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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 Hall9.60
3 . Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney Jr., Béla Lugosi7.37
4 . The Lady Eve (1941)Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn, Eugene Pallette7.35
5 . Adam's Rib (1949)Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday, Tom Ewell7.15
6 . It's a Wonderful Life (1946)James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell7.12
7 . Ball of Fire (1941)Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Oscar Homolka, Henry Travers7.11
8 . The Bishop's Wife (1947)Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven, Monty Woolley6.91
9 . The Philadelphia Story (1940)Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey6.74
10 . Casablanca (1942)Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains6.68
11 . The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Shirley Temple, Rudy Vallée6.61
12 . The Big Sleep (1946)Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers6.52
13 . Christmas in Connecticut (1945)Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet, Reginald Gardiner6.51
14 . Bambi (1942)Hardie Albright, Sam Edwards, Otis Harlan, Sterling Holloway6.49
15 . His Girl Friday (1940)Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart6.41
16 . The Maltese Falcon (1941)Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre6.33
17 . Holiday Inn (1942)Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale6.25
18 . The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Oscar Levant, Billie Burke5.99
19 . My Favorite Wife (1940)Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott, Gail Patrick5.95
20 . The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott, Kirk Douglas5.73
21 . Miracle on 34th Street (1947)Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn, Gene Lockhart5.72
22 . Notorious (1946)Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Louis Calhern5.66
23 . Easter Parade (1948)Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford, Ann Miller5.51
24 . Meet John Doe (1941)Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold, Walter Brennan5.44
25 . Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Melvyn Douglas, Reginald Denny5.40
26 . I Was a Male War Bride (1949)Cary Grant, Ann Sheridan, Marion Marshall, King Donovan5.39
27 . Mildred Pierce (1945)Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden5.37
28 . Suspicion (1941)Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Cedric Hardwicke, Nigel Bruce5.25
29 . Rebecca (1940)Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson5.23
30 . Pinocchio (1940)Mel Blanc, Walter Catlett, Frankie Darro, Cliff Edwards5.15
31 . The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright5.14
32 . The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett5.08
33 . Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)William Powell, Myrna Loy, Barry Nelson, Donna Reed5.00
34 . Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, Ann Richards, Wendell Corey4.97
35 . The Black Swan (1942)Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, Laird Cregar, Thomas Mitchell4.97
36 . Laura (1944)Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price4.97
37 . The More the Merrier (1943)Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, Charles Coburn, Richard Gaines4.88
38 . They Drive by Night (1940)George Raft, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino, Humphrey Bogart4.86
39 . Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer4.85
40 . Key Largo (1948)Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore4.83
41 . Gaslight (1944)Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, May Whitty4.79
42 . The Killers (1946)Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, Albert Dekker4.78
43 . Lady of Burlesque (1943)Barbara Stanwyck, Iris Adrian, Charles Dingle, J. Edward Bromberg4.72
44 . The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn4.72
45 . You Were Never Lovelier (1942)Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Adolphe Menjou, Isobel Elsom4.64
46 . The Blue Dahlia (1946)Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix, Howard Da Silva4.62
47 . Citizen Kane (1941)Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead4.58
48 . Woman of the Year (1942)Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Fay Bainter, Reginald Owen4.57
49 . The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947)Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck, Alexis Smith, Nigel Bruce4.56
50 . Dark Passage (1947)Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Bruce Bennett, Agnes Moorehead4.48
51 . Cover Girl (1944)Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly, Lee Bowman, Phil Silvers4.44
