Top 20 Fan-Favorite Movies from 1949: A Nostalgic Cinematic Journey!

Roll out the red carpet and dust off your vintage popcorn machine, because we’re about to take a nostalgic trip back to 1949 – a golden year in the world of cinema. This was a time when Hollywood was in its prime, churning out classics that still hold a special place in our hearts. From heart-wrenching dramas to laugh-out-loud comedies, 1949 had it all. So, whether you’re a film buff, a history enthusiast, or just someone who appreciates a good flick, buckle up! We’re about to reveal the top 20 fan-favorite movies from this iconic year. These are the films that have stood the test of time, captivating audiences for over seven decades. So, grab your ticket, find your seat, and let’s dive into the cinematic treasures of 1949. The show is about to begin!
Late Spring

Late Spring

Release Date: 1949-09-13

Genres: Drama

“Late Spring” is a heartwarming movie set in 1949 that tells the story of Noriko, a content young woman living with her widowed father. However, things take a turn when her aunt pressures her father into finding her a husband. Faced with a difficult decision, Noriko’s father must choose between his daughter’s happiness and societal expectations. Starring Chishū Ryū, Setsuko Hara, and Yumeji Tsukioka, this film explores themes of family, sacrifice, and the pressures of tradition. Released on September 13, 1949, it is one of the best-voted movies of that year.

Cast: Chishū Ryū (Shukichi Somiya) , Setsuko Hara (Noriko Somiya) , Yumeji Tsukioka (Aya Kitagawa) , Haruko Sugimura (Masa Taguchi) , Hohi Aoki (Katsuyoshi) , Jun Usami (Shuichi Hattori) , Kuniko Miyake (Akiko Miwa) , Masao Mishima (Jo Onodera) , Yoshiko Tsubouchi (Kiku) , Yōko Katsuragi (Misako) , Toyo Takahashi (Shige) , Jun Tanizaki (Seizo Hayashi) , Ichirō Shimizu (Takigawa’s master) , Youko Benisawa (Teahouse Proprietress) , Manzaburo Umewaka (Shite) , Nobu Nojima (Waki) , Ichiro Kitamura (Little drum) , Haruo Yasufuku (Big drum) , Tadaichi Aoki (Prompter) , Seiju Kanze (Nô chorus) , Shintaro Umewaka (Nô chorus) , Shizuo Kanze (Nô chorus) , Seiji Toda (Nô chorus) , Kozo Fukuda (Nô chorus) , Shinichiro Takayama (Nô chorus)

Directors: Yasujirō Ozu

Writers: Yasujirō Ozu, Kōgo Noda, Kazuo Hirotsu

Tags: post world war ii

The Third Man

The Third Man

Release Date: 1949-08-31

Genres: Thriller, Mystery

“The Third Man” is a captivating movie set in postwar Vienna, Austria. It follows Holly Martins, a writer of pulp Westerns, who arrives in Vienna to find his childhood friend Harry Lime has passed away. As Martins investigates, he uncovers a conspiracy involving a mysterious “third man” present at the time of Harry’s death, all while navigating the interference of British officer Major Calloway and falling for Harry’s grief-stricken lover, Anna. With a talented cast including Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, and Orson Welles, this thrilling film was released on August 31, 1949, and is definitely worth watching.

Cast: Joseph Cotten (Holly Martins) , Alida Valli (Anna Schmidt) , Orson Welles (Harry Lime) , Trevor Howard (Major Calloway) , Paul Hörbiger (Karl the Porter) , Ernst Deutsch (‘Baron’ Kurtz) , Erich Ponto (Dr. Winkel) , Siegfried Breuer (Popescu) , Hedwig Bleibtreu (Anna’s Landlady) , Bernard Lee (Sergeant Paine) , Wilfrid Hyde-White (Crabbin) , Alexis Chesnakov (Col. Brodsky the Russian Liaison Officer (uncredited)) , Thomas Gallagher (Taxi Driver (uncredited)) , Herbert Halbik (Hänsel the Little Boy with Ball (uncredited)) , Hannah Norbert (Actress at Josefstadt Theater (uncredited)) , Eric Pohlmann (Waiter at Smolka’s (uncredited)) , Carol Reed (UK Version’s Opening Narrator (uncredited)) , Annie Rosar (The Porter’s Wife (uncredited)) , Frederick Schrecker (Hansel’s Father (uncredited)) , Hugo Schuster (Waiter (uncredited)) , Karl Stepanek (Actor at Josefstadt Theater (uncredited)) , Theodore Gottlieb (Man on Street (uncredited)) , Jenny Werner (Dr. Winkel’s Maid Hilde (uncredited)) , Reed De Rouen (American MP (uncredited))

Directors: Carol Reed

Writers: Graham Greene

Tags: austria, cemetery, black market, grave, soviet military, prater, british army, staged death, investigation, cover-up, film noir, foot chase, vienna, austria, sewer, missing person, post world war ii, ferris wheel, penicillin, forged passport

The Heiress

The Heiress

Release Date: 1949-10-06

Genres: Drama, Romance, History

“The Heiress” is a captivating drama set in 1840s New York, starring Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, and Ralph Richardson. It follows the story of Catherine, a plain and introverted young woman living with her distant father. When a charming social climber named Morris sets his sights on her heart and inheritance, Catherine’s life takes an unexpected turn. Released in 1949, this film offers a compelling portrayal of love, betrayal, and the complexities of family dynamics in a bygone era.

