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A few days ago at the IMDb, I started a poll where members would write out ballots of their top 5, 10, 15, or 20 favorites of the 70 Best Picture nominees of the 1940s. It has been going well, but somewhat slowly so far. So I decided to nake this a poll both there and here. What I ask of you is to consider participating in the poll by making your list of favorites (be it 5,10,15,or 20) from the films listed below and then send it by posting your list in this thread or by mailing me a message . The deadline is August 15th. I thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

 

Eligible Films (listed chronologically and then alphabetically)

 

1940 
All This, and Heaven Too 
Foreign Correspondent 
The Grapes of Wrath 
The Great Dictator 
Kitty Foyle 
The Letter 
The Long Voyage Home 
Our Town 
The Philadelphia Story 
Rebecca 

1941 
Blossoms in the Dust 
Citizen Kane 
Here Comes Mr. Jordan 
Hold Back the Dawn 
How Green Was My Valley 
The Little Foxes 
The Maltese Falcon 
One Foot in Heaven 
Sergeant York 
Suspicion 

1942 
The Invaders/49th Parallel 
Kings Row 
The Magnificent Ambersons 
Mrs. Miniver 
The Pied Piper 
The Pride of the Yankees 
Random Harvest 
The Talk of the Town 
Wake Island 
Yankee Doodle Dandy 

1943 
Casablanca 
For Whom the Bell Tolls 
Heaven Can Wait 
The Human Comedy 
In Which We Serve 
Madame Curie 
The More the Merrier 
The Ox-Bow Incident 
The Song of Bernadette 
Watch on the Rhine 

1944 
Double Indemnity 
Gaslight 
Going My Way 
Since You Went Away 
Wilson 

1945 
Anchors Aweigh 
The Bells of St. Mary's 
The Lost Weekend 
Mildred Pierce 
Spellbound 

1946 
The Best Years of Our Lives 
Henry V 
It's a Wonderful Life 
The Razor's Edge 
The Yearling 

1947 
The Bishop's Wife 
Crossfire 
Gentleman's Agreement 
Great Expectations 
Miracle on 34th Street 

1948 
Hamlet 
Johnny Belinda 
The Red Shoes 
The Snake Pit 
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 

1949 
All the King's Men 
Battleground 
The Heiress 
A Letter to Three Wives 
Twelve O'Clock High

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I'm assuming that these were the Oscar nominees, because only that could explain some otherwise bizarre choices and omissions.  Wilson over Laura???

 

In the same order you had them, here are the movies I see as exceptional:

 

1940

The Letter

The Philadelphia Story

 

1941

The Maltese Falcon

 

1942

nothing

 

1943

Casablanca

 

1944

Double Indemnity

Since You Went Away

 

1945

The Lost Weekend

Mildred Pierce

 

1946

The Best Years of Our Lives (accidentally omitted earlier)

It's A Wonderful Life

 

1947

Crossfire

Miracle on 34th Street

 

1948

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

 

1949

All The King's Men

A Letter to Three Wives

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This will probably cause some apoplexy amongst my fellow board members, but here's my favorites on the list.

 

1940

The Great Dictator

All This, and Heaven Too

 

1941

One Foot in Heaven

The Little Foxes

 

1942

The Magnificent Ambersons

Random Harvest

Yankee Doodle Dandy

 

1943

Watch on the Rhine

The More the Merrier

 

1944

Since You Went Away

 

1945

Mildred Pierce

 

1946

Best Years of Our Lives

The Razor's Edge

 

1947

Crossfire

 

1949

Battleground

The Heiress

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Listed the way you wanted, not listed by very favorite

 

1940

 

THE LETTER

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY

 

1941

 

HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY

MALTESE FALCON

 

1942

 

THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSON'S

PRIDE OF THE YANKEES

RANDOM HARVEST

TALK OF THE TOWN

 

1943

 

CASABLANCA

THE MORE THE MERRIER

THE SONG OF BERNADETTE

 

1944

 

DOUBLE INDEMNITY

SINCE YOU WENT AWAY

 

1945 NOT IN ORDER OF VERY FAV

 

ANCHOR'S AWEIGH

THE LOST WEEKEND

MILDRED PIERCE

 

 

1946

 

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

THE RAZOR'S EDGE

 

1947

 

THE BISHOP'S WIFE

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

MIRACLE ON 34th STREET

 

1948

 

JOHNNY BELINDA

TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE

 

1949

 

THE HEIRESS

A LETTER TO THREE WIVES

 

I was trying to cut to the very favorites, however there are some on the list I didn't include that I still love to watch and listed them in the same order you listed not necessarily by the very favorite

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Favorites of that list -

 

How Green Was My Valley

The Philadelphia Story

The More The Merrier

Citizen Kane

The Best Years of Our Lives

It's A Wonderful Life

The Talk OF The Town

Double Indemnity

Ox  Bow Incident

Twelve O'Clock High

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obrienmundy, if you're keeping score, note that I added The Best Years of Our Lives to my 1946 choices.  My earlier omission was just an oversight; no idea how it happened.

