Academy Award Rankings

Ranking All The Movies Nominated At The 13th Academy Awards In 1941

13th Academy Awards in 1941

“What are the best movies nominated for the 13th Academy Awards in 1941?” We looked at all 69 movies nominated for an Oscar in 1941 and ranked them again one another to answer that very question!

We took all 69 movies that were nominated for an Academy Award in1941 and looked at their Rotten Tomato Critic, Rotten Tomato User, IMDB, and Letterboxd scores, ranking them against one another to see which movies came out on top. The movies are ranked on our list below, with the full chart of rankings included at the bottom of the page. We did not use Metacritic scores because of the lack of data for older movies on that site. Metacritic scores will be included when we do rankings for other years in the future.

If you want to see the rankings for additional years you can visit our Academy Award Rankings page.

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The Top 13th Academy Award Movie Rankings



69 ) The Fight for Life

Nominated For:

  • Best Music, Original Score

The Fight for Life was documentary filmmaker Pare Lorentz’ first “dramatic” film, utilizing the talents of several top New York stage actors. A tribute to the Chicago Maternity Center and its efforts to provide the best possible care for destitute mothers, the film is based on the book of the same name by Paul de Kruif. Myron McCormick plays the largest role as a dedicated intern, while others in the cast include such theatrical heavywrights as Will Geer, Dudley Digges and Dorothy Adams. The film’s many vignettes range from the tragic (a mother dying in childbirth in the opening scene) to the exultant (another mother rescued from the brink of death in a disease-ridden tenement). Filmed in Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland, Fight for Life is a worthwhile effort, though Lorentz seems more comfortable with the “actuality” scenes than with the dramatized passages.

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67 Tie ) Behind the News

Nominated For:

  • Best Sound, Recording

As suggested by its title, Behind the News was a “stop the presses!” yarn set in a big-city newsroom. Lloyd Nolan is top-billed as a cynical reporter with a penchant for sticking his neck out too far. Frank Albertson costars as a cub reporter fresh out of journalism school, whose presence is resented by Nolan and his fellow workers. But it is Albertson who, after running afoul of the law, is instrumental in breaking up a ring of racketeers. Behind the News was remade by Republic as Headline Hunters (55).

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67 Tie ) Service with the Colors

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, Two-reel

This drama is “dedicated to the soldiers of the United States Army.” Men with diverse backgrounds enlist in the army and are all assigned to the same post. Some adapt easily to army life, while others have trouble making the adjustment.

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66 ) More About Nostradamus

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, One-reel

In this WWII propaganda film, Nostradamus is revealed to have predicted the horrors of WWI and Hitler’s rise to power but also the eventual triumph of “the daughter of the English Isles” against these forces.

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65 ) Captain Caution

Nominated For:

  • Best Sound, Recording

When her father dies, a young girl helps a young man take command of the ship to fight the British during the war of 1812.

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64 ) Eyes of the Navy

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, Two-reel

Produced by MGM in ‘cooperation’ with the US Navy, Eyes of the Navy amounts to a prewar recruitment film for young men to become Navy fliers. It follows young men from basic flight training through to take-offs and landings on an aircraft carrier. While the work is serious, the film says, it’s all a lot of fun with lot’s of time off and the chance to visit exotic locales around the world. Patriotic throughout, the film tells of the preparations they are making, just in case they are necessary.

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63 ) Women in War

Nominated For:

  • Best Effects, Special Effects

A “good-time girl”, raised by her somewhat lax divorced father, finds herself involved in an accidental death, and the only way she’s able to get out of it is to volunteer–albeit reluctantly–to be a nurse in the war effort. She travels to England and is assigned to a hospital under a very strict matron. What the girl doesn’t know is that the matron is the mother she has never seen.

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62 ) Typhoon

Nominated For:

  • Best Effects, Special Effects

Two men searching for black pearls are marooned on an island when their crew mutinies. There they run into a beautiful girl who had been washed up on the island in her childhood. They must fight angry natives and a typhoon in order to survive.

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61 ) One Million B.C.

