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Top 100 best movies from the forties

Based on MovieMeter ratings, these are the 100 best movies from the forties

This is a list of the best 100 movies from the forties and highly rated on MovieMeter.

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Top 100 best movies from the forties

1
It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Alternative title: Mens, Durf te Leven
Drama, Romance
130 minutes
3
2
Double Indemnity

Double Indemnity (1944)

Alternative title: Bloedgeld
Filmnoir, Crime
107 minutes
3,92(872)
3
3
Casablanca

Casablanca (1942)

Romance, Drama
102 minutes
3
4
The Third Man

The Third Man (1949)

Alternative title: The 3rd Man
Filmnoir, Thriller
104 minutes
3
5
The Best Years of Our Lives

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Alternative title: De Beste Jaren van Ons Leven
Drama, War
172 minutes
3,82(292)
3
6
The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Drama
129 minutes
3,81(445)
2
7
Banshun

Banshun (1949)

Alternative title: Late Spring
Drama
108 minutes
3,81(210)
3
8
Les Enfants du Paradis

Les Enfants du Paradis (1945)

Alternative title: Children of Paradise
Drama, Romance
190 minutes
3,81(177)
9
Sciuscià

Sciuscià (1946)

Alternative title: Shoeshine
Drama
87 minutes
3,81(109)
3
10
Ladri di Biciclette

Ladri di Biciclette (1948)

Alternative title: The Bicycle Thief
Drama
93 minutes
3,80(735)
3
11
Mildred Pierce

Mildred Pierce (1945)

Drama, Filmnoir
111 minutes
3,80(273)
3
12
White Heat

White Heat (1949)

Filmnoir, Crime
114 minutes
3,79(496)
2
13
Letter from an Unknown Woman

Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)

Drama, Romance
86 minutes
3,79(154)
3
14
The Great Dictator

The Great Dictator (1940)

Alternative title: De Dictator
Comedy, War
125 minutes
3
15
To Be or Not to Be

To Be or Not to Be (1942)

Comedy, War
99 minutes
3,78(325)
3
16
A Letter to Three Wives

A Letter to Three Wives (1949)

Drama, Romance
103 minutes
3,78(101)
17
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Adventure, Drama
126 minutes
3,77(690)
3
18
Rebecca

Rebecca (1940)

Mystery, Romance
130 minutes
3,75(706)
3
19
Vredens Dag

Vredens Dag (1943)

Alternative title: Day of Wrath
Drama
97 minutes
3,75(119)
3
20
Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane (1941)

Drama, Mystery
119 minutes
3
21
The Shop Around the Corner

The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Romance, Comedy
99 minutes
3,74(289)
3
22
Odd Man Out

Odd Man Out (1947)

Crime
116 minutes
3,72(162)
3
23
The Lost Weekend

The Lost Weekend (1945)

Drama, Filmnoir
101 minutes
3,71(312)
3
24
A Matter of Life and Death

A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

Alternative title: Stairway to Heaven
Fantasy, Romance
104 minutes
3,71(241)
3
25
La Terra Trema

La Terra Trema (1948)

Alternative title: The Earth Trembles
Drama
160 minutes
3,71(101)
3
26
Brief Encounter

Brief Encounter (1945)

Drama, Romance
87 minutes
3,70(505)
3
27
The Ox-Bow Incident

The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

Drama, Western
75 minutes
3,70(284)
2
28
Out of the Past

Out of the Past (1947)

Alternative title: Build My Gallows High
Filmnoir, Crime
97 minutes
3,69(275)
3
29
Kind Hearts and Coronets

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

Alternative title: Noblesse Oblige
Comedy, Crime
106 minutes
3,68(206)
3
30
Laura

Laura (1944)

Filmnoir, Mystery
88 minutes
3,66(380)
3
31
The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes (1948)

Alternative title: De Rode Schoentjes
Drama, Music
133 minutes
3,66(232)
3
32
Scarlet Street

Scarlet Street (1945)

Alternative title: De Straat der Verleiding
Filmnoir, Drama
102 minutes
3,66(162)
3
33
Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist (1948)

Drama
116 minutes
3,66(144)
3
34
Criss Cross

Criss Cross (1949)

