1001 Classic Movies: 1941 Best Picture Nominees

Throughout May, I celebrated the 75th anniversary of Citizen Kane, which premiered on May 1, 1941, with a look at Orson Welles masterpiece and three other great movies that lost the best picture Academy Award to How Green Was My Valley. FYI: I covered Best Picture nominee Suspicion during my Hitchcock series in February.

Citizen KaneWelles' classic about the rise and fall of a newspaper magnate is and will always be the greatest American film ever made.

The Maltese FalconDirector John Huston's adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's private eye novel was one of the first major films noir.

The Little FoxesDirector William Wyler's sharp adaptation of Lillian Hellman's play about a dysfunctional Southern family features a fearless performance from Bette Davis.

Sergeant YorkGary Cooper won his first best actor Oscar for his earnest portrayal of a real-life Tennessee backswoodsman who became a World War I hero.