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(Stops gnashing teeth about movies not nominated)

 

Top 20 Oscar Nominees 1940-1949, alphabetically by year

 

1940:

The Grapes of Wrath

The Letter

Rebecca

 

1941:

Citizen Kane

The Maltese Falcon

 

1942:

Kings Row

The Magnificent Ambersons

 

1943:

Casablanca

In Which We Serve

 

1944:

Double Indemnity

 

1945:

Mildred Pierce

 

1946:

The Best Years of Our Lives

Henry V

 

1947:

Crossfire

 

1948:

Johnny Belinda

The Red Shoes

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

 

1949:

The Heiress

A Letter to Three Wives

Twelve O’Clock High

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I am sorry to say that I can find only nine which I might call favorites. It would be difficult for me to narrow it to five and it would be false padding to add any other to increase it to ten.

 

1940 

Rebecca 

 

1941 

Here Comes Mr. Jordan 

 

1942 

The Talk of the Town 

 

1943 

Casablanca 

Heaven Can Wait 

 

1944 

Double Indemnity 

 

1945 

None

 

1946 

None

 

1947 

The Bishop's Wife 

Miracle on 34th Street 

 

1948 

Hamlet 

 

1949 

None

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1940 
The Letter 
The Philadelphia Story 
Rebecca 

1941 
Citizen Kane 
The Suspicion

Maltese Falcon 


1942 
The Talk of the Town 

1943 
Casablanca 
The More the Merrier 

1944 
Double Indemnity 

1945 

Mildred Pierce 


1946 
The Best Years of Our Lives 

1947 
Crossfire 

1948 
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 

1949 
The Heiress 

 

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Here are 15 I can call favorites:

 

1940

The Grapes of Wrath

All This, and Heaven Too

 

1941

Citizen Kane

How Green Was My Valley

Sergeant York

 

1942

Mrs. Miniver

Random Harvest

Yankee Doodle Dandy

The Magnificent Ambersons

 

1943

Casablanca

In Which We Serve

 

1944

Wilson

1945

None

1946

The Best Years of Our Lives

Henry V

1947

Great Expectations

1948

None

1949

None
 

 

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1940
the grapes of wrath.
the philadelphia story.

1941
the maltese falcon.

1942
talk of the town.
yankee doodle dandy.

1943
casablanca
heaven can wait.
the more the merrier.

1944.
since you went away.

1945
spellbound

1946
it's a wonderful life.
the razor's edge.

1947
no vote.

1948
the red shoes.
hamlet.

1949
a letter to 3 wives.
 

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OK O'brien, I'll play.  I'll list my top 5 picks for each year if I had a vote in the Academy.  Admittedly, I haven't seen all the films listed here, so I'll put (NS) for 'not seen' in those years where there were only five nominees.

 

1940---The Letter, The Grapes of Wrath, Rebecca, The Long Voyage Home, Foreign Correspondent

1941---How Green Was My Valley,The Maltese Falcon, Citizen Kane, Suspicion, Here Comes Mr. Jordan

1942---Yankee Doodle Dandy, The Magnificent Ambersons, Wake Island, 49th Parallel, Kings Row

1943---The Human Comedy, The Ox-Bow Incident, Casablanca, The More The Merrier, The Song of Bernadette

1944---Double Indemnity, Since You Went Away, Going My Way, Wilson, Gaslight,

1945---Mildred Pierce, Spellbound, The Bell's of St. Mary's, The Lost Weekend, Anchors Aweigh (NS)

1946---It's a Wonderful Life, The Razor's Edge, The Best Years of Our Lives, The Yearling, Henry V (NS)

1947---Great Expectations, Gentleman's Agreement, Crossfire, The Bishop's Wife, Miracle on 34th Street

1948---Johnny Belinda, The Treasure of The Sierra Madre, The Snake Pit, Hamlet, The Red Shoes

1949---Battleground, A Letter to Three Wives, Twelve O'Clock High, All The King's Men, The Heiress

 

So, making this into a play-off bracket with my 10 Best and 6 Second-Best films of the decade, here's what it would look like:

 

