The Best 30 films of Natalie Wood

by jacobyjhn-18-315763 | created - 29 Jan 2015 | updated - 10 Feb 2015 | Public

Lovely and talented Natalie Wood was luminous in her many on screen performances and transitioned from child star to teenage star to adult star seemlessly and with consummate taste and beauty. She was taken from us far too soon under tragic circumstances. Here are 30 of the best films of the wonderful Natalie Wood.

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1. Splendor in the Grass (1961)

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

A fragile Kansas girl's love for a handsome young man from the town's most powerful family drives her to heartbreak and madness.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty, Pat Hingle, Audrey Christie

Votes: 16,626 | Gross: $8.72M

2. West Side Story (1961)

Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

86 Metascore

Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.

Directors: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise | Stars: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn

Votes: 91,349 | Gross: $43.66M

3. The Great Race (1965)

Passed | 160 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

71 Metascore

In the early 20th century, two rivals, the heroic Leslie and the despicable Professor Fate, engage in an epic automobile race from New York to Paris.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon, Peter Falk

Votes: 15,290 | Gross: $25.33M

4. Inside Daisy Clover (1965)

Approved | 128 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A tomboy turned movie star deals with the cruelty of Hollywood.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Natalie Wood, Christopher Plummer, Robert Redford, Ruth Gordon

Votes: 2,983

5. Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)

Unrated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Angie Rossini is an innocent Italian Catholic Macy's salesgirl, who discovers she's pregnant from a fling with Rocky, a musician. Angie finds Rocky (who doesn't remember her at first) to ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Natalie Wood, Steve McQueen, Edie Adams, Herschel Bernardi

Votes: 3,830

6. Gypsy (1962)

Approved | 143 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Based on the Broadway hit about the life and times of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee and her aggressive stage mother, Mama Rose.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Paul Wallace

Votes: 5,182 | Gross: $13.01M

7. Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A light-hearted picture of middle-aged love and friendship.

Director: Paul Mazursky | Stars: Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Elliott Gould, Dyan Cannon

Votes: 5,517 | Gross: $31.90M

8. This Property Is Condemned (1966)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Romance

The dramatic love story of small-town Mississippi girl Alva Starr and railroad official Owen Legate, set during the Great Depression.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Natalie Wood, Robert Redford, Charles Bronson, Kate Reid

Votes: 4,821

9. The Searchers (1956)

Passed | 119 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

94 Metascore

An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond

Votes: 75,798

10. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama

87 Metascore

A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus

Votes: 79,037

11. Marjorie Morningstar (1958)

Approved | 128 min | Drama, Romance

While working as a counselor at a summer camp, college-student Marjorie Morgenstern falls for 32-year-old Noel Airman, a would-be dramatist working at a nearby summer theater. Like Marjorie... See full summary »

Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Gene Kelly, Natalie Wood, Claire Trevor, Everett Sloane

Votes: 882

12. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

88 Metascore

When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.

Director: George Seaton | Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 38,511 | Gross: $2.65M

13. The Star (1952)

Passed | 89 min | Drama, Romance

A washed-up movie queen finds romance, but still desires a comeback.

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Bette Davis, Sterling Hayden, Natalie Wood, Warner Anderson

Votes: 3,073

14. Kings Go Forth (1958)

Approved | 109 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Toward the end of World War II, two American soldiers fighting in Southern France become romantically involved with a young, American woman. Her background will reveal more about them than her.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Leora Dana

Votes: 1,300

15. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

In 1900, a young widow finds her seaside cottage is haunted and forms a unique relationship with the ghost.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders, Edna Best

Votes: 14,717

16. Never a Dull Moment (1950)

Approved | 89 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

Kay Kingsley, a sophisticated and successful songwriter in New York City. falls in love with a widowed rancher, Chris Heyward, she meets at the Madison Square Garden Rodeo and they get ... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Irene Dunne, Fred MacMurray, William Demarest, Andy Devine

Votes: 456

17. The Burning Hills (1956)

Approved | 94 min | Romance, Western

When Trace Jordan's brother is murdered by members of the land-grabbing Sutton family he vows to report this injustice to the nearest Army fort.