Nominated For:

  • Best Effects, Special Effects
  • Best Music, Original Score

One Million B.C. is a 1940 American fantasy film produced by Hal Roach Studios and released by United Artists. It is also known by the titles Cave Man, Man and His Mate, and Tumak. The film stars Victor Mature as protagonist Tumak, a young cave man who strives to unite the uncivilized Rock Tribe and the peaceful Shell Tribe, Carole Landis as Loana, daughter of the Shell Tribe chief and Tumak’s love interest, and Lon Chaney, Jr. as Tumak’s stern father and leader of the Rock Tribe.

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60 ) Teddy the Rough Rider

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, Two-reel (Win)

This short follows the political career of Theodore Roosevelt, beginning in 1895, when he was appointed police commissioner of New York City. In 1897 he was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy. His charge up San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War in 1898 is re-created. He becomes vice president in March 1901 and assumes the presidency when William McKinley is assassinated six months later. According to the narrator, Roosevelt refused to be beholden to political bosses, doing what he believed to be right for the American people.

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59 ) Second Chorus

Nominated For:

  • Best Music, Original Song
  • Best Music, Score

Danny O’Neill and Hank Taylor are rival trumpeters with the Perennials, a college band, and both men are still attending college by failing their exams seven years in a row. In the midst of a performance, Danny spies Ellen Miller who ends up being made band manager. Both men compete for her affections while trying to get the other one fired.

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58 ) Music in My Heart

Nominated For:

  • Best Music, Original Song

A chorus girl engaged to a millionaire falls for the star of her latest musical.

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57 ) Hit Parade of 1941

Nominated For:

  • Best Music, Original Song
  • Best Music, Score

In this musical, the second entry in a five-film series, a thrift shop owner sells his business and buys a small time radio station. He begins looking for sponsors. He finds one with a department store owner who will only lend him the money if he will allow his daughter, an aspiring tap-dancer and singer, to perform on the air. This is unfortunate as she is tone-deaf. To compensate, the owner hires a real singer to dub the daughter’s voice. The singer and the owner’s nephew fall in love and mayhem ensues. Songs include: the Oscar nominated “Who Am I?,” “Swing Low Sweet Rhythm,” “In The Cool of the Evening,” “Make Yourself at Home,” “The Swap Shop Song,” “The Trading Post,” “Sally,” “Ramona,” “Sweet Sue,” “Dinah,” “Margie,” and “Mary Lou.”

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55 Tie ) My Son, My Son!

Nominated For:

  • Best Art Direction, Black-and-White

My Son, My Son! is a 1940 American drama film based on a novel by the same name written by Howard Spring and directed by Charles Vidor. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction by John DuCasse Schulze.[

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55 Tie ) You’ll Find Out

Nominated For:

  • Best Music, Original Song

The manager of Kay Kyser’s band books them for a birthday party bash for an heiress at a spooky mansion, where sinister forces try to kill her.

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53 Tie ) The Howards of Virginia

Nominated For:

  • Best Music, Original Score
  • Best Sound, Recording

Beautiful young Virginian Jane steps down from her proper aristocratic upbringing when she marries down-to-earth surveyor Matt Howard. Matt joins the Colonial forces in their fight for freedom against England. Matt will meet Jane’s father in the battlefield.

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53 Tie ) They Knew What They Wanted

Nominated For:

  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role

“When visiting San Francisco, Tony Patucci, a ageing winegrower from the Napa Valley, sees waitress Amy Peters and falls in love. Returning home, he persuades his foreman Joe, an incorrigible womanizer, to write her a letter in Tony’s name. Tony’s courtship by mail culminates with a proposal, and when she requests a picture of him, he sends one of Joe. Amy accepts and goes to Napa to be married. Although horrified to discover that her prospective husband is the portly Tony, she decides to go through with the marriage. However, while Tony is in bed after an accident, Amy and Joe has an affair.
Two months later, as Tony plans the wedding, she discovers that she is pregnant. Upon learning this, Tony pummels Joe, who leaves the vineyards. but forgives Amy, and insists that they still be married, But she is unable to forgive herself, so she leaves with the priest who’s come to marry them, while Tony looks on, hoping that she will return one day.”

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52 ) Bitter Sweet

Nominated For:

  • Best Art Direction, Color
  • Best Cinematography, Color

In order to avoid an arranged marriage with a man she doesn’t love, Sarah Millick runs off to Vienna with her music teacher, Carl Linden, whom she does love. They are married. In Vienna, they struggle to make a living by making music. Carl writes an operetta and tries to get it produced. They are helped along by Viennese Baron, but his intentions are not honorable. He kills Carl in a sword fight. A big producer does put on the operetta, with Sari in the lead — but without her husband, it is a bittersweet victory.

