my life is a bit hectic and my computer is down so…

This list is taken from Digital Dream Door’s list of 100 best movies from the 1940s. These are only the first 25. My first list was for the 1930s, and a bit about Digital Dream Door.

Here are my other top 25 lists:

Silent :: 1930s :: 1940s :: 1950s :: 1960s :: 1970s :: 1980s :: 1990s :: 2000s

Underlined means I’ve seen it. Blue text means I haven’t. A ♣ means I want to see it.

  1. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Wells)
  2. Casablanca (1942, Michael Curtiz)
  3. The Third Man (1949, Carol Reed)
  4. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946, Frank Capra)
  5. The Grapes of Wrath (1940, John Ford)
  6. The Maltese Falcon (1941, John Huston)
  7. The Philadelphia Story (1940, George Cukor)
  8. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948, John Huston)
  9. The Bicycle Thief (1948, Vittorio De Sica)
  10. Double Indemnity (1944, Billy Wilder)
  11. Notorious (1946, Alfred Hitchcock)
  12. The Big Sleep (1946, Howard Hawks)
  13. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946, William Wyler)
  14. The Killers (1946, Robert Siodmak)
  15. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942, Michael Curtis)
  16. White Heat (1949, Raoul Walsh)
  17. Hamlet (1948, Laurence Olivier)
  18. The Red Shoes (1948, Michael Powell)
  19. Great Expectations (1946, David Lean)
  20. The Great Dictator (1940, Charles Chaplin)
  21. Fantasia (1940, James Algar)
  22. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942, Orson Welles)
  23. Beauty and the Beast (1946, Jean Cocteau)
  24. My Darling Clementine (1946, John Ford)
  25. Pinocchio (1940, Walt Disney)

2 thoughts on “1940s movies – top 25

  1. I’ve seen Public Enemy which I really liked, and so I’ve had White Heat on my to-be-watched list for a long time.

    Double Indemnity is excellent, and it’s hard to imagine how it could be improved in any way. Wilder did amazing work.

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