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The Best Movies of 1946 

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List of the best movies of 1946, with movie trailers when available. Many future stars were born in 1946, such as Sylvester Stallone and Tommy Lee Jones. These top movies of 1946 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 1946. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1946 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1946 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

List movies include It's a Wonderful Life, Duel in the Sun and more.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1946?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1946?"

1946 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1946. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1946 aren't just one persons opinion.
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James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore
It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy comedy-drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, based on the short story "The Greatest Gift", which Philip Van Doren ...more

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Myrna Loy, Teresa Wright, Fredric March
The Best Years of Our Lives is a 1946 American drama film directed by William Wyler and starring Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, and Harold Russell. The ...more

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Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock
Notorious is a 1946 American spy thriller film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains as three people whose lives become intimately ...more

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Joan Crawford, John Garfield, Craig Stevens
Humoresque is a 1946 Warner Bros. feature film starring Joan Crawford and John Garfield in an older woman/younger man tale about a violinist and his patroness. The screenplay by Clifford Odets ...more
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Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready
Gilda is a 1946 American black-and-white film noir directed by Charles Vidor and starring Rita Hayworth in her signature role as the ultimate femme fatale and Glenn Ford as a young thug. The ...more
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Jean Cocteau, Jean Marais, Josette Day
Beauty and the Beast is a 1946 French romantic fantasy film adaptation of the traditional fairy tale of the same name, written by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont and published in 1757 as part ...more

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Lana Turner, Hume Cronyn, John Garfield
The Postman Always Rings Twice is a 1946 drama-film noir based on the 1934 novel of the same name by James M. Cain. This adaptation of the novel features Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil ...more
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Gene Tierney, Tyrone Power, Anne Baxter
The Razor's Edge is the first film version of W. Somerset Maugham's 1944 novel. It was released in 1946 and stars Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, John Payne, Anne Baxter, Clifton Webb, Herbert ...more
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Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Dorothy Malone
The Big Sleep is a 1946 film noir directed by Howard Hawks, the first film version of Raymond Chandler's 1939 novel of the same name. The movie stars Humphrey Bogart as detective Philip Marlowe ...more
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Orson Welles, Gregory Peck, Jennifer Jones
Duel in the Sun is a Technicolor 1946 Western film directed by King Vidor, produced and written by David O. Selznick, which tells the story of a Mestiza girl who goes to live with her caucasian ...more

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Henry Fonda, Walter Brennan, Linda Darnell
My Darling Clementine, a 1946 film, regarded as one of the best Western movies made by Director John Ford, stars Henry Fonda as Wyatt Earp during the period leading up to Gunfight at the OK ...more

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Alec Guinness, Jean Simmons, John Mills
Great Expectations is a 1946 British film directed by David Lean, based on the novel by Charles Dickens and starring John Mills, Bernard Miles, Finlay Currie, Jean Simmons, Martita Hunt, Alec ...more

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Rhonda Fleming, Ethel Barrymore, Elsa Lanchester
The Spiral Staircase is a 1946 American psychological thriller film directed by Robert Siodmak, from a screenplay by Mel Dinelli based on Ethel Lina White's novel Some Must Watch. The novel was ...more
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A Tale of Two Cities
A Tale of Two Cities was a 1946 propaganda/documentary film about the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, produced by the Army-Navy Screen Magazine. The film chronologically, and for the ...more
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The Life Cycle Of The Onion
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Arranging The Tea Table
Explains the reasoning behind attractive and correct tea-table arranging. One of the satellite films that accompanied Let's Give a Tea. See also Arranging a Buffet Supper.
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A Lover's Return
François Périer, Louis Jouvet
A Lover's Return is a 1946 French drama film directed by Christian-Jaque. It was entered into the 1946 Cannes Film Festival.
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Fair Weather Fiends
Mel Blanc, Lionel Stander, Ben Hardaway
Fair Weather Fiends is the 20th animated cartoon short subject in the Woody Woodpecker series. Released theatrically on November 18, 1946, the film was produced by Walter Lantz Productions and ...more
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Mr. Hex
Huntz Hall, Leo Gorcey, Gabriel Dell
Mr. Hex is a 1946 film starring the comedy team of The Bowery Boys. It is the fifth film in the series.
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Ann Rutherford, Linda Stirling, Francis Lederer
The Madonna's Secret is a 1946 mystery film directed by Wilhelm Thiele.
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Mikhail Yanshin, Tamara Makarova, Vladimir Druzhnikov
The Stone Flower is a 1946 Soviet fantasy film directed by Aleksandr Ptushko. It is an adaptation of Pavel Bazhov's story of the same name, in turn based on Uralic Russian folklore. It was the ...more
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Hedy Lamarr, George Sanders, Louis Hayward
The Strange Woman is a 1946 American dramatic thriller film directed by Edgar G. Ulmer and starring Hedy Lamarr, George Sanders, and Louis Hayward. Originally released by United Artists, the ...more
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If I'm Lucky
Edgar Buchanan, Phil Silvers, Carmen Miranda
If I'm Lucky is a 1946 film directed by Lewis Seller.
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El ahijado de la muerte
El ahijado de la muerte is a 1946 Mexican film. It was the first film to be written by Luis Alcoriza.
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Berlin im Aufbau
Berlin im Aufbau is an East German documentary film directed by Kurt Maetzig between 1945 and 1946. It was a prominent 22 minute documentary, released in 1946 and produced by the Deutsche ...more