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51 ) Irene

Nominated For:

  • Best Music, Score

Upholsterer’s assistant Irene O’Dare meets wealthy Don Marshall while she is measuring chairs for Mrs. Herman Vincent at her Long Island estate. Charmed by the young girl, Don anonymously purchases Madame Lucy’s, an exclusive Manhattan boutique, and instructs newly hired manager Mr. Smith to offer Irene a job as a model. She soon catches the eye of socialite Bob Vincent, whose mother is hosting a ball at the family mansion. In order to promote Madame Lucy’s dress line, Mr. Smith arranges for his models to be invited to the soiree.

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50 ) Tin Pan Alley

Nominated For:

  • Best Music, Score (Win)

A jazz cartoon involving a “Fats Waller”-like cat who leaves the “Uncle Tomcat Mission” for the local jazz club.

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49 ) Lillian Russell

Nominated For:

  • Best Art Direction, Black-and-White

Alice Faye plays the title role in this 1940 film biography of the early-20th-century stage star.

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48 ) The Boys from Syracuse

Nominated For:

  • Best Art Direction, Black-and-White
  • Best Effects, Special Effects

The action takes place in Ephesus in ancient Asia Minor, and the concerns The efforts of two boys from Syracuse, Anthipholus and his servant Dromio, to find their long-lost twins who, for reason of plot confusion, are also named Anthipholus and Dromio. Complications arise when the wife of the Ephesians, Adriana and her servant Luce, mistake the two strangers for their husband, though the couples eventually get sorted out after Adriana’s sister Luciana and the Syracuse Antipholus admit their love

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47 ) North West Mounted Police

Nominated For:

  • Best Art Direction, Color
  • Best Cinematography, Color
  • Best Film Editing (Win)
  • Best Music, Original Score
  • Best Sound, Recording

Texas Ranger Dusty Rivers (“Isn’t that a contradiction in terms?”, another character asks him) travels to Canada in the 1880s in search of Jacques Corbeau, who is wanted for murder. He wanders into the midst of the Riel Rebellion, in which Métis (people of French and Native heritage) and Natives want a separate nation. Dusty falls for nurse April Logan, who is also loved by Mountie Jim Brett. April’s brother is involved with Courbeau’s daughter Louvette, which leads to trouble during the battles between the rebels and the Mounties. Through it all Dusty is determined to bring Corbeau back to Texas (and April, too, if he can manage it.)

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46 ) Swiss Family Robinson

Nominated For:

  • Best Effects, Special Effects

After being shipwrecked, the Robinson family is marooned on an island inhabited only by an impressive array of wildlife. In true pioneer spirit, they quickly make themselves at home but soon face a danger even greater than nature: dastardly pirates. A rousing adventure suitable for the whole family, this Disney adaptation of the classic Johann Wyss novel stars Dorothy McGuire and John Mills as Mother and Father Robinson.

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45 ) The Milky Way

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, Cartoons (Win)

Timid milkman, Burleigh Sullivan (Lloyd), somehow knocks out a boxing champ in a brawl. The fighter’s manager decides to build up the milkman’s reputation in a series of fixed fights and then have the champ beat him to regain his title.

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44 ) Rhythm on the River

Nominated For:

  • Best Music, Original Song

Popular songwriter Oliver Courtney has been getting by for years using one ghost writer for his music and another for his lyrics. When both writers meet at an inn, they fall in love and then try to sell their songs under their own name. The problem is every song publisher thinks they’re copying Courtney’s style.

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42 Tie ) Quicker’n a Wink

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, One-reel (Win)

In this Pete Smith Specialty, Dr. Harold E. Edgerton demonstrates stroboscopic photography, which he helped develop. This process allows us to see in slow motion what happens during events that occur too fast to be seen by the naked eye. Examples shown here include a bullet in flight as it shatters a light bulb, the moment of impact when a kicker kicks a football, and a the motion of a hummingbird’s wings as it hovers.

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42 Tie ) Too Many Husbands

Nominated For:

  • Best Sound, Recording

Romantic comedy adapted from a Somerset Maugham play.

