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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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    It's a Wonderful Life

    1946, in 29 top lists Check
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    A Matter of Life and Death

    1946, in 21 top lists Check
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    The Best Years of Our Lives

    1946, in 26 top lists Check
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    Sciuscià

    1946 — a.k.a. Shoeshine, in 9 top lists Check
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    Notorious

    1946, in 22 top lists Check
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    The Big Sleep

    1946, in 19 top lists Check
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    La belle et la bête

    1946 — a.k.a. Beauty and the Beast, in 24 top lists Check
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