Best Movies of 1946

1.

It's a Wonderful Life

6.9

A holiday favourite for generations... George Bailey has spent his entire life giving to the people of Bedford Falls. All that prevents rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town is George's modest building and loan company. But on Christmas Eve the business's $8,000 is lost and George's troubles begin.

Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers, Thomas Mitchell
Directed by: Frank Capra
Release date: 1946-12-20
2.

The Best Years of Our Lives

5.8

It's the hope that sustains the spirit of every GI: the dream of the day when he will finally return home. For three WWII veterans, the day has arrived. But for each man, the dream is about to become a nightmare. Captain Fred Derry is returning to a loveless marriage; Sergeant Al Stephenson is a stranger to a family that's grown up without him; and young sailor Homer Parrish is tormented by the loss of his hands. Can these three men find the courage to rebuild their world? Or are the best years of their lives a thing of the past?

Starring: Fredric March, Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Harold Russell, Teresa Wright
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1946-12-25
3.

Notorious

5.8

In order to help bring Nazis to justice, U.S. government agent T.R. Devlin recruits Alicia Huberman, the American daughter of a convicted German war criminal, as a spy. As they begin to fall for one another, Alicia is instructed to win the affections of Alexander Sebastian, a Nazi hiding out in Brazil. When Sebastian becomes serious about his relationship with Alicia, the stakes get higher, and Devlin must watch her slip further undercover.

Starring: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Louis Calhern, Leopoldine Konstantin
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1946-08-15
4.

A Matter of Life and Death

5.7

When a young airman miraculously survives bailing out of his aeroplane without a parachute, he falls in love with an American radio operator. But the officials in the other world realise their mistake, and despatch an angel to collect him.

Starring: David Niven, Kim Hunter, Kathleen Byron, Richard Attenborough, Robert Coote
Directed by: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Release date: 1946-08-22
5.

The Big Sleep

5.6

Private Investigator Philip Marlowe is hired by wealthy General Sternwood regarding a matter involving his youngest daughter Carmen. Before the complex case is over, Marlowe sees murder, blackmail, deception, and what might be love.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers, Dorothy Malone
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1946-08-23
6.

Gilda

5.5

A gambler discovers an old flame while in Argentina, but she's married to his new boss.

Starring: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia, Steven Geray
Directed by: Charles Vidor
Release date: 1946-02-14
7.

The Killers

5.5

Two hit men walk into a diner asking for a man called "the Swede". When the killers find the Swede, he's expecting them and doesn't put up a fight. Since the Swede had a life insurance policy, an investigator, on a hunch, decides to look into the murder. As the Swede's past is laid bare, it comes to light that he was in love with a beautiful woman who may have lured him into pulling off a bank robbery overseen by another man.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, Albert Dekker, Sam Levene
Directed by: Robert Siodmak
Release date: 1946-08-28
8.

My Darling Clementine

5.5

Wyatt Earp and his brothers Morgan and Virgil ride into Tombstone and leave brother James in charge of their cattle herd. On their return they find their cattle stolen and James dead. Wyatt takes on the job of town marshal, making his brothers deputies, and vows to stay in Tombstone until James' killers are found. He soon runs into the brooding, coughing, hard-drinking Doc Holliday as well as the sullen and vicious Clanton clan. Wyatt discovers the owner of a trinket stolen from James' dead body and the stage is set for the Earps' long-awaited revenge.

Starring: Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor Mature, Cathy Downs, Walter Brennan
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1946-12-03
9.

The Postman Always Rings Twice

5.4

Nick Smith, a middle-aged roadside diner owner, hires a drifter, Frank Chambers, to work at his restaurant. Frank quickly begins an affair with Nick's beautiful young wife, Cora, and the two conspire to kill Nick and seize his assets. When they succeed, local prosecutor Kyle Sackett becomes suspicious, but is unable to build a solid case. However, the couple soon realizes that no misdeed ever goes truly unpunished.

Starring: Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn, Leon Ames
Directed by: Tay Garnett
Release date: 1946-05-02
10.

Great Expectations

5.4

In this Dickens adaptation, orphan Pip discovers through lawyer Mr. Jaggers that a mysterious benefactor wishes to ensure that he becomes a gentleman. Reunited with his childhood patron, Miss Havisham, and his first love, the beautiful but emotionally cold Estella, he discovers that the elderly spinster has gone mad from having been left at the altar as a young woman, and has made her charge into a warped, unfeeling heartbreaker.

Starring: John Mills, Tony Wager, Valerie Hobson, Jean Simmons, Bernard Miles
Directed by: David Lean
Release date: 1946-12-26
11.

