40s The Best Movies of 1944  

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List of the best movies of 1944, with movie trailers when available. 1944 was a great film year, with Bing Crosby's Going My Way grossing the most at the box office. These top movies of 1944 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 1944. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1944 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1944 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

List movies include Double Indemnity, Arsenic and Old Lace and many additional movies as well.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1944?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1944?"

1944 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1944. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1944 aren't just one persons opinion.
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Gaslight Ingrid Bergman, Angela Lansbury, Charles Boyer Gaslight is an American 1944 mystery-thriller film adapted from Patrick Hamilton's 1938 play Gas Light. It was the second version to be filmed, following the British film Gaslight, directed by ...more

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Laura Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb, Judith Anderson Laura is a 1944 American film noir produced and directed by Otto Preminger. It stars Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, and Clifton Webb along with Vincent Price and Judith Anderson. The screenplay by ...more

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Going My Way Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, William Smith Going My Way is a 1944 American musical comedy-drama film directed by Leo McCarey and starring Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald. Based on a story by Leo McCarey, the film is about a new young ...more

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To Have and Have Not Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan To Have and Have Not is a 1944 American romance-war-adventure film directed by Howard Hawks, and starring Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan and Lauren Bacall in her film debut. Although it is ...more

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Arsenic and Old Lace Cary Grant, Peter Lorre, Raymond Massey Arsenic and Old Lace is a 1944 American dark comedy film directed by Frank Capra, starring Cary Grant, and based on Joseph Kesselring's play Arsenic and Old Lace. The script adaptation was by ...more

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Meet Me in St. Louis Judy Garland, Mary Astor, Margaret O'Brien Meet Me in St. Louis is a 1944 musical film from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer which tells the story of an American family living in St. Louis at the time of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition World's Fair ...more

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Lifeboat Tallulah Bankhead, Hume Cronyn, Heather Angel Lifeboat is an American drama thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock from a story by John Steinbeck. The film stars Tallulah Bankhead with William Bendix. Also in the cast are Walter Slezak, ...more

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Jane Eyre Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine, Margaret O'Brien Jane Eyre is an American film adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel of the same name, released by 20th Century Fox. It was directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by William Goetz, ...more

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Murder, My Sweet Claire Trevor, Dick Powell, Mike Mazurki Murder, My Sweet is a 1944 American film noir, directed by Edward Dmytryk and starring Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, and Anne Shirley. The film is based on Raymond Chandler's 1940 novel Farewell, ...more

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Since You Went Away Shirley Temple, Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Jones Since You Went Away is a 1944 American film directed by John Cromwell for Selznick International Pictures and distributed by United Artists. It is an epic about the American home front during ...more

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The Princess and the Pirate Bob Hope, Walter Brennan, Virginia Mayo The Princess and the Pirate is a 1944 American comedy film directed by David Butler and starring Bob Hope and Virginia Mayo. Based on a story by Sy Bartlett, the film is about a princess who ...more

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I'll Be Seeing You Ginger Rogers, Shirley Temple, Joseph Cotten I'll Be Seeing You is a 1944 drama film made by Selznick International Pictures, Dore Schary Productions, and Vanguard Pictures, and distributed by United Artists. It was directed by William ...more

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Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Robert Mitchum, Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo is a 1944 American war film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It is based on the true story of the Doolittle Raid, America's first retaliatory air strike against Japan ...more

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The Mask of Dimitrios Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Faye Emerson The Mask of Dimitrios is a 1944 American film noir directed by Jean Negulesco and written by Frank Gruber, based on the 1939 novel of the same name written by Eric Ambler. Ambler is known as a ...more

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Tall in the Saddle John Wayne, Ward Bond, George "Gabby" Hayes Tall in the Saddle is a 1944 American Western film directed by Edwin L. Marin and starring John Wayne and Ella Raines. Written by Paul Fix and Michael Hogan, based on the serialized novel of the ...more

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Buffalo Bill Maureen O'Hara, Anthony Quinn, Linda Darnell Buffalo Bill Technicolor is a biographical Western about the life of the legendary frontiersman, starring Joel McCrea and Maureen O'Hara with Linda Darnell and Anthony Quinn in supporting

