Film 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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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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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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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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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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Eleanor Parker, Paul Henreid, Janis Paige Of Human Bondage is a 1946 American drama film directed by Edmund Goulding. The second screen adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's 1915 novel, the Warner Bros. release was written by Catherine ...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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, Forrest Tucker The Yearling is a Technicolor family film drama directed by Clarence Brown, produced by Sidney Franklin, and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The screenplay by Paul Osborn and John Lee Mahin was ...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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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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Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid Deception is a 1946 film noir released by Warner Brothers, and directed by Irving Rapper. The film is based on the play Monsieur Lamberthier by Louis Verneuil. The screenplay was written by John ...more

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Judy Garland, Angela Lansbury, Cyd Charisse The Harvey Girls is a 1946 MGM musical film based on the 1942 novel of the same name by Samuel Hopkins Adams, about Fred Harvey's famous Harvey House waitresses. Directed by George Sidney, the ...more

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Kirk Douglas, Barbara Stanwyck, Judith Anderson The Strange Love of Martha Ivers is a black-and-white film noir released in the United States in 1946, starring Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott and featuring Kirk Douglas in his ...more

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Ida Lupino, Martha Vickers, Alan Hale The Man I Love is a 1947 American film noir melodrama directed by Raoul Walsh, based on the novel Night Shift by Maritta M. Wolff, and starring Ida Lupino, Robert Alda and Bruce Bennett. The ...more

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Peter Lorre, Robert Cummings, Bess Flowers The Chase is a 1946 American black and white film noir directed by Arthur Ripley. The screenplay written by Philip Yordan is based on the Cornell Woolrich novel The Black Path of Fear.

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Natalie Wood, Orson Welles, Claudette Colbert Tomorrow Is Forever is a 1946 black-and-white romance film distributed by RKO Radio Pictures, directed by Irving Pichel, starring Claudette Colbert, Orson Welles and George Brent. The music ...more

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Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd, William Bendix The Blue Dahlia is a 1946 film noir, directed by George Marshall and written by Raymond Chandler. The film marks the third pairing of stars Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake.

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Robert Mitchum, Dorothy McGuire, Guy Madison Till the End of Time is a 1946 drama film directed by Edward Dmytryk and starring Dorothy McGuire, Guy Madison, Robert Mitchum, and Bill Williams. Released the same year as but preceding the ...more

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Gene Tierney, Vincent Price, Jessica Tandy Dragonwyck is a 1946 American period drama film made by Twentieth Century-Fox. It was directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and Ernst Lubitsch from a screenplay by ...more

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Bob Hope, Jim Thorpe, Bing Crosby Road to Utopia is a 1946 American comedy film directed by Hal Walker and starring Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Dorothy Lamour. Filmed in 1943 but not released until 1946, Road to Utopia is the ...more

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Ava Gardner, Burt Lancaster, Edmond O'Brien The Killers is a 1946 American film noir directed by Robert Siodmak and based in part on the short story of the same name by Ernest Hemingway. It stars Burt Lancaster in his film debut, Ava ...more

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Albert Dekker, Barry Sullivan, Belita Suspense is a 1946 film noir directed by Frank Tuttle. The ice-skating-themed movie starred Barry Sullivan and former Olympic skater Belita, who would team up again with Sullivan in 1947 for the ...more

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Joel McCrea, Brian Donlevy, Minor Watson The Virginian is a 1946 American Western film directed by Stuart Gilmore and starring Joel McCrea, Brian Donlevy, Sonny Tufts, and Barbara Britton. Based on the Owen Wister novel of the same ...more

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Walter Brennan, Geraldine Fitzgerald, John Garfield Nobody Lives Forever is a 1946 black-and-white crime film noir directed by Jean Negulesco and based on the novel I Wasn't Born Yesterday by W.R. Burnett. It starred John Garfield and Geraldine ...more

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Deborah Kerr, Trevor Howard, Raymond Huntley I See a Dark Stranger – released as The Adventuress in the United States – is a British 1946 World War II spy film with touches of light comedy, by the team of Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat, ...more

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Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Angela Lansbury Till The Clouds Roll By is a 1946 American musical film made by MGM. The film is a fictionalized biography of composer Jerome Kern who was originally involved with the production of the film, ...more

