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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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  • 1
    Red River is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1948
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    Red River

    John Wayne, Montgomery Clift

    Released1948

    Directed byHoward Hawks, Arthur Rosson

    Red River is a 1948 Western film directed and produced by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne... more on Wikipedia
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    3 Godfathers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1948
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    3 Godfathers

    John Wayne, Ward Bond

    Released1948

    Directed byJohn Ford

    3 Godfathers is a 1948 American Western film directed by John Ford and filmed primarily in... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Fort Apache is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1948
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    Fort Apache

    Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple

    Released1948

    Directed byJohn Ford

    Fort Apache is a 1948 American Western film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Whispering Smith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1948
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    Whispering Smith

    Alan Ladd, Robert Preston

    Released1948

    Directed byLeslie Fenton

    Whispering Smith is a Western film starring Alan Ladd as a railroad detective assigned to stop... more on Wikipedia
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    Abbott and Costello Meet Frank is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1948
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    Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

    Vincent Price, Bela Lugosi

    Released1948

    Directed byCharles Barton

    Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein, or Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein... more on Wikipedia

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    Adventures of Don Juan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1948
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    Adventures of Don Juan

    Errol Flynn, Raymond Burr

    Released1948

    Directed byVincent Sherman

    Adventures of Don Juan, known in the United Kingdom as The New Adventures of Don Juan, is a... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Three Musketeers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1948
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    The Three Musketeers

    Angela Lansbury, Vincent Price

    Released1948

    Directed byGeorge Sidney

    The Three Musketeers is a Technicolor adventure film adaptation of the classic novel The Three... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Under California Stars is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1948
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    Under California Stars

    Roy Rogers, Andy Devine

    Released1948

    Directed byWilliam Witney

    Under California Stars is a 1948 American film directed by William Witney and starring Roy... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Melody Time is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1948
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    Melody Time

    Mel Blanc, Roy Rogers

    Released1948

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney

    Melody Time, a 1948 film, is the 10th theatrically released animated feature produced by Walt... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Tarzan and the Mermaids is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1948
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    Tarzan and the Mermaids

    Johnny Weissmuller, George Zucco

    Released1948

    Directed byRobert Florey

    Tarzan and the Mermaids is a 1948 adventure film based on the Tarzan character created by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 11
    Miranda is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1948
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    Miranda

    Margaret Rutherford, Glynis Johns

    Released1948

    Directed byKen Annakin

    Miranda is a 1948 British comedy film, directed by Ken Annakin and written by Peter Blackmore,... more on Wikipedia
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    The Black Arrow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1948
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    The Black Arrow

    Edgar Buchanan, Louis Hayward

    Released1948

    Directed byGordon Douglas

    The Black Arrow is a 1948 swashbuckler film.amazon buy button
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    Wake of the Red Witch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1948
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    Wake of the Red Witch

    John Wayne, Gig Young

    Released1948

    Directed byEdward Ludwig

    Wake of the Red Witch is a 1948 drama film from Republic Pictures starring John Wayne and Gail... more on Wikipedia

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    Bonnie Prince Charlie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1948
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    Bonnie Prince Charlie

    David Niven, Jack Hawkins

    Released1948

    Directed byAlexander Korda, Anthony Kimmins, Robert Stevenson, Leslie Arliss

    Bonnie Prince Charlie is a 1948 British historical film depicting the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 15
    Escape is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1948
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    Escape

    Rex Harrison, William Hartnell

    Released1948

    Directed byJoseph L. Mankiewicz

    Escape is a 1948 British-American thriller film directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. It follows a... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    The Hot Scots is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1948
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    The Hot Scots

    Larry Fine, Moe Howard

    Released1948

    Directed byEdward Bernds

    The Hot Scots is the 108th short subject starring American slapstick comedy team The Three... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Key Largo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1948
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    Key Largo

    Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart

    Released1948

    Directed byJohn Huston

    Key Largo is a 1948 film noir directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, Edward G.... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Portrait of Jennie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1948
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    Portrait of Jennie

    Nancy Reagan, Anne Francis

    Released1948

    Directed byWilliam Dieterle

    Portrait of Jennie is a 1948 fantasy film based on the novella by Robert Nathan. The film was... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Treasure of the Sierra Mad is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1948
    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a 1927 adventure novel by the mysterious German-English... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    The Far Frontier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1948
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    The Far Frontier

    Roy Rogers, Andy Devine

    Released1948

    Directed byWilliam Witney

    The Far Frontier is a 1948 American film western starring Roy Rogers.
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    The Noose Hangs High is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1948
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    The Noose Hangs High

    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott

    Released1948

    Directed byCharles Barton

    The Noose Hangs High is a 1948 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. The film... more on Wikipedia
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    Jungle Jim is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1948
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    Jungle Jim

    George Reeves, Johnny Weissmuller

    Released1948

    Directed byWilliam Berke

    Jungle Jim is a black and white 1948 Adventure film directed by William Berke and written by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Grand Canyon Trail is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1948
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    Grand Canyon Trail

    Roy Rogers, Andy Devine

    Released1948

    Directed byWilliam Witney

    Grand Canyon Trail is a 1948 American film starring Roy Rogers.

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    Saigon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1948
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    Saigon

    Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd

    Released1948

    Directed byLeslie Fenton

    Saigon is a 1948 film starring Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake in their fourth and final film... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Joan of Arc is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1948
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    Joan of Arc

    Ingrid Bergman, José Ferrer

    Released1948

    Directed byVictor Fleming

    Joan of Arc is a 1948 American epic historical drama film directed by Victor Fleming, and... more on Wikipedia
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