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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    White Heat James Cagney, Edmond O'Brien, Virginia Mayo

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    The Heiress is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson

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    The Third Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    The Third Man Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Joseph Cotten

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    She Wore a Yellow Ribbon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey

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    Twelve O'Clock High is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Twelve O'Clock High Gregory Peck, Dean Jagger, Richard Anderson

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    Mighty Joe Young is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Mighty Joe Young Ben Johnson, Terry Moore, Regis Toomey

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    Little Women is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Elizabeth Taylor, Janet Leigh, June Allyson

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    Gun Crazy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Gun Crazy Russ Tamblyn, Peggy Cummins, Trevor Bardette

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    A Letter to Three Wives is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Kirk Douglas, Jeanne Crain, Thelma Ritter

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    Samson and Delilah is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Angela Lansbury, Hedy Lamarr, George Sanders

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    The Adventures of Ichabod and ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone, J. Pat O'Malley

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    Beyond the Forest is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten, Frances Charles

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    Colorado Territory is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Colorado Territory Dorothy Malone, Virginia Mayo, Joel McCrea

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    House of Strangers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Susan Hayward, Edward G. Robinson, Debra Paget

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    Without Honor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Agnes Moorehead, Laraine Day, Franchot Tone

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    Madame Bovary is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Jennifer Jones, Louis Jourdan, Harry Morgan

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    The Set-Up is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Robert Ryan, Wallace Ford, Darryl Hickman

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    Flamingo Road is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Joan Crawford, Alice White, Sydney Greenstreet

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    Late Spring is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Late Spring Setsuko Hara, Chishū Ryū, Sugimara Haruko

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    Battleground is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Ricardo Montalbán, James Arness, James Whitmore

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    Take Me Out to the Ball Game is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Esther Williams

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    Malice in the Palace is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard

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    Stray Dog is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Awaji

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    Orpheus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Orpheus Jean Marais, François Périer, María Casares

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    Red Light is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Harry Morgan, George Raft, Virginia Mayo

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    Home of the Brave is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Lloyd Bridges, Jeff Corey, Frank Lovejoy

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    Champion is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Kirk Douglas, Arthur Kennedy, Ruth Roman

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    The Window is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Barbara Hale, Arthur Kennedy, Bobby Driscoll

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    Streets of Laredo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Streets of Laredo William Holden, William Bendix, Macdonald Carey

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    A Dangerous Profession is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    George Raft, Ella Raines, Pat O'Brien

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    The Accused is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Loretta Young, Sara Allgood, Robert Cummings

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    That Forsyte Woman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    That Forsyte Woman Janet Leigh, Errol Flynn, Greer Garson

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    Abbott and Costello Meet the K... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Boris Karloff, Lou Costello, Bud Abbott

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    Too Late for Tears is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Arthur Kennedy, Lizabeth Scott, Dan Duryea

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    The Sun Comes Up is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Jeanette MacDonald, Lloyd Nolan, Claude Jarman

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    Slattery's Hurricane is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Veronica Lake, Richard Widmark, Linda Darnell

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    The Big Steal is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Robert Mitchum, Edward G. Robinson, DeForest Kelley

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    The Barkleys of Broadway is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Billie Burke

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    The Fountainhead is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Gary Cooper, Raymond Massey, Patricia Neal

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    My Foolish Heart is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Susan Hayward, Dana Andrews, Jessie Royce Landis

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    On the Town is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    On the Town Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Ann Miller

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    The Inspector General is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Danny Kaye, Elsa Lanchester, Gene Lockhart

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    Pinky is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Jeanne Crain, Ethel Barrymore, Ethel Waters

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    Whisky Galore! is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Joan Greenwood, James Robertson Justice, Gordon Jackson

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    Whirlpool is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Gene Tierney, José Ferrer, Charles Bickford

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    Sands of Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Richard Jaeckel

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    The Passionate Friends is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Claude Rains, Trevor Howard, Ann Todd

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    The Small Back Room is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    The Small Back Room Sid James, Michael Gough, Jack Hawkins

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    Caught is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Caught Robert Ryan, Barbara Bel Geddes, Natalie Schafer

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    Black Magic is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of 1949

    Orson Welles, Raymond Burr, Silvana Mangano

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