Most Popular Feature Films Released 1949-01-01 to 1949-12-31


1. The Third Man (1949)

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

8.2
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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: 134,891 | Gross: $0.45M

2. Little Women (1949)

Approved | 122 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.3
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A group of sisters experience life's difficulties and its pleasures while growing up in nineteenth-century America.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: June Allyson, Peter Lawford, Margaret O'Brien, Elizabeth Taylor

Votes: 5,366

3. Samson and Delilah (1949)

Approved | 131 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.8
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When strongman Samson rejects the love of the beautiful Philistine woman Delilah, she seeks vengeance that brings horrible consequences they both regret.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Hedy Lamarr, Victor Mature, George Sanders, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 5,709 | Gross: $28.80M

4. 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: 23,177

5. The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949)

Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Western

6.2
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Temperamental saloon singer Freddie Jones, jealously shoots at her cheating boyfriend Blackie but mistakenly hits Judge Alfalfa J. O'Toole's honorable behind, forcing her to skip town under the guise of a schoolteacher.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Betty Grable, Cesar Romero, Rudy Vallee, Olga San Juan

Votes: 598 | Gross: $1.49M

6. Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)

Approved | 100 min | Action, Drama, Romance

7.2
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A dramatization of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: John Wayne, John Agar, Adele Mara, Forrest Tucker

Votes: 8,186

7. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

Not Rated | 104 min | Western

7.4
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Captain Nathan Brittles, on the eve of retirement, takes out a last patrol to stop an impending massive Indian attack. Encumbered by women who must be evacuated, Brittles finds his mission imperiled.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Joanne Dru, John Agar, Ben Johnson

Votes: 13,380

8. On the Town (1949)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.6
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Three sailors on a day of shore leave in New York City look for fun and romance before their twenty-four hours are up.

Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly | Stars: Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett, Ann Miller

Votes: 13,731

9. The Fountainhead (1949)

Approved | 114 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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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: 8,022

10. 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: 11,115

11. Twelve O'Clock High (1949)

Not Rated | 132 min | Drama, War

7.8
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A hard-as-nails general takes over a bomber unit suffering from low morale and whips them into fighting shape.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill, Millard Mitchell

Votes: 11,008

12. 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: 30,547

13. Adam's Rib (1949)

Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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Domestic and professional tensions mount when a husband and wife work as opposing lawyers in a case involving a woman who shot her husband.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday, Tom Ewell

Votes: 17,141

14. D.O.A. (1949)

Approved | 83 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

7.4
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Frank Bigelow, told he's been poisoned and has only a few days to live, tries to find out who killed him and why.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler, Beverly Garland

Votes: 8,943

15. All the King's Men (1949)

Approved | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir

7.5
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The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal.

Director: Robert Rossen | Stars: Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, Joanne Dru, John Derek

Votes: 11,243

16. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

Approved | 68 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.1
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An animated adaptation of "The Wind in the Willows" followed by an adaptation of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".

Directors: James Algar, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney | Stars: Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone, Eric Blore, John McLeish

Votes: 10,018

17. The Blue Lagoon (1949)

Not Rated | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.6
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Two children are shipwrecked on a desert-island and fall in love while growing up together.

Director: Frank Launder | Stars: Jean Simmons, Donald Houston, Susan Stranks, Peter Rudolph Jones

Votes: 363

18. The Walking Hills (1949)

Passed | 78 min | Adventure, Thriller, Western

6.6
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A group of treasure hunters search for a wagon load of gold, buried years before in Death Valley.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Randolph Scott, Ella Raines, William Bishop, Edgar Buchanan

Votes: 435

19. Battleground (1949)

Approved | 118 min | Action, Drama, War

7.5
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A squad of the 101st Airborne Division copes with being trapped in the besieged city of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Van Johnson, John Hodiak, Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy

Votes: 5,761 | Gross: $10.29M

20. Bomba, the Jungle Boy (1949)

Approved | 70 min | Adventure

5.6
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George Harland and his daughter Pat are photographers who discover a wild boy in the jungle. When Pat become lost, Bomba brings her back, overcoming plagues of locusts, forest fires and fierce wild animals.

