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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
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    Citizen Kane

    Orson Welles, Alan Ladd

    Released1941

    Directed byOrson Welles

    Citizen Kane is a 1941 American drama film produced by, co-written by, directed by and... more on Wikipedia

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    Ziegfeld Girl is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1941
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    Ziegfeld Girl

    Judy Garland, James Stewart

    Released1941

    Directed byRobert Z. Leonard

    Ziegfeld Girl is a 1941 American musical film starring James Stewart, Judy Garland, Hedy... more on Wikipedia

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    Die große Liebe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1941
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    Die große Liebe

    Zarah Leander, Viktor Staal

    Released1941

    Directed byRolf Hansen

    Die große Liebe is a German drama film of the National Socialist period, made by Rolf Hansen,... more on Wikipedia
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    Among the Living is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1941
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    Among the Living

    Susan Hayward, Albert Dekker

    Released1941

    Directed byStuart Heisler

    Among the Living is a 1941 film noir directed by Stuart Heisler, and starring Albert Dekker,... more on Wikipedia
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    The Maltese Falcon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1941
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    The Maltese Falcon

    Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

    Released1941

    Directed byJohn Huston

    The Maltese Falcon is a 1941 Warner Bros. film noir based on the novel of the same name by... more on Wikipedia

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    That Hamilton Woman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1941
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    That Hamilton Woman

    Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier

    Released1941

    Directed byAlexander Korda

    That Hamilton Woman, is a 1941 black-and-white historical film drama, produced and directed by... more on Wikipedia

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    Meet John Doe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1941
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    Meet John Doe

    Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper

    Released1941

    Directed byFrank Capra

    Meet John Doe is a 1941 American comedy drama film directed and produced by Frank Capra, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Sergeant York is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1941
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    Sergeant York

    Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan

    Released1941

    Directed byHoward Hawks

    Sergeant York is a 1941 biographical film about the life of Alvin York, one of the... more on Wikipedia

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    The Devil and Miss Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1941
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    The Devil and Miss Jones

    Jean Arthur, Charles Coburn

    Released1941

    Directed bySam Wood

    The Devil and Miss Jones is a 1941 comedy film starring Jean Arthur and Charles Coburn.... more on Wikipedia
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    Blood and Sand is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1941
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    Blood and Sand

    Rita Hayworth, Anthony Quinn

    Released1941

    Directed byRouben Mamoulian

    Blood and Sand is a Technicolor film produced by 20th Century Fox, directed by Rouben... more on Wikipedia
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    The Wolf Man is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1941
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    The Wolf Man

    Bela Lugosi, Claude Rains

    Released1941

    Directed byGeorge Waggner

    The Wolf Man is a 1941 American drama horror film written by Curt Siodmak and produced and... more on Wikipedia

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    Ladies in Retirement is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1941
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    Ladies in Retirement

    Ida Lupino, Evelyn Keyes

    Released1941

    Directed byCharles Vidor

    Ladies in Retirement is an American 1941 film noir directed by Charles Vidor, and starring Ida... more on Wikipedia
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    Onna is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1941
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    Onna

    Greta Garbo, Ruth Gordon

    Released1948

    Directed byKeisuke Kinoshita, George Cukor

    Two-Faced Woman is a romantic comedy starring Greta Garbo and produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
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    Johnny Eager is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1941
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    Johnny Eager

    Lana Turner, Robert Taylor

    Released1941

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy

    Johnny Eager is a 1941 film noir directed by Mervyn LeRoy and starring Robert Taylor, Lana... more on Wikipedia
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    Nice Girl? is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1941
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    Nice Girl?

    Walter Brennan, Deanna Durbin

    Released1941

    Directed byWilliam A. Seiter

    Nice Girl? is a 1941 American musical film directed by William A. Seiter and starring Deanna... more on Wikipedia
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    The Little Foxes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1941
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    The Little Foxes

    Bette Davis, Teresa Wright

    Released1941

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    The Little Foxes is an American drama film directed by William Wyler. The screenplay by... more on Wikipedia
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    Hold Back the Dawn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1941
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    Hold Back the Dawn

    Olivia de Havilland, Paulette Goddard

    Released1941

    Directed byMitchell Leisen

    Hold Back the Dawn is a 1941 romantic film in which a Romanian gigolo marries an American... more on Wikipedia

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    How Green Was My Valley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1941
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    How Green Was My Valley

    Maureen O'Hara, Roddy McDowall

    Released1941

    Directed byJohn Ford

    How Green Was My Valley is a 1941 drama film directed by John Ford. The film, based on the... more on Wikipedia

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    A Yank in the R.A.F. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1941
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    A Yank in the R.A.F.

    Betty Grable, Tyrone Power

    Released1941

    Directed byHenry King

    A Yank in the R.A.F. is a 1941 American black-and-white war film directed by Henry King, and... more on Wikipedia
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    49th Parallel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1941
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    49th Parallel

    Laurence Olivier, Leslie Howard

    Released1941

    Directed byMichael Powell

    49th Parallel is a 1941 British war drama film; it was the third film made by the British... more on Wikipedia
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    The Devil and Daniel Webster is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1941
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    The Devil and Daniel Webster

    Walter Huston, Thomas Mitchell

    Released1941

    Directed byWilliam Dieterle

    The Devil and Daniel Webster is a 1941 fantasy film, adapted by Stephen Vincent Benét and Dan... more on Wikipedia
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    High Sierra is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1941
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    High Sierra

    Humphrey Bogart, Joan Leslie

    Released1941

    Directed byRaoul Walsh

    High Sierra is a 1941 early heist film and film noir written by W.R. Burnett and John Huston... more on Wikipedia

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    Sun Valley Serenade is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1941
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    Sun Valley Serenade

    Milton Berle, Sonja Henie

    Released1941

    Directed byH. Bruce Humberstone

    Sun Valley Serenade is a 1941 musical film starring Sonja Henie, John Payne, Glenn Miller,... more on Wikipedia
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    It Started with Eve is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1941
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    It Started with Eve

    Charles Laughton, Deanna Durbin

    Released1941

    Directed byHenry Koster

    It Started with Eve is a 1941 American musical romantic comedy film directed by Henry Koster... more on Wikipedia
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    Time Out for Rhythm is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1941
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    Time Out for Rhythm

    Ann Miller, Larry Fine

    Released1941

    Directed bySidney Salkow

    Time Out for Rhythm is a 1941 musical comedy film starring Rudy Vallée, Ann Miller and the... more on Wikipedia
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