Best films, 1941

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1.
Citizen Kane (1941)
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Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
2.
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
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A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette. (100 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
3.
The Lady Eve (1941)
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A trio of classy card sharps targets the socially awkward heir to brewery millions for his money, until one of them falls in love with him. (94 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
4.
The Little Foxes (1941)
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The ruthless, moneyed Hubbard clan lives in, and poisons, their part of the deep South at the turn of the twentieth century. (116 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
5.
The 47 Ronin (1941)
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In 1701, Lord Takuminokami Asano has a feud with Lord Kira and he tries to kill Kira in the corridors of the Shogun's palace... (241 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
6.
Sullivan's Travels (1941)
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A director of escapist films goes on the road as a hobo to learn about life, which gives him a rude awakening. (90 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
7.
Hellzapoppin' (1941)
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Olsen and Johnson, a pair of stage comedians, try to turn their play into a movie and bring together a young couple in love, while breaking the fourth wall every step of the way. (84 mins.)
Director: H.C. Potter
 
8.
Dumbo (1941)
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Ridiculed because of his enormous ears, a young circus elephant is assisted by a mouse to achieve his full potential. (64 mins.)
 
9.
Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941)
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Fields wants to sell a film story to Esoteric Studios. On the way he gets insulted by little boys, beat up for ogling a woman... (71 mins.)
Director: Edward Cline
 
10.
How Green Was My Valley (1941)
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At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans, he stern, she gentle, raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life. (118 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
11.
Ball of Fire (1941)
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A group of professors working on a new encyclopedia encounter a mouthy nightclub singer who is wanted by the police to help bring down her mob boss lover. (111 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
12.
The Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (1941)
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When the patriarch of the Toda family suddenly dies, his widow discovers that he has left her with nothing but debt and married children who are unwilling to support her--except for her most thoughtful son, just returned from China. (105 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
13.
Man Hunt (1941)
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British hunter Thorndike vacationing in Bavaria has Hitler in his gun sight. He is captured, beaten, left for dead, and escapes back to London where he is hounded by German agents and aided by a young woman. (105 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
14.
A Woman's Face (1941)
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A female blackmailer with a disfiguring facial scar meets a plastic surgeon who offers her the possibility of looking like a normal woman. (106 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
15.
That Uncertain Feeling (1941)
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Against her better judgement, happily married Jill Baker is persuaded to see a popular psychoanalyst about her psychosomatic hiccups... (84 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
16.
The Sea Wolf (1941)
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Humphrey van Weyden, a writer, and fugitives Ruth Webster and George Leach have been given refuge aboard... (100 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
17.
High Sierra (1941)
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After being released from prison, notorious thief Roy Earle is hired by his old boss to help a group of inexperienced criminals plan and carry out the robbery of a California resort. (100 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
18.
Hold That Ghost (1941)
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After inheriting a fortune from a gangster, two dim-witted service station attendants find themselves stranded in a haunted house. (86 mins.)
Director: Arthur Lubin
 
19.
The Wolf Man (1941)
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A practical man returns to his homeland, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist. (70 mins.)
Director: George Waggner
 
20.
The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)
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A tycoon goes undercover to ferret out agitators at a department store, but gets involved in their lives instead. (92 mins.)
Director: Sam Wood
 
21.
Ladies in Retirement (1941)
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The housekeeper to a retired actress tries at the same time to look after her own two emotionally disturbed sisters, with dramatic results. (91 mins.)
Director: Charles Vidor
 
22.
Meet John Doe (1941)
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A man needing money agrees to impersonate a nonexistent person who said he'd be committing suicide as a protest, and a political movement begins. (122 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
23.
The Shanghai Gesture (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young woman, Poppy, out for excitement in Shanghai, enters a gambling house owned by "Mother" Gin Sling... (95 mins.)
 
24.
Buck Privates (1941)
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Bud and Lou enlist in the army in order to escape being hauled off to jail, and soon find themselves in basic training... (84 mins.)
Director: Arthur Lubin
 
25.
49th Parallel (1941)
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A World War II U-boat crew are stranded in northern Canada. To avoid internment, they must make their way to the border and get into the still-neutral USA. (123 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
26.
That Hamilton Woman (1941)
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The story of courtesan and dance-hall girl Emma Hamilton, including her relationships with Sir William Hamilton and Admiral Horatio Nelson and her rise and fall, set during the Napoleonic Wars. (128 mins.)
Director: Alexander Korda
 
27.
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
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Boxer Joe Pendleton dies 50 years too soon due to a heavenly mistake, and is given a new life as a millionaire playboy. (94 mins.)
Director: Alexander Hall
 
28.
The Strawberry Blonde (1941)
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Quick-tempered yet likable Biff Grimes falls for the beautiful Virginia Brush, but he is not the only young man in the neighborhood who is smitten with her. (99 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
29.
Road to Zanzibar (1941)
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Stranded in Africa, Chuck and his pal Fearless have comic versions of jungle adventures, featuring two attractive con-women. (91 mins.)
 
30.
Western Union (1941)
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When Edward Creighton leads the construction of the Western Union to unite East with West, he hires a Western reformed outlaw and a tenderfoot Eastern surveyor. (95 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
31.
Superman (1941 Short Film)
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The Man of Steel fights a mad scientist who is destroying Metropolis with an energy cannon. (10 mins.)
Director: Dave Fleischer
 
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33.
The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)
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A nineteenth-century New Hampshire farmer who makes a compact with Satan for economic success enlists Daniel Webster to extract him from his contract. (107 mins.)
 