Director: Ford Beebe | Stars: Johnny Sheffield, Peggy Ann Garner, Onslow Stevens, Charles Irwin

Votes: 209

21. Tarzan's Magic Fountain (1949)

Approved | 73 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.0
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An aviatrix emerges from the jungle looking as young as she was when her plane went down many years before. Unscrupulous hunters discover that this is due to a secret fountain of youth. ... See full summary »

Director: Lee Sholem | Stars: Lex Barker, Brenda Joyce, Albert Dekker, Evelyn Ankers

Votes: 419

22. 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: 11,016

23. Batman and Robin (1949)

Approved | 263 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.2
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The caped crusaders versus The Wizard, black-hooded mastermind.

Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet | Stars: Robert Lowery, Johnny Duncan, Jane Adams, Lyle Talbot

Votes: 1,353

24. The Secret Garden (1949)

Approved | 92 min | Drama, Family

7.5
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A girl is sent to live with her uncle on his estate when her parents die. There she discovers much intrigue, family history and secrets and personal baggage. In particular, a screaming child and...a secret garden.

Director: Fred M. Wilcox | Stars: Margaret O'Brien, Herbert Marshall, Dean Stockwell, Gladys Cooper

Votes: 2,130

25. The Glass Mountain (1949)

99 min | Drama

7.0
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An aspiring composer, in the British Air Force for WWII, is downed in Italy and rescued by an Italian girl. He returns home to his wife, inspired to write an opera and aware that he's fallen in love with his rescuer.

Director: Henry Cass | Stars: Dulcie Gray, Michael Denison, Valentina Cortese, Sebastian Shaw

Votes: 130

26. Bitter Rice (1949)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

7.7
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Two criminals on the run end up working in a rice field and decide to recruit other workers for their next robbery.

Director: Giuseppe De Santis | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Doris Dowling, Silvana Mangano, Raf Vallone

Votes: 2,913

27. Impact (1949)

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

7.1
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A unfaithful wife plots with her lover to kill her husband, but the lover is accidentally killed instead. The husband stays in hiding, and lets his wife be charged with conspiracy.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Brian Donlevy, Ella Raines, Charles Coburn, Helen Walker

Votes: 2,302

28. A Letter to Three Wives (1949)

Approved | 103 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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A letter is addressed to three wives from their "best friend" Addie Ross, announcing that she is running away with one of their husbands...but she does not say which one.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern, Kirk Douglas

Votes: 7,025

29. The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)

Passed | 100 min | Adventure, Romance, War

6.5
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In 1818 Alabama, French settlers are pitted against greedy land-grabber Blake Randolph but Kentucky militiaman John Breen, who's smitten with French gal Fleurette De Marchand, comes to the settlers' aid.

Director: George Waggner | Stars: John Wayne, Vera Ralston, Philip Dorn, Oliver Hardy

Votes: 2,421

30. Act of Violence (1949)

Passed | 82 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

7.5
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An embittered, vengeful POW stalks his former commanding officer who betrayed his men's planned escape attempt from a Nazi prison camp.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Van Heflin, Robert Ryan, Janet Leigh, Mary Astor

Votes: 3,626

31. Too Late for Tears (1949)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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Through a fluke circumstance a ruthless woman stumbles across a suitcase filled with $60,000, and she is determined to hold onto it even if it means murder.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, Dan Duryea, Arthur Kennedy

Votes: 2,521

32. Under Capricorn (1949)

Approved | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.2
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A young gentleman goes to Australia where he reunites with his now married childhood sweetheart, only to find out she has become an alcoholic and harbors dark secrets.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, Michael Wilding, Margaret Leighton

Votes: 5,249

33. Whisky Galore (1949)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy, Crime

7.3
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Scottish islanders try to plunder 50,000 cases of whisky from a stranded ship.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Basil Radford, Joan Greenwood, Catherine Lacey, Bruce Seton

Votes: 4,092

34. 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: 12,441

35. Mighty Joe Young (1949)

Approved | 84 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.0
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61 Metascore

A young woman who has raised a giant gorilla from an infant brings him to Hollywood years later seeking her fortune in order to save her family's ranch.

Director: Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Terry Moore, Ben Johnson, Robert Armstrong, Mr. Joseph Young

Votes: 3,858

36. The Great Gatsby (1949)

91 min | Drama

6.6
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A Jazz Age bootlegger learns the hard way about the wages of sin.

