Best Movies of 1949

1.

The Third Man

6.6
8.1/10 IMDB

In postwar Vienna, Austria, Holly Martins, a writer of pulp Westerns, arrives penniless as a guest of his childhood chum Harry Lime, only to learn he has died. Martins develops a conspiracy theory after learning of a "third man" present at the time of Harry's death, running into interference from British officer Major Calloway, and falling head-over-heels for Harry's grief-stricken lover, Anna.

Starring: Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Bernard Lee, Paul Hörbiger, Ernst Deutsch, Siegfried Breuer, Erich Ponto, Wilfrid Hyde-White ..
Directed by: Carol Reed
Release date: 1949-08-31
2.

The Heiress

5.8
8.1/10 IMDB

Dull and plain Catherine lives with her emotionally distant father, Dr. Sloper, in 1840s New York. Her days are empty -- filled with little more than needlepoint. Enter handsome Morris Townsend, a dashing social climber with his eye on the spinster's heart and substantial inheritance.

Starring: Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson, Miriam Hopkins, Vanessa Brown, Mona Freeman, Ray Collins, Betty Linley, Selena Royle, Paul Lees ..
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1949-10-06
3.

White Heat

5.8
8.1/10 IMDB

A psychopathic criminal with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and then leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist. After the heist, events take a crazy turn.

Starring: James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien, Margaret Wycherly, Steve Cochran, John Archer, Wally Cassell, Fred Clark, Paul Guilfoyle, Ford Rainey ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1949-09-02
4.

Kind Hearts and Coronets

5.6
8.0/10 IMDB

When his mother eloped with an Italian opera singer, Louis Mazzini was cut off from her aristocratic family. After the family refuses to let her be buried in the family mausoleum, Louis avenges his mother's death by attempting to murder every family member who stands between himself and the family fortune. But when he finds himself torn between his longtime love and the widow of one of his victims, his plans go awry.

Starring: Dennis Price, Valerie Hobson, Joan Greenwood, Alec Guinness, Audrey Fildes, Miles Malleson, Clive Morton, John Penrose, Cecil Ramage, Hugh Griffith ..
Directed by: Robert Hamer
Release date: 1949-06-21
5.

Adam's Rib

5.3
7.5/10 IMDB

When a woman attempts to kill her uncaring husband, prosecutor Adam Bonner gets the case. Unfortunately for him his wife Amanda (who happens to be a lawyer too) decides to defend the woman in court. Amanda uses everything she can to win the case and Adam gets mad about it. As a result, their perfect marriage is disturbed by everyday quarrels.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday, Tom Ewell, David Wayne, Jean Hagen, Hope Emerson, Clarence Kolb, Polly Moran, Will Wright ..
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1949-11-18
6.

On the Town

5.3
7.3/10 IMDB

Three sailors - Gabey, Chip and Ozzie - let loose on a 24-hour pass in New York and the Big Apple will never be the same! Gabey falls head over heels for "Miss Turnstiles of the Month" (he thinks she's a high society deb when she's really a 'cooch dancer at Coney Island); innocent Chip gets highjacked (literally) by a lady cab driver; and Ozzie becomes the object of interest of a gorgeous anthropologist who thinks he's the perfect example of a "prehistoric man". Wonderful music and terrific shots of New York at its best.

Starring: Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Jules Munshin, Vera-Ellen, Betty Garrett, Ann Miller, Florence Bates, Alice Pearce, George Meader, Hans Conried ..
Directed by: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
Release date: 1949-12-08
7.

All the King's Men

5.2
7.4/10 IMDB

All The King's Men is the story of the rise of politician Willie Stark from a rural county seat to the governor's mansion.

Starring: Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, Joanne Dru, John Derek, Mercedes McCambridge, Shepperd Strudwick, Ralph Dumke, Anne Seymour, Katherine Warren, Raymond Greenleaf ..
Directed by: Robert Rossen
Release date: 1949-11-16
8.

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

After Custer and the 7th Cavalry are wiped out by Indians, everyone expects the worst. Capt. Nathan Brittles is ordered out on patrol but he's also required to take along Abby Allshard, wife of the Fort's commanding officer, and her niece, the pretty Olivia Dandridge, who are being evacuated for their own safety. Brittles is only a few days away from retirement and Olivia has caught the eye of two of the young officers in the Company, Lt. Flint Cohill and 2nd Lt. Ross Pennell. She's taken to wearing a yellow ribbon in her hair, a sign that she has a beau in the Cavalry, but refuses to say for whom she is wearing it.

