Top 20 Fan-Favorite Films of 1946: A Nostalgic Cinematic Journey

Roll out the red carpet and dust off your vintage popcorn machine, because we’re about to take a nostalgic journey back to the golden age of cinema. Welcome to the year 1946, when the silver screen was ablaze with technicolor dreams, and the world was falling in love with Hollywood’s glittering stars. From heart-stopping thrillers to heartwarming romances, this was a year that truly had it all. So, whether you’re a seasoned cinephile or a curious newcomer, prepare to be captivated by our countdown of the top 20 fan-favorite films of 1946. These are the movies that made audiences laugh, cry, and gasp in wonder, and they’re just as enchanting today as they were on their opening nights. So, sit back, relax, and let’s rewind the reel to a time when cinema was truly magical. Lights, camera, action!


Release Date: 1946-04-27

Genres: Drama

“Shoeshine” is a heartwarming movie set in 1946, where two young shoeshine boys named Pasquale and Giuseppe dream of owning their own horse. As they save up for their dream, they find themselves caught up in a world of horse racing and friendship. Starring Franco Interlenghi, Rinaldo Smordoni, Annielo Mele, Bruno Ortenzi, and Emilio Cigoli, this film takes you on a nostalgic journey back in time. Released on April 27, 1946, it is one of the best-voted movies of that year.

Cast: Franco Interlenghi (Pasquale Maggi) , Rinaldo Smordoni (Giuseppe Filippucci) , Annielo Mele (Raffaele) , Bruno Ortenzi (Arcangeli) , Emilio Cigoli (Staffera)

Directors: Vittorio De Sica

Writers: Sergio Amidei, Cesare Zavattini, Cesare Giulio Viola, Adolfo Franci

Tags: italy, rome, italy, fortune teller, juvenile prison, black market, orphan, juvenile delinquent, post world war ii, military police, shoeshine boy

The Best Years of Our Lives

The Best Years of Our Lives

Release Date: 1946-12-25

Genres: Drama, Romance, War

“The Best Years of Our Lives” is a heartwarming and poignant movie set in post-World War II America. It follows the lives of three veterans who have finally returned home after the war, only to face unexpected challenges and struggles. With a stellar cast including Fredric March, Myrna Loy, and Dana Andrews, this film beautifully captures the hopes, dreams, and nightmares of those who fought for their country. Released on December 25, 1946, it’s no wonder this movie made it to the list of the 20 Best Voted Movies of that year.

Cast: Fredric March (Al Stephenson) , Myrna Loy (Milly Stephenson) , Dana Andrews (Fred Derry) , Teresa Wright (Peggy Stephenson) , Virginia Mayo (Marie Derry) , Cathy O’Donnell (Wilma Cameron) , Hoagy Carmichael (Butch Engle) , Harold Russell (Homer Parrish) , Gladys George (Hortense Derry) , Roman Bohnen (Pat Derry) , Ray Collins (Mr. Milton) , Minna Gombell (Mrs. Parrish) , Walter Baldwin (Mr. Parrish) , Steve Cochran (Cliff Scully) , Dorothy Adams (Mrs. Cameron) , Don Beddoe (Mr. Cameron) , Marlene Aames (Luella Parrish) , Charles Halton (Prew) , Ray Teal (Mr. Mollett) , Howland Chamberlain (Thorpe) , Dean White (Novak) , Erskine Sanford (Bullard) , Michael Hall (Rob Stephenson) , Victor Cutler (Woody Merrill) , Claire Du Brey (Mrs. Talburt – Perfume Customer (uncredited))

Directors: William Wyler

Writers: Robert E. Sherwood, MacKinlay Kantor

Tags: post-traumatic stress disorder, war veteran, world war ii, rehabilitation, bodily disabled person, black and white



