Montgomery Clift would’ve celebrated his 98th birthday on October 17, 2018. The iconic actor gave only a small number of onscreen performances before his untimely death in 1966 at the age of 45. Yet several of those titles remain classics. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 12 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

5. THE HEIRESS (1949)
Clift became a romantic lead with this sensitive melodrama by William Wyler, adapted from Ruth and Augustus Goetz’s play (itself based on Henry James’ novel “Washington Square”). Olivia de Havilland won her second Best Actress Oscar for playing a dowdy spinster in 19th century New York who falls in love with a raffish young man (Clift) despite protestations from her cruel father (Ralph Richardson). Turns out the old man is right, since her lover is just in it for the money.

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