Best Romance Movies of 1949

1.

The Heiress

5.7
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
2.

On the Town

5.2
7.4/10 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
3.

Adam's Rib

5.2
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
4.

Little Women

4.6
7.3/10 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
5.

Samson and Delilah

4.3
6.8/10 IMDB

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
6.

A Letter to Three Wives

4.0
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
7.

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
8.

Madame Bovary

3.8
7.1/10 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
9.

Holiday Affair

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Just before Christmas, department store clerk Steve Mason meets big spending customer Connie Ennis, who's actually a comparison shopper sent by another store. Steve lets her go, which gets him fired. They spend the afternoon together, which doesn't sit well with Connie's steady suitor, Carl, when he finds out, but delights her young son Timmy, who quickly takes to Steve.

Starring: Janet Leigh, Robert Mitchum, Wendell Corey, Gordon Gebert, Griff Barnett, Esther Dale, Henry O'Neill, Harry Morgan, Larry J. Blake, Helen Brown ..
Directed by: Don Hartman
Release date: 1949-12-24
10.

I Was a Male War Bride

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

Captain Henri Rochard is a French officer assigned to work with Lieut. Catherine Gates. Through a wacky series of misadventures, they fall in love and marry. When the war ends, Capt. Rochard tries to return to America with the other female war brides. Zany gender-confusing antics follow.

Starring: Cary Grant, Ann Sheridan, Marion Marshall, Randy Stuart, Bill Neff, William Self, Russ Conway, Gene Garrick ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1949-08-26

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