Feature Film, Released between 1940-01-01 and 1949-12-31, Rating Count at least 300 (Sorted by IMDb Rating Descending)



1. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

PG | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

8.6
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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: 390,995

2. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

8.5
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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: 513,746 | Gross: $1.02M

3. Children of Paradise (1945)

Not Rated | 189 min | Drama, Romance

8.4
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96 Metascore

The theatrical life of a beautiful courtesan and the four men who love her.

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur, Pierre Renoir

Votes: 17,946

4. The Great Dictator (1940)

Passed | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, War

8.4
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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: 199,287 | Gross: $0.29M

5. Late Spring (1949)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

8.3
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Noriko is twenty-seven years old and still living with her widowed father. Everybody tries to talk her into marrying, but Noriko wants to stay at home caring for her father.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Setsuko Hara, Yumeji Tsukioka, Haruko Sugimura

Votes: 14,142

6. Bicycle Thieves (1948)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

8.3
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In post-war Italy, a working-class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Elena Altieri

Votes: 143,128 | Gross: $0.33M

7. Double Indemnity (1944)

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

8.3
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95 Metascore

An insurance representative lets himself be talked by a seductive housewife into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses the suspicion of an insurance investigator.

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

Votes: 140,944 | Gross: $5.72M

8. Citizen Kane (1941)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery

8.3
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100 Metascore

Following the death of publishing tycoon Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; 'Rosebud'.

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

Votes: 392,442 | Gross: $1.59M

9. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Passed | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

8.2
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98 Metascore

Two Americans searching for work in Mexico convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett

Votes: 112,425 | Gross: $5.01M

10. To Be or Not to Be (1942)

Passed | 99 min | Comedy, War

8.2
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86 Metascore

During the Nazi occupation of Poland, an acting troupe becomes embroiled in a Polish soldier's efforts to track down a German spy.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, Robert Stack, Felix Bressart

Votes: 28,354

11. White Heat (1949)

Not Rated | 114 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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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.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien, Margaret Wycherly

Votes: 29,221

12. The Third Man (1949)

Approved | 93 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller

8.1
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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: 156,411 | Gross: $0.45M

13. The Heiress (1949)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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A young naive woman falls for a handsome young man who her emotionally abusive father suspects is a fortune hunter.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson, Miriam Hopkins

Votes: 13,486

14. The Red Shoes (1948)

Not Rated | 135 min | Drama, Music, Romance

8.1
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A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring, Moira Shearer, Robert Helpmann

Votes: 30,238 | Gross: $10.90M

15. A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

8.1
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A British wartime aviator who cheats death must argue for his life before a celestial court.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: David Niven, Kim Hunter, Robert Coote, Kathleen Byron

Votes: 19,048

16. Day of Wrath (1943)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, History

8.1
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The young wife of an aging priest falls in love with his son amidst the horror of a merciless witch hunt in 17th century Denmark.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Thorkild Roose, Lisbeth Movin, Sigrid Neiiendam, Kirsten Andreasen

Votes: 9,072

17. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

Not Rated | 163 min | Drama, Romance, War

8.1
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From the Boer War through World War II, a soldier rises through the ranks in the British military.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Roger Livesey, Deborah Kerr, Anton Walbrook, James McKechnie

Votes: 12,969

18. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Not Rated | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.1
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96 Metascore

Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand each other, without realizing that they are falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut

Votes: 27,048 | Gross: $0.20M

19. Rebecca (1940)

Approved | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

8.1
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86 Metascore

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: 120,707 | Gross: $4.36M

20. You're Missing the Point (1940)

G | 112 min | Comedy

8.1
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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: 1,108

21. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Crime

8.0
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A distant poor relative of the Duke D'Ascoyne plots to inherit the title by murdering the eight other heirs who stand ahead of him in the line of succession.

Director: Robert Hamer | Stars: Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Valerie Hobson, Joan Greenwood

Votes: 33,985

22. Los tres huastecos (1948)

120 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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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: 639

23. Rope (1948)

Approved | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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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: 127,161

24. Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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A pianist about to flee from a duel receives a letter from a woman he cannot remember, who may hold the key to his downfall.

Director: Max Ophüls | Stars: Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan, Mady Christians, Marcel Journet

Votes: 10,846

25. Out of the Past (1947)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.0
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A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming

Votes: 32,155

26. Shoeshine (1946)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

8.0
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Two shoeshine boys in postwar Rome, Italy, save up to buy a horse, but their involvement as dupes in a burglary lands them in juvenile prison where the experience take a devastating toll on their friendship.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Rinaldo Smordoni, Franco Interlenghi, Annielo Mele, Bruno Ortensi

Votes: 6,451

27. Rome, Open City (1945)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Thriller, War

8.0
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During the Nazi occupation of Rome in 1944, the Resistance leader, Giorgio Manfredi, is chased by the Nazis as he seeks refuge and a way to escape.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi, Marcello Pagliero, Vito Annichiarico

Votes: 22,925

28. Panique (1946)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama

8.0
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After an elderly maid is murdered, opinions are manipulated, evidence is planted, violence erupts, and panic ensues.

