The Best Movies of 1948  

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List of the best movies of 1948, with movie trailers when available. Rock Hudson made his big screen debut in 1948 with the film Fighter Squadron. These top movies of 1948 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 1948. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1948 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1948 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

List includes Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Red River, more.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1948?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1948?"

1948 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1948. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1948 aren't just one persons opinion.
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Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Lamberto Maggiorani
Bicycle Thieves, is a 1948 film directed by Vittorio De Sica. The film follows the story of a poor father searching post-World War II Rome for his stolen bicycle, without which he will lose the ...more
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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a 1927 adventure novel by the mysterious German-English bilingual author B. Traven, in which two destitute Americans of the 1920s join with an old-timer, in ...more
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John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters
Red River is a 1948 Western film directed and produced by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift, giving a fictional account of the first cattle drive from Texas to Kansas ...more
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Anton Walbrook, Robert Helpmann, Esmond Knight
The Red Shoes is a British feature film about a ballet dancer, written, directed and produced by the team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, known collectively as The Archers. The movie ...more
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Vincent Price, Bela Lugosi, Lou Costello
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein, or Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein —although the film is usually referred to as simply Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein—is a 1948 ...more
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Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson
Key Largo is a 1948 film noir directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson and Lauren Bacall and featuring Lionel Barrymore and Claire Trevor. The movie was adapted ...more
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Farley Granger, Howard Da Silva, Ian Wolfe
They Live by Night is a 1948 American film noir, based on Edward Anderson's Depression era novel Thieves Like Us. The film was directed by Nicholas Ray and starred Farley Granger as ...more
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Raymond Burr, Dick Powell, Jane Wyatt
Pitfall is a 1948 black-and-white film noir drama directed by André De Toth. The film was based on a novel of the same name by Jay Dratler, and was titled Tragedia a Santa Monica for its ...more
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Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Don Taylor
The Naked City is a black-and-white film noir directed by Jules Dassin. Based on a story by Malvin Wald, the film depicts the police investigation that follows the murder of a young model. A ...more
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Jane Wyman, Agnes Moorehead, Lew Ayres
Johnny Belinda is a 1948 American drama film based on the 1940 Broadway stage hit of the same name, by Elmer Blaney Harris. The play was adapted for the screen by writers Allen Vincent and Irma ...more
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Errol Flynn, Raymond Burr, Ann Rutherford
Adventures of Don Juan, known in the United Kingdom as The New Adventures of Don Juan, is a 1948 American adventure Technicolor romance film made by Warner Bros. It was directed by Vincent ...more
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Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Gladys Cooper
The Pirate is a 1948 American Technicolor musical feature film from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. With songs by Cole Porter, it stars Judy Garland and Gene Kelly with co-stars Walter Slezak, Gladys ...more
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James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock, Cedric Hardwicke
Rope is a 1948 American psychological thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, based on the 1929 play of the same name by Patrick Hamilton and adapted by Hume Cronyn and Arthur Laurents. The ...more
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Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Ward Bond
Fort Apache is a 1948 American Western film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Henry Fonda. The film was the first of the director's "cavalry trilogy" and was followed ...more
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Janet Leigh, Ricardo Montalbán, Robert Ryan
Act of Violence is a 1948 American film noir directed by Fred Zinnemann and adapted for the screen by Robert L. Richards from a story by Collier Young, featuring performances by Van Heflin, ...more
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Orson Welles, Roddy McDowall, Alan Napier
Macbeth is a 1948 American film adaptation by Orson Welles of William Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth.
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Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Janet Leigh
Words and Music is a 1948 film loosely based on the creative partnership of the composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz Hart. The film stars Mickey Rooney as Hart and Tom Drake as Rodgers, ...more
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Tyrone Power, Anne Baxter, Lee J. Cobb
The Luck of the Irish is a 1948 film with Tyrone Power, Anne Baxter, Lee J. Cobb, Cecil Kellaway, and Jayne Meadows.
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Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire
Easter Parade is a 1948 American musical film starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire, featuring music by Irving Berlin, including some of Astaire and Garland's best-known songs, such as ...more
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Fredric March, Edmond O'Brien, Dan Duryea
Another Part of the Forest is a 1948 American drama film starring Fredric March and directed by Michael Gordon. The screenplay by Vladimir Pozner is based on the 1946 play of the same name by ...more
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Richard Widmark, Celeste Holm, Ida Lupino
Road House is a 1948 film noir drama directed by Jean Negulesco, with cinematography by Joseph LaShelle. The picture features Ida Lupino, Cornel Wilde, Celeste Holm, Richard Widmark, among ...more
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Katharine Hepburn, Angela Lansbury, Spencer Tracy
Members of Congress may not come to the floor armed with pistols as they did in the days leading up to the Civil War, but their words are as toxic as any time since then. And we are - in many ...more
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Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews
The Iron Curtain is a 1948 black-and-white thriller film starring Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney, directed by William Wellman. The film was based on the memoirs of Igor Gouzenko. Principal ...more
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Roy Rogers, Andy Devine, Bob Nolan
Under California Stars is a 1948 American film directed by William Witney and starring Roy Rogers, Jane Frazee and Andy Devine. The film was shot in Trucolor. After returning from Hollywood ...more
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Johnny Weissmuller, George Zucco, Brenda Joyce
Tarzan and the Mermaids is a 1948 adventure film based on the Tarzan character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Directed by Robert Florey, it was the last of twelve Tarzan movies to star Johnny ...more