4 Classic Movies Starring Alan Ladd

One of the unsung heroes of classic cinema, Alan Ladd made a name for himself in Westerns and film noirs like Shane (1953) and This Gun for Hire (1942).

6 Best Classic Western Showdowns of All Time

Great showdowns from classic Westerns like Shane, The Wild Bunch, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

John Ford and Henry Fonda Classic Movies

While he had a far more prolific collaboration with John Wayne director John Ford also enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Henry Fonda. Spanning seven films over two decades, their collaboration produced some of the greatest Westerns, biographies, and literary adaptations ever made. They even made a great comedy adapted from Fonda’s Tony-winning stage production, but the two came to literal blows on set and abruptly ended what could have gone down as one of the most productive actor-director duos in Hollywood history.

6 Hilarious Classics by Mel Brooks

A former stand-up comic and writer on variety shows, Mel Brooks reached legendary status as an award-winning writer, actor, and director with hilariously irreverent spoofs on a number of classic Hollywood genres. Whether parodying Westerns, horror films, or history itself, Brooks brought a vulgar sense of humor to movies that turned off some, but nonetheless have become comedy classics. One of a few people to win an Emmy, an Oscar, a Tony, and a Grammy, Brooks undoubtedly left his distinct mark on entertainment. Here are six of the best Mel Brooks movies.

Glenn Ford Movies

A versatile actor comfortable in just about any genre, Glenn Ford excelled at playing Everyman characters trapped in extraordinary circumstances. Though noted for tough guy roles in Westerns and film noir, Ford also excelled in comedies, character dramas, and social issue movies. Ford reached the height of his popularity in the late-1950s and managed to stay relevant two decades later. Here are five of Glenn Ford’s very best films.

Maureen O'Hara Movies

One of the most accomplished actresses to never receive an Oscar nomination, Irish-born Maureen O’Hara was the star of a number of great movies, several of which starred friend John Wayne. O’Hara was also a favored actress for director John Ford and together with Wayne the trio made everything from Westerns to romantic comedies set in Ireland. With fiery red hair and an on-screen presence to match, O’Hara exuded both charm and sexuality in becoming one of the more popular actresses of the 1940s and 1950s.

Gregory Peck Movies

An actor celebrated both on and off screen for his strength and authority, Gregory Peck starred in numerous classic movies and was one of Hollywood’s most iconic stars. Peck delivered many great performances in his career, starring in thrillers, Westerns, war movies, melodramas and romantic comedies, and became forever identified as the morally upright Atticus Finch. A favorite of audiences for decades, Peck was a commercial star whose creative independence and personal integrity was never questioned.

Best Director 1950s

In the 1950s, Hollywood suddenly found itself competing with television and sought new innovations to lure audiences back to theaters. As a result, movies became grand spectacles that featured new widescreen formats to showcase massive historical epics, Westerns and adventure movies. But audiences also wanted more realistic character-driven pictures and filmmakers were happy to oblige with dramas that focused on infidelity, youthful rebellion and emotional ennui.

Howard Hawks Movies

A master director who got his start in silent pictures, Howard Hawks directed numerous classics and became recognized as one of the greats from the studio era. His movies featured rapid-fire dialogue and superb performances from his leading actors, while his exceptional talents transcended the confines of genre, as Hawks directed screwball comedies, gangster films, Westerns, film noir and even musicals. Here are nine classic movies directed by Howard Hawks.

James Stewart Westerns

James Stewart has long been remembered for his work with Alfred Hitchcock and Frank Capra. But just as famous as ‘Rear Window’ and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ were a series of Westerns he made in the 1950s and 1960s, particularly his image-changing films with Anthony Mann. Though not as identifiable with the genre as John Wayne or Clint Eastwood, Stewart’s Westerns rank among the best work of his career.