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41 ) Dr. Cyclops

Nominated For:

  • Best Effects, Special Effects

Four explorers are summoned to Peru by the brilliant physicist Dr Thorkel. They discover a rich source of radium and a half-mad Thorkel who shrinks them down to one-fifth their normal size when they threaten to stop his unorthodox experimentation

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40 ) Our Town

Nominated For:

  • Best Actress in a Leading Role
  • Best Art Direction, Black-and-White
  • Best Music, Original Score
  • Best Music, Score
  • Best Picture
  • Best Sound, Recording

Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. We see birth, life and death in this small community.

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38 Tie ) Comrade X

Nominated For:

  • Best Writing, Original Story

An American reporter smuggling news out of Soviet Moscow is blackmailed into helping a beautiful Communist leave the country.

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38 Tie ) The Invisible Man Returns

Nominated For:

  • Best Effects, Special Effects

A man framed for murder uses a serum to become invisible, then escapes to find the killer.

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37 ) Siege

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, One-reel

Oscar-nominated documentary short film produced by Frederic Ullman Jr.

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36 ) The Blue Bird

Nominated For:

  • Best Cinematography, Color
  • Best Effects, Special Effects

Mytyl and her brother Tyltyl seek the Bluebird of Happiness in the past, the future and in the Land of Luxury – only to find it in their very own backyard.

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35 ) Angels Over Broadway

Nominated For:

  • Best Writing, Original Screenplay

A playwright persuades a con artist to help an embezzler go straight.

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34 ) Down Argentine Way

Nominated For:

  • Best Art Direction, Color
  • Best Cinematography, Color
  • Best Music, Original Song

Betty Grable and Don Ameche fall in love but their fathers intervene. Includes classic performances by Carmen Miranda.

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33 ) Edison, the Man

Nominated For:

  • Best Writing, Original Story

In flashback, fifty years after inventing the light bulb, an 82-year-old Edison tells his story starting at age twenty-two with his arrival in New York. He’s on his way with invention of an early form of stock market ticker.

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32 ) London Can Take It!

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, One-reel

A tribute to the courage and resiliency of Britons during the darkest days of the London Blitz.

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31 ) Spring Parade

Nominated For:

  • Best Cinematography, Black-and-White
  • Best Music, Original Song
  • Best Music, Score
  • Best Sound, Recording

This Hungarian musical comedy (English title: Spring Parade) was produced by Joseph Pasternak, who later remade the picture in Hollywood as a Deanna Durbin vehicle. The original 1934 version stars Franciska Gaal as a Hungarian serving girl who heads to Vienna to visit a relative. Stopping over at an outdoor carnival, Gaal is told by a fortune teller that she will enjoy a happy marriage with a handsome and wealthy stranger. Later on, she finds herself at a fancy dress ball, where a good-looking aristocrat, assuming that our heroine is a countess masquerading as a peasant, falls in love with her. Delighted that the fortune-teller’s prophecy seems to be coming true, Gaal finds herself in a dilemma when she falls in love with poverty-stricken soldier Wolf Albach Retty. But things turn out OK when Retty, the regimental drummer, composes a hit song which brings him fame and fortune, thereby neatly fulfilling that prophecy.

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30 ) Arizona

Nominated For:

  • Best Art Direction, Black-and-White
  • Best Music, Original Score

A tough-minded woman living in the dangerous territory of Arizona meets a young man and thinks about marriage, but two conniving businessmen may stand in their way.

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28 ) Boom Town

Nominated For:

  • Best Cinematography, Black-and-White
  • Best Effects, Special Effects

Oscar-nominated picture stars Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy as competitive oil prospectors who strike it rich in oil and romance.

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28 ) Dark Command

Nominated For:

  • Best Art Direction, Black-and-White
  • Best Music, Original Score

When transplanted Texan Bob Seton arrives in Lawrence, Kansas he finds much to like about the place, especially Mary McCloud, daughter of the local banker. Politics is in the air however. It’s just prior to the civil war and there is already a sharp division in the Territory as to whether it will remain slave-free. When he gets the opportunity to run for marshal, Seton finds himself running against the respected local schoolteacher, William Cantrell. Not is what it seems however. While acting as the upstanding citizen in public, Cantrell is dangerously ambitious and is prepared to do anything to make his mark, and his fortune, on the Territory. When he loses the race for marshal, he forms a group of raiders who run guns into the territory and rob and terrorize settlers throughout the territory. Eventually donning Confederate uniforms, it is left to Seton and the good citizens of Lawrence to face Cantrell and his raiders in one final clash.