1) Double Indemnity vs. 16) A Letter to Three Wives

8) Great Expectations vs. 9) The Human Comedy

4) The Letter vs. 13) The Treasure of The Sierra Madre

5) Yankee Doodle Dandy vs. 12) The Razor's Edge

2) Battleground vs. 15) The Maltese Falcon

7) It's a Wonderful Life vs. 10) How Green Was My Valley

3) Mildred Pierce vs. 14) Since You Went Away

6) Johnny Belinda vs. 11) Gentleman's Agreement

 

Quarterfinals

 

Double Indemnity vs. The Human Comedy

The Letter vs. The Razor's Edge

The Maltese Falcon vs. It's a Wonderful Life

Since You Went Away vs. Gentleman's Agreement

 

Semi's

 

The Human Comedy vs. The Letter

The Maltese Falcon vs. Gentleman's Agreement

 

Third Place

 

Maltese Falcon beats Human Comedy

 

Championship

 

The Letter beats Gentleman's Agreement in Double "Indemnity" Overtime!

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Top 5

 

1. Citizen Kane

2. The Grapes of Wrath

3. The Magnificent Ambersons

4. The Lost Weekend

5. The Ox-Bow Incident

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Unfortunately, I haven't seen a ton of the nominees; but I'll give you my opinion on the ones I've seen. See below inside your quote.  I've erased the ones I didn't like and/or haven't seen, so I can't form an opinion.

 

A few days ago at the IMDb, I started a poll where members would write out ballots of their top 5, 10, 15, or 20 favorites of the 70 Best Picture nominees of the 1940s. It has been going well, but somewhat slowly so far. So I decided to nake this a poll both there and here. What I ask of you is to consider participating in the poll by making your list of favorites (be it 5,10,15,or 20) from the films listed below and then send it by posting your list in this thread or by mailing me a message . The deadline is August 15th. I thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

 

Eligible Films (listed chronologically and then alphabetically)

 

1940 

The Philadelphia Story 
Rebecca 

1941 

Citizen Kane 
The Maltese Falcon 
Suspicion 

1942 
 

The Magnificent Ambersons 
The Talk of the Town 


1943 
 

Casablanca 


1944 
Double Indemnity 
Gaslight 


1945 
Anchors Aweigh 
The Lost Weekend 
Spellbound 

1946 

The Razor's Edge 


1947 

Miracle on 34th Street 

1948 
 

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 

1949 

 

No opinion; haven't seen any of the nominees.
 

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obrienmundy,

 

Wow, there are some amazing movies to choose from in this list!

 

No disrespect intended, but I'm curious what the goal of the survey is.  My quick guesses:

 

 - list the best movies of the decade in ranked order

 - determine order to watch the movies in best to worst (if you can't watch them all)

 - how does current ranking compare with original Academy Awards

 - research for Family Feud

 - other?

 

I guess in school I was the troublemaker who asked why? before doing anything.

 

I'm also one that sometimes questions the contest aspect of the Academy Awards.  Seems like comparing movies will always be a question of apples and oranges. 

 

Not trying to step on toes - everyone is entitled to their opinions. 

 

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1940

Rebecca

The Letter

 

1941

Citizen Kane

The Maltese Falcon

 

1942

Mrs. Minever

The Magnificent Ambersons

 

1943

Casablanca

 

1944

Double Indemnity

 

1945

Mildred Pierce

 

1946

The Best Years of Our Lives

It's a Wonderful Life

 

1947

The Bishop's Wife

Miracle on 34th Street

 

1948

The Red Shoes

 

1949

Letter to Three Wives

 

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A few days ago at the IMDb, I started a poll where members would write out ballots of their top 5, 10, 15, or 20 favorites of the 70 Best Picture nominees of the 1940s. It has been going well, but somewhat slowly so far. So I decided to nake this a poll both there and here. What I ask of you is to consider participating in the poll by making your list of favorites (be it 5,10,15,or 20) from the films listed below and then send it by posting your list in this thread or by mailing me a message . The deadline is August 15th. I thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

 

Eligible Films (listed chronologically and then alphabetically)

 

 

 

Lydecker's Picks (And, yes, I do miss "Laura" being recognized as a Best Picture nominee in the 1940's)

These are purely personal picks . . . 

 

 

1940 

(In order but Philadelphia Story and The Letter are practically neck and neck.)

 

The Philadelphia Story 

The Letter 

Foreign Correspondent 

All This, and Heaven Too 

 

1941 

The Maltese Falcon 

1942 

Random Harvest 

Mrs. Miniver 

Kings Row 

 

1943 

Casablanca 

The More the Merrier 

 

1944 

Double Indemnity 

Gaslight 

 

1945 

Mildred Pierce 

WHERE IS "Laura??"

