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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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The Third Man Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Joseph Cotten

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White Heat James Cagney, Edmond O'Brien, Virginia Mayo

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The Heiress Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson

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She Wore a Yellow Ribbon John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey

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Gun Crazy Russ Tamblyn, Peggy Cummins, Trevor Bardette

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Little Women Elizabeth Taylor, Janet Leigh, June Allyson

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A Letter to Three Wives Kirk Douglas, Jeanne Crain, Thelma Ritter

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That Forsyte Woman Janet Leigh, Errol Flynn, Greer Garson

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House of Strangers Susan Hayward, Edward G. Robinson, Debra Paget

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Holiday Affair Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Harry Morgan

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On the Town Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Ann Miller

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Twelve O'Clock High Gregory Peck, Dean Jagger, Richard Anderson

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Adam's Rib Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Judy Holliday

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The Window Barbara Hale, Arthur Kennedy, Bobby Driscoll

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A Dangerous Profession George Raft, Ella Raines, Pat O'Brien

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The Accused Loretta Young, Sara Allgood, Robert Cummings

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Colorado Territory Dorothy Malone, Virginia Mayo, Joel McCrea

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Without Honor Agnes Moorehead, Laraine Day, Franchot Tone

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Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff Boris Karloff, Lou Costello, Bud Abbott

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The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone, J. Pat O'Malley

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Madame Bovary Jennifer Jones, Louis Jourdan, Harry Morgan

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Mighty Joe Young Ben Johnson, Terry Moore, Regis Toomey

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Black Magic Orson Welles, Raymond Burr, Silvana Mangano

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Kind Hearts and Coronets Alec Guinness, Dennis Price, Hugh Griffith

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The Set-Up Robert Ryan, Wallace Ford, Darryl Hickman

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East Side, West Side Ava Gardner, Barbara Stanwyck, Cyd Charisse

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Red Light Harry Morgan, George Raft, Virginia Mayo

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The Fighting Kentuckian John Wayne, Oliver Hardy, Vera Ralston

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Orpheus Jean Marais, François Périer, María Casares

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Knock on Any Door Humphrey Bogart, John Derek, George Macready

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Beyond the Forest Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten, Frances Charles

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Samson and Delilah Angela Lansbury, Hedy Lamarr, George Sanders

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Under Capricorn Ingrid Bergman, Alfred Hitchcock, Joseph Cotten

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Late Spring Setsuko Hara, Chishū Ryū, Sugimara Haruko

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The Stratton Story James Stewart, June Allyson, Agnes Moorehead

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My Foolish Heart Susan Hayward, Dana Andrews, Jessie Royce Landis

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Malaya James Stewart, Spencer Tracy, Sydney Greenstreet

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Whirlpool Gene Tierney, José Ferrer, Charles Bickford

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Tulsa Susan Hayward, Robert Preston, Chill Wills

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Pinky Jeanne Crain, Ethel Barrymore, Ethel Waters

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Sands of Iwo Jima John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Richard Jaeckel

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Thieves' Highway Lee J. Cobb, William Bendix, Valentina Cortese

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Sorrowful Jones Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, William Demarest

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Streets of Laredo William Holden, William Bendix, Macdonald Carey

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The Big Steal Robert Mitchum, Edward G. Robinson, DeForest Kelley

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The Fountainhead Gary Cooper, Raymond Massey, Patricia Neal

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Dimos Dicoudis added It's a Great Feeling Doris Day, Joan Crawford, Errol Flynn

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Home of the Brave Lloyd Bridges, Jeff Corey, Frank Lovejoy

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Caught Robert Ryan, Barbara Bel Geddes, Natalie Schafer

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Bride for Sale Claudette Colbert, Robert Young, George Brent