10 Best Eva Marie Saint Movies, Ranked

Few actors or actresses from the historical past of American cinema can declare to have had careers fairly so long as Eva Marie Saint’s. She made her function movie debut in 1954, and might depend herself amongst those that pulled off winning an Oscar for their first film performance. She labored steadily on this planet of movie and TV from that time onwards, solely stepping away from performing solely in 2021, on the ripe previous age of 97.

The oldest living winner of an acting Oscar, 2024 marks 100 years since Saint’s delivery, and 70 years since her movie debut, so it looks as if a becoming and acceptable time to go over a few of the careers of her performing profession. The next solely takes her movie roles under consideration, with essentially the most noteworthy films of Eva Marie Saint’s ranked under, beginning with the beautiful good and ending with the pair of stone-cold classics she appeared in.

10 ‘Superman Returns’ (2006)

Director: Bryan Singer

Picture by way of Warner Bros. Photos

Nobody’s going to argue that Superman isn’t one of history’s most important superheroes, each throughout the world of movie and extra broadly talking… however on the identical time, it’s unlikely many would argue Superman Returns represents the character at his finest. It’s an attention-grabbing tackle the superhero style, trying (and never at all times succeeding) to duplicate the allure of the famed Christopher Reeve-starring authentic by going large and making an attempt to put on its coronary heart on its sleeve.

It is not so good as the 1978 movie, even when it needs to scratch the identical itch that one did, but it surely’s additionally not a complete misfire, and it’s at all times good to see a superhero film attempt to do one thing completely different inside a saturated style. And Eva Marie Saint brings a degree of sophistication and heat to the function of Ma Kent, one among Clark Kent/Superman’s adoptive mother and father (and funnily sufficient, Marlon Brando, who starred with Saint in her first movie, “seems” right here as Clark’s precise father, Jor-El, via the usage of archival footage and particular results).

Superman Returns

Launch Date
June 28, 2006

Bryan Singer


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9 ‘The Sandpiper’ (1965)

Director: Vincente Minnelli

The Sandpiper - 1965
Picture by way of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Although Eva Marie Saint is third billed in The Sandpiper, this movie looks as if it exists primarily to showcase Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, who had been married the 12 months earlier than the movie’s launch and have been one of the vital well-known celeb {couples} of the time (with this being one among many films they starred in collectively). However the supporting forged shouldn’t be ignored, as a result of on high of Saint, Charles Bronson also shows up here considerably surprisingly, and there are proficient individuals behind the digicam, too (like director Vincente Minnelli and famed co-writer Dalton Trumbo).

Saint performs the spouse of Burton’s character, with a lot of The Sandpiper revolving across the affair he begins to have with a single mom (performed by Taylor). It’s not a great romance/melodrama film, but it surely’s decently shot and positively not unhealthy for its time, being elevated considerably, too, by the celebrated forged that was assembled for it.

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8 ‘The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!’ (1966)

Director: Norman Jewison

The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! - 1966
Picture by way of United Artists

The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! definitely has an attention-grabbing title, and the premise is equally attractive. It’s a farcical struggle film in regards to the individuals on a New England island getting swept right into a frenzy after recognizing a Soviet submarine that’s gotten caught off the coast. It’s an analogous premise to the comedy/war movie 1941, directed by Steven Spielberg, although that one was set throughout World Battle II (unsurprisingly, given the title).

As a comedy, The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! doesn’t knock each gag out of the park by any means, but it surely ought to show pleasing for individuals who like their comedic movies madcap and foolish. Eva Marie Saint is paired properly right here with Carl Reiner (each in lead roles), but it surely’s arguably Alan Arkin as one of many Soviets compelled to come back to shore who steals the present.

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7 ‘All Fall Down’ (1962)

Director: John Frankenheimer

All Fall Down - 1962
Picture by way of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

A fairly straightforward drama with a fairly outstanding forged, All Fall Down starred Warren Beatty in one among his very first roles, with the likes of Eva Marie Saint, Angela Lansbury, and Karl Malden additionally showing within the movie. The latter two play the mother and father of Beatty’s rebellious protagonist, and the plot largely revolves across the anguish he causes them when he begins an affair with an older lady, performed by Saint.

All Fall Down unfolds roughly the way you’d count on a no-nonsense drama from the Sixties to play out, for higher or worse, being filled with large performances and swings at equally large feelings that typically land, and typically miss the mark slightly. Nonetheless, it’s one other movie that may be appreciated for being fairly good for its time, and the proficient forged members all rise to the event and assist elevate the often stagey presentation/dialogue.

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6 ‘Don’t Come Knocking’ (2005)

Director: Wim Wenders

Don't Come Knocking - 2005
Picture by way of Sony Photos Classics

Wim Wenders is the sort of director who, when he hits, makes masterpieces, and when he doesn’t fairly hit, the tip outcomes are nonetheless often compelling and price testing nonetheless. Don’t Come Knocking falls into the latter class, so far as Wenders films go, but it surely’s nonetheless higher than its popularity may recommend. It’s additionally noteworthy for reuniting Wenders with author Sam Shepard (who additionally stars right here), who additionally co-wrote Wenders’ Paris, Texas (1984).

