List of American films of 1949

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A list of American films released in 1949.
All the King's Men won the Academy Award for Best Picture.


Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff Charles Barton Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Boris Karloff Comedy
The Accused William Dieterle Loretta Young, Robert Cummings, Wendell Corey film noir
Adam's Rib George Cukor Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, David Wayne, Tom Ewell, Jean Hagen, Judy Holliday Romantic comedy script by Ruth Gordon, Garson Kanin
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad James Algar, Clyde Geronimi Bing Crosby, Eric Blore, Basil Rathbone Animation Golden Globe for Cinematography, Color
Africa Screams Charles Barton Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Shemp Howard, Joe Besser Comedy
Alias Nick Beal John Farrow Ray Milland, Audrey Totter, Thomas Mitchell Drama
All the King's Men Robert Rossen Broderick Crawford, Mercedes McCambridge, John Ireland, Joanne Dru, John Derek Drama based on a novel by Robert Penn Warren; Academy Awards for Crawford, McCambridge, Best Picture
Always Leave Them Laughing Roy Del Ruth Milton Berle, Virginia Mayo, Bert Lahr Comedy
Any Number Can Play Mervyn LeRoy Clark Gable, Alexis Smith, Wendell Corey Drama
The Awful Orphan Chuck Jones Animated
Bagdad Charles Lamont Maureen O'Hara, Paul Christian, Vincent Price Adventure
The Barkleys of Broadway Charles Walters Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers Musical final Astaire-Rogers pairing
Batman and Robin Spencer Gordon Bennet Robert Lowery, Johnny Duncan, Jane Adams Serial
Battleground William Wellman Van Johnson, Ricardo Montalbán War
The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend Preston Sturges Betty Grable, Cesar Romero, Rudy Vallée Western 20th Century Fox
Beyond the Forest King Vidor Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten Drama
The Big Cat Phil Karlson Lon McCallister, Peggy Ann Garner, Preston Foster Adventure
Big Jack Richard Thorpe Wallace Beery Drama Beery's final film
The Big Steal Don Siegel Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer Drama
The Big Wheel Edward Ludwig Mickey Rooney, Thomas Mitchell Drama
Border Incident Anthony Mann Ricardo Montalbán, Howard Da Silva Drama
The Bribe Robert Z. Leonard Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Charles Laughton, Vincent Price Film noir Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Bride for Sale William D. Russell Claudette Colbert, Robert Young Comedy
Bruce Gentry Tom Neal Drama Serial


Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Canadian Pacific Edwin L. Marin Randolph Scott, Jane Wyatt, J. Carrol Naish Historic
The Cat and the Mermouse Tom and Jerry Animated
Caught Max Ophüls James Mason, Barbara Bel Geddes Drama
Champion Mark Robson Kirk Douglas, Arthur Kennedy, Marilyn Maxwell Drama 6 Oscar nominations
Chicken Every Sunday George Seaton Dan Dailey, Celeste Holm, Colleen Townsend Comedy
City Across the River Maxwell Shane Stephen McNally, Thelma Ritter, Jeff Corey Crime drama
Colorado Territory Raoul Walsh Joel McCrea, Virginia Mayo Western Remake of High Sierra
Come to the Stable Henry Koster Loretta Young, Celeste Holm, Hugh Marlowe Drama
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Tay Garnett Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming, Cedric Hardwicke, William Bendix Musical comedy Story by Mark Twain
Cover Up Alfred E. Green William Bendix, Dennis O'Keefe Drama
Criss Cross Robert Siodmak Burt Lancaster, Yvonne DeCarlo Drama
The Crooked Way Robert Florey John Payne, Sonny Tufts Drama
A Dangerous Profession Ted Tetzlaff George Raft, Ella Raines, Pat O'Brien film noir
Dating Do's and Don'ts
The Devil's Henchman Seymour Friedman Warner Baxter, Mary Beth Hughes Drama
Down to the Sea in Ships Henry Hathaway Richard Widmark, Lionel Barrymore Adventure remake of 1922 silent film
Dunked in the Deep Jules White Three Stooges Short subject