Starring: John Wayne, Joanne Dru, John Agar, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey, Jr., Victor McLaglen, Mildred Natwick, George O’Brien, Arthur Shields, Michael Dugan ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1949-10-22
9.

The Fountainhead

5.0
7.0/10 IMDB

An uncompromising, visionary architect struggles to maintain his integrity and individualism despite personal, professional and economic pressures to conform to popular standards.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal, Raymond Massey, Kent Smith, Robert Douglas, Henry Hull, Ray Collins, Moroni Olsen, Jerome Cowan, Bob Alden ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1949-06-25
10.

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

4.8
6.9/10 IMDB

The Wind in the Willows: Concise version of Kenneth Grahame's story of the same name. J. Thaddeus Toad, owner of Toad Hall, is prone to fads, such as the newfangled motor car. This desire for the very latest lands him in much trouble with the wrong crowd, and it is up to his friends, Mole, Rat and Badger to save him from himself. - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Retelling of Washington Irving's story set in a tiny New England town. Ichabod Crane, the new schoolmaster, falls for the town beauty, Katrina Van Tassel, and the town Bully Brom Bones decides that he is a little too successful and needs "convincing" that Katrina is not for him.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone, Eric Blore, J. Pat O'Malley, John McLeish, Colin Campbell, Campbell Grant, Claud Allister, The Rhythmaires, Oliver Wallace ..
Directed by: James Algar, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney
Release date: 1949-10-05
Best Movies of 1949 : The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
11.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

4.8
7.8/10 IMDB

Washington Irving's tale of Ichabod Crane and the headless horseman is brought to life, narrated by Bing Crosby.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Pinto Colvig, The Rhythmaires, Clarence Nash, The Rhythmaires ..
Directed by: Jack Kinney, Clyde Geronimi
Release date: 1949-10-08
12.

Twelve O'Clock High

4.8
7.7/10 IMDB

In the early days of daylight bombing raids over Germany, General Frank Savage must take command of a 'hard luck' bomber group. Much of the story deals with his struggle to whip his group into a disciplined fighting unit in spite of heavy losses, and withering attacks by German fighters over their targets.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill, Millard Mitchell, Dean Jagger, Robert Arthur, Paul Stewart, John Kellogg, Robert Patten, Lee MacGregor ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1949-12-21
13.

A Letter to Three Wives

4.6
7.7/10 IMDB

Lora May Hollingsway, who grew up next to the wrong side of the tracks, married her boss who thinks she is just a gold digger. Rita Phipps makes as much money writing radio scripts at night as her school teacher husband does. Deborah Bishop looked great in a Navy uniform in WWII but fears she'll never be dressed just right for the Country Club set. These three wives are boarding a boat filled with children going on a picnic when a messenger on a bicycle hands them a letter addressed to all three from Addie who has just left town with one of their husbands. They won't know which one until that night.

Starring: Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern, Kirk Douglas, Paul Douglas, Barbara Lawrence, Jeffrey Lynn, Connie Gilchrist, Florence Bates, Hobart Cavanaugh ..
Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Release date: 1949-01-20
14.

Criss Cross

4.6
7.4/10 IMDB

Burt Lancaster plays Steve Thompson, a man who seals his dark fate when he returns to Los Angeles to find his ex-wife Anna Dundee (Yvonne DeCarlo) eager to rekindle their love against all better judgement. She encourages their affair but then quickly marries mobster Slim Dundee (Dan Duryea). To deflect suspicion of the affair, Steve Thompson leads Dundee into a daylight armored-truck robbery.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Yvonne De Carlo, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally, Esy Morales, Tom Pedi, Percy Helton, Alan Napier, Griff Barnett, Meg Randall ..
Directed by: Robert Siodmak
Release date: 1949-02-04
15.

Little Women

4.5
7.2/10 IMDB

Louisa May Alcott's autobiographical account of her life with her three sisters in Concord Mass in the 1860s. With their father fighting in the civil war, the sisters: Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth are at home with their mother - a very outspoken women for her time. The story is of how the sisters grow up, find love and find their place in the world.

Starring: June Allyson, Peter Lawford, Margaret O'Brien, Elizabeth Taylor, Janet Leigh, Rossano Brazzi, Mary Astor, Lucile Watson, C. Aubrey Smith, Elizabeth Patterson ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1949-03-10
16.

Samson and Delilah

4.3
6.8/10 IMDB

When strongman Samson rejects the love of the beautiful Philistine woman Delilah, she seeks vengeance that brings horrible consequences they both regret. The classic story of Samson and Delilah as told by Cecil B. DeMille.