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Viviane Romance, Michel Simon, Max Dalban, Émile Drain

Votes: 1,479 | Gross: $0.04M

29. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)

PG | 129 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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Encouraged by her idealistic if luckless father, a bright and imaginative young woman comes of age in a Brooklyn tenement during the early 1900s.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, James Dunn, Lloyd Nolan

Votes: 6,995

30. Mildred Pierce (1945)

Approved | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.0
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88 Metascore

A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden

Votes: 22,230

31. Brief Encounter (1945)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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92 Metascore

Meeting a stranger in a railway station, a woman is tempted to cheat on her husband.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway, Joyce Carey

Votes: 34,830

32. Laura (1944)

Passed | 88 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

8.0
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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: 42,025 | Gross: $4.36M

33. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Approved | 170 min | Drama, Romance, War

8.0
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93 Metascore

Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Fredric March, Teresa Wright

Votes: 56,576 | Gross: $23.65M

34. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

8.0
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A writer of books on the futility of marriage risks his reputation when he decides to get married. Things get even more complicated when he learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are habitual murderers.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey, Jack Carson

Votes: 64,429

35. The Ox-Bow Incident (1942)

Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Western

8.0
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When a posse captures three men suspected of killing a local farmer, they become strongly divided over whether or not to lynch the men.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Mary Beth Hughes, Anthony Quinn

Votes: 20,561 | Gross: $1.64M

36. Random Harvest (1942)

Passed | 126 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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62 Metascore

An amnesiac World War I veteran falls in love with a music hall star, only to suffer an accident which restores his original memories but erases his post-war life.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Ronald Colman, Greer Garson, Philip Dorn, Susan Peters

Votes: 6,800 | Gross: $10.14M

37. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Not Rated | 100 min | Film-Noir, Mystery

8.0
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96 Metascore

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre

Votes: 147,360 | Gross: $2.11M

38. The Little Foxes (1941)

Approved | 116 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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The ruthless, moneyed Hubbard clan lives in, and poisons, their part of the deep South at the turn of the twentieth century.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, Teresa Wright, Richard Carlson

Votes: 10,201

39. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Passed | 129 min | Drama, History

8.0
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96 Metascore

A poor Midwest family is forced off their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin

Votes: 84,904 | Gross: $0.06M

40. The Set-Up (1949)

Approved | 73 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Sport

7.9
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Because aging boxer Bill Thompson always lost his past fights, his corrupt manager, without telling Thompson, takes bribes from a betting gangster, to ensure Thompson's pre-arranged dive-loss in the next match.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter, George Tobias, Alan Baxter

Votes: 7,599

41. La oveja negra (1949)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama

7.9
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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: 327

42. Stray Dog (1949)

Not Rated | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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During a sweltering summer, a rookie homicide detective tries to track down his stolen Colt pistol.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Awaji, Eiko Miyoshi

Votes: 14,948

43. The Nazis Strike Again (1948)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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A quiet and modest man, disappointed and embittered by the civil war that plagues Greece after WWII, faces Hitler and his Nazis who strike back to retake Greece.

Director: Alekos Sakellarios | Stars: Vasilis Logothetidis, Nitsa Tsaganea, Ilia Livykou, Marina Smyrnaki

Votes: 500

44. Barsaat (1949)

171 min | Drama, Romance, Musical

7.9
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Pran and Gopal fall in love with village girls while on a holiday. After returning home, Gopal continues to flirt with other girls. But Pran realizes that he has truly fallen in love.

Director: Raj Kapoor | Stars: Nargis, Raj Kapoor, Prem Nath, K.N. Singh

Votes: 547

45. I Remember Mama (1948)

Approved | 134 min | Drama, Family

7.9
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The ups and downs of a Norwegian immigrant family, circa 1910.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Irene Dunne, Barbara Bel Geddes, Oskar Homolka, Philip Dorn

Votes: 4,924

46. Nosotros los pobres (1948)

Not Rated | 128 min | Drama

7.9
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Nosotros Los Pobres stars Pedro Infante as a carpenter whose entire family must work together to clear his name after he is charged with a murder..

Director: Ismael Rodríguez | Stars: Pedro Infante, Evita Muñoz 'Chachita', Carmen Montejo, Blanca Estela Pavón

Votes: 949

47. Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

Passed | 124 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.9
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A suave but cynical man supports his family by marrying and murdering rich women for their money, but the job has some occupational hazards.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Mady Correll, Allison Roddan, Robert Lewis

Votes: 15,597 | Gross: $0.33M

48. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.9
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88 Metascore

When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.

Director: George Seaton | Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 39,235 | Gross: $2.65M

49. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.9
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In 1900, a young widow finds her seaside cottage is haunted and forms a unique relationship with the ghost.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders, Edna Best

Votes: 15,438

50. Germany Year Zero (1948)

Not Rated | 78 min | Drama, War

7.9
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A young German boy faces the problems of the tough life in the immediate post WWII Berlin.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Edmund Moeschke, Ernst Pittschau, Ingetraud Hinze, Franz-Otto Krüger

Votes: 10,121


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