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1. Children of Paradise (1945)

Not Rated | 189 min | Drama, Romance

The theatrical life of a beautiful courtesan and the four men who love her.

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur, Pierre Renoir

Votes: 17,119

2. Bicycle Thieves (1948)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

In post-war Italy, a working-class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Elena Altieri

Votes: 132,701 | Gross: $0.33M

3. Joan of Arc (1948)

Approved | 145 min | Biography, Drama, War

The abbreviated life of the 15th Century French heroine.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, José Ferrer, Francis L. Sullivan, J. Carrol Naish

Votes: 2,539

4. The Flame of New Orleans (1941)

Passed | 79 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

In old New Orleans, a beautiful adventuress juggles the attentions of a rich banker and a dashing sea captain.

Director: René Clair | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Bruce Cabot, Roland Young, Mischa Auer

Votes: 910

5. Golden Earrings (1947)

Approved | 95 min | Adventure, Romance, War

On the eve of World War II (1939) English officer Ralph Denistoun is in Nazi Germany on an espionage mission to recover a poison gas formula from Prof. Krosigk. He is helped by Lydia and ... See full summary »

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Ray Milland, Marlene Dietrich, Murvyn Vye, Bruce Lester

Votes: 953 | Gross: $7.00M

6. A Day in the Country (1946)

Not Rated | 40 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

The family of a Parisian shop-owner spends a day in the country. The daughter falls in love with a man at the inn, where they spend the day.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Sylvia Bataille, Jane Marken, Georges D'Arnoux, André Gabriello

Votes: 5,265

7. The Great Dictator (1940)

Passed | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, War

Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie, Reginald Gardiner

Votes: 187,200

8. The Long Voyage Home (1940)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, War

In 1940, the motley crew of the British tramp steamer SS Glencairn prepares the ship for its perilous voyage from the West Indies to Baltimore and then to England.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Thomas Mitchell, Ian Hunter, Ward Bond

Votes: 3,533

9. 21 Days Together (1940)

Approved | 72 min | Drama

After Larry Darrent accidentally kills his lover's blackmailing husband, someone else is arrested for the crime. Larry and Wanda have just three weeks together before the trial and if the ... See full summary »

Director: Basil Dean | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Leslie Banks, Laurence Olivier, Francis L. Sullivan

Votes: 809

10. Foreign Correspondent (1940)

Passed | 120 min | Action, Romance, Thriller

On the eve of World War II, a young American reporter tries to expose enemy agents in London.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders

Votes: 16,931 | Gross: $3.48M

11. June Night (1940)

TV-PG | 88 min | Drama

Young Kerstin Norbäck lives in a small town. She has a relationship with a sailor, but when she tries to leave him, he shoots her. She survives and begins a new life in Stockholm. There she... See full summary »

Director: Per Lindberg | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Gunnar Sjöberg, Olof Widgren, Marianne Löfgren

Votes: 373

12. Remorques (1941)

91 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Andre Laurent, the captain of a tugboat, married Yvonne ten years ago. She has a heart disease but does not want to tell him. She dreams he quits the job for they can live quietly. One ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Grémillon | Stars: Jean Gabin, Madeleine Renaud, Michèle Morgan, Charles Blavette

Votes: 830

13. Major Barbara (1941)

Approved | 121 min | Comedy

A young and idealistic woman, who has adopted the Salvation Army and whose father is an armament industrialist, will save more souls directing her father's business. A comedy with social commentary.

Directors: Gabriel Pascal, Harold French, David Lean | Stars: Wendy Hiller, Rex Harrison, Robert Morley, Robert Newton

Votes: 1,091

14. Lydia (1941)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Romance

Lydia MacMillan, a wealthy old woman who has never married, is invited by an old beau, Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick, for a reunion with the men who have been in her life to reminisce about the ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Merle Oberon, Joseph Cotten, Edna May Oliver, Alan Marshal

Votes: 579

15. That Hamilton Woman (1941)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, History, Romance

The story of courtesan and dance-hall girl Emma Hamilton, including her relationships with Sir William Hamilton and Admiral Horatio Nelson and her rise and fall, set during the Napoleonic Wars.

Director: Alexander Korda | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Alan Mowbray, Sara Allgood

Votes: 3,715

16. Le mariage de Chiffon (1942)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy

"Chiffon" is an eccentric young aristocratic girl, who is struggling to comply with the social conventions of the community.

