes: 36,073

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Clifton Webb

Nominees: Barry Fitzgerald - Going My Way Claude Rains - Mr. Skeffington Edward G. Robinson - Double Indemnity Monty Woolley - Since You Went Away

6. Gaslight (1944)

Not Rated | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Years after her aunt was murdered in her home, a young woman moves back into the house with her new husband. However, he has a secret that he will do anything to protect, even if it means driving his wife insane.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, May Whitty

Votes: 19,388

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - Angela Lansbury

Nominees: Jennifer Jones - Since You Went Away Agnes Moorehead - Since You Went Away Marjorie Riordan - Mr. Skeffington Mary Astor - Meet Me In St. Louis

7. Since You Went Away (1944)

Approved | 177 min | Drama, Romance, War

With her husband away to fight in World War II, a housewife struggles to care for their two daughters - and a pair of lodgers who have moved in - alone.

Directors: John Cromwell, Edward F. Cline, Tay Garnett, David O. Selznick | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Shirley Temple

Votes: 3,677

BEST CASTING

Nominees: Gaslight Mr. Skeffington Double Indemnity Going My Way

8. Going My Way (1944)

Passed | 126 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Father Charles O'Mailey, a young priest at a financially failing Church in a tough neighborhood, gains support and inspires his superior.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Frank McHugh, James Brown

Votes: 8,661 | Gross: $16.30M

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Nominees: Lifeboat A Canterbury Tale

9. Double Indemnity (1944)

Passed | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

95 Metascore

An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Byron Barr

Votes: 117,005 | Gross: $5.72M

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Nominees: Gaslight Laura Meet Me In St. Louis Henry V

10. Henry V (1944)

Not Rated | 137 min | Biography, Drama, History

In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.

Director: Laurence Olivier | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Robert Newton, Leslie Banks, Felix Aylmer

Votes: 4,943

BEST TITLES/CREDITS DESIGN

Nominees: Meet Me In St. Louis Going My Way Gaslight Lifeboat

11. Lifeboat (1944)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, War

Several survivors of a torpedoed ship find themselves in the same boat with one of the men who sunk it.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Tallulah Bankhead, John Hodiak, Walter Slezak, William Bendix

Votes: 22,804

BEST EDITING

Nominees: Since You Went Away Going My Way A Canterbury Tale Double Indemnity

12. A Canterbury Tale (1944)

Not Rated | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

Three modern day pilgrims investigate a bizarre crime in a small town on the way to Canterbury.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Eric Portman, Sheila Sim, Dennis Price, John Sweet

Votes: 4,177

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Nominees: Gaslight Double Indemnity Lifeboat Laura

13. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Not Rated | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

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.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer

Votes: 16,970 | Gross: $7.57M

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Nominees: Gaslight Mr. Skeffington Henry V Since You Went Away

14. Mr. Skeffington (1944)

Approved | 146 min | Drama, Romance

Popular and beautiful Fanny Trellis is forced into a loveless marriage with an older man, Jewish banker Job Skeffington, in order to save her beloved brother Trippy from an embezzlement charge, and predictable complications result.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Walter Abel, George Coulouris

Votes: 4,567

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Nominees: Gaslight Meet Me In St. Louis Henry V Since You Went Away

15. Mr. Skeffington (1944)

Approved | 146 min | Drama, Romance

Popular and beautiful Fanny Trellis is forced into a loveless marriage with an older man, Jewish banker Job Skeffington, in order to save her beloved brother Trippy from an embezzlement charge, and predictable complications result.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Walter Abel, George Coulouris

Votes: 4,567

BEST MAKE-UP & HAIR

Nominees: Lifeboat Henry V Meet Me In St. Louis Since You Went Away

16. Lifeboat (1944)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, War

Several survivors of a torpedoed ship find themselves in the same boat with one of the men who sunk it.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Tallulah Bankhead, John Hodiak, Walter Slezak, William Bendix

Votes: 22,804

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Nominees: Henry V

17. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Not Rated | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

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.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer

Votes: 16,970 | Gross: $7.57M

BEST SCORE

Nominees: Henry V Double Indemnity Mr. Skeffington Since You Went Away

18. Hollywood Canteen (1944)

Approved | 124 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Two soldiers on sick leave spend three nights at the Hollywood Canteen before going back to active duty. With a little friendly help from John Garfield, Slim gets to kiss Joan Leslie, whom ... See full summary »

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Bette Davis, John Garfield, The Andrews Sisters, Jack Benny

Votes: 1,495

BEST SOUNDTRACK/ADAPTED SCORE

19. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Not Rated | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

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.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer

Votes: 16,970 | Gross: $7.57M

BEST SONG - "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"

Nominees: Going My Way - "Swinging on a Star" Meet Me In St. Louis - "The Trolley Song"

20. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Not Rated | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

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.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer

Votes: 16,970 | Gross: $7.57M

BEST DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY

21. Lifeboat (1944)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, War

Several survivors of a torpedoed ship find themselves in the same boat with one of the men who sunk it.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Tallulah Bankhead, John Hodiak, Walter Slezak, William Bendix

Votes: 22,804

BEST SOUND

Nominees: Double Indemnity A Canterbury Tale Meet Me In St. Louis Mr. Skeffington

22. Lifeboat (1944)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, War

Several survivors of a torpedoed ship find themselves in the same boat with one of the men who sunk it.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Tallulah Bankhead, John Hodiak, Walter Slezak, William Bendix

Votes: 22,804

BEST SOUND EDITING

Nominees: A Canterbury Tale Henry V

23. Lifeboat (1944)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, War

Several survivors of a torpedoed ship find themselves in the same boat with one of the men who sunk it.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Tallulah Bankhead, John Hodiak, Walter Slezak, William Bendix

Votes: 22,804

BEST STUNTS

Nominees: Henry V