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Top Films by Year (1940-1944)

**—Won Academy Award for Best Picture.
*—Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

1940

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 His Girl Friday Howard Hawks 80
2 The Philadelphia Story* George Cukor 131
3 The Grapes of Wrath* John Ford 159
4 Rebecca** Alfred Hitchcock 231
5 Fantasia James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe, Norman Ferguson, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, and Paul Satterfield 239
6 Pinocchio Hamilton Luske and Ben Sharpsteen 249
7 The Great Dictator* Charles Chaplin 292
8 The Shop around the Corner Ernst Lubitsch 394
9 The Bank Dick Edward F. Cline 769
10 The Thief of Bagdad Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, and Tim Whelan 891
11 Foreign Correspondent* Alfred Hitchcock 1537
12 Knute Rockne, All American Lloyd Bacon 1879
13 The Great McGinty Preston Sturges 1950
14 Pride and Prejudice Robert Z. Leonard 2015
15 The Westerner William Wyler 2301
16 The Letter* William Wyler 2365

1941

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Citizen Kane* Orson Welles 4
2 The Maltese Falcon* John Huston 59
3 Sullivan's Travels Preston Sturges 160
4 The Lady Eve Preston Sturges 161
5 How Green Was My Valley** John Ford 587
6 Dumbo Ben Sharpsteen 605
7 The Wolf Man George Waggner 1160
8 Ball of Fire Howard Hawks 1273
9 Sergeant York* Howard Hawks 1309
10 The Little Foxes* William Wyler 1584
11 High Sierra Raoul Walsh 1835
12 Meet John Doe Frank Capra 2106
13 Here Comes Mr. Jordan* Alexander Hall 2171
14 They Died with Their Boots on Raoul Walsh 2173
15 Hellzapoppin' H.C. Potter 2186

1942

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Casablanca** Michael Curtiz 3
2 To Be or Not to Be Ernst Lubitsch 268
3 Bambi David Hand 325
4 The Magnificent Ambersons* Orson Welles 369
5 Cat People Jacques Tourneur 455
6 Now, Voyager Irving Rapper 497
7 Yankee Doodle Dandy* Michael Curtiz 593
8 The Palm Beach Story Preston Sturges 700
9 The Pride of the Yankees* Sam Wood 828
10 In Which We Serve* Noel Coward and David Lean 1198
11 Went the Day Well? Alberto Cavalcanti 1245
12 Mrs. Miniver** William Wyler 1251
13 Woman of the Year George Stevens 1368
14 Listen to Britain Humphrey Jennings and Stewart McAllister 1426
15 Road to Morocco David Butler 1957
16 Saboteur Alfred Hitchcock 2201
17 Gentleman Jim Raoul Walsh 2248
18 I Married a Witch René Clair 2309

1943

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger 317
2 Shadow of a Doubt Alfred Hitchcock 492
3 Day of Wrath Carl Theodor Dreyer 524
4 The Ox-Bow Incident* William A. Wellman 533
5 Meshes of the Afternoon Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid 687
6 I Walked with a Zombie Jacques Tourneur 759
7 Ossessione Luchino Visconti 1182
8 Le Corbeau Henri-Georges Clouzot 1650
9 Fires Were Started Humphrey Jennings 1740
10 Heaven Can Wait* Ernst Lubitsch 1851
11 The Seventh Victim Mark Robson 2000
12 Cabin in the Sky Vincente Minnelli 2065

1944

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Double Indemnity* Billy Wilder 41
2 Meet Me in St. Louis Vincente Minnelli 233
3 Laura Otto Preminger 280
4 Arsenic and Old Lace Frank Capra 604
5 To Have and Have Not Howard Hawks 661
6 Henry V* Laurence Olivier 721
7 The Miracle of Morgan's Creek Preston Sturges 736
8 National Velvet Clarence Brown 970
9 Gaslight* George Cukor 1271
10 Hail the Conquering Hero Preston Sturges 1313
11 A Canterbury Tale Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger 1509
12 Murder, My Sweet Edward Dmytryk 1545
13 The Woman in the Window Fritz Lang 1747
14 The Curse of the Cat People Robert Wise and Gunther von Fritsch 1933
15 Going My Way** Leo McCarey 2045

**—Won Academy Award for Best Picture.
*—Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

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