Director: Claude Autant-Lara | Stars: Odette Joyeux, André Luguet, Jacques Dumesnil, Pierre Larquey

Votes: 124

17. Lettres d'amour (1942)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

France, 1855. Zélie Fontaine, a twenty-odd-year-old widow and the post mistress of the small provincial town of Argenson, has accepted to receive love letters to Hortense de la Jacquerie, ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Autant-Lara | Stars: Odette Joyeux, François Périer, Simone Renant, Jacqueline Champi

Votes: 61

18. Les Visiteurs du Soir (1942)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

In medieval France, the Devil intervenes when one of his two envoys, sent to seduce and deceive mortals, falls instead for a victim.

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Arletty, Marie Déa, Fernand Ledoux, Alain Cuny

Votes: 1,764

19. The Jungle Book (1942)

Approved | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Family

A boy raised by wolves tries to adapt to human village life.

Director: Zoltan Korda | Stars: Sabu, Joseph Calleia, John Qualen, Frank Puglia

Votes: 3,548 | Gross: $2.83M

20. Lumière d'été (1943)

112 min | Drama

A shimmering glass hotel at the top of a remote Provençal mountain provides the setting for a tragicomic tapestry about an obsessive love pentangle, whose principals range from an artist to... See full summary »

Director: Jean Grémillon | Stars: Madeleine Renaud, Pierre Brasseur, Madeleine Robinson, Paul Bernard

Votes: 465

21. Douce (1943)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

In Paris in 1887, Irène works as a governess to Douce, the grand-daughter of the dowager Countess de Bonafé. Douce believes she is in love with Fabien, the handsome manager of the estate. ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Autant-Lara | Stars: Odette Joyeux, Madeleine Robinson, Marguerite Moreno, Jean Debucourt

Votes: 254

22. The Man in Grey (1943)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, History, Romance

After a brutish, hedonistic Marquis marries a pretty young Clarissa to act as a 'brood sow,' he begins an affair with her friend who plots to take her place.

Director: Leslie Arliss | Stars: Margaret Lockwood, James Mason, Phyllis Calvert, Stewart Granger

Votes: 900

23. Love Eternal (1943)

107 min | Drama, Romance

This is a retelling of Tristan and Isolde, set in 1940s France. The script was written by Jean Cocteau.

Director: Jean Delannoy | Stars: Madeleine Sologne, Jean Marais, Jean Murat, Junie Astor

Votes: 467

24. Day of Wrath (1943)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, History

The young wife of an aging priest falls in love with his son amidst the horror of a merciless witch hunt in 17th century Denmark.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Thorkild Roose, Lisbeth Movin, Sigrid Neiiendam, Kirsten Andreasen

Votes: 8,457

25. Torment (1944)

95 min | Drama, Romance

An idealistic adolescent, suffering under the thumb of a sadistic schoolmaster, falls in love with a loose girl who is bullied and tormented by another lover.

Director: Alf Sjöberg | Stars: Stig Järrel, Alf Kjellin, Mai Zetterling, Olof Winnerstrand

Votes: 2,944

26. The Children Are Watching Us (1944)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama

A four-year old boy, Pricò, becomes the subject of emotional folly by his fluctuant parents and inattentive relatives.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Emilio Cigoli, Luciano De Ambrosis, Isa Pola, Adriano Rimoldi

Votes: 2,162

27. Le ciel est à vous (1944)

105 min | Drama

The wife of a mechanic and former fighter pilot falls in love with the idea of flying herself. This soon becomes an obsession and she undertakes a lofty feat: the longest solo flight ever made by a woman.

Director: Jean Grémillon | Stars: Madeleine Renaud, Charles Vanel, Jean Debucourt, Raymonde Vernay

Votes: 381

28. I Know Where I'm Going! (1945)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Romance

A young Englishwoman goes to the Hebrides to marry her older, wealthier fiancé. When the weather keeps them separated on different islands, she begins to have second thoughts.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Wendy Hiller, Roger Livesey, George Carney, Walter Hudd

Votes: 7,298

29. Brief Encounter (1945)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Romance

Meeting a stranger in a railway station, a woman is tempted to cheat on her husband.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway, Joyce Carey

Votes: 32,685

30. Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

Approved | 123 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

At the height of the Roman Civil War, a young Cleopatra meets a middle-aged Julius Caesar, who teaches her how to rule Egypt.

Director: Gabriel Pascal | Stars: Claude Rains, Vivien Leigh, Stewart Granger, Flora Robson

Votes: 2,341

31. Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Romance

A society lady engineers a marriage between her lover and a cabaret dancer who is essentially a prostitute.