Starring: Hedy Lamarr, Victor Mature, Angela Lansbury, George Sanders, Henry Wilcoxon, Olive Deering, Fay Holden, Julia Faye, Pedro de Cordoba, William 'Wee Willie' Davis ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1949-12-21
Best Movies of 1949 : The Road Runner Show
17.

The Road Runner Show

4.1
7.9/10 IMDB

The desert in the U.S. southwest is the natural habitat of the Road Runner, a high-octane, cartoon bird who runs so fast on the desert's roadways that he leaves a trail of flame or causes pavement to ripple, distort, or roll up like a carpet. This speedy bird is unrelentingly chased by a hungry coyote named Wile E., who, though believing himself to be a genius, repeatedly fails to catch the Road Runner with his endless supply of ACME Corporation gadgets, weapons, and other paraphernalia. Episodes of this television series contain three theatrical cartoons, one with the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, one with Tweety Bird and Sylvester Cat, and one with other characters from Warner Brothers' cartoon classics.

Starring: Paul Julian, June Foray ..
Directed by: Mel Blanc
Release date: 1949-02-01
Best Movies of 1949 : Long-Haired Hare
18.

Long-Haired Hare

4.0
8.0/10 IMDB

Bugs Bunny vs. a famous opera singer at the Hollywood Bowl.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Nicolai Shutorev ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1949-06-25
Best Movies of 1949 : Heavenly Puss
19.

Heavenly Puss

4.0
8.1/10 IMDB

During yet another pursuit of Jerry, Tom ends up being killed when an upright piano slides down the stairs and slams into him. He meets a feline St. Peter at the gate of the Heavenly Express, but is initially turned away due to his constant torture. However, he will be allowed onto the train if he can have Jerry sign a letter of forgiveness within one hour. If not, it's Hell for Tom. Will he go up or down?

Starring: Billy Bletcher, Daws Butler ..
Directed by: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Release date: 1949-07-09
20.

Intruder in the Dust

4.0
7.6/10 IMDB

Rural Mississippi in the 1940s: Lucas Beauchamp, a local black man with a reputation of not kowtowing to whites, is found standing over the body of a dead white man, holding a pistol that has recently been fired. Quickly arrested for murder and jailed, Beauchamp insists he's innocent and asks the town's most prominent lawyer, Gavin Stevens, to defend him, but Stevens refuses. When a local boy whom Beauchamp has helped in the past and who believes him to be innocent hears talk of a mob taking Beauchamp out of jail and lynching him, he pleads with Stevens to defend Beauchamp at trial and prove his innocence.

Starring: David Brian, Claude Jarman Jr., Juano Hernández, Porter Hall, Elizabeth Patterson, Charles Kemper, Will Geer, David Clarke, Elzie Emanuel, Lela Bliss ..
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1949-11-22
Best Movies of 1949 : High Diving Hare
21.

High Diving Hare

4.0
7.9/10 IMDB

Yosemite Sam tries to force Bugs Bunny to do a high-diving act when the regular act cancels.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1949-04-30
Best Movies of 1949 : The Set-Up
22.

The Set-Up

4.0
7.8/10 IMDB

Expecting the usual loss, a boxing manager takes bribes from a betting gangster without telling his fighter.

Starring: Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter, George Tobias, Alan Baxter, Wallace Ford, Percy Helton, Hal Baylor, Darryl Hickman, James Edwards, David Clarke ..
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1949-03-29
Best Movies of 1949 : Fast and Furry-ous
23.

Fast and Furry-ous

3.9
7.9/10 IMDB

This was the debut for Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. It was also their only cartoon made in the 1940s. It set the template for the series, in which Wile E. Coyote (here given the ersatz Latin name Carnivorous Vulgaris) tries to catch Roadrunner (Accelleratii Incredibus) through many traps, plans and products, although in this first cartoon not all of the products are yet made by the Acme Corporation.

Starring: Paul Julian, Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1949-09-17
24.

Thieves' Highway

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

Nick Garcos comes back from his tour of duty in World War II planning to settle down with his girlfriend, Polly Faber. He learns, however, that his father was recently beaten and burglarized by mob-connected trucker Mike Figlia, and Nick resolves to get even. He partners with prostitute Rica, and together they go after Mike, all the while getting pulled further into the local crime underworld.