Release Date: 1946-08-21

Genres: Thriller, Romance, Mystery

“Notorious” is a captivating 1946 movie that takes us back to the aftermath of World War II. It follows the story of Alicia Huberman, an American spy recruited by a government agent to infiltrate a group of Nazis hiding in Brazil. As Alicia’s relationship with one of the Nazis deepens, the stakes get higher, and her handler must navigate the complexities of love and duty. Starring Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, and Claude Rains, this thrilling film will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Cast: Ingrid Bergman (Alicia Huberman) , Cary Grant (T.R. Devlin) , Claude Rains (Alexander Sebastian) , Leopoldine Konstantin (Madame Anna Sebastian) , Louis Calhern (Captain Paul Prescott) , Alex Minotis (Joseph the Butler) , Reinhold Schünzel (Dr. Anderson) , Ivan Triesault (Eric Mathis) , Friedrich von Ledebur (Knerr) , Peter von Zerneck (Wilhelm Rossner) , Eberhard Krumschmidt (Emil Hupka) , Moroni Olsen (Walter Beardsley) , Ricardo Costa (Dr. Julio Barbosa) , Charles Mendl (“Commodore”) , Wally Brown (Mr. Hopkins) , Fay Baker (Ethel) , Fred Nurney (John Huberman) , Charles D. Brown (Judge (uncredited)) , Eddie Bruce (Reporter (uncredited)) , Ben Erway (Reporter (uncredited)) , Donald Kerr (Reporter (uncredited)) , James Logan (Reporter (uncredited)) , Emmett Vogan (Reporter (uncredited)) , John Vosper (Reporter (uncredited)) , Alan Ward (Reporter (uncredited))

Directors: Alfred Hitchcock

Writers: Ben Hecht, John Taintor Foote

Tags: poison, love at first sight, marriage proposal, undercover, patriotism, rio de janeiro, wine cellar, fbi, atomic bomb, staircase, nazi, daughter, film noir, espionage, black and white, millionaire, intoxication

A Matter of Life and Death

A Matter of Life and Death

Release Date: 1946-12-15

Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Drama

“A Matter of Life and Death” is a captivating movie from 1946 that tells the story of a brave RAF pilot who miraculously survives a parachute-less jump from his plane. As he falls in love with an American radio operator, the officials in the afterlife realize their mistake and send an angel to collect him. With a talented cast including David Niven, Kim Hunter, and Richard Attenborough, this film is a must-watch for its intriguing plot and heartfelt performances.

Cast: David Niven (Peter Carter) , Kim Hunter (June) , Marius Goring (Conductor 71) , Kathleen Byron (An Angel) , Richard Attenborough (An English Pilot) , Robert Coote (Bob Trubshawe) , Bonar Colleano (An American Pilot) , Joan Maude (Chief Recorder) , Roger Livesey (Doctor Reeves) , Robert Atkins (The Vicar) , Edwin Max (Dr. Mc.Ewen) , Betty Potter (Mrs. Tucker) , Abraham Sofaer (The Judge) , Raymond Massey (Abraham Farlan) , Lois Maxwell (Actress (uncredited))

Directors: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

Writers: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

Tags: angel, england, world war ii, court case, bicycle, heaven

Soy un prófugo

Soy un prófugo

Release Date: 1946-03-11

Genres: Comedy

“Soy un prófugo” is a thrilling 1946 movie starring Cantinflas, Daniel Herrera, and Emilia Guiú. The story revolves around a janitor who is wrongly accused of a major bank heist and is forced to go on the run while searching for the real culprits. With a talented cast and an intriguing plot, this film is a must-watch for fans of suspenseful and action-packed movies from the 1940s.

Cast: Cantinflas (Cantinflas) , Daniel Herrera (Carmelo) , Emilia Guiú (Raquel) , Agustín Isunza (Emilio Blanco, inspector de policía) , Carmen González (Rosita) , Rafael Alcayde (El jefe) , José Elías Moreno (Gargantúa / El Pimpón) , Ángel T. Sala (Asaltador del banco) , Estanislao Schillinsky (Policia) , Rafael Icardo (Romualdo, velador) , Roberto Corell (Sastre) , Rodolfo Acosta (Esbirro del jefe) , Stephen Berne (Esbirro pelón del jefe (uncredited)) , Pedro Elviro (Esbirro chaparro del jefe (uncredited)) , Chel López (Esbirro del jefe (uncredited)) , Manuel Trejo Morales (Esbirro del jefe (uncredited)) , Maria Luisa Cortés (Invitada a fiesta (uncredited)) , Gloria Lozano (Invitada a fiesta (uncredited)) , José Ortega (Invitado a fiesta (uncredited)) , Edmundo Espino (Empleador (uncredited)) , Georgina González (Sirvienta (uncredited)) , José Muñoz (Detective de policía (uncredited)) , José Ortiz de Zárate (Don Prospero, gerente banco (uncredited)) , Roberto Y. Palacios (Cliente en tienda (uncredited)) , Humberto Rodríguez (Cliente en tienda (uncredited))

