• Isabel Gorton

5 Movie Night "Must-Sees" starring Grace Kelly

Updated: Dec 2, 2020



As the seasons change and the weather turns colder, like many of us you’ve probably already binge watched all of Netflix’s quarantine movies (several times). In fact, Fall is the perfect season to rediscover classic films and you are now well overdue for a night in with our favorite Hollywood royal. Cozy up on the couch, pour yourself a glass of wine, and indulge in these 5 must-see Grace Kelly spectaculars.



REAR WINDOW


The perfect movie for being stuck at home, Rear Window stars Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly as they sizzle on screen in this iconic murder mystery. Never caught without her signature pearls, Grace dominates the screen as Lisa Fremont dazzling in her intelligence, wit, and impeccable outfits. Highly regarded as one of her and Alfred Hitchcock’s best collaborations, be sure to set aside some time to watch this voyeuristic thriller.



"Mr. Hitchcock taught me everything about cinema. It was thanks to him that I understood that murder scenes should be shot like love scenes and love scenes should be shot like murder scenes."


HIGH SOCIETY



For the ideal, lighthearted night in, all things Grace Kelly come together in this quintessential 1950s movie musical. With an all-star cast boasting Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Louis Armstrong, it's impossible to go wrong with High Society. Based off of the 1940 film The Philadelphia Story, this movie musical introduces music from Cole Porter, writing “You’re Sensational” for Frank Sinatra to sing to Grace Kelly's character Tracy Lord. That song perfectly sums up what to expect from this film - it's sensational! Did you know that Grace even wore her actual show-stopping Cartier engagement ring from Prince Rainier in the film? It really could be a character on its own.



DIAL M FOR MURDER


Another knockout directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Dial M For Murder, was Grace Kelly's first picture with the master of suspense. Her performance in this film cemented her status as Hitch's ideal blonde. Drama and thrills coincide in this chilling film that leaves viewers on the edge of their seats while rooting for Grace Kelly's character Margot Wendice. How could you not cheer her on when this socialite is never seen without flaunting the latest high fashion trends? In fact, you'll notice that as tensions rise in the film, Margot's clothes get progressively darker reflecting the psychological condition of the character.



TO CATCH A THIEF



Looking to escape to the French Riviera and the shores of Monte Carlo? Look no further than Grace Kelly's final film with her favorite director. In 1955, Hitchcock did not know it would be their last collaboration, but the on-screen romance captured between Cary Grant and Grace Kelly once again set the standard for witty romantic thrillers in this jewel-heist caper. Hitchcock masterfully crafts together a tale that oozes romance and suspense keeping viewers guessing who is preying on the elite of the French Riviera. What sets this film above and beyond the beauty of the beautiful set design are the meticulously crafted costumes by none other than legendary Hollywood costume designer Edith Head. How she did not win an Oscar for these costumes, we will never understand.


THE COUNTRY GIRL



To round out our list, how could we not include The Country Girl when it is the very film that won Grace Kelly her prestigious Oscar Award?

Departing from the high society socialites she often portrayed, Grace Kelly digs deep in this film showcasing her acting versatility. No, you won’t find Grace dancing in her leading man's arms or solving a mystery, but instead you’ll dive into a drama that explores the life of an alcoholic actor’s long-suffering wife. This gritty picture from 1954 fittingly paved the way for Grace Kelly to receive Hollywood's highest individual honor, an Academy Award for Best Actress. Not only did Grace Kelly win her Oscar for her performance, but it also set her on a course to meet her future husband, Prince Rainier III, at the Festival de Cannes while promoting this film.



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Credits:

Courtesy of Paramount Pictures, Princess Grace Foundation, Getty Images, Courtesy of Universal Studios Licensing LLC, Metro-Goldwyn-Maya (MGM)

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