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1946 In Film

List of years in film (table)
In television

The year 1946 in film involved some significant events.


  • Events 1
  • Top grossing films (U.S.) 2
  • Awards 3
  • Top Ten Money Making Stars 4
  • Notable films released in 1946 5
  • Serials 6
  • Short film series 7
  • Animated Short Film Series 8
  • Births 9
  • Deaths 10
  • Film debuts 11
  • References 12


  • Cinemagoing in the United Kingdom reaches an all-time peak, with 1,635 million admissions during the year.[1]

Top grossing films (U.S.)

Rank Title Studio Actors Gross
1. Song of the South* Disney $29,229,000
2. The Best Years of Our Lives Samuel Goldwyn Dana Andrews, Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Teresa Wright $11,300,000
Duel in the Sun Selznick Jennifer Jones, Gregory Peck, Joseph Cotten
3. The Postman Always Rings Twice MGM Lana Turner, John Garfield $7,600,000
4. Blue Skies Paramount Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire $5,700,000
5. The Yearling MGM Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman $5,568,000
6. The Razor's Edge Fox Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb $5,000,000
7. Notorious RKO Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman $4,800,000
8. Till the Clouds Roll By MGM Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Robert Walker $4,762,000
9. Road to Utopia Paramount Bing Crosby, Bob Hope $4,500,000
10. Gilda Columbia Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford $4,488,000

(*) After theatrical re-issue(s)


Academy Awards:

Best Picture: The Best Years of Our Lives – Goldwyn, RKO Radio
Best Director: William WylerThe Best Years of Our Lives
Best Actor: Fredric MarchThe Best Years of Our Lives
Best Actress: Olivia de HavillandTo Each His Own
Best Supporting Actor: Harold RussellThe Best Years of Our Lives
Best Supporting Actress: Anne BaxterThe Razor's Edge

Golden Globe Awards:

Best Picture: The Best Years of Our Lives
Best Director: Frank CapraIt's a Wonderful Life
Best Actor: Gregory PeckThe Yearling
Best Actress: Rosalind RussellSister Kenny
Best Film Promoting International Understanding: The Last Chance (Switzerland)

GRAND PRIX (Cannes Film Festival):

Portrait of Maria (María Candelaria), directed by Emilio Fernández, Mexico
The Turning Point (Великий перелом, Velikiy perelom), directed by Fridrikh Ermler, Soviet Union
La Symphonie pastorale, directed by Jean Delannoy, France
The Last Chance (Die Letzte Chance), directed by Leopold Lintberg, Switzerland
Men Without Wings (Muži bez křídel), directed by František Čáp, Czechoslovakia
Rome, Open City (Roma, città aperta), directed by Roberto Rossellini, Italy

Top Ten Money Making Stars

Rank Actor/Actress
1. Bing Crosby
2. Ingrid Bergman
3. Van Johnson
4. Gary Cooper
5. Bob Hope
6. Humphrey Bogart
7. Greer Garson
8. Margaret O'Brien
9. Betty Grable
10. Roy Rogers

Notable films released in 1946

U.S.A. unless stated









Short film series

Animated Short Film Series



Film debuts


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