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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 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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White Heat James Cagney, Edmond O'Brien, Virginia Mayo White Heat is a 1949 film noir starring James Cagney, Virginia Mayo and Edmond O'Brien and featuring Margaret Wycherly and Steve Cochran. Directed by Raoul Walsh from the Ivan Goff and Ben ...more

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The Heiress Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson The Heiress is a 1949 American drama film directed by William Wyler and starring Olivia de Havilland as Catherine Sloper, Montgomery Clift as Morris Townsend, and Ralph Richardson as Dr. Sloper. ...more

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She Wore a Yellow Ribbon John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey She Wore a Yellow Ribbon is a 1949 Technicolor Western film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne. The academy award winning film was the second of Ford's Cavalry trilogy films. With a ...more

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Gun Crazy Russ Tamblyn, Peggy Cummins, Trevor Bardette Gun Crazy is a 1950 film noir feature film directed by Joseph H. Lewis, and produced by Frank King and Maurice King. The production features Peggy Cummins and John Dall in a story about the ...more

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Little Women Elizabeth Taylor, Janet Leigh, June Allyson Little Women is a 1949 American feature film. Based on Louisa May Alcott's novel of the same name, it was filmed in Technicolor and directed by Mervyn LeRoy. The screenplay was written by Sally ...more

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A Letter to Three Wives Kirk Douglas, Jeanne Crain, Thelma Ritter A Letter to Three Wives is a 1949 American romantic drama film which tells the story of a woman who mails a letter to three women, telling them she has left town with the husband of one of them. ...more

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That Forsyte Woman Janet Leigh, Errol Flynn, Greer Garson That Forsyte Woman is a 1949 romance film starring Greer Garson, Errol Flynn, Walter Pidgeon, Robert Young and Janet Leigh. It is an adaptation of The Man of Property, the first novel in The ...more

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House of Strangers Susan Hayward, Edward G. Robinson, Debra Paget House of Strangers is a 1949 American film noir directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and starring Edward G. Robinson, Susan Hayward, and Richard Conte. It is the first of three film versions of ...more

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Holiday Affair Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Harry Morgan Holiday Affair is a black-and-white 1949 light romantic comedy film starring Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh. In this modest film, directed and produced by Don Hartman, Mitchum expanded from his ...more

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On the Town Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Ann Miller On the Town is a 1949 musical film with music by Leonard Bernstein and Roger Edens and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. It is an adaptation of the Broadway stage musical of the ...more

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Twelve O'Clock High Gregory Peck, Dean Jagger, Richard Anderson Twelve O'Clock High is a 1949 American war film about aircrews in the United States Army's Eighth Air Force who flew daylight bombing missions against Nazi Germany and occupied France during the ...more

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Adam's Rib Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Judy Holliday Adam's Rib is a 1949 American film written by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin and directed by George Cukor. It stars Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn as married lawyers who come to oppose each ...more

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The Window Barbara Hale, Arthur Kennedy, Bobby Driscoll The Window is a 1949 American black-and-white suspense film noir, based on the short story "The Boy Cried Murder" by Cornell Woolrich. The film, which was a critical success, was ...more

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A Dangerous Profession George Raft, Ella Raines, Pat O'Brien A Dangerous Profession is a 1949 American film noir directed by Ted Tetzlaff, written by Warren Duff and Martin Rackin, and starring George Raft, Ella Raines, and Pat O'Brien. The supporting ...more

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The Accused Loretta Young, Sara Allgood, Robert Cummings The Accused is a 1949 American film noir directed by William Dieterle and written by Ketti Frings, based on Be Still, My Love, a 1947 novel written by June Truesdell. The drama features Loretta ...more

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Colorado Territory Dorothy Malone, Virginia Mayo, Joel McCrea Colorado Territory is a 1949 American Western film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Joel McCrea, Virginia Mayo, and Dorothy Malone. Written by Edmund H. North and John Twist, and based on ...more

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Without Honor Agnes Moorehead, Laraine Day, Franchot Tone Without Honor is a 1949 film noir directed by Irving Pichel and featuring Laraine Day and Dane Clark.

