5 Directors, 5 Underrated Movies

Most people can name 7 or 8 movies by some of the most legendary directors ever. But unfortunately, there are always those gems that never seem to get the attention they deserve. So, here is my list of 5 movies by 5 very, very great directors that I think deserve more praise.

Billy Wilder (1906 – 2002)

  • A Foreign Affair (1948)
  • The Emperor Waltz (1948)
  • Stalag 17 (1953)
  • One, Two, Three (1961)
  • Irma La Douce (1963)

Alfred Hitchcock (1899 – 1980)

  • Mr and Mrs Smith (1941)
  • Spellbound (1945)
  • Dial M for Murder (1954)
  • To Catch a Thief (1955)
  • Frenzy (1972)

Fritz Lang (1890 – 1976)

  • Fury (1936)
  • The Woman in the Window (1944)
  • Scarlet Street (1945)
  • Clash by Night (1952)
  • Human Desire (1954)

George Cukor (1899 – 1983)

  • A Bill of Divorcement (1932)
  • Holiday (1938)
  • A Woman’s Face (1941)
  • Keeper of the Flame (1943)
  • Pat and Mike (1952)

Howard Hawks (1896 – 1977)

  • Twentieth Century (1934)
  • Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
  • Ball of Fire (1941)
  • I was a Male War Bride (1949)
  • Monkey Business (1952)


So there you have it. Give these lovelies a chance, will ya?


11 thoughts on “5 Directors, 5 Underrated Movies

  1. As a noir fan, I don’t see Lang’s Scarlet Street or Woman in the Window as underappreciated; they’re mentioned in every scholarly study of noir — but not elsewhere, probably.

    And Holiday is probably my favorite Cukor film.
    And Ball of Fire is one of my all-time favorite comedies.

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  2. caracoleta07

    Oh my great big Billy Wilder fan… Don’t kill me, but I haven’t yet seen any of those
    Or the ones by Fritz Lang
    Gotta also watch Cukor’s A Bill of Divorcement, A Woman’s Face and Keeper of the Flame
    But at least I only have to Frenzy and Twentieth Century left to watch from the other two directors

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  3. Mike

    Great idea, Carol. You couldn’t do this with many modern day directors as their output is small compared to the those in the Golden Age of Cinema(with the exception of Woody Allen). Thanks for listing The Woman in the Window. Saw it when I was very young and always thought it was overlooked,

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