Cast: Olivia de Havilland (Catherine Sloper) , Montgomery Clift (Morris Townsend) , Ralph Richardson (Dr. Austin Sloper) , Miriam Hopkins (Lavinia Penniman) , Vanessa Brown (Maria) , Mona Freeman (Maria Almond) , Ray Collins (Jefferson Almond) , Betty Linley (Mme. Montgomery) , Selena Royle (Elizabeth Almond) , Paul Lees (Arthur Townsend) , Harry Antrim (M. Abeel) , Russ Conway (Quintus) , David Thursby (Geier) , Nan Boardman (French Maid (uncredited)) , Loulette Sablon (French Maid (uncredited)) , Jack Chefe (French Waiter (uncredited)) , Ray De Ravenne (French Waiter (uncredited)) , Marcel De La Brosse (French Porter (uncredited)) , Albert Pollet (French Porter (uncredited)) , Arthur Dulac (French Bellboy (uncredited)) , Lester Dorr (Groom (uncredited)) , Franklyn Farnum (Dr. Isaacs (uncredited)) , Louise Lorimer (Dr. Sloper’s Secretary (uncredited)) , Sam Harris (Party Guest (uncredited)) , Donald Kerr (Fish Peddler (uncredited))

Directors: William Wyler

Writers: Henry James, Augustus Goetz, Ruth Goetz

Tags: new york city, famous score, marriage, love, wealth, money, inheritance, manhattan, new york city, embroidery, spinster, 19th century, fortune, fortune hunter, white gloves

Kind Hearts and Coronets

Kind Hearts and Coronets

Release Date: 1949-06-21

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Crime

“Kind Hearts and Coronets” is a captivating black comedy released in 1949. The film follows Louis Mazzini, who seeks revenge on his aristocratic family after they deny his mother a proper burial. With an impressive cast including Dennis Price, Valerie Hobson, and Alec Guinness, this movie takes you on a thrilling journey as Louis attempts to eliminate every family member standing in his way of the family fortune, all while navigating a complicated love triangle. It’s a must-watch for fans of dark humor and clever storytelling.

Cast: Dennis Price (Louis Mazzini / His Father) , Valerie Hobson (Edith D’Ascoyne) , Joan Greenwood (Sibella) , Alec Guinness (The D’Ascoyne Family: The Duke / The Banker / The Parson / The General / The Admiral / Young Ascoyne / Young Henry / Lady Agatha) , Audrey Fildes (Mama) , Miles Malleson (The Hangman) , Clive Morton (The Prison Governor) , John Penrose (Lionel Holland) , Cecil Ramage (Crown Counsel) , Hugh Griffith (Lord High Steward) , John Salew (Mr. Perkins) , Eric Messiter (Inspector Burgoyne) , Lyn Evans (The Farmer) , Barbara Leake (The Schoolmistress) , Peggy Ann Clifford (Maud Redpole) , Anne Valery (The Girl in the Punt) , Arthur Lowe (The Reporter) , Peter Gawthorne (First Lord Delivering Verdict (uncredited)) , Molly Hamley-Clifford (Lady Redpole (uncredited)) , Leslie Handford (Gamekeeper Hoskins (uncredited)) , Cavan Malone (Young Graham (uncredited)) , Jeremy Spenser (Young Louis (uncredited)) , Carol White (Young Sibella (uncredited)) , Laurence Naismith (Warder in Jail (uncredited)) , Gordon Phillott (Clerk of Parliament (uncredited))

Directors: Robert Hamer

Writers: John Dighton, Robert Hamer, Roy Horniman, Nancy Mitford

Tags: poison, prison, based on novel or book, italian, jealousy, gallows, hot air balloon, widow, duke, relatives, dark comedy, singer, black and white, series of murders, heir, dysfunctional relationship, edwardian england, early 1900s

White Heat

White Heat

Release Date: 1949-09-02

Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller

“White Heat” is a thrilling crime film released in 1949, starring James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, and Edmond O’Brien. It follows the story of a psychopathic criminal who escapes from prison and leads his old gang in a daring heist at a chemical plant. As the plot unfolds, the movie takes unexpected twists, keeping you on the edge of your seat. With a stellar cast and a release date of September 2, 1949, this film is definitely one of the best voted movies of that year.

