Best Movies of 1947

1.

Monsieur Verdoux

5.7
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The film is about an unemployed banker, Henri Verdoux, and his sociopathic methods of attaining income. While being both loyal and competent in his work, Verdoux has been laid-off. To make money for his wife and child, he marries wealthy widows and then murders them. His crime spree eventually works against him when two particular widows break his normal routine.
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Mady Correll, Allison Roddan, Robert Lewis, Audrey Betz
Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
Release date: 1947-04-11
2.

Out of the Past

5.7

Jeff Bailey seems to be a mundane gas station owner in remote Bridgeport, CA. He is dating local girl Ann Miller and lives a quiet life. But Jeff has a secret past, and when a mysterious stranger arrives in town, Jeff is forced to return to the dark world he had tried to escape.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming, Richard Webb
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1947-11-13
3.

Miracle on 34th Street

5.5

Kris Kringle, seemingly the embodiment of Santa Claus, is asked to portray the jolly old fellow at Macy's following his performance in the Thanksgiving Day parade. His portrayal is so complete that many begin to question if he truly is Santa Claus, while others question his sanity.

Starring: Edmund Gwenn, Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Porter Hall
Directed by: George Seaton
Release date: 1947-10-01
4.

Dark Passage

5.4

A man convicted of murdering his wife escapes from prison and works with a woman to try and prove his innocence.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Bruce Bennett, Agnes Moorehead, Tom D'Andrea
Directed by: Delmer Daves
Release date: 1947-09-27
5.

The Lady from Shanghai

5.4

A romantic drifter gets caught between a corrupt tycoon and his voluptuous wife.

Starring: Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane, Glenn Anders, Ted de Corsia
Directed by: Orson Welles
Release date: 1947-12-24
6.

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

4.8

In 1900, strong-willed widow Lucy Muir goes to live in Gull Cottage by the British seaside, even though it appears to be haunted. Sure enough, that very night she meets the ghost of crusty former owner Captain Gregg...and refuses to be scared off. Indeed, they become friends and allies, after Lucy gets used to the idea of a man's ghost haunting her bedroom. But when a charming live man comes courting, Lucy and the captain must deal with their feelings for each other.

Starring: Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders, Edna Best, Vanessa Brown
Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Release date: 1947-06-26
7.

Gentleman's Agreement

4.7

A magazine writer poses as a Jew to expose anti-Semitism.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield, Celeste Holm, Anne Revere
Directed by: Elia Kazan
Release date: 1947-11-11
8.

The Bishop's Wife

4.6

An Episcopal Bishop, Henry Brougham, has been working for months on the plans for an elaborate new cathedral which he hopes will be paid for primarily by a wealthy, stubborn widow. He is losing sight of his family and of why he became a churchman in the first place. Enter Dudley, an angel sent to help him. Dudley does help everyone he meets, but not necessarily in the way they would have preferred. With the exception of Henry, everyone loves him, but Henry begins to believe that Dudley is there to replace him, both at work and in his family's affections, as Christmas approaches.

Starring: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven, Monty Woolley, James Gleason
Directed by: Henry Koster
Release date: 1947-12-09
9.

Mickey and the Beanstalk

4.4
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Based on the timeless adventures of "Jack and the Beanstalk," Mickey, Donald and Goofy climb a fantastic beanstalk up into the sky to a place where everything is huge -- the food, the castle and the fearsome giant named Willy who guards a beautiful golden harp! Will Mickey and his friends outwit the giant and make it safely back home?
Starring: Walt Disney, Clarence Nash, Pinto Colvig, Sterling Holloway, Billy Gilbert
Directed by: Hamilton Luske, William Roberts
Release date: 1947-09-27
10.

