Charlton Heston: A huge star but also a dramatic actor.by alexanderdavies-99382 | created - 5 months ago | updated - 5 months ago | Public
According to the man himself, Charlton Heston felt he wasn't quite as good an actor as he could have been. He secretly yearned to be respected by his peers, as being that of a true thespian. Only we, the fans can decide.
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1. Planet of the Apes (1968)
G | 112 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved.
Votes: 158,072 | Gross: $33.40M
The only "Apes" movie that qualifies as a masterpiece.
2. Ben-Hur (1959)
G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History
When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.
Votes: 205,505 | Gross: $74.70M
Watch this version and enjoy! Ignore the recent one.
3. The Ten Commandments (1956)
G | 220 min | Adventure, Drama
The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people.
Votes: 58,614 | Gross: $93.74M
4. El Cid (1961)
Approved | 182 min | Biography, Drama, History
The fabled Spanish hero Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar (a.k.a. El Cid) overcomes a family vendetta and court intrigue to defend Christian Spain against the Moors.
Votes: 11,953 | Gross: $26.62M
Slightly weak narrative but there are several compensations.
5. The War Lord (1965)
Approved | 123 min | Drama, History
In 11th century Normandy, a Norman duke sends one of his knights to build a defensive fortress in order to guard the borders against Frisian raiders.
For a plot of this kind, the scale of the film is too restricted. The performances are good.
6. Arrowhead (1953)
Passed | 105 min | Drama, Romance, Western
Chief of Scouts Ed Bannon works for the US Army at Fort Clark, Texas and he dreams of aiding in bringing peace to the region, despite opposition from both the Army and the Apaches.
Weakly plotted Western but some good action.
7. 55 Days at Peking (1963)
Unrated | 154 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
During the 1900 Boxer Rebellion against foreigners in China, U.S. Marine Major Matt Lewis, aided by British Consul Sir Arthur Robertson, devises a strategy to keep the rebels at bay until an international military relief force arrives.
An exciting epic movie!
8. Number One (1969)
PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Sport
The story of Cat Catlan (Heston), a washed up quarterback who turns to drink and women to solve his problems. But he soon discovers that his problems are just beginning.
A great performance from Chuck Heston but the narrative, ending and other acting are below par.
9. Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
G | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The sole survivor of an interplanetary rescue mission searches for the only survivor of the previous expedition. He discovers a planet ruled by apes and an underground city run by telepathic humans.
Votes: 39,578 | Gross: $19.00M
Violent and cerebral but still good.
10. The Hawaiians (1970)
R | 134 min | Drama
The intertwined lives of two kindred souls with ambition begins when Captain Whip Hoxworth discovers that Nyuk Tsin has been smuggled aboard as part of cargo on The Carthaginian, which he ... See full summary »
11. Major Dundee (1965)
Approved | 123 min | Adventure, War, Western
In 1864, due to frequent Apache raids from Mexico into the U.S., a Union officer decides to illegally cross the border and destroy the Apache, using a mixed army of Union troops, Confederate POWs, civilian mercenaries, and scouts.
Votes: 6,586 | Gross: $0.01M
The full version still eludes us but a memorable film nonetheless.
12. The Omega Man (1971)
PG | 98 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Lone survivor, doctor Robert Neville, struggles to create a cure for the plague that wiped out most of the human race while fighting The Family, a savage luddite death cult formed by the zombie-like infected to erase the past.
Votes: 27,113 | Gross: $8.72M
A classic of the genre. Acting, writing and direction are of a high calibre.
13. Soylent Green (1973)
PG | 97 min | Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi
In the world ravaged by the greenhouse effect and overpopulation, an NYPD detective investigates the murder of a big company CEO.
A bit slow in terms of pace and plot development. Edward G. Robinson is outstanding in his final movie.
14. Will Penny (1967)
Approved | 108 min | Romance, Western
Aging cowboy Will Penny gets a line camp job on a large cattle spread and finds his isolated cabin is already occupied by a husbandless woman and her young son.
An exciting Western and a chance for Chuck Heston to play an actual character.
15. The Three Musketeers (1973)
PG | 106 min | Action, Adventure
A young swordsman comes to Paris and faces villains, romance, adventure and intrigue with three Musketeer friends.
Votes: 14,516 | Gross: $22.02M
16. Touch of Evil (1958)
PG-13 | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.
Votes: 93,941 | Gross: $2.24M
At last, the version that Orson Welles envisaged.
17. The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974)
PG | 108 min | Adventure, History
The Four Musketeers defend the queen and her dressmaker from Cardinal Richelieu and Milady de Winter.
Votes: 9,214 | Gross: $19.10M
19. Earthquake (1974)
PG | 122 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
Various interconnected people struggle to survive when an earthquake of unimaginable magnitude hits Los Angeles, California.
Votes: 12,822 | Gross: $79.70M
Ok in small doses but nothing memorable.
