The 1,000 Best Films of all Times

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The 1940s:


9.0 Orson Welles: Citizen Kane (1941)
8.8 Orson Welles: The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
8.6 Orson Welles: Lady from Shanghai (1948)
7.8 Frank Capra: Meet John Doe (1941)
7.8 Yasujiro Ozu: Banshun/ Late Spring (1949)
7.8 John Huston: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
7.6 Preston Sturges: Sullivan's Travels (1941)
7.5 Preston Sturges: The Lady Eve (1941)
7.5 Michael Curtiz: Casablanca (1942)
7.5 Marcel Carne`: Les Enfants du Paradis/ Children of Paradise (1945)
7.5 Frank Capra: It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
7.5 William Wyler: The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
7.5 Billy Wilder: The Lost Weekend (1945)
7.5 Billy Wilder: Double Indemnity (1944)
7.5 Orson Welles: The Stranger (1946)
7.5 Otto Preminger: Laura (1944)
7.5 Michael Powell: Red Shoes (1948)
7.5 Alfred Hitchcock: Spellbound (1945)
7.5 Carol Reed: The Third Man (1949)
7.5 Howard Hawks: Red River (1948)
7.5 Ernst Lubitsch: Heaven Can Wait (1943)
7.5 Josef von Sternberg: Shanghai Gesture (1941)
7.4 Robert Siodmak: Spiral Staircase (1946)
7.4 Rene` Clair: It Happened Tomorrow (1944)
7.4 Rene` Clair: I Married A Witch (1942)
7.4 Preston Sturges: The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944)
7.4 Preston Sturges: Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
7.4 Ernst Lubitsch: To Be or Not to Be (1942)
7.4 Anatole Litvak: Sorry Wrong Number (1948)
7.4 Kenji Mizoguchi: Genroku Chushingura/ The Treasury of Loyal Retainers of the Genroku Era/ 47 Ronin (1942)
7.4 John Huston: Key Largo (1948)
7.4 Vittorio DeSica: Ladri di Biciclette/ Bicycle Thieves (1948)
7.4 Charles Chaplin: Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
7.3 Nicholas Ray: They Live By Night (1947)
7.3 Michael Curtiz: The Unsuspected (1947)
7.3 Michael Curtiz: Mildred Pierce (1945)
7.3 Jacques Tourneur: Cat People (1942)
7.3 George Cukor: Adam's Rib (1949)
7.3 Alessandro Blasetti: Quattro Passi Fra le Nuvole (1942)
7.3 Jean Renoir: The Southerner (1945)
7.3 Michael Powell: A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
7.3 Alfred Hitchcock: Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
7.3 Alfred Hitchcock: Notorious (1946)
7.3 Howard Hawks: The Big Sleep (1946)
7.3 John Ford: My Darling Clementine (1946)
7.3 Vincente Minnelli: Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
7.2 William Wellman: The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
7.2 Robert Siodmak: Dark Mirror (1946)
7.2 Rudolph Mate: D.O.A. (1949)
7.2 Roberto Rossellini: Deutschland im Jahre Null/ Germania Anno Zero (1947)
7.2 Carl Theodor Dreyer: Vredens Dag/ Day of Wrath (1943)
7.2 Robert Siodmak: Killers (1946)
7.2 Raoul Walsh: White Heat (1949)
7.2 Raoul Walsh: Colorado Territory (1949)
7.2 Preston Sturges: The Great McGinty (1940)
7.2 Nicholas Ray: Knock On Any Door (1949)
7.2 Maya Deren: Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)
7.2 Mark Robson: The Champion (1949)
7.2 Jules Dassin: Naked City (1948)
7.2 Jacques Tourneur: Out Of The Past (1947)
7.2 Jacques Becker: Goupi Mains-Rouges/ It Happened at the Inn (1943)
7.2 Kenji Mizoguchi: Utamaru o Meguru Gonin no Onna/ Utamaro and his Five Women (1946)
7.2 Anatole Litvak: Snake Pit (1948)
7.2 Abraham Polonsky: Force of Evil (1949)
7.2 Michael Powell: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
7.2 John Huston: The Maltese Falcon (1941)
7.2 Alfred Hitchcock: Suspicion (1941)
7.2 Howard Hawks: I Was a Male War Bride (1949)
7.2 John Ford: Fort Apache (1948)
7.2 Vittorio DeSica: Sciuscia`/ Shoeshine (1946)
7.2 Henri Clouzot: Le Corbeau/ The Raven (1943)
7.2 Charles Chaplin: The Great Dictator (1940)
7.2 Henry Hathaway: Call Northside 777 (1948)
7.1 Howard Hawks: Sergeant York (1941)
7.0 Frank Capra: State of the Union (1948)
7.0 Sergei Eisenstein: Ivan Groznyi/ Ivan the Terrible (1944)
7.0 Robert Siodmak: Suspect (1944)
7.0 Walt Disney: Fantasia (1941)
7.0 Roberto Rossellini: Roma Citta` Aperta/ Open City (1946)
7.0 John Ford: How Green Was My Valley (1941)
7.0 Robert Siodmak: Criss Cross (1948)
7.0 Robert Hamer: Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
7.0 Robert Hamer: Dead of Night (1945)
7.0 Norman McLeod (Bob Hope): Road to Rio (1947)
7.0 Manoel DeOliveira: Anikibobo` (1941)
7.0 King Vidor: Duel in the Sun (1946)
7.) Jules Dassin: Brute Force (1947)
7.0 Jean Gremillon: Lumiere d'Ete` (1943)
7.0 Jacques Tourneur: I Walked With A Zombie (1943)
7.0 Giuseppe DeSantis: Riso Amaro (1949)
7.0 George Marshall: The Ghost Breakers (1940)
7.0 Frank Borzage: Strange Cargo (1940)
7.0 Ernest Schoedsack: Dr Cyclops (1940)
7.0 Edgar Ulmer: Detour (1945)
7.0 Eddie Cline (W.C.Fields): The Bank Dick (1940)
7.0 Dorothy Arzner: Dance Girl Dance (1940)
7.0 Delmer Daves: Dark Passage (1947)
7.0 David Lean: Brief Encounter (1946)
7.0 David Hand (Walt Disney): Bambi (1942)
7.0 David Butler (Bob Hope): Road to Morocco (1942)
7.0 Charles Vidor: Gilda (1946)
7.0 Carol Reed: Odd Man Out (1947)
7.0 Ben Sharpsteen (Walt Disney): Pinocchio (1940)
7.0 Ben Sharpsteen (Walt Disney): Dumbo (1941)
7.0 Alf Sjoberg: Hets/ Torment/ Spasimo (1944)
7.0 Alexander Mackendrick: Whiskey Galore (1948)
7.0 Alberto Lattuada: Il Bandito/Bandit (1946)
7.0 Robert Wise: The Set-up (1949)
7.0 George Stevens: Woman of the Year (1942)
7.0 Michael Powell: Black Narcissus (1947)
7.0 Anthony Mann: Raw Deal (1948)
7.0 Fritz Lang: Scarlet Street (1945)
7.0 John Huston: In This Our Life (1942)
7.0 John Huston: Across The Pacific (1942)
7.0 Alfred Hitchcock: Saboteur (1942)
7.0 Alfred Hitchcock: Rebecca (1940)
7.0 Howard Hawks: His Girl Friday (1940)
7.0 Howard Hawks: Ball Of Fire (1941)
7.0 John Ford: She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949)
7.0 Max Ophuls: The Reckless Moment (1949)

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