Best Movies of 1948

1.

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

5.9

Fred C. Dobbs and Bob Curtin, both down on their luck in Tampico, Mexico in 1925, meet up with a grizzled prospector named Howard and decide to join with him in search of gold in the wilds of central Mexico. Through enormous difficulties, they eventually succeed in finding gold, but bandits, the elements, and most especially greed threaten to turn their success into disaster.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett, Barton MacLane
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1948-01-24
2.

The Red Shoes

5.9

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
Directed by: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Release date: 1948-07-20
3.

Rope

5.8

Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime.

Starring: James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Constance Collier, Douglas Dick
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1948-08-26
4.

Key Largo

5.6

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
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1948-07-31
5.

Red River

5.5

Dunson is driving his cattle to Red River when his adopted son, Matthew, turns against him.

Starring: John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan, Coleen Gray
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1948-08-26
6.

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

5.4

Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man.

Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi, Glenn Strange
Directed by: Charles Barton
Release date: 1948-06-15
7.

Fort Apache

5.3

In John Ford's sombre exploration the mythology of American heroes, he slowly reveals the character of Owen Thursday, who sees his new posting to the desolate Fort Apache as a chance to claim the military honour which he believes is rightfully his. Arrogant, obsessed with military form and ultimately self-destructive, Thursday attempts to destroy the Apache chief Cochise after luring him across the border from Mexico, against the advice of his subordinates.

Starring: John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Pedro Armendáriz, Ward Bond
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1948-03-26
8.

Hamlet

4.8

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
Directed by: Laurence Olivier
Release date: 1948-03-25
9.

Letter from an Unknown Woman

4.2

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
Directed by: Max Ophüls
Release date: 1948-04-28
10.

Unfaithfully Yours

4.1
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Before he left for a brief European visit, symphony conductor Sir Alfred De Carter casually asked his staid brother-in-law August to look out for his young wife, Daphne, during his absence. August has hired a private detective to keep tabs on her. But when the private eye's report suggests Daphne might have been canoodling with his secretary, Sir Alfred begins to imagine how he might take his revenge.
Starring: Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell, Rudy Vallee, Barbara Lawrence, Kurt Kreuger
Directed by: Preston Sturges
Release date: 1948-12-10
11.

The Winslow Boy

4.0
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In pre-WW1 England, a youngster is expelled from a naval academy over a petty theft, but his parents raise a political furor by demanding a trial.
Starring: Robert Donat, Cedric Hardwicke, Basil Radford, Margaret Leighton, Kathleen Harrison
Directed by: Anthony Asquith
Release date: 1948-09-24
12.

The Fallen Idol

4.0
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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
Directed by: Carol Reed
Release date: 1948-09-30
13.

Oliver Twist

4.0

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
Directed by: David Lean
Release date: 1948-06-28
14.

The Search

4.0

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
Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
Release date: 1948-03-26
15.

The Big Clock

3.9

Stroud, a crime magazine's crusading editor has to post-pone a vacation with his wife, again, when a glamorous blonde is murdered and he is assigned by his publishing boss Janoth to find the killer. As the investigation proceeds to its conclusion, Stroud must try to disrupt his ordinarily brilliant investigative team as they increasingly build evidence (albeit wrong) that he is the killer.

Starring: Ray Milland, Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Sullivan, George Macready, Rita Johnson
Directed by: John Farrow
Release date: 1948-04-09
16.

Haredevil Hare

3.9
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Bugs is the test rabbit shot to the moon. There, he meets Commander X-2, who is intent on destroying the Earth with his Aludium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator.
Starring: Mel Blanc
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1948-07-24
17.

Johnny Belinda

3.9

A small-town doctor helps a deaf-mute farm girl learn to communicate.

Starring: Jane Wyman, Lew Ayres, Charles Bickford, Agnes Moorehead, Stephen McNally
Directed by: Jean Negulesco
Release date: 1948-09-14
18.

Macbeth

3.9
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A Scottish warlord and his wife murder their way to a pair of crowns.
Starring: Orson Welles, Jeanette Nolan, Dan O'Herlihy, Roddy McDowall, Edgar Barrier
Directed by: Orson Welles
Release date: 1948-10-01
19.

Portrait of Jennie

3.9

A mysterious girl inspires a struggling artist.

Starring: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Ethel Barrymore, Lillian Gish, Cecil Kellaway
Directed by: William Dieterle
Release date: 1948-12-25
20.

The Snake Pit

3.9

Virginia Cunningham is confused upon finding herself in a mental hospital, with no memory of her arrival at the institution. Tormented by delusions and unable to even recognize her husband, Robert, she is treated by Dr. Mark Kik, who is determined to get to the root of her mental illness. As her treatment progresses, flashbacks depict events in Virginia's life that may have contributed to her instability.

Starring: Olivia de Havilland, Mark Stevens, Leo Genn, Celeste Holm, Glenn Langan
Directed by: Anatole Litvak
Release date: 1948-11-04

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