Starring: Richard Conte, Valentina Cortese, Lee J. Cobb, Barbara Lawrence, Jack Oakie, Millard Mitchell, Joseph Pevney, Morris Carnovsky, Tamara Shayne, Kasia Orzazewski ..
Directed by: Jules Dassin
Release date: 1949-09-20
25.

Under Capricorn

3.9
6.1/10 IMDB

In 1831, Irishman Charles Adare travels to Australia to start a new life with the help of his cousin who has just been appointed governor. When he arrives he meets powerful landowner and ex-convict, Sam Flusky, who wants to do a business deal with him. Whilst attending a dinner party at Flusky's house, Charles meets Flusky's wife Henrietta who he had known as a child back in Ireland. Henrietta is an alcoholic and seems to be on the verge of madness.

Starring: Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, Michael Wilding, Margaret Leighton, Cecil Parker, Denis O'Dea, Jack Watling, Harcourt Williams, John Ruddock, Bill Shine ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1949-09-08
26.

The Secret Garden

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

When Cholera takes the parents of Mary Lennox, she is shipped from India to England to live with her Uncle Craven. Mary changes the lives of those she encounters at her Uncle's remote estate.

Starring: Margaret O'Brien, Dean Stockwell, Herbert Marshall, Gladys Cooper, Elsa Lanchester, Brian Roper, Reginald Owen, George Zucco, Aubrey Mather, Lowell Gilmore ..
Directed by: Fred M. Wilcox
Release date: 1949-04-30
27.

Champion

3.9
7.4/10 IMDB

An unscrupulous boxer fights his way to the top, but eventually alienates all of the people who helped him on the way up.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Marilyn Maxwell, Arthur Kennedy, Paul Stewart, Ruth Roman, Lola Albright, Luis van Rooten, Harry Shannon, John Daheim, Ralph Sanford ..
Directed by: Mark Robson
Release date: 1949-04-09
Best Movies of 1949 : Daffy Duck Hunt
28.

Daffy Duck Hunt

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

Porky Pig goes to a marsh on a hunting expedition, accompanied by his dog (who resembles the barnyard dog from the Foghorn Leghorn series), and they bring home a live Daffy Duck. They put Daffy into a freezer to keep him fresh until cooking time, but Daffy keeps jumping out of the freezer to heckle Porky and the dog.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1949-03-26
Best Movies of 1949 : Bad Luck Blackie
29.

Bad Luck Blackie

3.9
7.7/10 IMDB

A kitten who is being tormented by a bulldog finds a savior in a black cat (from the "Black Cat Bad Luck Company") who merely has to cross the dog's path for something very unlucky to happen to the bully.

Starring: Tex Avery, Dick Nelson, William Hanna, Pat McGeehan, Harry Lang ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1949-01-22
Best Movies of 1949 : The Little Orphan
30.

The Little Orphan

3.9
7.7/10 IMDB

The Bide-a-Wee Mouse Home has sent the orphan mouse, Nibbles, to spend Thanksgiving with Jerry. But Jerry's cupboard is bare, and Nibbles is always hungry. They start by raiding Tom's milk dish, but Tom wakes up and drains it. Fortunately, Mammy has just put out a huge Thanksgiving feast, just ready for the raiding. And that's just what Tom and Nibbles do, grabbing Pilgrim hats from the table decorations. All goes fairly well until Nibbles eats a whole orange, which is way too big for him. Jerry smacks him with a spoon, which sends the orange flying, right into Tom's mouth. Tom stalks up to the table in a feather duster, which turns into an Indian headdress. Battle follows, featuring Tom sending flaming cat-tails after the mice, and culminating in a champagne bottle launching Tom into the dish cabinet, which crashes down. Tom waves a white flag, and all three sit down to a polite dinner, but Nibbles eats the whole turkey before anyone else can touch it.

Starring: William Hanna ..
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1949-04-30
Best Movies of 1949 : Rabbit Hood
31.

Rabbit Hood

3.8
7.7/10 IMDB

While unwittingly trespassing in the royal gardens in search of carrots, Bugs runs afoul of the Sheriff of Nottingham, who tries to apprehend him for poaching. The royal grounds are, in fact, amply posted with "No Poaching" signs (one reads "Not even an egg"), but Bugs either didn't see or ignored them. Of course, Bugs sets out to endlessly turn the tables on the hapless sheriff, at one point talking him into building a six-room Tudor home in the middle of the King's gardens. The dueling pair are periodically interrupted by a fat, dopey Little John who proclaims, each time he appears, "Don't you worry never fear, Robin Hood will soon be here". In the end, the merriest of merry men does appear and it's...it's...oh, see it yourself. Bugs goes in disguise as the King, who then knights the Sheriff ("Arise, Sir Loin of Beef...").

