1945 - 1949

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1. And Then There Were None (1945)

Approved | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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?

Director: René Clair | Stars: Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, Louis Hayward, Roland Young

Votes: 10,479

2. The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)

Unrated | 126 min | Drama

At a big city Catholic school, Father O'Malley and Sister Benedict indulge in friendly rivalry, and succeed in extending the school through the gift of a building.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Travers, William Gargan

Votes: 6,067 | Gross: $21.30M

3. Scarlet Street (1945)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

When a man in mid-life crisis befriends a young woman, her venal fiancé persuades her to con him out of the fortune they mistakenly assume he possesses.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea, Margaret Lindsay

Votes: 11,497

4. Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Romance

A food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas.

Director: Peter Godfrey | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet, Reginald Gardiner

Votes: 6,150

5. Anchors Aweigh (1945)

Passed | 140 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

Two sailors, one naive, the other experienced in the ways of the world, on liberty in Los Angeles, is the setting for this movie musical.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, Gene Kelly, José Iturbi

Votes: 6,719

6. They Were Expendable (1945)

Approved | 135 min | Drama, War

The PT boat unit Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Three defends the Philippines from Japanese invasion during World War II.

Directors: John Ford, Robert Montgomery | Stars: Robert Montgomery, John Wayne, Donna Reed, Jack Holt

Votes: 6,488

7. Blithe Spirit (1945)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Fantasy

Charles and his second wife, Ruth, are haunted by the spirit of his first wife, Elvira. Medium Madame Arcati tries to help things out by contacting the ghost.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Rex Harrison, Constance Cummings, Kay Hammond, Margaret Rutherford

Votes: 4,380

8. Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

Approved | 123 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

At the height of the Roman Civil War, a young Cleopatra meets a middle-aged Julius Caesar, who teaches her how to rule Egypt.

Director: Gabriel Pascal | Stars: Claude Rains, Vivien Leigh, Stewart Granger, Flora Robson

Votes: 2,091

9. Ziegfeld Follies (1945)

Approved | 110 min | Comedy, Musical

The late, great impresario Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. looks down from Heaven and ordains a new revue in his grand old style.

Directors: Lemuel Ayers, Roy Del Ruth, Robert Lewis, Vincente Minnelli, George Sidney, Merrill Pye, Charles Walters | Stars: William Powell, Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, Fred Astaire

Votes: 2,459 | Gross: $7.93M

10. State Fair (1945)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

The Frake family attends the annual Iowa State Fair; each member of the clan has their own reason for doing so.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews, Dick Haymes, Vivian Blaine

Votes: 3,064

11. A Walk in the Sun (1945)

Approved | 117 min | Drama, War

During WWII, a platoon of American soldiers trudge through the Italian countryside in search of a bridge they have been ordered to blow up, encountering danger and destruction along the way.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Dana Andrews, Richard Conte, George Tyne, John Ireland

Votes: 2,951

12. Story of G.I. Joe (1945)

Approved | 108 min | Biography, Drama, War

During WW2, Pulitzer prize winner and war correspondent Ernie Pyle joins the army and writes articles about his comrades in his daily columns.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Burgess Meredith, Robert Mitchum, Freddie Steele, Wally Cassell

Votes: 2,573

13. Objective, Burma! (1945)

Approved | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A platoon of special ops are tasked to parachute into the remote Burmese jungle and destroy a strategic Japanese radar station, but getting out isn't as easy.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Errol Flynn, James Brown, William Prince, George Tobias

Votes: 3,839

14. Back to Bataan (1945)

Approved | 95 min | Drama, War

In 1942, after the fall of the Philippines to the Japanese, U.S. Army Col. Joseph Madden stays behind to organize the local resistance against the Japanese invaders.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: John Wayne, Anthony Quinn, Beulah Bondi, Fely Franquelli

Votes: 3,046

15. House of Dracula (1945)

Approved | 67 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Count Dracula and the Wolf Man seek cures for their afflictions; a hunchbacked woman, a mad scientist and Frankenstein's Monster have their own troubles.

Director: Erle C. Kenton | Stars: Onslow Stevens, John Carradine, Lon Chaney Jr., Martha O'Driscoll

Votes: 3,863

16. The Clock (1945)

Passed | 90 min | Drama, Romance

In 1945, during a 48-hour leave, a soldier accidentally meets a girl at Pennsylvania Station and spends his leave with her, eventually falling in love with the lovely New Yorker.

Directors: Vincente Minnelli, Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Judy Garland, Robert Walker, James Gleason, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 2,472 | Gross: $2.78M

17. Without Love (1945)

Approved | 111 min | Comedy, Romance

In World War II Washington DC, Jamie Rowan, enters a loveless marriage with scientist Pat Jamieson and becomes his assistant. Struggles bring them closer together.

