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Movies: Popular Movies of 1948

Movies in chronological context: 1948 (MCMXLVIII)was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1948th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 948th year of the 2nd millennium, the 48th year of the 20th century, and the 9th year of the 1940s decade. ()

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Rope(1948)

1h 21min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
4.0/5 (with 589 votes)

Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime.

Bicycle Thieves(1948)

NR
| 1h 29min | Drama
4.1/5 (with 499 votes)

Antonio, an unemployed man in the depressed post-WWII economy of Italy, at last finds a good job hanging up posters, the only requirement for which is that he must have his own bicycle. When Antonio’s bicycle is stolen, he and his son are forced to walk the streets of Rome in search of it, or else face ruin.

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre(1948)

NR
| 2h 6min | Adventure, Drama, Western
4.1/5 (with 261 votes)

Fred C. Dobbs and Bob Curtin, both down on their luck in Tampico, Mexico in 1925, meet up with a grizzled prospector named Howard and decide to join with him in search of gold in the wilds of central Mexico. Through enormous difficulties, they eventually succeed in finding gold, but bandits, the elements, and most especially greed threaten to turn their success into disaster.

The Red Shoes(1948)

NR
| 2h 13min | Drama, Romance / Love
4.1/5 (with 115 votes)

In this classic drama, Vicky Page is an aspiring ballerina torn between her dedication to dance and her desire to love. While her imperious instructor, Boris Lermontov, urges to her to forget anything but ballet, Vicky begins to fall for the charming young composer Julian Craster. Eventually Vicky, under great emotional stress, must choose to pursue either her art or her romance, a decision that carries serious consequences.

Key Largo(1948)

1h 40min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.9/5 (with 108 votes)

A hurricane swells outside, but it's nothing compared to the storm within the hotel at Key Largo. There, sadistic mobster Johnny Rocco holes up - and holds at gunpoint hotel owner James Temple, his widowed daughter-in-law Nora, and ex-GI Frank McCloud.

Red River(1948)

2h 13min | Western, Action
3.7/5 (with 93 votes)

Headstrong Thomas Dunson starts a thriving Texas cattle ranch with the help of his faithful trail hand, Groot, and his protégé, Matthew Garth, an orphan Dunson took under his wing when Matt was a boy. In need of money following the Civil War, Dunson and Matt lead a cattle drive to Missouri, where they will get a better price than locally, but the crotchety older man and his willful young partner begin to butt heads on the exhausting journey.

Fort Apache(1948)

2h 5min | Western
3.5/5 (with 70 votes)

In John Ford's sombre exploration the mythology of American heroes, he slowly reveals the character of Owen Thursday, who sees his new posting to the desolate Fort Apache as a chance to claim the military honour which he believes is rightfully his. Arrogant, obsessed with military form and ultimately self-destructive, Thursday attempts to destroy the Apache chief Cochise after luring him across the border from Mexico, against the advice of his subordinates.

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein(1948)

1h 23min | Comedy, Horror
3.7/5 (with 62 votes)

Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man.

Germany Year Zero(1948)

1h 10min | War, Drama
3.9/5 (with 60 votes)

The final film in Rossellini's war film trilogy (the first two being Rome, Open City and Paisà). Germany Year Zero takes place in post-war Germany, unlike the others, which take place in German-occupied Rome and post-war Italy, respectively. The story follows a twelve-year-old boy, Edmund Kohler, who is mainly left to his own devices in order to survive and to help his family do the same.

Letter from an Unknown Woman(1948)

1h 27min | Drama, Romance / Love
4.1/5 (with 59 votes)

A pianist about to flee from a duel receives a letter from a woman he cannot remember. As she tells the story of her lifelong love for him, he is forced to reinterpret his own past.

The Naked City(1948)

1h 36min | Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 51 votes)

The Naked City portrays the police investigation that follows the murder of a young model. A veteran cop is placed in charge of the case and he sets about, with the help of other beat cops and detectives, finding the girl's killer.

Melody Time(1948)

NR
| 1h 12min | Music, Kids & Family, Animation
3.2/5 (with 47 votes)

Melody Time is an animated feature produced by Walt Disney and released to theatres by RKO Radio Pictures. Made up of several sequences set to popular music and folk music, the film is, like Make Mine Music before it, the contemporary version of Fantasia.

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Hamlet(1948)

NR
| 2h 35min | Drama
3.8/5 (with 46 votes)

Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor, Sir Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet continues to be the most compelling version of Shakespeare’s beloved tragedy. Olivier is at his most inspired—both as director and as the melancholy Dane himself—as he breathes new life into the words of one of the world’s greatest dramatists.

Drunken Angel(1948)

1h 38min | Drama
3.9/5 (with 44 votes)

A drunken doctor with a hot temper and a violence-prone gangster with tuberculosis form a quicksilver bond.