The Cat Concerto

4.1
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Tom enters from stage left in white tie and tails, sits at the piano, gets his focus as the orchestra in the pit beneath him warms up, and begins to play Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody." Unbeknownst to Tom and the audience, Jerry is asleep across several of the high-note keys inside the instrument, so Tom's playing eventually wakes him. Jerry is pummeled by hammers, bounced by wires, and squeezed by Tom as the cat tries to play the concerto while dispensing with Jerry. Jerry's defensive antics add to the brio of the program and answer Tom with Jerry's own skillful musical attack. By the concerto's end, the duet leaves only one animal standing for the audience's applause.
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1947-04-25
11.

Odd Man Out

4.0

Belfast police conduct a door-to-door manhunt for an IRA gunman (James Mason) wounded in a daring robbery.

Starring: James Mason, Robert Newton, Cyril Cusack, F.J. McCormick, Kathleen Ryan
Directed by: Carol Reed
Release date: 1947-01-30
12.

Fun & Fancy Free

4.0

Jiminy Cricket hosts two Disney animated shorts: “Bongo,” about a circus bear escaping to the wild, and “Mickey and the Beanstalk,” a take on the famous fairy tale.

Starring: Edgar Bergen, Dinah Shore, Mortimer Snerd, Luana Patten, Walt Disney
Directed by: Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, William Roberts, William Morgan
Release date: 1947-09-27
13.

Nightmare Alley

4.0

The movie follows the rise and fall of a con man — a story that begins and ends at a seedy travelling carnival. Stanton Carlisle (Tyrone Power) joins the carnival, working with "Mademoiselle Zeena" (Joan Blondell) and her alcoholic husband, Pete (Ian Keith).

Starring: Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray, Helen Walker, Taylor Holmes
Directed by: Edmund Goulding
Release date: 1947-10-09
14.

It Happened on Fifth Avenue

4.0
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A New Yorker hobo moves into a mansion and along the way he gathers friends to live in the house with him. Before he knows it, he is living with the actual home owners.
Starring: Don DeFore, Ann Harding, Charles Ruggles, Victor Moore, Gale Storm
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1947-04-19
15.

Brute Force

3.9

Timeworn Joe Collins and his fellow inmates live under the heavy thumb of the sadistic, power-tripping guard Captain Munsey. Only Collins' dreams of escape keep him going, but how can he possibly bust out of Munsey's chains?

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Hume Cronyn, Charles Bickford, Yvonne De Carlo, Ann Blyth
Directed by: Jules Dassin
Release date: 1947-06-30
16.

Crossfire

3.9

A man is murdered, apparently by one of a group of soldiers just out of the army. But which one? And why?

Starring: Robert Young, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, Gloria Grahame, Paul Kelly
Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
Release date: 1947-08-15
17.

Body and Soul

3.9
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Charley Davis, against the wishes of his mother, becomes a boxer. As he becomes more successful the fighter becomes surrounded by shady characters, including an unethical promoter named Roberts, who tempt the man with a number of vices. Charley finds himself faced with increasingly difficult choices.
Starring: John Garfield, Lilli Palmer, Hazel Brooks, Anne Revere, William Conrad
Directed by: Robert Rossen
Release date: 1947-11-09
18.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse

3.9
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Tom, sick of Jerry stealing the milk out of his bowl, poisons it. Instead of killing the mouse, the potion transforms him into a muscular beast.
Directed by: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Release date: 1947-06-15
19.

Brighton Rock

3.9
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Centring on the activities of a gang of assorted criminals and, in particular, their leader – a vicious young hoodlum known as "Pinkie" – the film's main thematic concern is the criminal underbelly evident in inter-war Brighton.
Starring: Richard Attenborough, Carol Marsh, Hermione Baddeley, William Hartnell, Harcourt Williams
Directed by: John Boulting
Release date: 1947-12-12
20.

Kiss of Death

3.8

An ex-con trying to go straight must face a crazed criminal out for revenge.

Starring: Victor Mature, Brian Donlevy, Coleen Gray, Richard Widmark, Taylor Holmes
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1947-08-27

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