1941: Citizen Kane


RKO Radio Pictures

– Director: Orson Welles

– Stacker score: 95.3

– Metascore: 100

– IMDb user rating: 8.3

– Runtime: 119 minutes

More than a mere milestone, “Citizen Kane” provides a singular education in atmosphere, editing, cinematography, creativity, and technique. Director and star Orson Welles plays newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane, modeled after William Randolph Hearst, whose unquenchable ambitions remain elusive even after his death. It’s reported that Welles was injured twice during the shoot, and that he drank so much tea it caused his skin color to change.