Cast: James Cagney (Arthur ‘Cody’ Jarrett) , Virginia Mayo (Verna Jarrett) , Edmond O’Brien (Vic Pardo) , Margaret Wycherly (Ma Jarrett) , Steve Cochran (‘Big Ed’ Somers) , John Archer (Philip Evans) , Wally Cassell (‘Cotton’ Valletti) , Fred Clark (Daniel Winston) , Paul Guilfoyle (Roy Parker) , Ford Rainey (Zuckie) , Robert Foulk (Payroll Guard at Chemical Plant) , Ian MacDonald (Creel) , Robert Osterloh (Ryley) , Joel Allen (Operative (uncredited)) , Claudia Barrett (Cashier (uncredited)) , Ray Bennett (Guard (uncredited)) , Marshall Bradford (Chief of Police (uncredited)) , Chet Brandenburg (Convict (uncredited)) , John Butler (Motorist at Gas Station (uncredited)) , Robert Carson (Agent at Directional Map (uncredited)) , Bill Cartledge (Car-Hop at Drive-In Theatre (uncredited)) , Leo Cleary (Railroad Fireman (uncredited)) , Fred Coby (Happy Taylor (uncredited)) , Tom Coleman (Court Officer (uncredited)) , G. Pat Collins (The Reader (uncredited))

Directors: Raoul Walsh

Writers: Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts, Virginia Kellogg

Tags: prison, parent child relationship, gangster, undercover agent, mama’s boy, psychopath, film noir, heist, on the run, shootout, train, explosion, killer, inmate, criminal gang, prison break, infiltrate, unfaithful wife

Stray Dog

Stray Dog

Release Date: 1949-10-17

Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller

“Stray Dog” is a gripping crime drama set in 1949 Tokyo. When a young detective has his gun stolen by a pickpocket on a crowded bus, he goes undercover to track down the culprit. As he delves deeper into the city’s sweltering streets, the lines between cop and criminal blur, leading to a thrilling examination of the detective’s own dark side. Starring Toshirō Mifune and Takashi Shimura, this 1949 release is a must-watch for fans of intense and suspenseful movies.

Cast: Toshirō Mifune (Det. Murakami) , Takashi Shimura (Det. Sato) , Keiko Awaji (Harumi Namiki) , Eiko Miyoshi (Harumi’s mother) , Noriko Sengoku (Girl) , Noriko Honma (Wooden Tub Shop woman) , Reikichi Kawamura () , Chōko Iida (Kogetsu Hotel manager) , Eijirō Tōno () , Yasushi Nagata () , Kappei Matsumoto () , Isao Kimura (Yusa) , Teruko Kishi () , Minoru Chiaki (Girlie Show director) , Ichirō Sugai (Yayoi Hotel owner) , Gen Shimizu (Police Inspector Nakajima) , Kan Yanagiya (Police Officer) , Reizaburo Yamamoto (Hondo) , Hajime Izu (Criminal Identification Officer) , Masao Shimizu (Nakamura) , Kokuten Kōdō (Old Landlord) , Yūnosuke Itō (Bluebird Theatre manager) , Akira Ubukata (Police Doctor) , Fujio Nagahama (Sakura Hotel manager) , Isao Ubukata ()

Directors: Akira Kurosawa

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Ryūzō Kikushima

Tags: detective, gun, film noir, tokyo, japan, post war japan, heatwave, crime

Bitter Rice

Bitter Rice

Release Date: 1949-09-30

Genres: Drama, Crime

“Bitter Rice” is a captivating Italian film from 1949 that tells the story of Francesca and Walter, two small-time criminals who find themselves entangled in a thrilling plot. To evade the police, Francesca joins a group of women rice workers where she meets the alluring Silvana and the soon-to-be-discharged soldier, Marco. As their paths intertwine, the movie takes us on a rollercoaster ride of robbery, love, and murder, making it a must-watch for fans of crime dramas. Starring Vittorio Gassman, Doris Dowling, Silvana Mangano, and Raf Vallone, this movie is a true gem from the golden era of cinema.

Cast: Vittorio Gassman (Walter) , Doris Dowling (Francesca) , Silvana Mangano (Silvana) , Raf Vallone (Marco) , Checco Rissone (Aristide) , Nico Pepe (Beppe) , Adriana Sivieri (Celeste) , Lia Corelli (Amelia) , Maria Grazia Francia (Gabriella) , Dedi Ristori (Anna) , Anna Maestri (Irene) , Mariemma Bardi (Gianna) , Maria Capuzzo (Giulia) , Isabella Zennaro (Rosa) , Carlo Mazzarella (Gianetto) , Attilio Dottesio (Radio Reporter (Uncredited)) , Manlio Mannozzi (Alessandro (Uncredited)) , Mariano Englen (Cesare) , Antonio Nediani (Erminio) , Ermanno Randi (Paolo) , Aristide Catoni ((uncredited))

Directors: Giuseppe De Santis

Writers: Ivo Perilli, Giuseppe De Santis, Carlo Lizzani, Gianni Puccini, Corrado Alvaro, Carlo Musso

Tags: suicide, thief

The Quiet Duel

The Quiet Duel

Release Date: 1949-03-19

Genres: Drama

“The Quiet Duel” is a captivating 1949 movie starring Toshirō Mifune and Miki Sanjō. Set in a small and seedy district during the war, it follows a young doctor who contracts syphilis while saving a patient’s life. Tormented by guilt, he keeps his illness a secret, leading to heartbreak and a mysterious rejection of his fiancée. With a talented cast and a gripping storyline, this film is a must-watch for fans of thought-provoking dramas.

