10. Pride of the Yankees
Lou Gehrig, who was struck down with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis---the disease which now bears his name---in the prime of life, faced tragic circumstances with courage and dignity, and his story is brought beautifully to life through the Academy Award-nominated performance of Gary Cooper. (Reviewed HERE)
9. I'll Be Seeing You
Sweet, tender, touching wartime romantic drama starring Ginger Rogers and Joseph Cotten. (Reviewed HERE)
8. Random Harvest
Tender, touching romantic drama starring Greer Garson and Ronald Colman. (Reviewed HERE)
7. Double Indemnity
Fabulous film noir, directed by my favorite director, the great Billy Wilder. Starring Barbara Stanwyck as the femme fatale and Fred MacMurray---playing against type---as the man who falls for her charms.
6. The Postman Always Rings Twice
My all-time favorite film noir, featuring Lana Turner as the femme fatale and John Garfield as the man under her charms. (Reviewed HERE)
5. Waterloo Bridge
A sobber (for me) of a romantic drama starring Robert Taylor and Vivien Leigh. (Reviewed HERE)
4. Penny Serenade
Touching, tender tearjerker starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. Not his usual ladies' man here, Grant plays paternal, and he does so beautifully. (Reviewed HERE)
3. The Best Years of Our Lives
A big winner for the 1946 Academy Awards. Starring the amazing cast of Fredric March, Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, Harold Russell, and Hoagy Carmichael. (Reviewed HERE)
Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman were magical in this classic, which also stars Paul Henreid and Claude Rains. Having recently enjoyed this film on the "big screen," all I can say is that classic films were meant to be seen that way. (Reviewed HERE)
and my favorite film of the 1940's...
1. Now, Voyager
Touching and tender, this tearjerker romantic drama stars Bette Davis and Paul Henreid, with Claude Rains taking on a supporting role. Features perhaps the most beautiful film score I have ever heard. (Reviewed HERE)
My runner-up films for the 1940's are The Lost Weekend, White Heat, It's a Wonderful Life, Tomorrow Is Forever, and Yankee Doodle Dandy.
Next up, the 1950's.