Starring: Mel Blanc, Errol Flynn ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1949-12-24
32.

Flamingo Road

3.8
7.0/10 IMDB

A stranded carnival dancer takes on a corrupt political boss when she marries into small-town society.

Starring: Joan Crawford, Zachary Scott, Sydney Greenstreet, David Brian, Gladys George, Virginia Huston, Fred Clark, Gertrude Michael, Alice White, Sam McDaniel ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1949-04-30
33.

The Barkleys of Broadway

3.8
7.0/10 IMDB

Josh and Dinah Barkley are a successful musical-comedy team, known for their stormy but passionate relationship. Dinah feels overshadowed by Josh and limited by the lighthearted musical roles he directs her in. So she decides to stretch her skills by taking a role in a serious drama, directed by another man.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Oscar Levant, Billie Burke, Jacques François, Gale Robbins, George Zucco, Clinton Sundberg, Inez Cooper, Carol Brewster ..
Directed by: Charles Walters
Release date: 1949-01-01
Best Movies of 1949 : Toy Tinkers
34.

Toy Tinkers

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

When Donald Duck chops a Christmas tree, the inquisitive chipmunks Chip and Dale follow and see him decorate it with nuts and sweets. So they sneak in his home, determined to 'harvest' it all, using the toys for the Duck nephews, as if Christmas came early for them, so to say. Donald puts up an equally 'playful' yet grim defense, so it all rapidly escalates into a bitter miniature two-to-one-giant war over the Christmas-treats.

Starring: Clarence Nash, James MacDonald, Dessie Flynn ..
Directed by: Jack Hannah
Release date: 1949-12-16
Best Movies of 1949 : Dough for the Do-Do
35.

Dough for the Do-Do

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

Porky has an adventure in Wackyland while searching for the last Do-Do bird.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng, Robert Clampett
Release date: 1949-09-03
Best Movies of 1949 : Pinky
36.

Pinky

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Pinky, a light skinned black woman, returns to her grandmother's house in the South after graduating from a Northern nursing school. Pinky tells her grandmother that she has been "passing" for white while at school in the North. In addition, Pinky has fallen in love with a young white doctor, Dr. Thomas Adams, who knows nothing about her black heritage.

Starring: Jeanne Crain, Ethel Barrymore, Ethel Waters, William Lundigan, Basil Ruysdael, Kenny Washington, Nina Mae McKinney, Griff Barnett, Frederick O'Neal, Evelyn Varden ..
Directed by: Elia Kazan
Release date: 1949-09-28
37.

House of Strangers

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

Gino Monetti is a ruthless Italian-American banker who is engaged in a number of criminal activities. Three of his four grown sons refuse to help their father stay out of prison after he's arrested for his questionable business practices. Three of the sons take over the business but kick their father out. Max, a lawyer, is the only son that stays loyal to his father.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Susan Hayward, Richard Conte, Luther Adler, Paul Valentine, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Debra Paget, Hope Emerson, Esther Minciotti, Diana Douglas ..
Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Release date: 1949-07-01
Best Movies of 1949 : Frigid Hare
38.

Frigid Hare

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

Bugs rescues a penguin from an Inuit hunter at the South Pole and becomes obligated to it beyond his wildest dreams.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1949-10-07
39.

The Passionate Friends

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

A woman is torn between the love of her life, who is married to someone else, and her older husband.

Starring: Ann Todd, Claude Rains, Trevor Howard, Betty Ann Davies, Isabel Dean, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Arthur Howard, Guido Lorraine, Marcel Poncin, Natasha Sokolova ..
Directed by: David Lean
Release date: 1949-01-26
40.

Beyond the Forest

3.8
6.9/10 IMDB

Rosa, the self-serving wife of a small-town doctor, gets a better offer when a wealthy big-city man insists she get a divorce and marry him instead. Soon she demonstrates she is capable of rather deplorable acts -- including murder.

Starring: Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten, David Brian, Ruth Roman, Minor Watson, Dona Drake, Regis Toomey, Sarah Selby, Ann Doran, Bess Flowers ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1949-10-21
Best Movies of 1949 : Hatch Up Your Troubles
41.

Hatch Up Your Troubles

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

A baby woodpecker mistakes Jerry for his mother. The mouse rejects the newly hatched bird but soon finds himself protecting it against his feline nemesis, Tom.

Directed by: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Release date: 1949-05-14
Best Movies of 1949 : Obsession
42.

