The Best Movies of 1949 Films

The Best Movies of 1949

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List of the best movies of 1949, with movie trailers when available. Bob Hope was the highest paid actor in 1949, earning more money than actors like John Wayne and Bing Crosby. These top movies of 1949 are listed by popularity, so the movies with the most votes are at the top. This list consists of all different movie genres, but each film was released in 1949. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1949 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1949 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

List features movies like The Third Man, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and more!

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1949?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1949?"

1949 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1949. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1949 aren't just one persons opinion.


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    White Heat

    James Cagney, Edmond O'Brien, Virginia Mayo

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    The Heiress

    Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson

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    + 13
    - 2
    The Third Man

    Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Joseph Cotten

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  4. 4
    + 13
    - 3
    She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

    John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey

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  5. 5
    + 10
    - 2
    Mighty Joe Young

    Ben Johnson, Terry Moore, Regis Toomey

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  6. 6
    + 9
    - 2
    Twelve O'Clock High

    Gregory Peck, Dean Jagger, Richard Anderson

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  7. 7
    + 9
    - 2
    Gun Crazy

    Russ Tamblyn, Peggy Cummins, Trevor Bardette

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  8. 8
    + 10
    - 3
    Little Women

    Elizabeth Taylor, Janet Leigh, June Allyson

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    + 8
    - 2
    Colorado Territory

    Dorothy Malone, Virginia Mayo, Joel McCrea

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  10. 10
    + 8
    - 2
    Beyond the Forest

    Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten, Frances Charles

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  11. 11
    + 8
    - 2
    Without Honor

    Agnes Moorehead, Laraine Day, Franchot Tone

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  12. 12
    + 8
    - 2
    The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

    Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone, J. Pat O'Malley

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    + 8
    - 2
    House of Strangers

    Susan Hayward, Edward G. Robinson, Debra Paget

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    - 3
    Samson and Delilah

    Angela Lansbury, Hedy Lamarr, George Sanders

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    - 3
    A Letter to Three Wives

    Kirk Douglas, Jeanne Crain, Thelma Ritter

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    - 3
    The Set-Up

    Robert Ryan, Wallace Ford, Darryl Hickman

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    + 7
    - 2
    Late Spring

    Setsuko Hara, Chishū Ryū, Sugimara Haruko

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    - 2
    Malice in the Palace

    Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard

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    Champion

    Kirk Douglas, Arthur Kennedy, Ruth Roman

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    - 2
    Red Light

    Harry Morgan, George Raft, Virginia Mayo

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    Home of the Brave

    Lloyd Bridges, Jeff Corey, Frank Lovejoy

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    + 7
    - 2
    Take Me Out to the Ball Game

    Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Esther Williams

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    Stray Dog

    Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Awaji

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    + 7
    - 2
    The Window

    Barbara Hale, Arthur Kennedy, Bobby Driscoll

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    + 7
    - 2
    Orpheus

    Jean Marais, François Périer, María Casares

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    + 7
    - 2
    Madame Bovary

    Jennifer Jones, Louis Jourdan, Harry Morgan

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    - 2
    That Forsyte Woman

    Janet Leigh, Errol Flynn, Greer Garson

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    Too Late for Tears

    Arthur Kennedy, Lizabeth Scott, Dan Duryea

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    The Sun Comes Up

    Jeanette MacDonald, Lloyd Nolan, Claude Jarman

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    - 2
    The Accused

    Loretta Young, Sara Allgood, Robert Cummings

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    - 2
    Flamingo Road

    Joan Crawford, Alice White, Sydney Greenstreet

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    - 2
    A Dangerous Profession

    George Raft, Ella Raines, Pat O'Brien

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    Battleground

    Ricardo Montalbán, James Arness, James Whitmore

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    - 2
    Streets of Laredo

    William Holden, William Bendix, Macdonald Carey

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    - 3
    My Foolish Heart

    Susan Hayward, Dana Andrews, Jessie Royce Landis

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    + 8
    - 3
    On the Town

    Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Ann Miller

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    + 8
    - 3
    The Big Steal

    Robert Mitchum, Edward G. Robinson, DeForest Kelley

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    + 8
    - 3
    Pinky

    Jeanne Crain, Ethel Barrymore, Ethel Waters

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    + 8
    - 3
    The Fountainhead

    Gary Cooper, Raymond Massey, Patricia Neal

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    + 8
    - 3
    Sands of Iwo Jima

    John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Richard Jaeckel

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    + 8
    - 3
    The Inspector General

    Danny Kaye, Elsa Lanchester, Gene Lockhart

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  42. 42
    + 8
    - 3
    The Barkleys of Broadway

    Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Billie Burke

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    - 3
    The Passionate Friends

    Claude Rains, Trevor Howard, Ann Todd

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    + 8
    - 3
    The Small Back Room

    Sid James, Michael Gough, Jack Hawkins

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    + 8
    - 3
    Slattery's Hurricane

    Veronica Lake, Richard Widmark, Linda Darnell

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    + 8
    - 3
    Caught

    Robert Ryan, Barbara Bel Geddes, Natalie Schafer

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    - 3
    Whirlpool

    Gene Tierney, José Ferrer, Charles Bickford

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    - 3
    Whisky Galore!

    Joan Greenwood, James Robertson Justice, Gordon Jackson

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    Black Magic

    Orson Welles, Raymond Burr, Silvana Mangano

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    I Shot Jesse James

    John Ireland, Preston Foster, Gene Evans

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