My Top Ten Jennifer Jones Movies

Born Phylis Lee Isley on 2 March 1919 and passed away on 17 December 2009, Jennifer Jones started her film career in a 1939 John Wayne Western movie 'New Frontier' as Phylis Isley. She divorced her first husband, Robert Walker in 1945 and married Producer David O. Selznick in 1949. Her film career lasted a total of 35 years winning one Oscar and receiving four more nominations for the Academy Award. Jennifer had a beautiful demeanour on screen and was a close friend of Ingrid Bergman. My favourites are listed in chronological order.
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1.
The Song of Bernadette (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of "a beautiful lady" in the city dump... (156 mins.)
Director: Henry King
“ Her first film as Jennifer Jones (actual third) in which she played the young Bernadette Soubirious, the young girl who made Lourdes famous. Her performance won both the Academy Award and the Golden Globe for Best Actress. Having beaten hundreds to the role, including her friend Ingrid Bergman, she presented the Oscar to Ingrid the following year for 'Gaslight'. "I'm stupid, Sister. I have a poor head for study." ” - brickley220
 
2.
Since You Went Away (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
With her husband away to fight in World War II, a housewife struggles to care for their two daughters - and a pair of lodgers who have moved in - alone. (177 mins.)
Director: John Cromwell
“ With Claudette Colbert as a Mother and Shirley Temple as a Sister Jennifer shone in a brilliant cast, including her real husband Robert Walker and Joseph Cotten who went on to play her leading man in several movies. While Dad is away the girls will play! "That's just it. There aren't women more suited. And women who might help, like you, Mrs. Hawkins, think you're doing your part if you attend a canteen dance for your own pleasure." ” - brickley220
 
3.
Duel in the Sun (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Beautiful half-breed Pearl Chavez becomes the ward of her dead father's first love and finds herself torn between her sons, one good and the other bad. (129 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
“ Playing the beautiful Pearl Chavez in the monumental western written by David O. Selznick and directed by King Vidor, Jennifer's character earned the movie the nickname 'Lust in the Dust'. As Cotten and Peck clash for her affection, the classic affair lasts a colourful 144 minutes. The leading men were miscast as Cotten was always a stronger villain and Peck was always more upright. "Trash, trash, trash, trash, trash..." ” - brickley220
 
4.
Portrait of Jennie (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A mysterious girl inspires a struggling artist. (86 mins.)
“ Guess who is a down and out artist looking for inspiration? Eben Adams (Cotten) finds his Muse in the shape of a young girl - Jennie Appleton (several of them). This beautifully romantic story picks up impetus as time goes by and although it is a fantasy story, it will tweak at the heart of adolescents of all ages. "There is no life, my darling, until you love and have been loved. And then there is no death." ” - brickley220
 
5.
Ruby Gentry (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A sexy but poor young girl marries a rich man she doesn't love, but carries a torch for another man. (82 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
“ Another King Vidor movie in which Femme Fatale Ruby (Jones/ Mrs Selznick) seduces all the local males in a love fest that really rocks the boat. Not a great film but it does have a GREAT cast that smoulders for 82 minutes as Ruby breaks everyone's heart, including her brother's. "Turn off the pumps." ” - brickley220
 
6.
Beat the Devil (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
On their way to Africa are a group of rogues who hope to get rich there, and a seemingly innocent British couple. They meet and things happen... (89 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ Director John Huston must have needed the money as his motley cast of villains work their way through this bizarre plot of cross and double cross. Humphry Bogart and his henchmen struggle to get ahead in this devious story of greed. Not a great film, but full of GREAT acting. "Harry, we must beware of these men. They are desperate characters."
"What makes you say that ?"
"Not one of them looked at my legs!" ” - brickley220
 
7.
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A widowed doctor of both Chinese and European descent falls in love with a married American correspondent in Hong Kong during China's Communist revolution. (102 mins.)
Director: Henry King
“ Tissue Warning! Jennifer plays a beautiful, intelligent Eurasian Doctor who falls for married War Reporter, Mark Elliott (Holden). The film won Oscars for Music and Costume and guess who was nominated, again? The story is a modern Romeo & Juliet as the couple face multiple barriers to the consumation of their love. Beautifully directed by Henry King this movie is a MUST for Lovers everywhere. "Mark, going out with you once was harmless enough. I don't want my seeing you to be awkward. Hong Kong has a peculiar code and malice is a pleasant pastime for women with nothing to do." ” - brickley220
 
8.
Good Morning, Miss Dove (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Miss Dove is a strict disciplinary, plus a well respected teacher, who has inspired her students to individual greatness... (107 mins.)
Director: Henry Koster
“ An aging school mistress reviews her career during her illness. This is a classic movie with unforgettable scenes as past pupils recount how much they owe her. I have only ever seen it on television (four times) so keep an eye on the schedules.
"William Holloway started out with a gift rarer than mathematical genius or perfect pitch. A child in whom the ethical instinct was as innate as the function of breathing."
"Oh brother! If anyone should ever tell him that, you could drive a truck right between his ears!" ” - brickley220
 
9.
Tender Is the Night (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A Psychiatrist and his life with a patient he helped to recover. (142 mins.)
Director: Henry King
“ Another beautiful Henry King movie, another wonderful filmscore, another great cast in this celluloid rendition of F. Scott Fitzgerald's story of the downfall of a Doctor who falls in love with his patient. Like the book, the film got a mixed reaction but I thought that the story was lovingly told and the pathos is haunting. "And if I don't know you're the most attractive man I ever met you must think I am still crazy." ” - brickley220
 
10.
The Towering Inferno (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
At the opening party of a colossal, but poorly constructed, office building, a massive fire breaks out that threatens to destroy the tower and everyone in it. (165 mins.)
Director: John Guillermin
“ One of the epic 'Disaster Movies' of the 1970s and Jennifer Jones' swan song as the aging, refined Liselotte Mueller, who dances with Fred Astaire before disaster strikes the world's tallest building. What an exit! She saves two children and then falls 110 stories to certain death. "Well, I always wanted to die in bed." ” - brickley220