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Top Films by Year (1945-1949)

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

1945

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Brief Encounter David Lean 140
2 Children of Paradise Marcel Carné 147
3 Rome, Open City Roberto Rossellini 214
4 Mildred Pierce* Michael Curtiz 409
5 Ivan the Terrible Sergei M. Eisenstein 489
6 The Lost Weekend** Billy Wilder 523
7 'I Know Where I'm Going!' Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger 552
8 Detour Edgar G. Ulmer 750
9 Dead of Night Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, and Robert Hamer 839
10 Scarlet Street Fritz Lang 1543
11 They Were Expendable John Ford 1632
12 Leave Her to Heaven John M. Stahl 1838
13 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Elia Kazan 1899
14 Spellbound* Alfred Hitchcock 2130

1946

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 It's a Wonderful Life* Frank Capra 19
2 Notorious Alfred Hitchcock 118
3 The Best Years of Our Lives** William Wyler 166
4 The Big Sleep Howard Hawks 181
5 Stairway to Heaven Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger 200
6 Beauty and the Beast Jean Cocteau 202
7 My Darling Clementine John Ford 357
8 Great Expectations* David Lean 362
9 The Killers Robert Siodmak 568
10 Gilda Charles Vidor 689
11 Paisan Roberto Rossellini 848
12 Duel in the Sun King Vidor 1204
13 The Postman Always Rings Twice Tay Garnett 1337
14 Shoeshine Vittorio De Sica 1602

1947

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Out of the Past Jacques Tourneur 275
2 Black Narcissus Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger 319
3 Miracle on 34th Street* George Seaton 583
4 The Lady from Shanghai Orson Welles 854
5 Monsieur Verdoux Charles Chaplin 855
6 Brighton Rock John Boulting 988
7 Body and Soul Robert Rossen 1062
8 Odd Man Out Carol Reed 1362
9 The Ghost and Mrs. Muir Joseph L. Mankiewicz 1528
10 Kiss of Death Henry Hathaway 1567
11 Gentleman's Agreement** Elia Kazan 1613

1948

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Bicycle Thief Vittorio De Sica 54
2 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre* John Huston 138
3 The Red Shoes* Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger 149
4 Red River Howard Hawks 258
5 Letter from an Unknown Woman Max Ophüls 461
6 Rope Alfred Hitchcock 766
7 Force of Evil Abraham Polonsky 910
8 They Live by Night Nicholas Ray 959
9 Fort Apache John Ford 1107
10 La Terra Trema Luchino Visconti 1135
11 Key Largo John Huston 1152
12 Hamlet** Laurence Olivier 1329
13 Germany, Year Zero Roberto Rossellini 1449
14 Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein Charles Barton 1484
15 Oliver Twist David Lean 1516
16 Easter Parade Charles Walters 1590
17 The Naked City Jules Dassin 1712
18 Portrait of Jennie William Dieterle 1725
19 The Fallen Idol Carol Reed 1739
20 Unfaithfully Yours Preston Sturges 1844
21 Drunken Angel Akira Kurosawa 2287

1949

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Third Man Carol Reed 30
2 Kind Hearts and Coronets Robert Hamer 190
3 White Heat Raoul Walsh 346
4 Adam's Rib George Cukor 509
5 Late Spring Yasujirô Ozu 572
6 On the Town Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly 675
7 The Set-Up Robert Wise 1234
8 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon John Ford 1236
9 All the King's Men** Robert Rossen 1336
10 Tight Little Island Alexander Mackendrick 1384
11 The Heiress* William Wyler 1427
12 Twelve O'Clock High* Henry King 1526
13 Champion Mark Robson 1981
14 Passport to Pimlico Henry Cornelius 2060
15 Battleground* William A. Wellman 2126
16 Le Sang des bêtes Georges Franju 2142
17 Sands of Iwo Jima Allan Dwan 2226
18 Stray Dog Akira Kurosawa 2348

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

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