Director: Harold S. Bucquet | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Lucille Ball, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 1,685

18. Along Came Jones (1945)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

A good-natured saddle tramp traveling with his sidekick, is mistaken for a ruthless outlaw with a price on his head.

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Gary Cooper, Loretta Young, William Demarest, Dan Duryea

Votes: 1,467

19. Wonder Man (1945)

Approved | 98 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

After being murdered by gangsters, an exuberant nightclub entertainer returns as a ghost to persuade his meek twin brother to help bring his killers to justice.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Vera-Ellen, Donald Woods

Votes: 1,606

20. The Thin Man Goes Home (1944)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Nick and Nora visit Nick's hometown, and end up involved in a murder.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Lucile Watson, Gloria DeHaven

Votes: 4,125

21. Conflict (1945)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

An engineer trapped in an unhappy marriage murders his wife in the hope of marrying her younger sister.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Alexis Smith, Sydney Greenstreet, Rose Hobart

Votes: 2,396

22. Captain Kidd (1945)

Approved | 90 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

The unhistorical adventures of pirate Captain Kidd revolve around treasure and treachery.

Director: Rowland V. Lee | Stars: Charles Laughton, Randolph Scott, Barbara Britton, Reginald Owen

Votes: 1,235

23. Rhapsody in Blue (1945)

Approved | 135 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

George Gershwin is a driven composer whose need to succeed destroys his relationship with singer Julie Adams and socialite Christine Gilbert.

Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Robert Alda, Joan Leslie, Alexis Smith, Charles Coburn

Votes: 1,044

24. Tonight and Every Night (1945)

Approved | 92 min | Drama, Musical

A photographer for Life magazine comes to London to do a story on a local theater troupe which never missed a performance during World War II. Flashbacks also reveal the backstage love ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Saville | Stars: Rita Hayworth, Lee Bowman, Janet Blair, Marc Platt

Votes: 628

25. The Valley of Decision (1945)

Passed | 119 min | Drama

An Irish maid falls for the son of her wealthy boss, though their disapproving fathers and a bitter strike at the steel mill complicates matters.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Greer Garson, Gregory Peck, Donald Crisp, Lionel Barrymore

Votes: 1,477

26. Saratoga Trunk (1945)

135 min | Drama, Romance, Western

An opportunistic Texas gambler and the exiled Creole daughter of an aristocratic family join forces to achieve justice from the society that has ostracized them.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Flora Robson, Jerry Austin

Votes: 1,003

27. Tarzan and the Amazons (1945)

Approved | 76 min | Action, Adventure

A group of archaeologists asks Tarzan to help them find an ancient city in a hidden valley of women. He refuses, but Boy is tricked into doing the job. The queen of the women asks Tarzan to help them.

Director: Kurt Neumann | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Brenda Joyce, Johnny Sheffield, Henry Stephenson

Votes: 2,055

28. San Antonio (1945)

Approved | 109 min | Western

Tough dance hall girl working for the local villain falls for a cowboy trying to clean up the town.

Directors: David Butler, Robert Florey, Raoul Walsh | Stars: Errol Flynn, Alexis Smith, S.Z. Sakall, Victor Francen

Votes: 1,169

29. Dakota (1945)

Passed | 82 min | Western

In 1871 Dakota, two crooked businessmen oppose the local wheat farmers and the railroad development, in order to control the town of Fargo.

Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: John Wayne, Vera Ralston, Walter Brennan, Ward Bond

Votes: 996

30. The Dolly Sisters (1945)

Approved | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

Two sisters from Hungary become famous entertainers in the early 1900s. Fictionalized biography with lots of songs.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Betty Grable, John Payne, June Haver, S.Z. Sakall

Votes: 616

31. Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945)

Passed | 105 min | Drama, Family

A Norwegian farmer lovingly raises his daughter in rural World War II-era Benson Junction, Wisconsin.

Director: Roy Rowland | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Margaret O'Brien, James Craig, Frances Gifford

Votes: 1,388

32. Dick Tracy (1945)

Approved | 61 min | Action, Crime, Film-Noir

Police detective Dick Tracy must identify and apprehend a serial killer known as Splitface.

Director: William Berke | Stars: Morgan Conway, Anne Jeffreys, Mike Mazurki, Jane Greer

Votes: 971

33. The Naughty Nineties (1945)

Approved | 76 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

When their captain is swindled out of his riverboat by a trio of gamblers, stage show star Abbott and his bumbling sidekick Costello must put things right.

Director: Jean Yarbrough | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Alan Curtis, Rita Johnson

Votes: 1,563

34. It's in the Bag! (1945)

Passed | 87 min | Comedy

The ringmaster of a flea circus inherits a fortune...if he can find which chair it's hidden in.

