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1940 - 1949

by Black Irish
This list represents my very favorite films of the decade, possibly to be cut-off at a certain number at some point in the future, though the inclusions will still be subject to change. Probably not going to attempt a ‘top ten’ to include here in the information section anytime soon, just due to the sheer difficulty of it. Various films I’m particularly interested in seeing, and in certain cases don’t want to lose track of, are listed below and will be removed once I have [whether they’re added or not.] If anyone has leads or information on any of the harder to find or less readily available films, please let me know. Most Anticipated: - Abe… Read more

This list represents my very favorite films of the decade, possibly to be cut-off at a certain number at some point in the future, though the inclusions will still be subject to change. Probably not going to attempt a ‘top ten’ to include here in the information section anytime soon, just due to the sheer difficulty of it.

Various films I’m particularly interested in seeing, and in certain cases don’t want to lose track of, are listed below and will be removed once I have [whether they’re added or not.] If anyone has leads or information on any of the harder to find or less readily available films, please let me know.

Most Anticipated:
- Abe Lincoln in Illinois (John Cromwell, 1940)
- Americaner Shadchen (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1940)
- Band Waggon (Marcel Varnel, 1940)
- Brazza ou l’épopée du Congo (Léon Poirier, 1940)
- Confucius (Fei Mu, 1940)
- Crimes at the Dark House (George King, 1940)
- La Fille du Puisatier (Marcel Pagnol, 1940)
- Gaslight (Thorold Dickinson, 1940)
- Green Hell (James Whale, 1940)
- Kleider Machen Leute (Helmut Käutner, 1940)
- The Letter (William Wyler, 1940)
- De Mayerling à Sarajevo (Max Ophüls, 1940)
- The Mortal Storm (Frank Borzage, 1940)
- Sans Lendemain (Max Ophüls, 1940)
- Sono Stato Io! (Raffaello Matarazzo, 1940)
- Strange Cargo (Frank Borzage, 1940)
- Stranger on the Third Floor (Boris Ingster, 1940)
- They Drive by Night (Raoul Walsh, 1940)
- Three Faces West (Bernard Vorhuaus, 1940)
- Traveling Actors (Mikio Naruse, 1940)
- Valley Town (Willard Van Dyke, 1940)
- The Westerner (William Wyler, 1940)
- The 47 Ronin (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1941)
- L’Assassinat du Pere Noël (Chapatte/Christian-Jaque, 1941)
- Blood and Sand (Rouben Mamoulian, 1941)
- Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (Yasujirô Ozu, 1941)
- The Face Behind the Mask (Robert Florey, 1941)
- Famalicão (Manoel de Oliveira, 1941)
- The Flame of New Orleans (René Clair, 1941)
- Hellzapoppin’ (H. C. Potter, 1941)
- Hitler’s Madman (Douglas Sirk, 1941)
- H.M. Pulham, Esq. (King Vidor, 1941)
- Kannapolis, N.C. (H. Lee Waters, 1941)
- Kipps (Carol Reed, 1941)
- Ladies in Retirement (Charles Vidor, 1941)
- Lydia (Julien Duvivier, 1941)
- Meet John Doe (Frank Capra, 1941)
- Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (Edward F. Cline, 1941)
- The Prime Minister (Thorold Dickinson, 1941)
- Remorques (Jean Grémillon, 1941)
- The Shanghai Gesture (Josef von Sternberg, 1941)
- Tobacco Road (John Ford, 1941)
- That Uncertain Feeling (Ernst Lubitsch, 1941)
- They Dare Not Love (James Whale, 1941)
- They Died with Their Boots On (Raoul Walsh, 1941)
- Vénus Aveugle (Abel Gance, 1941)
- Volpone (Maurice Tourneur, 1941)
- A Woman’s Face (George Cukor, 1941)
- La Aldea Maldita (Florián Rey, 1942)
- Aniki Bóbó (Manoel de Oliveira, 1942)
- L’Assassin Habite…au 21 (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1942)
