While Joseph Cotten had a long career that spanned decades, the films he made in the 1940s, when he was new to Hollywood, are some of his best. After gaining success on Broadway, Cotten made his way to Los Angeles where he would become a constant male lead star in great films. Below, we’ve compiled the 13 best 1940s Joseph Cotten movies. Every single move here is great!
One of the most famous actresses back in the 1930s, there are a few Jean Harlow movies that are still popular today. Harlow was a fantastic, riveting actress who unfortunately died at the young age of 26. It’s always so frustrating to think about the wonderful films she never got to make. However, let’s instead focus on the joy she is still bringing to so many Old Hollywood fans to this day by analyzing her most popular films today!
Below, you’ll find the 6 most popular Jean Harlow movies that are still popular today. For Harlow diehards, trust us, we know that some of her underrated work isn’t listed here. This isn’t a list of her best movies of all time. Instead, it’s just a peek into what Harlow films have stood the test of time more so than the others.
Possibly the most iconic Old Hollywood star from the Golden Age of Hollywood, Marilyn Monroe is a star for a reason. Her beauty, her talent, everything about her screams that she’s a star. Yes, she’s beautiful, but she’s also incredibly talented and truly knows how to perform. So, being huge Monroe fans, we’ve decided to rank the top 10 best Marilyn Monroe movies of all time below!
We’ve only included feature films where Monroe plays a lead or a large supporting role (with a few exceptions, noted below). Monroe did it all, and some casual fans of hers may not realize that she dipped her toe into a variety of movie genres, not just the regular old fluffy comedies that she’s known for today.
Remember, this list is based on our opinion, so you may have a completely different idea of how this list should’ve gone — and that’s okay! Enjoy reading below!
Montgomery Clift movies are so fun and engaging to watch for a variety of reasons. The charm, the charisma, the skill, and the overall talent of Clift make a regular movie into an absolutely great one. Clift was a star who left the world too soon — but his movies remain as some of the best ever made. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 best Montgomery Clift movies.
This list is a wonderful place to start if you’re looking to get into more Clift movies. These also happen to be some of the best movies ever made!
Throughout his decades-long career, Cary Grant managed to be in some of the greatest films ever made. In the 1930s, Cary Grant started his career and made some very interesting, very wonderful movies. From The Awful Truth to Bringing Up Baby, he shined in so many pictures that he made. Yes, he wouldn’t go on to star in his most popular movie of all time — we’re looking at you, North by Northwest — until the late 1950s. But that doesn’t mean he wasn’t putting out wonderful work during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Because goodness, he was.
Below, I’ve compiled the top 10 Cary Grant movies from the 1930s. You’ll notice some fan-favorite ones here, as well as some underrated gems that, unfortunately, don’t receive the love that they really should. I’ve only included films where Grant had a substantial role (leading or supporting). But trust me, every movie here is a winner if you’re a fan of Cary Grant.
Narrowing down the top 10 best Rita Hayworth movies was difficult, mainly because Miss Hayworth has so many wonderful films. One of the most memorable Old Hollywood actresses — thanks to her iconic role in Gilda — Hayworth, unfortunately, doesn’t have too many films that are still considered popular today. She has a lot of underrated gems. But here, we’ve put aside popularity and instead focused on the best performances she’s ever given on film, however big or small.
Keep reading to learn about the top 10 best Rita Hayworth movies! As a note, we’ve only included her roles in feature films. Enjoy!
One of the most popular actresses in the 1950s and 1960s, Kim Novak starred in so many wonderful films that are still incredibly enjoyable to watch today. An icon through and through, Novak starred in many great movies, including a film that many consider to be the greatest film ever made.
Below, I’ve compiled the top 10 best Kim Novak movies of all time. Every single movie on this list is worth a watch. If you’re looking for a place to start when it comes to watching Novak’s filmography, this list is a great place to start!
One of the most popular Old Hollywood actresses, Jean Arthur starred in so many great movies from the 1920s until the 1950s. While she’s probably most well known for the films she completed in the 1930s and 1940s, Arthur is unique in that her last film ever made also happens to be one of her best!
Arthur starred in many different genres of film, though she excelled in comedy — which you’ll see in this list of the best Jean Arthur movies of all time. From her Frank Capra-directed classics to some underrated gems, here are the top 10 best Jean Arthur movies!
The movies Katharine Hepburn starred in throughout the 1940s happen to include some of her very best. Hepburn is one of the best film actors of all time. While her career spanned decades, there’s something incredibly special about the films she starred in throughout the 1940s.
Below, I’ve ranked the very best 1940s Katharine Hepburn movies to watch, in our opinion. These eight films are the essential movies to watch if you’re looking to watch just the best of the best Hepburn movies. If you’d like to start with Hepburn’s filmography, use this list as a handy guide!
In the late 1930s and early 1940s, James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan starred in four movies together: Next Time We Love (1936), The Shopworn Angel (1938), The Shop Around the Corner (1940), and The Mortal Storm (1940). To me, Stewart and Sullavan were an excellent pairing — their chemistry! Goodness! — that should’ve definitely been in more films later on.
Good friends (Sullavan even married Stewart’s best friend Henry Fonda), there’s something so fun about seeing them opposite each other on-screen. Below, we’ve compiled a list of every single movie they made together, ranked! Enjoy!
Lionel Barrymore is often touted as one of the greatest actors to ever live. I can’t help but agree. Below, I’ve tried to rank the top 10 best Lionel Barrymore movies of all time! Considering he has a lot of movies to his name, this was definitely hard.
As Barrymore starred in quite a lot of films, I tried to only include movies where he had a lead or big supporting role! If you’re looking for a place to start with Barrymore’s filmography, use this list as a guide!
It’s easy to know where to begin when ranking the top 10 best Donna Reed movies of all time — but it’s not as easy to know where to end, as Reed starred in such amazing films throughout her decades-long career.
For decades, Reed proved that she could successfully act in any genre, time and time again. While many modern-day audiences may know her better through her TV roles, Reed’s filmography definitely shouldn’t be slept on.
Below, you’ll find the top 10 best Donna Reed movies of all time! If you’re new to Reed, you’ll definitely want to use this list as a handy guide to better know her filmography!
Grace Kelly, a wonderful actress who only has 12 feature film acting credits to her name (because she became a princess and all), actually still has so many popular movies that are still quite big today. One of the most influential actresses from the Golden Age, she’s beloved for her style, her beauty, and, of course, her talent.
Below, we’ve put together the most popular Grace Kelly movies that are still big today. As a note, I’ve only included feature films where Kelly stars. Enjoy!
James Stewart has starred in some of the best movies of all time. So, narrowing down the top 10 best James Stewart movies of all time wasn’t easy. Alas, I’ve tried our very best!
Below, you’ll find the absolute best James Stewart movies ever, in my opinion. Some very good films didn’t make the cut (we’re looking at you, You Can’t Take It With You), as Stewart has starred in so many wonderful films!
But if you want the top 10, here you have it. If you’re looking to get into Stewart films and haven’t seen much of his filmography, this is a great list to use as a guide!
While many may prefer Katharine Hepburn opposite Spencer Tracy on-screen, there’s something special about the movies she made with Cary Grant. Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn made four films together: Sylvia Scarlett (1935), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Holiday (1938), and The Philadelphia Story (1940).
The movies Grant and Hepburn made together are stunning. Their chemistry is dynamite, and their banting is so funny and enjoyable to watch. They’re definitely one of my favorite Old Hollywood pairings!