Cast: Toshirō Mifune (Dr. Kyoji Fujisaki) , Miki Sanjō (Misao Matsumoto) , Takashi Shimura (Dr. Konosuke Fujisaki) , Kenjiro Uemura (Susumu Nakada) , Isamu Yamaguchi (Patrolman Nosaka) , Noriko Sengoku (Apprentice Nurse) , Chieko Nakakita (Takiko Nakada) , Kenichi Miyajima () , Masatoki Sasaki (Old soldier) , Seiji Izumi (Policeman) , Tadashi Date (Father of boy with appendicitis) , Shigeyuki Miyajima (Officer) , Junnosuke Miyazaki (Cpl. Horiguchi) , Kisao Tobita (Boy with typhoid) , Kan Takami (Laborer) , Etsuko Sudo (Mother of boy with appendicitis) , Hatsuko Wakahara (Mii-chan) , Hiroko Machida (Nurse Imai) , Wakayo Matsumura (Student Nurse) , Yakuko Ikegami (Gaudy Woman) , Shigeru Matsumoto (Boy with appendicitis) , Yosuke Kudo (Boy)

Directors: Akira Kurosawa

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Kazuo Kikuta

Tags: nurse, surgeon, syphillis, doctor, field hospital

Thieves' Highway

Thieves’ Highway

Release Date: 1949-09-20

Genres: Drama, Thriller, Crime

“Thieves’ Highway” is a gripping film released in 1949 that follows the story of Nick Garcos, a World War II veteran who returns home to find his father victimized by a mob-connected trucker named Mike Figlia. Determined to seek justice, Nick teams up with a prostitute named Rica, and together they embark on a thrilling journey to take down Mike and his criminal associates. With a stellar cast including Richard Conte, Valentina Cortese, and Lee J. Cobb, this movie delves into the dark underbelly of the local crime underworld, keeping you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Cast: Richard Conte (Nick Garcos) , Valentina Cortese (Rica) , Lee J. Cobb (Mike Figlia) , Barbara Lawrence (Polly Faber) , Jack Oakie (Slob) , Millard Mitchell (Ed Kinney) , Joseph Pevney (Pete) , Morris Carnovsky (Yanko Garcos) , Tamara Shayne (Parthena Garcos) , Kasia Orzazewski (Mrs. Polansky) , Norbert Schiller (Mr. Polansky) , Hope Emerson (Midge) , Percy Helton (Roadside Bar Manager (uncredited)) , Walter Baldwin (Officer Riley (uncredited)) , Robert Bice (Announcer (uncredited)) , Howland Chamberlain (Mr. Faber (uncredited)) , David Clarke (Mitch (uncredited)) , Roy Damron (Motor Policeman (uncredited)) , Jules Dassin (Man in Freight Elevator (uncredited)) , Al Eben (Newman (uncredited)) , Robert Foulk (Taller Cop at Roadside Bar (uncredited)) , Joe Haworth (Inspector (uncredited)) , Ted Jordan (State Highway Policeman (uncredited)) , Frank Kreig (Clerk (uncredited)) , Saul Martell (Stukas (uncredited))

Directors: Jules Dassin

Writers: A.I. Bezzerides

Tags: san francisco, california, film noir, truck driver, produce, truck crash, apple picking

The Set-Up

The Set-Up

Release Date: 1949-03-29

Genres: Crime, Drama

“The Set-Up” is a gripping boxing film released in 1949, starring Robert Ryan and Audrey Totter. The story revolves around a boxing manager who secretly accepts bribes from a betting gangster, putting his fighter’s future at risk. With a talented cast and a thrilling plot, this movie is definitely worth watching for fans of classic cinema.

