Where to watch Citizen Kane after watching Mank on Netflix

1941: Orson Welles takes the lead role in his film 'Citizen Kane', directed by himself for RKO. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1941: Orson Welles takes the lead role in his film 'Citizen Kane', directed by himself for RKO. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) /

Mank and Citizen Kane are the perfect double feature 

David Fincher’s Netflix original movie Mank tells the unbelievable behind-the-scenes story of the creation of Citizen Kane, considered to be one of the greatest American films ever made. It even came in second place in a widely circulated 2012 critics’ poll of the greatest movies of all time by Sight & Sound.

Citizen Kane is about the tumultuous life and times of Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles), a ruthless newspaper tycoon in the vein of yellow journalism pioneer William Randolph Hearst. Kane’s journey to the top is complicated by failed relationships, broken alliances and the corruption of his very soul.

If you’ve just finished Mank and have never seen this classic movie before, you can watch it right now and see what all the hype is about.

Where to watch Citizen Kane

There are a bunch of places you can watch Citizen Kane right now and after watching Mank on Netflix.


Orson Welles’s 1941 cinematic masterpiece can either be rented or purchased through Amazon Prime. An HD rental costs $3.99, whereas the standard-definition version costs a dollar less. If your goal is to own the movie and make it a permanent fixture of your collection, you can buy an HD version for $12.99. A standard-definition digital transfer is additionally available for $9.99.


Amazon is not the only service offering $12.99 for an HD copy of Citizen Kane. The movie can be bought through Apple iTunes for the same price, with the additional perk of bonus features that offer insight into this essential part of film history. Apple users who purchase the film through the iTunes Movies store will gain access to interviews with editor Robert Wise (The Sound of Music, The Andromeda Strain) and actress Ruth Warrick (All My Children, Father of the Bride on CBS), storyboards, excerpts from the original press kit, footage of the premiere, deleted scenes and two feature-length commentary tracks– one by The Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert, and another by director and Orson Welles biographer Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon).


YouTube’s prices mirror those set by Amazon Prime. It is available to rent in HD for $3.99. Add it to your video library to watch anytime for $12.99.


Citizen Kane is available to stream on HBO Max.

Home Video

If you haven’t given up on physical media and want to watch Citizen Kane on Blu-ray or DVD, Turner Home Entertainment put together the definitive 75th anniversary package in 2016. The Blu-ray is available through the TCM website for $16.95. The DVD goes for $11.95, minus shipping. The home video includes all the supplementary materials offered by iTunes and is packaged in eco-friendly plastic.

On the subject of home video, if you really love Mank and want to learn even more about the struggle to bring Welles’s first film to the screen, Thomas Lennon’s 1996 PBS documentary The Battle Over Citizen Kane and the 1999 HBO made-for-TV movie RKO 281 are both packaged with the 70th anniversary collector’s edition Citizen Kane box set issued by Warner Home Video in 2011.

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