Obsession

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

A British psychiatrist devises a devilish revenge plot against his wife's lover.

Starring: Robert Newton, Phil Brown, Sally Gray, Naunton Wayne, James Harcourt, Betty Cooper, Michael Balfour, Ronald Adam, Roddy Hughes, Allan Jeayes ..
Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
Release date: 1949-08-03
43.

Mighty Joe Young

3.8
7.0/10 IMDB

A young woman, Jill Young, grew up on her father's ranch in Africa, raising a large gorilla named Joe from an infant. Years later, she brings him to Hollywood to become a star.

Starring: Terry Moore, Ben Johnson, Robert Armstrong, Frank McHugh, Douglas Fowley, Denis Greene, Paul Guilfoyle, Nestor Paiva, Regis Toomey, Lora Lee Michel ..
Directed by: Ernest B. Schoedsack
Release date: 1949-07-27
Best Movies of 1949 : The Window
44.

The Window

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

An imaginative boy who frequently makes things up witnesses a murder, but can't get his parents or the police to believe him. The only people taking him seriously are the killers - who live upstairs, know that he saw what they did, and are out to permanently silence him.

Starring: Bobby Driscoll, Barbara Hale, Arthur Kennedy, Paul Stewart, Ruth Roman, Richard Benedict, James Nolan, Anthony Ross, Tom Ahearne, Tom Coleman ..
Directed by: Ted Tetzlaff
Release date: 1949-05-10
Best Movies of 1949 : For Scent-imental Reasons
45.

For Scent-imental Reasons

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Pepé Le Pew invades a Parisian perfumery, where he sniffs the various scents. The shopkeeper runs in horror and recruits a female cat to run the skunk out of the shop. She tosses the cat inside, and a bottle of dye falls over, accidentally painting a white stripe down the cat's back. Pepé gives chase...

Starring: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1949-11-12
46.

Too Late for Tears

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

One night on a lonely highway, a speeding car tosses a satchel of money, meant for somebody else, into Jane and Alan Palmer's back seat. Alan wants to turn it over to the police, but Jane persuades him to hang onto it 'for a while'. Soon, the Palmers are traced by one Danny Fuller, a sleazy character who claims the money is his.

Starring: Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, Dan Duryea, Arthur Kennedy, Kristine Miller, Barry Kelley, Kevin O'Morrison, June Storey, James Nolan, Forbes Murray ..
Directed by: Byron Haskin
Release date: 1949-07-17
47.

Colorado Territory

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

In Colorado territory, outlaw Wes McQueen escapes jail to pull a railroad robbery but, upon meeting pretty settler Julie Ann, he wonders about going straight. Western remake of High Sierra with Joel McCrea taking over the Humphrey Bogart role.

Starring: Joel McCrea, Virginia Mayo, Dorothy Malone, Henry Hull, John Archer, James Mitchell, Morris Ankrum, Basil Ruysdael, Frank Puglia, Ian Wolfe ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1949-06-11
48.

Madame Bovary

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

Based on the French literary classic, this drama presents author Gustave Flaubert narrating his tale of infidelity and narcissism. After marrying small-town doctor Charles Bovary, Emma becomes tired of her limited social status and begins to have affairs, first with the young Leon Dupuis and later with the wealthy Rodolphe Boulanger. Eventually, however, her self-involved behavior catches up with her.

Starring: Jennifer Jones, James Mason, Van Heflin, Louis Jourdan, Alf Kjellin, Gene Lockhart, Frank Allenby, Gladys Cooper, John Abbott, Harry Morgan ..
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Release date: 1949-08-25
49.

Battleground

3.7
7.4/10 IMDB

The film concentrates on the camaraderie and the divisions between the troops as they ready for the big offensive. Told in a taut narrative, the men of the 101st, led by Van Johnson, wait out the winter in the Ardennes forest to confront the German army in what would be the last major offensive of World War II. The men are demoralized and trapped, with no hope of support from the Allies.

Starring: Van Johnson, John Hodiak, Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy, Marshall Thompson, Jerome Courtland, Don Taylor, Bruce Cowling, Douglas Fowley, Leon Ames ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1949-11-09
Best Movies of 1949 : Polka-Dot Puss
50.

Polka-Dot Puss

3.7
7.6/10 IMDB

Tom pretends to have a cold in order to trick Mammy into letting him stay inside for the night. Jerry tricks Tom by making him think he really is sick - with the measles.

Starring: Lillian Randolph, Thea Vidale ..
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1949-02-26

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