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List of the best movies of 1945, with movie trailers when available. 1945 was a historic year in film, as Son of Lassie became the first movie to ever be filmed in Technicolor. These top movies of 1945 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 1945. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1945 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1945 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

The list you're viewing is made up of movies like Mildred Pierce and Spellbound.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1945?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1945?"

1945 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1945. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1945 aren't just one persons opinion.
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Mildred Pierce Joan Crawford, Eve Arden, Butterfly McQueen Mildred Pierce is a 1945 American drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Joan Crawford, Jack Carson and Zachary Scott and featuring Eve Arden, Ann Blyth and Bruce Bennett, in a film ...more

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Scarlet Street Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea Scarlet Street is a 1945 American film noir directed by Fritz Lang about a middle-aged painter who is seduced by a woman and paints her a portrait, only to come across that she's using him for ...more

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Joan Blondell, Dorothy McGuire, James Dunn A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a 1945 film, the first film directed by Greek-American director Elia Kazan, starring James Dunn, Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, and Peggy Ann Garner. The film is ...more

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They Were Expendable John Wayne, Donna Reed, Robert Montgomery They Were Expendable is a 1945 American war film directed by John Ford and starring Robert Montgomery and John Wayne and featuring Donna Reed. The film is based on the book by William L. White, ...more

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Spellbound Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Alfred Hitchcock Spellbound is a 1945 American psychological mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It tells the story of the new head of a mental asylum who turns out not to be what he claims. The ...more

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The Southerner Norman Lloyd, J. Carrol Naish, Beulah Bondi The Southerner is a 1945 American film directed by Jean Renoir, based on the 1941 novel Hold Autumn in Your Hand by George Sessions Perry. The film received Oscar nominations for Best Director, ...more

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The Clock Judy Garland, Keenan Wynn, James Gleason The Clock is a 1945 American romantic drama film starring Judy Garland and Robert Walker and directed by Garland's future husband, Vincente Minnelli. This was Garland's first dramatic role, as ...more

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The Lost Weekend Jane Wyman, Ray Milland, Howard Da Silva The Lost Weekend is a 1945 American drama film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Ray Milland and Jane Wyman. The film was based on Charles R. Jackson's 1944 novel of the same title about an ...more

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Leave Her to Heaven Gene Tierney, Vincent Price, Jeanne Crain Leave Her to Heaven is a 1945 American Technicolor film noir starring Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain, with Vincent Price, Darryl Hickman, Ray Collins, and Chill Wills. The story was ...more

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Fallen Angel Linda Darnell, John Carradine, Alice Faye Fallen Angel is a 1945 black-and-white film noir directed by Otto Preminger, with cinematography by Joseph LaShelle, who had also worked with Preminger on Laura a year before. The film features ...more

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Blithe Spirit Rex Harrison, Noël Coward, Margaret Rutherford Blithe Spirit is a 1945 English fantasy-comedy film directed by David Lean. The screenplay by Lean, cinematographer Ronald Neame and associate producer Anthony Havelock-Allan is based on ...more

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The Bells of St. Mary's Ingrid Bergman, Bing Crosby, Una O'Connor The Bells of St. Mary's is a 1945 American drama film produced and directed by Leo McCarey and starring Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman. Written by Dudley Nichols based on a story by Leo McCarey, ...more

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Objective, Burma! Errol Flynn, James Brown, William Prince Objective, Burma! is a 1945 war film which was loosely based on the six-month raid by Merrill's Marauders in the Burma Campaign during the Second World War. The film, made by Warner Brothers ...more

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Ziegfeld Follies Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, Fred Astaire Ziegfeld Follies is a 1946 Hollywood musical comedy film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and directed by Lemuel Ayers, Roy Del Ruth, Robert Lewis, Vincente Minnelli, Merrill Pye, George Sidney ...more

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Rome, Open City Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi, Marcello Pagliero Rome, Open City is a 1945 Italian drama film directed by Roberto Rossellini. In its English subtitled release it was named, Open City. The picture features Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani and ...more

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And Then There Were None Walter Huston, Judith Anderson, Barry Fitzgerald And Then There Were None is a 1945 film adaptation of Agatha Christie's best-selling mystery novel of the same name and is directed by René Clair. In the UK it had the title "Ten ...more

