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Of Human BondageOf Human Bondage (1934)
Dir. John Cromwell
Feat. Bette Davis, Leslie Howard
The film which propelled Bette Davis to stardom, with her vivid personification of a coy, but slutty Cockney waitress who becomes the object of…
Petrified Forest, ThePetrified Forest, The (1935)
Dir. Archie Mayo
Feat. Bette Davis, Leslie Howard, Genevieve Tobin
Featuring probably Bogart's first classic role, this adaptation of the Robert Sherwood play is set in a remote diner in Arizona where a fugitive…
Dangerous + Hell's House (1935/32)
Dir. Alfred Green, Howard Higgin
Feat. Bette Davis
Bette Davis in two early roles – her lead performance as a star–turned–alcoholic in DANGEROUS fetching her the first of two Best…
Kid GalahadKid Galahad (1937)
Dir. Michael Curtiz
Feat. Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart
A potent prize–fighting movie with room for some romantic asides and weighty egos.
JezebelJezebel (1938) Recommended
Dir. William Wyler
Feat. Bette Davis, Henry Fonda
A classic, Oscar–winning role for Bette Davis, as a southern belle who defies the arch conventions of 19th century New Orleans high society…
Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, ThePrivate Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, The (1939)
Dir. Michael Curtiz
Feat. Bette Davis, Errol Flynn
Bette Davis is perfectly cast as Queen Liz, opposite Errol Flynn. An enjoyable romp.
Dark VictoryDark Victory (1939)
Dir. Edmund Goulding
Feat. Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart
Sleekly upholstered melodrama, with Davis as a willful, party–going Long Island millionairess who discovers she is dying. Great performances…
Bette Davis CollectionBette Davis Collection (Dark Victory; Mr Skeffington; The Letter; Now, Voyager) (1939-1944)
Feat. Bette Davis
Four early Bette Davis features including the alltime classic NOW, VOYAGER.
Letter, TheLetter, The (1940)
Dir. William Wyler
Feat. Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson
Although not quite of the first rank, this sultry melodrama counts as one of Bette Davis' most interesting 1940s works. Set among the frustrated…
Little Foxes, TheLittle Foxes, The (1941) Recommended
Dir. William Wyler
Feat. Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall
Masterful period drama adapted from a stageplay by one the great directors. Bette Davis is in brilliant form as Regina, the scheming matron…
Bride Came C.O.D., TheBride Came C.O.D., The (1941)
Dir. William Keighley
Feat. James Cagney, Bette Davis, Stuart Erwin
Slapstick rom–com with Cagney as cash–strapped charter pilot who is hired to kidnap a tycoon's daughter to prevent her marrying a vapid…
Now, VoyagerNow, Voyager (1942) Recommended
Dir. Irving Rapper
Feat. Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid
Compelling story of unrequited passion with Bette Davis radiant as the repressed spinster turned elegant socialite who falls in love with a married…
Mr. SkeffingtonMr. Skeffington (1944)
Dir. Vincent Sherman
Feat. Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Walter Abel
Unrepentant weepie of epic length with Bette Davis as a NYC 'society girl' who snags a devoted and rich Jewish husband (Rains). But after a tangle…
All About EveAll About Eve (1950) Aro Favourite
Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Feat. Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders
Bette Davis is in her element as ageing Broadway star Margot Channing, under threat of the hidden menace of an ambitious young actress. A scathing…
Phone Call from a Stranger (1952)
Dir. Jean Negulesco
Feat. Bette Davis
Fine acting, from Bette Davis among others, lifts story of aircrash survivors coming together.
Virgin Queen, TheVirgin Queen, The (1955)
Dir. Henry Koster
Feat. Bette Davis
Bette Davis is in full flight playing Queen Liz I, for the second time. Quality Hollywood.
Pocketful of MiraclesPocketful of Miracles (1961)
Dir. Frank Capra
Feat. Ann-Margret, Bette Davis, Glenn Ford
Frank Capra's final film (and Ann–Margret's debut) is an appealing remake of his earlier LADY FOR A DAY, in which the poverty–stricken…
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) Aro Favourite
Dir. Robert Aldrich
Feat. Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono
Joan Crawford and Bette Davis scheme and brood in this memorable gothic melodrama about an aged child star and her embittered and jealous sister who…
Empty Canvas, TheEmpty Canvas, The (La Noia) (1963)
Dir. Damiano Damiani
Feat. Bette Davis, Horst Buchholz, Catherine Spaak
Unsuccessful painter Buccholz falls for a young model who spurns his love and drives him to both ruin and his overbearing mother. Based on the novel…
Dead RingerDead Ringer (1964) Recommended
Dir. Paul Henreid
Feat. Bette Davis
Enjoyable, high camp star vehicle for Bette Davis who is driven by jealousy to murder her twin sister in order to assume her identity. Bette, of…
Hush, Hush, Sweet CharlotteHush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1965) Recommended
Dir. Robert Aldrich
Feat. Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten
Macabre shocks and bitter twists spike this outrageous gothic melodrama about an ageing, lonely Bette Davis disturbed by pressure from council…
Nanny, TheNanny, The (1965)
Dir. Seth Holt
Feat. Bette Davis, Wendy Craig, Jill Bennett
Bette Davis' stoney ambivalence is well employed in this Hammer production as the malevolent/misunderstood minder of a disturbed child who has been…
Anniversary, TheAnniversary, The (1967)
Dir. Roy Thomas Baker
Feat. Bette Davis, Jack Hedley, James Cossins
Bette Davis sinks her fangs into the role of domineering widow, lording it over three spineless sons at her annual get–togethers. While firmly…
Madame SinMadame Sin (1971)
Dir. David Greene
Feat. Bette Davis, Denholm Elliott, Robert Wagner
Criminal mastermind Bette Davis casts her heavily mascaraed eye on nuclear submarines and the like. A cheesy pleasure.
Lo Scopone ScientificoLo Scopone Scientifico (1972)
Dir. Luigi Comencini
Feat. Bette Davis, Alberto Sordi, Silvana Mangano
Little–known Italian comedy stars Bette Davis as a wealthy, Nora Desmond–esque countess who entices those less fortunate to gamble with…
Death on the NileDeath on the Nile (1978)
Dir. John Guillermin
Feat. Peter Ustinov, Bette Davis, David Niven
An overlong yet none–the–less charming version of the Agatha Christie whodunnit. Peter Ustinov, as the definitive Hercule Poirot, holds…
Return From Witch MountainReturn From Witch Mountain (1978)
Dir. John Hough
Feat. Bette Davis, Christopher Lee
Above–average sequel to ESCAPE FROM WITCH MOUNTAIN reprises the story of two runaway orphans with supernatural powers, adding the star presence…
Watcher in the Woods, TheWatcher in the Woods, The (1980) Aro Favourite
Dir. John Hough
Feat. Bette Davis, David McCallum, Carroll Baker
One of Disney's spookier efforts, this concerns a family who move into a country house in Britain and are beset with supernatural occurances.…
Whales of August, TheWhales of August, The (1987)
Dir. Lindsay Anderson
Feat. Bette Davis, Lillian Gish, Vincent Price
A gently homespun slice of life in one's final years, with the joyous presence of late cinema icons Bette Davis, Lillian Gish and Vincent Price.

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