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The Best Movies of 1949  

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List of the best movies of 1949, with movie trailers when available. Bob Hope was the highest paid actor in 1949, earning more money than actors like John Wayne and Bing Crosby. These top movies of 1949 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 1949. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1949 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1949 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

List features movies like The Third Man, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and more!

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1949?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1949?"

1949 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1949. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1949 aren't just one persons opinion.
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Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Joseph Cotten
The Third Man is a 1949 British film noir, directed by Carol Reed and starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, and Trevor Howard. It is considered one of the greatest films of all ...more
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Jason Hoskinson added Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, John Derek
All the King's Men is a 1949 drama film with noir-themed overtones set in a political setting directed by Robert Rossen and based on the Robert Penn Warren novel of the same name. The production ...more
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George Sanders, Jeanne Crain, Madeleine Carroll
The Fan is a 1949 American drama film directed by Otto Preminger. The screenplay by Dorothy Parker, Walter Reisch, and Ross Evans is based on the 1892 play Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde. ...more
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Ilse Werner, Ernst Waldbrunn, Paul Hubschmid
Mysterious Shadows is a 1949 Austrian drama film directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst.
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Calamity Jane and Sam Bass is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1949
Calamity Jane and Sam Bass Yvonne De Carlo, Lloyd Bridges, Milburn Stone
Calamity Jane and Sam Bass is a 1949 American Western film starring Yvonne de Carlo and Sam Bass directed by George Sherman.
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Gloria Jean
Manhattan Angel is a film directed by Arthur Dreifuss released on Mar 17, 1949.
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Louis Hayward, Binnie Barnes, Alan Curtis
The Pirates of Capri is a 1949 adventure film written by Sidney Alexander and directed by Edgar G. Ulmer.
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Bad Men of Tombstone Broderick Crawford, Barry Sullivan, Marjorie Reynolds
Bad Men of Tombstone is a film directed by Kurt Neumann released on January 22, 1949.
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Blondie Hits the Jackpot Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake
Blondie Hits the Jackpot is a film directed by Edward Bernds released on September 8, 1949.
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Snowtime Jubilee
Snowtime Jubilee is a 1949 short musical film directed by Charles Lamont and Sammy Lee.
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Song of the Prairie (Arie prer... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1949
Song of the Prairie (Arie prerie)
Song of the Prairie (Arie prerie) is a 1949 film directed by Jiří Trnka.
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The Gal Who Took the West is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1949
The Gal Who Took the West Yvonne De Carlo, Charles Coburn, Myrna Dell
The Gal Who Took the West is a 1949 film directed by Frederick de Cordova. It stars Yvonne De Carlo and Charles Coburn. It was nominated for an award by the Writers Guild of America 1950.
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Petula Clark, Jack Warner, Brian Oulton
The Huggetts Abroad is a 1949 British film starring Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison, Petula Clark and Susan Shaw. It was the final film of The Huggetts. The film was less commercially successful ...more
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The Last Illusion Fritz Kortner
The Last Illusion is a 1949 German drama film directed by Josef von Báky. It was entered into the 1949 Cannes Film Festival.
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Movita Castaneda, Tim Holt, Kenneth MacDonald
The Mysterious Desperado is a film directed by Lesley Selander released on September 10, 1949.
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Dimos Dicoudis added One Sunday Afternoon Janis Paige, Dennis Morgan
One Sunday Afternoon is a 1948 film directed by Raoul Walsh.
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Encounter with Werther
Encounter with Werther is a film directed by Karl-Heinz Stroux released on Aug 5, 1949.
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Bomba on Panther Island Johnny Sheffield
Bomba on Panther Island is a 1949 film directed by Ford Beebe.
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Verführte Hände
Verführte Hände is a 1949 film directed by Fritz Kirchhoff.
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Dynamite Douglass Dumbrille, Irving Bacon, Frank Ferguson
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Fellow Soldier Jang Jin, Yang Hun, Taek-yi Jeon
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El diablo no es tan diablo Sara García
El diablo no es tan diablo is a 1949 Mexican film. It stars Sara García.
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Coleccion Pedro Infante: La Oveja Negra Pedro Infante, Fernando Soler, Amanda del Llano
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Tony Curtis, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea
Johnny Stool Pigeon is a 1949 black-and-white film noir directed by William Castle, and starring, Howard Duff, Shelley Winters and Dan Duryea. Tony Curtis, who made his movie debut that same ...more
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The Kid from Cleveland Russ Tamblyn, George Brent, Lynn Bari
The Kid from Cleveland is a 1949 sports drama film starring George Brent, Lynn Bari and Russ Tamblyn. Directed by Herbert Kline, the film was released by Republic Pictures.