Palme d'Or contenders

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1946 – present

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1. Nezbedný bakalár (1946)

96 min | Comedy

A bachelor is invited by the local alderman to improve the education in the Czech town of Rakovník.

Director: Otakar Vávra | Stars: Zdenek Stepánek, Vlasta Matulová, Otomar Korbelár, Frantisek Smolík

Votes: 33

2. Anna and the King of Siam (1946)

Passed | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

In 1862, a young Englishwoman becomes royal tutor in Siam and befriends the King.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Irene Dunne, Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 2,456

3. The Bandit (1946)

83 min | Crime, Drama

A contingent of Italian prisoners of war arrive on a train from Germany after World War II to Turin. The city where Ernesto lives has been bombed, his mother is dead and his sister has gone missing.

Director: Alberto Lattuada | Stars: Anna Magnani, Amedeo Nazzari, Carla Del Poggio, Carlo Campanini

Votes: 436

4. The Battle of the Rails (1946)

85 min | Drama, War

This movie is a story about French railroad workers who were part of organized resistance during the German WW2 occupation.

Director: René Clément | Stars: Marcel Barnault, Jean Clarieux, Jean Daurand, Lucien Desagneaux

Votes: 1,009

5. Beauty and the Beast (1946)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

92 Metascore

A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her.

Directors: Jean Cocteau, René Clément | Stars: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély, Nane Germon

Votes: 26,749 | Gross: $0.30M

6. Blood and Fire (1945)

100 min | Drama

Thomas is an officer in the Salvation Army. He has religious doubts and questions the meaning of his work. He meets Lili, an ex-prostitute struggling to start a new life and he fall in love... See full summary »

Director: Anders Henrikson | Stars: Anders Henrikson, Sonja Wigert, George Fant, Inge Wærn

Votes: 23

7. Brief Encounter (1945)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Romance

92 Metascore

Meeting a stranger in a railway station, a woman is tempted to cheat on her husband.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway, Joyce Carey

Votes: 40,647

8. Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

Approved | 123 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

At the height of the Roman Civil War, a young Cleopatra (Vivien Leigh) meets a middle-aged Julius Caesar (Claude Rains), who teaches her how to rule Egypt.

Director: Gabriel Pascal | Stars: Claude Rains, Vivien Leigh, Stewart Granger, Flora Robson

Votes: 2,925

9. Camões (1946)

118 min | Biography, Drama

The adventurous life of Portugal's epic poet, Luis de Camões.

Director: José Leitão de Barros | Stars: Antonio Vilar, José Amaro, Igrejas Caeiro, Paiva Raposo

Votes: 196

10. The Captive Heart (1946)

Approved | 86 min | Drama, War

In 1940, a concentration-camp escapee assumes the identity of a dead British officer, only to become a prisoner of war.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Rachel Kempson, Frederick Leister, Mervyn Johns

Votes: 1,078

11. Dunia (1946)

Dunia's affair with Mohamed leads to tragic consequences for them and their child.

Director: Muhammad Karim | Stars: Dawlat Abiad, Faten Hamamah, Raqyah Ibrahim, Suleiman Naguib

Votes: 13

12. Floarea reginei (1946)

21 min | Short, Fantasy

An adaptation of a fairy tale written by Carmen Sylva, the pen name of the Queen of Romania.

Director: Paul Calinescu | Stars: Ioana Calinescu, Ileana Niculescu, Taian Vrajba

Votes: 14

13. Gaslight (1944)

Passed | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

78 Metascore

Ten years after her aunt was murdered in their London home, a woman returns from Italy in the 1880s to resume residence with her new husband. His obsessive interest in the home rises from a secret that may require driving his wife insane.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, May Whitty

Votes: 29,936

14. Gilda (1946)

Approved | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

A small-time gambler hired to work in a Buenos Aires casino discovers his employer's new wife is his former lover.

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 32,744

15. Un giorno nella vita (1946)

95 min | Drama, War

Some Italian partisans want to take refuge in a convent to escape German raids. The nuns are a little perplexed at first but then agree since one of the men is seriously wounded. When the ... See full summary »

Director: Alessandro Blasetti | Stars: Elisa Cegani, Massimo Girotti, Mariella Lotti, Amedeo Nazzari

Votes: 25

16. Girl No. 217 (1944)

91 min | Drama, War

The story of one of the Soviet women transported to Germany after the Nazi invasion in World War II for forced labor, this one forced to become a household drudge.

Director: Mikhail Romm | Stars: Yelena Kuzmina, Anna Lisyanskaya, Vasiliy Zaychikov, Nikolai Komissarov

Votes: 99

17. The Great Glinka (1946)

100 min | Biography, Drama

About the life of the Russian composer Mikhail Glinka.

Director: Lev Arnshtam | Stars: Boris Chirkov, Vasiliy Merkurev, Mikhail Derzhavin, Vladimir Druzhnikov

Votes: 47

18. Hello Moscow! (1945)

80 min | History, Musical

Kolya Leonov performs a song about Moscow for a contest at a trade school. The school's director then tells the story of Kolya's accordion.

Director: Sergei Yutkevich | Stars: Nikolai Leonov, T. Stravinskaya, Oleg Bobrov, Viktor Seleznyov

Votes: 37

19. Le miserie del signor Travet (1945)

98 min | Comedy

The ordinary life of the prudent employee Mr Travet accelerates as he and her wife meet his new chief.

