Few things hold the same place in iconic movie history as the last moments of "Casablanca" -- Ingrid Bergman's misty-eyed beauty in her effortless travel suit and hat, the restrained heartbreak woven into Humphrey Bogart's voice as he tells his love to get on the plane. Set in 1941 in Morocco, the film captured the intrigue and tension of the first years of World War II, as it unfolded in the audience's lives outside the theater walls.
Although "Casablanca" was released 75 years ago, its influence continues in modern cinema. Indeed, stylistic nods to classics from that era pepper recent films, whether it's the richly costumed World War II drama "Allied" or the fancy footwork of the deeply referential "La La Land."
Many great movies came out of the 1940s, but some far outshine others. PrettyFamous, an entertainment data site powered by Graphiq, used its Smart Rating to find the top 100 films released between 1940 and 1949. The Smart Rating is a score out of 100 that considers each movie's IMDb rating, Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer and Audience Scores, Gracenote rating, Metacritic Metascore and the inflation-adjusted U.S. box office gross.
Whether you are in the mood to re-watch Katharine Hepburn at her rapid-fire best in "The Philadelphia Story" or want to discover Laurence Olivier in the first big-screen adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice," these movies all promise to deliver plenty of old Hollywood charm.
Note: Movie descriptions were sourced (with minor edits) from Gracenote.