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27 ) Primrose Path

Nominated For:

  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Rogers plays dreamer Ellie May Adams, whose mother supports her squalid family by selling herself. Ellie May marries an upstanding man without revealing her background. But her secret gets out.

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26 ) Arise, My Love

Nominated For:

  • Best Art Direction, Black-and-White
  • Best Cinematography, Black-and-White
  • Best Music, Score
  • Best Writing, Original Story (Win)

In 1939, American Tom Martin, who fought in the Spanish Civil War, awaits execution at the hands of the Fascist victors when reporter Augusta ‘Gusto’ Nash, for a scoop, aids him in an audacious escape. Of course, Tom tries to romance Gusto; but though she likes him, her career comes first, and Tom himself prefers freedom-fighting to settling down. Comedy becomes drama as their mixed feelings lead them on a circuitous path through the deepening chaos and catastrophe of the early days of World War II.

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25 ) Kitty Foyle

Nominated For:

  • Best Actress in a Leading Role (Win)
  • Best Director
  • Best Picture
  • Best Sound, Recording
  • Best Writing, Screenplay

Ginger Rogers stars in an Academy Award-winning dramatic performance as a woman of humble beginnings who works her own way through devastating personal tragedy to find love and success.

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24 ) The House of the Seven Gables

Nominated For:

  • Best Music, Original Score

Based on the novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne, this classic film follows a family feud between two brothers (George Sanders and Vincent Price) and an ancient curse that haunts them.

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23 ) Puss Gets the Boot

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, Cartoons

Follow the madcap adventures of the original game of cat and mouse as Tom, an ordinary gray and white house cat, of no great intelligence is driven by three goals: to eat, to sleep and to catch the mouse, Jerry … and eat him.

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22 ) A Wild Hare

Nominated For:

  • Best Short Subject, Cartoons

Elmer is a dim-witted hunter whose “wooking for wabbits.” Bugs proceeds to confuse, bamboozle, and otherwise humiliate the poor simp.

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21 ) Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet

Nominated For:

  • Best Writing, Original Screenplay

True story of the doctor who considered it was not immoral to search for a drug that would cure syphillis.

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20 ) Strike Up the Band

Nominated For:

  • Best Music, Original Song
  • Best Music, Score
  • Best Sound, Recording (Win)

Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney star as a pair of talented teenagers who stage an orchestra show intending to enter a competition in Chicago.

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19 ) Northwest Passage

Nominated For:

  • Best Cinematography, Color

Based on the Kenneth Roberts novel of the same name, this film tells the story of two friends who join Rogers’ Rangers, as the legendary elite force engages the enemy during the French and Indian War. The film focuses on their famous raid at Fort St. Francis and their marches before and after the battle.

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18 ) Abe Lincoln in Illinois

Nominated For:

  • Best Actor in a Leading Role
  • Best Cinematography, Black-and-White

Covers the period from Lincoln’s early years as a Kentucky woodsman until his election to the Presidency in 1860.

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17 ) My Favorite Wife

Nominated For:

  • Best Art Direction, Black-and-White
  • Best Music, Original Score
  • Best Writing, Original Story

In this comedy, Nick is flabbergasted when his wife returns seven years after she was presumed dead and sets out to reclaim her former life – on the day Nick marries someone else.

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15 Tie ) Pride and Prejudice

Nominated For:

  • Best Art Direction, Black-and-White (Win)

Oscar ® -winning adaption of Jane Austins comic classic about fivehusband-hunting sisters in 19th-century England.

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15 Tie ) The Long Voyage Home

Nominated For:

  • Best Cinematography, Black-and-White
  • Best Effects, Special Effects
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Music, Original Score
  • Best Picture
  • Best Writing, Screenplay

After a night of revelry in the West Indies, the crew of the S.S. Glencairn return to their tramp steamer and set sail for Baltimore.