Don’t Come Knocking is an offbeat and visually eye-popping Western/drama, following a washed-up film star trying to find each himself and an estranged little one he could or could not have had a few years earlier than. Eva Marie Saint exhibits up because the protagonist’s mom, and he or she’s joined by a reasonably nice supporting forged that additionally consists of the likes of Jessica Lange, Tim Roth, and Sarah Polley.

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5 ‘A Hatful of Rain’ (1957)

Director: Fred Zinnemann

A Hatful of Rain - 1957
Picture by way of twentieth Century Fox

Whereas it’d’ve been eclipsed in depth and credibility by subsequent films that have dealt with the topic of addiction, it’s nonetheless attainable to understand A Hatful of Rain for its time. It’s a couple of Korean Battle veteran coping with morphine dependancy, monitoring the way in which it impacts each his life and the lives of his relations, certainly being fairly stunning for viewers watching all of it the way in which again in 1957.

It was one among Eva Marie Saint’s first films, right here taking part in the pregnant and conflicted spouse of the primary character, grounding the film with a efficiency that’s naturally much less explosive than that of Don Murray, who performs the protagonist. A Hatful of Rain was unsurprisingly tailored from a stage play (it actually exhibits within the presentation), but it surely works properly by the requirements of a Fifties drama and does certainly really feel uncompromising in the way in which it tackles the topic of drug dependancy.

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4 ‘Grand Prix’ (1966)

Director: John Frankenheimer

Grand Prix - 1966
Picture by way of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

A movie with a equally no-nonsense strategy to depicting high-speed auto racing to 1971’s Le Mans, Grand Prix is unsurprisingly all about Components 1 racing, taking part in out throughout almost three hours and showcasing some really spectacular sequences. Time is break up between 4 racers from 4 completely different backgrounds, spending time on each their skilled and private lives.

Those that are into the game of Components 1 racing will undeniably take pleasure in Grand Prix greater than those that don’t (and that runtime could show to be one thing of an endurance occasion in itself for individuals who aren’t loopy about racing), however the spectacle makes it a worthy sit. Additionally serving to Grand Prix keep attention-grabbing is the eclectic ensemble forged assembled, as on high of Eva Marie Saint, it additionally stars James Garner, Yves Montand, Jessica Walter, and even Toshiro Mifune.

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3 ’36 Hours’ (1964)

Director: George Seaton

36 Hours - 1964
Picture by way of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

36 Hours is an underrated and unusual war movie, benefiting from having a terrific thriller premise that’s undoubtedly intriguing proper from the get-go. The movie revolves round a U.S. main being kidnapped by Nazi forces in 1944, waking up in what seems to be an American hospital throughout what he’s informed is 1950, and getting informed that the struggle is over.

It’s all a ruse by German forces, although, who hope to acquire helpful info from the main by convincing him that he’s affected by amnesia and must recall all he can, such info together with particulars of the then-upcoming Normandy landings. 36 Hours is kind of outlandish, however the movie is entertaining and suspenseful, particularly when the main (performed by James Garner, who was additionally in Grand Prix) positive aspects an ally within the type of a lady from a focus camp (Eva Marie Saint) compelled into the deception, with the 2 trying to flee all the state of affairs collectively.

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2 ‘North by Northwest’ (1959)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Cary Grant and Eve Marie Saint as Roger and Eve staring towards the camera
Picture by way of MGM

It’s by no means a straightforward activity to pick out Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest film in a profession stuffed with noteworthy ones, and it’s equally troublesome to even get right down to a high 5 or high 10. However worthy of shortlist standing is undeniably North by Northwest, an especially entertaining journey/thriller movie that’s simply one among Hitchcock’s most pleasing, and maybe consultant of him taking the “man on the run” premise he beloved a lot to its logical conclusion.

North by Northwest options Eva Marie Saint alongside Cary Grant, with the 2 having dynamite chemistry and Saint becoming a member of the lengthy and distinguished lineage of iconic Hitchcock main girls (many of them blonde-haired). It’s the type of film that’s thrilling and fast-paced sufficient that it will nonetheless be a fantastic film even with out nice actors on the middle of it, with Grant and Saint finally working collectively to only make it that a lot better.

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1 ‘On the Waterfront’ (1954)

Director: Elia Kazan

On the Waterfront
Picture by way of Columbia Photos Company

Whereas On the Waterfront isn’t fairly the first great Marlon Brando movie, it was one which established him as being a star for the ages, incomes him his first of two Oscars. Eva Marie Saint additionally exploded into the limelight right here, given this was surprisingly her debut movie efficiency, and he or she too went residence an Oscar winner, getting Finest Supporting Actress (the movie itself received one other six Oscars past Brando and Saint, together with a win for Finest Image).

On the Waterfront is one of the greatest films of its decade, telling a gripping story about corruption and standing up for what one believes in, and showcasing such a story in a method that also feels gritty, reasonable, and emotional. It’s staggering that the movie is as previous as it’s and nonetheless works in addition to it does, but it surely’s an undisputed traditional for a cause, and, due to Brando and Saint (plus the remainder of the supporting forged), it will probably additionally depend itself as one of many very best-acted movies of its period, definitely.

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