Directors: Miguel M. Delgado

Writers: Hans Wilhelm, Arnold Lipp, Miguel M. Delgado, Jaime Salvador

Tags: bank robber, imprisonment, police, jail, mistaken identity, janitor, criminal organization

The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep

Release Date: 1946-08-23

Genres: Crime, Mystery, Romance

“The Big Sleep” is a thrilling film from 1946 that follows private investigator Philip Marlowe, played by Humphrey Bogart, as he takes on a complex case involving the youngest daughter of wealthy General Sternwood. As Marlowe delves deeper into the investigation, he uncovers a web of murder, blackmail, and deception, all while navigating the possibility of love. With a star-studded cast including Lauren Bacall and John Ridgely, this movie is a must-watch for fans of classic film noir.

Cast: Humphrey Bogart (Philip Marlowe) , Lauren Bacall (Vivian Sternwood Rutledge) , John Ridgely (Eddie Mars) , Martha Vickers (Carmen Sternwood) , Dorothy Malone (Acme Bookstore Proprietress) , Peggy Knudsen (Mona Mars) , Regis Toomey (Chief Inspector Bernie Ohls) , Charles Waldron (General Sternwood) , Charles D. Brown (Norris the Butler) , Bob Steele (Lash Canino) , Elisha Cook Jr. (Harry Jones) , Louis Jean Heydt (Joe Brody) , Trevor Bardette (Art Huck (uncredited)) , Joy Barlow (Taxi Driver (uncredited)) , Max Barwyn (Max – Head Waiter (uncredited)) , Deannie Best (Waitress (uncredited)) , Tanis Chandler (Waitress (uncredited)) , Jack Chefe (Croupier (uncredited)) , James Conaty (Nightclub Patron (uncredited)) , Joseph Crehan (Medical Examiner (uncredited)) , Sonia Darrin (Agnes Lowzier (uncredited)) , Jack Deery (Nightclub Patron (uncredited)) , Carole Douglas (Librarian (uncredited)) , Jay Eaton (Casino Patron (uncredited)) , Tom Fadden (Sidney (uncredited))

Directors: Howard Hawks

Writers: Jules Furthman, Leigh Brackett, Raymond Chandler, William Faulkner

Tags: poison, gambling, detective, based on novel or book, drug addiction, blackmail, sister, film noir, murder, private investigator, whodunit, los angeles, california, private detective, book store, missing person, prank telephone call, wealthy family



Release Date: 1946-12-10

Genres: Drama, War

“Paisan” is a captivating war film released on December 10, 1946. Set during the Allied invasion from July 1943 to winter 1944, the movie takes us on a journey from Sicily to Venice through six different stories. With a talented cast including Carmela Sazio, Robert Van Loon, and Benjamin Emanuel, this film offers a unique perspective on the events of that time.

Cast: Carmela Sazio (Carmela) , Robert Van Loon (Joe) , Benjamin Emanuel (American Soldier) , Raymond Campbell (American Soldier) , Harold Wagner (Harry, a German soldier) , Albert Heinze (German soldier) , Merlin Berth (Merlin, American Soldier) , Mats Carlson (Swede, an American soldier) , Leonard Parrish (An American soldier) , Dots Johnson (American MP) , Alfonsino Pasca (Pasquale) , Maria Michi (Francesca) , Gar Moore (Fred, an American soldier) , Harriet Medin (Harriet, the nurse) , Renzo Avanzo (Massimo) , William Tubbs (Captain Bill Martin) , Dale Edmonds (Dale) , Roberto Van Loel (German soldier) , Leslie Daniels (Tony) , Giulietta Masina (Young Woman on Palace Stairs (uncredited)) , Federico Fellini (Man in Crowd (uncredited)) , Carlo Pisacane ()

Directors: Roberto Rossellini

Writers: Roberto Rossellini, Sergio Amidei, Federico Fellini, Marcello Pagliero, Rod E. Geiger, Klaus Mann, Alfred Hayes, Vasco Pratolini

Tags: rome, italy, sicily, italy, naples, italy, florence, italy



Release Date: 1946-04-25

Genres: Drama, Romance, Thriller

“Gilda” is a captivating movie released in 1946, starring Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford. Set in Argentina, it tells the story of a gambler who unexpectedly reunites with his former lover, only to discover that she is now married to his new boss. With a thrilling plot and a stellar cast, this film is definitely one of the best voted movies of 1946.

