Movies: Popular Movies of 1944

Movies in chronological context: 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1944th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 944th year of the 2nd millennium, the 44th year of the 20th century, and the 5th year of the 1940s decade. ()

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Double Indemnity(1944)

1h 48min | Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
4.1/5 (with 536 votes)

A rich woman and a calculating insurance agent plot to kill her unsuspecting husband after he signs a double indemnity policy. Against a backdrop of distinctly Californian settings, the partners in crime plan the perfect murder to collect the insurance, which pays double if the death is accidental.

Directed by Billy Wilder - With Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Gig Young, Porter Hall, Fortunio Bonanova, ...

Arsenic and Old Lace(1944)

1h 58min | Comedy, Crime
3.8/5 (with 278 votes)

Mortimer Brewster, a newspaper drama critic, playwright and author known for his diatribes against marriage, suddenly falls in love and gets married; but when he makes a quick trip home to tell his two maiden aunts, he finds out his aunts' hobby - killing lonely old men and burying them in the cellar!

Directed by Frank Capra - With Cary Grant, Josephine Hull, Jean Adair, Raymond Massey, Peter Lorre, Lane Sisters, ...


| 1h 28min | Drama, Mystery
3.9/5 (with 231 votes)

A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he's investigating.

The Three Caballeros(1944)

| 1h 11min | Animation, Kids & Family, Music
3.3/5 (with 224 votes)

For Donald's birthday he receives a box with three gifts inside. The gifts, a movie projector, a pop-up book, and a pinata, each take Donald on wild adventures through Mexico and South America.

Directed by Norm Ferguson, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts, Harold Young - With Aurora Miranda, Carmen Molina, Dora Luz, Nestor Amaral, Almirante, Trío Calaveras, ...


1h 36min | Drama, Thriller, War
3.7/5 (with 129 votes)

During World War II, a small group of survivors is stranded in a lifeboat together after the ship they were traveling on is destroyed by a German U-boat.

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock - With Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix, Walter Slezak, Mary Anderson, John Hodiak, Henry Hull, ...


| 1h 54min | Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
3.8/5 (with 121 votes)

A newlywed fears she's going mad when strange things start happening at the family mansion.

Directed by George Cukor - With Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, May Whitty, Angela Lansbury, Maude Fealy, ...

Meet Me in St. Louis(1944)

3.5/5 (with 106 votes)

In the year before the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.

Directed by Vincente Minnelli - With Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer, Tom Drake, Marjorie Main, ...

The Woman in the Window(1944)

| 1h 39min | Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Crime
3.7/5 (with 84 votes)

A seductive woman gets an innocent professor mixed up in murder.

Directed by Fritz Lang - With Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Raymond Massey, Dan Duryea, Dorothy Peterson, Edmund Breon, ...

Murder, My Sweet(1944)

| 1h 35min | Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
3.7/5 (with 64 votes)

Gumshoe Philip Marlowe is hired by the oafish Moose Malloy to track down his former girlfriend. He's also hired to accompany an effeminate playboy buy back some jewels. When the exchange results in the playboy's murder, Marlowe can't leave the case alone, and soon discovers it's related to Malloy's. As he gets drawn deeper into a complex web of intrigue by a mysterious blonde, the detective finds his own life in increasing jeopardy.

Directed by Edward Dmytryk - With Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley, Otto Kruger, Mike Mazurki, Miles Mander, ...

The Uninvited(1944)

1h 39min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
3.5/5 (with 59 votes)

A brother and sister move into an old seaside house they find abandoned for many years on the English coast. Their original enchantment with the house diminishes as they hear stories of the previous owners and meet their daughter (now a young woman) who now lives as a neighbor with her grandfather. Also heard are unexplained sounds during the night. It becomes obvious that the house is haunted.

Directed by Lewis Allen - With Ray Milland, Gail Russell, Ruth Hussey, Donald Crisp, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Alan Napier, ...

