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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 Carson9.88
2 . Double Indemnity (1944)Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Porter Hall9.58
3 . The Lady Eve (1941)Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn, Eugene Pallette7.78
4 . Ball of Fire (1941)Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Oscar Homolka, Henry Travers7.53
5 . Adam's Rib (1949)Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday, Tom Ewell7.25
6 . Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney Jr., Béla Lugosi7.23
7 . The Bishop's Wife (1947)Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven, Monty Woolley7.04
8 . The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Shirley Temple, Rudy Vallée7.00
9 . It's a Wonderful Life (1946)James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell6.94
10 . The Big Sleep (1946)Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers6.90
11 . Christmas in Connecticut (1945)Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet, Reginald Gardiner6.89
12 . The Maltese Falcon (1941)Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre6.70
13 . Holiday Inn (1942)Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale6.62
14 . Bambi (1942)Hardie Albright, Sam Edwards, Otis Harlan, Sterling Holloway6.57
15 . The Philadelphia Story (1940)Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey6.55
16 . Casablanca (1942)Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains6.53
17 . His Girl Friday (1940)Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart6.49
18 . My Favorite Wife (1940)Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott, Gail Patrick6.30
19 . The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott, Kirk Douglas6.06
20 . The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Oscar Levant, Billie Burke6.02
21 . Notorious (1946)Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Louis Calhern6.00
22 . Easter Parade (1948)Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford, Ann Miller5.83
23 . Meet John Doe (1941)Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold, Walter Brennan5.76
24 . Miracle on 34th Street (1947)Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn, Gene Lockhart5.72
25 . Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Melvyn Douglas, Reginald Denny5.72
26 . I Was a Male War Bride (1949)Cary Grant, Ann Sheridan, Marion Marshall, King Donovan5.71
27 . Pinocchio (1940)Mel Blanc, Walter Catlett, Frankie Darro, Cliff Edwards5.45
28 . Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)William Powell, Myrna Loy, Barry Nelson, Donna Reed5.29
29 . Suspicion (1941)Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Cedric Hardwicke, Nigel Bruce5.29
30 . Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, Wendell Corey, Ed Begley Sr.5.26
31 . The Black Swan (1942)Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, Laird Cregar, Thomas Mitchell5.26
32 . They Drive by Night (1940)George Raft, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino, Humphrey Bogart5.15
33 . The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett5.12
34 . The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright5.10
35 . The Killers (1946)Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, Albert Dekker5.06
36 . Lady of Burlesque (1943)Barbara Stanwyck, Iris Adrian, Charles Dingle, J. Edward Bromberg5.00
37 . Rebecca (1940)Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson4.94
38 . Mildred Pierce (1945)Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden4.92
39 . The More the Merrier (1943)Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, Charles Coburn, Richard Gaines4.89
40 . Key Largo (1948)Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore4.87
41 . Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer4.84
42 . Woman of the Year (1942)Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Fay Bainter, Reginald Owen4.84
43 . Dark Passage (1947)Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Bruce Bennett, Agnes Moorehead4.74
44 . Laura (1944)Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price4.67
45 . You Were Never Lovelier (1942)Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Adolphe Menjou, Isobel Elsom4.62
46 . The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947)Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck, Alexis Smith, Nigel Bruce4.61
47 . Babes on Broadway (1941)Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Fay Bainter, Virginia Weidler4.60
48 . The Blue Dahlia (1946)Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix, Howard Da Silva4.60
49 . Brother Orchid (1940)Edward G. Robinson, Ann Sothern, Humphrey Bogart, Donald Crisp4.60
50 . Life with father (1947)William Powell, Irene Dunne, Elizabeth Taylor, Edmund Gwenn4.58
