Year Best

Year Best: 1940s



  1. His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks // USA)
  2. The Great Dictator (Charles Chaplin // USA)
  3. The Grapes of Wrath (John Ford // USA)
  4. The Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch // USA)
  5. Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock // USA)
  6. Fantasia (Ben Sharpsteen // USA)
  7. Foreign Correspondent (Alfred Hitchcock // USA)
  8. Pinocchio (Hamilton Luske, Ben Sharpsteen // USA)
  9. The Mortal Storm (Frank Borzage // USA)

Honorable Mention:

The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor);  The Thief of Bagdad (Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan);  Waterloo Bridge (Mervyn LeRoy);  The Westerner (William Wyler)



  1. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles // USA)
  2. The Maltese Falcon (John Huston // USA)
  3. Sullivan’s Travels (Preston Sturges // USA)
  4. The Little Foxes (William Wyler // USA)
  5. How Green Was My Valley (John Ford // USA)
  6. The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges // USA)
  7. Suspicion (Alfred Hitchcock // USA)
  8. Ball of Fire (Howard Hawks // USA)
  9. Hellzapoppin’ (H. C. Potter // USA)
  10. Remorques (Jean Grémillon // France)
  11. The Devil and Miss Jones (Sam Wood // USA)

Honorable Mention:

The 47 Ronin (Kenji Mizoguchi);  49th Parallel (Michael Powell);  Here Comes Mr. Jordan (Alexander Hall);  Hold Back the Dawn (Mitchell Leisen);  Man Hunt (Fritz Lang);  Who Killed Santa Claus? (Christian-Jaque)



  1. To Be or Not To Be (Ernst Lubitsch // USA)
  2. Casablanca (Michael Curtiz // USA)
  3. The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles // USA)
  4. There Was a Father (Yasujiro Ozu // Japan)
  5. Now, Voyager (Irving Rapper // USA)
  6. Cat People (Jacques Tourneur // USA)
  7. The Palm Beach Story (Preston Sturges // USA)
  8. People of the Mountains (István Szőts // Hungary)
  9. Listen to Britain (Humphrey Jennings, Stewart McAllister // UK)
  10. Went the Day Well? (Alberto Cavalcanti // UK)

Honorable Mention:

Bambi (David Hand);  The Fantastic Night (Marcel L’Herbier);  I Married a Witch (René Clair);  The Murderer Lives at Number 21 (Henri-Georges Clouzot);  Saboteur (Alfred Hitchcock)

Out of the list:

Woman of the Year (George Stevens)



  1. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell // UK)
  2. Meshes of the Afternoon (Maya Deren // USA)
  3. Day of Wrath (Carl Th. Dreyer // Denmark)
  4. Heaven Can Wait (Ernst Lubitsch // USA)
  5. Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock // USA)
  6. Lumière d’été (Jean Grémillon // France)
  7. Le Corbeau (Henri-Georges Clouzot // France)
  8. The Ox-Box Incident (William A. Wellman // USA)
  9. Ossessione (Luchino Visconti // Italy)
  10. Fires Were Started (Humphrey Jennings // UK)
  11. The Leopard Man (Jacques Tourneur // USA)

Honorable Mention:

Angels of Sin (Robert Bresson)Carnival of Sinners (Maurice Tourneur);  Hangmen Also Die! (Fritz Lang);  I Walked with a Zombie (Jacques Tourneur);  It Happened at the Inn (Jacques Becker);  Sanshiro Sugata (Akira Kurosawa)




  1. Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder // USA)
  2. A Canterbury Tale (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger // UK)
  3. Ivan the Terrible, Part I (Sergei M. Eisenstein // Soviet Union)
  4. The Children Are Watching Us (Vittorio De Sica // Italy)
  5. Meet Me in St. Louis (Vincente Minnelli // USA)
  6. To Have and Have Not (Howard Hawks // USA)
  7. Lifeboat (Alfred Hitchcock // USA)
  8. Laura (Otto Preminger // USA)
  9. The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (Preston Sturges // USA)
  10. Gaslight (George Cukor // USA)
  11. Arsenic and Old Lace (Frank Capra // USA)

Honorable Mention:

The Army (Keisuke Kinoshita);  Le ciel est à vous (Jean Grémillon);  At Land (Maya Deren);  Jubilation Street (Keisuke Kinoshita);  Ministry of Fear (Fritz Lang);  The Private Life of a Cat (Alexander Hammid, Maya Deren);  This Happy Breed (David Lean // UK)