Going My Way(1944)

| 2h 6min | Comedy, Drama, Music
3.5/5 (with 47 votes)

Youthful Father Chuck O'Malley led a colorful life of sports, song, and romance before joining the Roman Catholic clergy. After being appointed to a run-down New York parish, O'Malley's worldly knowledge helps him connect with a gang of boys looking for direction, eventually winning over the aging, conventional Parish priest.

Directed by Leo McCarey - With Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Risë Stevens, Frank McHugh, James Brown, Gene Lockhart, ...

The Punch Bowl(1944)

1h 37min | Comedy
3.5/5 (with 46 votes)

Die Feuerzangenbowle from Director Helmut Weiss is based on the novel by the same name from Heinrich Spoerl and Hans Reimann that has turned into a cult German film. The film tells the story of a writer Johannes Pfeiffer who goes undercover as a student in a high school after his friends told him that he missed out on a great life experience since he was home schooled.

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Ministry of Fear(1944)

1h 26min | Crime, Drama
3.4/5 (with 43 votes)

Stephen Neale is released into WWII England after two years in an asylum, but it doesn't seem so sane outside either. On his way back to London to rejoin civilization, he stumbles across a murderous spy ring and doesn't quite know to whom to turn.

Directed by Fritz Lang - With Ray Milland, Marjorie Reynolds, Dan Duryea, Alan Napier, Carl Esmond, Hillary Brooke, ...

House of Frankenstein(1944)

3.0/5 (with 37 votes)

An evil scientist and a hunchback escape from prison and encounter Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's Monster.

Directed by Erle C. Kenton - With Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., John Carradine, Glenn Strange, J. Carrol Naish, Anne Gwynne, ...

The Curse of the Cat People(1944)

1h 10min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
3.1/5 (with 35 votes)

Amy, the young, friendless daughter of Oliver and Alice Reed, befriends her father's late first wife and an aging, reclusive actress.

Directed by Robert Wise, Gunther von Fritsch - With Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Jane Randolph, Ann Carter, Julia Dean, Elizabeth Russell, ...

Henry V(1944)

2h 17min | Drama, Action, History
3.4/5 (with 34 votes)

In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.

Phantom Lady(1944)

| 1h 27min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
3.4/5 (with 33 votes)

A mystery woman is a murder suspect's only alibi for the night of his wife's death.

Directed by Robert Siodmak - With Franchot Tone, Ella Raines, Alan Curtis, Elisha Cook Jr., Thomas Gomez, Regis Toomey, ...

A Canterbury Tale(1944)

2h 4min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery
3.4/5 (with 31 votes)

Three modern day pilgrims investigate a bizarre crime in a small town on the way to Canterbury.

Directed by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger - With Eric Portman, Sheila Sim, Dennis Price, John Sweet, Kim Hunter, Freda Jackson, ...

At Land(1944)

15min | Mystery, Fantasy
3.9/5 (with 27 votes)

A woman lies on the sand, left there by the tides and waves (and in a pose that would be copied in From Here to Eternity). She reaches up across tree roots and makes a difficult climb. Only to discover herself climbing horizontally along a long dinner table as bourgeoise black-tie guests chat and drink and smoke, oblivious to her. At the top of the table, a man is playing chess but abandons the game. Fascinated, she gazes at board, the pieces moving unaided. The woman chases a pawn as it falls to the floor. Falls down a waterfall. Is lost.

Directed by Maya Deren - With John Cage

The Lodger(1944)

| 1h 24min | Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
3.3/5 (with 26 votes)

In Victorian era London, the inhabitants of a family home with rented rooms upstairs fear the new lodger is Jack the Ripper.

Directed by John Brahm - With Merle Oberon, George Sanders, Laird Cregar, Aubrey Mather, Cedric Hardwicke, Doris Lloyd, ...

The Scarlet Claw(1944)

3.5/5 (with 25 votes)

A woman is found dead -- with her throat torn out. Villagers blame a supernatural source but Holmes has other ideas.

Directed by Roy William Neill - With Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Miles Mander, Ian Wolfe, Victoria Horne, Arthur Hohl, ...

