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1. A Stranger in Town (1943)

Passed | 67 min | Drama, Romance

In the small town of Crown Port local attorney Bill Adams is trying to break up the ring of corrupt town officials by running for mayor. The cards seemed stacked against him when he gets ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Rowland | Stars: Frank Morgan, Richard Carlson, Jean Rogers, Porter Hall

Votes: 438

2. Swing Shift Maisie (1943)

Approved | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Street-smart Maisie from Brooklyn lands a job at an airplane assembly plant during WWII and falls in love with handsome pilot "Breezy" McLaughlin. Breezy, however, falling in love with and ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Ann Sothern, James Craig, Jean Rogers, Connie Gilchrist

Votes: 292

3. I Dood It (1943)

Approved | 102 min | Romance, Comedy, Musical

A bumbling pants presser at an upscale hotel's valet service nurses an unrequited crush on a Broadway star. He gets more than he bargained for when she agrees to marry him, to spite her womanizing fiance, and encounters Nazi saboteurs.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Red Skelton, Eleanor Powell, Richard Ainley, Patricia Dane

Votes: 507

4. Lifeboat (1944)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, War

78 Metascore

Several survivors of a torpedoed merchant ship in World War II find themselves in the same lifeboat with one of the U-boat men who sunk it.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Tallulah Bankhead, John Hodiak, Walter Slezak, William Bendix

Votes: 24,499

5. Song of Russia (1944)

Passed | 107 min | Drama, Music, Romance

In June 1941, famed American symphony conductor John Meredith (Robert Taylor) is touring Soviet Russia with his manager Hank (Robert Benchley) when they go to a small rural town where famed... See full summary »

Directors: Gregory Ratoff, Laslo Benedek | Stars: Robert Taylor, Susan Peters, John Hodiak, Robert Benchley

Votes: 222

6. Maisie Goes to Reno (1944)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Romance

Maisie is overworked at her defense job and is ordered to take a two week vacation. When she meets Tommy, he offers her a job singing with his band in Reno, but she has to get there on her ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Beaumont | Stars: Ann Sothern, John Hodiak, Tom Drake, Marta Linden

Votes: 341

7. Marriage Is a Private Affair (1944)

Approved | 116 min | Comedy, War

Theo has had many boyfriends who wanted to marry her. Since her mother, Mrs. Selworth, has been married many times, Theo is unsure of commitment. Without much thought, she finally accepts ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Lana Turner, James Craig, John Hodiak, Frances Gifford

Votes: 266

8. Sunday Dinner for a Soldier (1944)

Unrated | 85 min | Drama, War

A poor family in Florida saves all the money they can in order to plan something special for the soldier they've invited to Sunday dinner. They don't realize that their request to invite ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Anne Baxter, Charles Winninger, John Hodiak, Anne Revere

Votes: 238

9. A Bell for Adano (1945)

Approved | 103 min | Drama, War

In WW2, U.S. Army Major Joppolo and his troops are tasked with administering the war damaged Italian town of Adano where the locals decry the loss of the town bell.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Gene Tierney, John Hodiak, William Bendix, Glenn Langan

Votes: 593

10. The Harvey Girls (1946)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Musical, Western

On a train trip West to become a mail-order bride, Susan Bradley meets a cheery crew of young women travelling out to open a " Harvey House " restaurant at a remote whistle-stop.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, John Hodiak, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 3,201

11. Somewhere in the Night (1946)

Passed | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

George Taylor returns from WWII with amnesia. Back home in Los Angeles, while trying to track down his old identity, he stumbles onto a 3-year old murder case and a hunt for a missing $2 million.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: John Hodiak, Nancy Guild, Lloyd Nolan, Richard Conte

Votes: 2,189

a very good film noir classic

12. Two Smart People (1946)

Approved | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Criminal Ace Connors agrees to return to New York and stand trial for stealing $500,000 worth of bonds so he can serve a light five-year sentence and enjoy his loot (safely stowed away in ... See full summary »

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Lucille Ball, John Hodiak, Lloyd Nolan, Hugo Haas

