This Cary Grant movies list exemplifies the remarkable career of one of Hollywood’s greatest actors. Charming and suave, Cary Grant possessed an exceptional acting talent and starred along with award-winning actors like Katharine Hepburn, Ronald Coleman and James Stewart to produce acclaimed, Academy Award winning films that have stood the test of time to become memorable and iconic classics.
“The Philadelphia Story”
One of the best films ever to feature Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn, this “comedy of remarriage” features Grant as Hepburn’s ex-husband, the hilarious yet dashing C.K Dexter Haven, determined to get her back on the eve of her marriage to another man. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker George Cukor, the film won co-star James Stewart an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1941.
“Bringing Up Baby”
No Cary Grant movies list would be complete without this 1938 screwball comedy about a paleontologist who finds himself caught up in increasingly awkward situations when he meets an eccentric woman and her pet leopard, Baby. A box office failure at the time of its release, this classic film was the first pairing of Grant with iconic director Howard Hawks.
“The Bishop’s Wife”
An essential film for any Cary Grant movies list, this Christmas classic features Grant as an angel named Dudley who comes to the aid of a struggling Bishop, played wonderfully by David Niven. Loretta Young is lovely and amazing as the titular character, while screen veteran Monty Woolley gives a standout performance as Professor Wutheridge.
“Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House”
One of the best films of Grant’s later career, this film features Grant as the titular character, a warm family man who attempts to refurbish an dilapidated house with the help of his wife, played by talented actress Myrna Loy. The film features a great performance by Melvyn Douglas and inspired the 2007 film, “Are We Done Yet?”
“North by Northwest”
No Cary Grant movies list could do without this Alfred Hitchcock thriller, one of Grant’s absolute finest. Grant plays Roger Thornhill, an advertising executive mistaken for another man who is then ruthlessly pursued by at unknown organization. Striking and unnerving, the film features an iconic scene in which Grant is chased by a biplane on a deserted country road.
“His Girl Friday”
This fast-paced classic is a must for any Cary Grant movies list and paired Grant with the stunning Rosalind Russell in another of Howard Hawk's finest films. Grant plays newspaper editor Walter burns who rekindles his love for his ex-wife (Russell) while pursuing a sensational news story. An iconic classic, this film features hilarious performances by Ralph Bellamy and Frank Orth as Duffy.
The first pairing of Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn, this film about a woman who disguises herself as a man and subsequently falls in with a dashing con man is widely believed to be the birth of Cary Grant’s film persona and the first to showcase his talents as a leading man. Now thought of as a classic, “Sylvia Scarlett” was one of the most unsuccessful film of the 1930’s.
“Only Angels Have Wings”
Cary Grant and Jean Arthur prove to be a charming pair in this film about the relationship that unfolds between a pilot and a young entertainer. Directed by Hollywood icon Howard Hawks, this emotional and thrilling film was nominated for a number of Academy Awards and features an exceptional performance by a young, ravishing Rita Hayworth.
“The Talk of the Town”
This provocative drama stars Grant as an accused arsonist who is sheltered by an old love interest, played by the lovely Jean Arthur. Directed by legendary filmmaker George Stevens, this film features Ronald Coleman as Professor Michael Lightcap, a role that is arguably one of the best performances of Coleman's illustrious career
A great addition to any Cary Grant movies list, this film was one of Grant’s early collaborations with George Stevens and won Grant an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Roger Adams, a man who desperately tries to hold his family together in the wake of tragedy.
- Joshua Wade