The Thin Man Goes Home(1944)

1h 41min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
3.7/5 (with 23 votes)

On a trip to visit his parents, detective Nick Charles gets mixed up in a murder investigation.

Directed by Richard Thorpe - With William Powell, Myrna Loy, Lucile Watson, Gloria DeHaven, Anne Revere, Harry Davenport, ...

The Pearl of Death(1944)

| 1h 9min | Thriller, Mystery, Crime, Drama
3.5/5 (with 23 votes)

The famous Borgia Pearl, a valuable gem with a history of bringing murder and misfortune to its owner since the days of the Borgias, is brought to London, thanks in part to Sherlock Holmes. But before long the jewel is stolen, due to an error on Holmes' part, and shortly thereafter, a series of horrible murders begin, the murderer leaving his victims with their spines snapped and surrounded by a mass of smashed china.

Directed by Roy William Neill - With Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Evelyn Ankers, Dennis Hoey, Miles Mander, Ian Wolfe, ...

Cover Girl(1944)

| 1h 47min | Comedy, Music, Romance / Love
3.3/5 (with 22 votes)

A nightclub dancer makes it big in modeling, leaving her dancer boyfriend behind.

Directed by Charles Vidor - With Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly, Phil Silvers, Otto Kruger, Eve Arden, Lee Bowman, ...

The Children Are Watching Us(1944)

| 1h 24min | Drama
3.9/5 (with 21 votes)

In his first collaboration with renowned screenwriter and longtime partner Cesare Zavattini, Vittorio De Sica examines the cataclysmic consequences of adult folly on an innocent child. Heralding the pair’s subsequent work on some of the masterpieces of Italian neorealism, The Children Are Watching Us is a vivid, deeply humane portrait of a family’s disintegration.

Directed by Vittorio De Sica - With Emilio Cigoli, Luciano De Ambrosis, Isa Pola, Adriano Rimoldi, Giovanna Cigoli, Dina Perbellini, ...

Hail the Conquering Hero(1944)

1h 41min | Comedy, War
3.7/5 (with 20 votes)

Having been discharged from the Marines for a hayfever condition before ever seeing action, Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith (Eddie Bracken) delays the return to his hometown, feeling that he is a failure. While in a moment of melancholy, he meets up with a group of Marines who befriend him and encourage him to return home to his mother by fabricating a story that he was wounded in battle with honorable discharge.

Directed by Preston Sturges - With Eddie Bracken, Ella Raines, William Demarest, Bill Edwards


1h 41min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 19 votes)

Jan-Erik Widgren meets the lonely Bertha Olsson, a woman struggling with alcoholism. Though Bertha is already linked to Caligula, Jan-Erik's heartless teacher, she begins a relationship with the boy anyway. When Caligula learns that Jan-Erik is having an affair with Bertha, he begins to torture his student psychologically. He reserves his cruelest behavior for Bertha, however, which results in a tragic turn of events.

Directed by Alf Sjöberg - With Stig Järrel, Alf Kjellin, Mai Zetterling, Gunnar Björnstrand, Stig Olin, Olof Winnerstrand, ...

Little Red Riding Rabbit(1944)

| 7min | Animation, Comedy
3.5/5 (with 19 votes)

Bugs, the Wolf and bobby-soxer Red chase each other around while Grandma is off working at Lockheed aircraft.

Directed by Friz Freleng

Mr. Skeffington(1944)

| 2h 25min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 19 votes)

A beautiful but vain woman who rejects the love of her older husband must face the loss of her youth and beauty.

Directed by Vincent Sherman - With Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Walter Abel, George Coulouris, John Alexander, Andrea King, ...

Tall in the Saddle(1944)

1h 27min | Western
3.2/5 (with 18 votes)

When Rocklin (John Wayne) arrives in a western town he finds that the rancher who hired him as a foreman has been murdered. He is out to solve the murder and thwart the scheming to take the ranch from its rightful owner.

Directed by Edwin L. Marin - With John Wayne, Ella Raines, Ward Bond, George "Gabby" Hayes, Elisabeth Risdon, Raymond Hatton, ...
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