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The year 1944 in film involved some significant events, including the wholesome, award-winning Going My Way plus popular murder mysteries such as Double Indemnity, Gaslight and Laura.


Top grossing films (U.S.)[1]

Box office numbers were reported at the time as a percentage compared to "normal" business at each theater. For example, Going My Way performed at a massive 264% while To Have and Have Not was a hit at 173%. This is why exact dollar grosses for the period are unreliable at best.

Rank Title Studio Actors
1. Going My Way Paramount Bing Crosby
2. Wilson 20th Century-Fox Charles Coburn, Alexander Knox
3. Since You Went Away United Artists Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Jones and Shirley Temple
4. Lady in the Dark Paramount Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland
5. Meet Me in St. Louis MGM Judy Garland
6. Mrs. Parkington MGM Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon
7. Here Come the Waves Paramount Bing Crosby, Betty Hutton
8. The Story of Dr. Wassell Paramount Gary Cooper and Laraine Day
9. Winged Victory 20th Century-Fox Lon McCallister and Jeanne Crain
10. Hollywood Canteen Warner Bros. Joan Leslie, Robert Hutton, Dane Clark
11. The Princess and the Pirate RKO Bob Hope, Virginia Mayo
12. National Velvet MGM Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor, Donald Crisp
13. Gaslight MGM Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer
14. Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo MGM Van Johnson, Robert Walker, Spencer Tracy
15. Arsenic and Old Lace Warner Bros. Cary Grant, Raymond Massey
16. Mr. Skeffington Warner Bros. Bette Davis, Claude Rains
17. The White Cliffs of Dover MGM Irene Dunne, Alan Marshal
18. Dragon Seed MGM Katharine Hepburn, Walter Huston, Agnes Moorehead
19. Cover Girl Columbia Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly
20. Frenchman's Creek Paramount Joan Fontaine and Arturo de Cordova
21. Can't Help Singing Universal Deanna Durbin and Robert Paige
22. To Have and Have Not Warner Bros. Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall


Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Going My Way - Paramount
Best Director: Leo McCarey - Going My Way
Best Actor: Bing Crosby - Going My Way
Best Actress: Ingrid Bergman - Gaslight
Best Supporting Actor: Barry Fitzgerald - Going My Way
Best Supporting Actress: Ethel Barrymore - None but the Lonely Heart

Golden Globe Awards:

Best Picture: Going My Way
Best Director: Leo McCarey, Going My Way
Best Actor: Alexander Knox - Wilson
Best Actress: Ingrid Bergman - Gaslight

Top Ten Money Making Stars

Rank Actor/Actress
1. Bing Crosby
2. Gary Cooper
3. Bob Hope
4. Betty Grable
5. Spencer Tracy
6. Greer Garson
7. Humphrey Bogart
8. (tie) Bud Abbott
Lou Costello
9. Cary Grant
10. Bette Davis

Notable films released in 1944

U.S.A. unless stated











Short film series

Animated short film series



Film Debuts


  1. ^ Box Office Digest, March 1945, p. 18.