Title Director Cast Genre Notes
East Side, West Side Mervyn LeRoy Barbara Stanwyck, James Mason, Ava Gardner Crime drama
Easy Living Jacques Tourneur Victor Mature, Lucille Ball, Lizabeth Scott Drama
Edward, My Son George Cukor Spencer Tracy, Deborah Kerr Drama Oscar nomination for Kerr
Family Honeymoon Claude Binyon Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray Comedy
The Fan Otto Preminger Madeleine Carroll, Jeanne Crain Drama Based on Oscar Wilde story
Father was a Fullback John M. Stahl Fred MacMurray, Maureen O'Hara, Rudy Vallée Family
Federal Agents vs. Underworld, Inc Serial
The Fighting Kentuckian George Waggner John Wayne, Oliver Hardy Western Republic Pictures
Flamingo Road Michael Curtiz Joan Crawford, Zachary Scott, Sydney Greenstreet Drama based on the play
Flaxy Martin Richard L. Bare Virginia Mayo, Dorothy Malone Drama
Follow Me Quietly Richard Fleischer William Lundigan Drama
For Scent-imental Reasons Animated
Forgotten Women William Beaudine Elyse Knox, Edward Norris Drama Monogram
The Fountainhead King Vidor Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal, Raymond Massey Drama based on Ayn Rand novel
Frigid Hare Bugs Bunny Animated
Ghost of Zorro Fred C. Brannon Clayton Moore Serial
The Glass Mountain Henry Cass Michael Denison, Dulcie Gray Drama
The Golden Stallion William Witney Roy Rogers, Dale Evans Western Republic Pictures
The Great Gatsby Elliott Nugent Alan Ladd, Ruth Hussey, Betty Field Drama based on F. Scott Fitzgerald novel
The Hasty Heart Vincent Sherman Ronald Reagan, Patricia Neal Drama
The Heiress William Wyler Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson Drama won 4 Academy Awards
High Diving Hare Bugs Bunny Animated
Holiday Affair Don Hartman Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh Romantic comedy RKO Pictures
Holiday in Havana Jean Yarborough Desi Arnaz, Mary Hatcher and Ann Doran Musical comedy Columbia Pictures
Home of the Brave Mark Robson Jeff Corey, Lloyd Bridges Drama
House of Strangers Joseph L. Mankiewicz Edward G. Robinson, Susan Hayward, Richard Conte, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. Crime drama 20th Century Fox


Title Director Cast Genre Notes
I Married a Communist Robert Stevenson Laraine Day, Robert Ryan, John Agar Drama aka The Woman on Pier 13
I Shot Jesse James Samuel Fuller Preston Foster, John Ireland Western Fuller's first film
I Was a Male War Bride Howard Hawks Cary Grant, Ann Sheridan Comedy 20th Century Fox
Impact Arthur Lubin Brian Donlevy, Ella Raines, Charles Coburn Film noir
In the Good Old Summertime Robert Z. Leonard Judy Garland, Van Johnson, Buster Keaton Musical MGM
The Inspector General Henry Koster Danny Kaye, Walter Slezak, Barbara Bates Musical comedy Golden Globe Best Original Score
Intruder in the Dust Clarence Brown David Brian, Claude Jarman, Jr. Drama
It Happens Every Spring Lloyd Bacon Ray Milland, Jean Peters, Paul Douglas Comedy 20th Century Fox
It's a Great Feeling David Butler Doris Day, Jack Carson, Dennis Morgan Comedy Academy Award for Best Song
Jerry's Diary Tom and Jerry Animated
Jigsaw Fletcher Markle Franchot Tone Drama
Johnny Stool Pigeon William Castle Shelley Winters, Howard Duff, Dan Duryea Film noir
Jolson Sings Again Henry Levin Larry Parks, Barbara Hale Biography sequel to The Jolson Story


Title Director Cast Genre Notes
King of the Rocket Men Fred C. Brannon Serial
Knock on Any Door Nicholas Ray Humphrey Bogart, John Derek, George Macready Drama Columbia Pictures
The Last Bandit Joseph Kane Bill Elliott, Lorna Gray Western
A Letter to Three Wives Joseph L. Mankiewicz Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern, Jeanne Crain, Paul Douglas, Kirk Douglas, Jeffrey Lynn, Thelma Ritter Drama won 2 Academy Awards
Little Women Mervyn LeRoy Elizabeth Taylor, Margaret O'Brien, June Allyson, Janet Leigh Family from Louisa May Alcott novel
Long-Haired Hare Bugs Bunny Animated
Love That Pup Tom and Jerry Animated
Lust for Gold S. Sylvan Simon Glenn Ford, Ida Lupino, Gig Young Western
Ma and Pa Kettle Charles Lamont Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride Comedy
Madame Bovary Vincente Minnelli Jennifer Jones, James Mason, Van Heflin Drama from Gustave Flaubert novel
Malaya Richard Thorpe Spencer Tracy, James Stewart, Sydney Greenstreet Drama MGM
Malice in the Palace Jules White Three Stooges Slapstick
Manhandled Lewis R. Foster Dorothy Lamour, Dan Duryea, Sterling Hayden Film noir Paramount
Mighty Joe Young Ernest B. Schoedsack Terry Moore, Robert Armstrong, Ben Johnson Adventure RKO Pictures
Miss Grant Takes Richmond Lloyd Bacon Lucille Ball, William Holden Comedy Columbia
Mississippi Hare Bugs Bunny Animated
Mother Is a Freshman Lloyd Bacon Loretta Young, Van Johnson, Rudy Vallée Romantic comedy
My Foolish Heart Mark Robson Susan Hayward, Dana Andrews Drama 2 Oscar nominations
My Friend Irma George Marshall Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis Comedy first Martin and Lewis film
Neptune's Daughter Edward Buzzell Esther Williams, Red Skelton, Ricardo Montalbán Musical Oscar for Best Song
Night Unto Night Don Siegel Ronald Reagan, Viveca Lindfors, Broderick Crawford Drama
Oh, You Beautiful Doll John M. Stahl Mark Stevens, June Haver, S.Z. Sakall Musical
On the Town Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ann Miller, Betty Garrett Musical Oscar for Best Musical Score
Pinky Elia Kazan Jeanne Crain, Ethel Barrymore, Ethel Waters Drama 3 Oscar nominations
Porky in Wackyland Porky Pig Animated
Port of New York László Benedek Scott Brady, Richard Rober, Yul Brynner Drama Brynner's first film
Prince of Foxes Henry King Tyrone Power, Orson Welles Drama
Rabbit Hood Bugs Bunny Animated
Radar Patrol vs Spy King Serial
Rebel Rabbit Bugs Bunny Animated
The Reckless Moment Max Ophüls James Mason, Joan Bennett, Geraldine Brooks Drama Columbia
Red, Hot and Blue John Farrow Betty Hutton, Victor Mature, William Demarest Musical comedy
Red Light Roy Del Ruth George Raft, Virginia Mayo, Raymond Burr Crime drama United Artists
The Red Pony Lewis Milestone Myrna Loy, Robert Mitchum, Louis Calhern Drama
Rope of Sand William Dieterle Burt Lancaster, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains Adventure
Rustlers Lesley Selander Tim Holt, Richard Martin, Martha Hyer Western


Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Samson and Delilah Cecil B. DeMille Hedy Lamarr, Victor Mature, Angela Lansbury Biblical drama 5 Oscar nominations
Sands of Iwo Jima Allan Dwan John Wayne, John Agar, Forrest Tucker War 4 Oscar nominations
Search for Danger Jack Bernhard John Calvert, Albert Dekker Crime Film Classics
The Secret Garden Fred M. Wilcox Margaret O'Brien Drama MGM
The Set-Up Robert Wise Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter Drama from W.C. Heinz novel
"She Shoulda Said 'No'!" Sherman Scott Lila Leeds Exploitation
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon John Ford John Wayne, Joanne Dru, Ben Johnson Western Oscar for Cinematography
Shockproof Douglas Sirk Cornel Wilde, Patricia Knight Drama
Slattery's Hurricane André de Toth Richard Widmark, Linda Darnell, Veronica Lake Drama from Herman Wouk story
Sorrowful Jones Sidney Lanfield Bob Hope, Lucille Ball Comedy Damon Runyon story
South of St. Louis Ray Enright Joel McCrea, Zachary Scott, Victor Jory Western
The Stratton Story Sam Wood James Stewart, June Allyson Biography story of Monty Stratton
Streets of Laredo Leslie Fenton William Holden, William Bendix, Macdonald Carey Western
The Sun Comes Up Richard Thorpe Jeanette MacDonald, Claude Jarman, Jr. Family Lassie feature
Task Force Delmer Daves Gary Cooper, Jane Wyatt, Walter Brennan War 8th Cooper-Brennan pairing
Technicolor for Industrial Films Educational
Tennis Chumps Hanna-Barbera Tom and Jerry Animated
Tension John Berry Richard Basehart, Audrey Totter, Cyd Charisse film noir
That Forsyte Woman Compton Bennett Errol Flynn, Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon Drama
That Midnight Kiss Norman Taurog Kathryn Grayson, Mario Lanza, Jose Iturbi Musical MGM
They Live by Night Nicholas Ray Farley Granger, Howard Da Silva Film noir from novel Thieves Like Us
Thieves' Highway Jules Dassin Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb Drama
Tokyo Joe Stuart Heisler Humphrey Bogart, Sessue Hayakawa War Columbia
Too Late for Tears Byron Haskin Lizabeth Scott, Dan Duryea, Don DeFore Film noir United Artists
Tough Assignment William Beaudine Don Barry, Marjorie Steele Crime Lippert
Trail of the Yukon William Beaudine Kirby Grant, Suzanne Dalbert Western Monogram. Corporal Rod Webb series
Trapped Richard Fleischer Lloyd Bridges, John Hoyt Drama Eagle-Lion Films
Tulsa Stuart Heisler Susan Hayward, Robert Preston Drama
Tuna Clipper William Beaudine Roddy McDowall, Elena Verdugo Drama Monogram
Twelve O'Clock High Henry King Gregory Peck, Gary Merrill, Dean Jagger War drama Oscar for Jagger
The Undercover Man Joseph H. Lewis Glenn Ford, Nina Foch, James Whitmore Crime drama Columbia
We Were Strangers John Huston Jennifer Jones, John Garfield, Pedro Armendáriz Adventure
Which Is Witch Friz Freleng Bugs Bunny Animated
Whirlpool Otto Preminger Gene Tierney, José Ferrer, Charles Bickford Drama 20th Century Fox
White Heat Raoul Walsh James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmund O'Brien Crime drama Warner Brothers
The Window Ted Tetzlaff Bobby Driscoll, Barbara Hale Drama RKO
Without Honor Irving Pichel Laraine Day, Dane Clark, Franchot Tone Drama United Artists
The Wolf Hunters Budd Boetticher Kirby Grant, Jan Clayton Western Monogram. Corporal Rod Webb series
A Woman's Secret Nicholas Ray Maureen O'Hara, Melvyn Douglas, Gloria Grahame Film noir
You're My Everything Walter Lang Dan Dailey, Anne Baxter, Anne Revere Musical

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