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Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff Boris Karloff, Lou Costello, Bud Abbott Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff is a 1949 comedy horror film starring Abbott and Costello and Boris Karloff. The full onscreen title is Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet the ...more

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The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone, J. Pat O'Malley The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is a 1949 animated package film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures. The film consists of two segments – the first is ...more

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Madame Bovary Jennifer Jones, Louis Jourdan, Harry Morgan Madame Bovary is a 1949 film adaptation of the classic novel of the same name by Gustave Flaubert. It stars Jennifer Jones, James Mason, Van Heflin, Louis Jourdan, Alf Kjellin, Gene Lockhart, ...more

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Mighty Joe Young Ben Johnson, Terry Moore, Regis Toomey Mighty Joe Young is a 1949 American black-and-white fantasy film from RKO Radio Pictures made by the same creative team responsible for King Kong. Produced and written by Merian C. Cooper, who ...more

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Black Magic Orson Welles, Raymond Burr, Silvana Mangano Black Magic is a 1949 film adaptation of Alexandre Dumas's novel Joseph Balsamo. It was directed by the Russian-born Gregory Ratoff and stars Orson Welles in the lead role as Joseph Balsamo and ...more

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Kind Hearts and Coronets Alec Guinness, Dennis Price, Hugh Griffith Kind Hearts and Coronets is a British black comedy film of 1949 starring Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, and Valerie Hobson. Guinness famously plays eight members of the D'Ascoyne ...more

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The Set-Up Robert Ryan, Wallace Ford, Darryl Hickman The Set-Up is a 1949 American film noir boxing drama directed by Robert Wise and featuring Robert Ryan and Audrey Totter. The screenplay was adapted by Art Cohn from a 1928 poem written by ...more

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East Side, West Side Ava Gardner, Barbara Stanwyck, Cyd Charisse East Side, West Side is a 1949 melodramatic crime film, starring Barbara Stanwyck as a wronged wife and Ava Gardner in one of her earliest roles, along with James Mason and Van Heflin. Based on ...more

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Red Light Harry Morgan, George Raft, Virginia Mayo Red Light is a 1949 film noir, directed and produced by Roy Del Ruth, starring George Raft and Virginia Mayo, and based on the story "This Guy Gideon" by Don "Red" Barry, ...more

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The Fighting Kentuckian John Wayne, Oliver Hardy, Vera Ralston The Fighting Kentuckian is an American comedy action film starring John Wayne and Oliver Hardy. The movie was written and directed by George Waggner and made by Republic Pictures.

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Orpheus Jean Marais, François Périer, María Casares Orpheus is a 1950 French film directed by Jean Cocteau and starring Jean Marais. This film is the central part of Cocteau's Orphic Trilogy, which consists of The Blood of a Poet, Orpheus and ...more

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Knock on Any Door Humphrey Bogart, John Derek, George Macready Knock on Any Door is a 1949 American court-room trial film noir directed by Nicholas Ray and starring Humphrey Bogart. The picture gave actor John Derek a break in developing his film career and ...more

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Beyond the Forest Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten, Frances Charles Beyond the Forest is a 1949 American film noir directed by King Vidor and featuring Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten, David Brian and Ruth Roman. The screenplay is written by Lenore J. Coffee based on ...more

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Samson and Delilah Angela Lansbury, Hedy Lamarr, George Sanders Samson and Delilah is a 1949 American romantic religious epic film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille and released by Paramount Pictures. It depicts the biblical story of Samson, a ...more

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Under Capricorn Ingrid Bergman, Alfred Hitchcock, Joseph Cotten Under Capricorn is a 1949 British historical thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film was based on the novel Under Capricorn by Helen Simpson, with a screenplay by James Bridie. It ...more

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Late Spring Setsuko Hara, Chishū Ryū, Sugimara Haruko Late Spring is a 1949 Japanese drama film, directed by Yasujirō Ozu and produced by the Shochiku studio. It is based on the short novel Father and Daughter by the 20th century novelist and ...more

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The Stratton Story James Stewart, June Allyson, Agnes Moorehead The Stratton Story is a 1949 film directed by Sam Wood which tells the true story of Monty Stratton, a Major League Baseball pitcher who pitched for the Chicago White Sox from 1934-1938. This is ...more