Cast: Rita Hayworth (Gilda) , Glenn Ford (Johnny Farrell) , George Macready (Ballin Mundson) , Joseph Calleia (Det. Maurice Obregon) , Steven Geray (Uncle Pio) , Joe Sawyer (Casey) , Gerald Mohr (Capt. Delgado) , Mark Roberts (Gabe Evans) , Ludwig Donath (German Cartel Member) , Donald Douglas (Thomas Langford) , Julio Abadía (Newsman / Waiter (uncredited)) , Enrique Acosta (Gambler (uncredited)) , Ed Agresti (Nightclub Patron (uncredited)) , Sam Appel (Blackjack Dealer (uncredited)) , Sam Ash (Gambler (uncredited)) , Nina Bara (Girl at Carnival (uncredited)) , Edward Biby (Gambler (uncredited)) , Robert Board (American Cartel Member (uncredited)) , Symona Boniface (Gambler at Roulette Table (uncredited)) , Eugene Borden (Blackjack Dealer (uncredited)) , Paul Bradley (Man (uncredited)) , Argentina Brunetti (Woman (uncredited)) , Jack Chefe (Assistant Croupier (uncredited)) , Eduardo Ciannelli (Cartel Member (uncredited)) , James Conaty (Gambler (uncredited))

Directors: Charles Vidor

Writers: Jo Eisinger, Marion Parsonnet, E.A. Ellington

Tags: casino, jealousy, penalty, nightclub, buenos aires, argentina, tricks, patent, film noir, argentina, extramarital affair

My Darling Clementine

My Darling Clementine

Release Date: 1946-10-17

Genres: Western, Romance, Drama

“My Darling Clementine” is a gripping Western film released in 1946. Starring Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, and Victor Mature, the movie follows Wyatt Earp and his brothers as they seek justice for their stolen cattle and the murder of their brother. Set in the town of Tombstone, the Earps face off against the notorious Clanton clan, with the stage set for an intense and long-awaited revenge.

Cast: Henry Fonda (Wyatt Earp) , Linda Darnell (Chihuahua) , Victor Mature (Dr. John ‘Doc’ Holliday) , Cathy Downs (Clementine Carter) , Walter Brennan (Old Man Clanton) , Tim Holt (Virgil Earp) , Ward Bond (Morgan Earp) , Alan Mowbray (Granville Thorndyke) , John Ireland (Billy Clanton) , Roy Roberts (Mayor) , Jane Darwell (Kate Nelson) , Grant Withers (Ike Clanton) , J. Farrell MacDonald (Mac the barman) , Russell Simpson (John Simpson) , Robert Adler (Stagecoach Driver (uncredited)) , C.E. Anderson (Townsman (uncredited)) , Don Barclay (Opera House Owner (uncredited)) , Hank Bell (Opera House Patron (uncredited)) , Danny Borzage (Accordionist (uncredited)) , Ruth Clifford (Opera House Patron (uncredited)) , Frank Conlan (Pianist (uncredited)) , Tex Cooper (Townsman (uncredited)) , Jack Curtis (Bartender (uncredited)) , William B. Davidson (Saloon Owner (uncredited)) , James Dime (Vaquero (uncredited))

Directors: John Ford

Writers: Stuart N. Lake, Sam Hellman, Samuel G. Engel, Winston Miller

Tags: gunslinger, marshal, saloon, arizona, wyatt earp, doc holliday, revenge, rifle, double barreled shotgun, tombstone arizona, death of girlfriend, 19th century, ok corral

The Killers

The Killers

Release Date: 1946-08-28

Genres: Crime, Mystery, Thriller

“The Killers” is a gripping film from 1946 that follows the story of two hit men on a mission to find a man known as “the Swede”. Surprisingly, the Swede doesn’t resist when they locate him, leading an investigator to dig deeper into the murder. As the plot unfolds, we discover the Swede’s past, including his love for a captivating woman who may have enticed him into participating in a bank robbery orchestrated by another man. Starring Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, and Edmond O’Brien, this movie is a thrilling journey into the dark secrets of the Swede’s life.

