1941 in film

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This article is about films in the year 1941. For the Steven Spielberg film, see 1941 (film).
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The year 1941 in film involved some significant events.


Citizen Kane, consistently rated as one of the greatest films of all time, was released in 1941.

Dumbo was released, becoming Disney's only big hit in the 1940s and one of the most acclaimed animated films ever made.

Top grossing films (U.S.)[1][edit]

Box office numbers were reported at the time as a percentage compared to 'normal' business at each theater. For example, Sergeant York performed at 220% while Citizen Kane did 130% (coming in a surprisingly strong 30th for the year). This is why exact dollar grosses for the period are unreliable at best.

Rank Title Director Studio Leading Star
1. Sergeant York Howard Hawks Warner Bros. Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan
2. Honky Tonk Jack Conway MGM Clark Gable, Lana Turner
3. Louisiana Purchase Irving Cummings Paramount Bob Hope, Vera Zorina
4. A Yank in the RAF Henry King 20th Century Fox Tyrone Power, Betty Grable
5. How Green Was My Valley John Ford 20th Century Fox Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara
6. Babes on Broadway Busby Berkeley, Vincente Minnelli MGM Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney
7. Caught in the Draft David Butler Paramount Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour
8. Road to Zanzibar Victor Schertzinger Paramount Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour
9. Keep 'Em Flying Arthur Lubin Universal Bud Abbott, Lou Costello
10. In the Navy Arthur Lubin Universal Bud Abbott, Lou Costello
11. Charley's Aunt Archie Mayo 20th Century Fox Jack Benny, Kay Francis, Anne Baxter
12. Ziegfeld Girl Robert Z. Leonard MGM James Stewart, Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr, Lana Turner
13. Birth of the Blues Victor Schertzinger Paramount Bing Crosby, Mary Martin, Brian Donlevy
14. They Died with Their Boots On Raoul Walsh Warner Bros. Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland
15. Nothing but the Truth Elliott Nugent Paramount Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard
16. Life Begins for Andy Hardy George B. Seitz MGM Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Judy Garland
17. Hold That Ghost Arthur Lubin Universal Bud Abbott, Lou Costello
18. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Victor Fleming MGM Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner
19. Shadow of the Thin Man W.S. Van Dyke MGM William Powell, Myrna Loy
20. They Met in Bombay Clarence Brown MGM Clark Gable, Rosalind Russell, Peter Lorre
21. Dive Bomber Michael Curtiz Warner Bros. Errol Flynn, Fred MacMurray
22. Meet John Doe Frank Capra Warner Bros. Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck

Academy Awards[edit]

Notable films released in 1941[edit]

U.S.A. unless stated












Comedy film series[edit]

Animated short film series[edit]



Film Debuts[edit]


  1. ^ Box Office Digest, March 1942