Top Ten 1944

BIL'S BEST ACTOR

Bing Crosby’s Oscar-winning performance in Going My Way has aged into painful, feel-good schmaltz, so I’m going with a couple of zany performances that are still as ripsnortingly funny now as ever they were. Eddie Bracken headlined two Preston Sturges classics in 1944, Hail! The Conquering Hero and The Miracle Of Morgan’s Creek, and in both of them his manic energy never flags for a second.

Honour Roll: Bing Crosby, Going My Way; Cary Grant, Arsenic And Old Lace

BIL'S BEST ACTRESS

The award goes to Barbara Stanwyck, whose role as the TNT-legged femme fatale in Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity redefined the stereotype of the killer blonde in film noir forever.  Stanwyck could rarely appear on screen…

  • Double Indemnity

    1

  • Laura

    2

  • Ivan the Terrible, Part I

    3

  • The Uninvited

    4

  • Meet Me in St. Louis

    5

  • The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek

    6

  • Hail the Conquering Hero

    7

  • Since You Went Away

    8

  • National Velvet

    9

  • The Most Beautiful

    10