72 films of WILLIAM HOLDEN (1918 - 1981)

by milam_ogden | created - 16 Nov 2015 | updated - 16 Nov 2015 | Public

God was sad this date in 1981 when William Holden passed away in Santa Monica, CA from a fall.

Signed a contract with Paramount in 1937 at age of 19, appeared in his first film one year later.

Appeared in 72 movies in a career than spanned 43 years.

82% of his movies were released during the 40s, 50s and 60s.

Major genres include: drama (41); romance (20); comedy (20); war (11); adventure (11) and western (11).

the IMDb data is as follows:

Mode = 6.8 (9) Median = 6.7 Mean = 6.7

Lowest IMDb rating - 4.3 When Time Ran Out (1980) Highest IMDb rating - 8.5 Sunset Boulevard (1950)



Holden was on April 17th, 1918 in O'Fallon, Illinois.

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1. Prison Farm (1938)

Approved | 67 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

A young woman falls in love with with an armed robber. She gets arrested while visiting him in prison, and winds up in prison herself.

Director: Louis King | Stars: Shirley Ross, Lloyd Nolan, John Howard, J. Carrol Naish

Votes: 63

2. Golden Boy (1939)

Approved | 99 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Despite his musical talent, Joe Bonaparte wants to be a boxer.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou, William Holden, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 1,659

3. Invisible Stripes (1939)

Approved | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

An ex-con who wants to go straight has difficulties trying to reintegrate into society while on parole.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: George Raft, Jane Bryan, William Holden, Humphrey Bogart

Votes: 1,289 | Gross: $0.11M

4. Million Dollar Legs (1939)

Approved | 65 min | Comedy

At Middleton College, controlled by rich donor Melton, only paying sports are allowed. But Freddie Frye, conniving student body president, has to get a letter in some sport to win back his ... See full summary »

Directors: Nick Grinde, Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Betty Grable, John Hartley, Donald O'Connor, Jackie Coogan

Votes: 92

5. Our Town (1940)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: William Holden, Martha Scott, Fay Bainter, Beulah Bondi

Votes: 2,225

6. Arizona (1940)

Approved | 125 min | Western

During the 1860s Tucson, a pioneer woman struggles to succeed in the freight and cattle business while at risk at the hands of corrupt and violent local businessmen and rampaging Indians.

Director: Wesley Ruggles | Stars: Jean Arthur, William Holden, Warren William, Porter Hall

Votes: 1,064

7. Those Were the Days! (1940)

74 min | Comedy, Romance

A middle-aged couple think back to their college days and courtship.

Director: Theodore Reed | Stars: William Holden, Bonita Granville, Ezra Stone, Judith Barrett

Votes: 64

8. Texas (1941)

Passed | 93 min | Western

Two young men head west in search of fortune and adventure.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: William Holden, Glenn Ford, Claire Trevor, George Bancroft

Votes: 1,061

9. I Wanted Wings (1941)

Approved | 135 min | Drama, War

Story follows the training and personal lives of three recruits in the Army Air Corps --- a wealthy playboy, a college jock and an auto mechanic. Love interest is supplied by a female ... See full summary »

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Ray Milland, William Holden, Wayne Morris, Brian Donlevy

Votes: 311

10. The Fleet's In (1942)

Approved | 93 min | Musical, Romance

After a shy sailor is kissed by a female starlet as part of a publicity stunt, he becomes known as a stud; his friends then bet that he'll be able to defrost an icy nightclub singer.

Director: Victor Schertzinger | Stars: Dorothy Lamour, William Holden, Eddie Bracken, Betty Hutton

Votes: 342

11. The Remarkable Andrew (1942)

Unrated | 81 min | Comedy, Fantasy

When Andrew Long, hyper-efficient small town accountant, finds a $1240 discrepancy in the city budget, his superiors try to explain it away. When he insists on pursuing the matter, he's in ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Brian Donlevy, William Holden, Ellen Drew, Montagu Love

Votes: 138

12. Meet the Stewarts (1942)

73 min | Comedy

A young newlywed couple learns to make their new marriage work; trying to impress family, stay on budget, and remain as diplomatic towards each other as possible.

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: William Holden, Frances Dee, Grant Mitchell, Marjorie Gateson

Votes: 230

13. Young and Willing (1943)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy

For those, if any, who have wondered why so many Paramount contractees appeared in United Artists' films during the war years, this is another one of the Paramount productions that was sold... See full summary »

Director: Edward H. Griffith | Stars: William Holden, Eddie Bracken, Robert Benchley, Susan Hayward

Votes: 189

14. Variety Girl (1947)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Musical

Dozens of star and character-actor cameos and a message about the Variety Club (show-business charity) are woven into a framework about two hopeful young ladies who come to Hollywood, ... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Mary Hatcher, Olga San Juan, DeForest Kelley, Frank Ferguson

Votes: 316

15. Dear Ruth (1947)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

A family is befuddled when a World War II serviceman shows up to meet and marry his pen pal sweetheart. Everyone's in the dark about the romance by mail. Then they discover Ruth's younger sister was the culprit.

Director: William D. Russell | Stars: Joan Caulfield, William Holden, Mona Freeman, Edward Arnold

Votes: 420

16. Blaze of Noon (1947)

Approved | 90 min | Action, Drama

In the 1920s, four brothers fly for the fledgling U.S. Air Mail Service.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Anne Baxter, William Holden, Sonny Tufts, William Bendix

Votes: 115

17. The Man from Colorado (1948)

Approved | 100 min | Romance, Western

At the end of the Civil War, two friends return home to Colorado and one of them has changed and is violent and erratic.

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: Glenn Ford, William Holden, Ellen Drew, Ray Collins

Votes: 1,367

18. The Dark Past (1948)

Passed | 73 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

An escaped psychopathic killer who takes the family and neighbors of police psychologist hostage reveals a recurring nightmare to the doctor.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: William Holden, Nina Foch, Lee J. Cobb, Adele Jergens

Votes: 922

above average film noir classic

19. Rachel and the Stranger (1948)

Approved | 80 min | Adventure, Western

A widowed farmer takes an indentured servant as his new wife, but the arrival of his old friend threatens their burgeoning relationship.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Loretta Young, William Holden, Robert Mitchum, Gary Gray

Votes: 1,776

20. Apartment for Peggy (1948)

Approved | 96 min | Drama

A retired professor rents his attic apartment to pregnant Peggy and her GI-Bill-student husband. The professor ponders if his life is no longer useful while the young couple faces the challenges shared with many WW II veterans' families.

Director: George Seaton | Stars: Jeanne Crain, William Holden, Edmund Gwenn, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 847

21. Streets of Laredo (1949)

Passed | 93 min | Western

An outlaw separates from his two partners in crime when they join the Texas Rangers, and he continues to commit daring robberies.

Director: Leslie Fenton | Stars: William Holden, Macdonald Carey, Mona Freeman, William Bendix

Votes: 571

22. Miss Grant Takes Richmond (1949)

Approved | 87 min | Comedy

A newly hired dumb secretary working for a bookie masquerading as a Realtor causes unintended hilarious troubles for her employer.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Lucille Ball, William Holden, Janis Carter, James Gleason

Votes: 614

23. Dear Wife (1949)

Approved | 88 min | Comedy

Thanks to political activist teen Miriam, her brother-in-law and father find themselves rival candidates for state senator.

Director: Richard Haydn | Stars: William Holden, Joan Caulfield, Billy De Wolfe, Mona Freeman

Votes: 188

24. Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Passed | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir

A screenwriter develops a dangerous relationship with a faded film star determined to make a triumphant return.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson

Votes: 189,165

one of best film noir classics ever

25. Born Yesterday (1950)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A tycoon hires a tutor to teach his lover proper etiquette, with unexpected results.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Judy Holliday, William Holden, Broderick Crawford, Howard St. John

Votes: 9,448

26. Union Station (1950)

Approved | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A sharp-eyed woman spots a man with a gun on a train and her alert to the railroad police helps them in their search for a ruthless gang who have kidnapped a blind heiress.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: William Holden, Nancy Olson, Barry Fitzgerald, Lyle Bettger

Votes: 2,155

an average film noir movie

27. Father Is a Bachelor (1950)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy, Family

William Holden plays a drifter who comes to a small town and discovers a cabin in the forest where five kids: January, February, March, April, and May are living without parents. Their ... See full summary »

Directors: Abby Berlin, Norman Foster | Stars: William Holden, Coleen Gray, Mary Jane Saunders, Charles Winninger

Votes: 346

28. Submarine Command (1951)

Approved | 87 min | Drama, War

Submarine commander Ken White reminisces about his wartime years aboard submarine USS Tiger Shark and struggles with feelings of personal guilt.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: William Holden, Nancy Olson, William Bendix, Don Taylor

Votes: 439

29. Force of Arms (1951)

Approved | 99 min | Drama, Romance, War

During World War II in Italy, an American sergeant and WAC lieutenant take time out for romance.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: William Holden, Nancy Olson, Frank Lovejoy, Gene Evans

