The 10 Best Grace Kelly Movies of All Time, in Honor of Her Birthday
Grace Kelly is known for being a princess, but before that, she was a successful 1950s film star. And despite giving up her acting career at age 26 when she married Prince Rainier of Monaco, she left behind a sizeable—and impressive—body of work. And so today, on what would have been her 87th birthday, we're taking a nostalgic look back at our favorite Grace Kelly films. Happy binge-watching.
DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954)
In her first and best outing with director Alfred Hitchcock, Kelly captivates as an unfaithful wife who must outwit her murderous husband, and helps make Dial M one of the best thrillers ever made in the process.
REAR WINDOW (1954)
Many consider Rear Window to be Hitchcock's greatest film. It follows a journalist confined to a wheelchair who fears that he witnessed his neighbor commit a terrible crime, and Kelly shines alongside silver screen heavyweight Jimmy Stewart.
TO CATCH A THIEF (1955)
The inimitable Cary Grant looks great on anyone's arm, but he and Kelly are an especially electric pairing in Hitchcock's Riviera-set caper. The tone is lighter than his other thrillers and leans more romantic, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
THE COUNTRY GIRL (1954)
As the beleaguered wife of Bing Crosby's alcoholic lead, Kelly's role was a swift departure from her glamorous image, but captivating nonetheless—so much so that she scooped up the 1954 Academy Award.
Clark Gable plays perhaps the luckiest man alive when both Kelly and Ava Gardner's characters pursue him romantically in this film, which earned Kelly both a Golden Globe win and an Academy Award nom.
HIGH NOON (1952)
You don't have to be a fan of Westerns to enjoy High Noon, because it breaks the mold. Instead of chase scenes and shoot-outs, you'll find an allegory about McCarthyism where (spoiler alert!) Kelly's character becomes the savior instead of the cowboy.
HIGH SOCIETY (1956)
This all-star cast includes Kelly alongside famed crooners Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, who do their darndest to charm audiences. It's worth watching for the Louis Armstrong cameo alone, and marks Kelly's last feature film role before her marriage.
THE SWAN (1956)
In her second-to-last film, Kelly embraces her familiar icy blonde role as a princess who's gearing up to marry a Crown Prince. A fitting portrayal!
GREEN FIRE (1954)
Kelly serves up the romance in this fun, fast-paced adventure story about a mining engineer in Colombia fighting against a local gang—and for her affection.
THE BRIDGES AT TOKO-RI (1954)
This moralizing anti-war story stars William Holden as a Navy pilot in World War II, with Kelly as his wife. Fun fact: The film won the Academy Award for Best Special Effects, due in large part to the fact the action was modeled after, and at times performed by, actual Navy pilots and in actual Navy aircrafts.