Feature Film, Released between 1940-01-01 and 1949-12-31, Rating Count at least 300, English (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: 347,581

2. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

8.5
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100 Metascore

A cynical nightclub owner protects an old flame and her husband from Nazis in Morocco.

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

Votes: 465,113 | Gross: $1.02M

3. The Great Dictator (1940)

Passed | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, War

8.5
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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: 175,162

4. Citizen Kane (1941)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery

8.4
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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: 355,738 | Gross: $1.59M

5. The Red Shoes (1948)

Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Music, Romance

8.3
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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, Jean Short

Votes: 24,021 | Gross: $10.90M

6. 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 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: 123,902 | Gross: $5.72M

7. White Heat (1949)

Not Rated | 114 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.2
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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.

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

Votes: 23,991

8. The Third Man (1949)

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

8.2
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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: 140,376 | Gross: $0.45M

9. The Heiress (1949)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Romance

8.2
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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: 11,491

10. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Passed | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

8.2
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99 Metascore

Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, 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: 99,494 | Gross: $5.01M

11. I Remember Mama (1948)

Approved | 134 min | Drama, Family

8.2
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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: 4,509

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

Not Rated | 163 min | Drama, Romance, War

8.2
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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, Roland Culver

Votes: 11,476

13. 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: 22,740

14. The Little Foxes (1941)

Approved | 116 min | Drama, Romance

8.2
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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: 8,950

15. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Crime

8.1
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A distant poor relative of the Duke of 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: 31,328

16. Out of the Past (1947)

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

8.1
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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: 28,331

17. 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: 16,565

18. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)

PG | 129 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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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: 6,357

19. Brief Encounter (1945)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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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: 30,990

20. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Approved | 170 min | Drama, Romance, War

8.1
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92 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: 52,172 | Gross: $23.65M

21. Sullivan's Travels (1941)

Not Rated | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

8.1
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A director of escapist films goes on the road as a hobo to learn about life, which gives him a rude awakening.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick, William Demarest

Votes: 21,296

22. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Not Rated | 100 min | Film-Noir, Mystery

8.1
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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: 137,783

23. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Not Rated | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.1
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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: 24,020 | Gross: $0.20M

24. Rebecca (1940)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

8.1
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A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife.

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

Votes: 108,590 | Gross: $4.36M

25. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Passed | 129 min | Drama, History

8.1
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95 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: 79,254 | Gross: $0.06M

26. Rope (1948)

PG | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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73 Metascore

Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime.

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

Votes: 112,926

27. 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: 9,739

28. Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

Passed | 124 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.0
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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: 13,822 | Gross: $0.33M

29. Black Narcissus (1947)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

8.0
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After opening a convent in the Himalayas, five nuns encounter conflict and tension - both with the natives and also within their own group - as they attempt to adapt to their remote, exotic surroundings.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Deborah Kerr, David Farrar, Flora Robson, Jenny Laird

Votes: 18,648

30. Shoeshine (1946)

Not Rated | 90 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 Ortenzi

Votes: 5,467

31. Notorious (1946)

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

8.0
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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: 83,599 | Gross: $10.46M

32. The Big Sleep (1946)

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

8.0
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Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers

Votes: 72,419

33. Mildred Pierce (1945)

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

8.0
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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: 19,662

34. The Lost Weekend (1945)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Film-Noir

8.0
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The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four-day drinking bout.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Phillip Terry, Howard Da Silva

Votes: 29,759 | Gross: $9.46M

35. To Have and Have Not (1944)

Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

8.0
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During World War II, American expatriate Harry Morgan helps transport a French Resistance leader and his beautiful wife to Martinique while romancing a sensuous lounge singer.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan, Dolores Moran

Votes: 27,370

36. 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: 37,529

37. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

8.0
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A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family.

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

Votes: 60,730

38. The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

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: 18,626 | Gross: $1.64M

39. Random Harvest (1942)

Passed | 126 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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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: 6,184 | Gross: $10.14M

40. Now, Voyager (1942)

Approved | 117 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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A frumpy spinster blossoms under therapy and becomes an elegant, independent woman.

Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper

Votes: 13,216

41. The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Romance

8.0
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96 Metascore

When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey

Votes: 57,445

42. His Girl Friday (1940)

Passed | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.0
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A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 47,579 | Gross: $0.30M

43. 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: 6,707

44. The Search (1948)

Passed | 104 min | Drama, War

7.9
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In post-war Berlin, an American private helps a lost Czech boy find his mother.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Montgomery Clift, Ivan Jandl, Aline MacMahon, Wendell Corey

Votes: 3,366

45. Key Largo (1948)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.9
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A man visits his war buddy's family hotel and finds a gangster running things. As a hurricane approaches, the two end up confronting each other.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore

Votes: 33,302

46. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.9
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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: 36,529 | Gross: $2.65M

47. 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: 13,943

48. 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: 8,569

49. The Time of Their Lives (1946)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

7.9
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Two ghosts who were mistakenly branded as traitors during the Revolutionary War return to 20th century New England to retrieve a letter from George Washington which would prove their ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Marjorie Reynolds, Binnie Barnes

Votes: 2,705

50. Great Expectations (1946)

Not Rated | 118 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

Director: David Lean | Stars: John Mills, Valerie Hobson, Tony Wager, Jean Simmons

Votes: 20,018


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