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Tab Hunter, Natalie Wood, Skip Homeier, Eduard Franz

Votes: 616

18. Brainstorm (1983)

PG | 106 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

57 Metascore

Researchers develop a system where they can jump into people's minds. But when people involved bring their personal problems into the equation, it becomes dangerous - perhaps deadly.

Director: Douglas Trumbull | Stars: Christopher Walken, Natalie Wood, Louise Fletcher, Cliff Robertson

Votes: 10,416 | Gross: $8.90M

19. The Last Married Couple in America (1980)

R | 103 min | Comedy

Mari and Jeff Thompson start to doubt their own marriage when every couple they know separate.

Director: Gilbert Cates | Stars: George Segal, Natalie Wood, Richard Benjamin, Valerie Harper

Votes: 542

20. Penelope (1966)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Crime

Comedy about a flighty, bored, kleptomaniac wife of a banker who robs her husband's bank of sixty thousand dollars.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Natalie Wood, Ian Bannen, Dick Shawn, Peter Falk

Votes: 1,441

21. Sex and the Single Girl (1964)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Romance

A womanizing reporter for a sleazy tabloid magazine impersonates his hen-pecked neighbor in order to get an expose on renowned psychologist Helen Gurley Brown.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Lauren Bacall, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Henry Fonda

Votes: 3,370

22. The Jackpot (1950)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy

Bill Lawrence wins a slew of prizes on a radio quiz program. His happiness is short-lived when he discovers he'll have to sell the prizes in order to pay the taxes on them.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: James Stewart, Barbara Hale, James Gleason, Fred Clark

Votes: 832

23. Father Was a Fullback (1949)

Passed | 84 min | Comedy, Sport

Football coach George Cooper has as many problems managing his football team as he has at home dealing with his daughters, Ellen and Connie.

Director: John M. Stahl | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Maureen O'Hara, Betty Lynn, Rudy Vallee

Votes: 361

24. Our Very Own (1950)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, Romance

Gail discovers the shocking news that she is adopted during a heated argument with her sister, Joan. With the reluctant support of her adoptive parents and baby sister, Penny, Gail goes in ... See full summary »

Director: David Miller | Stars: Ann Blyth, Farley Granger, Joan Evans, Jane Wyatt

Votes: 469

25. Tomorrow Is Forever (1946)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Romance, War

An American World War I soldier, whose disfigured face is reconstructed by Austrian plastic surgeons, returns home after twenty years, but no one recognizes him, his widow is married to another man, and his son is a grown young man.

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Orson Welles, George Brent, Lucile Watson

Votes: 2,177 | Gross: $3.25M

26. All the Fine Young Cannibals (1960)

112 min | Drama, Music, Romance

The minister of the town has died and his son Chad has no tears for him. Sarah, who now calls herself Salome, is pregnant with Chad's baby, but Chad has no future, no job and no money. ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Anderson, Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Robert Wagner, Natalie Wood, Susan Kohner, George Hamilton

Votes: 700

27. The Blue Veil (1951)

113 min | Drama

Louise Mason is a young widow who fills her empty life with the task of becoming a children's nurse. As the years pass, and the widow tries to find her own place in life, her young charges,... See full summary »

Directors: Curtis Bernhardt, Busby Berkeley | Stars: Jane Wyman, Charles Laughton, Joan Blondell, Richard Carlson

Votes: 318

28. Meteor (1979)

PG | 108 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

The U.S. must join forces with the U.S.S.R. in order to destroy a gigantic asteroid heading straight for Earth.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Sean Connery, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Brian Keith

Votes: 6,306

29. Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! (1948)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

In 1948 rural America, two stepbrothers compete for the same gal and the younger brother buys two untamed mules for work projects while the older brother tries to sabotage him.

Director: F. Hugh Herbert | Stars: June Haver, Lon McCallister, Walter Brennan, Anne Revere

Votes: 240

30. The Silver Chalice (1954)

Approved | 142 min | Drama, Romance

Paul Newman - in his screen debut - plays a 1st century Greek sculptor who is sold into slavery.

Director: Victor Saville | Stars: Virginia Mayo, Pier Angeli, Jack Palance, Paul Newman

Votes: 1,338



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