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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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  1. 8 -

    Double Indemnity

    1944, in 32 top lists Check
  2. 10 -

    White Heat

    1949, in 15 top lists Check
  3. 18 -

    Kind Hearts and Coronets

    1949, in 19 top lists Check
  4. 25 -

    The Maltese Falcon

    1941, in 26 top lists Check
  5. 29 -

    Rope

    1948, in 9 top lists Check
  6. 32 -

    Monsieur Verdoux

    1947, in 11 top lists Check
  7. 36 -

    The Big Sleep

    1946, in 19 top lists Check
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    Mildred Pierce

    1945, in 14 top lists Check
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    Laura

    1944, in 19 top lists Check
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    Arsenic and Old Lace

    1944, in 7 top lists Check
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    Nora inu

    1949 — a.k.a. Stray Dog, in 7 top lists Check
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