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Awards (including Best Director for George Stevens), today’s viewers often dismiss “A Place in the Sun” as pat and outdated.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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