Cast: Burt Lancaster (‘Swede’ Andersen) , Ava Gardner (Kitty Collins) , Edmond O’Brien (Jim Reardon) , Albert Dekker (Big Jim Colfax) , Sam Levene (Lt. Sam Lubinsky) , Vince Barnett (Charleston) , Virginia Christine (Lilly Harmon Lubinsky) , Jack Lambert (‘Dum-Dum’ Clarke) , Charles D. Brown (Packy Robinson – Ole’s Manager) , Donald MacBride (R.S. Kenyon) , Charles McGraw (Al) , William Conrad (Max) , Jeff Corey (Blinky Franklin (uncredited)) , Gino Corrado (Restaurant Chef (uncredited)) , Frank McLure (Restaurant Patron (uncredited)) , Howard Freeman (Brentwood Police Chief (uncredited)) , Charles Middleton (Farmer (uncredited)) , Queenie Smith (Mary Ellen ‘Queenie’ Daugherty (uncredited)) , Jack Cheatham (Police Driver (uncredited)) , William Ruhl (Fran (uncredited)) , Ernie Adams (Hood with Cane (uncredited)) , George Anderson (Jail Ward Doctor (uncredited)) , Sam Ash ((uncredited)) , Frank Baker (Fight Spectator (uncredited)) , Oliver Cross (Fight Spectator (uncredited))

Directors: Robert Siodmak

Writers: Ernest Hemingway, Anthony Veiller

Tags: new jersey, small town, gas station, boxer, femme fatale, film noir, murder, heist, black and white, attempted robbery, insurance investigator, hemingway

The Stranger

The Stranger

Release Date: 1946-07-02

Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller

“The Stranger” is a thrilling movie set in 1946 that follows an investigator from the War Crimes Commission on a mission to uncover a notorious Nazi hiding in a small town in Connecticut. With a star-studded cast including Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, and Orson Welles, this suspenseful film takes you on a captivating journey as they unravel the truth behind the distinguished professor engaged to the Supreme Court Justice’s daughter. Released on July 2, 1946, this movie is a must-watch for fans of mystery and intrigue.

Cast: Edward G. Robinson (Federal Agent Wilson) , Loretta Young (Mary Longstreet) , Orson Welles (Prof. Charles Rankin) , Philip Merivale (Judge Adam Longstreet) , Richard Long (Noah Longstreet) , Konstantin Shayne (Konrad Meinike) , Byron Keith (Dr. Jeffrey Lawrence) , Billy House (Mr. Solomon Potter) , Martha Wentworth (Sara) , David Bond (Student (uncredited)) , John Brown (Passport Photographer (uncredited)) , Neal Dodd (Minister (uncredited)) , Nancy Evans (Undetermined Role (uncredited)) , Adolph Faylauer (War Crimes Commision Member (uncredited)) , Fred Godoy (Undetermined Role (uncredited)) , Theodore Gottlieb (Fairbright (uncredited)) , Joseph Granby (Undetermined Role (uncredited)) , Ethan Laidlaw (Todd, Customer in Potter’s Store (uncredited)) , Ruth Lee (Undetermined Role (uncredited)) , Lillian Molieri (Undetermined Role (uncredited)) , Isabel O’Madigan (Mrs. Lawrence (uncredited)) , Gabriel Peralta (Undetermined Role (uncredited)) , Gerald Pierce (Kid Throwing Newspaper Shreds (uncredited)) , Robert Raison (Undetermined Role (uncredited)) , Rebel Randall (Undetermined Role (uncredited))

Directors: Orson Welles

Writers: Orson Welles, John Huston, Gladys Hill, Anthony Veiller, Victor Trivas, Decla Dunning

Tags: clock tower, clock, professor, nazi, connecticut, film noir, black and white, convert, supreme court justice

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Release Date: 1946-12-26

Genres: Romance, Drama, History

“Great Expectations” is a captivating adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel. Set in 1946, the movie follows orphan Pip as he discovers a mysterious benefactor who wants to transform him into a gentleman. With a stellar cast including John Mills, Valerie Hobson, and Jean Simmons, this heartwarming tale explores love, loss, and the haunting effects of a jilted bride. Released on December 26th, it’s definitely a must-watch for fans of Dickens and timeless storytelling.