Oliver Twist(1948)

3.7/5 (with 40 votes)

When 9-year-old orphan Oliver Twist dares to ask his cruel taskmaster, Mr. Bumble, for a second serving of gruel, he's hired out as an apprentice. Escaping that dismal fate, young Oliver falls in with the street urchin known as the Artful Dodger and his criminal mentor, Fagin. When kindly Mr. Brownlow takes Oliver in, Fagin's evil henchman Bill Sikes plots to kidnap the boy.

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House(1948)

3.6/5 (with 40 votes)

Cary Grant stars as an advertising executive who dreams of getting out of the city and building a perfect home in the country, only to find the transition fraught with problems.

3 Godfathers(1948)

1h 46min | Western
3.3/5 (with 35 votes)

Three outlaws on the run discover a dying woman and her baby. They swear to bring the infant to safety across the desert, even at the risk of their own lives.

The Fallen Idol(1948)

1h 36min | Drama, Thriller
3.7/5 (with 32 votes)

Phillipe, the son of an ambassador in London, idolizes Baines, his father's butler, a kind of hero in the eyes of the child, whose perception changes when he accidentally discovers the secret that Baines keeps and witnesses the consequences that adults' lies can cause.

Easter Parade(1948)

3.6/5 (with 31 votes)

On the day before Easter in 1911, Don Hewes is crushed when his dancing partner (and object of affection) Nadine Hale refuses to start a new contract with him. To prove Nadine's not important to him, Don acquires innocent new protegee Hannah Brown, vowing to make her a star in time for next year's Easter parade.

Sorry, Wrong Number(1948)

1h 29min | Drama, Thriller
3.4/5 (with 30 votes)

Leona Stevenson is confined to bed and uses her telephone to keep in contact with the outside world. One day she overhears a murder plot on the telephone and is desperate to find out who is the intended victim.

The Big Clock(1948)

1h 35min | Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 29 votes)

Stroud, a crime magazine's crusading editor has to post-pone a vacation with his wife, again, when a glamorous blonde is murdered and he is assigned by his publishing boss Janoth to find the killer. As the investigation proceeds to its conclusion, Stroud must try to disrupt his ordinarily brilliant investigative team as they increasingly build evidence (albeit wrong) that he is the killer.

La Terra Trema(1948)

2h 45min | Drama
3.9/5 (with 28 votes)

In rural Sicily, the fishermen live at the mercy of the greedy wholesalers. One family risks everything to buy their own boat and operate independently.

Directed by Luchino Visconti, Francesco Rosi, Franco Zeffirelli - With Giuseppe Arcidiacono, Salvatore Vicari, Mario Pisu, Aci Trezza

Macbeth(1948)

1h 47min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 27 votes)

A Scottish warlord and his wife murder their way to a pair of crowns.

The Three Musketeers(1948)

2h 5min | Adventure
3.3/5 (with 27 votes)

Athletic adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' classic adventure about the king's musketeers and their mission to protect France.

Force of Evil(1948)

1h 18min | Drama, Action, Crime
3.5/5 (with 24 votes)

Lawyer Joe Morse wants to consolidate all the small-time numbers racket operators into one big powerful operation. But his elder brother Leo is one of these small-time operators who wants to stay that way, preferring not to deal with the gangsters who dominate the big-time.

They Live by Night(1948)

1h 35min | Drama, Crime
3.4/5 (with 24 votes)

The story of a petty criminal and his girlfriend who try to escape their gang after a double cross of the thieves.

Call Northside 777(1948)

1h 51min | Crime, Drama
3.6/5 (with 24 votes)

In 1932, a cop is killed and Frank Wiecek sentenced to life. Eleven years later, a newspaper ad by Frank's mother leads Chicago reporter P.J. O'Neal to look into the case. For some time, O'Neal continues to believe Frank guilty. But when he starts to change his mind, he meets increased resistance from authorities unwilling to be proved wrong.

A Foreign Affair(1948)

3.5/5 (with 24 votes)

In occupied Berlin, an army captain is torn between an ex-Nazi cafe singer and the U.S. congresswoman investigating her.

Brighton Rock(1948)

1h 32min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.7/5 (with 22 votes)

Centring on the activities of a gang of assorted criminals and, in particular, their leader – a vicious young hoodlum known as "Pinkie" – the film's main thematic concern is the criminal underbelly evident in inter-war Brighton.

The Snake Pit(1948)

1h 48min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 21 votes)

Virginia Cunningham is confused upon finding herself in a mental hospital, with no memory of her arrival at the institution. Tormented by delusions and unable to even recognize her husband, Robert, she is treated by Dr. Mark Kik, who is determined to get to the root of her mental illness. As her treatment progresses, flashbacks depict events in Virginia's life that may have contributed to her instability.

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