The war years colored everything in the 1940s including, early in the decade, the types of movies greenlit for production. In addition to expected -- and necessary -- morale-boosting bombast like 'Yankee Doodle Dandy' and 'They Were Expendable,' other wonderful films shined through, including two of the greatest prestige pictures ever delivered by major studios ('The Best Years of Our Lives' and 'Gentleman's Agreement').

The decade also saw noir come into its own as a genre in such immortal movies as 'Double Indemnity,' 'The Maltese Falcon,' 'The Postman Always Rings Twice' and 'The Third Man.' So, lace up your saddle shoes, adjust your bobbysox and Lindy Hop with us down memory lane for some of the '40s greatest hits.