Cast: Robert Ryan (Stoker) , Audrey Totter (Julie) , George Tobias (Tiny) , Alan Baxter (Little Boy) , Wallace Ford (Gus) , Percy Helton (Red) , Hal Baylor (Tiger Nelson) , Darryl Hickman (Shanley) , Kevin O’Morrison (Moore) , James Edwards (Luther Hawkins) , David Clarke (Gunboat Johnson) , Phillip Pine (Souza) , Edwin Max (Danny) , Herbert Anderson (Husband (uncredited)) , Larry Anzalone (Mexican Fighter (uncredited)) , Arthur Berkeley (Cafe Patron (uncredited)) , Burman Bodel (Man (uncredited)) , John Butler (Blind Man’s Buddy (uncredited)) , Noble ‘Kid’ Chissell (Handler (uncredited)) , Bud Cokes (Fight Spectator (uncredited)) , Heinie Conklin (Fight Spectator (uncredited)) , Gene Delmont (Handler (uncredited)) , Abe Dinovitch (Ring Caller (uncredited)) , Paul Dubov (Gambler (uncredited)) , Arthur ‘Weegee’ Fellig (Timekeeper (uncredited))

Directors: Robert Wise

Writers: Robert Wise, Art Cohn, Joseph Moncure March

Tags: gambling, transporter, boxer, sports, film noir, boxing

A Letter to Three Wives

A Letter to Three Wives

Release Date: 1949-01-20

Genres: Drama, Romance, Mystery

Hey friend! So, there’s this movie called “A Letter to Three Wives” that came out in 1949. It’s about three wives who receive a letter from their “best friend” Addie Ross, who tells them she’s running away with one of their husbands, but doesn’t reveal which one. The movie stars Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern, Kirk Douglas, Paul Douglas, Barbara Lawrence, Jeffrey Lynn, Connie Gilchrist, Florence Bates, and Hobart Cavanaugh. It sounds like a pretty intriguing and suspenseful story, right?

Cast: Jeanne Crain (Deborah Bishop) , Linda Darnell (Lora Mae Hollingsway) , Ann Sothern (Rita Phipps) , Kirk Douglas (George Phipps) , Paul Douglas (Porter Hollingsway) , Barbara Lawrence (Georgiana ‘Babe’ Finney) , Jeffrey Lynn (Bradford ‘Brad’ Bishop) , Connie Gilchrist (Mrs. Ruby Finney) , Florence Bates (Mrs. Manleigh) , Hobart Cavanaugh (Mr. Manleigh) , John Davidson (John, First Waiter (uncredited)) , Franklyn Farnum (Country Club Member (uncredited)) , Celeste Holm (Addie Ross (voice) (uncredited)) , Mae Marsh (Miss Jenkins (uncredited)) , Thelma Ritter (Sadie Dugan (uncredited)) , Carl Switzer (Leo, Second Messenger (uncredited))

Directors: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Writers: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Vera Caspary, John Klempner

Tags: based on novel or book, boat, radio, picnic, letter, wife, marriage, flashback, black and white

Criss Cross

Criss Cross

Release Date: 1949-02-04

Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller

“Criss Cross” is a gripping film from 1949 starring Burt Lancaster, Yvonne De Carlo, and Dan Duryea. It follows the story of Steve Thompson, who finds himself caught in a dangerous love triangle when he returns to Los Angeles. As he rekindles his romance with his ex-wife, Anna, she unexpectedly marries a mobster named Slim Dundee. To divert suspicion, Steve leads Dundee into a daring daylight armored-truck robbery. Get ready for a thrilling ride filled with suspense and unexpected twists in this classic movie.

Cast: Burt Lancaster (Steve Thompson) , Yvonne De Carlo (Anna) , Dan Duryea (Slim Dundee) , Stephen McNally (Det. Lt. Peter ‘Pete’ Ramirez) , Esy Morales (Orchestra Leader) , Tom Pedi (Vincent) , Percy Helton (Frank) , Alan Napier (Finchley) , Griff Barnett (Pop) , Meg Randall (Helen) , Richard Long (Slade Thompson) , Joan Miller (The Lush) , Edna Holland (Mrs. Thompson) , John Doucette (Walt) , Marc Krah (Mort) , James O’Rear (Waxie) , John “Skins” Miller (Midget) , Tony Curtis (Gigolo (uncredited)) , Gene Evans (Donlan (uncredited)) , Beatrice Roberts (Nurse (uncredited)) , Jean Bane (Girl (uncredited)) , Ralph Brooks (Newsstand Proprietor (uncredited)) , Dolores Castle (Girl (uncredited)) , Michael Cisney (Chester (uncredited)) , Corky (Corky the Dog (uncredited))

Directors: Robert Siodmak

Writers: William Bowers, Daniel Fuchs, Don Tracy

Tags: based on novel or book, armored car, film noir, mobster, los angeles, california, attempted robbery

Adam's Rib

Adam’s Rib

Release Date: 1949-11-18

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

“Adam’s Rib” is a classic comedy-drama released in 1949, starring the iconic duo Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. The movie revolves around a married couple, both lawyers, who find themselves on opposing sides of a high-profile case. As they battle it out in court, their once-perfect marriage is put to the test, leading to hilarious and heartfelt everyday quarrels. With a talented cast including Judy Holliday and Tom Ewell, this film is a must-watch for fans of Tracy and Hepburn’s on-screen chemistry.