51 . Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, George Murphy, Frank Morgan4.56
52 . Citizen Kane (1941)Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead4.56
53 . Remember the Night (1940)Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Beulah Bondi, Elizabeth Patterson4.56
54 . The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Travers, William Gargan4.52
55 . Bicycle Thieves (1948)Sergio Leone4.52
56 . The Thin Man Goes Home (1945)William Powell, Myrna Loy, Lucile Watson, Gloria DeHaven4.51
57 . Gaslight (1944)Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, May Whitty4.50
58 . Scarlet Street (1945)Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea, Margaret Lindsay4.45
59 . Shadow of a Doubt (1943)Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey, Henry Travers4.45
60 . Song of the Thin Man (1947)William Powell, Myrna Loy, Keenan Wynn, Dean Stockwell4.45
61 . Blithe Spirit (1945)Rex Harrison, Margaret Rutherford, Joyce Carey4.41
62 . Cover Girl (1944)Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly, Lee Bowman, Phil Silvers4.41
63 . Rope (1948)James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Cedric Hardwicke4.41
64 . The Talk of the Town (1942)Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Ronald Colman, Edgar Buchanan4.41
65 . The Harvey Girls (1946)Judy Garland, John Hodiak, Ray Bolger, Angela Lansbury4.38
66 . The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn4.38
67 . Action in the North Atlantic (1943)Humphrey Bogart, Raymond Massey, Ruth Gordon, Sam Levene4.37
68 . Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)Robert Montgomery, Evelyn Keyes, Claude Rains, Edward Everett Horton4.37
69 . Dumbo (1941)James Baskett, Herman Bing, Billy Bletcher, Edward Brophy4.33
70 . Going My Way (1944)Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Frank McHugh, James Brown4.33
71 . Nightmare Alley (1947)Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray, Taylor Holmes4.31
72 . The Third Man (1949)Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard4.31
73 . To Have and Have Not (1944)Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan, Lauren Bacall, Dolores Moran4.30
74 . Murder, My Sweet (1944)Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley, Otto Kruger4.29
75 . White Heat (1949)James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien, Margaret Wycherly4.29
76 . The Heiress (1949)Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson, Miriam Hopkins4.26
77 . Gilda (1946)Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia4.24
78 . Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf4.22
79 . Anchors Aweigh (1945)Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, Gene Kelly, Dean Stockwell4.20
80 . You'll Never Get Rich (1941)Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Robert Benchley, Osa Massen4.20
81 . The Major and the Minor (1942)Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Robert Benchley, Diana Lynn4.17
82 . Fantasia (1940)Walt Disney, James MacDonald4.16
83 . Foreign Correspondent (1940)Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders4.16
84 . How Green Was My Valley (1941)Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Anna Lee, Donald Crisp4.16
85 . Blues in the Night (1941)Priscilla Lane, Betty Field, Richard Whorf, Lloyd Nolan4.12
86 . Cat People (1942)Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Jack Holt, Alan Napier4.12
87 . High Sierra (1941)Ida Lupino, Humphrey Bogart, Arthur Kennedy, Joan Leslie4.12
88 . The Stranger (1946)Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Orson Welles, Richard Long4.12
89 . The Wolf Man (1941)Lon Chaney Jr., Claude Rains, Ralph Bellamy, Warren William4.12
90 . Now, Voyager (1942)Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper4.08
91 . Penny Serenade (1941)Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Beulah Bondi, Edgar Buchanan4.08
92 . Air Force (1943)John Ridgely, Gig Young, Arthur Kennedy, Charles Drake4.07
93 . Black Narcissus (1947)Deborah Kerr, Flora Robson, Esmond Knight, Sabu Dastagir4.07
94 . The Shop Around the Corner (1940)Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut4.07
95 . Blue Skies (1946)Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Joan Caulfield, Billy De Wolfe4.03
96 . Brute Force (1947)Burt Lancaster, Hume Cronyn, Charles Bickford, Yvonne De Carlo4.03
97 . And Then There Were None (1945)Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, Louis Hayward, Roland Young4.02
98 . The Grapes of Wrath (1940)Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charles Grapewin4.02
99 . Love Crazy (1941)William Powell, Myrna Loy, Gail Patrick, Jack Carson4.01
100 . The Bank Dick (1940)W.C. Fields, Cora Witherspoon, Una Merkel, Jessie Ralph4.00

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