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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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  • It's a Wonderful Life1
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    It's a Wonderful Life

    James Stewart, Donna Reed

    Released1946

    Directed byFrank Capra

    It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy comedy-drama film produced and... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Best Years of Our Lives2
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    The Best Years of Our Lives

    Myrna Loy, Teresa Wright

    Released1946

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    The Best Years of Our Lives is a 1946 American drama film directed by William Wyler and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Badman's Territory3
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    Badman's Territory

    Ben Johnson, Randolph Scott

    Released1946

    Directed byTim Whelan

    Badman's Territory is a film directed by Tim Whelan released on Apr 1, 1946.
  • Road to Utopia4
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    Road to Utopia

    Bob Hope, Jim Thorpe

    Released1945

    Directed byHal Walker

    Road to Utopia is a 1946 American comedy film directed by Hal Walker and starring Bing Crosby,... more on Wikipedia
  • Notorious5
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    Notorious

    Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant

    Released1946

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    Notorious is a 1946 American spy thriller film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock,... more on Wikipedia
  • The Fighting Guardsman6
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    The Fighting Guardsman

    Edgar Buchanan, Anita Louise

    Released1946

    Directed byHenry Levin

    The Fighting Guardsman is a 1946 film directed by Henry Levin.
  • Song of Arizona7
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    Song of Arizona

    Roy Rogers, Dale Evans

    Released1946

    Directed byFrank McDonald

    Song of Arizona is a 1946 American Western film directed by Frank McDonald and starring Roy... more on Wikipedia
  • Hollywood Daffy8
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    Released1946

    Directed byFriz Freleng

    Hollywood Daffy is a 1946 Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon, directed by an uncredited Friz... more on Wikipedia
  • Beauty and the Beast9
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    Beauty and the Beast

    Jean Cocteau, Jean Marais

    Released1946

    Directed byRené Clément, Jean Cocteau

    Beauty and the Beast is a 1946 French romantic fantasy film adaptation of the traditional... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Big Sleep10
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    The Big Sleep

    Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart

    Released1946

    Directed byHoward Hawks

    The Big Sleep is a 1946 film noir directed by Howard Hawks, the first film version of Raymond... more on Wikipedia

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  • My Darling Clementine11
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    My Darling Clementine

    Henry Fonda, Walter Brennan

    Released1946

    Directed byJohn Ford

    My Darling Clementine, a 1946 film, regarded as one of the best Western movies made by... more on Wikipedia

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  • Canyon Passage12
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    Canyon Passage

    Susan Hayward, Dana Andrews

    Released1946

    Directed byJacques Tourneur

    Canyon Passage is a 1946 Western film directed by Jacques Tourneur and set in frontier Oregon.... more on Wikipedia
  • Hare Remover13
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    Hare Remover

    Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

    Released1946

    Directed byRobert McKimson, Frank Tashlin

    Hare Remover is a 1945 Merrie Melodies cartoon starring Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd, released in... more on Wikipedia
  • Swing Parade of 194614
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    Swing Parade of 1946

    Larry Fine, Moe Howard

    Released1946

    Directed byPhil Karlson

    Swing Parade of 1946 is a musical comedy film, released by Monogram Pictures. The film... more on Wikipedia
  • Rainbow Over Texas15
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    Rainbow Over Texas

    Roy Rogers, Dale Evans

    Released1946

    Directed byFrank McDonald

    Rainbow Over Texas is a film from 1946 in which Roy Rogers plays himself as a famous... more on Wikipedia
  • Humoresque16
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    Humoresque

    Joan Crawford, John Garfield

    Released1946

    Directed byJean Negulesco

    Humoresque is a 1946 Warner Bros. feature film starring Joan Crawford and John Garfield in an... more on Wikipedia
  • Monkey Businessmen17
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    Monkey Businessmen

    Larry Fine, Moe Howard

    Released1946

    Directed byEdward Bernds

    Monkey Businessmen is the 92nd short subject starring American slapstick comedy team The Three... more on Wikipedia
  • Little Giant18
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    Little Giant

    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott

    Released1946

    Directed byWilliam A. Seiter

    Little Giant is a 1946 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello released by... more on Wikipedia
  • The Dark Corner19
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    The Dark Corner

    Lucille Ball, Clifton Webb

    Released1946

    Directed byHenry Hathaway

    The Dark Corner is a 1946 black-and-white film noir directed by Henry Hathaway that starred... more on Wikipedia
  • Daffy Doodles20
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    Daffy Doodles

    Mel Blanc

    Released1946

    Directed byRobert McKimson

    Daffy Doodles is a Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon featuring Daffy Duck and Porky Pig.... more on Wikipedia
  • Uncivil War Birds21
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    Uncivil War Birds

    Larry Fine, Moe Howard

    Released1946

    Directed byJules White

    Uncivil War Birds is the 90th short subject starring American slapstick comedy team The Three... more on Wikipedia
  • The Time of Their Lives22
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    The Time of Their Lives

    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott

    Released1946

    Directed byCharles Barton

    The Time of Their Lives is a 1946 American film starring the comedy team of Abbott and... more on Wikipedia
  • Out California Way23
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    Out California Way

    Roy Rogers, Dale Evans

    Released1946

    Directed byJohn Farrow, Lesley Selander

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  • Angel on My Shoulder24
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    Angel on My Shoulder

    Anne Baxter, Claude Rains

    Released1946

    Directed byArchie Mayo

    Angel on My Shoulder is a 1946 American fantasy film about a deal between the Devil and a dead... more on Wikipedia
  • Nobody Lives Forever25
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    Nobody Lives Forever

    Walter Brennan, Geraldine Fitzgerald

    Released1946

    Directed byJean Negulesco

    Nobody Lives Forever is a 1946 black-and-white crime film noir directed by Jean Negulesco and... more on Wikipedia