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Cary Grant, Jane Wyman, Eve Arden Night and Day is a 1946 Technicolor Warner Bros. biographical musical film starring Cary Grant as American composer and songwriter Cole Porter. The movie was directed by Michael Curtiz and ...more

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John Lee Hooker, Hattie McDaniel, Bobby Driscoll Song of the South is a 1946 American live-action/animated musical film produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures, based on the Uncle Remus stories collected by Joel Chandler ...more

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Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Morgan, Carl Switzer Courage of Lassie is a 1946 Technicolor MGM feature film starring Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Morgan, and dog actor Pal in a story about a collie named Bill and his young companion, Kathie Merrick. ...more

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Lucille Ball, Lloyd Nolan, John Hodiak Two Smart People is a 1946 American film directed by Jules Dassin, and starring Lucille Ball and John Hodiak, Lloyd Nolan and Hugo Haas.

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Temptation Merle Oberon, George Brent Temptation is a 1946 American drama film noir directed by Irving Pichel. The drama features Merle Oberon and George Brent. The film was based on Robert Smythe Hichens's novel Bella Donna. The ...more

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Olivia de Havilland, Ida Lupino, Arthur Kennedy Devotion is a 1946 American biographical film directed by Curtis Bernhardt and starring Ida Lupino, Paul Henreid, Olivia de Havilland, and Sydney Greenstreet. Based on a story by Theodore ...more

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Takashi Shimura, Setsuko Hara, Susumu Fujita No Regrets for Our Youth is a 1946 film written and directed by Akira Kurosawa. It is based on the Takigawa incident of 1933. The film stars Setsuko Hara, Susumu Fujita, Takashi Shimura and ...more

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The Fighting Guardsman Edgar Buchanan, Anita Louise, George Macready The Fighting Guardsman is a 1946 film directed by Henry Levin.

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Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, George "Gabby" Hayes Song of Arizona is a 1946 American Western film directed by Frank McDonald and starring Roy Rogers.

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Michael Wilding, Hazel Court, Stanley Holloway Carnival is a 1946 film based on the novel of the same name by Compton Mackenzie.

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Jane Russell, Norman Lloyd, Penny Singleton Young Widow is a 1946 drama film directed by Edwin L. Marin, starring Jane Russell and Louis Hayward. It focuses on Joan Kenwood, a young journalist who can't get over her husband's death in ...more

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Los que volvieron Sara García, Malú Gatica Los que volvieron is a 1946 Mexican film. It stars Sara García, and includes Malú Gatica.

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Bette Davis, Glenn Ford, Walter Brennan A Stolen Life is a 1946 drama film starring Bette Davis, who also produced, and directed by Curtis Bernhardt. The supporting cast includes Glenn Ford, Dane Clark, Walter Brennan, Charles ...more

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Rex Harrison, Irene Dunne, Lee J. Cobb Anna and the King of Siam is a 1946 drama film directed by John Cromwell. An adaptation of the 1944 novel of the same name by Margaret Landon, it was based on the fictionalized diaries of Anna ...more

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Basil Rathbone, Billy Bevan, Nigel Bruce Terror by Night is a 1946 Sherlock Holmes film, the thirteenth to star Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce and was directed by Roy William Neill. The story revolves around the theft of a famous ...more

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Robert Mitchum, Gene Raymond, Laraine Day The Locket is a 1946 suspense film directed by John Brahm, starring Laraine Day, Brian Aherne, Robert Mitchum, and Gene Raymond, and released by RKO Pictures. The film is based on a screenplay ...more

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Gary Cooper, Marc Lawrence, Lilli Palmer Cloak and Dagger is a 1946 film directed by Fritz Lang, starring Gary Cooper. Like 13 Rue Madeleine, it is a tribute to Office of Strategic Services operations in occupied Europe during World ...more

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Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard Swing Parade of 1946 is a musical comedy film, released by Monogram Pictures. The film features Gale Storm, Phil Regan, and the Three Stooges, and musical numbers by Connee Boswell and the Louis ...more

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Trevor Howard, Alastair Sim, Leo Genn Green for Danger is a 1946 British thriller film, based on the popular 1944 detective novel of the same name by Christianna Brand. The film was directed by Sidney Gilliat and stars Alastair Sim, ...more