20. Airport 1975 (1974)
PG | 107 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A 747 in flight collides with a small plane, and is rendered pilotless. Somehow the control tower must get a pilot aboard so the jet can land.
Votes: 8,878 | Gross: $47.29M
The best of the "Airport" movies and quite a guilty pleasure.
22. Two-Minute Warning (1976)
R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A crazed sniper is set to kill spectators at an L.A. Coliseum football championship game and the police races against time to eliminate him.
Cliché-ridden and totally predictable.
23. Skyjacked (1972)
PG | 101 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A crazed Vietnam vet bomber hijacks a Boeing 707 in this disaster film filled with the usual early '70s stereotypes, and demands to be taken to Russia.
Not too bad but the movie loses momentum before the end.
25. The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
Approved | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History
The biographical story of Michelangelo's troubles while painting the Sistine Chapel at the urging of Pope Julius II.
Terrific cast in an interesting film but the ending was abrupt.
26. The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
Passed | 152 min | Drama, Family, Romance
The dramatic lives of trapeze artists, a clown, and an elephant trainer are told against a background of circus spectacle.
Votes: 11,890 | Gross: $36.00M
27. True Lies (1994)
R | 141 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller
A fearless, globe-trotting, terrorist-battling secret agent has his life turned upside down when he discovers his wife might be having an affair with a used car salesman while terrorists smuggle nuclear war heads into the United States.
Votes: 224,146 | Gross: $146.28M
28. Tombstone (1993)
R | 130 min | Action, Biography, Drama
A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.
Votes: 117,748 | Gross: $56.51M
Only a brief appearance but a good one.
29. The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)
Not Rated | 105 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama
A disgraced merchant marine officer elects to stay aboard his sinking cargo ship in order to prove the vessel was deliberately scuttled and, as a result, vindicate his good name.
30. The Order (2001)
R | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A playboy criminal contacts his dad after stealing a Faberge egg. Later it seems his dad has gone missing in Israel so he heads there. His disappearance is linked to the religious sect: The Order. Lots of fight and chase scenes.
Totally pointless cameo.
31. The Naked Jungle (1954)
Approved | 95 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
The Leiningen South American cocoa plantation is threatened by a 2-mile-wide, 20-mile-long column of army ants.
Better than I expected, possibly the best movie from Chuck Heston's early years.
32. Khartoum (1966)
Approved | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
In the Sudan, in 1884 to 1885, Egyptian forces led by British General Charles "Chinese" Gordon (Charlton Heston) defend Khartoum against an invading Muslim Army led by a religious fanatic, Mohammed Ahmed el Mahdi (Sir Laurence Olivier).
Tediously plotted, poor climax but acting and dialogue are very good. Earlier battle scenes exciting.
33. Gray Lady Down (1978)
PG | 111 min | Adventure, Drama, History
A Navy Captain uses his experimental Snark to reach a nuclear submarine stuck on an ocean ledge.
Ok in places but too long a film.
34. Antony and Cleopatra (1972)
Not Rated | 160 min | Drama, History
After the murder of her lover Caesar, Egypt's queen Cleopatra needs a new ally. She seduces his probable successor Mark Antony. This develops into real love and slowly leads to a war with the other possible successor: Octavius.
39. Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)
90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Of the many anthology series, Playhouse 90 is considered the most ambitious with outstanding talent in front of the camera. Attracting top ranked directors and scripts it was often filmed live including the entire first season.
41. Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)
60 min | Drama
A pinnacle of the Golden Age of Television, "Studio One" presented a wide range of memorable dramas and received eighteen Emmy nominations and five wins during its prestigious nine-year run... See full summary »
42. Crossed Swords (1977)
PG | 113 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Poor boy Tom Canty (Mark Lester) and Edward, Prince of Wales (Mark Lester) exchange identities, but events force the pair to experience each other's lives as well.
43. Schlitz Playhouse (1951–1959)
30 min | Comedy, Drama
Originally billed as "Playhouse of the Stars" this long running anthology series was originally presented live from New York City. Irene Dunne was briefly the hostess in 1952, and the show frequently used Broadway performers in classic stories.
44. Climax! (1954–1958)
60 min | Drama
This was an anthology series that presented a different story and different set of characters on each episode. It ran from 1954 to 1958 and featured Casino Royale of James Bond fame that lead to a feature film of the same name.
45. The Buccaneer (1958)
Approved | 119 min | Adventure, Drama, History
During the war of 1812, Louisiana buccaneer Jean Lafitte assists the Americans in defending New Orleans against the attacking British war fleet.
46. The Last Hard Men (1976)
R | 98 min | Western
In 1909 Arizona, retired lawman Sam Burgade's life is thrown upside-down when his old enemy Zach Provo and six other convicts escape a chain-gang in the Yuma Territorial Prison and come gunning for Burgade.
49. Julius Caesar (1970)
G | 117 min | Drama, History, War