My Best Films of 1948

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1.
Spring in a Small Town (1948)
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A lonely housewife finds her monotonous life altered when her childhood sweetheart returns to town. (98 mins.)
Director: Mu Fei
 
2.
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
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Set in Post-WWII Italy, a working class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it. (89 mins.)
 
3.
Hamlet (1948)
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Prince Hamlet struggles over whether or not he should kill his uncle, whom he suspects has murdered his father, the former king. (155 mins.)
 
4.
Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)
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A pianist about to flee from a duel receives a letter from a woman he cannot remember, who may hold the key to his downfall. (86 mins.)
Director: Max Opuls
 
5.
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
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Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains. (126 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
6.
The Fallen Idol (1948)
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A butler working in a foreign embassy in London falls under suspicion when his wife accidentally falls to her death, the only witness being an impressionable young boy. (95 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
 
7.
The Big Clock (1948)
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A career-oriented magazine editor finds himself on the run when he discovers his boss is framing him for murder. (95 mins.)
Director: John Farrow
 
8.
The Naked City (1948)
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New York City film noir about two detectives investigating the death of an attractive young woman. The apparent suicide turns out to be murder. (96 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
 
9.
A Hen in the Wind (1948)
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A man returns from World War II to find his desperate wife has resorted to one night of prostitution to pay for their son's hospital bills. (84 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
10.
The Red Shoes (1948)
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A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina. (133 mins.)
 
11.
Oliver Twist (1948)
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Based on the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist is about an orphan boy who runs away from a workhouse and meets a pickpocket on the streets of London... (116 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
12.
Germany Year Zero (1948)
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A young German boy faces the problems of the tough life in the immediate post WWII Berlin. (78 mins.)
 
13.
Moonrise (1948)
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Danny is being despised by his schoolmates because his father was accused to have killed another man and is condemned to the death penalty. (90 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
 
14.
Van Gogh (1948 Documentary)
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The biography of Dutch artist Van Gogh, illustrated only with images of his paintings and drawings, or details of those, and according dramatic musical score. (20 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
15.
Red River (1948)
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Dunson leads a cattle drive, the culmination of over 14 years of work, to its destination in Missouri. But his tyrannical behavior along the way causes a mutiny, led by his adopted son. (133 mins.)
 
16.
La Terra Trema (1948)
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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. (160 mins.)
 
17.
Unfaithfully Yours (1948)
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Set to music, a symphony conductor envisions multiple possible scenarios for dealing with his wife's infidelity. (105 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
18.
Key Largo (1948)
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A man visits his old friend's hotel and finds a gangster running things. As a hurricane approaches, the two end up confronting each other. (100 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
19.
Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948)
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When phony stage mentalist Triton mysteriously acquires supernatural powers of precognition, he becomes frightened and abandons his act to live of anonymity. (81 mins.)
Director: John Farrow
 
20.
They Live by Night (1948)
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An escaped convict, injured during a robbery, falls in love with the woman who nurses him back to health, but their relationship seems doomed from the beginning. (95 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
21.
It Happened in Europe (1948)
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A band of runaways and orphans of the war scour the countryside in search of food and shelter. They... (100 mins.)
Director: Géza Radványi
 
22.
Good Sam (1948)
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Sam Clayton has a good heart and likes to help out people in need. In fact, he likes to help them out so much that he often finds himself broke and unable to help his own family buy the things they need--like a house. (114 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
 
23.
The Argyle Secrets (1948)
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An investigative reporter tells his assistant about a book called The Argyle Album, which contains a... (64 mins.)
Director: Cy Endfield
 
24.
Cry of the City (1948)
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Police Lieut. Candella, longtime friend of the Rome family, walks a tightrope in the case of cop-killer Martin Rome. (95 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
 
25.
Border Street (1948)
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The story of Polish and Jewish families living side by side in one Warsaw street. Everything changes once and for all with the Nazi invasion. (115 mins.)
Director: Aleksander Ford