Most Popular Feature Films Released 1946-01-01 to 1946-12-31


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: 333,443 | Gross: $7.27M

2. Lady in the Lake (1946)

Approved | 105 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

6.6
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The lady editor of a crime magazine hires Philip Marlowe to find the wife of her boss. The private detective soon finds himself involved in murder.

Director: Robert Montgomery | Stars: Robert Montgomery, Audrey Totter, Lloyd Nolan, Tom Tully

Votes: 4,173

3. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.5
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A married woman and a drifter fall in love, then plot to murder her husband. Once the deed is done, they must live with the consequences of their actions.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn

Votes: 15,976 | Gross: $8.33M

4. The Stranger (1946)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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An investigator from the War Crimes Commission travels to Connecticut to find an infamous Nazi.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Philip Merivale

Votes: 16,098

5. 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: 71,206

6. Notorious (1946)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

8.0
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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: 82,078 | Gross: $10.46M

7. Song of the South (1946)

Approved | 94 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.3
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The kindly story-teller Uncle Remus tells a young boy stories about trickster Br'er Rabbit, who outwits Br'er Fox and slow-witted Br'er Bear.

Directors: Wilfred Jackson, Harve Foster | Stars: Ruth Warrick, Bobby Driscoll, James Baskett, Luana Patten

Votes: 9,701 | Gross: $63.72M

8. The Cockeyed Miracle (1946)

Approved | 81 min | Fantasy, Comedy

6.7
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Man returns from heaven to make up for financial errors he made that caused harm to his family.

Director: S. Sylvan Simon | Stars: Frank Morgan, Keenan Wynn, Cecil Kellaway, Audrey Totter

Votes: 226

9. Gilda (1946)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

7.7
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A small-time gambler hired to work in a Buenos Aires casino learns that his ex-lover is married to his employer.

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 23,550

10. 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: 50,785 | Gross: $23.65M

11. Duel in the Sun (1946)

Passed | 129 min | Drama, Romance, Western

6.9
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Beautiful half-breed Pearl Chavez becomes the ward of her dead father's first love and finds herself torn between her sons, one good and the other bad.

Directors: King Vidor, Otto Brower, William Dieterle, Sidney Franklin, William Cameron Menzies, David O. Selznick, Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Gregory Peck, Lionel Barrymore

Votes: 7,125 | Gross: $20.41M

12. 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: 16,005

13. Canyon Passage (1946)

Approved | 92 min | Drama, Western

7.0
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Businessman Logan Stuart is torn between his love of two very different women in 1850's Oregon and his loyalty to a compulsive gambler friend who goes over the line.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Dana Andrews, Brian Donlevy, Susan Hayward, Patricia Roc

Votes: 1,624

14. The Killers (1946)

Passed | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.8
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Hit men kill an unresisting victim, and investigator Reardon uncovers his past involvement with beautiful, deadly Kitty Collins.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, Albert Dekker

Votes: 16,123

15. The Spiral Staircase (1946)

Approved | 83 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.5
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In 1916, a shadowy serial killer is targeting women with "afflictions"; one night during a thunderstorm, the mute Helen feels menaced.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Dorothy McGuire, George Brent, Ethel Barrymore, Kent Smith

Votes: 7,592

16. My Darling Clementine (1946)

Not Rated | 97 min | Biography, Drama, Western

7.8
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The Earps battle the Clantons at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor Mature, Cathy Downs

Votes: 18,585

17. Green for Danger (1946)

Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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After the nurse who declares that a recent surgical death was a murder dies also, an enigmatic Scotland Yard inspector arrives to investigate.

Director: Sidney Gilliat | Stars: Alastair Sim, Sally Gray, Trevor Howard, Leo Genn

Votes: 3,595

18. Beauty and the Beast (1946)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

8.0
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92 Metascore

A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her.

Directors: Jean Cocteau, René Clément | Stars: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély, Nane Germon

Votes: 21,381 | Gross: $0.30M

19. 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: 19,638

20. The Razor's Edge (1946)

Approved | 145 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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An adventuresome young man goes off to find himself and loses his socialite fiancée in the process. But when he returns 10 years later, she will stop at nothing to get him back, even though she is already married.

Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, John Payne, Anne Baxter

Votes: 4,612

21. Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)

Unrated | 132 min | Biography, Musical

6.5
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Biography of songwriter, Broadway pioneer, Jerome Kern. Unable to find immediate success in the USA, Kern sought recognition abroad. He journeyed to England where his dreams of success became real and where he met his future wife Eva.

Directors: Richard Whorf, Vincente Minnelli, George Sidney | Stars: Robert Walker, Van Heflin, Lucille Bremer, June Allyson

Votes: 1,778 | Gross: $6.72M

22. The Blue Dahlia (1946)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

7.2
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An ex-bomber pilot is suspected of murdering his unfaithful wife.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix, Howard Da Silva

Votes: 6,393 | Gross: $2.70M

23. The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)

Unrated | 116 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

7.5
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A man is reunited with his childhood friend and her husband, who believe he knows the truth about the death of her rich aunt years earlier.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott, Kirk Douglas

Votes: 6,695

24. The Yearling (1946)

Approved | 128 min | Drama, Family, Western

7.3
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A boy persuades his parents to allow him to adopt a young deer, but what will happen if the deer misbehaves?

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, Claude Jarman Jr., Chill Wills

Votes: 4,731 | Gross: $5.20M

25. Dragonwyck (1946)

Approved | 103 min | Drama, Thriller, Mystery

7.0
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A simple Connecticut farm girl is recruited by a distant relative, an aristocratic patroon, to be governess to his young daughter in his Hudson Valley mansion.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Gene Tierney, Walter Huston, Vincent Price, Glenn Langan

Votes: 2,986

26. 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: 2,602

27. Terror by Night (1946)

Approved | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.0
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When the fabled Star of Rhodesia diamond is stolen on a London to Edinburgh train and the son of its owner is murdered, Sherlock Holmes must discover which of his suspicious fellow passengers is responsible.

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Alan Mowbray, Dennis Hoey

Votes: 4,510

28. Cloak and Dagger (1946)

Approved | 106 min | Adventure, Film-Noir, Romance

6.7
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In WW2, the Allies race against time to persuade two nuclear scientists working for the Germans to switch sides.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Gary Cooper, Robert Alda, Lilli Palmer, Vladimir Sokoloff

Votes: 1,988

29. Dressed to Kill (1946)

Approved | 76 min | Crime, Mystery

7.0
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Sherlock Holmes sets out to discover why a trio of murderous villains, including a dangerously attractive female, are desperate to obtain three unassuming and inexpensive little music boxes.

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Patricia Morison, Edmund Breon

Votes: 4,546

30. The Captive Heart (1946)

Approved | 86 min | War, Drama

7.1
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In 1940, a concentration-camp escapee assumes the identity of a dead British officer, only to become a prisoner of war.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Rachel Kempson, Frederick Leister, Mervyn Johns

Votes: 759

31. The Harvey Girls (1946)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Musical, Western

7.1
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On a train trip West to become a mail order bride Susan Bradley meets a cheery crew of young women traveling out to open a " Harvey House " restaurant at a remote whistle stop to provide ... See full summary »

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, John Hodiak, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 2,955

32. The Strange Woman (1946)

Approved | 100 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

6.7
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In 1820s New England beautiful but poor and manipulative Jenny Hager marries rich old man Isaiah Poster but also seduces his son and his company foreman.

Directors: Edgar G. Ulmer, Douglas Sirk | Stars: Hedy Lamarr, George Sanders, Louis Hayward, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 1,285

33. Paisan (1946)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, War

7.7
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The language barrier has tragic consequences in a series of unrelated stories set during the Italian Campaign of WWII.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Carmela Sazio, Joseph Garland Moore Jr., William Tubbs, Robert Van Loon

Votes: 5,926

34. The Dark Corner (1946)

Approved | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.2
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Secretary tries to help her boss, who is framed for a murder.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Lucille Ball, Clifton Webb, William Bendix, Mark Stevens

Votes: 3,433

35. Down Missouri Way (1946)

Approved | 75 min | Musical, Comedy

5.6
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Jane Colwell, an associate professor at an agricultural college, thinks that a trained mule she has been working with needs a rest and takes him to her farm. There she finds a film company ... See full summary »

Director: Josef Berne | Stars: Martha O'Driscoll, John Carradine, Eddie Dean, William Wright