52 . The Grapes of Wrath (1940)Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charles Grapewin4.41
53 . Dumbo (1941)James Baskett, Herman Bing, Billy Bletcher, Edward Brophy4.38
54 . Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)Robert Montgomery, Evelyn Keyes, Claude Rains, Edward Everett Horton4.38
55 . Babes on Broadway (1941)Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Fay Bainter, Virginia Weidler4.34
56 . Brother Orchid (1940)Edward G. Robinson, Ann Sothern, Humphrey Bogart, Donald Crisp4.34
57 . Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf4.34
58 . Life with father (1947)William Powell, Irene Dunne, Elizabeth Taylor, Edmund Gwenn4.32
59 . Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, George Murphy, Frank Morgan4.31
60 . Remember the Night (1940)Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Beulah Bondi, Elizabeth Patterson4.31
61 . Gilda (1946)Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia4.29
62 . The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Travers, William Gargan4.27
63 . Bicycle Thieves (1948)Sergio Leone4.27
64 . Going My Way (1944)Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Frank McHugh, James Brown4.27
65 . The Thin Man Goes Home (1945)William Powell, Myrna Loy, Lucile Watson, Gloria DeHaven4.26
66 . You'll Never Get Rich (1941)Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Robert Benchley, Osa Massen4.25
67 . Anchors Aweigh (1945)Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, Gene Kelly, Dean Stockwell4.24
68 . The Talk of the Town (1942)Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Ronald Colman, Edgar Buchanan4.24
69 . The Lost Weekend (1945)Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Phillip Terry, Howard Da Silva4.21
70 . Scarlet Street (1945)Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea, Margaret Lindsay4.21
71 . Shadow of a Doubt (1943)Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey, Henry Travers4.21
72 . Song of the Thin Man (1947)William Powell, Myrna Loy, Keenan Wynn, Dean Stockwell4.20
73 . Blithe Spirit (1945)Rex Harrison, Margaret Rutherford, Joyce Carey4.17
74 . Rope (1948)James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Cedric Hardwicke4.17
75 . The Stranger (1946)Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Orson Welles, Richard Long4.17
76 . The Harvey Girls (1946)Judy Garland, John Hodiak, Ray Bolger, Angela Lansbury4.13
77 . How Green Was My Valley (1941)Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Anna Lee, Donald Crisp4.13
78 . Action in the North Atlantic (1943)Humphrey Bogart, Raymond Massey, Ruth Gordon, Sam Levene4.13
79 . Cat People (1942)Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Jack Holt, Alan Napier4.13
80 . Nightmare Alley (1947)Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray, Taylor Holmes4.07
81 . The Third Man (1949)Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard4.07
82 . To Have and Have Not (1944)Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan, Lauren Bacall, Dolores Moran4.06
83 . Murder, My Sweet (1944)Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley, Otto Kruger4.06
84 . White Heat (1949)James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien, Margaret Wycherly4.05
85 . The Heiress (1949)Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson, Miriam Hopkins4.03
86 . Sullivan's Travels (1941)Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick, William Demarest4.03
87 . The Major and the Minor (1942)Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Robert Benchley, Diana Lynn3.94
88 . Black Narcissus (1947)Deborah Kerr, Flora Robson, Esmond Knight, Sabu Dastagir3.93
89 . Fantasia (1940)Walt Disney, James MacDonald3.93
90 . Foreign Correspondent (1940)Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders3.93
91 . Blues in the Night (1941)Priscilla Lane, Betty Field, Richard Whorf, Lloyd Nolan3.89
92 . High Sierra (1941)Ida Lupino, Humphrey Bogart, Arthur Kennedy, Joan Leslie3.89
93 . Mrs. Miniver (1942)Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright, May Whitty3.89
94 . The Wolf Man (1941)Lon Chaney Jr., Claude Rains, Ralph Bellamy, Warren William3.89
95 . All the King's Men (1949)Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, Joanne Dru, John Derek3.85
96 . Now, Voyager (1942)Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper3.85
97 . Penny Serenade (1941)Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Beulah Bondi, Edgar Buchanan3.85
98 . Air Force (1943)John Ridgely, Gig Young, Arthur Kennedy, Charles Drake3.84
99 . National Velvet (1944)Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor, Donald Crisp, Anne Revere3.84
100 . On the Town (1949)Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett, Ann Miller3.84

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