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: Paul Bernard, María Casares, Elina Labourdette, Lucienne Bogaert

Votes: 3,544

32. Sylvie et le fantôme (1946)

Unrated | 97 min | Comedy, Romance, Fantasy

On the eve of her 16th birthday, Sylvie's father needs cash to stay in his castle so he sells Sylvie's favorite thing, a painting of Alain, the lover of Sylvie's grandmother, killed in a ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Autant-Lara | Stars: Odette Joyeux, François Périer, Pierre Larquey, Claude Marcy

Votes: 239

33. Great Expectations (1946)

Not Rated | 118 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

Director: David Lean | Stars: John Mills, Valerie Hobson, Tony Wager, Jean Simmons

Votes: 20,747

34. Gates of the Night (1946)

100 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

It's Paris in the winter after its liberation. A tramp who may also be Destiny predicts that Jean Diego will fall in love with a beautiful girl. That same evening, Jean meets Malou.

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Pierre Brasseur, Serge Reggiani, Yves Montand, Nathalie Nattier

Votes: 947

35. An Ideal Husband (1947)

Approved | 96 min | Comedy

A prominent politician is preparing to expose a financial scandal. But then a woman who has invested heavily in the shady venture threatens to uncover a damaging secret in the politician's ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Korda | Stars: Paulette Goddard, Michael Wilding, Diana Wynyard, Hugh Williams

Votes: 532

36. Eva (1948)

98 min | Drama

During WW2 in neutral Sweden, young sailor Bo, son of a railway stationmaster, comes home from the Navy and reminisces a childhood accident. At age twelve, he ran away in a steam locomotive... See full summary »

Director: Gustaf Molander | Stars: Birger Malmsten, Eva Stiberg, Eva Dahlbeck, Åke Claesson

Votes: 260

37. Anna Karenina (1948)

Approved | 139 min | Drama, Romance

A married woman's affair with a dashing young officer has tragic results.

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Ralph Richardson, Kieron Moore, Hugh Dempster

Votes: 2,306

38. L'amore (1948)

69 min | Drama

In the first episode, a heartbroken woman talks to her ex-lover on the phone. In the second, a pregnant woman believes she is carrying the child of Saint Joseph.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Anna Magnani, Federico Fellini, Peparuolo, Amelia Robert

Votes: 1,235

39. Port of Call (1948)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

A suicidal factory girl out of reformatory school, anxious to escape her overbearing mother, falls in love with a sailor who can't forgive her past.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Nine-Christine Jönsson, Bengt Eklund, Mimi Nelson, Berta Hall

Votes: 1,832

40. Hamlet (1948)

Not Rated | 154 min | Drama

Prince Hamlet struggles over whether or not he should kill his uncle, whom he suspects has murdered his father, the former King.

Director: Laurence Olivier | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, John Laurie, Esmond Knight

Votes: 14,222

41. The Passionate Friends (1949)

Approved | 95 min | Drama

The Passionate Friends were in love when young, but separated, and she married an older man. Then Mary Justin (Ann Todd) meets Steven Stratton (Trevor Howard) again and they have one last ... See full summary »

Director: David Lean | Stars: Ann Todd, Trevor Howard, Claude Rains, Betty Ann Davies

Votes: 1,993

42. The Rocking Horse Winner (1949)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Fantasy

A young boy receives a rocking horse for Christmas and soon learns that he is able to pick the winning horse at the races.

Director: Anthony Pelissier | Stars: Valerie Hobson, John Howard Davies, Ronald Squire, John Mills

Votes: 979

43. Thirst (1949)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama

A needy couple in a bad marriage travel back to Stockholm after a trip to Italy. Meanwhile, a widow resists seductions from two different persons - her psychiatrist and a lesbian friend.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Eva Henning, Birger Malmsten, Birgit Tengroth, Hasse Ekman

Votes: 1,866

44. Not Wanted (1949)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

After a beautiful but unsophisticated girl is seduced by a worldly piano player and gives up her out-of-wedlock baby, her guilt compels her to kidnap another child.

Directors: Elmer Clifton, Ida Lupino | Stars: Sally Forrest, Keefe Brasselle, Leo Penn, Dorothy Adams

Votes: 353

45. Sullivan's Travels (1941)

Not Rated | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A director of escapist films goes on the road as a hobo to learn about life, which gives him a rude awakening.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick, William Demarest

Votes: 22,339