Cast: Spencer Tracy (Adam Bonner) , Katharine Hepburn (Amanda Bonner) , Judy Holliday (Doris Attinger) , Tom Ewell (Warren Attinger) , David Wayne (Kip Lurie) , Jean Hagen (Beryl Caighn) , Hope Emerson (Olympia La Pere) , Eve March (Grace) , Clarence Kolb (Judge Reiser) , Emerson Treacy (Jules Frikke) , Polly Moran (Mrs. McGrath) , Will Wright (Judge Marcasson) , Elizabeth Flournoy (Dr. Margaret Brodeigh) , Bonnie Bannon (Woman in Courtroom (uncredited)) , Charles Bastin (Young District Attorney (uncredited)) , Harry Baum (Commuter (uncredited)) , Joseph E. Bernard (Mr. Bonner – Adam’s Father (uncredited)) , Madge Blake (Mrs. Bonner – Adam’s Mother (uncredited)) , Harris Brown (Court Attendant (uncredited)) , David Clarke (Roy (uncredited)) , Harry Cody (Criminal Attorney (uncredited)) , Dick Cogan (Reporter (uncredited)) , Paul Cramer (Stenographer (uncredited)) , Bert Davidson (Subway Guard (uncredited)) , Roger Davis (Paul Hurlock (uncredited))

Directors: George Cukor

Writers: Ruth Gordon, Garson Kanin

Tags: husband wife relationship, marriage, lawyer, singing, courtroom, prosecutor, subway station, grapefruit, afi

Twelve O'Clock High

Twelve O’Clock High

Release Date: 1949-12-21

Genres: War, Action, Drama

“Twelve O’Clock High” is a gripping war drama set during the early days of daylight bombing raids over Germany. Starring Gregory Peck, the movie follows General Frank Savage as he takes command of a struggling bomber group. With heavy losses and relentless attacks by German fighters, Savage faces the daunting task of transforming his unit into a disciplined fighting force. Released in 1949, this film is a must-watch for fans of intense wartime stories and outstanding performances by a talented cast.

Cast: Gregory Peck (Brigadier General Frank Savage) , Hugh Marlowe (Lieutenant Colonel Ben Gately) , Gary Merrill (Colonel Keith Davenport) , Millard Mitchell (Major General Patrick Pritchard) , Dean Jagger (Major / Lieutenant Colonel Harvey Stovall) , Robert Arthur (Sergeant McIllhenny) , Paul Stewart (Major “Doc” Kaiser (flight surgeon)) , John Kellogg (Major Cobb) , Robert Patten (Lieutenant Bishop) , Lee MacGregor (Lieutenant Zimmerman) , Sam Edwards (Lieutenant Birdwell) , Roger Anderson (Interrogation Officer) , Lawrence Dobkin (Captain Twombley, group chaplain) , Paul Picerni (Bombardier) , Harry Lauter (Radio officer) , Barry Jones (Lord Haw-Haw, German radio commentator (voice)) , Don Gordon (First patient in base hospital) , Kenneth Tobey (Sgt. Keller) , Patrick Whyte (Clerk) , Peter Ortiz (Weather Observer)

Directors: Henry King

Writers: Sy Bartlett, Beirne Lay Jr.

Tags: based on novel or book, world war ii, nazi, u.s. air force, military base, air raid, bomber pilot, 1940s

On the Town

On the Town

Release Date: 1949-12-08

Genres: Romance, Comedy, Music

“On the Town” is a classic movie from 1949 that follows the hilarious adventures of three sailors on a 24-hour leave in New York City. With an all-star cast including Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Betty Garrett, this film promises a whirlwind of laughter, romance, and mischief as the sailors search for love in the Big Apple. Released on December 8, 1949, it’s no wonder this movie made it to the list of the 20 best voted movies of that year!

Cast: Gene Kelly (Gabey) , Frank Sinatra (Chip) , Betty Garrett (Brunhilde Esterhazy) , Ann Miller (Claire Huddesen) , Jules Munshin (Ozzie) , Vera-Ellen (Ivy Smith) , Florence Bates (Madame Dilyovska) , Alice Pearce (Lucy Schmeeler) , George Meader (Professor) , Murray Alper (Cab Company Owner (uncredited)) , Bette Arlen (“Day in New York” Ballet Dancer (uncredited)) , Anne Beck (Nightclub Patron (uncredited)) , Bea Benaderet (Brooklyn Girl on Subway (uncredited)) , Gladys Blake (Brooklyn Girl on Subway (uncredited)) , Eugene Borden (Waiter (uncredited)) , Leonard Bremen (Spectator (uncredited)) , Don Brodie (Photo Layout Man (uncredited)) , Ralph Brooks (Nightclub Patron (uncredited)) , Claire Carleton (Nightclub Patron (uncredited)) , Peter Chong (Bartender (uncredited)) , Dorinda Clifton (“Day in New York” Ballet Dancer (uncredited)) , Hans Conried (Francois (uncredited)) , Jeanne Coyne (“Day in New York” Ballet Dancer (uncredited)) , Lester Dorr (Subway Passenger (uncredited)) , Tom Dugan (Officer Tracy (uncredited))

Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

Writers: Adolph Green, Jerome Robbins, Betty Comden

Tags: new york city, musical, u.s. navy, coney island, sailor, new york subway, anthropologist, empire state building, turnstile, shore leave

The Fountainhead

The Fountainhead

Release Date: 1949-06-25

Genres: Drama, Romance

“The Fountainhead” is a captivating movie released in 1949, starring Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal, and Raymond Massey. It tells the story of an unwavering architect who fights against societal pressures to conform and maintains his individuality and integrity. Set in a time of personal, professional, and economic challenges, this film explores the struggles faced by the protagonist as he strives to uphold his visionary ideals.

Cast: Gary Cooper (Howard Roark) , Patricia Neal (Dominique Francon) , Raymond Massey (Gail Wynand) , Kent Smith (Peter Keating) , Robert Douglas (Elsworth Toohey) , Henry Hull (Henry Cameron) , Ray Collins (Roger Enright) , Moroni Olsen (Chairman) , Jerome Cowan (Alvah Scarret) , Bob Alden (Newsboy (uncredited)) , John Alvin (Young Intellectual (uncredited)) , Morris Ankrum (Prosecutor (uncredited)) , Lois Austin (Female Party Guest (uncredited)) , Griff Barnett (Judge (uncredited)) , Monte Blue (Gas Station Executive (uncredited)) , Gail Bonney (Woman (uncredited)) , Ralph Brooks (Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)) , Glen Cavender (Pedestrian Onlooker (uncredited)) , Dorothy Christy (Society Woman (uncredited)) , Tris Coffin (Toohey’s Secretary (uncredited)) , Tom Coleman (Court Clerk (uncredited)) , G. Pat Collins (Jury Foreman (uncredited)) , James Conaty (Party Guest (uncredited)) , Bill Dagwell (Banner Shipping Clerk (uncredited)) , Ann Doran (Wynand’s Secretary (uncredited))

Directors: King Vidor

Writers: Ayn Rand

Tags: new york city, based on novel or book, newspaper, architect, integrity

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

Release Date: 1949-10-22

Genres: Western

“She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” is a captivating 1949 movie set in the aftermath of Custer’s defeat by Native Americans. The story follows Captain Nathan Brittles, who is tasked with leading a patrol while also escorting the wife and niece of the fort’s commanding officer. As retirement looms near for Brittles, the presence of Olivia, the niece, creates a romantic tension among the young officers. With an impressive cast including John Wayne and Joanne Dru, this film, released on October 22, 1949, beautifully portrays the complexities of love and duty in the midst of historical events.

Cast: John Wayne (Capt. Nathan Cutting Brittles) , Joanne Dru (Olivia Dandridge) , John Agar (Lt. Flint Cohill) , Ben Johnson (Sgt. Tyree) , Harry Carey, Jr. (2nd Lt. Ross Pennell) , Victor McLaglen (First Sergeant Quincannon) , Mildred Natwick (Abby Allshard (“Old Iron Pants”)) , George O’Brien (Maj. Mac Allshard) , Arthur Shields (Dr. O’Laughlin) , Michael Dugan (Sgt. Hochbauer) , Chief John Big Tree (Chief Pony That Walks) , Fred Graham (Sgt. Hench) , George Sky Eagle (Chief Sky Eagle) , Tom Tyler (Cpl. Mike Quayne) , Noble Johnson (Chief Red Shirt) , Paul Fix (Gunrunner (uncredited)) , Francis Ford (Connelly – Fort Stark Suttlers Barman (uncredited)) , Cliff Lyons (Trooper Cliff (uncredited)) , Frank McGrath (Bugler / Indian (uncredited)) , Irving Pichel (Narrator (voice) (uncredited)) , William Steele (Officer (uncredited)) , Jack Tornek (Officer (uncredited)) , Dan White (Trooper (uncredited)) , Harry Woods (Karl Rynders (uncredited)) , Peter Ortiz (Gunrunner (uncredited))

Directors: John Ford

Writers: Laurence Stallings, Frank S. Nugent, James Warner Bellah

Tags: captain, fort, retirement, attack, cavalry

All the King's Men

All the King’s Men

Release Date: 1949-11-16

Genres: Drama

“All the King’s Men” is a captivating movie from 1949 that tells the story of a man who starts from humble beginnings but rises to power through questionable means. With an impressive cast including Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, and Joanne Dru, the film takes you on a wild ride alongside an honest reporter, a classy society girl, and a cunning political flack. Released on November 16, 1949, this movie is definitely one of the best voted films of that year.