Filmnoir, Crime
84 minutes
3,66(108)
35
The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep (1946)

Filmnoir, Mystery
114 minutes
3,65(619)
3
36
My Darling Clementine

My Darling Clementine (1946)

Alternative title: De Wilde Jacht
Western
97 minutes
3,65(269)
3
37
The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Alternative title: Maltezer Valk
Filmnoir, Crime
99 minutes
3,64(833)
3
38
The Killers

The Killers (1946)

Crime, Filmnoir
105 minutes
3,64(199)
3
39
How Green Was My Valley

How Green Was My Valley (1941)

Drama
118 minutes
3,64(195)
3
40
Sahara

Sahara (1943)

War
97 minutes
3,64(162)
3
41
Notorious

Notorious (1946)

Alternative title: Berucht
Thriller, Romance
101 minutes
3,63(617)
3
42
Shadow of a Doubt

Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

Alternative title: Een Schijn van Twijfel
Filmnoir, Thriller
108 minutes
3,62(583)
3
43
Sullivan's Travels

Sullivan's Travels (1941)

Alternative title: De Lotgevallen van Sullivan
Adventure, Comedy
90 minutes
3,62(180)
3
44
Brute Force

Brute Force (1947)

Filmnoir, Drama
98 minutes
3,62(147)
45
Yoidore Tenshi

Yoidore Tenshi (1948)

Alternative title: Drunken Angel
Drama, Crime
98 minutes
3,62(140)
3
46
Rope

Rope (1948)

Crime, Thriller
80 minutes
3,61(760)
3
47
The Lady from Shanghai

The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

Crime, Filmnoir
87 minutes
3,61(302)
3
48
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

Alternative title: Het Begon in Berlijn
Drama, Romance
163 minutes
3,61(145)
49
Nora Inu

Nora Inu (1949)

Alternative title: Stray Dog
Filmnoir, Thriller
122 minutes
3,60(176)
3
50
His Girl Friday

His Girl Friday (1940)

Comedy, Romance
92 minutes
3,59(382)
3
51
Red River

Red River (1948)

Western
133 minutes
3,59(229)
3
52
A Foreign Affair

A Foreign Affair (1948)

Alternative title: Een Avontuur in Berlijn
Comedy, Romance
116 minutes
3,59(163)
53
Nightmare Alley

Nightmare Alley (1947)

Alternative title: De Straat der Verloren Zielen
Drama, Filmnoir
110 minutes
3,59(127)
54
Leave Her to Heaven

Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

Alternative title: Giftige Lippen
Filmnoir, Drama
110 minutes
3,59(102)
3
55
The Bishop's Wife

The Bishop's Wife (1947)

Romance, Comedy
105 minutes
3,58(128)
3
56
Riso Amaro

Riso Amaro (1949)

Alternative title: Bitter Rice
Drama, Crime
108 minutes
3,58(113)
57
Germania Anno Zero

Germania Anno Zero (1948)

Alternative title: Germany Year Zero
Drama
78 minutes
3,58(111)
3
58
Gaslight

Gaslight (1944)

Alternative title: Murder in Thornton Square
Mystery, Thriller
114 minutes
3,57(205)
3
59
Great Expectations

Great Expectations (1946)

Drama, Romance
118 minutes
3,56(275)
3
60
La Belle et la Bête

La Belle et la Bête (1946)

Alternative title: Beauty and the Beast
Drama, Fantasy
96 minutes
3,56(195)
3
61
Roma, Città Aperta

Roma, Città Aperta (1945)

Alternative title: Open City
Drama, War
100 minutes
3,56(180)
62
This Gun for Hire

This Gun for Hire (1942)

Filmnoir, Crime
80 minutes
3,56(134)
3
63
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

Fantasy, Romance
104 minutes
3,56(105)
64
Key Largo

Key Largo (1948)

Crime, Thriller
100 minutes
3,55(419)
3
65
Dark Passage

Dark Passage (1947)

Filmnoir, Thriller
106 minutes
3,55(217)
3
66
Twelve o'Clock High

Twelve o'Clock High (1949)

Drama, War
132 minutes
3,55(104)
67
Black Narcissus

Black Narcissus (1947)

Alternative title: Het Huis der Vrouwen
Drama
100 minutes
3,54(288)
3
68
Gilda

Gilda (1946)

