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Montgomery Clift movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘A Place in the Sun,’ ‘From Here to Eternity’

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.

1. A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951)
Though it won raves from critics and snatched up 6 Academy Awards (including Best Director for George Stevens), today’s viewers often dismiss “A Place in the Sun” as pat and outdated. Yet this story of an ambitious social-climber (Clift) who marries a dowdy factory worker (Shelley Winters) and falls in love with a glamorous socialite (Elizabeth Taylor) remains a powerful and enchanting melodrama. The chemistry between its two leads — who would remain lifelong friends throughout their many ups-and-downs — is heartbreaking in its intensity.

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