The Stranger

5.3

Wilson of the War Crimes Commission is seeking Franz Kindler, mastermind of the Holocaust, who has effectively erased his identity. Wilson releases Kindler's former comrade Meinike and follows him to Harper, Connecticut, where he is killed before he can identify Kindler. Now Wilson's only clue is Kindler's fascination with antique clocks; but, though Kindler seems secure in his new identity, he feels his past closing in.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Orson Welles, Philip Merivale, Richard Long
Directed by: Orson Welles
Release date: 1946-05-25
12.

Song of the South

4.3

Uncle Remus draws upon his tales of Br'er Rabbit to help little Johnny deal with his confusion over his parents' separation as well as his new life on the plantation.

Starring: Ruth Warrick, Bobby Driscoll, James Baskett, Luana Patten, Lucile Watson
Directed by: Harve Foster, Wilfred Jackson
Release date: 1946-11-12
13.

The Great Piggy Bank Robbery

4.0
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While reading his favorite comic book, Daffy accidentally knocks himself unconscious and dreams he's Duck Twacy, famous detective, trying to solve the case of the missing piggy banks. Taking a streetcar (conducted by Porky Pig, in a non-speaking cameo role) to the gangsters' hideout, he meets up with such grotesque criminals as Pickle Puss, Eighty-Eight Teeth and Neon Noodle.
Release date: 1946-07-20
14.

Solid Serenade

3.9
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Near a house is a doghouse labeled "Killer" with a dog (Spike) in it. Tom pokes his head over the wall and spots a female cat (Toodles Galore) in the window. Tom brings along his double bass, then wakes up Spike and neutralizes him by whacking him in the head with a mallet and tying him up. Tom uses his bass as a pogo stick to hop over to the window, stopping to taunt Spike along the way.
Starring: Ira "Buck" Woods, William Hanna, Billy Bletcher
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1946-08-31
15.

The Time of Their Lives

3.9
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Two ghosts who were mistakenly branded as traitors during the Revolutionary War return to 20th century New England to retieve a letter from George Washington which would prove their innocence.
Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Marjorie Reynolds, Binnie Barnes, John Shelton
Directed by: Charles Barton
Release date: 1946-08-16
16.

Let There Be Light

3.9
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The final entry in a trilogy of films produced for the U.S. government by John Huston. Some returning combat veterans suffer scars that are more psychological than physical. This film follows patients and staff during their treatment. It deals with what would now be called PTSD, but at the time was categorised as psychoneurosis or shell-shock. Government officials deemed this 1946 film counterproductive to postwar efforts; it was not shown publicly until 1981.
Starring: Walter Huston
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1946-12-16
17.

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

3.9

Young Martha inadvertently causes the death of her cruel, authoritarian aunt. Martha lies to the cops, and Walter, who saw the crime, corroborates the girl's story. Eventually, they wed out of convenience; the meek Walter is genuinely in love, and Martha thinks that her secret is safe since she has married the one witness to her aunt's death. However, when her childhood pal, Sam, shows up, Martha knows her dark past may not stay a secret for long.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott, Kirk Douglas, Judith Anderson
Directed by: Lewis Milestone
Release date: 1946-07-24
18.

Green for Danger

3.9
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In the midst of Nazi air raids, a postman dies on the operating table at a rural hospital. But was the death accidental?
Starring: Leo Genn, Alastair Sim, Trevor Howard, Sally Gray, Rosamund John
Directed by: Sidney Gilliat
Release date: 1946-12-07
19.

Baseball Bugs

3.9
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A baseball game is going on in New York City, at the Polo Grounds (although the rooftop facade is more suggestive of Yankee Stadium), between the visiting "Gas-House Gorillas" and the home team, the "Tea Totallers". The game is not going well for the Tea Totallers, as the Gorillas, a bunch of oversized, roughneck players, are not only dominating the Tea Totallers, made up of old men, but intimidating the umpire by knocking him into the ground like a tent peg after an unpopular judgment. The Gorillas' home runs go screaming out of the ballpark (literally) and the batters form a conga line, with each hitter knocking a ball out.
Starring: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet, Frank Graham, Tedd Pierce, The Sportsmen Quartet
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1946-02-02
20.

The Spiral Staircase

3.8

In 1916, beautiful young mute Helen is a domestic worker for elderly, ailing Mrs. Warren. Mrs. Warren's two adult sons, Albert (a professor) and womanizing impudent Steven, also live in the Warren mansion. Mrs. Warren becomes concerned for Helen's safety when a rash of murders involving 'women with afflictions' hits the neighborhood. She implores her physician, Dr. Parry, to take Helen away for her own safety. When another murder occurs inside the Warren mansion, it becomes obvious that Helen is in danger.

Starring: Dorothy McGuire, George Brent, Ethel Barrymore, Kent Smith, Rhonda Fleming
Directed by: Robert Siodmak
Release date: 1946-02-06

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