Cast: John Mills (Pip) , Valerie Hobson (Estella) , Tony Wager (Young Pip) , Jean Simmons (Young Estella) , Bernard Miles (Joe Gargery) , Francis L. Sullivan (Mr. Jaggers) , Finlay Currie (Abel Magwitch) , Martita Hunt (Miss Havisham) , Alec Guinness (Herbert Pocket) , Ivor Barnard (Mr. Wemmick) , Freda Jackson (Mrs. Joe) , Eileen Erskine (Biddy) , George Hayes (Convict) , Hay Petrie (Uncle Pumblechook) , John Forrest (The Pale Young Gentleman) , Torin Thatcher (Bentley Drummle) , O.B. Clarence (The Aged Parent) , John Burch (Mr. Wopsle) , Richard George (The Sergeant) , Grace Denbigh Russell (Mrs. Wopsle) , Everley Gregg (Sarah Pocket) , Anne Holland (Relation) , Frank Atkinson (Mike) , Gordon Begg (Night Porter) , Edie Martin (Mrs. Whimple)

Directors: David Lean

Writers: Charles Dickens, Ronald Neame, David Lean, Anthony Havelock-Allan, Kay Walsh, Cecil McGivern

Tags: london, england, based on novel or book, escaped convict, orphan, spinster, 19th century, benefactor

Cluny Brown

Cluny Brown

Release Date: 1946-06-02

Genres: Romance, Comedy

“Cluny Brown” is a delightful 1946 movie that tells the story of an amateur plumber named Cluny Brown. Sent off by her uncle to work as a servant at an English country estate, Cluny finds herself in a series of humorous and unexpected situations. With a talented cast including Charles Boyer, Jennifer Jones, and Peter Lawford, this charming film is a must-watch for fans of classic cinema.

Cast: Charles Boyer (Adam Belinski) , Jennifer Jones (Cluny Brown) , Peter Lawford (Andrew Carmel) , Helen Walker (Betty Cream) , Reginald Gardiner (Hilary Ames) , Reginald Owen (Henry Carmel) , C. Aubrey Smith (Charles “Duff” Graham) , Margaret Bannerman (Alice Carmel) , Sara Allgood (Mrs. Maile) , Ernest Cossart (Syrette) , Una O’Connor (Mrs. Wilson) , Florence Bates (Dowager at Ames’s Party) , Richard Haydn (Jonathan Wilson) , Billy Bevan (Uncle Arn Porritt) , Whit Bissell (Archie) , Christopher Severn (Ronald Snaffle) , Billy Gray (Richard Watkins) , Constance Purdy (Lady Outside Bookstore) , Queenie Leonard (Weller)

Directors: Ernst Lubitsch

Writers: Samuel Hoffenstein, Margery Sharp, Elizabeth Reinhardt

Tags: country estate, plumber, czech, uncle, sink

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

Release Date: 1946-08-19

Genres: Drama, Thriller

“The Strange Love of Martha Ivers” is a captivating 1946 film that revolves around three childhood friends – Martha, Walter, and Sam – who share a dark secret. Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, and Lizabeth Scott, this gripping drama follows Martha’s rise as a ruthless businesswoman and Walter’s position as the district attorney, allowing them to control the corrupt city of Iverstown. However, their lives take an unexpected turn when Sam returns after years of absence, shaking the foundations of their peculiar relationship. Released on August 19, 1946, this movie is a must-watch for fans of intense storytelling and stellar performances.

Cast: Barbara Stanwyck (Martha Ivers) , Van Heflin (Sam Masterson) , Lizabeth Scott (Antonia ‘Toni’ Marachek) , Kirk Douglas (Walter O’Neil) , Judith Anderson (Mrs. Ivers) , Roman Bohnen (Mr. O’Neil) , Darryl Hickman (Young Sam) , Janis Wilson (Young Martha) , Ann Doran (Bobbi St. John) , Frank Orth (Hotel Clerk) , James Flavin (Police Detective #1) , Mickey Kuhn (Young Walter) , Charles D. Brown (McCarthy) , Blake Edwards (Sleeping Sailor (uncredited)) , Walter Baldwin (Dempsey (uncredited)) , Tom Dillon (Police Detective #2 (uncredited)) , Bert Roach (Man Waiting (uncredited)) , John Kellogg (Joe (uncredited)) , Olin Howland (Newspaper Clerk (uncredited))

Directors: Lewis Milestone

Writers: Robert Rossen, John Patrick

Tags: husband wife relationship, childhood trauma, family secrets, film noir, black and white, alcoholic, district attorney, based on short story, childhood friends, female tycoon