Filmnoir, Romance
110 minutes
3,54(251)
2
69
Murder, My Sweet

Murder, My Sweet (1944)

Alternative title: Farewell My Lovely
Thriller, Filmnoir
95 minutes
3,54(140)
2
70
Ossessione

Ossessione (1943)

Alternative title: Obsession
Drama, Crime
140 minutes
3,54(138)
71
A Chump at Oxford

A Chump at Oxford (1940)

Alternative title: Boemelstudenten
Comedy
63 minutes
3,54(123)
3
72
Now, Voyager

Now, Voyager (1942)

Drama, Romance
117 minutes
3,54(123)
73
Spellbound

Spellbound (1945)

Alternative title: Obsessie
Mystery, Romance
111 minutes
3,52(398)
3
74
The Philadelphia Story

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Romance, Comedy
112 minutes
3,52(339)
3
75
To Have and Have Not

To Have and Have Not (1944)

Thriller, War
100 minutes
3,52(272)
2
76
Le Corbeau

Le Corbeau (1943)

Alternative title: The Raven
Drama, Crime
92 minutes
3,52(125)
3
77
Monsieur Verdoux

Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

Comedy, Crime
124 minutes
3,51(206)
3
78
Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Drama, Family
96 minutes
3,50(211)
3
79
The Woman in the Window

The Woman in the Window (1944)

Alternative title: De Vrouw in het Venster
Filmnoir, Thriller
99 minutes
3,50(189)
2
80
Arsenic and Old Lace

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Comedy
118 minutes
3,49(310)
3
81
Lifeboat

Lifeboat (1944)

Alternative title: Ballast der Wanhoop
War, Thriller
96 minutes
3,49(300)
3
82
High Sierra

High Sierra (1941)

Filmnoir, Drama
100 minutes
3,49(213)
3
83
The Lady Eve

The Lady Eve (1941)

Comedy, Romance
97 minutes
3,48(139)
3
84
Mrs. Miniver

Mrs. Miniver (1942)

Drama, War
134 minutes
3,47(142)
85
Ivan Groznyy I

Ivan Groznyy I (1944)

Alternative title: Ivan the Terrible, Part One
Drama, History
103 minutes
3,47(142)
86
The Stranger

The Stranger (1946)

Alternative title: De Vreemdeling
Filmnoir, Mystery
95 minutes
3,46(283)
3
87
The Naked City

The Naked City (1948)

Filmnoir, Crime
96 minutes
3,46(126)
88
They Live by Night

They Live by Night (1948)

Crime, Filmnoir
95 minutes
3,46(112)
89
Dead of Night

Dead of Night (1945)

Horror, Mystery
103 minutes
3,45(150)
90
The Postman Always Rings Twice

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

Alternative title: Niemand Ontkomt Zijn Noodlot
Filmnoir, Drama
113 minutes
3,44(286)
3
91
The Letter

The Letter (1940)

Alternative title: De Brief
Filmnoir, Drama
95 minutes
3,44(142)
92
Five Graves to Cairo

Five Graves to Cairo (1943)

Thriller, War
96 minutes
3,44(138)
93
The Spiral Staircase

The Spiral Staircase (1946)

Alternative title: De Wenteltrap
Drama, Filmnoir
83 minutes
3,44(112)
94
Thieves' Highway

Thieves' Highway (1949)

Alternative title: Collision
Filmnoir, Thriller
94 minutes
3,44(102)
95
Detour

Detour (1945)

Filmnoir, Roadmovie
67 minutes
3,43(160)
3
96
Force of Evil

Force of Evil (1948)

Filmnoir, Crime
78 minutes
3,43(105)
97
Battleground

Battleground (1949)

Alternative title: De Slag om Bastogne
War, Action
118 minutes
3,42(133)
3
98
Dead Reckoning

Dead Reckoning (1947)

Filmnoir, Thriller
100 minutes
3,42(110)
3
99
Jour de Fête

Jour de Fête (1949)

Alternative title: Het Is Feest Vandaag
Comedy
86 minutes
3,41(260)
3
100
The Sea Hawk

The Sea Hawk (1940)

Adventure, Action
127 minutes
3,41(147)
3