Singin' in the Rain is a 1952 US, musical romantic comedy film directed and choreographed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Kelly, Donald O'Connor, and Debbie Reynolds. It offers a lighthearted depiction of Hollywood in the late 1920s, with the three stars portraying performers caught up in the transition from silent films to "talkies". The film was only a modest hit when it was first released however, it is now regarded as one of the greatest musical film ever made.
Some Like It Hot is a 1959 US, black-and-white romantic comedy directed and produced by Billy Wilder, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon. The film is about two musicians who dress in drag in order to escape from mafia gangsters whom they witnessed committing a crime (inspired by the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre).
Gone with the Wind is a 1939 US, epic historical romance film adapted from the 1936 novel by Margaret Mitchell. Produced by David O. Selznick and directed by Victor Fleming it is set in the American South against the backdrop of the American Civil War. The film tells the story of Scarlett O'Hara, the strong-willed daughter of a Georgia plantation owner. It follows her romantic pursuit of Ashley Wilkes, who is married to his cousin, Melanie Hamilton, and her subsequent marriage to Rhett Butler. The leading roles are played by Vivien Leigh (Scarlett), Clark Gable (Rhett), Leslie Howard (Ashley), and Olivia de Havilland (Melanie). The "search for Scarlett" led to 1,400 women being interviewed for the part. When adjusted for monetary inflation, it is still the highest-grossing film in history.
Ben-Hur is a 1959 US, epic historical drama film directed by William Wyler and starring Charlton Heston as the title character a Jewish prince betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend. He regains his freedom and comes back for revenge. Ben-Hur had the largest budget as well as the largest sets built of any film produced at the time. Over 200 camels and 2,500 horses were used in the shooting of the film, with some 10,000 extras. The sea battle was filmed using miniatures in a huge tank on the back lot at the MGM Studios. The nine-minute chariot race has become one of cinema's most famous action sequences, and the score, composed and conducted by Miklós Rózsa, is the longest ever composed for a film.