The Spiral Staircase

The Spiral Staircase

Release Date: 1946-02-06

Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

“The Spiral Staircase” is a thrilling movie released in 1946 that takes place on a stormy night. It follows the story of a mute servant who becomes the target of a serial killer. Starring Dorothy McGuire, George Brent, Ethel Barrymore, and other talented actors, this suspenseful film is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Cast: Dorothy McGuire (Helen) , George Brent (Professor Warren) , Ethel Barrymore (Mrs. Warren) , Kent Smith (Dr. Parry) , Rhonda Fleming (Blanche) , Gordon Oliver (Steve Warren) , Elsa Lanchester (Mrs. Oates) , Sara Allgood (Nurse Barker) , Rhys Williams (Mr. Oates) , James Bell (Constable) , Erville Alderson (Dr. Harvey (uncredited)) , Ellen Corby (Neighbour (uncredited)) , Myrna Dell (Murder Victim (uncredited)) , George Holmes (The Killer’s ‘Shadow’ (uncredited)) , Stanley Price (Starry-eyed Man (uncredited)) , Robert Siodmak (The Killer’s ‘Eye’ (uncredited)) , Richard Tyler (Freddy (uncredited)) , Charles Wagenheim (Desk Clerk (uncredited)) , Larry Wheat (Minister (uncredited))

Directors: Robert Siodmak

Writers: Ethel Lina White, Mel Dinelli

Tags: staircase, gothic, spiral staircase, proto-slasher

The Postman Always Rings Twice

The Postman Always Rings Twice

Release Date: 1946-05-02

Genres: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

“The Postman Always Rings Twice” is a captivating film from 1946 that tells the story of a forbidden love affair between a married woman and a wandering drifter. Fueled by their passion, they hatch a dangerous plan to murder her husband. Starring Lana Turner and John Garfield, this thrilling movie was released on May 2nd, 1946, and is one of the best voted films of that year.

Cast: Lana Turner (Cora Smith) , John Garfield (Frank Chambers) , Cecil Kellaway (Nick Smith) , Hume Cronyn (Arthur Keats) , Leon Ames (Kyle Sackett) , Audrey Totter (Madge Gorland) , Alan Reed (Ezra Liam Kennedy) , Jeff York (Blair) , Philip Ahlm (Photographer (uncredited)) , John Alban (Photographer (uncredited)) , Don Anderson (Orderly Pushing Wheelchair (uncredited)) , Morris Ankrum (Judge (uncredited)) , King Baggot (Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)) , Betty Blythe (Customer (uncredited)) , Paul Bradley (Man (uncredited)) , Wally Cassell (Ben (uncredited)) , Jack Chefe (Headwaiter (uncredited)) , Dick Crockett (Reporter (uncredited)) , Oliver Cross (Man (uncredited)) , James Darrell (Reporter (uncredited)) , Tom Dillon (Father McConnell (uncredited)) , Edward Earle (Doctor (uncredited)) , Jim Farley (Warden (uncredited)) , Byron Foulger (Picnic Manager (uncredited)) , Joel Friedkin (John X. McHugh (uncredited))

Directors: Tay Garnett

Writers: James M. Cain, Harry Ruskin, Niven Busch

Tags: based on novel or book, infidelity, femme fatale, film noir, murder, diner, black and white, drifter

The Dark Mirror

The Dark Mirror

Release Date: 1946-10-17

Genres: Thriller, Mystery

“The Dark Mirror” is a thrilling murder mystery from 1946 starring Olivia de Havilland, Lew Ayres, and Thomas Mitchell. The story revolves around a perplexing case where a detective must unravel the truth behind a murder involving twin sisters, one of whom is the prime suspect. With a gripping plot and stellar performances, this movie is a must-watch for fans of classic suspense films.

Cast: Olivia de Havilland (Terry / Ruth Collins) , Lew Ayres (Dr. Scott Elliott) , Thomas Mitchell (Lt. Stevenson) , Richard Long (Rusty) , Charles Evans (Dist. Atty. Girard) , Garry Owen (Franklin) , Lela Bliss (Mrs. Didriksen) , Lester Allen (George Benson) , Bess Flowers (Nightclub Patron (uncredited)) , Ida Moore (Mrs. O’Brien (uncredited)) , Jean Andren () , Marta Mitrovich () , Jack Gargan (Waiter (uncredited))

Directors: Robert Siodmak

Writers: Nunnally Johnson, Vladimir Pozner

Tags: film noir, evil twin

No Regrets for Our Youth

No Regrets for Our Youth

Release Date: 1946-10-29

Genres: Drama

“No Regrets for Our Youth” is a captivating movie set in pre-war Kyoto, following the life of Yukie, a privileged young woman whose world is turned upside down when her father loses his job due to his political beliefs. As she navigates through the years, she finds herself torn between two of her father’s former students, one with radical views and the other more moderate. With a talented cast including Setsuko Hara and Susumu Fujita, this thought-provoking film, released in 1946, offers a compelling exploration of love, politics, and personal growth in a time of great change.