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14 ) All This, and Heaven Too

Nominated For:

  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role
  • Best Cinematography, Black-and-White
  • Best Picture

Bette Davis and Charles Boyer star in this romantic drama about a French nobleman who falls in love with hischildrens governess, causing a tragic scandal in 19th-century France.

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13 ) The Westerner

Nominated For:

  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Win)
  • Best Art Direction, Black-and-White
  • Best Writing, Original Story

Land disputes abound, and the parties involved run amuck, until legendary Judge Roy Bean steps in and institutes some law and order in this classic Western.

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12 ) The Great McGinty

Nominated For:

  • Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Win)

Told in flashback, Depression-era bum Dan McGinty is recruited by the city’s political machine to help with vote fraud. His great aptitude for this brings rapid promotion from “the boss,” who finally decides he’d be ideal as a new, nominally “reform” mayor; but this candidacy requires marriage. His in-name-only marriage to honest Catherine proves the beginning of the end for dishonest Dan…

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11 ) Pinocchio

Nominated For:

  • Best Music, Original Score (Win)
  • Best Music, Original Song (Win)

Lonely toymaker Geppetto has his wishes answered when the Blue Fairy arrives to bring his wooden puppet Pinocchio to life. Before becoming a real boy, however, Pinocchio must prove he’s worthy as he sets off on an adventure with his whistling sidekick and conscience, Jiminy Cricket.

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10 ) Foreign Correspondent

Nominated For:

  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Best Art Direction, Black-and-White
  • Best Cinematography, Black-and-White
  • Best Effects, Special Effects
  • Best Picture
  • Best Writing, Original Screenplay

In Alfred Hitchcock’s first international-scale thriller, a hapless hero (Joel McCrea) tryies to stay one step ahead of a glib-tongued spy-master (Herbert Marshall).

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8 Tie ) The Mark of Zorro

Nominated For:

  • Best Music, Original Score

In California in the 1820s, Don Diego finds his native California under control of an evil dictatorship so he dons a mask and becomes the legendary hero, Zorro.

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8 Tie ) Waterloo Bridge

Nominated For:

  • Best Cinematography, Black-and-White
  • Best Music, Original Score

Vivian Leigh stars as a ballerina in war-torn England who turns to prostitution when she believes her fiance has died in the war in this drama based on Robert E. Sherwood’s play.

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7 ) The Thief of Bagdad

Nominated For:

  • Best Art Direction, Color (Win)
  • Best Cinematography, Color (Win)
  • Best Effects, Special Effects (Win)
  • Best Music, Original Score

When Prince Ahmad (John Justin) is blinded and cast out of Bagdad by the nefarious Jaffar (Conrad Veidt), he joins forces with the scrappy thief Abu (the incomparable Sabu, in his definitive role) to win back his royal place, as well as the heart of a beautiful princess (June Duprez).

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5 Tie ) The Letter

Nominated For:

  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role
  • Best Cinematography, Black-and-White
  • Best Director
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Music, Original Score
  • Best Picture

After a woman shoots a man to death, a damning letter she wrote raises suspicions.

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5 Tie ) The Sea Hawk

Nominated For:

  • Best Art Direction, Black-and-White
  • Best Effects, Special Effects
  • Best Music, Score
  • Best Sound, Recording

A British buccaneer, played by Errol Flynn, holds the Spanish fleet at bay with the covert approval of Elizabeth I.

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4 ) The Great Dictator

Nominated For:

  • Best Actor in a Leading Role
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Best Music, Original Score
  • Best Picture
  • Best Writing, Original Screenplay

In his controversial masterpiece The Great Dictator, Charlie Chaplin offers both a cutting caricature of Adolf Hitler and a sly tweaking of his own comic persona. Chaplin, in his first pure talkie, brings his sublime physicality to two roles: the cruel yet clownish “Tomainian” dictator and the kindly Jewish barber who is mistaken for him.

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3 ) The Grapes of Wrath

Nominated For:

  • Best Actor in a Leading Role
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Win)
  • Best Director (Win)
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Picture
  • Best Sound, Recording
  • Best Writing, Screenplay

The chronicle of a depression-era family of dispossessed farmers who migrate from the Oklahoma dust bowl to the supposedly greener pastures of California.

