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The early years of the 40s decade were not promising for the American film industry, however, Hollywood film production rebounded and reached its profitable peak of efficiency during the years 1943 to 1946. Advances in film technology (sound recording, lighting, special effects, cinematography and use of color) meant that films were more watchable and 'modern'. The films themselves took on a more realistic rather than escapist tone, as they had done during the Depression years of the 30s. The 40s also were the decade that saw the birth of a new genre in film noir ("black film") pared with the revival of gangster films.

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    The Grapes of Wrath

    1940, in 20 top lists Check
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    The Great Dictator

    1940, in 20 top lists Check
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    His Girl Friday

    1940, in 16 top lists Check
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    The Philadelphia Story

    1940, in 16 top lists Check
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    Rebecca

    1940, in 20 top lists Check
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    The Shop Around the Corner

    1940, in 11 top lists Check
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    Citizen Kane

    1941, in 33 top lists Check
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    The Lady Eve

    1941, in 18 top lists Check
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    The Little Foxes

    1941, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Maltese Falcon

    1941, in 24 top lists Check
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    Sullivan's Travels

    1941, in 24 top lists Check
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    Casablanca

    1942, in 32 top lists Check
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    Now, Voyager

    1942, in 10 top lists Check
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    Random Harvest

    1942, in 5 top lists Check
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    To Be or Not to Be

    1942, in 19 top lists Check
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    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    1943 — a.k.a. The Adventures of Colonel Blimp, in 16 top lists Check
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    The More the Merrier

    1943, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Ox-Bow Incident

    1943 — a.k.a. Strange Incident, in 13 top lists Check
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    Shadow of a Doubt

    1943, in 11 top lists Check
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    Arsenic and Old Lace

    1944, in 5 top lists Check
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    Double Indemnity

    1944, in 29 top lists Check
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    Laura

    1944, in 19 top lists Check
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    The Miracle of Morgan's Creek

    1944, in 9 top lists Check
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    To Have and Have Not

    1944, in 14 top lists Check
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    Brief Encounter

    1945, in 19 top lists Check
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    Les enfants du paradis

    1945 — a.k.a. Children of Paradise, in 17 top lists Check
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    The Lost Weekend

    1945, in 15 top lists Check
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    Mildred Pierce

    1945, in 11 top lists Check
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    Roma, città aperta

    1945 — a.k.a. Open City, in 20 top lists Check
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    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    1945, in 4 top lists Check
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    La belle et la bête

    1946 — a.k.a. Beauty and the Beast, in 20 top lists Check
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    The Best Years of Our Lives

    1946, in 25 top lists Check
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    The Big Sleep

    1946, in 18 top lists Check
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    Great Expectations

    1946, in 17 top lists Check
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    It's a Wonderful Life

    1946, in 26 top lists Check
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    A Matter of Life and Death

    1946 — a.k.a. Stairway to Heaven, in 16 top lists Check
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    Notorious

    1946, in 21 top lists Check
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    Black Narcissus

    1947, in 14 top lists Check
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    Monsieur Verdoux

    1947, in 12 top lists Check
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    Out of the Past

    1947 — a.k.a. Build My Gallows High, in 13 top lists Check
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    I Remember Mama

    1948, in 2 top lists Check
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    Ladri di biciclette

    1948 — a.k.a. The Bicycle Thief, in 33 top lists Check
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    The Red Shoes

    1948, in 23 top lists Check
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    Rope

    1948, in 9 top lists Check
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    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    1948, in 25 top lists Check
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    Banshun

    1949 — a.k.a. Late Spring, in 11 top lists Check
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    The Heiress

    1949, in 8 top lists Check
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    Kind Hearts and Coronets

    1949, in 19 top lists Check
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    The Third Man

    1949, in 30 top lists Check
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    White Heat

    1949, in 14 top lists Check
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