Marilyn scores an impressive hat-trick in this list of the 15 Best Films of the 1950s, chosen by Slash Film’s Audrey Fox.
- All About Eve (1950) – A massive critical success upon its release, with 14 Academy Award nominations, including one for Bette Davis, although she was (ironically) passed over for the best actress award in favor of the 29-year-old Judy Holliday in Born Yesterday. And if all of that isn’t enough, you even get a young Marilyn Monroe in one of her earliest on-screen roles. What’s not to love?
- Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) – Marilyn Monroe, as we all know by now, gets a bad rap. Continually underestimated as a dumb blonde, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is one of the few films that gives her the opportunity to showcase an unexpected wiliness. She plays a showgirl on a cruise with her best friend (played with ride-or-die aplomb by Jane Russell); she is engaged but that doesn’t stop her from eyeing up the most eligible bachelor on board. In one of the film’s funniest moments, it turns out to be a 10-year-old boy.
- Some Like It Hot (1959) – A classic comedy that is just as funny today as it was when it came out more than 60 years ago … With more punchlines and clever set pieces in a minute than most films have in their entire runtime, Some Like It Hot is a pure, unmitigated delight.