34.
Week-End in Havana (1941)
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Nan Spencer is on a boat bound for Havana which runs aground. The man sent to rescue her is engaged and she doesn't understand his disinterest. Gambler is interested, to the annoyance of his girlfriend. (81 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
35.
Blood and Sand (1941)
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Illiterate peasant Juan Gallardo rises meteorically to fame and fortune in the bullfight arena only to sow the seeds of his own fall. (125 mins.)
 
36.
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
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A couple who have been married for three years are horrified to learn that their marriage is not legally valid. (95 mins.)
 
37.
Swamp Water (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A hunter happens upon a fugitive and his daughter living in a Georgia swamp. He falls in love with the... (88 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
38.
Suspicion (1941)
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A shy young heiress marries a charming gentleman, and soon begins to suspect he is planning to murder her. (99 mins.)
 
39.
Among the Living (1941)
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A mentally unstable man, who has been kept in isolation for years, escapes and causes trouble for his identical twin brother. (67 mins.)
Director: Stuart Heisler
 
40.
Blues in the Night (1941)
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"Jigger' Lane forms a band that includes singer Ginger 'Character' Powell, wife of the trumpeter Leo Powelll... (88 mins.)
Director: Anatole Litvak
 
41.
Tobacco Road (1941)
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Hillbilly family life in 1941 rural Georgia. (84 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
42.
I Wake Up Screaming (1941)
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Why is Inspector Ed Cornell trying to railroad Frankie Christopher for the murder of model Vicky Lynn? (82 mins.)
 
43.
Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)
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Nick and Nora are at their wisecracking best as they investigate murder and racketeering at a local race track. (97 mins.)
 
44.
You'll Never Get Rich (1941)
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After his wife discovers a telltale diamond bracelet, impresario Martin Cortland tries to show he's not chasing after showgirl Sheila Winthrop... (88 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lanfield
 
45.
The Reluctant Dragon (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Humorist Robert Benchley learns about the animation process at Walt Disney Studios while trying to find the great man himself to pitch him the idea of making a cartoon about a shy dragon. (74 mins.)
 
46.
Keep 'Em Flying (1941)
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When a barnstorming stunt pilot decides to join the air corps, his two goofball assistants decide to go with him. Since the two are Abbott & Costello, the air corps doesn't know what it's in for. (86 mins.)
 
47.
They Died with Their Boots On (1941)
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A highly fictionalized account of the life of George Armstrong Custer from his arrival at West Point... (140 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
48.
Penny Serenade (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A couple's big dreams give way to a life full of unexpected sadness and unexpected joy. (119 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
49.
In the Navy (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Russ Raymond, America's number one crooner, disappears and joins the Navy under the name Tommy Halstead... (86 mins.)
Director: Arthur Lubin
 
50.
Tom, Dick and Harry (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Working girl Janie is proposed to by a conservative car salesman, a bohemian auto mechanic, and a millionaire playboy and must make a choice. (87 mins.)
Director: Garson Kanin
 
51.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
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Dr. Jekyll allows his dark side to run wild when he drinks a potion that turns him into the evil Mr. Hyde. (113 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
52.
Bombsight Stolen (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Allied spies and Nazi agents insinuate themselves at a Scottish cottage (converted to a wartime hospital) with interests on an inventor's nearly perfected bomb sight. (90 mins.)
Director: Anthony Asquith
 
53.
Johnny Eager (1941)
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District Attorney's daughter falls in love with a gangster the D.A. is trying to put in jail. (107 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
54.
Horror Island (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A down-on-his luck businessman organizes an excursion to Sir Henry Morgan's Island for a treasure hunt only to encounter a mysterious phantom and murder. (60 mins.)
Director: George Waggner
 
55.
A Yank in the R.A.F. (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Tyrone Power is a pilots' pilot, but he doesn't believe in anything beyond his own abilities. He gets... (98 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
56.
Rhapsody in Rivets (1941 Short Film)
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A construction foreman conducts his workers like a symphony orchestra as they build a skyscraper, musically. (7 mins.)
Director: I. Freleng
 
57.
Charley's Aunt (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In 1890, two students at Oxford force their rascally friend and fellow student to pose as an aunt from Brazil--where the nuts come from. (80 mins.)
Director: Archie Mayo
 
58.
This Woman Is Mine (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A girl stows away on a ship, and the antics begins. (92 mins.)
Director: Frank Lloyd
 
59.
Sergeant York (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A marksman is drafted in World War I and ends up becoming one of the most celebrated war heroes. (134 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
60.
Major Barbara (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A young and idealistic woman, who has adopted the Salvation Army and whose father is an armament industrialist, will save more souls directing her father's business. A comedy with social commentary. (131 mins.)
Director: Gabriel Pascal
 
61.
Pot o' Gold (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Jimmy, the owner of a failed music shop, goes to work with his uncle, the owner of a food factory. Before he gets there... (86 mins.)
Director: George Marshall
 
62.
Dive Bomber (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A military surgeon teams with a ranking navy flyer to develop a high-altitude suit which will protect pilots from blacking out when they go into a steep dive. (132 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
63.
The Black Cat (1941)
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Elderly Henrietta Winslow lives in an isolated mansion with her housekeeper and beloved cats. As her health fails, her greedy relatives gather in anticipation of her death. (70 mins.)
 
64.
Topper Returns (1941)
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A fun-loving young woman finds herself murdered after trading bedrooms with her wealthy friend. Her ghost seeks aid from a banker to find out why and by whom. (88 mins.)
Director: Roy Del Ruth
 
65.
The Night Before Christmas (1941 Short Film)
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Well, a mouse *is* stirring... And he's having fun playing with the toys, until he mistakes Tom for a stuffed toy and wakes him up. (9 mins.)
 
66.
Tarzan's Secret Treasure (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Tarzan's jungle home, and his family, Jane and Boy, are threatened by men greedy for gold. (81 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe