George Cukor movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Philadelphia Story,’ ‘My Fair Lady,’ ‘A Star Is Born’

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George Cukor movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Philadelphia Story,’ ‘My Fair Lady,’ ‘A Star Is Born’
In a career spanning more than half a century, he directed films in almost every genre – screwball comedy, musical, film noir, thriller, literary adaptations. With his gentle nature, he coaxed 21 actors to Oscar nominations (with five winning), helmed seven films nominated for Best Picture (with one win), and was himself nominated for Best Director five times (with one win).

Acclaimed director George Cukor was born on July 7, 1899, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City to Hungarian-Jewish immigrants. As a child, he became infatuated with the theater and performed in amateur plays, once with future friend and mentor David O. Selznick. His father was an attorney, and Cukor was expected to follow in his path; however, he did not last long in law school, and soon found odd jobs in theater houses. He co-founded a stock company and alternated between directing shows for that and some for Broadway.
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