- By Night with Torch and Spear (Joseph Cornell, 1942)
- The Great Mr. Handel (Norman Walker, 1942)
- Der Große König (Veit Harlan, 1942)
- La Guerra Gaucha (Lucas Demare, 1942)
- Macao, L’Enfer du Jeu (Jean Delannoy, 1942)
- I Married a Witch (René Clair, 1942)
- Les Inconnus dans la Maison (Henri Decoin, 1942)
- In This Our Life (John Huston, 1942)
- Keeper of the Flame (George Cukor, 1942)
- The Land (Robert J. Flaherty, 1942)
- Men on the Mountain (István Szöts, 1942)
- Mother Never Dies (Mikio Naruse, 1942)
- La Nave Bianca (Roberto Rossellini, 1942)
- Night Monster (Ford Beebe, 1942)
- La Nuit Fantastique (Marcel L’Herbier, 1942)
- One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (Powell/Pressburger, 1942)
- Un Pilota Ritorna (Robert Rossellini, 1942)
- Raisin’ Cotton (Emma Knowlton Lytle, 1942)
- Reap the Wild Wind (Cecil B. DeMille, 1942)
- Tennessee Johnson (William Dieterle, 1942)
- The Undying Monster (John Brahm, 1942)
- Les Visiteurs du Soir (Marcel Carné, 1942)
- Went the Day Well? (Alberto Cavalcanti, 1942)
- Adieu, Léonard (Pierre Prévert, 1943)
- Air Force (Howard Hawks, 1943)
- Amor de Perdição (António Lopes Ribeiro, 1943)
- Les Anges du Péché (Robert Bresson, 1943)
- Background to Danger (Raoul Walsh, 1943)
- Le Capitaine Fracasse (Abel Gance, 1943)
- Doña Bárbara (Fuentes/Delgado, 1943)
- Eloísa está Debajo de un Almendro (Rafael Gil, 1943)
- L’éternel Retour (Jean Delannoy, 1943)
- Fires Were Started (Humphrey Jennings, 1943)
- The Fourteenth at the Table (Nový/Zelenka, 1943)
- The Ghost Ship (Mark Robson, 1943)
- Heaven Can Wait (Ernst Lubitsch, 1943)
- The Leopard Man (Jacques Tourneur, 1943)
- Le Loup des Malveneur (Guillaume Radot, 1943)
- La Main du Diable (Maurice Tourneur, 1943)
- Monsoon (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1943)
- Paracelsus (G. W. Pabst, 1943)
- Someone to Remember (Robert Siodmak, 1943)
- This Is the Army (Michael Curtiz, 1943)
- This Land Is Mine (Jean Renoir, 1943)
- The Silent Village (Humphrey Jennings, 1943)
- The Song Lantern (Mikio Naruse, 1943)
- L’Uomo dalla Croce (Roberto Rossellini, 1943)
- An American Romance (King Vidor, 1944)
- Bluebeard (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1944)
- Days of Glory (Jacques Tourneur, 1944)
- Design Workshops (László Moholy-Nagy, 1944)
- Die Feuerzangenbowle (Helmut Weiss, 1944)
- Henry V (Laurence Olivier, 1944)
- Ivan the Terrible (Sergei Eisenstein, 1944)
- Jane Eyre (Robert Stevenson, 1944)
- Laura (Otto Preminger, 1944)
- The Lodger (John Brahm, 1944)
- None Shall Escape (André De Toth, 1944)
- On Approval (Clive Brook, 1944)
- Opfergang (Veit Harlan, 1944)
- Strangers in the Night (Anthony Mann, 1944)
- This Happy Life (Mikio Naruse, 1944)
- Uncertain Glory (Raoul Walsh, 1944)
- The Way Ahead (Carol Reed, 1944)
- And Then There Were None (René Clair, 1945)
- The Battle of San Pietro (John Huston, 1945)
- Danger Signal (Robert Florey, 1945)
- A Diary for Timothy (Humphrey Jennings, 1945)
- Do Not Disturb (László Moholy-Nagy, 1945)
- Les Enfants du Paradis (Marcel Carné, 1945)
- L’Espoir (André Malraux, 1945)
- Girl No. 217 (Mikhail Romm, 1945)
- Isle of the Dead (Mark Robson, 1945)
- Leave Her to Heaven (John M. Stahl, 1945)
- My Name Is Julia Ross (Joseph H. Lewis, 1945)
- Objective, Burma! (Raoul Walsh, 1945)
- Strange Illusion (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1945)
- They Were Expendable (John Ford, 1945)
- Two People (Carl Th. Dreyer, 1945)
- Unter den Brücken (Helmut Käutner, 1945)
- A Walk in the Sun (Lewis Milestone, 1945)
- The Way to the Stars (Anthony Asquith, 1945)
- Le 6 Juin à l’Aube (Jean Grémillon, 1946)