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2 ) The Philadelphia Story

Nominated For:

  • Best Actor in a Leading Role (Win)
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role
  • Best Director
  • Best Picture
  • Best Writing, Screenplay (Win)

Katharine Hepburn is the snooty daughter of a wealthy family and about to marry for the second time. In walks her cunning ex-husband Cary Grant with tabloid reporter James Stewart in tow.

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1 ) Rebecca

Nominated For:

  • Best Actor in a Leading Role
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role
  • Best Art Direction, Black-and-White
  • Best Cinematography, Black-and-White (Win)
  • Best Director
  • Best Effects, Special Effects
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Music, Original Score
  • Best Picture (Win)
  • Best Writing, Screenplay

Story of a young woman who marries a fascinating widower only to find out that she must live in the shadow of his former wife, Rebecca, who died mysteriously several years earlier. The young wife must come to grips with the terrible secret of her handsome, cold husband, Max De Winter. She must also deal with the jealous, obsessed Mrs. Danvers, the housekeeper, who will not accept her as the mistress of the house.

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The Best 1941 Academy Award Rankings



1941 Academy Award Rankings

Film RT Critic RT User IMDB Letterboxd Overal Rank
Rebecca 1 3 2 2 1
The Philadelphia Story 1 2 4 2 2
The Grapes of Wrath 1 5 3 2 3
The Great Dictator 15 1 1 1 4
The Letter 1 9 9 5 5
The Sea Hawk 1 6 7 10 5
The Thief of Bagdad 1 11 10 5 7
The Mark of Zorro 1 15 10 10 8
Waterloo Bridge 20 4 7 5 8
Foreign Correspondent 14 11 10 5 10
Pinocchio 1 21 14 5 11
The Great McGinty 1 13 14 14 12
The Westerner 1 16 14 14 13
All This, and Heaven Too 17 8 10 19 14
Pride and Prejudice 1 17 18 19 15
The Long Voyage Home 1 21 23 10 15
My Favorite Wife 16 10 18 14 17
Abe Lincoln in Illinois 20 23 18 19 18
Northwest Passage 1 26 23 33 19
Strike Up the Band 26 13 23 23 20
Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet 26 24 14 23 21
A Wild Hare 26 47 5 10 22
Puss Gets the Boot 26 47 5 14 23
The House of the Seven Gables 26 17 21 31 24
Kitty Foyle 24 19 23 32 25
Arise, My Love 26 28 31 14 26
Primrose Path 26 29 31 19 27
Boom Town 26 27 23 32 28
Dark Command 26 25 34 23 28
Arizona 26 33 34 23 30
Spring Parade 26 7 34 50 31
London Can Take It! 26 47 23 23 32
Edison, the Man 20 47 23 33 33
Down Argentine Way 26 33 44 23 34
Angels Over Broadway 25 35 39 32 35
The Blue Bird 26 19 48 39 36
Siege 26 47 39 23 37
Comrade X 26 35 44 33 38
The Invisible Man Returns 19 30 48 39 38
Our Town 17 39 38 44 40
Dr. Cyclops 23 32 48 39 41
Quicker’n a Wink 26 47 21 50 42
Too Many Husbands 26 47 48 23 42
Rhythm on the River 26 47 23 50 44
The Milky Way 26 47 44 33 45
Swiss Family Robinson 26 40 34 50 46
North West Mounted Police 26 47 39 39 47
The Boys from Syracuse 26 47 31 50 48
Lillian Russell 26 41 39 50 49
Tin Pan Alley 26 43 39 50 50
Irene 26 47 48 39 51
Bitter Sweet 26 30 55 50 52
The Howards of Virginia 26 37 58 44 53
They Knew What They Wanted 26 42 53 44 53
My Son, My Son! 26 47 44 50 55
You’ll Find Out 26 37 57 47 55
Hit Parade of 1941 26 47 53 50 57
Music in My Heart 26 46 55 50 58
Second Chorus 26 45 61 47 59
Teddy the Rough Rider 26 47 58 50 60
One Million B.C. 26 44 63 49 61
Typhoon 26 47 60 50 62
Women in War 26 47 61 50 63
Eyes of the Navy 26 47 63 50 64
Captain Caution 26 47 65 50 65
More About Nostradamus 26 47 66 50 66
Behind the News 26 47 67 50 67
Service with the Colors 26 47 67 50 67
The Fight for Life 26 47 69 50 69

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