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The Canterville Ghost Charles Laughton, Margaret O'Brien, Robert Young The Canterville Ghost is a 1944 fantasy/comedy film directed by Jules Dassin, loosely based on the short story of the same title by Oscar Wilde. It starred Charles Laughton as a ghost doomed to ...more

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The Fighting Seabees John Wayne, Susan Hayward, William Frawley The Fighting Seabees is a 1944 war film starring John Wayne and Susan Hayward. The picture portrays a heavily fictionalized account of the dilemma that led to the creation of the U.S. Navy's ...more

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National Velvet Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, Angela Lansbury National Velvet is a 1944 Technicolor sports film based on the novel by Enid Bagnold, published in 1935. It stars Mickey Rooney, Donald Crisp and a young Elizabeth Taylor. In 2003, National ...more

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The Uninvited Ray Milland, Gail Russell, Donald Crisp The Uninvited is a 1944 American supernatural mystery/romance directed by Lewis Allen in his feature film debut. It is based on the Dorothy Macardle novel Uneasy Freehold. The film stars Ray ...more

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The Miracle of Morgan's Creek Betty Hutton, William Demarest, Brian Donlevy The Miracle of Morgan's Creek is a 1944 screwball comedy film written and directed by Preston Sturges, starring Eddie Bracken and Betty Hutton, and featuring Diana Lynn, William Demarest and ...more

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Hail the Conquering Hero William Demarest, Freddie Steele, Mildred Harris Hail the Conquering Hero is a satirical comedy/drama written and directed by Preston Sturges, starring Eddie Bracken, Ella Raines and William Demarest, and featuring Raymond Walburn, Franklin ...more

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Marine Raiders Robert Ryan, Ruth Hussey, Pat O'Brien Marine Raiders is a 1944 RKO war film showing a fictional depiction of the 1st Marine Raider Battalion and 1st Marine Parachute Battalion on Guadalcanal, R&R in Australia, retraining in Camp ...more

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Henry V Laurence Olivier, Robert Newton, Leslie Banks Henry V is a 1944 British Technicolor film adaptation of William Shakespeare's play of the same name. The on-screen title is The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought ...more

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The Bridge of San Luis Rey Alla Nazimova, nm0129894, Francis Lederer The Bridge of San Luis Rey is a 1944 drama film made by Benedict Bogeaus Productions and released by United Artists. It was produced and directed by Rowland V. Lee with Benedict Bogeaus as ...more

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A Canterbury Tale Charles Hawtrey, Dennis Price, Kim Hunter A Canterbury Tale is a 1944 British film by the film-making team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. It stars Eric Portman, Sheila Sim, Dennis Price and Sgt. John Sweet; Esmond Knight ...more

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Passage to Marseille Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Claude Rains Passage to Marseille is a 1944 war film made by Warner Brothers, directed by Michael Curtiz and produced by Hal B. Wallis with Jack L. Warner as executive producer. The screenplay was by Casey ...more

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The Suspect Charles Laughton, Maude Eburne, Ella Raines The Suspect is a 1944 film noir directed by Robert Siodmak, set in London in 1902, in Edwardian times. It is based on the novel This Way Out, by James Ronald, and was released by Universal ...more

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Between Two Worlds Eleanor Parker, Paul Henreid, John Garfield Between Two Worlds is a 1944 film set during World War II, featuring John Garfield, Paul Henreid, Sydney Greenstreet, and Eleanor Parker. It is a remake of the 1930 film, Outward Bound, itself ...more

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The Scarlet Claw Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Ian Wolfe The Scarlet Claw is a 1944 Sherlock Holmes movie directed by Roy William Neill, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. It is the eighth film of the Rathbone/Bruce series. David Stuart Davies ...more

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Lights of Old Santa Fe Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, George "Gabby" Hayes Lights of Old Santa Fe is a 1944 American western musical film directed by Frank McDonald with a screenplay by Gordon Kahn and Bob Williams. The film stars Roy Rogers and Dale Evans in a story ...more

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The Keys of the Kingdom Gregory Peck, Vincent Price, Roddy McDowall The Keys of the Kingdom is a 1944 American film based on the 1941 novel, The Keys of the Kingdom, by A. J. Cronin. The movie was adapted by Nunnally Johnson, directed by John M. Stahl and ...more

