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The Best Movies of 1941 

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List of the best movies of 1941, with movie trailers when available. These top movies of 1941 are listed by popularity, so the movies with the most votes are at the top. This list consists of all different movie genres, but each film was released in 1941. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1941 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1941 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

List features movies like Citizen Kane, The Maltese Falcon, and many more

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1941?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1941?"

1941 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1941. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1941 aren't just one persons opinion.
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Citizen Kane is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1941
Orson Welles, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead
Citizen Kane is a 1941 American drama film produced by, co-written by, directed by and starring Orson Welles. The picture was Welles's first feature film. The film was nominated for Academy ...more

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Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor
The Maltese Falcon is a 1941 Warner Bros. film noir based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett. Directed by John Huston, the film stars Humphrey Bogart as private investigator Sam ...more

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Veronica Lake, Preston Sturges, Elsa Lanchester
Sullivan's Travels is a 1942 American comedy film written and directed by Preston Sturges. It is a satire about a movie director, played by Joel McCrea, who longs to make a socially relevant ...more
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Humphrey Bogart, Joan Leslie, Ida Lupino
High Sierra is a 1941 early heist film and film noir written by W.R. Burnett and John Huston from the novel by Burnett. The movie features Ida Lupino and Humphrey Bogart and was directed by ...more

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Maureen O'Hara, Roddy McDowall, Walter Pidgeon
How Green Was My Valley is a 1941 drama film directed by John Ford. The film, based on the 1939 Richard Llewellyn novel, was produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and scripted by Philip Dunne. The film ...more

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#183 of 243 Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck #80 of 151 The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie
Sergeant York is a 1941 biographical film about the life of Alvin York, one of the most-decorated American soldiers of WWI. It was directed by Howard Hawks and was the highest-grossing film of ...more

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Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Fontaine
Suspicion is a romantic psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and starring Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine as a married couple. It also stars Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Nigel Bruce, Dame ...more

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Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan
Meet John Doe is a 1941 American comedy drama film directed and produced by Frank Capra, and starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck. The film is about a "grassroots" political ...more

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Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper, Dana Andrews
This film is a 1941 American screwball comedy film directed by Howard Hawks and starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck. This Samuel Goldwyn Productions film concerns a group of professors ...more
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Bela Lugosi, Claude Rains, Lon Chaney
The Wolf Man is a 1941 American drama horror film written by Curt Siodmak and produced and directed by George Waggner. The film stars Lon Chaney, Jr. as a werewolf named "The Wolf Man" ...more

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Henry Fonda, Barbara Stanwyck, Charles Coburn
The Lady Eve is a 1941 American screwball comedy film written and directed by Preston Sturges which stars Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda. The film is based on a story by Monckton Hoffe about a ...more

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Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner, Spencer Tracy
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1941 horror film starring Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman and Lana Turner. Rather than being a new film version of the novel, it is a direct remake of the 1931 film of ...more

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#345 of 799 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #7 of 50 The Best '40s Horror Movies

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Robert Young, John Carradine, Randolph Scott
Western Union is a 1941 American Western film directed by Fritz Lang and starring Robert Young, Randolph Scott, and Dean Jagger. Filmed in Technicolor on location in Arizona and Utah, Western ...more

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#25 of 50 The Best 1940s Western Movies #6 of 94 The Best Randolph Scott Movies

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Susan Hayward, Albert Dekker, Harry Carey
Among the Living is a 1941 film noir directed by Stuart Heisler, and starring Albert Dekker, Susan Hayward, Harry Carey and Frances Farmer. The film is a mix of social drama, horror film, and ...more
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The Little Foxes is a 1939 play by Lillian Hellman, considered a classic of 20th century drama. Its title comes from Chapter 2, Verse 15 of the Song of Solomon in the King James version of the ...more
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Zarah Leander, Viktor Staal
Die große Liebe is a German drama film of the National Socialist period, made by Rolf Hansen, starring Zarah Leander and Viktor Staal. It premiered in Berlin in 1942 and went on to become ...more
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Walt Disney, Alan Ladd, Robert Benchley
The Reluctant Dragon is a 1941 American live action and animated film produced by Walt Disney, directed by Alfred Werker, and released by RKO Radio Pictures on June 20, 1941. Essentially a tour ...more
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Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flynn, Anthony Quinn
This film is a 1941 American western film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. Written by Æneas MacKenzie and Wally Kline, the film is a highly ...more

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#111 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #13 of 50 The Best 1940s Western Movies

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Judy Garland, James Stewart, Hedy Lamarr
Ziegfeld Girl is a 1941 American musical film starring James Stewart, Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr, and Lana Turner, and co-starring Tony Martin, Jackie Cooper, Eve Arden, and Philip Dorn. Released ...more

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Ava Gardner, Myrna Loy, Donna Reed
Shadow of the Thin Man is the fourth of the six The Thin Man films. It was released in 1941 and was directed by W. S. Van Dyke. It stars William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles. ...more
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Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Edgar Buchanan
Penny Serenade is a 1941 film melodrama starring Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Beulah Bondi, and Edgar Buchanan. The picture was directed by George Stevens, written by Martha Cheavens and Morrie ...more
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Myrna Loy, William Powell, Sidney Blackmer
Love Crazy is a 1941 screwball comedy film pairing William Powell and Myrna Loy as a couple whose marriage is on the verge of being broken up by the husband's old girlfriend and the wife's ...more
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Betty Grable, Carole Landis, Victor Mature
I Wake Up Screaming is a 1941 film noir. It is based on the novel of the same name by Steve Fisher, who co-wrote the screenplay with Dwight Taylor. The film stars Betty Grable, Victor Mature and ...more
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Rita Hayworth, Fred Astaire, Robert Benchley
You'll Never Get Rich is a 1941 Hollywood musical comedy film with a wartime theme starring Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Robert Benchley, Cliff Nazarro, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The ...more
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Ida Lupino, Evelyn Keyes, Louis Hayward
Ladies in Retirement is an American 1941 film noir directed by Charles Vidor, and starring Ida Lupino and Louis Hayward. It is based on a 1940 Broadway play of the same title by Reginald Denham ...more