1945 in film

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The year 1945 in film involved some significant events.

Events

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, The Bells of St. Mary's was the year's biggest hit at 241% while Mildred Pierce performed admirably at 182%. This is why exact dollar grosses for the period are unreliable at best.

Rank Title Studio Actors Gross
1. The Bells of St. Mary's RKO Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman $8,500,000
2. Spellbound United Artists Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck
3. Leave Her to Heaven 20th Century-Fox Gene Tierney and Cornel Wilde $5,505,000
4. Anchors Aweigh MGM Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra $4,779,000
5. Week-End at the Waldorf MGM Ginger Rogers, Lana Turner and Walter Pidgeon $4,366,000
6. Saratoga Trunk Warner Bros. Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman $4,250,000
7. Thrill of a Romance MGM Van Johnson and Esther Williams
8. The Valley of Decision MGM Greer Garson and Gregory Peck $4,103,000
9. Wonder Man RKO Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo
10. The Lost Weekend Paramount Ray Milland and Jane Wyman
11. The Dolly Sisters 20th Century-Fox Betty Grable and June Haver
12. The Spanish Main RKO Maureen O'Hara and Paul Henreid
13. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn 20th Century-Fox Dorothy McGuire and James Dunn
14. Ed Gardner's Duffy's Tavern Paramount Ed Gardner, Bing Crosby, Betty Hutton, Paulette Goddard
15. Love Letters Paramount Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotten $3,211,000
16. Diamond Horseshoe 20th Century-Fox Betty Grable
17. State Fair 20th Century-Fox Jeanne Crain and Dana Andrews
18. Mildred Pierce Warner Bros. Joan Crawford
19. The Stork Club Paramount Betty Hutton, Barry Fitzgerald
20. Along Came Jones RKO Gary Cooper, Loretta Young

Awards

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: The Lost Weekend - Paramount
Best Director: Billy Wilder - The Lost Weekend
Best Actor: Ray Milland - The Lost Weekend
Best Actress: Joan Crawford - Mildred Pierce
Best Supporting Actor: James Dunn - A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Revere - National Velvet

Golden Globe Awards:

Best Picture: The Lost Weekend
Best Director: Billy Wilder - The Lost Weekend
Best Actor: Ray Milland - The Lost Weekend
Best Actress: Ingrid Bergman - The Bells of St. Mary's
Best Film for Promoting International Good Will: The House I Live In (short film)

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 1945

U.S.A. unless stated

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Serials

Short film series

Births

Deaths

Debuts

Notes

  1. ^ Box Office Digest, March 1946, p.18







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