Best Drama Movies of 1941

1.

Citizen Kane

6.7
8.3/10 IMDB

Newspaper magnate, Charles Foster Kane is taken from his mother as a boy and made the ward of a rich industrialist. As a result, every well-meaning, tyrannical or self-destructive move he makes for the rest of his life appears in some way to be a reaction to that deeply wounding event.

Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Ray Collins, George Coulouris, Agnes Moorehead, Paul Stewart, Ruth Warrick, Erskine Sanford, William Alland ..
Directed by: Orson Welles, Mike Matei
Release date: 1941-04-17
2.

Sullivan's Travels

5.6
7.9/10 IMDB

Successful movie director John L. Sullivan, convinced he won't be able to film his ambitious masterpiece until he has suffered, dons a hobo disguise and sets off on a journey, aiming to "know trouble" first-hand. When all he finds is a train ride back to Hollywood and a beautiful blonde companion, he redoubles his efforts, managing to land himself in more trouble than he bargained for when he loses his memory and ends up a prisoner on a chain gang.

Starring: Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick, William Demarest, Franklin Pangborn, Porter Hall, Byron Foulger, Margaret Hayes, Robert Greig, Eric Blore ..
Directed by: Preston Sturges
Release date: 1941-11-30
3.

How Green Was My Valley

5.4
7.7/10 IMDB

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. Lots of atmosphere, very sentimental view of pre-union miners' lives.

Starring: Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Roddy McDowall, Donald Crisp, Anna Lee, John Loder, Sara Allgood, Barry Fitzgerald, Patric Knowles, Morton Lowry ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1941-10-28
4.

Sergeant York

5.4
7.7/10 IMDB

Alvin York a hillbilly sharpshooter transforms himself from ruffian to religious pacifist. He is then called to serve his country and despite deep religious and moral objections to fighting becomes one of the most celebrated American heroes of WWI.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie, Margaret Wycherly, George Tobias, Stanley Ridges, Ward Bond, Noah Beery Jr., June Lockhart, Dickie Moore ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1941-09-27
5.

Meet John Doe

5.4
7.6/10 IMDB

As a parting shot, fired reporter Ann Mitchell prints a fake letter from unemployed "John Doe," who threatens suicide in protest of social ills. The paper is forced to rehire Ann and hires John Willoughby to impersonate "Doe." Ann and her bosses cynically milk the story for all it's worth, until the made-up "John Doe" philosophy starts a whole political movement.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper, Edward Arnold, Walter Brennan, Spring Byington, James Gleason, Gene Lockhart, Rod La Rocque, Irving Bacon, Mitchell Lewis ..
Directed by: Frank Capra
Release date: 1941-03-14
6.

High Sierra

5.2
7.5/10 IMDB

Given a pardon from jail, Roy Earle gets back into the swing of things as he robs a swanky resort.

Starring: Ida Lupino, Humphrey Bogart, Alan Curtis, Arthur Kennedy, Joan Leslie, Henry Hull, Henry Travers, Jerome Cowan, Minna Gombell, Barton MacLane ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1941-01-23
7.

The Wolf Man

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

After his brother's death, Larry Talbot returns home to his father and the family estate. Events soon take a turn for the worse when Larry is bitten by a werewolf.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Evelyn Ankers, Claude Rains, Ralph Bellamy, Maria Ouspenskaya, Patric Knowles, Warren William, Bela Lugosi, Fay Helm, Forrester Harvey ..
Directed by: George Waggner
Release date: 1941-12-12
8.

The Little Foxes

4.1
8.0/10 IMDB

The ruthless, moneyed Hubbard clan lives in, and poisons, their part of the deep South at the turn of the 20th century. Regina Giddons née Hubbard has her daughter under her thumb. Mrs. Giddons is estranged from her husband, who is convalescing in Baltimore and suffers from a terminal illness. But she needs him home, and will manipulate her daughter to help bring him back. She has a sneaky business deal that she's cooking up with her two elder brothers, Oscar and Ben. Oscar has a flighty, unhappy wife and a dishonest worm of a son. Will the daughter have to marry this contemptible cousin? Who will she grow up to be - her mother or her aunt? Or can she escape the fate of both?

Starring: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, Teresa Wright, Richard Carlson, Dan Duryea, Patricia Collinge, Charles Dingle, Carl Benton Reid, Jessica Grayson, John Marriott ..
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1941-08-29
9.

A Woman's Face

3.9
7.2/10 IMDB

Plastic surgery gives a scarred female criminal a new outlook on life.

Starring: Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas, Conrad Veidt, Osa Massen, Reginald Owen, Albert Bassermann, Marjorie Main, Donald Meek, Connie Gilchrist, Richard Nichols ..
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1941-05-09
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10.

All That Money Can Buy

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

Farmer Jabez Stone, about to lose his land, agrees to sell his soul to the devil, known as Mr. Scratch, who gives Jabez seven years to enjoy the fruits of his sale before he collects. Over that time, Jabez pays off his debts and helps many neighboring farmers, then becomes an advocate for the upstanding Sen. Daniel Webster. When Jabez's contract with Mr. Scratch concludes, he desperately turns to Webster to represent him in a trial for his soul.

Starring: Edward Arnold, Walter Huston, Jane Darwell, Simone Simon, Gene Lockhart, John Qualen, H.B. Warner, Frank Conlan, Lindy Wade, George Cleveland ..
Directed by: William Dieterle
Release date: 1941-10-17

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