Director: Mario Soldati | Stars: Carlo Campanini, Vera Carmi, Paola Veneroni, Pierluigi Veraldo

Votes: 113

20. The Last Chance (1945)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, War

Escaping a Nazi prison train in war-torn Italy, an American and a British soldier set out for the Swiss border and find themselves leading a multi-national party of refugees for the Italian underground.

Director: Leopold Lindtberg | Stars: Ewart G. Morrison, John Hoy, Ray Reagan, Luisa Rossi

Votes: 430

21. Letter from the Dead (1946)

78 min | Crime, Drama

A man and a woman meet in a shelter during an air raid. They feel strongly drawn to each other, but are separated without knowing exchanging names. A year later the two meet randomly. He now learns that she is addicted to morphine.

Director: Johan Jacobsen | Stars: Eyvind Johan-Svendsen, Gunnar Lauring, Sonja Wigert, Inge Hvid-Møller

Votes: 22

22. The Lost Weekend (1945)

Passed | 101 min | Drama, Film-Noir

The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four-day drinking bout.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Phillip Terry, Howard Da Silva

Votes: 37,645 | Gross: $9.46M

23. Un revenant (1946)

100 min | Drama

A ballet producer returns to his native town and schemes to avenge himself on the family who tried to murder him 20 years before.

Director: Christian-Jaque | Stars: Louis Jouvet, Gaby Morlay, François Périer, Jean Brochard

Votes: 261

24. The Lovers (1946)

85 min | Drama

After an astrologer has foretold him he will die at an early age if he does not avoid a romantic entanglement, Alessandro Stradella, a well-known composer decides to leave Rome for the ... See full summary »

Director: Giacomo Gentilomo | Stars: Gino Bechi, Annette Bach, Carlo Ninchi, Gualtiero Tumiati

25. The Magic Bow (1946)

Approved | 106 min | Biography, Musical, Romance

Biography of the famous--and notorious--Italian violinist Nicola Paganini.

Director: Bernard Knowles | Stars: Stewart Granger, Phyllis Calvert, Jean Kent, Dennis Price

Votes: 222

26. Make Mine Music (1946)

Passed | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

60 Metascore

Animation done to contemporary popular music.

Directors: Robert Cormack, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Joshua Meador | Stars: Nelson Eddy, Dinah Shore, Laverne Andrews, Maxene Andrews

Votes: 4,506

27. Maria Candelaria (1944)

Approved | 76 min | Romance, Drama

In Xochimilco 1909, María Candelaria and Lorenzo Rafael long for getting married but the odds are against them. Maria Candelaria is segregated for being a prostitute's child and the couple ... See full summary »

Director: Emilio Fernández | Stars: Dolores del Rio, Pedro Armendáriz, Alberto Galán, Margarita Cortés

Votes: 1,122

28. Men Without Wings (1946)

79 min | Drama, War

The action takes place in occupied Czechoslovak Republic after assassination of Schutzstaffel (SS)-Obergruppenführer and General der Polizei Reinhard Heydrich, acting Reichsprotektor of the... See full synopsis »

Director: Frantisek Cáp | Stars: Gustav Nezval, Ladislav H. Struna, Jaroslav Zrotal, Vladimír Hlavatý

Votes: 129

29. Mr. Orchid (1946)

95 min | Comedy, Drama, War

In the Charente, during the Nazi occupation, Edouard Martin, a fifty-year-old man with apparently peaceful life is in fact the leader of a resistance network.

Directors: René Clément, Noël-Noël | Stars: Noël-Noël, Maurice Chevit, Alice Leitner, Georges Questau

Votes: 287

30. Neecha Nagar (1946)

122 min | Drama

The film takes an expressionist look at the gulf between the rich and poor in society. The film centers on wealthy, capacious landlord Sarkar (Rafi Peer) who lives in a palatial estate high... See full summary »

Director: Chetan Anand | Stars: Rafiq Anwar, Uma Anand, Kamini Kaushal, Rafi Peer

Votes: 237

31. Notorious (1946)

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

100 Metascore

The daughter of a convicted Nazi spy is asked by American agents to gather information on a ring of Nazi scientists in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them?

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Louis Calhern

Votes: 101,858 | Gross: $10.46M

32. Patrie (1946)

100 min | Drama

Brussels in the year 1568, as the Flemish people are fighting against the tyranny of the Spanish occupiers. Led by Count de Rysoor, the revolt against the ruthless Duke of Alba, is meant to... See full summary »

Director: Louis Daquin | Stars: Pierre Blanchar, Jean Desailly, Maria Mauban, Lucien Nat

Votes: 17

33. Red Meadows (1945)

85 min | War, Drama

The memories of a Danish saboteur as he awaits his execution in a German wartime prison.

Directors: Bodil Ipsen, Lau Lauritzen | Stars: Poul Reichhardt, Lisbeth Movin, Per Buckhøj, Gyrd Løfquist

Votes: 353

34. Rhapsody in Blue (1945)

Passed | 135 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

55 Metascore

George Gershwin is a driven composer whose need to succeed destroys his relationship with singer Julie Adams and socialite Christine Gilbert.

Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Robert Alda, Joan Leslie, Alexis Smith, Charles Coburn

Votes: 1,556