Best Fantasy Movies of 1944

1.

The Uninvited

4.4
7.3/10 IMDB

A brother and sister move into an old seaside house they find abandoned for many years on the English coast. Their original enchantment with the house diminishes as they hear stories of the previous owners and meet their daughter (now a young woman) who now lives as a neighbor with her grandfather. Also heard are unexplained sounds during the night. It becomes obvious that the house is haunted.

Starring: Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Gail Russell, Donald Crisp, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Alan Napier, Dorothy Stickney, Barbara Everest, Queenie Leonard, Rita Page ..
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Release date: 1944-02-18
Best Fantasy Movies of 1944 : At Land
2.

At Land

4.0
7.5/10 IMDB

A woman lies on the sand, left there by the tides and waves (and in a pose that would be copied in From Here to Eternity). She reaches up across tree roots and makes a difficult climb. Only to discover herself climbing horizontally along a long dinner table as bourgeoise black-tie guests chat and drink and smoke, oblivious to her. At the top of the table, a man is playing chess but abandons the game. Fascinated, she gazes at board, the pieces moving unaided. The woman chases a pawn as it falls to the floor. Falls down a waterfall. Is lost.

Starring: Maya Deren, John Cage, Parker Tyler, Alexander Hammid, Hella Heyman ..
Directed by: Maya Deren
Release date: 1944-01-01
3.

Between Two Worlds

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Passengers on an ocean liner can't recall how they got onboard or where they are going. Soon it becomes apparent that they all have something in common.

Starring: John Garfield, Paul Henreid, Eleanor Parker, Edmund Gwenn, Sydney Greenstreet, George Tobias, George Coulouris, Faye Emerson, Sara Allgood, Dennis King ..
Directed by: Edward A. Blatt
Release date: 1944-05-20
Best Fantasy Movies of 1944 : It Happened Tomorrow
4.

It Happened Tomorrow

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

A young turn-of-the-century newspaper man finds he can get hold of the next day's paper. This brings more problems than fortune, especially as his new girlfriend is part of a phony clairvoyant act.

Starring: Dick Powell, Linda Darnell, Jack Oakie, Edgar Kennedy, John Philliber, Edward Brophy, George Cleveland, Sig Ruman, George Chandler, Eddie Acuff ..
Directed by: René Clair
Release date: 1944-03-31
5.

The Curse of the Cat People

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

Amy, the young, friendless daughter of Oliver and Alice Reed, befriends her father's late first wife and an aging, reclusive actress.

Starring: Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Jane Randolph, Ann Carter, Eve March, Sir Lancelot, Julia Dean, Elizabeth Russell, Erford Gage, Nita Hunter ..
Directed by: Gunther von Fritsch, Robert Wise
Release date: 1944-04-01
6.

The Canterville Ghost

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

The descendent of a ghost imprisoned for cowardice hopes to free the spirit by displaying courage when under duress.

Starring: Charles Laughton, Robert Young, Margaret O'Brien, William Gargan, Reginald Owen, Una O'Connor, Rags Ragland, Donald Stuart, Elisabeth Risdon, Frank Faylen ..
Directed by: Jules Dassin, Norman Z. McLeod
Release date: 1944-07-20
7.

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

Orphaned as a young child and adopted by a band of notorious thieves, now-grown Ali Baba sets out to avenge his father’s murder, reclaim the royal throne, and rescue his beloved Amara from the iron fist of his treacherous enemy.

Starring: Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Turhan Bey, Andy Devine, Kurt Katch, Frank Puglia, Fortunio Bonanova, Moroni Olsen, Ramsay Ames, Chris-Pin Martin ..
Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Release date: 1944-01-14
Best Fantasy Movies of 1944 : The Halfway House
8.

The Halfway House

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

A group of travellers, each with a personal problem that they want to hide, arrive at a mysterious Welsh country inn. There is a certain strangeness in the air as they are greeted by the innkeeper and his daughter. Why are all the newspapers a year old? And why doesn't Gwyneth seem to cast a shadow?

Starring: Mervyn Johns, Glynis Johns, Sally Ann Howes, Françoise Rosay, Tom Walls, Esmond Knight, Guy Middleton, Valerie French, Valerie White ..
Directed by: Basil Dearden
Release date: 1944-02-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1944 : Gildersleeve's Ghost
9.

Gildersleeve's Ghost

2.6
5.9/10 IMDB

Gildersleeve, running for office, is aided by two ghosts and hindered by a mad scientist and an invisible woman.

Starring: Harold Peary, Marion Martin, Richard LeGrand, Nick Stewart, Amelita Ward, Freddie Mercer, Frank Reicher, Lillian Randolph, Margie Stewart, Marie Blake ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1944-06-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1944 : They Came to a City
10.

They Came to a City

2.4
6.4/10 IMDB

People from different walks of life mysteriously find themselves at the gate of an unknown city

Starring: John Clements, Googie Withers, Raymond Huntley, Renee Gadd, A.E. Matthews, Mabel Terry-Lewis, Ada Reeve, Norman Shelley, Fanny Rowe, J. B. Priestley ..
Directed by: Basil Dearden
Release date: 1944-08-21

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