Cary Grant's best film roles, from Charade to Notorious, to Holiday

Cary Grant

The Hitchcock spy thriller released in 1946, Notorious, features Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in lead roles.

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Cary Grant was a popular movie star from Bristol with attractive honey-colored eyes. He starred in some of the most exceptional films of all time and is still adored as one of Hollywood's top leading men. Archibald Leach, his birth name, came into this world in 1904 and made over 70 movies during his remarkable career. He collaborated with famous directors like Alfred Hitchcock, George Cukor, and Stanley Kramer and shared the screen with classic actresses like Katharine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Grace Kelly, and Audrey Hepburn.

A new drama series for ITV called Archie is being created, based on the incredible life of a man named Grant. The charming character will be played by Jason Isaacs. The series premieres on Thursday and in honor of it, we've put together a list of Grant's top movies, starting with the least popular and ending with the most popular.

Grant's last few movies were charming, and he performed incredibly at 59 in this Oscar-nominated romantic suspense film. Audrey Hepburn starred as Reggie Lampert, a wealthy woman who gets caught up in a criminal plot after her estranged husband, Charles, suddenly sells off all their belongings and is killed while fleeing Paris. It turns out Charles previously stole a significant amount of money, and now shadowy men are pursuing Reggie to get the bounty back. Grant portrayed Peter-Alexander-Adam, a man with many identities, who pops up at the right time.

Hitchcock's 1946 film noir, featuring the talented Ingrid Bergman as the lead, is an enthralling thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The plot follows Alicia Huberman, the daughter of a convicted Nazi, as she is recruited by the US government to work as a spy. Her mission is to seduce one of the leaders of a Nazi group that has taken refuge in Brazil. Meanwhile, Alicia and agent TR Devlin fall for each other but keep their emotions in check as they prepare for the mission. As the assignment progresses, their relationship faces numerous challenges due to mistrust and Alicia's deep involvement with the Nazi organization.

"Raising Baby"

In this delightful movie, Grant portrays the role of Dr. David Huxley, a scientist who studies fossils. He befriends the graceful but accident-prone heiress Susan Vance (Katharine Hepburn) after they repeatedly run into each other and get into increasingly amusing predicaments. Despite David's upcoming wedding, Susan develops romantic feelings for him. To further complicate things, a leopard named Baby is on the loose. The two friends embark on a wild adventure to transport Baby to a farm in Connecticut. The story is both chaotic and heartwarming.

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Catch The Thief

Grant stars as John Robie, a retired thief known as The Cat, in his third collaboration with Hitchcock. The movie is a romantic thriller set in the beautiful French Riviera. Robie is on the hunt for a jewelry thief who is targeting rich and wealthy people in the area. To his dismay, everyone believes that he is to blame even though he has turned over a new leaf. Along the way, he meets Frances Stevens (played by Grace Kelly), a wealthy heiress, and the two become friends. However, as time goes on, mistrust begins to grow between them. They have some memorable moments together, such as swimming and taking a drive, which are captured on camera in a way that oozes glamour and sophistication.

In the movie "Holiday," we witness a beautiful romantic comedy that showcases the talents of actor Grant, who portrays Johnny Case, a man who worked hard to earn his wealth. Johnny is soon to marry his fiancé, Julia Seton, who is the daughter of a wealthy banker. The film is based on a play from 1928, and most of it takes place at an extravagant New Year's Eve party. At first, Johnny feels overwhelmed by Julia's family, including her stern father, Edward, an alcoholic brother named Ned Jr., and a spirited older sister named Linda, played by the talented Katharine Hepburn. However, as the story progresses, Johnny soon finds himself drawn to Linda, and they connect on a deep level, leading to a sweet and satisfying outcome.

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Classic Thriller: North By Northwest

Our beloved movie out of Grant’s outstanding Hitchcock team-ups is when he portrayed Roger Thornhill. He played the role of a sophisticated and sun-kissed advertising executive who got caught up in an unfortunate case of misidentification, making him the subject of a criminal gang's attention. It becomes even more intense when he successfully evades them, and they start chasing him relentlessly. The story takes a major turn when he gets intertwined with the destiny of the cold-hearted blonde character, Eve Kendall, whom Eva Marie Saint portrays brilliantly.

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Philly Tale

The Philadelphia Story, directed by George Cukor, is a classic movie that won an Oscar. The film is based on a 1939 Broadway play that was very successful. In this film, Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, and James Stewart worked together to create a romantic comedy that is still enjoyed today. Hepburn plays the role of a wealthy socialite named Tracy Lord who is preparing to get married. Many people in the media, including Mike Connor (played by Stewart), are very interested in covering the event. As Tracy is sorting out her family and wedding details, her ex-husband Dexter (Grant) unexpectedly shows up. This leads to some humorous and entertaining moments throughout the film.

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"Girl Friday" Film

This fantastic comedy is about a strong editor and his skilled reporter ex-partner. It's the perfect combination of Grant's talent and the movie's brilliance. The conversations move so rapidly that you might want to slow it down, and the energetic chemistry between Grant and Rosalind Russell is what makes 'His Girl Friday' a favourite among journalists across the country. Hildy Johnson, the main character played by Russell, is a remarkable journalist that wants to retire and have a family; however, her ex-husband Walter Burns, played by Grant, has a different idea and gives her one last story to cover.

Presently accessible on ITVX and Prime Video

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