Top 40's movies

by Trevisand | created - 25 Sep 2016 | updated - 10 months ago | Public

Best pictures from 1940 to 1949 I've watched

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1. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

100 Metascore

A cynical American expatriate struggles to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Votes: 474,589 | Gross: $1.02M

2. Rope (1948)

PG | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

73 Metascore

Two men attempt to prove they committed the perfect crime by hosting a dinner party after strangling their former classmate to death.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Dick Hogan

Votes: 115,017

3. The Great Dictator (1940)

Passed | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, War

Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie, Reginald Gardiner

Votes: 179,652

4. Rebecca (1940)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

A self-conscious woman juggles adjusting to her new role as an aristocrat's wife and avoiding being intimidated by his first wife's spectral presence.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson

Votes: 110,543 | Gross: $4.36M

5. Fantasia (1940)

G | 125 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

96 Metascore

A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music.

Directors: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr., Norman Ferguson, David Hand, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor, Corey Burton, Walt Disney

Votes: 81,781 | Gross: $76.41M

6. Citizen Kane (1941)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery

100 Metascore

Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 362,229 | Gross: $1.59M

7. Una familia de tantas (1949)

130 min | Drama

Rodrigo Catano seeks to impose in his family a Porfirian order. One day a door to door salesman, Roberto del Hierro, comes into the house to sell an American vacuum cleaner from the "Bright... See full summary »

Director: Alejandro Galindo | Stars: Fernando Soler, David Silva, Martha Roth, Carlos Riquelme

Votes: 192

8. You're Missing the Point (1940)

G | 112 min | Comedy

The boyfriend (Cantinflas) of the servant of a rich industrial man, gets into the house in order to kill a mad dog. Suddenly this man appears so the servant tells him that Cantinflas is his... See full summary »

Director: Juan Bustillo Oro | Stars: Cantinflas, Joaquín Pardavé, Sara García, Sofía Álvarez

Votes: 913

9. Dumbo (1941)

G | 64 min | Animation, Drama, Family

96 Metascore

Ridiculed because of his enormous ears, a young circus elephant is assisted by a mouse to achieve his full potential.

Directors: Samuel Armstrong, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen, John Elliotte | Stars: Sterling Holloway, Edward Brophy, James Baskett, Herman Bing

Votes: 107,666 | Gross: $1.60M

10. Laura (1944)

Passed | 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: 38,342 | Gross: $4.36M

11. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

PG | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

89 Metascore

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.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 355,741

12. Notorious (1946)

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

100 Metascore

A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them?

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Louis Calhern

Votes: 84,953 | Gross: $10.46M

13. Drunken Angel (1948)

Not Rated | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A drunken doctor with a hot temper and a violence-prone gangster with tuberculosis form a quicksilver bond.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Toshirô Mifune, Reizaburô Yamamoto, Michiyo Kogure

Votes: 8,673

14. La oveja negra (1949)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama

The Trevino family tries to overcome the irresponsible behavior of Don Cruz, an erratic father with numerous defects that contrast with his son Silvano, a young kid man that is incapable of passing judgment on his own father.

Director: Ismael Rodríguez | Stars: Fernando Soler, Pedro Infante, Andrés Soler, Dalia Íñiguez

Votes: 297

15. Campeón sin corona (1946)

111 min | Action, Drama

"Champion without a crown". Quick rise and fall of a boxer filled with talent and psychological complexes.

Director: Alejandro Galindo | Stars: David Silva, Amanda del Llano, Carlos López Moctezuma, Fernando Soto

Votes: 106

16. Lifeboat (1944)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, War

78 Metascore

Several survivors of a torpedoed merchant ship in World War II find themselves in the same lifeboat with one of the U-boat men who sunk it.

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

Votes: 24,215

17. The Fountainhead (1949)

Approved | 114 min | Drama, Romance

An uncompromising, visionary architect struggles to maintain his integrity and individualism despite personal, professional and economic pressures to conform to popular standards.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal, Raymond Massey, Kent Smith

Votes: 8,538

18. The Third Man (1949)

Not Rated | 93 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller

97 Metascore

Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard

Votes: 143,615 | Gross: $0.45M

19. La barraca (1945)

110 min | Drama

In rural Spain, a new family arrives in town to work a parcel (barraca), the townsfolk are very hostile to the idea of "another" working the land that once belonged to one of them.

Director: Roberto Gavaldón | Stars: Domingo Soler, Anita Blanch, Amparo Morillo, José Baviera

Votes: 60

20. Enamorada (1946)

PG | 99 min | Drama, Romance, War

During the Mexican Revolution, a macho rebel general falls in love with the independent-minded daughter of an aristocrat in the town he is occupying.

Director: Emilio Fernández | Stars: María Félix, Pedro Armendáriz, Fernando Fernández, José Morcillo

Votes: 559

22. Doña Bárbara (1943)

125 min | Drama, Western

A young lawyer and owner of a great property in the interior of Venezuela tríes to recover its control in the name of the law, fighting against his neighbour, a powerful, seductive and ... See full summary »

Directors: Fernando de Fuentes, Miguel M. Delgado | Stars: María Félix, Julián Soler, María Elena Marqués, Andrés Soler

Votes: 267

23. Los tres huastecos (1948)

120 min | Comedy, Drama

This is the story of three brothers (a priest, a soldier and an outlaw) that are raised separately by their godfathers once their mother dies. They cross their paths again when the soldier ... See full summary »

Director: Ismael Rodríguez | Stars: Pedro Infante, Blanca Estela Pavón, María Eugenia Llamas, Fernando Soto

Votes: 535

24. El baisano Jalil (1942)

TV-PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

Aristocráticos en ruina, los Veradada piden al comerciante libanés Jalil un préstamo, aunque en realidad desprecian a su familia. Para complicar las cosas, el hijo de Jalil, Selim, está ... See full summary »

Directors: Joaquín Pardavé, Roberto Gavaldón | Stars: Joaquín Pardavé, Sara García, Emilio Tuero, Manolita Saval

Votes: 91

26. La malquerida (1949)

TV-PG | 86 min | Drama

In the ranch of El Soto lives Raymunda (Dolores del Río) and her daughter, Acacia (Columba Domínguez). After she is widowed, Raymunda marries Esteban (Pedro Armendáriz). What Raymunda does ... See full summary »

Director: Emilio Fernández | Stars: Dolores del Rio, Pedro Armendáriz, Columba Domínguez, Roberto Cañedo

Votes: 102

28. Flor silvestre (1943)

TV-PG | 94 min | Drama, Romance, War

One of the gratest love stories ever told!!

Director: Emilio Fernández | Stars: Dolores del Rio, Pedro Armendáriz, Emilio Fernández, Miguel Ángel Ferriz

Votes: 158

30. A Letter of Love (1943)

115 min | Drama, Romance

Moments before he will be executed by the French Intervention Army, the liberal leader (Negrete) reads a love letter by his girlfriend (Marín). His memories provide the poetic pictures of this romantic historical drama.

Director: Miguel Zacarías | Stars: Jorge Negrete, Gloria Marín, Andrés Soler, Emma Roldán

Votes: 54

31. The Great Madcap (1949)

92 min | Comedy

Buñuel's first "comeback" film since "L'Age d'Or" in 1930 (he made only a few musicals in the interim), "El Gran Calavera" concerns a family's attempts to change the patriarch's somewhat ... See full summary »

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Fernando Soler, Rosario Granados, Andrés Soler, Rubén Rojo

Votes: 982



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