- Au Petit Bonheur (Marcel L’Herbier, 1946)
- La Belle et la Bête (Jean Cocteau, 1946)
- Canyon Passage (Jacques Tourneur, 1946)
- Cloak and Dagger (Fritz Lang, 1946)
- Crisis (Ingmar Bergman, 1946)
- Duel in the Sun (King Vidor and Co., 1946)
- Étoile Sans Lumière (Marcel Blistène, 1946)
- A Matter of Life and Death (Powellburger, 1946)
- Paisà (Roberto Rossellini, 1946)
- Panique (Julien Duvivier, 1946)
- Restless Blood (Teuvo Tulio, 1946)
- The Yearling (Clarence Brown, 1946)
- Body and Soul (Robert Rossen, 1947)
- Brighton Rock (John Boulting, 1947)
- A City Speaks (Paul Rotha, 1947)
- Don Quijote de la Mancha (Rafael Gil, 1947)
- The Exile (Max Ophüls, 1947)
- The Fugitive (Ford/Fernández, 1947)
- Krakatit (Otakar Vávra, 1947)
- The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Alberto Cavalcanti, 1947)
- The Macomber Affair (Zoltán Korda, 1947)
- Monsieur Vincent (Maurice Cloche, 1947)
- Mourning Becomes Electra (Dudley Nichols, 1947)
- The Naked City (Jules Dassin, 1947)
- Odd Man Out (Carol Reed, 1947)
- Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur, 1947)
- Quai des Orfèvres (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1947)
- The Record of a Tenement Gentleman (Yasujirô Ozu, 1947)
- Secret Agent (Boris Barnet, 1947)
- Le Silence est d’Or (René Clair, 1947)
- The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (Preston Sturges, 1947)
- Somewhere in Europe (Géza von Radványi, 1947)
- Spring Awakens (Mikio Naruse, 1947)
- They Made Me a Fugitive (Alberto Cavalcanti, 1947)
- Unconquered (Cecil B. DeMille, 1947)
- L’Aigle à Deux Têtes (Jean Cocteau, 1948)
- The Amazing Mr. X (Bernard Vorhaus, 1948)
- Anna Karenina (Julien Duvivier, 1948)
- The Argyle Secrets (Cy Endfield, 1948)
- Berlin Express (Jacques Tourneur, 1948)
- Blood on the Moon (Robert Wise, 1948)
- Le Diable Boiteux (Sacha Guitry, 1948)
- The Fallen Idol (Carol Reed, 1948)
- Les Feux de la Mer (Jean Epstein, 1948)
- Germania Anno Zero (Roberto Rossellini, 1948)
- Good Sam (Leo McCarey, 1948)
- Hamlet (Laurence Olivier, 1948)
- Harmony (Wojciech Has, 1948)
- A Hen in the Wind (Yasujirô Ozu, 1948)
- Michurin (Aleksandr Dovzhenko, 1948)
- Moonrise (Frank Borzage, 1948)
- Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (H. C. Potter, 1948)
- Les Parents Terribles (Jean Cocteau, 1948)
- Port of Call (Ingmar Bergman, 1948)
- Der Prozeß (G. W. Pabst, 1948)
- Red River (Howard Hawks, 1948)
- Río Escondido (Emilio Fernández, 1948)
- Rogues’ Regiment (Robert Florey, 1948)
- The Search (Fred Zinnemann, 1948)
- Springtime in a Small Town (Fei Mu, 1948)
- State of the Union (Frank Capra, 1948)
- La Terra Trema (Luchino Visconti, 1948)
- Unfaithfully Yours (Preston Sturges, 1948)
- Vida en Sombras (Lorenzo Llobet-Gràcia, 1948)
- Yellow Sky (William A. Wellman, 1948)
- Aux Deux Colombes (Sacha Guitry, 1949)
- Beyond the Forest (King Vidor, 1949)
- Child of Nature (Vladimír Čech, 1949)
- The Crooked Way (Robert Florey, 1949)
- The Heiress (William Wyler, 1949)
- The Heritage (John Roberts Williams, 1949)
- Madeleine (David Lean, 1949)
- Mr. Shosuke Ohara (Hiroshi Shimizu, 1949)
- The Passionate Friends (David Lean, 1949)
- The Pirates of Capri (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1949)
- Prince of Foxes (Henry King, 1949)
- Reign of Terror (Anthony Mann, 1949)
- Le Sang des Bêtes (Georges Franju, 1949)
- The Small Black Room (Powellburger, 1949)
- The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949)
- Whisky Galore! (Alexander Mackendrick, 1949)

NOTE: Bolded titles indicate recent additions.

Added:

- Rope (Alfred Hitchcock, 1948)

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