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Top 100 Classic Movies of the 1940’s

Decade:
RankTitleCastScore
1 . Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey, Jack Carson9.90
2 . Double Indemnity (1944)Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Porter Hall9.31
3 . The Lady Eve (1941)Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn, Eugene Pallette7.56
4 . Adam's Rib (1949)Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday, Tom Ewell7.35
5 . Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney Jr., Béla Lugosi7.32
6 . Ball of Fire (1941)Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Oscar Homolka, Henry Travers7.31
7 . The Bishop's Wife (1947)Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven, Monty Woolley7.11
8 . It's a Wonderful Life (1946)James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell7.02
9 . The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Shirley Temple, Rudy Vallée6.80
10 . The Big Sleep (1946)Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers6.70
11 . Christmas in Connecticut (1945)Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet, Reginald Gardiner6.70
12 . Bambi (1942)Hardie Albright, Sam Edwards, Otis Harlan, Sterling Holloway6.68
13 . The Philadelphia Story (1940)Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey6.67
14 . Casablanca (1942)Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains6.59
15 . The Maltese Falcon (1941)Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre6.51
16 . Holiday Inn (1942)Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale6.43
17 . His Girl Friday (1940)Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart6.31
18 . The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Oscar Levant, Billie Burke6.16
19 . My Favorite Wife (1940)Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott, Gail Patrick6.12
20 . The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott, Kirk Douglas5.89
21 . Miracle on 34th Street (1947)Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn, Gene Lockhart5.88
22 . Notorious (1946)Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Louis Calhern5.82
23 . Easter Parade (1948)Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford, Ann Miller5.67
24 . Meet John Doe (1941)Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold, Walter Brennan5.60
25 . Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Melvyn Douglas, Reginald Denny5.56
26 . I Was a Male War Bride (1949)Cary Grant, Ann Sheridan, Marion Marshall, King Donovan5.55
27 . Suspicion (1941)Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Cedric Hardwicke, Nigel Bruce5.40
28 . Pinocchio (1940)Mel Blanc, Walter Catlett, Frankie Darro, Cliff Edwards5.30
29 . The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright5.29
30 . Mildred Pierce (1945)Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden5.24
31 . The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett5.22
32 . Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)William Powell, Myrna Loy, Barry Nelson, Donna Reed5.14
33 . Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, Wendell Corey, Ed Begley Sr.5.11
34 . The Black Swan (1942)Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, Laird Cregar, Thomas Mitchell5.11
35 . Rebecca (1940)Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson5.09
36 . The More the Merrier (1943)Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, Charles Coburn, Richard Gaines5.02
37 . They Drive by Night (1940)George Raft, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino, Humphrey Bogart5.00
38 . Key Largo (1948)Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore4.97
39 . The Killers (1946)Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, Albert Dekker4.91
40 . Lady of Burlesque (1943)Barbara Stanwyck, Iris Adrian, Charles Dingle, J. Edward Bromberg4.86
41 . Laura (1944)Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price4.83
42 . Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer4.70
43 . Woman of the Year (1942)Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Fay Bainter, Reginald Owen4.70
44 . The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947)Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck, Alexis Smith, Nigel Bruce4.69
45 . Gaslight (1944)Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, May Whitty4.64
46 . Dark Passage (1947)Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Bruce Bennett, Agnes Moorehead4.60
47 . The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn4.57
48 . Dumbo (1941)James Baskett, Herman Bing, Billy Bletcher, Edward Brophy4.50
49 . Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)Robert Montgomery, Evelyn Keyes, Claude Rains, Edward Everett Horton4.50
50 . You Were Never Lovelier (1942)Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Adolphe Menjou, Isobel Elsom4.49
