1945 Movies

With a variety of genres represented, Plex's database of 1945 movies is an amazing resource for movie buffs to explore the cultural and artistic shifts that took place at the end of World War II. Discover a range of films that will transport you back in time and leave you mesmerized.
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Top 5 Movies of 1945

The Bells of St. Mary's

"The Bells of St. Mary's," directed by Leo McCarey, is a heartwarming drama set in a school run by a priest and a nun, portrayed by Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman. The story revolves around their collaboration and occasional disagreements, emphasizing the importance of teamwork and understanding in overcoming challenges. Ingrid Bergman's performance earned her the Best Actress award at the 18th Academy Awards, a testament to the film's impact and her compelling portrayal.

Leave Her to Heaven

John M. Stahl's "Leave Her to Heaven" is a Technicolor noir, a rarity for the genre known for its black-and-white aesthetic. The film stars Gene Tierney and Cornel Wilde in a story about a writer who becomes entangled in a destructive relationship with a beautiful but obsessive socialite.


Directed by the legendary Alfred Hitchcock, "Spellbound" is a psychological thriller starring Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck. The film explores the story of a psychiatrist who protects an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory. Notable for its dream sequence designed by Salvador Dalí, "Spellbound" combines Hitchcock's mastery of suspense with innovative visual storytelling.

The Valley of Decision

"The Valley of Decision," directed by Tay Garnett, features Greer Garson and Gregory Peck in a romantic drama set against the backdrop of industrial unrest. The story of an Irish maid who falls in love with the son of her wealthy employer weaves together themes of class, conflict, and love. The film offers a poignant look at the challenges faced by lovers separated by societal divides.

Anchors Aweigh

"Anchors Aweigh," a musical directed by George Sidney, stars Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, and Gene Kelly. The film follows two sailors on leave in Hollywood who help an aspiring singer achieve fame and find romance. Renowned for its musical numbers and a remarkable dance sequence featuring Gene Kelly and an animated Jerry Mouse, "Anchors Aweigh" is celebrated for its creativity and entertaining performances.

Industry Highlights and Notable Moments from 1945

18th Academy Awards

The year's Academy Awards, held on March 7, 1946, honored films released in 1945. "The Lost Weekend" won the Best Film award, with Billy Wilder taking Best Director, Ray Milland winning Best Actor, and Joan Crawford receiving Best Actress for "Mildred Pierce." These awards highlighted the diverse storytelling and exceptional talent prevalent in the industry during this period.

End of World War II

The end of World War II in 1945 had a profound impact on the film industry. Films began to reflect the post-war reality, addressing themes of readjustment, loss, and the human experience during and after the conflict.

Reflection of Post-War Reality

With the conclusion of the war, Hollywood movies started to explore the societal changes and challenges faced by returning veterans and those affected by the war. This shift in thematic focus marked a significant change in the type of stories being told on the big screen.