Director: Elliott Nugent | Stars: Alan Ladd, Betty Field, Macdonald Carey, Ruth Hussey

Votes: 550

37. Criss Cross (1949)

Not Rated | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.6
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An armored truck driver and his lovely ex-wife conspire with a gang to have his own truck robbed on the route.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Yvonne De Carlo, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally

Votes: 5,803

38. Champion (1949)

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

7.4
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Boxer Midge Kelly rises to fame...mainly by stepping on other people.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Arthur Kennedy, Marilyn Maxwell, Paul Stewart

Votes: 3,021

39. Pinky (1949)

Approved | 102 min | Drama

7.2
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A light-skinned African American woman falls in love with a white doctor, though he is unaware of her true race.

Directors: Elia Kazan, John Ford | Stars: Jeanne Crain, Ethel Barrymore, Ethel Waters, William Lundigan

Votes: 2,204 | Gross: $4.20M

40. The Lost Tribe (1949)

Approved | 72 min | Adventure

6.6
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Jungle Jim fights a lion and sharks trying to save an African village from those who would despoil it.

Director: William Berke | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Myrna Dell, Elena Verdugo, Joseph Vitale

Votes: 294

41. Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.8
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Two turn-of-the-century baseball players, who work in vaudeville during the off-season, run into trouble with their team's new female owner and a gambler who doesn't want them to win the pennant.

Director: Busby Berkeley | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams, Gene Kelly, Betty Garrett

Votes: 2,668

42. Flamingo Road (1949)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

7.0
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A small town corrupt sheriff manipulates local candidates to the state legislature but he eventually comes into conflict with an out-of-town carnival dancer.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Joan Crawford, Zachary Scott, Sydney Greenstreet, David Brian

Votes: 1,962 | Gross: $2.26M

43. Ma and Pa Kettle (1949)

Approved | 76 min | Comedy

6.9
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On the verge of being evicted from their run-down farmhouse, the large Kettle family is given a new, modern home after Pa wins a contest, but he is accused of plagiarizing his winning slogan by a jealous local woman.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Richard Long, Meg Randall

Votes: 985

44. In the Good Old Summertime (1949)

Approved | 102 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.2
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It's turn of the century America when Andrew and Veronica first meet - by crashing into each other. They develop an instant and mutual dislike which intensifies when, later on, Andrew is ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Judy Garland, Van Johnson, S.Z. Sakall, Spring Byington

Votes: 2,850 | Gross: $3.40M

45. Knock on Any Door (1949)

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

6.9
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An attorney defends a hoodlum of murder, using the oppressiveness of the slums to appeal to the court.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, John Derek, George Macready, Allene Roberts

Votes: 2,573

46. The Window (1949)

Approved | 73 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

7.4
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To avoid the heat of a sweltering summer night a 9-year-old Manhattan boy decides to sleep on the fire escape and witnesses a murder, but no one will believe him.

Director: Ted Tetzlaff | Stars: Bobby Driscoll, Barbara Hale, Arthur Kennedy, Paul Stewart

Votes: 2,823

47. Canadian Pacific (1949)

95 min | Adventure, History, Romance

5.9
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A surveyor for the Canadian Pacific Railroad must fight fur trappers who oppose the building of the railroad by stirring up Indian rebellion.

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: Randolph Scott, Jane Wyatt, J. Carrol Naish, Victor Jory

Votes: 419

48. Beyond the Forest (1949)

Approved | 97 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

7.2
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Rosa Moline is bored with life in a small town. She loves Chicago industrialist Neil Latimer who has a hunting lodge nearby. Rosa squeezes her husband's patients to pay their bills so she ... See full summary »

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten, David Brian, Ruth Roman

Votes: 1,774

49. The Inspector General (1949)

Approved | 102 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.9
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A town's corrupt officials think a fool is actually an investigator in disguise.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Danny Kaye, Walter Slezak, Barbara Bates, Elsa Lanchester

Votes: 2,647

50. Passport to Pimlico (1949)

Approved | 84 min | Comedy

7.2
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Residents of a part of London declare independence, when they discover an old treaty. This leads to the need for a 'Passport to Pimlico'.

Director: Henry Cornelius | Stars: Stanley Holloway, Betty Warren, Barbara Murray, Paul Dupuis

Votes: 3,314