51 . Babes on Broadway (1941)Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Fay Bainter, Virginia Weidler4.46
52 . The Blue Dahlia (1946)Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix, Howard Da Silva4.46
53 . Brother Orchid (1940)Edward G. Robinson, Ann Sothern, Humphrey Bogart, Donald Crisp4.46
54 . Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf4.46
55 . Life with father (1947)William Powell, Irene Dunne, Elizabeth Taylor, Edmund Gwenn4.44
56 . Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, George Murphy, Frank Morgan4.43
57 . Citizen Kane (1941)Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead4.43
58 . Remember the Night (1940)Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Beulah Bondi, Elizabeth Patterson4.43
59 . The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Travers, William Gargan4.39
60 . Bicycle Thieves (1948)Sergio Leone4.39
61 . Going My Way (1944)Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Frank McHugh, James Brown4.39
62 . The Thin Man Goes Home (1945)William Powell, Myrna Loy, Lucile Watson, Gloria DeHaven4.38
63 . Anchors Aweigh (1945)Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, Gene Kelly, Dean Stockwell4.36
64 . The Talk of the Town (1942)Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Ronald Colman, Edgar Buchanan4.36
65 . Scarlet Street (1945)Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea, Margaret Lindsay4.33
66 . Shadow of a Doubt (1943)Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey, Henry Travers4.33
67 . Song of the Thin Man (1947)William Powell, Myrna Loy, Keenan Wynn, Dean Stockwell4.32
68 . Blithe Spirit (1945)Rex Harrison, Margaret Rutherford, Joyce Carey4.29
69 . Cover Girl (1944)Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly, Lee Bowman, Phil Silvers4.29
70 . Rope (1948)James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Cedric Hardwicke4.29
71 . The Harvey Girls (1946)Judy Garland, John Hodiak, Ray Bolger, Angela Lansbury4.25
72 . How Green Was My Valley (1941)Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Anna Lee, Donald Crisp4.25
73 . Action in the North Atlantic (1943)Humphrey Bogart, Raymond Massey, Ruth Gordon, Sam Levene4.24
74 . Cat People (1942)Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Jack Holt, Alan Napier4.24
75 . Nightmare Alley (1947)Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray, Taylor Holmes4.19
76 . The Third Man (1949)Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard4.19
77 . To Have and Have Not (1944)Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan, Lauren Bacall, Dolores Moran4.18
78 . Murder, My Sweet (1944)Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley, Otto Kruger4.17
79 . The Grapes of Wrath (1940)Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charles Grapewin4.16
80 . White Heat (1949)James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien, Margaret Wycherly4.16
81 . The Heiress (1949)Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson, Miriam Hopkins4.14
82 . Gilda (1946)Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia4.12
83 . You'll Never Get Rich (1941)Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Robert Benchley, Osa Massen4.08
84 . The Major and the Minor (1942)Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Robert Benchley, Diana Lynn4.05
85 . Black Narcissus (1947)Deborah Kerr, Flora Robson, Esmond Knight, Sabu Dastagir4.04
86 . Fantasia (1940)Walt Disney, James MacDonald4.04
87 . Foreign Correspondent (1940)Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders4.04
88 . The Lost Weekend (1945)Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Phillip Terry, Howard Da Silva4.04
89 . Blues in the Night (1941)Priscilla Lane, Betty Field, Richard Whorf, Lloyd Nolan4.00
90 . High Sierra (1941)Ida Lupino, Humphrey Bogart, Arthur Kennedy, Joan Leslie4.00
91 . The Stranger (1946)Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Orson Welles, Richard Long4.00
92 . The Wolf Man (1941)Lon Chaney Jr., Claude Rains, Ralph Bellamy, Warren William4.00
93 . All the King's Men (1949)Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, Joanne Dru, John Derek3.96
94 . Now, Voyager (1942)Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper3.96
95 . Penny Serenade (1941)Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Beulah Bondi, Edgar Buchanan3.96
96 . Air Force (1943)John Ridgely, Gig Young, Arthur Kennedy, Charles Drake3.95
97 . National Velvet (1944)Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor, Donald Crisp, Anne Revere3.95
98 . The Shop Around the Corner (1940)Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut3.95
99 . Blue Skies (1946)Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Joan Caulfield, Billy De Wolfe3.92
100 . Brute Force (1947)Burt Lancaster, Hume Cronyn, Charles Bickford, Yvonne De Carlo3.92

This chart uses a weighted rating based on the average rating per film and the number of votes per film.