 

1946 

The Razor's Edge 

The Best Years of Our Lives 

It's a Wonderful Life 

 

1947

Nada

1948 

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 

 

1949 

A Letter to Three Wives 

Twelve O'Clock High

 

Cheers,

 

Lydecker

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If you like numbers, I looked up the current IMDB scores for the movies and then sorted them high to low.  (Academy award best picture winners are marked with *)

 

8.7 It's a Wonderful Life
8.6 *Casablanca
8.5 The Great Dictator
8.5 Citizen Kane
8.4 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
8.4 Double Indemnity
8.3 The Red Shoes
8.3 *Rebecca
8.2 The Maltese Falcon
8.2 The Little Foxes
8.2 The Heiress
8.2 The Grapes of Wrath
8.2 *The Best Years of Our Lives
8.1 The Philadelphia Story
8.1 The Ox-Bow Incident
8.1 *The Lost Weekend
8.0 The More the Merrier
8.0 Random Harvest
8.0 Mildred Pierce
8.0 Great Expectations
7.9 The Magnificent Ambersons
7.9 Miracle on 34th Street
7.9 Johnny Belinda
7.9 Gaslight
7.9 *How Green Was My Valley
7.9 *Hamlet
7.8 Yankee Doodle Dandy
7.8 Twelve O'Clock High
7.8 The Pride of the Yankees
7.8 The Letter
7.8 Sergeant York
7.8 Kings Row
7.8 Here Comes Mr. Jordan
7.8 A Letter to Three Wives
7.7 The Talk of the Town
7.7 The Song of Bernadette
7.7 The Snake Pit
7.7 Spellbound
7.7 Since You Went Away
7.7 All This, and Heaven Too
7.7 *Mrs. Miniver
7.6 The Razor's Edge
7.6 The Bishop's Wife
7.6 Hold Back the Dawn
7.6 Heaven Can Wait
7.6 Foreign Correspondent
7.6 Battleground
7.6 *All the King's Men
7.5 Watch on the Rhine
7.5 The Invaders/49th Parallel
7.5 The Bells of St. Mary's
7.5 Suspicion
7.4 The Yearling
7.4 In Which We Serve
7.4 Henry V
7.4 Crossfire
7.4 *Going My Way
7.4 *Gentleman's Agreement
7.2 The Pied Piper
7.2 The Long Voyage Home
7.2 One Foot in Heaven
7.2 Madame Curie
7.2 Anchors Aweigh
7.1 The Human Comedy
7.1 Kitty Foyle
7.0 Wilson
7.0 Wake Island
7.0 For Whom the Bell Tolls
7.0 Blossoms in the Dust
6.8 Our Town
 

I haven't seen all of the movies, but some of my favorites are Casablanca, Double Indemnity, Rebecca, The Maltese Falcon, The Best Years of Our Lives, The Philadelphia Story, The Ox-Bow Incident, The More the Merrier, Random Harvest, Miracle on 34th Street, The Letter, The Talk of the Town, and Foreign Correspondent.

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Ten favorites--

 

Foreign Correspondent

The Philadelphia Story

The Maltese Falcon

Random Harvest

Yankee Doodle Dandy

Casablanca

The Ox-Bow Incident

Double Indemnity

Going My Way

Twelve O'Clock High

 

(I seem to prefer the earlier part of the decade.)

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My 20 favorite Best Picture nominees of the 1940s:

 

#1 Great Expectations

#2 The Grapes of Wrath

#3 Double Indemnity

#4 Casablanca

#5 Citizen Kane

#6 How Green Was My Valley

#7 The Magnificent Ambersons

#8 The Lost Weekend

#9 The Red Shoes

#10 Yankee Doodle Dandy

#11 The Ox-Bow Incident

#12 Spellbound

#13 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

#14 Rebecca

#15 The Philadelphia Story

#16 The Maltese Falcon

#17 Sergeant York

#18 Mildred Pierce

#19 It's a Wonderful Life

#20 The Snake Pit

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It's obviously too late to provide my list.  But had I been aware what exactly it was it was asking, I would have given this list

 

 1.  Casablanca

 2.  The Magnificent Ambersons

 3.  The Philadelphia Story

 4.  Double Indemnity

 5.  The Grapes of Wrath

 6.  Citizen Kane

 7.  The Red Shoes

 8.  It's a Wonderful Life

 9.  Great Expectations

10. The Great Dictator

11.  Miracle on 34th Street

12.  The Maltese Falcon

13.  Yankee Doodle Dandy

14.  The Heiress

15.  The Best Yeas of our Lives

16.  Suspicion

17.  Mildred Pierce

18.  The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

19.  The Letter

20,  A Letter to Three Wives

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