NOTORIOUS (1946)

Alfred Hitchcock takes some very standard materials and somehow makes an amazing movie out of them… a great performance by Ingrid Bergman at the center helps, too.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)

The ultimate feel-good movie, or harrowing exercise in existential angst? Possibly both.

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)

A surprisingly universal and human story of three soldiers returning to their home town after World War II, from decades before “PTSD” was a term.