Special Report

Most Popular Movie Released the Year You Were Born

Source: Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios

1940
> Most popular movie: Pinocchio
> Director: Norman Ferguson, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson
> Starring: Dickie Jones, Christian Rub, Mel Blanc
> Domestic box office: $84,250,000

Source: Courtesy of RKO Radio Pictures

1941
> Most popular movie: Citizen Kane
> Director: Orson Welles
> Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore
> Domestic box office: $1,590,000

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

1942
> Most popular movie: Casablanca
> Director: Michael Curtiz
> Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid
> Domestic box office: $1,020,000

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

1943
> Most popular movie: Shadow of a Doubt
> Director: Alfred Hitchcock
> Starring: Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey
> Domestic box office: N/A

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

1944
> Most popular movie: Double Indemnity
> Director: Billy Wilder
> Starring: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson
> Domestic box office: $5,720,000

Source: Courtesy of United Artists

1945
> Most popular movie: Spellbound
> Director: Alfred Hitchcock
> Starring: Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov
> Domestic box office: $7,000,000

Source: Courtesy of RKO Radio Pictures

1946
> Most popular movie: It’s a Wonderful Life
> Director: Frank Capra
> Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore
> Domestic box office: $7,270,000

Source: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

1947
> Most popular movie: Miracle on 34th Street
> Director: George Seaton
> Starring: Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara, John Payne
> Domestic box office: $2,650,000

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

1948
> Most popular movie: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
> Director: John Huston
> Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt
> Domestic box office: $5,010,000

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

1949
> Most popular movie: White Heat
> Director: Raoul Walsh
> Starring: James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O’Brien
> Domestic box office: N/A

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