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Torment Ingmar Bergman, Alf Kjellin, Mai Zetterling Torment is a Swedish film from 1944, directed by Alf Sjöberg, with screenplay by Ingmar Bergman. It was originally released as Frenzy in the United Kingdom, although later releases have ...more

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Can't Help Singing Deanna Durbin, Akim Tamiroff, Thomas Gomez Can't Help Singing is a 1944 American musical Western film directed by Frank Ryan and starring Deanna Durbin, Robert Paige, and Akim Tamiroff. Based on a story by John D. Klorer and Leo ...more

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The Fighting Sullivans Anne Baxter, Ward Bond, Thomas Mitchell The Fighting Sullivans, originally released as The Sullivans, is a 1944 American biographical war film directed by Lloyd Bacon and written by Edward Doherty, Mary C. McCall Jr., and Jules ...more

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Dark Waters Merle Oberon, Thomas Mitchell, Fay Bainter Dark Waters is a 1944 Gothic film noir based on the novel of the same name by Francis and Marian Cockrell. It was directed by André De Toth and starred Merle Oberon, Franchot Tone and

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Wilson Vincent Price, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Cedric Hardwicke Wilson is a 1944 American biographical film in Technicolor about American President Woodrow Wilson. It stars Charles Coburn, Alexander Knox, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Thomas Mitchell and Sir Cedric ...more

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Ministry of Fear Ray Milland, Dan Duryea, Alan Napier Ministry of Fear is a 1944 film noir directed by Fritz Lang. Based on a novel by Graham Greene, the film tells the story of a man just released from a mental asylum who finds himself caught up ...more

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The Curse of the Cat People Simone Simon, Jane Randolph, Sarah Selby The Curse of the Cat People is a 1944 film directed by Gunther von Fritsch and Robert Wise, and produced by Val Lewton. This film, which was then-film editor Robert Wise's first directing ...more

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The Spider Woman Basil Rathbone, Gale Sondergaard, Nigel Bruce The Spider Woman is a 1944 mystery film starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson, the seventh of fourteen such films the pair were involved in. As with all of the ...more

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House of Frankenstein Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr. House of Frankenstein is an American monster horror film starring Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney, Jr., directed by Erle C. Kenton, written by Curt Siodmak, and produced in 1944 by Universal ...more

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The Purple Heart Dana Andrews, Farley Granger, Nestor Paiva The Purple Heart is a 1944 American war film directed by Lewis Milestone. The film stars Dana Andrews, Richard Conte, Kevin O'Shea, Don "Red" Barry and Trudy Marshall. ...more

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Phantom Lady Regis Toomey, Franchot Tone, Elisha Cook Phantom Lady is a 1944 film noir directed by Robert Siodmak, his first Hollywood noir. It was also a first for producer Joan Harrison, Universal Pictures' first female executive, who was Alfred ...more

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The Invisible Man's Revenge John Carradine, Evelyn Ankers, Jon Hall The Invisible Man's Revenge is a 1944 science fiction- horror film directed by Ford Beebe and written by Bertram Millhauser. The picture stars John Carradine as a mad scientist who tests his ...more

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None but the Lonely Heart Cary Grant, Ethel Barrymore, Barry Fitzgerald None but the Lonely Heart is a 1944 American film which tells the story of a young Cockney drifter who returns home with no ambitions but finds that his family needs him. Adapted by Clifford ...more

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The Big Noise Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Robert Blake The Big Noise is a 1944 comedy film starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. It was produced by Sol M. Wurtzel and directed by Mal St.Clair.

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Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress Eugene Kern The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress is a 1944 documentary film which ostensibly provides an account of the final mission of the crew of the Memphis Belle, a Boeing B-17 Flying ...more

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Hotel Reserve Herbert Lom, Patricia Medina, Patricia Hayes Hotel Reserve is a 1944 spy film starring James Mason as an innocent man caught up in pre-Second World War espionage. It was based on Eric Ambler's novel Epitaph for a Spy. Unusually, it was ...more

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Mr. Skeffington Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Bess Flowers Mr. Skeffington is a 1944 American drama film directed by Vincent Sherman, based on the novel of the same name by Elizabeth von Arnim. The film stars Bette Davis as a beautiful woman whose many ...more

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No Dough Boys Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard No Dough Boys is the 82nd short subject starring the slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.