Best Films of the 1940's

  2. Citizen Kane - Orson Welles (1941)

  3. 7.5/10
  4. The Magnificent Ambersons - Orson Welles (1942)
  5. The Lady from Shanghai - Orson Welles (1948)
  6. It's a Wonderful Life - Frank Capra (1946)
  7. The Big Sleep - Howard Hawks (1946)
  8. Children of Paradise - Marcel Carne (1945)
  9. The Red Shoes - Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger (1948)
  10. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre - John Huston (1948)
  11. The Great Dictator - Charlie Chaplin (1940)
  12. To Be or Not To Be - Ernst Lubitsch (1947)
  13. Sullivan's Travels - Preston Sturges (1941)
  14. His Girl Friday - Howard Hawks (1940)
  15. Ivan the Terrible, Part 1 - Sergei Eisenstein (1944)
  16. Black Narcissus - Michael Powell (1947)
  17. Late Spring - Ozu (1949)
  18. The Shanghai Gesture - Von Sternberg (1941)
  19. Rebecca - Alfred Hitchcock (1940)
  20. Spellbound - Alfred Hitchcock (1945)
  21. Double Indemnity - Billy Wilder (1944)
  22. Notorious - Alfred Hitchcock (1946)
  23. Meshes of the Afternoon - Maya Deren (1943)
  24. Bicycle Thieves - Vittorio DeSica (1948)
  25. Laura - Otto Preminger (1944)

You ought to add Alexander Hammid to the directing credit for Meshes Of The Afternoon-- it was a collaboration between both Deren and him (her husband at the time, I think). I read somewhere that Hammid actually got pretty sore about everyone just thinking Deren was behind everything in Meshes.

Also goddamn I still need to see more Welles.

And as for suggestion: Late Spring (1949) by Yasujiro Ozu. He's like the Japanese Frank Capra, sorta. One f the most heartbreaking movies I've seen. Most peopel go for Tokyo Story, but I always felt like that one was a bit "stiff" compared to Late Spring which had a more free sense of movement while Tokyo Story was probably more technically polished.

Well Tokyo Story was amazing and I keep hearing about my need to see Late Spring so...

Thanks for the tip on Hammid...I'll put in a few minutes of research to make and then decide on that

Regarding Welles: inimitable, his films are mind-blowing without initially seeming to be trying to do so