It is no question that James Stewart, known endearingly to much of the American public as Jimmy, is one of the American acting giants. Charming, aloof, yet carrying so much presence on the screen, he became the epitome of the Hollywood everyman from the late thirties throughout the sixties, starring in classic after classic.
Despite his praise though, many are only familiar with him due to Christmas viewings of It’s a Wonderful Life and a Hitchcock film or two of his. His filmography, of course, is so much more rich than that – so much so that I not only had trouble making a “top ten” favorites, but would have had trouble narrowing it down to twenty. Below though are my ten favorite James Stewart films, with some of my favorite moments attached as clips.
After checking out mine, share your own list and favorite James Stewart moments in the comments!
10. The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor, 1940)
9. Destry Rides Again (George Marshall, 1939)
8. Rope (Alfred Hitchcock, 1948)
7. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
6. The Man from Laramie (Anthony Mann, 1955)
5.The Naked Spur (Anthony Mann, 1953)
4. Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)
3. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford, 1962)
2. Harvey (Henry Koster, 1950)
1. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Frank Capra, 1939)