Cast: Broderick Crawford (Willie Stark) , John Ireland (Jack Burden) , Joanne Dru (Anne Stanton) , John Derek (Tom Stark) , Mercedes McCambridge (Sadie Burke) , Shepperd Strudwick (Adam Stanton) , Ralph Dumke (Tiny Duffy) , Anne Seymour (Mrs. Lucy Stark) , Katherine Warren (Mrs. Burden) , Raymond Greenleaf (Judge Monte Stanton) , Walter Burke (Sugar Boy) , Will Wright (Dolph Pillsbury) , Grandon Rhodes (Floyd McEvoy) , Marshall Bradford (Senator (uncredited)) , Chet Brandenburg (Man Listening to Speech (uncredited)) , Wheaton Chambers (Senator (uncredited)) , Stephen Chase (Puckett (uncredited)) , Tom Coleman (Man Tearing Down Poster (uncredited)) , James Conaty (Party Guest (uncredited)) , Roy Darmour (Politician at Harrison’s Headquarters (uncredited)) , Earle S. Dewey (Joe Harrison (Uncredited)) , King Donovan (Reporter (Uncredited)) , Robert Filmer (Editor (Uncredited)) , Paul Ford (Spokesman for Impeachment (Uncredited)) , Dick Gordon (Politician (Uncredited))

Directors: Robert Rossen

Writers: Robert Rossen, Robert Penn Warren

Tags: southern usa, based on novel or book, newspaper, governor, politics, politician, rise and fall, reporter, black and white, political assassination, corrupt politician, hick

Totò cerca casa

Totò cerca casa

Release Date: 1949-12-09

Genres: Comedy

“Totò cerca casa” is a heartwarming Italian film released in 1949. Set in post-war Rome, the movie follows Beniamino and his family as they search for a new home after living in a school for five years. With a talented cast including Totò, Alda Mangini, and Lia Molfesi, this film beautifully captures the struggles and challenges faced by families in finding a place to call their own.

Cast: Totò (Beniamino Lomacchio) , Alda Mangini (Amalia, la moglie de Lomacchio) , Lia Molfesi (Aida, la figlia) , Mario Castellani (Truffatore) , Aroldo Tieri (Checchino) , Folco Lulli (ambasciatore turco) , Enzo Biliotti (sindaco) , Giacomo Furia (Pasquale Saluto) , Marisa Merlini (patronessa) , Luigi Pavese (capufficio) , Cesare Polacco (vice custode) , Mario Riva (proprietario dell’agenzia) , Mario Gattari (Il figlio) , Pietro De Vico (il cinese) , Flavio Forin (Il vedovone) , Alfredo Ragusa (il bidello) , Lilo Weibel (La turca)

Directors: Mario Monicelli, Steno

Writers: Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Mario Monicelli, Steno, Vittorio Metz, Alfredo Moscariello


I Was a Male War Bride

I Was a Male War Bride

Release Date: 1949-08-26

Genres: Comedy, Romance, War

“I Was a Male War Bride” is a delightful romantic comedy released in 1949. Starring the charismatic Cary Grant and the talented Ann Sheridan, the film tells the story of a French captain who falls in love with an American lieutenant while working together in post-war Germany. Faced with the challenge of the War Bride Act, the captain embarks on a hilarious journey to find a way to join his wife in the United States.

Cast: Cary Grant (Capt. Henri Rochard) , Ann Sheridan (Lt. Catherine Gates) , Marion Marshall (Lt. Kitty Lawrence) , Randy Stuart (Lt. Eloise Billings) , Bill Neff (Capt. Jack Ramsey) , Russ Conway (Cmdr. Willis – Chaplain (uncredited)) , Gene Garrick (Tony Jowitt (uncredited)) , William Self (Sergeant (uncredited)) , Robert Adair (Col. Bliven (uncredited)) , Chris Adcock (Mail Clerk (uncredited)) , Mark Baker (Barracks Private (uncredited)) , Michael Balfour (Male Billet Sergeant (uncredited)) , Buzz Barbee (Soldier (uncredited)) , Estelle Brody (WAC Announcer Officer (uncredited)) , André Charlot (French Minister (uncredited)) , Russ Conway (Chaplain Willis (uncredited)) , H.P. Crowe (Military Police Sergeant at Heidelberg Town Hall (uncredited)) , Patricia Cutts (Girl in Doorway (uncredited)) , Coral Drouyn (Precocious Child (uncredited)) , Alex Gerry (Hotel Room Waiter (uncredited)) , Paul Hardtmuth (German Mayor (uncredited)) , Joe Haworth (Shore Patrolman (uncredited)) , Gil Herman (Naval Officer (uncredited)) , Arthur Hill (Dependents Clearing Officer (uncredited)) , Carl Jaffe (Jail Officer (uncredited))

Directors: Howard Hawks

Writers: Charles Lederer, Hagar Wilde, Leonard Spigelgass, Henri Rochard

Tags: captain, love, romantic comedy, american, war bride

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