The 10 Best Films of the 1940s
1. Citizen Kane (1941)
Revolutionary in its photography, its storytelling and its editing, not to mention suspenseful and hugely entertaining, Orson Welles’s first film (which he co-wrote with Mankiewicz’s brother Herman, directed and starred in at the age of 25) is one to be savored again and again. Virtually every scene is a marvel in a gripping tale of friendship and overreach in which Cotten made the perfect foil for Welles’ indelible creation, the orphan turned media magnate turned failed politician turned recluse Charles Foster Kane.