40s Movies 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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Dimos Dicoudis added Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Peter Lorre
Hollywood Canteen is a 1944 American musical romantic comedy film starring Joan Leslie, Robert Hutton, and Dane Clark and distributed by Warner Bros. The film was written and directed by Delmer ...more
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Jane Frazee
Cowboy Canteen is a 1944 American film starring Jane Frazee.
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Dimos Dicoudis added Carole Landis, Phil Silvers, Carmen Miranda
Four Jills in a Jeep is a 1944 film starring Kay Francis, Carole Landis, Martha Raye, and Mitzi Mayfair as themselves, re-enacting their USO tour of Europe and North Africa during World War II.
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Carl Switzer, Maude Eburne, Lloyd Corrigan
Rosie the Riveter is a 1944 American film starring Jane Frazee.
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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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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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Burgess Meredith, Bernard Miles, Leo Genn
Tunisian Victory is an Anglo-American propaganda film about the victories in the North Africa Campaign. The film follows both armies from the planning of Operation Torch / Operation Acrobat to ...more
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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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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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Peter Finch, Chips Rafferty, Grant Taylor
The Fighting Rats of Tobruk is a 1944 Australian film directed by Charles Chauvel. The film follows three drover friends who enlist in the Australian Army together during World War II. Their ...more
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Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan
Stage Door Cartoon is a 1944 Warner Bros. cartoon in the Merrie Melodies series, directed by Friz Freleng and featuring Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, and a predecessor to Yosemite Sam. The voices for ...more
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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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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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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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Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan
To Have and Have Not is a 1944 American romance-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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Tallulah Bankhead, Hume Cronyn, Heather Angel
This film 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 ...more
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Katharine Hepburn, Walter Huston, Akim Tamiroff
Dragon Seed is a 1944 war drama film starring Katharine Hepburn. Based on a best-selling book by Pearl S. Buck, the film portrays a peaceful village in China that has been invaded by the ...more
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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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26 7
Double Indemnity is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1944
Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Fred MacMurray
Double Indemnity is a 1944 American film noir, directed by Billy Wilder, co-written by Wilder and Raymond Chandler, and produced by Buddy DeSylva and Joseph Sistrom. The screenplay was based on ...more
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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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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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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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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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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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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