5. The Band Wagon
> Release date: August 7, 1953
> Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
> Starring: Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant
“The Band Wagon” follows an aging Broadway star who is hoping for another hit show to bring him back to the top. Fred Astaire stars in the lead role of Tony Hunter, and the part was close to home for the dancing star, who was 54 when the film went into production.
4. The Music Man
> Release date: June 19, 1962
> Directed by: Morton DaCosta
> Starring: Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett
While “The Music Man” isn’t considered a summer blockbuster, it did have box-office success and became the fifth highest grossing film of 1962. Robert Preston and Shirley Jones lead the cast in this tale of a musical con man planning to swindle the people of River City, Iowa.
3. Johnny Guitar
> Release date: August 23, 1954
> Directed by: Nicholas Ray
> Starring: Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge
“Johnny Guitar” is a classic summer Western starring Joan Crawford as a tough saloonkeeper named Vienna. She squares off against local rivals with the help of a shadowy newcomer, the title character, played by Sterling Hayden. Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge feuded throughout the production, and in her memoir, Crawford refers to McCambridge as “a mean, tipsy, powerful, rotten-egg lady.”
2. The Miracle Worker
> Release date: July 28, 1962
> Directed by: Arthur Penn
> Starring: Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke, Victor Jory
Aruthur Penn’s 1962 film “The Miracle Worker” tells the true story of Anne Sullivan (Anne Bancroft), the blind tutor who helped Helen Keller learn to communicate using sign language. Bancroft won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1963 for her performance, and Patty Duke also won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Keller.
1. A Face in the Crowd
> Release date: June 1, 1957
> Directed by: Elia Kazan
> Starring: Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa
Andy Griffith had his breakout role as Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes in Elia Kazan’s 1957 drama “A Face in the Crowd.” The film earned mixed reviews but has earned classic status and was added to the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress.