Film The Best Movies of 1945  

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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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Great Day Flora Robson, John Laurie, Kathleen Harrison Great Day is a British drama film directed by Lance Comfort and starring Eric Portman and Flora Robson. In the film, the small English village of Denley is thrown into excitement by the ...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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A Walk in the Sun Lloyd Bridges, Dana Andrews, John Ireland A Walk in the Sun is a World War II war film released in 1945, based on the novel by Harry Brown, who was a writer for Yank, the Army Weekly based in England. The book was serialized in Liberty ...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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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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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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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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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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Thrill of a Romance Esther Williams, Van Johnson, Spring Byington Thrill of a Romance was an American romance film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1945, starring Van Johnson, Esther Williams and Carleton G. Young, with musical performances by opera singer ...more

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Northwest Trail John Hamilton, George Meeker, Bob Steele Northwest Trail is a 1945 American contemporary Northwestern film directed by Derwin Abrahams shot in Cinecolor at Lake Hemet, California. It stars Bob Steele, Joan Woodbury and Madge Bellamy ...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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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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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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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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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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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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Zombies on Broadway Bela Lugosi, Anne Jeffreys, Sheldon Leonard Zombies on Broadway is an 1945 American horror comedy film directed by Gordon M. Douglas. It stars Alan Carney and Wally Brown as a pair of men who are tasked with finding a real zombie for a ...more

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Roughly Speaking Rosalind Russell, Jack Carson, Alan Hale Roughly Speaking is a 1945 drama/comedy starring Rosalind Russell and Jack Carson. The plot involves a strong-minded mother keeping her family afloat through World War I and the Great ...more

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Danger Signal Rosemary DeCamp, Faye Emerson, Bruce Bennett Danger Signal is a 1945 film noir starring Faye Emerson and Zachary Scott. It was adapted from the novel of the same name by Phyllis Bottome.

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San Antonio Errol Flynn, Monte Blue, Alexis Smith San Antonio is a 1945 Western Technicolor film starring Errol Flynn and Alexis Smith. The movie was written by W. R. Burnett and Alan Le May, and directed by David Butler as well as uncredited ...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 Wicked Lady Michael Rennie, Margaret Lockwood, Felix Aylmer The Wicked Lady is a 1945 film starring Margaret Lockwood in the title role as a nobleman's wife who secretly becomes a highwayman for the excitement. The film has one of the top audiences ever ...more

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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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The Great Flamarion Erich von Stroheim, Dan Duryea, Mary Beth Hughes The Great Flamarion is a 1945 American black-and-white film noir directed by Anthony Mann. The film, like many films noir, is shot in flashback narrative. The film was produced by Republic

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Pursuit to Algiers Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, John Abbott Pursuit to Algiers is the twelfth entry in the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce Sherlock Holmes film series. The film takes some characters and events from The Adventure of the Red Circle. Elements in ...more

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Don't Fence Me In Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, George "Gabby" Hayes Don't Fence Me In is a film directed by John W English released on Oct 20, 1945.

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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 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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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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The Bullfighters Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Dick Lane The Bullfighters is the penultimate feature film starring Laurel and Hardy, and the final film the duo released in the United States.

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Rockin' in the Rockies Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard Rockin' in the Rockies is a musical western full-length movie starring the Three Stooges. The picture was one of the Stooges' few feature films made during the run of their more well-known ...more

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The Naughty Nineties Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Alan Curtis The Naughty Nineties is a 1945 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. It is notable for containing perhaps the best recorded rendition of the team's classic "Who's on ...more

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Strange Confession Lon Chaney, Jr., J. Carrol Naish Strange Confession is an Inner Sanctum mystery film, released by Universal Pictures and starring Lon Chaney, Jr., J. Carrol Naish and Brenda Joyce. The movie was directed by John Hoffman and was ...more

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The Dolly Sisters Betty Grable, June Haver, Sig Ruman The Dolly Sisters is a 1945 American Technicolor biographical film about the Dolly Sisters, identical twins who became famous as entertainers on Broadway and in Europe in the early years of the ...more

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Bells of Rosarita Roy Rogers Bells of Rosarita is a 1945 American musical western film starring Roy Rogers and directed by Frank McDonald.

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My Name Is Julia Ross Nina Foch, May Whitty, George Macready My Name Is Julia Ross is a 1945 film noir, having also some elements of Gothic fiction, directed by Joseph H. Lewis and based on the novel The Woman in Red by Anthony Gilbert. This drama is the ...more

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Yolanda and the Thief Fred Astaire, Frank Morgan, Mildred Natwick Yolanda and the Thief is a 1945 MGM musical-comedy film set in a fictional Latin American country, and stars Fred Astaire, Lucille Bremer, Frank Morgan, and Mildred Natwick, with music by Harry ...more

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Voice of the Whistler is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of 1945
Voice of the Whistler Richard Dix, Tom Kennedy, Rhys Williams Voice of the Whistler is a 1945 American mystery film noir based on the radio drama The Whistler. Directed by William Castle, the production features Richard Dix, Lynn Merrick, and Rhys ...more

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A Song to Remember Merle Oberon, Paul Muni, Nina Foch A Song to Remember is a 1945 Columbia Pictures biographical film which tells a fictionalised life story of Polish pianist and composer Frédéric Chopin. Directed by Charles Vidor, ...more

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Main Street After Dark Hume Cronyn, Dan Duryea, Edward Arnold Main Street After Dark is a 1945 film directed by Edward Cahn.

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I Love a Mystery Nina Foch, George Macready, Jim Bannon I Love a Mystery is a 1945 drama film directed by Henry Levin and starring Jim Bannon, Nina Foch, George Macready, and Barton Yarborough. Based on Carlton E. Morse's popular radio serial of the ...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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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