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My Foolish Heart Susan Hayward, Dana Andrews, Jessie Royce Landis My Foolish Heart is a 1949 American film which tells the story of a woman's reflections on the bad turns her life has taken. The film was directed by Mark Robson and stars Dana Andrews and Susan ...more

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Malaya James Stewart, Spencer Tracy, Sydney Greenstreet Malaya is a 1949 war film starring Spencer Tracy and James Stewart and set in colonial Malaya during World War II. The movie was directed by Richard Thorpe. The supporting cast includes Lionel ...more

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Whirlpool Gene Tierney, José Ferrer, Charles Bickford Whirlpool is a 1949 thriller film noir directed by Otto Preminger and written by Ben Hecht and Andrew Solt, adapted from Guy Endore's novel Methinks the Lady. The film stars Gene Tierney, ...more

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Tulsa Susan Hayward, Robert Preston, Chill Wills Tulsa is a 1949 Technicolor film that was directed by Stuart Heisler and starred Susan Hayward and Robert Preston, and featured Lloyd Gough, Chill Wills, and Ed Begley in one of his earliest ...more

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Pinky Jeanne Crain, Ethel Barrymore, Ethel Waters Pinky is a 1949 American drama film starring Jeanne Crain, Ethel Barrymore and Ethel Waters. All three actresses were nominated for the Academy Award, Crain for Best Actress in a Leading Role, ...more

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Sands of Iwo Jima John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Richard Jaeckel Sands of Iwo Jima is a 1949 war film starring John Wayne that follows a group of United States Marines from training to the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. The movie also features John ...more

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Thieves' Highway Lee J. Cobb, William Bendix, Valentina Cortese Thieves' Highway is a 1949 film noir directed by Jules Dassin. The screenplay was written by A. I. Bezzerides, based on his novel Thieves' Market.

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Sorrowful Jones Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, William Demarest Sorrowful Jones is a 1949 film directed by Sidney Lanfield. The film stars Lucille Ball and Bob Hope. It is also known as Damon Runyon's Sorrowful Jones. Sorrowful Jones was a remake of a 1934 ...more

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Streets of Laredo William Holden, William Bendix, Macdonald Carey Streets of Laredo is a 1949 western film starring William Holden, Macdonald Carey and William Bendix as three outlaws who rescue a young girl, played by Mona Freeman. When they become separated, ...more

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The Big Steal Robert Mitchum, Edward G. Robinson, DeForest Kelley The Big Steal is a 1949 American black-and-white film noir/comedy reteaming Out of the Past stars Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer. The film was directed by Don Siegel, based on the short story ...more

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The Fountainhead Gary Cooper, Raymond Massey, Patricia Neal The Fountainhead is a 1949 American film directed by King Vidor, based on the best-selling book of the same name by Ayn Rand, who wrote the screenplay adaptation. The film and novel are ...more

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Dimos Dicoudis added It's a Great Feeling Doris Day, Joan Crawford, Errol Flynn It's a Great Feeling is a 1949 American musical comedy film starring Doris Day, Jack Carson, and Dennis Morgan in a spoof of what goes on behind the scenes in Hollywood movie making. The ...more

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Home of the Brave Lloyd Bridges, Jeff Corey, Frank Lovejoy Home of the Brave is a 1949 film based on a 1946 play by Arthur Laurents. It was directed by Mark Robson and stars Douglas Dick, Jeff Corey, Lloyd Bridges, Frank Lovejoy, James Edwards, and ...more

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Caught Robert Ryan, Barbara Bel Geddes, Natalie Schafer Caught is a 1949 American film noir directed by Max Ophüls, and starring James Mason, Barbara Bel Geddes and Robert Ryan. Caught was based on a novel by Libbie Block. Child actor Jimmy ...more

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Bride for Sale Claudette Colbert, Robert Young, George Brent Bride for Sale is a 1949 film distributed by RKO Radio Pictures, directed by William D. Russell, and starring Claudette Colbert, Robert Young and George Brent. The music score is by Frederick ...more