Year Best

Year Best: 1940s

1940

  1. The Great Dictator (Charles Chaplin // USA)
  2. His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks // 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)

Honorable Mention:

The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor); The Thief of Bagdad (Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan)

1941

  1. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles // USA)
  2. The Maltese Falcon (John Huston // USA)
  3. Sullivan’s Travels (Preston Sturges // USA)
  4. How Green Was My Valley (John Ford // USA)
  5. The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges // USA)
  6. Suspicion (Alfred Hitchcock // USA)
  7. Ball of Fire (Howard Hawks // 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)

 

1942

  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. Listen to Britain (Humphrey Jennings, Stewart McAllister // UK)

Honorable Mention:

Bambi (David Hand); I Married a Witch (René Clair); Saboteur (Alfred Hitchcock)

Out of the list:

Woman of the Year (George Stevens)

1943

  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. Le Corbeau (Henri-Georges Clouzot // France)
  7. Ossessione (Luchino Visconti // Italy)
  8. Fires Were Started (Humphrey Jennings // UK)
  9. The Leopard Man (Jacques Tourneur // USA)

Honorable Mention:

Angels of Sin (Robert Bresson); Hangmen Also Die! (Fritz Lang); I Walked with a Zombie (Jacques Tourneur)

1944

  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)

Honorable Mention:

The Army (Keisuke Kinoshita); At Land (Maya Deren); Jubilation Street (Keisuke Kinoshita); The Private Life of a Cat (Alexander Hammid, Maya Deren); This Happy Breed (David Lean // UK)

1945

  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. Spellbound (Alfred Hitchcock // USA)
  8. The Lost Weekend (Billy Wilder // USA)
  9. Detour (Edgar G. Ulmer // USA)

Honorable Mention:

A Diary for Timothy (Humphrey Jennings); Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (Robert Bresson)

 

1946

  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. Paisan (Roberto Rossellini // Italy)
  8. Gilda (Charles Vidor // USA)
  9. The Best Years of Our Lives (William Wyler // USA)
  10. Great Expectations (David Lean // UK)
  11. To Each His Own (Mitchell Leisen // USA)

Honorable Mention:

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

 

1947

  1. Black Narcissus (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger // UK)
  2. Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur // USA)
  3. Monsieur Verdoux (Charles Chaplin // USA)
  4. The Lady from Shanghai (Orson Welles // USA)
  5. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (Joseph L. Mankiewicz // USA)
  6. Record of a Tenement Gentleman (Yasujiro Ozu // Japan)
  7. The Spring River Flows East (Chusheng Cai, Zheng Jun-Li // China)

Honorable Mention:

Odd Man Out (Carol Reed); Ride the Pink Horse (Robert Montgomery); A Ship Bound for India (Ingmar Bergman // Sweden)

 

1948

  1. Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica // Italy)
  2. The Red Shoes (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger // UK)
  3. Letter from an Unknown Woman (Max Ophüls // USA)
  4. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston // USA)
  5. Spring in a Small Town (Fei Mu // China)
  6. Red River (Howard Hawks // USA)
  7. Germany Year Zero (Roberto Rossellini // Italy)
  8. La Terra Trema (Luchino Visconti // Italy)
  9. The Fallen Idol (Carol Reed // UK)
  10. Drunken Angel (Akira Kurosawa // Japan)
  11. Rope (Alfred Hitchcock // USA)
  12. Fort Apache (John Ford // USA)

Honorable Mention:

L’Amore (Roberto Rossellini); A Hen in the Wind (Yasujiro Ozu); Key Largo (John Huston); The Snake Pit (Anatole Litvak); They Live by Night (Nicholas Ray // USA)

 

1949

  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 sang des bêtes (Georges Franju // France)
  7. Bitter Rice (Giuseppe De Santis // Italy)
  8. On the Town (Stanley Donen // USA)
  9. The Heiress (William Wyler // USA)
  10. A Letter to Three Wives (Joseph L. Mankiewicz // USA)

Honorable Mention:

Flame of My Love (Kenji Mizoguchi); Here’s to the Young Lady (Keisuke Kinoshita)
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