Votes: 497

30. The Turning Point (1952)

Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Jerry McKibbon is a tough, no nonsense reporter, mentoring special prosecutor John Conroy in routing out corrupt officials in the city, which may even include Conroy's own police detective father as a suspect.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: William Holden, Edmond O'Brien, Alexis Smith, Tom Tully

Votes: 826

31. Boots Malone (1952)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, Sport

Boots Malone is jockey's agent and a bit of a wheeler-dealer who went from living at the Ritz to living in a room at the stables when his star jockey was killed in an accident. After nearly... See full summary »

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: William Holden, Stanley Clements, Basil Ruysdael, Carl Benton Reid

Votes: 328

32. Stalag 17 (1953)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, War

84 Metascore

When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German P.O.W. camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss

Votes: 49,392

won Oscar for Best Actor

33. The Moon Is Blue (1953)

M/PG | 99 min | Comedy, Romance

Two aging playboys are both after the same attractive young woman, but she fends them off by claiming that she plans to remain a virgin until her wedding night. Both men determine to find a way around her objections.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: William Holden, David Niven, Maggie McNamara, Tom Tully

Votes: 1,990

34. Escape from Fort Bravo (1953)

Passed | 99 min | Western

During the Civil War, a group of Confederates escapes from the Union POW camp at Fort Bravo but has to contend with the desert, the Mescalero Apaches and the pursuing Union troops.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: William Holden, Eleanor Parker, John Forsythe, William Demarest

Votes: 2,249 | Gross: $1.45M

an excellent western

35. Forever Female (1953)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy

An aging actress refuses to admit she is too old to play the ingénue role anymore.

Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Ginger Rogers, William Holden, Paul Douglas, James Gleason

Votes: 414

36. Die Jungfrau auf dem Dach (1953)

90 min | Comedy

Actress Patty O'Neill meets playboy architect Donald Gresham on the observation deck of the Empire State Building and accepts his invitation to join him for drinks and dinner in his apartment.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Hardy Krüger, Johannes Heesters, Johanna Matz, Tom Tully

Votes: 36

37. Sabrina (1954)

Passed | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A playboy becomes interested in the daughter of his family's chauffeur, but it's his more serious brother who would be the better man for her.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, Walter Hampden

Votes: 55,936

38. The Country Girl (1954)

Unrated | 104 min | Drama, Music

A director hires an alcoholic has-been and strikes up a stormy relationship with the actor's wife, who he believes is the cause of all the man's problems.

Director: George Seaton | Stars: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, William Holden, Anthony Ross

Votes: 5,111

39. The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

Set during the Korean War, a Navy fighter pilot must come to terms with with his own ambivalence towards the war and the fear of having to bomb a set of highly defended bridges. The ending of this grim war drama is all tension.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: William Holden, Grace Kelly, Fredric March, Mickey Rooney

Votes: 5,011

another excellent WW II flick

40. Executive Suite (1954)

Passed | 104 min | Drama

When the head of a large manufacturing firm dies suddenly from a stroke, his vice presidents vie to see who will replace him.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: William Holden, Barbara Stanwyck, June Allyson, Fredric March

Votes: 3,356

a good look at the politics of an corporation

41. Picnic (1955)

Approved | 115 min | Drama, Romance

Emotions are ignited amongst the complacent townsfolk when a handsome drifter arrives in a small Kansas community on the morning of the Labour Day picnic.

Director: Joshua Logan | Stars: William Holden, Kim Novak, Betty Field, Susan Strasberg

Votes: 7,557

42. Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)

Approved | 102 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

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.

Directors: Henry King, Otto Lang | Stars: William Holden, Jennifer Jones, Torin Thatcher, Isobel Elsom

Votes: 4,216

43. The Proud and Profane (1956)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, War

In the Pacific during WWII, a Roman Catholic widow falls for a tough lieutenant colonel.

Director: George Seaton | Stars: William Holden, Deborah Kerr, Thelma Ritter, Dewey Martin

Votes: 387

44. Toward the Unknown (1956)

Approved | 115 min | Drama, History, Romance

At the dawn of supersonic flight in the 1950s a group of Edwards Air Force Base experimental aircraft test pilots push themselves to the limit.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: William Holden, Lloyd Nolan, Virginia Leith, Charles McGraw

Votes: 503

45. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War

87 Metascore

British POWs build a railway bridge across the river Kwai for their Japanese captors, oblivious of the Allies' plans to destroy it.

Director: David Lean | Stars: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa

Votes: 193,745 | Gross: $44.91M

another excellent war flick