40s movies The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s  

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Picking the very best decade in Hollywood filmmaking is no easy task. But many film buffs will agree that the 1940s marked an era of unparalleled excellence on the silver screen. The winners and nominees of the Academy Award for Best Picture during this time reflect the decade's finest films. Oscar winners of the 1940s include movies by Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, and other legends. Some are side-splitting comedies, some tear-jerking dramas, but all are considered some of the greatest films ever made.

What films will you find on this list of 1940s Oscar-winning movies? The 1941 drama Citizen Kane is often cited as the best film of all time by critics and fans alike. Though the Orson Welles masterpiece has received many accolades, it lost the Best Picture Oscar to the film How Green Was My Valley. Casablanca, which won Best Picture in 1943, is another great movie from the 1940s. Holiday movies aren't often nominated for Oscars, but It's a Wonderful Life was up for Best Picture in 1946. Other good films featured on this list of Oscar-nominated 1940s films include Great Expectations, Double Indemnity, and The Pride of the Yankees.

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It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
It's a Wonderful Life James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore - Nominated in 1946.

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Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
Casablanca Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre - Won Best Picture in 1943.

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Mildred Pierce is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
Mildred Pierce Joan Crawford, Eve Arden, Butterfly McQueen - Nominated in 1945.

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Citizen Kane is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
Citizen Kane Orson Welles, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead - Nominated in 1941.

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22 10
Double indemnity is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
Double indemnity Nominated in 1944.

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19 8
The Best Years of Our Lives is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
The Best Years of Our Lives Myrna Loy, Teresa Wright, Fredric March - Won Best Picture in 1946.

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21 10
Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
Rebecca Laurence Olivier, Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Fontaine - Won Best Picture in 1940.

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18 9
How Green Was My Valley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
How Green Was My Valley Maureen O'Hara, Roddy McDowall, Walter Pidgeon - Won Best Picture in 1941.

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Suspicion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
Suspicion Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Fontaine - Nominated in 1941.

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18 10
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
The Grapes of Wrath Henry Fonda, John Carradine, John Qualen - Nominated in 1940.

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17 10
The Maltese Falcon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
The Maltese Falcon Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor - Nominated in 1941.

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The Lost Weekend is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
The Lost Weekend Jane Wyman, Ray Milland, Howard Da Silva - Won Best Picture in 1945.

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16 10
Yankee Doodle Dandy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
Yankee Doodle Dandy James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston - Nominated in 1942.

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17 11
The Treasure of the Sierra Mad... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Barton MacLane - Nominated in 1948.

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13 8
The Bishop's Wife is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
The Bishop's Wife Nominated in 1947.

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13 8
The Heiress is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
The Heiress Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson - Nominated in 1949.

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15 10
The Little Foxes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
The Little Foxes Bette Davis, Teresa Wright, Dan Duryea - Nominated in 1941.

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13 9
Gaslight is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
Gaslight Ingrid Bergman, Angela Lansbury, Charles Boyer - Nominated in 1944.

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13 9
Twelve O'Clock High is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
Twelve O'Clock High Gregory Peck, Dean Jagger, Richard Anderson - Nominated in 1949.

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14 11
The Philadelphia Story is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
The Philadelphia Story Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart - Nominated in 1940.

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13 10
Miracle on 34th Street is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
Miracle on 34th Street Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, Thelma Ritter - Nominated in 1947.

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11 8
The Great Dictator is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
The Great Dictator Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Billy Gilbert - Nominated in 1940.

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Johnny Belinda is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
Johnny Belinda Jane Wyman, Agnes Moorehead, Lew Ayres - Nominated in 1948.

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10 7
The Bells of St. Mary's is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
The Bells of St. Mary's Ingrid Bergman, Bing Crosby, Una O'Connor - Nominated in 1945.

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10 7
Going My Way is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
Going My Way Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, William Smith - Won Best Picture in 1944.

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12 10
The Letter is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
The Letter Bette Davis, Gale Sondergaard, Herbert Marshall - Nominated in 1940.

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12 10
The Snake Pit is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
The Snake Pit Olivia de Havilland, Celeste Holm, Leo Genn - Nominated in 1948.

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11 9
The Magnificent Ambersons is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
The Magnificent Ambersons Orson Welles, Anne Baxter, Agnes Moorehead - Nominated in 1942.

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11 9
Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
Hamlet Christopher Lee, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons - Won Best Picture in 1948.

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9 7
Hold Back the Dawn is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
Hold Back the Dawn Olivia de Havilland, Paulette Goddard, Charles Boyer - Nominated in 1941.

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9 7
Spellbound is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
Spellbound Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Alfred Hitchcock - Nominated in 1945.

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9 7
Sergeant York is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
Sergeant York Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie - Nominated in 1941.

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9 7
Kings Row is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
Kings Row Ronald Reagan, Claude Rains, Ann Sheridan - Nominated in 1942.

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11 10
Foreign Correspondent is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
Foreign Correspondent Alfred Hitchcock, George Sanders, Joel McCrea - Nominated in 1940.

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10 9
Kitty Foyle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
Kitty Foyle Ginger Rogers, Gladys Cooper, Eduardo Ciannelli - Nominated in 1940.

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9 8
For Whom the Bell Tolls is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
For Whom the Bell Tolls Ingrid Bergman, Gary Cooper, Yvonne De Carlo - Nominated in 1943.

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9 8
Anchors Aweigh is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
Anchors Aweigh Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Dean Stockwell - Nominated in 1945.

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7 6
Madame Curie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
Madame Curie Greer Garson, Margaret O'Brien, Walter Pidgeon - Nominated in 1943.

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6 5
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
Great Expectations Alec Guinness, Jean Simmons, John Mills - Nominated in 1947.

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10 10
The Pride of the Yankees is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
The Pride of the Yankees Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper, Bill Dickey - Nominated in 1942.

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7 7
Henry V is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
Henry V Laurence Olivier, Robert Newton, Leslie Banks - Nominated in 1946.

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6 6
All the King's Men is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
All the King's Men Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, John Derek - Won Best Picture in 1949.

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8 9
The Yearling is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
The Yearling Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, Forrest Tucker - Nominated in 1946.

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7 8
Heaven Can Wait is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
Heaven Can Wait Gene Tierney, Don Ameche, Charles Coburn - Nominated in 1943.

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5 7
The Song of Bernadette is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
The Song of Bernadette Vincent Price, Jennifer Jones, Lee J. Cobb - Nominated in 1943.

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5 7
Since You Went Away is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
Since You Went Away Shirley Temple, Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Jones - Nominated in 1944.

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7 10
Mrs. Miniver is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
Mrs. Miniver Greer Garson, Teresa Wright, Walter Pidgeon - Won Best Picture in 1942.

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6 9
A Letter to Three Wives is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
A Letter to Three Wives Kirk Douglas, Jeanne Crain, Thelma Ritter - Nominated in 1949.

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5 8
Crossfire is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
Crossfire Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, Robert Young - Nominated in 1947.

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4 7
Random Harvest is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s
Random Harvest Greer Garson, Ronald Colman, Reginald Owen - Nominated in 1942.