Top Ten Films of 1949: World Premieres
 The Best Actress Race

1. The Third Man Dir. Carol Reed. With Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles A
2. Criss Cross Dir. Robert Siodmak. With Burt Lancaster, Yvonne De Carlo, Dan Duryea A–
3. Adam's Rib Dir. George Cukor. With Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday A–
4. A Letter to Three Wives Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz. With Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern A–
5. All the King's Men Dir. Robert Rossen. With John Ireland, Broderick Crawford B+
6. The Heiress Dir. William Wyler. With Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift B+
7. Puce Moment Dir. Kenneth Anger. With Yvonne Marquis B+
8. The Reckless Moment Dir. Max Ophüls. With Joan Bennett, James Mason B+

Reviews from 1949
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   Adam's Rib Dir. George Cukor. With Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday A–
   The Fountainhead Dir. King Vidor. With Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal, Raymond Massey B
   The Third Man Dir. Carol Reed. With Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles A

More Grades from 1949
Unreviewed titles I have seen recently enough to grade
 
      The Barkleys of Broadway Dir. Charles Walters. With Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire B–
      Caught Dir. Max Ophüls. With Barbara Bel Geddes, Robert Ryan, James Mason B–
      Come to the Stable Dir. Henry Koster. With Loretta Young, Celeste Holm, Hugh Marlowe C+
      Edward, My Son Dir. George Cukor. With Spencer Tracy, Deborah Kerr, Ian Hunter B–
      My Foolish Heart Dir. Mark Robson. With Susan Hayward, Dana Andrews, Lois Wheeler C–
      On the Town Dirs. Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen. With Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra C+
      Pinky Dir. Elia Kazan. With Jeanne Crain, Ethel Waters, Ethel Barrymore C+


Still to Come from 1949
 
Ten Most Enticing Prospects:
      Battleground Dir. William Wellman. With Van Johnson, John Hodiak, Ricardo Montalban
      Border Incident Dir. Anthony Mann. With Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy
      Knock on Any Door Dir. Nicholas Ray. With Humphrey Bogart, John Derek, George Macready
      Late Spring Dir. Yasujiro Ozu. With Chishu Ryu, Setsuko Hara, Haruko Sugimara
      She Wore a Yellow Ribbon Dir. John Ford. With John Wayne, John Agar, Joanne Dru
      They Live by Night Dir. Nicholas Ray. With Cathy O'Donnell, Farley Granger
      Thieves' Highway Dir. Jules Dassin. With Richard Conte, Valentina Cortese, Lee J. Cobb
      Under Capricorn Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. With Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten
      White Heat Dir. Raoul Walsh. With James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien
      A Woman's Secret Dir. Nicholas Ray. With Maureen O'Hara, Melvyn Douglas, Gloria Grahame

Further Research:
      12 O'Clock High Dir. Henry King. With Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill
      The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Dirs. James Algar, Clyde Geronimi, et al.
      Beyond the Forest Dir. King Vidor. With Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten, David Brian
      The Big Steal Dir. Don Siegel. With Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, William Bendix
      Bitter Rice Dir. Giuseppe De Santis. With Vittorio Gassman, Doris Dowling, Silvana Mangano
      Champion Dir. Mark Robson. With Kirk Douglas, Marilyn Maxwell, Arthur Kennedy
      Colorado Territory Dir. Raoul Walsh. With Joel McCrea, Virginia Mayo, Dorothy Malone
      The Devil's Wanton Dir. Ingmar Bergman. With Doris Svedlund, Birger Malmsten, Eva Henning
      East Side, West Side Dir. Mervyn LeRoy. With Barbara Stanwyck, James Mason, Van Heflin
      Flamingo Road Dir. Michael Curtiz. With Joan Crawford, Zachary Scott, Sydney Greenstreet
      The Hasty Heart Dir. Vincent Sherman. With Richard Todd, Patricia Neal, Ronald Reagan
      House of Strangers Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz. With Edward G. Robinson, Susan Hayward
      I Shot Jesse James Dir. Sam Fuller. With Preston Foster, Barbara Britton, John Ireland
      I Was a Male War Bride Dir. Howard Hawks. With Cary Grant, Ann Sheridan
      In the Good Old Summertime Dir. Robert Z. Leonard. With Judy Garland, Van Johnson
      Intruder in the Dust Dir. Clarence Brown. With David Brian, Claude Jarman, Jr.
      It Happens Every Spring Dir. Lloyd Bacon. With Ray Milland, Jean Peters, Paul Douglas
      Jour de fête Dir. Jacques Tati. With Guy Decomble, Jacques Tati, Paul Frankeur
      Kind Hearts and Coronets Dir. Robert Hamer. With Dennis Price, Valerie Hobson
      Little Women Dir. Mervyn LeRoy. With June Allyson, Peter Lawford, Margaret O'Brien
      Lost Boundaries Dir. Alfred L. Werker. With Beatrice Pearson, Mel Ferrer, Canada Lee
      Madame Bovary Dir. Vincente Minnelli. With Jennifer Jones, Louis Jourdan, James Mason
      Mighty Joe Young Dir. Ernest B. Schoedsack. With Terry Moore, Ben Johnson
      Neptune's Daughter Dir. Edward Buzzell. With Esther Williams, Red Skelton
      The Passionate Friends Dir. David Lean. With Ann Todd, Claude Rains, Trevor Howard
      Passport to Pimlico Dir. Henry Cornelius. With Stanley Holloway, Betty Warren
      Prince of Foxes Dir. Henry King. With Tyrone Power, Orson Welles, Wanda Hendrix
      The Queen of Spades Dir. Thorold Dickinson. With Anton Walbrook, Edith Evans
      The Red Pony Dir. Lewis Milestone. With Myrna Loy, Robert Mitchum, Louis Calhern
      The Rocking Horse Winner Dir. Anthony Pelissier. With Valerie Hobson, John Howard Davies
      Samson and Delilah Dir. Cecil B. DeMille. With Victor Mature, Hedy Lamarr
      Sands of Iwo Jima Dir. Allan Dwan. With John Wayne, John Agar, Adele Mara, Forrest Tucker
      The Secret Garden Dir. Fred McLeod Wilcox. With Margaret O'Brien, Dean Stockwell
      The Set-Up Dir. Robert Wise. With Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter, George Tobias, Alan Baxter
      Le Silence de la mer Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville. With Howard Vernon, Nicole Stéphane
      The Stratton Story Dir. Sam Wood. With James Stewart, June Allyson, Frank Morgan
      Stray Dog Dir. Akira Kurosawa. With Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Awaji
      That Forsyte Woman Dir. Compton Bennett. With Errol Flynn, Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon
      Thirst Dir. Ingmar Bergman. With Eva Henning, Birger Malmsten, Birgit Tengroth
      Too Late for Tears Dir. Byron Haskin. With Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, Dan Duryea
      Whirlpool Dir. Otto Preminger. With Gene Tierney, Richard Conte, José Ferrer
      Whisky Galore! Dir. Alexander Mackendrick. With Basil Radford, Catherine Lacey
      The Window Dir. Ted Tetzlaff. With Bobby Driscoll, Barbara Hale, Arthur Kennedy

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