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Top Films of the 1940s (#1-100)

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Citizen Kane 1941 Orson Welles 3
2 Casablanca 1942 Michael Curtiz 4
3 It's a Wonderful Life 1946 Frank Capra 21
4 The Third Man 1949 Carol Reed 28
5 Double Indemnity 1944 Billy Wilder 40
6 The Maltese Falcon 1941 John Huston 48
7 The Bicycle Thief 1948 Vittorio De Sica 56
8 His Girl Friday 1940 Howard Hawks 86
9 Notorious 1946 Alfred Hitchcock 114
10 The Philadelphia Story 1940 George Cukor 131
11 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948 John Huston 137
12 The Grapes of Wrath 1940 John Ford 141
13 Brief Encounter 1945 David Lean 142
14 Children of Paradise 1945 Marcel Carné 145
15 Sullivan's Travels 1941 Preston Sturges 148
16 The Best Years of Our Lives 1946 William Wyler 157
17 The Lady Eve 1941 Preston Sturges 164
18 The Red Shoes 1948 Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger 168
19 Rome, Open City 1945 Roberto Rossellini 181
20 Kind Hearts and Coronets 1949 Robert Hamer 188
21 The Big Sleep 1946 Howard Hawks 189
22 Beauty and the Beast 1946 Jean Cocteau 193
23 Fantasia 1940 James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe, Norman Ferguson, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, and Paul Satterfield 210
24 Rebecca 1940 Alfred Hitchcock 226
25 Pinocchio 1940 Hamilton Luske and Ben Sharpsteen 231
26 Red River 1948 Howard Hawks 234
27 Meet Me in St. Louis 1944 Vincente Minnelli 235
28 Stairway to Heaven 1946 Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger 239
29 To Be or Not to Be 1942 Ernst Lubitsch 259
30 Out of the Past 1947 Jacques Tourneur 283
31 Laura 1944 Otto Preminger 284
32 My Darling Clementine 1946 John Ford 296
33 Black Narcissus 1947 Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger 301
34 The Magnificent Ambersons 1942 Orson Welles 309
35 Bambi 1942 David Hand 316
36 Great Expectations 1946 David Lean 326
37 White Heat 1949 Raoul Walsh 335
38 The Great Dictator 1940 Charles Chaplin 336
39 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 1943 Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger 348
40 Ivan the Terrible 1944 Sergei M. Eisenstein 411
41 Adam's Rib 1949 George Cukor 427
42 Letter from an Unknown Woman 1948 Max Ophüls 454
43 Mildred Pierce 1945 Michael Curtiz 461
44 The Shop around the Corner 1940 Ernst Lubitsch 462
45 Shadow of a Doubt 1943 Alfred Hitchcock 463
46 The Lost Weekend 1945 Billy Wilder 467
47 Cat People 1942 Jacques Tourneur 472
48 Now, Voyager 1942 Irving Rapper 494
49 Yankee Doodle Dandy 1942 Michael Curtiz 497
50 Henry V 1944 Laurence Olivier 518
51 How Green Was My Valley 1941 John Ford 524
52 Day of Wrath 1943 Carl Theodor Dreyer 525
53 To Have and Have Not 1944 Howard Hawks 554
54 Dumbo 1941 Ben Sharpsteen 561
55 Miracle on 34th Street 1947 George Seaton 571
56 On the Town 1949 Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly 584
57 The Ox-Bow Incident 1943 William A. Wellman 596
58 The Bank Dick 1940 Edward F. Cline 602
59 Late Spring 1949 Yasujiro Ozu 605
60 'I Know Where I'm Going!' 1945 Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger 614
61 The Killers 1946 Robert Siodmak 620
62 The Palm Beach Story 1942 Preston Sturges 653
63 The Miracle of Morgan's Creek 1944 Preston Sturges 659
64 Paisan 1946 Roberto Rossellini 707
65 Meshes of the Afternoon 1943 Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid 723
66 Gilda 1946 Charles Vidor 732
67 Arsenic and Old Lace 1944 Frank Capra 751
68 I Walked with a Zombie 1943 Jacques Tourneur 754
69 Dead of Night 1945 Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, and Robert Hamer 770
70 Detour 1945 Edgar G. Ulmer 779
71 National Velvet 1944 Clarence Brown 795
72 The Thief of Bagdad 1940 Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, and Tim Whelan 810
73 Monsieur Verdoux 1947 Charles Chaplin 813
74 The Pride of the Yankees 1942 Sam Wood 847
75 They Live by Night 1948 Nicholas Ray 868
76 The Lady from Shanghai 1947 Orson Welles 895
77 Force of Evil 1948 Abraham Polonsky 953
78 Brighton Rock 1947 John Boulting 977
79 Ossessione 1943 Luchino Visconti 989
80 Body and Soul 1947 Robert Rossen 998
81 Rope 1948 Alfred Hitchcock 1017
82 Hamlet 1948 Laurence Olivier 1026
83 In Which We Serve 1942 Noel Coward and David Lean 1046
84 Duel in the Sun 1946 King Vidor 1086
85 Sergeant York 1941 Howard Hawks 1114
86 Woman of the Year 1942 George Stevens 1118
87 La Terra Trema 1948 Luchino Visconti 1119
88 Oliver Twist 1948 David Lean 1138
89 Gaslight 1944 George Cukor 1142
90 Mrs. Miniver 1942 William Wyler 1151
91 Odd Man Out 1947 Carol Reed 1156
92 The Postman Always Rings Twice 1946 Tay Garnett 1163
93 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon 1949 John Ford 1169
94 Went the Day Well? 1942 Alberto Cavalcanti 1184
95 The Wolf Man 1941 George Waggner 1188
96 Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein 1948 Charles Barton 1195
97 Twelve O'Clock High 1949 Henry King 1201
98 The Heiress 1949 William Wyler 1246
99 Ball of Fire 1941 Howard Hawks 1254
100 All the King's Men 1949 Robert Rossen 1262
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