Best Films of the 1940's

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  1. 9.5/10
  2. Citizen Kane - Welles (1941)

  3. 8.5/10
  4. The Magnificent Ambersons - Welles (1942)
  5. The Lady from Shanghai - Welles (1948)
  6. Children of Paradise - Carne (1945)

  7. 8/10
  8. The Red Shoes - Powell/Pressburger (1948)
  9. It's a Wonderful Life - Capra (1946)
  10. The Great Dictator - Chaplin (1940)
  11. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre - Huston (1948)
  12. To Be or Not To Be - Lubitsch (1947)
  13. The Big Sleep - Hawks (1946)
  14. His Girl Friday - Hawks (1940)
  15. Meshes of the Afternoon - Deren (1943)

  16. 7.5/10
  17. Sullivan's Travels - Sturges (1941)
  18. Black Narcissus - Powell (1947)
  19. Ivan the Terrible, Part 1 - Eisenstein (1944)
  20. The Third Man - Reed (1949)
  21. Casablanca - Curtiz (1942)
  22. Double Indemnity - Wilder (1944)
  23. Notorious - Hitchcock (1946)
  24. Rebecca - Hitchcock (1940)
  25. Shadow of a Doubt - Hitchcock (1943)
  26. The Shanghai Gesture - Von Sternberg (1941)
  27. Spellbound - Hitchcock (1945)
  28. Late Spring - Ozu (1949)
  29. Bicycle Thieves - DeSica (1948)
  30. Laura - Preminger (1944)
  31. The Grapes of Wrath - Ford (1940)

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