TOP 10 FILMS: 1940-49

In order of preference:


  1. Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock)
  2. The Sea Hawk (Michael Curtiz)
  3. Pinocchio (Hamilton Luske, Ben Sharpsteen)
  4. The Letter (William Wyler)
  5. The Grapes of Wrath (John Ford)
  6. The Mark of Zorro (Rouben Mamoulian)
  7. Thief of Bagdad (Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell,Tim Whelan)
  8. The Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch)
  9. Dance, Girl, Dance (Dorothy Arzner)
  10. The Great Dictator (Charles Chaplin)


  1. The Little Foxes (William Wyler)
  2. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles)
  3. Dumbo (Ben Sharpsteen)
  4. The Maltese Falcon (John Huston)
  5. Here Comes Mr. Jordan (Alexander Hall)
  6. Meet John Doe (Frank Capra)
  7. Ball of Fire (Howard Hawks)
  8. The Wolf Man (George Waggner)
  9. The Great Lie (Edmund Goulding)
  10. How Green Was My Valley (John Ford)


  1. Casablanca (Michael Curtiz)
  2. Now, Voyager (Irving Rapper)
  3. Cat People (Jacques Tourneur)
  4. Bambi (David Hand)
  5. The Pride of the Yankees (Sam Wood)
  6. The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles)
  7. The Palm Beach Story (Preston Sturges)
  8. To Be or Not to Be (Ernst Lubitsch)
  9. Kings Row (Sam Wood)
  10. Mrs. Miniver (William Wyler)


  1. For whom the Bell Tolls (Sam Wood)
  2. The Shadow of A Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock)
  3. The Leopard Man (Jacques Tourneur)
  4. The Ghost Ship (Mark Robson)
  5. I Walked with a Zombie (Jacques Tourneur)
  6. The Ox-Bow Incident (William A. Wellman)
  7. Lassie Come Home (Fred M. Wilcox)
  8. The Seventh Victim (Mark Robson)
  9. This Land is Mine (Jean Renoir)
  10. The More the Merrier (George Stevens)


  1. Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder)
  2. Laura (Otto Preminger)
  3. Hail the Conquering Hero (Preston Sturges)
  4. The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (Preston Sturges)
  5. National Velvet (Clarence Brown)
  6. A Canterbury Tale (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)
  7. Meet Me in St. Louis (Vincente Minnelli)
  8. Going My Way (Leo McCarey)
  9. Lifeboat (Alfred Hitchcock)
  10. Gaslight (George Cukor)


  1. Scarlet Street (Fritz Lang)
  2. Brief Encounter (David Lean)
  3. The Lost Weekend (Billy Wilder)
  4. Leave Her to Heaven (John M. Stahl)
  5. Mildred Pierce (Michael Curtiz)
  6. Spellbound (Alfred Hitchcock)
  7. The Picture of Dorian Gray (Albert Lewin)
  8. The Body Snatcher (Robert Wise)
  9. The Spiral Staircase (Robert Siodmak)
  10. The Seventh Veil (Compton Bennett)


  1. It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra)
  2. Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock)
  3. The Best Years of Our Lives (William Wyler)
  4. The Yearling (Clarence Brown)
  5. Great Expectations (David Lean)
  6. Beauty and Beast (Jean Cocteau, René Clément)
  7. The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks)
  8. A Matter of Life and Death (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)
  9. The Razor’s Edge (Edmund Goulding)
  10. The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (Lewis Milestone)


  1. Black Narcissus (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)
  2. Monsieur Verdoux (Charles Chaplin)
  3. Miracle on 34th Street (George Seaton)
  4. Odd Man Out (Carol Reed)
  5. A Double Life (George Cukor)
  6. Born to Kill (Robert Wise)
  7. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
  8. Crossfire (Edward Dmytryk)
  9. Kiss of Death (Henry Hathaway)
  10. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Norman Z. McLeod)


  1. Red River (Howard Hawks)
  2. The Red Shoes (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)
  3. The Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica)
  4. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston)
  5. Hamlet (Laurence Olivier)
  6. The Fallen Idol (Carol Reed)
  7. Fort Apache (John Ford)
  8. Key Largo (John Huston)
  9. Oliver Twist (David Lean)
  10. Sitting Pretty (Walter Lang)


  1. The Heiress (William Wyler)
  2. I Was a Male War Bride (Howard Hawks)
  3. Twelve O’Clock High (Henry King)
  4. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (John Ford)
  5. Kind Hearts and Coronets (Robert Hamer)
  6. The Silence of the Sea (Jean-Pierre Melville)
  7. Samson and Delilah (Cecil B. DeMille)
  8. Stray Dog (Akira Kurosawa)
  9. On the Town (Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly)
  10. A Letter to Three Wives (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)

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