CriterionForum Lists Project - 1940s (Version 3.0)

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Every five years or so the film fans at Criterionforum.org spend half a year discussing the films of a certain decade - viewing and reviewing classics, championing favorites, and highlighting overlooked/underrated films. At the end of the discussion period they each submit lists of their fifty favorite films from the decade, and those lists are then compiled into a top 100, as well as a list of "also-rans" (the films which received more than one vote, but not enough to make the top 100.) This list includes both the top 100 and the "also-rans."

These are the results of the poll conducted from August 2011 to February 2012.

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  1. 1 new

    Citizen Kane

    1941, in 36 top lists Check
  2. 2 new

    Banshun

    1949 — a.k.a. Late Spring, in 13 top lists Check
  3. 3 new

    The Red Shoes

    1948, in 25 top lists Check
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    The Third Man

    1949, in 32 top lists Check
  5. 5 new

    Ivan Groznyy

    1944 — a.k.a. Ivan the Terrible, Part I, in 18 top lists Check
  6. 6 new

    Ivan Groznyy. Skaz vtoroy: Boyarskiy zagovor

    1958 — a.k.a. Ivan the Terrible, Part Two, in 13 top lists Check
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    Black Narcissus

    1947, in 14 top lists Check
  8. 8 new

    Casablanca

    1942, in 36 top lists Check
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    Letter from an Unknown Woman

    1948, in 14 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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    Vredens dag

    1943 — a.k.a. Day of Wrath, in 14 top lists Check
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    Notorious

    1946, in 22 top lists Check
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    Out of the Past

    1947, in 15 top lists Check
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    The Lady from Shanghai

    1947, in 9 top lists Check
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    The Big Sleep

    1946, in 20 top lists Check
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    The Magnificent Ambersons

    1942, in 13 top lists Check
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    The Best Years of Our Lives

    1946, in 25 top lists Check
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    Ladri di biciclette

    1948 — a.k.a. Bicycle Thieves, in 35 top lists Check
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    Rebecca

    1940, in 21 top lists Check
  20. 20 new

    Shadow of a Doubt

    1943, in 11 top lists Check
  21. 21 new

    Les enfants du paradis

    1945 — a.k.a. Children of Paradise, in 20 top lists Check
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    My Darling Clementine

    1946, in 19 top lists Check
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    Brief Encounter

    1945, in 20 top lists Check
  24. 24 new

    The Lady Eve

    1941, in 18 top lists Check
  25. 25 new

    Double Indemnity

    1944, in 32 top lists Check
  26. 26 new

    A Matter of Life and Death

    1946, in 22 top lists Check
  27. 27 new

    A Canterbury Tale

    1944, in 8 top lists Check
  28. 28 new

    I Know Where I'm Going!

    1945, in 12 top lists Check
  29. 29 new

    I Walked with a Zombie

    1943, in 8 top lists Check
  30. 30 new

    Laura

    1944, in 19 top lists Check
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    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    1943, in 17 top lists Check
  32. 32 new

    Kind Hearts and Coronets

    1949, in 20 top lists Check
  33. 33 new

    His Girl Friday

    1940, in 19 top lists Check
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    Meet Me in St. Louis

    1944, in 15 top lists Check
  35. 35 new

    The Curse of the Cat People

    1944, in 1 top list Check
  36. 36 new

    Red River

    1948, in 15 top lists Check
  37. 37 new

    To Be or Not to Be

    1942, in 21 top lists Check
  38. 38 new

    Germania anno zero

    1948 — a.k.a. Germany Year Zero, in 10 top lists Check
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    White Heat

    1949, in 17 top lists Check
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    The Palm Beach Story

    1942, in 13 top lists Check
  41. 41 new

    Force of Evil

    1948, in 12 top lists Check
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    The Maltese Falcon

    1941, in 24 top lists Check
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    Scarlet Street

    1945, in 9 top lists Check
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    Le corbeau

    1943 — a.k.a. Le Corbeau, in 8 top lists Check
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    La terra trema

    1948 — a.k.a. The Earth Trembles, in 10 top lists Check
  46. 46 new

    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    1948, in 23 top lists Check
  47. 47 new

    Meshes of the Afternoon

    1943, in 10 top lists Check
  48. 48 new

    Sullivan's Travels

    1941, in 24 top lists Check
  49. 49 new

    Hail the Conquering Hero

    1944, in 6 top lists Check
  50. 50 new

    The Seventh Victim

    1943, in 6 top lists Check
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Last updated on Mar 3, 2012; source