Rankings: 1940-1949

1940:

1. The Shop Around the Corner
2. The Philadelphia Story
3. Fantasia
4. Christmas in July
5. His Girl Friday
6. Waterloo Bridge
7. Rebecca
8. The Grapes of Wrath
9. The Letter
10. They Drive By Night
11. The Long Voyage Home
12. The Mortal Storm
13. Remember the Night
14. Pinocchio
15. The Bank Dick
16. Northwest Passage
17. The Broadway Melody of 1940
18. The Thief of Baghdad
19. The Mark of Zorro
20. The Great McGinty
21. Comrade X
22. The Sea Hawk
23. Foreign Correspondent
24. The Great Dictator
25. Night Train to Munich
26. Dark Command
27. My Little Chickadee
28. My Favorite Wife
29. Virginia City
30. One Million BC
31. Santa Fe Trail

1941:

1. Citizen Kane
2. The Lady Eve
3. How Green Was My Valley
4. Hellzapoppin’
5. The Strawberry Blonde
6. The Maltese Falcon
7. The Shanghai Gesture
8. Suspicion
9. Ornamental Hairpin
10. High Sierra
11. Sullivan’s Travels
12. Swamp Water
13. Never Give a Sucker an Even Break
14. Man Hunt
15. 49th Parallel
16. Ball of Fire
17. The Devil and Daniel Webster
18. The Loyal 47 Ronin
19. They Died with Their Boots On
20. Dumbo
21. That Hamilton Woman
22. HM Pulham, Esq
23. Sergeant York
24. The Little Foxes
25. The Devil and Miss Jones
26. Sundown
27. That Uncertain Feeling
28. The Gay Falcon
29. Meet John Doe
30. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
31. Rage in Heaven
32. Two-Faced Woman
33. Tom, Dick and Harry
34. Smilin’ Through
35. Belle Starr: The Bandit Queen

1942:

1. Casablanca
2. Cat People
3. The Magnificent Ambersons
4. Bambi
5. The Palm Beach Story
6. Once Upon a Honeymoon
7. Now, Voyager
8. To Be or Not To Be
9. There Was a Father
10. This Gun for Hire
11. I Married a Witch
12. Wake Island
13. The Glass Key
14. China Girl
15. Mrs. Miniver
16. The Black Swan
17. Yankee Doodle Dandy
18. Talk of the Town
19. You Were Never Lovelier
20. For Me and My Gal
21. Son of Fury
22. Woman of the Year
23. Saboteur
24. The Major and the Minor
25. Across the Pacific
26. In this Our Life
27. Pride of the Yankees
28. Keeper of the Flame
29. The Lady is Willing

1943:

1. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
2. Day of Wrath
3. Meshes of the Afternoon
4. Heaven Can Wait
5. The Gang’s All Here
6. The Leopard Man
7. Shadow of a Doubt
8. I Walked with a Zombie
9. The 7th Victim
10. Air Force
11. Cabin in the Sky
12. Hangmen Also Die!
13. Sanshiro Sugata
14. The More the Merrier
15. The Constant Nymph
16. The Ox-Bow Incident
17. This Land is Mine
18. Northern Pursuit
19. Dream of the Red Chamber
20. I Dood It
21. Mission to Moscow
22. Jane Eyre
23. Thousands Cheer
24. Watch on the Rhine
25. Phantom of the Opera
26. Passport to Suez

1944:

1. Meet Me in St. Louis
2. A Canterbury Tale
3. To Have and Have Not
4. Ivan the Terrible Part 1
5. Double Indemnity
6. Laura
7. Curse of the Cat People
8. Hail the Conquering Hero
9. Going My Way
10. The Woman in the Window
11. Jammin’ the Blues
12. The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek
13. Passage to Marseille
14. Ministry of Fear
15. Lifeboat
16. Phantom Lady
17. Henry V
18. The Lodger
19. Cover Girl
20. The Three Caballeros
21. Mademoiselle Fifi
22. Arsenic & Old Lace
23. Gaslight
24. Christmas Holiday
25. Cobra Woman
26. The Canterville Ghost
27. Murder, My Sweet
28. The Mask of Dimitrios
29. Bluebeard
30. One Mysterious Night

1945:

