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With 1945 being the last year of World War II, the many films released this year had themes of patriotism, sacrifices, and peace.[1] In the United States, there were more than eighteen thousand movie theatres operating in 1945, a figure that grew by a third from a decade earlier.[2]

Top-grossing films (U.S.)

The top ten 1945 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1945
Rank Title Distributor Domestic rentals
1 The Bells of St. Mary's RKO $8,000,000[3]
2 Leave Her to Heaven 20th Century Fox $5,550,000[3]
3 Spellbound United Artists $4,975,000[4]
4 The Valley of Decision MGM $4,566,000[5]
5 Anchors Aweigh $4,498,000[5]
6 Week-End at the Waldorf $4,364,000[5]
7 Thrill of a Romance $4,338,000[5]
8 The Lost Weekend Paramount $4,300,000[4]
9 State Fair 20th Century Fox $4,050,000[4]
10 National Velvet MGM $3,678,000[5]

Events

Awards

Category/Organization 18th Academy Awards
March 7, 1946
3rd Golden Globe Awards
March 30, 1946
Best Film The Lost Weekend
Best Director Billy Wilder
The Lost Weekend
Best Actor Ray Milland
The Lost Weekend
Best Actress Joan Crawford
Mildred Pierce
Ingrid Bergman
The Bells of St. Mary's
Best Supporting Actor James Dunn
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
J. Carrol Naish
A Medal for Benny
Best Supporting Actress Anne Revere
National Velvet
Angela Lansbury
The Picture of Dorian Gray

1945 film releases

January–March

April–June

July–September

October–December

Notable films released in 1945

United States unless stated

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D

E

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I

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K

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T

U

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Y

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Serials

Short film series

Births

Deaths

Debuts

Star ranking according to Motion Picture Herald exhibitor's poll

Rank Star
1 Bing Crosby
2 Van Johnson
3 Greer Garson
4 Betty Grable
5 Spencer Tracy
6 Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper
7 Bob Hope
8 Judy Garland
9 Margaret O'Brien
10 Roy Rogers

*Source: Best Years Going to the Movies, 1945-1946 [6]

Notes

  1. ^ a b Affron, Charles; Affron, Mirella Jona (2009). Best Years : Going to the Movies, 1945-1946. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. pp. 1–9. ISBN 9786613588685.
  2. ^ Film Daily Year Book (Reading, UK: Research Publications, 1947), microfilm, 59.
  3. ^ a b "All-Time Top Grossers". Variety. 6 January 1965. p. 39. Retrieved 29 December 2022 – via Internet Archive.
  4. ^ a b c "All-Time Top Grossers". Variety. 6 January 1965. p. 67. Retrieved 29 December 2022 – via Internet Archive.
  5. ^ a b c d e The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  6. ^ Affron, Charles; Affron, Mirella Jona (2009). Best Years Going to the Movies, 1945-1946. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. p. 297. ISBN 9780813548456.