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The Picture of Dorian Gray Angela Lansbury, Donna Reed, George Sanders The Picture of Dorian Gray is a 1945 American horror-drama film based on Oscar Wilde's 1890 novel of the same name. Released in March 1945 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the film is directed by Albert ...more

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Brief Encounter Trevor Howard, Celia Johnson, Stanley Holloway Brief Encounter is a 1945 British film directed by David Lean about British suburban life, centering on Laura, a married woman with children whose conventional life becomes increasingly ...more

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Christmas in Connecticut Barbara Stanwyck, Sydney Greenstreet, Dick Elliott Christmas in Connecticut is a 1945 American Christmas film and romantic comedy directed by Peter Godfrey, and starring Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, and Sydney Greenstreet.

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Week-End at the Waldorf Ginger Rogers, Lana Turner, Keenan Wynn Week-End at the Waldorf, an American comedy drama film directed by Robert Z. Leonard premiered in Los Angeles on 17 October 1945. The screenplay by Samuel and Bella Spewack is based on Guy ...more

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Cornered Dick Powell, Walter Slezake, Micheline Cheirel Cornered is a 1945 film noir starring Dick Powell and directed by Edward Dmytryk. This is the second teaming of Powell and Dmytryk. Many scenes shot by cinematographer Harry J. Wild and Dmytryk ...more

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Caesar and Cleopatra Vivien Leigh, Roger Moore, Jean Simmons Caesar and Cleopatra is a 1945 British Technicolor film directed by Gabriel Pascal and starring Claude Rains and Vivien Leigh. It was adapted from the play Caesar and Cleopatra by George Bernard ...more

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Detour Ann Savage, Tom Neal, Tim Ryan Detour is a 1945 film noir thriller that stars Tom Neal and Ann Savage. The film was adapted by Martin Goldsmith and Martin Mooney from Goldsmith's novel of the same name and was directed by ...more

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Anchors Aweigh Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Dean Stockwell Anchors Aweigh is a 1945 American Technicolor musical comedy film directed by George Sidney and starring Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, and Gene Kelly, in which two sailors go on a four-day ...more

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The Woman in Green Basil Rathbone, Hillary Brooke, Nigel Bruce The Woman in Green is a 1945 American Sherlock Holmes film starring Basil Rathbone as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson, with Hillary Brooke as the woman of the title and Henry Daniell as ...more

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House of Dracula Lon Chaney, Jr., John Carradine House of Dracula is an American horror film released by Universal Pictures Company in 1945. It was a direct sequel to House of Frankenstein and continued the theme of combining Universal's three ...more

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Sherlock Holmes and the House of Fear Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Holmes Herbert Sherlock Holmes and the House of Fear is a 1945 crime film directed by Roy William Neill. It is loosely based on The Five Orange Pips by Arthur Conan Doyle, and features the characters Sherlock ...more

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Children of Paradise Pierre Brasseur, Jean-Louis Barrault, Arletty Les Enfants du Paradis, released as Children of Paradise in North America, is a 1945 French film directed by Marcel Carné. It was made during the German occupation of France during World ...more

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The Three Caballeros Sterling Holloway, Pinto Colvig, Frank Graham The Three Caballeros is a 1944 American animated musical film produced by Walt Disney Productions. The film premiered in Mexico City on December 21, 1944. It was released in the United States on ...more

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The Woman in the Window Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Raymond Massey The Woman in the Window is a 1944 film noir directed by Fritz Lang that tells the story of psychology professor Richard Wanley who meets and becomes enamored of a young femme fatale. Based on J. ...more

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I Know Where I'm Going! Petula Clark, Wendy Hiller, Pamela Brown I Know Where I'm Going! is a 1945 romance film by the British-based filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. It stars Wendy Hiller and Roger Livesey, and features Pamela Brown, Finlay ...more

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The Valley of Decision Gregory Peck, Greer Garson, Jessica Tandy The Valley of Decision is a film set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA in the late 19th century. It tells the story of a young Irish house maid who falls in love with the son of her employer, a ...more