Director: Richard Wallace | Stars: Fred Allen, Jack Benny, Don Ameche, William Bendix

Votes: 397

35. Where Do We Go from Here? (1945)

74 min | Fantasy, Musical

Bill wants to join the Army, but he's 4F so he asks a wizard to help him, but the wizard has slight problems with his history knowlege, so he sends Bill everywhere in history, but not to ... See full summary »

Directors: Gregory Ratoff, George Seaton | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Joan Leslie, June Haver, Gene Sheldon

Votes: 195

36. The Bullfighters (1945)

Approved | 61 min | Comedy, Musical

Bumbling detective Stan Laurel disguises himself as a famous matador in order to hide from the vengeful Richard K. Muldoon, who spent time in prison on Stan's bogus testimony.

Directors: Malcolm St. Clair, Stan Laurel | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Margo Woode, Richard Lane

Votes: 815

37. Murder, He Says (1945)

91 min | Comedy

A pollster stumbles on a family of murderous hillbillies, and joins in their search for hidden treasure.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Helen Walker, Marjorie Main, Jean Heather

Votes: 1,448

38. The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Music

Falling asleep during the Paradise Coffee ("The Coffee that Makes You Sleep") Program, the band's third trumpeter dreams he's Athanael, an angel deputized to blow the Last Trumpet at ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Jack Benny, Alexis Smith, Dolores Moran, Allyn Joslyn

Votes: 1,024

39. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood (1945)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy

When two bumbling barbers act as agents for a talented but unknown singer, they stage a phony murder in order to get him a plum role.

Director: S. Sylvan Simon | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Frances Rafferty, Bob Haymes

Votes: 1,922

40. Adventure (1945)

Not Rated | 135 min | Drama, Romance, Comedy

Dark, romantic, complicated drama about a rowdy merchant marine and sophisticated librarian who clash over their lifestyles and values - and then fall in love.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Clark Gable, Greer Garson, Joan Blondell, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 724

41. Here Come the Co-eds (1945)

90 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

Two bumblers become caretakers at an all-girls college. During their misadventures, the duo raise money to free the school from its traditionally-minded landlord.

Director: Jean Yarbrough | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Peggy Ryan, Martha O'Driscoll

Votes: 1,080

42. Flame of Barbary Coast (1945)

Approved | 91 min | Musical, Romance, Western

Duke falls for Flaxen in the Barbary Coast in turn-of-the-century San Francisco. He loses money to crooked gambler Tito, goes home and PL: learns to gamble, and returns. After he makes a ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: John Wayne, Ann Dvorak, Joseph Schildkraut, William Frawley

Votes: 1,007

43. Doll Face (1945)

Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Burlesque star (Blaine) makes it in the big time.

Director: Lewis Seiler | Stars: Vivian Blaine, Dennis O'Keefe, Perry Como, Carmen Miranda

Votes: 324

44. Her Highness and the Bellboy (1945)

112 min | Comedy, Romance

A bellboy at a swanky New York hotel starts to ignore his girlfriend after meeting a beautiful European princess.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Hedy Lamarr, Robert Walker, June Allyson, Carl Esmond

Votes: 455

45. Week-End at the Waldorf (1945)

Passed | 130 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

The misadventures of a group of diverse guests at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Manhattan.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Lana Turner, Walter Pidgeon, Van Johnson

Votes: 836

46. Vacation from Marriage (1945)

Passed | 102 min | Drama, Romance

A dull married couple, separated by their enlistment during World War II, reunite after three years to find that they have become very different people.

Director: Alexander Korda | Stars: Robert Donat, Deborah Kerr, Glynis Johns, Ann Todd

Votes: 870

47. Out of This World (1945)

Approved | 96 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

After struggling to become a success, Betty Miller and her all-girl orchestra finally hit pay dirt when crooner Herbie Fenton comes on board. Problems arise when Betty and her girls try to ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Walker | Stars: Eddie Bracken, Veronica Lake, Diana Lynn, Cass Daley

Votes: 69

48. Yolanda and the Thief (1945)

Approved | 108 min | Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Johnny Riggs, a con man on the lam, finds himself in a Latin-American country named Patria. There, he overhears a convent-bred rich girl praying to her guardian angel for help in managing ... See full summary »

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Fred Astaire, Lucille Bremer, Frank Morgan, Mildred Natwick

Votes: 720

49. Diamond Horseshoe (1945)

104 min | Musical

A medical student who wants to be a crooner gets involved with a showgirl who has an ulterior motive.

Director: George Seaton | Stars: Betty Grable, Dick Haymes, Phil Silvers, William Gaxton

Votes: 203

50. West of the Pecos (1945)

66 min | Western

Heading west for his health, Colonel Lambeth takes his daughter Rill along. Lost on the desert they are saved by Pecos and Chito. The Colonel hires the two and the Lambeths soon find ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Killy | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Barbara Hale, Richard Martin, Thurston Hall

Votes: 190

51. Incendiary Blonde (1945)

Approved | 113 min | Biography, Musical, Romance

6.9