Best Drama Movies of 1948

1.

Rope

6.5
8.0/10 IMDB

Two men attempt to prove they committed the perfect crime by hosting a dinner party after strangling their former classmate to death.

Starring: James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Constance Collier, Douglas Dick, Edith Evanson, Dick Hogan, Joan Chandler, Cedric Hardwicke ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1948-08-26
2.

The Red Shoes

5.8
8.2/10 IMDB

In this classic drama, Vicky Page is an aspiring ballerina torn between her dedication to dance and her desire to love. While her imperious instructor, Boris Lermontov, urges to her to forget anything but ballet, Vicky begins to fall for the charming young composer Julian Craster. Eventually Vicky, under great emotional stress, must choose to pursue either her art or her romance, a decision that carries serious consequences.

Starring: Moira Shearer, Adolf Wohlbrück, Marius Goring, Léonide Massine, Robert Helpmann, Albert Bassermann, Esmond Knight, Ludmilla Tchérina, Jean Short, Gordon Littmann ..
Directed by: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Release date: 1948-07-20
3.

Letter from an Unknown Woman

5.8
8.0/10 IMDB

A pianist about to flee from a duel receives a letter from a woman he cannot remember. As she tells the story of her lifelong love for him, he is forced to reinterpret his own past.

Starring: Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan, Mady Christians, Marcel Journet, Art Smith, Carol Yorke, Howard Freeman, John Good, Leo B. Pessin, Erskine Sanford ..
Directed by: Max Ophüls
Release date: 1948-04-28
4.

Key Largo

5.5
7.8/10 IMDB

A hurricane swells outside, but it's nothing compared to the storm within the hotel at Key Largo. There, sadistic mobster Johnny Rocco holes up - and holds at gunpoint hotel owner James Temple, his widowed daughter-in-law Nora, and ex-GI Frank McCloud.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore, Edward G. Robinson, Claire Trevor, Thomas Gomez, Harry Lewis, William Haade, Dan Seymour, Marc Lawrence ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1948-07-31
5.

The Naked City

5.3
7.6/10 IMDB

The Naked City portrays the police investigation that follows the murder of a young model. A veteran cop is placed in charge of the case and he sets about, with the help of other beat cops and detectives, finding the girl's killer.

Starring: Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Dorothy Hart, Don Taylor, Frank Conroy, Ted de Corsia, House Jameson, Anne Sargent, Adelaide Klein, Grover Burgess ..
Directed by: Jules Dassin
Release date: 1948-03-04
6.

Oliver Twist

4.7
7.8/10 IMDB

When 9-year-old orphan Oliver Twist dares to ask his cruel taskmaster, Mr. Bumble, for a second serving of gruel, he's hired out as an apprentice. Escaping that dismal fate, young Oliver falls in with the street urchin known as the Artful Dodger and his criminal mentor, Fagin. When kindly Mr. Brownlow takes Oliver in, Fagin's evil henchman Bill Sikes plots to kidnap the boy.

Starring: John Howard Davies, Robert Newton, Alec Guinness, Kay Walsh, Francis L. Sullivan, Henry Stephenson, Mary Clare, Anthony Newley, Ralph Truman, Michael Dear ..
Directed by: David Lean
Release date: 1948-06-28
7.

Hamlet

4.7
7.6/10 IMDB

Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor, Sir Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet continues to be the most compelling version of Shakespeare’s beloved tragedy. Olivier is at his most inspired—both as director and as the melancholy Dane himself—as he breathes new life into the words of one of the world’s greatest dramatists.

Starring: Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, John Laurie, Esmond Knight, Anthony Quayle, Niall MacGinnis, Harcourt Williams, Patrick Troughton, Tony Tarver, Peter Cushing ..
Directed by: Laurence Olivier
Release date: 1948-03-25
8.

I Remember Mama

4.0
7.9/10 IMDB

Norwegian immigrant Marta Hanson keeps a firm but loving hand on her household of four children, a devoted husband and a highly-educated lodger who reads Charles Dickens to the family every evening. Through financial crises, illnesses and the small triumphs of everyday life, Marta maintains her optimism and sense of humor, traits she passes on to her aspiring-author daughter, Katrin.

Starring: Irene Dunne, Barbara Bel Geddes, Oskar Homolka, Philip Dorn, Cedric Hardwicke, Edgar Bergen, Rudy Vallee, Barbara O'Neil, Florence Bates, Ellen Corby ..
Directed by: George Stevens
Release date: 1948-03-17
9.

The Search

4.0
7.8/10 IMDB

In postwar Germany, a displaced Czech boy, separated from his family during wartime, is befriended by an American GI while the boy's mother desperately searches for him.

Starring: Montgomery Clift, Ivan Jandl, Aline MacMahon, Wendell Corey, Jarmila Novotna, Mary Patton, Ewart G. Morrison, William Rogers, Leopold Borkowski, Claude Gambier ..
Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
Release date: 1948-03-26
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10.

The Fallen Idol

4.0
7.7/10 IMDB

Phillipe, the son of an ambassador in London, idolizes Baines, his father's butler, a kind of hero in the eyes of the child, whose perception changes when he accidentally discovers the secret that Baines keeps and witnesses the consequences that adults' lies can cause.

Starring: Ralph Richardson, Michèle Morgan, Sonia Dresdel, Bobby Henrey, Denis O'Dea, Jack Hawkins, Walter Fitzgerald, Dandy Nichols, Joan Young, Karel Stepanek ..
Directed by: Carol Reed
Release date: 1948-09-30

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