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The Way to the Stars Jean Simmons, John Mills, Trevor Howard The Way to the Stars is a 1945 British war drama film made by Two Cities Films. In the United States it was known as Johnny in the Clouds and distributed by United Artists.It was produced by ...more

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Dakota John Wayne, Walter Brennan, Ward Bond Dakota is a 1945 American Western film directed by Joseph Kane and starring John Wayne and Walter Brennan. The supporting cast features Ward Bond and Mike Mazurki. Wayne stars as John Devlin, ...more

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Our Vines Have Tender Grapes Edward G. Robinson, Margaret O'Brien, Frances Gifford Our Vines Have Tender Grapes is an American drama film released in 1945, which was directed by Roy Rowland, starring Edward G. Robinson and Margaret O'Brien.

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Micro-Phonies Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard Micro-Phonies is the 87th short subject starring American slapstick comedy team the Three Stooges. The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.

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The Corn Is Green Bette Davis, Nigel Bruce, John Dall The Corn Is Green is a 1945 drama film starring Bette Davis as a schoolteacher determined to bring education to a Welsh coal mining town, despite great opposition. It was adapted from the play ...more

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Dillinger Anne Jeffreys, Marc Lawrence, Jack Mulhall Dillinger is a 1945 gangster film telling the story of John Dillinger. The film was directed by Max Nosseck. Dillinger was the first major film to star Lawrence Tierney. The B-movie was shot in ...more

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Along Came Jones Gary Cooper, Loretta Young, Dan Duryea Along Came Jones is a 1945 Western comedy film starring Gary Cooper, Loretta Young, William Demarest, and Dan Duryea, in which Cooper mercilessly spoofs his own slow-talking cowboy persona. The ...more

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Dead of Night Michael Redgrave, Googie Withers, Mervyn Johns Dead of Night is a British portmanteau horror film made by Ealing Studios; the individual stories were directed by Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden and Robert Hamer. The film ...more

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Secret Agent X-9 Lloyd Bridges, Keye Luke, Samuel S. Hinds Secret Agent X-9 is a Universal movie serial based on the comic strip Secret Agent X-9. It was the second serial with this name, the first was released by Universal in 1937.

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Son of Lassie Peter Lawford, June Lockhart, Nils Asther Son of Lassie is a 1945 Technicolor feature film produced by MGM based on characters created by Eric Knight, and starring Peter Lawford, Donald Crisp, June Lockhart and Pal. A sequel to Lassie ...more

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Flame of Barbary Coast John Wayne, Butterfly McQueen, William Frawley Flame of Barbary Coast is a 1945 American Western starring John Wayne, Ann Dvorak, Joseph Schildkraut, William Frawley, and Virginia Grey. The movie was scripted by Borden Chase and directed by ...more

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Guest Wife Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, Dick Foran Guest Wife is a 1945 American comedy film directed by Sam Wood, written by Bruce Manning and John Klorer, and starring Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche and Dick Foran. It is also known as What ...more

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The House on 92nd Street E. G. Marshall, Gene Lockhart, Leo G. Carroll The House on 92nd Street is a 1945 black-and-white American spy film directed by Henry Hathaway. The film, shot mainly in New York City, was released shortly after the end of World War II. The ...more

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The Seventh Veil Herbert Lom The Seventh Veil is a 1945 British melodrama film made by Ortus Films and released through General Film Distributors in the UK and Universal Pictures in the United States.

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The True Glory Peter Ustinov The True Glory is a co-production of the US Office of War Information and the British Ministry of Information, documenting the victory on the Western Front, from Normandy to the collapse of the ...more

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The Man from Oklahoma Roy Rogers The Man from Oklahoma is a 1945 American film starring Roy Rogers.

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Confidential Agent Lauren Bacall, Peter Lorre, Charles Boyer Confidential Agent is a 1945 spy film starring Charles Boyer and Lauren Bacall, and made by Warner Bros. The movie was directed by Herman Shumlin and produced by Robert Buckner with Jack L. ...more

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Counter-Attack Paul Muni, Marguerite Chapman, George Macready Counter-Attack is a 1945 war film starring Paul Muni and Marguerite Chapman as two Russians trapped in a collapsed building with seven enemy German soldiers during World War II. It was adapted ...more