Here is the current (but occasionally updated) list of my favorite films from the 1940s. Clearly, I have a lot to learn about this decade. But give me a break, I was born in 1970 and didn’t start exploring movies much until I was in college.
In order to understand the purpose and meaning of this list, please read my introduction to the Looking Closer Favorite Films lists here.
- Treasures: The Red Shoes (1948), Pinocchio (1940), La Belle et la Bête, Sullivan’s Travels (1941) (1946)
- Favorites: Black Narcissus (1947), Day of Wrath (1943), Fantasia (1940), Bambi (1942), Double Indemnity (1944), Citizen Kane (1941), Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
- Achievements: The Big Clock (1948), It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), The Third Man (1949), Dumbo (1941), Brighton Rock (1947), Rope (1948)
- Decent / Noteworthy Films: Saboteur (1942)