Votes: 400

13. The Arnelo Affair (1947)

Approved | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Anne Parkson feels neglected by her lawyer-husband Ted, so she falls in love with night-club owner Tony Arnello, a shady character who is a client of her husband's. This being a MGM picture... See full summary »

Director: Arch Oboler | Stars: John Hodiak, George Murphy, Frances Gifford, Dean Stockwell

Votes: 239

14. Desert Fury (1947)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The daughter of a Nevada casino owner gets involved with a racketeer, despite everyone's efforts to separate them.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: John Hodiak, Lizabeth Scott, Burt Lancaster, Wendell Corey

Votes: 1,125

another very good film noir movie

15. Love from a Stranger (1947)

Approved | 81 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

A newly married woman begins to suspect that her husband is a killer. Even worse, she soon comes to believe that she will be his next victim.

Director: Richard Whorf | Stars: John Hodiak, Sylvia Sidney, Ann Richards, John Howard

Votes: 154

16. Homecoming (1948)

Approved | 113 min | Drama, Romance, War

At the end of WW2, aboard a repatriation ship, an Army doctor reminisces about his war years while being interviewed by a reporter.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Clark Gable, Lana Turner, Anne Baxter, John Hodiak

Votes: 690

17. Command Decision (1948)

Passed | 112 min | Action, Drama, War

Army generals struggle with the decision to prioritize bombing the German factories producing new jet fighters over the extremely high casualties the mission will cost.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Clark Gable, Walter Pidgeon, Van Johnson, Brian Donlevy

Votes: 1,801

18. The Bribe (1949)

Approved | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Federal agent Rigby, in Central America to trace stolen plane engines, falls for the gorgeous wife of the chief suspect.

Directors: Robert Z. Leonard, Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Charles Laughton, Vincent Price

Votes: 1,439

a mediocre film noir movie

19. Battleground (1949)

Approved | 118 min | Action, Drama, History

True tale about a squad of the 101st Airborne Division coping with being trapped by the Germans in the besieged city of Bastogne, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge in December of 1944.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Van Johnson, John Hodiak, Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy

Votes: 6,146 | Gross: $10.29M

20. Malaya (1949)

Passed | 98 min | Adventure, Drama, Film-Noir

Newspaperman Royer convinces government officials of a plan to obtain rubber by stealing it out from under the Japanese. Carnahan is let out of prison to help.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Spencer Tracy, James Stewart, Valentina Cortese, Sydney Greenstreet

Votes: 1,029

21. Ambush (1950)

TV-PG | 90 min | Western

In 1878, Ward Kinsman, a prospector and Indian scout, has been persuaded by the US Cavalry to find Mary Carlyle, the daughter of a general, who has been taken by Apaches.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Robert Taylor, John Hodiak, Arlene Dahl, Don Taylor

Votes: 482

22. A Lady Without Passport (1950)

Approved | 74 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

There is a problem with foreign nationals using Cuba as a convenient jumping off point for illegal entry into the United States. So U.S. Immigration Service Agent Peter Karczag (John Hodiak... See full summary »

Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: Hedy Lamarr, John Hodiak, James Craig, George Macready

Votes: 696

23. The Miniver Story (1950)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama

The Second World War is over, and the Miniver family is trying to keep themselves together in post-War Britain, among continuing shortages and growing tensions within the family.

Directors: H.C. Potter, Victor Saville | Stars: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, John Hodiak, Leo Genn

Votes: 672 | Gross: $2.16M

24. Night Into Morning (1951)

Approved | 86 min | Drama, Romance

Berkeley university professor adjusts (using alcohol) to tragic fire deaths of wife & son.

Director: Fletcher Markle | Stars: Ray Milland, John Hodiak, Nancy Reagan, Lewis Stone

Votes: 299

25. The People Against O'Hara (1951)

Not Rated | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Jim Curtayne, formerly a successful defense attorney who is now a recovering alcoholic, attempts a comeback when he defends a neighbor's son facing a homicide charge.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Pat O'Brien, Diana Lynn, John Hodiak

Votes: 1,043

another mediocre film noir movie

26. Across the Wide Missouri (1951)

Passed | 78 min | Adventure, Romance, Western

Trapper Flint Mitchell and other mountain men from the Rendezvous join forces to enter virgin trapping territory but must contend with a resentful Blackfoot chief.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Clark Gable, Ricardo Montalban, John Hodiak, Adolphe Menjou

Votes: 1,669

27. The Sellout (1952)

Approved | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

During the 1950s, a small-town newspaper editor and a state assistant attorney-general fight corrupt local officials from one rotten county.

Director: Gerald Mayer | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, John Hodiak, Audrey Totter, Paula Raymond

Votes: 381

28. Battle Zone (1952)

Approved | 81 min | War

Danny, a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, re-enlists when the Korean War breaks out. He joins a Marine motion picture unit specializing in combat footage. There he re-encounters Mitch,... See full summary »

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: John Hodiak, Linda Christian, Stephen McNally, Martin Milner

Votes: 128

29. Ambush at Tomahawk Gap (1953)

Passed | 73 min | Action, Romance, Western

An innocent cowboy convicted with three robbers, fresh out of Yuma Territorial Prison, travels with them to get a share of their hidden loot.

Director: Fred F. Sears | Stars: John Hodiak, John Derek, David Brian, María Elena Marqués

Votes: 353

31. Conquest of Cochise (1953)

Passed | 70 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A cavalry officer tries to keep a lid on a volatile situation when Indian leader Cochise is being prodded into starting a war.

Director: William Castle | Stars: John Hodiak, Robert Stack, Joy Page, Rico Alaniz

Votes: 203

32. Dragonfly Squadron (1954)

Approved | 82 min | Drama, War

A Korean War film with a secondary plot of the training of South Korean pilots, to fly fighters in air defense, by American Air Force instructors,led by Major Brady, a famed and ... See full summary »

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: John Hodiak, Barbara Britton, Bruce Bennett, Jess Barker

Votes: 88

33. Trial (1955)

Approved | 105 min | Drama

Courtroom drama set in 1947 and underlying post-WW2 acute problems facing the USA such as stormy race relations and the growing threat of local communism.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Glenn Ford, Dorothy McGuire, Arthur Kennedy, John Hodiak

Votes: 842

34. On the Threshold of Space (1956)

Approved | 98 min | Drama

Scientist is sent to investigate a faulty ejector seat, then sent into space to test it, showing an assortment of human weaknesses and strengths. Basically this is about the human predicament and drama, not space.

Director: Robert D. Webb | Stars: Guy Madison, Virginia Leith, John Hodiak, Dean Jagger

Votes: 132

35. Dial M for Murder (1954)

PG | 105 min | Crime, Thriller

75 Metascore

A tennis player frames his unfaithful wife for first-degree murder after she inadvertently hinders his plan to kill her.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, John Williams

Votes: 142,237 | Gross: $0.01M

36. Little Fugitive (1953)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Family

91 Metascore

A young boy fears that he shot his older brother, who is only faking. He then runs away to Coney Island, a crowded beach area, and gets money by returning soda bottles for their deposits.

Directors: Ray Ashley, Morris Engel, Ruth Orkin | Stars: Richard Brewster, Winifred Cushing, Jay Williams, Will Lee

Votes: 2,188 | Gross: $0.03M

37. The Young and the Damned (1950)

Not Rated | 80 min | Crime, Drama

A group of juvenile delinquents live a violent and crime-filled life in the festering slums of Mexico City, and the morals of young Pedro are gradually corrupted and destroyed by the others.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Alfonso Mejía, Roberto Cobo, Estela Inda, Miguel Inclán

Votes: 16,338

38. Germany Year Zero (1948)

Not Rated | 78 min | Drama, War

A young German boy faces the problems of the tough life in the immediate post WWII Berlin.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Edmund Moeschke, Ernst Pittschau, Ingetraud Hinze, Franz-Otto Krüger

Votes: 8,986

39. The Train (1964)

Not Rated | 133 min | Thriller, War

In 1944, a German colonel loads a train with French art treasures to send to Germany. The Resistance must stop it without damaging the cargo.

Directors: John Frankenheimer, Arthur Penn | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau, Suzanne Flon

Votes: 12,777 | Gross: $7.41M



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