  1. Brief Encounter (David Lean // UK)
  2. Rome, Open City (Roberto Rossellini // Italy)
  3. Children of Paradise (Marcel Carné // France)
  4. I Know Where I’m Going! (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger // UK)
  5. Mildred Pierce (Michael Curtiz // USA)
  6. Scarlet Street (Fritz Lang // USA)
  7. Leave Her to Heaven (John M. Stahl // USA)
  8. Spellbound (Alfred Hitchcock // USA)
  9. The Lost Weekend (Billy Wilder // USA)
  10. Detour (Edgar G. Ulmer // USA)

Honorable Mention:

A Diary for Timothy (Humphrey Jennings)

Out of the List:

Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (Robert Bresson)



  1. A Matter of Life and Death (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger // UK)
  2. Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau // France)
  3. Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock // USA)
  4. Shoeshine (Vittorio De Sica // Italy)
  5. The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks // USA)
  6. It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra // USA)
  7. Gilda (Charles Vidor // USA)
  8. The Best Years of Our Lives (William Wyler // USA)
  9. Great Expectations (David Lean // UK)
  10. Paisan (Roberto Rossellini // Italy)
  11. To Each His Own (Mitchell Leisen // USA)

Honorable Mention:

Green for Danger (Sidney Gilliat);  The Killers (Robert Siodmak);  My Darling Clementine (John Ford);  The Stranger (Orson Welles);  Utamaro and His Five Women (Kenji Mizoguchi)




  1. The Ball at the Anjo House (Kozaburo Yoshimura // Japan)
  2. Black Narcissus (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger // UK)
  3. Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur // USA)
  4. Monsieur Verdoux (Charles Chaplin // USA)
  5. The Lady from Shanghai (Orson Welles // USA)
  6. The Damned (Rene Clement // France)
  7. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (Joseph L. Mankiewicz // USA)
  8. Nightmare Alley (Edmund Goulding // USA)
  9. Record of a Tenement Gentleman (Yasujiro Ozu // Japan)
  10. The Spring River Flows East (Chusheng Cai, Zheng Jun-Li // China)

Honorable Mention:

Brighton Rock (John Boulting);  Brute Force (Jules Dassin);  Odd Man Out (Carol Reed);  Ride the Pink Horse (Robert Montgomery);  A Ship Bound for India (Ingmar Bergman);  T-Men (Anthony Mann)



  1. Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica // Italy)
  2. The Red Shoes (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger // UK)
  3. Children of the Beehive (Hiroshi Shimizu // Japan)
  4. Letter from an Unknown Woman (Max Ophüls // USA)
  5. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston // USA)
  6. Spring in a Small Town (Fei Mu // China)
  7. Red River (Howard Hawks // USA)
  8. Germany Year Zero (Roberto Rossellini // Italy)
  9. La Terra Trema (Luchino Visconti // Italy)
  10. The Fallen Idol (Carol Reed // UK)
  11. Oliver Twist (David Lean // UK)
  12. Drunken Angel (Akira Kurosawa // Japan)
  13. Raw Deal (Anthony Mann // USA)
  14. Yellow Sky (William A. Wellman // USA)
  15. Hamlet (Laurence Olivier // UK)
  16. Portrait of Jennie (William Dieterle // USA)
  17. Louisiana Story (Robert J. Flaherty // USA)
  18. Rope (Alfred Hitchcock // USA)
  19. Fort Apache (John Ford // USA)

Honorable Mention:

3 Godfathers (John Ford);  Cry of the City (Robert Siodmak);  Eva (Gustaf Molander);   A Hen in the Wind (Yasujiro Ozu);  Key Largo (John Huston);  Moonrise (Frank Borzage);  The Naked City (Jules Dassin);  The Snake Pit (Anatole Litvak);  They Caught the Ferry (Carl Theodor Dreyer);  They Live by Night (Nicholas Ray);  Unfaithfully Yours (Preston Sturges);  A Visage to Remember (Heinosuke Gosho)



  1. The Third Man (Carol Reed // UK)
  2. Late Spring (Yasujiro Ozu // Japan)
  3. Kind Hearts and Coronets (Robert Hamer // UK)
  4. White Heat (Raoul Walsh // USA)
  5. Stray Dog (Akira Kurosawa // Japan)
  6. Le silence de la Mer (Jean-Pierre Melville // France)
  7. The Reckless Moment (Max Ophüls // USA)
  8. Bitter Rice (Giuseppe De Santis // Italy)
  9. On the Town (Stanley Donen // USA)
  10. The Heiress (William Wyler // USA)
  11. Le sang des bêtes (Georges Franju // France)
  12. A Letter to Three Wives (Joseph L. Mankiewicz // USA)

Honorable Mention:

Bezoek aan Picasso (Paul Haesaerts);  Flame of My Love (Kenji Mizoguchi);  Here’s to the Young Lady (Keisuke Kinoshita);  Prison (Ingmar Bergman)


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