1. Children of Paradise
2. They Were Expendable
3. Rome, Open City
4. Scarlet Street
5. The Clock
6. The Southerner
7. Leave Her to Heaven
8. Brief Encounter
9. The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail
10. Detour
11. Mildred Pierce
12. I Know Where I’m Going!
13. The Bells of St. Mary’s
14. Objective: Burma!
15. A Walk in the Sun
16. The Story of GI Joe
17. Fallen Angel
18. Our Vines Have Tender Grapes
19. The Spanish Main
20. The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry
21. My Name is Julia Ross
22. The House on 92nd Street
23. The Picture of Dorian Gray
24. Yolanda and the Thief
25. The Body Snatcher
26. A Song to Remember
27. The Lost Weekend
28. Anchors Aweigh
29. The Spiral Staircase
30. Ziegfeld Follies
31. Spellbound
32. Back to Bataan
33. Caesar and Cleopatra

1946:

1. The Big Sleep
2. It’s a Wonderful Life
3. A Matter of Life and Death
4. Notorious
5. Canyon Passage
6. No Regrets for Our Youth
7. Paisan
8. The Best Years of Our Lives
9. My Darling Clementine
10. Beauty and the Beast
11. The Razor’s Edge
12. Gilda
13. A Scandal in Paris
14. The Killers
15. Gates of the Night
16. Diary of a Chambermaid
17. The Postman Always Rings Twice
18. Dirty Gertie from Harlem USA
19. Deception
20. The Stranger
21. The Blue Dahlia
22. The Strange Woman
23. Dragonwyck
24. Duel in the Sun
25. So Dark the Night
26. Green for Danger
27. Donald’s Double Trouble
28. Undercurrent
29. The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
30. Etoile sans lumière
31. The Dark Corner
32. Bedlam
33. The Harvey Girls
34. Dressed to Kill
35. Tomorrow is Forever
36. Song of the South
37. A Night in Casablanca

1947:

1. Black Narcissus
2. Out of the Past
3. The Lady from Shanghai
4. Monsieur Verdoux
5. The Ghost & Mrs. Muir
6. The Spring River Flows East
7. Odd Man Out
8. T-Men
9. The Woman on the Beach
10. The Secret Beyond the Door
11. The Man I Love
12. Crossfire
13. Kiss of Death
14. Ramrod
15. Lured
16. Cheyenne
17. The Unsuspected
18. The Late George Apley
19. Born To Kill
20. Dark Passage
21. Sinbad the Sailor
22. Railroaded!
23. Nightmare Alley
24. The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
25. The Egg and I
26. Gentlemen’s Agreement

1948:

1. The Red Shoes
2. Fort Apache
3. The Pirate
4. Red River
5. Unfaithfully Yours
6. Letter from an Unknown Woman
7. Louisiana Story
8. Spring in a Small Town
9. They Live by Night
10. Force of Evil
11. The Naked City
12. Macbeth
13. Moonrise
14. Portrait of Jennie
15. Easter Parade
16. Rope
17. He Walked by Night
18. The Big Clock
19. Drunken Angel
20. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
21. Hamlet
22. Bicycle Thieves
23. 3 Godfathers
24. Words and Music
25. Key Largo
26. Blood on the Moon
27. Berlin Express
28. Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
29. A Foreign Affair
30. The Three Musketeers

1949:

1. Late Spring
2. The Third Man
3. Under Capricorn
4. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
5. The Black Book
6. The Set-Up
7. Jour de fête
8. Thieves’ Highway
9. On the Town
10. Stray Dog
11. Kind Hearts and Coronets
12. The Small Back Room
13. I Was a Male War Bride
14. Whirlpool
15. A Letter to Three Wives
16. Caught
17. The Fountainhead
18. Battleground
19. Colorado Territory
20. Shockproof
21. Madame Bovary
22. White Heat
23. Adam’s Rib
24. The True Story of Wong Fei-hung: Whiplash Snuffs the Candle Flame
25. Holiday Affair
26. Sands of Iwo Jima
27. I Shot Jesse James
28. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
29. Follow Me Quietly
30. Samson and Delilah
31. Take Me Out to the Ballgame
32. All the King’s Men
33. In the Good Old Summertime
34. The Big Steal
35. A Woman’s Secret
36. The Barkleys of Broadway
37. Knock on Any Door
38. Black Magic