Cast: Setsuko Hara (Yukie Yagihara) , Susumu Fujita (Ruykichi Noge) , Denjirō Ōkōchi (Professor Yagihara) , Haruko Sugimura (Madame Noge) , Eiko Miyoshi (Madame Yagihara) , Akitake Kôno (Itokawa) , Kokuten Kōdō (Mr. Noge) , Takashi Shimura (Police Commissioner ‘Poison Strawberry’ Dokuichigo) , Taizō Fukami (Minister of Education) , Masao Shimizu (Professor Hakozaki) , Haruo Tanaka (Student) , Kazu Hikari (Detective) , Yōji Misaki () , Hisako Hara (Itokawa’s Mother) , Shin Takemura (Prosecutor) , Tateo Kawasaki (Servant) , Fusako Fujima (Old Woman) , Sayuri Tanima (Lady) , Itoko Kôno (Lady) , Chieko Nakakita (Lady) , Ichirô Chiba (Student) , Isamu Yonekura (Student) , Noboru Takagi (Student) , Hiroshi Sano (Student)

Directors: Akira Kurosawa

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Eijirô Hisaita, Keiji Matsuzaki

Tags: student protest, kyoto, japan, 1930s, flower arrangements

A Night in Casablanca

A Night in Casablanca

Release Date: 1946-05-10

Genres: Comedy

“A Night in Casablanca” is a hilarious comedy starring the iconic Marx Brothers. Set in postwar Casablanca, the brothers find themselves working at a hotel where a group of Nazis is desperately searching for stolen treasure. With their trademark wit and slapstick humor, Groucho, Harpo, and Chico Marx deliver a laugh-out-loud performance that is sure to entertain. Released on May 10, 1946, this movie is a must-watch for fans of classic comedy.

Cast: Groucho Marx (Ronald Kornblow) , Harpo Marx (Rusty) , Chico Marx (Corbaccio) , Charles Drake (Lt. Pierre Delmar) , Lois Collier (Annette) , Sig Ruman (Count Pfefferman / Heinrich Stubel) , Lisette Verea (Beatrice Rheiner) , Lewis L. Russell (Governor) , Dan Seymour (Prefect of Police) , Frederick Giermann (Kurt) , Harro Meller (Emile) , David Hoffman (Spy) , Paul Harvey (Mr. Smythe) , Ruth Roman (Harem Girl (uncredited)) , Arthur Tovey (Military Man in Restaurant (uncredited))

Directors: Archie Mayo

Writers: Joseph Fields, Roland Kibbee

Tags: casino, nazi, black and white

The Razor's Edge

The Razor’s Edge

Release Date: 1946-11-19

Genres: Drama, Romance, Adventure

“The Razor’s Edge” is a captivating movie released in 1946, starring Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, and John Payne. It follows the journey of a young man who embarks on a quest to find himself, only to lose his wealthy fiancée in the process. When he returns after a decade, she becomes determined to win him back, even though she is already married. With a stellar cast and an intriguing storyline, this film is definitely worth watching.

Cast: Tyrone Power (Larry Darrell) , Gene Tierney (Isabel Bradley) , John Payne (Gray Maturin) , Anne Baxter (Sophie MacDonald) , Clifton Webb (Elliott Templeton) , Herbert Marshall (W. Somerset Maugham) , Lucile Watson (Louisa Bradley) , Frank Latimore (Bob MacDonald) , Elsa Lanchester (Miss Keith) , Fritz Kortner (Kosti) , John Wengraf (Joseph – Gray & Isabel’s Butler) , Cecil Humphreys (Holy Man) , Harry Pilcer (Specialty Dancer) , Cobina Wright Sr. (Princess Novemali) , Henri Letondal (Police Inspector at Sophie’s Death (uncredited)) , Brooks Benedict (Party Guest (uncredited)) , Reed Hadley (Party Waiter (voice) (uncredited)) , Paul Everton (Banker (uncredited)) , Shushella Shakari (Arab Girl) , Bess Flowers (Country Club Party Guest) , Forbes Murray (Dr. Maturin) , Cosmo Sardo (Minor Role) , Edna Harris (Guest (uncredited))

Directors: Edmund Goulding

Writers: Lamar Trotti, W. Somerset Maugham

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