Votes: 72

36. The Dark Mirror (1946)

Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.1
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A man is found murdered, with witnesses convinced about the woman they saw leaving his apartment. However, it becomes apparent that the woman has a twin, and finding out which one is the killer seems impossible.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Lew Ayres, Thomas Mitchell, Richard Long

Votes: 3,250

37. 13 Rue Madeleine (1946)

Approved | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.0
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When spy chief Bob Sharkey finds out one of his agents-in-training is actually a Nazi double agent, his strategic decision not to arrest him results in tragedy.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: James Cagney, Annabella, Richard Conte, Frank Latimore

Votes: 2,379

38. Bedlam (1946)

Approved | 79 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

6.9
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Nell Bowen, the spirited protege of rich Lord Mortimer, becomes interested in the conditions of notorious St. Mary's of Bethlehem Asylum (Bedlam). Encouraged by the Quaker Hannay, she tries... See full summary »

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Boris Karloff, Anna Lee, Billy House, Richard Fraser

Votes: 3,027

39. Make Mine Music (1946)

Approved | 75 min | Animation, Family, Music

6.4
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Animation done to contemporary popular music.

Directors: Robert Cormack, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Joshua Meador | Stars: Nelson Eddy, Dinah Shore, Benny Goodman, The Andrews Sisters

Votes: 2,924

40. A Night in Casablanca (1946)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy

7.1
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The Marx Brothers are employed at a hotel in postwar Casablanca, where a ring of Nazis is trying to recover a cache of stolen treasure.

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Charles Drake

Votes: 5,249

41. Undercurrent (1946)

Approved | 116 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

6.6
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Middle-aged bride Ann Hamilton soon begins to suspect that her charming husband is really a psychotic who plans to murder her.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Robert Taylor, Robert Mitchum, Edmund Gwenn

Votes: 2,323

42. Night and Day (1946)

Approved | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

6.2
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A fictionalized biopic of composer Cole Porter from his days at Yale in the 1910s through the height of his success to the 1940s.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Cary Grant, Alexis Smith, Monty Woolley, Ginny Simms

Votes: 2,356

43. 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: 5,278

44. A Stolen Life (1946)

Approved | 109 min | Drama

7.4
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When a woman's twin sister is drowned, she assumes her identity in order to be close to the man she feels her sister took from her years before.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt | Stars: Bette Davis, Glenn Ford, Dane Clark, Walter Brennan

Votes: 2,508

45. Humoresque (1946)

Approved | 125 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.6
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A classical musician from the slums is sidetracked by his love for a wealthy, neurotic socialite.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Joan Crawford, John Garfield, Oscar Levant, J. Carrol Naish

Votes: 3,352 | Gross: $2.28M

46. The Locket (1946)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama, Film-Noir

7.2
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Just before a wedding, the bridegroom hears a complex tale painting his lovely bride as devilish and unbalanced.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Laraine Day, Robert Mitchum, Brian Aherne, Gene Raymond

Votes: 1,886

47. The Jolson Story (1946)

Approved | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.4
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This movie shows the idealized career of the singer Al Jolson, a little Jewish boy who goes against the will of his father in order to be in showbiz. He becomes a star, falls in love with a... See full summary »

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Larry Parks, Evelyn Keyes, William Demarest, Bill Goodwin

Votes: 1,338

48. Anna and the King of Siam (1946)

Approved | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.1
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In 1862, a young Englishwoman becomes royal tutor in Siam and befriends the King.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Irene Dunne, Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 1,913

49. The Chase (1946)

Approved | 86 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

6.7
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Chuck Scott gets a job as chauffeur to tough guy Eddie Roman; but Chuck's involvement with Eddie's fearful wife becomes a nightmare.

Director: Arthur Ripley | Stars: Robert Cummings, Michèle Morgan, Steve Cochran, Lloyd Corrigan

Votes: 1,194

50. The Virginian (1946)

Approved | 87 min | Romance, Western

6.5
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In Medicine Bow, a newly arrived eastern schoolteacher is courted by two cowpokes but their courtship is interrupted by violent incidents involving local cattle rustlers.

Director: Stuart Gilmore | Stars: Joel McCrea, Brian Donlevy, Sonny Tufts, Barbara Britton

Votes: 832



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