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1945 In Film

List of years in film (table)
In television

The year 1945 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 1945 5
  • Serials 6
  • Short film series 7
  • Births 8
  • Deaths 9
  • Debuts 10
  • Notes 11


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

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 $7,775,000
3. Leave Her to Heaven 20th Century-Fox Gene Tierney and Cornel Wilde $6,505,000
4. Mildred Pierce Warner Brothers Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, and Ann Blyth $5,638,000
5. Anchors Aweigh MGM Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra $4,779,000
6. Week-End at the Waldorf MGM Ginger Rogers, Lana Turner, and Walter Pidgeon $4,366,000
7. Saratoga Trunk Warner Bros. Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman $4,250,000
8. Thrill of a Romance MGM Van Johnson and Esther Williams
9. The Valley of Decision MGM Greer Garson and Gregory Peck $4,103,000
10. Wonder Man RKO Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo
11. The Lost Weekend Paramount Ray Milland and Jane Wyman
12. The Dolly Sisters 20th Century-Fox Betty Grable and June Haver
13. The Spanish Main RKO Maureen O'Hara and Paul Henreid
14. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn 20th Century-Fox Dorothy McGuire and James Dunn
15. Ed Gardner's Duffy's Tavern Paramount Ed Gardner, Bing Crosby, Betty Hutton, Paulette Goddard
16. Love Letters Paramount Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotten $3,211,000
17. Diamond Horseshoe 20th Century-Fox Betty Grable
18. State Fair 20th Century-Fox Jeanne Crain and Dana Andrews


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










Short film series





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