Your Favourite film of the 1940s?

What’s your favourite movie from the 1940s?

  • Casablanca
  • Citizen Kane
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • Double Indemnity
  • The Third Man
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • Rebecca
  • The Great Dictator
  • The Bicycle Thief
  • Kind Hearts and Coronets
  • The Big Sleep
  • Brief Encounter
  • The Ox-Bow Incident
  • Rome, Open City
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • The Red Shoes
  • The Lady Eve
  • The Philadelphia Story
  • Rope
  • Late Spring
  • Fantasia
  • Letter From an Unknown Woman
  • The Magnificent Ambersons
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Les Enfants du Paradis
  • The Best Years of Our Lives
  • Great Expectations
  • Black Narcissus
  • Ivan the Terrible
  • To Be or Not to Be
  • Spring in a Small Town

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The 1940s was a big decade for cinema. Hollywood at it’s best - the Golden Era, thrillers, Hitchcock, ‘that’ film which is always voted best of all time, screwball comedies, big studios and big stars. I think my fave Hollywood film of the era is Casablanca, but my vote has to go elsewhere. The Bicycle Thief comes close, but Les Enfants du Paradis just has a special exuberance that earns it my vote.


For me it was between The Maltese Falcon and Double Indemnity, and I’m still not sure how Billy Wilder lost.

One of the things I like about them both is that in each movie the Hollywood factory, with its focus on cycle time and editing, actually helped to churn out art.